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Herbert Villarraga is a journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia.
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Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Apr 2024  |  www.fxempire.com
Hundreds of mourners attended the memorial service for Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a boxing coach killed in the recent attack on Dnipro, Ukraine. A family video highlighted a happier time in the same kitchen that was destroyed in the attack. Colleague Oleh Bilenko remembered Korenovskyi for his dedication to all his trainees, especially children starting out in boxing. Korenovskyi's family mourned, while other family members were not present during the attack.

Israeli students head back to school in town ravaged by Hamas

04 Mar 2024  |  www.timeslive.co.za
Children in Sderot, an Israeli town near the Gaza border, returned to school amid heavy security following attacks by Hamas. Despite the ongoing conflict and occasional gunfire, education officials and the IDF have deemed it safe for thousands of children to resume classes. Parents and officials expressed a mix of fear and resilience, with Education Minister Yoav Kisch emphasizing the community's determination to reopen schools.

Ecuador TV station hostage recounts 'surreal' armed takeover

10 Jan 2024  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Gunmen stormed TC Television in Guayaquil, Ecuador, taking staff hostage and forcing journalist Jose Luis Calderon to speak on camera at gunpoint. The incident, part of a surge in violence, occurred after President Daniel Noboa declared 22 gangs as terrorist organizations. The live feed of the takeover lasted about 20 minutes, causing national shock. Calderon described the two-hour ordeal as 'surreal' but remained calm, knowing the police had been alerted. The attackers, linked to the gang La Firma and crime group Los Choneros, eventually surrendered after police intervention, resulting in 13 arrests. The violence followed the escape of Los Choneros leader Adolfo Macias from prison.

Ecuador TV station hostage recounts 'surreal' armed takeover

10 Jan 2024  |  investing.com
Journalist Jose Luis Calderon describes being held hostage at gunpoint during an armed takeover of the Guayaquil TV station TC by gunmen, including teenagers, associated with the gang La Firma and the larger crime group Los Choneros. The incident, which was broadcast live, occurred amidst a wave of violence leading President Daniel Noboa to declare 22 gangs as terrorist organizations. The gunmen demanded Calderon to warn against police intervention on air, and after a two-hour ordeal, which resulted in injuries to a cameraman and another employee, the attackers surrendered to the police, resulting in 13 arrests.

Ecuador TV station hostage recounts 'surreal' armed takeover

04 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo Entertainment
A journalist at Ecuador's TC public broadcaster recounted a 'surreal' hostage situation where gunmen stormed the studio, forcing him and colleagues to appear on camera at gunpoint. The attackers, linked to the gang La Firma and larger crime group Los Choneros, held the staff hostage for two hours, leading to a police standoff. The incident is part of a broader wave of violence prompting President Daniel Noboa to classify 22 gangs as terrorist organizations. The gunmen eventually surrendered, resulting in 13 arrests.

Relatives celebrate the rescue of four indigenous minors

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Relatives celebrate the rescue of four indigenous minors, including an 11-month-old girl, who were missing after a plane crash in Colombia. The children survived 40 days in the jungle by eating seeds and drinking water, attributing their survival to nature.

Children who survived five weeks in Colombia jungle will tell own story: father

11 Jun 2023  |  sightmagazine.com.au
Four Indigenous children, aged one to 13, survived a plane crash in Colombia's southern jungle on 1st May and were found after more than five weeks. The crash killed their mother and two other adults. The children were located in Caqueta province following searches by the military and Indigenous communities. Manuel Ranoque, father of the two youngest, stated the children will share their story and mentioned the difficulty in obtaining information from them due to their ordeal. There is a discrepancy in accounts regarding how long the children's mother survived after the crash.

Yellen, at former slave port, sees path of renewal for Africa and US

21 Jan 2023  |  postbulletin.com
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited the House of Slaves on Goree Island, Senegal, acknowledging the 'unspeakable cruelty' of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its lasting impact. She emphasized the shared history and connection between Africa and the United States, and the importance of fighting for freedom and human rights. Yellen, who has worked to address historic disparities affecting Black Americans, highlighted progress and the need for further efforts to counter the slave trade's brutal consequences. She has established a racial equity task force at the Treasury and, along with her deputy Wally Adeyemo, is working to improve economic conditions for communities of color. Yellen's visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, which draws many visitors including Americans of African descent, was marked by her appointment as a lifetime ambassador of the island's history.

Yellen, at former slave port, sees path of renewal for Africa and US

21 Jan 2023  |  www.brainerddispatch.com
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited the House of Slaves on Goree Island, Senegal, acknowledging the cruelty of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its lasting impact. She emphasized the shared history and connection between Africa and the United States, noting the need to fight for freedom and human rights. Yellen has established a racial equity task force at the Treasury and, along with her deputy Wally Adeyemo, is working to improve economic conditions for communities of color. The visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site, which draws many visitors including African Americans, was marked by Yellen being named a lifetime ambassador of the island's history.

Tearful Zelenskyy honors top Ukrainian officials killed in helicopter crash

21 Jan 2023  |  InForum
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended a memorial service for seven senior officials, including Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskyi, who died in a helicopter crash near Kyiv. The crash, which also killed seven others, including a child, is under investigation. The tragedy follows a deadly Russian missile attack in Dnipro. Zelenskyy expressed profound grief, highlighting the continuous loss of lives due to the war. Military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov described Monastyrskyi as a hero whose death is a significant loss for Ukraine.

Yellen, at former slave port, sees path of renewal for Africa and US

21 Jan 2023  |  InForum
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited Goree Island in Senegal, a former slave port, emphasizing the enduring ties between Africa and the United States and the importance of addressing the historical consequences of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Yellen highlighted progress and renewal in both regions while acknowledging the need for continued efforts to combat the legacy of slavery. She underscored the significance of the site and its history, advocating for remembrance as a path to progress. Yellen's visit aligns with her broader work on economic disparities and racial equity, including initiatives at the U.S. Treasury.

India considers banning news identified as 'fake' by government on social media

18 Jan 2023  |  wctrib.com
India's government has proposed new IT rules that would prevent social media platforms from hosting any information deemed false by the Press Information Bureau or other authorized agencies. This follows a series of actions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government seen as attempts to control big tech firms. The draft requires social media and online intermediaries to prevent the dissemination of identified 'fake or false' information. Additionally, the government plans to establish a panel to address user complaints about content moderation on social media platforms.

New German minister debating Ukraine tanks

17 Jan 2023  |  hepburnadvocate.com.au
Germany is facing pressure to authorize the delivery of Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, a decision now resting with the new Defence Minister Boris Pistorius. The tanks are seen as crucial for Ukraine to potentially turn the tide in the war against Russia. Germany has been hesitant to approve weapons that could escalate the conflict. Meanwhile, the US and its allies have provided substantial military support to Ukraine. The Kremlin has warned against new weapon deliveries, and a pro-Kremlin TV presenter suggested that countries supplying advanced weapons to Ukraine could become targets for Russia. Ukraine's top general met with the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss urgent military needs, and the Netherlands has committed to sending Patriot missiles to Ukraine.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  nationalpost.com
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which destroyed the outer wall of his apartment. The attack resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers of all levels, particularly children. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors, with 44 confirmed dead and 20 still missing.

Ukraine pushes for tanks as holdout Germany says new minister to decide

17 Jan 2023  |  inkl.com
Ukraine is urging for the delivery of Western battle tanks to bolster its forces against Russian troops, with a focus on German-made Leopard tanks that require Berlin's authorization. Germany's new Defence Minister Boris Pistorius, who replaced Christine Lambrecht, is expected to make a decision on the matter. Allies are set to meet at a U.S. air base in Germany to pledge military support for Ukraine. The Kremlin has criticized the West's arms supplies to Ukraine, while NATO allies emphasize their commitment to Ukrainian victory. Cyberattacks and missile strikes on Ukrainian cities, including a deadly attack in Dnipro, have been attributed to Russia, which denies targeting civilians.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  wiky.com
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which destroyed the wall of his apartment. The attack resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers of all levels, particularly children. The search for survivors ended on Tuesday, with 44 confirmed dead and 20 still missing.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  wixx.com
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which destroyed the wall of his apartment. The attack resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers of all levels, particularly children. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors, confirming 44 deaths and 20 missing persons.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  943jackfm.com
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which destroyed the outer wall of his apartment. The attack resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers at all levels and his love for children starting in the sport. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors, with 44 confirmed dead and 20 still missing.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  kelofm.com
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, Ukraine. The attack, which occurred on Saturday, resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers and his love for children starting out in the sport. The emergency services concluded their search for survivors, with 44 confirmed dead and 20 still missing.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  Q106 Rock On! | WJXQ | Jackson, Battle Creek & Lansing
Mykhailo Korenovskyi, a Ukrainian boxing coach, was laid to rest after being killed in a Russian missile attack in Dnipro, which destroyed the outer wall of his apartment. The attack resulted in at least 44 fatalities. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training boxers of all levels, particularly children. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors, with 44 confirmed dead and 20 still missing.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  979weve.com
Family, friends, and colleagues mourned the loss of Ukrainian boxing coach Mykhailo Korenovskyi, who was killed in a Russian missile attack that destroyed part of his apartment. The attack on Dnipro resulted in at least 44 deaths, with 20 people still unaccounted for. Korenovskyi was celebrated for his dedication to training both children and high-level boxers, and his contributions were recognized by his sports school, city, region, and country. Emergency services have concluded their search for survivors.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  Cruisin' 929 | WLMI | Lansing, MI
Family, friends, and colleagues mourned the loss of Ukrainian boxing coach Mykhailo Korenovskyi, who was killed in a Russian missile attack that destroyed part of his apartment in Dnipro. The attack resulted in at least 44 deaths, with 20 people still unaccounted for. Korenovskyi was celebrated for his dedication to training both children and high-level boxers, and his contributions were recognized by his sports school, city, region, and country. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors following the attack.

New German minister debating Ukraine tanks

17 Jan 2023  |  www.mailtimes.com.au
Germany's new Defence Minister Boris Pistorius is set to decide on the delivery of Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, a move that could significantly impact the war against Russia. The decision comes amid intense pressure from Western allies and follows the resignation of former Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht. The Kremlin has criticized Western military support, warning it would exacerbate the conflict. Key figures involved include German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, and Ukrainian General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, who has outlined Ukraine's urgent military needs.

Ukraine buries boxing coach whose kitchen wall was torn off in Russian attack

17 Jan 2023  |  Y100 WNCY | Your Home For Country & Fun | Green Bay, WI
Family, friends, and colleagues mourned the loss of Ukrainian boxing coach Mykhailo Korenovskyi, who was killed in a Russian missile attack that destroyed part of his apartment in Dnipro. The attack resulted in at least 44 deaths, with 20 people still unaccounted for. Korenovskyi was remembered for his dedication to training both children and high-level boxers, and his contributions to the sports community were highly regarded. Emergency services concluded their search for survivors following the attack.

Rescued from Ukraine, lion cubs romp happily at Minneota's Wildcat Sanctuary

15 Jan 2023  |  www.wctrib.com
Lion cubs Prada, Taras, Lesya, and Stefania, rescued from Ukraine, are now thriving at Minnesota's Wildcat Sanctuary. The sanctuary, founded by Tammy Thies, provides a permanent home for big cats rescued from the pet trade and other exploitative situations. The recent Big Cat Public Safety Act, signed by President Joe Biden, has outlawed private ownership and public contact with big cats in the U.S. The sanctuary collaborates with the International Fund for Animal Welfare to rescue big cats globally and relies on donations from committed supporters. The sanctuary's mission is to offer a safe haven for these animals, many of whom cannot be reintroduced into the wild.
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