Cancer risk

(Reuters Health) – Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t appear to diminish with age, a US study suggests. Family history has long been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger women.

National disaster

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town.

Running water in the port city of four million has been affected by a wider pattern of climate change seen around the country.

Congo violence

GENEVA – More than 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last week after a surge of ethnic violence, raising the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the year. Thirty people have been killed in fighting between Hema herders and Lendu farmers in the province of Ituri this month.

Girl on trial

JERUSALEM – A teenage girl who became a hero after she was filmed slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier appeared in an Israeli military court for the start of her trial.

Ahed Tamimi, 17, drew attention following her arrest after she confronted an Israeli officer and a soldier outside her West Bank home.

Pakistan warned

NEW DELHI – India has warned Pakistan that it would pay for a deadly militant attack on an Indian army camp in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, the latest violence in the disputed region to stoke tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Climber dies

MEXICO CITY – A US embassy worker in Mexico has died while hiking the nation’s tallest peak, Pico de Orizaba, the US embassy said on Tuesday. The Mexican government assisted with the rescue of two US citizens who worked for the embassy, one of whom did not survive, the embassy said.

Utah shooting

WASHINGTON – One man was killed and two other wounded in a shooting outside Salt Lake City on Tuesday, and police said were looking for whoever carried out the attack. The shooting occurred in a residential neighbourhood of West Valley City, West Valley City police said. No further information was provided.

SPD leader quits

BERLIN – German Social Democratic leader (SPD) Martin Schulz resigned on Tuesday, hoping to end turbulence that has rocked the party since it agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. Schulz’s deputy Olaf Scholz — the Hamburg mayor who is slated to become finance minister in the new government would become caretaker SPD chairman.

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