Gunman wounds 10 at club
Ten people were injured in the early hours of yesterday when an armed man opened fire at a nightclub after being refused entry, police said. The injuries were not serious and the wounded were taken to hospital in nearby Cambrai, according to the armed gendarmerie police. “At around 4:30am, an individual, who was refused entry in the Vamos nightclub in Bertry, opened fire with a hunting weapon three times,” a police statement said. It was not immediately clear whether the shooting took place inside or outside the nightclub, but afterward the assailant fled in a stolen car. A manhunt for the assailant has been launched. The incident came a week after a gunman shot dead two people at a nightclub in Lille, in an apparent revenge attack after he was kicked out of the establishment. A cloakroom attendant and a 27-year-old customer were killed and another six people including the club bouncer were injured in that attack. A suspect and an accomplice were arrested in Spain on Friday.
Handshake creates outrage
A handshake between Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and former president Boris Tadic has triggered outrage in the country. The two attended a summit of current and former regional leaders and EU officials in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Saturday. Thaci, a former ethnic Albanian guerrilla commander who fought for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, and Tadic, who lost a presidential election against a nationalist opponent in May, shook hands during the summit. That was the first time the two met face-to-face since the 1998 to 1999 war.
War graves desecrated
The gravestones of 40 German soldiers from World War I have been desecrated at a military cemetery in the Ardennes region, the interior ministry said on Saturday. The announcement came on the eve of the 50th anniversary of renewed Franco-German relations after World War II. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin on Saturday that the reconciliation was one of the world’s most important. Merkel and President Francois Hollande were to attend a ceremony yesterday in the French city of Reims to celebrate their countries’ reconciliation, symbolically achieved on July 8, 1962. The desecration of the German graves happened in a cemetery some 40km east of the spot where the two leaders were to meet to celebrate their post-war ties. Interior Minister Manuel Valls strongly condemned the vandalism at the Saint-Etienne-a-Arnes cemetery. “An inquiry is underway and all means are being employed to find those responsible for this terrible desecration,” his ministry said in a statement.
Bull run injures one
Bulls thundered into and trampled several thrill-seeking runners as they raced down the dew-slicked cobblestone streets of Pamplona during the second day of the weeklong San Fermin bull-running festival, but officials say no one was gored. Ignacio Iribarren, a hospital spokesman, said that while many runners suffered minor cuts and bruises, only one person received medical treatment for a bruised back. The second San Fermin feast day is usually one of the most crowded and traditionally features bulls from the Miura breeding ranch, some of Spain’s largest and most fearsome fighting animals, and yesterday’s run was completed in a fast time of two minutes, 27 seconds. The festival in this northern city dates back to the late 16th century and is also known for its all-night street parties.
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear