March 22, 2023

Germany shooting: Gunman kills two after attacking synagogue

From BBC wo people have been shot dead by a gunman in eastern Germany after he attempted to enter a synagogue where dozens were observing a Jewish holiday. The suspect live-streamed the attack on an online video-game platform before being arrested. The video, which has now been removed, showed him making anti-Semitic comments to camera […]

7 dead, 3 injured in Colombia plane crash

AFP From Deccan Chronicle The cause of the crash was not known and an investigation was underway, Ganan said. Bogota: At least seven people were killed and another three injured when a small plane crashed in southwestern Colombia on Sunday, a firefighter said. “Nine people were on board the plane. Seven died, while two are […]

India’s top judge faces sexual harassment storm

AFP From DAWN India’s top judge fought off a sexual harassment storm on Saturday after a former Supreme Court staff member accused him of making unwanted advances and hounding her. Chief justice Ranjan Gogoi said the accusations made by a 35-year-old former court assistant were “unbelievable” and an attempt to stop him hearing important cases. […]

Libya crisis: UN says thousands fleeing clashes

From BBC At least 2,800 people have fled from the fighting near Libya’s capital, Tripoli, according to the UN. Other civilians are trapped by the clashes and are cut off from vital emergency services, it says. Forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar began an attack on the city last Thursday with the aim of wresting it […]

West Indies dump cricket president Dave Cameron

From Business Day London — Controversial Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron has lost a vote to remain in the post, the governing body announced on Sunday. Cameron was defeated eight votes to four by Ricky Skerritt, a former West Indies team manager in a ballot conducted in Kingston, Jamaica. Skerritt’s running mate, Kishore Shallow, who challenged […]

Italian driver hijacks and torches school bus full of children

From BBC A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren was hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy. The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation. The driver, a 47-year-old Italian citizen originally from […]

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons

From BBC New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman. Ms Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place […]

Cyclone Idai: ‘15,000 people still need to be rescued’

From BBC Some 15,000 people still need to be rescued from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, Mozambique officials say. The cyclone victims there are stranded by catastrophic flooding and are clinging to roofs or stuck in trees, charities say. In the port city of Beira, aid workers say there are only two to three […]

FURTHER UPDATE – Christchurch shootings: Death toll risen to 50 in New Zealand mosque attacks

Update – OECS Statement on New Zealand Shooting Friday, March 15, 2019 — The Authority, the Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States meeting in a special session in Guadeloupe on the 14th and 15th March has expressed shared grief at the horrific massacre of innocent worshippers in New Zealand. Chairman of the […]

Bangladesh fire: Blaze kills dozens in Dhaka historic district

From BBC A fast-moving fire swept through a historic district of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, killing at least 78 people, officials say. The blaze broke out at night in a residential building that had flammable material stored on the ground floor. Members of a bridal party are thought to be among the victims. It is not […]