Russia has accused the United States of bombing the western Syrian city of Aleppo, as thousands of civilians continue to flee the city.
The Russian defence ministry, often criticised for carrying out airstrikes in support of the Syrian government, has turned the tables in accusing the US of its involvement. Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov stated that no Russian warplanes were within 20 kilometres of Aleppo on Wednesday, but members of US-led anti-ISIS coalition forces were. “Yesterday, … two A-10 attack aircraft of the US Air Force entered Syrian airspace from … Turkey and, reaching Aleppo by the shortest path, made strikes against objects in the city,” he said.
A Pentagon spokesperson has meanwhile accused joint Russian and Syrian forces of destroying the two main hospitals in Aleppo.
Scientists add final proof of Einstein general theory
A team of scientists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, fulfilling the prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Scientists from the advanced LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory) project found tiny ripples caused by two black holes merging 1.3 billion years ago. The black hole merger was detected by two separate LIGO facilities in the United States.
Professor David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, expressed his delight at a press conference confirming his team’s discovery. “It’s the first time the universe has spoken to us through gravitational waves. Up until now, we’ve been deaf,” he said.
Mexican prison fight leaves 52 dead
Conflict between prisoners of Topo Chico jail in Northern Mexico has resulted in the deaths of 52 inmates. Nuevo Leon state Governor, Jaime Rodriguez, said that rival groups within the prison fought with “sharp weapons, bats and sticks”. Twelve inmates were injured; five are in critical condition. It appears that a prison guard protecting the female inmates was shot dead by a rioter.
Mr Rodriguez said the fight lasted 30-40 minutes, starting around midnight. During the brawl, inmates set fire to the storage room. Authorities have confirmed no prisoners escaped. Relatives of inmates caused road blockages outside the prison in hopes of gaining information. The process of identifying victims is now under way.
Former Nazi guard stands trial
Former Nazi SS guard Reinhold Hanning is standing trial in Germany, accused of being an accessory to the murder of thousands at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. Mr Hanning, now 94, was allegedly associated with 170,000 deaths between 1943-1944 in Nazi-occupied Poland.
The court heard the testimony of death camp survivor Leon Schwarzbaum, who urged Mr Hanning to reveal what his role was at concentration camps. “Mr Hanning, we are virtually the same age and soon we will face our final judge,” Mr Schwarzbaum said. “I would like to ask you to tell the historical truth here, just as I am. Tell the truth about what you and your colleagues did.” Mr Hanning denied being directly involved in the murders. His trial is one of many criminal proceedings in Germany, in an attempt to ensure the last living Nazis are held accountable for the war crimes during the Holocaust. – Compiled from web sources by Ashleigh Cant
Top image of air strikes in Syria from Al Jazeera’s TV coverage.