21 Feb

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

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Police say a ‘strong suspect’ is in custody after overnight manhunt for attacker who is believed to have targeted victims at random

Police were hunting a gunman after multiple shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday night.

Police were hunting a gunman after multiple shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday night. Photograph: Marty Bicek/Zuma Press/Corbis

A man has been arrested in Michigan after the “random” killing of at least seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, who were shot at multiple locations around the county of Kalamazoo. Three other people were injured.

Police described “ugly” scenes after a man believed to be “a guy going around randomly killing innocent people” by a male, believed to be in his mid-40s, who remained at large for much of Saturday night.

The spree began at around 6pm (2300 GMT) on Saturday, when a woman was shot multiple times outside a housing complex in eastern Kalamazoo county, according to Undersheriff Paul Matyas. Police believe the woman was babysitting several children, who were unharmed in the incident. The victim was taken to a local hospital where she remains in serious condition.

Hours later, in two separate shootings believed to be connected to the earlier incident, the gunman then travelled into the city of Kalamazoo, roughly 140 miles west of Detroit, and fatally shot two people – believed to be a father and his son – outside a car dealership.

A female witness who observed the shooting in a nearby vehicle was unharmed, according to Jeff Hadley, chief of Kalamazoo public safety. She is currently being interviewed.

“These appear to be random acts of violence,” Hadley added……………..

Letter from federal officials to Michigan environmental authorities says city has not shown it has enough ‘qualified personnel’ to ensure healthy water

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Diane Smith, of Beecher, voices her opinion to lawyers and other Flint residents during a Flint Water Class Actions: Informational Meeting at The Northbank Center in Flint, Mich. The Flint Water Class Action Legal Team addressed people’s concerns and took questions in a room filled to over capacity with Flint residents. (Rachel Woolf /The Flint via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Diane Smith, of Beecher, Michigan, voices her opinion to lawyers and other Flint residents during a meeting in the city. Photograph: Rachel Woolf/AP

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said it has serious concerns over the “inadequate” response to the Flint toxic water crisis by both the city and Michigan officials, pointing to a lack of expert help on the ground and a failure to provide a proper water treatment plan.

In a letter to the Michigan department of environmental quality (MDEQ), Mark Pollins, director of the EPA’s water enforcement division, said Flint has “not yet demonstrated that it has an adequate number of qualified personnel” to ensure safe drinking water standards are maintained.

Alongside the “inadequate” staffing situation, Pollins said state and city had failed to put together a proper plan to deal with the crisis since federal intervention in January.

“Having a comprehensive and interactive plan instead of individual pieces of a strategy is essential to protect the residents of Flint,” he wrote.

An attached memo from Pollins, dated 8 February, cited 11 “deficiencies” in the state and city response, including the failure to properly treat drinking water for lead corrosion, a lack of daily water monitoring and the failure to provide data on the amount of lead in water since January 2013……………..

Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook

Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Photograph: AP

The San Bernardino County government on Friday night said the FBI told its staff to tamper with the Apple account of Syed Farook, who with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the December shooting in which 14 people were killed.

The development matters because the change made to the account – a reset of Farook’s iCloud password – made it impossible to see if there was another way to get access to data on the shooter’s iPhone without taking Apple to court.

“The county was working cooperatively with the FBI when it reset the iCloud password at the FBI’s request,” read a post on San Bernardino County’s official Twitter account.

Late on 20 February the FBI said that it “worked with” county officials to reset the iCloud password, as discovery of the locked phone was “a logical next step was to obtain access to iCloud backups for the phone in order to obtain evidence related to the investigation in the days following the attack,” according to the statement from an FBI spokesman…………….

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vu says Americans apparently ‘were not aware that foreign citizens’ were being held at Isis camp

Serbian foreign minister Ivica Da?i? says two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage by Isis are believed to have been killed in Friday’s US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya. Speaking in Belgrade on Saturday, he says that the hostages were held since November and that Serbian authorities were attempting to free them

Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage since November died in Friday’s US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya that killed dozens, Serbian officials said on Saturday.

Prime minister Aleksandar Vu?i? said there was no doubt that Sladjana Stankovi?, a communications officer, and Jovica Stepi?, a driver, were killed in the American bombing. They were taken hostage in November after their diplomatic convoy, including the ambassador, came under fire near the coastal Libyan city of Sabratha.

“Apparently, the Americans were not aware that foreign citizens were being kept there,” Vu?i? told reporters.

Speaking at a news conference in Belgrade earlier, foreign minister Ivica Da?i? said information about the deaths was given to Serbia by foreign officials but had not been confirmed by the Libyan government.

“We got the information, including photos, which clearly show that this is most probably true,” Da?i? said………………..

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