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Aug. 19 (UPI) — Tens of thousands of mourners crowded Las Ramblas, the historic center of Barcelona, to memorialize the victims of Thursday’s terrorist attack as police continued the intense manhunt for the primary suspect. Many mourners Saturday carried signs in Catalan with the phrase: “We are not afraid.” A sign at the heart of the growing memorial of flowers and flickering candles read: “Las Ramblas cries, but it is still alive.” Saturday’s memorial service was attended by Spain’s King Felipe IV, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy among other dignitaries. It came two days after a van driven by a suspected jihadi terrorist jumped a curb and mowed down a crowd of tourists killing 14 and injuring 120 more. A 15h person was killed in another attack hours later in Cambrils, 70 miles south of Barcelona. As mourners honored the dead, the manhunt for the suspected driver edged toward its third day, with police announcing …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — Authorities in Spain are searching for a different suspected driver in the van attack that killed more than a dozen people in Barcelona. Spanish police said they are now searching for Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, as the driver of the van after the previous suspect, 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir, was named as one of five suspected members of a terrorist cell killed in a shootout with police after another attack in the nearby town of Cambrils. The attack in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist district killed 14 people and wounded at least 120 more after a van drove over a curb into a large crowd earlier this week, police said. Oukabir is suspected of using his brother’s documents to rent the van used in the Barcelona attack and another found in the town of Vic believed to be their intended getaway vehicle. Police initially targeted Oukabir as the central figure behind the attack, …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — At least 461 people are now confirmed dead in a mudslide this week in Sierra Leone, with the number of the dead expected to rise. President Ernest Bai Koroma attended a mass burial for the victims, about a third of which were children, at a cemetery outside Freetown as the Red Cross said about 600 people remained missing. “Bodies are still coming,” a morgue official told the Telegraph. A night of heavy rain on Monday in the town of Regent caused the widespread flooding and mudslides that swept away homes and ultimately resulted in hundreds of deaths throughout the week. Presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay said about 20,000 people have been displaced by the mudslides, including 5,000 children. Some residents have reported skin infections from the water they have been washing in and the country also faces other medical threats in the form of cholera and malaria. Deputy Health Minister Madina Rahman …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — Venezuela’s recently formed Constituent Assembly granted itself the power to write and pass legislation. The assembly announced Friday it would “assume the ability to legislate over matters directly related to guaranteeing peace, security and sovereignty,” allowing it to supersede the country’s National Assembly. Venezuela’s National Assembly, which has been led by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro, said it would not recognize or abide by the decision. The National Assembly is currently the only part of Venezuela’s government not under Maduro control. A controversial election this summer formed the new legislative body. The company running the polling technology has said the results were likely manipulated. The new Constituent Assembly has already forced out the country’s attorney general, Maduro critic Luisa Ortega Diaz. “The Constituent Assembly is null, and its acts are illegal and unconstitutional. The National Assembly, the international community and the people will not abide by the annulment decision,” the National …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — Police in Finland have classified stabbings that left two people dead and at least six injured as an act of terror. The Friday stabbings, suspected to be conducted by an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen, in the city of Turku were deemed a terrorist act after Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation began investigating the attack along with Finnish intelligence services. “The incidents were initially investigated as murders, but in the light of further information received during the night, the offenses include now murders with terrorist intent and their attempts,” police said. Police shot the suspected assailant in the leg and arrested him after he conducted a stabbing rampage at two marketplaces near each other in the city center. Two Finnish citizens were killed in the stabbings and two Swedes and one Italian were among those injured. Security was tightened throughout the country after the stabbing and National Police Commissioner Seppo Kolehmainen warned armed …

Aug. 18 (UPI) — The death toll from two terrorist attacks in Spain rose to 14 Friday, officials said — as investigators try and find the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd of people in one of Barcelona’s popular tourist districts. In the first attack, in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas district, a white van hit a crowd of pedestrians in the Catalunya Square, which is a tourist draw. Witnesses said it jumped the curb and crashed into numerous people. Thirteen people died and the driver fled on foot, police said. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said two people have been arrested in connection with the attack, though neither is believed to have been the driver, who remains at large. Authorities have not released any information about the motive for the attack. A third individual was killed after a shootout at a police checkpoint outside Barcelona. It was unclear how the man killed was …

Aug. 18 (UPI) — A popular Chinese crime novelist who wrote a book called The Guilty Secret has been arrested for a quadruple murder more than 20 years ago. “I’ve been waiting for you here all this time,” writer Liu Yongbiao reportedly told police when they arrived at his home to arrest him. Liu was arrested for the 1995 murders of four people. Police believe he is one of two men who checked into a hostel in Huzhou and attempted to steal items from a fellow guest. When the would-be thieves were caught, police say they killed the guest — and to cover up the murder, they killed the couple who owned the hostel and their 13-year-old grandson. Authorities determined that all of the victims were killed with a blunt object. Police said they were able to track down Liu with the help of DNA technology not available at the time. They were also able …

Aug. 18 (UPI) — Spanish police have arrested four people believed to be part of a covert, radical Islamic terrorist cell, but were still engaged in an intense manhunt Friday for the driver connected to a deadly van attack in the heart of Barcelona’s tourist district. Police are seeking the driver, identified as Moussa Oukabur Soprano. Four other suspects have been arrested. Five more suspected members of the terrorist cell were killed in shootouts with police and a sixth is believed to have been killed when homemade bombs inside the house where they plotted the attacks exploded Wednesday morning. The deadliest part of the attack happened in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist district, where police say the van drove over a curb into a large crowd, killing 14 and injuring 120 more. The U.S. State Department confirmed Friday that an American was among the dead. The search for suspects has become Spain’s biggest manhunt in years. …

Aug. 18 (UPI) — The best locations to see Monday’s total solar eclipse are within a day’s drive of more than 200 million Americans — and the mega event could see one of the largest mass migrations in human history. The eclipse will occur on a sloping stretch of the United States about 70 miles wide and 2,800 miles long. The track beneath the eclipse is known as the “path of totality,” which includes the states where the phenomenon will be best viewed — Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina. “This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere — the corona — can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C.,” NASA said. “Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.” Experts believe …

Aug. 18 (UPI) — Seven people died and at least 12 were injured in a Guatemala City hospital shootout after a criminal gang tried to break out a hospitalized member, police said. Members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, known in the United States as MS-13, arrived at the city’s Roosevelt Hospital Wednesday to free convicted murderer and prison inmate Anderson Daniel Cabrera Cifuentes, 29 — a gang leader taken to the hospital for medical tests. Police said the gunmen killed two guards, two hospital workers, two children and a bystander in the hospital’s emergency room before they were arrested, the BBC reported Thursday. Cabrera escaped and at least eight of his rescuers were arrested. Guatemala’s National Civilian Police said that two AK-47 assault rifles were seized. At least one guard and one child were among those reported injured. Local media said the hospital was a scene of chaos during the gun battle. They mentioned a …

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