Kenya Classroom Collapse Kills 7 Children, Injures 64

Television stations showed images of rescue workers sifting through metal sheeting and slabs of concrete at the Precious Talent School, and carrying white body bags to an ambulance. “We have regrettably lost seven lives to this morning’s incident that occurred around 8 a.m., As the learners of Class Five to Eight were starting their morning lessons,” Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said at the scene of the accident, Reuters reported.

Spanish Police Detain Nine Catalan Separatists for Allegedly Planning Violence

The movement calling for Catalonia’s separation from Spain has been a major challenge for the country for years, triggering its biggest political crisis in decades with a short-lived independence declaration in 2017. However, it has largely been a peaceful movement characterized by mass protests, in contrast to a Basque separatist campaign that was for decades marked by a violent insurgency until ETA (Basque Homeland and Liberty) guerrillas ended their fight in 2018. Police said the investigation and raids targeted local groups working under the name Committees for the Defense of the Republic (CDR), which have staged periodic protests across Catalonia since separatist leaders were arrested after the 2017 independence declaration

China Launches Two New BeiDou Satellites

Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, the two satellites entered orbit. They are the 47th and 48th satellites of the BDS satellite family. The new satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) and the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

US Fears Iran’s Influence on Public Opinion during UNGA: Rouhani

“Given the complex and difficult issues facing the Persian Gulf region today, the trip to New York to attend the annual meeting of the UNGA this year is of special importance,” Rouhani said at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on Monday before his departure to New York. “It is felt that the Americans are not much keen for the Iranian delegation’s presence at the United Nations headquarters and its (members’) speeches,” the president stated.