Two officers shot in Ferguson protest
The city of Ferguson remains in a state of unrest after two police officers shot during a demonstration overnight in Missouri. The protest, held outside the Ferguson police department, saw one officer struck in the shoulder and another reportedly shot in the face soon shortly after midnight. The officers are yet to be identified with one said to be from the St Louis county and the other from Webster Groves. Protestors at the scene claimed the shots may have been fired from a hill, behind the group that formed just hours after the city’s police chief Thomas Jackson handed in his resignation.
Category five Cyclone Pam heads towards Vanuatu
Tropical Cyclone Pam is presumed to reach Vanuatu on Friday, with winds at its core expected to reach 280 kph, as it moves past the capital of Port Vila late Friday night. Warnings have been sent out in regions where “damaging winds and very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells” are likely to occur, including Torba, Penama, Sanma, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea. The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office (VNDO) has told residents in affected areas to find safety immediately. “At least half the population is going to be impacted or have the cyclone go right over them, and the rest are going to be impacted severely,” said CARE Australia’s program director in Port Vila, Inga Mepham. The storm may also strike Fiji, but it is believed the island won’t be hit directly, and is predicted to weaken before reaching the north island of New Zealand.
Witchdoctors and traditional healers arrested in Tanzania
More than 200 witchdoctors and traditional healers have been taken into custody for the killings of albinos in Tanzania. The murders were motivated by the belief that the body parts will help grant wealth and good luck. Since 2000, almost 80 albinos in Tanzania have died as a result of this belief, said the United Nations. A 1-year-old boy was among the latest victims in North-Western Tanzania, just a few weeks ago. To prevent further attacks and kidnappings, the government prohibited witchdoctors in January to protect albinos in Tanzania. – Compiled by web sources by Keisha Miller and Greta Levy
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