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Moscow blames Ukraine as explosion destroys bridge linking Crimea to Russia

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An explosion has destroyed the sole bridge linking Russia with the occupied Crimea peninsula.

According to viral footage on social media on Saturday, plums of smoke and fire can be seen engulfing two railway carriages from a train with segments of the bridge collapsed.

According to BBC, Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said the explosion happened in the early hours of the day.

“At 06:07 Moscow time today [03:07 GMT], an explosion was set off at a cargo vehicle on the motorway part of the Crimean bridge on the side of the Taman peninsula, which set fire to seven fuel tanks of a train that was en route to the Crimean peninsula,” the committee said.

“Two motorway sections of the bridge partially collapsed.”

In 2018, Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, commissioned the bridge following the annexation of Crimea four years prior.

Kyiv has always viewed the bridge as an affront to its authority and the crossing gained renewed notoriety after it became the route where Russia moved military equipment to support its invasion of Ukraine.

Vladimir Konstantinov, Pro-Russia’s Crimean parliamentary speaker, blamed the explosion on “Ukrainian vandals, who have finally managed to reach their bloody hands to the Crimean bridge”.

He added the damage to the bridge would be “promptly restored since it is not of a serious nature”.

Ukraine is yet to claim responsibility for the explosion.

Russia and Ukraine have been at war since Putin ordered the invasion of the neighbouring country earlier this year.

All attempts at peace are yet to yield a lasting ceasefire between the two countries.

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German police arrests 25 people on suspicion of plotting coup

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The police in Germany have arrested 25 individuals across the country over an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

The suspects were alleged to be members of the Reichsbürger (Citizens of the Reich) movement.

The Reichsbürger is a far-right movement that does not believe in the legitimacy of the modern German state.

According to the BBC, reports from Germany suggest that the far-right group was planning to attack the Reichstag, the parliament building, and seize power.

Heinrich X111, a 71-year-old man, is alleged to have been at the heart of the movement’s alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Marco Buschmann, Germany’s justice minister, posted on Twitter saying the federal prosecutor-general is investigating a suspected terrorist network with ties to the Reichsbürger movement.

Buschmann said there is suspicion that the movement is planning an armed attack on constitutional bodies.

“Democracy is well defended: Since this morning, a major anti-terror operation has been taking place,” the minister said.

“The Federal Public Prosecutor is investigating a suspected terrorist network from the Reich citizen milieu. There is a suspicion that an armed attack on constitutional bodies was planned.”

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Elon Musk loses world’s richest spot to Louis Vuitton owner, Bernard Arnault

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Twitter and Tesla owner, Elon Musk has lost his place as the richest man in the world to Bernard Arnault, the chief executive of luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH.

Forbes revealed this on Wednesday after Musk experienced a sharp drop in the value of his stake due to the recent purchase of Twitter to the tune of $44 billion.

Musk sold stocks in his electric-car company in order to fund the acquisition of the social media company.

Despite Musk’s net worth dropping below $200 billion earlier on November 8, he still remains number two on Forbes’ billionaire list with a personal value worth of $185.4 billion.

Arnault’s wealth is worth $185.8. The 73-year-old French man is a business magnate whose headquarters is based in Paris, France.

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Tanzania cancels Independence Day celebration, to use $445k budget for school dormitories

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Tanzania’s President Samia Hassan has cancelled the country’s Independence Day celebration.

The Independence Day celebration was scheduled to hold on Friday.

Hassan, the country’s first female president, directed that the event’s budget of $445,000 be used to build eight dormitories for children with special needs in primary schools around the country.

She said the unnecessary extravagance of the celebrations informed her decision to use the allocated budget to handle a more urgent project.

In a statement on Monday, George Simbachawene, the country’s minister of state, said the money had already been disbursed.

“The debates and conferences will be preceded by various schedules for regional and district leaders to carry out social activities in different areas including cleaning hospitals, schools, elderly homes and groups with special needs,” he added.

The funds will be channeled to the schools through the president’s office – regional administration and local government (PO-RALG).

This is not the first time Tanzania has cancelled the celebrations.

In 2015, former President John Magufuli diverted the Independence Day funds towards the building of a road in Dar es Salaam, the country’s commercial capital.

In 2020, he did the same and directed that the budget be used to support medical facilities.

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