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Police have killed a gunman who had
entered a Tennessee cinema armed with
a gun and a hatchet.
The latest in a string of fatal cinema
attacks took place at a showing of
Australian director George Miller’s Mad
Max: Fury Road, at the Hickory Hollow
Cinemas in Antioch, Tennessee, just
One person may have suffered a wound
from the hatchet, a police spokesman
Police raced to the theatre after
receiving the report about the gunman.
One officer entered the theatre at the
projection room and moved down as the
gunman opened fire on him.
“The SWAT team entered and engaged
the gunman,” the spokesman said.
“The gunman is deceased. We believe
the imminent threat is ended.”
The fire department searched two
backpacks the gunman had carried,
removing hazardous devices.
The incident took place less than two
weeks after a gunman opened fire in a
cinema in Lafayette, Louisiana killing
two women and wounding nine others
before taking his own life.
Both shootings are reminiscent of the
2012 so-called Batman massacre, when
gunman James Holmes opened fire
during a showing of The Dark Knight
Rises, killing 12 and harming 70 more.
— D PA-AFP
Pope Francis told priests overnight
to be more merciful to Catholics who
have divorced and remarried outside the
Church, saying they should not be treated
as if they had been excommunicated.
The delicate subject of how the
1.2-billion-member Church should treat
divorced Catholics will be a major issue
at a meeting of world bishops at the
Vatican in October.
Current Church teaching says such
Catholics cannot receive communion
unless they abstain from sexual relations
because their first marriage is still valid
in the eyes of the Church.
Progressive bishops have been pushing
for change and Francis has been
dropping hints that he too favours more
accommodation and wants the synod to
come up with proposals.
Speaking at his general audience,
Pope Francis said it was urgent that the
Church develop ways to offer a “real
welcome” to Catholics who have found
happiness in a second marriage after
their first ones failed.
“These people have absolutely not been
excommunicated . . . and they should
absolutely not be treated as if they had
been; they are always part of the Church,”
He said it was particularly important
for priests to be welcoming to the many
children of such couples.
“They (the children) are the ones
who suffer the most in these situations.
How can we urge these parents to do
everything to raise their children in
the Christian life if we keep them at a
distance from the life of the community
as if they had been excommunicated?” he
The children of Catholic parents who
have remarried outside the Church
should not have to bear the “additional
weight” of being made to feel like
outcasts in local parishes because of their
parents’ failed first marriages, he said.
In the Japanese summer of 1945, the drone
of bombers in the skies above Hiroshima
had become commonplace; so much so that
Junko Morimoto remembers thinking “it ’s just
At that moment, she said, there was a brilliant
flash, followed instantly by an intense wave of
heat and “indescribable” thunder, which then
gave way to an impenetrable darkness.
“I remember hearing the whole of Hiroshima
screaming,” Junko says.
It is 70 years since the first atomic bomb was
dropped by the Americans on the Japanese
city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, instantly
killing thousands — about 140,000 by the
end of that year — and levelling a 12 square
kilometre area around the city centre.
Three days later another bomb was dropped
on Nagasaki, killing tens of thousands more.
Over the next five years, another half a million
people would die as a result of the bombings.
To this day, according to the Red Cross,
thousands more continue to be treated for
cancers and the other serious health problems
Junko, who now lives in Sydney, was 13 when
the bomb was dropped. She was not well and
had been kept home from school with her
older sister. More than 300 schoolmates, on an
excursion, were killed.
The morning had been quiet, “peaceful
“It was a very fine day.”
“I actually remember the sound of B-29
because it was so common to hear it,” Junko says
on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima.
“It went away once but it came closer again.
And I stood up, telling my older sister, ‘Oh, that
sounds like B-29.’
“And it was that moment.
“Everything was black, and everything
collapsed. My older sister hugged me but it was
pitch black. I couldn’t see anything.
“I fell unconscious thinking, ‘I’m going to die,
I’m going to die.’ The thought of dying was very
clear in my head.
“I remember hearing the whole of Hiroshima
screaming. When I think of it now, I think
it ’s impossible to hear everyone in Hiroshima
screaming but that ’s what I remember.”
Junko, who became an art teacher and then
a children’s author and illustrator, said it was
a horror that could not have been imagined
before that day and for many still lingers.
The Japanese Red Cross has run hospitals for
atomic bomb sur vivors in Hiroshima since 1956
and in Nagasaki since 1969.
New research, released by the Red Cross on
the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, reveals that
nearly two-thirds of sur vivors of the atomic
blasts, who were treated at two Red Cross
hospitals, have died of cancer.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of sur vivor deaths in
the Hiroshima Red Cross hospital until March
2014 were caused by cancers, figures show.
The most deadly cancers were lung (20%),
stomach (18%), liver (14%), leukaemia (8%),
intestinal (7%) and malignant lymphoma
More than half of all deaths at the Nagasaki
Red Cross hospital (56%) were due to cancer.
In 2014 alone, Red Cross hospitals in Japan
treated 10,687 Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Australian Red Cross chief Robert Tickner
says it is time governments around the world
acted to prohibit and eliminate nuclear
“ We must remember the horrors of Hiroshima,
Nagasaki and the price innocent civilians
paid in unspeakable suffering that cannot be
limited by time. There is no safe way to mount
a humanitarian response to a nuclear strike,” he
But 70 years on, there are now more than
16,000 nuclear weapons around the globe.
‘Hiroshima was screaming’
PICTURE: Getty Images
A man prays at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial this morning ahead of the 70th anniversary ceremony of the atomic bombing today.
Debris found on an Indian
Ocean island a week ago is from
flight MH370, Malaysia’s prime
minister has said, confirming
for the first time that the plane
which mysteriously disappeared
17 months ago met a tragic end.
“ Today, 515 days since the
plane disappeared, it is with a
very heavy heart that I must
tell you that an international
team of experts has conclusively
confirmed that the aircraft
debris found on Reunion Island
is indeed from MH370,” Najib
Razak told reporters in Kuala
more cautious language, saying
only there was a “ very high
probability” the wreckage came
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing
777 disappeared on March 8
last year, inexplicably veering
off course on its way from
Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with
239 people on board, including
two New Zealanders and six
The incident sparked a colossal
but ultimately fruitless multi-
national hunt for the aircraft.
Last week’s discovery of a 2m
wing part called a flaperon on
the French island of La Reunion
has provided the first glimmer of
hope for relatives desperate for
It was examined at a military
lab outside the French city
of Toulouse in the presence
of Malaysian and Australian
experts, Boeing employees and
representatives from China —
the country that lost the most
passengers in the disaster.
Malaysia Airlines hailed the
news as a “major breakthrough”.
“ We expect and hope that
there would be more objects to
be found which would be able
to help resolve this mystery,” the
airline said in a statement.
But some families insist the
confirmation is not enough to lay
the matter to rest.
They reiterated demands to
know why the plane went off
course, flying for hours after its
communications and tracking
systems were shut down, in
what remains one of the biggest
mysteries in the history of
“Now I want to know where the
main body of the plane is so that
we can take out the passengers
and get the black box so we can
know what happened,” Jacquita
Gonzales, wife of MH370 chief
steward Patrick Gome, said.
“Only that, for us, will be full
Gerry Soejatman, a Jakarta-
based aviation consultant, said
proof the flaperon came from
MH370 was a “huge step”.
“ We must be glad we found
something at all,” he said.
“Now we know roughly
where it might have crashed.
This answers a lot of questions
actually. It eliminates conspiracy
“If the black box is found later
on, it is likely we could get more
Najib gave no indication the
analysis of the debris yielded clues
into the cause of the disappearance.
Many relatives accuse his
government and the airline of a
bungled response to the disaster,
possible cover-up, and insensitive
treatment of families, charges
that are vehemently denied.
It is hoped that more detailed
examination in the coming
days can yield information on
the final moments of the plane
by showing how the flaperon
detached itself from the wing,
or whether it shows traces of an
explosion or fire.
Scientists have also pointed
to the barnacles attached to the
debris, saying they could give an
idea of how long the fragment
was in the water, and perhaps
where it had been. — AFP
Debris from MH370: Malaysian PM
Over 200 migrants attempting the perilous
journey across the Mediterranean were feared
to have drowned after their overcrowded
fishing boat capsized off Libya.
The boat, believed to have been carrying
over 600 migrants including women and
children, ran into difficulty overnight about
27km off Libya and sent out a distress call,
which was picked up by the coastguard in
Two vessels — the Doctors Without
Borders (MSF) ship Dignity One and Irish
patrol vessel LE Niamh — were immediately
dispatched to the scene, but the stricken
fishing boat capsized after the migrants
moved to one side in the hope of being
rescued, the coastguard said.
Coastguard spokesman Filippo Marini said
about 400 people had been rescued from the
water while 25 bodies had been recovered.
“The boat overturned and sank quickly
because it was made of metal,” Federico Fossi,
spokesman in Italy for the UNHCR, said.
The agency’s chief spokeswoman Melissa
Fleming said on Twitter that “100 (migrants)
were in the hull” of the fishing vessel when it
Seven ships and two helicopters were
helping search for sur vivors.
More than 2000 people have already died
trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe
this year, the International Organisation for
Migration (IOM) said yesterday.
The overnight disaster could be the worst
since 800 migrants were feared drowned off
Libya in April.
Ireland’s Defence Minister Simon Coveney
confirmed that the LE Niamh was diverted to
the scene at 7am local time and warned “the
loss of life is likely to be significant ”.
“The crew of the Niamh are working flat out
with their counterparts to rescue as many as
possible,” he said in a statement.
Doctors Without Borders said there could
have been “up to 700 people on board”.
Nawal Soufi, an Arabic-speaking Italian
based in Sicily who is often contacted by
migrants in distress, said she had received a
call earlier about a boat in trouble with more
than 600 people on board.
Soufi said she was called by someone aboard
who said the fishing boat, carrying men,
women and children, was in trouble because
its engine room was flooded.
Marini confirmed it was probably the same
boat but it was too early to say how many
people may have disappeared below the
Nearly all of the people crossing the
Mediterranean so far this year, often in
rickety boats and at the mercy of human
traffickers, have landed either in Italy (97,000)
or Greece (90,500), according to the IOM.
The so-called central Mediterranean route
proved by far the deadliest, with just over
1930 people dying as they tried to cross from
Libya to Italy, while only about 60 died trying
to reach Greece.
The eastern route is shorter and IOM said
that traffickers taking people to Italy tended
to use more unseaworthy vessels. — AFP
Over 200 migrants feared drowned
Sur viving migrants are brought aboard Irish and Italian navy lifeboats in the area where
their boat capsized and sank off the coast of Libya.
Treason row rocks Germany
Germany ’s justice minister
came under fire overnight for
sacking the top public prosecutor
in a row over a treason
investigation that has exposed
tensions between press freedom
and protection of State secrets.
Federal prosecutors have been
website Netzpolitik.org revealed
State secrets by publishing plans
to step up State sur veillance
of on-line communications in
Germany, a country strongly
wedded to press freedom and
Justice Minister Heiko Maas
said last week he doubted
whether the journalists had
intended to harm the State
and it was important to defend
press independence, prompting
Range to complain yesterday of
“ intolerable” political meddling
in the investigation.
by firing Range, saying his
accusations of interference were
Politicians from across the
spectrum condemned Maas’s
decision, though a government
spokeswoman said he had the
“full support” of Chancellor
Angela Merkel on the matter.
Hans-Peter Uhl, a member of
the Bavarian Christian Social
Union (CSU), sister party to
Merkel’s conser vative Christian
Democrats (CDU), said Maas’s
decision to fire Range was
“ I regard this as excessive and
therefore as wrong,” Uhl told the
Handelsblatt business daily.
Maas is from the centre-left
Social Democratic Party (SPD),
junior coalition partner in
Merkel’s “grand coalition”.
Wolfgang Kubicki of the
opposition Free Democrats
(FDP) accused Maas of trying
to distract public attention from
“ his own glaring failures”.
The parliamentary leader of
the opposition Greens, Katrin
Goering-Eckhardt, said Maas
and Interior Minister Thomas
de Maiziere should explain their
case before a special meeting of
the judiciary committee of the
lower house Bundestag.
explain who has what role in the
attack on press freedom,” she
told the Passauer Neue Presse
Privacy is an especially
sensitive issue in Germany after
the extensive sur veillance by
Communist East Germany ’s
Stasi secret police and by the
Gestapo in the Nazi era.
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