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Hurricane Freddy reaches Malawi, more than 300 dead

Hurricane Freddy, the longest-lasting tropical hurricane recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, struck the southeast coast of Africa and headed towards the landlocked country of Malawi on Monday, where more than 300 people were killed. At least 85 people were killed in Blantyre, the country’s second-largest city alone, and floods and landslides in the southern region caused the government to declare a state of emergency in 10 counties. Schools have been closed, flights canceled, and rescuers frantically digging through the mud and collapsed buildings to save lives. Police and aid workers said they expected more deaths and injuries. The storm lasted for 35 days, set the record for the longest and longest lasting storm in the southern hemisphere and caused massive destruction in three countries: it hit the island nation of Madagascar, made landfall on mainland Mozambique on Saturday and moved further northwest to Malawi. Sunday.

Korean prime minister’s historic visit to Japan

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol traveled to Tokyo to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for the first time in 12 years. This marked a thaw in relations between the two Asian neighbors after South Korea announced last week that it would withdraw its request from Japanese companies to compensate Korean victims of forced labor during WWII. Japan gave another sign of responsiveness to Korea’s move on Thursday, when Tokyo’s Ministry of Commerce announced that it would lift restrictions on technology exports imposed since 2019. During Thursday’s meeting, Kishida said “new chapter in relations between the two countries”.

Printing ban at the opening session of the new parliament in Tunisia

Independent and foreign journalists were banned from attending the first session of Tunisia’s new parliament, which was largely disempowered by the increasingly autocratic president. The ban imposed on the press from entering the building is the first since the revolution that overthrew dictator Zeynel Abidin Ben Ali in 2011. Kais Saied, who was elected president in 2019, redesigned the constitution to radically reduce the power of parliament after a coup. The body’s legitimacy took another hit when only 11% of voters went to vote for MPs in two rounds in December and January. The opposition coalition, which boycotted the vote, said on Monday it would not recognize parliament. In recent months, security forces have applied widespread crackdown on Saied’s political opponents, many of whom have been arrested without charge.

Inflation in Argentina exceeds 100%, 30-year high

Argentina’s annual inflation rate exceeded 100% in February, with the country’s statistics agency reporting it had hit triple digits for the first time since the 1991 hyperinflation era more than three decades ago. According to government data released on Tuesday, 12-month inflation reached 102.5% in the second month of the year. In Argentinean markets, shops and homes, the impact of rising prices is being felt strongly as one of the world’s highest inflation rates is straining people’s wallets. The government has tried in vain to contain price increases that affect citizens’ earning capacity, savings, the country’s economic growth and the chances of the ruling party staying in power in the end-of-year elections.

Two arrested in Hong Kong for possession of ‘provocative’ children’s books

The Hong Kong National Security Police arrested two people for possession of children’s books considered provocative by authorities, most recently in a series of actions that underscored the state of civil liberties in the city. The two men, aged 38 and 50, were arrested and detained after police and customs officers searched their homes and offices and found “provocative publications” that allegedly “provoked hatred or resentment against the Chinese and Hong Kong governments and the judiciary”. A police press release quoted by local media. Police also argued that the books could “encourage others to use violence and disobey the law”, adding that they are linked to an already settled sedition case. The publications were reportedly sent from the UK and included several copies of children’s picture books from a series depicting Hong Kongers as sheep trying to protect their village from wolves during the 2019 riots; this is a clear reference to Mainland Chinese authorities.

Police acquitted in connection with the stadium disaster that killed 135 people in Indonesia.

An Indonesian court has acquitted two top police officers accused of negligence in the crash that killed 135 people last year at a country’s stadium, sparking protests from relatives of the victims in the wake of one of the worst tragedies in football history. Another officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the victims’ families said he was treated too softly. Police were accused of instigating the deadly clash using tear gas after fans invaded the pitch after Arema FC’s 3-2 loss to tough rivals East Javan Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang on 1 October. Many relatives of the 135 victims, 40 of whom were children, burst into tears when the judge read the verdicts on Thursday, the last day of the trial, and a lawyer said there was “no justice” for the families. Malang Bambang police officer Sidik Achmadi, accused of ordering his subordinates to fire tear gas, was found not guilty.

Suspect from Lebanon killed in Israel

The Israeli military said its troops killed a gunman suspected of entering the country from Lebanon and blew up a car, raising the risk of renewed tensions with Hezbollah. The incident occurred on Monday but was disclosed by the Army on Wednesday. “An explosive device was detonated near the Megiddo junction on Monday, seriously injuring an Israeli civilian,” the Israeli army said on Twitter. “Security forces neutralized a terrorist in a vehicle carrying explosive belts and multiple weapons while searching northern Israel.” The military said soldiers stopped a vehicle carrying the suspected bomber at a checkpoint shortly after the explosion on the road. “Our estimation was that he was aiming to mount another terrorist attack,” the military said, possibly before committing suicide. Israel’s northern border with Lebanon has been quiet but tense since the 2006 conflict between the two countries. 4 years ago, Israel uncovered a network of tunnels built by Hezbollah along the border. Tel Aviv considers the Iran-backed Shiite group its biggest imminent threat, with Hezbollah estimating that it has 150,000 rockets and missiles targeting Israel.

Opposition in Syria celebrates 12 years since first uprisings broke out against Assad

Thousands of people took to the streets in opposition-controlled northwest Syria to commemorate the 12th anniversary of popular protests calling for the overthrow of President Bashar Assad and his government. The demonstrations that started on March 15, 2011 gained a revolutionary character in a short time. The rebellion turned into a real war in a short time with the heavy pressure of the security forces and the intervention of foreign powers. Twelve years later, after hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions driven from their homes, Assad still controls much of the country, thanks in large part to the military support of Iran and Russia. The conflict is currently largely frozen, though it continues intermittently, particularly in the opposition-controlled northwest. The region is home to more than four million people, many of whom were displaced from other parts of Syria during previous violence.

Explosion in a mine in Colombia: 21 people died

An explosion at a coal mine in central Colombia killed 21 people. The accident, which took place in the municipality of Sutatausa, 74 km north of the capital Bogota, occurred as a result of the accumulation of gas that exploded as a result of a worker’s tool sparking. The explosion occurred late Tuesday evening in a series of interconnected legal mines. Workers were stranded at a depth of 700 to 900 meters, two were rescued and seven managed to escape. More than 100 rescuers mobilized after the accident.

El Salvador extends suspension of civil rights to fight gangs

El Salvador’s Parliament once again prolongs the state of emergency that has suspended certain civil liberties, while President Nayib Bukele’s government continues its fight against the nation’s gangs. The so-called state of exception, renewed for the twelfth time Wednesday by the Salvadoran Congress, came into effect last year and led to the arrests of nearly 66,000 people in the Central American country. It allows arrests without a warrant, government access to private communications, and detentions without the right to a lawyer. “We must continue to fight criminal groups, we must guarantee Salvadoran families for their lives and property,” said police chief Mauricio Arriaza. According to official data, repression has already led to 65,795 arrests and 2,513 firearms have been seized. While the state of emergency measures has enjoyed widespread support in the country, human rights groups and UN experts have expressed serious concern over violations of due process, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of detainees.

Source: Today IT