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Woman arrested for firing shots in Berkeley

A woman was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly opened fire in Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek Park neighborhood. According to the City of Berkeley, the unnamed suspect is a 41-year-old woman from Bay Point.  The incident happened on August 29 in Bonar Street and Allston Way. The city said the woman approached a 5-year-old boy and “started bothering him.” The child’s mother then confronted the suspect when she pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the mother’s head. The suspect fired in the air and threatened to shoot the mother as well.  The shots were fired between two apartment buildings.

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1 dead after Caltrain hits vehicle in Burlingame

One dead after Caltrain hits a vehicle on Thursday afternoon in Burlingame.  The incident occurred around 1:38 p.m. at the Broadway station near Broadway and California Drive where the driver drove the car onto the train tracks.  Caltrain first announced the collision around 1:52 p.m. There were no reported injuries on the train passengers. 

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Baby suffers fentanyl overdose while playing in SF park

San Francisco firefighters used Narcan to save a baby with a fentanyl overdose while playing in a local park.  According to the baby’s father, it is unknown how the 10-month-old boy ingested the fentanyl at Moscone Park in the Marina district Tuesday.  “Our baby went to the ER today and barely survived because he found and ingested fentanyl while playing,” Ivan M. wrote on Nextdoor. Ivan M. said his baby usually plays in the park’s grassy area with the baby’s nanny. Ivan M is thankful to his nanny, the SF’s Fire for their quick response, and Narcan for saving his

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Where Mauna Loa’s lava is coming from – and why Hawaii’s volcanoes are different from most

Gabi Laske, University of California, San Diego Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began sending up fountains of glowing rock and spilling lava from fissures as its first eruption in nearly four decades began on Nov. 27, 2022. Where does all that lava come from? We asked Gabi Laske, a geophysicist at the University of California-San Diego who led one of the first projects to map the deep plumbing that feeds the Hawaiian Islands’ volcanoes. Where is the magma surfacing at Mauna Loa coming from? The magma that comes out of Mauna Loa comes from a series of

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Western leaders are divided over the future of relations with China

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham European Council president Charles Michel heads to Beijing on December 1, the latest in a procession of western leaders to seek an audience with Xi Jinping, in a year when the Chinese president has cemented his position as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong. Xi met more than 20 heads of government earlier in 2022 at the Beijing Olympics, but most of these did not represent democracies. The visit of Michel, a senior European politician, will focus attention on western attitudes to China’s increasingly assertive geopolitical stance. And it is likely to highlight

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Qatar’s death row and the invisible migrant workforce deemed unworthy of due process

Jocelyn Hutton, University of Oxford; Carolyn Hoyle, University of Oxford, and Lucy Harry, University of Oxford Qatari authorities are ignoring international law by failing to inform embassies when their citizens are arrested, detained or are pending trial for a death sentence. Our new data reveals that between 2016 and 2021 at least 21 people were under sentence of death in Qatar. Of the 21, only three cases involved Qatari nationals and only one involved a woman (who was accused of murder). The remaining 18 were made up of foreign nationals: seven from India, two from Nepal, five from Bangladesh, one

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Protests against strict COVID-zero policy are sweeping China. It’s anyone’s guess what happens now

David S G Goodman, University of Sydney Public protests in China related to the government’s COVID-19 restrictions have hit the news worldwide over the weekend, following a fatal apartment fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang last week which killed ten people. Many internet users claimed some residents could not escape because the apartment building was partially locked down, though authorities denied this. There have been reports some demonstrators have called for President Xi Jinping, the newly re-elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, to stand down. Others have criticised the rule of the party itself. China’s COVID measures are among

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