Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to investigate a crush at a crowded religious festival that left dozens of people dead. At least 45 people were killed and 150 were injured at the all-night Lag B’Omer festival, which attracted tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews. It is unclear what triggered the crush. The prime minister said the “terrible disaster” was one of the worst in the country’s history.
The first US emergency aid to India has arrived as the country battles a devastating surge in Covid-19 cases which has overwhelmed hospitals and crematoriums. A Super Galaxy military transporter carrying more than 400 oxygen cylinders and other hospital equipment and nearly 1m rapid coronavirus tests landed at Delhi’s international airport on Friday. India set another daily record rise of cases, with 386,452 new infections.
The Zulu royal family has announced “with deepest shock and distress” the sudden death of its queen weeks after she was named interim leader of South Africa’s largest ethnic group of about 12 million people. The unexpected loss of Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, 65, has thrown the nation into flux only a month after the death of her husband, Goodwill Zwelithini, who ruled for almost 50 years.
Amazon’s profit in the first three months of 2021 came in at $8.1bn – more than triple what it was in the same period last year. Since the pandemic began, the business has posted four consecutive record quarterly profits, attracted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers, and recruited more than 500,000 employees to keep up with the demand.