Police arrest suspect after gunman kills six at US July 4 parade

by Youngrae Kim Agence France-Presse HIGHLAND PARK, United States (AFP) — Police arrested a suspect Monday after a mass shooting left six dead at a US Independence Day parade in a wealthy Chicago suburb, casting a dark shadow over the country’s most patriotic holiday. Robert Crimo, 22, was identified as a “person of interest” and became the target of a massive manhunt across the town of Highland Park in Illinois, where a rooftop gunman with […]

Developing story: Six killed, 24 wounded in US July 4 parade shooting: police

A shooter opened fire during a parade to mark US Independence Day in the state of Illinois, killing at least 6 people, American media reported, citing officials. The shooting in the city of Highland Park, located near Chicago, also left 24 people wounded, according to the reports. Highland Park announced that all July 4 festivities had been canceled as a result. Today a shooter struck in Highland Park during the Independence Day parade. My campaign […]

Shots fired near July 4 parade route in Illinois

  WASHINGTON, July 4, 2022 (AFP)  –  A shooter opened fire along the path of an Independence Day parade in the US state of Illinois on Monday, officials said. “The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade,” the Midwestern state’s police force tweeted. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which is responsible for the area that includes Highland Park, the city near […]

Thailand scrambles F-16s as Myanmar jet violates airspace

  BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP)  – Thailand scrambled F-16s after a Myanmar jet involved in clashes with anti-coup fighters violated its airspace, officials said Thursday, as a regional envoy urging dialogue visits Yangon. Fighting in eastern Myanmar has escalated since a putsch last year ousted a civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, with thousands fleeing to Thailand to escape the violence according to the United Nations. The conflict has sparked concern among Myanmar’s neighbours, […]

12 bodies found after South China Sea typhoon shipwreck

BEIJING, July 4, 2022 (AFP)   – Twelve bodies have been found following a shipwreck in the South China Sea over the weekend that left more than two dozen crew members missing, Chinese authorities said Monday. The announcement came days after an engineering vessel 160 nautical miles (296 kilometres) southwest of Hong Kong suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces during a typhoon. “As of 3:30 pm on July 4, rescue forces found and recovered […]

Thermal drones seek survivors after deadly Italy glacier collapse

  CANAZEI, Italy (AFP) — Rescuers used thermal drones Monday to search for possible survivors trapped under ice after an avalanche set off by the collapse of the largest glacier in the Italian Alps killed at least six people and injured eight others. Authorities said they did not know how many climbers were hit when the glacier gave way Sunday on Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Italian Dolomites. “We found bodies torn apart, in […]

Japan protests Chinese navy sailing near disputed islands

  TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan lodged a protest with China on Monday over a Chinese naval vessel sailing near disputed islands, a Japanese official said, as reports emerged of Russia also sending its own navy ship to the area. The islets in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku by Tokyo and the Diaoyu by Beijing, are at the centre of a long-running dispute between Japan and China. Japanese officials regularly protest the […]

1.7 million locked down in China’s Anhui province

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China placed 1.7 million people under lockdown in central Anhui province, where authorities reported nearly 300 new cases Monday in the latest of a string of outbreaks testing Beijing’s no-tolerance approach to Covid-19. The country is the last major economy wedded to a zero-Covid strategy, responding to all cases with strict isolation orders and tough testing campaigns. The outbreak in Anhui — where officials first found hundreds of cases last week […]

Tropical Storm Bonnie becomes hurricane, kills 3 in Central America

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) — Tropical Storm Bonnie was upgraded to a category one hurricane on Sunday as it swept towards Mexico after killing three people in El Salvador and Nicaragua, the US National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane, the third of the season off Mexico’s coast, is carrying maximum sustained winds of 80 miles (125 kilometers) per hour “with higher gusts,” the NHC said, citing satellite images. “The core of Bonnie is expected […]

Ukraine retreats from key city in major Russian gain

by Benoit Finck, with Dmytro Gorshkov in Kyiv Agence France-Presse SIVERSK, Ukraine (AFP) — The Ukrainian army retreated from the strategic city of Lysychansk Sunday, as Russia claimed a major victory by seizing control of the entire eastern Lugansk region. The Ukrainian withdrawal followed weeks of fierce fighting and marked a decisive breakthrough for Moscow’s forces more than four months after their invasion and after turning their focus away from the capital Kyiv. Lysychansk had […]

Glacier collapses in Italian Alps, six dead: rescuers

by Francesco GILIOLI, with Gildas LE ROUX in Rome Agence France-Presse CANAZEI, Italy (AFP) — An avalanche set off by the collapse of the largest glacier in the Italian Alps killed at least six people and injured eight others Sunday, an emergency services spokeswoman said. The glacier collapsed on the mountain of Marmolada, the highest in the Italian Dolomites, near the hamlet of Punta Rocca, on the route normally taken to reach its summit. The […]

Strong quakes kill five in southern Iran

  TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — A series of strong earthquakes rocked southern Iran on Saturday, killing at least five people, injuring over 90 others and reducing an entire village to rubble. The quakes, including two of magnitude 6.0, struck west of the major port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the US Geological Survey said. The first rattled an area north of the town of Dezhgan shortly after 2:00 am (2130 GMT), before a […]