Six In The Morning Friday 27 October 2023

Divers search Maine river near shooting suspect’s car

Maine’s ‘weak gun laws’ called into question

During the press conference, a reporter asks about Maine’s yellow flag law and what officials knew about the suspect before the mass shooting.

Concern that the law, meant to keep guns away from people experiencing mental health crises, was not followed in this situation has been repeatedly expressed.

Notably, on Thursday night Maine Senator Susan Collins, a Republican, said “it certainly seems that on the basis of the facts that we have, that the yellow flag should have been triggered”.


  1. A manhunt for a US army reservist suspected of murdering 18 people and injuring 13 others in a mass shooting in Maine has entered its third day
  2. Robert Card, 40, is said to be “armed and dangerous” and residents are still being told to shelter in place
  3. Officers raided a home in Bowdoin on Thursday night, but departed several hours later
  4. At a news conference on Friday, police said divers were scouring the river near a boat dock where the suspect’s car was located.
  5. Officials said a note was also found at a property belonging to the suspect, but declined to offer details
  6. Meanwhile, Lewiston, a city of about 38,000, is on lockdown. Schools as well as most local businesses are staying closed on Friday
  7. The attack has sparked calls for more gun control measures in the US, with Congressman Jared Golden calling for an assault weapons ban, reversing his previous stance

She fled the Israeli army as a young woman. Now in her 90s, she is running again

Souad Al-Alem was one of the roughly 10,000 people forced to flee the Palestinian town of al-Majdal. It was 1948, she was a young woman and Israel’s troops were approaching the community during the Arab-Israeli war in what is now part of the Israeli city of Ashkelon.


 Now in her 90s and living in Gaza, Al-Alem has been forced to run again.

On October 7, Hamas launched a deadly terror attack against Israel from Gaza, firing thousands of rockets, going on a bloody rampage that killed 1,400 people and taking more than 220 hostage. In retaliation, the Israel Defence Forces have been conducting a massive bombardment campaign against what it says are Hamas targets in Gaza. More than 6,850 Palestinians have been killed as a result of these strikes, according to information from Hamas-controlled health authorities in Gaza and published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah.


Revealed: the industry figures behind ‘declaration of scientists’ backing meat eating

Document used to target top EU officials over environmental and health policies but climate experts view it as propaganda


A public statement signed by more than 1,000 scientists in support of meat production and consumption has numerous links to the livestock industry, the Guardian can reveal. The statement has been used to target top EU officials against environmental and health policies and has been endorsed by the EU agriculture commissioner.

The “Dublin Declaration of Scientists on the Societal Role of Livestock” says livestock “are too precious to society to become the victim of simplification, reductionism or zealotry” and calls for a “balanced view of the future of animal agriculture”. One of the authors of the declaration is an economist who called veganism an “eating disorder requiring psychological treatment”.

Serbia: Migrants die in shooting near Hungary border

A shootout between migrants at an abandoned warehouse complex has left three people dead and one person seriously injured. It came in an area known to be used by people smugglers.

Three migrants died in a shootout near Serbia’s border with Hungary on Friday.

Criminal gangs have been fighting for control of the area along an EU entry route used by smuggling rings.

What we know about the shooting

A gunbattle took place between migrants in an abandoned warehouse complex in a village called Horgos.

Serbian media reported that it was not clear who had initiated the shooting that also left another person seriously injured.

A number of officers attended the scene but the police are yet to release a statement.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard recruits volunteers to fight in Gaza

The Iranian regime has launched an online campaign to recruit volunteers – including children – to fight alongside Hamas in the war against Israel. But the government’s propaganda efforts are not making much headway among anti-regime Iranians.


Shortly after Hamas conducted its bloody “Al-Aqsa Flood” terrorist operation in Israel on October 7, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched an online recruitment campaign with the same name, hoping to convince young Iranian men and boys to join the Palestinian armed group in its war efforts.

The campaign, taken up by Iranian state TV and radio, and several websites affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, has already garnered more than 3 million ready-to-be-deployed volunteers, Iranian television reported.

The “Al-Aqsa Flood” campaign features a young boy in his pre-pubescent teens wearing military fatigues in front of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. The child also has the symbolic pro-Palestine keffiyeh scarf wrapped around his neck, and wears a pin with General Qassem Soleimani’s portrait on his jacket. Soleimani, who long headed the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Al-Quds unit, was killed by American forces in Baghdad in 2020.


Retrial starts for former death row inmate Hakamada

By YURI MURAKAMI/ Staff Writer

October 27, 2023 at 18:50 JST


A 90-year-old woman made an impassioned plea on Oct. 27 for the swift acquittal of her brother who spent decades on death row after being convicted of murder on dodgy evidence.

But Hideko Hakamada and her brother, Iwao, 87, will likely have to wait until next year for his name to be cleared.

That is because prosecutors, despite being rebuked by a high court, still plan to convict him again at his retrial, which started on Oct. 27 at the Shizuoka District Court.

Their arguments will prolong the retrial, and the verdict—most likely not guilty—may be handed down next spring.