Latest News Headlines for Saturday January 6, 2024- On Saturday, Russian artillery strikes in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, under partial occupation, claimed 11 lives, announced regional Governor Vadym Filashkin.

Among the casualties were five children, with eight others injured in the Pokrovsk district assault. Ukraine’s armed forces reported a successful strike on the Saki military airfield in Crimea, occupied by Russia. “Direct hits on Saki airfield!” declared Air Force Chief Mykola Oleshchuk on Telegram.

Since Monday evening, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been under medical care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center due to post-surgical complications, as revealed by the Pentagon on Friday.

“Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III was hospitalized at Walter Reed for post-procedure complications,” stated Pentagon Spokesperson Major General Pat Ryder. He added that Austin is recuperating and anticipates resuming his duties shortly.

Following the alleged Israeli assassination of a senior Hamas figure in Beirut, Hezbollah launched numerous rockets from Lebanon into northern Israel on Saturday. This was their initial response, Hezbollah declared.

The attack followed Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s vow to retaliate for Saleh Arouri’s killing, Hamas’ deputy political chief, in a Hezbollah-dominated area of Beirut. Nasrallah emphasized the need for retaliation to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression, addressing the Lebanese public.

In response to an emergency landing by an Alaska Airlines plane, the Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily grounded some Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.

After experiencing issues, the flight to Ontario, California, from Portland, Oregon, was forced to return, leading to the airline’s decision to ground its 737-9 fleet, according to a statement on Friday. The incident involved 171 passengers and six crew members on Flight 1282.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a diplomatic mission to the Middle East on Saturday, starting with discussions with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan amid escalating tensions in the Israeli-Hamas conflict.

In Istanbul, Blinken met Erdogan and Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, with plans to visit Greece, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank, and Egypt by Thursday.

A tour bus en route from Canada to New York City overturned on a New York highway, resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries.

The accident occurred Friday afternoon on Interstate 87, north of Lake George. Lake George EMS treated approximately 22 injured passengers, including airlift services. The bus, operated by FlixBus, carried 23 people, including the driver.

American actor Christian Oliver and his two daughters perished in a plane crash near Petit Nevis island in the eastern Caribbean, as per St. Vincent and the Grenadines police.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday near Bequia while en route to St. Lucia, also claimed pilot Robert Sachs’ life. The cause of the crash remains undetermined. Oliver’s daughters were identified as Madita Klepser, 10, and Annik Klepser, 12.

The Food and Drug Administration has discovered chromium, in addition to lead, in Austrofoods’ cinnamon-apple products from Ecuador, now under recall.

The FDA explained that the specific chromium type in the cinnamon apple puree is indeterminable due to testing limitations. Consumers of the recalled products, particularly those with elevated blood lead levels, are advised to consult healthcare providers, as per the FDA’s Friday statement.