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6 dead, dozens hurt in Italy nightclub stampede

Italy_Nightclub_Stampede_72324At least six people died and dozens were injured in a stampede when panic broke out during a rap concert at an Italian nightclub early Saturday.

Media reports said the suspected use of a pepper spray-like substance sparked the chaos at the venue in the town of Corinaldo, near Ancona in central Italy.

The cause may have been the dispersal of a stinging substance, the young people fled and trampled over each other. Sadly, six people died and dozens are injured,” the fire service said in a statement on Twitter.

The victims include five people under the age of 18 — three girls and two boys – and an adult woman who accompanied her daughter to the concert.

Local fire chief Dino Poggiali said that 14 of the injured were in a critical condition, and 40 less serious.italyfeed

As the crowd panicked, people ran for the three emergency exits, one of which led to a small bridge and the car park, according to a preliminary investigation.

The force of the fleeing crowd made a railing collapse and dozens of people fell, crushing those below to death.

– ‘You can’t die like that! –

A pile of abandoned shoes testified to the chaos of the stampede, with survivors and the bereaved weeping outside the nightclub as emergency vehicles tended to the injured, local newspaper Ancona Today reported.

“It can’t be! You can’t die like that. Wake up Mattia, I beg you,” one unnamed woman cried as she knelt by her son’s body, the paper said.

Around 1,000 people — many of them young — were in the Lanterna Azzurra (Blue Lantern) club for a performance by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta, known as “the king of the trap” for his style of Hip Hop.1d2e1dcea16f48e9bdc4de07c159bc0a_18

The accident happened at around 1am (0000 GMT).

“We were dancing and waiting for the concert to start when we smelt this pungent odour,” a 16-year-old boy who was taken to hospital told the media.

“We ran to one of the emergency exits but we found it blocked, the bouncers told us to go back.”

The injured were taken to hospital in the nearby town of Senigallia and the most serious on to Ancona.

In 2017, a woman died and 1,500 were injured in a crush during the outdoor broadcast in Turin of a Champions League football match final when rumours of a bombing sparked panic.

Around 30,000 people had gathered in June last year to watch the broadcast from Cardiff, Wales, of the local team Juventus play Real Madrid when pepper spray was shot into the crowd as part of a robbery attempt.

Erika Pioletti, 38, died two weeks later after being left in a coma by the crush. She had gone to watch the game in the square with her boyfriend.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of causing the scramble by dispersing the irritating substance.

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Popular OAP Hanged Herself After Walking Out Of Studio During Her Show

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A BBC radio presenter hanged herself at home just hours after she unexpectedly walked out of a studio midway through her drivetime show, an inquest heard.

Vicki Archer, 41, had told colleagues at BBC Radio Shropshire that she needed “a break” and was feeling “upset”.

The hearing was told that the divorced mum-of-three suffered from depression and had made two previous attempts to take her own life.

A coroner has ruled that Ms Archer, who was found dead at her home in Shrewsbury on August 6, intended to take her own life.images-3

She left work at about 5pm and was found by her stepfather, Lee Holyoake, around three hours later, after knocks at her door went unanswered.

In the days leading up to her death, Ms Archer had retweeted posts about inner demons and mental health issues.

She also shared links to the Samaritans’ hotline number and wrote about “hurtful gossip” describing it as “corrosive”.

Shropshire Coroner John Ellery concluded Ms Archer died as a result of suicide.

He said: “My conclusion is Victoria did do the act that led to her death.images-2-2

“She intended to kill herself, and that leads me to the inevitable conclusion of suicide.

“This is a tragic case for her family and our condolences are and must be with her children.”

Ms Archer was due to present BBC Radio Shropshire with co-host Adam Green between 3-7pm on August 6 this year.

But she left the studio shortly before 5pm and returned to her home in Shrewsbury, Shrops.

She was found dead by Mr Holyoake, 64, at around 8.15pm that day.

He had visited to fix her cooker along with the radio presenter’s 73-year-old mum Beryl.

Mr Holyoake described using a neighbour’s ladder to climb in through an open bedroom window after getting no answer when he tried knocking the door.

In his statement, Mr Holyoake said “alarm bells started to ring” after he and Ms Archer’s mother were told she had left work early and got no response when knocking at her door.
He said: “I couldn’t get the key into the door because there was a key on the other side.

“I noticed Victoria’s bedroom window was open and I managed to get a ladder from one of her neighbours.

“I got in through the bedroom window.

“I called my wife to come and assist me. She said to check the loft.

“As I checked the right hand side of the loft, I saw Victoria in the corner.”

Shropshire Coroners Court heard Lee carried out CPR but nothing could be done to save her life.

The inquest was told Ms Archer had a blood-alcohol level slightly over the drink-drive limit as well as some traces of medication in her blood.

But the post-mortem examination suggested alcohol and drugs did not play a part in her death.

Micheal Cohen should serve a long prison term’ – President Trump Tweets about his ex-lawyer

President Donald Trump has called for a long jail term for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted lying to Congress about pursuing a real estate deal with Russia on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 election campaign.

Trump also praised another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him drawing accusations of witness tampering and illegally obstructing the Russia collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump accused Cohen of fabricating stories about his Russia dealings to minimise his sentence on multiple counts of tax evasion, financial fraud and campaign finance violations that he has admitted in federal court in New York.

Last week Cohen also admitted to lying in testimony about contacts with powerful Moscow figures over building a Trump Tower in Moscow.

See the tweets below

Former U.S President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

george-h-w-bush-flag-portrait-gty-jc-180416_hpMain_1_16x9_992President George H.W. Bush the former helmsman of the US who ruled over the end of the Cold War is dead. He died on Friday night at the age of 94, said a family spokesman.
Bush’s regime was also noteworthy because he routed Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army. died on Friday night at the age of 94, a family spokesman said.
Bush, the 41st president of the United States, lived longer than any of his predecessors. His death at 10:10 p.m. Central time was announced in a statement issued by longtime spokesman Jim McGrath.
Bush lost a chance for a second term after breaking a no-new-taxes pledge. But his son who bears his name came, in as the 43rd President after the era of Bill Clinton.
The death was also announced by his family Friday night on Twitter.
“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement.
“He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”
His son George W. Bush, who served as the country’s 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family. “Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”george-hw-bush-gty-jt-180527_hpMain_16x9_608
Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital with a blood infection on April 22 — two days after the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush. He is survived by his five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush was with his wife when she died at the age of 92 on April 17.
“He, of course, is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day and was at her side when [she] left this good earth,” a statement from his office said after her death. “But it will not surprise all ofyou who know and love him, that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family.”`

First transgender political candidate reappears after kidnapping fears in India

ChandramukhiA transgender candidate in state elections in southern India has presented herself at a police station after her disappearance prompted fears of a kidnapping, police said on Thursday.

Chandramukhi Muvvala disappeared minutes after she left her one-room home on Tuesday morning in an informal settlement in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana state, where she is the only transgender candidate participating in December 7 elections.

She walked into Banjara Hills police station in Hyderabad late on Wednesday night with her lawyer, said R. Govinda Reddy, an officer at the station, who added that Muvvala has yet to give a statement about what happened to her.Chandramukhi Muvvala

“Right now we do not suspect anybody. But if she makes an allegation against anyone in her statement, we will inquire into it,” Reddy told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Muvvala was “extremely disoriented” when she reappeared, said her campaign aid Bittu Karthik.

Muvvala is an activist with the Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti, a local advocacy group for hijras – or transgender women – which campaigns against transphobic violence.

India has about 2 million transgender people, according to the 2011 census. Although the Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that transgender people have equal rights under the law, they are often shunned and many survive through begging or sex work.

Muvvala’s disappearance sparked concern in the transgender community about her safety, according to Karthik, who is also a member of Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti.

“There is disproportionate amount of violence against transgender people and as an electoral candidate, we fear physical violence can be used,” Karthik said on Wednesday.

Police said they had deployed special teams to trace Muvvala after a local court ordered them on Wednesday to produce her in court by Thursday morning.

Karthik said in a text message on Thursday morning that Muvvala would appear in court.

‘Robert Mugabe Can No Longer Walk’ – President Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe’s ex-President Robert Mugabe is in Singapore for medical care and now unable to walk because of ill health and old age, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday.

Mnangagwa told his ZANU-PF party supporters at a rally that the 94-year-old Mugabe had been receiving medical care in Singapore for the past two months.

“He (Mugabe) is now old. Of course, he now is unable to walk but whatever he asks for we will provide,” Mnangagwa told hundreds of supporters in Mugabe’s home area of Zvimba, about 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Harare.

“We are looking after him. He is the founding father of the nation of Zimbabwe. He is our founding father of free Zimbabwe.”

He said Mugabe was expected back in the country at the end of this month.
“He should have been back on October 25 but his health was not yet good,” Mnangagwa said.

“But yesterday we got a message that he thinks he is getting better. He will come back on 30 November.”
This month marked a year after Mugabe was toppled in a brief military intervention to end his 37-year grip on power.

Mnangagwa took over from Mugabe and was elected in disputed July 30 elections. He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe’s ailing economy by attracting much needed foreign direct investment.

Terrible Items Found In The Stomach Of A Floating Dead Whale

A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including drinking cups and flip-flops, a park official said Tuesday, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world’s largest plastic polluting countries.

Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops.

The carcass of the 9.5m (31ft) mammal was found in waters near Kapota Island in the Wakatobi National Park late on Monday.

The discovery has caused consternation among environmentalists.

“Although we have not been able to deduce the cause of death, the facts that we see are truly awful,” Dwi Suprapti, a marine species conservation co-ordinator at WWF Indonesia, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

It was not possible to say whether the plastic had caused the whale’s death because of its advanced state of decay, she added.

In a tweet, WWF Indonesia gave the breakdown of what was found inside the animal:

“Hard plastic (19 pieces, 140g), plastic bottles (4 pieces, 150g), plastic bags (25 pieces, 260g), flip-flops (2 pieces, 270g), pieces of string (3.26kg) & plastic cups (115 pieces, 750g).”

President Xi Jinping Visits the Philippines to Deepen Ties With the U.S. Ally

Xi JinpingChinese President Xi Jinping received a red-carpet welcome in the Philippines on Tuesday, as he paid his first visit to the U.S. treaty ally with offers of infrastructure loans and new accords to prevent clashes and possibly explore for oil and gas in the disputed South China Sea.

Xi was met by top officials as a military brass band played in Manila, the last stop in a three-nation swing through Asia in which he’s offering infrastructure loans and aid and championing free trade in a rivalry for influence with the United States.

Classes were suspended in Manila and thousands of police were deployed to secure the overnight visit of Xi, who Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once called “a great president.” More than 300 protesters with placards that read “Philippines not for sale” and “Hands off our land and seas” rallied in front of the Chinese Consulate in Manila.

Xi’s visit to the Philippines is the first by a Chinese president in 13 years.

“We have reopened the door of friendship and cooperation … bringing real benefits to our peoples and making an important contribution to regional peace, stability and prosperity,” Xi said in a statement issued after his arrival.

Beijing’s relations with Manila stagnated over long-seething territorial rifts in the South China Sea until Duterte won the presidency in mid-2016 and rebuilt ties with China while often pillorying U.S. security policies in a dramatic pivot. The administration of Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, brought the disputes with China over the strategic waterway to international arbitration and won, but China has ignored the outcome.

Duterte has refused to immediately demand Chinese compliance to the landmark ruling, which invalidated China’s sweeping claims to the waters, where Beijing has transformed a string of disputed reefs into missile-protected island bases.

Duterte’s rapprochement has fostered a new era of warming relations with the Asian economic powerhouse, with which he has sought trade and investment, infrastructure financing and weapons to fight insurgents. While Western governments have sharply criticized Duterte’s brutal crackdown against illegal drugs, China has not. Both Xi and Duterte have often been in the crosshairs of human rights groups.

After a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal in a Manila seaside park that was cordoned off by police, Xi and his entourage will meet Duterte and top Philippine officials later Tuesday at the nearby Malacanan presidential palace.

Two Philippine officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Duterte’s administration would likely sign a memorandum of understanding to support Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative,” an ambitious infrastructure loan program that has been criticized by the United States as endangering debtor nations to debt bondage and could compromise their independence.

Xi has denied the Chinese loans could lead to “foreign debt trap.”

The Philippine government won’t likely immediately accede to proposals for oil and gas exploration in disputed waters but may sign an agreement “to explore maritime cooperation” and establish a committee and a task force to hasten talks that may lead to a decision for a joint hunt for undersea fuel deposits, said the Philippine officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the touchy issue.

China has sought a so-called “Maritime and Air Liaison Mechanism,” an arrangement for forces of both countries to coordinate their naval and aircraft movement to prevent “incidents” in the contested waters, but the proposal has been opposed by Philippine defense officials, the officials said.

Filipino nationalists have warned that any agreement that can undermine the Philippines’ internationally recognized exclusive rights to fish and exploit resources within a 200-nautical-mile stretch of waters from the country’s coast would violate the Philippine constitution.

“The Philippines should not waive our sovereign rights as affirmed by the arbitral ruling,” said Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who has made extensive studies on the territorial conflicts.

Aside from their trade disputes, China and the United States have wrestled over the South China Sea. Chinese officials have asked Washington to back off from what they say is a purely Asian dispute, but the U.S. has vowed to maintain a presence in the waters, where it has no claims but has vowed to continue naval patrols to promote freedom of navigation and overflight despite Chinese warnings.

“We will continue to fly and sail wherever international law allows and our national interests demand; harassment will only strengthen our resolve. We will not change course,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a weekend meeting in Papua New Guinea that was attended by Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum leaders, including Xi.

Egyptian Cabinet announces country’s first smart parking garage

car-parkEgypt’s cabinet has announced the second phase of building Egypt’s first smart parking garage, in Korba district, Cairo. Dubbed the “first smart parking in the Middle East”, the garage is set to be the largest in the region, in terms of both surface area, and the number of cars it can fit.

In a video by the cabinet, which aired on DMC channel, Ebrahim Saber, deputy Cairo governor announced that “Egypt has finished the first phase of the garage and is on its way to operating it. The cost of the first phase is around LE 230 million.”

“This phase was designed to accommodate 900 cars through four levels underground,” Maged Zarif, operating manager of Roxy garage said. He added that the total surface area of the project was 40,000 meters square.

Some more details were revealed in the video, including the fact that the garage will have six automated systems, as well as six entrances and exists.

As for how clients can use the garage’s automated system, Zarif revealed the simple steps that a car owner has to follow in order to park their car, and then, later in the day, get it back,

“There is an elevator,”  Zarif said, “the client would put his car into the elevator, then the machine releases a card. He takes the card and leaves, goes to run his errands and forgets about the car.”

Zarif went on to explain how the car gets to an actual parking spot from the elevator, stressing that the entire process is automated; “The car descends 100% automatically, with no human interference, to a place in the garage.”multi-storey-car-park

The car stays in its designated parking spot underground, until the owner finishes his errands and return to the garage. All the car owner has to do is to “pay through his smart card,” which is given to him upon exiting the garage after parking the car. “Then, he inserts the card in the machine near the gate where he parked his car.”

“The car automatically ascends. This process, either entering or exiting, takes between two and three minutes.”

Back in July, Cairo governorate announced a plan to build several multi-story parking lots, in an attempt to reduce Cairo’s severe traffic congestion, and lack of parking spaces.

The project also aims to eliminate the phenomenon of the “Sayes”, who are individuals who illegally take control of free parking spaces in the streets, then charge customers parking there.

According to a study published by the World Bank in 2013, traffic congestion in Cairo costs Egypt around LE50 million. This is four percent of Egypt’s GDP.

Panic in Tanzania As Denmark withholds £7.5m aid to over ‘unacceptable homophobic comments’

magufuliDenmark has said it is withholding almost £8m in aid money from Tanzania over its human rights abuses and ”unacceptable homophobic comments“ made by a government official.

It came on the same day the World Bank announced it had scrapped a plan to loan Tanzania $300m (£235m) after the country reaffirmed its policy of banning pregnant girls from school and recently made it a crime to question official statistics.

Copenhagen, Tanzania‘s second-biggest donor, provided 349 million crowns (£41m) to the East African country last year.

“I am very worried about the negative development in Tanzania, the latest being the completely unacceptable homophobic statements from a commissioner,” minister for development cooperation, Ulla Tornaes, said on Twitter.

The comments in question were made by administrative chief of the capital Dar es Salaam, Paul Makonda, who earlier this month announced an anti-gay crackdown in the city, a spokeswoman for the Danish minister said.

However, President John Magufuli’s government has also been criticised by opposition politicians and international rights groups for what they say is growing authoritarianism and intolerance of dissent. The government rejects the criticism.

Last week, authorities carried out physical examinations on 10 men arrested at a gay wedding on the island of Zanzibar, according to police.

They were checked to see if there were any signs of same-sex relations, local police chief Suleiman Hassan said. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and can be punished by a sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment.

Amnesty International previously warned the men could be subjected to a forced anal examination as part of the investigation.

Seif Magango, the organisation’s East Africa deputy director, said it was “the government’s method of choice for ‘proving’ same-sex sexual activity among men”.

“This appalling attack on Tanzanian people simply exercising their human rights shows the danger of inflammatory and discriminatory rhetoric at senior levels of government,” he said.

“This is a shocking blow following the Tanzanian government’s assurance that no-one would be targeted and arrested because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Wife of Malaysian ex-prime minister granted bail after corruption charges

MALAYSIA-CORRUPTION-POLITICSRosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to corruption charges over an agreement in 2016 for a solar panel project for schools in eastern Malaysia.

Rosmah was released on a one million ringgit bail (238,560 dollars).

Her former aide, Rizal Mansor, was also charged in a separate courtroom over the same case and was also released on a one million ringgit bail.

Rosmah pleaded not guilty to two counts of soliciting and accepting a 189 million ringgit bribe for a 1.25 billion ringgit solar energy project involving 369 rural schools in Sarawak state on Borneo.

The 66-year-old Rosmah, who already faces multiple money laundering and tax evasion charges, appeared to be calm and composed as the new charges were being read out to her in court.

Upon leaving the building, a smiling Rosmah escorted by her husband Najib shed tears for the first time in public since his electoral defeat in May.

Emotional supporters approached her through a media scrum and heavy security.

In a separate unrelated case on Thursday, the court heard Adnan Mansor, former Federal Territories Minister during Najib’s tenure, pleading not guilty to receiving 3 million ringgit worth of bribes related to various land deals in Kuala Lumpur.

He was also released on one million ringgit bail.

Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s new prime minister, reopened the corruption case into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal against Najib after he defeated him in May’s elections.

UN blows hot over kidnap of students in Cameroon

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe United Nations is angry over the kidnap of students and staff of a secondary school in Bmenda, North-West of Cameroon and warned that there could be no justification for crimes against civilians, particularly minors.

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned the Monday’s reported kidnap and called for their immediate release and return to their homes and families.

No fewer than 79 students were reportedly abducted on Monday morning with their teacher, the principal and a driver.

The abduction has prompted a massive search operation involving the Cameroonian army.

One student who hid under a bed said that events unfolded quickly as the kidnappers threatened to shoot, rounding up the older boys and leaving the smaller ones behind.

While no group has taken responsibility for the kidnappings, some journalists report that separatists complain that the Cameroon school system suppresses the English-speaking system inherited from the British.

The spokesperson of the UN, Stéphane Dujarric, quoted Secretary-General that there was the need for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon through an inclusive dialogue process.

According to him, the UN stands ready to assist in this regard. (NAN)

Prince Charles and Camilla Begin Africa Tour As They Are Set To Visit Nigeria.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have touched down in The Gambia to begin their nine-day tour of Africa.

Charles and Camilla arrived at Banjul International Airport on Wednesday evening where they were greeted with a ceremonial welcome from dancers in colourful dress and a long line of dignitaries.

The couple were met on the red carpet by President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, and one of his wives; Mr Barrow practices polygamy and has four living children with his two partners.

Camilla, 71, looked smart in a white kaftan embellished with gold embroidery and matching wide-leg trousers, matching her glamorous Gambian counterpart and host Mrs Sarjo Mballow-Barrow.

Mr Barrow’s ‘second wife’, Fatou Bah, is not believed to have been present.
Later, the couple were officially welcomed to the country by the President at a ceremony in McCarthy Square in the Capital City of Banjul, and enjoyed a cultural performance at the Coco Ocean Hotel.

The prince and duchess will tour the Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria on behalf of the British government on their tour, Clarence House announced last month.

The couple will return to London just in time for Prince Charles’ landmark 70th birthday on November 14.
However the Palace has indicated that the various birthday celebrations for the heir to the throne will take place throughout the year.

They set off for The Gambia on the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex travelled back from their two-week tour of Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand – meaning the two couples will have just missed each other.

Key events in the tour include a visit to the Medical Research Council, which is a faculty of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

The centre has undertaken pioneering research into malaria and other diseases which affect millions of people across Africa.

Ethiopia’s First Female President Sahle-work Zewde Sworn In

The sudden resignation of former President Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday, Ethopia’s parliament has appointed a new president.

The role has been given to Ms Zewde Sahle-Work, an experienced diplomat who most recently held a position with the United Nations.

Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken up by women.

In her acceptance speech, President Sahle-Work spoke about the importance of maintaining peace.

She was voted in after the unexpected resignation of her predecessor, Mulatu Teshome yesterday October 24th.

Teshome, who has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013, submitted his letter of resignation to the Ethiopian parliament’s two houses.

In the Ethiopian constitution, the post of president is ceremonial with the prime minister holding the political power.

Chinese And Russian Spies Hack Donald Trump’s Iphone

President Donald Trump’s cellphone conversations are being intercepted by Russia and China to gather information on his associates and policy positions.

According to a report by NYT, the discovery was made by White House officials who were alerted by individuals working within these foreign governments.

However, the names of the White House officials and individuals working within these foreign governments have remained anonymous for security reasons.

They said the Chinese have determined a list of contacts with whom the president speaks most frequently.

The president keeps two official iPhones with modifications by the National Security Agency, and a third personal phone for personal contacts, White House officials said, but using any cell phone poses some risk.

The report indicated Trump prefers using his cell phones over the White House’s more secure landline.

China has sought to use the information to form ties with Trump’s associates or “friends of the Trump friends” to ensure Beijing’s views will be delivered to the president, according to the officials cited in the report.

Two men named in the report were businessmen Stephen A. Schwarzman and
Steve Wynn , who both have dealings in China.

Russia does not monitor the president’s phone conversations to the extent of China because of Trump’s supposed affinity for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But Trump’s aides have reportedly warned that Russian spies are “routinely eavesdropping” on his calls, the report said.

Ethiopian president, Mulatu Teshome resigns

President Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia filed resignation request to the Ethiopian parliament today.

Teshome, who has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013, submitted his letter of resignation to the Ethiopian parliament’s two houses.

They are scheduled to consider his resignation.
The houses would eventually name his successor in a joint extraordinary session on Thursday.

The joint extraordinary session of the Ethiopian parliament on Thursday “will deliberate on the president’s application for resignation and will elect a new president.’’ according to ENA news agency.

The president, who conducted his doctoral studies in international law at Peking University in China, was unanimously appointed as Ethiopia’s president on October 7, 2013 while he was serving as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey.

Teshome is a member of Oromo Democratic Party, one of the four member parties of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front.

His imminent resignation also came shortly after Ethiopian government’s cabinet reshuffle. The Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives, the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house, earlier approved the appointment of 16 new cabinet members upon the endorsement of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in which only four of the previous cabinet’s members remained in their positions.

Teshome, 63, had served in various high-level Ethiopian government offices and ministries as deputy minister of economic development and cooperation, minister of agriculture, and spokesperson of the house of federation.

U.S To Call-Off A 30-Year-Old Landmark Nuclear Deal With Russia — Donald Trump

On Friday, President Donald Trump confirmed that the United States plans to leave a landmark nuclear weapons treaty with Russia
over claims Moscow has violated the deal.

The 30–year old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, was signed in 1987 by president Ronald Reagan.

‘We’re the ones who have stayed in the agreement and we’ve honored the agreement, but Russia has not unfortunately honored the agreement, so we’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.

Russia has violated the agreement. They’ve been violating it for many years.

I don’t know why President Barack Obama didn’t negotiate or pull out. And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons while we’re not allowed to’ Trump told reporters during a rally in Nevada.

Trump spoke as his National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Moscow to meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin this year.

The U.S.-Russia ties are under deep strain over accusations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, as well as tension over Russian support for the Syrian government in the country’s civil war, and the conflict in Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia finally confirms the death of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi and 18 top officials have been detained

Saudi Arabia has just announced that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared in Istanbul more than two weeks ago, is dead.

Eighteen Saudi officials have been arrested and are being investigated in connection with the case, according to a statement released through state-run media.

In the statement, the kingdom’s public prosecutor said that an investigation had found that an argument broke out between Khashoggi and men who met him inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd, leading to “a fistfight that led to his death.”

Turkish officials have said that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by a team of 15 Saudi agents who had flown in to meet him. His body has yet to be found.

Former Sudan President, Abdulrahman Al-Dahab Dies At 83

Ex Sudanese President, Abdulrahman Al-Dahab has died in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Dahab, aged 83, was the fifth President of Sudan. The former army officer served as president of Sudan from April 6, 1985, to May 6, 1986, after staging a coup.

He became more prominent when a former President, Gaafar Nimeiry, appointed him chief of staff, and later minister of defence and general commander of the armed forces, in 1984. In 1985, he staged a coup ousting Nimeiry.

This made him to become the chairman of Transitional Military Council.
Following elections, he surrendered power to the government of Sadiq al-Mahdi in 1986.

50% Women Included in Ethiopia’s New Cabinet Push For Gender Equality

Ethiopia’s new cabinet boats 50% female in its Lawmakers, on Tuesday, October 16, unanimously approved the nominations put forward by Ethiopia’s reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The new cabinet, which reduces ministerial positions from 28 to 20, has women in the top security posts for the first time in Ethiopia’s history.

Although women have been in the cabinet before, they often held minor positions. In the new cabinet, the women hold key positions.

Women will now run key dockets including defense, trade, transport, and the newly-established ministry of peace that will tackle the wave of ethnic violence that has swept the country. Abiy said the move was meant to “show respect” to the women’s participation in nation-building and to “disprove the adage that women can’t lead.”

Awol Allo, an expert on Ethiopia at Britain’s Keele University, said this was especially important because the lack of gender equality is a persistent problem in the country, which has strong patriarchal traditions.
Allo said:

It is a very important and progressive move on the part of the prime minister and very consistent with the transformative agendas he’s been pursuing.

I also think it sends a strong message to young Ethiopian women that one day they can take up positions in the government.

Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.

But concerns remain, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving.

According to BBC News, Information has been sent to 15m households about the new laws and there are public awareness campaigns.

Ian Power, from the town of St John’s began queuing at 20:00 local time so he could “make history”.

Newfoundland is half an hour ahead of the next province to the west.
“It’s been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, and here I finally am,” he said.

Canadian provinces and municipalities have been preparing for months for the end of cannabis prohibition. They are responsible for setting out where cannabis can be bought and consumed.

This has created a patchwork of more or less restrictive legislation across the country.

A woman whose husband pretended to have cancer has said his years of lying “stole so much of my life”.

Lucy Witchard, of Leicester, said David Carroll, 35, told her he had leukaemia when they met in 2006 – they married in 2011 and have since divorced.

She said in 2015 her mother gave him £2,000 for treatment in the US after he said the cancer was terminal.
Carroll was given a suspended prison sentence for fraud at Leicester Magistrates’ Court last week.

Ms Witchard told the BBC the family became suspicious while Carroll was in the US – enjoying a holiday rather than receiving cancer treatment.
The 31-year-old said she confronted him on his return, but he went “ballistic” and tried to keep up the pretence.

“He even got a work colleague to call me pretending to be his doctor,” she said.

“I knew after that phone call that our marriage was over.”
Carroll later admitted he had lied about having leukaemia.
Ms Witchard said she still felt “incredibly hurt and angry”, as he “stole so much of my life”.

Finally Melania Trump speaks on her husband’s alleged infidelity

Melania sat for an interview with ABC News while she was in Africa and she spoke about her husband, Donald Trump’s alleged infidelity, being bullied online, and more.

Speaking to Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas in an exclusive interview during her recent tour through Africa — her first solo international trip as first lady, US First Lady, Melania Trump brushed aside allegations of infideltiy on her husband’s part.

She said:

I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do.
It is not concern and focus of mine.

President Trump insists the alleged affair between himself and porn star Stormy Daniel never took place even though he admitted that his lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen paid Stormy hush-money.

In June, the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said the first lady “believes her husband, and she knows it’s untrue,” referring to Melania Trump’s thoughts on Stormy Daniels’ claims.

Asked about Giuliani’s comments, the first lady pushed back, telling ABC News that she never discussed the matter with Giuliani.

“I never talked to Mr. Giuliani,” she said. Asked why Giuliani made that claim, she added, “I don’t know. You need to ask him.”
In his exclusive interview, Llamas asked the first lady if she has been hurt by all the stories over the last year.

“It’s not always pleasant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and not true,” Melania Trump said.

Despite the public’s constant focus on her personal life, the persistent allegations of infidelity and the onslaught of accusations of sexual misconduct against her husband, the first lady insists their marriage is good and that she loves her husband.

“Yes, we are fine,” she said. “It’s what media speculate, and it’s gossip. It’s not always correct stuff.”
Melania Trump later added: “I’m very strong, and I know what my priorities are.”

Hurricane Michael left ‘unimaginable destruction’

Hurricane Michael left “unimaginable destruction” as it ploughed into coastal areas of Florida, the state’s governor, Rick Scott says.

“So many lives have been changed forever,” he said. “So many families have lost everything.”

The worst hit areas of Florida’s northwest coast saw houses ripped from their foundations, trees felled, and power lines strewn across streets.

Hurricane Michael struck on Wednesday with winds of 155mph (250km/h).
It weakened to a storm as it moved inland towards the north-east, but at least six people have died, most of them in Florida.

More than 370,000 people in Florida were ordered to evacuate but officials believe many ignored the warning.
Governor Scott said the US Coast Guard carried out 10 missions overnight, saving at least 27 people.

Which areas are worst affected?

Michael ploughed into Florida’s Panhandle coast near the town of Mexico Beach at 14:00 (18:00 GMT) on Wednesday, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the US mainland.

Ranked four on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale and with a storm surge of 9ft (2.7m), it lifted homes from their foundations and heavily damaged others in districts closest to the sea in Mexico Beach, CNN helicopter footage showed.

Twenty survivors were found in the town overnight, AP reports, but 285 had refused to obey warnings to evacuate.
Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Brock Long, called Mexico Beach “ground zero” due to the damage.

Trees were downed in Panama City, northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings flattened, boats and electrical cables scattered.

Apalachicola, with 2,300 residents, was also badly affected, the mayor reporting that downed cables were making it difficult to get through the town.

Debris and floodwater are also making some of the worst-hit areas difficult to reach.

Governor Scott urged residents not to return until the authorities “make sure things are safe”, given the danger from power lines and other debris.

UK appoints Minister for Suicide Prevention and pledges £1.8 million to The Samaritans

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has appointed the first ever Suicide Minister dedicated to reducing suicide across the country.

The PM promoted junior health minister Jackie Doyle-Price and pledged £1.8million to fund The Samaritans helpline for four years.

Mrs May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

Mrs May said her appointee would lead a taskforce, introduce suicide prevention plans nationwide and work with victims’ families and charities.

To mark World Mental Health Day, the PM said: “We aren’t looking after our health if we aren’t looking after our mental health. We need true parity between physical and mental health.”

Ms Doyle-Price said more must be done to tackle the “stigma” people with mental ill health face – and ensure they feel they can “reach out for help”.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said progress was being made, noting suicides rates are coming down.

Two Women Arrested For Sitting Naked In The Middle Of Manchester.

Two naked women covered head-to-toe in jam sat on a bench in broad daylight in the middle of Manchester city centre. Shocked hoppers watched the unusual spectacle on Market Street just before midday on Wednesday.

A crowd formed around the two women outside Barclays bank in the middle of the busy shopping street, M.E.N. reported .

Video footage show the women covered head to toe in a sticky red substance while they sat side-by-side.
Other images show them covering themselves in white sheets as two police officers speak to them.

One onlooker told the M.E.N that the two women appeared to be covered in what looked like some kind of red jam.
He said: “They looked like they were rubbing strawberry jam on each other.”

Confused onlookers took to Twitter to try and find out who and why they were there.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said officers are ‘looking into’ the incident.
They added: “Officers were called to Market Street following reports of two naked women sat on a bench covered in jam.”

Katie Price arrested for drink-driving after ‘crashing her pink Range Rover into a bush’

Katie Price , 40, has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after allegedly crashing her garish pink Range Rover in Woolwich, South East London in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

According to the Sun, the former glamour model was arrested by cops in the early hours of this morning after attending the 30th birthday party of her ex-boyfriend Kris Boyson.

The mother of five was forced to spend the night in a police cell after being found by officers inside the damaged vehicle and given a breath test.She was arrested at the scene and remains in custody this morning.

A Met Police spokesman said: “At approximately 2am British Transport Police officers came across a car showing signs of damage stationary at the roadside in Shooters Hill Road, Woolwich.

“A 40-year-old woman who was inside the car was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. She was taken to a south London police station where she remains.”

Before her arrest, she attended a 30th birthday party for her ex-partner at the Meze Bar, in Bexleyheath, South East London.

BTP officers alerted Met Police colleagues and Katie was taken to a nearby police station, where she was examined by a doctor.

Her fingerprints, mugshot and a DNA saliva sample were taken, as is routine for any suspect arrested over a criminal offense.

Donald Trump Seeks Dismissal Of Stormy Daniels’ Lawsuit

The United States President Donald Trump has asked a federal judge to dismiss adult film actress Stormy Daniels ‘ lawsuit challenging the validity of a US$130,000 hush money agreement over a tryst she claimed they had more than a decade ago.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday, Trump’s lawyer said the lawsuit by Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford , is moot because Trump never signed the agreement and has said he will not try to enforce it.

“There is no actual controversy between the plaintiff and Mr. Trump,” the president’s lawyer Charles Harder wrote.

Reacting to the dismissal request, Michael Avenatti , who represents Daniels, said keeping the case alive serves the public interest, and wants Trump to give sworn testimony.

“This was anticipated and we are not concerned about it,” Avenatti said in an email.

Daniels has claimed to have had a sexual liaison with Trump at a 2006 celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe, shortly after his wife Melania Trump gave birth to their son. But the president has repeatedly denied he had sex with Daniels.

A hearing on his dismissal request is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Daniels had struck the hush money agreement with Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, saying Trump told him before the election to arrange hush money payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal , who claimed she had an affair with him. But Trump also denied having an affair with McDougal.

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as a US Supreme Court justice

Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in as a Supreme Court justice after he was narrowly confirmed by the United States Senate.

The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation after a battle that rubbed raw the country’s cultural, gender and political divides.

Justice Kavanaugh was quickly sworn in at the court building, across the street from the Capitol, even as protesters chanted outside.

The near party-line Senate vote was 50-48 as Vice President Mike Pence presided over the roll call with his potential tie-breaking vote becoming unnecessary.

Kavanaugh replaces the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

Fuel tanker explosion kills 50 people in Congo

Not less than 50 people have been killed and about 100 others suffered serious burns after a fuel tanker crashed into a vehicle in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The accident happened in the village of Mbuta, about 130 km (80 miles) from the capital. Deputy Governor of Kongo Central province, Atou Matubuana Nkuluki said: “We are mourning the death of about 50 people.

There are also about 100 people with second-degree burns.”

The crash follows another incident in 2010 when a fuel tanker overturned and exploded, leaving at least 230 people dead. Roads in the country are poor due to years of war.

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