■ Moment boy thrown from Tate gallery ‘terrifying’, says witness
A MOTHER who was nearby when a six-year-old boy was thrown from a 10th-floor viewing platform at the Tate Modern art gallery has described what happened as ‘absolutely terrifying.’
Olga Malehevska, a journalist from Ukraine, was on the viewing platform with her four-year-old son when the incident took place.
She said she heard a noise and heared people say ‘Oh my God, the boy dropped’ before a woman began crying, shaking and shouting ‘oh my son, my son.’
After the incident, Ms Malehevska said the person who was restrained by members of the public before the police arrived ‘just stood there and was quite calm’.
A 17-year-old male suspect remains in custody on suspicion of attempted murder and there is nothing to suggest that he is known to the victim.
The child is in a London hospital in critical but stable condition after being found on a fifth-floor roof at the world-famous attraction
■ Tesco to cut 4,500 jobs
AROUND 4,500 staff at Tesco are set to lose their jobs in the latest round of redundancies at the UK’s biggest supermarket, the company has announced.
The majority of workers will go from Tesco’s Metro stores, with other positions going at some Express and larger stores, Tesco said.
Bosses want to overhaul the Metro stores, saying in a statement: ‘The Metro format was originally designed for larger, weekly shops, but today nearly 70 per cent of customers use them as convenience stores, buying food for that day.’
Staff will be expected to be more flexible, working across different departments and adding more focus on keeping stock levels high during busy lunchtime rushes, among other tasks.
Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and Ireland chief executive, said: ‘In a challenging, evolving retail environment, with increasing cost pressures, we have to continue to review the way we run our stores to ensure we reflect the way our customers are shopping and do so in the most efficient way.’
■ Trump cites mental health reform after shootings
PRESIDENT Donald Trump says the nation must reform mental health laws to better identify ‘mentally disturbed individuals’ after two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio this weekend killed at least 29 people.
Mr Trump (pictured) avoided blaming guns for the killings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, saying: ‘Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun.’
Calling this weekend’s attacks in Texas and Ohio ‘barbaric’, he went on to describe both incidents as ‘crimes against all humanity’, adding ‘we are sickened by this monstrous evil, the cruelty, the hatred, the malice, the bloodshed and the terror.’
Mr Trump also called for the US to ‘condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy’.
Authorities say the El Paso shooter posted a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto before killing 20 and wounding 26 others and being taken into custody. The Ohio shooter killed his sister and eight others and wounded 27 more before he was shot dead by police.
■ Pakistan leaders reject Indian revocation of Kashmir’s special status
PAKISTAN’S foreign minister has rejected India’s revocation of the disputed Kashmir region’s special constitutional status, saying the move violates a UN resolution.
Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters that Pakistan would step up diplomatic efforts to prevent the revocation made by presidential order from coming into effect.
The order scraps an Indian constitutional provision that forbids Indians from outside the region from buying land in the Muslim-majority territory.
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and both claim the region in its entirety.
The president of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, also rejected India’s presidential order and said that India ‘can go to war’ with Pakistan in such a situation.
An indefinite security lockdown is in place in the Indian-controlled portion, with thousands of newly deployed soldiers camping in police stations and government buildings around the increasingly tense region. The deployment in recent days added at least 10,000 troops in Kashmir, already one of the world’s most militarised regions.
India has also ordered thousands of tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave the region.
■ Facebook to add its own name to Instagram and Whatsapp
FACEBOOK is to add its own name to two of its most popular services — Instagram and WhatsApp — to more clearly signal its ownership of the social media platforms.
The social networking giant confirmed the rebrand but has not said when it will take effect.
It is understood the new names — Instagram from Facebook and WhatsApp from Facebook — will appear in the title for both apps on Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play store.
‘We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,’ a company spokesman said of the update.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for one billion dollars and WhatsApp in 2014 for 19 billion dollars, and the two form part of the ‘Facebook family of apps’ alongside the main Facebook app and Messenger.
Earlier this year, Facebook announced plans to integrate its messaging apps more closely, alongside a move towards end-to-end encryption across its services.
At the time, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the plans were part of an effort ‘to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks’.