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Around the World: Canada Legalises recreational Cannabis sale

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.
The first blunt to be legally bought was purchased at midnight on Wednesday 
Politicians from multiple countries congratulated Canada saying, “Canada shows the way and others should follow suit”.
Canada’s government announced that it would introduce legislation to make it easier for Canadians who had been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to obtain a pardon.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

Around the World: Four killed in Canada Shooting

A suspect is in custody after at least four people two of them police officers were killed in a shooting in eastern Canada. 
The deaths were announced on Twitter. 
The pair has not been named, and the circumstances around the incident remain unclear.
Police have advised residents to stay in their homes with doors locked.
We will have more of this international story as it develops. 

 

Around the World: Yemen air strike kills 29 children

Approximately 29 children are killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen.
The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in the Northern Province of Saada.
Other reports suggest the death toll to be at 43 and said 61 people were wounded.
The coalition, which is backing Yemen’s Government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".
It insists it never deliberately target civilians.

 

Donald Trump: “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the US”

US President Donald Trump is issuing a strong warning to anyone trading with Iran. This is following his re-imposition of sanctions on the country. He tweeted "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Re-imposed sanctions took effect overnight and tougher ones relating to oil exports will begin in November. Iran's president said the measures were "psychological warfare" which aimed to "sow division among Iranians".
 

Around the World: Russian helicopter crash kills 18

Russia's emergencies ministry said the MI-8 went down at 10:20 local time.
All those on board were killed. 
The helicopter was reportedly taking workers to an oil station.
 A criminal investigation is underway.
Initial assessments have suggested that the aircraft's blades struck cargo being carried by another helicopter just after take-off. 
The second helicopter was able to land safely.
The Russian Transport Ministry said the incident happened in "normal" weather conditions.

 

Around the World: Zimbabwe's Opp'n leader calls Mnangagwa's win a “coup against the people’s will”

Nelson Chamisa, Zimbabwe's opposition leader,  says President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory is a "coup against [the people's] will".
Chamisa believes that the results announced late on Thursday evening were fake, and said he had won Monday's presidential poll.
However, the electoral commission said no dishonest behaviour was involved in the vote tally.
This was the first election since long-term leader Robert Mugabe was ousted.
Addressing journalists on Friday afternoon, the opposition leader called on his rival not to accept "corrupted results". 

Around the world: Apple is the world's first public company to be worth $1 trillion

The iPhone maker's market capitalisation reached the one trillion figure during afternoon trading in New York as its shares rose above $207. The stock has risen about 9% since Tuesday when it reported better than expected results for the three months to June. Apple's stock has risen more than 50,000% since it first listed in 1980. Apple began in the garage of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976 and was initially best known for its Mac personal computers before its smartphone paved the way for the app economy. Mr Jobs died in 2011 and was succeeded as chief executive by Tim Cook.

International: 11-year-old schoolgirl dies at theme park accident

An 11-year-old girl, Evha Jannath tragically died after falling from a ride into the Splash Canyon river rapids at Drayton Manor theme park in Staffordshire, United Kingdom. 

She was on a trip to the theme park with her school, Jame'ah Girls Academy private school in Leicester and was said to have 'nearly missed out on the school trip because she did not have the right clothing' and had to borrow from the school. 

It was reported that she stood up to switch seats just as the ride hit a rock, and fell over into the five (5) foot deep water.

Five-year-old bride and nine-year-old groom rescued

A five-year-old child and her nine-year-old groom were rescued by India’s Child Welfare department, just as they stood at the altar. The event took place as a ritual. 

Children's Rights activist Achyuta Rao from the charity Balala Hakkula Sangham said: "As per their custom, no relative will enter their house after the death of a family member unless they perform an 'auspicious event' and celebrate it."

10-year-old girl pries open alligator's mouth to free her leg

A 10-year-old girl in Orlando, Florida, pried open an alligator's mouth to free her leg after the animal clamped down on her left knee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said.

On Saturday afternoon the girl was swimming in a designated swim area of Lake Mary Jane, in water that was about two feet deep and 10 feet from shore, when an 8-foot-9-inch-long alligator bit her.

She was able to pry open the gator's mouth and remove her leg but sustained several puncture wounds to the back of her knee and lower thigh; she has since been released from the hospital. 

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