A man’s been shot and wounded at a Louisiana hospital in what police called an active shooter situation. Shreveport Police said SWAT and hostage negotiation teams were sent to St. Mary Medical Center around 5:30 am on Wednesday. Officers told reporters that a man was shot in the leg, but that he’s not believed to be in a life-threatening condition. Authorities said they were searching for a suspect, Taniel Cole, who’s 41, and said to be considered armed and dangerous. It’s unclear whether Cole is still at the hospital. About two dozen squad cars were at the scene by 7 a.m.
People arrested during protests in Portland since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges won't be prosecuted. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said the new policy announced this week recognises the outrage and frustration over a history of racial injustice that’s led to the city's often violent demonstrations and the practical realities of the court system. It’s running more than two months behind in processing cases because of COVID-19. As a result, it’s understood at least several hundred people detained over the past few months will not face criminal prosecution. The same no prosecution policy applies to those arrested on similar charges in future demonstrations, according to Mr Schmidt. Portland Police say the decision does not change Oregon law and still holds accountable, people who commit violent acts or intentionally damage property. The protests were sparked following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis in May.
Mauritius says it’s seeking compensation from the owners of a Japanese ship that spilled oil after it grounded in the shallow waters off the Indian Ocean island nation, while urgent efforts continue to pump out the remaining fuel. The MV Wakashio has spilled a quarter of it’s 4,000 tons of oil into the sea, polluting the coastline of Mauritius, including a protected wetlands area. Environmental activists say that threatens 35 years of work to restore the area. An estimated 2,500 tons of fuel has been pumped from the stranded ship, on a coral reef - a sanctuary for rare wildlife, and workers are racing to empty the vessel before it breaks up in heavy seas and further pollutes the shore. The country’s prime minister has declared the incident a national disaster.
Police in Maryland are investigating after several campaign signs supporting Donald Trump's bid to retain the White House were stolen from front gardens. Footage released by the Harford County Sheriff's office shows a suspect crossing a lawn in the town of Bel Air on Saturday, to remove one. At one point, the suspect is seen making an offensive gesture to a camera at a property, and then appears to throw a sign stand behind him as he goes. Police say it’s among a spate of similar incidents in the area, and are warning people that it’s a “crime” and a “violation of free speech and downright disrespectful to neighbours”. The presidential election will take place on the 3rd of November.
A major incident has been declared in north east Scotland after a train derailed, with unconfirmed reports at least one person has died. It happened in Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday morning. Heavy rain and thunderstorms have caused travel disruption and flooding in several parts of Scotland. Footage on social media shows smoke billowing into the sky. The cause of the incident, is believed to be a landslip. During First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon gave this response. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Keir Starmer have also shared messages of support on Twitter. Emergency services are at the scene and a rail inspector is also on their way to the site.
More than 1,000 people have been arrested in Belarus during the latest protests against the results of the country’s presidential election. Rallies took place in 25 cities on Tuesday and overnight, and thousands demonstrated in the capital Minsk and several other cities for three nights to contest the results. The Central Election Commission reported that President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in Sunday’s poll, with 80% of the vote. Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who attracted massive crowds at campaign events where voters expressed frustration with Mr Lukashenko’s 26-year authoritarian rule, got 10%. Police deployed to break up the protests used batons, stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets. One protester died on Monday during the crackdown in Minsk, and scores were injured.
At least three people have been killed in India where police clashed with hundreds of Muslims who attacked a police station and set fire to vehicles during a protest over a Facebook post considered offensive to Islam. Authorities say it happened in the southern city of Bengaluru – also known as Bangalore - on Tuesday evening. Senior police officer Kamal Plant, says demonstrators burned public and police vehicles and attacked the house of a politician whose relative was accused of posting remarks reportedly involving the Prophet Mohammed. He says the post has since been deleted. More than 100 people have been arrested and at least 60 officers are said to have been injured during the protests. Police fired live ammunition in self-defence to disperse the crowd after initially using tear gas and batons. Mr Plant says a suspect behind the post has been arrested and a law prohibiting gatherings imposed in the city, with a heavy police presence in some areas.
Auckland residents have been pictured seemingly attempting to flee the city as New Zealand's authorities scramble to trace the source of a new outbreak of coronavirus there. The country’s been free of COVID-19 for 102 days until now. Police have begun setting up roadblocks around the wider Auckland area as part of efforts to check people's travel plans and stop further community spread of the deadly virus. The test results of four people suspected to have the virus are yet to come back. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the nation’s largest city will be moved to Alert Level 3 from midday on Wednesday until midnight on Friday, meaning that people will be asked to stay at home, while bars and many other businesses will be closed.
World leaders took decisions on rolling out Covid-19 lockdown measures based on what neighbouring countries were doing to prevent the spread of the virus, a new study has suggested. Swedish researchers reached their conclusion after examining when decisions such as school closures and restrictions on internal travel were implemented in 36 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – or OECD – including the US, UK and New Zealand. They found that despite differences in the spread of the virus, countries mimicked each other in a short space of time, with around 80 per cent of nations implementing multiple measures within a two week period in March. The researchers said this was “striking” given the differences in the scale of the pandemic in each country, the preparedness of healthcare systems and the make-up of their populations.
Microsoft has delivered some good news and some bad news to fans - the Xbox Series X will be launched in November but its flagship game Halo Infinite will be delayed until 2021.
The new games console, which Xbox has described as its “most powerful ever”, will feature processing power twice that of the current generation Xbox One X.
However, it said the next instalment Halo Infinite has been postponed as they manage their team’s well-being while putting the final touches on the game.