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Gunmen Shot Dead by Congregant After Attempted Robbery On His Church In South Africa.

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Two gunmen were shot dead on Sunday by Pieter van der Westhuizen, the brother of South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen as they tried to rob a congregation during a church service yesterday.

Three robbers stormed the Querencia Ministries church in Wierda Park, Centurion, South Africa, on Sunday and proceeded to try and rob members of the congregation at gunpoint.

Two gunmen are shot dead by a congregant in church as they tried to rob the congregation during Sunday service in South Africa

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According to Netwerk24, two of the robbers were then killed by Pieter van der Westhuizen who was among the congregation. The third robber was wounded but managed to escape using the car they came with.

According to Ruan Heyns of the Community Emergency Response Team, the pastor of the church, Kobus Erasmus and other worshippers were pushed around and pistol-whipped by the men.

According to Ruan, at one point one of the robbers reportedly held a pistol to Erasmus’ head.

The shooter, Van der Westhuizen – a former police officer himself, is co-operating with the police investigation and his lawyer Ulrich Roux has said his client acted in self-defence when he used the weapon to shoot the attackers.

The shooter’s older brother, Joost van der Westhuizen, made 89 appearances in test matches for the national team, scoring 38 tries and participated in three Rugby World Cups. He died in 2017 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

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Hezbollah Leader Warns Lebanon Leaders Against Blaming The Terrorist Group For Beirut Explosion That Has Killed 150 People

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Leader of Hezollah Terrorist group, Hasan Nasrallah,  has warned Lebanese officials not to hold the Shiite militia responsible for the massive blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday August 4.

Leader of Hezollah Terrorist group, Hasan Nasrallah,  has warned Lebanese officials not to hold the Shiite militia responsible for the massive blast at Beirut’s port on Tuesday August 4.

 

The huge explosion that wrecked large swaths of the city occurred on Tuesday after fire broke out from a stockpile of flammable ammonium nitrate that was left unattended to at Beirut’s port for more than six years.

 

Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan on Friday August 7, said that 154 people were killed in the explosions while than 5,000 residents were injured.

 

According to the minister, almost a quarter of those wounded required hospitalization.

Some Lebanese politicians believe Hezbollah was responsible for the blast as they believe Hezbollah’s presence in the country helped bring about the tragedy.

 

Hezbollah has a powerful place in Lebanon’s government and is widely believed to use the port facility for its own smuggling operations and more generally because it operates a parallel state outside official structures.

 

Nasrallah, in a televised address on Friday August 7, responded to growing calls that Hezbollah be held at least partly accountable.

 

According to Nasrallah, Hezbollah is strong enough to counter challenges from any faction, and shouldn’t be blamed.

 

Hezbollah leader warns Lebanon leaders against blaming the terrorist group for Beirut explosion that has killed 150 people

 

“If you want to start a battle against the resistance over this incident, you will get no results,” Nasrallah said, referring to Hezbollah in an address televised live by the movement’s Al-Manar TV station.

 

“The resistance, with its strength and patriotism, is greater and bigger and stronger than to be hit by those liars who want to push and provoke for civil war,” he added. “They will fail and they will always fail.”

 

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”The country needs time to heal. Afterward, we will discuss politics,” he said.

 

His comments come amidst mounting anger by Lebanese citizens at the negligence and corruption of Lebanese governments, which have included Hezbollah.

 

Lebanese Activists have called for demonstrations on Saturday August 8, to protest the government’s dysfunction widely blamed for the blast.

 

The slogan for the march would be: “They are the murderers,” referring to politicians.

 

Investigations are still underway into the cause of the blast, including what caused the fire that spread to the warehouse housing the ammonium nitrate.

 

Some Lebanese officials believe that Israel may have sought to target Hezbollah weapons at the port.

 

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, fueled those suspicions after telling local journalists at a briefing on Friday that the government has not ruled out an attack.

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The Oaxaca State Of Mexico Bans Sale Of Junk Foods To Children In A Bid To Curb Obeisity

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The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children in a bid to curb obesity in Mexico.

The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has banned the sale of sugary drinks and high-calorie snack foods to children in a bid to curb obesity in Mexico.

 

 

Oaxaca’s Congress recently approved the measure, which aims to improve child health due to the high rates of diabetes and obesity in Mexico.

 

 

“It is extremely important to finally put the brakes on this industry, which has already sickened our country and our children,” said Magaly López Domínguez, the Oaxaca lawmaker who presented the bill more than a year ago.

“The manufacturing contracts into the most isolated crooks of the state” – known for its mountainous topography – “where there’s often not even medicines, but there’s Coca-Cola.”

 

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She added: “This health emergency makes it even more evident the damage caused by the consumption of these sugary drinks,” López Dominguez said. “Its approval was timely.”

 

 

Mexicans have long struggled with high rates of obesity and diabetes, which, for children, are among the highest in the world.

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Napoli Exclude Record Signing Victor Osimhen From 23-Man UEFA Champions League Squad.

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Napoli have excluded new record signing.

Italian football giants, Napoli have excluded new record signing, Victor Osimhen from its 23 man squad UEFA Champions League squad released on Tuesday August 4.

 

Napoli will take on Barcelona in the round of 16 of the tournament in a one-legged tie on August 8 but will be without Osimhen, who completed a €50 million transfer from Lille last month following the 2019/2020 season where he scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

 

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In Acordance to the list pronounced by Uefa, Senegal international Koulibaly is the only African star who made the club’s 23-man squad.

 

Napoli announced that the Nigeria international, Osimhen will not feature having featured in the group stage of the competition for his former club, Lille.

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