Showing posts from February 6, 2022

Police: 1 killed, 4 injured in Murfreesboro shooting Saturday; shooter still at large

  Murfreesboro police are investigating a shooting that killed one man and injured four others early on Saturday on Middle Tennessee Boulevard. Police believe the shooter was still at large Saturday morning. The shooting was around 2 a.m., at or near the Habibi Hookah Cafe, according to police. A police sergeant heard the gunshots and responded to the scene. The sergeant used a tourniquet to try and treat the victim who died at the hospital, according to police. The four others reportedly shot were taken to a hospital. Their conditions are not known. Two individuals arguing and fighting in the parking lot led to the gunfire, according to the police department’s preliminary investigation. A motive is undetermined. Police are still working to identify the shooter. The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting or have cell phone video can call Detective Cody Thomas at 629-201-5537. Tips can also be given anonymously by calling 615-893-STOP (7867). Mor

Artillery in northwest Syria kills 6, including 2 children

BEIRUT (AP) — Six people from the same family including two children were killed in a Syrian military artillery strike on a rebel-held village in northwest Syria on Saturday, opposition activists said. Residents said the family was outside their house enjoying sunny weather and drinking tea when the shell struck. Low-flying reconnaissance aircraft circled the area, Maarat al-Naasan village in Idlib province, after the strike. The opposition’s Syrian Civil Defense group, also known as the White Helmets, said the two children were aged three and seven. It said a total of 65 children have been killed in a renewed bombing campaign by the Russian-backed Syrian government targeting Idlib in the past six months. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Syria war monitor, also reported the deaths. It said government forces also shelled areas around the villages of Kafr A’ama and Taqad, west of the city of Aleppo. Idlib province is the last rebel stronghold in war-torn Syria, an

Journalists working with UN freed by Taliban

The United Nations' refugee agency confirmed on Friday that two journalists working with them, who had previously been detained by the Taliban, had been freed.  "We are relieved to confirm the release in Kabul of the two journalists on assignment with [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], and the Afghan nationals working with them. We are grateful to all who expressed concern and offered help,"  the U.N. agency tweeted on Friday . "We remain committed to the people of Afghanistan." A Taliban official, Zabihullah Mujahid,  said in a statement over Twitter earlier on Friday  that foreign nationals had been detained because they did not have documents, licenses or identity cards. He added that they had since been in touch with their families and freed. The Committee to Protect Journalists earlier identified one of the journalists missing as former BBC journalist Andrew North.  "The Taliban's detention of two journalists on assignment with the UN

Paris police thwart advance of virus protesters on capital

  PARIS (AP) — Paris police intercepted at least 500 vehicles attempting to enter the French capital Saturday, in defiance of a police order, to take part in protests against virus restrictions inspired by Canada’s horn-honking “Freedom Convoy.” The police said on Twitter that several convoys were stopped from entering at key city arteries and over 200 motorists were handed tickets. Elsewhere, at least two protesters were detained amid a seizure of knives, hammers and other objects in one central Parisian square. Some 7,000 officers have been mobilized for the weekend protests. Police have created checkpoints, deployed armored personnel carriers and set up water cannons to brace the city for the protests. So far, the police blockade action has seemed effective. Railing against the vaccination pass that France requires to enter restaurants and many other venues, protesters have tried to weave toward Paris from north, south, east and west, waving and honking at onlookers from their car w

Crowd Continues to Blockade US-Canada Border Bridge Despite Injunction

  Crowds continued to blockade the Ambassador Bridge on the US-Canada border late on February 11 and into the early hours of February 12, despite an Ontario Superior Court injunction prohibiting any efforts to obstruct the bridge,   CBC   reported The blockade, led by protesters opposing vaccine mandates, entered its fifth day on Friday at the border crossing that connects Windsor, Ontario, to Detroit, Michigan. The"injunction": ISSUED %20Order%20Morawetz%20FEB%2011%202022%20CV-22-30791.pdf stated that anyone that had notice of the order, that came into effect at 7pm ET, was prohibited from “impeding or blocking access to the Ambassador Bridge and indirect or direct approaching roadways and access points” for 10 days. People remain at liberty to engage in a peaceful, lawful, and safe protest that does not impede or block access to the Ambassador Bridge and approaching roadways, the injunction stated. CBC  reported that at least 10

Black FedEx driver shot at by white men draws parallels to Ahmaud Arbery case

A Black FedEx driver who was allegedly shot at by a white father and son in Mississippi while delivering packages said he “can definitely see the similarities” between his case and that of  Ahmaud Arbery,  a 25-year-old Black man who was murdered in 2020 by three white men while jogging in Georgia. “Because Ahmaud Arbery didn’t survive to speak up for himself, so I want to take that upon myself to do that for me and him as well,” said D’Monterrio Gibson, 24, in an  interview with CNN  on Friday. The father and son, Brandon and Gregory Case,  were reportedly  arrested and charged this week over the incident. According to Gibson, he was delivering packages on an evening route in Brookhaven, Mississippi, on 24 January when the two men allegedly chased him in a truck for several minutes and fired at least five shots towards his van. “They came out of nowhere,” he said at a news conference on Thursday. “Even if [the van] was unmarked, civilians still can’t take the law into their own hands

New Zealand tries old earworm hits to flush out protesters

  WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some countries might send in a riot squad to   disperse trespassing protesters . In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. Initial moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament's grassy grounds since Tuesday had little effect. The protesters, who have been voicing their  opposition to coronavirus vaccine mandates , responded to the soaking from the sprinklers by digging trenches and installing makeshift drainpipes to divert the water. When a downpour hit Saturday, their numbers only grew. Protesters brought in bales of straw, which they scattered on the increasingly sodden grounds at Parliament. Some shouted, others danced and one group performed an Indigenous Maori haka. By evening, Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard had come up with a new plan to make the protesters uncomfortable: using a sound system to blast out vaccine messages, decades-old Barry Manilow songs and the 1990s

Deadly shooting at Fresno bowling alley after two men get into heated argument, witnesses say

 A man was killed late Friday night during a shooting at a north Fresno bowling alley, according to police. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. at the Bowlero, located at Blackstone and Sierra avenues. A pair of witnesses who were inside the bowling alley said an argument broke out between two men, and both became visibly upset. One of the men walked out of bowling alley after the heated exchange then came back inside — only to go back outside again then inside once more. During his final time walking back into the crowded Bowlero, the man re-approached the other man near the front entryway and pulled out a gun, according to the witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity. Fresno Police confirmed the victim was shot twice in the upper torso. The witnesses, who did not know the shooter nor the victim, said they performed CPR on the wounded man until an emergency medical crew arrived. Fresno Police said the victim, who was in his late 30s to early 40s, died while being transported to St.

'Born free': Somaliland says China can't dictate to it over Taiwan

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China cannot dictate who Somaliland can have relations with as it was a sovereign nation and "born free", the foreign minister of the breakaway Somali region said on Friday during a trip to Taiwan which has been condemned by Beijing. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread international recognition for its independence. The region has been mostly peaceful while Somalia has grappled with three decades of civil war. Somaliland and Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory and likewise diplomatically isolated, set up representative offices in each other's capitals in 2020, angering Beijing and Mogadishu. Strategically situated on the Horn of Africa, Somaliland borders Djibouti, where China maintains its first ever overseas military base. China's Foreign Ministry said this week Taiwan was "fanning the flames to undermine the independence and unification of other countries, harming others without benefiting thems

New Mexico State Police: Officer wounded in shooting near Edgewood

  Feb. 12—A New Mexico State Police officer is in stable condition after he was wounded by gunshot Friday morning near Sedillo Hill, an area between Edgewood and Tijeras, the agency said. The officer was responding to a report of a suspicious woman at a gas station in Edgewood, state police said in a news release. When he tried to speak with a man and a woman in a Cadillac, the man drove the vehicle in reverse, ramming the officer's patrol car, then sped away, the release said. Following a high-speed chase, the officer performed a maneuver to stop the fleeing Cadillac, causing it to crash into a guardrail. The officer and the driver exchanged gunfire, and the officer was struck, the release said. The couple ran away from the scene. New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson said in a news conference Friday afternoon a man and woman who fit the description of the suspects had been picked up for questioning along Central Avenue in Albuquerque and were awaiting interviews. Johnson open

Chinese woman suffers skull fractures after being struck with baseball bat from behind in Seattle

A man accused of a brutal baseball bat attack against a Chinese woman in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood has been charged with assault on Friday, according to reports. The incident, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred in the 200 block of Cedar Street at around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, as per  The Seattle Times . The victim, whose name has not been officially released by authorities, was walking home from work when 31-year-old Wantez Jamel Tulloss allegedly struck her head with a baseball bat from behind. In the video, the suspect can be seen dropping two bags in his right hand so that he could use both hands to hit Wang with the bat. Police responded to a 911 call and found Wang lying on the sidewalk with a bloodied right ear. She sustained skull fractures that required “significant surgery.” Tulloss allegedly roamed around after the attack and even treated himself to a slice of pizza, according to the  New York Post . He then returned to his apartment, a transitional housing

Deputy U.N. chief left near tears by rape accounts in Ethiopia

  UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Deputy U.N. Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said on Friday she was deeply shaken by accounts of rape from Ethiopian women, which she described as "your worst nightmare.” Speaking to reporters in New York a day after returning from Ethiopia, Mohammed said she had been left near tears while hearing what the women had experienced, which included gang rape and rape in front of children. She called for accountability for atrocities committed against women and recounted sights of famine in the crisis-torn country. "In your worst nightmares you cannot imagine what has happened to the women in Ethiopia," she said of the "incredibly emotional" visit. "It is going to be a lifelong healing process for many, many women and children in Ethiopia." War erupted in Ethiopia's Tigray in November 2020, pitting the Ethiopian government and its allies, including Afar troops, against forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front

Ontario Premier Doug Ford declares a state of emergency in Ontario in response to 'siege' and 'illegal occupation'

 Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency on Friday in response to the "siege" and "illegal occupation" of Ottawa, and in Windsor. I call it a siege because that's what it is, it’s an illegal occupation. Ontario Premier Doug Ford The Ontario premier will convene cabinet to enact orders that will make it "crystal clear" that is illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure. This includes protecting international border crossings, 400-series highways, airports, ports, bridges and railways, in addition to the movement of ambulances, medical services, public transit, and movement on municipal and provincial roadways and pedestrian walkways.   0:34   0:56   Scroll back up to restore default view. Fines for noncompliance will be a maximum financial penalty of $100,000 and up to a year imprisonment. The province will also provide additional authority to consider taking person