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Hezbollah leader: US offered money to relinquish anti-Israel fight

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Hezbollah: US offered money to relinquish anti-Israel fight

Hassan Nasrallah asks supporters to tear plots with high election turnout

In one of the major revelation Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah  has claimed that US under President George W Bush offered his group reconciliation and money on the condition the relinquishing its resistance against Israel.

The group is considered to be a terrorist organization by the governments of the US, Israel, Canada, the Arab League, the GCC, along with its military wing by the United Kingdom, Australia and the EU.

According to Hezbollah’s official media network Almanar, while addressing the nation live on television on Sunday, Nasrallah revealed  that following 9/11 attacks in 2001, former Vice President Dick Cheney had delegated a US-Lebanese journalist George Nader who had Hezbollah anything at that time in return for ceding resistance.

“We were offered money and to be part of the authority in Lebanon on condition that we cede resistance. My fault at that time is that I didn’t accept to take his paper, so that it would be a proof now,” he said.

He further said that following the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in 2005, the US offer for Hezbollah was repeated, noting that some European states also presented such offers.

Referring to Israel-Lebanon war in 2006, Nasrallah noted that conspiracy at that time was aimed at creating conflict between the resistance (Hezbollah) and the Lebanese army. He pointed out that the order by former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to the national army to seize arms truck belonging to the resistance-was part of the conspiracy.

Hassan Nasrallah’s speech was basically aimed to call on Lebanese people for high turnout in the upcoming parliamentary elections saying that Hezbollah should be fortified at the Lebanese parliament. He stressed that “in order to foil such conspiracies” political fortification of resistance is required.

The Lebanese resistance leader said that US, the Zionist entity (Israel) and some Gulf states have been betting once again on such plot stressing that Lebanese army is the guarantee of the resistance.

Fine tuning his appeal, Nasrallah said, “Factions who believe in resistance must be represented at the parliament in order to cut off hands of all those who want to eliminate the resistance,”

General elections in Lebanon were supposed to be held in 2013. However, due to failure of Parliament in electing a new President, two thirds of the body extended its own term until 2017 and then 2018.

Election scheduled has not been announced yet. However it is expected to be undertaken later this year.

In the present 128 member parliament, Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Future Movement occupy 26 seats, Gebran Bassil led Free Patriotic Movement hold 19 seats and Nabin Berri led Amal Movement has got 13 seats. Hezbollah of  Hassan Nasrallah is the fourth party in the parliament with 12 seat while Samir Geagea led Lebanese Forces and Walid Jumblatt led Progressive Socialist Party have 8 and 7 seats respectively. All these groups are part of the coalition government, while remaining dozens of the groups are in opposition.

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Turbulence in Singapore Airlines flight leaves 1 dead, 30 injured, plan makes emergency landing in Bangkok

One person died and several sustained injuries after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence.

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Turbulence in Singapore Airlines flight leaves 1 dead, 30 injured, plan makes emergency landing in Bangkok

A passenger travelling in Singapore Airlines flight was found dead after the plan encountered severe turbulence caused by adverse weather. Over 30 people were also injured in turbulence. The was coming from London and was going to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines stated in a statement that flight SQ321, which was traveling to Singapore when it took off on Monday from London’s Heathrow Airport, encountered severe turbulence en route. After being diverted, the plane touched down at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. (local time).

The deceased passenger’s name has not been revealed.

There were 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board at the Boeing 777-300 ER.

The airline also said, they can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing. However, their priority is to help every passenger and member of the crew on board the aircraft as much as they can. They are sending a team to Bangkok to provide any further aid required, and they are collaborating with the Thai local authorities to provide the required medical assistance, it added.

Medical staff have boarded the aircraft to assess injuries, but the number of casualties has not been confirmed, according to Thai immigration police, and some uninjured passengers have been deplaned.

Emergency personnel from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital were on hand to help injured passengers get medical attention as soon as they landed. A line of ambulances was seen flowing to the site in videos that Suvarnabhumi Airport shared on the messaging app LINE, according to the reports.

The Singapore Airlines flight was traveling at a height of 37,000 feet, according to tracking data that was obtained by FlightRadar24 and examined by AP. The aircraft abruptly and violently dipped down to 31,000 feet over the course of around three minutes, shortly after 0800 GMT. After less than ten minutes at 31,000 feet, the plane descended quickly and touched down in Bangkok in less than thirty minutes.

Meanwhile, as per experts, these types of injuries typically occur when passengers fail to fasten their seatbelts and the pilot is unable to issue an early warning due to the weather radar data not indicating turbulence. Passengers may get injuries if they are flung around in the cockpit in such circumstances.


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PM Modi condoles Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s death says India stands with Iran

PM Narendra Modi extended condolences to Ebrahim Raisi’s family and the people of Iran.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled Iran president Ebrahim Raisi’s death and said he was deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic demise. The PM also said contribution to strengthening India-Iran bilateral ties will always be remembered.

Taking to social media X, formerly Twitter, PM Modi said deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic passing of Iran’s president, Dr. Seyed Ebrahim Raisi. He also said, he will never forget his contribution to the bilateral ties between Iran and India. The PM said his heartfelt condolences are his family and the people of Iran, he added. PM Modi wrote, India stands with Iran in this time of sorrow.

Ebrahim Raisi was found dead a day after his helicopter went missing. He reportedly died in a chopper crash in the mountainous region of the country.

The helicopter crash claimed the lives of officials, bodyguards, and Iran’s foreign minister in addition to Raisi.

State television announced on Monday that Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, the servant of the Iranian nation, has achieved the highest level of martyrdom whilst serving the people, and Mehr news agency confirmed his death.

The missing helicopter was being looked for by Iranian authorities since Sunday afternoon.

Reportedly, the crash occurred in the East Azerbaijan province of Iran and claimed the lives of nine individuals, including Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

There was no proof that the passengers were still alive, according to reports from Iranian media.

Out of the three helicopters in his convoy, only two made it to their destination, including Ebrahim Raisi. He had traveled to the northwest province to join President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan at the inauguration of a dam project in Jolfa.

It was anticipated that Raisi, a devout conservative, would succeed the eighty-year-old Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Since 2021, Ebrahim Raisi has served as Iran’s president. He replaced Hassan Rouhani, the centrist president.

Under his leadership, the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian-Kurdish woman who had been detained for violating the Iranian dress code for women, sparked widespread public unrest throughout the nation.

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Slovakia’s Prime Minister safe after surviving multiple gunshot

The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

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Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed today that Prime Minister Robert Fico’s condition is stable, with his life no longer in immediate danger, following an alarming incident where he was shot multiple times.

The Prime Minister was shot by an assassin while he was leaving a meeting on Wednesday.The assailant critically injured 59-year-old Prime Minister Fico by shooting him five times.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Fico was urgently airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent extensive surgery that lasted several hours. Defence Minister Robert Kalinak, addressing reporters from outside the hospital where Fico was receiving treatment on Wednesday, described the Prime Minister’s condition as critical, emphasising that he was fighting for his life.

The identity of the suspect is yet unconfirmed as the police further investigate. Unconfirmed reports from local media suggest that the assailant may have been a 71-year-old writer and political activist.

A video is currently circulating in which the alleged perpetrator can be seen. In the clip, he mentions that he does not agree with government policy.

The shooting has sparked international concern. Expressing shock over the incident, PM Modi conveyed his solidarity with the people of the Slovak Republic, wishing Prime Minister Fico a speedy recovery. He strongly condemned the shooting, denouncing it as a cowardly and despicable act while emphasising the need for unity against such violent acts and reaffirming India’s support for Slovakia during these challenging times.

Earlier, EU chief Ursula von der Leyen also expressed disapproval of the vile attack on Prime Minister Robert Fico . On X, she stated that such acts of violence have no place in society, undermining democracy, the most precious common good. Von der Leyen extended her thoughts to Prime Minister Fico and his family, highlighting the European Union’s solidarity during this challenging time. The condemnation from EU leadership underscores the gravity of the situation and the need for a united stance against violence targeting political figures. As the investigation unfolds, international support for Slovakia remains steadfast, emphasising the importance of upholding democratic principles and ensuring the safety of leaders across Europe.

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