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6 Killed, at Least 10 Injured in Mass Shooting in Sacramento, California, Police Say

6 Killed, at Least 10 Injured in Mass Shooting in Sacramento, California, Police Say
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6 people were killed and at least 10 more were injured in a mass shooting in Sacramento, California, according to police.

Several streets in downtown Sacramento, only blocks from the state Capitol building and the Golden 1 Center, where the Sacramento Kings NBA club plays, were closed while cops responded to the gun violence, according to the Sacramento Police Department. The victims’ conditions were not immediately known, according to authorities.

The shooting occurred just hours after gunfire erupted at an outdoor event in Dallas, Texas, killing one person and injuring ten more.

Sacramento Police Chief Kathy Lester said at a press conference that the incident occurred around 2 a.m. on the corner of 10th and K Street in a famous nightlife area.

According to Lester, police officers were in the neighborhood when they heard the gunfire.

“There was quite a crowd in the neighborhood. We’re not sure if it was a club or an event “Lester said.

Former UN Prosecutor Calls for Global Arrest Warrant for President Putin

Carla Del Ponte, a former UN prosecutor
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The former head prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to be placed under global arrest.

“Putin is a war criminal,” Carla Del Ponte said in an interview published Saturday in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps.

The Swiss lawyer who oversaw UN investigations in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia said there were definite war crimes being committed in Ukraine in interviews given to Swiss media to celebrate the release of her new book.

“I had hoped to never witness mass graves again,” she told Blick. “These dead folks have loved ones who have no idea what happened to them.” This is inexcusable.

Attacks on civilians, the demolition of civilian buildings, and even the razing of entire villages were among the other war crimes she discovered in Ukraine.

She claimed that the investigation in Ukraine would be easier than the investigation in Yugoslavia since Ukraine had requested an international investigation. Karim Khan, the current ICC head prosecutor, visited Ukraine last month.

“You must move up the chain of command until you reach those who took the decisions,” she stated if the ICC discovers proof of war crimes.

She stated that even Putin may be held accountable.

“You must not give up; you must continue your investigation.” Slobodan Milosevic was still president of Serbia when the inquiry into him began. Who would have guessed that he would be judged one day? “No one,” she said to Blick.

Del Ponte went on to say that both sides should be investigated for probable war crimes, citing stories of alleged torture of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian forces as an example.

Sri Lanka Runs Out of Diesel, Faces Longest-Ever Blackout

Sri Lanka fuel
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Diesel was no longer available in Sri Lanka, hampering transportation as the country’s 22 million residents endured record-breaking power outages on Thursday. The South Asian country is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence, owing to a severe scarcity of foreign currency to pay for even basic goods.

According to officials and media reports, diesel, the major fuel for buses and commercial vehicles, was unavailable at stations around the island. Petrol was available for purchase, but supplies were limited, causing motorists to abandon their vehicles in long lines.

“We’re siphoning diesel from buses in the garage for repairs and using it to run functioning vehicles,” Sri Lanka Transport Minister Dilum Amunugama stated.

Private bus owners, who make up two-thirds of the country’s fleet, warned they were already out of oil and that even skeleton services might not be available after Friday. “We’re still utilizing outdated diesel stockpiles,” Gemunu Wijeratne, chairman of the private bus operators association, told AFP. “If we don’t obtain supplies by this evening, we won’t be able to run.”

Because they don’t have enough diesel for generators, the state electrical monopoly warned they’ll have to impose a 13-hour power outage starting Thursday, the longest ever.

“We have been promised additional supplies in two days, and if that happens, we will be able to shorten the duration of the power outages,” Ceylon Electricity Board chairman M. M. C. Ferdinando told reporters. He added that hydro reservoirs, which supply more than a third of the country’s electricity, were also dangerously low. The Colombo Stock Exchange was forced to reduce trading hours by half to two hours due to the prolonged power outages, and several offices advised non-essential employees to stay at home.

Mobile phone base stations were also affected by the electricity rationing, which impacted call quality, according to operators, who also reported their stand-by generators were out of diesel.

The shortages have generated fury across Sri Lanka, with hundreds of motorists blocking important roads in numerous towns, according to local television. Several state-run hospitals have halted operations due to a shortage of life-saving drugs, while the majority have halted diagnostic procedures that require imported chemicals in low supply, reports AFP.

In March 2020, Colombo announced a comprehensive import ban to save foreign currency required to service its $51 billion foreign debt. However, this has resulted in severe shortages of vital products as well as significant price increases.

The administration has stated that it is seeking a rescue from the IMF, as well as more loans from India and China.

The Covid-19 outbreak, which crippled tourism and remittances, aggravated Sri Lanka’s position. Many economists point to government mismanagement, such as tax cuts and years of budget deficits, as a contributing factor.

Russia-Ukraine Peace Talks Begins in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

As he convened discussions in Istanbul on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan encouraged Russian and Ukrainian delegates to “put an end to this tragedy”.

The face-to-face discussions at Istanbul’s Dolmabahce palace are intended at putting an end to a war that has killed an estimated 20,000 people and displaced more than 10 million people.

The two delegations, who arrived in Turkey on Monday, met for the first time following numerous rounds of videoconference conversations.

“Both parties have valid concerns, and a solution acceptable to the international community is feasible,” Erdogan added, AFP reports.

“It is up to the two parties to bring this tragedy to a close,” he insisted, adding that “the conflict’s continuance is in no one’s interest.”

On March 10, the Turkish city of Antalya hosted the first meeting between Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers since Ukraine’s invasion last month.

Elon Musk Giving ‘Serious Thought’ to Build a New Social Media

Tesla CEO Elon Musk
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Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc., said he is “seriously considering” building a new social media platform, a day after polling Twitter users on whether they believe the site adheres to the principle of free expression.

Musk was responding to a Twitter user who asked whether he would consider developing a new social media platform where “free expression is prioritized” and propaganda is “very limited.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said, “I’m definitely considering it.”

Elon Musk, a vocal critic of Twitter and its standards, has previously launched a Twitter poll, asking users whether they believe Twitter adheres to the ideal of stringent free expression. He also asked readers to vote “carefully,” as the “consequences of this poll will be important,” according to him.

“No,” replied more than 70% of those questioned.

“Failure to respect free speech standards profoundly harms democracy since Twitter has become the de facto public town square.” “How should we proceed?” says the narrator. He posted on Twitter after the poll. “Does it appear that a new platform is required?”

None of the new social media companies that have positioned themselves as champions of free speech, such as Donald Trump’s Truth Social, Twitter competitors Getty, Parler, and Koo, have come close to matching the reach and popularity of social media behemoths like Twitter, Meta Platform’s Facebook, and Alphabet-owned Google’s YouTube.

 Information Source: Reuters

50 Ministers From Imran Khan’s Party Go “Missing” Amid Crisis: Report

Imran Khan
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As a no-confidence vote against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan approaches, at least 50 ministers from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf are refusing to appear in public, according to Pakistani media.

According to The Express Tribune, which cited sources, 25 of the missing ministers were federal and provincial advisers and special assistants, while four were state ministers, four were advisors, and 19 were special assistants.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on the other hand, continues to have the support of the country’s ministers at the federal level. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, and Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed are among the officials who continue to defend Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has increased its attempts to recruit its allies after the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan was postponed till March 28.

According to ARY News, a team of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) is expected to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today.

The news comes after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reached out to the ruling PTI’s key partners, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, yesterday (PML-Q).

The MQM delegation was met by Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, and Pervaiz Khattak. Mr Qureshi also spoke with Pakistan Muslim League (Q) leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi over the phone.

On Thursday, PTI representatives met with the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to persuade them to return to the government and support Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in the National Assembly on election day.

The Pakistani National Assembly has a total of 342 members, with 172 constituting a majority. The PTI-led coalition has 179 members, with Imran Khan’s PTI having 155 members and four key allies, the MQM-P, PML-Q, Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), each with seven, five, five, and three members.

After Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Russia Restricts Google News Service Citing ‘Fake News’

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Since the beginning of Russia’s engagement in Ukraine on February 24, the Russian government has strengthened its grip over information on the internet, one of the country’s last bastions of free speech.

According to AFP, quoting Russian news agencies, Russia’s media watchdog has banned access to the Google News service, accusing it of disseminating ‘false news’ regarding Russia’s incursion in Ukraine.

According to a statement from Russia’s media regulator Roskomnadzor reported by the agencies, the decision was made at the request of the Russian General Prosecutor’s Office.

“Access to various publications and documents that include incorrect information… concerning the conduct of the special military operation on Ukrainian territory” was supplied by the online news service, according to the statement.

According to AFP, a Google spokeswoman stated that “some individuals in Russia are having problems accessing the Google News app and website,” and that this is “not due to any technical issues” on the company’s end. “We’ve worked hard to ensure that information services like News are available to Russians for as long as possible,” a Google spokeswoman stated.

Since the beginning of Russia’s engagement in Ukraine on February 24, the Russian government has strengthened its grip over information on the internet, one of the country’s last bastions of free speech.

Many Russian and international media outlets, including the BBC, have had their internet services banned, and a Moscow court has labeled the American social media platforms Facebook and Instagram as “extremist.”

Alphabet-owned Google said on Wednesday that it will not assist websites, apps, or YouTube channels in selling advertisements alongside content that exploits, rejects, or condones the continuing war between Russia and Ukraine.

Roskomnadzor also accused Google and its video provider YouTube of “terrorist” acts last week, paving the way for a future shutdown.

At the same time, in early March, the authorities announced two new criminal offenses: one for broadcasting “discrediting” material about the Russian army, and another for disseminating “false” information about Russian troops.

The latter offense, which has a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail, is of particular worry to the political opposition and independent media, which fear being prosecuted if they report on the Ukraine offensive.

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Russia-Ukraine War: Russia Bank Governor Tried to Resign, Putin Rejected

Elvira Nabiullina
Elvira Nabiullina. Photo: Reuters

According to four persons familiar with the conversations, Russia’s highly regarded central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina attempted to quit when Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine, but was encouraged by the president to stay.

Nabiullina’s current opinions could not be learned when she was nominated for a fresh five-year term last week. She’s been left to deal with the aftermath of a conflict that has fast undone much of what she’s accomplished in the nine years since taking office. According to the sources, leaving now would be viewed as a betrayal by the president, with whom she has collaborated for nearly two decades.

Nabiullina, 58, has made no public comments about her reappointment and did not respond to a request for comment for this piece. The press staff of the central bank did not respond to a request for comment for this article. The press department told Tass after it was published that it “doesn’t relate to reality,” but gave no further specifics.

A request for comment from the Kremlin was not returned. According to sources acquainted with the issue, only one senior official has resigned over the war: longstanding economic reformer Anatoly Chubais stood down as Putin’s environment envoy this week and departed the country.

Nabiullina, who has been acclaimed as one of the world’s top monetary policymakers by magazines such as Euromoney and The Banker, now finds herself in a wartime economy isolated by international sanctions and famished for investment as foreign corporations depart.

She more than quadrupled the main interest rate and introduced capital controls to stem the outflow of cash as the ruble plummeted as the US and its allies slapped sweeping sanctions — including on the central bank itself — in the aftermath of the Feb. 24 invasion.

After foreign restrictions froze more than half of the central bank’s $643 billion in reserves, the central bank stated it would no longer intervene to safeguard the ruble.

“The central bank can only adapt to shocks as long as there is an escalation,” said Oleg Vyugin, a former top Bank of Russia official who has known Nabiullina for over 20 years.

In the weeks after the invasion, some central bank staff have described feeling bleak, imprisoned in an institution that they worry would have little use for their market-oriented talents and experience as Russia is sealed off from the rest of the world. The rate of departures became so high at one point that the IT department ran out of hands to close accounts. Employees were guided through the final bureaucracy on their way out by arrows pasted around hallways.

Other departments hunkered down under a higher workload than normal, and a flood of resumes from sanctioned banks arrived. According to those familiar with the situation, authorities modeled scenarios that included a possible cut-off from the SWIFT financial messaging service, but they regarded the possibility of sanctions on the central bank’s reserves to be too extreme to be anything more than hypothetical.

Putin stated earlier this month that he believes Russia will overcome its current economic challenges and become more self-sufficient. “The Soviet Union lived under sanctions, developed, and achieved great triumphs,” he remarked, comparing the current wave of limitations to those placed on the USSR during the Cold War.

Nabiullina put off meeting her 4 percent inflation objective until 2024 in a brief statement released last Friday after deciding to retain rates near a two-decade high of 20%. She also cautioned that the economy is destined for contraction and turbulence with no clear end in sight. She didn’t answer questions following the rate meeting, breaking with recent practice.

Economists forecast a double-digit decrease in output this year, while the ruble’s depreciation and supply shortages might trigger inflation of up to 25%, the highest level since Russia’s government defaulted on its debt in 1998.

On March 2, Nabiullina alluded at the internal turmoil in a short video to the central bank’s personnel, begging to avoid “political disputes” that “just consume our energy, which we need to accomplish our job.” “All of us would have wanted this not to happen,” the governor stated, describing a “extreme” economic position.

The crisis that followed Putin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 was the most severe test of Nabiullina’s free-market prowess to yet. She opposed capital controls, advising Putin to do the same, and freed the currency, turning to inflation targeting sooner than intended.

Russian Elites Planning to Overthrow Putin: Ukrainian Intelligence

Russian President Putin
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According to Ukrainian intelligence, a group of Russian elites is plotting to depose Russian President Vladimir Putin and “establish economic links” with the West.

“Poisoning, unexpected sickness, accident — Russia’s elite is contemplating removing Putin,” said a Sunday Facebook post from Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense’s Chief Directorate of Intelligence.

According to the ministry, a group of “powerful persons” in Russia is assembling to “remove Putin from office as quickly as possible” and “establish economic connections with the West, which have been shattered by the conflict in Ukraine.”

According to the information, the group has been eyeing Alexander Bortnikov, the Russian director of the Federal Security Service and a member of Putin’s inner circle, as the president’s successor.

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Bortnikov and Putin allegedly had a falling out after Putin blamed him for “fatal miscalculations” in the long-running and costly invasion of Ukraine, according to the directorate.

“Bortnikov and his department were in charge of studying the mood of Ukraine’s populace as well as the army’s capabilities,” the directorate claimed.

The information originated from Russian sources who are “thinking different ways for removing Putin from office,” including a possible assassination, according to the directorate.

Russian President Putin and FSB Director Bortnikov
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As the battle carries on, the leadership transition might possibly be “an attempt to build collaboration with the Ukrainian government,” according to the article.

Sanctions imposed by the United States and its NATO allies have suffocated Russia’s economy.

The sanctions have increased the strain on Putin, who thought his three-week-long invasion of Ukraine would be done in a matter of days.

Influential Russian billionaires have had their rich assets taken by Western governments all around the world, and many have fled back to Russia or to friendlier countries.

US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was rebuked earlier this month after he called for the assassination of Putin from the inside.

Lviv, western Ukraine
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“If [Putin] remains their leader, he will make you complicit in war crimes,” Graham added, addressing the Russian people. “You’re a decent people, but you’ll never have a future, you’ll be cut off from the rest of the world, and you’ll be poor.”

“So I’m hoping that someone in Russia will see that he’s ruining Russia and that you must eliminate him by any means necessary.”

He later tweeted, “Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this end is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service.”

Politicians on both sides of the aisle attacked Graham for his statement. Graham’s aggressive remarks were condemned by White House press secretary Jenn Psaki.

“That is not the position of the United States government. And certainly not a statement you’d hear from — come from the mouth of anybody working in this administration,” she said.

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World Down Syndrome Day 2022: Theme, Significance & What Is This Genetic Condition?

Girl With Down Syndrome
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World Down Syndrome Day 2022: Between 3,000 and 5,000 children are born with this chromosome disorder every year around the world

 

World Down Syndrome Day is observed every year on March 21 as a global endeavor to raise awareness about the inherited illness. Down syndrome is characterized by the presence of one extra chromosome. The global incidence of Down Syndrome is estimated to be between 1 in 1,000 and 1 in 1,100 live births, according to the United Nations. Every year, between 3,000 and 5,000 babies are born with this chromosomal anomaly across the world. Although the cause of this sickness is unknown, it has always existed as part of the human experience.

A newborn is born with 46 chromosomes on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC explains that “babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21,” and that “trisomy” is the medical word for having an additional copy of a chromosome. As a result, Down Syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21. The baby’s body and brain grow differently as a result of the additional copy, causing mental and physical obstacles for the youngster.

History

In 2006, the inaugural World Down Syndrome Day was commemorated. The Brazilian Federation of Down Syndrome Associations then collaborated with Down Syndrome International and its members to launch a massive international awareness campaign. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution in November 2011 to commemorate World Down Syndrome Day every year. The next month, March 21, was designated as World Down Syndrome Day.

With effect from 2012, the United Nations General Assembly determined that World Down Syndrome Day will be marked on this day every year. Since then, every year on March 21, all member nations, international organizations, and civil society have held numerous activities to raise awareness about this issue.

 

Theme

 

This year’s theme for World Down Syndrome Day is “Inclusion Means.” It urges persons with Down syndrome to be included in all aspects of life and to not discriminate against them.

 

Symptoms

 

Down syndrome babies have an extra copy of a chromosome, which affects how their bodies and brains grow. People with this condition typically have a somewhat low IQ (intelligence quotient) and talk more slowly than other youngsters.

 

A child born with this genetic condition usually shows some of these common physical features:

— Face flattening, especially the bridge of the nose

— Upward-slanting almond-shaped eyes

— A slender neck

— Ears that are little

— A tongue that protrudes from the mouth

— Tiny white dots on the eye’s iris (colored region)

— Hands and feet are little.

— A single line across the hand’s palm (palmar crease)

— Small pinky fingers that curl toward the thumb on occasion

— Muscle atrophy or sagging jointsAs children and adults, they are shorter in stature.

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