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In our news wrap Monday, a manhunt spreads across much of western Canada after a stabbing spree leaves ten people dead, Kenya’s Supreme Court unanimously upholds William Ruto’s narrow win in the presidential election and the Israeli military acknowledged “a high probability” that one of its soldiers killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank last May.
William Brangham:
In the day’s other news: A manhunt continues across much of Western Canada following one of the worst mass killings in that country’s history.
Two men have been wanted for murder after more than two dozen people were stabbed. Late today, Canadian police said at least one of the men is among the dead. The other is still at large.
Here’s how the day unfolded.
The first call to police came early Sunday morning of a violent attack in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. By midday, multiple attacks had been called in; 10 people had been stabbed to death and at least 18 more were injured at 13 locations across a sparsely populated indigenous community.
In short order, a manhunt began over hundreds of miles for two suspects, Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. Some witnesses said the men are related, though that had not yet been confirmed.
The two were reportedly spotted in the province’s capital city of Regina Sunday afternoon, some 200 miles away from the scene of the assaults. Warnings were issued in the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta as well.
People around the crime scenes in people around the crime scenes in the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon were left in shock from the scale of violence.
Doreen Lees, Weldon Resident:
And this guy come walking up here, and he had what looked like his coat over his face. And he said: “I need somebody to take me to the hospital. I have been — my mouth has been hurt.” He said: “I have been stabbed and my mouth has been hurt.”
William Brangham:
Police believe some of the victims may have been targeted, while others were randomly attacked, but the motives for the stabbings are still unknown.
Later today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the stabbings. He said mass violence has become all too commonplace.
In Britain, the ruling Conservatives made Liz Truss their new leader today, setting her up to become prime minister. Truss is currently foreign secretary and strongly backs lower taxes and a smaller government. She will be formally appointed tomorrow, replacing Boris Johnson, who was forced out over repeated ethics scandals.
We will return to this after the news summary.
The Supreme Court of Kenya has unanimously upheld William Ruto’s narrow win in the August presidential election. Today’s decision ended weeks of uncertainty. Opposition candidate Raila Odinga had alleged the vote was rigged, but the court rejected that claim. Odinga’s lawyer said his team will abide by the ruling.
James Orengo, Attorney For Raila Odinga:
In accordance with the law, we have got to accept this decision as the law of the land.
But I think it is a very ideological decision. I think that a lot of what was said in the judgment — and we will have time when that judgment comes down to put on — put out a critique.
William Brangham:
Ruto is expected to be sworn in next week.
Leaders in Chile are pondering a path forward after voters overwhelmingly rejected a new constitution. It would have mandated universal health care, indigenous rights and environmental protections. But more than 60 percent of Sunday’s voters opposed the charter amid criticism that it leans too far to the left. The old constitution dates from the Pinochet dictatorship more than 40 years ago.
The Israeli military acknowledged today there is — quote — “a high probability” that an Israeli soldier killed journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The Al-Jazeera reporter was fatally shot in the West Bank last May. The military says the soldier thought Akleh was a militant, and that he will not be punished. At the time of the shooting, Akleh was wearing a helmet and a vest marked “Press.”
Back in this country, on this Labor Day, the governor of California signed a law granting new protections to more than half-a-million fast-food workers. It creates a council that would set minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions. Supporters say they hope to inspire similar efforts across the country. Restaurant owners say it will drive up costs.
And former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu died today. He began his career in the early 1960s as a voice against racial segregation in Louisiana. But he won two terms as mayor, with backing from Black voters and white liberals. Later, he became the U.S. housing secretary and a federal appeals judge. His son Mitch also served as mayor of New Orleans,. And a daughter, Mary, was a three-term U.S. senator.
Moon Landrieu was 92 years old.
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