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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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How much does it cost to raise a Kardashian-West child?

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Kanye West’s hit song comes to fruition as Kim Kardashian receives a jaw dropping amount in child support

Many are surprised by exactly how much it costs to raise a Kardashian-West child. For some, it far exceeds what they would earn in an entire year, but Kanye West coughs up $200,000 per month in child support.

Child support is to ensure the children’s lives are not disrupted by separation. Perhaps, this figure is to keep up with their lavish lifestyles. The amount was finalised as part of Kardashian and West’s divorce settlement.

It’s also been confirmed both West and Kardashian will have equal access to their four children. In addition to this costly monthly pay, West is responsible for paying 50% of the children’s educational and security expenses.

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Wife killer Chris Dawson receives 24 years behind bars

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Chris Dawson will serve 24 years behind bars for murdering his wife nearly 40 years ago

Former school teacher, Chris Dawson has maintained his innocence as he was sentenced to 24 years behind bars for the 1982 murder of his then-wife Lynette.

The 74-year-old was found guilty of murdering Dawson to continue a relationship with his high school babysitter.

In the New South Wales Supreme Court, Justice Ian Harrison says Lynette Dawson was “faultless” and “undeserving of her fate”.

Harrison described the murder as an “objectively very serious crime”.

Meanwhile, her family has previously the court Dawson is a “conniving monster”.

Dawson will be eligible for parole after 18 years when he will be 92.

His legal team argued there was an explanation for her disappearance, after she learned of his actions with the family’s teenage babysitter, JC, who he married.

The former rugby league player did not give evidence.

He claimed his wife called him after failing to arrive for a meeting in January 1982.

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Police given power to use killer robots

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San Francisco officials have voted in favour of rolling out potentially lethal robots in some situations

Police robots could be hitting San Francisco streets after lawmakers approved the use of robots, which could “incapacitate or disorient violent, armed, or dangerous suspect[s]”.

The two-hour debate finished with an 8-3 ruling to deploy the robots, which are equipped with explosive charges in some cases.

San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spokesperson, Allison Maxie said the robots will be used when lives are at stake.

“Robots equipped in this manner would only be used in extreme circumstances to save or prevent further loss of innocent lives.”

Officials expressed concern over civil liberties and the scope for police oversight when these robots are deployed.

Supervisor Connie Chan said “it’s definitely not an easy discussion.”

Ms Chan is a member of the committee, who pushed the proposal to the board for debate.

SFPD said it is not planning to arm the robots with guns. However, the robots will be able to kill “when risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and officers cannot subdue the threat after using alternative force options or de-escalation tactics.”

The proposal was changed to clarify officers could only use the robots after other strategies and de-escalation tactics had be tried.

San Francisco law enforcement agencies use a range of robots to detect bombs and help authorities in situations with low visibility.

The nearby Oakland Police Department has parted ways with a similar policy after widespread public backlash.

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