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Earthquake stuns Syria's Aleppo even after war's horrors In the words of Wissam Zarqa, an opposition supporter: “the destruction of natural disasters is all pain and nothing else but pain.” Tyre Nichols documents: Officer never explained stop to him MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — — The fire chief in Ohio's small town of East Palestine says Wednesday that evacuated residents can safely return to the area where crews burned toxic chemicals after a train derailed five days ago near the Pennsylvania state line. WASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary scene of U.S. fighter jets getting ready to strike the Chinese balloon had many people along the Carolina coast straining their necks and pointing their smartphones to the sky to capture the moment of impact. MILAN (AP) — The only Black designer belonging to Italy’s fashion chamber has withdrawn from this month’s Milan Fashion Week, alleging a lack of support for diversity and inclusion after the chamber “abandoned” a project to promote young designers of color working in Italy.
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BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the people of Aleppo bore the brunt of bombardment and fighting when their city, once Syria’s largest and most cosmopolitan, was among the civil war’s fiercest battle zones. Even that didn’t prepare them for the new devastation and terror wreaked by this week’s earthquake. The natural disaster piled further suffering on Aleppo and Syria more broadly. Many also say that the earthquake has been more terrible than the war in its destruction and aftermath. In the words of Wissam Zarqa, an opposition supporter: “the destruction of natural disasters is all pain and nothing else but pain.”
Tyre Nichols documents: Officer never explained stop to him
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show. Emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was commonplace. The Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission released documents Tuesday blasting the conduct of Demetrius Haley and four other officers as “blatantly unprofessional.” They include revelations that Haley took photographs of Nichols as he lay propped against a police car. Haley then sent the photos to other officers and a female acquaintance, the Memphis Police Department wrote in requesting that the five officers be stripped of the ability to work as police.
PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sought Western support for his country in a surprise European tour, pushing for fighter jets to battle Russian invaders in a dramatic speech to the U.K. Parliament. He then flew to Paris for dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace. Macron's office said Zelenskyy will join EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday. Zelenskyy's travels came as Ukraine braces for an expected Russian offensive. Western support has been key to Kyiv’s surprisingly stiff defense. Zelenskyy thanked Britain for its support since “Day One” of Moscow’s invasion nearly a year ago. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said fighter jets were “part of the conversation” about aid to Ukraine, adding that “nothing is off the table.”
Residents can return after air deemed safe from derailment
EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — The fire chief in Ohio's small town of East Palestine says Wednesday that evacuated residents can safely return to the area where crews burned toxic chemicals after a train derailed five days ago near the Pennsylvania state line. Authorities in East Palestine had warned that burning vinyl chloride that was in five of the derailed tanker cars would send hydrogen chloride and the toxic gas phosgene into the air. They said Wednesday subsequent air monitoring hasn’t detected dangerous levels inside or outside the mile-radius evacuation zone, which stretched into Pennsylvania. Many nearby residents left shortly after the derailment, and others were ordered out before the controlled release of the chemicals because of concerns about serious health risks from it.
ALTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian authorities have launched an operation to reclaim Yanomami Indigenous territory from thousands of illegal gold miners who have contaminated rivers and brought famine and disease to one of the most isolated populations of the world. On Tuesday, federal agents destroyed a helicopter, an airplane, a bulldozer and logistical support structure. Dozens of illegal gold miners are fleeing the region, a difficult trip that can take days on foot through the Amazon rainforest.
Probe into US Olympic failings stunted by red tape in DC
DENVER (AP) — More than two years since it was greenlighted by Congress, the panel established to probe the inner workings of the U.S. Olympics has yet to conduct a formal interview because of bureaucratic red tape in Washington. The Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics is charged with looking how U.S. leaders handled sex-abuse cases that were mismanaged for decades. It took 19 months after it was established in October 2020 for the commission to receive the $2 million Congress budgeted for its use. Then, it took eight more months to identify and hire the panel’s executive director. Now that those issues are resolved, however, the commission has to decide how to spend the money by Sept. 30 or risk not being able to use it.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada prosecutor has said a former “Dances With Wolves” actor accused of sexually abusing Indigenous women and girls was grooming young children to replace his older wives when he was arrested in January. The prosecutor pointed to the new evidence as reason for Nathan Chasing Horse to remain in custody. The judge set bail at $300,000 and said the 46-year-old can't go home but must stay with a relative if he is released from jail. He would be electronically monitored and can't have any contact with the victims or minors. Chasing Horse's public defender says she's happy with the judge's decision and that she will point out weaknesses in the state's case at Chasing Horse's next court hearing later this month.
This year’s Super Bowl features a rare matchup of the NFL’s top two teams from the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs were the league’s only 14-game winners, marking just the sixth time since the 1970 merger that the squads with sole possession of the two best records in the regular season met for the championship. The last time it happened came after the 2013 season when Seattle beat Denver 43-8 in a matchup of 13-win teams.
As jets closed in on China balloon, hobbyists were listening
WASHINGTON (AP) — The extraordinary scene of U.S. fighter jets getting ready to strike the Chinese balloon had many people along the Carolina coast straining their necks and pointing their smartphones to the sky to capture the moment of impact. But a group of aviation enthusiasts was, instead, intently scanning radio frequencies for the exchanges between the pilots that would follow, as an F-22 fired a missile and downed the balloon. For Ken Harrell of Summerville, South Carolina, the moment he heard the controller guiding the planes in, he knew the mission was for real.
MILAN (AP) — The only Black designer belonging to Italy’s fashion chamber has withdrawn from this month’s Milan Fashion Week, alleging a lack of support for diversity and inclusion after the chamber “abandoned” a project to promote young designers of color working in Italy. Stella Jean also announced a hunger strike until she receives assurances that young designers of color associated with her don't receive retaliation. The moves signaled a dramatic denouement of a nearly three-year-collaboration with the chamber to promote designers of color launched on the heels of the Black Lives Matters movement in 2020. The head of the fashion chamber said he regretted Jean's withdrawal and had appreciated her contributions to consciousness-raising in Italian fashion.