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Tonga ministers quit amid standoff with powerful monarch | Politics News

Tonga ministers quit amid standoff with powerful monarch | Politics News

Crisis erupted last month after King Tupou VI abruptly withdrew “confidence and consent” for three ministries. Some of Tonga’s top ministers have announced their resignations after a months-long constitutional crisis with the Pacific island nation’s powerful king. Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni told parliament on Thursday that he would give up the role of defence minister, while Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, one of his key allies, would resign her ministerial roles for foreign affairs and tourism, conceding to the demands of King Tupou VI. Sovaleni has reportedly recommended that Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala, a senior official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, be appointed minister of defence and foreign affairs in their place, Radio New Zealand reported. Tonga has been a constitutional democracy since the late 19th century, and the monarchy relinquished more power in democratic reforms in 2010. Earlier this year, however, the king abruptly withdrew “confidence and consent” for appointments to three key ministries without explaining why. Malakai Koloamatangi, a political scientist at the University of Fiji, told the AFP news agency that the crisis should …

Dutch Hostage Standoff Ends; Suspected Arrested

Dutch Hostage Standoff Ends; Suspected Arrested

EDE, Netherlands —  Dutch police detained a man Saturday after he left a nightclub where four people had been held hostage for hours, bringing a peaceful end to a tense standoff. “We are exceptionally happy that it ended this way — that the victims came out safely and that we were able to arrest this suspect without using violence,” said Marthyne Kunst, head of the regional public prosecutor’s office. There was no immediate word on a motive, but police and prosecutors said they did not believe it was a terrorist incident. Police said the hostage-taker was armed with knives, and a backpack he carried was being examined to establish if it contained explosives. The hostage-taking in the central Dutch market town of Ede, 85 kilometers (53 miles) southeast of Amsterdam, ended around midday when a man walked out of the Cafe Petticoat club and was ordered by armed police to kneel with his hands on his head. He was then handcuffed before being led into a waiting police car. Kunst told reporters that the man …

Nightclub hostage standoff in Dutch town ends with arrest of man | Netherlands

Nightclub hostage standoff in Dutch town ends with arrest of man | Netherlands

A nine-hour hostage incident at a nightclub in the eastern Netherlands has ended after police arrested a man wearing a balaclava when he left the premises. “The last hostage has just been released. One person has been arrested,” a police statement said. “We cannot share more information at this time.” Four employees were taken hostage at Cafe Petticoat in the town of Ede, located about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Amsterdam. Officials said at a news briefing that the suspect, who was previously known to police, had threatened the hostages with knives. There was no indication of a terrorist motive, police said. An initial group of three people were released, with pictures from the public broadcaster NOS showing them leaving the building with their hands in the air. A fourth hostage was freed shortly afterwards, with the suspected hostage-taker then arrested. Footage from NOS showed a man kneeling on the ground with his hands behind his back, as officers restrained him with handcuffs. Map showing location of Ede in the Netherlands Special police units had …

Thames Water on road to state rescue amid investor standoff with Ofwat | Thames Water

Thames Water on road to state rescue amid investor standoff with Ofwat | Thames Water

Thames Water appears to be on the road to nationalisation after its investors signalled they were unwilling to pump more money into the debt-laden utilities company, amid a standoff with the regulator and the government over raising customers’ bills. Britain’s biggest water supplier said on Thursday its shareholders had refused to provide £500m of emergency funding due this week to secure the company’s short-term cashflow. Thames, which has £18bn of debts, could be plunged into a government-handled administration that would see the company temporarily renationalised if it cannot secure fresh funding from new or existing sources. It has been lobbying the industry regulator Ofwat to increase bills by 40%, pay lower fines for breaches including sewage dumping and to be allowed to pay out dividends. The watchdog has been examining the supplier’s business plan for 2025-2030, and Thames said Ofwat’s initial assessments made the company “uninvestible” for shareholders. However, in words understood to reflect the view in Downing Street, the communities secretary, Michael Gove, described the leadership of Thames as a “disgrace” and said they …

Man who barricaded himself in with gas canister involved in 50-hour police stand-off | UK News

Man who barricaded himself in with gas canister involved in 50-hour police stand-off | UK News

A man has been arrested after police spent more than 50 hours negotiating with someone alone in a property with a gas canister. There had been “significant fears” that the man in the property on Daneby Road, Catford, south London, would harm himself or others, police said. A man, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to cause criminal damage with intent to endanger life. Image: Pic: UKNIP He required hospital treatment for a foot injury after he was bitten by a police dog and remains in hospital. It is understood that people from 50 surrounding properties were asked to leave their homes during the incident. Lewisham Council said in a social media post on Thursday that the Salvation Army and a local church provided rest centres for displaced residents. Image: Pic: UKNIP Detective Superintendent James Derham from the Metropolitan Police said: “I want to say a big thank you to those in Catford for their patience and assistance over the last few days while officers worked around the clock to resolve this …

Video shows teen pull gun on Florida beach, run into Atlantic in standoff with deputies

Video shows teen pull gun on Florida beach, run into Atlantic in standoff with deputies

A teenager is being charged as an adult after he allegedly waved a gun on a Florida beach filled with spring breakers and then stood off with deputies who chased him into the Atlantic. The incident in New Smyrna Beach, a city on Central Florida’s Atlantic coast, happened Thursday afternoon when deputies patrolling the beach, populated with festive spring breakers, came across a fistfight, body camera video showed. A crowd formed, and from it appeared to emerge a person waving a gun, the video released by the Volusia Sheriff’s Office showed. “He’s got a gun,” people in the crowd shouted. The teen ran from deputies, who ordered him to drop the firearm, and ended up in the ocean steps away, the video showed. Deputies trained their handguns on the suspect, who also had a bag in hand, before he was persuaded to drop his gun, raise his hands and come to dry sand to surrender peacefully, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. The recovered bag contained 20 smaller bags of cannabis, it said. The …

South China Sea: Dramatic stand-off escalates tensions between Philippines and Beijing | World | News

South China Sea: Dramatic stand-off escalates tensions between Philippines and Beijing | World | News

A dramatic stand-off unfolded in the South China Sea this week between the Philippines and China as tensions in the region escalate further. The Philippines, asserting its sovereign rights, vows not to back down amidst what it perceives as repeated aggressive conduct by China’s coastguard. The altercation reached a peak on Tuesday when China’s coastguard allegedly engaged in provocative actions against a Philippine resupply mission near the disputed Second Thomas Shoal. Top Philippine security officials are describing the incident as the most serious yet. Task force spokesperson Jonathan Malaya revealed that a top admiral was on board a vessel targeted by China’s coastguard, resulting in injuries to four navy personnel. “This is the most serious incident yet,” he said, accusing China of “deliberately stirring up trouble” and “maliciously inciting hype”. READ MORE: Xi’s right-hand man delivers hammer blow to China economy with major snub Accusations from both sides have intensified, with the Philippines condemning China for deliberately instigating trouble and China asserting indisputable sovereignty over the reef, situated 1,300 km off its mainland. Philippine Defense …

Indiana Lawmakers in Standoff on Antisemitism Bill Following Changes Sought by Critics of Israel

Indiana Lawmakers in Standoff on Antisemitism Bill Following Changes Sought by Critics of Israel

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Disagreements among Indiana lawmakers could stop passage of a bill aiming to address antisemitism on college campuses for the second year in a row, leaving Indiana students and professors uneasy as divisions surrounding the ongoing Israel-Hamas war deepen. Indiana House Republicans passed House Bill 1002 two months ago as one of their five priorities for the 2024 session. The legislation — largely aimed at higher education — broadly defines antisemitism as religious discrimination and promises to “provide educational opportunities free of religious discrimination.” State senators debating the bill this week, however, passed an amended version of the bill Tuesday in a 42-6 vote that removed language opposed by critics of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza. The amended version still includes the IHRA’s broad definition of antisemitism but deleted the alliance’s name and examples that include explicit references to Israel. Opponents argued that using direct references would stifle criticism of Israel in academic settings and advocacy on campuses for Palestinians in a worsening humanitarian crisis. But the bill needs final approval from the …

Israeli forces enter main hospital in southern Gaza after prolonged standoff

Israeli forces enter main hospital in southern Gaza after prolonged standoff

Palestinians are shown fleeing the Israeli offensive on Khan Younis arrive at Rafah, Gaza Strip. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Hatem Ali/AP hide caption toggle caption Hatem Ali/AP Palestinians are shown fleeing the Israeli offensive on Khan Younis arrive at Rafah, Gaza Strip. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Hatem Ali/AP RAFAH, Gaza Strip — Israeli forces stormed the main hospital in southern Gaza on Thursday, hours after Israeli fire killed a patient and wounded six others inside the complex. The Israeli army said it was a limited operation seeking the remains of hostages taken by Hamas. The raid came a day after the army sought to evacuate thousands of displaced people who had taken shelter at Nasser Hospital in the city of Khan Younis, the focus of Israel’s offensive against Hamas in recent weeks. The war shows no sign of ending, and the risk of a broader conflict is growing as Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah step up attacks after a particularly deadly exchange on Wednesday. The military said it had “credible intelligence” that Hamas had held hostages …

2054, Part VI: Standoff at Arlington

2054, Part VI: Standoff at Arlington

18:46 April 15, 2054 (GMT‑5) Arlington National Cemetery That night in her apartment Julia Hunt ordered in sushi and watched the coverage of Slake’s botched press conference on her living room sofa. Days later, Slake’s panicked responses to the questions about Castro’s death continued to air, and they appeared even worse on the news. Hunt raised a piece of salmon sashimi between two chopsticks as she read the chyron for the next story: Castro Autopsy Leaked on Common Sense Confirms Foul Play and White House Lies. She dropped the fish onto her lap. News of the withheld autopsy exploded. On every channel the prime-time anchors flashed printed copies of the report to the camera. They read whole sections aloud, describing the dimensions of the marble-sized mass of cells inexplicably lodged in Castro’s aorta and the excerpted transcript of the autopsy itself, in which the chief internist concluded, “This can’t be the same heart.” Within the hour, Truthers flooded the streets in cities around the country. As Hunt scrolled the channels, a news crew in Lafayette …