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As many as “300 to 400” bodies line the banks of a road out of the city of Beira in Mozam
bique, according to an eyewitness account, and flood waters have formed an inland
ocean that is visible from outer space.The harrowing scene, described by Zimbabwea
n Graham Taylor, suggests that the human toll of Cyclone Idai is likely to far exceed officiaal estimates. It follows reports fr
om aid agencies on the ground detailing how entire villages and towns have been completely flooded in the wake of last Thursday’
s high-end Category 2 storm.Taylor said the bodies were located on a 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) t
rack of highway, where flood waters had created an inland ocean, submerging entire villages around a “densely populated” s
ugar-cane plantation. The area is a mere fraction of the land in the southeast African nation left flooded after two major rive
rs burst their banks in the days following the storm.The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday that the destruction left by the cyclone is “worse than
we imagined” and warned that the humanitarian needs “will tragically only deepen in the coming weeks.”
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The identity of a Shanghai vagrant, who has become an overnight online celebrity after videos of him explaining Chinese classics to passers-by went viral on Chin
ese social media, has been confirmed by his employer, the auditing office of Shanghai’s Xuhui district government.
The office said the vagrant called Shen Wei became one of its employees in 1986 but
has been on sick leave since 1993, during which he has been paid with a basic salary.
For the past seven years, Shen, usually in rags and tangled long hair, has lived near the metro st
ation of Yanggao South Station and collected garbage every day. He began to get online attention over the past few
days when videos taken by passers-by, and then online broadcasters, show his eloquence, resourceful knowledge of Chinese classics and “wor
ds of wisdom” as he advises onlookers to spend more time on reading rather than taking videos of him.
He spends most of his spare time reading books, mostly Chinese classics which he has bought wit
h the money he earns from garbage collecting. He refuses to receive help and told the Red Star News reporter that he has around 10
0,000 yuan ($14,991) in his bank account. The money comes from his 2,000 yuan monthly salary and his father’s savings.
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The question many New Zealanders are asking themselves in the wake of Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks on two mosques is: Why?
Why was this island nation with fewer than 5 million people in the southwestern c
orner of the Pacific chosen for such a savage crime? Why should there be attacks on men, women an
d children who have gathered to pray? Why couldn’t the white supremacist be prevented from going on the killing spree?
In native Maori language New Zealand is “Aotearoa”, or roughly the “land of the long w
hite cloud” which appeared to offer a quiet sanctuary from many of the evils that beset our world today.
All that changed last Friday. By a crime of pure hate.
The brutality of the attacks in Christchurch has stunned New Zealanders. It
was the sort of thing that happened in “other places”. They thought their land is a “proud nation” of more than 200 ethnic gr
oups and 160 languages-a land of diversity in which “we share common values”, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.
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ting the magnitude of Karadzic’s crimes, the Appeals Chamber is in agreement with the Prosec
ution’s position and considers that the 40‐year sentence inadequately reflects the extraordinary gra
vity of Karadžić’s crimes as well as his central and instrumental participation in four joint criminal enterprises,” said the judge.
“Given the above, the Appeals Chamber considers that the sentence of 40 years imposed by
the Trial Chamber underestimates the extraordinary gravity of Karadzic’s responsibility and his inte
gral participation in ‘the most egregious of crimes’ that were committed throughout the entire period of the con
flict in Bosnia and Herzegovina and were noted for their ‘sheer scale’ and ‘systematic cruelty,'” added Joensen.
The now 73-year-old Karadzic led the breakaway Serbian entity of Republic of Srpska, located w
ithin Bosnia, during the Balkan wars of the 1990s that were initiated by the breakup of former Yugoslavia.
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Serbian capital, Belgrade. Karadzic was heavily disguised by a white beard, long
hair and spectacles, living under a false identity as a “spiritual healer.”
Karadzic is the highest-ranking political figure to have been brought to justice over the bitter ethnic conflicts of the 1990s.
Wednesday’s judgement was handed down by the UN’s international residual mechanism for cr
iminal tribunals, which deals with cases left over from the now dissolved courts for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
In November 2017 the court also sentenced former Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladi
c to life in prison after finding him guilty of genocide for atrocities committed during the Bosnian war from 1992 to 1995.
Mladic was charged with two counts of genocide and nine crim
es against humanity and war crimes for his role in the conflict in the former Yugoslavia fro
m 1992 to 1995, during which 100,000 people were killed and another 2.2 million displaced.
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Police in Kenya have arrested six people in connection with the seizure of counterfeit notes worth more than $20 million.
The fake banknotes were found in a personal safety deposit box of a Barclays Bank bran
ch in the capital Nairobi, Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on Tuesday.
“Six people were arrested… by DCI detectives in connection with fake currency a
mounting to slightly over $20 million at Barclays Kenya Queensway Branch,” the statement read.
6 People were arrested today evening by @DCI_Kenya Detectives in conn
ection with Fake currency amounting to slightly over 20Million US Dollars @Ba
rclays_Kenya~Queensway Branch. The fake notes in 100 Dollar denominations were recovered from the Bank’s
“The fake notes in $100 denominations were recovered from the bank’s safe room.”
Those arrested include two bank officials, DCI said, adding that a person who woul
d have been defrauded by the suspects was cooperating with the police in the investigation.
Barclays Kenya confirmed on Tuesday that the police arrested a customer who had kept counterfeit dollar notes in a safety deposit box at the branch.
Comments Off on A Syrian refugee and his son are first victims to be buried in Chri
Christchurch, New Zealand (CNN)Zaid Mustafa should have been at school on Wednesday.
Instead, he was being pushed in a wheelchair to the graves of his father and brother,
surrounded by mourning strangers in a country he had only recently made home.
The 13-year-old was shot in the leg last Friday when a gunman opened fire on worshipers at two mosques in the New Zeala
nd city of Christchurch, killing 50 people and shocking a nation that thought it could never happen there.
The Mustafas didn’t think it could happen there, either.Zaid Mustafa, 13, whose father and brother were killed in the Chri
stchurch terrorist attack, attends a funeral at Memorial Park Cemetery on March 20, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Khaled, 44, and Hamza, 15, were at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Ave
nue when they were gunned down, leaving behind Zaid, his mother, Salwa, and younger sister, Zaina.
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fleeing fighting in Syria and spending years in a refugee camp in Jordan. They secured their v
isa for New Zealand under the country’s refugee program, said Ali Akil from Syrian Solidarity New Zealand.
Their new life lasted eight months.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern referred to the Mustafas during a
news briefing Wednesday, on her second visit to the city since Friday’s attack.
In the hours after the attack, Ardern said she’d been briefed on the victims and that a family of Syrian refugees, “should have been safe here.”
Khaled and Hamza Mustafa were the first of the 50 victims to be buried, five days after the massacre.
Some families have grown increasingly impatient about the length
of time authorities are taking to complete the autopsies and release bodies.
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got on the first flight,” said Gulshad Ali from Auckland, New Zeal
and. “We just came here to support the family and friends and people who’ve been affected.”
Ali said she didn’t know the Mustafas but extended her sympathies to them.
Calls of Allahu Akbar could be heard in surrounding streets as guests were led through Islamic prayers.Mourners attend a fu
neral for victims of the twin mosque attacks at the Memorial Park cemetery in Christchurch on March 20, 2019.
Mourners then emerged from the tent, carrying open wooden bo
xes on their shoulders to the burial site where 50 graves have been dug.
Guests consider it a mark of respect to throw dirt on the graves of the dead to help send them to the next life.
Comments Off on Less likelybut not impossible — is that the EU refuses a delay
European diplomatic sources have been clear over the past few months that any kind of extension would be far easier to swallow if the UK made clear its long-term
intentions, rather than putting things off for no reason. To put it mildly, clarity has hitherto not been Britain’s strong point.
Any Brexit delay requires the unanimous approval of the European Council, the EU’s supreme decision-making body that includes the leaders of each member sta
te, meeting in Brussels this week. This is where difficulties begin. Since the start of the whole process, Brexiteers have bold
ly asserted that the unity of the EU27 would eventually crack and the UK could finally get its way.
It didn’t. To date, the EU has stood firmly by the dea
l it reached with the UK — the so-called Withdrawal Agreement — insisting it was locked down and ready for Britain to approve.
But given the UK Parliament’s reluctance to do so, and the consequent prospect of a dela
y to Brexit, something interesting has happened. For the first time in the Brexit process, we are