A shooting in the Danish capital left two dead and others injured at a free speech debate in a café and separately at a synagogue. The Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said that the shooting was a “politically motivated act of terrorism” because of the presence of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks who has faced death threats over his depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in his cartoons. It has been suggested that the shooting is a result of agitation brought on by the Charlie Hebdo shootings and aftermath in Paris in January. The shooter was later killed by police after he opened fire on them.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko has ordered a ceasefire in the eastern city of Donetsk, a site for clashes between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian military forces since mid-2014 formally known as the War in Donbass. The fighting in the area was responsible for the closure of the airport in May of last year and the airspace above Donetsk has been closed since flight MH17 was downed. Reports of shelling and shots being fired were frequent up until the exact moment that the ceasefire was meant to take place, and scattered incidences past that were still reported, making many question how long this order from the head of state will be followed.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Canadian officials say they have foiled the plot of a Valentine’s Day mass shooting. The two behind the plot were Canadian male, aged 19, and an American female from Illinois, aged 23. Two other Canadian male suspects, ages 17 and 20, were also arrested. The 19-year-old killed himself when the police attempted to arrest him. The group had planned to go out into a public place, shoot as many individuals as possible, and then take their own lives. The police believe that the potential acts were not culturally motivated and are therefore not classifying the situation as a possible terrorist attack.
Newly elected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has vowed to rid the state of the corruption that it has been rife with for so long. The specific issue the politician wishes to address is that of “VIP culture” where senior politicians are granted extraordinary treatment, from financial means to being able to “glide through traffic in a gridlocked city.” He is confident that he will be able to accomplish these goals in just five years. Kejriwal and his party, the AAP, effectively kicked out the previous dominant party, the BJP, by taking 67 of 70 state seats available.
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