Volcano erupts in Spain, deadly shootout in Russia, Rwanda hotel hero sentenced
Akiko Fujita of Yahoo Finance details today’s best stories from around the world.
AKIKO FUJITA: In our view of the world today, around 5,000 people were evacuated to Spain after a volcano erupted in the Canary Islands. La Cumbre Vieja erupted in La Palma on Sunday, following several earthquakes over the weekend, creating two cracks in the volcano. The fast moving lava has already destroyed homes and buildings in its path, with lava reaching nearly 20 feet high in some areas. Local authorities say no injuries have been reported so far. This is the archipelago’s first eruption in 50 years. Experts say it could go on for weeks or even months.
Russian police arrested an 18-year-old student in a school shooting that left six people dead. Authorities said the suspect entered the Perm State University campus on Monday morning, about 800 miles east of Moscow. He started shooting as teachers and students locked themselves in classrooms while others jumped out of windows to seek safety. Nearly 30 people were injured in the attack, including the gunman.
Reuters reports that the suspect is a college student and bought the shotgun he used in May. The attack comes just four months after another school shooting killed nine people. Russia raised the minimum age for buying firearms from 18 to 21 after the shooting, but the new law has not yet come into force.
And the man who inspired the movie “Hotel Rwanda” was found guilty of being part of a terrorist group. A Kigali judge convicted Paul Rusesabagina and 20 others for forming an illegally armed group that plotted to attack Rwanda in 2018 and 2019. Now he has been convicted of at least a dozen counts, including terrorism, murder and arson and faces the possibility of life in prison now.
Rusesabagina was celebrated in the Hollywood film for saving over 1,200 people in the 1994 genocide. More recently, however, he has become one of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s most vocal critics. The activist said the allegations against him were a fabrication and an attempt by the government to silence dissent.