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COUP IN BURKINA FASO AS ARMY CONFIRMS REMOVAL OF PRESIDENT - by Webmaster 26/01/2022 @ 20h39
Burkina Faso’s military has announced it has removed the president, Roch Marc Kaboré, from office, suspended the constitution and dissolved the government and parliament, confirming a coup in a statement on the state broadcaster.
In a statement signed by the coup leader, Lt Col Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, and read by another official, the army announced the takeover by a previously unknown group – Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR). “MPSR, which includes all sections of the army, has decided to end President Kaboré’s post today,” said the statement, which came following a frenetic day of confusion, as well as silence from the now-deposed government. Read more HERE
(26/01/2022 @ 20h39)
BRONX FIRE: NEW YORK MAYOR ERIC ADAMS REVISES DEATH TOLL TO 17 - by Webmaster 12/01/2022 @ 21h35
Adams said nine adults and eight children died. He did not immediately provide a reason for the lower count.Doctors were working to save several people gravely injured by smoke. Dozens were hospitalized and as many as 13 were in critical condition after the deadliest New York fire in three decades. Read more HERE
(12/01/2022 @ 21h35)
KENTUCKY TORNADOES: DEATH TOLL FROM RECORD TWISTERS EXPECTED TO EXCEED 100 - by Webmaster 12/12/2021 @ 20h18
The death toll from record tornadoes that roared across hundreds of miles this weekend is expected to exceed 100 in Kentucky alone, with dozens still unaccounted for as crews scramble to search wreckage.
One tornado that tore through four states over four hours of nighttime devastation is believed to be the longest distance for a tornado in US history, leaving destruction, death and a frantic search by survivors to find family and shelter, from Arkansas to Kentucky. Read more HERE
(12/12/2021 @ 20h18)
US SEEKS RUSSIAN AND CHINESE SUPPORT TO SALVAGE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL - by Webmaster 05/12/2021 @ 19h11
The US is hoping pressure from Russia, China and some Arab Gulf states may yet persuade Iran to moderate its negotiating stance in regards to the steps the Biden administration must take before both sides return to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Talks in Vienna faltered badly last week, when the new hardline Iranian administration increased its levels of uranium enrichment and tabled proposals that US officials said at the weekend were “not serious”since they had gone back on all the progress made in the previous round of talks. Read more HERE.
(05/12/2021 @ 19h11)
TRAGEDY AT SEA CLAIMS 31 LIVES IN DEADLIEST DAY OF CHANNEL CRISIS - by Webmaster 25/11/2021 @ 16h39
At least 31 people including five women and a young girl have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in an inflatable dinghy, officials say, in what is the deadliest incident since the current crisis began.
Two survivors are in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The International Organisation for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014. Read more HERE
(25/11/2021 @ 16h39)
KASHMIR TENSIONS HIGH AFTER DEATHS OF MEN "USED AS HUMAN SHIELDS" - by Webmaster 20/11/2021 @ 18h27
Tensions in the Indian state of Kashmir remain on a knife edge after a shootout by the Indian authorities this week left four people dead, with families alleging the gunfight was staged and that police used innocent civilians as a “human shield”.
Police initially described the incident, which took place on Monday when officers raided a shopping complex, as a counter-insurgency operation in which two militants and their associates had been killed in a shootout. The families of three of the men, however, have accused Indian forces of cold-blooded murder and the case has sent ripples of outrage across Kashmir, a region scarred by familiar allegations of extrajudicial killings. Read more HERE
(20/11/2021 @ 18h27)
AT LEAST THREE KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMB ATTACKS IN UGANDAN CAPITAL, KAMPALA - by Webmaster 20/11/2021 @ 17h54
Two explosions rocked Uganda’s capital, Kampala, early on Tuesday, killing at least three civilians in what police described as a coordinated attack by extremists.Three suicide bombers also died in the blasts, police said. The explosions caused chaos in Kampala as terrified residents fled the city’s centre.
“The bomb threats are still active, especially from suicide attackers,” said Fred Enanga, a police spokesperson, blaming the blasts on the Allied Democratic Forces, an Islamic extremist group.
The two explosions occurred within three minutes of each other. Both were carried out by attackers carrying explosives. Read more HERE
(20/11/2021 @ 17h54)
MEXICO ARMY GIVES DRUG CARTELS FREE REIN AS CRITICS CLAIM "NON-AGGRESSION PACT" - by Webmaster 10/11/2021 @ 21h47
A small squad of soldiers with about a half-dozen trucks and sandbag emplacements stands guard on a rural highway in western Mexico. In one direction, almost within earshot, one drug cartel operates a roadblock extorting farmers. In the other direction, a rival cartel carries out armed patrols in trucks bearing its initials.
The Mexican army has largely stopped fighting drug cartels here, instead soldiers guard the dividing lines between gang territories so they won’t invade each other’s turf – and turn a blind eye to the cartels’ illegal activities just a few hundred yards away. Read more HERE
(10/11/2021 @ 21h47)
SEVERAL PEOPLE "SEVERELY INJURED" IN KNIFE ATTACK ON GERMAN TRAIN - by Webmaster 07/11/2021 @ 14h14
A knife attack on a high-speed train in the German state of Bavaria has left three people “severely injured”, with the alleged perpetrator quickly arrested.
A spokesperson for the Bavarian Red Cross, which has 110 responders on the scene, said the organisation processed three “severely injured” people. In addition, 200 to 300 people were removed from the train and were being taken care of at a nearby location.Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, said the background behind the “terrible” attack was “still unclear.” He said people in Seubersdorf, a municipality 473 km (294 miles) south of Berlin, faced no “acute danger.” Read more HERE
(07/11/2021 @ 14h14)
FRAUGHT CALM FOLLOWS BEIRUT'S WORST DAY OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN DECADE - by Webmaster 16/10/2021 @ 23h19
A day after the worst sectarian violence in Beirut in more than a decade, a fraught calm hung over the city on Friday with streets largely empty and government offices closed as militia groups started to bury their dead.
Gunfire briefly resounded through areas that on Thursday were the scenes of intense fighting, but armed men were shooting into the air – a defiant precursor to funerals that were due to start.France, Russia, and other European and political leaders appealed for calm as shocked residents continued to reel from scenes reminiscent of the darkest days of the country’s civil war. Read more HERE.
(16/10/2021 @ 23h19)
EUROPEAN COURT ANNULS EU TRADE AND FISHING DEALS WITH MOROCCO - by Webmaster 02/10/2021 @ 01h53
The vast territory on Africa’s Atlantic coast was annexed by Morocco in 1975 after the withdrawal of Spain, the colonial power, in a move largely unrecognised internationally and opposed by the Polisario Front, which fought a 16-year guerrilla war against the kingdom. Read more HERE
(02/10/2021 @ 01h53)
EARTHQUAKE STRIKES CRETE, KILLING MAN AND DAMAGING BUILDINGS - by Webmaster 27/09/2021 @ 21h41
The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8, sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion, where schools and older buildings were evacuated. Read more
(27/09/2021 @ 21h41)
UK FORCES LINKED TO DEATHS OF NEARLY 300 AFGHAN CIVILIANS - by Webmaster 23/09/2021 @ 23h04
British forces are linked to the deaths of 86 children and more than 200 adult civilians during the Afghanistan conflict, with compensation of just £2,380 paid on average for each life lost, new figures reveal.
They are recorded in official Ministry of Defence (MoD) compensation logs, obtained by a series of freedom of information requests. According to the data, the youngest recorded civilian victim was three years old. Read more HERE
(23/09/2021 @ 23h04)
INTERNATIONAL BACKLASH : USA, BRITAIN AND AUSTRALIA FORM THE INDO-PACIFIC SECURITY ALLIANCE CALLED "AUKUS" - by Webmaster 19/09/2021 @ 00h28
Britain and the US were battling to contain an international backlash over a nuclear submarine pact struck with Australia amid concerns the alliance could provoke China and prompt conflict in the Pacific.
Boris Johnson told MPs that the Aukus defence agreement was “not intended to be adversarial” to China. But Beijing accused the three countries of adopting a “cold war mentality” and warned they would harm their own interests unless it was dropped. Read more HERE
(19/09/2021 @ 00h28)
TWO PEOPLE ARE INJURED AFTER MASSIVE FIRE BREAKS OUT ON THE ROOF OF NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL - by Webmaster 12/09/2021 @ 23h39
A New York City hospital was ablaze for an hour on Friday, with two people reported injured as firefighters battled the rooftop flames and huge black plumes of smoke billowed into the sky.
The two-alarm fire was reported at the 257-bed St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, Queens at 5:15pm, a New York Fire Department spokesman told DailyMail.com.Twenty five units responded, with 106 fire fighters and other first responders on the scene. Two civilians were injured, he said, but the extend of their injuries are unclear. The fire was on the exterior roof, he said, and it was unclear how it began.
(12/09/2021 @ 23h39)
GUINEAN SPECIAL FORCE SOLDIERS CLAIM TO HAVE SEIZED POWER FROM DICTATOR ALPHA CONDÉ IN COUP ATTEMPT - by Webmaster 08/09/2021 @ 19h29
An elite national army unit has announced it has seized power in Guinea and deposed the country’s president, Alpha Condé, in an attempted coup, after heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in the capital, Conakry, on Sunday morning.
An unidentified soldier wrapped in the country’s flag said in a brief address on the national broadcaster, Radio Television Guinea, that the country’s parliament and constitution had been suspended and the borders shut, saying: “We are taking our destiny in our own hands. Read more HERE
(08/09/2021 @ 19h29)
HURRICANE IDA BATTERS NEW ORLEANS, KILLING ONE & CAUSING POWER LOSS - by Webmaster 31/08/2021 @ 00h41
One of the most powerful storms ever to hit the US has knocked out power to all of New Orleans. Plus rockets fired at Kabul airport before US troop withdrawal.Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, striking on the same day that Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005. Just like Katrina, Ida was so strong that it reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.
One person died after a tree fell on a house in Prairieville, a suburb of Baton Rouge. More than a million households were without power across Louisiana, with New Orleans residents receiving orders to conserve water after sewage pumping stations – which have no back-up power – ground to a halt. Read more HERE,
(31/08/2021 @ 00h41)
AT LEAST 60 AFGHANS AND 13 US SOLDIERS DEAD AFTER KABUL AIRPORT BLASTS - by Webmaster 27/08/2021 @ 23h03
Two suicide bombers and at least one attack by a gunman lead to deadliest day for US forces in a decade.Multiple bomb blasts and at least one attack by a gunman in Kabul on Thursday killed dozens of civilians and at least 13 US service personnel, and plunged the evacuation of western forces from Afghanistan into deeper crisis.
The US death toll rose from 12 to 13 and was likely to rise even higher, a US official told Reuters. More than a dozen were wounded.
The attacks are believed to be an Islamic State (IS) assault on departing coalition troops and a challenge to the Taliban’s grasp on power in Afghanistan. Read more HERE
(27/08/2021 @ 23h03)