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Prigozhin, leader of Wagner Group, killed in plane crash in Russia



Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group, a private army in Russia, has reportedly died in a plane crash in the country.

Nine other people reported to be on board the aircraft are also part of the casualties.

According to TASS, Russian state-owned news media, the country’s agency for air transport said Prigozhin was included in the list of passengers of the flight which crashed on Wednesday.

“An investigation of the Embraer plane crash that happened in the Tver Region this evening was initiated. According to the passenger list, first and last name of Yevgeny Prigozhin was included in this list,” TASS quoted the agency as saying.

The plane which had been in flight for less than 30 minutes reportedly caught fire after crashing.

TASS, while quoting emergency services, added that four bodies have been found so far.


On June 24, Prigozhin mobilised his troops against the country’s military and President Vladmir Putin.

Prigozhin said his fighters had crossed the border from Ukraine into Russia and would destroy anyone in their way, including roadblocks and aircraft.

Wagner, established in 2014, had been fighting alongside the Russian army in Ukraine.

But things took a different turn when Prigozhin accused Russian army of attacking a Wagner camp and killing a “huge amount” of his men.

He promised to take revenge and “stop the evil brought by the military leadership of the country”.

Putin described the mutiny as a “stab in the back” and vowed that anyone involved in the “armed mutiny” would face consequences as traitors of the state.

The Russian leader added that all relevant orders had been given to the military to take “brutal” actions in eliminating the threat that the Wagner group had become.

The mutiny was described as the greatest threat to Putin’s rule since he became Russia’s president in 1999.

In a turn of events, Prigozhin asked his troops to stand down from the insurrection. Dmitry Peskov, presidential spokesperson, said an agreement brokered by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was struck with the Wagner leader which would see the mercenary move to Belarus in exile.

Weeks after confirming Prigozhin’s “arrival”, Lukashenko said the Wagner boss was still in Russia, and had met with Putin who reportedly promised to re-employ the mutinous soldiers.

Prigozhin said Wagner was recruiting people, adding that the group would fulfil its commitments of setting Africa free.

Russia had condemned the military intervention proposal by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore democratic rule in Niger Republic following the coup, and backed dialogue instead.

However, the Wagner leader had hailed the coup leaders and applauded the people of Niger for taking their destiny into their hands.


Extreme rainfall forces declaration of state of emergency in New York




Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, has declared a state of emergency after strong storms triggered flash flooding on Friday.

Hochul announced on X that the state of emergency would cut across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region,” Hochul wrote.

“Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

The flash floods have caused roads to be closed and public transit has been delayed or suspended in many areas.

Many of the city’s subway systems, streets and highways have been flooded, while at least one terminal at LaGuardia Airport has been closed.

Hochul described the storm which triggered the flood as dangerous and life-threatening and urged residents not to attempt travelling on flooded roads.

Officials said they have conducted at least six rescues of residents trapped in flooded basements, but there have been no reports of deaths or critical injuries.

The rain and flooding are expected to continue for the rest of the day.

Hochul said state agencies are coordinating closely with local governments and providing resources needed to address the extreme weather event.

She added that flood rescue teams are in impacted areas ready to support local responders.

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JUST IN: 50 killed in suicide attack during Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in Pakistan




A suicide bomb blast has killed no fewer than 50 people in Pakistan.

The blast happened near a mosque in the southwestern province of Balochistan on Friday.

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Burkina Faso reports another failed coup attempt




Burkina Faso’s military junta announced on Wednesday that a coup attempt had been thwarted the previous day by security and intelligence services, without providing specifics on what had happened according to multiple reports

In a statement, it declared that officers and others had conspired to destabilize the country with “the dark intention of attacking the institutions of the Republic and plunging our country into chaos.” 

The junta did not identify anyone but mentioned that some arrests had been made, and searches were ongoing for others. It emphasized, “Investigations will help unmask the instigators of this plot.” 

The military prosecutor later revealed that four individuals had been detained, and two were currently evading capture. In a statement, it announced that an investigation had been initiated on Wednesday based on “credible allegations about a plot against state security implicating officers.” 

Additionally, the junta took action on Monday by suspending the French news magazine Jeune Afrique for publishing “untruthful” articles that reported tension and discontent within Burkina Faso’s armed forces. 

Junta leader Captain Ibrahim Traoré seized power on September 30, 2022, marking the landlocked country’s second coup in eight months. Both takeovers were partly driven by discontent over failures to contain a rampant jihadist insurgency that had infiltrated from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

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