The Today Radio News team brings you the latest news headlines for Monday, 12 February.

Luxembourg & Greater Region

ASYLUM SEEKER KILLED – A man was arrested and placed in police custody following the stabbing to death of an asylum seeker in Montigny-les-Metz on Sunday, according to the Metz public prosecutor's office. The victim had received several stab wounds. An autopsy is due to be carried out in the next few days.

DEMONSTRATIONS – A demonstration in Luxembourg City at the weekend called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. Organised by the Committee for Fair Peace in the Middle East (CPJPO), the protesters argued that billions of dollars of US military aid will only worsen the crisis further and must be put to an end. Earlier in the afternoon, a vigil was held for the hostages taken by Hamas. Photos of the hostages, toys and heart-shaped balloons were set out in remembrance of the hostages still being held by Hamas.

ROSE MONDAY CARNIVAL – It's Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday – the highlight of carnival in Germany. Cities such as Cologne, Mainz, Aachen and Trier will have huge cavalcades today, with costumed troupes, marching bands and floats processing through the cities. In Luxembourg, thousands of people took part in the annual street party and parade in Diekirch yesterday. 5 tonnes of sweets and cookies were distributed.

CHEERLEADING – Luxembourg is sending its first squad to the cheerleading world championships in Orlando, Florida in May. The Sweet Devils, founded in 1999, is made up of 23 cheerleaders aged between 14 and 31. They are currently training diligently, working on their stunts, baskets and pyramid routines. 

World

ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR – The Israeli military says it has rescued two hostages during a raid by its special forces in Rafah, in southern Gaza. Reports say they were taken into a hospital in central Israel, where doctors say they are in a good condition. Israel has carried out an intense aerial bombardment of Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians have taken shelter. At least 20 people are thought to have been killed.

Earlier President Biden spoke by phone to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and reiterated there should be no offensive in Rafah without plans to ensure the safety of civilians.

KIPTUM DIES – The men's world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum has been killed in a road accident. He died along with his coach when their car came off the road in western Kenya. Kiptum set the world record in the Chicago marathon last year, with a winning time of 2hours and 35 seconds.

US UKRAINE – A sweeping US foreign aid package, including $60 billion for Ukraine, passed a key procedural vote on Sunday, although opposition from right-wing Republicans may block it from becoming law. The Senate, which has a very slim Democratic majority, voted 67-27 to break a procedural hold placed on the bill, making it almost certain it will pass a final simple-majority vote around midweek.

Sport

AMERICAN FOOTBALL – The Kansas City Chiefs have won this year's Superbowl in Las Vegas. They beat the San Francisco 49ers by 25 points to 22 in a closely fought game that went into overtime. It's the Chief’s third Super Bowl win in 5 years.

FOOTBALL – Ivory Coast have been celebrating its team's victory  in the final of the Africa Cup. They beat Nigeria 2 goals to 1.

ATHLETICS – Patrizia van der Weken has won the 60-metre dash in Paris. The Luxembourgish athlete won the final with a time of  7,15 seconds. Next stop for van der Weken is the World Championships in Glasgow on the 1-3 March.

Charel Grethen has set a new Luxembourgish record, this time in the 2000 meters indoor athletics category. In a recent race in France, Grethen surpassed Luxembourgish athlete Bob Bertemes' record by 11 seconds.The updated best time now stands at 5 minutes, 1 second, and 89 milliseconds.

Weather

The morning will greet us with a veil of thick clouds, accompanied by potential intermittent showers. However, as the day progresses, expect a gradual reduction in cloud cover, allowing occasional glimpses of sunlight to break through. The likelihood of showers will diminish throughout the day.

Temperatures will be slightly lower today again, with a minimum of 3 °C in the morning climbing to a maximum of 8 °C in the afternoon.

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