World news bites: Heavy rains flood Dubai

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Dubai – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly had its heaviest rainfall in 75 years. It has caused major flooding, including flooded roads and cancelled flights at Dubai International Airport. A 70-year-old man died after floodwaters swept his car away in Ras Al-Khaimah, a region in the UAE. The rain started Monday night and by Tuesday evening, many homes were flooded and cars were left abandoned on the streets. 

Sierra Leone – President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency in response to the growing problem with a cheap synthetic drug known as “kush”. It is an evil cocktail of marijuana, fentanyl, and tramadol and is highly addictive. It has been linked to numerous deaths and psychiatric issues since it appeared in the country about four years ago. There are no figures on the number of deaths but the drug is cheap and makes it popular among unemployed youth in poverty-stricken areas. 

Gaza – At least 13 people, including seven children, were killed and over 25 were injured in a strike on the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza on Tuesday, as reported by officials from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. Footage from CNN, captured by eyewitness Nihad Owdetallah, shows people in a state of panic, screaming and trying to manage the bodies, including children, lying in pools of blood. 

USA – The World AI Creator Awards has introduced Miss AI, the first beauty pageant for AI influencers and models. Contestants will be evaluated on their looks, content quality, social media influence, and the technical skill involved in their creation. The competition, which opened for online submissions last Sunday, aims to merge traditional beauty standards with AI technology. The winner of Miss AI will receive a $5,000 (R95,000) cash prize.

Ukraine – The so-called “meat grinder” tactics Russia uses in the war with Ukraine have caused the death toll to skyrocket. At least 50,000 Russian soldiers have died. This number is about eight times higher than the numbers given by Moscow.

California – Apple iPhone sales have tumbled by a stunning 10% in the last quarter, caused by China turning away from the iconic American product. Nationalism, a rough economy and increased competition in China have hurt Apple over the past several months. Apple took the crown away from Samsung last year, but Samsung took the top spot back in the first quarter of 2024. 

Pictured above: Flooded road in Dubai. 

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