Dozens killed in New Year’s stampede in China
At least 35 people killed and dozens injured in a stampede during New Year’s celebrations in Shanghai
At least 35 people have been killed and dozens injured after a stampede broke out during New Year’s celebrations in the Chinese city of Shanghai, state-run media has said.
Citing Sina News, CCTV America said the the cause of the stampede on the Bund, the financial hub of Shanghai’s popular waterfront area, was still unclear.
At least 42 people were also injured, the report said.
Pictures posted on social media showed huge crowds surrounding people lying on the ground in the middle of the street, but they could not be immediately verified.
Authorities had earlier cancelled a New Year’s countdown with a 3D laser display at the Bund due to crowd concerns, the Shanghai Daily reported last week.
The event had been growing in popularity for three years, but last year’s turnout of some 300,000 people far exceeded authorities’ expectations, the report said.
San Francisco earthquake injures dozens
Biggest quake in decades knocks out power to about 40,000 homes and businesses in northern San Francisco area.
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has rocked the northern San Francisco area, injuring dozens of people, damaging historic buildings, setting some homes on fire and causing power outages around the picturesque town of Napa.
Why dozens of Israeli reservists are refusing to serve
By: Yael Even Or
Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves which are made up of ex-soldiers there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.
Breaking The Silence: Dozens of new video testimonies (Video)
In 2011, for the first time ever in the history of the Occupation, IDF soldiers chose to reveal their identities to the public and provide testimony about their actions in the Occupied Territories. Immediately after the testimonies were published, the IDF spokesperson welcomed the move as an opportunity for the military to investigate our materials, but guess what was (never) done…
… Three years have passed and, to this day, no investigation has been opened regarding the cases described by Breaking the Silence members. None of the soldiers have been summoned or questioned about their actions.
Now we are publishing dozens of **new** video testimonies that depict the reality of military control over a civilian population, the reality of day-to-day human rights violations that we – as IDF soldiers – participated in and preserved. The Occupation turns all of us, every soldier, into a rotten apple. This is proven by the hundreds of soldier testimonies from dozens of military units serving all over the territories.
We know there will be no investigations opened this time either, because to investigate us is to investigate the system of occupation itself. Investigating one soldier or another will not transform the underlying policy requiring the systemic violation of human rights and rejection of Palestinian liberty into a moral one.
Watch the new video testimonies on our website: http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/videos
UK: Muslims help the homeless in Ramadan (Video)
Muslims across Wales are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan. And in Cardiff dozens of volunteers from the Muslim community have joined up with curry houses and takeaways to provide fresh meals for the city’s homeless.