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Cleveland (Ohio), April 17: Police on Monday were searching for a man who allegedly killed an elderly man in the US state of Ohio and broadcast the killing live on Facebook.

The suspect, Steve Stephens, later said in a separate video post that he had killed 13 people and was looking to kill more, BBC reported.

Cleveland police confirmed one killing but said they did not know of any other victims.

City authorities identified the homicide victim as Robert Godwin, 74.

From what we can tell now, it’s just a random person that he picked out. We don’t know why,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.

Godwin had just left his children’s home after eating an Easter meal and was walking home when he was killed, CNN affiliate WOIO reported.

“We need to bring this to a conclusion — today,” Williams said, adding: “There is no need for any further bloodshed in this incident tonight.”

The FBI is assisting Cleveland police in the search. Nearly five hours after the shooting, Williams said authorities hadn’t had a report of a sighting of Stephens, CNN reported.

Authorities said Stephens is a black male who is 6-feet 1-inch and weighs 244 pounds. He has a full beard.

What happened today is senseless and if Steve has an issue, he needs to talk to some folks to get that resolved,” Williams said.

“He needs to turn himself in so that he can get the help that he needs and he can’t keep victimising this community based on his issues,” Williams added.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the shooting was a “horrific crime”.

“We do not allow this kind of content on Facebook. We work hard to keep a safe environment on Facebook, and are in touch with law enforcement in emergencies when there are direct threats to physical safety,” the statement said.

It is not the first time that a fatal shooting has been captured on Facebook Live. Last June, a man was shot dead while live-streaming a video of himself on the streets of Chicago. In March, an unidentified man was shot 16 times while broadcasting live.

Facebook’s live-streaming feature allows anyone to broadcast online in real time. It was launched in 2010 but has become more central to the social network’s strategy in recent months.

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Australian Dy PM resigns amid sexual harassment claim

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Canberra, Feb 23: Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced his resignation on Friday following an allegation of sexual harassment.

Joyce tweeted: “On Monday (February 26) morning I will step down as the Leader of @The_Nationals and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. I would like to thank everyone for offering their support to me, especially the people of New England,” reports Efe news.

Joyce’s move follows a complaint against him of sexual harassment by an unnamed woman, leading some MPs of his National Party to withdraw their support.

Nationals federal MP Andrew Gee said on Friday that “until I have clarification regarding some of the issues about Barnaby, I won’t be able to back him”, adding that “all bets are off”.

The most recent claim of sexual harassment follows a weeks-long scandal implicating Joyce in an affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion, with whom Joyce is expecting a baby.

On Tuesday, Mia Davies, leader of the National Party in Western Australia, said in a statement that her wing of the party no longer supported Joyce as federal leader and urged him to “consider his position” in relation to the best interests of the party.

On February 15, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull publicly criticized Joyce’s actions and announced a ban on sexual relations between ministers and staffers.

Joyce began his political career when he was elected as a senator for Queensland in 2004, and went to become a minister of several portfolios before becoming leader of the conservative National Party in 2016 and Deputy Prime Minister in 2017.

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Maldives president did reject UN mediation for now: Guterres’ spokesman

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United Nations, Feb 23: Maldives President Abdulla Yameen did “convey that mediation was not wanted at this stage” when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to him last week, Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujrric has confirmed.

The conversation between the two leaders took place on February 16, Dujarric said.

The government of Yameen extended by 30 days on Wednesday the state of emergency that was declared on February 6 when Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed, another judge and several politicians and activists were arrested.

“Obviously, we are all following the situation in Maldives with concern,” Dujarric said.

In an apparent response to a statement from the UN on Wednesday that Yameen had turned down the Secretary-General’s offer to mediate between him and the opposition, Maldives Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Mohamed Shainee tweeted on Thursday that the President had not rejected a UN role in “All Party Talks”.

Asked about Shainee’s claim, Dujarric reiterated that “the Secretary-General, in a conversation with the President, offered UN mediation, but the President conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage”.

“I can only speak for half of the phone call, and I can only speak for our half,” Dujarric added.

Asked about contacts with the opposition, which had written to Guterres asking for UN participation in talks with the government, Dujarric said: “I’m not aware that the Secretary-General has spoken to anyone in the opposition.”

In his tweet, Shainee claimed that Yameen had himself requested UN participation in talks and that the opposition was blocking the government’s attempts to have an initial engagement with them, which he said the UN required.

Earlier, the Joint Opposition led by former President Mohamed Nasheed’s Maldivian Democratic Party wrote to Guterres asking him to mediate between them and the government and to oversee any talks held.

The Maldives crisis began on February 1 when the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the terrorism conviction of former President Nasheed, as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges.

After the arrest of the Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and the other judge, the other three judges remaining on the Supreme Court overturned the court’s unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians.

Meanwhile, Maldives mission to the UN has set up a modest photo exhibition showing both the nature wonders of the archipelago as well as everyday scenes from the country.

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Suicide attack near US embassy in Montenegro

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Podgorcia, Feb 22: An unidentified man on Thursday threw a hand grenade near U.S. embassy compound in Montenegro before blowing himself up.

“In front of the USEmbassy MNE building in Podgorica, Montenegro an unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device. Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device,” the Montenegrin government tweeted, adding that the device was “most probably” a hand grenade.

As of now, no casualties or loss of property has been reported.

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