Six In The Morning Tuesday 12 September 2023


Libya floods live news: Thousands dead, missing in Derna after Storm Daniel

  • Officials in eastern Libya say more than 5,000 people have died in devastating floods caused by Storm Daniel.
  • Aid agencies have so far provided lower estimates but warn the number of victims could sharply rise as thousands remain unaccounted.

Dams collapsing in Derna cause devastating floods

A video posted on social media has shown remnants of a collapsed dam 11.5 km (7 miles) upstream of the city of Derna.

The area where two river valleys converged is now surrounded by huge pools of mud-coloured water.

“There used to be a dam,” a voice can be heard saying in the video.

Protests in Israel as supreme court hears challenge to judicial curbs

Striking down of ‘reasonableness’ clause abolishing ability to overrule government could trigger constitutional crisis

Israel’s supreme court justices have begun hearing petitions against a key part of the rightwing government’s judicial overhaul limiting the court’s powers, a development that could trigger an unprecedented constitutional crisis.

For the first time, a panel of all 15 judges convened on Tuesday to discuss eight filings aimed at striking down the “reasonableness” clause, passed by the Knesset in July, which abolished the supreme court’s ability to overrule government decisions.

The hearings put the country’s top judges in the position of deciding on their own roles. The government has indicated it will not comply if the court strikes down the law, which would mark the first time it had overturned a semi-constitutional “basic law”. Such a move would plunge Israel into uncharted political and legal waters; the figurehead president, Isaac Herzog, has repeatedly warned of civil war.

Philippine Nobel winner Maria Ressa acquitted of tax evasion

Ressa, the CEO and co-founder of investigative outlet Rappler, is a fierce critic of former Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. She believes the charges against her are politically motivated.

A court in the Philippines on Tuesday acquitted investigative journalist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa of the final tax evasion charge that had been filed against her.

Ressa had a smile on her face as the judge delivered the acquittal, said AFP news agency. “You gotta have faith,” she told reporters outside the courtroom.

Iran’s regime has crushed anti-veil protests, but it has ‘lost the battle’ for credibility

One year after Mahsa Amini died in police custody, sparking nationwide protests, the Iranian regime has quashed all displays of public discontent. But the 2022 protest movement was not a lost cause and its impact on Iranian history cannot be undermined.

The crackdown was increasing, the screws of repression getting tighter, in the weeks leading up to the first death anniversary of Mahsa Amini, also known as Jina Amini.

The 22-year-old’s death in police custody on September 16, 2022, sparked protests across Iran for months until the authorities responded with brutal tactics, forcing protesters indoors or into exile. But with the anniversary of Amini’s death approaching, the regime was taking no chances.

Weeks ahead of the one-year milestone, the families of protesters killed by security forces were barred from holding commemorative gatherings at their graves, in what Amnesty International called the “cruellest restrictions”.  Several women’s rights activists were also detained and accused of planning events to mark the death anniversary, according to Human Rights Watch.

1st round of treated water release off Fukushima plant completed

About 7,800 tons of treated radioactive water has been discharged into the sea from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the first round of disposal as planned, the plant operator said Monday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc began the discharge of water that, despite concerns voiced by local fishermen and strong opposition from China, contained tritium levels below the prescribed limits. The release, which started on Aug. 24, is carried out under the monitoring of the Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

As the volume of processed water, a result of cooling melted nuclear fuel, approached the plant’s storage capacity limit, TEPCO decided to release approximately 31,200 tons of this water in four rounds during the current fiscal year through March.

House of Representatives to open Biden impeachment inquiry

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The US House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, senior Republican Kevin McCarthy says