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April 03, 2024 00:00:00

Child dead in Finland school shooting

VANTAA, Apr 02: A child has died and two others have been seriously wounded in a shooting at a school in Finland, police say. Police said earlier that all three victims were 12 and that a suspect, also aged 12, had been detained. Parents told Finnish media that the shooting had taken place in a classroom at Viertola school in Vantaa to the north of the capital Helsinki. Police said they arrived at the school within nine minutes at 09:17 (06:17 GMT) and tended to the three victims. — BBC

Six ministers resign in Peru

LIMA, Apr 02: Six Peruvian cabinet ministers resigned Monday in a reshuffle that came amid a probe of how President Dina Boluarte obtained Rolex watches she has been seen wearing. With Peru feasting on a scandal dubbed Rolexgate, Interior Minister Victor Torres was the first to step down, two days after police under his command raided and searched the home and office of the president. Five other ministers resigned hours later. They held the posts of women's issues, education, rural development, production, and foreign trade. — AFP

Sisi takes oath for third term

CAIRO, Apr 0: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in Tuesday for his third term as leader of the Arab world's most populous nation. In power for the past decade, the 69-year-old former army chief is set to remain president until 2030. Speaking before parliament, Sisi vowed to "remain faithful to my work, my eyes seeing only your interests and this country's". As Egypt has battled a deep economic crisis with the help of billions in overseas loans and investments, he pledged "to realise the aspirations of the Egyptian nation to build a modern, democratic state" — AFP

Gangs and police clash again in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Apr 02: Gangs that control much of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince launched an attack Monday, clashing with police in the city center. Gunfire broke out in the area of Champ de Mars, a big public park near the National Palace, which is the old presidential residence, local people said. At least four police officers were wounded, according to the Miami Herald. Haiti has had no president since the assassination of Jovenel Moise in 2021 and it has no sitting parliament. Its last election was in 2016. It has been wracked for decades by poverty, natural disasters, political instability and gang violence. — AFP

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