ND 30.10.2022: South Korea Hallowe’en stampede kills 151, other stories – Newslookup.com

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SEOUL, South Korea – Concerned relatives raced to hospitals in search of their loved ones Sunday as South Korea mourned the deaths of at least 151 people, mostly in their teens and 20s, who got trapped and crushed after a huge Halloween party crowd surged into a narrow alley in a nightlife district in Seoul. Witnesses said the crowd surge in the Itaewon area on Saturday night caused “a hell-like” chaos as people fell on each other “like dominos.” Some people were bleeding from their noses and mouths while being given CPR, witnesses said, while others clad in Halloween costumes continued to sing and dance nearby, possibly without knowing the severity of the situation. Tens of thousands of people were believed to have gathered in Itaewon for Halloween festivities. There were concerns the death toll could grow as 24 people among the 104 being treated for injuries were in critical condition, according to Seoul City’s disaster headquarters. An estimated 100,000 people had gathered in Itaewon for the country’s biggest outdoor Halloween festivities since the pandemic began – S. Korea in shock, grief as 151 die in Halloween crowd surge (AP ~ AP News)

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NEW YORK – Vasiliy Lomachenko is headed home to Ukraine, ready to resume military service during his country’s war with Russia. Lomachenko beat Jamaine Ortiz by unanimous decision Saturday night to restart his quest to get another shot at what he calls his dream of owning all four 135-pound titles. Lomachenko got stronger as the fight went on after a slow start that perhaps could have been due to his ring rust. Lomachenko won by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 – a couple of the cards too wide for Teofimo Lopez, the former 135-pound champion who beat Lomachenko in October 2020. Lomachenko is used to that and he eventually started landing much cleaner shots, knocking Ortiz off balance a few times in a strong finish – Lomachenko wins in return from military service in Ukraine (AP ~ AP News)

SEOUL – International leaders expressed condolences after at least 22 foreign nationals from 12 countries were among those killed in a deadly crowd surge in Seoul’s Itaewon district, a popular nightlife spot for South Koreans and expatriates alike. South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a period of national mourning on Sunday after a Halloween crush killed some 151 people in the packed nightlife area. “On behalf of the Chinese government and people, I would like to express deep condolences to the victims and extend sincere condolences to their families and the injured,” President Xi Jinping said in a letter, according to Xinhua. Xi said the accident also led to other Chinese citizens being injured, and hoped South Korea “will make every effort to cure and deal with the aftermath.” U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden sent their condolences, writing: “We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those who were injured.”International Leaders Offer Condolences Over Deadly South Korea Halloween Crush (Reuters/U.S. News & World Report ~ News – World News)

Oct 30 (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s (GS.N) economists said the U.S. Federal Reserve could bump up interest rates to as high as 5% by March 2023, 25 basis points above its earlier predictions, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday. Reporting by Mrinmay Dey in Bengaluru Editing by Tomasz Janowski – Goldman Sachs sees Fed rates peaking at 5% in March – Bloomberg News (Reuters ~ Asian Markets)

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s president says at least 100 people were killed in Saturday’s two car bombings at a busy junction in the capital and the toll could rise in the country’s deadliest attack since a truck bombing at the same spot five years ago killed more than 500. President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, at the site of the explosions in Mogadishu, told journalists that nearly 300 other people were wounded. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which often targets the capital and controls large parts of the country, claimed responsibility, saying it targeted the education ministry. The Somali Journalists Syndicate, citing colleagues and police, said one journalist was killed and two others wounded by the second blast while rushing to the scene of the first. Hundreds of U.S. military personnel have returned to the country after former President Donald Trump withdrew them – Somalia’s president says at least 100 killed in car bombings (The Associated Press/Boston Globe)

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