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World News: Death toll in Haiti tanker explosion rises to more than 60

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월드뉴스: 아이티서 또 대형 참사…연료트럭 폭발해 최소 60명 숨져

Let’s take a look at what’s going on in ‘The World Now’.

At least 60 people are now feared dead,… after a fuel truck exploded in a street in Haiti’s second-largest city of Cap-Haitien on Tuesday.

“Naturally a lot of human lives were lost, but up until now we cannot give a number because there have been deaths within houses we haven’t identified yet. We are here to assist the population.”

Due to the size of the explosion,… the total number of injured has also yet to be confirmed.
According to local media,… a gasoline truck overturned,… leading to the explosion.
The blast also damaged a number of houses and shops in the area,… while burning nearby motorbikes and cars.
The UN office in Haiti announced it stood ready to help the national authorities in its response,… while offering its condolences to the families of the victims.
The Haitian government also declared three days of mourning for the victims.
The latest deadly accident comes as fuel deliveries across Haiti only resumed last month,… after a blockade by gangs,… who for nearly a month prevented trucks from loading at the main fuel ports,… causing many businesses to shut down.

The price rise of popular cryptocurrency Dogecoin over the past year,… was due in part to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s interest in the coin.
But on Tuesday,… Dogecoin jumped 24-percent on the news that Tesla will accept the coin for merchandise on a test basis.
The electric vehicle maker sells merchandise such as apparel, belt buckles, and mini models of its vehicles.
Musk,… an avid user of Twitter,… had asked users in May if they wanted Tesla to accept Dogecoin in a Twitter poll.
Tesla also announced earlier this year,… that it would begin accepting Bitcoin for car purchases,… before pulling the plug on the decision.

Malta became the first European country to allow limited cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use.
The legalization comes as the parliament on Tuesday voted 36 to 27 in favor of the legalization,… allowing adults in the country to possess up to seven grams of cannabis and grow up to four plants.
However,… smoking cannabis in public will still be illegal,… while anyone caught smoking in front of a child will be fined.

According to Equality Minister Owen Bonnici,… the legalization will lower the number of cannabis-related crimes in the country.

First of all it will stop once and for all the criminalization of people that for a lot of time have been criminalized when they are not criminals.(CUT) Secondly we are going to curb drug trafficking by making sure that people who make use of cannabis now have a safe and regularized way from where they can obtain cannabis.”

Malta is now seeking to position itself as a European leader in the production of medical cannabis.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.

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2021-12-15, 08:00 (KST)

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