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Africa: United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Somalia

United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Somalia

Press Statement

Mark C. Toner
Deputy Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC
August 21, 2016

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks carried out today against the Ministry of Transport in Mogadishu and government offices in Galkaayo.

We express our heartfelt condolences to those who were affected by today's tragedy. We note the Galkaayo attack detonated near an open market, resulting in the death of 15 people and more than 80 injuries.

The Somali people continue to bear the brunt of the trauma and destabilization resulting from al-Shabaab's vicious and persistent attacks. The United States will continue to stand with the people of Somalia, the Federal Government of Somalia, and our international partners to help to reclaim and rebuild a more peaceful, inclusive, and secure country for the citizens of Somalia.

Tributes paid to 'amazing dad' who died in sea tragedy while…

Tributes have been paid to a father who died after being swept out to sea by a large wave in Newquay.

Rudy Brunynius died in the sea off Fistral Beach, Newquay, after a major rescue operation was launched to save his family who were pulled in to the sea from rocks on Friday, August 19, at about 5.20pm.

His two-year-old daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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Friends of the Brunynius family are now raising thousands of pounds to help them.

Rudy died after being washed off a rock by a strong wave, despite the efforts of volunteers from the RNLI and coastguards to save him, while his wife Lisinda, who was also swept into the sea, was rescued.

Their daughter McKayla, two, was rescued from the sea and is currently at Royal Cornwall Hospital fighting for her life on a ventilator.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to help the family dragged into the sea in Newquay and more than £5,000 was raised in the first few hours.

Family friend Madeleine Jansen Van Noordwyk said: “Our children go to school together and my girls are the same age as her boys so they spend a lot of time together.

“It is just dreadful and Rudy was such an amazing person to know so it is such a shock.”

She said the couple were from South Africa and lived in Morden in Surrey, where Rudy had recently set up his own gardening business.

Police said the family of five were on the rocks when they were washed into the sea by a large wave around 5.20pm.

Rudy and Lisinda and their three children were on holiday in the Newquay area when the incident happened.

A statement issued by the police, said: “The RNLI lifeboat, Coastguard helicopter, lifeguards from North Fistral, police, air ambulance and ambulance crews attended the scene.

“The mother and father, both in their 30’s, were rescued from the water by RNLI lifeguards.

“Lifeguards carried out CPR on the man before he was airlifted by the air ambulance to Treliske Hospital. He died in hospital yesterday evening.

“The woman was also flown to Treliske where she remains having sustained minor injuries.

“A two-year-old girl was recovered from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat before being flown to hospital where she remains.

“The two other children managed to get back onto the rocks and were located by the Coastguard. They sustained minor injuries before being taken by ambulance to Treliske.”

Madeleine said Lisinda’s parents were trying to come from South Africa but had to get visas before they could travel.

The money raised would be used to help Lisinda in the short term and also in the longer term if she decided “to go home to her support system” in South Africa, she added.

“Anything that can be raised will help,” said Madelein.

On the JustGiving page it says: “My dear friend has had the worst happen on her family holiday in Cornwall.

“Her husband, herself and their little girl were swept off a rock by a freak wave.

“Rudy unfortunately didn’t survive and McKayla is fighting for her life on a ventilator. She is in a critical condition.

“Lisinda and her two young boys are left in Cornwall, with no financial support, and no emergency measures in place yet. Can we please help them and please pray for these lovely people, my dear friends.

Much love Madeleine.”

Since the page was set up, hundreds of people have donated, both those who know the family and those who have heard about the tragedy on the news and on social media.

One Newquay resident, Jason, left a message with his donation. It said: “Your all in our thoughts, such a tragedy God bless, hope this in some way helps you’ve got the people of Cornwall and indeed the country at your side xx”

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward with information about the incident.

Officers will be at Newquay police station tomorrow from 10am until 2pm specifically to speak to anyone who has information and can attend.

Anyone who cannot attend the station but may have information that can help the investigation is asked to contact police via email at101@dc.police.uk or by telephone on 101, quoting log number 681 of 19/08/16 or enquiry number EN/16703/16.

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Police helicopter hovering above Exeter

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A police helicopter is currently circling above Exeter.

The aircraft has been hovering over the city for around 15 minutes.

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Fayyad: Historical path in interest of Resistance

NNA – The historical path is in the interest of Resistance at the regional and domestic levels, despite the accumulation of challenges and threats, Loyalty to the Resistance, Deputy Ali Fayyad, said during the inauguration of the 10th rural festival in south Lebanon.

Fayyad added that the Resistance presence in Syria does not divert the party from fighting against the Israeli enemy.

The deputy noted that the Resistance was always in full residence along with the deterrence equation and balance that protected the people and impeded the Israeli movements’.

Fayyad criticized those who do not consider Israel a threat, saying that they were a “defect” in politics and in national standards.


Fear of the devil spurs Christine Ohuruogu on to win Olympic bronze in Rio

Christine Ohuruogu felt like the devil was on her shoulder around the last bend, spurring her on to win 4×400 metres bronze as Great Britain’s athletics team r eached their Rio 2016 medal target.

Shortly after Mo Farah retained 5,000m gold to complete the double-double, the quartet of Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Emily Diamond and Ohuruogu took to the track.

The last British athletes in action at the Olympic Stadium brought the curtain down in style, winning a first women’s 4x400m medal since Barcelona 1992 by crossing the line third in three minutes 25.88 seconds.

It was the medal that saw Team GB officially surpass their London 2012 haul, with the 66th overall also a seventh for the athletics team – the target set by UK Sport for Rio 2016.

“Today it wasn’t really about me,” Ohuruogu said after adding to her individual 400m gold from Beijing 2008 and silver four years ago. “I just really wanted a real team effort today.

“After yesterday, we knew a medal was up for grabs but it’s all well and good saying it, but we actually had to come out and deliver.

“We knew that we would need a strong performance from all the girls and they set me up in a good position. I just rolled with what they gave me.

“They did all the hard work, really.

“I just know that the last bend is the danger zone – that’s when people start calculating what they have left for the home straight.

“I just thought: ‘I am not going to wait and see who is going to charge, I am just going to go’. Honestly, I felt like the devil himself was after me – that’s how scared I was.”

Diamond revealed Ohuruogu gave a pep talk to the team telling them to keep composed whatever happens, with the 25-year-old producing the race of her life on the third leg.

“I’m on cloud nine,” she said. “It has been a whirlwind. I’m a bit speechless and have been in tears. My mum’s been in tears. It’s just amazing.

“We came into this knowing we had a shot at bronze. The Americans and Jamaicans are just so far ahead, but we knew bronze was up for grabs.”

Earlier in the evening, Lynsey Sharp produced a lifetime best run of 1min 57.69secs to finish sixth in the women’s 800m final, which was won by South Africa’s Caster Semenya.

“It was a great race to be part of,” the Scot said.

“I knew it was going to be very competitive and to run my fastest ever time in an Olympic final, I have to be happy with but I’m a little bit frustrated because I know that I can go faster than that.

“It wasn’t necessarily about times but being competitive and I feel like I did myself justice.”

Morgan Lake placed 10th in the women’s high jump final after clearing 1.93m at the third attempt, while Charlie Grice finished the 1500m final 12th in 3:51.73.

“Very happy to be here but was hoping to perform a bit better than that,” Grice said.

“But, still, I can hold my head high because apart from the Spanish guy (David Bustos) I was the only European in that race.”