Strikes won’t save Kobane
Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told the media on Wednesday we should steel for the eventuality that the Islamic State will take Kobane. “We’ve been very honest about the limits of air power here, the ground forces that matter the most are indigenous ground forces, and we don’t have a willing, capable, effective partner on the ground inside Syria right now it’s just a fact.” The UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura has told the media that Kobane cannot be lost differing with the Pentagon he said. “The international community needs to defend them, the international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS.” Turkey is also facing Pro-Kurdish demonstrations as protestors ignore curfew put in place to call for the Turkish government to intervene with ground forces in the conflict. So far 19 protestors have been killed, 388 have been arrested and 145 have been injured.
Same-sex marriage bans overturned in US
A Californian federal court has declared that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, reversing previously laws to the contrary in Nevada and Idaho. This move came after the Supreme Court ruled it would not review any decisions made by lower courts on the issue allowing the legislation to be put through. The move also means that same-sex marriages made in other states are to be recognised in Indiana, Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, wrote on the Supreme courts’ ruling, “The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions.”
US F-15 crashes in UK
A US F-15 pilot has crashed at Weston Hill in the east of England. The fighter pilot suffered minor injury and was taken by helicopter from the scene. So far no explanation of how the crash happened has been given and the area has been cordoned off due to toxic fumes.
Five men hung in Kabul after shocking gang rape
Human rights groups have called into question how the court case was conducted with five men accused of a gang rape in Kabul. David Griffiths, an Asia-Pacific deputy director of Amnesty International said, “The trials have been marred by inconsistencies, uninvestigated torture claims and political interference. But the death penalty is not justice it only amounts to short-term revenge.” The five men were charged with extramarital sex and robbery and put to death a month after their conviction. The men wearing police uniforms and armed with machine guns allegedly raped and robbed four women after pulling them out of a car as they returned from a wedding. The UN Human Rights Commission called for Afghanistans President Ashraf Ghani to review the case before making the sentence.
Earthquake in China displaces 50,000
An earthquake has devastated China’s south west province Yunnan killing one person and injuring more than 300 people. The Chinese government has sent 3200 troops in an attempt to save more lives. The earthquake itself hit a 6.0 magnitude leading to over 50,000 people being displaced in the mountainous region. Another 600 professional rescue personnel have also been sent with dogs to help in the rescue.
Indiana couple murder-suicide on wedding night
Dr George Scott Samson and nurse Kelly Ecker were found dead on their wedding night in an apparent murder-suicide. Dr Samson apparently shot his new wife and then turned the gun on himself in their home in Terre Haute, India. The murder-suicide came after the bride and groom were seen ignoring each other at the reception. According to guests who attended, Mrs Eckers 10-year-old son was found after the police responded to a 911 call she made earlier. An elderly relative was also found in the home unharmed. – Brian Ennew