People across the Caribbean bowed their heads for a moment of silence at noon Sunday to mark the 200th anniversary of the end of Britain’s trans-Atlantic slave trade. Enacted on March 25, 1807, the Slave Trade Act prohibited British ships from transporting slaves, although Britain did not abolish slavery in its territories until 1833. Researchers say tens of millions of African men, women and children were enslaved and shipped to the Caribbean and the Americas, with millions dying in holding camps in Africa or during the trans-Atlantic voyage.
Russia: Deadly strip club blaze
Fire broke out in a Moscow striptease club early Sunday, killing 10 people, a government spokesman said. Some witnesses said it broke out during a “fire show” that was part of the club’s nightly entertainment. Preliminary accounts indicated that a performer in the show inadvertently set his clothing on fire and that in turn ignited a nearby one-gallon container of flammable liquid.
From Herald news services