Large and dangerous tornado strikes near Dayton Ohio

first_imgDayton (Ohio): National Weather Service confirmed Sunday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside of Dayton. The service tweeted that the situation was extremely dangerous and for residents in northern Montgomery County to take cover. It later tweeted that there were new tornado threats for the extreme northern part of the county and southern Miami County with another possible threat near the county line. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ On its Twitter account the Ohio Department of Transportation tweeted photos of crews using snow plows to clean up debris on I-75 north of downtown Dayton. Another suspected tornado near Vandalia, Ohio, was crossing the path of the first tornado, lifting debris in the air, the service said. The service issued several tornado warnings for cities including Cedarville, Wilberforce and Jamestown until 12:45 a.m. EDT. Trotwood is about 8 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Dayton.last_img read more

Prosecutors state genocide case against former Rwandan army officer at UN court

Deputy Prosecutor Bongani Majola told three judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha, Tanzania, that Lt.-Col. Aloys Simba, helped plan, order and carry out the massacre of thousands of Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in two provinces in southern Rwanda.Mr. Majola said that even though the 61-year-old suspect had retired from the army in 1988, he acted in 1994 as if he was still in office, wearing military uniform, riding in military vehicles and using his influence and prestige as a former lawmaker in the Rwandan parliament and wealthy citizen in one of his country’s poorest areas.The notorious Interahamwe militias, communal police and civilians who participated in the massacres in Gikongoro and Butare prefectures that year all fell under his authority, according to Mr. Majola.The prosecution also alleges Mr. Simba held influence because of his friendship with President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose death in a still unexplained plane crash on 6 April set off almost three months of brutal massacres.Mr. Majola added that Mr. Simba personally shot and killed unarmed Tutsi civilians who were trying to flee from the killers, and appeared at massacre sites to re-supply local militias with fresh weapons.Before and during the killings Mr. Simba is further alleged to have told Tutsis to flee the country and made clear his desire to wipe out the Tutsi population at public rallies and meetings.Mr. Simba, who was arrested in November 2001 in Senegal, has pleaded not guilty to charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, and two crimes against humanity: extermination and murder.Estimates vary but as many as 800,000 people, nearly entirely Tutsis and moderate Hutus, were murdered in Rwanda between April and June 1994. read more