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Ukraine: Donetsk Authorities Urge Civilians To Flee As Russian Forces Bombard Area

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Civilians in Ukraine’s Eastern Donetsk region were urged to flee on Wednesday as Russian forces bombarded the region, NAN reports.

“Russia has turned the entire Donetsk region into a dangerous hotspot for civilians as well.

“I call on everyone to evacuate, evacuation saves lives,’’ Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Telegram

In Slovyansk, which was reportedly among Moscow’s main targets in Donetsk, Mayor Vadym Lyakh said buses and trains were ready to transport civilians to the country’s west.

“Don’t take any risks! Pack up,’’ Lyakh said.

The focus of fighting has shifted to the Donetsk region of the Donbas after the Ukrainian military largely withdrew from neighbouring Luhansk, where Russian forces captured the key city of Lysychansk on Sunday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ukraine’s military reported that it had repelled Russian attacks close to Lysychansk and “inflicted significant losses on the enemy.’’

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Video: Plane Crashes, Explodes Into Flames After Hitting Lorry On Busy Motorway

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A small plane crash landed on a California highway on Tuesday, August 9, hitting a truck full of people before bursting into flames.

The plane crashed into the eastbound lanes of the freeway of the 91 Freeway in Riverside County near Lincoln Avenue just after 12:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol told KTLA.

Footage shows the plane drop out of the sky and touch down in the middle of traffic leaving behind a trail of burning jet fuel.

Video released by the Corona Fire Department shows the plane engulfed in flames and emitting massive plumes of smoke before a firefighter douses the aircraft with water.

Another photo from the department shows the charred remains of the plane on the highway.

The pilot and passenger onboard were both able to get themselves out of the plane safely CHP said.

The plane also crashed into a truck with three people inside, who were also fortunately unharmed.

CHP said that the pilot claimed to have made an emergency landing on the freeway after experiencing engine failure as it headed towards Corona Municipal Airport to land.

“(We’re) very fortunate today that the traffic was light, and the pilot appears to have made some good landing navigation that avoided what could have been a very bad tragedy,” CHP Capt Levi Miller told KTLA.

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Nigerian-Born Woman Shot Dead By 12-Year-Old Son In US

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A 12-year-old boy confessed to accidentally shooting his mother, a 29-year-old registered nurse, Ayobiyi Abeni Cook.

The boy, who has not been identified, originally claimed she was killed by an intruder in the family’s Forestdale, Alabama home.

Ayobiyi Cook, who friends called ‘Yo-Yo’, was found dead in the suburban home on the 2400 block of Freemont Avenue after midnight on August 6.

The youth had reportedly lied to investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office that an intruder had entered their house, shot his mother and then ran away.

“The child originally fabricated a story that detectives determined was not possible,” Deputy Chief David Agee said.

“After investigation, Sheriff’s Detectives were able to determine that the victim’s 12-year-old son unintentionally discharged a firearm striking his mother causing her death.”

“After more probing, the boy finally changed his story.

“The child eventually gave a true account of what happened,” Agree said. “Evidence on the scene supports that the shooting was unintentional and the offense will be addressed through the Family Court system. The family has been cooperative throughout the process and the child will remain with them.”

The boy’s father is an officer with the Birmingham Police Department and was working at the time of the shooting, according to Birmingham Real-Time News.

The boy told police that he had seen the man running away from the suburban home.

“This offence is a tragedy for the Cook family and the entire community,” Agee said.

The funeral for the slain mom will be held on August 12 at the Faith Memorial Chapel in Bessmer, Alabama.

 

Facebook post announcing her funeral.

Family friends have also taken to Facebook to pay tributes to her exemplary and selfless life.

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Father and son sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing

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Two of the three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood in early 2020 were sentenced to life in prison on Monday, August 8 for federal hate crimes.

During a state held trial in Gerogia, Travis McMichael, the young man responsible for fatally shooting Arbery, and his father, Greg McMichael, had already been sentenced to life in prison without parole for their roles in the killing.

Then Months after, the McMichaels and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, each received life sentences for murder in state court.

But on Monday, all three men convicted in Arbery’s murder faced a second round of criminal penalties for federal hate crimes committed in the deadly pursuit of the 25-year-old Black Arbery.

U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood scheduled back-to-back hearings to individually sentence each of the defendants, starting with Travis McMichael, who fired a shotgun at Arbery after the street chase initiated by his father and joined by Bryan.

Arbery’s killing on Feb. 23, 2020, became was one of the initiators of racial injustice protests amid killings of unarmed Black people including George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Those two cases also resulted in the Justice Department bringing federal charges.

When the court hearings resume in Georgia on Monday, Bryan faces a possible life sentence as well, after a jury convicted him along with the McMichaels in February of federal hate crimes, concluding that they violated Arbery’s civil rights and targeted him because of his race. All three men were also found guilty of attempted kidnapping, and the McMichaels face additional penalties for using firearms to commit a violent crime.

All three defendants have remained jailed in coastal Glynn County, in the custody of U.S. marshals, while awaiting sentencing after their federal convictions in January.

Because they were first charged and convicted of murder in a state court, protocol would have them turned them over to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve their life terms in a state prison.

The McMichaels armed themselves with guns and jumped in a truck to chase Arbery after spotting him running past their home outside the port city of Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck, helping cut off Arbery’s escape. He also recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range as Arbery threw punches and grabbed at the shotgun.

The McMichaels told police they suspected Arbery had been stealing from a nearby house under construction. But authorities later concluded he was unarmed and had committed no crimes. Arbery’s family has long insisted he was merely out jogging.

Two months passed before any charges were filed in Arbery’s death.

The McMichaels family and Bryan were arrested only after the graphic video of the shooting leaked online and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local police.

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