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Source: Global News

Death toll climbs to 79 after flash floods, earthquake hits Indonesia

Today 06:04 GMT

The number of people killed after torrential downpours triggered flash floods and mudslides that tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia’s easternmost province has climbed to 79, with dozens of others missing, officials said Monday.

“The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Indonesian authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from both natural disasters,” the spokesman for the secretary-general said in a statement.

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Source: Global News

‘You won’t hear me speak his name’: New Zealand PM determined to deny gunman notoriety

Today 04:15 GMT

The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.

“I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.

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Source: Fox News

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect says he loves Wisconsin teen, details the months he held her captive

Monday 20:00 GMT

Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper said in a jailhouse interview that he loves the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and detailed what he did with her during the three months he held her captive at his remote cabin.

JAYME CLOSS KIDNAPPING SUSPECT DECIDED TO TAKE TEEN AFTER SEEING HER GET ON A SCHOOL BUS, COMPLAINT SAYS. Patterson told WCCO-TV "of course" he had regrets but did not further elaborate about what those were.

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Source: DW

Russia: Chechen human rights activist jailed

Today 04:15 GMT

Tanya Lokshina, associate director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch said the case against Titiyev was meant to "punish him for his rights activism and drive out Memorial, which is the last remaining rights organization present in Chechnya."

Drawing the ire of authorities: Titiyev lead the local chapter of prominent rights group Memorial Human Rights Center and played a major role in exposing extrajudicial killings, kidnappings and torture perpetrated by security forces in Chechnya.

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Source: The Guradian

Three dead after crush at St Patrick's Day party in Northern Ireland

Today 02:25 GMT

The Democratic Unionist party leader, Arlene Foster, tweeted that her “thoughts and prayers” were “with everyone impacted by this tonight”.

Mark Hamilton, an assistant chief constable with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), confirmed a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy had died. “It is heartbreaking an event which should have been fun should end in such a terrible tragedy,” he told reporters at the scene.

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Source: The Guradian

FA Cup and Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend

Today 05:10 GMT

Perform like this again and United will be ridiculed by Barcelona in the Champions League and fail to climb back into the Premier League’s top four.

VAR would probably have come to Brighton’s aid on all three occasions but the technology is not being used at grounds not in the Premier League. Chris Hughton felt they should have had a penalty in the first half, argued that Alex Pearce’s opener for Millwall should have been ruled out and was aggrieved when Jürgen Locadia had a goal disallowed for an incorrect offside decision against Martín Montoya in the final minute of extra time.

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Source: The Guradian

Court in Chechnya banishes human rights activist to penal colony

Monday 23:39 GMT

A court in Chechnya has sentenced a prominent human rights activist to four years in a penal colony after a widely condemned trial that culminated in the judge reading out the verdict for more than nine hours.

Oyub Titiev, the local head of the human rights group Memorial, was charged last year with possession of more than 200g of marijuana. Titiev said the drugs were planted in his car, and colleagues said he was being punished for revealing details of abductions and torture by Chechnya’s security services.

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Source: The Guradian

Premier League: fight for top four is on – just don’t mention the b-word

Monday 22:45 GMT

If a Premier League team win the Champions League and finish outside the top four, and Arsenal or Chelsea win the Europa League and finish outside the top four, then only the top three will join them.

Recently a talented 10-year-old on a three-month trial at a Premier League academy spent the entire experience trying to cope with a relentless test of his character. Could he withstand the fact that the rest of his temporary teammates – already established in the academy – either ignored him or picked on him, joking collectively at his expense from day one with no intervention from the coaches?

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Source: BBC

'Three dead' in Dutch tram shooting

Today 04:14 GMT

Three people have been killed following a shooting on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht, the city's mayor says.

"We cannot exclude a terrorist motive," Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg told a news conference on Monday. "A lot is still unclear at this point and local authorities are working hard to establish all the facts," Mr Aalbersberg said.

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Source: BBC

Hunt for gunman in Dutch city of Utrecht

Monday 22:45 GMT

Trains are not allowed to run into Utrecht Central station, and mosques across the city have reportedly been closed due to security concerns.

Security services have reportedly told Utrecht's University Medical Centre to open the dedicated emergency ward to help care for the injured. Another witness told Dutch public broadcaster NOS that he saw an injured woman with blood on her hands and clothes.

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Source: The Guradian

Utrecht shooting: several injured on tram as man opens fire

Monday 22:45 GMT

Dutch police say they suspect a possible terrorist motive to a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht that left several people injured, at least three seriously.

“Several shots were fired in a tram and several people were injured,” a Utrecht police spokesman, Joost Lanshage, told reporters.

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Source: The Guradian

Jacinda Ardern says cabinet agrees New Zealand gun reform 'in principle'

Today 06:05 GMT

Jacinda Ardern has said her cabinet is “completely unified” in reforming gun legislation in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack but emerged from a meeting with ministers without concrete proposals to change firearms laws.

The country’s gun laws are largely unchanged since 1992, when controls were tightened after the 1990 Aramoana massacre, in which a man killed 13 people with a semi-automatic rifle.

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Source: Global News

Paris Jackson denies report she attempted suicide

Today 04:14 GMT

Paris Jackson, the daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson, angrily lashed out at a TMZ report over the weekend that claimed she had attempted suicide.

Indigenous artist Jeremy Dutcher delivers moving reconciliation speech at Junos. Additionally, a public information officer from the Los Angeles Police Department told People that Jackson was transported to hospital for a suicide attempt.

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Source: The Guradian

US and Saudi Arabia blocking regulation of geoengineering, sources say

Today 06:05 GMT

The United States and Saudi Arabia have hamstrung global efforts to scrutinise climate geoengineering in order to benefit their fossil fuel industries, according to multiple sources at the United Nations environment assembly, taking place this week in Nairobi.

Sources involved with the talks said the initiative was blocked, initially by the US and Saudi Arabia, then by Japan and other countries.

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Source: DW

Multiple people injured in Utrecht shooting

Monday 22:45 GMT

He added that the terrorism threat level had been raised to the maximum of five in the province of Utrecht, but did not comment on the number of injured or what condition the victims were in.

Police said they had launched a manhunt for the attacker and were investigating the shooting as a possible terrorist incident. A gunman opened fire on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, wounding several people.


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