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.
French authorities yesterday said that they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely populated suburb northeast of Paris had disseminated a video on its Facebook page days before Friday’s gruesome murder, railing against teacher Samuel Paty’s choice of material for a class discussion on freedom of expression, a source close to the investigation said. The French Ministry of the Interior said the mosque in Pantin, which has
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COVID-19 UNDER CONTROL: The two prime ministers agreed to ease entry bans, and allow short-term business visits and reopen flights between Vietnam and Japan Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, yesterday agreed with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China’s expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi, Suga and Phuc set up a basic agreement allowing Japan to export defense equipment and technology to Vietnam. Japan has been pursuing such agreements to bolster ties with Southeast Asian nations and sustain its own defense industry. Suga said that his four-day trip to Vietnam and Indonesia would be key to pursuing the “free and open Indo-Pacific” vision
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said that he has no problem with being held responsible for the many killings under his crackdown on drugs, and that he is ready to face charges that could land him in jail, but not charges of crimes against humanity. Duterte’s televised remarks were among his clearest acknowledgement of the prospects that he could face a deluge of criminal charges for the bloody campaign he launched after taking office in the middle of 2016. Police have reported that at least 5,856 drug suspects have been killed in raids and more than 256,000 others arrested since