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EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

EU court threatens Poland with heavy fines over ancient forest logging

The EU's top court on Monday warned Poland's rightwing government to "immediately" stop logging in one of Europe's last primeval forests or face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($118,000) a day. The case is the latest in a string of issues causing tension between Warsaw and Brussels, which has watched the Polish administration's recent judicial reforms with alarm. "Poland must immediately cease its active forest management operations in the Bialowieza Forest, except in exceptional cases where they are strictly necessary to ensure public safety," said the European Court of Justice.

These buses in London will be powered by coffee

These buses in London will be powered by coffee

Even these buses need their fill of caffeine. Waste coffee grounds will be powering some of London's buses from Monday on, according to tech firm bio-bean, and petrol giant Shell. SEE ALSO: This R2-D2 coffee press is out of this world The biofuel contains coffee oil, extracted from waste coffee grounds. This biofuel, which makes up 20 percent of the final fuel blend, will then be mixed with traditional diesel. According to bio-bean, the average Londoner drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, translating to over 200,000 tonnes of waste a year.  The company takes some of these used coffee grounds from high street chains and factories, drying and processing them before oil can be extracted. This is later processed into a blended B20 biofuel, which simply refers to biofuel which is mixed with petroleum diesel.  Buses can run on the fuel without any need for modification. Image: Dinendra Haria/REX/ShutterstockSo far, 6,000 litres of coffee oil have been produced, which according to the firm could power a bus for an entire year, if mixed with diesel. “It’s a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," said bio-bean founder Arthur Kay in a press release.  "Thousands of litres of coffee-derived B20 biodiesel will help power London buses for the first time.” Bio-bean is a London-based startup that won an innovation award from Shell in 2013. WATCH: Tesla unveils their latest roadster and it's beautiful

World's largest whales are mostly 'right-handed': study

World's largest whales are mostly 'right-handed': study

Blue whales, the world's largest animals, usually favor their right side when they lunge to catch food -- a preference similar to right-handedness in people, researchers said Monday. The report was based on analysis of the movement of 63 blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) off the coast of California. Most blue whales veer right in deep water, where it is dark and there are a lot of krill, so visual contact is not as important.

Neolithic House of the Dead: 6,000-Year-Old 'Cat's Brain' Monument Sheds Light on Early Civilization

Neolithic House of the Dead: 6,000-Year-Old 'Cat's Brain' Monument Sheds Light on Early Civilization

This summer, the University of Reading Archaeology Field School, U.K., excavated one of the most extraordinary sites we have ever had the pleasure of investigating. The site is an Early Neolithic long barrow known as “Cat’s Brain” and is likely to date to around 3,800 BC. It lies in the heart of the lush Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, U.K., halfway between the iconic monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. To illustrate this, our excavations at Cat’s Brain failed to find any human remains, and instead of a tomb they revealed a timber hall, suggesting that it was very much a “house for the living." This provides an interesting opportunity to rethink these famous monuments.

Pacific Hyperloop keeps chugging along amid interest in ultra-high-speed transit

Pacific Hyperloop keeps chugging along amid interest in ultra-high-speed transit

Pacific Hyperloop is moving ahead with its concept for tube travel between Seattle and Portland, in hopes of riding in the slipstream of the Pacific Northwest’s growing interest in ultra-high-speed transit. “If Seattle and Portland were just 20 minutes apart, what could we accomplish together?” Charlie Swan, a University of Washington senior who’s Pacific Hyperloop’s co-founder and regional engagement manager, said on Saturday during the TEDxSeattle 2017 conference. Swan said sending magnetically levitating pods between the two cities would help knit together the region, resulting in a “type of human interaction like the world has never seen before.” But turning… Read More

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

Russia confirms 'extremely high' readings of radioactive pollution

"Probes of radioactive aerosols from monitoring stations Argayash and Novogorny were found to contain radioisotope Ru-106" between September 25 and October 1, the Rosgidromet service said. The highest concentration was registered at the station in Argayash, a village in the Chelyabinsk region in the southern Urals, which had "extremely high pollution" of Ru-106, exceeding natural background pollution by 986 times, the service said. The isotope was then detected in Tatarstan and then in southern Russia, eventually reaching "all European countries starting in Italy and toward the north of Europe" from September 29, Rosgidromet said.

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain, Portugal struggle with extreme drought

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent. Nearly all of Portugal has suffered extreme drought conditions during the last six months, which has not happened since 2005. A majority of Spain has also received considerably less rain than it normally would.

Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost town

Self-taught rocket scientist plans to launch over ghost town

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there's still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist Mad Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Hughes is a 61-year-old limo driver who's spent the last few years building a steam-powered rocket out of salvage parts in his garage.

Our Ancient Neanderthal Relatives Went Extinct Much Later Than We Thought

Our Ancient Neanderthal Relatives Went Extinct Much Later Than We Thought

The research—which is published in the journal Heliyon—found that after Neanderthals died in most regions of the world, some lived in what’s now Spain for an additional 3,000 years. The findings come from more than ten years of work conducted by researchers from around the globe, who shoveled new sites in Spain. “In three new excavation sites, we found Neanderthal artifacts dated to thousands of years later than anywhere else in Western Europe,” João Zilhão, lead author of the study, said in a statement.

The Connected Vocabularies of Six-Month-Olds

The Connected Vocabularies of Six-Month-Olds

No matter how many words you can define, your vocabulary isn’t like a dictionary. Your mind stores language not as a list of words, but as a network of categories, properties, and meanings, with stronger connections between related words, like newspaper and magazine, than unrelated ones, like wallet and avalanche.

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

Swiss nuclear plant finds defective tubes from France's Areva

Tubes supplied by French nuclear energy giant Areva to a plant in northern Switzerland are defective and will be replaced, Swiss nuclear safety inspectors and the company said Monday. "The nuclear power plant in Leibstadt informed the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (IFSN) a few days ago that some of its fuel production components did not meet specifications", the agency said in a statement. Areva said the problem was linked to the "sporadic dysfunction of the control system" in zirconium tubes, which are used to encase fuel rods at nuclear plants.

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

Singapore rolls out tough measures to keep cars off the roads

In the battle against the car, space-starved Singapore has deployed road tolls, massive spending on public transport, and a licence fee that bumps the cost of an average vehicle to over $80,000. Singapore has gone further than any other major city to avoid the monster jams that have blighted Asian metropolises such as Jakarta or Manila.

Russia Wants Its Gun-Toting Robot to Pilot a Shuttle to the International Space Station

Russia Wants Its Gun-Toting Robot to Pilot a Shuttle to the International Space Station

Russia wants to send its most high-tech robot into a space as a pilot on a voyage to the International Space Station. Fedor—which stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research, as well as being a common Russian name—has been earmarked for greatness by Russian engineers and astrophysicists. Russia’s state space agency Roscosmos announced in March that it has selected Fedor to pilot the agency’s new spacecraft Federatsiya into orbit in 2021—a flight he may undertake solo.

Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patients

Squirrels could hold secret to preventing brain damage for stroke patients

Squirrels could hold the key to helping stroke patients avoid brain damage, scientists believe. Researchers in the US have discovered that when squirrels hibernate a protective process occurs in their cells which allows their brain to function with reduced blood flow and oxygen. When they awaken the animals suffer no ill-effects despite being deprived of essential nutrients.   During an ischemic stroke the blood supply, containing sugar and oxygen, is cut off to the brain, causing cells to die, which often leads to paralysis and speech problems. Scientists from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) believe that creating a drug which could trigger the same cellular changes of hibernating squirrels could prevent that brain damage. "If we could only turn on the process hibernators appear to use to protect their brains, we could help protect the brain during a stroke and ultimately help people recover," said first author Joshua Bernstock, a graduate student at NINDS. Around 100,000 people have strokes each year in Britain, and 85 per cent will suffer ischemic strokes, with almost two thirds of the survivors leaving hospital with a disability. There 1.2 million people currently living in the UK with the after-effects from a stroke. Two thirds of people leave hospital after having a stroke with a disability  Credit: Peter DazeleyGetty Images Contributor Currently, the only way to minimize stroke-induced cell death is to remove the clot as soon as possible. But if a treatment could be quickly administered which helped the brain survive without blood and oxygen, outcomes for patients could be radically improved, experts believe. Researchers found that a cellular process called SUMOlyation goes into overdrive when squirrels hibernate, protecting their cells. They found that process could be boosted by the enzyme ebselen. When ebselen was injected into animal brain cells, they stayed alive, even when deprived of blood and oxygen. Further experiments also showed that ebselen boosted SUMOylation in the brains of healthy mice. "For decades scientists have been searching for an effective brain-protecting stroke therapy to no avail. said Dr Francesca Bosetti, program director at NINDS. “If the compound identified in this study successfully reduces tissue death and improves recovery in further experiments, it could lead to new approaches for preserving brain cells after an ischemic stroke." In numbers | Stroke Mr Bernstock said he hoped the research would encourage other scientists to look to nature to solve pressing medical problems. "As a physician-scientist, I really like to work on projects that have clear relevance for patients," he added. "I always want outcomes that can lend themselves to new therapeutics for people who are in need." The research was published in The FASEB Journal, the journal of the Foundation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system: study

A rocky cigar-shaped object detected in space last month came from another solar system, astronomers said Monday as they confirmed an unprecedented observation. The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, said the researchers, who published their study in the British journal Nature. The asteroid, named Oumuamua by its discoverers, is one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly elongated --perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday did not come from an Argentine submarine that has been lost for five days, the country's navy said Monday, dashing newfound hope among relatives of the 44 sailors aboard.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

BEIRUT (AP) — His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

By Walter Bianchi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location. The defense ministry has said the ARA San Juan appeared to try to make contact through seven failed satellite calls on Saturday between late morning and early afternoon. The vessel was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina's coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon's army chief urged his soldiers on Tuesday to stand fully ready at the southern border to face the "threats of the Israeli enemy". General Joseph Aoun also called on the troops to stay vigilant for the "good implementation" of U.N. resolution 1701 to "preserve stability" at the border with Israel. Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

It was a life-changing moment for David when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The Lagos state government said those detained had been engaging in "gay activities" and "permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature".

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Gaia Pope was traumatised by the impending release from jail on child sex offences of a college friend against whom she had made a police complaint. Gaia, 19, had accused Connor Hayes of sexual abuse after they had stopped seeing each other two years ago, the offender’s mother said yesterday.  Police had dropped that investigation into Hayes, 24, but had prosecuted him successfully for persuading another girlfriend to take part in a sex video which was then uploaded onto the internet. Hayes was jailed for two years in April after pleading guilty to three separate offences of taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.  He was due for release in the coming months, under rules which mean offenders serve half their sentence. Connor Hayes, 24, was jailed for sex offences Gaia’s family and friends said the “traumatic incident” and fear of Hayes’ release had made her “very anxious” and that could have triggered an epileptic seizure. Gaia’s body was discovered on Saturday close to a cliff edge near to Swanage, in Dorset, where she had last been seen on November 7. A post mortem ruled out the involvement of any third party in her death and yesterday police acknowledged the “stress and anxiety” caused to three members of one family arrested on suspicion of her murder.  Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, who were all dragged into the case, are threatening to sue police for wrongful arrest after an alleged CCTV mix-up caused by the clocks changing. Ms Dinch's daughter, Deborah Elsey, told The Sun she had given police CCTV footage from her house that showed her son, who said he had known Miss Pope, leaving his home. "When they questioned him, the time didn't match the time on the footage so they dragged him in for murder," Ms Elsey said. Gaia Pope The inquiry into Gaia’s death will now turn to what triggered her behaviour in the hours before she vanished. Hannah Sutherland, her aunt, spoke of “a traumatic incident a couple of years ago”. She said: “And because of her epilepsy, prior to a seizure she could get very anxious and that was apparently part of what came out as some of the anxiety. She was anxious there could potentially be some parole or something coming up.” Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland said the incident had “had a really devastating effect on her”. Mr Sutherland said he had lots of questions that now needed answers, telling ITV News: “We want to know more. I think we know that she was really struggling [with] a lot of issues and she clearly just couldn’t cope with that. With the epilepsy she was just struggling badly.” Hayes’s mother confirmed that Gaia had made a complaint against her son although the detail of the allegation is not clear. In a statement, she said: “I am aware that my son had a brief friendship with Gaia Pope when she was 16 and had just started college. “Within weeks of their friendship ending, Gaia made an accusation to the police which was not upheld. “To the best of my knowledge my son has not had any contact with Gaia since their friendship ended at least two years ago.” Police cordon off an area close to the coastal path at Swanage Hayes, from Bournemouth, and his friend William Wright, 24, from Bovington, also in Dorset, were both jailed for two years for abusing another victim. The victim had been persuaded by Hayes in November 2014 to take part in a sex video with Wright, telling the girl that the video was for personal use.  Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hayes and Wright shot 10 video clips and 27 still images of them having sex with the girl. Their victim was 16 at the time and over the age of consent for sex but under the age of 18, meaning it was illegal to make or possess indecent images of her. A year later, in November 2015, the video was uploaded onto the internet and the men were arrested shortly afterwards.  Gaia Pope's sister says she was the 'light of my life' 01:38 Wright’s father Jeremy Wright insisted yesterday his son had not known Gaia and bore no responsibility for her death. Mr Wright said he had been told by his son’s friends that Hayes had faced further accusations, although he was unclear what they were. Gaia’s family and friends have now begun a campaign seeking justice. Lucy Tuffin, her close friend, posted on Facebook: “No one can hurt you anymore Gaia, if I could have protected you from it all I would have,” adding: “Justice for Gaia. It was You and Me against the world and still is.” Her cousin, Marienna Weidemann-Pope, had posted on Facebook “#JusticeForGaia” which was being shared across the social networking site. Gaia Pope caught on CCTV on the day she went missing Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope said in a written tribute: “A wise magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world. Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. “Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony, a light that will radiate for all eternity. Meet me at the gate my darling and so we are here longing for you for the rest of our lives. Together forever, united as one, your Mum always.” Gaia’s twin sister, Maya, said in tribute: “Gaia is my everything and I am heartbroken.”  Dorset police confirmed the three people arrested in connection with Gaia’s disappearance had been released from investigation without any further action. Detective superintendent Paul Kessell, said: “I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety. However, we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry.  “The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her.” The cause of Gaia's death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina's navy revealed Monday that a submarine missing for five days reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata," said Gabriel Galeazzi, the head of the naval base in the northeastern city, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the navy, meanwhile told a press conference in the capital that seven signals received by naval bases over the weekend were not attempted distress calls from the submarine, as previously hoped.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad in Russia, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group. Monday's talks came during an unannounced "working visit" by Assad to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, ahead of a summit between Putin and the leaders of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process.

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

An Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been from the vessel, but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" to see if it was the boat. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of  search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon plane to record it with sonobuoys. He later said experts determined the noise did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media. He said it likely came from a "biological" source. ARA San Juan  in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. Timeline | Submarine accidents US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Submarine rescue mission Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves were hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

By Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany's president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government. The failure of exploratory coalition talks involving her conservative bloc, the liberal pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens raises the prospect of a new election and casts doubt about her future after 12 years in power. Merkel, 63, said she was sceptical about ruling in a minority government, telling ARD television: "My point of view is that new elections would be the better path." Her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government, she said after meeting President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

By Yimou Lee NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State. Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads a civilian administration that is less than two years old, for failing to speak out more strongly.

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018 Remember Confederate Motorcycles? Back in September, we wrote about how – presumably following the Commemorative Air Force's lead – the company decided that being associated with the Confederate States of America

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers painted the Mexican man on trial for killing a woman along a San Francisco pier as either a sick individual who brought a gun to the tourist spot in order to harm someone, or as a hapless homeless person who picked up an object he didn't know was a firearm until it went off accidentally.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

Argentina's navy says sounds didn't come from missing sub

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Sounds detected by probes deep in the South Atlantic on Monday did not come from an Argentine submarine that has been lost for five days, the country's navy said Monday, dashing newfound hope among relatives of the 44 sailors aboard.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat

BEIRUT (AP) — His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

By Walter Bianchi MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location. The defense ministry has said the ARA San Juan appeared to try to make contact through seven failed satellite calls on Saturday between late morning and early afternoon. The vessel was 432 km (268 miles) off Argentina's coast when its location was last known early on Wednesday.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon army chief calls for readiness at Israel border

Lebanon's army chief urged his soldiers on Tuesday to stand fully ready at the southern border to face the "threats of the Israeli enemy". General Joseph Aoun also called on the troops to stay vigilant for the "good implementation" of U.N. resolution 1701 to "preserve stability" at the border with Israel. Israeli officials had no immediate comment.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

Nigerian and gay: dodging police and the Yahoo Boys

It was a life-changing moment for David when five police officers in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, locked him in the back of a van two years ago. The Lagos state government said those detained had been engaging in "gay activities" and "permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature".

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Child sex offender's release from jail had tormented tragic Gaia Pope 

Gaia Pope was traumatised by the impending release from jail on child sex offences of a college friend against whom she had made a police complaint. Gaia, 19, had accused Connor Hayes of sexual abuse after they had stopped seeing each other two years ago, the offender’s mother said yesterday.  Police had dropped that investigation into Hayes, 24, but had prosecuted him successfully for persuading another girlfriend to take part in a sex video which was then uploaded onto the internet. Hayes was jailed for two years in April after pleading guilty to three separate offences of taking an indecent moving image of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.  He was due for release in the coming months, under rules which mean offenders serve half their sentence. Connor Hayes, 24, was jailed for sex offences Gaia’s family and friends said the “traumatic incident” and fear of Hayes’ release had made her “very anxious” and that could have triggered an epileptic seizure. Gaia’s body was discovered on Saturday close to a cliff edge near to Swanage, in Dorset, where she had last been seen on November 7. A post mortem ruled out the involvement of any third party in her death and yesterday police acknowledged the “stress and anxiety” caused to three members of one family arrested on suspicion of her murder.  Rosemary Dinch, 71, her son Paul Elsey, 49, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, who were all dragged into the case, are threatening to sue police for wrongful arrest after an alleged CCTV mix-up caused by the clocks changing. Ms Dinch's daughter, Deborah Elsey, told The Sun she had given police CCTV footage from her house that showed her son, who said he had known Miss Pope, leaving his home. "When they questioned him, the time didn't match the time on the footage so they dragged him in for murder," Ms Elsey said. Gaia Pope The inquiry into Gaia’s death will now turn to what triggered her behaviour in the hours before she vanished. Hannah Sutherland, her aunt, spoke of “a traumatic incident a couple of years ago”. She said: “And because of her epilepsy, prior to a seizure she could get very anxious and that was apparently part of what came out as some of the anxiety. She was anxious there could potentially be some parole or something coming up.” Gaia’s father Richard Sutherland said the incident had “had a really devastating effect on her”. Mr Sutherland said he had lots of questions that now needed answers, telling ITV News: “We want to know more. I think we know that she was really struggling [with] a lot of issues and she clearly just couldn’t cope with that. With the epilepsy she was just struggling badly.” Hayes’s mother confirmed that Gaia had made a complaint against her son although the detail of the allegation is not clear. In a statement, she said: “I am aware that my son had a brief friendship with Gaia Pope when she was 16 and had just started college. “Within weeks of their friendship ending, Gaia made an accusation to the police which was not upheld. “To the best of my knowledge my son has not had any contact with Gaia since their friendship ended at least two years ago.” Police cordon off an area close to the coastal path at Swanage Hayes, from Bournemouth, and his friend William Wright, 24, from Bovington, also in Dorset, were both jailed for two years for abusing another victim. The victim had been persuaded by Hayes in November 2014 to take part in a sex video with Wright, telling the girl that the video was for personal use.  Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hayes and Wright shot 10 video clips and 27 still images of them having sex with the girl. Their victim was 16 at the time and over the age of consent for sex but under the age of 18, meaning it was illegal to make or possess indecent images of her. A year later, in November 2015, the video was uploaded onto the internet and the men were arrested shortly afterwards.  Gaia Pope's sister says she was the 'light of my life' 01:38 Wright’s father Jeremy Wright insisted yesterday his son had not known Gaia and bore no responsibility for her death. Mr Wright said he had been told by his son’s friends that Hayes had faced further accusations, although he was unclear what they were. Gaia’s family and friends have now begun a campaign seeking justice. Lucy Tuffin, her close friend, posted on Facebook: “No one can hurt you anymore Gaia, if I could have protected you from it all I would have,” adding: “Justice for Gaia. It was You and Me against the world and still is.” Her cousin, Marienna Weidemann-Pope, had posted on Facebook “#JusticeForGaia” which was being shared across the social networking site. Gaia Pope caught on CCTV on the day she went missing Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope said in a written tribute: “A wise magnificent soul that burns far too bright for this world. Her spirit overflows with love and compassion for others. “Gaia our free spirit, our wild pony, a light that will radiate for all eternity. Meet me at the gate my darling and so we are here longing for you for the rest of our lives. Together forever, united as one, your Mum always.” Gaia’s twin sister, Maya, said in tribute: “Gaia is my everything and I am heartbroken.”  Dorset police confirmed the three people arrested in connection with Gaia’s disappearance had been released from investigation without any further action. Detective superintendent Paul Kessell, said: “I appreciate our enquiries would have caused these individuals stress and anxiety. However, we have an obligation in any missing person investigation to explore every possible line of enquiry.  “The public would expect Dorset Police to fully investigate the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Our aim was not only to find Gaia but to find out what happened to her.” The cause of Gaia's death remains undetermined pending toxicology results.

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

Family sues owners and staff after five-year-old boy crushed to death in rotating restaurant

The family of a five-year-old boy who was crushed to death after he became trapped by a rotating restaurant floor is suing the restaurant and hotel chain. Charles Holt was killed in April after he became trapped between a wall and a wooden booth at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel’s Sun Dial restaurant in Atlanta. Marriott International, which owns the hotel, did not immediately respond to The Independent for comment.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina's navy revealed Monday that a submarine missing for five days reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata," said Gabriel Galeazzi, the head of the naval base in the northeastern city, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the navy, meanwhile told a press conference in the capital that seven signals received by naval bases over the weekend were not attempted distress calls from the submarine, as previously hoped.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad in Russia, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group. Monday's talks came during an unannounced "working visit" by Assad to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, ahead of a summit between Putin and the leaders of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process.

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

An Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been from the vessel, but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" to see if it was the boat. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of  search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon plane to record it with sonobuoys. He later said experts determined the noise did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media. He said it likely came from a "biological" source. ARA San Juan  in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. Timeline | Submarine accidents US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Submarine rescue mission Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves were hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

By Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany's president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government. The failure of exploratory coalition talks involving her conservative bloc, the liberal pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens raises the prospect of a new election and casts doubt about her future after 12 years in power. Merkel, 63, said she was sceptical about ruling in a minority government, telling ARD television: "My point of view is that new elections would be the better path." Her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government, she said after meeting President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

By Yimou Lee NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State. Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads a civilian administration that is less than two years old, for failing to speak out more strongly.

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018 Remember Confederate Motorcycles? Back in September, we wrote about how – presumably following the Commemorative Air Force's lead – the company decided that being associated with the Confederate States of America

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers painted the Mexican man on trial for killing a woman along a San Francisco pier as either a sick individual who brought a gun to the tourist spot in order to harm someone, or as a hapless homeless person who picked up an object he didn't know was a firearm until it went off accidentally.

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Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

Nine-year-old boy with cancer dies after last wish was Christmas cards

A nine-year-old boy with cancer died after his wish for an early Christmas celebration was fulfilled. Jacob Thompson's family announced that the young boy died at the Maine Medical Center in Portland on Sunday. Last month, Jacob said his last wish was to receive Christmas cards to celebrate his last holiday, and his story quickly went viral.

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina navy says sub reported problem in final call

Argentina's navy revealed Monday that a submarine missing for five days reported a mechanical breakdown in its final communication, and that weekend signals did not come from the vessel, dimming hopes for its 44 crew members. It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata," said Gabriel Galeazzi, the head of the naval base in the northeastern city, located 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the navy, meanwhile told a press conference in the capital that seven signals received by naval bases over the weekend were not attempted distress calls from the submarine, as previously hoped.

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

U.S. airman killed in Texas plane crash

The two-seat, T-38 Talon jet crashed about 4 p.m. Monday, roughly 14 miles northwest of the air base near U.S. 90 in Del Rio, Texas, officials said. The surviving pilot was transferred to Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio. Base officials were not available for comment late Monday.

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

President Vladimir Putin said the Russian army had "saved Syria as a state" after meeting with leader Bashar al-Assad in Russia, as Syrian regime forces take an upper hand over rebels and the Islamic State group. Monday's talks came during an unannounced "working visit" by Assad to the Black Sea resort of Sochi, ahead of a summit between Putin and the leaders of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday aimed at re-booting the Syrian peace process.

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

Missing Argentine submarine 'running out of air' and had reported fault before vanishing

An Argentine submarine missing in the South Atlantic is likely to be running out of air and had reported technical problems before vanishing, naval officials have said.  ARA San Juan’s last message reported a short circuit in its batteries and the vessel was ordered to return to its home. The Argentine navy quashed hopes that incomplete satellite calls detected over the weekend could have been from the vessel, but then on Monday night said it was analysing separate "noise" to see if it was the boat. Enrique Balbi, a Navy spokesman, said two of  search vessels had detected the sound and called in a US P-8 Poseidon plane to record it with sonobuoys. He later said experts determined the noise did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media. He said it likely came from a "biological" source. ARA San Juan  in Buenos Aires. Credit: AFP Two oceanographic ships had been dispatched to the site of the sound to send down probes, the spokesman said, adding that the analysis of the captured sound would take some three hours. Buenos Aires had been beginning to face domestic criticism of its handling of the search, with one union describing government efforts as badly coordinated and apathetic. The submarine and its crew of 44 have now been missing for five days as a growing fleet of international vessels and patrol planes brave 20ft waves and high winds to search hundreds of square miles. Timeline | Submarine accidents US Navy submarine rescue chambers have been flown to the region in the hope of bringing the crew to the surface in case the vessel can be found. Gabriel Galeazzi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said the German-built diesel electric vessel had surfaced on Wednesday to report the fault. He said: “At that moment the commander was ordered to go directly to Mar de Plata. After that we lost contact.” He suggested the fault could have affected the submarine’s navigation, but said it did have back-up systems. Search and rescue mission for Argentinian submarine Although the crew has enough food, oxygen and fuel to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, they only have enough oxygen to last for seven days if submerged. After that, the boat  would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. Seven brief satellite signals lasting only seconds were detected over the weekend, raising hopes the crew were trying to call and prompting jubilation among the waiting families. But analysis of the low frequency signals later found they were not from the submarine. Up to 20 vessels, including the Royal Navy’s HMS Protector and HMS Clyde are joining the search. Britain has also sent an RAF C-130 aircraft and a Voyager refuelling aircraft to help it search for longer. Submarine rescue mission Cdr Erik Reynolds, spokesman for the US Navy, which is coordinating the international effort, said vessels were using their sonar to hunt for the ship, though high waves were hampering efforts. Maritime patrol planes are searching for signs of oil or waste that could have been jettisoned by the crew to signal their location. Two US Navy undersea submarine rescue vessels are on standby if needed. The vessels can attach to the hatch of a stricken submarine at depths of up to 2,000ft and then ferry surviving crew back to the surface. "There is no good news," Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of crew member Fernando Mendoza, told local reporters. "Hopefully they have oxygen." A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine ARA San Juan, in Mar del Plata, Argentina Credit: a Devo Source: The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina. That maintenance included the replacement of its four diesel engines and its electric propeller engines, according to specialist publication Jane's Sentinel. ATEPSA, a union representing workers in the protection and security of aeronautics, said the case of the submarine "puts centre stage the recurring failures in state policies". It said in a statement that "the apathy in the Services of Search and Rescue, and the lack of coordination which exists in all the public bodies involved, are the faithful reflection of multiple errors which complicate the principle objective: to reach the victims in an urgent manner". Juan Carlos Mendoza, father of Fernando Mendoza, a crew member of the missing submarine ARA San Juan, stands outside the Naval base in Mar del Plata, Argentina waiting for news Credit: AP The union noted workers in several airports were participating in search operations "despite the problems of communication in the oceanic sector due to lack of investment." This was "aggravated by the fact that the plant that transmits and receives all the aeronautic communications in the country does not have staff," it complained.

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

The Al Franken Scandal Is A Godsend For Alabama Republicans

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. ― At the monthly meeting of the Madison County Republican Men’s Club here on Saturday, the subject at hand was Judge Roy Moore. You could tell from the way people kept talking about anyone and anything else, such as Sen. Al Franken. Battle noticeably avoided any mention of Moore despite standing nestled among gigantic Roy Moore election posters.

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

Elderly couple suing police alleging excessive force after hibiscus plants mistaken for marijuana

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania is suing their insurance company and their local police after they were allegedly arrested and mistreated after their hibiscus plants were wrongly reported as marijuana plants. Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife Audrey, 66, from Buffalo Township, allege they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a hot police car for hours last month aft arrived looking for drugs. The couple are suing the Buffalo Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Company over the incident, claiming excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional stress over the incident, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

North Korean women suffer discrimination, rape, malnutrition: U.N.

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korean women are deprived of education and job opportunities and are often subjected to violence at home and sexual assault in the workplace, a U.N. human rights panel said on Monday. After a regular review of Pyongyang's record, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also voiced concern at rape or mistreatment of women in detention especially those repatriated after fleeing abroad. North Korean women are "under-represented or disadvantaged" in tertiary education, the judiciary, security and police forces and leadership and managerial positions "in all non-traditional areas of work", the panel of independent experts said.

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US military in Japan under alcohol ban after accident

US Forces in Japan banned all personnel from consuming alcohol after a drink-driving accident on the island of Okinawa where anti-base sentiment runs high. A US Marine crashed his vehicle into a mini-truck at an intersection on Sunday, killing the other driver, 61. The 21-year-old, whose breath test showed an alcohol level three times the legal limit, was arrested and charged with negligent driving resulting in death, police said.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

Sarah Palin claims she doesn't suffer sexual harassment because she 'packs' a gun

American politician Sarah Palin has said she doesn’t suffer sexual harassment because she “packs” a gun. The one-time Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States claimed that men probably don’t “mess” with her because she carries a weapon. In an interview with MSNBC, Ms Palin was pressed on the issue of sexual misconduct and asked whether she had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

Is China making U.S. irrelevant to the future of automobiles?

The first automobile was invented in Germany in 1885 by Karl Benz, but it was the U.S. that led the building of the global 20th-century automobile industry. Through the turn of the current century, the U.S. new-vehicle market was the world's largest, and General Motors was for decades the world's largest car company. Neither of those is still the case—and an increasing number of analysts, commentators, and industry executives have worried that the U.S. may become less relevant to the future of automobiles in the 21st century.

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

Merkel signals readiness for new election after coalition talks collapse

By Paul Carrel and Gernot Heller BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would prefer a new election to ruling with a minority after talks on forming a three-way coalition failed overnight, but Germany's president told parties they owed it to voters to try to form a government. The failure of exploratory coalition talks involving her conservative bloc, the liberal pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens raises the prospect of a new election and casts doubt about her future after 12 years in power. Merkel, 63, said she was sceptical about ruling in a minority government, telling ARD television: "My point of view is that new elections would be the better path." Her plans did not include being chancellor in a minority government, she said after meeting President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery 

A hunter left disfigured from a near-fatal bear attack has had his face rebuilt after undergoing months of surgeries. Lee Brooke’s nose and moustache were “ripped off” his face during the grizzly attack during a hunting trip in Wyoming in October last year. The 60-year-old told FOX 31 he came across an elk he had shot the day before on his excursion, but quickly realised a bear had already claimed the kill. He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him. Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.” He underwent months of surgeries  Credit: FOX31 Denver (KDVR-TV) He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers. “I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.” With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her. “I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.” He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’” His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee's pocket before calling 911. He said the bear “ripped his face right off”. A wild bear (not pictured) attacked him in Wyoming Credit: AP Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado. Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face. Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve. “They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke. “Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.” Woman’s yoga session interrupted by bear licking her neck  

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

New Palestinian city rises with sleek homes, boutiques

With wide boulevards, fashionable shopping and a Roman-style amphitheatre, the newly built Palestinian city of Rawabi is the culmination of a decades-long dream for developer Bashar al-Masri. It boasts an extreme sports centre and 15,000-seater amphitheatre hung with giant pictures of Arab and Western entertainment stars, while a cinema and winery are set to be built.

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Get Ready, America: Russia's Bomber Force Could Soon Be the Ultimate Weapon

Russia’s modernized fleet of strategic bombers, including new production versions of the Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack, will afford the Kremlin a much more responsive global conventional strike capability. Right now, Russia relies primarily on its Kalibr cruise missile equipped submarines to launch long-range precision conventional strikes.

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

AP probe: Sexual abuse pervasive in Pakistan Islamic schools

KEHRORE PAKKA, Pakistan (AP) — Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again.

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

Anti-LGBTQ politician 'looked for gay meet-ups on Craigslist'

The anti-LGBTQ politician from Ohio who resigned after being outed as a gay man reportedly looked for sex on Craigslist. Wes Goodman was known for pushing anti-LGBT legislation and described himself as a Christian conservative with family values. As reported by Cleveland.com, the married politician sent sexually suggestive messages to conservative colleagues he met on Capitol Hill.

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis

By Yimou Lee NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday. More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar's Rakhine State. Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads a civilian administration that is less than two years old, for failing to speak out more strongly.

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018

Curtiss Motorcycle Company to Debut in 2018 Remember Confederate Motorcycles? Back in September, we wrote about how – presumably following the Commemorative Air Force's lead – the company decided that being associated with the Confederate States of America

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

For Serb defender of Sarajevo, Mladic's forces have won

As one of very few Serbs to fight on the side of the Bosnian Army, Jovan Divjak cannot take ten steps in Sarajevo without being warmly greeted by people who respect the former general for defending the city and its multiculturalism. "Today there is more hatred among young people than there was during the war," Divjak told AFP. On Wednesday a UN war crimes tribunal will hand down a verdict to Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military chief who laid siege to the city in the bitter 1990s war -- but the judgement will only emphasise to Divjak how the country, in his view, lost a bigger battle.

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

France’s Monstrous Char B1 Tank Ate Hitler's Best Tanks for Breakfast

Once he had destroyed the entire company—11 Panzer IIIs and two Panzer IVs in all—Billotte continued his advance and added two 37-millimeter anti-tank guns to the tally. By 7:00 A.M., Stonne was back under French control and would remain so for the rest of the day. The same day, the tank Riquewhir would charge into a column of enemy infantry, its blood-stained tracks causing the German 64th Schutzen Regiment to panic and flee an entire sector of Stonne.

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers painted the Mexican man on trial for killing a woman along a San Francisco pier as either a sick individual who brought a gun to the tourist spot in order to harm someone, or as a hapless homeless person who picked up an object he didn't know was a firearm until it went off accidentally.