World News Roundup: Thailand Nursery Attack: Children Killed While Sleeping; EU leaders bicker over energy crisis response and more

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Here is a summary of current global news briefs.

Attack in a nursery in Thailand: children killed while they sleep

It was nap time at the Uthai Sawan Child Development Center in northeast Thailand, and 24 children aged 2 to 5 were lying in evenly spaced spots on the floor paneled. All seemed calm until an ex-cop armed with a gun and a knife burst into the daycare, staff on duty unable to stop him. The former police sergeant shot at the door of the bedroom where the children were sleeping and killed 22, most with a knife, in a rampage that culminated in one of the world’s worst child killings by a single killer of recent history.

EU leaders bicker over energy crisis response

Divisions between European Union leaders over gas price caps and national bailouts resurfaced on Friday, with Poland accusing Germany of “selfishness” in its response to a winter energy crisis caused by the Russia’s war in Ukraine. A majority of EU states have asked Brussels to propose a cap on gas prices, but they disagree on the details. Some capitals seek a broad cap on all gas exchanges and import contracts, while others prefer a limited cap in the electricity sector only.

In echo of the Cold War, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to human rights activists in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus

Imprisoned Belarusian activist Ales Byalyatski, Russian rights group Memorial and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, highlighting the importance of civil society for peace and democracy. The award will be seen by many as a condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who celebrates his 70th birthday on Friday, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, making it one of the most politically controversial in decades.

US targets Singapore, Marshall Islands companies in new North Korea sanctions

The United States imposed new sanctions on Friday following North Korea’s latest missile launches this week, targeting a fuel supply network that Washington says supports Pyongyang’s weapons programs and its military. . Friday’s action targeted two companies registered in Singapore and a company registered in the Marshall Islands, the US Treasury Department said in a statement, as Washington seeks to hold North Korea accountable for ship-to-ship transfers that circumvent United Nations sanctions against the country.

Mexican tax chief Raquel Buenrostro named next economy minister

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday named the country’s tax administration chief, Raquel Buenrostro, as the next economy minister, a day after the resignation of former minister Tatiana Clouthier. “She did a great job (as head of the tax administration),” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference, touting Buenrostro’s experience in the public sector and his master’s degree in economics.

South Korea, US train with aircraft carrier after North Korean missile launches

South Korea and the United States began joint maritime exercises with a US aircraft carrier on Friday, the South Korean military said, a day after dispatching fighter jets in response to a North Korean bombing exercise. apparent Korean. The maritime drills will take place in waters off South Korea’s east coast on Oct. 7 and 8, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The drills come after North Korea launched a pair of ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday and then flew fighter jets near the border with the South.

One dead in Erbil, Iraq after vehicle explosion – statement

One person was killed and four others injured in a vehicle explosion in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil on Friday, the Kurdistan Region Counter-Terrorism Service said. An explosive device attached to the bottom of the car detonated around 1 p.m., killing the driver and injuring two women and two children who were in the car, it said in a statement.

In the aftermath of the Thai attack, traumatized relatives cling to the toys of slain children

Grieving relatives sobbed and grabbed toys from a children’s daycare center on Friday, a day after a former police officer killed 34 people, most of them young children, in a rampage with knives and guns that left horrified Thailand. Government buildings flew flags at half-mast to mourn the victims – including 23 children – of the carnage in Uthai Sawan, a town 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Bangkok, the country’s largely Buddhist capital.

Iranian coroner says Mahsa Amini did not die from blows to body

An Iranian coroner’s report into the death of Mahsa Amini said she died not from blows to the head and limbs, but from multiple organ failure caused by cerebral hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the brain, the official IRNA news agency reported on Friday. The death of 22-year-old Amini while in the custody of Iran’s vice police has sparked more than two weeks of nationwide protests. Her father said she suffered bruises on her legs and held the police responsible for her death.

Biden says Putin’s nuclear threat poses risk of ‘Armageddon’

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine has brought the world closer to ‘Armageddon’ than at any time since the Cold War’s Cuban Missile Crisis, US President Joe has said. Biden. Putin celebrated his 70th birthday to praise from some officials. But with his seven-month invasion unfolding, public events have appeared rare, unlike just a week ago when he staged a huge concert in Red Square to proclaim the annexation of nearly one-fifth of Ukrainian land.

(With agency contributions.)

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