A powerful Mexican criminal syndicate has pressured gas stations not to fill the tanks of police and military vehicles. The authorities have responded by shutting them down for discrimination.
The national consumer protection agency, Profeco, closed nine gas stations in the city of Nuevo Laredo near the US border for “discrimination” on Tuesday, after attendants there refused to serve the army and the federal police.
Three more stations were due to be shut down but they were found to be already out of service when the agents arrived.
Attendants began refusing to fill the tanks of police and army vehicles after allegedly receiving death threats from the powerful Northeastern Cartel. One gas station worker explained to the officers that he has received “orders from above” not to serve police. Another said that armed men came and threatened to kill him if he sold gas to law enforcement.
Mexico has seen a spike in violent gang-related crime in recent years. Last year, there were over 33,500 murders committed, which is the highest number since records began in the late 1990s. Nearly 8,500 people were murdered from January to March this year alone.
Erdogan says he will not declare ceasefire in northern Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear to U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northern Syria and will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region.
Turkey forged ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.
The YPG, the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State, is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey.
On Monday, Trump announced sanctions on Turkey to punish it for the offensive. On Tuesday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a ceasefire and halt its offensive.
However, speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said the offensive would continue until it reaches its aims, and added that he was not worried about sanctions.
Woman killed in Russian apartment building blast
A woman died and other young woman sustained injuries when a five-story building partially collapsed following an explosion in Russian village of Novonezhino.
Around 17 apartments were damaged when the ceiling slab, wall and the stair case of the building collapsed, Emergency Department said.
“The people were evacuated, 17 apartments were damaged. Seven elders have been transferred to temporary accommodation center,” the authorities said.
Rescue crews were searching for people who are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescuers were assisting the residents save their pets and belongings from the damaged apartments.
Greek Church recognizes autonomy of Orthodox Church of Ukraine
The leading figures of the Church of Greece decided at a meeting this weekend to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox churches to take such a step.
The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece recognized the autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in line with a request by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios
The Orthodox Times says the Greeks’ formal recognition will take place October
19 in Thessaloniki, with Archbishop Ieronymos and the OCU’s Metropolitan
Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine present.
The Patriarchate of Constantinople, generally considered the spiritual headquarters for Orthodoxy, granted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence in January in a move that was adamantly resisted by Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church. The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine installed its first metropolitan, Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Kyiv on February 3 in a process that further established the new church body’s independence
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