Three Killed, 13 Injured In Egypt Due To Unstable Weather: Ministry

CAIRO – Three people were killed and 13 others were injured since Thursday, due to windy and rainy weather, Egyptian Health Ministry announced, yesterday.

The ministry said, a man was killed after being electrocuted by a lamp post, in Kafr al-Sheikh governorate, north of the capital, Cairo.

Another man was killed when a microbus overturned on a slippery road, on the eastern desert road, in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate. The incident also left 11 others injured.

A house collapsed in the coastal city of Alexandria, killing another person.

Egypt’s meteorological authority said, the unstable weather conditions will continue in the North African country until Tuesday


Modest requiem for a titan: South Africa holds modest state funeral for ‘Spiritual Father’ Tutu

CAPE TOWN— South Africa on Saturday held a state funeral for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the last great hero of the struggle against apartheid, that was stripped of pomp but rich in glowing tributes.

Tutu died last Sunday, aged 90, triggering grief at home and abroad for a life spent fighting injustice.

Famous for his modesty, Tutu gave instructions for a simple, no-frills ceremony, with a cheap coffin, followed by an eco-friendly cremation.

Family, friends, clergy and politicians gathered at Cape Town’s St. George’s Anglican Cathedral, which was illuminated in purple, the colour of his clerical robes.

It was there where Tutu used the pulpit to rail against a brutal white-minority regime and it’s there he will be buried.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who accorded Tutu the official funeral usually reserved for presidents, described the ceremony as “category-one funeral with religious characteristic”.

“Our departed father was a crusader in the struggle for freedom, for justice, for equality and for peace, not just in South Africa… but around the world as well,” said Ramaphosa.

“While our beloved (Nelson Mandela) was the father of our democracy, Archbishop Tutu was the spiritual father of our new nation”, lauding him as “our moral compass and national conscience”.

“His was a life lived honestly and completely. He has left the world a better place. We remember him with a smile,” said Ramaphosa before handing South Africa’s multicoloured flag to the “chief mourner”, Tutu’s widow, Leah.

The flag — a reminder of Tutu’s description of the post-apartheid country as the “Rainbow Nation”, was the only military rite accorded to him, respecting his request before he died that military protocol be minimal.

The funeral ended South Africa’s week of mourning, with the diminutive rope-handled pinewood coffin, adorned by a small bunch of carnations, immediately removed from the church by vicars in cream robes.

Under apartheid, South Africa’s white minority cemented its grip with a panoply of laws based on the notion of race and racial segregation, and the police ruthlessly hunted down opponents, killing or jailing them.

With Nelson Mandela and other leaders sentenced to decades in prison, Tutu in the 1970s became the emblem of the struggle.

The purple-gowned figure campaigned relentlessly abroad, administering public lashings to the United States, Britain and Germany and other countries for failing to slap sanctions on the apartheid regime.

At home, from his pulpit, he slammed police violence against blacks, including the gunning down of school students during the 1976 Soweto uprising. Only his robes saved him from prison.

After apartheid was dismantled and South Africa ushered in its first free elections in 1994, Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which exposed the horrors of the past in grim detail.

He would later speak out fearlessly against the ruling African National Congress (ANC) for corruption and leadership incompetence.


Nigeria: Police raid bandits camp in Kaduna, rescue victims

ABUJA— Nigerian policemen raided a bandits’ camp belonging to one Isiya, a notorious bandit, located in Sabon Birni forest of Igabi Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State on Friday.

One bandit was killed while two were arrested during the operation, the State Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Jalige Mohammed, disclosed in a statement.

He also said nine kidnapped victims were rescued by the operatives that stormed the camp after gathering intelligence that victims were held hostage for ransom in the said forest.

“The mission was cautiously and successfully executed which resulted in one bandit neutralized, while many others escaped with varying degrees of bullet wounds.

“Two suspects namely; Rabe Baushe and Badamasi Usman, were arrested and taken into custody for further investigation,” he said.

Meanwhile, eight of the nine rescued victims have since reunited with their families after undergoing a medical checkup at the Police medical facility and were profiled.

He said the remaining victim was rushed to the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna having sustained a bullet injury.


Mexico, Afghanistan, India lead as 45 journalists killed globally in 2021 – IPI

VIENNA— In 2021, a total of 45 journalists were killed in connection with their work, an International Press Institute (IPI) research revealed.

Mexico, Afghanistan and India are currently the three deadliest countries for journalists to work in.

Of the number, nine journalists were killed in Sub-Saharan Africa, most of whom were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, followed by Burkina Faso and Somalia.

A press release issued by IPI said the sombre tally “reflects the continued risks of doing journalism and reaffirms journalist safety as a global challenge”.

IPI called on the authorities to end impunity for these crimes and to ensure the protection of journalists, who must be able to do their work freely and safely.

The IPI global network published its yearly Death Watch on Wednesday.

IPI’s research showed that since the beginning of 2021, “a total of 45 journalists were killed in connection with their work, or lost their lives on assignment”.

Of these 45 journalists, 40 were male and five were female, it said.

A total of 28 were targeted due to their work, while three were killed while covering conflict, two lost their lives covering civil unrest, and one journalist was killed while on assignment.

Eleven cases are still under investigation.

The Death Watch includes names of journalists who were deliberately targeted because of their profession – either because of their reporting or simply because they were journalists – as well as those who lost their lives while covering conflict or while on assignment.

IPI’s list includes journalists, editors, and reporters, as well as media workers who directly contribute to news content, such as camerapersons.

Since 1997, IPI has tracked cases of journalists killed because of their work – either murdered or killed while doing their job.

The list includes independent Somali journalist Jamal Farah Adan, who was shot by gunmen on March 1. The extremist group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility.

In July, Mexican journalist Ricardo Dominguez López, owner of news website InfoGuaymas, was shot to death in the parking lot of a supermarket on his 47th birthday.

Some – but not all – journalists had received death threats before they were murdered. For instance, Shannaz Roafi, Sadia Sadat, and Mursal Wahidi worked for the independent radio and TV station Enikass in Afghanistan, which had received threats from extremist groups for broadcasting television shows.

Rasha Abdullah Al-Harazi, a journalist from Yemen who died in a targeted car bomb attack while she was nine months pregnant, had received many threats in the months before her death, Khalid Ibrahim of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights told IPI.

“By phone, she was told to stop doing journalism”, he said. “But we didn’t know it would be this serious.”


Libyan security arrests foreigner possessing 32 hand grenades

TRIPOLI— The Libyan Ministry of Interior announced arresting a foreign national with 32 hand grenades in his possession in Garabulli city, some 50 km east of the capital Tripoli.

The arrested individual faces charges of armed robbery, the ministry said, adding that machine gun ammunition was also found in his possession upon searching.

The arrested individual is part of a criminal group that is still at large, which is responsible for a number of armed robberies in the area, the ministry said.

Libya has been suffering insecurity and chaos since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.