Thousands rally in Jerusalem for the return of hostages

TEL AVIV- Six months after the Oct. 7 attacks, former hostages and relatives of the remaining abductees have commemorated the fate of those held hostage by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Some 50,000 people showed up for Jerusalem rally calling for the hostages to be brought home, according to the organization of family members behind the march. A number of sisters of the women who are still being held hostage stood on stage at the beginning of the event dressed in clothes like those worn by the women on Oct. 7, when the Palestinian militant group Hamas led a surprise attack on Israel triggering the current war. Several taped their mouths shut as a symbol of the hostages’ speechlessness and painted red paint on their clothes or arms as a sign of blood. “I am addressing the prime minister and the security cabinet from here: More reluctance and indecision means more hostages will return to us in coffins,” cried Lishay Lavi Miran, the wife of the abducted Omri Miran. “I beg you: Do not return from the negotiations without a …

Thousands rally in Jerusalem for the return of hostages Read More

4 confirmed dead after major earthquake rattles Taiwan

TAIPEI- Official figures indicate that at least four people have been killed and around 60 injured as a result of the severe earthquake off the coast of Taiwan. This was confirmed by the island’s national fire authority on Wednesday. In addition, numerous buildings suffered catastrophic damage. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Taiwan on Wednesday, according to the Central Weather Administration (CWA), triggering a small tsunami which reached some islands in south-western Japan. The quake struck at 7:58 am (2358 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 15.5 kilometres. The epicentre was about 25 kilometres south-east of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, the CWA said. It was followed by several strong aftershocks including one of 6.5 magnitude. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the earthquake’s magnitude at 7.4. Some buildings in Hualien were severely damaged by the violent tremors, local media reported. Photos showed a collapsed multi-storey building. In New Taipei city, which surrounds the capital in the island’s north, a warehouse collapsed injuring three people, several media outlets reported. Damage was also reported in other parts of the island. According to eyewitnesses, the …

4 confirmed dead after major earthquake rattles Taiwan Read More

12-year-old child dies in Finland after shooting at school

COPENHAGEN- A 12-year-old child has died after being shot in a primary school in the Finnish town of Vantaa near Helsinki, Finnish police said on Tuesday. Two other 12-year-olds were seriously injured, the police said. The emergency services arrested another 12-year-old pupil outside the school. The suspected perpetrator had a firearm with him. The police said the arrest went smoothly. The public has been asked to stay away from the area as police continue their investigations at the primary school in the Viertola district in Vantaa in the south of Finland. (dpa/NAN)

12-year-old child dies in Finland after shooting at school Read More

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton diagnosed with cancer

WALES- The Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a video message released by the BBC Friday evening. “In January, I underwent major abdominal surgery in London and at the time, it was thought that my condition was noncancerous. The surgery was successful,” Ms Kate said in the recorded video donning a sweater. “However, tests after the operation found cancer had been present.” “My medical team, therefore, advised that I should undergo a course of preventative chemotherapy and I am now in the early stages of that treatment,” said the Princess of Wales.  The announcement makes her the second member of the British royal family to undergo chemotherapy treatment this year since King Charles III announced in February that he was also treating cancer. Like the British monarch, Ms Kate did not specify the form of cancer she was treating but described the diagnosis “a huge shock” that hit her and her young family. She explained that her husband, Prince Williams had been quite supportive, offering her a “great source of comfort and reassurance” in …

Princess of Wales Kate Middleton diagnosed with cancer Read More

Finland named world’s happiest country for 7th year in a row

FINLAND- Finland has remained the happiest country in the world for the seventh year in a row, according to the annual World Happiness Report published on Wednesday, March 20. Fiinland’s Nordic neighbours Sweden, Denmark and Iceland also retained their places in the top 10. Rising unhappiness, especially among young people, has seen other Western countries drop down the index, with the United States and Germany dropping out of the top 20 for the first time since the report’s first edition more than a decade ago. The United States and Germany came in 23rd and 24th respectively. In turn, Costa Rica and Kuwait entered the top 20 at 12 and 13, while Eastern European countries Serbia, Bulgaria and Latvia reported the biggest increases in happiness. Afghanistan, plagued by a humanitarian catastrophe since the Taliban regained control in 2020, remained in last place. The survey asks people in 143 countries and territories to evaluate their lives on a scale from zero to 10, taking into account factors such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity and corruption. Its …

Finland named world’s happiest country for 7th year in a row Read More

UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo

NEW YORK- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, has condemned an attack that saw eight peacekeepers from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) wounded during clashes between the powerful M23 rebel movement and Government troops. The incident occurred on Saturday, in the vicinity of Sake, just 20 kilometers from Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu. The wounded peacekeepers, who were part of Operation Springbok initiated last November to safeguard civilians in the region, sustained their injuries amidst the ongoing fighting, where UN troops have been assisting Government forces in order to protect vulnerable civilians. Guterres, in a statement by his Spokesperson, Mr Stephane Dujarric condemned the attack, emphasising that it could amount to a war crime under international law. Expressing his wishes for a swift recovery for the injured peacekeepers, he reiterated calls for all armed groups, Congolese and foreign fighters alike to immediately cease hostilities and engage in the disarmament process. Furthermore, the UN chief emphasised the necessity for M23 to withdraw entirely from territory it has occupied and conform to the agreements outlined in the …

UN chief condemns attack on peacekeepers in DR Congo Read More

Argentine president fires labour minister for increasing ministers’ salaries amid economic crunch

ARGENTINA- President Javier Milei of Argentina has sacked labour minister Omar Yasín for increasing the pay of ministers and other senior cabinet officials, implying it was irresponsible of Mr Yasin to have done so at a time the nation was battling severe economic crisis. “I’ve fired the labour secretary,” Mr Milei said in a live broadcast on TV channel LN+ on Monday. “Let’s say at this moment they’re notifying him.” Mr Milei had faced heavy blowback after opposition faulted him and labelled him a hypocrite for receiving a 48 per cent increase in his pay while he went around criticising lawmakers for raising their pay by 30 per cent. The president blamed the pay boost on a decree signed by former president Cristina Kircher in 2010, asserting it was automatic. He also rescinded the increase. But Ms Kircher defended herself on X that she may have given the decree 14 years ago but that it was still Mr Milei who signed and implemented its payment this year. “It was revealed that you and your cabinet increased your salary by 48 …

Argentine president fires labour minister for increasing ministers’ salaries amid economic crunch Read More

The nation will either become paradise or hell- Haiti gang leader warns of civil war and genocide if PM does not step down

HAITI- A Haitian gang leader warned of ‘civil war and genocide’ if the country’s prime minister Ariel Henry does not step down The comments from Jimmy Cherizier, known as ‘Barbecue,’ came as Henry and appeared to be struggling to fly home, with the main airport under attack and neighbouring Dominican Republic refusing permission for him to land. Henry, who was supposed to step down last month was out of the country last week when armed criminal gangs, who control large swathes of Haiti, launched a coordinated assault to oust him, leading to some calling Haiti a ‘failed state’. ‘If Ariel Henry doesn’t resign, if the international community continues to support him, we’ll be heading straight for a civil war that will lead to genocide,’ Cherizier, a former police officer, told reporters in the capital. ‘Either Haiti becomes a paradise or a hell for all of us. It’s out of the question for a small group of rich people living in big hotels to decide the fate of people living in working-class neighbourhoods,’ the 46-year-old added. Cherizier, who is under UN …

The nation will either become paradise or hell- Haiti gang leader warns of civil war and genocide if PM does not step down Read More

Plane crashes in U.S, kills all onboard

UNITED STATES- A plane crash as it attempted emergency landing at Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday killing all on board. “A single-engine airplane has crashed off the eastbound lanes of I-40 just past the Charlotte Pk exit,” Nashville Police Department announced in a tweet on Monday night. “5 persons on board the airplane perished in the crash.” Don Aaron, spokesperson for the Nashville Metropolitan Police at a press conference Monday, said Nashville’s John Tune airport control tower received a message at approximately 7:40 p.m. ET from a pilot, seeing permission for emergency landing due to engine failure.  Though the tower granted emergency landing permission, the plane could not make it safely. In a tweet on Monday, Nashville Fire Department said it “crews responded to this single-engine airplane crash where heavy fire was present when they arrived on scene. Crews were able to put the fire out while preserving evidence so the appropriate agencies can investigate what led to the deadly crash. This comes a few weeks after Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank CEO, his wife Chizoba, son and others were killed in a helicopter …

Plane crashes in U.S, kills all onboard Read More

Taliban execute two murderers by machine-gunning them in front of thousands of spectators at football stadium

Taliban authorities have publicly executed two men convicted of murder by machine-gunning them through the back in front of a crowd of spectators. The murderers were on Thursday, February 22, executed by multiple gunshots to the back in Ghazni city after Supreme Court official Atiqullah Darwish read aloud a death warrant signed by Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada. ‘These two people were convicted of the crime of murder… after two years of trial in the courts of the country, the order has been signed,’ Darwish said. Thousands of men gathered in the stadium to witness the execution. Families of the convicted men’s victims were also present. The Taliban administration in Kabul has not been officially recognised by any other government since it took power in 2021 and imposed an austere interpretation of Islam. Akhundzada ordered judges in 2022 to fully implement all aspects of Islamic law – including ‘eye for an eye’ punishments known as ‘qisas’.

Taliban execute two murderers by machine-gunning them in front of thousands of spectators at football stadium Read More

No fewer than 6,400 trainee doctors resign

SEOUL- More than 6,400 trainee doctors have submitted their resignations in protest of the government’s plan to boost the number of medical students. Officials said on Tuesday, as worries mount that their collective action could put public health at risk. Second Vice Health Minister, Park Min-soo told reporters that the ministry had ordered 831 trainee doctors to return to work, with tensions between doctors and the government spiking over the plan to add 2,000 to the country’s medical school enrollment quota in 2025. As of Monday, 6,415 trainee doctors at 100 hospitals submitted their resignations, with about 1,600 of them walking off the job, Park said. There are around 13,000 trainee doctors in South Korea. With trainee doctors stopping work at some hospitals, some patients have already experienced delays in surgeries and other treatments. Still, no major disruption in medical services has yet occurred. To cope with a potential disruption of medical services, the government will extend operating hours at 97 public hospitals and emergency rooms at 12 military hospitals will be opened to the public, Park said. “We are …

No fewer than 6,400 trainee doctors resign Read More

Mum runs over 7 year old son after forcing him to walk home from school

ALABAMA- A mum has been arrested after accidentally running over her own son. Sarai Rachel James, 27, had picked up her son from school on February 9 and found out from school staff that he had gotten in trouble that morning. Not far from the school in Boaz, Alabama, James made her seven-year-old son get out of the car and told him to walk or run the rest of the way home. She drove beside her son for a few blocks, but when she slowed down, her son tried to grab onto the car’s door handle. When James accelerated, her son was pulled under the car and he was run over with a rear tyre, Boaz chief of police Michael Abercrombie said. “She may not have realised he was doing that,” he added. Investigators believe James accidentally ran over her son – but said he never would have been in that situation if his mother hadn’t decided to punish him. He was taken to the University of Alabama hospital but thankfully only suffered abrasions on his back and side of …

Mum runs over 7 year old son after forcing him to walk home from school Read More