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South Carolina: Man accused of fatally stabbing woman in wheelchair shot, killed by police

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South Carolina: Man accused of fatally stabbing woman in wheelchair shot, killed by police

 A man accused of fatally stabbing a woman with a butcher knife was shot and killed by authorities in South Carolina, according to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright.

Wright said Landrum police were called early Monday morning to the Bon Aire Apartments on South Randolph Avenue in Landrum. He said the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office was called in to assist. The coroner identified the woman as 53-year-old Shana McClain. According to the coroner, McClain has multiple sharp-edged injuries.

Wright said a man was at the scene with a butcher knife in his hand and would not comply with commands from authorities. Wright said the man came toward officers, so they used a stun gun and then a K9 was sent to take the man in custody.

“I do know after he was Tased he still fought through that. I’m not sure if the probes were in him or not. We don’t know that yet. It should have in a normal situation at least slowed him down a little bit,” Wright said.

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According to Wright, the man continued to come toward authorities, so shots were fired by one Landrum police officer and two Spartanburg County deputies.

“It wasn’t just a come straight out of a holster and start shooting. They tried very hard to save this man’s life and he just wouldn’t have none of it,” said Wright. The man was shot and killed, Wright said. The coroner identified the man shot by officers as 58-year-old Freddie Edwards.

Wright said no law enforcement officers were injured.

Though law enforcement is still investigating what directly led to this stabbing, family members tell WYFF that Freddie Edwards had ‘fallen in with a bad crowd.’ His sister, Lisa Edwards said he’d faced trauma, and was no stranger to drug use. That doesn’t lessen the pain both families felt Monday.

“I’m looking for answers and closure. And truth of this. Because there’s more that was going on that should have been dealt with,” Edwards said.

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Law enforcement said they’ve responded to domestic violence calls involving the couple and apartment multiple times. Records show Freddie Edwards was arrested for domestic violence in 2017.

According to Edwards’ family, McClain and Edwards were in a messy on and off again relationship and were living together.

“Toxic. Very toxic. Very toxic. But I just, my brother I just wish you would’ve turned the other way and just came home. I just wish he came home,” Edwards said.

SLED is still investigating this shooting.

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White-led DA party joins ANC in South African unity government

White-led DA party joins ANC in South African unity government

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White-led DA party joins ANC in South African unity government

 The African National Congress and its largest rival, the white-led, pro-business Democratic Alliance, agreed on Friday to work together in South Africa’s new government of national unity, a step change after 30 years of ANC majority rule.

Once unthinkable, the deal between two sharply antagonistic parties is the most momentous political shift in South Africa since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to victory in the 1994 elections that marked the end of apartheid.

“Today, South Africa is a better country than it was yesterday. For the first time since 1994, we’ve embarked on a peaceful and democratic transfer of power to a new government that will be different from the previous one,” DA leader John Steenhuisen said in a televised address.

“From today, the DA will co-govern the Republic of South Africa in a spirit of unity and collaboration,” he said, adding that multi-party government was the “new normal”.

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The ANC lost its majority for the first time in an election on May 29 and has spent two weeks locked in intensive behind-the-scenes talks with other parties, which came down to the wire on Friday morning as the new parliament was convening.

The DA’s entry into national government is a big moment for a country still processing the legacy of the racist colonial and apartheid regimes. The party has struggled to shake off its image as a defender of rich white people and convince a broad spectrum of South Africans that it reflects their aspirations.

Two smaller parties, the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party and the right-wing Patriotic Alliance, will also take part in the unity government, they said. 

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Hamas’ armed wing says Israeli airstrike killed two hostages in Rafah

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Hamas' armed wing says Israeli airstrike killed two hostages in Rafah

Hamas’ armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government “does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins,” the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza’s al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

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The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas militants stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies. 

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US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships

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US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships

A Canadian navy patrol ship sailed into Havana early on Friday, just hours after the United States announced a fast-attack submarine had docked at its Guantanamo naval base on Cuba, both vessels on the heels of Russian warships that arrived on the island earlier this week.

The confluence of Russian, Canadian and U.S. vessels in Cuba – a Communist-ruled island nation just 160 km (100 miles) from Florida – served up a reminder of old Cold War tensions and of current fraught ties between Russia and Western nations over the Ukraine war.

However, both the U.S. and Cuba have said the Russian warships pose no threat to the region. Russia has also characterized the arrival of its warships in allied Cuba as routine.

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate and the nuclear-powered submarine Kazan, half submerged with its crew on deck, sailed into Havana harbor on Wednesday after conducting “high-precision missile weapons” training in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Canada`s Margaret Brooke patrol vessel began maneuvers early on Friday to enter Havana harbor, part of what the Canadian Joint Operations Command called “a port visit…in recognition of the long-standing bilateral relationship between Canada and Cuba.”

A Canadian diplomat characterized the Margaret Brooke`s arrival as “routine and part of long-standing cooperation between our two countries”, adding it was “unrelated to the presence of the Russian ships.”

Russia and Cuba were close allies under the former Soviet Union and tensions with Washington over Communism in its “backyard” peaked with the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Moscow, which has maintained ties with Havana, has questioned the apparent nervousness of the West over the warships this week. 

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