One million pilgrims from around the world gathered in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on Thursday to perform the initial rites of the hajj, marking the largest Islamic pilgrimage since the coronavirus pandemic curtailed the annual event.
A police officer armed with a rifle watched the gunman in the Uvalde school massacre walk toward the campus but did not fire while waiting for permission from a supervisor to shoot, according to a sweeping critique on the tactical response to the May massacre.
The man charged with killing seven people when he unleashed a hail of bullets on an Independence Day parade from a rooftop is expected in court as authorities face questions about how he was allowed to buy several guns, despite threatening violence.
World hunger rose in 2021, with around 2.3 billion people facing moderate or severe difficulty obtaining enough to eat – and that was before the Ukraine war, which has sparked increases in the cost of grain, fertiliser and energy, according to a new UN report released.
Thousands of revellers erupted in celebration as the traditional ‘chupinazo’ firework was ignited to start the San Fermín bull-run festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona, ending a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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