Six In The Morning Friday 15 September 2023


‘Utter destruction:’ Derna left like a war zone by Libya’s catastrophic flooding

Updated 8:54 AM EDT, Fri September 15, 2023

Driving into Derna in the early hours was like arriving in a ghost town. The city, decimated by flash floods that tore through homes and streets earlier this week, was eerily quiet.
Even at night, damage and destruction could be seen everywhere you looked. In the light of day, a scene of utter devastation unfolded.

For our team, which traveled into the area with the Libyan National Army (LNA), it felt like driving into a war zone where massive bombs had gone off.


TikTok fined €345m for breaking EU data law on children’s accounts

Irish data regulator says platform put 13- to 17-year-old users’ accounts on default public setting, among other breaches

TikTok has been fined €345m (£296m) for breaking EU data law in its handling of children’s accounts, including failing to shield underage users’ content from public view.

The Irish data watchdog, which regulates TikTok across the EU, said the Chinese-owned video app had committed multiple breaches of GDPR rules.

It found TikTok had contravened GDPR by placing child users’ accounts on a public setting by default; failing to supply transparent information to child users; allowing an adult accessing a child’s account on the “family pairing” setting to enable direct messaging for over-16s; and not properly taking into account the risks posed to under-13s on the platform who were placed on a public setting.

Spain: Rubiales denies wrongdoing in sexual assault hearing

A judge has imposed a restraining order preventing the former Spanish football boss from approaching Jenni Hermoso. Meanwhile, Spanish women footballers maintained their strike pending more changes at the federation.

Spain’s former football federation boss Luis Rubiales has denied allegations of sexual assault and coercion filed by national team player and World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso, during a preliminary court hearing on Friday.

Hermoso’s allegations come on the backdrop of Rubiales’ controversial kiss on the lips of the player during celebrations following the Women’s World Cup final game last month.

The investigating judge imposed a restraining order on Rubiales, preventing him

Colombia’s most famous artist Fernando Botero passes away at 91

Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero, who was known for his voluptuous depictions of people and animals, has died aged 91, President Gustavo Petro announced Friday.

Botero’s works of plump and slightly surreal forms became enormously popular and were on display in museums and public spaces in cities around the world, including Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Singapore and Venice.

“Fernando Botero, the painter of our traditions and defects, the painter of our virtues, has died,” the president posted on social media.

Botero’s hometown, Medellin, declared a week of mourning, with Mayor Daniel Quintero saying his works on display in that city “will live forever.”

Local media hailed Botero as the greatest Colombian artist of all time, reporting his health had deteriorated in recent days as he suffered pneumonia.

India’s opposition alliance to boycott ‘hate-filled’ TV news anchors

Congress-led alliance accuses some anchors of partisanship towards PM Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.

Indian opposition parties have pledged to boycott several television news anchors they accuse of spreading hate and of partisanship towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.

“We do not want to legitimise this hate-filled narrative which is corroding our society,” Congress party spokesman Pawan Khera said in a video statement on Thursday.

“We will not partake in these showrooms of hate.”

Congress is in an alliance of more than two dozen parties that are hoping to provide a unified alternative to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of national elections next year.

Scientists discover how brain cells die in Alzheimer’s

By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent

Scientists in the UK and Belgium think they have figured out how brain cells die in Alzheimer’s disease.

It has been a mystery and a source of scientific debate for decades.

But the team, writing in the journal Science, connect the abnormal proteins that build up in the brain with “necroptosis” – a form of cellular suicide.

The findings have been described as “cool” and “exciting”, as they give new ideas for treating the disease.

Long-awaited clues

It is the loss of brain cells, called neurons, that lead to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including memory loss.