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No Chinese casualties reported in Moscow shooting that killed more than 60

There have been no reports of Chinese casualties in the Moscow shooting, Beijing’s embassy in Russia said on Saturday morning, adding that it is continuing to monitor the incident. Gunmen opened fire at a Moscow concert hall on Friday killing more than 60 people, wounding over 100 and sparking an inferno, Russian authorities said. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. The news of the incident has attracted over 21 million views and more than 7,000 comments on Chinese social media platform Weibo. The Russian embassy in China expressed gratitude to Chinese social media users who sent condolences for the victims and their families. On its official Weibo account, the embassy wrote: “We’ve received the condolences from the Chinese people. Thank you for your support!” ‘The crowds were chaotic’: how the gun attack at Moscow concert unfolded Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of Chinese nationalist tabloid Global Times, said the attack was a “test for the military security” of the Moscow core area and a political test for incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin, who won the country’s presidential election earlier this month. Putin’s re-election will allow him to rule until at least 2030, when he will be 77, making him Russia’s longest-serving leader since Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. “It’s a warning to Putin before he starts the new term,” Hu wrote on Weibo. “The attack would deteriorate the situation in Russia. It intensifies people’s impression – Moscow is not safe any more. Russian areas, even for those far away from the battlefields in its war with Ukraine, could become attack targets. In many places, defence is weak and even nonexistent,” he wrote. Additional reporting by Sylvie Zhuang


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Terrorist attack in Crocus: over 60 deaths, more than 100 wounded

MOSCOW, March 23. /TASS/. Unidentified people have conducted a terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall in Krasnogorsk in the Moscow Region. According to the latest figures, more than 60 people were killed, and another 100 were wounded. Security has been tightened in Moscow and regions, with mass evens being cancelled. Leaders of other countries have expressed condemnation of the terrorist attack and offered condolences due to people’s death. TASS has collected the main facts about the incident at the moment. Circumstances of the incident A group of unidentified gunmen armed with assault rifles went on a shooting spree in the lobby and then inside the concert hall just before a concert by the rock band Picnic, eyewitnesses said. Later an explosion took place in the building and a fire started. The fire at Crocus City Hall consumed an area of 12,900 square meters, according to the latest information, with the roof starting to partially collapse. In particular, helicopters were used to extinguish the fire. The Emergencies Ministry reported at around 01:00 a.m. Moscow time on Saturday that the fire had been localized. Casualties According to the latest figures provided by the Investigative Committee, more than 60 people died in the terrorist attack. The death toll may rise, the Investigative Committee noted. Some 115 people were hospitalized, including 5 children, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said. More than 30 people have requested ambulatory care. Sixty people are in severe condition. Almost all surgeries necessary have been performed, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said. Response from authorities Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed about the incident a few minutes after it started, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. The president is constantly supplied by all relevant services with information and he has given “all the necessary instructions,” Peskov stressed. Heads of the Federal Security Service, Interior Ministry, Investigative Committee and National Guard have reported to Putin on the terrorist attack investigation, the Kremlin said later. Moreover, Russian Emergencies Minister Alexander Kurenkov told the president about measures that have been assumed for saving people and provision of all necessary help. Putin also talked to Deputy Prime Minister Golikova, Health Minister Murashko and Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobyov, the press service of the president reported. The Federal Security Service said that special services were conducting a search operation. The Investigative Committee has initiated a case on a terrorist attack. The Investigative Committee said later that arms and armaments were collected from the spot. Security measures and cancellation of events Mass events scheduled for March 23 and 24 have been cancelled in Moscow and other regions. Federal culture entities will not hold such event in coming days either. Due to the tragedy Moscow theatres cancel performances, cinemas and museum suspend work, some universities have announced cancellation of Saturday classes. Security measures have been tightened in Moscow airports and railway stations. Many other regions announced the tightening of security measures. World response Many countries have condemned the terrorist attack and offered condolences due to death of people. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was among the first to offer condolences as he expressed confidence that the organizers and perpetrators of the attack should be justly punished. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tasked the country’s law enforcement forces to provide help to Russian colleagues if needed. Both friendly and unfriendly countries made statements, including a number of European countries, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Italy, France and others, Canada, New Zealand among them. The US White House called the terrorist attack an awful attack. Advisor to the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office Mikhail Podolyak said that Kiev was not linked to the incident. The US authorities believe that there are no signs of Ukraine or the Ukrainians being involved in the terrorist attack. Moreover, the White House said that it was not aware of the possible connection between the events in Crocus City Hall and the warning released by the American embassy in Moscow in early March about possible attacks by extremists. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that the US’ reaction to the terrorist attack raised questions.


CK Hutchinson’s Victor Li and Canning Fok step aside as managing directors after drop in profits in 2023

CK Hutchison Holdings, the flagship conglomerate controlled by Hong Kong’s business tycoon Li Ka-shing, has announced that it is swapping out its co-managing directors as Victor Li Tzar-kuoi and Canning Fok Kin-ning step aside but keep other critical roles within the firm. Li will stay on as chairman and co-executive director with Fok, who has now also been appointed deputy chairman. The arrangement will allow Fok, 72, “to spend more time with his family”, Li said. Fok decided to retire as co-managing director after decades in at the company, with 30 years as group managing director of Hutchison Whampoa, now known as CK Hutchison, and over 44 years with the Cheung Kong Group, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong exchange on Friday night. Fok will also be appointed executive chairman of CK Hutchison Group Telecom to lead the conglomerate’s operations in the telecommunications sector. The incoming co-managing directors are 72-year-old Frank Sixt, who is currently the group’s finance director, and Dominic Lai Kai-ming, who is currently deputy managing director. Lai, 70, is also group managing director at AS Watson Group, CK Hutchison’s retailing. The announcement comes after a rough 2023 for CK Hutchison, which has businesses spanning ports, infrastructure, telecoms and supermarkets. The company announced this week an underlying profit for 2023 of HK$23.5 billion (US$3.3 billion), down 9 per cent from HK$25.74 billion the previous year. Including one-off items in 2022, profit was down a much steeper 36 per cent last year. CK Hutchison declared a final dividend of HK$1.775 per share. Together with the interim dividend of HK$0.756 per share, the full-year dividend totalled HK$2.531, a decline of 13.49 per cent from HK$2.926 in 2022. The company’s retail division outperformed other sectors, posting year-on-year revenue growth of 13 per cent to reach HK$16.23 billion before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation. It was primarily driven by favourable performance in Europe and Asia.


Pet friendly’ 21p kitchen item to stops slugs invading your garden

Gardeners have found a 21p kitchen item that’s ‘really effective’ at stopping slugs from invading gardens. Slugs and snails are pests that can eat several times their own body weight in food in just one day, causing lots of damage to plants. They seem to appear out of nowhere, especially when the weather is mild and damp. But one woman has shared on the Gardening UK Facebook page how she has stopped slugs and snails from attacking her garden plants. Vanessa Wootton said: “I have to share this win – I can confirm garlic water keeps the slugs and snails away. I have not been able to get my dahlias to grow at all this year, as soon as there was a shoot it was eaten. READ MORE: Mrs Hinch fans share 30p hack to get rid of moss without scrubbing or a pressure washer “Having a dog I needed pet friendly options. I tried wool pellets, copper tape, gel, midnight hunts but I could not get rid of them. I made some garlic water, spray once a day. I’m not sure if they will catch up and flower this year but I’m just so pleased it works,” reports the Express. Slugs and snails really don’t like the smell of garlic, so gardeners can make a garlic spray to get rid of them. Garlic might smell strong to us humans, but garlic spray is safe to use on plants. Using the spray is also a much better option than some of the chemicals available. Garlic is safe and won’t hurt other animals, but you should still be careful when using garlic spray. It’s strong and might make your eyes sore, so handle it with care and wash your hands after. People rushed to ask Vanessa in the comments how to make this garlic water for their gardens. She answered: “Boil a clove in a litre of water for 10 minutes and then you use it diluted and spray/water onto vulnerable plants. I find it really effective.” Lots of people in the group liked this idea, and many wanted to try it to protect their plants. Deborah Davies shared: “My dad tried mixing garlic paste with water this year and watering his hostas and yes it worked. That’s what I’m going to try for sure.” Dipti Mehta said: “Yes I have tried it too. It’s effective but needs some sort of daily application.” Michelle Kelly wrote: “Brilliant, this brings me much hope that the garlic spray I made earlier today will save my dahlias. I’ve lost so many already.” Join our Best of Brum WhatsApp community here Karen Quinn mentioned: “Garlic spray definitely helps on hostas but I hadn’t thought to try it on the dahlias. Thank you.” Gracie Peet added: “It does work – I’ve been using garlic water in a spray bottle for a few years now.” “The slugs leave the hostas and other plants alone. I just put one or two crushed garlic cloves in a spray bottle with water. The longer the garlic is in the water the stronger the garlic water.” Sandra Price said: “I always use garlic spray, for aphids as well as slugs and snails.” Shelley Fry wrote: “I’ve been using the garlic spray since spring on my hostas and dahlias. Hardly any slug damage, was very surprised that this actually worked.” “A friend was admiring my hostas at the weekend stating that they looked as though they’d come straight from a garden centre. I would recommend using the garlic spray.” Not only is this method claimed to be effective, it is also very cheap. A garlic bulbs can be picked up from Sainsbury’s for 24p. They can also be bought at other local supermarkets like Tesco and Asda for similar prices. For those not a fan of using garlic, other gardeners recommended Vanessa use coffee granules. Gill Gordon said: “Garlic does work. I’ve also been taking the used coffee granules from our machine at work and scattering them and seems to be working too.” Lucy Lu added: “Yes coffee grounds stopped them munching my baby salvias. I don’t seem to have suffered too badly this year from slugs/snails but I have tidied and sorted some of the garden so there are fewer places to hide.”


Man arrested in fatal stabbing of woman, 19, outside Brooklyn bodega: NYPD

Editor’s note: The video above was originally posted on March 17, 2024. BROOKLYN, N.Y. (PIX11) – A man was arrested early Friday morning after a 19-year-old woman was fatally stabbed and her twin sister was injured outside a Brooklyn bodega, according to police. Veo Kelly, 20, turned himself in with his attorney present at 8 a.m., sources said. Kelly was previously identified as the suspect in the stabbing of Samyia Spain by authorities. The stabbing happened on Sunday near 4th Avenue and St. Marks Place in Park Slope. Kelly allegedly encountered the 19-year-old sisters and got aggressive with them when they rejected his advances, according to authorities. Kelly is accused of arguing with them, police said. A man the sisters were with got into a fight with the suspect, according to authorities. That’s when Spain was stabbed in the neck and chest, police said. She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. Police previously said they had video footage that showed Kelly in the bodega before the stabbing. He was attending a nearby party and believed to be drunk before he went to the bodega, according to authorities. Police said Kelly had one prior arrest for robbery. Detectives found the clothes Kelly was wearing the night of the stabbing in his apartment, but did not recover the knife used, according to authorities. A GoFundMe page has been created for Spain. The fundraiser can be found here.

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