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“Over the past 25 years, the world has made significant progress in saving young children’s lives,” the United Nations United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) concludes. According to the agencies recent report “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017″, the rate of child mortality fell 62 per cent from 1990 to 2016. Under-five deaths dropped from 12.7 million to 5.6 million worldwide.

However, UNICEF also concludes that within this age bracket there are differences, as the rate of newborn deaths is not decreasing as quickly as that of children aged one to five.

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The Harvey Weinstein scandal has opened up a dialogue of epic proportions surrounding issues of sexual assault and harassment, with numerous women in Hollywood speaking up to tell their stories. They’ve been joined by a small chorus of men who shared that they, too, had been victims of sexual assault and harassment, perpetrated by men of power in the industry.
The discussion began with Terry Crews, when the actor and former NFL star took to Twitter to share how the Weinstein news was giving him PTSD. Why? “My wife n I were at a Hollywood function last year n a high level Hollywood executive came over 2 me and groped my privates,” Crews explained in a series of tweets.

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He went on to describe how he jumped and asked the exec what he was doing, while the exec just smiled at him. And while Crews wanted to hit him, he refrained, knowing he’d be thrown in jail. “He called me the next day with an apology but never explained why he did what he did,” Crews tweeted, adding, “I decided not 2 take it further becuz I didn’t want 2b ostracized— par 4 the course when the predator has power n influence.” He also said he understood why women “let it go.”

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Crews’s admission was followed by actor James Van Der Beek, who also shared his story on Twitter. After commending the women who were coming forward to share their stories, he tweeted, “I’ve had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I’ve had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger … I understand the shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”

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Actors Michael Gaston and Rob Schneider also talked about their experiences with sexual assault. Gaston tweeted about how, while in rehearsal for a new play, a “powerful man in theater grabbed me by the groin one day in rehearsal,” adding, “I was terrified. And I was humiliated. I had violent fantasies about the man for years.”

Schneider told TMZ he was harassed early on in his career by a famous director when they were in a hotel room together. “He comes out in a bathrobe and sits in this chair. The next thing I know, he’s asking me to crawl on the ground and to crawl to him. Then it was just this disgusting feeling,” he said. The director in question, whom Schneider didn’t name, has since died.
Actor Todd Bridges talked about being assaulted by his publicist when he was just 11 years old. In the documentary movie An Open Secret, detailing rampant issues of pedophilia in Hollywood, Bridges talked about asking to be written out of an episode of Diff’rent Strokes that dealt with the issue “because I had myself gone through that, and watching it happen on the show it was like reliving that all over again.”

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Is death the end of the road? That is without doubt the bigget question that has been on the mind of the human race from the moment our ancestors started becoming aware of themselves. Now, scientists say that the moment we die we are aware of our state of death, as our conscience continues to work after the vital organs of the body have stopped functioning. This theoretically means that a person who has died can understand his own death being announced by the doctor. The bombshell claim was made by Dr. Sam Parnia, director of critical care and reconstruction research at NYU Language School of Medicine in New York City, and definitely gives a new perspective on the God debate. Dr. Parnia and his team are conducting research into what happens to people the moment they die by examining patients who suffered cardiac arrest -technically died- but were later revived. His is the largest and most comprehensive study ever made.
Some of those studied say they had awareness of full conversations and seeing things that were going on around them, even after they were pronounced dead.
These accounts were then verified by the medical and nursing staff who were present at the time.
Death is defined as the point at which the heart no longer beats, and blood flow to the brain is cut off.
Dr Sam Parnia said: “Technically, that’s how you get the time of death – it’s all based on the moment when the heart stops.
“Once that happens, blood no longer circulates to the brain, which means brain function halts almost instantaneously.
“You lose all your brain stem reflexes – your gag reflex, your pupil reflex, all that is gone.”
However, there’s evidence to suggest that there’s a burst of brain energy as someone dies.
In 2013 researchers at the University of Michigan looked at the electrical signals inside the brains of nine anaesthetised rats having an induced heart attack.
They saw activity patterns which are linked to a “hyper-alerted state” in the brief period after clinical death.
Dr Parnia said: “In the same way that a group of researchers might be studying the qualitative nature of the human experience of ‘love’, for instance, we’re trying to understand the exact features that people experience when they go through death, because we understand that this is going to reflect the universal experience we’re all going to have when we die.”

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When Turkish officials were scrambling to resolve an escalating dispute with the US, their Nato ally this month, they had a plan.

They had already been informed that Washington intended to cut off new visa applications inside Turkey, a retaliation for the arrest of an employee just days earlier. In the Turkish foreign ministry, the news set off a flurry of phone calls, both formal and informal conversations with diplomats from the US and other countries.

Top bureaucrats started drafting a measured response, including a statement that was designed to help lower temperatures, while they probed their colleagues in other ministries to see how some of Washington’s demands — which included access to the arrested Turkish foreign service employee, and greater clarity about the charges — could be quietly met.

“If handled properly, this could have been a small, one-week mini-crisis,” said a person involved, who asked not to be identified discussing official matters.

Instead, they got a phone call. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saw the US statement suspending visa services, and decided upon a response — it would be a near facsimile of the American wording, simply transposing the words “Turkey” and “US”. Ankara’s retaliation was also tit-for-tat — the two allies had overnight placed a near-complete halt on their citizens’ travel to each other’s countries.

It was an escalation that Turkey’s neighbours and friends have grown accustomed to: muscular, often improvised and always provocative. Aided by his combative foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Mr Erdogan has picked fights with the EU, US, Russia, Syria and most of the Gulf countries. Old friends have been discarded, while old rivals have been cautiously welcomed, as in the case of Israel.

But the speed — and volume — of these diplomatic spats has stretched the limits of Ankara’s professional diplomatic corps that must pick up the pieces after Mr Erdogan has spoken, according to several people, including ambassadors, involved in Turkish diplomacy. It has frayed the relationships between them and their western counterparts, who rarely have access to Mr Erdogan’s aides, and are forced to liaise with officials who are not involved in decision-making, said four western diplomats.

“The general efforts of our foreign policy establishment is directed towards damage control,” said Ilter Turan, a professor of international relations at Bilgi University in Istanbul. “What we are seeing is a foreign policy that’s based on daily events, and domestic foreign policy needs, and therefore, it is unpredictable.”

The problems have been exacerbated since Ankara imposed a sweeping crackdown in the wake of a coup attempt last year in which more than 140,000 people have been arrested, dismissed or suspended for having alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric Mr Erdogan blames for the failed putsch. The president has been angered by Washington’s refusal to extradite Mr Gulen and Europe’s criticism of his human rights record.

At least two dozen Americans and Europeans, including dual nationals, are among those detained. The increasing perception in western capitals that the detentions are politically motivated and are to be use as bargaining chips has further strained relations.

“Increasingly, I have told my government that I have no reliable counterparty to discuss anything with,” said one EU diplomat.

EU diplomats point to an incident in March when Mr Erdogan drew support from Turkish nationalists by accusing German chancellor Angela Merkel and the Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte of “Nazi-like” behaviour. That was after authorities had denied permission for Mr Cavusoglu to address a crowd of Turks in Amsterdam during the Dutch election campaign.

As the crisis brewed, European officials received assurances from Turkish officials, including prime minister Binali Yildirim, that the situation would be resolved calmly, only to see Mr Erdogan repeat his comments.

“That was very telling — the Dutch PM and the Turkish PM made a late-night agreement, and by the time they woke up, the president had already violated it,” said a diplomat from a Gulf nation.

For the EU, which will decide at a summit this week whether to punish Mr Erdogan for his increasing authoritarianism — including the arrest up to 11 Germans in the last year — by cutting off hundreds of millions of euros of pre-accession funding, the problem is acute.

The ructions come as Ankara warms relations with eastern partners, including Russia and Iran, with Mr Erdogan’s main concerns being US support for Syrian Kurdish militia and the influence of Gulenists in Europe.

Asli Aydintasbas, a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations says that is because the west is still trying to negotiate with Turkey under an obsolete model — one where Ankara is seeking closer engagement with the EU.

“You can’t talk to Turkey in the way that you have been, and certainly not in the framework of the EU accession project — that is not going to work, because Turkey is not in that framework any more,” she said.

The end result is that decades-long relationships are no longer able to support a fraying alliance.

“For many years, while there were public problems and fights, in private, we could still make things work — the relationships were there, the goodwill was there, the patience was there,” said a retired Turkish diplomat who worked closely with Brussels. “Now, there is a sense that there is a break of some sort.”

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A video posted on Facebook on October 8 shows a woman being dragged on a sidewalk, then up the stairs of a building in an upscale neighbourhood of the Peruvian capital, Lima. This video was widely shared in Peru and sparked a vivid debate on the laws meant to protect women from violence, which many critics argue are insufficient.

This video was filmed and shared on Facebook by a woman named Anahi Aguilar, who accused the social media site of later taking down the video. But before it disappeared from her profile, it was copied and shared widely both on social media and by Peruvian media outlets.

In the video, a man is seen dragging a young woman, who is screaming and on the ground, by her arm. The man then forces her into a building — the same building from which Aguilar is filming. Camera still on, Aguilar hurries down the stairs and starts yelling at the man: “What are you doing?”

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According to Peruvian media outlets, the video’s author then helped the victim get to a police station where she pressed charges against her attacker, whom she knew; he was her partner. The man was then arrested.

‘Threatened with a knife’

The young woman in the video told local media that her partner had threatened her with a knife and yelled that he was going to kill her. She said he forced her to give him the code to her mobile phone and that she then managed to run away, but that he caught up with her and started dragging her on the sidewalk.

In a Facebook post, the attacker’s sister said she felt ashamed by what her brother had done. She said that he was a drug user and that their family had tried to get him to stop, but that he refused their help. She nonetheless added that “nothing can justify the actions of [her brother] ­ neither his emotional problems nor the drugs”.

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This video was very widely shared for two reasons. First, the attack took place in Miraflores, an upscale district of Lima, which surprised many Peruvians. Secondly, in an interview with BBC Mundo, journalist Paola Agaz explained that it is very rare for such scenes to be caught on camera and for victims to press charges. Agaz frequently writes about women’s rights, including the movement Ni Una Menos (“Not one more”), a movement in several Latin American countries that seeks to denounce violence against women.

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In reaction to this video, many Peruvians asked for tougher laws on violence against women:

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“How long will the authorities do nothing? How many women will become victims before the authorities change the laws, which clearly do not protect us?”

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“It’s unfortunate, but until exemplary sanctions are taken against these [perpetrators], they will be ever more numerous and it will never end. This disgusting machismo lives on in Peru, where values are being lost and where the laws are lenient with abusers.”

In this case, the attacker, who was charged with attempted murder, was detained for 48 hours, which is the maximum amount of time for this type of accusation. This is insufficient, according to Ana María Choquehuanca, the Minister for Women and Vulnerable Populations. She called for laws to be reinforced, and pledged to bring this matter up in parliament.

On October 10, a judge ordered that the attacker be temporarily detained in jail for nine months. Criminal proceedings have been brought against him.

‘Femicide’ was added to the Peruvian penal code in 2013. It is punishable by a minimum of 15 years in prison.

238 murders and attempted murders of women between January and August 2017

This attack is far from being an isolated incident. According to the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, 82 femicides and 156 attempted murders of women were reported between January and August of this year.

These figures have stayed stable for the past few years, despite the emergence of the Ni Una Menas movement. The movement has called for a massive protest on November 25.

As in many other countries, victims in Peru are often blamed in situations like this one. For example, on October 11, the president of the parliamentary committee on women and families, Maritza Garcia, said: “Why do ‘femicides’ occur? […] Women […] give men the opportunity to commit these types of acts.” Her words were criticised by many Peruvians, including the victim in the video.

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A woman in South Carolina has rediscovered the message in a bottle she pushed out to sea 29 years earlier.

On 26 September, 1988, and aged 8, Miranda Chavez wrote a message to the world and threw it far out into the sea on Edisto Beach.

The bottle travelled 90 miles south along the Atlantic coast, and washed up on Sapelo Island, Georgia.

It was found in on in 2017 by Linda Humphries and her husband David during a clean up of the local beach.

Humphries shared the note on Facebook, hoping to find the 37 year old sender.

Chavez’ 8-year-old self had been clever enough to include a return address, but after almost three decades, the house no longer exists.

Thanks to the world address book that is Facebook, Humphries was able to get in touch with Chavez.

Chavez was naturally surprised that the bottle had survived Hurricane Hugho in 1989, and remained intact for further 28 years.

According to CBS, Chavez said:

Who would have thought? It’s so awesome how something that small — no matter what you’ve got going on in your life — can take you back to your childhood and to some of the absolute happiest times of your life

Chavez reconnected with her past in another way, thanks to all her former classmates who saw the Facebook post and got in touch.

It was meant to be found.

It was meant to do something, even if it was just to have people have something positive to say for a few days.

I guess it served it’s purpose.

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The surface of the Earth is full…of holes. Some are on the ground, some underwater but all of them are exciting!

Whether holes are natural or artificial, it is a reminder that we live in a truly amazing planet.

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The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence that has pitched Spain into its worst political crisis for 40 years.

The announcement of the unprecedented measure came after the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree to talks on the issue.

In a letter sent on Thursday morning to the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, Puigdemont said talks were the only way to avert the crisis, as the deadline set by Madrid for the region to abandon its independence plans passed.

The Catalan leader also accused the Spanish authorities of seeking to repress the independence movement after two of its leaders were denied bail by a national court judge earlier this week and said that using article 155 of the constitution to impose direct rule from Madrid would force his hand.

“The suspension [of the independence declaration] is still in place,” he wrote. “The [Spanish] state is entitled to decide to apply article 155 if it secures the senate’s approval. But despite all our efforts and our desire for dialogue, the fact that the only reply we have been given is that autnonomy will be suspended suggests that you do not understand the problem and do not wish to talk.

“If the [Spanish] government persists in hindering dialogue and continues with its repression, the Catalan parliament could, if it deems appropriate, proceed to vote on the formal declaration of independence.”

In a statement on Thursday morning, the Spanish government noted that Puigdemont had again failed to confirm whether or not independence had been declared, adding: “At an emergency meeting on Ssuspendaturday, the cabinet will approve measures to be put before the senate to protect the general interest of Spaniards – including the citizens of Catalonia – and to restore constitutional order in the autonomous community.”

The government also criticised the Catalan authorities for “deliberately and systematically seeking institutional confrontation despite the serious damage it’s causing to co-existence and Catalonia’s economy”.

The unilateral Catalan independence referendum held on 1 October has plunged Spain into its worst political crisis since its return to democracy four decades ago.

Although Puigdemont has claimed that the poll – in which 90% of participants opted for independence – has given his government the mandate to forge a sovereign state, he has ignored Rajoy’s demand to clarify whether or not independence has actually been declared.

He has instead proposed that the effects of an independence declaration be suspended for two months while both sides embark on dialogue to resolve the standoff.

On Wednesday, the Spanish prime minister had issued a last-minute call for Puigdemont to calm the situation and act in the interests of all Spaniards and Catalans.

Speaking in parliament, Rajoy asked Puigdemont’s colleagues to persuade him “not to make any more problems” that would “oblige the government to make decisions that would be better never to make”.

The Spanish government has said it would be willing to hold off on imposing 155 if the Catalan government were to call a snap regional election without a confirmation of independence. However, the Catalan foreign minister, Raül Romeva, insisted such a move was not being considered, telling reporters in Brussels on Wednesday: “Elections from our perspective are not an option.”

Tensions in the already fraught impasse rose further earlier this week after a judge at Spain’s national court denied bail to two prominent Catalan independence leaders who are being investigated for alleged sedition.

Jordi Sánchez, the president of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart, the president of Òmnium Cultural, are accused of using huge demonstrations to try to stop Spanish police officers following a judge’s orders to halt the referendum.

Their detention prompted huge protests across Catalonia on Tuesday. On the same day, Spain’s constitutional court announced that it had annulled the Catalan law that had paved the way for the referendum, adding that the right to “promote and enact the unilateral secession” of a part of the country was not recognised in the Spanish constitution.

According to the Catalan government, about 2.3 million of Catalonia’s 5.3 million registered voters – 43% – took part in the referendum. It says 770,000 votes were lost after Spanish police stepped in to try to halt the vote.

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The pilots of an Air Berlin flight that performed a fly-past during the insolvent carrier’s last long-haul flight to its hub in Düsseldorf have been suspended, the airline said on Wednesday.

When coming into land from Miami on Monday morning, the A330 jet flew low across the runway, then pulled up and banked sharply to the left before landing on its second approach.

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Pilots are trained in such “go-around” procedures for aborted landings, but the manoeuvre was unusual and the German aviation authorities are investigating.

“In aviation, safety always comes first. We are taking the incident very seriously,” an Air Berlin spokesman said.

The Air Berlin pilot had requested permission from the tower to make a left turn should a go-around be necessary.

“We wanted to make a mark, a dignified and emotional goodbye,” the Air Berlin pilot was quoted as saying by German broadcaster ZDF. His identity was not given.

Another pilot for a different carrier told Reuters that a go-around should be performed only for operational or safety reasons. “Electing to do one if it is known not to be required adds an unnecessary risk,” he said.

Several videos of the incident can be viewed online. In one, control tower staff can be heard exclaiming as the plane flies past, with one person saying: “We are all in awe.”

The Air Berlin spokesman said the videos raised questions that had to be answered as part of the investigation.

Air Berlin filed for insolvency on August 15 and Lufthansa has signed a deal to buy large parts of its operations.

The airline will fly its final short-haul flights under the Air Berlin brand at the end of this month.

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Conservatives are happier with their sex lives than Left-wing people, a YouGov survey has found.

People on the Right of the political spectrum were the most satisfied with their sex life, with those who describe themselves as “very Right-wing” the happiest.

In a survey of more than 19,000 people in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark, YouGov found that very Right-wing people were the most likely to be sexually satisfied, but those on the centre-Right were less likely to be happy than centrists.

In the UK, around 73 per cent of people who classify themselves as “very Right-wing” said they were satisfied with their sex life, compared to 68 per cent of “very left wing” people and 66 per cent of “Left-wing” people.

“There are obviously numerous factors that might explain an individual’s sexual happiness and this study does not suggest that changing your political views would make you happier in bed,” Joe Twyman, YouGov’s head of political and social research, told BuzzFeed.

The survey also showed that British people are overall more satisfied with their lives the further right on the political spectrum they are.

Around 71 per cent of “very right wing” people say they are satisfied with their life, compared to around 62 per cent of “very left wing” people.

In France, however, it is Left-wing people who are the most happy, with those who define themselves as “Right-wing” the least happy, with just 57 per cent saying they are satisfied with their lot.

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From the top-floor sniper position in western Raqqa, members of an American-backed militia scanned the ground for any signs of movement.

“We have hot soup, we have bread: Come out and surrender,” one of the fighters said on a loudspeaker. “The ISIS members and their families who surrendered to us are safe.”

I was one of a handful of journalists who accompanied the militia, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, for about 10 days. Twice I went to the front lines in the city, which has been largely liberated after a four-month battle. I talked to civilians who had endured Islamic State rule for more than four years and survived.

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Only a few weeks ago, the battle for Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State, appeared to be at a stalemate. Hundreds of die-hard Islamic State fighters there were using thousands of civilians as human shields.

But the resistance began to crumble in recent weeks. On Tuesday, the city was declared liberated, although pockets of fighting remain.

Last week, when I visited eastern Raqqa, it was hard to find a street or building that had not been damaged by the fighting. The ceaseless whiz and boom of shells fired by American-manned heavy artillery from a firebase 12 miles outside the city sent plumes of smoke rising from the relatively small area still under the Islamic State’s control.

Fighters from the militia kept watch from an observation post in a bombed-out building. Some of their comrades had been cut off and ambushed; one was dead, and two injured. Lacking armored vehicles, they had at first not been able to launch a rescue operation to retrieve the stranded soldiers.

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In another bombed-out building several hundred yards away, the men spotted movement. Two of them sent controlled bursts of machine-gun fire through holes smashed in a stairwell wall. The men sent journalists, including me, back to the rear, as they braced for a counterattack.

The following day, I talked in a hospital with Mohammed Sheko, 25, who had been shot through the shoulder once the fighters did begin trying to retrieve the stranded unit.

Beside him was Salah al-Raqawi, 18, his friend and comrade from the same battalion, who had been injured two days earlier by a rocket-propelled grenade.

With both his arms fully covered in bandages, Mr. Raqawi was more incapacitated than his fellow patient and needed help to eat. His head propped against the worn metal railing of his bed, he was fed spoonfuls of rice and chicken by his injured friend.

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Mr. Sheko told me that Islamic State fighters had been waiting to ambush the rescue operation and began their attack from the basement as soon as the troops entered.

When asked if he felt this was a cause worth being injured for, he replied: “It is worth more than that. It is worth dying for, for my people.”

Another young man, Omar al-Abed, 20, had died for the cause some three months earlier, but his body was recovered only recently, according to his cousin and fellow fighter, Abed al-Issa. He said that Omar had grabbed an Islamic State suicide bomber, shielding his comrades from the brunt of the blast.

Mr. Abed was buried last week at a martyrs’ cemetery in Hukumya, about nine miles northwest of Raqqa.

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(Militia fighters buried one of their comrades, who was killed in Raqqa, in the village of Hukumya)

When it came time to fill his grave, a group of more than 20 militia fighters — men and women alike — put down their weapons and began to shovel. Dust blurred their camouflage uniforms and tears as dusk fell.

When they were nearly finished, there was some commotion to the side of the grave. The young man’s sister, who was wearing a blue head scarf, had collapsed in grief. She didn’t make a sound for 10 minutes or so, until the funeral was over.

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(The sister of Omar al-Abed, who died fighting against the Islamic State in Raqqa, collapsed during his funeral)

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that more than 3,000 were killed during the battle in Raqqa, including 1,130 civilians. Many others are missing.

Last week, I visited a hospital supported by the charity Doctors Without Borders in the town of Tal Abyad, 55 miles north of Raqqa on the border with Turkey.

There I spoke with Abdel Hemedi, 52, who escaped Raqqa on Oct. 6 after being wounded in what he described as an airstrike a week earlier.

Mr. Hemedi told of how he woke to find himself in his neighbor’s house, crudely bandaged, the day after his home was hit. Still missing was his son Mohammed, who had been with him minding the family home for the duration of the battle.

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Badly burned, and with a bleeding head wound, Mr. Hemedi was being cared for by his wife and youngest son, Bassam, whom he had been reunited with the night before after months of separation.

Mr. Hemedi’s wife, Kawther al-Obaid, 47, said she held out hope that Mohammed had survived. “I just have a feeling he is still alive,” she said. “I am thinking he will walk through the door at any minute.”

Although the battle for Raqqa may not be over, one turning point seems to have come on Sunday morning, when around 275 fighters and their families surrendered and evacuated on buses as part of a deal brokered by tribal elders, according to Omar Alloush, a member of the Raqqa Civil Council.

On Monday morning, I visited a defensive position held by the Syrian Democratic Forces at a hospital west of Raqqa. The commander in charge estimated that there were only 50 to 70 fighters left in the city.

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The four-month-long campaign to retake Raqqa left behind a ghost city and killed thousands of civilians. Much of Raqqa, in an area that has been inhabited since antiquity, was leveled.

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The physical destruction of the city was pervasive, and documentation of the damage has barely begun. The fighters I accompanied used destroyed buildings as shelters.

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During the more than four years that Raqqa was under the control of the Islamic State, citizens endured violent and brutal repression. Residents — helped by Syrian exiles — risked their lives to document it through the project Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently.

“We haven’t eaten bread since Ramadan, because we couldn’t buy the flour to make it,” Younes Omar, 37, a father of four who escaped with his family from one of the last contested areas of the city, told me on Monday morning, near the main soccer stadium on the western outskirts of Raqqa. He was inside a mosque that had been turned into a gathering point for the displaced.

As he spoke, his children — pale and undernourished — devoured a humble meal of chicken and bread.

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A day after Israel’s counter attack on a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile site we are learning more about the incident, and unfortunately, some questionable outlets and commentators are spreading rumors that imply one of Israel’s F-35Is was the aircraft targeted by Syrian missiliers, and that the aircraft was damaged in the attack.

It appears that the first sortie put “more than one” aircraft “within the effective range” of the Syrian SA-5 missile that fired at the flight according to an Israeli Defense Forces spokesman. The engagement supposedly occurred at around 9AM local time. It remains unclear the exact mix of Israeli aircraft that were in the air at that time. Some reports state it was a flight of F-16s, others tell us it was a composite flight including an F-15C executing photo reconnaissance duties while operating closer to the border than its escorts. As mentioned in our first article on the incident, the F-15C is known to carry large tactical reconnaissance pods for the IAF.

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A follow-up sortie was launched by Israel roughly two hours after Syria fired at its jets, with this one is confirmed as being made up of F-16s. These aircraft prosecuted the attack on the offending SA-5 site east of Damascus. Four air-to-ground weapons, described officially as bombs, which can mean quite a few things considering the IAF’s unique weapons inventory, were delivered on the SAM site. The attack was centered on the site’s fire control radar/emitter and was not a wide area barrage on the SA-5 missiles arrayed around it. The emitter was destroyed or damaged to the point it was no longer operational according to IAF bomb damage assessments.

As we noted previously, Israel maintains that all its aircraft returned to base unscathed, while Syria claims they scored a hit on one of the fighters during the initial SAM attack. The Assad government usually claims false victories anytime something like this occurs. But some have taken an unrelated report about an F-35I, one of just seven in Israel’s inventory at this time, being damaged by a bird strike as some sort of coverup for an F-35I being successfully targeted and hit by the Syrian SA-5 while over Lebanon. In other words, under this theory the reconnaissance aircraft was an F-35I.

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Although we can’t rule out the possibility that an F-35I was operating over foreign territory, it is unlikely. In fact, we have been down this same road before. Israel has not achieved initial operations capability (IOC) with its F-35 fleet as of yet, so sending it into harm’s way on an operational sortie seems like a very odd and reckless choice. Even though the Israelis have rushed fighters into service in the past for unique operational needs, the F-35I is an especially delicate procurement topic for the Israeli government. Israel’s lawmakers have publicly noted the high cost of the aircraft and have stated that they will “meticulously assess” the need for more F-35 purchases past the first 50 ordered. So risking the new jets before they are actually operational on a seemingly standard mission would be an odd if not reckless move by the IAF.

Also, even though the F-35 does have high-end electronic intelligence gathering capabilities, it doesn’t have traditional tactical image intelligence gathering capabilities. So sending it on such a mission, if that was indeed the mission’s objective, makes little sense.

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Even assuming the F-35I was the aircraft targeted over Lebanon, the chances of it being hit by an SA-5 are very slim, and the bird strike now being reported by the IAF supposedly occurred two weeks ago with the aircraft being grounded since awaiting a Lockheed team’s inspection and subsequent advice on how to best repair it.

You are probably asking yourself how there is any chance a stealthy F-35 could be targeted by Syrian SAM site in the first place? It is known that Russia and Syria have now integrated their air defense systems together, so data sharing by some of Russia’s more advanced sensors could make spotting a stealthy aircraft easier. Also, the F-35, which is optimized for hiding from higher frequency radar systems, like prevalent X-band fire control radars, could possibly be spotted by operators using lower frequency tactics and systems. But even if the F-35I was detected, that still doesn’t mean it could be reliably tracked and engaged. The aircraft also has an advanced electronic warfare suite to repel such attacks.

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Considering the information at hand, conspiracy theory-like reports of an F-35I taking damage from a Syrian SA-5 seem to be a lame attempt at attacking the F-35’s capabilities, American made air combat technology, and the IAF’s claims of air superiority in the region.

And although we cannot rule the possibility out entirely, as Freud would say—sometimes a bird strike is just a bird strike.

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A Maryland sheriff says three people have been killed and two were wounded during a shooting at an office park in the northeastern part of the state.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter Wednesday morning and says police are looking for him.

The suspect and the victims were all associated with a company at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood.

Nearby schools have been locked down as a precaution.

The business park is just south of the Interstate 95 interchange with Route 24.

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A penguin who fell in love with an anime character has passed away with his beloved at his side.

Trust us, you are going to want to step outside for a minute or two after reading this one.

Grape was a 21-year-old penguin who lived at Tobu Zoo in Miyashiro, Japan.

The elderly Humboldt penguin became an internet star earlier this year, after he grew attached to cardboard cut-out which was placed in his enclosure for an advert.

The cut-out was of an anthropomorphic female penguin called Hululu from the series Kemono Friends.

 

 

Grape is believed to have become attracted to Hululu after being rejected by a female penguin Midori, who he had been with for a decade. He had become so attached to the character, zoo staff decided to leave her in the enclosure despite the promotion ending many months ago. Grape was even spotted with his wings outstretched and his beak pointed upwards, which is a stance used in a courtship ritual indicating that a penguin wants to take a relationship to the next level. His affections for Hululu were so strong that he became noticeably distressed after she was briefly removed during a typhoon. Thankfully for him, she was soon returned. Even after falling ill, staff allowed Grape to remain with Hululu until his passing, which was confirmed via their Twitter account on Friday.  

The tribute translates as follows:

The Humboldt penguin Grape-kun passed away yesterday. Sincere thanks to everyone for supporting him until now.

Thank you also to Hululu, who watched over him until the very end.

And thank you, Grape-kun, for all this time.

Rest peacefully in heaven.

The Kemono Friends Twitter account also marked the passing of Grape.

Grape’s online celebrity status has grown to viral proportions in the past few months.

As you can imagine, news of his death has been greeted with an outpouring of emotion, memes and artwork from fans.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Secretary General of Interpol, Jurgen Stock, warned in Sarajevo on Wednesday that the defeat of Islamic State terrorists will cause a number of IS fighters to return to Europe, including Bosnia, which will require all those involved to improve cooperation and exchange information.

“Because of terror threats and attacks around the world, law enforcement outfits should use the existing networks of police agencies,” Stock said on his visit to Bosnia, according to the Serbian national broadcaster, RTS.

Stock commended the police in Bosnia for its role in joint operations, especially in breaking up the illegal weapons trade.

Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic also warned that a number of former IS fighters will return to Bosnia, and announced tighter cooperation with Interpol on the issue.

“On that matter we will be receiving certain analysis and data from Interpol,” Mektic said.

According to intelligence agencies, about 200 extremists from Bosnia have travelled to Syria and Iraq since 2012, where they fought with jihadist groups, including the Islamic State and al-Nusra, which is linked to Al-Qaeda.

At least 30 were reportedly killed in clashes and more than 50 of them have returned to Bosnia.

The number of Bosnian citizens wanted by Interpol on terrorism-related charges has risen to 13 this June, but analysts are divided about whether the country itself is in danger of attacks.

Bosnia-based experts have challenged claims that Bosnia is more vulnerable to Islamist penetration than other European countries, noting that the authorities have taken effective action against such threats.

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A primary school has been forced to apologise for asking pupils dress as slaves for Black History Month. Parents at St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School in Forest Gate, east London, were shocked when they were asked to send their year two kids into school in ‘dirty and worn out’ clothes.
Letters were sent home to parents on Friday asking them to dress their children in the costumes for a special assembly. ‘It might be an idea to not wash these clothes and stain them with tea or coffee to look more authentic,’ it said. The letter then suggested that girls wore straw hats or fabric head wraps, and that boys wear straw hats or berets. One parent, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Newham Recorder: ‘You wouldn’t ask Jewish children to come in and re-enact the Holocaust.’
Paul Underwood, the school’s headmaster, issued an apology on Monday. ‘I apologise on behalf of the school for Friday’s unauthorised letter and the offence caused,’ he said, adding that the letter hadn’t been seen by any senior members of staff before it was sent out.
In a further statement, the school said: ‘We deeply regret the offence caused to our pupils and school community. This letter was sent out without the approval of the school’s senior management team or governors. ‘We have written to those who received the letter to apologise and we have also spoken to the members of staff involved and taken steps to ensure an incident like this does not happen again. ‘We understand the importance of Black History Month and celebrate this by studying the success and achievements of black role models. ‘The content of this letter is not in keeping with the ethos of the school or a reflection of how the school celebrates Black History Month.’

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Malala Yousafzai was targeted by trolls after she was spotted ‘wearing skinny jeans and heeled boots’ during her first week of studies at Oxford University. The women’s rights activist was criticised after an unverified photo was published in Pakistan media appearing to show Malala wearing skinny jeans, ankle boots and a bomber jacket. The 20-year-old was almost murdered on her way to school when Taliban fighters shot her in the head because she had campaigned for girls to get an education.
Last week, she tweeted about taking her first lectures in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, or PPE, exactly five years after being targeted on her school bus. She went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her global campaigning, but she became the target of abuse over the weekend after an apparent image of her was shared on the Facebook page of Pakistani forum Siasat.pk on Saturday (October 14). Despite wearing her duppatta on her head, hateful messages were posted alongside the photo, criticising Malala for not wearing a shalwar kameeze, the traditional dress of Pakistan and typically worn in Muslim countries.

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Some messages even compared the peace campaigner to Lebanese American porn star Mia Khalifa, who caused controversy for starring in an adult film while wearing Muslim clothing. Yaseen Khan wrote: ‘She is the player of American game . I feel very embarrassed to say that she is Pakistani.
And UxMan MaAn wrote: ‘Next Mia Khalifa.’ One hateful message posted on Twitter and re-published in the Pakistani media said: ‘That was the reason the bullet directly targeted her head long time ago.’ While Shaiq Sirajuddin Shah wrote: ‘It’s not particularly important for men but women shouldn’t wear those tight jeans because they get exposed.’ Many others have since taken to social media to hit out at the criticism.

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Russian president Vladimir Putin could not help laughing when Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachov mentioned exporting pork to Indonesia, a Muslim-majority country. During the October 13 meeting on the development of agriculture, Tkachov proposed increasing pork meat exports to Asia. “They (Germany) send half their pork to export. Look at Germany’s numbers: five and a half million tonnes of pork produced a year, of that almost three million is exported to all countries, to China, to Indonesia, to Japan, Korea, and so on,” said Tkachov. To which Putin responded: “Indonesia is a Muslim country. They do not eat pork there.” “Very well, said Tkachov, before adding “what’s the difference?” Putin then laughed and covered his face.

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The Forbes Global 2000 List is a well-known annual must-read in business. This year for the first time Forbes teamed up with Statista to take the project one step further, identifying the 500 World’s Best Employers and the 250 Top Regarded Companies around the globe.

Statista analyzed more than 360,000 recommendations for a company as an employer, using both macro global polling methods and regionally-based surveying. In order to evaluate companies as a top employer, employees were asked to rate their own employer internally as well as to say how likely they would be to recommend other employers in industries they are familiar with.

This year, Google parent company Alphabet was named the World’s Best Employer 2017, with its employees giving their thumbs up to the company’s image and working conditions. Microsoft and Japan Exchange Group came second and third respectively, both proving hugely attractive for employees. To browse the full rankings and read more about the methodology, please visit Forbes.

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Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis engaged in a physical altercation in practice Tuesday that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged surprise punch from Portis to Mirotic’s face, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Mirotic is undergoing tests, but is expected to be out for the foreseeable future, league sources said.
Mirotic, 26, is in his fourth NBA season and was expected to be the Bulls’ starting power forward. A sharpshooter at 6-foot-10, Mirotic signed a two-year, $27 million contract to return to Chicago in free agency before the season.
Portis, 22, was the Bulls’ 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
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Celtics forward  was stretchered off the floor at Quicken Loans Arena after suffering a horrific-looking leg injury a little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night.
Hayward’s left leg bent awkwardly after he went up for an alley-oop pass, collided with LeBron James and collapsed under the basket with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first quarter.
Players initially kept their distance as doctors tended to Hayward. Teammates and Cavaliers players, including James, then checked on Hayward as he was being stretchered from the court.
After the game — a 102-99 Celtics loss — Boston coach Brad Stevens said Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia. The team announced the injury as a fractured left ankle. Hayward was set to fly back with the Celtics to Boston on Tuesday night. He will go straight to New England Baptist Hospital when they land. According to ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, Hayward will have surgery Wednesday.

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“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey added her voice to the growing number of women who have come forward with stories of Harvey Weinstein involving sexual harassment.

Headey said she felt “completely powerless” after an instance that took place at the Venice Film Festival.

“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked,” she recalled on Twitter. “I remember thinking, it’s got to be a joke, I said something like.. ‘Oh come on mate?!?? It’d be like kissing my dad!! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others.’ I was never in any other Miramax film.”

Another encounter with Weinstein took place years later in Los Angeles. The two met for what Headey thought would be a meeting to discuss potential work, she said, adding “I had always carried the thought that he’d never try anything with me again, not after I’d laughed and said never in a million years. I believed that he respected my boundary.”

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On a night that produced a total of 31 goals for the UEFA Champion’s League competition, Liverpool recorded their largest victory away from home scoring 7 goals in the group match against Slovenian Maribor, while Spartak Moscow crushed Sevilla 5-1. In Other matches Cypriot side APEOL managed to clinch a point at home against German giants Dortmund (1-1), while Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw in Madrid against Tottenham. Here are the goals of Tuesday night’s marches:

Real Madrid-Tottenham (1-1)

APOEL-Dortmund (1-1)

Spartak Moscow-Sevilla (5-1)

Maribor-Liverpool (0-7)

Man. City-Napoli (2-1)

Feyenoord-Shakhtar Donetsk (1-2)

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A teenage girl who claimed to be auctioning off her virginity in return for an iPhone 8 was taught a terrifying lesson.
The 17-year-old is reported to have posted her ‘offer’ in an online forum, where she said she would give up her virginity for a cash payment of around £2,300.

But her post was discovered by a vlogger who hosts a show, and they set up an interview with the unsuspecting teen, known as Xiao Chen.
Footage posted by vlogger Nana, 21, shows the pair meeting in a tea house, where Xiao Chen explains that one of her friends slept with a wealthy stranger and earned “easy” money.
The girls claims she wants to order to buy the new iPhone 8 – which all her friends have – although several people have said the footage is fake.
Nana, whose show focuses on exposing poor social behaviour and challenging the human condition, tries subtly to talk the teen out of the deal, but Xiao Chen insists.
“All I have to do is lie there, right?” she says during the interview, adding: “We each get what we want. I’ve already thought it through.”
Nana then gives the girl around £60 as a “deposit” and the pair set up a time and place for the deal to take place, but the teenager has no idea that she is about to be set up for a very public shaming.
The show’s climax happens with Xiao Chen inside the hotel room with her client, who hands her a new iPhone 8 to gain her trust.
But things go frighteningly wrong for Xiao Chen when three more men – one with a camera – enter the room and the trio say they want to “have some fun”.
The teen is pinned to the bed- and then Nana bursts out from the hotel room bathroom to stop the staged scene.
“Now are you afraid?” Nana screams at Xiao Chen, who sits crying on the bed.
“Well, it’s too late now!” the vlogger adds, saying: “It’s not worth selling anything just for a phone.”
In the end, Nana orders all the men, including the cameraman, out of the hotel room so she can lecture the teenager in private.

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A man accused of conspiring with his girlfriend to savagely torture and murder her eight-year-old son wanted the boy dead because he thought he was gay, a prosecutor has said.
Jon Hatami, a prosecutor for Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said during opening statements on Monday that 32-year-old Isauro Aguirre, of Palmdale, committed a series of brutal acts against Gabriel Fernandez.
He is accused of dousing the boy in pepper spray, forcing him to eat his own feces and vomit, putting cigarettes out on his skin, beating him with a bat and shooting him with a BB gun alongside the boy’s mother Pearl Fernandez.
But Aguirre’s defense attorney said that while his client admits murder, he denies the special circumstance of torture element to his charge, according to KTLA5.
John Allan explained Aguirre was having trouble with a stressful and chaotic situation, adding: ‘He is guilty of murder, but the special circumstance alleged, that he intended kill Gabriel with the infliction of torture, is not true.
‘Despite the horrific abuse, Isauro never intended for Gabriel to die.’
Gabriel was continuously tortured by Fernandez, 34, and Isauro Aguirre, now 37, over the course of eight months in 2013, according to prosecutors.
Hatami said the boy’s mother and Aguirre, while they eventually called 911, they didn’t do it ‘to help Gabriel’.
He added: ‘They called 911 to cover up what they did.’

Hatami also said Aguirre forced his girlfriend’s son to dress up in girls’ clothes before going to school, and stressed that he did not like Gabriel because he believed him to be gay.
He added: ‘The evidence will show that the defendant is nothing more than a bully.’
Aguirre, who is 6ft 2in, was 270 pounds at the time of Gabriel’s death.
The boy – at 4ft 1in – weighed just 59 pounds.
Texts were also shown to the jury on Monday which Hatami claimed show Aguirre and Fernandez had conspired to torture and murder Gabriel and then cover it up.
James Cermak, a paramedic for LA County Fire Department, said there was an ‘unbelievable’ amount of damage to the boy’s body when it was found at the couple’s apartment in Palmdale.
Fernandez will be tried separately.
Four social workers are also being prosecuted because of his death.

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The meeting between the US President Donald Trump and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was paved by Mondays meeting between the Greek FM, Nikos Kotzias and the National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster which was of particular importance. It lasted for over two hours with the two counterparts discussing bilateral issues, security matters, defence and terrorism, regional and international subjects. Among them, Greek initiative in the Southern Mediterranean Sea topped their agenda as well as trilateral and quadrilateral cooperations, the Cyprus issue, Syria, Libya, the Israeli – Palaistinian conflict, the Kurdish issue and many more.

The outcome of the meeting was positive and helped in designing the wider framework of cooperation within which the two countries will work. The special weight of the National Security Council proves that Monday’s agenda of Kotzias – McMaster meeting will be part of the talk between Tsipras – Trump, on Tuesday, too.

There are no illusions, however, that there will be a tangible outcome after the meeting of the two leaders. Nonetheless, according to the Independent Balkan News Agency (IBNA) which spoke with a high official in the American government, the regional and international developments and the recovery of the Greek economy will pave the way for bilateral ties’ broadening and strengthening. It is believed this will be of great help to Greece, since it will certify its upgrading at global level.

NATO’s base in Souda, Crete, interests the U.S. but sources argue that it is not part of the present agenda, adding that the priority remains to support a trustworthy ally and improve bilateral relations.

According to premier Tsipras’s official schedule, the Greek PM and the American president will give a joint presser at White House’s Rose Garden where they will answer journalists’ questions.

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Even after her death Carrie Fisher is having none of your bullshit.

Heather Ross, a friend of Fisher’s, spoke to a local radio station in Tucson, AZ. about her experience with sexual assault in Hollywood. On the 94.9 Morning Mix, Ross recalled inappropriate advances from a big name producer and how Fisher made clear she had a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior.

After Ross was assaulted by “an Oscar-winning producer” – not Weinstein, but another – Fisher was furious. After the initial shock and fear wore off, Fisher ran into the producer at Sony and delivered him a package.

“It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.’”

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The cow tongue was all Fisher’s idea, natch, and she made sure to deliver it in person and watch him open the box.

“That’s just how she was,” Ross said. “I miss her dearly. She stood up for people…She put things out there and in your face.”

Ross met the producer online – their conversations weren’t sexual or romantic, she said, but he did want to meet up and get her involved with his latest project.

“I felt safe thinking, ‘I’m overweight, I’m not attractive to these people, I’m not looking to become an actress,'” she explained.

She met with him and he made sexual advances. “When it happened, it happened so quickly that I was ashamed of myself,” she said. “I thought I did something wrong. And I thought, ‘Well, maybe by meeting up with him…I was asking for it.'”

The producer picked her up in his car then made an excuse to pull over. He reached over her to quickly recline the passenger-side seat then pushed himself on top of her.

Ross explained she thought she was “protected” by not fitting Hollywood’s beauty standards, but her story confirms what most women know and what a piece like Mayim Bialik’s New York Times column failed to pick up on: This happens to all women.

Ross told her mother and friends but ultimately stayed silent for many years, describing the massive power gap between a “kid from Tucson” and an award-winning producer.

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An EF-18 fighter jet has crashed at the Torrejon military base outside Madrid, according to the Spanish Defense Ministry. The ministry confirmed that the pilot has died.
“As a result of the accident, which took place during take-off maneuvers, the fighter pilot has died,” The Ministry of Defense wrote online. The incident occurred shortly after 11am local time Tuesday.
The EF-18, a modified F/A-18 Hornet, was from the 12th wing of the Spanish Air Force, reports El Mundo.
The incident occurred shortly after 11am local time Tuesday. The Defense Ministry later identified the pilot as Lt. Fernando Pérez Serrano, 26, from Murcia.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, the Ministry of Defense confirmed via Twitter.
The incident took place just five days after another military plane crash claimed the life of pilot Borja Aybar, whose aircraft suffered a malfunction while he conducted landingmaneuvers.

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ISIS propaganda chiefs have released a chilling threat to attack the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The terrorist group have published an image of a rifle-carrying ISIS fighter and a bomb baring the regime’s infamous black flag in front of a football stadium.
The official symbol of the 2018 World Cup finals is also included in the alarming promise to bring mayhem to the tournament.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be played across 11 cities in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, when the final will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Tens of thousands of England fans are expected to base themselves in St Petersburg for the month-long finals.
St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city, was the scene of an horrific ISIS attack when a briefcase bomb detonated on the underground in April, killing 14 people.
The blast was in retaliation to Russia’s airstrikes in Syria that have helped bring the regime to its knees.
Last week ISIS released another propaganda image featuring bullet-ridden photos of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and inviting its followers to stage more attacks on the group’s two leading foes abroad.
The image, shared throughout pro-ISIS channels on the encrypted messaging application Telegram and attributed to Al-Wafaa Media Foundation, featured an excerpt of a Quranic verse manipulated by the ISIS followers to urge fellow jihadis to take every opportunity to conduct deadly attacks in the U.S. and Russia.

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Despite the jihadis suffering severe territorial losses to military campaigns sponsored by Moscow and Washington, the image also claimed that ISIS would overcome its enemies on the battlefield.

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‘Lie in wait for them at every chance to ambush,’ the text reads beneath photos of Trump and Putin pasted to gun target practice sheets.

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A woman has been raped in public and killed by a rebel militant group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reportedly because she served the gunmen “forbidden food”.
France 24 said it had compiled footage and witness statements documenting the incident, rare evidence of the atrocities being committed on the front lines of a year-long conflict between the Congolese Army and a rebel movement known as the Kamuina Nsapu.
Witnesses said the gunmen forced the woman’s step-son, who was working with her when the food was served, to rape her in the main public square of Luebo, a town of 40,000 people that was briefly occupied by the Kamuina Nsapu earlier this year.
Both were then killed by the armed rebels who, according to the report, then drank some of the victims’ blood.
The killing has been linked to protection rituals which are observed by the Kamuina Nsapu during periods of fighting, including the perceived need to avoid certain foods. The woman, who owns a small restaurant, apparently served gunmen fish – which is banned, along with meat, cassava leaves and vines.
She is reportedly seen in the footage being held by the hair and told she “must die” for committing “high treason”.
One resident of the town, who has asked to remain anonymous, told France 24: “She was accused of serving fish to rebels who were fighting on the frontlines in Kabao. They said she gave them beans that contained pieces of a small, local fish.

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A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed her island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers has been killed after a bomb exploded in her car.
Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a town outside Malta’s capital of Valletta, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiralling over a wall and into a field.
Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said her death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression.
He described her as “one of [his] harshest critics, on a political and personal level,” as he denounced her slaying.
As part of the investigation, Caruana Galizia revealed Mr Muscat’s wife Michelle, as well as members of his Government, held companies in Panama.
Mr Muscat and his wife deny they held such companies.
Politico named Caruana Galizia as one of 28 Europeans who are “shaping, shaking and stirring” Europe
Opposition leader Adrian Delia called the killing a “political murder” while observers on social media expressed outraged over the brutal killing.

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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a new viral social media hashtag is aiming to give a voice to women who have survived sexual assault and harrassment.
The hashtag “Me too,” which is currently trending on Twitter and Instagram, was started by former Charmed actress Alyssa Milano. The 44-year-old issued a call to arms on social media, urging women to speak up about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault. She asked women to reply to her tweet and Instagram post by replying “Me too.” Alternatively, women could post the same response on Facebook.

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“If all the women who have ever been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, then we give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” she wrote, explaining she got the idea from a friend.

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Since her post, the hashtag has quickly gone viral, with up to four women a second taking to Twitter and Instagram to respond.
So far the tweet has received over 31K comments, while thousands of others have also updated their status on Facebook to “Me too.
The movement has also generated responses from some celebrities, including Anna Paquin, Selma Blair, Debra Messing, and Anika Noni Rose.

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Westworld actress Evan Rachel Wood added her voice to the cause as well.
“Being raped once made it easier to be raped again. I instinctually shut down. My body remembered, so it protected me. I disappeared. #metoo” she tweeted.
Milano has previously spoken out against film producer Harvey Weinstein as women have come forward and made sexual assault allegations against him.
“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy — ecstatic even — that it has opened up a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification, and degradation of women,” she said earlier.
It isn’t the first hashtag women have used since news of the Weinstein scandal broke. On Friday, #WomenBoycottTwitter was the top trend, with many women choosing to log off for 24 hours.
Milano was one of the first responders to the protest, which was started by her fellow Charmed alum Rose McGowan, who has spoken out about her own experiences at the hands of Weinstein.

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A middle-class mother died from alcohol poisoning after drinking wine all day while on a holiday to celebrate a break in her breast cancer treatment.
Therapist Valerie Jones, 54, was taken to the Greek island of Santorini by her company director husband Nigel as a treat to recuperate from her illness.
An inquest heard that on the second day of the holiday, Mrs Jones had been drinking wine during a morning sightseeing trip, at lunch and again over an evening meal.
She then had a nightcap with her husband before joining a wedding party at their hotel.
Mr Jones, the director of a chartered surveyors in Yeovil, Somerset, went to bed and told his wife to enjoy herself at the party, where she had made new friends.
He woke later that night to be told she had collapsed in the toilets shortly before 2am. She was found to be unresponsive and died on arrival at Santorini General Hospital.
Bournemouth Coroner’s Court was told that Mrs Jones was nearly four-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit, which in the UK is 80mg alcohol per 100ml of blood.
Such levels are enough to cause sudden death from acute alcohol toxicity, the inquest heard last week. It is not known how many glasses of wine Mrs Jones had drunk, and the inquest was told she did not have a drinking problem.
Mrs Jones, who lived in a £1.3million home in Cattistock, Dorset, shared a love of horses with her 19-year-old daughter Immie, a talented dressage rider.
As well as being a company director, Mr Jones was a governor at the £22,000-a-year Sherborne Preparatory School.
Mrs Jones, described at the inquest as ‘bubbly, social and caring’, had become friendly with a group attending the wedding party and was invited to join them for drinks around midnight. Mr Jones was tired and went to bed. A few hours later he awoke to find his wife had not returned.

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An initial post-mortem in Greece concluded her death on September 27 last year was caused by pulmonary oedema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs.
But a post-mortem in Britain found there was little evidence of this and that Mrs Jones’s death was alcohol-related.
Dorset coroner Rachael Griffin ruled Mrs Jones’s death was due to acute alcohol toxicity.

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An appalling fatal attack on a young immigrant barber in broad daylight in Moscow was captured on film and uploaded online, causing outrage. The attacker, reportedly a dissatisfied customer who paid around $3.50 for the haircut, has since been detained.
The story was initially shared by State Duma MP Anton Belyakov on his Facebook page. Belyakov says that one of his friends knew the victim and characterized him as a very skillful barber.
The account describes the victim, known as ‘Danya’ among colleagues, as an unassuming young man from the central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan. Media reports have identified him as 24-year-old Dastan Adekhanov.
Belyakov wrote that the conflict began after Adekhanov gave a male client a haircut, charging him 200 rubles ($3.49) on Thursday – a low price by Moscow standards.
“He [the client] said that he looked in the mirror and didn’t like his haircut,” Belyakov said.
The barbershop staff attempted to resolve the situation and improve his haircut, but the client did not like any of the options.
nstead of asking for his money back, the man suddenly dragged Dastan into the street.
Footage of the attack, uploaded by Belyakov to Facebook and YouTube, shows a young man in a black jacket being chased by a man in yellow T-shirt with what appears to be a long sharp object in his hand, reportedly a skewer. The attacker appears to stab the young man several times while onlookers stop to watch but do not intervene.
The man then walks away, leaving the victim in agony, and turns to walk back moments later to check on him. Moments later, the young man collapses and remains motionless. He reportedly died before an ambulance arrived.
While the authenticity of the video has not yet been verified, it has been partly confirmed by investigators. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website that a criminal case has been opened against a 26-year-old man who has been charged with murder. The statement, which did not disclose the names but said the victim was a 24-year-old man, said the attacker has been arrested and has confessed.
A police source told TASS on Sunday that the attacker was an unemployed resident of Russia’s Kirov Region.
Belyakov’s post and media reports that followed caused outrage online in Russia, with many condemning the suspected murderer and wondering why passersby did not intervene. Belyakov titled the video ‘On thugs and gastarbeiters [migrant workers]. A murder for 200 rubles.’

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Witnesses described seeing medics giving CPR to three people lying on the ground.

One passerby, Holly Eddleston, told the Standard: “I was on Parsons Green walking my dog when a policeman ran up to us and said to leave the park immediately so that a helicopter could land.

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“I walked towards the station, there were lots of police cars and a section cornered off with fabric – apparently somebody being resuscitated.

“Sounds of a girl screaming and crying were piercing.

“All of the roads in Parsons have been closed, including my own. Undercover police are searching the area looking down all drains with torches and helicopters circling also. Extremely sad.”

 

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Another witness wrote online: “Came out of Parsons Green Tube Station 30 mins ago to the aftermath of a stabbing. 3 bodies receiving CPR. Station now shut and road closed.”

Sources report that one person has been killed and two more are injured. There are no information regarding their condition.

It is not being treated as terrorism-related, a Met Police spokeswoman told the Standard.

No arrests have been made.

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As women around the world come forward with stories of sexual harassment, a report by the Thomson Reuters Foundation shows that Cairo is the world’s most dangerous megacity for women, and has become more perilous since the 2011 uprisings.

Cairo established itself as a city often unsafe for women in 2011 with a series of high-profile sexual assaults in Tahrir Square. Since then, the situation has only grown worse, according to a poll conducted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In a survey of experts looking at how well women are protected from sexual violence, harmful cultural practices, access to healthcare and financial independence, Cairo came in last of 19 megacities those housing 10 million people or more behind Delhi, Karachi and Kinshasa.

Women in Cairo are subjected to harassment on a daily basis, experts said. Since 2011, economic conditions in the Egyptian capital and throughout the nation have deteriorated. High unemployment means fewer opportunities for women to gain financial independence, as well as a glut of frustrated, jobless men, particularly among the young. The poor economy also means that health services in the country have worsened.

“The economy has become so bad in the last two, three years that we are suffering a setback in the thinking that women’s issues are not a priority,” Omaima Abou-Bakr, co-founder of Women and Memory Forum, a non-government organisation trying to improve the weak position of Arab women in their culture, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Everything about the city is difficult for women. We see women struggling in all aspects. Even a simple walk on the street, and they are subjected to harassment, whether verbal or even physical,” Egyptian journalist and women’s rights campaigner Shahira Amin said.

“Now is not the time” became a common response to women agitating for their rights in the years after the 2011 uprisings, often by the women officially charged with protecting those rights.

To wit, Naglaa el-Adly, a member of the Egypt’s National Council for Women, an independent governmental body, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that she believes women’s rights have improved, pointing to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s declaration of 2017 as the year of Egyptian women.

In addition to the overall rankings, the Thomson Reuters study classified the cities according to each of the subsections as well. Cairo was the third most dangerous megacity for women in terms of sexual violence or their ability to live without facing the risk of rape, sexual attacks or harassment. Delhi and Sao Paolo were tied for the first spot.

Attitudes about sexual harassment in Egypt are at the core of the problem. As in many places, though to a more extreme degree, women in Egypt are blamed for inviting sexual harassment for activities as benign as laughing in public. Those beliefs are inculcated in Egyptians from a young age, and are held by girls as well as boys.

In 2014, a group called Dignity Without Borders videotaped schoolboys and schoolgirls in Cairo talking about harassment. The boys explained how girls provoked harassment. The girls began by explaining that harassment made them feel bad, but by the end of the video were listing the ways in which females invited the unwelcome behavior.

There are few statistics on harassment in Egypt. A study conducted by the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights in 2008 found that 83 percent of women said they’d been sexually harassed, many of them daily, and 62 percent of men admitted to harassing women; advocates believe the percentage of women harassed is significantly higher.

The other three areas considered in the study were cultural practices, access to healthcare and economic opportunities. Cairo was deemed the worst city for women in terms of cultural practices, which specifically considered female genital mutilation, underage and forced marriages and female infanticide.

It was the second worst city in terms of economic opportunities for women, which looked at female access to education, ownership of land or other forms of property, and financial services. The only city that scored more poorly was Kinshasa.

And Cairo took the third-worst slot when it came to women’s access to healthcare, including maternal mortality and control over their reproductive health.

The numbers back those findings up.

A 2015 Egypt Health Issues Survey found that roughly nine in every 10 females suffers partial or total removal of external genitalia, despite the practice having been outlawed in 2008. And 17 percent of girls are married before the age of 18 and 2 percent before the age of 15.

World Bank figures show that female participation in the work force was at 23 percent in 2016, down from 26 percent in 1990. And according to US figures, 65 percent of Egyptian women over the age of 15 are literate, compared with 82 percent of men.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation study is not the first to identify Egypt as a place hostile to women. The country topped the list of places that are dangerous for women to visit in a Trip.com survey released in August, in large part due to the verbal and sexual harassment that women routinely face there.

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Taking part in even a small amount of exercise each week can significantly reduce the chance of suffering symptoms, researchers showed.

In the largest ever study of its kind, analysis involving more than 30,000 adults revealed 12 per cent of depression cases could have been prevented by a small amount of regular exercise.

And those who do not exercise are 44 per cent more likely to suffer with depression.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, also reveal the role exercise could play in personalised mental health treatment plans.

The study’s lead author, Associate Professor Samuel Harvey, said: “We’ve known for some time that exercise has a role to play in treating symptoms of depression, but this is the first time we have been able to quantify the preventative potential of physical activity in terms of reducing future levels of depression.

“These findings are exciting because they show that even relatively small amounts of exercise, from one hour per week, can deliver significant protection against depression.”

An international research team, led by the Australia-based Black Dog Institute, studied 33,908 Norwegian adults whose levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety were monitored over 11 years.

A healthy group of participants were asked to report how often they exercise and at what intensity, ranging from without becoming breathless or sweating to becoming breathless and sweating or exhausting themselves.

At a follow-up stage, they completed a self-report to indicate any emerging anxiety or depression.

The study revealed people who reported doing no exercise at all at baseline had a 44 per cent increased chance of developing depression, compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week.

The research team also accounted for variables which might impact the association between exercise and common mental illness.

Theses included socio-economic and demographic factors, substance use, body mass index, new onset physical illness and perceived social support.

Professor Harvey added: “These results highlight the great potential to integrate exercise into individual mental health plans and broader public health campaigns.

“If we can find ways to increase the population’s level of physical activity even by a small amount, then this is likely to bring substantial physical and mental health benefits.”

The data was collected through the Health Study of Nord-Trøndelag County, one of the largest population-based health surveys ever undertaken, between January 1984 and June 1997.

But the research found benefits did not protect against anxiety, with no link found between level and intensity of exercise and the chances of developing the disorder.

Professor Harvey said: “Most of the mental health benefits of exercise are realised within the first hour undertaken each week.

“With sedentary lifestyles becoming the norm worldwide, and rates of depression growing, these results are particularly pertinent as they highlight that even small lifestyle changes can reap significant mental health benefits.”

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The United States decided on Sunday to suspend the issuing of visas to Turkish citizens at U.S. diplomatic missions (which Turkey immediately reciprocated) after the Turkish government arrested multiple staffers of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Without notifying U.S. authorities, the Turkish government arrested Metin Topuz, a Turkish national who has been working at the U.S. consulate for over three decades. The questionable charges against him include conspiring with members of the international Gulen movement to allegedly overthrow the government.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for years sought the extradition of the leader of the Gulen movement, Fethullah Gulen (a chief rival of Erdogan’s), who lives in Pennsylvania.

Furious with the U.S. response to his country’s extrajudicial action, Erdogan declared Tuesday that he does not recognize the authority of the sitting U.S. ambassador to Turkey, John Bass.

But that’s just the latest episode in the troubled Turkish-American relationship. As guests, Turkish officials and security show little to no respect for American laws and sovereignty.

Things really got out of hand in May, when Erdogan’s bodyguards violently attacked peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C., as they were demonstrating against Erdogan’s policies and the government in Ankara.

That wasn’t the first time that the president’s detail showed complete disregard for American laws. They’ve used thuggish tactics several times to shut down peaceful protests, doing so as recently as late September outside of the United Nations in New York City.

In Turkey, the once-secular state continues to trend toward a full embrace of Islamic authoritarianism.

There’s not much left of the republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923. An April referendum gave Erdogan virtually unchecked power, stripping away at the country’s foundational checks and balances and ridding the nation of basic human rights protections.

Ever since the alleged Gulen-led coup last year, Erdogan has swooped up dictatorial levels of power, ordering the imprisonment of tens of thousands of academics, religious minorities, activists, journalists, students, and others viewed as potential threats to his blossoming tyranny.

Instead of reinvigorating relations with its NATO allies, Turkey has embraced the countries that seek to bring down the West.

It has partnered with Iran and Iraq to bully the Kurds into submission, coordinating military action with the theocratic regime in Tehran to strip away the possibility of a new free state in the Middle East. Ankara has also rapidly increased military cooperation with Russia, a principal adversary of NATO.

The sitting Turkish government is openly supportive of the global jihadist Muslim Brotherhood and experts allege that high-ranking members of the government are actively supporting ISIS.

Their continuing anti-U.S. actions and rhetoric are impossible to ignore. Before engaging in a coming Syria operation, Turkish special forces were seen on camera taunting the American military, chanting in Turkish, “Wait for us, American Johnny’s, we are coming to get you.”

As a member of NATO, Turkey has special access to highly sensitive information regarding the enemies of the West. Turkey has already abused this privilege, threatening in July to spill classified positions of U.S. special forces operating in the Middle East.

At what time do NATO members declare that enough is enough, and boot the Islamic authoritarian menace out of the alliance for good?

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French intelligence agent sent a text message by mistake to the mobile phone of a jihadist, inadvertently warning him that he was under surveillance and undermining an investigation, it emerged on Friday.

The target of the probe, described as an “Islamist preacher” based in the Paris area, immediately understood that his phone was being tapped and his movements monitored.

He called the agent to complain and warned his contacts that they were under surveillance. As a result, separate investigations by two different intelligence services came to nothing, M6 television reported.

“It was undoubtedly the worst mistake the agent ever made,” M6 commented. Interior ministry sources confirmed the report.

The intelligence officer had meant to send the text to a colleague last Saturday. It contained information about the Islamist and the progress of the investigation.

It was only when the Islamist decided to have some fun at the officer’s expense and phoned him minutes after he sent the text that he realised what he had done.

The two agencies involved, the Central Territorial Intelligence Service and the General Directorate for Internal Security, were furious over the mishap.

The incident came as France remains under a state of emergency declared after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.

Some of the emergency measures, notably beefed up police powers, are to be made permanent under a bill that has been approved by the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.

Despite criticism that the legislation risks curtailing civil liberties because it codifies measures such as stop and seizure and house arrest without judicial review, most of the provisions are expected to stand.

Human rights groups want greater oversight by courts, arguing that the bill would grant excessive powers to security forces whose suspicions could stem from flawed or incomplete intelligence.

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Ed Sheeran has been knocked down by a car in London, according to reports.
The 26-year-old crooner was riding his bike when he was struck down, say pals.
Australian DJ Smallzy has been told that Ed he has broken his arm – putting his upcoming tour plans in jeopardy.
It appears that the incident happened this morning when Ed was cycling down a London street.
He’s due to play a host of tour dates in Asia over the next couple of weeks, which may well be cancelled if he’s unable to perform with a broken arm.
Ed’s first date is scheduled for October 22 in Taipei, followed by appearances in Osaka, Seoul in South Korea, Tokyo in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore, before moving on to Malaysia and Thailand in November.

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A former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accuses President Donald Trump of past sexual misconduct has filed a subpoena for “all documents concerning any woman who asserted that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” it was revealed on Sunday.
Buzzfeed News first reported the existence of the court document, which names Trump’s campaign organization and any applicable “directors, officers, partners, shareholders, managers, attorneys, employees, agents and representatives” as subjects.
Only a few weeks before the 2016 election, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos alleged that Trump had tried to kiss and touch her inappropriately without her consent at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007.

Her claim came shortly after the October 2016 release of the now-infamous “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005 in which Trump said, “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything.”
Zervos’ subpoena calls for “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.”
The subpoena also specifically names at least 10 women and requests documentation associated with them “or any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
Trump has flatly denied the allegations, calling the accusations “lies, lies, lies,” which led Zervos to sue him for defamation. His lawyer attempted to have Zervos’ defamation lawsuit dismissed in July, claiming that presidents cannot face civil lawsuits while in office.
That motion to dismiss could decide the merit of this subpoena, according to Gloria Allred, the famed women’s rights attorney representing Zervos.

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An AirAsia flight heading to Bali from Perth plunged 20,000 feet shortly after take-off on Sunday (Oct 15) morning, leaving passengers terrified, Australian media reports said.
Flight QZ 535, with 145 people on board, was forced to turn back just 25 minutes into its journey after the pilot was alerted to a drop in cabin pressure, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
It added that a technical problem had caused the plane to drop from 32,000 feet to 10,000 feet without warning.
Passengers on board the plane took videos of the drama that unfolded, as oxygen masks dropped and passengers held on to their loved ones.
Others on the flight told Channel Nine that they had sent text messages to loved ones, fearing they were going to die.
According to ABC, the pilot turned back and emergency services were placed on standby at Perth airport.

The Australian reported that the midair chaos was made even worse for some passengers as the on-board announcements were not in English.
“The panic was escalated because of the behaviour of staff who were screaming, looked tearful and shocked,” Ms Clare Askew, who was a passenger on the flight told reporters at Perth airport. “Now, I get it, but we looked to them for reassurance and we didn’t get any, we were more worried because of how panicked they were.”
“The masks fell down and everybody started panicking,” another passenger, Leah from Perth said. “We were all pretty much saying goodbye to each other. It was really upsetting.”
AirAsia apologised for the incident in a statement and said the flight landed safely at Perth International Airport at 12.40pm local time.
“Our engineers are assessing the aircraft. All affected passengers will be scheduled to the next available flight and provided with necessary assistance including meal vouchers.
“The safety of our guests is our utmost priority. AirAsia Indonesia apologises for any inconvenience caused,” that statement said.

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A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 276 people, police say.
Over 300 were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.
It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.
President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed blamed the attack on them, calling it a “heinous act”.
No group has yet said it was behind the bombing.
“Brothers, this cruel act was targeted at civilians who were going about their business,” the president said.
He has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.
Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.
Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll was likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he said.
Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.
Mogadishu’s Mayor Thabit Abdi called for unity while addressing a crowd of people who had gathered to protest.
“Oh, people of Mogadishu, Mogadishu shouldn’t be a graveyard for burnt dead bodies,” he said.
“Mogadishu is a place of respect, and if we remain united like we are today, moving ahead, we will surely defeat the enemy, Allah willing.”
An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”.
Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.
“Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.
“What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition.”

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Jennifer Lopez showed off her dancing skill at the SOMOS Live concert, which was dedicated to raising funds for the victims of the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico.
The explosive Latina singer opened the concert that was broadcast live on TV with a unique interpretation of her great success “Let’s get loud.”
J-Lo set the stage on fire, when she shook her famous booty for 13 seconds to tyne delight of her male fans.

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The conservative People’s Party (OVP), led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is projected to finish first in Austria’s snap parliamentary election, according to exit polls that suggest a clear shift to the right.

The latest forecasts showed centre-right OVP holding onto first place, winning 31.5 percent of Sunday’s vote.

But, in contrast to initial exit polls, they also had the Social Democratic Party moving from third to second place, edging out the far-right Freedom Party (FPO). The Social Democrats were projected to win 27.1 percent, followed by FPO with 25.9 percent.

According to the exit polls, Kurz’s OVP is well short of a majority. The most likely outcome appears to be a coalition government led by the OVP with the support of the far-right FPO.

Austria’s election arrived almost a year earlier than expected, following a breakdown of an OVP-SPO coalition government in May.

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The identity of a female officer accused of having sex on board a nuclear-armed submarine has been revealed.
HMS Vigilant was submerged in the North Atlantic when reports of two high-ranking submarine officials having sexual relations with two different women emerged – something which is forbidden between serving personnel on the same vessel.
It has emerged one of those women is believed to be Sub-Lieutenant Rebecca Edwards, who led a Remembrance Day service in Glasgow just 11 months ago, as some of her comrades threatened to resign over the sex scandal.
Five officers on board the submarine have threatened to quit amid the reports Stuart Armstrong, 41, commanding officer of the Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant, was sexually involved with an officer.
The incident came to light after a member of the crew alerted senior officials at the vessel’s base in Faslane, near Glasgow, and Armstrong has since been relieved of his duties.
The allegations sparked anger among crew members and when their boat completed its patrol and docked in the US, a source told The Times a handful wanted to hand in their notice.
Armstrong’s second-in-command Lieutenant Commander Michael Seal has also been suspended amid the claims, according to The Sun, who also named Sub-Lieutenant Edwards – Assistant Weapons Engineering Officer on HMS Vigilant – as one of the women involved.
HMS Vigilant is one of four British nuclear-armed Vanguard submarines on active patrol which provide protection to the UK in case of a nuclear war.

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Video footage from the First World War is quite rare, which makes the value of the moving images from the following video somewhat exceptional. It show workers on the assembly line of a British manufacturing facility of DH-6 airplanes. What might appear strange to us in these motion images is the fact that the plane was put together manually.

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