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European Union leaders decided that Britain’s exit date will be pushed back to May 22 if next week Prime Minister Theresa May can persuade lawmakers in Parliament to accept her plan for leaving the bloc, which they have already rejected overwhelmingly, twice.If she cannot persuade lawmakers to accept her plan, Mrs. May will get a shorter delay in exiting the European Union — until April 12. But Britain could stay in the bloc much longer if it decides it needs more time for a bigger rethink of Brexit, as the process is known.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/BnnRywAA
A “meteor” that tore across the Los Angeles skyline set Twitter alight with speculation it was a real life “Deep Impact”.A bright orange fireball that arced over Hollywood — home of countless disaster movies — sent people scrambling to capture the scene for social media — even if it later turned out to be more fiction than fact. “Anyone else just see the Meteor over LA?”, one person wrote on Twitter. “Incredible. Coolest thing I’ve seen.”“Anyone else see a giant meteor or fireball in the middle of downtown Los Angeles like a few minutes ago? It looked like a meteor but it was WAY too low to the ground,” wrote Kasey Clark.The Los Angeles Police Department weighed in to calm people’s nerves with a Public Service Announcement, and remind them that theirs is the city of fantasy and dreams. meteor did not crash into Downtown Los Angeles, and no, it’s not an alien invasion … just a film shoot. This is Tinseltown after all,” the LAPD wrote on Twitter.The phenomenon was a publicity stunt by Red Bull, which fitted skydivers with LEDs and pyrotechnics as they plunged out of a helicopter 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above the city.Still — for a few moments at least — the people of Los Angeles were allowed to dream. Punch
The armed forces have activated a team in a nuclear-proof bunker under the Ministry of Defence as the government prepares next Monday to enter "very high readiness mode" for a no-deal Brexit, Sky News can reveal.Control of overall planning for the impact of the UK leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement next week shifts from the Cabinet Office to the government's emergency committee Cobra.There will be near 24-hour manning of critical departments most at risk from Brexit disruption.Teams in situ in the Cabinet Office and the departments for health, transport and defence will be primed to divert resources or deploy manpower where required, a government insider told Sky News.The military's crisis management operation - dubbed Operation Redfold - was mobilised at the beginning of this week.It will direct some 3,500 military personnel who have been put on standby to help the government if required in the event of disruption following a no-deal departure from the EU.Troops from Monday will ready to be deployed at a day's notice as the government lays the groundwork for a possible no-deal exit at the end of next week.The Redfold mission is the military dimension of the cross-Whitehall no-deal contingency preparations, called Operation Yellowhammer.The armed forces could be used to help transport food, fuel and other goods into and around the country. A 200-strong team of military personnel is ready to drive fuel tankers to petrol stations if required.Military bases could also be used to park lorries and other vehicles backed up at ports if there are delays with customs checks at the borders.The nuclear-proof bunker, called Pindar, is deep underground, beneath the MoD's main building in Whitehall. It is the facility used by the armed forces at a time of war or national emergency.
Police operatives have arrested a man for selling his baby daughter online for £6,800 to pay off his gambling debts.Named only as Jiang, the heartless father sold the one-year-old to a couple after racking up debts of more than 60,000 Yuan (£6,798), according to reports in China.He flew her more than 1,150 miles away from their home in Guiyang, Guizhou province, last November after lying to his wife about needing to stay with his mother.But his wife grew concerned after he repeatedly postponed their return for a staggering three months, according to the reports seen by Mail Online.In February, she checked her husband’s phone and found chilling conversations between him and her daughter’s buyers.The distressed mum, named as Wang, then met with her husband’s mother in Zunyi city, about 87 miles away, who informed her that her son and granddaughter left her weeks ago.He admitted owing the huge gambling debt and decided to take the drastic measure after seeing ads for child adoption.Jiang lied to the buyers – a couple in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province – by telling them he was a single father who could no longer afford to care for the girl.The father even claimed his own parents were dead so he had nowhere else to turn. Thankfully, the child was located by cops last Friday and reunited with her grateful mum.Jiang has been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, according to cops.
Stories of the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack A tribute for mosque shooting victim Hossein Moustafa hangs on a wall at the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Thousands of people were expected to come together for an emotional Friday prayer service led by the imam of one of the two New Zealand mosques where 50 worshippers were killed in a white supremacist attack on Friday March 15. (Mark Baker/Associated Press)By Associated PressMarch 21 at 12:17 AMFifty people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Some information about the victims:HUSNA AHMEDFarid Ahmed refuses to turn his back on his adopted home, despite losing his 45-year-old wife, Husna Ahmed, in the Al Noor mosque attack. They had split up to go to the bathroom when it happened.The gunman livestreamed the massacre on the internet, and Ahmed later saw a video of his wife being shot. A police officer confirmed she died.Despite the horror, Ahmed — originally from Bangladesh — still considers New Zealand a great country.“I believe that some people, purposely, they are trying to break down the harmony we have in New Zealand with the diversity,” he said. “But they are not going to win. They are not going to win. We will be harmonious.”___FARHAJ AHSANThe 30-year-old software engineer moved to New Zealand six years ago from the city of Hyderabad in India, where his parents still live, according to the Mumbai Mirror.“We received the disturbing news,” Ahsan’s father, Mohammed Sayeeduddin told the newspaper Saturday. Friends and family had been trying to reach Ahsan since the attack.Ahsan was married and had a 3-year-old daughter and infant son.___ANSI ALIBAVAIndian news reports said Alibava, 25, had moved from India to New Zealand last year after marrying Abdul Nazar.The Indian Express newspaper said she was studying agriculture technology at Lincoln University and her husband worked at a supermarket in Christchurch. They got married in 2017.The Manorama Online news site said her mother, Rasia, had prayed for the safety of the two when the news broke of the attacks.Alibava used to call her family back in India every day, but they were worried when there was no call after the shootings. They later found out from the husband what had happened.The report said she was hoping to find a job in New Zealand to support her family back home.___LINDA ARMSTRONGArmstrong, 64, was a third-generation New Zealander who converted to Islam in her 50s and could connect with people from all different walks of life, said her nephew, Kyron Gosse, who confirmed her death to the New Zealand Herald.“She would come back telling the stories of sharing amazing food and swapping stories with the other women at mosque,” Gosse told the newspaper.“She was not a storyteller, she was a story-swapper,” he said. “She was always friends with a lot of underdogs.”Gosse said the loss of a woman with a “huge heart” came only a month after her mother’s death.___ABDULLAHI DIRIEFour of Adan Ibrahin Dirie’s five children managed to escape Friday’s attacks, but the youngest, 4-year-old Abdullahi, was killed, his uncle, Abdulrahman Hashi, 60, a preacher at Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Minneapolis, told the New Zealand Herald.Dirie also suffered gunshot wounds and was hospitalized. The family fled Somalia in the mid-1990s as refugees and resettled in New Zealand.“You cannot imagine how I feel,” Hashi said.He added: “He was the youngest in the family. This is a problem of extremism. Some people think the Muslims in their country are part of that, but these are innocent people.”___ATTA ELAYYANAtta Elayyan, 33, was a goalkeeper for a New Zealand futsal team.The Oceania Football Confederation said those who knew Elayyan described him as having “an unbridled passion for futsal and for representing New Zealand.” Futsal is a variant of indoor soccer. A statement from the confederation released Monday extended condolences to Atta’s family and all of those affected.OFC official Paul Toohey said Elayyan was a selfless man who always had time for friends, family, teammates and young up-and-coming players. “Atta was everything a team could want — an outstanding performer who was dedicated to his goalkeeping craft — but also a great friend and leader among his teammates at Canterbury United Dragons and the Futsal Whites,” Toohey said.His father, Mohammed Elyan, co-founded one of the mosques in 1993, and was among those wounded, said Muath Elyan, Mohammed’s brother, who said he spoke to Mohammed’s wife after the shooting. Muath said his brother also teaches engineering at a university and runs a consultancy.___ALI ELMADANIElmadani and his wife emigrated from the United Arab Emirates in 1998. The retired Christchurch engineer always told his children to be strong and patient, so that’s what they are trying to do after the tragedy, his daughter, Maha Elmadani, told Stuff.“He considered New Zealand home and never thought something like this would happen here,” she said.She said her mother “is staying as strong as possible. My younger brother isn’t doing too well with the news.”___LILIK ABDUL HAMIDThe longtime aircraft maintenance engineer at Air New Zealand was killed in the Al Noor mosque.He was Indonesian, and Air New Zealand said he had been working in Christchurch for 16 years. “His loss will be deeply felt by the team,” CEO Christopher Luxon said in the airline’s statement.Hamid was married and had two children, Luxon said.“Lilik, his wife Nina and their children Zhania and Gerin are well known and loved by our close-knit team of engineers and their families, who are now doing all they can to support the family alongside our leadership team and the airline’s special assistance team,” he said.___HUSSEIN AL-UMARIWhen Aya Al-Umari thinks of her big brother, she pictures him with his arms wide open, ready to wrap her in an embrace. Hussein Al-Umari was a hugger, she says, a kind man, and the quintessential big brother who delighted in teasing his little sister.Hussein, 35, was killed at Al Noor mosque.Aya had spent the previous evening having dinner with him, and she recalled how excited he was that their parents had just bought a new car.She and her brother were born in Abu Dhabi and moved with their parents to New Zealand in 1997. Hussein worked in the tourism industry, and he loved traveling. He had recently traveled to the seaside South Island city of Nelson and had created a video blog of his adventures. Aya had been impressed by how polished it was.Their mother, an Iraqi calligraphy artist named Janna Ezzat, wrote on Facebook that her son had become a martyr.Ezzat wrote: “Our son was full of life and always put the needs of others in front of his own.”___MUCAAD IBRAHIMAt just 3 years old, Mucaad Ibrahim is the youngest known victim of the attacks. He was separated from his older brother Abdi and their father when the shooting began at the Al Noor mosque.After an agonizing search by the family, Abdi said police finally confirmed that the toddler had been killed.Mucaad was born and raised in Christchurch. He was beloved by the community, known for his energetic demeanor and easy laugh. He was bright and bubbly, and loved playing with an iPad.Ahmed Osman, a close family friend, said Mucaad used to cheer from the sidelines as Osman and Abdi played soccer on Friday evenings at a park near the mosque. The little boy had planned to watch them play soccer as usual on Friday. He never made it.Osman said the support of the community has helped the family pull through.“New Zealand is always behind us,” he said. “Even when we walk down the street, people stop us and say, ‘Are you guys OK?’ That’s what New Zealand is about. It’s all about coming together. One person cannot stop us.”___MOHAMMAD IMRAN KHANA handwritten cardboard sign outside Mohammad Imran Khan’s restaurant, the Indian Grill in Christchurch, said simply CLOSED. A handful of pink flowers lay nearby.The owner of the convenience store next door, JB’s Discounter, Jaiman Patel, 31, said he helped the staff with the keys after the terrorist attack that claimed Khan’s life.“He’s a really good guy. I tried to help him out with the setup and everything,” Patel said. “We also put the key out for them when the terrorists come, and sorted it out for him.”Khan had a son who was 10 or 11, Patel said.The two were business neighbors who helped each other out when needed, he said.“We are helping each other. It’s so sad.”___SAYYAD MILNEMilne, 14, was described as a good-natured, kind teenager. The high school student was at the Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the attack started, his half-sister, Brydie Henry, told the Stuff media outlet.Sayyad was last seen “lying on the floor of the bloody mosque, bleeding from his lower body,” she said her father told her.Sayyad’s mother, Noraini, was also in the mosque and managed to escape, Henry said. The teenager has two other siblings, 15-year-old twins Shuayb and Cahaya.“They’re all at home just waiting. They’re just waiting and they don’t know what to do,” Henry told the news site.“He had kind eyes, a big heart, a cheeky smile and a thick mop of black hair. He loved playing football and also indoor futsal,” Cashmere High School principal Mark Wilson told students at an assembly Monday.The school’s futsal goalkeeper planned to travel with the team to the national tournament in Wellington this month.___JUNAID MORTARAJaved Dadabhai is mourning for his gentle cousin, 35-year-old Junaid Mortara, believed to have died in the first mosque attack.His cousin was the breadwinner of the family, supporting his mother, his wife and their three children, ages 1 to 5. Mortara had inherited his father’s convenience store, which was covered in flowers on Saturday.Mortara was an avid cricket fan, and would always send a sparring text with relatives over cricket matches when Canterbury faced Auckland.___HAMZA MUSTAFAHamza’s family fled the civil war in Syria, then he spent six of his young years as a refugee in Jordan before the family was accepted into New Zealand in 2018.An excellent horse rider who aspired to be a veterinarian, Hamza, 15, was compassionate and a hard-working student, said Cashmere High School principal Mark Wilson.“Despite the fact that he hadn’t been here for a long time he had already quickly developed many friends,” he said.His younger brother Zaed, also a Cashmere student, remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his leg. Their father, Khalid, also died in the attack on the Al Noor Mosque.___KHALID MUSTAFAMustafa, who fled the civil war in Syria with his family, was at Friday’s Al Noor service with his two sons, 15-year-old Hamza and 13-year-old Zaed.He died, along with Hamza, while Zaed remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds.Mustafa’s wife, Salwa, told Radio New Zealand that when the family asked about New Zealand before they were accepted in July 2018, they were told “it’s the safest country in the world, the most wonderful country you can go ... you will start a very wonderful life there. But it wasn’t.”___HATI DAOUD NABINabi, 71, moved his family to New Zealand in 1979 to escape the Soviet-Afghan war. Days before the shootings, his son, Omar, recalled his father speaking about the importance of unity.“My father said how important it is to spread love and unity among each other and protect every member of the society we live in,” Omar told Al-Jazeera.Omar told the news network his father ran an Afghan Association and helped refugees settle in to a new country.“He used to make them feel at home,” Omar said.___TARIQ OMAROmar, a former Cashmere High School student from 2008 to 2012, was also among those who died, principal Mark Wilson said.___HUSNE ARA PARVINParvin, 42, died being struck by bullets while trying to shield her wheelchair-bound husband, Farid Uddin Ahmed, her nephew Mahfuz Chowdhury told The Daily Star , a Bangladesh newspaper.Chowdhury said Uddin had been ill for years and Parvin took him to the mosque every other Friday. She had taken him to the mosque for men while she went to the one for women. Mahfuz said relatives in New Zealand told him when the shootings began, Parvin rushed to her husband’s mosque to protect him. He survived.The Bangladeshi couple had moved to New Zealand sometime after 1994, Chowdhury said.___NAEEM RASHID and TALHA NAEEMAs the shootings unfolded, Naeem Rashid is seen on video trying to tackle the gunman, according to Rashid’s brother, Khurshid Alam.“He was a brave person, and I’ve heard from a few people there, there were a few witnesses. They’ve said he saved a few lives there by trying to stop that guy,” Alam told the BBC.The 50-year-old Rashid’s son, Talha Naeem, 21, is also among the dead.Rashid was a teacher in Christchurch and was from Abbottabad, Pakistan. His son was 11 when his family moved to New Zealand. He had a new job and planned to get married.Rashid’s brother, Dr. Mohammad Khursheed, who lives in Abbottabad, received an emotional call from his sister-in-law telling him of his brother’s death.Khursheed said his brother had already bought a plane ticket to Pakistan for a May family reunion.Pakistan declared Monday a national day of mourning to honor its citizens killed in the attack, and said Rashid would be recognized for his heroism.___SYED AREEB AHMEDAnother Pakistani victim, Syed Areeb Ahmed, 26, was an only son who had immigrated to New Zealand for work, said his uncle Muhammad Muzaffar Khan. Ahmed was an accountant who has just begun his career.“Education had always remained his first priority,” said his uncle, adding that the family in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi were waiting for his body to be returned home. “He had gone to New Zealand recently, where he got his job. He had only started his career, but the enemies took his life.”___GHULAM HUSSAIN, KARAM BIBI and ZEESHAN RAZAGhulam Hussain, his wife, Karam Bibi, and their son Zeeshan Raza, all of Pakistan, were killed, according to Pakistan’s foreign ministry.___OTHER PAKISTANI VICTIMSPakistan’s foreign ministry said three other Pakistanis were killed:Haroon Mahmood, 40, son of Shahid MehmoodSohail Shahid, 40, son of Muhammad ShabbirSyed Jahanand Ali, 34___OTHER NAMES RELEASED BY NEW ZEALAND POLICEMohsen Mohammed Al Harbi, 63, of New Zealand.Kamel Moh’d Kamal Kamel Darwish, 38, of Jordan.Junaid Ismail, 36, of New Zealand.OTHER INDIAN VICTIMSIndia’s ambassador to New Zealand said four Indian citizens were killed:Maheboob KhokharRamiz VoraAsif VoraOzair KadirCopyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
An earthquake struck southwestern Turkey around 9:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, rattling towns and startling residents.The quake had a magnitude of 5.7, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and was followed by two smaller aftershocks.The epicentre was centred on the town of Acipayam in Denizli province in southwestern Turkey.At least three injuries were reported due to the quake, mostly due to falling debris.Several homes in rural areas were completely destroyed by the violent shaking and a hospital was evacuated.To read full article 🔗-http://v.duta.us/il4WdQAA
TRUMP EFFECTBullying McCain, Trump shows his fights don't stop at the graveyard's edgeAnalysis: There's no upside to attacking a dead man, but Trump can't help himself.McCain's death last August hasn't stopped Trump from treating him like a foil in an ongoing celebrity feud.Melina Mara / The Washington Post via Getty Images fileMarch 19, 2019, 11:15 PM GMT+1By Jonathan AllenWASHINGTON — Picking on a dead man seems like the ultimate bully move.But president Donald Trump continues to trash the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., all the same."I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be," Trump said at the White House on Tuesday, showing that his grudges don't stop at the graveyard's edge.That followed a weekend Twitter tirade in which Trump identified "stains" on McCain's record that included his vote against repealing Obamacare and his role in forwarding a dossier on Trump to the FBI, which the president inaccurately said had happened before Election Day.Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrumpSpreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!95.8K9:46 PM - Mar 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy63K people are talking about thisIt's hardly a secret that Trump hated McCain, who was a frequent target of his barbs on the campaign trail. But McCain, a former prisoner of war and the 2008 Republican nominee for president, is no longer in a position to defend himself.That hasn't stopped Trump from treating him like a foil in an ongoing celebrity feud.It's a one-sided fight, and one that has little obvious upside for Trump, who already has won over the set of Republicans who came to dislike McCain for his willingness to buck the party on a variety of issues over the years.It's possible, though, that he could alienate Republicans who are fans of his policies but either remain respectful of McCain's service to his country or simply find the specter of publicly bashing a deceased rival to be beneath the dignity of the presidency.One former administration official said Trump wasn't thinking about political strategy but was instead just reacting instinctively to news reports mentioning McCain's role in handing over the dossier, which informed the FBI's investigation into the Trump operation's ties to Russia."When it comes into his line of sight, then he cares," said the former official, who requested anonymity to describe the president's behavior. "It’s like a reminder, 'Oh, I hate that guy.’”The difference between Trump and others is that the president doesn't let it go at that."Most people don’t act out on it," the official said.Trump calls Kellyanne Conway's husband 'a total loser'In McCain's absence, his family and friends have fired back at the president.Meghan McCain, one of the senator's daughters, described her father as Trump's "kryptonite" in life and in death on ABC's "The View.""Your life is spent on your weekend, not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing over great men you could never live up to," she said of Trump on Monday. "That tells you everything you need to know about his pathetic life right now."Left to his own devices, literally and figuratively, Trump has unleashed tweets hammering a series of real and perceived adversaries in recent days, some of whom are much closer in proximity.One of them, George Conway, is the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.George Conway, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted out a series of clinical definitions of various personality disorders from a psychiatric manual over the weekend in an apparent response to Trump's tirade.On Tuesday, Trump dubbed him a "total loser!" as he subtweeted an attack from his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, on Conway.But his aide's husband, who is very much still alive, had the ability to respond in real time."Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism!" Conway tweeted at the president. "Great job!"Meghan McCain calls Trump 'pathetic' after attacks on late fatherOf course, Trump loves the attention — any attention — and there's no reason to think he'll stop fighting with the living or the dead. Many of his political supporters love his eagerness to engage in rhetorical combat, and others have long since dispensed with the idea that his behavior is more important to them than his role in nominating conservative judges or signing fresh tax cuts into law.Overall, Trump is unlikely to send Republican voters toward the Democratic column by going after McCain or any other number of targets, but his behavior could come at a marginal cost among a certain set of voters, said GOP strategist Michael Steel."The criticism of McCain, like the payoffs to pornographic film actresses and angry unhinged tweets, is not likely to substantially change the course of the 2020 election," Steel said. "As long as the economy remains strong, these things are likely to be washed out by other factors. But there may be some Republicans who decide not to go to the polls because of the overall ick factor of the president."For Trump, strategy comes second to instinct, and his instinct is to fight. If an opponent is defenseless, it seems, all the better.Jonathan Allen.
The dollar slipped against its rivals on Friday and was set for its biggest weekly drop in more than three months before a U.S. Central Bank meeting next week.Policy makers, will, at the meeting, shed more light on the outlook for interest rates.While no change in policy rates is expected next week after the Fed paused a multi-year rate hiking cycle in January, officials might strike a more cautious view on the outlook for the global economy after a volatile week in currency markets.“We are coming to the end of a very exhausting week in currency markets with the Brexit news and, investors are waiting to get more insights from the Fed,” said Esther Maria Reichelt, an FX strategist at Commerzbank.Against its rivals, the dollar fell 0.2 per cent to 96.61 in early London trading.For the week, it is set to weaken 0.7 per cent, its biggest drop since early December.Antipodean currencies led by the Australian dollar and its New Zealand counterpart were the biggest gainers against the dollar after Beijing said it could use reserve requirements and interest rates to support growth.The outlook for both those currencies is heavily correlated with the outlook for the Chinese economy.The yen remained firm after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady but tempered its optimism that robust exports and factory output will underpin growth, giving a boost to its perceived safe-haven status.Elsewhere, the pound paused for breath but stayed on course for its biggest weekly gain in seven weeks on growing expectations that Britain won’t crash out of the European Union without a deal on March 29.Sterling last traded at 1.3217 dollar, below Wednesday’s nine-month high of 1.3380 dollar, but up 1.8 per cent so far this week, the biggest such gain since late January after the UK parliament voted to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the European Union, following a decision to avert a no-deal Brexit.The Chinese currency in the offshore market also remained firm against the dollar at 6.71 yuan per dollar.
A 19-year-old woman has pled guilty to pushing her friend from a bridge at a popular swimming area near Vancouver last year.Tay'lor Smith, 19, who accepted a plea deal last month, appeared in Clark County District on Monday. She's charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment for an incident where Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed at Moulton Falls in Washington state on August 7, 2018. Holgerson was standing on the ledge as friends filmed. She had planned to jump but backed out at the last second. Then Smith pushed her and she fell from the bridge and into the water below, smacking the water with her chest-first. The speed at which she fell meant that when she hit the water, she would have suffered the same impact as if she had been hitting concrete, according to experts. Holgerson broke six ribs and punctured both lungs after she fell about 60 feet down the bridge.Judge Darvin Zimmerman delayed the sentencing to hear more about the victim's injuries, medical costs and to give Holgerson time to gather her thoughts in case she wanted to speak before hearing Tay'lor Smith's fate. Tay'lor initially faced up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine for the incident that went viral when a video was posted on YouTube. But prosecutors are now recommending no jail time when she is sentenced March 27.Instead Smith could get off relatively lightly with community service and electronic monitoring that would leave her confined to her home.Smith previously spoke out to say she was sorry for hurting her friend.She said last year: "I never intended to hurt her ever, nor would I intend to hurt anyone, ever. I'm sorry it worked out that way. I accept the charges maturely and all I can do is hope for the best for Jordan and myself."
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his shock resignation today, 29 years after taking office. “I have taken the decision to refuse the mandate of the presidency,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television. Nazarbayev came to power in oil-rich Kazakhstan when it was still a Soviet republic.The move comes on the back of growing social discontent and an economy still recovering from an oil price plunge in 2014. The announcement also comes just weeks after the ageing strongman dismissed the country’s government. Nazarbayev will enjoy significant policy-making powers following his resignation thanks to his constitutional status as “Leader of the Nation”. He also became lifelong head of the country’s security council last year. Nazarbayev, who won a 2015 election with almost 98 percent of the vote, was widely expected to seek another term in 2020.
Cyclone Idai may have killed more than a thousand people in Mozambique, the country's President, Filipe Nyusi, said in an address to the nation broadcast on national radio Monday."Officially, we have a record of more than 84 dead but everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead," Nyusi said, adding that "100,000 people are in danger."He called the situation a "real humanitarian disaster of large proportions.""Waters from the rivers Pungue and Buzi have broken their banks, wiping out entire villages, isolating communities and we could see, as we flew above, bodies floating," the Mozambican President said.Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira in Mozambique around midnight Thursday and moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi.Initial assessments in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Mozambique suggested that more than 150 people have been killed in those three countries, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Monday. But the humanitarian organization warned that the death toll could rise sharply.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/A7p31gAA
Dutch police arrested a Turkish man suspected of shooting dead three people and wounding five on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday.Utrecht police announced the suspect, 37-year-old Gokmen Tanis, had been taken into custody.The city was put into lockdown after the shooting, shortly after the morning rush hour, which authorities initially said was an apparent terrorist attack. Police conducted raids in several locations.But hours after the shooting, the gunman’s motive remained unclear. A prosecutor said it could be for “family reasons” and Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency, quoting relatives of the gunman, said he had fired at a relative on the tram and had then shot at others who tried to help her.To read full article - http://v.duta.us/SvAuQAAA
A Chinese doctor, Dr. Ling Zhipei has performed the first ever brain surgery over a 5G mobile network, according to Chinese media. A patient with Parkinson's disease allegedly had an implant put in their brain by a doctor who was more than 1,800miles away (3,000km). Using 5G technology, Dr Zhipei remotely implanted a neuro-stimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, moving instruments in PLAGH hospital in Beijing. The patient was in a clinic on the other side of the country, on the southern Hainan Island. Allegedly, the surgery that ended successfully lasted for three hours. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well and is recovering. The technology used for this pioneer surgery is based on a computer that uses a next generation 5G network developed by the Chinese tech giant Huawei. As the doctor moves the robotized arms with instruments, the 5G network enables the instant response of the same robotic arms on the other side of connection. According to Dr Zhipei, the feeling is as close at it can be as if the patient was really in front of him. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said. The advantage of 5G digital networks over standard 4G is in their reliability. Conventional 4G has no capacity to transfer video without lagging, which often results in jumpy movement of a picture or video. For years manufacturers of medical equipment have been racing to produce gear that lets surgeons operate from a distance, like the robotic “telesurgery” provided by the American da Vinci Surgical System. However, the system was too expensive and has some technical issues. The new 5G network offers the change that medical tech giants were looking for and China just proved that remote surgery is a new chapter in the history of medicine. Remote surgery benefits are numerous. It could allow people from far-away regions or war zones to receive immediate help from top doctors around the globe. https://lailasnews.com/dr-ling-zhipei-performs-remote-brain-surgery-on-patient-3000km-away/
Meghan Markle joined Prince Harry and other members of the Royal Family for the christening of Zara Tindall's baby Lena at St Nicholas Church in Cherington, Gloucestershire.Harry, who will become a father himself in about two weeks, was made godfather to baby Lena. Her Majesty The Queen was also present for the Christening of her great-grandchild.More photos below.
A court in France has stopped a couple from naming their baby son after the country's football stars, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.The family had reportedly settled on naming their son Griezmann Mbappe before the court overruled the decision.It is thought that the couple's decision to name the infant after the two footballers was meant to salute the duo's heroics in the 2018 World Cup that helped France lift the trophy.However, a family judge in the central town of Brive-la-Gaillarde declined to let the family have the five-month old child name after the football stars.According to a Guardian report, the court deemed the name "contrary to the interest of the child.""The last referral to the prosecutor dates back to 2015. In 1998, we had a lot of Zinedine, but it was a first name. Here it's more baroque," a member of Brive's mayoral office told the media.Owing to the ruling, it now seems French parents with the desire of paying tribute to the two players will have to settle on "Antoine" or "Kylian."Meanwhile, Griezmann and Mbappe played an integral role in Le Bleus spectacular World Cup campaign that saw them lift the title in Russia.The pair scored a goal each in the finals as France stunned Croatia 4-2.
Twitter user @taiwanesebby took to his handle to share the story of how his girlfriend who he has known since childhood, inflicted serious injuries on him during one of their fights. Continue to read his story ...
Twitter user @taiwanesebby took to his handle to share the story of how his girlfriend who he has known since childhood, inflicted serious injuries on him during one of their fights. Continue to read his story ...
An Australian senator had a raw egg cracked over his head after his sparking Outrage by blaming Muslim immigration in the New Zealand 🇳🇿 mosque shootings. Sen. Frazer Anning came under blistering criticism over his tweets on Friday, including the one that said “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” Reports stated that the 17yr old boy was arrested but later released without charge pending a further investigation.
Cyclone Idai: Dozens killed and more than 70 missing after lethal storm The tropical storm has left a trail of death and destruction as it rampages through areas of Mozambique, Malawi and ZimbabweSHAREBY MACDONALD DZIRUTWE, AMBER HICKS23:33, 16 MAR 2019At least 31 people have died after Cyclone Idai hit parts of Africa(Image: Gofundme)At least 31 people have died in eastern Zimbabwe while dozens are missing as homes and bridges were swept away by a tropical storm.Cyclone Idai, which brought floodwater and destruction to areas of Mozambique and Malawi, hit Zimbabwe on Friday, cutting off power and communications.Pictures shared on Twitter and television footage showed roads, houses and bridges that were washed away while communication towers were knocked down and electricity cables blocked roads in Chimanimani district, 410 kilometres (255 miles) east of the capital Harare.State television ZBC said 31 people had died in the district while more than 70 people were missing.The information ministry said the army had moved in to rescue 197 pupils trapped at a local school.(Image: NASA WORLDVIEW/HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX) A vehicle makes its way through central Mozambique during the tropical storm(Image: AFP/Getty Images)Man injured as brutal weather causes huge oak tree to smash through house"This a very challenging operation as it's being undertaken as a ground effort because of unsafe weather conditions for air efforts," the ministry said in a statement.Joshua Sacco, a member of parliament in Chimanimani earlier told Reuters the district had been cut off from the rest of the country as the storm left a trail of destruction reminiscent of Cyclone Eline in February 2000, which devastated southern Zimbabwe.Sacco said the death toll was expected to rise as rescue efforts continued.Rain falls in flooded parts of Malawi(Image: AFP/Getty Images) Rochdale flooding: Locals urged to take 'immediate action' as River Roch rises Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, has been worst affected, with the storm causing floods as well as destroying crops and plantations, Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information said.Air force helicopters were rescuing people, but flights were being slowed by heavy winds.Zimbabwe has faced a severe drought this year that has damaged crops and a United Nations humanitarian agency says 5.3million people will require food aid.The country's meteorological services expect rains to continue throughout the weekend.
Tropical cyclone Idai battered central Mozambique on March 15 killing at least 19 people and cutting off more than half a million people in one of the country's largest cities Beira.State broadcaster Radio Mocambique, said "preliminary information points to 19 deaths and more than 70 injured in Sofala province as a result of cyclone Idai".Most of the deaths occurred in Beira — a port hub and capital of Sofala province — a city which has virtually been cut off after power lines crashed, the airport was shut and roads swamped by flooding. The flooding had already killed 66 people nationwide in days preceding the cyclone."The hardest moment was overnight and this morning," provincial governor Alberto Mondlane told state radio referring to the time the cyclone barrelled through the province. "There has been a lot of damage. Many homes have been left without roofs."To read full article 🔗-http://v.duta.us/PFp4egAA
Lori Loughlin's daughters - Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, and Isabella Giannulli, 20, - have reportedly withdrawn from the University of California after Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in connection with a college admissions scandal. The girls withdrew from the university on Thursday March 14th after their parents were exposed, alongside other well-heeled personalities, for being involved in a university admissions scam (read here) where rich parents bribe their way through to secure admissions in Ivy league colleges for their unqualified children. According to TMZ, Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20, withdrew from the university because they feared being bullied on campus if they return. The girls have the full support of their parents, Lori and Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom have been indicted in the college bribery scandal. Olivia, an online influencer who works with major brands, earlier came under fire for saying, "I don't really care about school". She made this statement before the university admissions scam was exposed. She said she was only interested in having the college experience like "partying".She said at the time:I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend but I'm going to go in and talk to my deans and everyone and hope that I can try and balance it all.But I do want the experience of like game days and partying. I don't really care about school.After the college admissions scam was exposed, Americans on social media expressed outrage that kids who really want to go to school are denied admission for rich kids who are just there to party.At the time news of the federal indictments broke on Tuesday, Olivia and Isabella were vacationing on USC chairman Rick Caruso's yacht in the Bahamas.Caruso, chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, released a statement saying the Giannulli girls were among his daughter's friends who celebrated spring break on his yacht.He said in a statement to TMZ, My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government's announcement yesterday,.Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.
Forty people have been killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch.New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incidents as a terrorist attack, and one of the country's "darkest days".Three men and one woman are in custody, police commissioner Mike Bush said, but warned more suspects may be at large.Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.He described the suspected attacker as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist".What do we know at this point?Witnesses told local media they ran for their lives and saw people bleeding on the ground outside the Al Noor mosque.A second mosque in the suburb of Linwood has been evacuated, and Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations. As yet, far fewer details have emerged from the second site.Police emphasise that the situation is still evolving and have not said how many people have been injured or killed.They said they had responded to "a number of IEDs (explosive devices) attached to vehicles, that we also stopped".Authorities have advised all mosques in the city to shut down until further notice, saying this was an unprecedented act of violence.Armed police have also been seen at Papanui High School in Christchurch, which has been cordoned off.It is not yet known how many shooters there were, but the Herald reports that one gunman is believed to be an Australian who has written a manifesto outlining his intentions. In it, he espouses far-right ideology and anti-immigrant ideology.Footage taken by one shooter has emerged, which he appears to have live-streamed as he shot victims in a mosque. Police called on the public not to share the "extremely distressing" material online.Facebook said it had removed the shooter's Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as any support voiced for that crime. The sequence of events remains unclear and has mostly come via eyewitness reports to local media.The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor mosque, located in central Christchurch along Deans Avenue, facing Hagley Park. Witnesses there reported seeing people bleeding on the ground outside the building.One unnamed survivor told TV New Zealand he saw a gunman shoot a man directly in the chest.The attacker reportedly targeted the men's prayer room in the mosque, then moved to the women's room."What I did was basically just waiting and praying, God please, let this guy run out of bullets," the witness said."He came to this side, he shot this side, he went to another room and went to the ladies' section and shot them. I just heard one of the ladies has died."A Palestinian man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP news agency he saw a man shot in the head, and heard rapid gunfire.Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted: "I'm horrified by the reports I'm following of the serious shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. The situation is still unfolding but our thoughts and prayers are with our Kiwi cousins."As well as the numerous witness reports of casualties, the Bangladesh national cricket team appear to have narrowly escaped the shooting.A reporter following the team, who were due to play New Zealand in a now-cancelled test match on Saturday, tweeted that the team had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that the "entire team got saved from active shooters".Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team had gone to mosque by bus and were about to go inside when the incident took place."They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel," he told the AFP news agency.
Enough senators have voted to ensure rejection of Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border, and then build the wall with Mexico. Vote ongoing.The vote set up the first veto of Mr. Trump’s presidency — on one of the core issues that has animated his political rise, the promise to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.To read full article - http://v.duta.us/niPv2AAA
leader of the group behind an attack which brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war a terrorist.Masood Azhar is the leader of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which carried out a deadly suicide bombing killing 40 troops in Indian-administered Kashmir.The UN security council has been asked to subject Mr Azhar to an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.But China said it needed more time to examine the request, asking for a hold.The postponement could last nine months, and it is the fourth time China - a close ally of Pakistan - has blocked attempts to have Mr Azhar designated as a terrorist.The Indian government thanked other member states who moved the proposal, brought forward by the US, Britain and France.It said in a statement it would continue to pursue "all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice".Pakistan's dilemma: What to do about anti-India militantsThe 'war factor' in India's electionKashmir: Why India and Pakistan fight over itThe Chinese mission to the United Nations had told reporters it was attempting to uphold a "responsible attitude" and seeking to deal "with this issue with relevant parties via thorough consultation", news agency AFP reported.Sources have told newswires there is a strong case for designating Mr Azhar as a terrorist and have hinted that they may pursue "other avenues" if China continued to stand in the way.What is JeM?Jaish-e-Mohammad literally means the Army of Mohammad.Pakistan-based Muslim cleric Masood Azhar founded the group after he was released by India in 1999, one of three men set free in exchange for the crew and passengers of an Indian Airlines plane hijacked and flown to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe suicide attack in Kashmir escalated tensions between India and PakistanMr Azhar reportedly met with the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar and with al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden when he was in the country.India blame JeM for an attack on its parliament in New Delhi in December 2001 - a claim JeM denies.JeM was officially banned in Pakistan soon after that attack, but the group still operates, sometimes using the names Afzal Guru Squad, Al-Murabitoon and Tehreek-al-Furqan.More recently, India has blamed JeM for an attack on its Pathankot airbase near the Pakistani border in January 2016, which left three security forces dead.Is India losing Kashmir?Kashmir territories - full profileJeM commander Noor Mohammad Tantray was killed by Indian forces in December 2017, which was seen as a massive blow to the organisation.But the violence did not abate, and a report in the Indian newspaper The Print suggests covert Pakistani support may be the reason for its expansion.JeM has however attacked Pakistani military targets and even made an attempt on former leader Pervez Musharraf's life in 2003, despite India's accusations that Pakistan harbours the group.
Ten people have been killed in a school shooting near São Paulo, including six high school students and the two killers, who turned their guns on themselves when police arrived.The two gunmen, aged 25 and 17, walked into the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo, at around 9.30am on Wednesday, and opened fire with a revolver and a crossbow.The local police chief, Colonel Marcelo Salles, told reporters that the attackers were armed with a .38 revolver, a crossbow, a bow and arrows and also carried explosive devices. “In 34 years of service, I have never seen [an attack] with a crossbow. It is totally unthinkable,” he said.Brazil has the largest number of annual homicides in the world, but school shootings are rare.To read full article - http://v.duta.us/k_ugtwAA
The United States Government has said it is compiling reports on the 2019 general elections in order to give a proper response.The Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, stated this in a telephone press conference on Tuesday, adding that US was actively involved with political happenings in the country, particularly regarding the 2019 elections.According to Nagy, during the build-up to the elections, the US Ambassador, Stuart Symington, and his team took many steps to ensure that things went smoothly, adding that in the pre-election period, in the election period and currently in the post-election period, they are providing phenomenal guidance to Washington on how the US Government should and should not respond to the election-related matters.Nagy said: “So, just rest assured that the United States of America Embassy and the Consulate in Lagos, are actively involved and are doing an absolutely superb job to monitor events and to provide guides on how Washington should react to whatever the events there are.“As you know, our secretary did make a telephone call.”It would be recalled that the United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, was reported to have placed a call across to the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for a free, fair and credible election in the country while President Donald Trump called Buhari prior to the presidential and National Assembly elections.The US also threatened to place a visa ban on persons involved in electoral violence.The US Government had said: “We, and other democratic nations, will be paying close attention to actions of individuals who interfere in the democratic process or instigate violence against the civilian population before, during, or after the elections.“We will not hesitate to consider consequences –including visa restrictions – for those found to be responsible for election-related violence.”
From a big endorsement from a US Congressman to a new update on Tron’s Project Atlas, here’s a look at some of the stories breaking in the world of crypto.BitcoinRepresentative Tom Emmer (R-Minnesota) says he stands in support of Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and is working to help the sector expand. The US lawmaker co-chairs the Congressional Blockchain Caucus. Speaking at this year’s DC Blockchain Summit, Emmer highlightsBitcoin as revolutionary technology.“Many, including those in this town, would like to focus only on blockchain and ignore or criticize cryptocurrency. They will tell us that Bitcoin is used by criminals, and the blockchain is the real innovation. It’s true, there are illicit transactions. But that should not be reason to totally dismiss cryptocurrency.”
The United States is expanding its program to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out their U.S. court proceedings and so far has returned 240 people since starting the program in January, U.S. officials told reporters on Tuesday.The officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the policy, which was rolled out at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego earlier this year, has been expanded to the Calexico port, which is also in Southern California on the U.S.-Mexico border.In addition, migrants who attempt to cross illegally and then ask for asylum in the U.S. border patrol’s San Diego sector will now also be subject to return to Mexico, the officials said.One official said border authorities had only started turning back people who crossed between ports this past week. He said that “a very low number” of people who crossed illegally have been returned so far, while the vast majority of those who were sent back presented themselves at legal ports of entry to claim asylum.Under the Trump administration's Remain in Mexico policy, 240 asylum-seekers have been turned around near San Diego and sent back to Mexico where they must wait until a U.S. immigration judge can hear their case, Department of Homeland Security officials said Tuesday.To read the full articles - http://v.duta.us/OmozTwAAhttp://v.duta.us/z1njOQAA
No-deal Brexit still possible even if MPs vote against it – ERGJessica Elgot @jessicaelgotTue 12 Mar 2019 21.06 GMTLast modified on Tue 12 Mar 2019 21.56 GMTEurosceptic Conservatives have insisted they could still force a no-deal Brexit even if the House of Commons votes on Wednesday against crashing out of the EU without a deal.Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European Research Group’s chair, said it was a “serious point” that the risk of a softer Brexit or a second referendum may have increased after the deal’s defeat, but he believed most MPs considered a no-deal exit was still more likely.“The balance of opinion is that the risk is very low considering the moral authority of 17.4 million who voted to leave,” he said. “Our consensus view is that is a risk but one that will not materialise. [The European commission president Jean-Claude] Juncker has said there will be no more negotiations so I think our expectations are that we will leave without a deal.” Steve Baker, the former Brexit minister who is the ERG’s chief organiser, announced late on Tuesday that he and others would attempt to force a so-called “managed no deal” in the Commons on Wednesday, when MPs will have a free vote on whether the UK should leave with no agreement.In a late-night amendment signed by the former remainers Nicky Morgan and Damian Green, Baker proposed a 21-month transition to no deal, an idea that the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has explicitly rejected.Baker said he and others would not be “bullied” by the threat of no Brexit or a softer deal. “It is the worst conceivable reason to vote for a terrible deal to say that if we don’t vote for this deal, which betrays the public vote, then parliament will betray the public vote to a worse degree,” he said. “This is a mad argument. I am not going to allow my conduct to be determined by fear.”The majority of the ERG held the line which was agreed at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon and voted against May’s deal, on the advice of their “star chamber” of eight lawyers who examined the legal advice of the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox.However, more than 30 Brexiters broke with the main Eurosceptic faction on Tuesday night to back Theresa May’s deal. The former Brexit secretary David Davis was the most high-profile name to splinter from the disciplined group, along with several vocal backbench Brexiters including Nadine Dorries and Philip Davies.In total, 39 Conservative MPs switched their votes to back the prime minister after voting against the deal on 15 January, though some of that number were former remainers.The mood among Eurosceptics had been more open-minded in the early morning on Tuesday but when May addressed Tory MPs in a private meeting on Tuesday morning after Cox’s legal advice had been published, the atmosphere darkened. The ERG vice-chair, Mark Francois, said MPs had asked the prime minister “question after question after question” on Cox’s advice that the legal risk remained unchanged.“Speaking purely and entirely for myself, I regret to say I found the prime minister’s answers wholly unconvincing,” she said.Many of those who had previously suggested they were open to giving the deal a second chance felt that Cox’s advice had sunk its chances. “The attorney general’s advice is clear there is nothing allowing us to exit the backstop if both sides cannot agree the future relationship in good faith,” MP Simon Clarke said.“Given that is arguably precisely the situation we find ourselves in now re the withdrawal agreement, how is that risk ‘highly unlikely’?”By early afternoon, the ERG’s appointed group of eight lawyers, seven of them MPs, recommended that MPs reject the deal. The group included the DUP’s Nigel Dodds as well as the former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, and was chaired by the veteran Brexiter Bill Cash.Publishing their reasoning, the group said the reassurances “fail to fulfil the commitment made by government … to obtain legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement.”.May won over a number of MPs by arguing the choice was now political rather than based on legal text. Ben Bradley, the MP for Mansfield who resigned as Tory vice-chair in protest at the deal and who submitted a letter of no confidence in the prime minister, said he had grudgingly decided to back it.Bradley said he believed colleagues should “hold their noses, to get Brexit signed and sealed” without risking further delay.“To those saying no deal would be preferable, I am tempted to agree, but we know and the evidence shows that parliament will not let that happen. If we are to deliver Brexit on time as promised, this is the route to doing it, and the alternative is delay at best.”Other former rebels who declared support before the vote included the backbenchers Johnny Mercer, Nigel Evans and Zac Goldsmith, as well as the chair of the education select committee, Robert Halfon, and the former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell.The former international trade minister Greg Hands, who voted against the deal in January, gave an impassioned speech to the meeting of the ERG, urging his colleagues to back the deal.He said there remained very few people in parliament, including the Speaker, who were prepared to see no deal, “apart from the people in this room” and urged MPs to be realistic.… and we want to tell you about it. We made a choice which means our journalism now reaches record numbers around the world and more than a million people have supported our reporting. 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The 34-year-old man developed intense neck and head pains after eating the chilli at a hot pepper contest in NY, and was eventually taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with thunderclap headaches (essentially an intense series of headaches that feel like a thunderclap).The condition is linked to a temporary brain condition known as Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome (RCVS), which occurs when arteries in the brain constrict, restricting blood flow.According to a case report, there are no other known cases where an RCVS has been caused by chilli.The Carolina Reaper has been measured at more than two million Scoville units (the measure for how hot a chilli is). For some perspective, a very hot habanero can measure 50,000 Scoville units…
Hundreds of Algerians have been celebrating President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision not to seek a fifth term in office.Residents of the capital Algiers honked their car horns and flew the national flag as they sang "peacefully, we have overthrown the puppet!".The ailing leader has postponed the 18 April presidential elections after his candidacy provoked mass protests over the past few weeks.Mr Bouteflika has led the North African nation for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013.
Theresa May touched down in Strasbourg Monday night for last-minute Brexit talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and other EU leaders.The Prime Minister's meeting was confirmed by Downing Street on Monday evening.It will be Mrs May's final throw of the dice ahead of Tuesday's Commons vote on her Withdrawal Agreement.The talks with Mr Juncker will be one last opportunity to secure legal assurances on the Irish backstop - and in doing so secure the vital support of hardline Tory Brexiteers and the DUP.Ministers in the Irish cabinet were also summoned to an emergency government meeting on Brexit.A government source confirmed the hastily-arranged meeting took place at 7pm on Monday night.If her deal is defeated on Tuesday, MPs will then vote on Wednesday whether to support a no-deal Brexit.If a no-deal Brexit is rejected, members will get a vote on Thursday on requesting an extension to Article 50 and delaying EU withdrawal.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/adXJ7gAA
The Nigerian Insurers’ Association (NIA) has commiserated with the family members of the Nigerians who died in the Ethiopian Airline plane crash of March 10.The Chairman of the association, Mr Tope Smart, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.NAN reports that the flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya crashed about six minutes after take-off, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew members on board.Smart said: “The Nigerian victims were identified as a popular Nigerian-born Canadian professor and writer, Pius Adesanmi, and Ambassador Abiodun Bashua, a former Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, Sudan.“The Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where Adesanmi was a lecturer had said that the contributions of Adesnami to Carleton are immeasurable and he remained scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who left a deep imprint on Carleton.”He said that Nigeria as country had lost great intellectuals, who made the country proud in advanced countries like Canada.“The effect of the loss of these gems is invaluable.“We pray that there won’t be a repeat of such occurrence, as it remains a colossal loss to the entire nation also.“Also on board of the flight were 32 Kenyans, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Chinese, eight Italians, eight Americans, and seven people each from France and United Kingdom and seven crew members, among others,” he stated.NAN
During a land restitution ceremony, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he felt the pain of those who were removed from their land, as his family's land was also stolen on two occasions.Ramaphosa made these comments on Saturday morning in Mamelodi where he officiated a land restitution ceremony that marked successful claims by 10 Gauteng communities who were presented with title deeds and financial compensation."All of us have this collective pain. My own family went through the pain of being forcibly removed, our land stolen and taken away on two occasions," Ramaphosa said.Ramaphosa added that the wound of dispossession and degradation was still visible and still open.Know more-http://v.duta.us/aqpq5QAA
An opposition protester in Venezuela appears to have been responsible for setting a convoy of humanitarian aid on fire, despite members of the Trump administration blaming members of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's administration, The New York Times reported Sunday.The news outlet obtained previously unpublished footage that appeared to show a reconstruction of the incident from last month. Video suggests an anti-government protester threw a Molotov cocktail that "accidentally" ignited the truck carrying aid.The footage shows the homemade bomb being thrown toward police, who were blocking a bridge connecting Colombia and Venezuela, the Times reported. But video obtained by the Times reportedly shows a rag used in the weapon separating from the bottle, and flying toward the truck.The same protester can be seen throwing a Molotov cocktail at another truck 20 minutes earlier, the Times reported.Vice President Pence tweeted at the time that Maduro danced as his "henchmen murdered civilians & burned food & medicine heading to Venezuelans."A State Department video also blamed Maduro for ordering the destruction the supplies.To read the full article - http://v.duta.us/8m6f8wAA
Theresa May faces heavy Brexit defeat in parliament.British Prime Minster Theresa May’s Brexit deal faces a heavy defeat in parliament on Tuesday, the leaders of two major eurosceptic factions in parliament said on Sunday.According to parliament May has so far secured no major changes from the European Union.Just 19 days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, May’s is scrambling, so far unsuccessfully, to secure last-minute changes to an EU exit agreement before a vote on Tuesday on whether to approve the deal.If she fails, lawmakers are expected to force May to seek a delay to Brexit that some fear could see the 2016 decision to leave the bloc reversed.Others argued that without a delay Britain faces chaos if it leaves without a deal on March 29.Nigel Dodds, the deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) which props up May’s minority government, and Steve Baker, a leading figure in the large eurosceptic faction of her Conservative party, warned “the political situation is grim’’.“An unchanged withdrawal agreement will be defeated firmly by a size able proportion of Conservatives and the DUP if it is again presented to the Commons,” they wrote in the Sunday Telegraph.The Sunday Times said May was battling to save her job as aides were considering persuading her to offer to resign in a bid to get the deal approved.The newspaper also said cabinet ministers have spoken about whether to insist she goes as early as this week.Parliament rejected May’s deal by a record margin in January, prompting the British leader to return to Brussels in search of changes to address the so-called Irish backstop, an insurance policy designed to prevent the return of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.Many British lawmakers object to the policy on the grounds that it could leave Britain subject to EU rules indefinitely and cleave Northern Ireland away from the rest of the country.But, May’s attempts to get the clause rewritten have so far failed to yield any result, with EU negotiators unwilling to meet her demands, and Britain rejecting a compromise offer.Britain’s opposition Labour Party should support staying in the EU if there is a second referendum, the party’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said on Sunday.“If there’s a public vote that would operate as a lock, if you like, on any deal that Theresa May get through. If that is the position, then in my view, the default ought to be ‘remain’’ Starmer told Sky News.However, Starmer said the party would not be seeking to secure support in parliament for a second referendum on Tuesday.Get more stories like this on Twitter & Facebook
Two more women from the UK who are being held in Syrian camps with their young children have been stripped of their citizenship, a report says. It comes after the death in a Syrian camp of the baby son of Shamima Begum, who left London to join Islamic State and had her UK citizenship revoked. The Sunday Times quotes legal sourceswho name the women as Reema Iqbal and her sister, Zara, from east London. The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases. Decisions to withdraw citizenship from individuals were evidence-based and not taken lightly, it added. The newspaper says that Reema, 30, and Zara, 28, are living in separate refugee camps in Syria along with thousands of other families who have fled from territory formerly controlled by jihadis. Between them they have five boys under the age of eight, it says. The parents of the sisters are originally from Pakistan, but it is not known if they have dual nationality. 'Callous and inhumane' According to the Sunday Times, the sisters left for Syria in 2013 after marrying IS fighters with "close links" to the filmed murders of western hostages. Zara was heavily pregnant with her second child when she travelled to Syria and later gave birth to a third. Reema has one son born in the UK and another born in Syria. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has faced criticism for his handling of the similar case of Ms Begum. Her three-week-old son, Jarrah, died of pneumonia on Thursday, according to a medical certificate. Dal Babu, a former Metropolitan Police chief superintendent and friend of Ms Begum's family, told the BBC: "We've failed, as a country, to safeguard the child."Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the child had died as a result of the "callous and inhumane" decision to strip Ms Begum of her citizenship while Tory MP and former justice minister Phillip Lee urged the government to "reflect" on its "moral responsibility" for the tragedy.A UK government spokesman said: "The death of any child is tragic and deeply distressing for the family."Prior to the child's death, Ms Begum's sister, Renu, wrote to Mr Javid on behalf of the family challenging the decision to revoke her citizenship.
The Tunisian Health Minister Abderraouf Cherif has resigned following the deaths of 11 newborn babies at a hospital in the capital, Tunis.Tunisia's health ministry said evidence suggested they had all died from septic shock between 7-8 March.Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said investigations have been launched into the state-run facility's medical, pharmaceutical and hygiene practices.Mr Cherif's resignation comes just four months after his appointment.In a Facebook post, Tunisia's paediatrics society said the infection may have been caused by an intravenous product.The group also criticised "precarious conditions in which health professionals work".Tunisia's public healthcare had a reputation as one of the best in North Africa, and medical tourism is a source of considerable revenue for the country.But since the overthrow of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, the system has been hampered by management and financial problems, along with recurrent drug shortages.
US citizens traveling to Europe without a visa will be a thing of the past come 2021.The European Union announced on Friday that American travelers will need a new type of visa -- a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS -- to visit the European Schengen Area.The Schengen Area is a zone of 26 European countries that do not have internal borders and allow people to move between them freely, including countries like Spain, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Poland.Currently, US citizens can travel to Europe for up to 90 days without a visa.To apply for the ETIAS, US citizens will need a valid passport, an email account and a credit or debit card, the EU said. Minors, the website said, will still only need their normal passports to travel after the visas go into effect.The Union said that the ETIAS visa is valid for three years and allows Americans to enter the Schengen Area as many times as necessary.On the ETIAS website, the European Union said it "has recently decided to improve their security level to avoid any further problems with illegal migration and terrorism."The United States has been in a dispute with the EU's European Parliament and European Commission over visas for Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus. Travelers in those five countries are the only EU nations that the US requires to apply for a visa.In 2016, the European Commission first released a report calling for the U.S. to grant the same visa-free status to those five countries as the other 23 EU nations in exchange for U.S. citizens maintaining the same visa-free status in the Schengen Area. EU rules require equal treatment for all member states.The report also indicated, however, that the commission wanted to wait until after President Trump was in office to "push for full visa reciprocity."In June 2018, the Parliament voted in favor of the Commission imposing visas on US citizens.
Tens of thousands of people are marching in the Algerian capital, Algiers, in the largest rally yet against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.Protests have been mounting for three weeks, triggered by the ailing president's decision to seek re-election for a fifth term in April.Mr Bouteflika has ruled Algeria for 20 years but has rarely been seen in public since he had a stroke in 2013.He has warned that the protests could plunge the country into "chaos".In a letter published by Algeria's official APS news agency on Thursday, the 82-year-old leader urged "vigilance" against "domestic and foreign" forces that might infiltrate the demonstrations.But he also praised the demonstrators for "peacefully expressing their opinions".The protest is the largest one ever against President Bouteflika.Watch a video from Alger - http://v.duta.us/Al__gwAATo read full story - http://v.duta.us/NbgMgQAA