Monday, 5 September 2016

Ethiopian deaths in fire at prison 'holding Oromo protesters'

Policemen attempt to control protesters over distribution of wealth in Addis Ababa, 6 August 2016

BBC, September 5, 2016.

An unknown number of inmates have died after a fire at an Ethiopian prison where prominent anti-government protesters are reportedly being held.
Sustained gunfire could be heard coming from Qilinto prison, on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa, after the fire broke out, local media reported.

Putin, Obama Discuss Ukraine on the Sidelines of G20 Summit

The Moscowtimes, September 5, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China’s city of Hangzhou, international news outlets reported Monday.
Following the meeting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists that the two delegations had mainly discussed Syria as well as Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported Monday.

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles as G20 leaders meet in China

Reuters, September 5, 2016.

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, South Korea's military said, as the leaders of the Group of 20 major economies held a summit in China, the North's main diplomatic ally.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Hermine hammers Florida, leaving thousands without power

Reuters, September 2, 2016

Wind and rain from Hurricane Hermine slammed Florida's northern Gulf Coast before it weakened to a tropical storm and ploughed its way overland toward the Atlantic Coast on Friday.
Hermine made landfall early on Friday, bringing heavy rains and packing winds of 80 mph (130 km/h), causing damage and leaving tens of thousands of households without power along Florida's Gulf Coast.

The Final Encounter: Obama and Putin to Meet at G20 Summit

The Moscowtimes, September 2, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4 to lock in his geopolitical gains in a private meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama before the clock runs out for the Obama administration.

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

BBC September 2, 2016
A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.
The force of the blast shook buildings several miles away.
SpaceX said "an anomaly" had occurred while the rocket was being loaded with fuel. No-one was injured, it said.
The rocket's payload, an Israeli-built communications satellite for Facebook due to launch on Saturday, was also destroyed, it added.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Russian Police Arrest Mothers, Widows and Journalists Attending Beslan Memorial Event

The Moscowtimes, September 1, 2016

Russian police have detained grieving relatives at an event commemorating the Beslan school massacre after they criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported Thursday.
Five women who lost relatives in the tragedy were detained after they removed their jackets to reveal t-shirts with the slogan “Putin - Butcher of Beslan,” the newspaper reported.