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March 19, 2019 | Via CNN

Cyclone Idai May have Killed More Than 1,000 in Mozambique, President Says

Cyclone Idai may have killed more than 1,000 people in Mozambique, President Filipe Nyusi said in an address on national radio Monday. “Officially, we have a record of more than 84 dead but everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead,” Nyusi said, adding that “100,000 people are in danger.” “Waters from the rivers Pungue and Buzi have broken their banks, wiping out entire villages, isolating communities and we could see, as we flew above, bodies floating,” the President said.

March 19, 2019 | Via NPR

Utrecht Shooting: Suspect Arrested After Manhunt; 3 Died in Tram Attack

Dutch police have arrested a man they call the main suspect in a shooting that left three people dead and five others wounded on a tram in the city of Utrecht on Monday. Police arrested Gokmen Tanis, 37, who was born in Turkey. A motive for the shooting remains unclear; police have said they were investigating a “possible terrorist motive” for the attack, but reports have also emerged that the shooting might have its roots in a family dispute.

March 19, 2019 | Via Reuters

Tech Consortium Flags More Than 800 Versions of New Zealand Attack Video

A consortium of global technology firms has shared on its collective database the digital fingerprints of more than 800 versions of the video of New Zealand’s mass shootings that killed 50 people, it said on Monday. “This incident highlights the importance of industry cooperation regarding the range of terrorists and violent extremists operating online,” the grouping, which includes Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc, said of the attack. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) was created in 2017 under pressure from governments in Europe and the United States after a spate of deadly attacks.

March 19, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Italy’s La Scala Opera House Returns $3m Saudi Funding

Italy’s famed La Scala opera house has decided to return three million euros ($3.4m) in investment funding to Saudi Arabia after a plan to work closely with the kingdom was widely criticized by rights groups and the government. The proposed deal, which would have included giving a seat on the La Scala board to Saudi Arabia’s Culture Minister Badr bin Abdullah, came under fire earlier this month in light of the country’s human rights record. The kingdom is under increased global scrutiny since the killing of a Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its consulate in Istanbul last October and the plight of a Saudi woman who turned to social media to help escape alleged family abuse.

March 19, 2019 | Via CNN

Chinese Buyer Bids Record $1.4 Million for Racing Pigeon

A Chinese buyer bid more than $1.4 million for a prized Belgian racing pigeon in an “unprecedented” sale, according to the auctioneer that organized the sale. The pigeon, named Armando, is considered to be the best long-distance racing pigeon “of all time” according to PIPA, the website that organized the sale. The bird has been dubbed by some as the Lewis Hamilton of racing pigeons, in reference to the Formula One racing driver. “This type of champion is rarely offered for sale,” the site said.

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