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Death toll from devastating Haiti earthquake nears 1300 people

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“The streets are filled with screaming:” death toll from devastating Haiti Earthquake reaches 1300

The death toll from a devastating 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti has almost reached 1300, and is continuing to rise. Neighbouring countries are rushing to send aid as rescuers struggle to find survivors buried in the rubble.

The earthquake struck on Saturday, destroying thousands of homes and buildings. The earthquake hit the country’s South-west hardest, particularly around the city of Les Cayes.

Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency says the death toll has climbed from 724 to 1297. Hospitals are struggling to cope as wounded people seek treatment. The CPA has reported 5700 injured.

“We must work together to provide rapid and effective responses to this extremely serious situation”

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry

Haiti’s Prime Minister pleas for solidarity

Prime Minister Ariel Henry declared a month-long state of emergency and urged the population to “show solidarity”.

“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble,” he said on Saturday.

International community pledges aid

Several countries from the international community have committing to supporting Haiti with aid and medical supplies.

US President Joe Biden authorised an “immediate US response” on Saturday. The UN also says it will support the rescue effort.

The neighbouring Dominican Republic has offered to send food and medical equipment. Cuba has also sent more than 250 doctors to help treat injured survivors.

August 15, 2021 – Les Cayes, Haiti. A 7.2 earthquake hit the South West portion of the already struggling nation of Haiti, damaging hundreds of buildings, and killing over 700 locals, while injuring over 2000. The hospitals and local authorities are already overwhelmed and totally umprepared for this new round of calamity. A local man’s private house was destroyed by the earthquake killing one. (photo by Jonathan Alpeyrie/Bloomberg)

This comes after the assassination of Haiti’s president last month

The earthquake comes as Haiti struggles to recover from the assassination of former president Jovenel Moïse.

Last month, mercenaries dressed as US drug enforcement agents broke into Moïse’s house, murdering the president and attacking the first lady.

The investigation into the assassination is ongoing.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine

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A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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