Six In The Morning Friday 26 January 2024


She was fleeing with her grandson, who was holding a white flag. Then she was shot

Sara Khreis replays the last day she spent with her mother over and over in her mind.

Their family had spent weeks agonizing over whether to flee as Israeli troops moved into Gaza City’s al-Rimal neighborhood, tanks rolling past their front door and a terrifying cacophony of bombs, quadcopter drones and gunfire thundering all around them.

After two nights of bombardment so intense they thought it might blow their home apart, they were resolved: they had to go.

Kenya high court rules against plan to deploy hundreds of police to Haiti

Judge says UN-backed proposals to tackle gangs in Caribbean country contravene Kenya’s constitution

Kenya’s high court has ruled against a government plan to deploy hundreds of police to Haiti to lead a UN-backed multinational mission to fight escalating gang violence in the Caribbean country.

Enock Chacha Mwita, the judge who issued the ruling, said: “Any decision by any state organ or state officer to deploy police officers to Haiti … contravenes the constitution and the law and is therefore unconstitutional, illegal and invalid.”

Russia: Court denies appeal to WSJ reporter on spying charge

A Russian court has rejected the appeal of a US journalist who was detained on charges of espionage. Evan Gershkovich is the first US journalist to be arrested for alleged spying in decades.

Russian state news agencies on Friday reported that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich had lost an appeal against his detention.

The 32-year-old is the first US citizen to face spying charges since 1986 when the Soviet KGB secret service Nicholas Daniloff, a Moscow correspondent for US News and World Report, was arrested.

The period of detention of Evan Gershkovich … is extended by two months … till March 30,” the court said on Telegram.

British Post Office scandal victim wants Fujitsu to be ‘open, honest’

One of the British post office operators falsely accused of embezzlement due to faults in Fujitsu Ltd’s accounting system said its local unit should be “open and honest” about their role in the scandal.

Speaking to Kyodo News, Lee Castleton described the behavior of staff at Fujitsu’s European arm as “not very honorable,” after it emerged last week at the public inquiry into the scandal that a Fujitsu manager in a 2006 email called him “a nasty chap” who wanted to “rubbish” the company’s name.

In the same email, the Fujitsu Post Office Account Security Team member expressed his desire for Castleton to be “hung out to dry,” despite never having met or spoken to the operator himself.

Georgia’s stolen children: Twins sold at birth reunited by TikTok video

By Fay Nurse and Woody Morris BBC World Service

Amy and Ano are identical twins, but just after they were born they were taken from their mother and sold to separate families. Years later, they discovered each other by chance thanks to a TV talent show and a TikTok video. As they delved into their past, they realised they were among thousands of babies in Georgia stolen from hospitals and sold, some as recently as 2005. Now they want answers.

Amy is pacing up and down in a hotel room in Leipzig. “I’m scared, really scared,” she says, fidgeting nervously. “I haven’t slept all week. This is my chance to finally get some answers about what happened to us.”

Her twin sister, Ano, sits in an armchair, watching TikTok videos on her phone. “This is the woman that could have sold us,” she says, rolling her eyes.

‘Too much poison’: Attacks on Indian Muslims grow after Ram temple ceremony

As India marks Republic Day, many fear the dawn of a new nation where minorities are made to feel like ‘rubbish’.

Driving through the Mira Road neighbourhood of Mumbai was a usual affair for 21-year-old Mohammad Tariq, who ran errands on his father’s white loading auto carrier.

But on Tuesday, participants in a Hindu nationalist rally stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road. Young boys – mostly teenagers – dragged him out. They punched and kicked him and thrashed him with batons, flag staffs and iron chains, his 54-year-old father, Abdul Haque told Al Jazeera. Since then, Haque said, “[Tariq] has been terrified.”