ST. LOUIS — A male St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer is accused of assaulting a female officer multiple times while on duty, according to court documents. Rashard C. Lovelace, 31, faces four counts of fourth-degree domestic assault for assaulting an officer with whom he was in a relationship, according to court documents. The alleged assaults happened in various city locations in July and August 2020. Witnesses in the charging documents include at least four St. Louis police officers. Lovelace punched the officer in the chest two times, and two other times he put his hand around her neck i...
Joe Biden has chosen Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and chief of staff to Barack Obama, as US ambassador to Japan, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.
There had been speculation that Emanuel would become envoy to China, but that job is expected to go to former top US diplomat Nick Burns, the report said, citing multiple sources familiar with the Biden team's discussions
Ambassador to Japan is one of Washington's most important diplomatic postings, and Tokyo one of its most important allies, highlighted when prime minister Yoshihide Suga was the first foreign leader Biden received at the White House.
At that meeting, the United States and Japan vowed to stand together against an assertive China, with a joint statement calling for "candid conversations" and raising concerns over Beijing's growing maritime moves, its clampdowns in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and growing tension over Taiwan.
Emanuel's appointment would continue a tradition of sending high-profile political operators to Tokyo.
The role was also held by Caroline Kennedy, John F Kennedy's daughter, who served during Obama's second term.
Emanuel, the son of an Israeli immigrant, is known as a high-energy, fierce Democratic partisan.
He came to national notice as an enforcer in the Clinton White House, where he held several roles, ramming home the administration's agenda.
He was credited with masterminding the 2006 Democratic election triumph, which saw the party grab control of the House of Representatives from the Republicans, and returned to the White House as chief of staff to President Obama.
He then served two terms as mayor of Chicago, before surprising the political establishment by declining to run for a third, just as an incendiary police shooting trial was about to begin.
He has a reputation for abrasiveness and the occasional piece of profanity-laced rhetoric, attributed to his training in the bearpit of Chicago politics.
Mireya Solis, a Japan expert at the Brookings Institution, told the Financial Times that while Tokyo would value his relationship with Biden, there was some "trepidation" over his reputation for bluntness.
A school shooting erupted Tuesday morning in the Russian city of Kazan, killing seven students and leaving 16 other people hospitalized with wounds, according to the governor of Russia's Muslim majority Tatarstan region. A 19-year-old boy was arrested as authorities launched a criminal investigation.
Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic which has Kazan as its capital, said Tuesday that four male and three female eighth-grade students have died in the shooting. Twelve more children and four adults were hospitalized in the attack, Minnikhanov said.
Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported earlier that a total of 11 people had been killed in the Kazan school shooting, citing local emergency officials. There was no way to immediately reconcile the differing death tolls.
Authorities said additional security measures were put into place in all schools in Kazan, a city roughly 700 kilometers (430 miles) east of Moscow.
"The terrorist has been arrested, (he is) 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven't been established, an investigation is underway," Minnikhanov said after visiting the school Tuesday.
Police have opened a criminal investigation into the incident. Footage posted on social media showed a young man being pinned to the ground outside the school building by a police officer.
News footage of the school building also showed dozens of ambulances lined up in front of the entrance.
While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks on schools in recent years, mostly carried out by students.
One of the last major shootings of its kind took place in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a student at a college killed 19 before turning his gun on himself.
Kazan is the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan and located around 725 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow.
(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)
Fears were growing in London on Monday for the fate of an infant whale that was rescued from the banks of the River Thames, only to swim upstream instead of out to sea.
The young minke whale, measuring three to four metres (10-13 feet), was first spotted in southwest London on Sunday and was washed ashore at a set of gates controlling water flow.
Hundreds of onlookers gathered to watch the stranded whale as it was hosed down and attended to by a vet, with concerns it could be injured and appeared to be underweight.
There were cheers at the scene when, at around 9:00pm (20:00 GMT), crews from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) arrived to rescue the beached mammal.
It was not until 1:00am that teams from the RNLI, the London Fire Brigade and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue service managed to free it with the help of an inflatable cushion.
Despite the success of the rescue attempt, the whale managed to swim away from the cushion that was guiding it to safety, the BBC reported.
While it was initially seen at around 10:00 am heading east towards where the Thames opens into the North Sea, the whale was later spotted returning upstream.
A spokeswoman for the RNLI said the whale managed to get away while rescuers were "taking it to a deeper part of the river".
"The whale was displaying concerning behaviours and experts in attendance were concerned that it may be unwell," she added.
London Fire Brigade station commander Glen Nicolaides called the event "a very rare and unusual incident".
"Our crews were on stand-by while a marine biologist and vet assessed the condition of the whale. The mammal was removed for further assessment by marine specialists," he added.
Jake Manketo, 20, a resident of southwest London where the whale became washed up, said everyone in the crowds that gathered was "just hoping they get it out".
"We couldn't believe our eyes when we first saw the poor fella -- it's not every day something like this happens," he added.
They can usually be found throughout the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans but have been spotted as far north as the Arctic and as far south as the Equator.
In January 2006, a northern bottlenose whale became stuck in the Thames, sparking huge media interest. It died as it was being ferried back out to sea.
© 2021 AFP
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