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Man arrested with lighters and gas cans at St. Patrick's cathedral in New York
4/19/2019 3:53 PM | 46 views

A man will be charged with attempted arson and reckless endangerment after he tried to enter St. Patrick’s cathedral in New York on Wednesday night with gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters. The incident comes days after the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burned in what officials say could be an accident related to renovation work. The suspect, who had booked a flight to Italy on Thursday, initially told officers he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue and that his car had run out of gas, but an official said when officers checked his car, it had gas. It was unclear when he will be arraigned.

Police begin urgent manhunt after inmate was released by mistake
4/19/2019 1:55 PM | 43 views

The police have launched an urgent manhunt after they mistakenly released an inmate from a prison in Worcestershire. William Walter Johnson, 47, from Evesham, Worcestershire, was released "in error" from HMP Hewell in Worcestershire, by HM Prison Service. By the time they realized their error, the inmate was already at large. Gloucestershire Constabulary says he is now wanted for being "unlawfully at large."He is described as a white man of proportionate build with a shaven head. A Prison Service spokesperson said: "Releases in error are very rare but we take them extremely seriously and are working closely with Gloucestershire police to bring the offender back into custody quickly."A spokesperson for Gloucestershire Constabulary said: "We're appealing for the public's help to trace a man who is wanted on recall to prison." 

Female journalist shot dead while covering a riot in Londonderry, Ireland
4/19/2019 11:34 AM | 39 views

A female journalist has been shot dead while covering a riot in Londonderry, Ireland.Lyra McKee, 29, is believed to have been hit by a stray bullet after a gunman opened fire indiscriminately at around 11pm. Shortly before she was killed, Ms McKee, who was covering the riots, had posted an image from the scene of the riots on Twitter.She captioned it: "Derry tonight. Absolute madness."  Shocking footage posted to social media shows a gunman in a mask taking cover near the rioters before firing two shots. Seconds later screams are heard coming from the other end of the road.  Police revealed this morning that it believes the New IRA was "most likely" behind McKee's killing, calling Ms McKee a "completely innocent bystander. "Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton described the killing as "not only a murder of a young woman, it is an attack again on the people of this city."Friends who are mourning McKee describe her as "utterly irreplaceable."  

Two children killed after driver fell asleep on wheel
4/18/2019 6:40 PM | 62 views

Police in Thailand said a tired motorist who had driven friends home from Songkran celebrations dozed off at the wheel and crashed into a parked truck in Suphan Buri, killing two young children in the early hours of Wednesday.Police were alerted to the accident on the Bang Li-Nong Wan Priang road in Tambon None Phra Prang, Song Phi Nong district at 12.15am.Police said the car driven by Nitikorn Doktalyong, 22, hit the rear of a 10-wheel truck parked on the roadside.The truck was not obstructing the left lane so police believe the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, causing his car to stray on to the hard shoulder.Nitikorn’s five-year-old nephew died at the scene while his one-year-old niece died after being rushed to the district hospital.Nitikorn was injured along with two relatives, identified as Rinda Udom, 21, and Worasuda Chantharang, 15.Pol Maj Phawit Preenakhon, inspector of the Song Phi Nong police station, said Nitikorn and relatives were returning home in the district after driving their friends to Kanchanaburi following Songkran celebrations in saphon buri.

How Police Delivered N2.5m Ransom To My Kidnappers - Canadian Man Opens Up
4/18/2019 11:07 AM | 54 views

Kyliuk Morris. Photo: Tunji BosunA 52-year-old Canadian, Kyliuk Morris, on Tuesday said policemen in Ogun State assisted him to deliver the N2.5m ransom paid to his kidnappers to regain his freedom.Morris, in a chat with PUNCH Metro in Abeokuta, said his ordeal started when he was abducted by the hoodlums at Fidiwo, in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.The victim said he was heading for Ibadan, Oyo State, when the incident happened on March 13, 2019.The Canadian noted that he spent six days in the kidnappers’ den, adding that he was forced to eat eba and drink dirty water.Morris explained that he was travelling with his wife to fix his car when the two gunmen shot at his car, which made him to drive into a ditch.He noted that when his wife tried to escape to get help, the kidnappers shot at her, while he was led to a bush.“I spent six days in the den of the kidnappers. They beat me up, while my wife ran around to raise the ransom they demanded,” he added.The victim said he was forced to call his sister in Canada who provided the ransom before he regained his freedom.He said, “A policeman, who collected the ransom, paid the kidnappers to get me released from my abductors.”The Canadian, who had been married to a Nigerian, Mrs Justina Kyliuk at the Marriage Registry, Accra, Ghana, since December 9, 2014, said they had been together for the past five years.He stated that he decided to stay in Abeokuta to set up a farming business before the incident occurred.When asked about how he paid the ransom, Morris said, “A policeman assigned from Abuja gave my wife a telephone number to call an officer from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ogun State.“Aside from the ransom, they (police) asked my wife to give them N20,000 as transportation fare. They said they risked their lives to get me out.“I want the government to be aware of what happened to me. The Nigerian government has been pushing for foreign investors to come, especially for agriculture and yet, there is no security; absolute zero security.“I am not calling for a special treatment because I am a Canadian. I want people to be aware of what is happening. I just did through personal experience.“If they (the police) have a job to do, they should do it. I think government at all levels should hold the police responsible for what they are hired for.“If someone is kidnapped, the police should do their job. My wife went to see them, but they made no effort. My wife told them the exact place where I was; nothing was done. They dragged their feet.”When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the Canadian’s abduction and release.He described the allegation of being part of the ransom payment as false.“He was rescued; what he said is impossible, who is that kidnapper that will come and collect ransom from the police?“It is not possible because the police have been campaigning against people paying ransom to kidnappers.“If people stop paying ransom to them, they will stop the business of kidnapping; so, the police cannot encourage them.“Immediately the case was reported, the state Commissioner of Police deployed all our tactical squads to find him at all cost and eventually, he was rescued.“We are not aware of any ransom deal. What we know is that he was kidnapped and rescued by the police,” the police spokesman said.

BREAKING!! So Sad… Former President Shoots Himself Dead To Avoid Going To Prison For Money Laundering
4/18/2019 2:00 AM | 35 views

 Former Peru president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has according to reports from AFP, passed away. He was urgently taken to hospital on Wednesday as he was said to be suffering from high blood pressure, lawmaker Gilbert Violeta said.Violeta told RPP radio station the 80-year-old was being treated in intensive care.He is due to have a cardiac catheter fitted to examine his heart.Kuczynski was arrested last week and was being held under 10-day preliminary detention until April 20, accused of money laundering.He is one of four ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals linked to Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht — alongside Ollanta Humala (2011-16) Alan Garcia (1985-90 and 2006-11) and Alejandro Toledo (2001-06).Garcia died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him over the graft investigation.The public prosecutor accuses Kuczynski of passing laws to favour Odebrecht when he was finance minister during Toledo’s government.The former Peru president Alan Garcia has been reported dead, he was reportedly died in hospital on Wednesday after shooting himself in the head at his home as police were about to arrest him in a graft investigation, a party official said.“Alan Garcia has died, long live Apra,” said Omar Quesada, the general secretary of Garcia’s American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (Apra) party.(dailyadvent.com)

Cathedral bells across France toll in solidarity with Notre Dame
4/17/2019 8:54 PM | 49 views

Cathedral bells across France toll in solidarity with Notre DameBy Kara Fox, CNNUpdated at 1852 GMT (0252 HKT) April 17, 2019Play Video01:24World's largest plane flies for the first time02:05New Zealand nurse kidnapped by ISIS may still be alive00:29Man arrested after ramming Ukrainian ambassador's car00:53Former CNN host Soni Methu dies at 3400:54Pope breaks protocol, kisses rival leaders' feet02:23This once-rich oil region is crumbling01:44Inside K-Pop's multi-billion dollar industry01:41First privately-funded moon mission ends in crash02:00Cathedral bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame03:13Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia dies01:25Scenes from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire06:41Corruption in Venezuela has created a cocaine super-highway to the US01:12Emmanuel Macron: We will rebuild Notre Dame01:03Dog survived 135 miles at sea01:42Protesters demanding civilian rule in Sudan01:20London climate protests continue amid arrests01:24World's largest plane flies for the first time02:05New Zealand nurse kidnapped by ISIS may still be alive00:29Man arrested after ramming Ukrainian ambassador's car00:53Former CNN host Soni Methu dies at 3400:54Pope breaks protocol, kisses rival leaders' feet02:23This once-rich oil region is crumbling01:44Inside K-Pop's multi-billion dollar industry01:41First privately-funded moon mission ends in crash02:00Cathedral bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame03:13Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia dies01:25Scenes from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire06:41Corruption in Venezuela has created a cocaine super-highway to the US01:12Emmanuel Macron: We will rebuild Notre Dame01:03Dog survived 135 miles at sea01:42Protesters demanding civilian rule in Sudan01:20London climate protests continue amid arrests(CNN) — Cathedrals across France rang their bells in honor of Notre Dame on Wednesday night, marking two days since the devastating fire ripped through the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece.The bells tolled at 6:50 p.m. local time (12:50 p.m. ET), acknowledging what the French Bishops Conference described as "a shock that affects far beyond just the Catholics of our country."Related Article: Workers questioned as Notre Dame fire investigation ramps upThe famed Chartres Cathedral, Marseille's Cathedral of Sainte Marie-Majeure, Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg and Paris' Sacré-Coeur Basilica joined a chorus of more than 100 French cathedrals participating in the act of solidarity.On Tuesday, cathedrals and churches in countries including the UK, Canada and the United States also rang their bells in support, while countries including Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina lit up famous landmarks with the French tricolor.UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the move to ring the bells of Westminster underlined "our solidarity with France and her people," adding that on Maundy Thursday -- a Christian holy day that falls on the Thursday before Easter -- bells would ring at cathedrals and churches across England in solidarity once more.Wednesday's show of support comes as heartfelt tributes continue to pour in globally, demonstrating how deeply Notre Dame captures the hearts of people from around the world.A firefighter pours water on Notre Dame cathedral in the aftermath of Monday's fire.On Wednesday, in his first weekly address since the fire, Pope Francis revealed he was "very distressed" about the Notre Dame fire and thanked the people who risked their lives to save it."May the Virgin Mary bless them and support the work of reconstruction: may it be a collective effort, to the praise and glory of God," he said.On Tuesday, the Vatican Culture Minister, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, offered the Vatican's expertise in rebuilding Notre Dame, saying: "We have the type of know-how that the whole word recognizes as being of high quality, so I think an eventual future offer by the Holy See will be significant."Countries including the United Kingdom and Russia have also offered their best experts to help with the rebuilding efforts, as individual donations towards the rebuilding continue to rise.More than 800 million euros ($904 million) have been donated to the restoration efforts already, including some in the tens of millions of euros from some of France's wealthiest families.Related Article: Notre Dame fundraising efforts inspire people to donate $1 million to rebuild burned Louisiana churchesThe global outcry over the devastating fire demonstrates Notre Dame's pull. To Parisians, and around 13 million visitors every year, it's more than just a cathedral, it's a symbol of the French capital and a vital part of European history. Its foundation stone was laid in 1163 by Pope Alexander III, and the cathedral was finally completed in the 13th century.It withstood multiple restorations and extensions, including the addition of its central spire in the 19th century, and its popularity was buoyed by the success of Victor Hugo's novel, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame." The building was undergoing renovation work at the time of the fire on Monday.While the magnificent edifice, with its towers, spire, flying buttresses and stained glass, draws art and architecture buffs from around the world, for generations of Catholics it has also been a place of pilgrimage and prayer.Related Article: Four years ago, an art historian used lasers to digitally map Notre Dame Cathedral. His work could help save itThe cathedral was home to a selection of sacred relics including a fragment of the Wood of the Cross -- believed by many to be a part of the "true cross" on which Jesus was crucified -- and what is supposedly one of the nails that the Romans used to crucify him.The Crown of Thorns and the Tunic of Saint Louis were among the venerated artifacts saved from the blaze on Monday.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, the Paris fire brigade's chaplain said that the Crown of Thorns was immediately handed to police after being removed from the cathedral, saying that responders were "acutely aware that we are in the process of trying to preserve some of the world's heritage.""And if you didn't, then it would be lost. Lost to humanity." http://ceesty.com/wNYOGt

Trump worries over China’s growing economic strength – Carter
4/17/2019 11:02 AM | 72 views

Former President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture at the House of Lords on February 3, 2016, in London. Carter said he recently received a phone call from President Donald Trump in which the president expressed concern that China had outpaced the U.S.NEIL HALL-WPA POOL/GETTY IMAGESFormer President Jimmy Carter told a church congregation this weekend that he had spoken with President Donald Trump about China on Saturday, and said the commander in chief was worried that Beijing had outpaced its global rivals.According to Emma Hurt, a reporter for NPR affiliate WABE, Carter spoke of the call during his regular Sunday School lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.Carter, 94, said Trump was worried that “China is getting ahead of us,” and suggested the president was right to be concerned.He told the congregation that Trump feared China’s growing economic strength. Economic modeling indicated that China would overtake the U.S. as the world’s strongest economy by 2030, and many experts have said that we were already living in what has been dubbed the “Chinese Century.”Carter said he did not “really fear that time, but it bothers President Trump and I don’t know why. I’m not criticizing him this morning,” he added, to laughs from fellow churchgoers.Carter—who normalized diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing in 1979—suggested that China’s breakneck growth had been facilitated by sensible investment and buoyed by peace.“Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None. And we have stayed at war.” The U.S., he noted, has only enjoyed 16 years of peace in its 242-year history, making the country “the most warlike nation in the history of the world,” Carter said. This is, he said, because of America’s tendency to force other nations to “adopt our American principles.”In China, meanwhile, the economic benefits of peace were clear to the eye. “How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country?” he asked. While China has some 18,000 miles of high-speed rail, the U.S. has “wasted, I think, $3 trillion” on military spending. “It’s more than you can imagine. China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way.”“And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover. We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong,” Carter told the congregation.Before he left the pulpit, Carter noted, “I wasn’t comparing my country adversely to China. I was just pointing that out because I happened to get a phone call last night.”The Trump administration remains locked in a costly trade war with China, though Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Saturday the end could be in sight. “I think we’re hopeful that we’re getting close to the final round of concluding issues,” Mnuchin told reporters, according to The Wall Street Journal.Meanwhile, military tensions remain over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea and its continued insistence that the independent island nation of Taiwan will eventually fall back under Beijing’s control.

Michelle Obama comes under fire for comparing President Trump to a divorced dad
4/17/2019 9:53 AM | 64 views

Michelle Obama has been criticized for comparing US president Donald Trump to a divorced dad.The former First Lady angered divorced dads during an interview on Sunday to promote her book 'Becoming' in London. The mother-of-two made a statement likening Trump to divorced dads, and divorced dads believe this statement means they are unfit parents who make their children sick.At London's O2 Arena, while expressing her frustration over Trump rolling back a number of Barack Obama's policies, including his transgender policies, Ms Obama said:"For anyone who had any problems with Barack Obama, let's just think about what we were troubled by - there were never any indictments."  She added that Americans are like children living in a broken home."We come from a broken family, we are a little unsettled," she said. "Sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like fun but then you get sick. That is what America is going through. We are living with divorced dad."She didn't explain what she meant by "get sick" but people felt it was an affront on divorced dad and that she was suggesting they do not have what it takes to properly care for their kids.  Ms Obama continued: "It's like swimming in the ocean with great waves. If you are not a great swimmer, you are not going to learn in the middle of a tidal wave. You are going to resort to your kicking and drowning and what you knew how to do in the pool."She also said she struggles to watch the news these days."When I am not emotionally able to deal with it I turn it off for a moment. I only let some of that stuff into my world when I'm ready. You can't have a steady diet of fear and frustration coming in."  

The case of a Saudi prince illustrates a pattern of arbitrary detention
4/16/2019 5:30 PM | 79 views

http://ceesty.com/wNYOGtThe case of a Saudi prince illustrates a pattern of arbitrary detentionBy Tim Lister, CNNUpdated at 0927 GMT (1727 HKT) April 13, 2019Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman, pictured in February 2013, is married to a daughter of the late King Abdullah.(CNN) — Salman bin Abdulaziz bin Salman had all the privileges of a Saudi prince. Wealthy and urbane, he traveled the world, moving between properties in France and Saudi Arabia. He attended the elite Sorbonne University in Paris -- and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.But on the night of January 4, 2018, Prince Salman's world came crashing down.Not all the facts are clear, but friends say the prince was at his home near Riyadh when he received a summons to the Qasr al Hukm palace. When he arrived at the palace, an argument quickly became a fracas.Friends of Prince Salman say Saud al Qahtani, who was then a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was present.Play VideoRelated Video: NYT: Saudi prince authorized team to silence dissenters 02:58Al Qahtani was relieved of his position later in 2018 amid allegations that he was involved with the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. In November, prosecutors said he was under investigation and was barred from leaving the kingdom.Friends of Prince Salman say he was detained and taken to the maximum security Ha'ir prison outside Riyadh.The only official comment at the time came from prosecutors who said 11 princes had been detained after they had gathered at a royal palace in Riyadh in a protest against the government suspending payment of their utility bills."Despite being informed that their demands were not lawful, the 11 princes refused to leave the area, disrupting public peace and order. Members of a security services stepped in to restore order and the princes were arrested," the prosecutors statement said.Whatever caused the dispute, human rights groups say Prince Salman's imprisonment illustrates a pattern that's emerged in Saudi Arabia over the last two years: one of arbitrary detention where charges are rarely brought and where individuals are detained if they seek redress for a friend or family member who is under arrest.Two days after Prince Salman was detained, his father, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Mohammad Al Saud, was also arrested -- after involving international lawyers in his son's case.Saudi authorities have not responded to repeated requests from CNN for information about the two men. Neither has been charged, according to associates.Prince Salman is not a senior royal, but he is married to a daughter of the late King Abdullah.For the first four months of his detention, Prince Salman was allowed no communication with friends or family. Friends say he was then allowed two telephone calls a week. After more than a year in detention, he and his father were moved to a different, guarded compound where conditions were less sparse. They were recently permitted visits from family members.The reasons for Prince Salman's arrest 15 months ago are still unclear. Those close to him say he had lobbied for the release of a cousin who had been detained as part of what Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described as an anti-corruption purge that began in November 2017.Play VideoRelated Video: The man in charge of Saudi Arabia 02:53The cousin was Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Saud al Kabeer. Prince Turki was an adviser to the King who had worked at the Foreign Ministry for more than 30 years. Sources say Prince Turki had been privately critical of the Crown Prince. He was eventually released three months after being detained.Some friends of Prince Salman believe he may also have angered the Royal Court by meeting a prominent US Democratic congressman, Adam Schiff, along with a major donor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Andy Khawaja, weeks before the 2016 US election. The meeting was in Beverly Hills on October 16, 2016.They say the meeting had no political agenda but may have been perceived in Riyadh as counter to Saudi Arabia's unspoken preference for Donald Trump over Clinton.Schiff's office told CNN that the congressman doesn't recall any specifics from the discussion but assumes they would have talked about Middle East policy and Saudi Arabia generally.At the beginning of this month, CNN asked Saudi authorities why the prince and his father were detained, whether they have been charged and whether they have been allowed access to family and lawyers. Despite several requests for information, CNN received no response.The European Parliament has also asked for information about the case. Pier Antonio Panzeri, who leads the subcommittee on human rights, first raised Prince Salman's detention with the Saudi ambassador in Brussels in February and this week wrote to the Crown Prince appealing for Prince Salman's release. He told CNN he has received no response to his inquiries.Widespread arrestsPrince Salman and his father are among dozens of prominent Saudis -- including members of the royal family, clerics, intellectuals and human rights advocates -- who are being held without charge, according to their families and human rights groups. CNN has reported that they include a dual US-Saudi citizen, Dr. Walid Fitaihi. His family believes he has been tortured, a source told CNN.Play VideoRelated Video: State Department: Saudi Arabia detains 2 US citizens 02:29This month, several more intellectuals and journalists were arrested, apparently for seeking to publicize the cases of detained women's activists. The State Department confirmed last week that among them is Salah Al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi national who has homes in Virginia and Riyadh. His mother is the prominent women's rights activists Aziza al-Yousef, who recently was temporarily released from prison.The rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has also highlighted the continued detention of other more prominent members of the royal family "outside any legal process" as part of the anti-corruption drive that was launched in November 2017. They include Prince Turki bin Abdullah, the former governor of Riyadh.Among others still held without charge are former Economy Minister Adel al Fakeih, who had been an influential figure in Saudi Arabia's modernization plan.HRW said in February that "Saudi authorities should immediately clarify whether those in detention face charges in connection with the anti-corruption campaign or for other recognizable criminal activity, and if not, the authorities should release them immediately."The anti-corruption campaign was formally ended in January, when a royal court statement said that the anti-corruption committee, led by the Crown Prince, had "concluded its tasks" after summoning 381 people to give evidence. It said 64 cases remained unsettled. It's unclear where or under what conditions those 64 individuals are being held.

Over 100 people arrested at London climate change protests
4/16/2019 4:36 PM | 68 views

At least 100 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill. Demonstrators started blocking off a bridge and major central road junctions on Monday at the start of a civil disobedience campaign that also saw action in other parts of Europe. The protests were organised by the campaign group Extinction Rebellion, which was established last year in Britain by academics and has become one of the world’s fastest-growing environmental movements. London’s Metropolitan Police said that by early Tuesday 113 adults had been arrested. The figure includes three men and two women who were arrested at the UK offices of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell on suspicion of criminal damage. Campaigners daubed graffiti and smashed a window at the Shell Centre building. The majority arrested were seized for breaching public order laws and obstructing a highway.   The protest saw more than a thousand people block off central London’s Waterloo Bridge and lay trees in pots along its length. Later, people set up camps in Hyde Park in preparation for further demonstrations throughout the week.

Notre-Dame counts cost as daylight reveals damage
4/16/2019 1:36 PM | 70 views

00:004'The steeple engulfed in flames collapses as the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral burns on April 15, 2019 in Paris. - A colossal fire swept through the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, causing a spire to collapse and raising fears over the future of the nearly millenium old building and its precious artworks. The fire, which began in the early evening, sent flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the Paris sky as stunned Parisians and tourists watched on in sheer horror. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)NEWSNotre-Dame counts cost as daylight reveals damagePublishedShards of stained glass from priceless medieval windows, and a gaping hole above the choir area where the spire crashed down: daylight reveals the extent of damage at Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday morning as firefighters put out the last smouldering remains of the fire.Philippe Marsset, the vicar general of Notre-Dame, was among the first to enter the storied Gothic cathedral whose sculpted arches have been blackened by smoke and pews destroyed.“It felt like I was looking at a bombing,” Marsset said of the church where he was ordained a priest 31 years ago.“It was hell,” he said, describing the moment when the blaze was discovered on the soaring roof shortly after evening mass ended shortly before 7:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Monday.Church officials raced to remove as many artifacts, paintings and other cultural treasures they could before being evacuated by firefighters as they tried to stop the flames from spreading.But the blaze kept springing up as globs of molten lead fell from the soaring heights of the church.“All night long I saw men going past with tears in their eyes. I described it this way: It was total chaos, but we can’t let it knock us down,” Marsset said.“This church was built 850 years ago. It withstood the wars, it withstood the bombings, it resisted everything,” he said.Yet not all was lost: the crucifix standing over the main altar was one of several objects which escaped destruction.“I’m devastated, even if I haven’t been a Catholic for a long time,” 88-year-old Claire told AFP at the scene on Tuesday morning. “I was baptised here

"We Will Rebuild" Notre Dame, Vows🔊 Macron After Catastrophic 🔥Fire
4/16/2019 12:27 PM | 45 views

The spine-tingling, soul-lifting spire and roof of Notre Dame Cathedral were reduced to ash Monday, as a catastrophic fire spread through a building that has embodied the heart of Paris for more than 800 years.In an address to the nation just before midnight, President Emmanuel Macron said the worst had been avoided, that the exterior structure had been preserved and that the cathedral would rise again."I tell you solemnly tonight: We will rebuild this cathedral," he vowed. "Notre Dame of Paris is our history," Macron continued, emphasizing the structure's unique place in the national imagination. "The epicenter of our lives. It's the many books, the paintings, those that belong to all French men and French women, even those who've never come."To read full article 🔗-http://v.duta.us/yxcDIgAA

Equatorial Guinea promises to scrap death penalty
4/16/2019 7:36 AM | 54 views

Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has promised to abolish the death penalty so that the country can retain its membership of a group of Portuguese-speaking nations, AFP news agency reports.Speaking during a visit to Cape Verde, Mr Obiang said the the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) has asked Equatorial Guinea to scrap the death penalty, but he did not want to act unilaterally."So my government will soon put this question to parliament, where my party has a majority. I am sure that this proposal will be approved," he is quoted as saying.Mr Obiang is Africa's longest-serving ruler, having seized power in a coup in 1979.Equatorial Guinea last carried out executions in 2014 - the year the former Spanish colony was granted membership of the CPLP on condition it introduced a series of reforms, including abolishing the death penalty.

Russia Breaks Military, Civil Cooperation With NATO
4/16/2019 2:19 AM | 43 views

Russian authorities reported about the cessation of the cooperation with NATO on military and civil lines. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Grushko, as Vidomosti reports.Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs stated, “The Atlantic Alliance has gone too far in confrontation with Russia”.“NATO refused from the positive direction of the relationship with Russia. It just does not exist. Yet, until there are no hints that NATO knows how to solve this issue…NATO has gone too far in inciting confrontation with Russia. It is unclear where and when common sense will rule again. The paradox is that today’s relationship between Russia and NATO reminds greatly the ‘common’ state of affairs, when NATO was founded, during the cold war,” Grushko said.Related: Russia raids mosque, imam’s house in SevastopolAccording to the Minister, the current crisis in Russia-NATO relations is the longest ever. At the same time, Grushko assured that the military conflict is not foreseen, as it would be the disaster for the entire society.Earlier, the Cold War-time communication process between NATO and Moscow was better than it is now. Curtis Scaparotti, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations said.He admitted that since he took office in 2016, he twice met with Valeriy Gerasimov, Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, and called him on the phone several times. (Independent Nigeria)

Woman Kills Pastor For Breaking Her Heart (Photo)
4/15/2019 4:50 PM | 110 views

The woman killed pastor PerryA woman has shot a pastor dead after accusing him of breaking her heart leaving many congregation members shocked. A woman identified as Latoshia Daniels shot at Pastor Brodes Perry of Tennessee, USA, several times when she showed up to his home unannounced.According to reports, the distraught woman also shot at Perry’s wife who presumably tried to protect her husband from harm. Cops showed up to the Meridian Place Apartments and found the two victims wounded.Meanwhile, Daniels was still armed and refused to put down her gun.Perry’s wife said she let Daniels inside their home earlier because she knew her from her time living in Little Rock. When she was escorting Daniels back out, that’s when she pulled out a handgun and started blasting and screaming “You broke my heart” at the husband, according to court papers obtained by Q13 Fox.His wife then knelt by him, and Daniels told her to move out the way. That’s when she shot her in the left shoulder.Perry’s wife explained to police that she wasn’t aware of any affair going on between her husband and Daniels, but the shooter’s actions made an affair seem possible.Both victims were rushed to the Regional Medical Center where Brodes Perry later died.While at the hospital, cops say Daniels also attacked an officer. They said the officer was trying to take her into custody and that’s when she jerked away and pushed him before taking off running. Officers said they had to force Daniels to the ground before they could have her handcuffed.Daniels now faces first-degree murder charges along with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. She’s currently held without bond. 

Anti Islam rally: Danish Police arrest 23 people
4/15/2019 4:46 PM | 79 views

FILE PHOTO: Danish PoliceDanish Police said on Monday that 23 people had been arrested following violent protests over an anti Islam rally earlier.Out of the 23 arrested on Sunday, six were to face pre-trial detention hearings, Copenhagen police said.The protests forced Rasmus Paludan, known for his anti-Islamic rhetoric, to leave within minutes the Copenhagen square in which the rally was held.Counter-protesters continued to throw stones and other items at police, who deployed tear gas.The unrest spread to other locations in the Danish capital and several cars and dumpsters were set ablaze.Paludan, an attorney, has often courted controversy and in 2017 formed a party, Fast Kurs (Hard Line), which calls for a tough stance on refugees and migrants.He recently appealed a 14-day suspended sentence for racist remarks on YouTube.Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and other politicians have criticised Paludan’s actions as “senseless provocation,” while urging protesters to refrain from violence.

U.S. to use all economic, political tools to hold Maduro accountable – Pompeo
4/15/2019 4:44 PM | 75 views

Donald TrumpThe U.S will use all economic and political tools at its disposal to hold Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accountable for his country’s crisis and will make clear to Cuba and Russia they will pay a price for supporting him, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.Pompeo made the comments in the Colombian border city of Cucuta, the final stop of a three-day trip to Chile, Paraguay and Peru, a clutch of fast-growing countries in a region where Washington’s concerns are focused on the Venezuelan crisis and China’s growing presence.Maduro blames U.S. sanctions for the country’s economic problems and dismisses opposition leader Juan Guaido as a U.S. puppet.Guaido had in January invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing the socialist leader’s 2018 re-election was illegitimate.No fewer than three million Venezuelans have fled hyperinflation, food and medicine shortages and political crisis.“The U.S. will continue to utilise every economic and political means at our disposal to help the Venezuelan people,” Pompeo said after visiting with migrants at a Cucuta shelter and touring border bridges and a warehouse storing humanitarian aid.“Using sanctions, visa revocations and other means, we pledge to hold the regime and those propping it up accountable for their corruption and their repression of democracy.”Cucuta receives a significant portion of Venezuelan migrants arriving in Colombia, many of whom come with only what they can carry.Although most Western nations, including the U.S., have recognised Guaido as interim head of state, Russia, China and Cuba have stood by Maduro.“You watch the political and diplomatic noose tighten around Maduro’s neck,” Pompeo told reporters accompanying him on the trip before taking off for the U.S.“Cubans must understand too that there will be cost associated with continued support of Nicolas Maduro,” he said. “And we’re going to have that same conversation with the Russians as well.”Washington has imposed a raft of sanctions against Maduro’s government in an attempt to dislodge him from power, but he retains the backing of the country’s military.On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department added four firms and nine ships to its blacklist, some of which it said carried oil to Cuba.President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Friday he would deliver a speech in Miami to Cuban exiles on Wednesday about actions the White House is taking on Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, countries he has called a “troika of tyranny.”While no final decision has been made on punitive measures Bolton is expected to announce, the Trump administration has been considering a range of options.It includes new targeted sanctions and further tightening of business restrictions on the Communist-ruled island that had been eased by former President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.Critics have warned that heavy sanctions on Venezuela could hurt ordinary Venezuelans.Pompeo urged Maduro to leave his post and Venezuela so the country can return to normalcy.“I hope that you will care now, when you see the horror, when you see the tragedy, to change your ways and to leave your country,” Pompeo said.During his trip, Pompeo echoed previous U.S. criticism of China’s growing presence in Latin America, warning of “predatory” lending practices and “malign or nefarious” actions.China, whose booming economy over the past two decades has driven up demand for raw materials, is already the top trade partner for nations from tiny Uruguay to Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy and the world’s top soybean exporter.

Taxis block roads and bridges, protest Tunisia’s fifth fuel price hike in one year
4/15/2019 3:57 PM | 84 views

Taxi drivers in Tunisia went on strike on Monday, blocking several roads and disrupting traffic to protest an increase in fuel prices.Taxis blocked roads and bridges in Tunis, as well as roads connecting the capital to northern cities.The union representing taxi drivers called for the strike to protest the government’s measure to increase the price of fuel by 4 per cent earlier this month.The government said the increase, the fifth since 2018, came due to a weaker national currency and a decline in financial resources.Tunisia has struggled with an economic slowdown, public unrest triggered by the 2011 revolt that toppled long-time dictator Zine Abidine Ben Ali, and ensuing attacks by militant insurgents.The country has been under pressure from international lenders, mainly the International Monetary Fund, to take drastic measures to revamp its economy. 

Ogoni Clean-up: Paramount ruler urges FG to mobilise contractors
4/15/2019 12:44 PM | 69 views

Ogoni Clean-upThe Paramount Ruler of Bodo City in Rivers, King John Beredon, has urged the Federal Government to mobilise contractors to site to commence the remediation and recovery stage of the Ogoni Clean-up programme.Beredon made the call on Monday in Bodo, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers, NAN reports.He said that if contractors were adequately mobilised, Ogoni people and the entire Niger Delta region would have renewed confidence in the Federal Government’s promise to kick-start the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report implementation in Ogoniland.The paramount ruler, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his political will to drive the clean-up programme and pleaded that contractors be mobilised to site without further delay.“We expect that contractors with specialised reputation should be mobilised to site, that is the first thing we expect because the presence of the contractors will make the environment lively to accommodate other processes as stipulated in the report.“We expect that the exercise should start in earnest with a progressive proof with contractors starting the remediation of impacted sites.“The coast is now clear, there is absolute peace and the elections are over too, so, let the Federal Government begin to give adequate attention to fulfilling its promise on Ogoni Clean-up.“Going by the UNEP report, I know that the entire clean-up process is a long term programme but I believe that if bureaucratic bottlenecks are checked, the exercise will be concluded in good time,” Beredom said.“The programme with a life span of about 25 years will take quite a long time, the truth is that our people cannot continue existing in a polluted environment for as much as a decade that is why I’m calling on government to give urgent attention to the plight of Ogoni people and her environment.“The Federal Government and relevant authorities should adopt a very active method in tackling the Ogoni Clean-up just the way fire fighters will stop the spread of fire because it is long overdue.’’The paramount ruler also said that there was the need for government to recruit only experts for the clean-up to avoid unnecessary alterations and deviation from the provisions of the UNEP report.He commended government at all levels for an improved security in the state.“From the state down to the local government, there has been an improved security formation.“I want to particularly commend the state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, whose relevant synergy with the federal security has contributed towards the security improvement in my domain,” he said.

Sudan leaders face pressure for transfer to civilian rule
4/15/2019 12:16 PM | 54 views

Sudan’s military rulers faced pressure from demonstrators and Western governments to hand power to a new civilian government Monday as activists warned of an attempt to disperse a 10-day-old mass protest outside army headquarters.Thousands remained camped outside the complex in Khartoum overnight after protest leaders issued demands to the military council set up following the ouster of veteran president Omar al-Bashir.The organisation that spearheaded the months of protests leading to Bashir’s fall, the Sudanese Professionals Association, called on their supporters to boost the numbers at the complex.“There is an attempt to disperse the sit-in from the army headquarters area, they are trying to remove the barricades,” the SPA said in a statement, without saying who was responsible.READ ALSO Mohamed Salah: Liverpool will win Premier League title with four more wins“We call on our people to come immediately to the sit-in area to protect our revolution.”Witnesses said several army vehicles had surrounded the area and that troops were seen removing the barricades which demonstrators had put up as a security measure.The SPA has urged the military council “to immediately transfer power to a civilian government”.It said the resulting transitional government and the armed forces must bring to justice both Bashir and officials from his feared National Intelligence and Security Service.The United States, Britain and Norway urged the military council and other parties to hold talks over the country’s transition to civilian rule.In a joint statement by their embassies on Sunday, they warned against any use of violence to break up the protests and said the “legitimate change” the Sudanese people demanded had not taken place.“It is time for the transitional military council and all other parties to enter into an inclusive dialogue to effect a transition to civilian rule,” they said.“This must be done credibly and swiftly, with protest leaders, political opposition, civil society organisations, and all relevant elements of society, including women.”– Council ‘committed’ to transition –The military council on Sunday met with political parties and urged them to agree on an “independent figure” to be prime minister, an AFP correspondent at the meeting said.“We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy,” a council member, Lieutenant General Yasser al-Ata, told members of several political parties.A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered a list of demands during talks with the council late Saturday, according to a statement by the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group.But in a press conference, the council’s spokesman did not respond to the protesters’ latest demands.He did, however, announce the appointment of a new NISS head after the intelligence agency’s chief Salih Ghosh resigned on Saturday.The foreign ministry said military council head General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan was “committed to having a complete civilian government” and urged other nations to back the council in order to achieve “the Sudanese goal of democratic transition”.American actor George Clooney, who has campaigned hard to draw attention to the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, over the weekend urged world powers to pressure the military “to turn over full executive power to a civilian-led transitional government”.“The most potent form of leverage would be to go after the assets laundered by Bashir and his allies through the international financial system,” Clooney wrote in a joint Washington Post column with rights activist John Prendergast.“Sudan’s courageous protesters need more than words: They need strong international action for real change to have a chance.”On Saturday, Burhan vowed to dismantle Bashir’s regime, lifting a night-time curfew with immediate effect.He also pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that protesters detained under a state of emergency imposed by Bashir during his final weeks in power would be freed.Bashir ruled Sudan with an iron fist for 30 years before he was deposed last week following mass protests that have rocked the country since December.Tens of thousands of people have massed non-stop outside the army headquarters since April 6, initially urging the military to back their demand for Bashir’s removal.But his departure in a coup failed to satisfy the protesters, who have demanded justice for Bashir-era officials.The SPA has also called for the confiscation of properties belonging to the ousted president’s National Congress Party and the release of soldiers who sided with their movement.Late on Sunday, the military council said it has set up a committee to register NCP properties and seize control of them.

Woman allegedly attacks her husband because he did not tell her she looked pretty
4/15/2019 11:49 AM | 55 views

A woman is Texas allegedly assauted her husband because he did not respond when she asked if she was pretty.Lizeth Guadalupe Ramirez, 20, was arrested late Tuesday after the alleged incident, the Laredo Morning Times reported, citing police. When Lizeth was questioned, she allegedly told investigators her husband assaulted her and tried to strangle her so she defended herself. But the man told police that he and his wife were at a movie theater when she asked him if she looked pretty. He said he didn't respond as he didn't hear her. This upset Lizeth and prompted them to leave the theater.During their ride home,the husband claimed she allegedly hit him repeatedly. At their home, she allegedly continued to hit him and even assaulted a family member who tried to intervene, according to the news outlet.Ramirez was charged with two counts of assault and family violence, online Webb County jail records indicated.

Three people killed In helicopter accident near Mount Everest
4/14/2019 9:52 PM | 74 views

A small plane veered off the runway and hit two helicopters while taking off near Mount Everest on Sunday, killing three people and injuring three, officials said.  The accident happened at Lukla airport which is the main gateway to the Everest region and is reputed to be one of the most difficult in the world for landings and take-offs. A co-pilot of the turbo-prop Let-410 plane run by Summit Air bound for Kathmandu and a police officer on the ground were killed on the spot, Lukla airport official Ema Nath Adhikari told AFP.Another policeman died in hospital in Kathmandu, a police spokesman confirmed. “The plane slipped towards the helipad during take-off and collided with two helicopters. The injured have been sent to Kathmandu for treatment. We are not sure about the cause of the accident” Adhikari said. Photos from the scene showed mangled and scorched wreckage of the plane and helicopters. Lukla airport is used by thousands of trekkers and climbers heading for the Everest region each year. It is particularly busy in April as the spring mountain climbing season begins.

Plane Crashes Into Parked Helicopters Near Mount Everest, Kills 3 (Photos)
4/14/2019 9:37 PM | 50 views

Three people have been killed and four injured after a plane crashed during takeoff near Mount Everest.A small passenger plane skidded off the runway and smashed into a parked helicopter at the only airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday.he plane skidded off the runaway, hitting the helicopter of Manang Air.Among the dead were the pilot of the plane and two police officers who were near the parked helicopter.The injured were airlifted to Kathmandu by helicopter, Nepal police spokesman Uttam Raj Subedi said.https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6920641/Three-people-killed-plane-crashes-helicopter-near-Mount-Everest.html

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Won't Show Off Their Baby Immediately After Birth
4/14/2019 8:55 AM | 46 views

The Royal Family has released a statement on the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s baby.With just days to go before the birth of their first child, the soon-to-be parents released a statement on Thursday announcing a few key facts. The main one: They want to keep details of their plan private and, unlike sister-in-law Kate Middleton, they will not be posing on the steps of a hospital to reveal their newborn.“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby. Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.The Duchess is expected to give birth in late April, though the baby could arrive earlier or later.Royal fans will get to see the happy couple with their new baby, however, soon after the birth. Within a few days after welcoming their first child, Meghan and Harry will take part in a photo op with their new baby on the grounds of Windsor Castle.The palace will also announce when the Duchess of Sussex is in labor. Meghan and Harry will then likely announce their baby’s arrival on their new Instagram account, @sussexroyal

Nipsey Hussle Laid To Rest, Burial Service Was Attended By Close Friends & Family
4/14/2019 8:50 AM | 46 views

Close family and friends, including his longtime girlfriend Lauren London, attended a private burial ceremony at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills Friday (April 12).London was photographed at the cemetery with her children Cameron and Kross, the latter of whom is her 2-year-old son with Nipsey, along with his young daughter, parents, siblings, and more loved ones of the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist.A motorcade of vehicles were spotted at the gravesite led by a black hearse presumably carrying his casket. Neighborhood Nip joins several other celebrities buried at Forrest Lawn, including Rick James, Michael Jackson, and actors Britney Murphy, John Ritter, Paul Walker, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was celebrated by 21,000 fans, friends and family members during a three-hour celebration of life at the Los Angeles Staples Center Thursday (April 11). Nipsey’s parents,  Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, his brother Sam, London and her son Cameron, Snoop Dogg, and Min. Louis Farrakhan were among the speakers at his funeral, which featured performances from Stevie Wonder and Jhene Aiko.Prior to Friday's burial, Nipsey’s family and friends attended a Los Angeles City Council meeting to mark the unveiling of the Nipsey Hussle Square sign which will be located at Crenshaw Blvd. and Slauson Ave. The city council voted unanimously to officially rename the intersection after the Grammy-nominated rhymer.

Man killed in Australia nightclub shooting
4/14/2019 8:13 AM | 44 views

One man has been killed and three others wounded in a shooting outside a popular nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne.Three security guards from the Love Machine venue and a man queuing outside were shot in the incident on Sunday."It would appear that shots have been discharged from a car in this area into a crowd standing outside," inspector Andrew Stamper told the media.Police say there is no evidence to suggest the shooting is terror-related.Mass shootings in Australia are rare. The country overhauled its gun laws after 35 people were shot dead The country saw its worst incident since then last year when seven members of the same family died in a murder-suicide.Is gun ownership increasing in Australia?The man who died in the nightclub shooting has not been named, but local media report he is a 37-year-old security guard.Police say the other men who were shot are aged 28, 29 and 50. The youngest is in a critical condition.Victoria Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper described the injuries they sustained as "horrific"."This is just a horrendous act. It's a busy nightclub, one of the main nightclubs in Melbourne in one of the main entertainment precincts in Melbourne," he told a news conference.No arrests have yet been made, and police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.Australian newspaper The Age said investigators are likely to examine links to a motorcycle gang. Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996.

Large flightless bird kills Florida Man
4/14/2019 8:09 AM | 44 views

A 75-year-old man has been killed in Florida after he was attacked by a large flightless bird he owned.Alachua County Sheriff Department told the BBC they were called to the man's property on Friday and found the man badly wounded by a cassowary.The man, named Marvin Hajos, was taken to hospital by paramedics where he died from his injuries.Police are investigating but say initial information suggests this was a "tragic accident".It happened south of the city of Alachua in northern Florida.My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked," Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor told the Gainesville Sun newspaper.A woman at the property, who identified herself as Mr Hajos' partner, told the newspaper he had been "doing what he loved".Mr Hajos had kept exotic animals, including llamas, for decades, reports from local newspapers say.Similar in appearance to emus, cassowary are among the largest and heaviest bird species in the world - and can weigh more than 100lb (45kg).The birds can run up to 30 mph (50km/h) and have a five-inch claw on each foot.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission consider cassowary a Class II species, which require a permit for ownership.Police say the bird involved in the incident remains at the property. 

Vietnam Woman Accused Of The Murder Of Kim’s Brother To Be Freed On May 3
4/14/2019 2:34 AM | 73 views

A Vietnamese woman accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will walk free on May 3, her lawyer said Saturday.Following diplomatic pressure from the Vietnamese government, Malaysian prosecutors had dropped the murder charge against Doan Thi Huong on April 1.Subsequently, the 30-year-old former hair salon worker pleaded guilty to “causing injury” and was handed a three year and four month jail term effective from the date of her arrest in February 2017 and later reduced for good behaviour.The brazen killing of Kim Jong Nam with a toxic nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport in broad daylight shocked the world.Seoul accused Pyongyang of plotting the Cold War-style hit as Malaysia allowed the two women’s suspected North Korean handlers to leave in the days after the murder.“We have been told by prison authorities that Huong will be freed on May 3,” lawyer Salim Bashir told AFP.“Huong is in a jovial mood. The young woman is expected to be immediately flown to Hanoi.”Huong’s stepmother was overjoyed with the news her stepdaughter would be coming home.“So great to know that she will be back soon,” Nguyen Thi Vy told AFP Saturday.Last month the charge against co-accused 27-year-old Indonesian suspect Siti Aisyah was dropped.During the women’s long-running trial which began in October 2017, the court was shown CCTV footage of them approaching Kim as he waited for flight, one of them placing their hands on his face, and then both of them running to bathrooms before fleeing the airport.But the pair always maintained they were innocent pawns in a plan hatched by North Korea and believed they were carrying out pranks for a reality TV show.The women would have been sentenced to death by hanging if convicted of murder.The women’s lawyers said the real masterminds were four North Koreans who were seen at the airport on the day of the murder meeting the pair, and who fled after the assassination. The four were charged in absentia along with the women over the killing.“Obviously Huong deserves this freedom after her long incarceration. She is looking forward to being with her family and friends,” her lawyer Salim said. (Independent Nigeria)

China Donates Food Aid To South Sudan, Somalia, DRC — WFP
4/14/2019 2:19 AM | 90 views

Ships carrying thousands of tonnes of rice set off from Huangpu Port in Shanghai on Friday for South Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help them cope with food security crisis.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) China Office, Qu Sixi, said this at the departure ceremony to mark China’s food assistance to the African countries.This is part of China’s food assistance this year which also covers the Republic of Congo and Lesotho.The five countries are facing a range of issues that can impact food security, including armed conflict, climate-related disasters and sluggish economies.The assistance will mainly support displaced people and refugees, many of whom are women and children.“China’s support enables us to expand our work and to reach more people in urgent need of food assistance,’’ Sixi said.“We hope to further strengthen our partnership with China and make joint efforts toward achieving zero hunger.”Said Mire, charge d’affaires of Somali Embassy to China, also expressed his gratitude.“We are very grateful for China’s support for this food donation to Somalia and other African brothers,” he said.“Also I would like to thank the WFP for their great support to Somali people.”China’s assistance enabled the WFP to purchase more than 8,700 tonnes of rice in China and other foods worldwide, which will benefit about 300,000 vulnerable people in Somalia, South Sudan and the DRC. (Independent Nigeria)

Military leader, Awad Ibn Auf who led the coup in Sudan has stepped down
4/13/2019 3:17 PM | 76 views

Defence Minister, Awad Ibn Auf has announced his decision on state TV to step down, naming Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor.   The army has said it will stay in power for two years, followed by elections, but protest leaders said they will not leave the streets until the military hands over to a civilian government.   Former President Bashir's downfall followed months of unrest that began in December over rising prices. Mr. Ibn Auf was head of military intelligence during the Darfur conflict in the 2000s. The US imposed sanctions on him in 2007.   The new man in charge is also a top military figure, but the Associated Press news agency reported that his record is cleaner than other Sudanese generals. He is also said to have met with protesters to hear their views.   President Bashir has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity over the Darfur conflict.  However, the military council has said it will not extradite Mr. Bashir, who denies the charges, although he may be put on trial in Sudan. 

Kim gives Trump December deadline to ease sanctions
4/13/2019 12:57 PM | 102 views

Kim and Trump at the failed Hanoi’s Metropole Hotel summit in FebruaryNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is only interested in meeting President Donald Trump again if the United States comes with the right attitude, especially on easing sanctions, state media KCNA said on Saturday.Kim said that he will wait “till the end of this year” for the United States to decide to be more flexible, according to KCNA.“It is essential for the U.S. to quit its current calculation method and approach us with new one,” Kim said in a speech to the Supreme People’s Assembly on Friday, KCNA said.Trump and Kim have met twice, in Hanoi in February and Singapore in June, building goodwill but failing to agree on a deal to lift sanctions in exchange for North Korea abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.Trump said on Thursday he is open to meeting Kim again, but in his speech on Friday, the North Korean leader said the outcome in Hanoi led him to question the strategy he embraced last year of international engagement and talks with the United States.The Hanoi summit “aroused a strong question if we were right in taking the steps with strategic decision and bold resolution, and evoked vigilance as to the U.S. true willingness to improve its relations with the DPRK,” Kim said, using the initials of North Korea’s full name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.In Hanoi, the United States came “to the talks only racking its brain to find ways that are absolutely impracticable” and did “not really ready itself to sit with us face-to-face and settle the problem,” Kim said.“If it (the United States) keeps thinking that way, it will never be able to move the DPRK even a knuckle nor gain any interests no matter how many times it may sit for talks with the DPRK.” he said.“We will wait for a bold decision from the U.S. with patience till the end of this year but I think it will definitely be difficult to get such a good opportunity as the previous summit,” Kim added.Kim’s comments signal he won’t cling to talks with the United States forever, said Kim Dong-yup of Kyungnam University’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies in South Korea.“That probably indicates that the North is triggering plans to diversify its diplomatic relations with other countries,” he said.Kim said that his personal relationship with Trump is still good, but that he had no interest in a third summit if it were a repeat of Hanoi.At a meeting with South Korean President Moon in Washington on Thursday, Trump expressed a willingness for a third summit with Kim but said that Washington would leave sanctions in place on Pyongyang.Kim said the United States “is further escalating the hostility to us with each passing day despite its suggestion for settling the issue through dialogue.” The current U.S. policy of sanctions and pressure is “as foolish and dangerous an act as trying to put out fire with oil,” he added.Still, Kim said he would not hesitate to sign an agreement if it takes into account both countries’ considerations.The United States had continued to provoke North Korea by testing an anti-ballistic missile system and conducting military drills with South Korea despite Trump’s announcement that large-scale exercises would end, he said.Last month, a senior North Korean official warned that Kim might rethink a moratorium on missile launches and nuclear tests in place since 2017 unless Washington makes concessions such as easing sanctions.South Korea’s Blue House said in a statement that officials would “do what we can in order to maintain the current momentum for dialogue and help negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea resume at an early date.”

BA heritage liveries come together to mark the 50,000th customer flight
4/13/2019 7:33 AM | 19 views

British Airways has, for the first time, brought together its four heritage liveried aircraft which were repainted to mark the airline’s centenary this year, alongside an A319 in the current Chatham Dockyard livery, to capture a rare image of some of the airline’s most iconic designs together.The photos captured also mark the fact that 50,000 customers have already flown around the globe on the four heritage liveries since they re-joined the fleet, with the Boeing 747s having travelled to destinations such as New York, Cape Town, Dubai and Lagos, while the BEA liveried Airbus A319 has flown far and wide across the airlines’ UK and European network to cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Milan, Zurich and Amsterdam.Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: “The excitement and pride that we’ve witnessed from customers and colleagues as these heritage liveries, which we painted to mark our centenary, have flown around the globe has been unparalleled.“Social media has been fired up with images from travellers all over the world when they’ve spotted the aircraft and as some 50,000 people have now flown on them since they arrived back in the fleet we wanted to capture a special photo to share with them.”To capture the photo, the four heritage aircraft, which were in scheduled downtime and parked at the airline’s engineering base, were lined up alongside an aircraft with the current Chatham Dockyard design.The painstaking process of arranging them for the photo took over two (careful) hours.The retro designs are part of a special series to mark the BA centenary, as the airline celebrates its past while looking to the future and can be followed using tracking website Flightradar24, which features special images of the aircraft.In this its centenary year, the airline is hosting a range of activities and events. As well as looking back, the airline is also hosting BA 2119 – a programme, which will lead the debate on the future of flying and explore the future of sustainable aviation fuels, the aviation careers of the future and the customer experience of the future.The airline has also revealed a brand-new business class seat with direct aisle access, the Club Suite, which will debut on the Airbus A350 later this year.

💥 BREAKING: Sudan 🇸🇩 Coup Leader Steps Down
4/13/2019 4:16 AM | 27 views

The head of Sudan military council has stepped down a day after long-time leader Omar al-Bashir was toppled in a coup.Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision in a broadcast on state TV on Friday.It comes after protesters refused to leave the streets, saying the coup leaders were too close to Mr Bashir.The army has insisted that it is not seeking power and Sudan's future would be decided by the protesters.Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted Thursday and arrested by the military after nearly 30 years in power.Speaking on state TV, defence minister Awad Ibn Auf said the army would oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.He also said a three-month state of emergency was being put in place.Protesters, however, have vowed to stay on the streets despite an overnight curfew being imposed by the military.Demonstrations against Mr Bashir, who has governed Sudan since 1989, have been taking place for several months.To read the full Article -http://v.duta.us/Mz_BzAAA

Nurse sentenced to 10 years in jail for infecting 117 kids with genital warts
4/12/2019 4:31 PM | 83 views

A Vietnamese nurse who caused 117 children to be infected with genital warts has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for negligence.The Hung Yen Province People's Court in northern Vietnam on Wednesday, found Hoang Thi Hien, 50, guilty of violating medical regulations and prohibited her from practicing for three years after her release.She also has to pay compensation of more than VND2.2 billion ($94,850) to 111 out of the 117 victims. The parents of the remaining six children could not prove that her service was the only source of their infection.The court said Hien ran an unlicensed medical facility at home for genital examination of children, charging up to VND520,000 ($22) for treating phimosis, a congenital narrowing of the foreskin of the penis so that it does not retract.An investigation found she had used unsterilized equipment to treat phimosis by widening the foreskin. This had caused the children to contract human papillomavirus, or HPV, the direct cause of their warts.The outbreak occurred in July 2017 with around 80 boys, most of them under two, being diagnosed with the HPV infection, causing health inspectors to begin an investigation.Genital warts are caused by certain strains of HPV, which can lead to vulval, penile and anal cancers, though it is usually sexually transmitted.

South Korea lifts 66-year ban on abortion
4/12/2019 4:23 PM | 75 views

South Korea’s 66-year abortion ban must be lifted by the end of 2020, the country’s Constitutional Court has ruled. Seven out of nine judges ruled that outlawing abortion was unconstitutional votes from six judges were needed to overturn the ban. Previously, women who had abortions in South Korea could face up to a year in prison and be fined up to two million won ($1,780), while doctors who helped terminate pregnancy could be jailed for up to two years. Abortion was criminalized in South Korea in 1953, with exceptions for rape, incest and genetic disability. Termination of pregnancies after 20 weeks will remain illegal

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits Indonesia near Sulawesi island
4/12/2019 4:04 PM | 43 views

Mhttp://ceesty.com/wNYOGtagnitude 6.8 earthquake has struck near Indonesia's Sulawesi island, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in September.More than 4,400 people died in the twin natural disasters last year, which struck the coastal city of Palu.Sponsored linkWhat does Google know about me? Here's the definitive answer…DuckDuckGo | QuoraOn Friday, Indonesia's geophysics agency lifted a tsunami warning which had been in place for about 40 minutes after the earthquake struck.The latest quake hit at a depth of 10.5 miles (17km), according to the US Geological Survey.Its epicentre was far from Palu, but it was felt there and caused terrified residents to run into the streets.AdvertisementDrone footage shows the destruction in Palu following an earthquake and tsunami last yearDisaster agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said it was felt in different areas for between four to six seconds and some eastern coastal regions had ordered residents to go to higher ground.Gina Saerang, from Manado in North Sulawesi, said the quake was "strong and long lasting".More from IndonesiaKomodo island to close because people keep stealing the dragonsWhich airlines have grounded the Boeing jet involved in Ethiopia crash?Live snake used to 'torture' police suspect in IndonesiaBritish woman jailed after slapping worker at Bali airportAbu Bakar Bashir: Cleric linked to Bali bombings must renounce radicalism to win releaseRadical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir linked to Bali bombings to be released from prison earlyIt was also felt strongly in the nickel mining region of Morowali.There were no immediate reports of deaths or damage following the quake.Indonesia sits on the seismically active Pacific "ring of fire" and is vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.Indonesia tsunami: The shadow of death hangs over PaluThe Indonesian tsunami has been followed by death, looting and destruction, as desperate locals beg for help.Last year, Indonesia suffered its highest death toll in natural disasters in more than a decade, following two major tsunamis and several earthquakes.September's disaster in Palu caused widespread destruction and left many without homes or clean water.High waves hit the shore and wiped out communities after a tsunami warning was lifted.

Julian Assange ‘smeared poo over embassy walls’ - Ecuadorian minister reveals
4/12/2019 9:41 AM | 65 views

For 7 years, Julian Assange, 47, hid in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London claiming asylum to avoid being arrested. But it has now been revealed that he was "discourteous" while he was a guest there and even smeared poo over the walls of the Embassy.Ecuador’s Interior Minister made this claim after the Wikileaks founder was dragged out screaming of the Knightsbridge residence and arrested after his asylum status was withdrawn.  Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno accused Assange of "discourteous and aggressive behaviour" as he confirmed the south American country had withdrawn Assange’s asylum status.After Assange's arrest, Rafael Correa, who was Ecuador's president when Assange was granted asylum, called Moreno a traitor. But the country’s Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo hit back by claiming Correa had allowed Assange to get away with some unimaginable behaviour.She said: "During his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy, during the government of the former president Rafael Correa, they tolerated things like Mr Assange putting faeces on the walls of the embassy and other types of behaviour of this kind that is far removed from the minimum respect a guest should have in a country which has generously welcomed him."Romo did not reveal if Assange used his own excreta or that of an animal to smear the wall.  Shortly after his arrest on Thursday morning, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he was convicted of breaching his bail during a court hearing in London in 2012.The 47-year-old Australian now faces up to 12 months in jail and a possible extradition to the US.

Man arrested for exposing his male member to a hotel room cleaner
4/12/2019 9:28 AM | 67 views

man has been arrested for following a woman to work and exposing his male member to her.Jessie Montero, a 30-year-old parolee was arrested for indecent exposure and violation of parole after reportedly following a woman to her work and exposing his penis to her.According to Vacaville police, the woman was heading to work when she noticed a man following her. She got to work and set out cleaning a hotel room when the man reportedly walked in, exposed himself, and began making sexual comments to her.Police say the woman was able to keep her cool and asked the man to leave. She then called the police and they were able to identify the suspect as Vacaville resident Jessie Montero.Montero was located a few hours later near his residence. Police responded to the area and placed him under arrest.He has been charged with indecent exposure and violation of parole.

Sudan coup: Protesters defy curfew after military ousts Bashir
4/12/2019 7:36 AM | 42 views

Large crowds have remained on the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, ignoring a curfew declared by the country's new military council.Long-time President Omar al-Bashir was overthrown and arrested on Thursday after months of street protests.But demonstrators say the military council is part of the same regime.The fresh stand-off has raised fears of a violent confrontation between protesters and the army.There is also a real danger that different elements of the security forces and militia could turn their guns on each other, BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross saysSudan is due to reopen its airspace on Friday, following a 24-hour suspension, but land and maritime borders will remain closed, the military council has said.A mood of celebration that followed news of 75-year-old Mr Bashir's arrest quickly evaporated when organisers of the demonstrations called for a mass sit-in outside military headquarters to continue."This is a continuation of the same regime," said Sara Abdeljalil of the Sudanese Professionals Association(SPA). "So what we need to do is to continue the fight and the peaceful resistance."Later, an official statement carried by state-run media said a curfew would run from 22:00 local time (20:00 GMT) to 04:00."Citizens are advised to stick to it for their safety," it said, adding: "The armed forces and the security council will carry out its duty to uphold peace and security and protect citizens' livelihoods."