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Korean Opp. leader stabbed during press conference

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The leader of South Korea’s political opposition has been stabbed at a news conference in the southern port city of Busan.
Lee Jae-myung, who narrowly lost the presidential elections in 2022, was stabbed on the left side of his neck on Tuesday morning.

The attacker was arrested at the scene.

Mr Lee sustained a 1cm laceration and was treated in the hospital while conscious, reports said. Police said his wound was not life-threatening.

The attacker who appeared to be a man in his 50s or 60s, reportedly approached Mr Lee asking for an autograph, before suddenly lunging forward to stab him.

Videos of the attack posted on social media show Mr Lee first collapsing into the crowd and then onto the ground, while several people try to restrain the attacker. Photographs after the incident show Mr Lee lying on the ground with his eyes closed as someone presses a handkerchief to the side of his neck.

Yonhap said he was airlifted to hospital in a helicopter.

A spokesman of Mr Lee’s Democratic Party of Korea said Mr Lee sustained a “jugular vein injury” and would have to undergo surgery as medical staff are concerned about further bleeding.

“After being transferred to Seoul National University Hospital, we plan to operate quickly. We strongly condemn the attack and consider it a clear act of democracy destruction.” said the spokesman, Kwon Chil-seung.

Mr Lee, 59, currently holds one of two seats from Incheon in South Korea’s legislature. He is widely expected to run for a seat in the next general election, which will take place in April.

He narrowly lost the 2022 presidential elections – by a mere 0.73% difference in votes – to current President Yoon Suk-yeol, making it the closest presidential race in South Korean history. He is widely expected to stand in the next presidential elections in 2027.

Since then he has been indicted on corruption and breach of trust charges, with prosecutors accusing him of allowing private developers to profit illegally from a property project while he was mayor of Seongnam, a city of 1 million people to the south of Seoul. Mr Lee has denied those charges, calling them politically motivated.

In September a court dismissed a request from the prosecution for him to be held in custody while he awaited trial on the charges. Prosecutors are still investigating him on a number of other cases linked to corruption while he was in office.

The court’s order came three weeks after Mr Lee began a hunger strike to protest Mr Yoon’s foreign and domestic policies. Mr Lee had to be hospitalised because of the strike.

There have been a number of past cases of South Korean politicians being physically attacked with weapons.

In March 2022, Mr Lee’s predecessor Song Young-gil was attacked with a blunt object while campaigning for Mr Lee. He survived with some head injuries.

In 2006, conservative party leader Park Geun-hye, who later became president, was attacked with a knife which left a scar on her face.

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Two Indians recruited by Russia killed in Ukraine

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Two Indians recruited by the Russian Army lost their lives in the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, India’s External Affairs Ministry said in a statement today (12 June).

Concerns have been raised with Moscow on the matter and the ministry had asked the authorities to immediately stop the recruitment of Indians to the Russian army.

It further said that the country had demanded for an early release and return of all Indian nationals recruited to the Russian military.

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Chatuchak Market fire kills hundreds of caged animals

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Hundreds of caged animals died Tuesday (11 June) after a fire struck Bangkok’s Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the most famous markets in Thailand’s capital. The fire was reported early in the morning and quickly swept across more than 100 shops in the market’s pet section.

Thai media reports suggested that the fire killed several hundred animals, including puppies, fish, snakes, birds and rabbits, kept in cages and locked inside the shops, as it took about an hour to get the fire under control. There are no reports of human casualties.

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Malawi’s VP confirmed dead in plane crash (Update)

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The wreck of a plane carrying Malawi’s vice-president has been found with no survivors, President Lazarus Chakwera has said.

Saulos Chilima and nine others were flying within the country on Monday morning when their aircraft disappeared from airport radars.

The plane, a military aircraft, was flying in bad weather. 

Soldiers had been searching Chikangawa Forest overnight and into the morning in an effort to find the plane.

In a news briefing on Tuesday, President Chakwera said the Malawi Defence Force commander informed him that the search and rescue operation had been completed and the plane was found.

Mr Chakwera said he was “deeply saddened and sorry” to inform Malawians of the terrible tragedy.

He said the rescue team found the aircraft completely destroyed.

(BBC News)


(Previous News- 11th June, 2024 at 8:41am)

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

Plane with Malawi Vice-President goes missing

An aircraft carrying Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima and nine others has gone missing.

Foreign media reports that the Malawi Defence Force aircraft “went off the radar” after it left the capital, Lilongwe, on Monday morning. It was supposed to land at Mzuzu International Airport.

President Lazarus Chakwera said a search and rescue operation was continuing, in a speech late on Monday.

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