Connect with us

Latest News

FBI boss faces calls to resign over missed warning

Published

on

The FBI’s director is facing calls to resign over its failure to investigate a warning about Florida gunman Nikolas Cruz, six weeks before the school massacre in which 17 people were killed.

A person close to Cruz called the FBI with information on 5 January that should have been deemed a “potential threat to life” but was not passed on, the agency said.

“The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behaviour, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting,” the FBI said.

FBI director Christopher Wray is facing calls to resign
Image:
FBI director Christopher Wray is facing calls to resign

Florida Governor Rick Scott said the FBI’s failure to take action was “unacceptable” and called for its director Christopher Wray to step down.

“Seventeen innocent people are dead and acknowledging a mistake isn’t going to cut it,” Governor Scott said.

“An apology will never bring these 17 Floridians back to life or comfort the families who are in pain.”

Mr Wray said: “We have spoken with victims and families, and deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.”

:: Pictured: 17 victims gunned down in school massacre


Students at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida, protested gun violence and showed support for gun control measures on Friday, February 16. The protest came in the wake of the shooting at a Parkland high school that killed 17 people.

Jacquelyn Noval, a South Broward junior, said she and her classmates are tired of legislators not listening to them and not doing anything about the issues of gun violence.



Video:
Florida students protest gun violence

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a review into the FBI’s procedures, saying it was clear “warning signs” were missed.

It comes after Ben Bennight said he told the FBI in September about a comment on YouTube under Cruz’s name which read: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Funerals were held on Friday for two teenagers killed in the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Mourners broke down in tears as services were held for 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff and Meadow Pollack, 18.

Mourners break down in tears at the funeral of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff
Image:
Mourners break down in tears at the funeral of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff

The grief and anger of Meadow’s father Andrew Pollack boiled over at her funeral as he yelled: “You killed my kid!”

“My kid is dead,” he said.

“This is just unimaginable that I will never see my princess again.”

Donald Trump said on Friday he was travelling to Florida amid calls from survivors for action to tackle gun violence.

The US president tweeted: “I will be leaving for Florida today to meet with some of the bravest people on Earth – but people whose lives have been totally shattered.”


David Hogg, A survivor of the Florida shootings, speaks his mind to give trump a message.



Video:
Survivor to Trump: We need action, not lies

In a direct message to Mr Trump, student David Hogg, who survived the massacre, told Sky News: “Don’t let this be another mass shooting. This is an event that needs to be a turning point and it’s an event nobody should have to go through.

“You can make as many promises as you want. But promises without action are simply lies.”

Cruz, who admitted to police that he carried out the shootings, reportedly said he heard voices in his head telling him how to carry out the massacre.

A mugshot taken after Nikolas Cruz's arrest. Pic: Broward County Sheriff's Office
Image:
Nikolas Cruz reportedly spoke of hearing ‘demons’. Pic: Broward County Sheriff’s Office

The voices were described as “demons” by police sources, according to ABC News.

It was also reported that Cruz, who is in custody over the killings, “excelled” in an air-rifle marksmanship programme supported by funding from the National Rifle Association Foundation.

The grant was part of a multi-million dollar effort by the pro-gun group to support youth shooting clubs.

Seven people remain in hospital following America’s second deadliest ever school shooting.

Source link

Latest News

‘Iraq will always remain with me, in my heart’: Pope’s message to packed Erbil stadium | World News

Published

on

Pope Francis has said Mass to thousands of people in the packed Franso Hariri stadium in Erbil.

At the end of the last official event before he returns to Rome on Monday, Francis told the crowd: “Iraq will always remain with me, in my heart.”

He closed by saying “salam, salam, salam [peace, peace, peace]”.

Pope Francis in Mosul - on the third day of his historic tour
Image:
Pope Francis in Mosul – on the third day of his historic tour

Earlier, The Pope led prayers in Mosul – a former stronghold of terror group Islamic State.

He flew in by helicopter and was greeted by crowds in the decimated northern Iraqi city, where just a handful of Christian families now live.

Thousands of Christians fled the area during the IS occupation, where they were faced with conversion, death, or paying a tax for non-Muslims.

On the way to the venue, he stopped by the ruins of homes and cathedrals that had been destroyed by IS violence, to hold a moment of silence.

He then took part in the service from a once-bustling city square, surrounded by the ruins of several damaged churches, which were destroyed when IS overran the area in 2014.

The papacy visited an area that was ruined by IS during their occupation
Image:
The Pope visited an area that was ruined by IS during its occupation

“How cruel it is that this country, the cradle of civilization, should have been afflicted by so barbarous a blow, with ancient places of worship destroyed and many thousands of people – Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and others – forcibly displaced or killed,” he told the crowd.

“Today, however, we reaffirm our conviction that fraternity is more durable than fratricide, that hope is more powerful than hatred, that peace more powerful than war.”

Pope Francis added that hope could not be “silenced by the blood spilled by those who pervert the name of God to pursue paths of destruction”.

In prayer, he said: “If God is the God of life – for so he is – then it is wrong for us to kill our brothers and sisters in his name. If God is the God of peace – for so he is – then it is wrong for us to wage war in his name.

“If God is the God of love – for so he is – then it is wrong for us to hate our brothers and sisters.”

Pope Francis releases a white dove during a prayer for war victims at 'Hosh al-Bieaa', Church Square, in Mosul's Old City, Iraq, March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
Image:
A white dove is released in a sign of peace

He concluded the prayer saying: “To you we entrust all those whose span of earthly life was cut short by the violent hand of their brothers and sisters; we also pray to you for those who caused such harm to their brothers and sisters. May they repent, touched by the power of your mercy.”

A white dove was also released by Pope Francis, to symbolise peace – a running theme for his papal visit.

In 2014, in Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi gave a sermon in an extremely rare public appearance, where he announced the IS caliphate.

Mosul was liberated in July 2017 after a brutal three-year regime of terror in the city, that left an estimated 9,000-11,000 people dead.

Pope Francis arrives to hold a minute of silence at the destroyed cathedral
Image:
Pope Francis arrives to hold a minute of silence at a destroyed cathedral

The Vatican hopes that Pope Francis’s appearance in Mosul will encourage Christian communities to stay in the area, despite years of violence and persecution.

The Pope visited one of the most influential Muslim leaders in the world on Saturday, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, where the men discussed the issues facing Christian communities in the country.

Following the meeting, al Sistani said he wanted Muslims and Christians to coexist in Iraq, and called on other religious leaders to hold great powers to account and for wisdom and sense to prevail over war.

Source link

Continue Reading

Latest News

Myanmar protests: Demonstrators ‘fired on’ amid funeral of political organiser said to have died in custody | World News

Published

on

Witnesses have said police have opened fire on protesters in Myanmar, amid reports at least one political organiser from the democratically elected government’s party has died in custody.

Several people were wounded in the historic temple city of Bagan, according to witness accounts and videos on social media, while demonstrations were held in at least half a dozen other Myanmar cities.

Residents in the southeastern city of Dawei said soldiers and police moved into several districts overnight, firing shots. They arrested at least three people in Kyauktada Township, residents there said.

Protesters create a shield formation in Nyaung-U, in a still image taken from a video obtained from social media
Image:
Protesters create a shield formation in Nyaung-U

One protest leader said to the crowd in Dawei: “They are killing people just like killing birds and chickens. What will we do if we don’t revolt against them? We must revolt.”

A ward chairman from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party was found dead in a military hospital on Sunday morning by people who lived in his Yangon neighbourhood, according to a post on Facebook by NLD MP Sithu Maung.

Several on social media speculated that U Khin Maung Latt, 58, died after being beaten in custody after being taken from his home, but no official cause of death was immediately announced.

More from Aung San Suu Kyi

Reuters news agency said it saw a photograph of his body with a bloodstained cloth wrapped around the head.

Another Facebook poster said he had been arrested on Saturday in 30th Street in Pabedan Township.

There were emotional scenes in Yangon as his funeral was held in accordance with Islamic tradition later on Sunday.

At least three protests were held in Yangon, despite overnight raids by security forces on campaign leaders and opposition activists, and video posted by media group Myanmar Now showed soldiers beating up men.

Meanwhile, police fired tear gas to break up a sit-in demonstration by tens of thousands of people in Mandalay on Sunday.

Protesters run away from tear gas in Mandalay
Image:
Protesters run away from tear gas in Mandalay

Security forces continued to crack down on many of the other protests, which have erupted following last month’s coup.

The United Nations says more than 50 people have been killed by security forces since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February.

A junta spokesman did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

The state-run Global New Light Of Myanmar newspaper reported that police said security forces were dealing with the protests in accordance with law.

Protesters set up a makeshift shield formation in preparation for potential clashes in Yangon
Image:
Protesters set up a makeshift shield formation in preparation for potential clashes in Yangon

More than 1,700 people have been detained by the police and military in Myanmar, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners advocacy group said. The latest figure did not include overnight detentions.

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s authorities claimed an activist who was shot dead could not have been killed by police because the wrong sort of projectile was found in her head.

They had exhumed the body of 19-year-old Kyal Sin, who died during the protests in Mandalay on Wednesday wearing a T-shirt that read “Everything will be OK”.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Moment nun stands up to Myanmar military

State-run MRTV said a surgical investigation showed she had been shot from behind, while police were in front.

Photographs taken on the day showed her head turned away from security forces moments before she was killed.

Opponents of the coup accused the junta of attempting to cover-up their responsibility.

Protesters have demanded the release of Ms Suu Kyi and that military leaders respect the result of November’s election – which her party won in a landslide.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Myanmar soldier points gun at hidden resident

The army has said it will hold more elections at a date in the future yet to be set.

Israeli-Canadian lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe, hired by Myanmar’s junta to act as a spokesman, told Reuters the military leaders want to leave politics and improve relations with the United States and to distance themselves from China.

He said Ms Suu Kyi had grown too close to China.

Source link

Continue Reading

Latest News

Equatorial Guinea: At least 20 killed in series of explosions at military base | World News

Published

on

At least 20 people have been killed after a series of large explosions at a military base in the city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

The cause of the blasts is not yet known but reports on the TVGE news channel suggested authorities had ruled out an attack.

TVGE called on people to donate blood and said hospitals in the Central African nation were full of people injured in the explosions.

In the blast area, iron roofs were ripped off houses and lay twisted amid the rubble.

Source link

Continue Reading

Trending