Trump threatens Iran, Vietnam floods kill twelve, Sri Lanka to bring back capital punishment, shooting in Toronto strikes terror.
By Ashitha Jayaprakash, Bharat Sharma
22 July 2018, Sunday. 11 pm.
Trump warns Iran’s president Rouhani of dire consequences: President Hassan Rouhani accused Trump of disrupting the economy of Iran with US’ exit from the nuclear deal and imposition of sanctions. At a gathering of diplomats on Sunday he warned the US that war with Tehran would be the “mother of all wars.”
To which Trump retaliated with a harsh tweet:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
20 dead and dozen missing in Vietnam floods: A tropical storm has led to flooding in Northern Vietnam, killing at least 20 people with over a dozen missing. Ten people drowned in floods caused by heavy rain in Yen Bai province after Tropical Storm Son Tinh hit the country’s northern region last week.
A flash flood swept through a small village in Lang Chanh district and carried away a dozen stilt houses on Thursday. Casualties were also reported in Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Hoa Binh and Son La provinces, where heavy rain caused landsides and disrupted roadway connectivity.
Sri Lanka Prez to end moratorium on death penalty: Convicted drug traffickers will face death penalty as President Maithripala Sirisena said it was part of the government’s crackdown on narcotics. The 42-year moratorium on capital punishment will end despite requests by the European Union, the Indian Express reports. Sirisena said the decision “will not be changed under any circumstance and despite the objections raised by some factions against the move,” according to the president’s website. The public demand for death penalty has increased over the years owing to an increase in crime rates.
Toronto shooting leaves 13 injured, one dead: Gunman opens fire on 14 people, killing one. One of the critically injured by the shooting violence is an eight or nine year old girl. The attack broke out on a Sunday evening when the streets were crowded.
Gunman was identified wearing a black cap and light colored shirt. He was seen getting out of his car, running across the street and shooting people at the Piazza in Danforth Avenue. The motive of the shooter remains unclear. The gunman was also shot, whether by himself or by the police is still unclear, reported the BBC. Toronto Mayor John Tory condemned the “despicable” attack on “people innocently enjoying a Sunday evening”.