The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Thailand children’s daycare mass shooting death toll rises to 35

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha ordered the national police chief to “fast-track an investigation” and said he would travel to the scene of the attack on Friday.“This should not happen. This absolutely should not happen,” Prayut told reporters. “I am extremely sorry for those who were injured and lost [their loved ones].”Gun laws are strict in Thailand where possession of an illegal firearm carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, but ownership is high compared with some other countries in the region.

#massshooting #thailand #tragedy #children

Venezuela frees seven Americans as part of the largest prisoner swap under Biden

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech after being sworn-in for his second mandate, at the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) in Caracas on January 10, 2019. – Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Yuri CORTEZ / AFP) (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Maduro’s government said in a statement that it was releasing the American citizens as a humanitarian gesture. It praised the diplomacy that resulted in the freeing of the two “unjustly imprisoned” Venezuelans imprisoned in the United States and said it “hopes for the preservation of peace and harmony with all the nations of our region and the world.”

 #maduro #JoeBiden #politics

LAPD officer who died during training was targeted for investigating fellow officers, family attorney says

Los Angeles Police Officers wear riot gear outside the courthouse where O.J. Simpson’s trial is taking place.

Though Tipping’s death on May 26 had been ruled an accident, Gage alleges he was targeted because he was about to reveal information against four other officers he was investigating in connection with a gang rape.

#LAPD #defundthepolice #murderers #thinbluelineusa

Pando, the world’s largest organism, has stopped growing

Aspens form stands of clonal trees, where each tree is genetically identical. Pando, an aspen stand in southern Utah, spans 108 acres. Experts consider it to be the world’s largest organism by weight.  Over recent decades, Pando has been shrinking, unable to keep up with persistent over-browsing by deer and cattle. Now the genetically uniform entity is beginning to break up because of human interventions.   The effort to restore Pando will inform conservation projects worldwide.

#Pando #forestt #conservation #science

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