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‘One person has died and at least 15 people have been injured after at least two gunmen opened fire in a nightclub in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Police said there were “at least a couple of shooters”.

They are reportedly on the run after the incident, which happened after 1am at the Cameo Club.

Those injured have been taken to four local hospitals, some by ambulance and some by their own conveyance. The motive of the shooters are not yet known and nobody is in custody.

“At this point it’s unclear exactly what instigated the shooting,” Captain Kimberly Williams said in a briefing. “We believe that there were at least a couple of shooters involved.”

She added: “Just a lot of chaos when the shots went off.”

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center said it has received eight patients from the shooting, four of which were in a stable condition, three were seriously injured and one person was in a critical condition.’

Read more: Cincinnati nightclub shooting: Two attackers open fire on crowd at city’s Cameo Club


‘Russia’s Foreign Ministry has said it is “bewildered and disappointed” over new US sanctions targeting eight Russian companies, including defense firms and pilot training academies, which the State Department claims engage in “proliferation” activity with Iran, North Korea and Syria.
While the restrictions will cause “no serious problems” for Russia, they undermine the fight against global terrorism, which Washington has been claiming is its priority, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement posted on Facebook.

“This step runs counter to the statements we hear from Washington that emphasize the fight against terrorism, in particular in Syria, where it has gained a foothold. On the contrary, it is completely at odds with such declarations and undermines the prospects of setting up comprehensive multilateral cooperation to destroy Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS,ISIL] and other terrorist groups that pose a threat to all countries, including the US,” Zakharova said.’

Read more: ‘Against US security interests’: Moscow bewildered over new sanctions on eight defense & aviation firms


‘Iraqi forces have been forced to pause the offensive on the Isis stronghold of Mosul by the “catastrophic” rate of civilian casualties reported in the city.

The US-led coalition is investigating allegations its air strikes killed more than 130 men, women and children as they sheltered in their homes in the western district of al-Jadida.

Central Command confirmed it carried out bombings that “correspond to allegations of civilian casualties” for the first time on Saturday, but insisted the strikes hit Isis fighters and equipment.’

Read more: Mosul: ‘Catastrophic’ civilian causalities force Iraqi forces to pause offensive against Isis


‘Moscow has questioned the Western coalition’s optimism about soon recapturing Raqqa from Islamic State, saying only international cooperation can help liberate the city. However, it is exactly coordinated partnership on various fronts that is lacking.

The “very hard but essential” battle for Raqqa is just days away, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian claimed on Friday.

“France has always said that [liberating] Raqqa is the main aim. Today, we can say that Raqqa is surrounded and the battle will begin in the coming days,” he told France’s CNEWS television.

Moscow does not share the “optimism” of the French official, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday. Having questioned Le Drian’s sources for such a prognosis, the Russian ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said it had “nothing to do with reality and the situation on the ground.”‘

Read more: ‘Optimism far from reality’: Moscow dismisses West’s ‘rosy forecasts’ on Raqqa offensive


‘German criminal police tipped off the interior ministry of a potential “terrorist threat in form of a suicide-attack” by Anis Amri nine month before he ploughed a truck into a crowded Berlin Christmas market, Bild am Sonntag reports.

The State Criminal Police Office (LKA) in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) apparently shared intelligence (indicating that Amri was plotting a terrorist attack in Germany) with the local federal interior ministry office in Dusseldorf in March 2016 – over half a year before the December attack.

In a confidential letter, seen by Bild am Sonntag, police stated that “according to the data available so far, the forecast can be made that Amri poses a terrorist threat in the form of a (suicide) attack,” citing as evidence some messages the future attacker sent in a chat on February 2, which was monitored by law enforcement.’

Read more: Police warned of Berlin attacker as ‘terrorist threat’ nine months before assault – report


‘Parliament would be protected by a new security ‘air lock’ under a radical plan being considered in the wake of the latest terror attack.

It would put the Commons’ Carriage Gates entrance – breached by terrorist Khalid Masood last week – behind a new security perimeter extending into Parliament Square.

And it could mean closing the road outside the Commons to all but parliamentary traffic.

The proposals – drawn up with expert advice – will have to be agreed with Westminster city council chiefs, due to meet MPs this week to hammer out new security plans for the Palace of Westminster.

Commons insiders admitted that the ambitious new scheme was ‘no short-term solution’, with more immediate security improvements such as counter-terror bollards now expected.’

Read more: Radical plan to seal off Commons with new security perimeter and road closures as officials try to boost protection following the Westminster attack


‘A court in Yemen has sentenced Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, the Saudi-backed president who has resigned, and six of his close aides to death on charges of treason and misuse of power.

On Saturday, the Specialized Criminal Court passed the verdict against the 71-year-old Yemeni politician, former Foreign Minister Riyad Yassin as well as Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of Civil Service and Insurance Abdulaziz Jabari, Arabic-language Yemen Press News agency reported.

Yemeni Ambassador to the United States Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak, former head of Yemen’s national security agency Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi, Deputy Chairman of Yemeni Congregation for Reform (al-Islah) Abdul Wahab al-Ansi and a senior member of the Nasserist Unionist People’s Organization were the other four convicts.’

Read more: Yemeni court sentences in absentia Hadi and six aides to death


‘The Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has destroyed over 2,300 schools in Yemen since its military campaign against the opposition Houthi movement began two years ago, Ismail Zaidan, the information officer at the Ministry of Education of Yemen, told Sputnik.

“The damage suffered by the education process as a result of the aggression against education institutions has reached 2,306 schools and other institutions, which were fully or partially destroyed,” Zaidan said.

According to Zaidan, the operation has created $400 million worth in damages and left dozens of teachers and pupils dead in the wake of the ongoing hostilities.’

Read more: Saudi-Led Coalition Destroys Over 2,300 Schools in Yemen Over Two Years

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‘Militia fighters decapitated about 40 police officers after an ambush in central Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said on Saturday, the deadliest attack on security forces since an insurgency erupted in the region last year.

The Kamuina Nsapu militants struck on Friday as the police convoy drove from the city of Tshikapa in Kasai province to Kananga, the capital of Kasai-Central province, said Francois Madila Kalamba, speaker of the Kasai provincial assembly.

“They were apprehended by the militia members and they decapitated about 40,” Kalamba told Reuters. He added that witnesses said the fighters spared the lives of six police officers because they spoke the local Tshiluba language.

The militia fighters, who are often armed with machetes but rarely carry firearms, made off with arms and vehicles during the raid, Kalamba added.’

Read more: Central Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush