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Huge explosion in Tianjin, China

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Huge explosion in Tianjin, China

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The Chinese news agency Xinhua reports that there have been two massive explosions within seconds of each other, at about 11:30 local time, in a warehouse in the port of Dongjiang in Tianjin, a city of 15 million, near Beijing, in north-east China. At least thirteen people have been killed and between 250 and 400 people injured. Two firefighters are also believed to be missing at the scene. Mobile phone footage taken by locals shows a large fireball in the Binhai New Area of the city. The warehouse is thought to belong to RuiHai Logistics, and may have been storing explosives. The blasts were significant enough to register approximately magnitude 2 to 3 on the Richter scale according to the US Geological Survey.

The location of Tianjin within China.
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Malaysia says debris found in Maldives could be from MH370

Malaysia says debris found in Maldives could be from MH370

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Photo of suspected plane debris that washed ashore the Maldive Kaafu Atoll on May 31.
Image: Mohamed Wafir (via Facebook).

This map displays the location of Reunion Island, because of the debris part found there in 2015-07, in relation to the known flight path of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
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Malaysian officials stated Wednesday, some of the debris found in the Maldives will be brought back to Malaysia to determine if they are from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) as they now believe. A team arrived Tuesday in Maldives to take charge of the debris, which had previously been disposed of as trash.

“We [Malaysia] have an understanding with the authorities there [Maldives] …we think the parts which were found about a month ago were parts of the aircraft,” said Ab Aziz Kaprawi, the deputy transport minister for Malaysia as quoted by Bernama, a Malaysian government news agency. “They have to be further analysed and will be brought back to Malaysia for verification,” he added.

“The parts are currently undergoing few processes before they can be released and brought to Malaysia for further identification and verification,” said Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia’s transport minister during a press conference today. “If it belongs to Boeing 777 then we will have to carry out further analysis and verification,” he added. Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation will be in charge of examining the debris once it arrives in the country.

The debris washed ashore the Kaafu Atoll reportedly around May 31 and was recovered by employees of the Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort. However the debris had been disposed of as trash before authorities could examine it. An investigation into the debris was launched after photos of it were uploaded to the social networking service Facebook, by an employee of the resort. The photographs show a large white object, possibly two, stained with algae and appear to be made of a fiberglass and honeycomb material.

Debris has since washed ashore on at least three other Maldives locations, the Baa Atoll, and the islands of Fehendhoo and Fulhahdhoo, but most of it isn’t believed to be from an aircraft. Abdulla Rasheed, a captain of a cargo boat which recently capsized in the waters off the Maldives stated, “From the pictures of the debris found on most of the islands, I can almost certainly say that they are from the cargo we were carrying.” Despite this possibility, any debris located is being gathered up until Malaysian authorities can examine it.

“We are collecting any unidentified debris and storing them in a warehouse so that the Malaysians can carry out tests and determine if it is from their plane or not,” said the office of the Maldives President in a statement reported by Haveeru Daily on Monday.

MH370, while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China, vanished on March 8, 2014. All 239 passengers and crew are believed to be dead. On the day the plane went missing, residents on the small Maldives island of Kudahuvadhoo claimed to have seen a very “low flying jumbo jet” crash into the Indian Ocean. Some also noted the colors appeared to resemble that of a Malaysia Airlines plane. “I’ve never seen a jet flying so low over our island before. We’ve seen seaplanes, but I’m sure that this was not one of those. I could even make out the doors on the plane clearly”, one resident was quoted as saying to the newspaper Haveeru Daily. Some claim the plane appeared to be headed in the direction of Diego Garcia, but Malaysian authorities have discounted those claims.

“Based on the monitoring up to date, no indication of Flight MH370 has been observed on any military radars in the country [Maldives]. Furthermore, the data of radars at Maldives airports have also been analysed and shows no indication of the said flight,” said Malaysia’s transport ministry at the time of the report.



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Military-style presence in Ferguson, Missouri

Military-style presence in Ferguson, Missouri

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Oath Keepers appeared in Ferguson, Missouri, once again on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, the African American 18-year-old man shot by Officer Darren Wilson last year. The group comprised of predominantly white, ex-military and former police, were at protests this year in order to protect the news outlet, InfoWars.com. Now the group plans to hold a march in the town about the right to openly carry weapons.

According to their website, the Oath Keepers are “a non-partisan association of current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’” St Louis County police chief Jon Belmar said, “their presence was both unnecessary and inflammatory.”

The African American population were not happy with their appearance. “You’re going to bring some uncommissioned citizens, white citizens, into a black community like this? It’s disrespectful,” Talal Ahmad told Reuters. “Here, in a black neighborhood, we’re already living in a state of terror,” Ahmad said.

The presence of such a group takes away the focus from the police brutality protests, instead turning it into a debate about gun laws. Sam Andrews refutes this, however, stating, “Every person we talked to said if they carried they’d be shot by police. That’s the reason we’re going to hold this event and it will be a legal demonstration.”

Andrews said, “I’m sick and tired of law enforcement who doesn’t think they have to abide by the law. They’re narcissistic and that guy (Belmar) discredited my men.”

It was originally said that the group were prepared to arm 50 black people, but Andrews disputes this, “The people of Ferguson are going to arm themselves. They’re all going to have in their pockets permits to carry.”

Samuel Sinyangwe, a San Francisco–based activist and data scientist, said, “I’m skeptical because I haven’t seen anything to really suggest that the Oath Keepers have good intentions—that they are being conscious of the conflict that black folks armed in Ferguson will face by the police, that they are taking the necessary precautions to actually protect them, and that actually they have our best interest at heart.”

“Being armed and protesting, it’s something that, to be honest, the police will likely respond [to] with lethal force. And I think that expectation is totally reasonable given what we’ve seen,” he continued.



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