Moscow says Sudan envoy died of heart attack

Moscow says Sudan envoy died of heart attack. (File photo by Reuters)
Updated 24 August 2017
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Moscow says Sudan envoy died of heart attack

MOSCOW: Russia’s ambassador to Sudan, who was found dead in a swimming pool at his residence, died of a heart attack, the Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday. He was 62.
“Everything happened around 6 p.m. local time. The Russian envoy was found in his residence with evidence of an acute heart attack,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters.
Sudanese officials had announced the death of Mirgayas Shirinsky on Wednesday evening, saying that a preliminary investigation pointed to a natural death.
Shirinsky is the fourth Russian ambassador to die on the job over the last year, including the UN envoy Vitaly Churkin and India envoy Alexander Kadakin.
The ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot by an assailant in December 2016.
Embassy staff called an ambulance but “Shirinsky could not be saved,” Zakharova said.
He was a “great professional,” she added.
“He dedicated his life to diplomacy. We express sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”


Counter-protesters drown out white supremacist rally in Ohio

Updated 26 May 2019
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Counter-protesters drown out white supremacist rally in Ohio

  • Nine people from a group called the Honorable Sacred Knights showed up for a rally
  • They were met by 500 to 600 counter-protesters and over 350 anti-riot police

WASHINGTON: Less than a dozen people affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan white supremacist group were drowned out by hundreds of counter-protesters Saturday at a rally in the midwestern US state of Ohio, authorities and local media said.
The event ended peacefully without injuries or arrests, the city government of Dayton, Ohio, said in a statement on Facebook.
Nine people from a group called the Honorable Sacred Knights showed up for a rally they’d obtained a permit to hold in Dayton’s Courthouse Square. They were met by 500 to 600 counter-protesters, city officials said.
The counter-protesters chanted, sang and played various instruments to drown out the racist demonstrators, who had gathered behind a tall metal fence under tight police security, local media reports said.
More than 350 law enforcement officers were on hand amid fears of violence.
In 2017, a woman was killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
President Donald Trump sparked outrage in its aftermath after claiming there were good people “on both sides” at the rally.