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Six-year-old Boy Arrested in the US After Shooting a Teacher



According to police, a six-year-old kid who shot a teacher in the US state of Virginia has been taken into custody.

According to Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew, the incident took place at Richneck Elementary School soon after 14:00 local time (19:00 GMT).

Uncertainty surrounds the child’s acquisition of the weapon, but Mr. Drew insisted that the shot was not “accidental.”

The instructor, who has not been identified but is thought to be in her 30s, had injuries that could have been fatal.

She was brought to a nearby hospital, where staff members are keeping a tight eye on her. After a fight between the two, the occurrence happened in a first grade (ages six to seven) classroom.

However, Mr. Drew emphasized that the event had been isolated and that police “did not have a situation where someone was running around the school firing.”

Officials stated that although the school, which has about 550 kids, had metal detection equipment, children were only randomly searched.

Police wouldn’t say what the boy’s firearm was, but they did say it was used in the incident.

Dr. George Parker, the superintendent of the school district, said investigators will “be looking at any instance that may have transpired that may have precipitated this occurrence.”

Dr. Parker continued, “This is dreadful; something like this should never happen.” “We want to make sure something similar never occurs again.”

In addition to announcing that the school would be closed on Monday, he promised to provide pupils and parents with support as they coped with the upsetting event.

Three days after taking office, Newport News’ new mayor, Phillip Jones, called the shooting “a horrible day for Newport News.”

He assured reporters, “We’re going to learn from this and we’re going to come back stronger.”

Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia, indicated that he had offered help to the local authorities and that his administration was “ready to help in any manner we can.”

He posted on Twitter, “I am monitoring the situation and praying for the continued safety of all students and the community.

A metropolis of roughly 180,000 inhabitants, Newton News is located around 70 miles (112 km) south of Richmond, the state capital.

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Japan issues tsunami alert as 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Philippines




An earthquake of at least 7.3 magnitude struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines late Saturday, prompting evacuation orders and tsunami warnings (of waves) one metre (3 feet) or higher for Japan.

The waves might hit the Philippines by midnight (1600 GMT) and linger for several hours, according to the Philippine Seismology Agency Phivolcs. According to the US Tsunami Warning System, waves up to 3 metres above tide level may occur along many Philippine coastlines.

“Boats already at sea during this period should stay offshore in deep waters until further advised,” Phivolcs reported, asking people living near the coast of Surigao Del Sur and Davao Oriental provinces to “immediately evacuate” or “move farther inland”.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, tsunami waves of up to a metre were expected to impact Japan’s southern coast about 1:30am on Sunday (1630 GMT on Saturday). Phivolcs projected that the tremor would cause significant damage, but warned of aftershocks.

According to Raymark Gentallan, the local police commander of Hinatuan, a beach town near the earthquake’s epicentre, power has been cut off since the tremor, but no casualties or damage have been confirmed.

The Philippines, which is located on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire,” a band of volcanoes causing seismic activity, is prone to earthquakes.

Moreover, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake was observed at a depth of 63 kilometres (39 miles) by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According to the US Geographic Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 7.6 and a depth of 32 kilometres (20 miles), and it occurred around 10:37pm., Philippines time (1437 GMT).

Source: eNCA

In other news – Gospel star Ntokozo Mbambo speaks on winning big at SAMAs & ignoring Kelly Khumalo’s rant

Ntokozo Mbambo made history on the SAMA 29 stage this past November when she walked away with three trophies.

Ntokozo Mbambo and Kelly Khumalo

She won Best Contemporary Faith Music Album, Best Album and the highly coveted Best Female Artist Album. It made her the first contemporary gospel artist to win three awards on the same night at the South African Music Awards. Read more

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Three killed in Jerusalem shortly before truce is extended





Shortly after Hamas agreed to extend its truce with Israel by one day just minutes before the pause was due to expire, Israeli police indicated that two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a bus stop in Jerusalem, killing at least three people during the early morning rush-hour. The extension, now into its 7th day, after two extensions so far, will see a further 10 hostages released for an additional day’s pause.

Key mediator Qatar announced the extension and indicated that the original framework remained in place in terms of the exchanges of Israeli hostages for three times the number of Palestinian prisoners.

The international community, including the UN Secretary-General, has insisted that the days-long pause in fighting was not enough to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza where a catastrophe continued to unfold.

Several countries including China have called for the current pause to lead to a permanent ceasefire and not a return to fighting which would only lead to a vicious cycle of violence. Israel is adamant that its military operations to dismantle Hamas would resume when the current pause lapses.

Source: SABC

In other news – VIDEO: DJ Maphorisa building a luxurious mansion as big as Mall of Africa

Popular South African Amapiano sensation and producer DJ Maphorisa took to Instagram to reveal his new housing project. The multi-award-winning producer recently hogged headlines when it was revealed that he was building a mega-mansion.

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However, against the news, DJ Maphorisa did not openly confirm the news of his mansion. Read more

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