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Guterres denounces the deaths of over 100 in Gaza food convoy attack

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the killing of over 100 people in northern Gaza and called for a ceasefire. The incidents occurred around a food convoy, resulting in the death of 104 people and injuring more than 700.

According to the Palestine news agency, Wafa, medical sources reported Israeli troops opened fire on people waiting for humanitarian assistance trucks in Gaza City. The Secretary-General expressed shock at the tragic toll of the conflict, with over 30,000 reported deaths and 70,000 injuries.

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Volker Turk described the killings in Gaza as “carnage” and expressed deep concern over the unprecedented level of civilian casualties. Despite denouncing Hamas’ attack on Israel, he condemned the brutality of the Israeli response as well.

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As Israel launched its counterattack following the Hamas assault, many Palestinians were caught in the northern Gaza region where intense attacks took place. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden acknowledged that the incidents complicated negotiations for freeing hostages held by Hamas but refrained from taking a stance until all facts were confirmed.

Israeli officials claimed they fired on a crowd advancing menacingly towards them, resulting in deaths from a stampede or being run over by trucks. In light of growing opposition to US support for Israel, the Biden administration was reconsidering its position, advocating for a humanitarian ceasefire and emphasizing civilian safety.

Reports indicated the US was contemplating airdropping aid to Gaza amidst escalating tensions. Both Saudi Arabia and Jordan issued strong condemnations against the latest mass killings. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed ensuring the protection of civilians and securing the release of all hostages with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

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Historic stock exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark, destroyed by fire

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Denmark's historic stock exchange in Copenhagen goes up in flames

Copenhagen, April 16 (IANS/DPA) The historic stock exchange in the Danish capital Copenhagen is on fire with the top of the building’s tower collapsing in flames on Tuesday morning. The cause of the fire is still unclear as the area remains cordoned off for safety.

Parts of the roof have collapsed and the fire is not yet under control. Around 120 firefighters and 60 armed forces members were deployed. The blaze has torn through half of the building, with historical paintings being carried away by individuals.

Denmark’s Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen expressed shock over the fire, comparing it to the Notre Dame incident. The Provianthuset, a wing of Christiansborg Palace, was evacuated, affecting parliament operations. Meetings at the Ministry of Finance were also canceled.

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The stock exchange, a tourist attraction, is on the island of Slotsholmen. The building, completed in 1625, was undergoing renovations. The restoration aimed to bring back the original appearance of the façade, correcting 19th-century work. The spire is a symbol of the city.

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Israel initiates diplomatic campaign against Iran

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Israel launches 'diplomatic offensive' against Iran

Tel Aviv, April 16 (IANS/DPA) Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz has initiated a “diplomatic offensive” against Iran in response to a major Iranian attack on Israel. Katz reached out to 32 countries and numerous foreign ministers, urging for sanctions on Iran’s missile programme and the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization.

Katz believes that imposing sanctions and designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization would weaken Tehran and prevent further escalations. He emphasized the urgency of taking action, stating, “Iran must be stopped now – before it is too late.”

In addition to the diplomatic efforts, Katz also called for a military response to Tehran’s recent attack, which included over 300 missiles, cruise missiles, and drones. Israel and its allies successfully intercepted the majority of the incoming projectiles, but Katz stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to the situation.

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Following the major Iranian attack, Israel’s military leadership has indicated that a response is imminent. The attack, which occurred on Saturday night, was reportedly in retaliation for a suspected Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria, resulting in casualties among Iranian military personnel.

The escalating tensions between Israel and Iran have raised concerns about the potential for further violence in the region. Katz’s diplomatic offensive aims to address these tensions and prevent further hostilities through a combination of diplomatic and military measures.

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Who was Joel Cauchi Who Killed the Millionaire’s Daughter, a Pakistani Man and 4 Others?

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Who was Joel Cauchi Who Killed the Millionaire's Daughter, a Pakistani Man and 4 Others?

The entire world wants to know who Joel Cauchi is, the 40-year-old man who went on a rampage and injured around 12 people and killed six others, reported TimesNow.

Who Was Joel Cauchi?

Joel Cauchi has been shot dead during an escalation that happened in a shopping mall in Sydney where he killed six people and injured a dozen others. 

He hailed from the state of Queensland, Australia and has been accused of the stabbing spree that occurred at a shopping center in Sydney. 

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After a thorough investigation led by the law enforcement authorities and agencies, Cauchi’s identity emerged. However, authorities unveiled that Joel Cauchi “had encountered them in the past due to issues related to mental health.”

According to police, at the age of 17, Joel Cauchi was diagnosed with a mental ailment. 

Cauchi’s parents claimed that their son’s doings were “truly horrific.” They stated,

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“We are still trying to comprehend what has happened. He has battled with mental health issues since he was a teenager.”

It is believed that a month ago Cauchi traveled to Sydney. According to police, he hired a small storage unit where he kept his personal belongings, including a boogie board. 

As per Joel Cauchi’s parents, their son had been living in hostels and a vehicle. Moreover, Cauchi’s parents added that he was in contact with the family only via text messages. 

Why Joel Cauchi Is In the News?

Until now, the exact reason behind Joel’s motivation to attack remains unclear, says Karen Webb, the New South Wales Police Commissioner. 

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As per The Guardian, New South Wales (NSW) Police, while investigating the matter, said whether the suspect targeted women, but added it was an “obvious line of inquiry.”

Police added,

“Five other people – including four women believed to be aged between 20 and 55 and a man, aged in his 30s – who were in the center, died at the scene. They are yet to be formally identified. Twelve others – including nine women, two men and a 9-month-old child – suffering stab wounds, were treated by paramedics and taken to various Sydney hospitals.”

The tragedy took place on Saturday at Bondi Junction, a shopping center in Sydney in which Cauchi claimed the lives of six people. 

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He attacked five women and a man, a security guard who intervened during the attack. Among the women, 25-year-old Dawn Singleton was a victim.

Moreover, the daughter of John Singleton, the Australian multi-millionaire, was another victim and the security guard was a 30-year-old Pakistani man, who was identified on Sunday.

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