Whaling: Japan Kills 333 Cetaceans in Antarctica

Japanese whalers returned to port Saturday after capturing 333 cetaceans in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protest by organizations opposed to the hunt, authorities said.

A fleet of Five ships began its campaign in November as part of Japan's controversial "scientific" whaling.

Three whalers, including the main ship of the fleet, the Nisshin Maru, arrived on Saturday. morning at the port of Shimonoseki, in western Japan, said a port official.

In total, the five whalers captured 333 minke whales (minke whales) as planned without being interrupted by opponents of these minke whales. In 1965, the Japanese whalers were confronted with animal rights organizations, in particular, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement.

at Sea Shepherd. The NGO announced last year that it was not planning a protest at sea this season.

Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on hunting, but uses a loophole in the text that authorizes the hunting of cetaceans for scientific purposes. The International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop its regular hunting campaigns in Antarctic waters in 2014, saying they did not meet the required scientific criteria.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated at the end of January his country's desire to continue the so-called "scientific" whale hunt in Antarctica and eventually to resume commercial fishing.

Whale consumption has a long history in Japan, where it has been hunted for centuries. The whaling industry flourished after the Second World War, bringing animal protein to the country's inhabitants. Japanese consumer demand, however, has declined considerably in recent years.

ISIS Claims Shooting in Russian Church Kills 5 Persons

 A man in Dagestan, Russia, shoots new churchgoers from the church. At least five people were killed and five others injured in the shootings claimed by radical groups Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Reported by a number of Russian media quoting the local health ministry as reported by Reuters on Monday (19/2/2018), the shooting occurred in the village of Kizlyar, the Dagestan region where many Russian Muslims live on Sunday 18/2) local time.

In its statement, ISIS claimed responsibility for this shooting. The claim was delivered via the ISIS news agency, Amaq. But the ISIS does not provide further evidence to support the claim.

Russian news agencies call this shooting occurred as churchgoers are celebrating Maslenitsa, a Christian religious celebration in Russia that marks the last day before entering a pre- -According to the local Orthodox calendar.

The TASS news agency quoting the Russian Investigation Commission, reported the shooter had been identified as a 22-year-old local man.

According to TASS, the shooter was shot dead by a security officer on duty near the shooting site. A hunting rifle, a number of bullets and a knife were found carried by the perpetrator.

Initial reports say five dead were all female. While the injured, according to Interfax news agency, consists of two personnel of the local security service and two civilians who are both women. No mention of one other wounded.

Dagestan is a small republic in the Caucasus mountain region and borders on Chechnya, where Russia has fought against separatists and local radical groups since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Many residents in Chechnya are reported to join ISIS.
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Syrian Regime Attacks Kills 75 Civilians in East Ghouta

 At least 75 civilians were reported killed by air strikes of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the rebel-held region of Ghouta Timur. The attacks were launched in a number of residential areas on Thursday, according to sources from the Syrian Civil Defense Group or also known as White Helmets, as reported by the Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency , Air strikes launched in the settlements killed 27 people in Arbin, 17 in Jisrin, 2 in Zamalka, 3 in Sabka, 3 in Misraba, 7 (19659002) Eight civilians were also killed in the air strikes on the Duma, as well as four in Hazzah and two other civilians in Harasta.

White Helmets volunteers have jumped into the scene of attacks to search for and rescue victims.

East Ghouta close to Damascus, has been besieged by Syrian forces for more than four years. Then in May 2017 when the government troops launched a large-scale military operation.

Air strikes in the East Ghouta region have increased in recent days, after a Russian warplane was shot down over the weekend in rebel-held Idlib province.

According to Syrian Observer for Human Rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 200 civilians have been killed since Monday (5/2) in the Syrian regime's air strikes in East Ghouta. Among the dead included at least 54 children and 41 women. Mentioned Observatory, more than 700 civilians were also wounded in the air strikes

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Earthquake 6.4 SR Near Taiwan Beach Kills 2 People

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck near the coast of Taiwan on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding more than 200 others, officials said.

The Marshal's ground floor in Hualien collapsed, causing death an employee. Another person died in a residential building, according to a fire and rescue service report.

The foundations of other buildings shifted and rescuers used stairs, ropes and cranes to secure the inhabitants.

Taiwan media reported another hotel called " Beautiful Life Hotel "became slanted. The media also posted photos showing cracked roads in several areas.

Bridges and several highways are closed pending checks after warping due to earthquake shocks. [as]

Suicide Explosion Kills 3 Pakistani Army Officials

A suicide blast at a former militant base in northwest Pakistan killed at least three army officers and wounded seven others.

The attack took place Saturday night in a scenic Swat Valley area where military officers engage in sports activities , the official statement said. The statement did not give further details.

Sources told VOA, army officials were playing volleyball when the bomb exploded.

A spokesman for the outlawed Pakistani Taliban immediately claimed responsibility, saying the attack (19659002) Formerly, Swat had been the strong base of the Pakistani Taliban until 2009 when the army launched a massive counter-insurgency attack and drove out militants from the valley.

Since then, peace has returned to the area that is popular among domestic and foreign tourists and militant attacks are very rare in the valley that is touted as Switzerland Pakistan. [gp]