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Childcare massacre by ex-cop in Thailand leaves at least 36 dead

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At least 36 people, including 24 children are dead following an horrific childcare centre massacre

Thailand is mourning the loss of 36 lives, after a man carried out a massacre attack on a childcare centre in the northeast of the nation.

It’s believed the horrific attack was carried out by a man with a knife and gun, while the children were asleep, before killing himself and his family.

In this image taken from video, officials enter the site of an attack at a daycare center, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, in the town of Nongbua Lamphu, north eastern Thailand. More than 30 people, primarily children, were killed Thursday when a gunman opened fire the childcare center authorities said. (TPBS via AP)

Thailand’s Royal police says the man, a former officer, had been suspended from duty on January 20 after “he was accused of committing a serious disciplinary violation.”

During a search of his residence, police discovered a tablet of “yaba”, which is a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine.

In Thailand, it is “crazy medicine.” 

The alleged attacker had previously appeared in court on a drug possession charge.

Alleged attacker

Global condolences

The United States is among a number of countries offering condolences and all of those impacted by the massacre.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan says America is “horrified” by the mass killing.

The images are heartbreaking and we condemn this act of violence and stand ready to assist our long-standing ally Thailand in whatever they need.”

Jake sullivan – U.S. NAtional security advisor

Thailand in mourning

Thailand‘s King and Queen Suthida will visit a hospital on Friday to meet with the victims and their families.

The country’s prime minister will also travel to the region to pay his respects.

The prime minister’s office says Thailand will fly flags at half-staff as a mark of respect.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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