Six In The Morning Friday 1 March 2024


Global condemnation grows over Israel’s killing of Gaza aid seekers

France calls for an independent inquiry as more countries speak out against the shootings of Palestinians seeking food.

French authorities have called for an independent inquiry into the killing of more than 100 Palestinians who were collecting food aid in northern Gaza as global outrage against Israel’s attack grows.

At least 112 people were killed and more than 750 wounded in the attack, which occurred at the Nabulsi roundabout in Gaza City on Thursday.

Witnesses said Israeli soldiers opened fire as people gathered for flour while Israeli officials said their soldiers fired because they felt threatened when people stormed the aid trucks.

Kenya signs deal in attempt to rescue plan for deployment of 1,000 police officers to Haiti

It’s not clear if the new agreement can circumvent the Kenyan high court’s earlier ruling that such a deployment is unconstitutional

Kenya and Haiti have a security deal to try to salvage a plan for Nairobi to deploy 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean nation to help combat gang violence that has surged to unprecedented levels.

Kenya and Haiti have a security deal to try to salvage a plan for Nairobi to deploy 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean nation to help combat gang violence that has surged to unprecedented levels.

 Kenya agreed in October to lead a UN-authorized international police force to Haiti, but the Kenyan high court in January ruled the plan unconstitutional, in part because of a lack of reciprocal agreements between the two countries.

Navalny buried at Moscow cemetery after prison death

Crowds chanted “Navalny, Navalny!” as his coffin was carried into the church for his funeral service. Proceedings had taken place amid a heavy security presence and warnings that protests would not have been allowed.

Thousands of people turned out in Moscow for the funeral of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Friday.

Many carried flowers and shouted support for the man who was one of  President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics.

Russian security forces maintained a significant presence at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God Soothe My Sorrows, a Russian Orthodox church, and the Borisovskoye cemetery, where Navalny was laid to rest.

Navalny died at the age of 47 under mysterious circumstances during his imprisonment at a remote prison camp on February 16.

Iran heads to the polls with hardliners expected to tighten grip on power

Iranians voted on Friday in elections for parliament and a key clerical body, amid fears of a low turnout and with conservatives expected to tighten their grip on power.

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called for a strong turnout, was the first to cast his ballot, at a polling station in central Tehran, state television reported.

The elections are the first in Iran since widespread protests erupted after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, following her arrest for an alleged breach of the country’s strict dress code for women.

Since the last elections, Iran has also been badly affected by international sanctions that have led to an economic crisis.

Gold and a naval base: Russia’s wish list in northeast Africa

Is Sudan still a state?

Seven million people have been displaced and around 20,000 killed in Sudan’s bloody, ongoing civil war, which has deep roots in the country’s history. Now, with a fast growing regional food crisis, Sudan is sliding into chaos.

by Gérard Prunier

When fierce fighting broke out in Khartoum on 15 April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), a paramilitary militia, the media attributed it entirely to the rival ambitions of ‘warlords’ General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, known as Hemedti (‘little Mohamed’), respectively the president and vice-president of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, the junta then running the country.

In reality, far from being caused by personal rivalry, this conflict is rooted in the long history of the region and Sudan’s never-ending economic and social crisis. This is why the fighting spread and turned more violent, fuelled by massive arms imports, in particular from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the RSF and Egypt for the SAF. To date, seven million people have been internally displaced or fled to Egypt or Chad. The government, itself displaced to Port Sudan, has lost control of half the country.

Largest wildfire in Texas history kills thousands of cattle

By Brandon Drenon BBC News, Washington

Thousands of cattle have been killed in a raging Texas blaze, the second largest wildfire in US history.

That fire, which spans over 1.1 million acres, has melted light posts, destroyed homes and left a blackened landscape in its wake.

Two people have been confirmed dead in the blaze, which is only 5% contained.

North Texas residents have been warned the wildfire may worsen over the weekend, fuelled by low humidity and high winds.

Fire weather watches have been issued in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle from Saturday through to midnight on Sunday as firefighters rush to contain the conflagration.