Six In The Morning Wednesday 28 February 2024


How indiscriminate Israeli fire killed half a family in Gaza

The right side of Roba Abu Jibba’s face is almost completely gone – a deep, bloody wound is where her eye should be.

The 18-year-old, confused and in pain, lies on a gurney in Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza. She tries to explain how she got there. She had been sheltering with her family for two months in an industrial warehouse on Salaheddin Street, the strip’s main north-south highway, she explains, when they came under heavy fire from the Israeli military.

In a whisper, she recalls being shot at, explosions and bulldozing. She says she watched her brothers and sisters die around her. Her mother and three of her siblings were able to flee, but she’s not sure where they went.

‘When have we ever had democracy?’: is Thelma Cabrera Guatemala’s most surprising politician?

The Indigenous activist explains why the country’s ‘democratic spring’ is an illusion and why, despite violence and corruption, she would consider a third presidential bid

by  in Guatemala City

Thelma Cabrera wraps her tiny body around a large mango tree. It is a warm embrace between old acquaintances: as a girl , she walked past this tree every day on her way to the coffee plantation where she worked with her mother and siblings. On good days, she recalls, they could pick ripe mangoes off the ground.

Today, dressed in flip-flops, a colourful checked skirt and a floral top, the 53-year-old may well be Guatemala’s most surprising politician – even without her penchant for hugging trees.

A Maya woman from the Mam people, Cabrera has run for president twice – in 2019 and 2023 – on behalf of the socialist Movement for the Liberation of Peoples (MLP) party, with a manifesto promising a new plurinational constitution and advocating for the Indigenous philosophy of el buen vivir: a sustainable and organic “good life” instead of the large-scale agriculture that dominates the Guatemalan countryside.

Germany inspects North Korea embassy closed since COVID

Germany has made a temporary inspection of its embassy in North Korea after the diplomatic mission was closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. No decision has yet been taken about whether it will be reopened.

A team from the German Foreign Office has been sent to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, with a decision yet to be taken about whether Berlin’s embassy there will be reopened.

The already isolated state shut its borders completely at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, which broke out in neighboring China.

A German Foreign Office spokesman told DW that a team had been sent to Pyongyang to conduct a purely technical inspection of the facility.

Several killed in attack on Chad’s intelligence services office in capital, says government

An attack on the office of Chad’s ANSE internal security agency in the capital N’Djamena has killed several people, the government said Wednesday.

Blaming the overnight assault on activists from the opposition Socialist Party Without Borders (PSF), headed by Yaya Dillo, the government said that “the situation is now completely under control” and “the perpetrators of this act have been arrested or are being sought and will be prosecuted”.

The attack came after a party member was arrested and accused of an “assassination attempt against the president of the supreme court”, it said.

Dillo is a fierce opponent of Chad‘s transitional president, his cousin Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.

He denounced the attack against the supreme court president as “staged”.

Small drone flies into damaged Fukushima reactor for first time to study melted fuel


A drone small enough to fit in one’s hand flew inside one of the damaged reactors at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Wednesday in hopes it can examine some of the molten fuel debris in areas where earlier robots failed to reach.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings also began releasing the fourth batch of the plant’s treated and diluted radioactive wastewater into the sea Wednesday. The government and TEPCO, the plant’s operator, say the water is safe and the process is being monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, but the discharges have faced strong opposition by fishing groups, as well as a Chinese ban on Japanese seafood.

Alexei Navalny’s funeral to be held on Friday in Moscow

By Laura Gozzi 
BBC News

Alexei Navalny will be buried in Moscow on Friday, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The service will be held at Borisovskoye Cemetery, after a farewell service at a Moscow church.

In a speech on Wednesday, the opposition leader’s widow Yulia said she didn’t know if the funeral would be peaceful or if police would arrest those who came to say goodbye.

Alexei Navalny died suddenly in an Arctic prison earlier this month.

For years, he was the most high-profile critic of Vladimir Putin. His widow has blamed the Russian president for his death, as have many world leaders.

Few details have been released on the cause of his death, and Russian authorities initially refused to hand Navalny’s body over to his mother Lyudmila. They finally relented eight days after he died.

On Tuesday, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said his team were struggling to find somewhere to hold the ceremony – some funeral homes had claimed they were fully booked, she said, while others had refused when they found out who the event was for.