North Charleston, S. Carolina
A South Carolina cop has been arrested on murder charges after shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott, the man he pulled over for a traffic stop. Officer Michael Slager pulled Scott over for a broken tail light and Scott left the car and ran, believing that he was being pulled over for not paying his child support. Slager then fired eight shots, five of which hit Scott in the back as he ran away. The officer dropped a taser next to his body; some believe he was trying to plant this as evidence. Scott was laid to rest on Saturday. The FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are all currently investigating Slager.
Hatton Garden, known as London’s center for gold and diamond trade, suffered a major heist as thieves broke into a safe deposit vault and made off with the contents of 72 of the boxes in the vault. The value of the stolen goods is estimated at $300 million. Investigators say Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police Service) was alerted about the heist but failed to respond until days later. There is speculation as to whether those involved had inside knowledge as they knew that the new security system had not yet been activated.
Panama City, Panama
In a historic moment following half a century of very poor, very limited relations between the United States and Cuba, President Obama and Cuban head of state Raul Castro shook hands in a symbolic move. The two are meeting in Panama City for a summit with North, Central, and South American leaders to discuss how to improve relations between nations. The President had said before the talks that he was recommending that the State Department take Cuba off the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. He also announced that diplomatic and economic ties would be reestablished between the two countries; many hope that this means the end of the decades long trade embargo from the United States on Cuba.
The mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks that left 166 dead has been released from a Pakistani prison on bail. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who headed the Lashkar-e-Taiba group (LeT), orchestrated the four days of shootings and bombings in India’s most populous city. Prime Minister Modi of India has condemned his release in addition to much of India, who took to social media to express their extreme outrage. The Pakistani government has been accused of not doing enough to investigate; the release came not long after their government had promised a serious crackdown on militant activity.