Save the Children Confirms Two Staff Members Among Dead in Myanmar Attack

International charity Save the Children confirmed on Dec. 28 that two of its staff members were killed in a Christmas Eve attack that it blames on the Myanmar military. In a statement, Save the Children said the two staff were …

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Famed U.S. Biologist Edward O. Wilson, Known as ‘Darwin’s Natural Heir,’ Dies at Age 92

Edward O. Wilson, the famed biologist and environmental activist known as “Darwin’s natural heir,” died on Dec. 26 in in Burlington, Massachusetts at the age of 92. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation announced Wilson’s passing in a statement without providing …

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13-Year-Old Boy Dies in Dirt Bike Crash During Attempted Traffic Stop by Florida Police

A 13-year-old boy on a dirt bike died on Dec. 26 after he crashed as police in Florida attempted a traffic stop, the Boynton Beach Police Department said. In a statement, police said the teen was “driving recklessly” on Boynton …

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Police Arrest 14-Year-Old Boy Suspected of Killing Three in Texas Convenience Store Shooting

Police arrested a 14-year-old suspect in a shooting at a Texas convenience store that killed three teenagers and injured another. Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan announced at a press conference on Dec. 27 that officers arrested a 14-year-old boy on …

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Acclaimed Film Director Jean-Marc Vallée Dies at Age 58

Acclaimed Canadian film director Jean-Marc Vallée, best known for directing “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Wild,” died on Dec. 26 at the age of 58. Vallée’s representative Bumble Ward said that the director died suddenly in his cabin near Quebec City. …

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New South Wales Reports Its First Omicron Death

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) reported its first death linked to the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Dec. 27. At a press briefing, Dr. Christine Selvey of the NSW Health announced that the state’s first Omicron death involved …

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Desmond Tutu, Dead at 90

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican cleric, has died aged 90. “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of …

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Singapore Donates $60,000 to Malaysia and Philippines Typhoon and Flood Relief

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Wednesday the country would donate US$60,000 as seed money to support the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) public fundraising to aid disaster relief and recovery efforts in Malaysia and the Philippines.  “As a close …

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UN Reports Rape Incidents and Deaths after Sudan Protests

The UNHCR said that the Commission’s Joint Human Rights Office in Sudan has received allegations that 13 women and girls were raped or gang-raped by security forces last Sunday. “We have also received allegations of sexual harassment by security forces …

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