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"Globe and Mail": Pro-India hackers attack the Canadian Forces website
The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing Canadian Defense Ministry spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier, reported that hackers from India attacked the websites of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The newspaper explained, quoting Daniel Le Bouthillier: “Indian hackers attacked the website of the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Indian Cyber ​​Force hacker group claimed responsibility for that.”

The ministry spokesman added, "The web resource is separate and isolated from publicly accessible government and Canadian Department of Defense websites, as well as from internal networks."

The newspaper pointed out that "the pro-Indian hacker group, Indian Cyber ​​Force, published screenshots on its page on the X platform and on its Telegram channel, in which it claimed responsibility for the attack."

Indo-Canadian relations are witnessing tensions after the sudden Canadian announcement that hinted at New Delhi's involvement in the shooting death of Canadian citizen Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nigar on June 18.

The Canadian government also announced earlier that it had expelled an Indian diplomat on suspicion of his connection to the assassination of a Sikh leader in western Canada last June, which prompted New Delhi to respond by issuing an order for a Canadian diplomat to leave .

New Delhi stressed that it had nothing to do with the killing, stressing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "totally rejected" the charge when Trudeau raised it earlier. The Indian Foreign Ministry also said that "accusations regarding the Indian government's involvement in any violent act in Canada are ridiculous."

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it is concerned about the safety of its citizens in Canada due to "politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence." It warned its citizens against visiting parts of Canada .

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The European Parliament intends to adopt a resolution condemning Azerbaijan's operation in Karabakh
The European Parliament announced in a statement that parliamentarians will discuss the situation in the Karabakh region in the plenary session on October 3, and a resolution condemning Baku is scheduled to be adopted.

The statement noted that “on Tuesday (October 3), Parliament will discuss the difficult situation in Karabakh,” and added that parliamentarians will “condemn the unprovoked attack carried out by Azerbaijan.”

According to the information, on October 3, the European Parliament will hold a discussion of the situation with representatives of the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the Spanish Presidency, and a vote on the decision is expected on Thursday, October 5.

The European Union previously held Azerbaijan responsible for respecting the rights and safety of Armenians in Karabakh, and stated that it would take measures against Baku if they were subjected to repression.

On Tuesday, September 19, Azerbaijan announced the launch of “local measures to combat terrorism” in Karabakh, setting the goal of these “measures” as the disarmament and withdrawal of Armenian forces, while Armenia confirms that there are no military personnel on the territory of the Republic of Karabakh, and the restoration of “ Territories liberated from occupation" and "Restoration of the constitutional structure of Azerbaijan".

The day before yesterday, Wednesday, September 20, the two parties reached a complete cessation of hostilities, as part of an agreement stipulating the dissolution and disarmament of the army of the Republic of Karabakh and the imposition of the withdrawal of the remaining units of the Armenian armed forces from the area of ​​​​deployment of Russian peacekeeping forces.

The two parties also agreed to discuss issues of reintegration and ensuring the rights and security of the Armenian population in Karabakh at  a meeting of representatives of the local Armenian population and the Azerbaijani authorities in Yevlakh yesterday, September 21 .

The Polish General Staff denies violating Belarusian airspace

The General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces denied that a National Air Force helicopter violated Belarusian airspace.

A statement from the Operations Command of the General Staff said: "We inform you that today's statement by the Belarusian side regarding a Polish helicopter that allegedly crossed the border is incorrect. This is confirmed by the records of the flight control system and radar stations - such an incident did not occur."

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that a Polish plane violated the borders of Belarus twice, and the information was confirmed through objective monitoring data.

The ministry said in a statement: “Today at 15:02, radar detectors of the Air Force and Air Defense Forces recorded the approach of a Polish plane to the Belarusian border.”

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US Fifth Fleet : Iranian boats directed a laser at our helicopter as it flew in the Gulf

The US Fifth Fleet announced that Iranian force boats fired laser beams at an American helicopter while it was flying in the airspace of the Gulf.

The US Naval Forces Central Command - Fifth Fleet statement said : “Iranian boats fired laser beams at an American helicopter while it was flying in Gulf airspace.”

He added: "This behavior of the Iranian Navy is not the behavior of a professional naval force, and we will continue to fly and sail as permitted by international law while strengthening regional maritime security."

Last August 18, Iran's Deputy Commander of Air Defense Operations , Amir Reza Haj, said that army radars had detected F-35 aircraft over the waters of the Gulf during the past week.

He added: "From the moment it took off, it was completely tracked by our radars. All the radars in the south of the country followed these planes immediately."

These statements came days after the US Fifth Fleet announced the arrival of more than 3,000 American soldiers to the Red Sea on board two warships.

Biden's impeachment case the first Republican hearing in the US House of Representatives
Republicans in the US House of Representatives have begun the first formal impeachment hearing for President Joe Biden, explaining that they intend to "provide the basis for impeachment" as they make their case to skeptics in the Senate.

In the first session devoted to the impeachment investigation, the heads of the oversight and judicial committees are exploiting ways and means to review the constitutional and legal aspects related to the issue of impeachment, and are trying to show what they say is related to his son Hunter’s business activities abroad , despite the fact that key witnesses said that they “have not yet seen conclusive evidence of crimes.” requires isolation.

The Chairman of the Oversight Committee from Kentucky, Republican Representative James Comer, said in his opening statement that “Representatives have a mountain of evidence that will show that Joe Biden abused his public office for the financial gain of his family.”

He added that the committee will continue to "pursue the evidence to provide a basis for accountability" to the American people.

At the beginning of the session, the Democrats displayed a screen showing the days, hours and minutes remaining before the government shutdown , as Congress is making strenuous efforts to provide funding for the government before the deadline after Saturday.

The most senior Democratic member of the Oversight Committee, Representative Jamie Raskin, said: “We are sixty-two hours away from shutting down the government of the United States of America, and Republicans are launching a campaign to impeach the president based on a lie that was exposed and lost its credibility long ago.”

Raskin questioned the legitimacy of the hearing because the House of Representatives did not hold a vote to formally launch the impeachment inquiry .

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced the opening of a formal investigation to hold Biden accountable earlier this month, indicating that it would focus on “allegations of abuse of power, obstruction, and corruption” by Biden, in relation to his family’s business dealings abroad .


UN experts: "Language policy applied to Uyghur children and separation from their families leads to forced assimilation"
During the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN experts made a special statement about the exclusion of Uyghur children from Uyghur language education and their long-term separation from their families. The statement warned that the above policies would lead to forced assimilation.

On September 26, a statement issued by the Special Rapporteurs of the UN Commission on Human Rights stated:

"We are deeply concerned that boarding schools in Xinjiang almost exclusively teach in the national language and do not use Uyghur as the medium of instruction, and that the separation of Uyghur-based minority children from their families will result in their forced assimilation into Chinese language and culture. »

UN experts also pointed out that these discriminatory policies violate the educational rights, family life and cultural rights of minorities.

Experts also said: "It is known that Uyghur and other minority children in tightly controlled boarding schools do not have much contact with their parents, relatives or society. This inevitably leads to a loss of contact with their family and community, and breaks their ties to their cultural, religious and linguistic identity. »

The statement said that the UN experts have prepared the above conclusions based on the review of the submitted materials and reports. Dr. Adrian Zenz, a German researcher and a researcher at the "Victims of Communism Memorial Museum" in the United States, was one of the researchers who met with the UN experts. Dr. Zensin told our radio station that although it had been a long time since UN experts had spoken to him about this, he was happy that this statement had finally come out. He said:

"I am very pleased that the UN experts have finally issued this statement. Because this problem has been reported to us for several years. I first published my report on this in 2019. Later, Free Asia and Zimistan Network reported on the issue. In 2020, the Economic Journal and I published another report. We have been saying for several years that the Chinese government has been breaking up Uyghur families and sending children whose parents have been imprisoned in camps or gone abroad to child camps as orphans. The UN experts issued this statement late. »

The American Uyghur Human Rights Foundation also welcomed the statement. They evaluated the conclusion of the UN experts as the official international recognition of the crimes committed by the Chinese government against Uyghur children. Louisa Grieve, head of the Uyghur Human Rights Foundation, said in a speech to our radio station:

"The statement of the UN experts is an acknowledgment by the international community that what is happening to Uyghur children is wrong and that it is a human rights crime. We welcome the belated release of this statement. »
The conclusion that the separation of Uyghur children from their mother tongue rights and families leads to assimilation was made by UN Special Rapporteur on Minorities, Mr. Fernand de Varennes, and Ms. Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights. ) and Ms. Farida Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on Education Affairs, etc., in the Uyghur Human Rights Statement, thanked the above experts for seeing this truth happening to the Uyghur community, recognizing it and revealing it to the world.

In a statement released by the UN Special Rapporteurs, they have received information that Uyghur children are being forcibly separated from their families, including those who are imprisoned in camps or those who have gone abroad. There have been cases where Uyghur children in resettlement have almost no opportunity to study in Uyghur, that these children are pressured to speak and read only in Chinese, and even teachers are punished for using Uyghur outside of special language classes.

Dr. Adrian Zenz pointed out that the above situation has been confirmed by the UN special rapporteurs, and now the international community should take urgent action. He said:

“The time has come for serious action. It is taking too long for the UN to take action. The Human Rights Council should prepare its own report on this topic and issue a resolution condemning the Chinese government. This is an important factor in the chronic genocide against the Uyghurs, and the international community should take urgent action on this issue. »

In a statement, the Uyghur Human Rights Foundation noted that, taking into account the above report, the Chinese government, which does not guarantee human rights to other countries, should not be allowed to be re-elected as a member of the Human Rights Council in October. Louisa Grieve says:

"The Human Rights Council should discuss the report published by the office of former High Commissioner for Human Rights Mrs. Bachelet in August last year together with this statement. The United Nations must recognize and condemn the genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Uyghurs. We Uyghur Human Rights Organization also request that all member states refuse to be re-elected as members of the China Human Rights Council. »

In a statement issued by the president of the World Uyghur Congress, Sang Isa, the US and other western democracies and the governments and parliaments of the U.S. government and the Chinese Uyghur government have concluded that it is "genocide and a crime against humanity" that is "made to make China look bad" and "fabricated to stop China's development." At a time when some countries are saying this and making some countries believe it, independent UN experts said that this statement is very important. He also said, "This statement shows that despite China's pressure and lobbying actions in the UN, there are still people who love justice and stand on the side of truth in the UN."

North Korea clearly states in its constitution the use of nuclear weapons Korea, US and Japan “strongly condemn”

Korean Central Television reported on the 28th that the 9th meeting of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly was held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang on the 26th and 27th with the attendance of North Korean State Affairs Commission Chairman Kim Jong-un.

North Korea constitutionalized its nuclear weapons policy at the Supreme People's Assembly and demonstrated its will to advance its nuclear weapons . In response, the South Korean government emphasized that if North Korea uses nuclear weapons, the North Korean regime will face the end . Reporter Jamin Anderson reports .  

At the 9th  meeting of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea held over two days on the 26th  and 27th  , North Korea announced that it would constitutionalize its nuclear force policy .

Following the legalization of the nuclear force policy at the Supreme People's Assembly in September  last year , the extensive conditions for nuclear use and the intention to use nuclear weapons arbitrarily were specified in the Constitution .

Although the term  ' nuclear state ' was already specified in the preamble to the existing constitution , this time it is significant in that it specifies the goals and direction of nuclear weapons development in relatively detailed and specific terms .

The nuclear force policy includes provisions that North Korea can use a preemptive nuclear attack in a non-nuclear attack situation, or simply by judging that an attack rather than an actual attack is imminent, so North Korea's nuclear threat is expected to increase further.

In his speech at the Supreme People's Assembly, Secretary General Kim Jong-un claimed,  “ Regulating the policy stance of strengthening nuclear forces in the Supreme Law of the Nation is the most just and appropriate and important measure . ”

Secretary-General Kim went on to make clear his intention to build anti-American solidarity diplomatically, saying,  “ We will strengthen solidarity with countries that have rebelled against the hegemonic strategy of the United States and the West . ”

In response, the South Korean Ministry of Unification said,  “ With the overwhelming response of South Korea, the United States, and Japan and the cooperation of the international community, we will strengthen sanctions and pressure to deter and discourage North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. ”

The Ministry of Unification stated this in a statement that day, saying,  “ We believe that North Korea has shown its inability to give up its nuclear weapons and its strong will to advance its nuclear capabilities . ”

He added ,  “ I emphasize once again that if North Korea uses nuclear weapons, the North Korean regime will face the end . ”

The top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan also strongly condemned North Korea, saying it was a further blatant increase in its nuclear ambitions.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Kim Kun, Director of the Korean Peninsula Peace Negotiation Headquarters , made this statement by saying that he discussed the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula through a  three- way telephone discussion with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim and Japan's Senior Representative for North Korean Nuclear Affairs Hiroyuki Namaz this afternoon .

The three senior representatives  expressed deep regret that North Korea, which has expressed its intention to strengthen its nuclear force without heeding the ruined lives of its people and is frequently threatening nuclear preemptive strikes and provocations, is shifting responsibility to South Korea, the United States, and Japan in a red-faced manner . The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported .

He also strongly urged North Korea to immediately stop its threats and provocations and return to the path of denuclearization.

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New Delhi : Woman had kept cash in bank locker for daughter's marriage, termites ate Rs 18 lakh
In Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, it became very expensive for a woman to keep cash in her bank locker. The woman says that 18 lakh rupees kept in the bank locker were infested by termites. Instead of notes, only termite-eaten pieces are left in the locker. There is panic among the bank staff after the woman's allegations. At present, the bank has shirked its responsibility to the woman by citing the rules and agreement of the locker. The woman was told that as per the rules, cash cannot be kept in the locker. 
Alka Pathak of Moradabad claims that she had kept Rs 18 lakh cash in the bank locker for her daughter's marriage. The termite infestation came to light when he was called for KYC by the bank on Monday. During this time he himself opened his locker. The woman was shocked to see termite-infested pieces instead of the notes. 
Alka Pathak immediately informed the bank staff about this. By complaining to the branch manager, he has demanded compensation of his amount. Even bank officials were surprised by this incident. When the media pressed them to respond, the bank employees said that they had sent the report to the Bank of Baroda headquarters.
At the same time, Alka Pathak alleges that the bank officials are not sharing any information with her. "If I do not get response and support from the bank, I will take the help of media to raise the issue," she said.
Alka says that she has a small business. She also gives tuition to children. All the savings were kept in the locker. All the cash, jewelery etc. from the first daughter's wedding was kept there. Now he had to be taken out for the marriage of his second daughter but before that this incident happened.  
Alka Pathak said that she did not know that cash is not kept in the bank locker. He had not taken any information about this from the bank nor had he read about it anywhere.
Let us tell you that according to the Reserve Bank of India, things like cash, weapons, dangerous substances cannot be kept in the bank locker. According to the rules, jewellery, documents etc. can be kept in the bank locker.

New Delhi : IT Ministry will soon bring the draft of "Digital India Bill", preparations to crack down on cyber crimeThe Electronics and IT Ministry will soon make the draft of the new "Digital India Bill" ready for public consultation to crack down on the increasing cyber crimes in the country and to strictly regulate the Internet and IT sector. . According to reports, a provision of penalty of up to Rs 500 crore for violation of rules can be included in the new proposed law. Under the aim of making India a digital nation by 2025-26, the emphasis will be on open internet and online safety for digital citizens.
Now, in order to strictly deal with cyber crimes and regulate the Internet and digital platforms in place of the 23-year-old "Information Technology Act- 2000" in the country, the government is soon preparing to make public the form of the proposed Digital India Bill.  
The number of various types of cyber crimes is continuously increasing.According to sources, when the IT Act was made in the year 2000, there were 55-lakh internet users in the country. Today their number has increased to more than 85 crores. Along with this, the number of internet misuse, online financial fraud as well as many types of cyber crimes is also continuously increasing.  
According to news agency PTI, a provision for imposing a fine of up to Rs 500 crore on guilty institutions may be included for violating the provisions of the "Digital India Bill" proposed by the government. The proposed Digital India Authority will decide the amount of fine to be imposed on the guilty institution.
Many new intermediaries have come in the last 23 yearsAccording to sources, in the last 23 years many new intermediaries like e-commerce, digital media, social media, AI, OTT and gaming have emerged. New provisions will be included in the proposed bill to strictly regulate these intermediaries. 
Apart from cyber crime, cyber security and hacking, the proposed law is also set to include strict rules against cyber crimes like catfishing, doxxing, cyber stalking, cyber trolling, gaslighting, phishing etc. Strict provisions will also be included against cyber crimes like revenge porn, cyber flashing, dark web, defamation, cyber bullying. There are also preparations to include new provisions to deal with children's privacy and safety on social media platforms, gaming and betting apps.
Provision of strict punishment is necessary to deal with cyber crimeCyber ​​law expert Pawan Duggal says, this is the golden age of cyber crime, we will have to make a provision for strict punishment in the bill to deal with them. Pawan Duggal told NDTV, "The current IT Act considers all but two-three cyber crimes as bailable offences. Social media crimes are not completely covered. We have not had many convictions in cyber crime cases in the last two decades. In India, the conviction ratio in cyber crime cases is less than 1% because the challenge before the prosecution is how to present electronic evidence in the court in cyber crime cases. Online Financial Fraud, Identity Fraud. "Are not covered under the existing law. It will be necessary to include effective punishment provisions in the new law."
The draft of this proposed law has been prepared at a time when incidents of cyber crime are increasing in the country. Minister of State for IT Rajiv Chandrashekhar revealed in a written reply in Parliament on August 9 that 44,735 cyber crime cases were registered in the country in 2019. In the year 2020, cases of cyber crime increased to 50,035. One year later, in 2021, it further increased to 52,974.
It is also necessary to prevent misuse of Artificial Intelligence. According to experts, it will be necessary to include provisions in the proposed bill to prevent misuse of new technology like Artificial Intelligence. Pawan Duggal says, "There should be a new fast track court setup in the country to deal with cyber crime cases. Fast track education process is necessary to strengthen people's faith in the justice system."
Prime Minister Modi has set a target of making India a digital economy of one trillion dollars by 2025-26. This bill has been prepared keeping this goal in mind.
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The Intercept: CIA agents describe Menendez's indictment as a classic Egyptian recruitment operation
London : Former CIA officials described the accusations against New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez as similar to an Egyptian recruitment operation for a security source.
One said: “Reading the indictments, it certainly sounds like the Egyptian government was using classic recruitment tactics to get Menendez and his wife to spy for them.”
In a report published by The Intercept website, prepared by Ken Kilberstein and Daniel Bogslow, they said that the American media coverage of the corruption case in which the embattled senator was accused focused on the gold bullion and bundles of money found in his clothes, and the caricatured elements of the accusations announced by the US Department of Justice. However, national security experts see a security dimension in the accusations. The indictment’s reference to Egyptian intelligence, and Menendez’s disclosure of “very sensitive” information and “information not for public use” suggest more than a corruption plan, and there is even a security element in the charges. The process of Egypt obtaining information is similar to the traditional recruitment method, which is an intelligence operation aimed at recruiting assets, according to statements by four former CIA officers.
 According to the charges, Menendez, the influential head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was sometimes asked to provide information to a businessman, which he in turn passed on to Egyptian officials. One of the most sensitive pieces of information that Menendez is accused of sharing concerns employees of the American Embassy in Cairo. John Seaver, a retired CIA officer and non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council, comments that “the request may be a step that examines his willingness to break rules and laws, and necessarily provide assistance to Egyptian intelligence in harmful and secret ways.” He added, “Menendez’s sharing of information about the embassy’s employees is worrying, on several levels: it helps Egyptian intelligence, which monitors the embassy, ​​and suggests, and this is most important, that they dealt with Menendez as a source.”
The newspaper: National security experts see a security dimension in the accusations. The indictment’s reference to Egyptian intelligence, and Menendez’s disclosure of “very sensitive” information and “information not for public use” suggest more than a corruption plan.
Michael Van Landegham, a former CIA analyst, said that the list of charges shows an Egyptian attempt to recruit Menendez and his wife to spy for them. The former officials' comments came amid local reports in New York that the FBI's counterintelligence branch had opened an investigation, and Menendez denied the charges against him.
Frank Figluisi, a former FBI counterintelligence assistant, said: “Menendez’s chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee makes him the target of foreign intelligence services that want him to make decisions that benefit them, including military equipment, material decisions, and financing.” “All of this has to be looked at from a counterintelligence perspective,” he told ABC. The FBI did not respond for comment.
 Because spies work under diplomatic cover, the recruitment process usually succeeds, according to former intelligence officials. The request usually starts with something small, non-public, but not necessarily confidential. This is a way to discover a “response to the assignment” or a willingness to collect security information on their behalf. When the requisition is verified, a series of pushes follow in certain areas, or Bribes, which reinforce the illicit relationship, can be used for blackmail.
The indictment describes Menendez's meeting with Egyptian businessman Wael HannaA day later, he asked the US State Department for non-public information about the number of employees at the US Embassy in Cairo. This information was transferred, according to the charge sheet, to an “Egyptian government official.” In another case, Menendez's wife, Nadine, who was his girlfriend, passed information to the senator at the request of Egyptian government officials. Through Hanna, Menendez provided information to Egyptian security and military officials, under the pretext of increasing food aid to Egypt. Although it is neither public nor secret, the disclosure of embassy workers was deemed in the indictment to be serious enough to jeopardize the staff's operations and expose them to a foreign government. Without the knowledge of his personal staff on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, which he chaired, or the State Department, Menendez provided a list of embassy employees to Nadine, who passed it on to Hanna, who forwarded it to Egyptian officials.
Ben Raddos, a former senior aide to Barack Obama, said that as chairman of the committee, Menendez knew “you should never share non-public information about a sensitive matter like the staff of the US Embassy in Cairo.”
The FBI is trying to confirm whether the Egyptian government played a role in the bribes offered to Menendez, and Hanna is accused of it. Hanna's lawyer, Larry Lastberg, denied his client's relationship with Egyptian intelligence, and confirmed that Hanna, Nadine, and Menendez have been friends for years.
Schuman: Recruitment attempts abroad are well-known, which is why members of Congress and their staff are surrounded by counterintelligence briefings
The former security officials who spoke to the site said that the accusations contained in the list resemble a traditional agent recruitment process. “As an analyst, when you receive a report about a human source, you attach a statement about the source, and evaluate their location, credibility, ability to access information, respond to assignment, and their record,” Van Landingham said.
James Lawler, a former agent who specializes in recruiting former spies, described the indictment in the same way, and that it resembled recruitment operations: “As an officer in charge of a file, I strive to look for a strong relationship with the potential spy in the future,” and “But we are talking about a committee official.” Foreign Relations in the Senate, and we are talking about the executor, and if I were an intelligence officer, I would be happy, and I look forward to being promoted.” “This way you gain credit.”
Recruitment attempts abroad are well-known, which is why members of Congress and their staff are briefed on counterintelligence, said Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress. According to the list, Menendez once attempted to travel to Egypt unofficially, without the knowledge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This trip is considered a violation of Senate security rules.

The Guardian: African migrants thrown by Tunisia in the desert of Algeria and Tunisia reveal their sufferingLondon : The Guardian newspaper published an investigation by its correspondent Lorenzo Tondo about the conditions of migrants , and the forcing of those coming from Sahel and Sahara African countries to return to the desert without food, drink, or medical care.
In his report, which he prepared from the coastal city of Sfax, Tondo said that human rights organizations are urging Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union, to take a tough stance on the accusations that Tunisian authorities pushed migrants into the desert, sometimes with fatal results.
The call comes as Brussels prepares a financial aid package for Tunisia, within  an agreement of one billion euros.
Nigerian refugee: They pushed me into the desert, three times. Tunisian border guards beat us and stole our money and phones. We had no water in the desert, and I had to drink my urine to survive.
According to an official with an intergovernmental organization, Tunisian authorities have returned more than 4,000 migrants to military buffer zones on its borders with Libya and Algeria. “About 1,200 were pushed to the border with Libya in the first week of July,” he said, adding that the organization learned of the death of seven people from thirst at the end of August. However, an employee who works with a non-governmental organization and with refugees estimated the number between 50-70 people. The Guardian was unable to verify the authenticity of the number independently.
The newspaper comments that the new claim contradicts the picture drawn last month by Interior Minister Kamal El-Feki, who acknowledged that those sent were “a small group of between 6 and 12,” and denied any ill-treatment and “mass deportation.” The newspaper added that the recent allegations may increase pressure on European legislators, and raise concerns about human rights with the Tunisian authorities, at a time when there is a push towards implementing an agreement to reduce irregular migration.
 There is growing opposition to the agreement , with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock saying last week that human rights and the rule of law were not given “appropriate consideration.”
In a series of interviews that the author conducted with 50 migrants in Sfax, Zarzis, Medenine, and the capital, Tunis, the majority of the migrants confirmed that they were forced to return to the desert at the end of June and July.
 Nigerian refugee Salma (28 years old) said: “At the beginning of July, the Tunisian police arrested us in Sfax,” and “some police took me and my son and pushed us into the Libyan desert.” Other border guards arrested my husband, and I do not know what happened to him, and I have not heard from him since that time, and because they were pushing us, I lost my phone.”
University professor: At first, Tunisia rejected the reports of forced returns, but little by little it admitted that migrants were stuck on the Libyan-Tunisian border. The question is who put them there!
Refugee Michael (38 years old) from Benin City, Nigeria, said: “They pushed me into the desert three times, the last of which was at the end of July. Tunisian border guards beat us and stole our money and phones. We had no water in the desert, and I had to drink my urine.” To survive.”
The Guardian spoke with Patton Karbini, the Cameroonian whose wife, daughter Fati Dosso, and daughter Mary (6 years old) died in the desert in mid-July. He said: “I should have been there in their place,” and who was sent to the Libyan desert.
While Libya was the focus of these activities, the poorly monitored border with Algeria led to refugees being pushed into a wide buffer zone, reports say. In an interview the newspaper conducted with 15 people who were forced to return to the border with Algeria. Djibril Thabetiti (22 years old) from Senegal said: “They arrested me in Tunisia, and took me to Kasserine, near the border with Algeria.” “They left us several kilometers from the border, and then ordered us to climb a hill.” On the other side was Algeria. The problem is that the Algerian guards pushed us into Tunisia, and the Tunisians are doing the same thing, and people are dying there.”
Reports of Tunisian authorities pushing migrants towards the Libyan desert began in July, when pictures appeared on social media platforms indicating that asylum seekers were dying of thirst and extreme heat after the Tunisian authorities had deported them.
The Tunisian government subsequently faced sharp criticism as a result of the accusations, but denied any violations.
Hassan Boubakri, professor of geography and migration at the universities of Sfax and Sousse, said:
“At first, Tunisia rejected the reports of forced returns,” but “little by little it admitted that some migrants from the Sahara countries were stuck on the Libyan-Tunisian border.” The question is, who put them there? “The Tunisian authorities are the ones who did.”
According to statistics from the Italian Ministry of the Interior, most of the 78,000 people who crossed the Mediterranean to Italy since the beginning of the year came from North Africa, which is double the number recorded in 2022.
A “strategic partnership” was signed with Tunisia in July, after weeks of negotiations in which a pledge was made to send money to the state in North Africa to confront smugglers, tighten border controls, and support Tunisia’s faltering economy.
European Union spokeswoman Anna Pisonero announced that the first tranche of 127 million euros will be paid in the coming weeks.
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“The highest in a decade.” UN official : 1,264 Palestinian administrative detainees in Israel
The UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wensland, said that Israel “is currently holding a total of 1,264 Palestinians in administrative detention,” and noted that the current number of administrative detainees is “the highest in more than a decade.”
A UN official announced on Wednesday that the Israeli authorities are administratively detaining a total of 1,264 Palestinians.
The UN Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wensland, said in a speech before the UN Security Council, “Israeli security forces carried out 1,042 search and arrest operations in the West Bank, which led to the arrest of 1,504 Palestinians, including 88 children.”
According to the UN envoy, the current number of administrative detainees is “the highest in more than a decade.”
During the reporting period, extending from July 15 to September 19, 68 Palestinians, including 18 children, were martyred by Israeli occupation forces during demonstrations, clashes, security operations, attacks or alleged attacks against Israelis, and other incidents.
The UN official confirmed that a total of 2,830 Palestinians, including 30 women and 559 children, were injured, including 271 by live ammunition and 2,119 by tear gas inhalation.
He pointed out that the lack of funding continues to undermine the United Nations’ ability to provide vital services to the Palestinians, noting that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is in urgent need of $75 million to continue food aid until the end of the year for 1.2 million Palestinians. in Gaza.
Wensland expressed deep concern about "the escalation of violence in the occupied West Bank and Israel, at levels not seen in decades and the increasing use of lethal weapons, even in densely populated areas."
He stressed the need to take immediate steps to calm tensions.
On Tuesday, Winsland visited the Gaza Strip for several hours, while repeatedly announcing that he was also holding talks with Israeli officials to calm the situation in Gaza.
For the tenth day, demonstrations were renewed on the borders of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday at the call of young men calling themselves “rebel youth” on social media, “denouncing the settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the ongoing violations in the West Bank, and the continued siege of Gaza.”
Since last year, the West Bank has also witnessed a state of severe tension following the Israeli army’s incursions into Palestinian cities and camps.

Türkiye : The armed forces have neutralized 1,351 terrorists inside and outside the country since the beginning of 2023The Media and Public Relations Advisor at the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that the operations carried out by the Armed Forces to combat terrorism since the beginning of this year resulted in the neutralization of 1,351 terrorists, noting that 80 of them were neutralized in the last week.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the neutralization of 1,351 terrorists since the beginning of this year, 80 of them during the last 7 days, stressing the continuation of anti-terrorism operations with all determination.
The Ministry's Media and Public Relations Advisor, Zeki Akturk, said during a media briefing on Thursday that the Turkish Armed Forces "continue to combat all kinds of threats and dangers, especially terrorist organizations."
Ak Türk added: “Since January 1, 2023, 1,351 terrorists have been neutralized in the area of ​​anti-terrorism operations, 80 of them in the past seven days.”
He pointed out that the Air Force targeted 82 sites in the areas of Qandil, Asus, Kara, Matina, Al-Zab, and Hakurk (northern Iraq) between September 1 and 23 of this year.
He explained that these operations, according to preliminary information, resulted in the neutralization of 58 terrorists and the destruction of fortifications, caves and warehouses used by terrorists.
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Iraq : More than 100 people died and hundreds were injured as a result of a fire at a wedding party
The Iraqi Ministry of Health confirmed that a fire broke out in a wedding hall during a wedding in the Hamdaniya district, killing more than 100 people.

About 100 people were killed and hundreds of others were injured on Wednesday, as a result of a fire that broke out in a wedding hall during a wedding in the Al-Hamdaniya district in Nineveh Governorate, northern Iraq.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health stated that the fire claimed the lives of at least 100 people, while the Iraqi Red Crescent Society indicated that the total number of victims, including deaths and injuries, reached about 450.

Ministry of Health spokesman Saif Al-Badr told the Iraqi News Agency, "The situation is under control. Follow-up is accurate from the operations center in the ministry."

He added, "Support has arrived from all neighboring governorates and the Kurdistan region in the north of the country to the Nineveh Health Department," pointing out that there is "follow-up of the first aid provided to the injured, according to the type of injury."

He explained that "some cases of infection are simple to moderate, while others are difficult and are referred to specialized centers."

A source in the Iraqi Civil Defense told Reuters, “Initial information indicates the use of fireworks during the wedding ceremony, which led to a fire igniting inside the hall initially and the fire spread very quickly.”

According to the source, “the wedding hall is covered with highly flammable Ecobond panels that violate safety instructions and have been referred to the judiciary according to Civil Defense Law No. 44 of 2013, due to their lack of safety requirements for wet alarm and firefighting systems.”

He said, "The fire led to the collapse of parts of the hall as a result of the use of low-cost, highly flammable building materials that collapse minutes when the fire breaks out."

Israel is preparing for a mass prayer and the Shin Bet thwarts a plan to target figures including Ben Gvir

Israeli police are preparing for a "massive prayer" called by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir in downtown Tel Aviv. While the Israeli Shin Bet announced the arrest of five Palestinians who planned to carry out operations, including attacks on public figures, under Iranian direction, including the assassination of Ben Gvir.

The Israeli police are preparing for a "massive prayer" called for by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, Thursday evening, in the center of Tel Aviv.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (official) said on Wednesday that the Tel Aviv police “declared a state of maximum alert in preparation for the mass prayer that Ben Gvir intends to organize, tomorrow evening, Thursday, in Dezenkov Square in Tel Aviv.”

She continued: "The police are preparing for all possible eventualities in such an event organized by Minister Ben Gvir, following the violent events that occurred during the Yom Kippur eve prayer in the same place."

Confrontations and riots broke out in the city of Tel Aviv in central Israel during Yom Kippur celebrations on Monday, as citizens confronted attempts by extremist groups to separate male and female worshipers during prayers in public squares.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, through the “X” platform, on Tuesday, accused the Israeli left of responsibility for the events, but Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid later responded to him by saying: “At the end of Yom Kippur, the prime minister should not increase incitement and conflict, but rather He should try to calm people down."

Ben Gvir called for prayer in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv in response to the Israeli left.

He wrote in a tweet on “X” on Tuesday: “On this Yom Kippur, we saw haters trying to keep Judaism out of the public sphere. Israel is a Jewish and democratic state! I will hold a prayer service next Thursday evening in Dizengoff Square and the public is invited to attend.”

However, on Wednesday, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted an official in the Tel Aviv municipality (which it did not name) as saying: “The massive prayer that Minister Ben Gvir intends to organize on Thursday is illegal because he did not obtain permission from the Tel Aviv municipality to hold such an event.”

However, Ben Gvir has not yet announced the postponement of the prayer he called for.

On the other hand, the Israeli General Security Service, "Shin Bet", announced on Wednesday, "the arrest of five Palestinians who planned to carry out operations, including attacks on public figures, under Iranian direction," including the assassination of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation (official) said: “The Shin Bet thwarted an Iranian attempt to carry out hostile activity in Israel, including intentions to harm National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Knesset member Yehuda Glick.”

Glick, a former member of the Knesset from the Likud Party, is known as the godfather of the Israeli raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The broadcaster said: “Shin Bet head Ronen Bar spoke with Ben Gvir and informed him of the attempt on his life.”

It stated that the detainees “worked under the direction of an official (whose name was not mentioned) living in Jordan, who worked on behalf of Iranian security officials,” without immediate comment from Tehran on this.

Erdogan: Türkiye's friend is a winner and its enemy is a loser, and we seek to increase our friends

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed his country's efforts to bring peace and stability to the region. He said that Turkey is working to increase its friends, and its friend will be a winner and its enemy will be a loser.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirmed that his country seeks to increase its friends, and said, “Whoever is a friend of Turkey wins, and whoever harbors enmity toward it loses.”

This came in statements he made on Tuesday following the government meeting in the presidential complex in the capital, Ankara.

Erdogan called on his people to support Turkey's medium-term economic program, the features of which he revealed on September 6, 2023.

He stated that by the end of the medium-term economic program, which extends to 3 years, "we will achieve an economy size exceeding 1.3 trillion dollars, and the per capita national product will reach about 15 thousand dollars."

Regarding the enactment of a new constitution for the country, Erdogan stressed that the Public Alliance (the Justice and Development Parties and the Nationalist Movement) will intensify its efforts to reach a “civil and liberal constitution.”

He added: "Although we are the ones who announced the Century of Turkey, this vision is the national goal for all of the country's 85 million people."

The Century of Turkey is a vision announced by President Erdogan in late 2022, which includes the programs and goals of the Turkish Republic in its second centenary, which the country enters on October 29.

He continued: "Strengthening Turkey's strength and growth is our common goal, regardless of our political opinions."

Erdogan touched on the visit of the President of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to Turkey, noting that they discussed ways to alleviate the pain of the Sudanese people.

He expressed his hope that stability would be achieved in Sudan as soon as possible.

Since mid-April, the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces have been engaged in clashes that a series of truces have not been able to stop, leaving more than 3,000 dead, most of them civilians, and more than 5 million displaced and refugees inside and outside the country, according to the United Nations.

Erdogan also touched on his visit to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan yesterday, Monday, noting that the visit included important messages.

He expressed his pride in the success of the operation carried out by Baku against terrorist elements in the Karabakh region, reiterating his congratulations to the Azerbaijani army.

He wished mercy to the martyrs, a speedy recovery to the wounded, and patience to the Azerbaijani people.

On September 19, 2023, Azerbaijan announced the launch of an anti-terrorist operation “with the aim of establishing constitutional order in the Nagorno-Karabakh region,” which ended one day later with an agreement for Baku to stop its operation, and for the illegal Armenian armed groups and the Armenian armed forces present in Nagorno-Karabakh to disarm and evacuate their positions. Military.

Erdogan indicated that his country will work to implement the Zangzur Corridor as soon as possible to connect roads and railways between Turkey directly with Azerbaijan via Nakhchivan.

He added: "We want to transform our region into a basin of peace and prosperity through joint projects that will include our neighbor Iran, and we will manage this process without excluding or excluding anyone."

The Zangzur Corridor crosses the territory of the Armenian state of Zangzur, which separates the mainland of Azerbaijan from Nakhchivan, which borders Turkey.

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An American judge: Trump and his two sons are responsible for fraud and repeated violations of the law
A US judge in New York City decided to revoke licenses allowing some Trump companies, including the Trump Organization, to operate in New York, after he deemed that the former US president had committed fraud and violated the law.

A New York City judge ruled on Tuesday that former US President Donald Trump and two of his sons committed "repeated" financial "fraud" in the first decade of this century by inflating the value of the financial and real estate assets of their company, the Trump Organization.

The judge said in his decision that Trump and his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, are “responsible” for “repeated violations” of the law.

Trump's two sons are executive vice presidents of the group founded by their father.

The judge also decided to revoke licenses allowing some Trump companies, including the Trump Organization, to operate in New York, and ordered the appointment of a receiver to manage the process of dissolving the companies.

Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump in September 2022, accusing him, three of his adult children, and the Trump Organization of fraud over a period of ten years regarding the value of assets and his net worth to deceive banks and insurance companies in order to obtain better financing and insurance terms.

In her lawsuit, the Public Prosecutor specifically demands that the defendants pay compensation amounting to approximately $250 million.

Trump's lawyer, Christopher Case, said in a statement: "Today's blatant decision has nothing to do with the facts and the law."

He added: "President Trump and his family will use all available means of appeal to correct the course of justice."

Trump also mocked the fraud accusations against him on his Truth Social platform, describing them as “ridiculous and unreal.”

In his decision, the judge considered that the documents submitted by the Public Prosecutor clearly show “fraudulent valuations” by Donald Trump of the assets of his group, which includes various companies that include residential real estate, luxury hotels, golf clubs, and many others.

According to the indictment, the Republican billionaire and his two sons deliberately “inflated” the value of these assets by billions of dollars in order to obtain, among other things, loans on better terms from banks between 2011 and 2021.

Trump is seeking the Republican Party's nomination to compete in the 2024 US presidential race, and Trump maintains the lead in the race despite the criminal charges against him in many cases.

Azerbaijan arrests the former head of the Nagorno-Karabakh government 

Moscow-Yerevan: Azerbaijan arrested the former head of the Nagorno-Karabakh government, Ruben Vardanyan, on the border with Armenia, according to official reports.The official AZERTAC agency reported that Vardanyan, who officially holds the position of Minister of State in the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), was transferred to the capital, Baku, where the authorities will decide further measures to be taken against him, as the Azerbaijani Border Guard announced on Wednesday.

Azerbaijan took control of the long-disputed territory last week after brief fighting. The region is located entirely within Azerbaijani territory, but the majority of its population are Armenians.Tens of thousands of Armenians have fled the region since then.The border guard's indictment against Vardanyan stipulates illegal entry into Azerbaijan. It is not known whether there are other charges against the 55-year-old man.Vardanyan's wife, Veronica Zonaband, confirmed the news of the arrest. She wrote on her husband's channel via Telegram today that the Azerbaijani authorities arrested her husband while he was trying to leave Nagorno-Karabakh for Armenia.Vardanyan, who became a billionaire in Russia, moved to Nagorno-Karabakh last fall and assumed the position of prime minister there between November 2022 and February 2023.

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Russian bombing of Ukrainian ports and grain silos and Kiev: The counterattack is making progress
Russian bombing caused damage to ports and grain silos in the Ukrainian Danube River region, while Kiev says its counterattack against Russia is making progress.

Ports and grain silos in the Danube River region in Ukraine were damaged as a result of being targeted by Russian bombing, while Kiev said it was making progress in its counterattack that it launched about three months ago.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky indicated that there were “good details” from the front, without elaboration, but noted in a video speech that “there will also be more Ukrainian measures against the terrorist state. As long as the Russian aggression continues, Russia must feel its losses.”

For his part, Ilya Yevlash, spokesman for the Ukrainian forces in the east, said that the Ukrainian forces “achieved success” in the villages near Bakhmut, a major town that Russian forces captured in May after fighting one of the fiercest battles of the war.

The spokesman for the forces in the south, Oleksandr Stubon, told the Espresso TV news website that the Ukrainian forces are taking fortified positions and preparing to advance towards the village of Verbov as part of their advance towards the Sea of ​​Azov.

He added: "I think we will receive good news soon."

Bombing of ports

Oleh Kiper, the governor of the Odessa region in southern Ukraine, which includes the ports of Izmail and Reni on the Danube River, revealed that the Russian bombing damaged a checkpoint building, storage facilities, and more than 30 trucks and cars, and led to the injury of two people.

The Ukrainian military said that operations at an international checkpoint had been suspended and vehicles were being temporarily redirected.

The Russian attack is the latest on Ukrainian grain silos and port facilities since July.

Since Russia announced its withdrawal from the grain export agreement, about two months ago, Ukraine has begun to enhance its exports through the Danube River.

“The enemy targeted the port and border infrastructure of the Danube River,” the prosecutor’s office said, publishing photos of damaged grain silos and trucks on fire. He added: "Two truck drivers were injured as a result of the attack. Grain silos, administrative buildings, and shipping vehicles were damaged."

The Ukrainian army stated that it shot down 26 out of 38 Iranian-made drones in the attack launched by Russia on Ukraine overnight.

Suspension of vehicle traffic on Al Qurum Bridge

In another context, the Russian authorities announced that vehicle traffic on the Crimean Bridge had been suspended on Wednesday morning, a measure they often take due to drone or missile attacks launched by Ukraine.

The Russian authorities did not mention the reason for suspending vehicle movement, while there were no reports of operations in the area.

On charges of spreading Nazi ideology, a right-wing group was banned in Germany and its members’ homes were raided

The German Interior Ministry directed its forces on Wednesday to raid the homes and headquarters of members of a right-wing extremist group, which was banned on charges of spreading Nazi ideology.

On Wednesday, German authorities launched a large-scale campaign across the country to pursue members and members of an extremist right-wing group.

German Interior Minister Nancy Weiser banned the group on charges of spreading Nazi ideology.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that authorities raided the main headquarters of the group, called "Artgemeinschaft," and 26 homes of 39 members in 12 states early Wednesday morning.

“This is another strong blow against right-wing extremism and thought extremists who continue to spread Nazi ideology even today,” Weser said.

She added: "This far-right group tried to attract new enemies of the Constitution through its disgusting teaching to children and adolescents."

This month, the German authorities also banned another neo-Nazi group called Hammerskins Deutschland, which has roots in the United States. The authorities raided the homes of 28 members after conducting an investigation that lasted more than a year in cooperation with American officials.

Thieves steal luxury watches and jewelry from Ramos' home

Madrid: Sergio Ramos' house was robbed, while his four children were inside, while the veteran Seville defender was competing with his team in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League competition, according to what local police reported on Wednesday.

A Spanish police spokeswoman said: “The matter is being investigated,” adding that at the time of the burglary, there were people inside the house, without providing further details.

Local media said that Ramos's four children and the two nannies who took care of them were at home during the robbery that took place in the town of Bolillos de la Metación last September 20, but none of them were harmed. While Pilar Rubio, Ramos' wife, was absent.

The theft occurred during Ramos (37 years old)’s participation with Seville at its “Sanchez Pisjuan” stadium against French club Lens, in a match that ended in a 1-1 draw.

The thieves reportedly stole luxury watches, jewelry, international designer clothes, and cash.

Ramos joined a long list of players in Spain whose homes were robbed while participating in matches, including Frenchman Karim Benzema (currently a Saudi Al-Ittihad player), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), and retired Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.

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A sharp debate between the ambassadors of Morocco and Algeria to the United Nations over Western Sahara
United Nations: A heated debate took place in the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, between the Moroccan and Algerian ambassadors, over Western Sahara , which the international organization considers a “non-self-governing region.”

After Moroccan Ambassador Omar Hilal delivered his country’s speech during the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly, Algerian Ambassador Ammar Benjama requested the right of reply, accusing his counterpart of “distorting” the words of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who affirmed in his speech from the same podium last week his support for His country organizes a referendum on self-determination in the Sahara.

The Algerian ambassador said: “Everyone has his camp.” We Algerians have chosen the camp of justice, decolonization, freedom, self-determination and human rights. This commitment applies to the issue of the Sahrawi people, who have been waiting for nearly half a century for the United Nations to achieve justice for them.”

He added: “If the Moroccan occupation has truly made Western Sahara a paradise, with or without granting it autonomy, why is it preventing the organization of this referendum?”

The Algerian ambassador refuted “terrorism accusations related to the Polisario,” saying: “Do not let anyone deceive you, because all the dominant powers have always tried to demonize the resistance and freedom fighters,” offering at the same time his country’s condolences to Morocco for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the Kingdom three weeks ago.

In turn, the Moroccan ambassador requested the right to respond to what his Algerian counterpart made, saying: “One cannot shed crocodile tears and at the same time attack a country that is still experiencing a tragedy.”

He added: “You express your solidarity and support, but at the same time you spread your poison, insult the dead, and insult the Moroccans.”

The Moroccan ambassador stressed that “the autonomy initiative within the framework of Morocco’s sovereignty and territorial integrity remains the only way to turn the page on this artificial regional conflict.”

Hilal stressed that “Morocco exists in its desert and will remain so until the end of time.”

From Suez to the “Meadow of Tears” Testimonies about the shock of the Israelis and the valor of the Egyptian and Syrian soldiers in the 1973 war

Nazareth : The 1973 war continues to preoccupy Israelis excessively with new press and television reports, films, books, and studies that attempt to deepen the understanding of what happened and the extent to which lessons can be drawn from it. As a whole, it reflects the depth of the shock that befell the Israeli side, and its fire does not fade even after 50 years.

 A new Israeli book narrates the 1973 war and its transformations and sheds light on the Israeli intelligence and military failures, and the seriousness of that war, which almost killed Israel, had it not been for “urgent Western aid, the Israeli army’s desperation, and its subsequent success in moving from defense to attack.”

Under the title “The War... Fifty Years Since the 1973 War,” prominent journalist Nassim Mishal refers to the valor of Egyptian and Syrian soldiers as well as he reviews bloody battles in Sinai and the Golan, based on his observations as a young journalist-soldier, in addition to war diaries written by Israeli commanders and soldiers.

Mishal says in his book: “We quickly began to understand the catastrophic results of the war: thousands killed and wounded, the failed performance of politicians and the military, and we became aware of the remaining scars in our bodies and souls, and we saw how the national consensus was fractured in everything related to Israel’s security.” Mishal explains that as a reporter, he participated in the war as a soldier in the paratroopers unit in the Suez region, and he experienced all its atrocities, saw the dead, heard the cries of the wounded, and felt the shock that swept away all the Israelis, and later feelings of astonishment penetrated us due to the magnitude of the failure: “I participated in protecting the Israeli military mission, Headed by General Aharon Yariv, which managed the ceasefire talks with the Egyptian mission, headed by General Mohamed El-Gamasy, at the “Kilometer 101” site, and I still remember how feelings of joy overwhelmed us because we wanted to stop the war and return to our homes.”

A man said to Diane, with a heavy heart and a strangled voice: I survived the Nazi Holocaust in Auschwitz, and I raised a son here in the country, so what did I do this for? I raised him so that he would be neglected to death by you?

 He also says that he recalls other events after the war, including a seminar by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, during which Israelis who lost their children in the 1973 war shouted: “You are a killer, you are a killer.” He continues: “At that symposium, a man got up and said to Diane with a heavy heart and a strangled voice: ‘I survived the Nazi Holocaust in Auschwitz, and I raised a son here in the country, so what did I do this for? I raised him so that he would be neglected to death by you?”

The seminar exploded, and Diane was smuggled out the back door.”

Mishal recalls the replacement of the Israeli political and military leaders after the war, but that did not calm the fears of the Israelis, and did not calm the state of turmoil until the public shock exploded strongly in 1977, when the great coup took place, and the “Labor” Party fell and the “Likud” Party rose to power for the first time since The establishment of Israel in 1948. But the leader of the “Likud”, Menachem Begin, the Israeli Prime Minister, surprised the world by signing a peace agreement with Egypt, after anticipating the future, and later he won the Nobel Peace Prize together with Sadat, and about that coup, Mishal adds: “The change of government did not lead to Not only did it lead to Camp David, but it led to a change in the status of the Eastern Jews. Begin, who realized the importance of their support for him, succeeded, with his charismatic personality and rhetoric, in encouraging them to improve their conditions and revive their dignity that had been damaged since they came to the country. Indeed, after a short time, Eastern Jews began to occupy central positions in politics, the economy, local government, education, and army leadership.

Rising social tensions

In his book, the Israeli journalist refers to other outcomes of the 1973 war , saying that social tensions began to worsen, and differences and borders emerged between Western and Eastern Jews, between religious and secular people, between Jews and Arabs inside Israel, between Israelis as a whole and the Palestinians in the territory occupied in 1967, and between old immigrants and new immigrants. . He adds about the fundamental change in Israel after that war: “Slowly, a new Israeli society began to form with different distinctions and harsh ideological conflicts, under the leadership of the “Gush Emunim” and “Peace Now” movements, which turned Israel into a divided, fragmented, and conflicting society.”

Birth of new leaders

According to Mishal's book, the 1973 war produced two prominent Israeli leaders; Yitzhak Rabin, who replaced Golda Meir as Prime Minister, and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who addressed the issue of Israeli women, widows who lost their husbands in the war, and took the initiative to issue fatwas allowing them to break the marriage bond and marry again, which brought him closer to Israeli society, and he began to care about security issues. The army kept informing him of developments. He points out that the 1973 war was the last war in which Israel fought regular Arab armies, and since then wars have continued with Palestinian and Lebanese “terrorist” organizations, and in practice the 1973 war was the last war that threatened our existence.

Mishal: After the 1973 war, little by little a new Israeli society began to form with different distinctions and harsh ideological conflicts, led by the “Gush Emunim” and “Peace Now” movements, which turned Israel into a divided society.

A shocked country

The writer recalls how the feelings of euphoria resulting from the 1967 victory collapsed all at once, after sirens shattered the silence, on that Black Saturday, and after Sinai shook from the power of Egyptian fire: “1,000 Egyptian artillery opened fire in one moment, as part of a heavy attack along the canal. Meanwhile, 200 fighter planes raided carefully selected Israeli positions. Intelligence bases, air force bases, air communications and control units, anti-aircraft weapons bases, and command and control facilities. At the same time, 100,000 Egyptian soldiers began crossing the Suez on boats on 13 moving bridges, and within three hours, Egyptian units crossed the Suez successfully, with support from Tanks, commando units, and anti-tank missile units, and in exchange for all these forces, the fighters of the Israeli 14th Tank Unit were alone.”

Regarding the fighting on the first day: “As a result of a miscalculation, the commander of the Israeli forces in Sinai did not activate a planned plan to repel the Egyptian crossing, and when the first tanks began to arrive at the front, the fighters of the Egyptian commando units were waiting for them with Sagger and RPG missiles.” The Israeli side did not have intelligence information about the crossing locations, the number of Egyptian forces, and their destination.”

The war took us by surprise

Regarding Israel’s shock, which was taken by surprise, Mishal says: “Before the Israelis understood what was happening, the army had suffered hundreds of deaths on the first day of the war. On that day, we received an urgent phone call calling us to enter the trench immediately. Above us we could hear the roar of low-flying planes heading from the canal to Sinai. At first we thought they were our planes, and later we understood that these were Egyptian Sukhoi planes. This was the beginning, and soon shells fell around us, and a tank unit next to us was directly hit, so we immediately fled into the trench, leaving one soldier to watch, and this poor thing was trembling with fear. He was calling us every minute, asking us to stay inside the trench. When we had to leave, we began to feel and understand what war was, and I heard the barracks commander, “Litov,” screaming over the radio as he said to the unit commander: “I have three wounded soldiers, and two wounded, and if you do not help me, the barracks will fall.” This was the first shock in the war. And so on the second day of the war; The calls for help and distress in every location were based on what we heard on the radio, which made me angry and frustrated. Also on the second day, four Egyptian planes attacked us from a MiG, and this was one of the most terrifying scenes for us. I ran away and stuck my body in the sand, wounding eight of our soldiers, and the rest became terrified, and some of them did not dare to return to the guns, and our planes were shot down. Three Egyptian fighters, but for me this was too late.”

Syrians on the walls

Regarding the fighting inside the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Mishal says, “The Israeli forces succeeded in repelling the Syrians in the north of the plateau, but were late in the south, but the Syrian forces returned and succeeded, on the third day of the war, in striking the depleted Israeli army, which suffered from a lack of ammunition, and convoys were hit.” From Israeli tanks, including them, and the Syrian soldiers reached a distance of dozens of meters from them.” Regarding the Israeli response, he adds: “The commander of Armored Unit No. 7, General Yanush Ben Gal, realized the danger and feared a more dangerous Syrian penetration, so he decided to focus all his forces, including artillery, against the Syrian forces, and appointed the commander of the 77th Ground Company, Avigdor Kahalani, as commander of the northern region in the Golan, which It was later known as the “Valley of Tears” due to the large number of victims on both the Israeli and Syrian sides. With reinforced forces, Kahalani succeeded in repelling the Syrian attack, after four bloody days of fighting. Later, the commander of the Northern Brigade in the Israeli army, Yitzhak Hofi, said that Kahalani and his forces saved Israel from death.

The battle on Mount Hermon

Nissim Mishal stops at the bloody battle on Mount Hermon, and says that without controlling “Hill 16,” it would not have been possible to recover Mount Hermon, which fell in the first days of the war to the hands of the Syrian army. Regarding this, he says: “Every second an Israeli soldier is injured. The radio communications network was crowded with reports of injuries, deaths, and wounded, and the voices of commanders rose, screaming for help. The battle seemed lost, and when dawn came, we discovered that dozens of dead and wounded soldiers were lying on the ground. Unit commander Yoed Zlebinsky took the initiative to gather the soldiers who were still able to fight, and renewed artillery fire towards the Syrians, causing them many injuries, and the Israeli army was able to regain control. On the top of Mount Hermon after 56 soldiers were killed and 80 other soldiers were injured.

 It is noteworthy that the newspaper “Haaretz” reviewed, among its very extensive reports, the bloody battle in the “Meadow of Tears” on October 9, 1973, and reported what the commander of the Israeli forces there at that place and time wrote in his war diary: “The situation is dangerous.” I am on the verge of despair, as the Syrians are sending large forces in order to reach Quneitra-Masada Street. The fighting was intense, and the Syrians were inflicting heavy losses on us, and the leaders were being killed one by one, and we were on the verge of losing control until Kahalani rescued us with the rest of his forces, and he succeeded in stopping the Syrian attack, in the midst of face-to-face fighting, and only 50/150 meters away, and sometimes clashes occurred with fists and light weapons. The war was cruel and painful for both sides.”

Haaretz recalls that the Syrians began the attack with artillery shelling, but they failed to move their tanks through the anti-tank ditch. But they were able to penetrate the Israeli defenses at night with the help of night vision devices. The next morning, the Syrians launched a second attack, and at one point, 40 Israeli tanks found themselves facing about 500 Syrian tanks. On the fourth day, the Israeli Seventh Armored Brigade received reinforcements when its number decreased to about 12 tanks and its ammunition ran out. The Syrians retreated for reasons that are still debated. Israeli military historian Martin Van Creveld said that Israel threatened Syria with a nuclear attack.”

Mishal: The Syrians retreated for reasons that are still controversial. Israeli historian Kveld said that Israel threatened Syria with a nuclear attack

This was confirmed by many Israeli sources, in recent days, by saying that the late Defense Minister Moshe Dayan almost collapsed, in the first days of the war, as he received news of disasters from Sinai and the Golan, until he took the initiative to propose to Golda Meir to use nuclear weapons, but she repulsed him and refused. Some commentators went on to say that Golda was “the only man” in the command room, in light of the shaking of confidence in the men among Israeli politicians and military personnel at the beginning of the war.

Shocking the Israelis

In his book, Mishal says that the major intelligence and military failure, and the huge numbers of dead and wounded on the Israeli side, all of this shocked Israeli society, after it became clear that Israel had fallen into the trap of deception by the brainchild of Anwar Sadat, despite successive indicators and warnings of the possibility of war breaking out.

Mishal points out that the aforementioned warnings included an ultimatum given by the late Jordanian King Hussein , who personally informed Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir of the intention of Egypt and Syria to launch an imminent war. Before that, Sadat himself had threatened war and the readiness to sacrifice a million soldiers in order to reclaim Sinai. He also says that Soviet military advisors left Egypt, one day before the war, but military intelligence, headed by General Elie Zeira, maintained its mistaken estimates that a war would not break out, and that the Egyptian army’s preparations were only part of an Egyptian military maneuver.

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Algeria announced it was withdrawing its requests Morocco will host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations
London : Morocco won the right to host the 2025 African Cup of Nations after Nigeria and Benin withdrew their joint bid, while Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda won the right to host the 2027 edition, according to what the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Wednesday during its committee meeting. Executive office in Cairo.Morocco will host the continental finals for the second time in its history after the 1988 edition, which was won by Cameroon, after Algeria withdrew yesterday, Tuesday, from the nomination race for the 2025 editions, and then the joint bid of Nigeria and Benin on Wednesday, with the aim of “supporting the candidacy of the Atlas Lions country to host the 2030 World Cup, along with Spain and Portugal,” according to the statement. What was stated by the President of the Confederation of African Football, South African Patrice Motsepe.But the Algerian Federation reported on Tuesday that this withdrawal “comes due to the new approach followed by the Federation in the strategy of developing football in Algeria,” adding, “The Federation is focusing its efforts on reorganizing and revitalizing football in Algeria, and it also reiterates its firm commitment to developing African football.”

Morocco had previously won the right to host the 2015 edition, but requested its postponement due to the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, which prompted the African Union to withdraw it from it.

Morocco had previously won the right to host the 2015 edition, but requested its postponement due to the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic, which prompted the African Union to withdraw it from it.According to Agence France-Presse, Motsepe said that there is an agreement within the African Union to support the votes of its fifty members in support of the Moroccan bid in the race to win the 2030 organization, adding, “The Moroccan bid to organize the 2025 African Nations came in conformity with all the standards set by CAF, and we followed all the successes that it achieved.” Morocco achieved this recently in all the football events it hosted.”Motsepe expressed his “great pride” in Morocco, which surprised the world at the end of last year in Qatar after achieving the achievement of becoming the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. He expected that “Morocco will organize the 2025 Africa Nations according to international standards, to present itself as a strong candidate to host the 2030 World Cup.” “In its joint file with Spain and Portugal.According to him, all 22 members present at the meeting voted in favor of Morocco.Motsepe considered that Morocco’s candidacy to host the 2030 World Cup “is not a candidacy for an African country, but rather a candidacy for all of Africa, and we are all seeking to help it within the framework of developing the game and the infrastructure within the continent.”The statement of the CAF President could raise controversy,and Motsepe’s words in claiming, as it appears, that Algeria’s withdrawal of its candidacy file is to “support Morocco’s candidacy to host the 2030 World Cup, along with Spain and Portugal,” would raise controversy in Algeria, since even though Algeria had previously voted in favor of Morocco to host the next World Cup in 2026, despite the political differences between the two countries, while other Arab countries did not vote for Morocco but rather supported the United States, Mexico and Canada hosting the occasion. However, Algeria’s decision to withdraw its candidacy to host the African Nations Football Championship in its two versions for the years 2025 and 2027, was not in accordance with The story of the President of the Confederation of African Football.

The President of the Algerian Football Federation, Walid Sadi, said yesterday, Tuesday, that his country had decided to withdraw its candidacy to host the African Nations Football Championship in its two versions for the years 2025 and 2027.

Algerian state television quoted Sadi as saying, “Algeria has officially withdrawn its candidacy to host the 2025 and 2027 African Cup of Nations,” without providing reasons for the decision.

The announcement of the decision came a few days after Sadi was installed as head of the Algerian Football Association in a ceremony at its headquarters in the capital.

Last Thursday, Sadi was elected president of the Algerian Football Federation, succeeding Djahid Zvezif after his resignation from his position in mid-July.

On Monday, the Algerian journalist for the Qatari “BeIN Sports” channels, Hafid Draghi, published a blog post on Facebook in which he said that “as was expected, the Algerian Football Federation officially addresses the CAF and announces the withdrawal of its candidacy file to host the 2025 and 2027 Africa Cup of Nations finals, because it is no longer... "One of his priorities."

Draghi added, “The Algerian Federation prefers to focus on cleaning the football house, reviving Algerian football, and striving to win continental titles wherever they are organized.”

Draghi previously stated that Algeria’s withdrawal of its files came “after confirming that the African Union had granted the organization of the 2025 edition to Morocco and the 2027 edition to Senegal, Nigeria and Benin equally in 2029.”

President of the Algerian Football Federation, Walid Sadi, said yesterday, Tuesday, that his country has decided to withdraw its candidacy to host the African Nations Football Championship in its two versions for the years 2025 and 2027.

In the fall of 2022, Algeria announced its candidacy to organize the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations after withdrawing the hosting of the tournament from Guinea due to its unwillingness to organize the continental event.

The Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports at the time, Abderrazak Sobkaq, said: “It is time for Algeria to organize major competitions and we will prepare the nomination file to host Cannes 2025.”

He added: “The delegation of the African Confederation of Football expressed its admiration for the existing structures and facilities in anticipation of the African National Championship scheduled for Algeria next January, which is almost the same as the conditions booklet for the African Cup of Nations.”

He continued: “In the recent past, Algeria has demonstrated its success in organizing major events such as the Mediterranean Games (Oran-2022), the Arab Swimming Championship, and the African Judo Championship.”

Morocco also previously announced the submission of its candidacy to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations finals, after officially withdrawing its organization from Guinea.

In October 2022, the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Patrice Motsepe, announced the withdrawal of organizing the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations from Guinea, due to the lack of readiness of the country’s infrastructure.

2027 edition for Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda

As for the joint file of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, it surpassed the files of Senegal, champion of the last edition in 2021, and Botswana.

According to Agence France-Presse, Motsepe indicated that choosing the joint bid for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania was aimed at supporting football financially and logistically, in addition to developing the infrastructure of stadiums, sports and medical facilities in that region of the central African continent, “and I believe that it will be a very successful tournament.” “It is an opportunity for investment and tourism in these countries and creating job opportunities.”

Last October, the African Confederation withdrew the organization of the 2025 edition from Guinea due to its delay in completing the facilities to host the tournament.Since then, the African Union has received requests for organization without deciding on the identity of the host country, before Motsepe announced last month that the host country would be revealed on September 27, while confirming that the assignment of organizing the 2027 edition will be decided on the same day.Before its withdrawal, Morocco and Algeria, in addition to a joint file from Nigeria and Benin, submitted requests to organize the 2025 edition of the largest African national team championship, which will be held with the participation of 24 teams.There were conflicting reports about the existence of an Egyptian file to run for organizing the 2027 edition, between confirmation by some sources and denial by officials of the Egyptian Football Federation.However, Motsepe resolved the existing controversy regarding Egypt’s file, confirming on Wednesday, “Egypt has not offered to run for hosting the 2027 African Nations, nor has it submitted a file to organize the tournament.”The African Union was scheduled to decide the identity of the two host countries at the beginning of this year, but it postponed its decision more than once before determining it on the 27th of this year.The 24 members of the Executive Committee voted after studying independent evaluations of each file, but politics and the promise of regional rotation complicated matters.Ivory Coast will host the 2023 edition, which was postponed from last June and July to next January and February to avoid the rainy season.

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Moscow responds to Pashinyan's accusations: We saved him from a crushing defeat in 2020 ok
The Russian Foreign Ministry launched a scathing attack against Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan after he accused Moscow of failing its forces in their mission, noting that the efforts of the Russian president prevented a crushing defeat for Armenia against Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is evading responsibility for the failures of his country's internal and foreign policies by making accusations against Russia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry's statement on Monday described the accusations made by Pashinyan against Russia in his "Independence Day" message as unacceptable and damaging to the relations of the two countries.

Pashinyan accused Russia, which has deployed a battalion in the Nagorno-Karabakh region since 2020, of “failing in its mission to preserve the peace of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.”

Pashinyan said in a televised speech on the occasion of “Independence Day” on Thursday, September 21: “I do not think we should ignore the failure of the peacekeeping battalion in Karabakh.”

In its statement, Moscow accused Pashinyan of putting Russian-Armenian relations “into a process of destruction provoked by the West,” and that he had been preparing Armenia for a long time in order to distance it from Russia.

The statement indicated that Russia has provided and will continue to provide security, economic and cultural assistance to Armenia, and that the efforts of President Vladimir Putin have prevented a crushing defeat for Armenia against Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020.

The statement said: “If Pashinyan had accepted the ceasefire weeks ago, the losses would have been less.”

On September 19, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced in a statement the launch of an anti-terrorism operation “with the aim of establishing constitutional order in the Karabakh region.”

One day later, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced that representatives of the Armenian population in Karabakh submitted a request through the Russian peacekeeping forces stationed in the region, according to which an agreement was reached for Baku to stop its operation against terrorism in the region, and to evacuate the illegal Armenian armed groups and the Armenian armed forces from Karabakh. He lost his weapons and evacuated his military positions.

On September 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani army launched an operation to liberate its occupied territories in Karabakh, and after fierce battles that lasted 44 days, Azerbaijan and Armenia reached a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement, stipulating that Baku would regain control over its occupied territories.

Study: The high cost of living crisis in Britain is causing the average lifespan of the population to shrink

A new study has confirmed the shrinking lifespan of the population in the United Kingdom, and the increasing gap between the poor and the rich, as a result of the high cost of living and inflation crisis in the country, calling for the necessity of government intervention.

A scientific study, published by BMJ Public Health magazine on Monday, expected that the high cost of living crisis in the United Kingdom would cause the population to “shorten the lifespan” and “widen the gap” between the rich and the poor in terms of health services.

The study recorded an increase in the percentage of people who “die prematurely” (under the age of 75) by about 6.5% due to the continued rise in prices for long periods.

It is likely that the poorest families will witness a number of deaths four times higher than what would be recorded among the richest families, with poor families spending a greater percentage of their income on energy bills, which have witnessed a significant increase.

The study examined the impact of inflation on death rates in Scotland in 2022-2023, with and without mitigating measures such as government support that contributes to reducing household bills.

She explained that if no similar measure is implemented, inflation may cause the death rate to increase by 5% in the least poor areas, and 23% in the poorest areas.

The study confirmed that these two percentages would decrease to 2% and 8% if the state intervened, with a total rate of about 6.5%.

“Our study contributes to providing evidence of the importance of the economy to population health,” the researchers stated.

They noted that “the implementation of government policies is not sufficient to protect health and prevent worsening inequalities.”

The UK inflation rate unexpectedly slowed in August to 6.7% from 11.1%, but remains the highest among G7 countries.

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The United Nations renews its opposition to France's decision to ban female athletes from wearing the hijab
The United Nations has renewed its opposition, in principle, to imposing or banning certain clothing on women, in response to preventing French athletes from wearing the hijab during the Olympic Games that France will host next year in the name of secularism.

On Tuesday, the United Nations renewed its opposition in principle to imposing or banning certain clothing on women, in response to preventing French athletes from wearing the hijab during the Olympic Games that France will host next year in the name of secularism.

“In general, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights believes that no one should dictate to women what they should or should not wear,” said Marta Hurtado, spokeswoman for the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in response to a question during the regular United Nations press conference in Geneva. Based on recent statements made by French Sports Minister Amelie Odea Castera.

The minister explained on the French public channel “France 3” on Sunday that the government “is committed to a strict secular system, which is strictly applied in the field of sports, What does that mean? It means banning any form of proselytization, it means absolute neutrality for public service, and therefore the people who represent our delegations In our French teams, they cannot wear the hijab.”

Hurtado recalled that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women obligates all parties, in this case France, to take “all appropriate measures necessary to modify any social or cultural model based on the idea of ​​the inferiority or superiority of one sex over the other.”

“These discriminatory practices can have harmful consequences,” she stressed, which is why, “according to international human rights standards, restrictions on the expression of religions or beliefs, such as choice of clothing, are only acceptable in very specific circumstances that proportionately and necessarily address concerns.” legitimate concerns of public safety, public order, public health or morals.”

The French Minister acknowledged that the International Olympic Committee “follows a logic based on understanding wearing the hijab not as a religious factor but as a cultural factor,” noting that the French position was based on a decision issued by the State Shura Council, the highest administrative judicial authority in France.

At the end of June, the Shura Council maintained the ban on wearing the hijab in women's football.

In a judicial conclusion to a new case related to religious symbols in public places, which is the subject of frequent debates in France, the Shura Council ruled that the French Football Federation can enact rules that it deems necessary for the “proper conduct” of matches, which subsequently justifies it banning the wearing of the hijab in stadiums.

Amid intense polarization, the US Congress is moving towards closing federal institutions

Millions of Americans are preparing to close government institutions and stop their salaries and social benefits, with Republicans and Democrats not reaching an agreement on the budget, months before the debt default.

The US Congress is moving towards closing government institutions after right-wing Republicans obstructed efforts to approve the budget.

Millions of Americans fear that their salaries and social benefits will stop within just days of this approval.

Four months after avoiding a catastrophic debt default, the world's largest economy is once again on the brink of crisis, with lockdown measures expected to begin appearing at the end of this week.

The Republicans, who have a majority in the House of Representatives, were unable to approve the usual set of bills that determine departmental budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins Sunday, after their efforts were hampered by right-wing Republicans demanding a significant reduction in spending.

The party leadership does not have the votes necessary to advance a short-term funding bill based on 2023 spending levels to ensure continuity of funding for federal institutions after midnight on Saturday/Sunday.

A closure would jeopardize the financial resources allocated to workers in national parks, museums and other federally funded sites, and could have serious political repercussions for Biden as he seeks to win a second term in the 2024 elections.

The US President said in a statement to reporters at the White House that "financing the government is one of Congress's primary responsibilities."

He continued: "If Republicans in the House of Representatives do not take the initiative to do their job, then we should stop electing them."

The Biden administration warned that 7 million people who depend on the Food Assistance Program for Women and Children may be cut off from funding.

In addition, another thorny issue is the request for additional aid for Kiev, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Congress last week and requested more weapons to fight Russian forces in the war that has been raging in his country for 18 months.

Both parties in the Senate support the $24 billion aid bill, but a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives threatens to block the approval of any financing measures, including aid.

"Unpaid employees"

The budget vote in Congress often turns into a confrontation in which one party uses the specter of a closure to extract concessions from the opponent, but these maneuvers usually fail.

The dilemma is usually resolved before it turns into a crisis, but the possibility of closing federal institutions this year is exacerbated by sharp polarization in Congress.

The specter of closure looms only four months after the country approaches a catastrophic default on its debts, with dire consequences for the economy in the United States and abroad.

The US government employs more than two million civilians, as well as military personnel and federal contractors.

“Non-essential” civil servants may be asked to stay home during the closure, and they will not receive their salaries until the closure ends and they return to work.

“Attempts to steal the spotlight.” Biden and Trump visit the auto sector strikers

US President Biden is visiting striking auto industry workers, which is the electorate that Trump plans to address, as he will head to the region, which is the cradle of this industry. Biden is seeking to steal the spotlight from his Republican rival, who intends to head to the same state on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden will visit striking auto industry workers, an electorate that Donald Trump plans to address the next day, as he will head to the region, which is the cradle of this industry.

The Democratic president, who is conducting his election campaign, will be the first president to go to a sit-in site in Michigan, the central state of an unprecedented strike movement affecting three giant companies in the sector, namely General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.

In this context, Biden seeks to steal the spotlight from his Republican rival, who intends to head to the same state on Wednesday to get closer to the workers on whom he is basing his hopes in order to regain the White House.

Donald Trump, who announced his trip before Biden announced a similar move, had accused the Democratic president of copying him. His spokesman, Jason Miller, described Joe Biden's visit as "nothing more than a bad photo shoot."

But according to White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, the US President's trip was not affected "at all" by Trump's trip.


For Joe Biden, the challenge is to prove that he is the president of the working classes, the defender of unions, and the architect of America's industrial renewal.

Karen Jean-Pierre said on Monday, "His visit will be historic, and will highlight the extent to which the president is the most supportive of unions in the history of the United States."

But the octogenarian, who struggles in the polls and is focused on his physical condition on every trip, is walking in a minefield, as the current demand movement could be very destructive to the American economy.

The strike at the two automakers, General Motors and Stellantis, expanded due to the lack of progress in union negotiations, unlike Ford, where “real progress” was made.

Biden has stated several times that manufacturers should distribute their “record profits” to their workers.

In response to questions about whether the president was taking sides in the social conflict, the White House spokeswoman preferred to avoid answering, and stressed that Joe Biden wants, above all, to reach an agreement that “takes into account the interests of both sides.”

She added: “We do not interfere in the negotiations.”

"He wants to take your jobs."

Joe Biden has made his support for unions a hallmark of his state, and the UAW's support for his 2020 candidacy helped swing Michigan in his favor, while the state voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

However, one of the reasons behind the auto industry's historic turmoil is the Democratic president's government policy as it pushes toward more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Donald Trump said on the Truth Social website, “When he walks slowly to pretend he is at a sit-in, remember that he wants to take your jobs and send them to China.”

The Republican's hopes of returning to the White House are based largely on the labor votes he won in 2016 in key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

But on the Democratic side, the billionaire real estate mogul's pro-union commitment is being called into question.

Donald Trump will speak on Wednesday in front of a spare parts manufacturing plant in Clinton, Michigan, according to his campaign team, a little more than 60 kilometers away from where Joe Biden will visit.

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8 medical tips to prevent influenza
Istanbul: Influenza is one of the most common diseases in the world, as its incidence increases with the entry of autumn and into winter, due to low temperatures and a decline in the body’s immunity.

Doctor Ibrahim Topal Ali, from the Turkish Kocaeli State Health Directorate, provides Anatolia with a set of advice on dealing with influenza, ways to prevent it, and the importance of the vaccine.

Tubal Ali said in his speech: “This disease occurs when the body is infected with one of the types of influenza viruses, as it attacks the respiratory system in general, including the lungs, throat and nose area, and sometimes it also affects the digestive system.”

He added: “Influenza causes symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, muscle pain, and diarrhea in some other cases, as this disease is particularly widespread during the fall and winter seasons.”

Regarding the reason for this, the doctor explained that the influenza virus “is transmitted from one person to another through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs, or when touching anything contaminated with the virus, such as placing one’s hands on a contaminated doorknob.”

Topal Ali highlighted the importance of receiving the influenza vaccine annually, saying: “We must prevent this disease by taking the vaccine that contains parts of the genetically modified virus, which helps the body develop immunity against it.”

Below is a set of preventive tips to enhance ways to protect against this disease:

1- Receiving the influenza vaccine, as this is considered necessary, especially for people at risk, such as children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases and weak immunity.

2- Washing hands with soap and water regularly can reduce transmission of infection and disease.

3- Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing using a tissue to avoid spreading germs, which reduces their spread in the air and on objects.

4- Avoid crowded places as much as possible in cases of the spread of influenza in general.

5- Maintain a healthy, appropriate diet by eating foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C, and foods that contain minerals that can strengthen the immune system.

6- Exercising, as regular physical activity contributes to enhancing the body’s immunity and strength.

7- Good sleep plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, by getting sufficient and comfortable hours of sleep.

8- Drink plenty of fluids, as drinking them regularly helps keep the respiratory system hydrated.

The doctor concluded his speech by saying: “It must be remembered that following these preventive tips can reduce the possibility of influenza infection and enhance immunity during the fall and winter season.”

Measles appears in a refugee center in Berlin and 600 people are placed in quarantine

BERLIN : A refugee arrival center in the Reinickendorf district of Berlin was placed in quarantine on Monday due to a measles outbreak.

About 600 residents are not allowed to leave the building at the present time, according to what the spokesman for the state office for refugees, Sasha Langenbach, told the German News Agency.

There were two children diagnosed with the highly contagious disease as of Monday, according to the report.

“It is difficult to impose further restrictions on the freedom of movement of people who are already living in overcrowded conditions there,” Langenbach said, adding that a number of things must be checked in coordination with the Ministry of Health.

Those vaccinated against measles among refugees and the age of residents must be examined, among other things.

In order to explain the situation, language intermediaries who speak Turkish, Arabic or Persian will be employed.

According to Langenbach, precautionary measures have been taken to protect residents. He added: “The Ministry of Health has made masks mandatory.”

He added that this is a difficult measure, but safety comes first, and the distribution of food and health supplies remains guaranteed.

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India : Mobile internet service shut down again in Manipur after protests over pictures of dead bodies of students going viral
Hundreds of students took to the streets in Imphal on Tuesday. They tried to march towards the residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, after which security forces fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.

Imphal (Manipur) : Mobile internet services have been banned again in Manipur amid protests over the brutal murder of two minors. This ban will remain in effect till Sunday. The state government had recently lifted the ban on internet services that had been in place for five months following violent incidents between two tribes. More than 175 people have died in the conflict between Meitei and Kuki communities in this north-eastern state. While hundreds of people are injured.

Earlier, hundreds of students took to the streets in the capital Imphal on Tuesday to protest against the brutal murder of two minor students. They tried to march towards the residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, after which security forces fired tear gas shells to disperse the crowd. Many students were injured in this chaos.

There has been an uproar after pictures of dead bodies of two students went viral on social media when mobile internet was restored in the state after almost five months of ban.

Sources have said that the allegations of rape before the murder of the minor are also being investigated. In July, the two were seen in CCTV footage, but could not be traced at that time.

The young boy's parents spoke to NDTV and condemned the inhumane killings. The father said, "What was my son or daughter's fault that they were murdered? They didn't harm anyone. They were just roaming around." "Killing in cold blood is inhumane."

Both the children were going on a bike after the curfew (imposed due to caste violence) was relaxed, it is believed that they were kidnapped. The case sparked outrage and many people raised questions as to why the police were not able to trace the killers.

Meanwhile, the Manipur government has asked people to exercise restraint and allow authorities to investigate the kidnapping and murder of the duo. In a statement issued by Chief Minister N Biren Singh's secretariat late on Monday night, the state government said the case has already been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"Action on terrorism due to political convenience.": External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar gave 'reply' to Canada from UN

All the member countries present their views in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) going on from September 13 in New York. S Jaishankar is representing the country in place of PM Modi in the 77th meeting of UNGA. S Jaishankar said, "Those days are over when some countries used to set the agenda and expect others to join them."

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) on Tuesday. Amid the ongoing political standoff between India and Canada over the Khalistani issue, the Foreign Minister gave a befitting reply to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau from the UN platform. He said that political convenience cannot be the basis of any country's response to terrorism or extremism.

The Foreign Minister said, "Action on terrorism, extremism and violence should not be taken as per political convenience. There cannot be respect for territorial integrity and interference in internal affairs as per convenience."

 He said, "The world is witnessing an extraordinary period of turmoil. India's One Earth One Family One Future vision includes not just the small benefits of a few but the concerns of many people." Jaishankar has reiterated to the world India's demand for changes in the UNSC.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "The days are over when some countries set the agenda and expected others to join them." 

He said that from the era of non-alignment, we have now reached the era of world friendship. When we aspire to be a leading power, it is not for self-praise but to take on greater responsibility, to contribute.

Jaishankar said, "Coming out of the era of non-alignment, we have now developed the concept of 'world friend'. The inclusion of the African Union in the G20 should also inspire the United Nations to modernize the Security Council."

He said that the world is going through challenging times. Times are changing, now we have to listen to other countries. Jaishankar said, "The agenda of a few countries cannot be imposed on the world."

He said, "India has entered the 'Amrit Kaal' When our Chandrayaan-3 landed on the Moon, the world saw a glimpse of what was to come. Our message to the world today is digitally enabled governance, growing infrastructure framework and our energetic start-up structure."

Jaishankar said, "Our latest claim is the pioneering legislation to reserve one-third seats for women in legislatures. I speak for a society where the ancient traditions of democracy have deep modern roots. As a result, our thinking, approach And the work is more grounded and authentic."

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said, "We have built developmental partnerships with 75 countries. We have also become the first responders in disaster and emergency situations. The people of Turkey and Syria have seen this."

Foreign Minister at UNGA S. Jaishankar said, "At a time when East-West polarization is so intense and the North-South divide so deep, the New Delhi summit also reaffirms that diplomacy and dialogue are the only effective solutions, those are the days Gone are the days when some countries set the agenda and expected others to follow suit."

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For the tenth day Palestinians demonstrate near the separation fence east of Gaza
For the tenth day in a row, Palestinian youth continue to demonstrate near the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel. While the young men lit rubber tires, the occupation army deployed its forces to disperse them.

Dozens of Palestinian youth demonstrated on Tuesday, for the tenth day in a row, near the fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The demonstrators lit used rubber tires, raised the Palestinian flag on the separation fence, and threw sound bombs.

The demonstrations come at the call of young men who call themselves “Rebel Youth,” “denouncing the settlers’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the ongoing violations in the West Bank, and the continued siege of Gaza.”

The demonstrations include launching incendiary balloons towards Israeli cities and towns adjacent to the Gaza Strip, which could cause fires in agricultural fields.

The Israeli occupation army deployed its forces, vehicles, and snipers behind the nearby sand hills to disperse the demonstrations in the eastern regions of the Strip.

In recent days, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the death of a young man during the demonstrations and dozens of injuries and suffocation cases as a result of their dispersal by Israeli forces.

Dozens of settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday, according to the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, as some of them performed “Talmudic prayers.”

Israel imposes a siege on the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in a significant deterioration in economic and living conditions.

Since last year, the West Bank has also witnessed a state of severe tension following the Israeli army’s incursions into Palestinian cities and camps.

After two rounds of clashes, Palestinian security deployment in Ain al-Hilweh camp in Lebanon

Joint Palestinian security forces deployed in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, southern Lebanon, after two bloody rounds of fighting that left 32 dead and more than 150 wounded.

Today, Tuesday, members of the Joint Palestinian Security Force began deploying in the "Ain al-Hilweh" refugee camp in southern Lebanon, in implementation of the terms of the ceasefire agreement reached between the "Fatah" movement and Islamic factions.

The Lebanese News Agency reported that the joint “Palestinian Security Force” began its deployment this afternoon at two points: the first, “Al-Fawqani Street” of the Ain al-Hilweh camp, the Tira neighborhood, and the second at the Buraq Central - Bustan al-Quds Junction.

The agency explained that the deployment of the security force "comes following a ceasefire reached after the second round of fighting between the Fatah movement and Islamic groups inside the camp, which resulted in 18 dead and dozens wounded."

The agency pointed out that "the deployment of the security force came after it was strengthened and supplied with about 70 officers and members as a first stage, provided that the process continues gradually, bringing its number to 170 members at all points."

She pointed out that "the force was formed from various Palestinian national and Islamic forces based on the decisions of the Joint Palestinian Action Authority in the Sidon region."

On September 14, the Palestinian factions reached a ceasefire agreement, after a week of clashes that caused a large wave of displacement out of the camp.

At the end of last July, clashes broke out between members of "Fatah" and an armed group calling itself "Muslim Youth", resulting in the killing of 14 people, including the commander of the Palestinian National Security in the Sidon region, Brigadier General Abu Ashraf Al-Armushi, a leader of the "Fatah" movement, with 4 of his companions. This marked a turning point in the clashes that resulted in 32 deaths and more than 150 wounded.

Ain al-Hilweh camp is one of the largest Palestinian camps in Lebanon, along with 11 other camps, as the number of Palestinian refugees in the country is estimated at about 300,000.

The Lebanese army or security forces do not enter the camps according to previous implicit agreements, leaving the task of maintaining security there to the Palestinians themselves, while the Lebanese army imposes strict measures around them.

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Sudan : Hundreds of deaths from dengue fever and millions on the brink of famine
Sudan is witnessing a widespread outbreak of dengue fever and acute diarrhea, especially in Gedaref State, which has recorded hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections. The increase in the number of fever cases comes due to the closure of 100 hospitals as a result of the war.

The number of people infected with dengue fever and acute diarrhea has increased at an alarming rate in Sudan, where the war has caused the closure of 100 hospitals, leading to the death of hundreds, the Medical Syndicate announced Monday.

The union warned that the most affected state is Gedaref, located on the Ethiopian border, which is witnessing “a catastrophic spread of dengue fever throughout the state, resulting in hundreds of deaths and thousands of infections.”

The rainy season in Sudan, which witnesses the spread of malaria or dengue fever epidemics every year, has become more deadly this year after more than five months of war between the army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

A medical source in Gedaref told Agence France-Presse, refusing to reveal his name: “Hospitals are full and cases continue to increase, and the situation is complicated, especially for sick children, because while some are hospitalized, most of them are being treated at home.”

Amal Hussein, a resident of Gedaref, said, “In every house there are at least three people sick with dengue fever,” which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that causes a significant rise in body temperature and then bleeding, and can lead to death if not treated.

In the city of El Fasher, North Darfur State, “13 cases of malaria were recorded within one week,” according to the Ministry of Health. As for Khartoum, three people died due to acute diarrhea out of 14 people who were hospitalized on Sunday alone, in the Haj Youssef area, east of the capital, according to the Resistance Committee in this neighborhood.

The activist group, which has been organizing aid among residents since fighting began in Sudan on April 15, urged residents to "take the necessary precautions to avoid infection."

"Disaster imminent"

In addition to diseases, hunger is knocking on doors in Sudan, where more than half of the 48 million people need humanitarian assistance to survive, and six million of them are on the brink of famine, as humanitarian agencies have warned.

The second United Nations official in Sudan, Clementine Nkwita-Salami, said, “The disaster is threatening Sudan, and donor countries must immediately pay the promised funds for humanitarian assistance that could save lives.”

According to the media center of the Ministry of Health, “Rapid Support takes control of the main center for medical supplies, and medicines and medical equipment amounting to $500 million were lost, and 70% of the equipment of the specialized centers in Khartoum, such as the center for oncology treatment, laparoscopic surgery, heart and orthopedic surgery, and pediatric surgery, was lost.”

Since the outbreak of battles that centered in the Sudanese capital and the Darfur region in the west of the country, about 7,500 people have been killed, including at least 435 children, according to official data, a toll that is likely to be much lower than the actual number of victims of the conflict. About five million people were forced to leave their homes and flee within Sudan or seek refuge in neighboring countries, especially Egypt and Chad, in addition to 80% of the health sector facilities in the country being out of service.

The United Nations sounded the alarm about the impact of the current political crisis in Sudan on the health situation of children, and last week it expressed its fear of the death of thousands of children there due to acute malnutrition and the spread of diseases in light of the violence prevailing in the country, especially after about 1,200 children died as a result of measles. Malnutrition in nine refugee camps in Sudan since May

The Libyan Derna disaster Will it unite the two governments or increase the gap between them?

Istanbul: The invitation of the Libyan government, appointed by the House of Representatives, to the international community to participate in the Derna Reconstruction Conference, next October 10, reflects a desire to extract international recognition instead of the unity government, but from the gateway to the humanitarian crisis left by the hurricane that struck the city of Derna. (East), under its influence.

Despite the state of solidarity among the various groups of people with the Derna tragedy, which left thousands dead and missing, and the aid convoys departing from the cities of the West to the afflicted areas in the East, the situation on the political level hides a silent competition between the two governments regarding the “legitimacy of the status quo” and the management of reconstruction funds.

 Political rivalry

There is a political competition between the governments of Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba in the capital, Tripoli (west), and Osama Hammad in the city of Benghazi (east) over relief for the afflicted, reconstruction funds, and also over international aid that flowed from more than 20 countries and international relief organizations.

Because it enjoys international recognition, most international aid reaches Libya through the unity government, and the Central Bank of Libya, even after its unification, only recognizes the Dabaiba government, which has greater financial, material, and human resources, which gives it an advantage in terms of providing aid to the afflicted in the East. And thus new legitimacy outside its areas of control.

On the other hand, the government appointed by the House of Representatives is trying to compensate for its lack of material and financial resources by trying to “impose a fait accompli,” given that Derna and the areas affected by the hurricane and floods are all under its influence and the authority of the eastern forces led by Khalifa Haftar.

Based on this fait accompli, activists from the western region accuse Hammad’s government and Haftar’s forces of obstructing the entry of aid convoys sent by the unity government and volunteers from western cities to the stricken areas in the east.

In this regard, MP Ibrahim Al-Darsi, who supports the Hammad government, justifies the reasons for obstructing the entry of unity government convoys into the affected areas, saying, “The disaster occurred in the east, and therefore it is natural for the eastern government not to allow the Western government to intervene.”

In a television statement, Al-Darsi called on the Central Bank, after its unification, to liquidate funds for Osama Hammad’s government, saying, “We must deal with reality.”

While the government appointed by the House of Representatives, which is recognized only by Cairo, invited the international community to attend a conference for the reconstruction of Derna, in the stricken city.

This was considered by media activists in the western region to be an attempt by “an internationally recognized government to achieve political gains.”

 The puzzle of reconstruction “money.”

The House of Representatives’ adoption, during an emergency session, of a budget estimated at 10 billion Libyan dinars (more than two billion dollars) for the reconstruction of Derna, sparked a political crisis with the Supreme Council of State (the second chamber of Parliament), which objected to this decision.

It was strange for a legislative institution (the House of Representatives) to interfere in allocating funds that it did not own, even though that was within the powers of the executive institution (the government).

In the earthquake in Morocco and before that in Turkey and Syria, we did not hear any parliament that approved an emergency budget and asked the Central Bank to allocate it for reconstruction, bypassing the executive institution.

This was raised by the President of the Supreme Council of State, Mohamed Takala, in an official correspondence with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, in which he drew his attention to the fact that spending to meet emergency needs was allocated a clause in the budget law, for which the government is responsible for spending on those needs without legislative intervention.

Takala, Aguila warned that the budget law is to be prepared by the executive authority and presented to the Council of State, which has not been done, and that in such circumstances (the budget law) is considered “a national security that no one or entity can monopolize due to the exploitation, confusion, and confusion that may surround it.” .

But what Takala did not say is that with this huge budget, which exceeds two billion dollars, the House of Representatives seeks to convince the Central Bank, headed by Governor Al-Siddiq Al-Kabir, to disburse it to Hammad’s government, and to marginalize the unity government, under the pretext of reconstruction.

Activists in western Libya and those affected in Derna express their fear that “reconstruction funds” will be diverted to other than their intended destination, and they demand that international bodies such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund supervise the reconstruction process.

In this context, the Government of National Unity officially requested the World Bank to help manage reconstruction funds for areas and cities that suffered massive losses due to the hurricane.

This request came in a letter from the Minister of Finance of the Unity Government, Khaled Al-Mabrouk, to the resident representative of the World Bank Group in Libya, Henriette von Kaltenborn, dated September 12.

The unity government limited the request for assistance to three points: a rapid assessment of the damage, the establishment of programs for rapid and emergency cash transfers to those affected, and the management of prospective reconstruction funds.

Through this step, which came two days after the hurricane that struck Derna, the unity government had previously removed from the government appointed by Parliament the card “management of anticipated reconstruction funds.”

The Dabaiba government is well aware that it is difficult for it to manage reconstruction funds in areas outside its control, and therefore it is at the mercy of the Hammad government and its supporters (Aqila and Haftar), so it proposed to the World Bank to manage these funds.

Division hampers reconstruction

Although the damage caused by the hurricane and the floods that caused the collapse of the Derna dams is greater than the capacity of Libya and all its institutions, the division between two governments, one in the West and the other in the East, has made relief missions difficult, and has even prompted international parties to hesitate in providing aid.

The internationally recognized government is in the West, the afflicted areas are in the East, and in between are fields of military and political mines that hinder the delivery of aid with the required speed, at a time when any moment could save a human life.

The unity and solidarity among the members of the Libyan people, whether from the West or from the East, was not reflected to the same extent in the political scene that is still torn between two governments, despite the convoys of relief and technical aid that the unity government sent to the stricken areas, as well as a fleet of planes that were transporting aid. And volunteers are free.

This situation prompted the victims of Derna to organize protests in the city on September 18, in which they called on the Speaker of Parliament to leave, called for those responsible for the disaster to be held accountable, accelerated reconstruction, and achieved national unity, and denounced discrimination.

These protests raised the concern of officials in the east that they would spread to the rest of the cities of Cyrenaica, as happened in 2020. Therefore, the Municipal Council of Derna was sacrificed, as it was dismissed by the Hammad government, against which popular pressure is increasing, especially with calls to open a local and international investigation into those responsible and negligent in the dam collapse. tuber.

Obtaining reconstruction funds, whether from the Central Bank or from the international community, represents a necessity for the Hammad government, to absorb the anger of the afflicted and the Libyan people, especially since the state budget goes mostly to the unity government.

The repercussions of the Derna floods on the “frozen” political scene have not stopped, and perhaps they have not yet begun, with everyone busy recovering the bodies and relieving the afflicted, but the next stage will increase popular pressure to end the political division, as the reconstruction of Derna will not be completed with the required speed except with executive authority.

The Nigerien Military Council demands a negotiating framework for the withdrawal of French forces

The ruling military junta in Niger demanded that the schedule for the withdrawal of French forces from the country be according to an agreed-upon deadline, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced the end of military cooperation between Paris and Niger’s coup leaders under the pretext of their unwillingness to fight terrorism.

Niger's coup leaders called for the establishment of a "negotiating framework" for the withdrawal of French forces from their country, after French President Emmanuel Macron announced that his country would withdraw its soldiers from this country.

The military regime in Niger said in a statement, on Monday evening, that the timetable for the withdrawal of French forces, consisting of 1,500 soldiers in Niger to combat terrorism, must “take place within a negotiated framework and joint agreement for better effectiveness.”

The military in Niger confirmed that they expect official measures issued by the relevant French authorities after Macron announced on Sunday evening that France would withdraw its ambassador, Sylvain Eté, from Niger “in the coming hours” and then the approximately 1,500 French soldiers.

“We are ending our military cooperation with the de facto authorities in Niger, because they no longer want to fight terrorism,” Macron said on Sunday.

Since the French announcement, no special movement has been recorded in the vicinity of the French embassy in Niamey that leads to the belief that Eteh left the country.

Immediately after Macron's statements were issued, the ruling military regime in Niamey celebrated "a new step towards Niger's sovereignty."

In recent weeks, Niamey has witnessed several demonstrations against the French presence, in which tens of thousands of people participated.

For its part, the United States of America, which sent 1,100 soldiers to Niger, announced that it is evaluating its options.

The US Secretary of Defense said that Washington "did not implement any tangible change in the conditions of our forces and we really want to see a diplomatic solution and a peaceful end" to the crisis.

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“Historic success.” President Erdogan congratulates Azerbaijan on its victory in Karabakh
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the Azerbaijani army on its historic success and humanitarian stance towards civilians during the operation against terrorism in Karabakh, praising at the same time the strategic importance of Nakhchivan in his country’s relations with Azerbaijan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulated the victorious Azerbaijani army for its historic success and humanitarian stance towards civilians in the operation against terrorism in Karabakh.

This came in a press conference held by Erdogan with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev, on Monday, in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan.

Erdogan said, "Azerbaijan reminded many of the importance of fulfilling agreements and did not find a listening ear, so it was forced to carry out an operation against terrorism, and successfully completed it in the shortest time without harming civilians, and this is a reason for pride."

He added, "With the recent victory (the operation against terrorism in Karabakh), new windows of opportunity have opened for comprehensive normalization in the region."

Erdogan called on Armenia to shake the hand of peace extended to it and take sincere steps to bring peace to the region.

For his part, President Aliyev said that his country and Turkey are pushing regional issues in the right direction through mutual support between the two countries.

Aliyev noted in his speech during the conference that the Shusha Declaration raised Azerbaijani-Turkish relations to a new level, "and today they are at the highest level."

Aliyev added: “Through mutual support between us (Turkey and Azerbaijan), we are pushing regional issues in the right direction... We want peace and stability in the region, not war.”

He explained that the Armenian separatist forces in Karabakh surrendered and submitted to all of his country's conditions, stressing that his government would provide all the necessities of life for the Armenian population in the Karabakh region.

He referred to the Turkish President's speech at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

Addressing Erdogan, Aliyev said: “You made fair statements based on international law in defense of Azerbaijan’s interests on the United Nations platform, which is one of the manifestations of the brotherhood that Turkey shows towards Azerbaijan.”

He pointed out that the volume of bilateral trade between Azerbaijan and Turkey exceeds $6 billion annually, with goals of reaching $15 billion.

On Monday, the autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan in Azerbaijan witnessed the signing of 3 agreements with Turkey in various fields in the presence of Presidents Erdogan and Aliyev.

Erdogan and Aliyev signed the “Protocol of Intent between the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan regarding the Kars-Nakhchivan railway project.”

Earlier Monday, Erdogan arrived in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan at Aliyev's invitation.

Nakhchivan, a province belonging to Azerbaijan, has an area of ​​about 5,363 square kilometers, and is geographically separate from the rest of Azerbaijan. Access to it requires passage through either Iran or Armenia, and the region has a short border with Turkey, about 17 km long.

He leads the elections in a city near a former Nazi camp. A right-wing extremist raises controversy in Germany

The candidate of the far-right Alternative for Germany party topped the results of the first round of municipal elections for a city near a former Nazi camp. While Jörg Proffitt is close to winning the position, many see it as a "disaster."

Jörg Proffitt, the candidate of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, is close to winning the mayorship of Nordhausen in the former East German state of Thuringia, in next Sunday's elections.

While Proffitt (61 years old) is considered the most likely to win, assuming this position would be a "disaster," according to those in charge of managing the memorial foundation for a nearby concentration camp dating back to the Nazi era.

It is noteworthy that about 60,000 people were detained in the Mittelbau Dora forced labor camp, which was affiliated with the Buchenwald concentration camp, located only 6 kilometers from the center of Nordhausen.

The detainees there were forced to manufacture V-2 missiles under brutal underground conditions.

The rise of the far right

Proffitt received 42.1% of the votes in the first round of the mayoral election earlier this month, while his opponent, Kai Buchmann, won only 23.7%.

Many residents declined to support independent candidate Buchmann, who has held power for the past six years, after he disagreed several times with the city's municipal council.

The controversy led to calls for a fresh start, and Proffitt entered the competition line. Like many members of the far-right party, Proffitt was accused of extremism and distorting history.

The right-wing candidate made many controversial statements, which did not seem to succeed this time in dissuading voters.

A poll published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation this week revealed that right-wing extremist attitudes are spreading in Germany. Currently, 8% of Germans can be classified as having clear far-right positions, compared to 2 to 3% in previous years, according to the foundation.

Thus, Proffitt's victory will be the last link in a series of successes achieved by the Alternative for Germany party, which was founded in 2013 as an anti-euro group, before exploiting the prevailing feelings of anger over the large wave of immigration that Germany has witnessed recently.

In June, the party obtained its first ever position in the administration of a district in Thuringia, while the following month it assumed the presidency of a municipality in neighboring Saxony-Anhalt for the first time.

It received 22% in recent opinion polls, leading Chancellor Olaf Schulz's Social Democratic Party (centre-left), lagging only a few points behind the main opposition conservative party.

In conjunction with negotiations to integrate Armenians in Karabakh, Azerbaijan supplies Khankendi with electricity

A statement issued by the Azerbaijani presidency announced that the city of Khankendi in the Karabakh region would be connected to the lines of the Azerbaijani electricity network instead of the Armenian network, in conjunction with negotiations between Azerbaijani officials and representatives of the Armenian population in the region.

The Azerbaijani authorities announced on Sunday that the network of power lines in the city of Khankendi, inhabited by Armenians in the Karabakh region, was connected to the general feeding line of Azerbaijan.

A statement issued by the Azerbaijani presidency stated that the Khankendi power line was disconnected from the Armenian power grid and connected to the Azerbaijani feeder grid.

The statement explained that Khankendi's power lines are fed by transformers in the city of Shusha in the same province, adding: "The light of Azerbaijan will illuminate Khankendi from now on."

The supply of electricity to Khankendi comes days after the launch of negotiations between Azerbaijani government officials and representatives of Armenians living in the Karabakh region to discuss the path of their integration into Azerbaijani society.

Advisor to the Azerbaijani President, Hikmat Hajiyev, previously announced that the Azerbaijani state has prepared a comprehensive social and integration plan for the Armenian population in Karabakh.

On September 19, 2023, the Azerbaijani army launched an anti-terrorist operation “with the aim of establishing constitutional order in the Karabakh region.”

One day later, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense announced that an agreement had been reached to stop the operation in exchange for the illegal Armenian armed groups and the Armenian armed forces in Karabakh disarming and evacuating their military positions.

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Amazon is investing up to $4 billion in the artificial intelligence company Anthropic
New York : The Amazon Group announced on Monday an investment of up to $4 billion in the American artificial intelligence company Anthropic, which is developing a competitor to the “GPT Chat” program, accelerating the global race towards these technologies.

Through this partnership, the giant group in the field of e-commerce and cloud computing will acquire a minority stake in the company “Anthropic”, which developed “Cloud”, a chatbot that competes with “ChatGPT”, the famous artificial intelligence tool developed by “Open”. A.I.”

For its part, Anthropic will use chips from Amazon Web Service (AWS), the world's largest cloud computing company, that were specifically developed to create machine learning models.

According to Amazon, this agreement aims to accelerate Anthropic’s future automated chat models, which AWS users will have access to.

“Generative” artificial intelligence, capable of generating new content based on learning data, is whetting the appetite of Internet giants.

A few days ago, Amazon announced that its virtual assistant, “Alexa,” will be equipped with artificial intelligence.

For its part, Microsoft indicated Thursday that it will integrate OpenAI's new generative artificial intelligence interface into its Bing search engine

Google is adding more functionality to its cool artificial intelligence platform

Washington : Instead of having many tabs for Google services, the American company seeks to combine them into one tab that uses artificial intelligence to deal with emails, vacation plans, and other personal documents of the user.

Google wants to consolidate all tabs into one tab on the cool AI platform's user interface , which is quickly competing with the most popular platform, " GBT Chat ."

Google Director Jack Krawczyk said Bard could be useful when making vacation plans, or filling out forms that are sent to the user via email and other files saved on Google services such as Gmail and Google's cloud computing services.

He added that Bard can complete tasks that require 20 minutes in just 20 seconds by helping to fill out various forms that the user receives via email, and searching for and summarizing basic information, which is a particularly useful task for parents at the beginning of the school year.

Another example of the work that the Bard platform can do is answering a question that says, for example, “Search for my CV titled 2023 on the cloud computing service Drive and summarize it in a short personal paragraph.”

This function can also be more useful when planning vacations, “as you can ask Bard to determine the appropriate times for each person through emails, search for flight times and hotel information, then review the Google Maps service to find out the routes to the airport, and also watch videos on YouTube.” To find out things to do during the trip.

The Bard platform will be more useful when Google can access all of the user's personal data, but it will not be useful if some of the useful information that requires access is located on other applications such as WhatsApp, iMessage, or an email account other than Gmail.

Although the new function of the Bard platform that was announced last week is available worldwide, it currently supports only the English language, and other languages ​​will be added later.

At the same time, some believe that allowing the artificial intelligence platform to access the user's personal information and documents is scary, so Google says that cold access to personal information can be revoked at any time the user chooses.

At the same time, Krawczyk says that the content of the user's personal information and documents will not be used to train or improve the Bard language model, nor will anyone be allowed to see this information even when Bard processes the information contained in emails or the Dock and Drive services. It will also not be used to send any advertisements to the user in any way.

Google also wants to allow the user to combine his real voice with images uploaded over the Internet in the future. For example, the user can upload a picture of a bottle with the drink inside it written on it, so Park will suggest in detail the main meal that would best suit this drink. Bard chat archive can also be shared with other people.

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Libya : An order to arrest eight officials following the Derna floods disaste
The Libyan Public Prosecutor's Office announced, on Monday, the arrest of eight officials responsible for managing dam facilities, including the mayor of the city of Derna, following the floods caused by Storm Daniel two weeks ago in Libya, leaving more than 3,800 dead.

The Libyan Public Prosecutor on Monday issued an arrest warrant for eight officials as part of an investigation into the flood disaster that claimed the lives of thousands in eastern Libya.

The Public Prosecutor's Office stated in a statement that the officials were arrested on suspicion of mismanagement and negligence, and they currently work or have previously worked in offices responsible for water resources and dam management.

Among those included in the arrest warrant was the mayor of Derna, Abdel Moneim Al-Ghaithi, who was dismissed along with other members of the municipal council after the disaster.

In the statement, the Public Prosecutor considered that their mistakes contributed to a catastrophic loss of flood victims as a result of negligence.

Regarding the mayor, the statement said that he did not bring up “what is motivated by the reality of his abuse of the authority of his position and his deviation from the obligations of the mandate of managing the funds allocated for the reconstruction and development of the city of Derna.”

On September 10, Hurricane Daniel swept several areas in eastern Libya, most notably the cities of Benghazi, Al-Bayda, Al-Marj, and Sousse, in addition to other areas, including Derna, which was the most affected, leaving thousands dead and missing, in addition to significant material damage.

On the 18th of the same month, the Libyan government appointed by the House of Representatives announced the dismissal of the entire municipal council of the city of Derna and referring its members to investigation, following angry demonstrations that took place in Derna to demand that those responsible be held accountable for their negligence in not maintaining the city’s dams that collapsed.

Morocco : An electronic campaign demanding the imposition of visas on the French 

Rabat : The hashtag “Apply visas to the French” topped the most popular list on the “X” platform in Morocco, amid the continuing crisis between the two countries and Paris tightening the conditions for granting visas to Moroccans.On September 28, 2021, the French government announced the tightening of conditions for granting visas to citizens of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. Claiming that “the three countries refused to issue the necessary consular permits to take back (irregular) immigrants from their citizens.”On the same day, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita denounced France’s decision to tighten the conditions for granting visas to his country’s citizens, describing it as “unjustified.”In a tweet on the X platform, Moroccan activist Simo Ben called for imposing a visa on French tourists.He added in his tweet that his country “attracts many tourists from different continents, and it is possible to do without French tourists.”In turn, Aisha Mina agreed with “Simo Ben” on the necessity of imposing a visa on the French, saying in her tweet: “This demand comes due to France’s hostile actions towards Morocco.”

On Facebook, Ahmed Al-Qari said in a blog post that “Moroccan feelings are running high against France’s policies of control and arrogance towards Morocco.”He continued: “This is the best time to explain the harms of Frenchness, its dangers, and its serious impact on education, services, and the economy in Morocco.”In turn, Yassin Al-Haddad, in a tweet on Facebook, called for the need to support this campaign.

This electronic campaign comes days after a speech addressed by French President Emmanuel Macron to Moroccans, which sparked a state of controversy and dissatisfaction among them.After the earthquake that struck Morocco on September 8, with a magnitude of 7 on the Richter scale, Paris offered to help Rabat in rescue efforts, but the latter only accepted help from 4 countries: Britain, Spain, Qatar, and the Emirates, which was understood to be the rejection of the rest of the offers. Including France.Rabat’s position on French aid sparked great controversy in the European country, prompting President Macron to publish a video speech on the “X” platform directed to Moroccans.

Although Macron acknowledged in his speech that organizing aid is a sovereign decision of King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan government, his address directly to the Moroccan people sparked a widespread wave of dissatisfaction in Moroccan circles, which considered his speech “nostalgia for the colonial era.”With France's decision to tighten its restrictions on granting visas to Moroccans, public tension between the two countries emerged and was reinforced by the non-exchange of diplomatic visits, as the last visit of French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna was in December 2022. Also, since last October, Rabat has not appointed an ambassador. New to Paris, succeeding Ambassador Mohamed Benchaaboun, who was appointed by the Moroccan King to head the Mohammed VI Investment Fund.

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Pakistan condemns desecration of Quran in Netherlands
Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement that "this is a deliberately provocative and Islamophobic act that hurts the sentiments of Muslims around the world."

Pakistan has strongly condemned the incident of desecration of Quran in the city of The Hague in the European country of the Netherlands on Monday, terming it as a 'deliberate provocation' and an 'Islamophobic' act.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Office on Monday, it was said that "Pakistan strongly condemns the recent senseless and highly provocative incident of desecration of the Quran outside the embassies of some OIC member countries, including Pakistan, in The Hague." Is.'

Pakistan's foreign office said in a statement that "this is a deliberately provocative and Islamophobic act that hurts the sentiments of Muslims around the world."

"Such acts cannot be hidden under the guise of protest, opinion and freedom of expression," the statement said.

According to Reuters, another desecration of the Quran occurred in The Hague on September 23, where the head of an anti-Islamic group desecrated the Quran in front of the embassies of Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey and Denmark.

On the other hand, Saudi Arabia has also condemned the recent incident of desecration of the Quran in The Hague.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia has condemned the desecration of the Quran and said that "such actions are not acceptable in any case."

"Such actions clearly incite hatred and racism, and in addition to rejecting extremism, spread the values ​​of tolerance, moderation and necessary between people and countries," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said in a statement. are in direct conflict with international efforts to undermine mutual respect.'

Interpol action against Babbar Khalsa terrorist Karanvir Singh, Red Corner notice issued

Karanvir Singh is said to be the successor of Babbar Khalsa's senior terrorists Wadhwa Singh and Harvinder Singh Rinda. Wadhwa Singh and Rinda have also escaped from India and are hiding in Pakistan.

New Delhi : Interpol has issued a Red Corner Notice against the Khalistani terrorist hiding in Pakistan. Red corner notice has been issued against Babbar Khalsa terrorist Karanveer Singh. According to sources, Karanveer Singh, a resident of Kapurthala, Punjab, is currently present in Pakistan.

Karanvir Singh is said to be the successor of Babbar Khalsa's senior terrorists Wadhwa Singh and Harvinder Singh Rinda. Wadhwa Singh and Rinda have also escaped from India and are hiding in Pakistan. Both of them are spreading terrorism in India in collaboration with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI. Cases of murder, explosive act, terror funding, terrorist conspiracy, Arms Act are registered against Karanvir.

Interpol has shared some details in the Red Corner Notice issued for Karanvir Singh Babbar Khalsa. According to the notice, his age is stated to be 38 years. Height is 1.77 meters, hair and eye color is said to be black. It has also been told in the notice that Karanvir Singh Babbar Khalsa can speak Punjabi, Hindi and English.

Babbar Khalsa Sikhs demand an independent state and India considers it a terrorist organization. Apart from this, countries like America and Canada have also banned it. Even America had called this organization a threat to the world. America said that this organization is going to break the country.

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Widespread Arab condemnations of storming Al-Aqsa and tearing up the Qur’an in the Netherlands
Arab countries, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, and Jordan, condemned the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by Jewish settlers, and the tearing up of copies of the Holy Qur’an by a Dutch extremist in front of a number of embassies in The Hague.

In separate statements issued by their foreign ministries on Sunday, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt condemned the Israeli storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling on the international community to take action to stop these attacks.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement , "The Kingdom's condemnation of the repeated provocative practices carried out by a group of extremists in Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces."

In a Foreign Ministry statement , Qatar condemned “the storming of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque by hundreds of settlers under the protection of the Israeli occupation forces,” and considered it “a blatant violation of international law and international legitimacy resolutions.”

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned in a statement "the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremists and allowing them to engage in provocative practices that violate the sanctity of the mosque and Islamic cemeteries, with the protection of the Israeli police."

For its part, Egypt condemned in a Foreign Ministry statement the storming, and considered that "this step represents a new episode in a series of escalatory measures that provoke the feelings of millions of Muslims around the world."

About 317 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday, according to the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem, where some of them performed Talmudic prayers.

Condemnation of tearing up the Qur’an

In a separate context, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan condemned in other statements the incidents of tearing up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of a number of embassies in The Hague on Saturday.

In a second statement , the Saudi Foreign Ministry expressed the Kingdom's "strong condemnation and denunciation of an extremist group tearing up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of a number of embassies in The Hague."

In a statement , the State of Qatar strongly condemned the tearing up of copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of the embassies of a number of countries in the Dutch city of The Hague, considering this heinous incident to be a planned act of incitement that deliberately arouses public opinion and inflames the feelings of Muslims.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned in a second statement the incident that occurred on Saturday in front of a number of embassies in The Hague, stressing Jordan’s rejection of “these irresponsible actions that provoke the feelings of about a billion Muslims around the world.”

On Saturday, Edwin Wagensfeld, the leader of the Dutch branch of the racist and far-right movement “European Patriots Against the Islamization of the West” (Pegida), tore up copies of the Holy Qur’an in front of the embassies of a number of in The Hague, Netherlands.

Block 9 : Will Lebanon be saved from its economic crisis?

After the arrival of a Lebanese exploration ship last August, Block 9 became the hope of the Lebanese in its ability to overcome the economic crisis that the country is going through.

The Lebanese are looking forward to oil and gas exploration operations in Block No. 9 in Lebanese territorial waters, as they are greatly optimistic.

Last week, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said at the United Nations: “Allow me to record Lebanon’s satisfaction with the start of the process of exploring for oil and gas in its territorial waters, and its desire to play a constructive role in the future in the fields of energy in the Mediterranean Basin.”

The Lebanese Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ali Hamiyah, announced in mid-August the arrival of an oil and gas exploration ship in Block No. 9 in the south of the country on the border with Israel.

In February 2018, Lebanon signed a contract with a coalition of oil companies led by Total, which includes Italy's Eni and Russia's Novatek - which later withdrew and was replaced by Qatar Energy - to explore for oil and gas in its territorial waters.

Excavation stages

Executive Director of the Petroleum and Energy Sustainability Organization, Marwan Abdullah, revealed the stages that exploration is going through.

He said: “After the exploration ship arrives, the ground or special base is prepared for laying underwater pipes, and this is what the operating company began in late August in Block No. 9.”

He pointed out that there are two stages: “The first is the stage above the surface of the sea to its bottom, then drilling takes place at the bottom,” pointing out that each stage of excavation requires about 68 days or 3 months according to sea conditions and winter weather.

Estimates for Block 9

According to oil experts, several data raise high hopes for Block No. 9.

Abdullah explains that the first data indicates that the area in which drilling is taking place is “virgin” and has not been drilled previously, so the probability of finding oil or gas the first time in it ranges between 22% and 27%.

He added: "The second factor is that oil was found in the blocks adjacent to Block No. 9 in Israel (Karesh) and Cyprus (Aphrodite), so there is a high probability that quantities will also be found in the Lebanese block."

Trust in the state

For his part, Lebanese economic expert Imad Akoush said: “Excavation for Block No. 9 has begun, We are confident in the state’s ability to manage the file.”

He stressed that "one of the benefits of any nearby discoveries is that it will enhance confidence in the Lebanese economy, even if only in a relative way."

He added: “In the coming months, if it is confirmed that there is gas in the sea, confidence in the Lebanese economy and the country’s currency will be strengthened, and foreign companies can return to bidding for other blocks.”

According to unofficial statistics, the size of Lebanon’s marine reserves of gas is estimated at 96 trillion cubic feet, and of oil at 865 million barrels.

Azerbaijan : The city of Shusha is the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2024

The Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture announced that the city of Shusha, the pearl of cities of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, was chosen as the capital of Islamic culture for the year 2024. Shusha is considered the historical capital and the pearl of the cities liberated in the Azerbaijani “Karabakh” region from the Armenian occupation in 2020.

The city of Shusha, the pearl of cities of the Karabakh region, was chosen on Monday as the Capital of Islamic Culture for the year 2024.

A statement issued by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture stated that its Minister, Adil Karimli, participated in the 12th Conference of Ministers of Culture of the Islamic World in the Qatari capital, Doha.

He stated that Karimli proposed to the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) during the conference, naming Shusha the Capital of Islamic Culture for the year 2024.

The statement added that Krelmi's proposal was unanimously welcomed to make Shusha the "Capital of Islamic Culture for the year 2024."

Shusha is considered the historical capital and the pearl of the cities liberated in the Azerbaijani Karabakh region from the Armenian occupation in 2020.

The city was built in 1752, by the founder of the Karabakh Khanate, Panah Ali Khan, and is of great importance to Azerbaijanis because it contains many historical monuments and is the birthplace of many prominent scholars and cultural figures in the country’s history.

Armenian forces occupied the city on May 8, 1992, before liberating it by the Azerbaijani army on November 8, 2020.

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Istanbul : The warship Babur was delivered to Pakistan after its manufacture was completed in Turkey
The warship Babur was delivered to Pakistan after its manufacture was completed in Turkey in an agreement between the two countries that includes the manufacture of 4 warships for the Pakistani Navy.
On Saturday, Istanbul witnessed the ceremony of handing over a warship to the Pakistani Navy after its manufacture was completed in Turkey as part of an agreement between the two countries.
Turkish Defense Minister Yaşar Guler, Defense Minister of the interim Pakistani government Anwar Ali Haider, and military personnel from both countries participated in the delivery ceremony of the ship Babur.
PNS Babur is the first ship within the Milgham project, which includes the manufacture of 4 ships for the Pakistan Navy.
In addition to handing over the ship to the Pakistani authorities, the ceremony also included Turkey's landing of two Akhisar and Kojhisar ships as part of the Turkish Navy's high seas patrol ships project.
At the ceremony of handing Babur over to Pakistan, the head of Turkish defense industries, Haluk Gurgun, said that Turkey is among the few countries in the world that can design, build, equip and manage warships with national capabilities, and it is also among 3 or 4 countries in the world that have the capabilities of manufacturing drones, both reconnaissance and armed.

All political parties should have freedom to participate in elections: Caretaker Information MinisterSpeaking to journalists during a visit to Radio Pakistan Karachi on Sunday, Murtaza Solangi said that 'it is clear in the constitution that the system of the country will be run by elected representatives.'
Pakistan  's Caretaker Information Minister Murtaza Solangi has said that all parties in Pakistan should have complete freedom to participate in general elections and the official media should not support or oppose any party.
According to the official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan, Murtaza Solangi said while talking to journalists during a visit to Radio Pakistan Karachi on Sunday, that 'it is clear in the constitution that the system of the country will be run by elected representatives.'
He further said that 'official media should not support or oppose any party.'
According to APP, he issued a directive to the state-run media to 'give adequate coverage to all registered political parties.'
Murtaza Solangi added that it is the responsibility of the caretaker government to provide an environment for fair elections.
The Election Commission, the body responsible for conducting elections in Pakistan, had announced on September 21 that 'General elections in Pakistan will be held in the last week of January 2024.'
In the statement issued by the Election Commission last Thursday, it has been said that the preliminary list of constituencies should be released on 27 September 2023, while the final list of constituencies should be released on 30 November 2023 after hearing the proposals of the preliminary constituencies. will.'
On the other hand, Pakistan's Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar, who is in the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly, also spoke to journalists in New York on September 23, 2023, regarding all political parties in the elections.
In response to a question during a news conference at the Pakistan Mission in New York, he said that the elections in Pakistan will be held on time. Election Commission's responsibility is to conduct elections and it will give the date of elections very soon.
He further said that there is no intention to stop any political party from the election process. If one himself is suffering from these concerns, what can be the treatment for it?
"Has the Election Commission of Pakistan issued any notification to ban any party, has the Election Commission of Pakistan banned any individual from participating in the political process?"
He further said that 'If anyone including me vandalizes Pakistan, sets fire, proves to be a threat to people's lives and property, then the laws of Pakistan do not allow this.'
Whereas, in an interview given to the American news agency AP yesterday, the Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan Anwarul Haq Kakar said that 'Pakistan's general elections are expected to be held next year.'
He had further said that 'when the Election Commission determines the date of the elections, his government will provide all the support, including providing financial support and providing security and other relevant requirements.'
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Mali threatens to respond if ECOWAS intervenes militarily in Niger
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Malian Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop said on Saturday at the United Nations that his country “will not stand idly by” in the event of military intervention in Niger.
For several weeks, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been threatening the perpetrators of the coup on July 26 to launch military intervention with the aim of returning ousted President Mohamed Bazoum to power.
Diop said at the United Nations General Assembly, representing the Malian military junta, that his country “remains strongly opposed to any military intervention by ECOWAS.”
He added: "Any military intervention in Niger, any aggression, any invasion of this country, constitutes a direct threat to peace and security in Mali, as well as to peace and security in the region, and will necessarily have dire consequences. We will not stand idly by."
Mali signed a defense agreement with Niger and Burkina Faso a week ago that stipulates mutual assistance in the event of an attack targeting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the three countries ruled by the army.
Diop again attacked France and its "neo-colonial hegemony," praising Russia in return for its "active solidarity and reliable commitment at the bilateral and multilateral levels."
Since last July 26, Niger has been in a state of chaos when General Abderrahmane Tiani, the former commander of the Presidential Guard, led a military coup that overthrew President Mohamed Bazoum.
On August 3, the military leaders in Niger announced the cancellation of the military agreements with France, which Paris rejected, under the pretext of the coup plotters’ lack of legitimacy.
The Malian Foreign Minister warned that “the government of the Republic of Mali does not plan to extend this deadline.”
Diop said, "The government assures the Malian people and the international community that all measures have been taken to ensure the continuity of state services after the departure of MINUSMA."
He stressed that "the government of the Republic of Mali is more determined than ever to exercise its sovereignty and extend all its authority over the entire national territory."
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THIS is the chilling moment a killer drags a trolley carrying his dead neighbour’s body inside after an alleged row over her barking dogs.

Juan Angel Gomez Chavarro, 22, was arrested last week in Palmira, Colombia after CCTV footage revealed him attempting to disguise and dump his victim’s body.

CENThe haunting footage of the Juan Angel Gomez Chavarro carrying his neighbour’s body inside a supermarket cart[/caption] Fiscalia/CENThe suspect told cops he killed the victim because he hated her loud dogs[/caption]

The body of Estefania Arias Osorio, a 53-year-old street vendor, was found in Las Victorias neighbourhood wrapped in garbage bags inside the abandoned trolley on September 14.

The horrifying CCTV footage shows the suspect struggling to pull the heavy trolley along the street.

He then arrives at a building where he goes inside with the cart, but later leaves without it.

Chavarro told police he had killed his neighbour Estefania because he hated her dogs, which barked loudly at him every time they saw him.

On the day of the crime, he said the victim’s dogs started barking once again, which led to a furious row with Estefania that ended when he brutally murdered her.

The prosecutor’s office said that Chavarro had beaten his victim so severely that he broke her skull and jaw.

She had reportedly passed out and was defenceless when “he proceeded to stuff plastic bags into her in her mouth”.

Valle del Cauca Police commander, Jesus Enrique Quintero, confirmed that the victim had suffered an extremely violent death involving the savage beating followed by suffocation.

He said that afterwards, Chavarro went back home but later returned to the crime scene on September 14.

Quintero explained that the suspect cleared away the blood and took the body to another location where he dumped it.

The 22-year-old has been kept in custody on charges of aggravated homicide, concealment of a corpse and interfering with a crime scene.

CENFurther CCTV footage of Chavarro carrying the body in the trolley[/caption] CENThe suspect enters the house with the body and leaves without it[/caption]
- Tom Malley

AN AIRBNB host has warned of the risk of being scammed after a nightmare guest tried to con her out of £2,000.

Zoey Berghoff had noted one key trait to look out for when renting a property out to strangers.

tiktokZoey told her followers how she went through a shocking Airbnb experience with a nightmare guest[/caption] tiktokThe man renting her Airbnb wasn’t happy from the moment he arrived[/caption]

Posting to her TikTok account, Zoey explained how a man who requested to stay in her Airbnb became immediately unhappy upon his arrival.

She noted how the guest had “asked about 30 questions” prior to his stay, to which the host claims is the reason she now doesn’t “trust people who ask questions.”

Zoey recalls the man being unhappy with the positioning of the couch and not having enough dishes.

The duo spoke on the phone as the man requested a refund.

However, Zoey refused after arguing that the house matched the description on the website.

She took the case to Airbnb for them to deal with it professionally, as the guest started sending her threatening messages.

After hearing back from Airbnb, Zoey was informed that guests aren’t allowed a refund the day of the check-in.

She claimed that having photos taken of the house that day by the cleaners helped her with her case and avoided her having to refund the unhappy guest.

Eight weeks later, Airbnb contacted Zoey to inform her that as the host, she was correct in not refunding the guest.

This was due to the home being “100 per cent accurate and authentic to what the listing described”.

It was decided that the guest had made his decision based off his opinion of the property and nothing else.

As a result, Zoey was able to retain the £2,000 which the guest had paid for his stay at the property.

This proved even more crucial for the host as it was only her second month of running an Airbnb.

Following the ordeal, Zoey had advised fellow hosts to “always communicate with guests on Airbnb app & work with Airbnb for guest issues”.

She claims it is also “vital to ask for a video or photos from every clean from your team, for leverage of your homes status.”

One Airbnb host had their own nightmare when a guest trashed the property with a month’s worth of mess – despite only staying there for three nights.

But a guest ex[experienced their own nightmare after arriving at their Airbnb to find that it had already been rented out.

tiktokZoey claimed that communicating via the offficial Airbnb app was vital in winning the case[/caption] TIKTOKShe also said that hosts must always get photos of their property once it has been cleaned[/caption]
- Olivia Burke

A MUM has told how a bungling fertility doctor used the wrong sperm during IVF and then accused her of cheating on her husband.

Elena Samarina was left horrified when she found out her baby girl did not share the same DNA as her spouse Alexander Lysenko.

NewsflashA fertility doctor claimed the mix-up must have been the result of Elena Samarina having an affair[/caption] NewsflashDad Alexander Lysenko was told their baby was not biologically his daughter[/caption]

The couple had been struggling to conceive a child naturally for several years and turned to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as a last resort.

They underwent the treatment in 2021 at an unnamed clinic in Stavropol, southwestern Russia, which proved successful.

Elena explained she had been monitored closely throughout her pregnancy and had dozens of tests to check up on the unborn tot.

The nurse and her husband Alexander then welcomed their adorable baby girl into the world and discovered she had Down’s syndrome.

The infant underwent a series of blood and DNA tests to confirm the diagnosis, only for the results to expose an even bigger concern.

Elena realised that her daughter’s blood type did not match hers or Alexander’s, which immediately raised red flags for the health worker.

She panickedly requested further DNA testing to determine that they were in fact the newborn’s parents.

It was then confirmed that Elena was the little girl’s mother – but shockingly, Alexander was not her father.

The stunned couple contacted the fertility clinic that had handled their IVF, only to be blown away by their response.

The facility insisted that there was no possibility that a mistake had been made during the complex procedure.

Instead, they allegedly suggested that the only explanation for the mix-up was that Elena had cheated on her beloved husband.

Alexander explained: “They insisted that my wife did not give birth to my child and was trying to hide it.

“They all claimed in unison that a wrongly fertilised embryo was impossible in their clinic.

“She [Elena] had been diagnosed with ‘infertility of uncertain origin.’

“In simple terms, she was missing one fallopian tube. In theory, it seems like she could conceive naturally.

“That’s what they latched onto.”

He and Elena then embarked on a year-long battle to get answers and bring the doctor who handled the botched treatment to justice.

But prosecutors told the parents that the medic wouldn’t face trial, as bizarrely he had not broken any laws.

The truth of the bungled conception only came to light after the tot and Elena underwent a series of forensic medicals in November 2022.

Alexander said that experts concluded that his wife could not have conceived her daughter naturally, despite the clinic’s claims.

He claimed he was then informed that there had clearly been a sperm “substitution” used during the couple’s IVF.

Elena told local media: “Initially, we assumed that a complete embryo substitution had occurred.

“But when we received the results, we understood that I am the biological mother, and he is not the father.

“So, during the IVF procedure, they must have swapped the sperm samples.”

The couple claimed that the clinic refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing and stopped communicating with them.

They said the facility continued to insist that Elena must have betrayed her partner by having sex with another man.

A criminal case for medical negligence was eventually opened against the doctor and the clinic, but it was closed last month.

Despite being armed with damning evidence of the sperm swap, prosecutors claimed no crime had been committed.

According to local reports, the fertility doctor responsible was not even suspended while the investigation was ongoing.

But Elena and Alexander have refused to give up hope and are now gearing up for another battle as they challenge the court ruling.

The dad said: “We will appeal this decision. It turns out that anyone undergoing IVF procedures is not legally protected.

“There is no guarantee that they will implant your embryo.”

The couple revealed they had tracked down their daughter’s biological father, a man who was unknown to the pair of them.

He was also undergoing IVF treatment with his wife at the same time and facility as them.

But the unidentified man is said to not have made contact and is “not at all interested” in the fate of the little girl or the case, reports say.

NewsflashThe couple have vowed to continue their fight for justice in Russia[/caption]
- Katie Davis

UKRAINE has fought tooth-and-nail to punch through Russia’s heavily mined frontline in the south – and is getting the edge over Putin’s brutes, a top war expert insists.

Heroic defenders in the war-torn country have been employing World War One-style tactics – leaving the red-faced tyrant aimlessly striking in a failing bid to bomb them into submission.

ReutersUkraine claims to have broken from Russian defences in the south[/caption] Zelensky’s troops have been taking back control of areas around ZaporizhzhiaThe Sun Ria NavostiRussian troops frantically put up defences in a bid to block the Ukrainian onslaught[/caption] The SunUkraine has figured out how to target Russian trenches[/caption]

The Russian leader arrogantly thought he could sweep in and seize Ukraine‘s capital Kyiv within days.

But a year and half into the war, Russian troops continue to stall on their illegal mission.

In June, Putin‘s butchers crowed they took control of a large area of Zaporizhzhia in the south, as far as Robotyne.

But just three months later, the tables appear to have turned as Ukraine claims to have blown through Russian defence lines and reclaimed Robotyne as they power on with their counteroffensive.

Desperate Putin frantically threw up fortifications as Russia prepared for the feared Ukraine onslaught earlier this year.

Pictures showed a beach littered with concrete blocks, regions with defensive lines dug out and major roads lined with anti-tank ditches.

Close up, dragon’s teeth were seen – which are pyramidal anti-tank obstacles used to impede the movement of war machines.

But Ukraine has stormed Russia’s frontline using British tanks and “Tsunami” squads as their onslaught gathers pace.

John Spencer, Chair of Urban War Studies at the US military academy West Point, told The Sun that such a breakthrough is “significant” for President Zelensky and his warriors.

He revealed how Russia had spent months establishing bolstered lines of defence – with endless mines and “dragon’s teeth” tankbusters.

But Mr Spencer, an expert in urban combat, said Ukraine has “slowly but surely” figured out how to “penetrate then clear” mine fields and go through them.

He added: “That’s a breakthrough.

“If they’re able to surge a force into that breakthrough and then push all the way through, that would be significant for the Russian lines, which stretch 1,000 miles almost.

“But that one breakthrough is what we would call a decisive breakthrough where they could then push through and move forward rapidly.”

Mr Spencer said Ukraine’s ability to blast through Russian defences has highlighted weaknesses in their set up.

He added: “You want to do a defence in depth, have mini lines and be able to have the flexibility to then adapt to potential breakthrough if you’re on the defence.

“But what it looks like Russia did was just defend forwards and put everybody on the frontline.

“So then Russia doesn’t then have the ability to manoeuvre forces to stop that breakthrough, which is what you ideally want to do.”

Mr Spencer hailed Ukraine’s ability to adapt as the war has raged on – especially with it air power limitations.

The SunUkraine’s ability to blast through Russian defences highlighted weaknesses in their set up[/caption] The SunUkrainian forces have made significant gains[/caption] The SunFormer US Army Officer John Spencer told The Sun such a breakthrough is ‘significant’[/caption]

He said: “What Ukraine is doing hasn’t been done since World War One.

“World War One at the end of it saw the tactics which would be successful in breaching mine-wired trench lines like this, by combining the tank, the airplane and the radio – which were all new technologies towards the end of World War One – into what we’d call the Blitzkreig.

“That’s what Ukraine has had to figure out what to do but without one of those vital components – air power. 

“So what Ukraine has done moved forward slowly but surely, they adapt to their lessons learned, more mine clearing equipment has been fielded, their ability to cover their forces with long range fires and artillery has increased. 

“And their ability to figure out how to do this without that overwhelming air power that any Western military would use, and then slowly move forces forward with engineers, armoured personnel carriers, and all the equipment they were fielded lately and then figured out how to push through this.”

Ukraine also appears to be inching towards retaking Bakhmut, one of the most highly contested battlefields of the war.

The blue-and-yellow flag has been raised in areas around the city, including Kllishciika and Andriivka.

Mr Spencer said: “Bakhmut has been a really curious battle for over a year – it has no real tactical or military value.

“But because war is politics it took on a strategic importance as a very known location.”

Up to 50,000 Russian soldiers are thought to have died taking the city – and Ukraine could play to this weakness.

Ukraine now has the potential to circle it and take it, which would be a “significant political information warfare win”.

Elsewhere, Ukraine launched a string of bold new attacks to blow up Putin’s prized £3billion bridge link to annexed Crimea.

And in the last week, Zelensky’s troops have blasted Putin’s Black Sea Fleet HQ in Sevastopol twice.

The fleet’s commander Viktor Sokolov is understood to be one of 34 officers who died after Storm Shadows blitzed the headquarters.

Mr Spencer noted how there had been a recent uptick in attacks in Crimea – which has been another breakthrough for the country as it is squashing Russia’s ability to conduct operations.


He added: “It is the key to the war, it is of strategic value to Russia with the Sevastopol naval base and the ability to influence the Black Sea to stop Ukraine’s main economic hub which is the grain exports.

“Ukraine’s ability to be able to strike into Crimea has been really significant.”

Mr Spencer believes Ukraine’s successes have led panicked Putin to lash out and attempt to parade his power in the form of missile strikes on populated areas in a twisted bid to bully the country into defeat.

He added: “We’ve seen the Russian tactic, when they get upset, they’re mad about Ukraine’s successes they start attacking Ukrainian civilian locations.

“But this idea that you can bomb a population into submission has been disapproved time and time again but still tyrannical leaders like Hitler or Putin they always try it for some reason.

“They think they can convince the population and their political leaders to give up. It’s proven never to work.

“We’ve seen Russian increase their attacks on Odesa because they’re mad.

“It has no military value what they’re striking, they’re just striking things they think they can hit.

“Ukraine is relying on this air defence capabilities the West has provided and needs to keep providing to take this terrorist tactic away from Putin.

“He is angered he can’t hit things, like in Kyiv even hypersonic missiles are getting shot down.”

Mr Spencer said as the winter months roll in, much of the landscape will turn into mud – which could work in Ukraine’s favour.

He added: “It can cripple the most advanced tanks, so it can limit the counteroffensive.

“I’m not saying it will stop it, I don’t think Ukraine will stop at all, but it will slow down operations for both sides.

“And hopefully Ukraine can capitalise on that and continue to have these major breakthrough and hold what they breakthrough.”

Ukraine appears to be inching towards retaking BakhmutThe Sun The SunUkrainian warriors have raised the flag in key settlements near Bakhmut[/caption] Putin has lashed out with strikes on OdesaThe Sun
- Iona Cleave

A LONE gunman dressed in combat gear went on a shooting rampage at a house and hospital in Rotterdam, killing a 14-year-old girl, her mother and a teacher.

A Dutch student, 32, was arrested over the twin shootings and arson attacks on Thursday at both the Erasmus Medical Center and a nearby house.

SnapchatThe suspect, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, being arrested by Dutch cops[/caption] Students fleeing the hospital during the shootingRex The shooter is believed to be responsible for the major fires at both sites AFPArmed cops rushed to the Erasmus University Medical Center[/caption]

Cops confirmed three people – a 39-year-old woman, her 14-year-old daughter and a 43-year-old male teacher from the hospital – were killed by the alleged gunman, named in Dutch media as Fouad L.

During a search of the suspect’s phone, investigators uncovered disturbing material including “Nazi-related and right-wing extremist images” and pictures of people being stabbed to death.

The Public Prosecution Service has warned the Erasmus Medical Center about his “worrying behaviour” in an email earlier this year, reports NOS.

Police Chief Fred Westerbeke said that the suspect wore a bulletproof vest as he shot and killed the female victim and wounded her teenage daughter at their home in the first shooting.

The girl later died from her injuries.

The attack took place at a house in the west of the port city on Heiman Dullaertplein – close to the home of the suspect.

Then the shooter, armed with a handgun, travelled by motorbike to the nearby Erasmus Medical Center where he shot and killed a male teacher in a classroom.

Rotterdam’s chief prosecutor, Hugo Hillenaar, said that the gunman was known to police after being convicted of animal abuse in 2021.

He was accused of shooting an arrow at a pigeon and abusing a rabbit by kicking or punching it into a bush.

The suspect was student at Erasmus MC and was set to be made a doctor.

Erasmus was informed of his conviction by the Public Prosecution Service.

Two major fires were also started at both locations by the attacker.

Cops are still investigating the suspect’s motive behind the twin shootings and arson attacks.

An investigation is underway as to whether he was a student of the teacher shot dead.

One possible theory police have is that he was rejected for a course at the university hospital.

Authorities believe that the woman and her daughter were close neighbours of the suspect, leading police chief Westerbeke to suggest they were “targeted attacks”.

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said “I am angry and sad” as he spoke of the “black day” for his city.

“We have been shocked by a horrific incident… the emotion in the city is running high,” the mayor told reporters.

The shootings sparked mass panic as hospital staff, students and patients were forced to run for their lives or be wheeled out still in their beds to escape from the gunman and the blaze he started.

Footage from the scene showed heavily armed police units wearing body armour as they stormed the hospital, while helicopters buzzed overhead.

“First there was a shooting on the fourth floor. Four or five shots were fired. Then a Molotov cocktail was thrown into the education centre,” a medical student told RTL Nieuws.

“There was a lot of panic and screaming… I didn’t hear any shots, just the panic and that’s what I started to act on,” a unnamed witness told broadcaster NOS.

One patient, Angeliek Vleesenbeek, said she was standing just outside the hospital having coffee when pandemonium broke out.

“It was drama. It really was drama,” the 54-year-old said, still hooked up to her intravenous drip.

The sole suspect is now in police custody after an urgent manhunt ended when he was apprehended on the teaching hospital’s helipad.

The gunman was taken into custody and chief prosecutor Hillenaar told reporters he was cooperating with police following his arrest.

“We cannot say anything about the motive of this terrible act at this time. The probe is still ongoing,” he added.

The entrance to the Erasmus MC remains cordoned off as students were seen walking around in tears and doctors stood by patients in wheelchairs.

The investigation into the double shooting is ongoing, police said.

The Erasmus Medical Center has now re-opened its doors for visitors and will begin re-admitting patients on Friday.

Erasmus University has cancelled all classes tomorrow and will be offering counselling to students.

This year, Rotterdam has been the scene of a spate of shootings and small explosions that have been blamed on score settling by rival drug gangs.

In July, two people and a gunman were injured during a shooting at a summer festival in the city.

And in 2019, three people were shot dead on a tram in Utrecht, sparking a huge manhunt.

AFPPolice searching for more victims in the hospital[/caption] EPAA major fire was started near the home of the first victim[/caption] EPAEmergency services working to put out the blaze[/caption] Heavily armed elite police units outside the Erasmus hospitalRex AFPDoctors and patients ran for their lives[/caption] AFPPolice launched an urgent manhunt to locate the shooter[/caption] EPAPolice stormed the hospital the seize the suspect[/caption] AFPA 32-year-old suspect has been arrested[/caption]
- Sarah Hooper

THIS adventurous woman has moved into her car rent free – and thanks to her clever method, there’s enough room for a bed and her dog.

Bri Walston left her old life behind and opted for a home on wheels, meaning she pays nothing for rent and gets to see the world.

TIKTOK bri waltsonBri lives on the road with her pooch[/caption] TIKTOK bri waltsonShe converted her SUV into a full home[/caption]

The nomad documents her life on TikTok, and recently provided a glimpse into her renovated SUV.

She said: “This is my pantry, this is my stove, and this is where I cook.

“To give you an idea of how much space there is, this is my cargo box, where I keep all of my outdoor gear.”

By keeping the majority of her belongings in the box on the roof, Bri has enough room to sleep comfortably in the vehicle with her pooch.

In the passenger seat, she stores her camera, backpack, toiletries and fanny pack – keeping the essentials within reach, while tucking her clothes in drawers behind the driver’s seat.

Bri shimmied between other vehicles in the parking lot, joking: “Man, these property lines are tight around here!”

In total, the savvy spender only spent £18,800 on her Subaru Forester, £820 for the cargo hatch and £164 for her backseat conversion.

And living rent free means practically zero spent on anything except gas and food.

And she said the best part is she gets to travel around with her beloved dog: “She deserves to see the world, sniff all the tree trunks that have been peed on by other dogs, grab as many sticks along trails as she wants, swim in random lakes, and go potty with a view, too.

“Her backyard is anywhere we go.”

The real reason Bri looked into moving into vans is due to past trauma, she revealed.

She said: “I knew it was time to make my life mine, and experience the world the way that I wanted to.

“Free, unplanned, spontaneous, chaotic, exciting, romantic and full of love. The best way that I knew how to do this was by doing it on the road full time.”

And she’ recently upgraded from her Subaru forester to a larger white van, fit with built in storage, a desk and a stove top to cook on – something she calls “quite the upgrade”.

Bri isn’t the only person who’s opted to live life out of a van to save money and go on adventures – Liam Day lives full time with his wife in a camper van.

It comes after a woman who lives in a converted van with her partner revealed how they’re able to live a lifestyle spending hardly any money.

TIKTOK bri waltsonShe keeps necessities in the back[/caption] TIKTOK bri waltsonAnd clothes behind her driver’s seat[/caption]
- Olivia Allhusen

AN UBER green 270ft super yacht run on wind and solar power with enough room for a nightclub on board has been unveiled.

The state of the art boat is only in the concept stage at the moment so the price is unknown, however it is expected to sell for megabucks.

Jam Press/FeadshipA super green superyacht has recently been unveiled at a Monaco boat show[/caption] Jam Press/FeadshipThe massive ship is expected to set sale in the next decade or so[/caption]

It is designed by Netherlands-based yacht builder Feadship, who have been in the business for 74 years.

Dubbed “Dune”, the vessel will run off wind and solar energy to reduce emissions and be climate friendly.

The luxury vessel will feature overhangs to shade windows and reduce the energy required for cooling.

In an eco-conscious move, it also plans on getting rid of wooden teak decking.

These will be replaced with lavish flooring made of millions of tiny glass or stone chips – which will be sealed in a transparent coating to protect it from damage.

The engine room will be pushed towards the front of the ship – so guests can sleep just a stones throw away from the impressive pool deck, dining area and spa.

It will also have private deck as well as a pavilion deck that offer incredible views of whichever corner of the world the ships parked in.

The pavilion deck will be surrounded by glass and will have a luxury Jacuzzi zone as well as an informal dining and conversation area.

This can be designed to fit a nightclub if the buyer fancies a boogie.

The curved vessel will also feature a curved staircase that will lead up to the yacht’s striking 10-metre mast.

There are not one, but two small pools planned as well as an entertainment area for guests onboard to kick back and relax.

The plans aim to reduce up to 95 per cent of the potential negative environmental factors associated with operating a super yacht.

This figure is compared to a yacht meeting the current minimum environmental regulations.

The pavilion is intelligently designed to be cooled using air drawn up the central staircase from other parts of the ship to reduce energy.

Onboard power is planned to be generated from solid oxide fuel cells that use green methanol as a reaction agent.

The price of the yacht is yet to be released but it is likely to be aimed at wealthy individuals.

The swanky ship was showcased at the Monaco boat show 2023, where luxury yachts have sold for eye watering amounts.

Pop star Elton John owns a yacht reportedly worth more than £20 million, and Leonardo DiCaprio boasts a boat worth a shocking £150 million.

Jam Press/FeadshipThe yacht boasts two pools and a lavish private deck offering incredible views[/caption] Jam Press/FeadshipThe pavilion deck is surrounded by glass and will have a luxury Jacuzzi zone[/caption] Jam Press/FeadshipThe ship has enough room to install a nightclub so guests can dance the night away[/caption] Jam Press/FeadshipThe price of the boat is not yet known but it is thought to be sold for megabucks[/caption]
- Sarah Hooper

A KILLER who used a meat-grinder to dispose his lover’s body has been pardoned and released from jail by Vladimir Putin – because he fought in Ukraine.

Sadistic Dmitry Zelensky, 41, has been pardoned for the strangling and cruel dismemberment of his former lover, 27-year-old Tatiana Melekhina.

East2WestThe killer has been pardoned after serving in the Ukraine war[/caption] East2WestTatiana was strangled, and her remains put through a meat grinder[/caption]

Tatiana was reported missing by her father in 2018, and was later found after Dmitry confessed to strangling her and putting her remains through a meat grinder. 

The cruel murderer has now been excused from his 11-year sentence in a penal colony due to Putin’s sickening “fight for freedom” scheme.

Under the agreement, hardened criminals must fight for six months in Ukraine – then are pardoned and permitted to return to normal life.

Upon the discovery of Tatiana’s murder, a law enforcement source said the “exceptional cruelty” of the murder had “shocked even hardened detectives”.

The source said: “He did not just dismember her body, he separated the meat and bones, and made mincemeat.

“Then he washed this mincemeat down the toilet into the sewage system. He threw the bones into the river.”

Tatiana’s surviving family was outraged after not being notified that her killer had been released after his service.

Her sister Oksana said: “At his trial, it was declared that we would be notified of where he was, and his movements.

“We were never told anything. My father has written to ask for details, but no-one answers us.”

Dmitry’s mother, Galina, said: “My son went to the war for many reasons – he wanted to atone for what he had done.”

Russia has already seen an increase in violent crime since Putin’s freedom for fighting scheme began, and worries are increasing as more and more fighters return from their time in Ukraine.

In August, a prisoner-turned-Wagner soldier who was freed after serving in Ukraine went on a killer rampage.

Igor Sofonov stabbed six people and set two homes on fire after returning home from the frontlines.

Inside one home, residents Konstantin Lonin, 42, his brother Dmitry, 47, and Vladimir Sergeenko, 76, were all reportedly stabbed to death.

A woman named Svetlana, 38, was also killed, and the bodies of Vladimir Tereshchenko, 70, and his son Artyom, 39, were found.

East2WestTatiana’s sister said the family was not notified he was released[/caption] East2WestShe was brutally strangled then dismembered and put in a meat grinder[/caption] East2WestDisturbed Dmitry served his time in Ukraine and now Putin has freed the killer[/caption] East2WestTatiana was unaware Dmitry had a wife and child[/caption]

- Olivia Burke

MOST world record holders spend years preparing and planning their bid to gain a spot in the history books.

But the bloke who holds the title for surviving the longest time without food or drink didn’t even intend to stake a claim to it.

GettyAndreas Mihavecz spent nearly three weeks trapped in a basement prison cell[/caption] GettyHis ordeal began when he was mistakenly arrested by bumbling cops in Austria[/caption]

Andreas Mihavecz miraculously survived 18 hellish days without any sustenance after a scandalous police error that shocked the world.

The majority of scientists agree that humans can only last for a few days without any food or water.

A healthy person can only endure 21 days without food and just three without water – but the Austrian teen somehow defied these limits.

Andreas, regarded as a medical marvel, extraordinarily clung to life despite his horror experience of being deserted in a prison cell.

He was mistakenly taken into custody by cops in the small town of Höchst on Lake Constance following a car accident where he was the passenger.

Although he was not responsible for the crash, the then-18-year-old was hauled down to a dingy detention cell in the basement.

Bizarrely, the three officers in charge of the bricklayer’s apprentice from Bregenz forgot about locking him up.

Andreas’ was trapped in a living nightmare, where no one could hear his desperate screams for help, food and drink.

The terrified teen was left to waste away for a whopping 18 days.

His only source of water was the scarce condensation that covered the walls of the cramped cell.

Nearly three weeks after he was imprisoned, police finally checked the basement lock-up after cops complained of a strange smell.

They found the emaciated teenager on April 19, 1979, barely clinging to life.

Local media reports at the time described how Andreas had lost 24kg of weight and was rushed to hospital after police realised their epic blunder.

According to Guinness World Records, he was “close to death”.

Andreas would have been in the throes of severe dehydration, which would be wreaking havoc on his internal organs.

Professor Dileep Lobo, who researches fluids and electrolyte balance, explained to the BBC: “When thirst kicks in, your body clings to all remaining moisture.

“Your kidneys send less water to your bladder, darkening your urine.

“As you sweat less, your body temperature rises. Your blood becomes thicker and sluggish. To maintain oxygen levels, your heart rate increases.”

The teenager would have likely experienced extreme exhaustion, physical fatigue and even delirium as his kidneys struggled to cope.

The three German officers who had mistakenly arrested him insisted that they thought that one of them had already released him.

Andreas’ mother claimed she was repeatedly ignored by the force when she pressed for answers about his whereabouts.

Inspectors Markus Weber, Heinz Ceheter and Erwin Shchneider were put on trial for “gross negligence in office”, records show.

But the court proceedings did little to get to the bottom of who was responsible for the catastrophic gaffe, as each one blamed the other.

It was revealed that one of the officers had filed a missing person‘s report for Andreas just one day before the gaunt teen was found.

His frantic mother had already badgered police to investigate her son’s disappearance while he rotted away in the secluded cell.

The cop’s report was issued on a form that had been invalid for ten years and it only reached a superior officer a week later.

Despite the near-fatal fiasco, the three officers were only slapped with fines of around £1,777 each, according to the Hamburger Abendblatt.

Andreas spent several weeks recovering from his outlandish ordeal.

The Supreme Court in Vienna later awarded him around £15,996 in compensation, according to reports.

According to Guinness World Records, Andreas holds the title for the “longest survival without food and water.”

His incredible story of survival was later told in a book of German urban legends, replacing the myth with a man.

It was a modern retelling of a medieval folk talk describing a forgotten peasant trapped inside a debtor’s prison.

GettyThe then-18-year-old suffered severe dehydration and lost 24kg in weight[/caption]
- Aliki Kraterou

A FORMER tech boss remains on the run after he was accused of being part of a Bulgarian spy ring operating in the UK.

One of the world’s most wanted men, Jan Marsalek was named as a “tasker” for the group, accused of assisting in monitoring Kremlin targets for “potential abduction.”

WirecardMarsalek was named as a tasker for the Bulgarian spy ring[/caption] PoliceThe Austrian former tech boss was sacked amid fraud allegations[/caption] Vanya Gaberova has also been chargedVanya Gaberova was one of the five Bulgarians who appeared at court

The five Bulgarian nationals who were operating at their HQ at a seaside hotel in Great Yarmouth appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Orlin Roussev, 45, Bizer Dzhambazov, 41, Katrin Ivanova, 31, Ivan Stoyanov, 31, and Vanya Gaberova, 29, were acussed of conspiring to gather information for an enemy between August 2020 and February this year.

While he has not been charged, Marsalek was named as “a tasker on behalf of Russia” in a shocking twist.

But Marsalek, 43, is already among the world’s most wanted for his alleged involvement in one of Germany‘s biggest fraud cases.

Marsalek has been a fugitive since 2020 when Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest due to his alleged involvement in the Wirecard fraud scandal.

The Austrian tycoon, the former head of German tech firm Wirecard, has been on the run since the company’s collapse in June 2020.

Marsalek, 43, who was Wirecard’s chief operating officer for business in Asia, is believed to have fled to Russia amid the fraud allegations.

Marsalek and his team were sacked after the firm reported that £1.7 billion was missing.

Initially hired for his knowledge of WAP systems, Marsalek started working for Wirecard in 2000.

The charismatic and eloquent Austrian became the company’s chief operating officer after ten years.

But in June 2020, the firm reported that a whopping £1.7 billion (€2 billion) vanished from two accounts in the Philippines – a region under Marsalek’s supervision.

The company eventually collapsed following what it later described as an “elaborate and sophisticated fraud.”

But instead, he vanished without a trace, becoming one of the world’s most notorious fugitives.

In the note of Interpol’s Red list, Marsalek is pictured in one photo as a clean-cut executive while in the other one, he is shown with a thick beard that makes him look distinctively different.

Marsalek reportedly told colleagues he would be flying to the Philippines to prove his innocence, according to Bellingcat.

But that day he met Martin Weiss, a former member of Austrian intelligence, for pizza in Munich.

It is speculated that Weiss helped the ex-tycoon to fly to Belarus and then cross to Russia – the last time he travelled under his real name.

German Die Welt reported at the time that Marsalek was at a Russian FSB training centre in the Balashikha suburb.

And according to the Dossier Center, Marsalek, who had at least eight passports, received Russian citizenship and lived under FSB protection at the Meyendorff Castle.

The 43-year-old had always been a Russophile, with reports of him having links to key figures in the Russian government and the GRU, Russia‘s military intelligence.

His office in Munich was said to be decorated with Russian dolls and hates while his mansion was located right across the Russian consulate.

Marsalek was a frequent visitor to Russia having travelled to Moscow, Kazan, St. Petersburg, and Nizhny Novgorod in the past decade.

To all German inquiries regarding Marsalek’s whereabouts, Moscow has denied there is an Austrian citizen living in the country under that name.

Marsalek went missing after he was sacked from Wirecard in 2020 suppliedThe 43-year-old is believed to have fled to Belarus and then cross to Moscow[/caption] SuppliedThe alleged Russian spy is said to have owned at least eight passports[/caption] Interpol issued a Red Notice for his arrest in 2020 Dzhambazov is among the group accused of conspiring to commit espionageDzhambazov who was also accused of espionage appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
- Olivia Allhusen

A BAFFLING brainteaser has stumped even the most beady eyed puzzlers.

The aim of the illusion is to find the five lemons concealed by chirpy chicks within just 15 seconds.

Can you find the lemons that the chicks are hiding before 15 seconds has past?

Start the clock! If you find them all you have vision sharper than most.

The image shows a flock of bright yellow chicks standing shoulder to shoulder leaving no clear space.

The illusion is especially challenging as the lemons are the same colour as the chicks and this plays tricks on your eyes.

There are also accessories randomly spotted around the page.

This adds an extra tricky layer, as they draw you in and take your focus off the lemons.

And don’t keep looking around the chick’s heads for citrus fruit as they may be lingering on their sides too.

Have you found them yet? They are hiding in plain sight!

Don’t give up if the timer runs out. Even just being able to locate the lemons means your seeing abilities are probably above average.

How about now?

Don’t worry if you still can’t see them, here’s a hint.

Rather than looking to find the lemon outline, just study each chick and look for anything irregular.

Still no luck? No need to be disheartened, we have included the answer down below.

And also don’t stop trying these tricky brainteasers as they can improve creativity, confidence and memory.

Also, psychologists at The University of Glasgow found that staring at an optical illusion can actually improve eye sight by allowing you to see small print.

Meanwhile why not try some different puzzles while you scroll down.

Test if your mental mettle and and spot the cat hiding in the temple.

Or solve this riddle to prove you have a high IQ.

The lemons can be found across a diagonal line going from the top left corner of the image to the bottom right.

The lemons were hiding in plain sight all alongHow many did you find? This is one of the most difficult vision testers!
- Katie Davis

A SELF-proclaimed “full-time mystic” has hit back at trolls who told her she was wasting her life by quitting the modern world.

Jasmine Mariposa has offered her followers a glimpse into her off-grid lifestyle, where she has no running water and instead bathes in a river.

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Describing herself as a “jungle fairy”, Jasmine shows how she prepares food and how she created her own “outdoor office”.

She says she has proved a lot of people wrong who told her she was making a mistake.

In a video shared on her TikTok page Jasmine said: “You said I’m wasting my life following my dreams instead of going to school.

“Well that’s rich coming from you. Because you’re a passionless life that I do not envy.

“You will end up with a 9-5 until you’re 65, and you will most definitely wish you would’ve lived more freely.”

In another clip, she shows how she does her laundry without the luxury of a running water.

It shows her walking to a river barefoot clutching several large plastic bottles.

Jasmine then fills each up, before lugging them back to her humble home.

She then pours each into a washer before emptying her clothes in and later hanging them on a line between trees.

In another video, Jasmine reveals how she uses the river to bathe.

She has also cleverly fashioned herself an “outdoor office” using a wooden pallet.

Footage shows her positioning a number of bricks on the ground before putting the pallet on top – as well as a blanket for comfort.

She then pops a container on top, which she uses to balance her laptop on.

And a further clip shows her preparing a coconut to eat by banging it with a rock, while another shows her harvesting fresh cocoa.

Jasmine also used turmeric before to dye her clothes.

She wrote in a TikTok caption: “The process was super simple — all I did was put the clothes I wanted to dye in a pot with turmeric and boiling water.

“I let it simmer for about 20-30mins until I liked the colour, then rinsed in the stream.”

Many viewers have praised Jasmine for her bold lifestyle.

One wrote: “Off-grid homesteading is heaven.”

Another said: “I’m so grateful I came across you because I am about to drop off university, I’m done with the matrix.

“I’m in Africa, taking my role to heal the land.”

A third commented: “You’re living my dream”.

tiktok@jasminemariposa222The TikTok user insists she loves her life away from the modern world[/caption] tiktok@jasminemariposa222She also showed how she made an ‘outdoor office’[/caption]
- Tom Malley

A NEW documentary following the life of British ex-pats in France has revealed their struggles to integrate due to neighbour feuds and culture clashes.

The Britons have described their welcome by French locals as “lukewarm” in a series called Little Britain In The Dordogne.

AlamyA new documentary follows the life of British ex-pats who have moved to the towns and villages in the Dordogne in the south-west of France[/caption] Graham, who moved to France with his wife, aired his frustrations with the locals he’s tried to employ to work on his £1million 18th century giteLittle Britain in the Dordogne One local claimed that some residents have given ex-pats a ‘lukewarm’ receptionLittle Britain in the Dordogne

The show has been airing on French and German channel Arte and focuses on the tensions between locals and the Brits who have moved to the towns and villages in France’s south-west.

After snapping up country estates at bargain prices across the region, now dubbed “Dordognshire”, things haven’t been smooth sailing for the Brits.

French locals have bemoaned the influx of English butchers and barbers in their rural villages, but the cultural differences are also felt by the ex-pats.

One former Norfolk handyman, Graham Parker, aired his frustrations with the locals he’s tried to employ to work on his £1million 18th century gite.

He revealed how he’s hasn’t had much success getting workers to adopt British hours as they take two-hour lunch breaks and return to the job “half-drunk”.

Mr. Parker said: “I just don’t get it. 12 o’clock – everything stops. Literally they stop, doesn’t matter what they’re doing til 2 o’clock. And then they can’t work because they’re half-drunk!”

Graham had decided to use his 38-year experience of working as a handyman to makeover a French property with his wife Nicola, an accountant.

The couple moved to Montignac-de-Lauzun, a commune in the Lot-et-Garonne department, just under a year ago after selling their barn conversion in Norfolk for £1.8million.

They soon snapped up a beautiful three-bedroom gite with a pool, built in 1780 and costing around £1million.

They decided to add a fourth bedroom to capitalise on the space but face a race against time to get it done before their first set of guests arrive.

And with Graham unable to get the French staff, he is now working more than ever.

The couple say they have enough money to live off their savings for the first year – but must make money from their investment soon.

Graham also tells the documentary that the welcome from locals hasn’t always been warm for them.

He said: “You’ve got the British coming over with their money and buying up all these old houses and renovating them.

“A lot of the French couldn’t afford what we’ve bought, and that’s where the divide comes.”

Elsewhere, British couple Steve and Helen Robbins, originally from Oxford, have been living in the small Dordogne village of Eymet for eight years.

They made the decision to move to the region after watching a television show about it in 2015.

The pair have been running a traditional English butchers at the local Thursday market where they have been selling Cumberland sausages, back bacon and a variety of pies.

Although they source their meat from local French farms, not all residents in Eymet are enjoying the impact of the ex-pats on their village.

One local, who sells French baked goods at the stall next door to the Robbins, said: “There are English shops, an English barber. You’re often among the British in the shops here.

“Some people are happy about it, others lukewarm.”

Despite trying to learn the local language, Steve and Helen say the majority of their customers are English.

And one villager expressed their frustrations at the reluctance of Brits to try and learn the language.

They said: “They learn French slowly. They would need more lessons but they keep to themselves. So we have to speak English or there is no sale.”

The Robbins may be approaching a decade across the Channel but they say tightened laws post Brexit mean they wouldn’t advise other Brits to follow their path.

Britons living in France have to prove they can speak A1 level French to be able to keep their working visa.

But for both the Parkers and the Robbins, localised accents have been hard to understand.

If they fail their tests, there are between 200 and 600 free French lessons to bring them up to speed.

But some of them can be up to a 90-minute drive away from their home.

The 30-minute episode of Little Britain In The Dordoigne is available to watch on the Arte YouTube channel.

Steve Robbins runs a traditional English butchers at a local Thursday marketLittle Britain in the Dordogne Him and his wife, Helen, have made efforts to learn the local language since arriving eight years agoLittle Britain in the Dordogne The couple claim that the majority of their customers are EnglishLittle Britain in the Dordogne
- Olivia Allhusen

A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl accidentally shot herself in a horrifying ordeal after picking up an unattended firearm.

The nightmarish event was caught on CCTV and shows the tot – named Serenity – shoot herself in the hand.

nbcMoments before the horrifying incident Serenity can be seen grabbing a gun on the sofa whilst her relative watches football[/caption]

The toddler sustained a serious injury and required surgery.

The alarming ordeal occurred in her Florida home, and just moments before it happened she had been watching TV with a relative.

Serenity was treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she stayed for three nights before returning home to recover.

The girl’s grandma, Robin Fuller, has posted the chilling video on Facebook and captioned it: “Video of when my granddaughter shot her self at her OTHER GRANDMA HOUSE.”

A 23-year-old relative Orlando Young – has been arrested in connection to the unattended gun.

Young is now facing charges of child neglect resulting in great bodily harm but was released on bond on Tuesday evening.

The relative was watching football on TV at a home in the 11000 block of Southwest 220th Terrace, according to WSVN. 

The shocking video shows Serenity running to the couch and grabbing the gun that was left on it.

Just seconds later it fires and she can be seen doubled over in pain and cradling her hand whilst her relative rushes over to console her.

Her four-year-old brother was close by and can be seen covering his ears after he hears the loud noise.

The toddlers were supposedly being minded by her other grandma, Fuller told WSVN, but only Serenity, Young and the disabled adult were witnessed in the video. 

In the video, Young can be seen jumping up off the sofa to celebrate a touch down when the gun catches Serenity’s eye.

The little girl then begins to play with the firearm before she accidentally pulls the trigger and it shoots into her hand.

Another woman features in the video and appears sitting on the sofa but she is disabled and reportedly cannot move.

The police were told by Young that he only left his gun on the seat for a short time period while he was watching the game.

Fuller has publicly shamed the other grandma who was responsible for Serenity that day and has accused her of negligence.

Despite her devastation Fuller recognises the outcome could have been far worse.

“It could’ve been worse than this,” she said.

She added: “They are trying to save the finger so we are just going to pray that the blood flow goes back through.

“The police arrived because I called the police myself when I received the phone call and eventually the police arrived and they asked, ‘Where is the baby?'”

Footage of Serenity shows her in a hospital bed smiling with a bandaged hand.

The traumatised grandmother said: “I don’t want them over there ever again.”

Young was in court on Monday and is expected to return again on a separate charge for fighting with a fellow prisoner, according to WSVN.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) told WSVN: “The Department conducts investigations concerning all allegations of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

“Information regarding investigations is confidential per section 39.202, Florida Statutes.”

Tragically this is one of many incidents in which curious children have stumbled upon an unattended gun.

According to The Trace this year 162 children under 13 shot themselves or another child with an unsecured gun.

This picture shows the little girl doubled over in pain as her brother covered his ears from the bang and her relative tries to comfort her facebookDespite the traumatising ordeal the toddler appears in good spirits in a picture with her doctor shared on Facebook[/caption] This picture shows Serenity recovering after accidentally shooting herself with an unattended gunWSVN/7News
- Katie Davis

A BRITISH plumber allegedly knifed a fellow festival goer to death before “desecrating his body” in a remote Portuguese commune.

Josh Menkens, 27, is accused of attacking a fellow Brit, 37, with “exceptional violence” before using tree branches and pieces of clothing to hide his body in woodland.

FacebookJosh Menkens, second from left, pictured with dad Troy, second from right[/caption] FacebookThe 27-year-old, left, allegedly confessed to the killing[/caption] CMA Brit, 37, was allegedly stabbed to death in remote woodland[/caption]

Menkens, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, was arrested on Sunday and remanded in prison on Wednesday after being questioned over two days about the alleged murder.

Detectives had remained silent about the investigation they launched early on Sunday morning after other Brit revellers he “confessed to” alerted them.

But in an extraordinary statement, cops claimed Menkens repeatedly stabbed the alleged victim in woodland near the off-grid commune where he had helped stage a four-day festival called the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Initial reports said the group were playing the notorious Blue Whale suicide game when the Brit was killed – but this was ruled out by investigators.

The alarm was raised early on Sunday after a group of British nationals went to a police station operated by Portugal’s GNR force in Figueiro dos Vinhos.

Cops allege Menkens, armed with a knife went into an isolated part of the forest with another Brit before “attacking him with exceptional violence, stabbing him in several parts of the body”.

The knife investigators believe was used to kill the him was found alongside the body, left in a small clearing in woodland close to the village of Figueiro dos Vinhos.

The Policia Judiciaria added: “The victim, a 37-year-old foreign man, had travelled to Portugal to participate in the event and apparently did not know the defendant personally.

“It has not yet been possible to determine the motive for the crimes, but any relationship with games or online challenges has initially been ruled out.

“The 27-year-old detainee was present during his first judicial interrogation which resulted in his preventive detention.”

The off grid living community where the Mad Hatters Tea Party took place is owned by UK public school-educated Xavier Hancock and his Spanish partner Arantxa Atauri.

There is no suggestion the couple were in any way involved in the stabbing in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Hancock, who attended the £15,000-a-year St Edwards School in Oxford, said earlier this week: “As this is an active investigation, I will only answer questions from the authorities who we are cooperating with fully.

“Once the official evidence has been released, I would consider sharing the story.”

The court hearing to decide whether Menkens should be remanded in custody or released on bail took place behind closed doors, as is normal in Portugal where only trials are held in public.

A promo for the Mad Hatters Tea Party, which started on September 20 and was due to run until September 24, described it as a “gathering filled with great music and fantastic souls”.

It urged those planning to attend to “show love, kindness, and respect to ourselves, each other, and the land.”

In addition to a line-up which included several DJs, the event also featured circus performers, wellness workshops and a ‘Hatters Secret Quest.’

Tickets cost 50 euros (£43) and included four nights of camping on site, although guests were given the offer of upgrade ‘glamping’ options costing up to £120.


Sources close to the initial police investigation insisted early on they had found no evidence there was a Blue Whale link to the death despite early reports in Portuguese press of one.

The online suicide challenge has been linked to numerous deaths around the world and consists of initially innocuous tasks before introducing elements of self-harm.

A post-mortem is thought to have taken place on Monday in Coimbra, although the results have not been made public.

An acquaintance of the suspect, who describes himself online as an entrepreneur and spent time in Australia after studying at a specialist environmental college in north London, spoke yesterday of his shock at Menken’s arrest.

The acquaintance, who runs an eco-retreat the Brit stayed at to “de-stress” from his hectic job in the UK, said: “He was here for a week and we developed a superficial work relationship afterwards in which we were trying to get each other small freelance contracts.

“We knew he was from the UK and had a really really busy life and was working 50 to 60 hours a week and he needed to relax and de-stress.

“Eight out of ten clients we have are people who come from the city and need to unplug for a little while and de-stress from their jobs so there was nothing odd about Josh coming on his own.

“He was already talking then about the event in Portugal he wanted to set up which ended up being the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

“I hardly talked to him after he stayed but he sent me some of the promotional stuff for the Mad Hatters Tea Party because I suppose he thought we might show up as we live in Portugal.

“But that was the extent of my contact with him.”

Meanwhile Josh’s father Troy said he got a call “out the blue” shortly before midnight on Sunday.

He told the Mail: “My son was talking at a million miles an hour, in a head-melt, firing stuff at me.

“I was trying to be as calm as I could and find out where he was being held and how I could get there.”

The Australian-born businessman added: “When I got the call, I thought ‘what the hell’ and pulled myself together and asked ‘where are you’, what police station? So I booked on a flight and got a taxi there the next morning.

“I didn’t know much about the festival, I knew he was coming over for some kind of festival, but didn’t know any details about it.

“I wasn’t concerned, because he’s never given me any reason for concern.”

Libelinha VentureThe group were staying at an off-grid commune in Portugal for a festival[/caption]
- Ellie Doughty

A TEACHER was allegedly stabbed in the eye by a student who also knifed two other pupils at a school in Spain.

The 14-year-old reportedly pulled a large knife from his backpack and started “stabbing everyone who passed by” as classes began.

Twitter/@CSurNoticiasThe 14-year-old reportedly knifed a female teacher in the face and eye during the horror rampage this morning[/caption] services rushed to the scene to treat the injured as concerned parents waited for news outside the gates[/caption] SolarpixThe school was evacuated following the horror attack and the suspect is being held in custody[/caption]

The teen then tried to hold his classmates hostage as staff were forced to restrain him.

Two teachers and two students were injured during the horror rampage this morning.

The female teacher who was stabbed in the face was rushed to hospital and is in a serious condition.

Another member of staff, who is uninjured, came to her aid during the rampage.

The condition of the other victims is not currently known.

The school was evacuated following the attack and the suspect is being held in custody.

The alleged attacker, who has not been named, is said to have autism according to some local reports.

Emergency services rushed to the scene to treat the injured as concerned parents waited for news outside the gates.

The attack happened at the Elena García Armada Institute in southern Spain, in the town of Jerez.

It began at around 8:30am as the school day began.

Concerned parents were seen waiting outside the school gates for news after the evacuation SolarpixThe attack happened at the Elena García Armada Institute in southern Spain, in the town of Jerez[/caption]
- Katie Davis

A BRITISH woman has died after travelling to Majorca for cosmetic surgery.

It is claimed she suffered “a series of complications” during the op at a private clinic in the Majorcan capital of Palma.

SolarpixA British woman has died after going to Majorca for cosmetic surgery[/caption]

Her devastated family jetted out to the island after she died at Son Espases Hospital in Palma hours after the op in mid-September.

A judge in charge of the ongoing enquiry is understood to be probing whether medical negligence played a part in the woman’s death.

It is understood the surgeon lives outside Spain.

There has not yet been any official comment from court officials or police.

It is unclear whether the woman’s family made a formal complaint to island authorities or the investigation was launched without one from them.

Earlier this month a UK coroner warned of cosmetic surgery abroad after the death of a British woman in Turkey.

Melissa Kerr, 31, from Gorleston in Norfolk, died in Istanbul after injected fat entered a vein during a Brazilian butt lift procedure.

She had travelled to the private Medicana Haznedar hospital for the procedure in 2019. She died on the day of the surgery.

Jacqueline Lake, the senior coroner for Norfolk, said at the inquest she would write to the health secretary expressing concern about people travelling overseas for cosmetic surgery.

She said: “Ms Kerr wasn’t seen by a surgeon or clinician prior to the date of the procedure and underwent a limited assessment prior to the procedures.

“There has been the release of an international alert to surgeons regarding the high mortality rate associated with this procedure.

“There has also been the introduction of a voluntary moratorium on this type of procedure in the UK.”

She added: “These are clearly not being followed in Turkey. I’m concerned patients are not being made aware of the risks or the mortality rate associated with such surgery.

“I do have concerns there will be future deaths and I’m of the view future deaths can be prevented by way of better information.”

It is not know what type of surgery the woman in Majorca was having.

She has been described by a local newspaper as “young.”

- Iona Cleave

A WOMAN, whose husband bought a hell-hole house without asking her first, says she’s now thrilled about it.

US couple Steven and Ashley spent seven years transforming a cheap but hideously mouldy and crumbling former fire station into a stunning mansion.

@happilyevansafterrThe old fire station was covered in black mould and falling down[/caption] @happilyevansafterrThe huge project has taken seven years[/caption] @happilyevansafterr

That before and after! 🤯 #housetour #housetransformation #beforeandafter #firestation

♬ cardigan – Taylor Swift

In a recent TikTok, Ashley explained how her husband had bought the house seven years ago “without asking” her.

“We closed on it the same week of our wedding,” she added.

The clip, shared with the couple’s 2.2million followers, charts the entire renovation from the first day they saw the inside to its total transformation into a huge family home.

Ashley said: “It was once an old fire station that was turned into a home in the 1980s.

“The house became a lot to manage and was eventually left for black mould to take over.”

Steven managed to scoop the house for $90,000 [£74,000], and Ashley said, “it’s been a labour of love ever since”.

The mum-of-one added: “People always say it must be nice to be rich, when in reality, it’s been a lot of hard work and renovating on a budget.”

“We wanted the home to be a place our children would love and we are so proud of the outcome so far.”

The massive house now boasts their own cinema, sauna, indoor football pitch, games room, ice hockey rink, gym and even a slide between floors.

However, not everyone online agreed that it looked like they renovated the old fire station on any kind of budget.

One user said: “This is definitely having money.”

Another said: “U had a great budget lol”.

“It’s been all hard work on a budget. Sadly our budget’s only $9 million,” quipped another.

But plenty of other TikTok users rushed to support the hard work that the couple put into their dream home.

“People don’t realise hardwork pays off,” said one.

“What a nightmare but man it was worth it,” wrote a second.

A third offered: “Wow you’ve accomplished a lot in 7 yrs. What a beautiful home you have made.”

It comes as a man took a gamble and bought a crumbling old house without ever seeing it – but says he can make a fortune flipping it.

The buyer from Houston, Texas found the property on Facebook for only $80,000 [£65,000] and believes he can over double that after he fixes it up.

Elsewhere, a woman took the bold step to buy her first house without seeing any photos – but she insists it’ll all pay off soon.

Chloe purchased a property in Sydney and plans to take it all apart to make into a dream home.

@happilyevansafterrIt’s now beautiful interiors[/caption] @happilyevansafterrThe couple have their own cinema room[/caption]
- Katie Davis

A BOY of 15 has been killed in a giant explosion feared to have been triggered by detonating electric car batteries.

At least 163 were also injured following the huge blast in a customs warehouse near Tashkent Airport in Uzbekistan in the early hours, which was felt up to 20 miles away.

East2WestThe blast sent a huge fireball into the air[/caption] Hundreds of houses were damaged as a result of huge explosion in a warehouse in Tashkent.A boy, 15, died in the wake of the blasteast2west

Shocking footage shows the explosion at 2.43am local time, which caused damage to hundreds of houses and other buildings over a vast area.

Batteries for electric cars exploded at the airport warehouse, it is understood.

Dozens of ambulances ferried the wounded to hospitals and at least five children suffered wounds from shattered glass. 

A 15-year-old boy died after a frame collapsed on his head due to the explosion.

It is unclear how many people were in the warehouse when it exploded. 

Initial reports suggested a plane crash, forcing authorities in the ex-Soviet state to deny this was the cause of the thunderous explosion that shook much of the city. 

The Uzbek Interior Ministry later claimed lightning struck a warehouse where electric cars and batteries were stored, sparking the blast and fire.

But there were later doubts that lightning had been a factor in the explosion.

There are suspicions explosives were also present in the Inter Logistics LLC warehouse given the scale of the blast, but this was officially denied.

Sixteen separate fire teams rushed to battle the enormous blaze which covered more than 32,000 square feet. 

The blast wave was felt by residents of Nurafshan, a town south of Tashkent, some 20 miles from the epicentre of the explosion. 

The Uzbek Emergencies Ministry said: “In some social media, fake news spread that the incident in the Sergeli district was a result of a plane crash. This is an absolute lie.”

The ministry later said it was working to establish full details of the cause of the explosion.

Flights at the nearby Tashkent airport were reportedly not impacted by the explosion and inferno.

east2westIt is feared the blast was triggered by detonating electric car batteries[/caption] Hundreds of houses were damaged as a result of huge explosion in a warehouse in Tashkent.At least 163 people were injured in the blasteast2west
- Taryn Pedler

A HORRIFIED woman revealed she gave her poorly sister’s pet to the evil British dog rapist Adam Britton who tortured the animal on camera before it died within a week.

Britton, 51, pleaded guilty on Monday to raping puppies and brutally torturing around 42 dogs after luring owners on Gumtree Australia between 2020 and 2022.

Adam Britton, 52, pleaded guilty to raping and torturing at least 42 dogs between 202 and 2022Facebook FacebookThe crocodile expert had a sadistic interest in dogs[/caption] Emails reveal how he lured in families on Gumtree Australia who were selling their puppies

The disgraced crocodile expert convinced families online that he would give their beloved pets a safe home before carrying out disturbing acts on them, and in some cases, murdering them.

The leading zoologist reportedly told sellers on Gumtree that he was “after a companion” in a bid to build their trust and hand him their puppies.

But Britton had sickening ulterior motives which included filmed sexual abuse and murder.

One of his several victims was a brown female dog called Kiki, who belonged to a woman who had become too sick to look after her, Daily Mail reported.

Her family, who have remained anonymous, revealed they were left feeling disgusted when cops phoned them last year and informed them of Britton’s abuse.

The woman’s sister explained that the Kiki was one of three abandoned puppies adopted by her family – and that Kiki lived with her owner until she ended up in hospital.

The sister was unable to take ownership of Kiki due to the fact she had her own female dog – resorting to her having to scour the internet for a good potential home.

Then Britton made his move on the family dog.

He allegedly reached out four weeks after the woman posted about rehousing Kiki and scrambled together a tale of how his dog had recently died and he was looking for a companion.

“I’m very interested to meet your 1.5-year-old girl with a view to giving her a good home,” he wrote in an email to the family.

He went on to explain that he lived in a five-acre block in Humpty Doo where there were was a scarcity of other dogs.

Britton then claimed he could help out the oblivious family by offering Kiki the perfect new home.

But the abuser’s dog hadn’t just died, as in reality, he already owned two Swiss Shepherds named Ursa and Bolt who he also reportedly sexually abused.

The woman replied to Britton’s email and explained she was only giving up Kiki as she had no other choice, and informed him she was a loving dog who was scared of people she hadn’t met.

Britton responded: “I’m sorry to hear that your health prevents you from continuing to keep Kiki, that can’t be an easy decision”.

He went on to reassure the woman that he would give Kiki a good home, while keeping her close in his empty house.

The woman revealed that four days later, Britton reached out to let her know that he and Kiki were “bonding already”.

According to court documents, Kiki didn’t survive the week with her new owner.

Daily Mail also reported that between September 26 and September 30, 2021, Britton took Kiki and two other large dogs named Rose and Marylou to a shipping container on his property where he filmed himself raping and torturing the animals to death.

A few weeks later, on October 16, the disgraced senior researcher replied to a message from the woman who was asking how Kiki was settling into her new home.

He then fabricated a web of lies about how Kiki was happy and doing well.

The woman revealed that she was left deeply devastated by Britton’s vile actions and called him a “sick twisted man”.

Kiki was just one of at least 39 dogs Britton raped and killed.

The sick ex-academic would share heinous videos and pictures of him abusing the pets online to forums under a series of pseudonyms.

On Telegram, he operated under two accounts called “monster” and “Cerberus” – the mythological name of a three-headed dog.

Prosecutors told the court his Telegram accounts were used to engage with “like-minded people”, and disseminate images and recordings of the abuse.

“Using these applications, the offender discussed his ‘kill count’,” prosecutor Marty Aust said.

Britton’s account had 114 threads where he described how he acquired the pets and how he abused them.

But his spate of disturbing acts came crashing to an end shortly after he uploaded a video called “1B****9Pups” to an abuse website on March 22, 2022.

Just a day later, an anonymous internet user noticed the adult female dog in the clip was wearing an orange City of Darwin leash with the slogan “great pets start with you”.

The individual sent the video to the NT Animal Welfare Branch via Gmail, who then informed the police.

A month later, in April 2022, NT Police and Australian Federal Police stormed his home in McMinns Lagoon, Darwin.

Cops seized 44 items including computers, mobile phones, cameras, external hard drives, tools, and weapons during a raid of his home, and also uncovered 15 child abuse material files on his laptop.

They also found severed dog limbs in a freezer, a decomposing puppy head in a pond on his property, and a severed dog head on a neighbouring property.

He has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to 37 counts of animal cruelty, ten counts of raping or attempting to rape a dog, and four counts of possessing or transmitting child abuse material.

Chief Justice Michael Grant urged members of the public gallery, security staff, and media to leave the court before details of the crimes were read out.

He said: “These facts contain material that can only be described as grotesque and perverse acts of cruelty which is confronting and distressing and which in my assessment have the potential to cause nervous shock.

“Either way I’ll leave that up to you, but the potential has been described.”

In a message read to the court, Britton spoke about his urges to a stranger on Telegram: “I had repressed it. In the last few years, I let it out again, and now I can’t stop. I don’t want to.”

The esteemed researcher, who had previously appeared on BBC and National Geographic productions, had also reportedly kept his sick fantasies a secret from his wife Erin until he was arrested.

There is no suggestion that Ms Britton, a biologist and wildlife ranger, knew anything about her husband’s crimes, and she appears to have dropped his surname online.

The National Geographic website suggests she will be on international wildlife expeditions for the next six months, and there is no mention in her bio of her husband and former business partner.

Britton had also hosted David Attenborough while the veteran broadcaster filmed part of the Life In Cold Blood docuseries on his property.

He will return to court on December 13 for sentencing submissions.

Kiki didn’t survive the week after Britton adopted her He made false promises of providing the dogs safe homes The British researcher (centre) with his wife Erin (Left) and David Attenborough (right) during filming for a BBC documentary FacebookBritton will return to court on December 13 for his sentencing[/caption]
- Olivia Burke

THE world’s most luxurious superyachts are swarming the Mediterranean coast ahead of Monaco’s legendary Yacht Show.

An array of flashy floating palaces have descended on the country’s shores as the ultra-rich prepare to show off their enviable vessels.

AFPThe small state is brimming with sparkling megayachts[/caption] AFPThe huge boats have swarmed the iconic harbour[/caption] AFP‘Big boy’ boats like these are attracting plenty of gawking[/caption]

Dubbed the most glamorous event in the yachting calendar, the Monaco Yacht Show draws in visitors from around the world.

The event, which kicked off on Wednesday, is brimming with prospective buyers, designers, and yacht enthusiasts who enjoy a showboating display.

Monaco’s port is already fit to burst after the arrival of a range of stunning vessels kitted out with state-of-the-art amenities.

Superyacht consultant Marcela Royer told CNN: “Right now, the bay is full, full, full of yachts on anchor, and they’re over 50 meters.

“So this is where the big boys are berthed right now.”

According to Royer, all the big players of the industry wouldn’t dare miss the event.

“If you’re not there, then you don’t exist,” she said.

Among the sprawling vessels casting a large shadow on the dock is the Italian Sea Group’s 43-metre power catamaran, “This Is It”.

Built by Tecnomar at Italy’s Perini Navi shipyard, it boasts more than 600 square metres of glass windows and a huge skylight.

“Self-made” Cypriot Tasos Papanastasiou is the proud owner of the extraordinary modern yacht which can accommodate up to 12 guests.

It has an on-board spa, playroom, floor-to-ceiling doors, a glitzy interior and intends to replicate a seaside villa,

“This Is It” has some fierce competitors to contend with in Monaco – including the Baglietto T52, which is also making its Yacht Show debut.

The sleek and sexy 52-metre superyacht is the first model with hybrid propulsion from the Italian shipyard’s line of T52’s.

With five guest cabins, six bathrooms and space for nine crew members, this sustainable approach to yachting is sure to prove a hit.

Features include an open beach club that sprawls across two floors as well as a stunning swimming pool with a changeable depth.

Another brand new 350-ft superyacht is expected to turn up to the show that has a pool which runs over two decks.

The newcomer, “Waves”, towers high above the sea, has a helicopter pad and five floors of pure luxury.

The show will run until September 30 and expects to draw in 30,000 visitors to the tiny country.

This year’s show has focused on sustainability as a new major theme throughout.

Johan Pizzardini, head of communications and media for the Monaco Yacht Show, explained that the focus is really shifting towards to sustainable design.

“I would say, a decade ago, when we talked about researching for sustainable solutions, we weren’t that sure,” he admitted.

“Now solutions are more viable and tangible. And the mindset has changed.”

ReutersMonaco’s harbour has long been known as the home to some of the world’s largest and most luxurious superyachts[/caption] AFPIt is the 32nd edition of the International Monaco Yacht Show[/caption] AFPExhibitors stand beside moored yachts at the Hercules Port[/caption] AFPThe Monaco Yacht Show is considered the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world[/caption]
- Tom Malley

YOU could be the “greatest of all time” if you can spot the hidden face among the clouds in this super challenging optical illusion.

At first glance, you may only notice a sky filled with fluffy white clouds, but there’s more than meets the eye.

TikTok/oluwadahmie11The face of Argentina and Inter Miami footballer Lionel Messi has been spotted amongst the clouds[/caption]

If you squint your eyes and really focus your vision, you may be able to see something – or someone – else.

Hidden in this optical illusion, internet users are claiming to see the face of Argentina World Cup winner and Inter Miami star Lionel Messi.

The former Barcelona player’s face is made up of the strangely perfect array of clouds.

The head-scratcher has gone viral on X (formerly Twitter) and has left viewers and social media users in awe.

Firstly because it is a remarkable work of art, and secondly because they can’t believe what they’re seeing.

It’s raised many questions over how this could have possibly been created, but people are enjoying it nonetheless.

The image has been doing the rounds online, with people baffled by the picture.

One person commented: “I can’t see anyone.”

A second user joked: “I see a GOD.”

Another said: “I see the real goat.”

If you need help finding it, then there are a few standout details.

There are two eye-shaped holes in the centre of the cloud, which form his eyes.

Two oddly shaped small clouds on either side look like his ears, and below is a large open mouth.

And the rest of the face should become more apparent if you are able to identify these three features.

Can you see Messi?

And if you are able to identify the whole face in less than 10 seconds, then you are the “Greatest Of All Time”.

The bizarre picture follows in the footsteps of goat-related illusion showing the same legendary footballer.

With Messi being dubbed the “Greatest Of All Time” footballer, it is fitting that his face can be seen in all kinds of strange places.

If you want to try your luck at another optical illusion, and one that still involves Messi, then try and spot his former PSG teammate Neymar hidden among multiple versions of his face.

Alternatively, you can find out whether you’re an introvert or sociable depending on what animal you spot first in this optical illusion.

GettyThe Argentina World Cup winner can be seen in the photo of goats[/caption]
- Katie Davis

DESPERATE Vladimir Putin has recruited beauty pageant contestants armed with guns to “inspire” teenage girls to fight for him.

The Russian tyrant has launched a twisted bid to indoctrinate schoolgirls to sign up for war.

East2WestVladimir Putin is using beauty queens in Belarus to a desperate bid to recruit girls to fight[/caption] East2WestHe has got pal Alexander Lukashenko to enlist the contestants[/caption] East2WestThe young women have been given a military course[/caption]

Since Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine in February 2022, most of the country’s propaganda has been aimed at men and boys.

But now the dictator has switched his focus to women and girls.

Numbers have swollen in Putin’s Yunarmia, or Young Army, likened to the Hitler Youth, with 1.4 million signed up.

In Primorsky region, schoolgirls aged just 15 and 16 are for the first time being inducted in “military-patriotic education”.

And in neighbouring Belarus, beauty pageant contestants have been enlisted to “inspire” girls and women to join up and fight for Putin-ally and vote-rigging dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

Competitors from the Miss Belarus 2023 pageant were made to attend a course in military instruction, with Lukashenko parading them toting guns.

Nadezhda Tolstikova, who won the Miss Top Model of Miss Belarus 2023 contest, said: “The impressions are simply amazing, I’ve already practiced shooting, I’ve shot with a rifle.

“The smell of gunpowder…definitely, I shall return to shooting.”

Colonel Sergei Grebennikov, deputy commander of dictator Lukashenko’s internal troops, suggested the event was aimed at glamorising the military.

He said: “They will see with their own eyes what our strong, respectable guys are capable of.”

A report said girls would be “inspired” to join the military and security services in the repressive state.

In Primorsky, 75 schoolgirls were trained in military “basics” including drilling, tactical, fire and physical training, and instruction in radiation, chemical and biological protection.

It was the first “female session” at the Avangard centre for military-patriotic education of the youth.

By the end of the year another 300 girls – and 1,000 boys – will be enrolled on intense five-day courses seen as precursors to military careers or mobilisation.

Such moves are underway across Russia’s 11 time zones amid Putin’s war against Ukraine.

The organisation has been accused of militarisation of young people in Russia.

In Primorsky, senior education official Oksana Novikova told the girls: “Love of the Motherland, patriotism, and responsibility have always been instilled in young people, regardless of gender.

“You are the first in our female team, so I want to wish you good luck, patience and, of course, unlock your potential – go for it.” 

But Telegram comments attacked the Primorsky militarisation of girls.

One said: “Girls, girls, girls, what are you doing? Who were you going to fight with, who attacked you? Hitler? Obama? Zelensky? Or idiocy?”

Another commented on ChTD channel: “The girls haven’t even lived yet, but they are already rinsing their brains and preparing to die for the whims of crazy grandfathers.”

A third said: “I don’t have the strength to look at this.”

One more complained: “We are awash with military indoctrination, first for boys and now, as we see, for girls.

“This war has already killed enough. How much longer? How many more must die?”

East2WestIt appeared to be in a bid to glamourise the military[/caption] East2WestA report said girls would be ‘inspired’ to join the military[/caption] East2WestUp until now Putin has focussed on recruiting men and boys[/caption] East2WestThe women were armed with guns[/caption] East2WestMeanwhile in Primorsky, 75 schoolgirls were trained in military ‘basics’[/caption] East2WestIt was the first ‘female session’ at the Avangard centre for military-patriotic education of the youth[/caption]
- Ellie Doughty

A WAITRESS has slammed two diners for allegedly leaving without paying for their meal after trying to trick her with a fake credit card.

But the server, who works at an American diner, managed to get her own back on the couple who seemed to leave their £40 tab unpaid.

TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYJenny Gutierrez, who is studying nursing at college, posted a video online about a couple who allegedly left her restaurant without paying their bill[/caption] TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYThe couple apparently used a fake card to scam the waitress before slipping out[/caption] TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYBut Jenny ran after them, and ultimately got the last laugh as she posted footage of their antics online[/caption]

Jenny Gutierrez, who is studying nursing at college, said: “They gave me a fake card.

“It didn’t go through and they had already left when I was trying to give them the card back.

“It had no money on it, it was a fake card.”

In a video posted online, the server describes her bizarre interaction with the alleged dine and dashers.

Footage shows them walking into the restaurant just before 6pm and seating themselves in a booth.

The man and woman can then be seen enjoying their meal leisurely before handing the waitress a credit card.

By the time she gets back to the table to return the fake card and take payment for the meal, they’re gone.

Jenny, who presumably works in the diner part-time while she studies, said the pair ordered “all the extras” with their meal.

“Avocado, bacon, all the extras… [it was a] $50 tab.”

But the waitress got her own back as the couple sneakily ditched the diner.

She can be seen in the footage hurrying after them, before apparently warning them of her plans to post them online.

“They literally ran out and I was walking and they were too far.

“But I heard them, I told them ‘We’re gonna post you on social media and we’re gonna find you guys’.”

And the CCTV footage of the sneaky pair has now circulated online.

One viewer even said: “Me personally I’m hunting them down”.

Another wrote that “karma will eat ’em up”.

Last month waiters at a new seafood restaurant in California were also the victims of a dine and dash scam.

A couple left without paying for their £120 meal after telling their server they were going to use the bathroom and then making a quick exit.

The server explained: “By the time I went to print their check and bring it to them, they were already gone… and then that’s when I realized that they just left without paying.”

The Oyster Bar, in Sacramento, also posted footage of the pair online in hopes of tracking them down.

TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYJenny, who studies nursing alongside her waitress job, said the pair ordered ‘all the extras’ with their meal[/caption] TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYThe pair were then caught on CCTV trying to slip out unnoticed[/caption] TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYJenny said they were gone by the time she returned back to the table with their fake card[/caption] TIKTOK: YOJENNYYYYThe waitress got her own back after the couple sneakily ditched the diner when she posted the footage online[/caption] The alleged dine and dashers from a seafood restaurant in California just last month
- Olivia Burke

A WOMAN says she sleeps in a dog crate decorated with blankets and teddy bears as she finds it comfier than her queen-sized bed.

Lia Parker uses the kennel as her cosy “hideaway” to escape the stresses of everyday life and soothe herself when her PTSD flares up.

Jam Press/@angelfairerLia Parker, 21, says she prefers sleeping in the dog cage rather than her bed[/caption] Jam Press Vid/@angelfairerShe has decorated the kennel with fairy lights, blankets, pillows and teddies[/caption]

The 21-year-old explained that climbing into her unusual sleeping quarters, which are typically reserved for pets, calms her down.

She has added blankets, pillows, and rows of stuffed animals to her “safe place” to make the metal structure more snug.

Lia said she simply “scoots in” to the crate every evening to get some shut-eye, but also enjoys unwinding in it throughout the day.

The US-based TikToker has a huge bed sitting opposite the kennel that she could kip in, but prefers replicating how sleeping dogs lie.

She has openly discussed her unorthodox living arrangements on social media and boasts a whopping 127,000 followers.

The content creator often shares clips of her strange set-up and answers questions from those curious about how it all began.

Lia revealed that she grew up in a “disruptive” household and used to seek comfort in small places, such as inside her wardrobe.

She decided to reinvent her “safe space” during her teen years and settled on a dog crate to continue her “self-soothing” method.

It even boasted the exact same dimensions as her wardrobe, which sealed the deal for Lia.

The kennel lover explained: “It helps me regulate emotionally and symptomatically.

“For me, it feels like a hug and like a hideaway, somewhere separate from whatever is triggering me or making me upset”.

She explained that she stuffs her crate with pillows, blankets and teddies as they somewhat simulate a “warm hug”.

But she knew the majority of people would not be accepting of her peculiar sleeping arrangements.

Lia continued: “I’m sure if it was a cardboard box or blanket fort, then no one would care.

“People like to hate and judge what they don’t understand and people on the internet are quick to make assumptions”.

Some creepy trolls have even tried to sexualise her crate sanctuary, a subject that the PTSD sufferer says makes her uncomfortable.

Lia explained: “This is not because I can’t understand why they think that or why someone else would want that, but because I go so out of my way to put disclaimers and reference my trauma.

“It feels like they’re intentionally fetishising something that I’ve made clear is tied to trauma.

“Of course, it isn’t my job to prove myself to these people.

“The people who get it, get it and people reach out to me all the time telling me that they’ve done something similar.

“That makes me really happy”.

The American claims that she ran her wacky idea by several therapists and a psychiatrist “who all loved and supported” her plan.

She has slept in the dog cage since the age of 18 and has no intention of getting rid of it any time soon.

Lia hopes sharing her coping methods with the world will help erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues and lasting trauma.

She claimed that a host of adults who also enjoy relaxing in unlikely places regularly get in touch with her to share their experiences.

The TikToker added: “I’ve always been pretty open on social media.

“I’ve shared a lot about how I feel it’s important to de-stigmatise PTSD and the long-lasting effects of trauma.

“I feel like a lot of people are ashamed of what brings them comfort, but I figured if the crate could help me, then it could also help others.

“I love my safe space, I love that it’s in its own room and so it feels totally disconnected from the rest of my life and anything I associate with triggers or stressors”.

Lia regularly shares videos of her safe space on social media and has even given her followers a guided tour of the small cage.

We previously told how a man forked out £12,500 to look like a collie.

The dog lover, known as Toco, shared footage of him walking on all fours, playing fetch, and napping in his cage.

Jam Press Vid/@angelfairerLia explained the cage is her ‘safe space’ where she ‘self-soothes’[/caption] Jam Press Vid/@angelfairerShe demonstrated how she climbs into the metal structure in a TikTok video[/caption]
- Sarah Hooper

A CRUEL mother has been convicted of starving her son to death after following her twisted husband’s beliefs that the baby should “live on sunlight” instead of food.

Newborn Kosmos died from pneumonia and emaciation after Oxana Mironova, 33, and her husband Maxim Lyutyi, 43, failed to properly feed the infant.

The cruel mum has been sentenced to two years of correctional labourEast2West The couple now face a criminal investigation following their newborn's deathThe couple are facing separate trials after the newborn’s death

Oxana admitted her guilt and repented over the death of her son who was less than one month old, said a court spokesman in Armavir, Russia.

She was sentenced to two years “correctional labour” after being convicted of neglecting the child and failing in her maternal duties, leading to Kosmos’ horrific death.

Raw food blogger Maxim is facing a separate trial as he’s accused of torturing his newborn child.

Lifestyle trainer Maxim allegedly wanted to raise the newborn on prana-eating —  a diet in which people go without food and water for a long time and “feed on the sun.”

He is accused of barring Mironova from breastfeeding the child who was in desperate need of food.

Oxana’s mother Galina has accused him of running a “sect”, and said: “He wanted to experiment on the child, feed him purely with the sun, and then advertise it to others that this is how you can eat.

“I was against my daughter being in this sect. I felt everything, and told her that Maxim was crazy, but she didn’t listen to me. 

“Oxana lived there like a guinea pig.  Each time she became colder to me…. She was his slave.”

In his pre-trial detention centre, Maxim reportedly eats meat, with his favourite dish being pasta with stew. 

A video shows him in court earlier this year detained under suspicion of child torture. 

Another relative of Mironiva said: “Oxana told me that she was afraid of him. She wanted to leave him many times, but he held her back…

“He wanted to raise [his son into] a man who only eats the sun.”

Oxana’s cousin Olesya Nikolayeva said: “He forced her not to feed the baby. Her boyfriend believed that the sun was feeding the baby.

“Oxana was secretly trying to breastfeed the baby, but she was very  afraid of Maxim. How is it possible to feed the baby with sunlight?”

The disturbed father even delivered his child at home, refusing to let Oxana leave for a maternity hospital.

They eventually decided to take the emaciated child to doctors but it was too late and the baby died on the way.

Maxim hadn’t even allowed Oxana to breastfeed the poor child East2WestThe hid her face during the sentencing[/caption] East2WestThe poor newborn died of pneumonia and starvation[/caption] East2WestOxana was convicted by a Russian court[/caption]
- Ellie Doughty

MANY top Russian generals have been slaughtered since Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

Ukraine‘s bold counteroffensive missile attacks, campaigns and battles have cut down many of Vlad’s most senior commanders.

Just this week Ukraine’s special forces said they had killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, Moscow’s top admiral in Crimea East2WestMajor General Andrei Sukhovetsky was one of the first to die when he was shot dead by a sniper in March, in a major blow to Putin’s resources[/caption] EPAUkraine’s bold counteroffensive missile attacks, campaigns and battles have cut down many of Vlad’s most senior commanders[/caption]

Some of Russia’s top commanders have even been moved to the frontline to fill the gaps and oversee on the ground operations.

Just this week Ukraine‘s special forces said they had killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, Moscow‘s top admiral in Crimea.

They apparently took out the commander, 61, along with 33 other officers in a missile attack on the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the port of Sevastopol.

Although a picture released by the Russian defence ministry apparently showed him in a video conference with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, other top admirals and army chiefs.

But he was not seen speaking, and sat in a chair that looked different to other naval commanders. 

The Russian footage left open the possibility that old video of the commander had been superimposed on a meeting chaired by Russian defence minister Sergei Shogun. 

Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky was one of the first to die when he was shot dead by a sniper in March, in a major blow to Putin’s resources.

He was reportedly killed at the battle for Hostomel Airfield about 30 miles outside the capital Kyiv.

Just days later, another of Putin’s senior officers, Vitaly Gerasimov was killed in conflict outside Ukraine’s Kharkiv.

TwitterViktor Sokolov was ‘spotted’ in a video conference one day after being reportedly killed[/caption] Another of Putin’s senior officers, Vitaly Gerasimov was killed in conflict outside Ukraine’s Kharkiv Armed Forces Ukraine/TwitterPutin’s Major General Andrey Kolesnikov was Putin’s third general to die in the war[/caption] ReutersA column of Russian tanks coming under fire from Ukraine’s counteroffensive less than a month into Putin’s brutal invasion[/caption]

Gerasimov was awarded a medal for “capturing” the disputed province of Crimea in 2014, and also received medals after leading troops in Syria and in the second Chechen war.

Russia suffered another heavy blow days later when Ukraine reported the death of Putin’s Major General Andrey Kolesnikov.

By this point, desperate Putin had officially lost 11 military commanders and three high-ranking generals.

Although Russian media has often contradicted death figures given by Ukraine and their allies.

Zelenskyy’s forces soon after said Major General Oleg Mityaev had died in the storming of Mariupol, alongside seven members of an elite Russian SWAT team.

A picture of the corpse of the decorated military officer, a father-of-two, was released by Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko.

Lieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, another top brass who led Russia’s 49th Combined Arms Army, also died in the same battle.

By mid-March, a fifth Russian general, Lieutenant-General Andrei Mordvichev died in fighting at Chornobaivka, near the southern city of Kherson.

It was thought the military boss was killed in the Russian-controlled Kherson Airport, which had been hit with Ukranian strikes in the preceding days.

Two of Putin’s top commanders were also slaughtered when Ukrainian forces recaptured Chuhuiv.

Dmitry Safronov and Denis Glebov, who both commanded different brigades in Russia’s Armed Forces, died in the battle.

Commander Konstantin Zizevsky also reportedly died during fighting in Ukraine around the same time, as did Guard Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Agarkov.

As the war moved well into it’s second month, Putin’s forces suffered another blow when Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Kornik, 39, Chief of Staff of the 40th Engineer Regiment, was reportedly taken out.

His battalion was struck as they were constructing a pontoon bridge in the Chernihiv region in northern Ukraine.

A list of Russia’s lost commanders at the time was hitting 20, as desperate despot Putin’s invasion faltered.

And Ukraine’s bold counteroffensive in claimed the life of Russian Colonel Andrei Zakharov when a column of Russian tanks came under fire near Kyiv.

Despite Putin’s cronies often denying the losses of Russia’s top commanders, state TV in Moscow did confirm the loss of Colonel Sergei Sukharev.

The top paratroop commander was killed on the Ukraine frontline as Russia’s elite fighters faced a massacre on the battlefield.

His deputy Major Sergei Krylov was killed alongside him, they were among a number slain from the “glorious” Kostroma regiment, seen as among Russia’s most elite fighting forces.

GRU military intelligence spy Captain Alexey Glushchak, 31, from Tyumen in Siberia, also died in carnage in Mariupol.

Pictures emerged of father-of-one Glushchak’s funeral in Russia, where he was buried with full military honours and a guard of honour.

While Russia is known to have lost many of their most valuable military leaders in the brutal invasion of Ukraine, even more are reported to have died.

Experts previously said Russian forces have faced a massacre on the battlefield, crushed by Ukrainian defenders.

Even though tyrant Putin was initially expecting to seize Kyiv in 48 hours, Ukrainians have fought tirelessly to defend their country.

East2WestZelenskyy’s forces said Major General Oleg Mityaev died in the storming of Mariupol, alongside seven members of an elite Russian SWAT team[/caption] East2WestLieutenant General Yakov Rezantsev, another top brass who led Russia’s 49th Combined Arms Army, died in the same battle as Mityaev[/caption] East2WestAndrey Mordvichev was reportedly the fifth Russian general to die in Ukraine[/caption] Many of Putin’s top generals have been slaughtered in Ukraine’s efforts to resist Vlad’s invasion TwitterTwo of Putin’s top commanders were also slaughtered when Ukrainian forces recaptured Chuhuiv, including Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Safronov[/caption] TwitterLieutenant Colonel Denis Glebov was also killed in the battle[/caption] TwitterCommander Konstantin Zizevsky died in Ukraine[/caption] President of Russia / twitterColonel Andrei Zakharov was reportedly the killed in an ambush by Ukraine near Kyiv[/caption] East2WestOne of Russia’s top paratrooper commanders, Col Sergei Sukharev, died in March[/caption] East2WestGRU military intelligence spy Captain Alexey Glushchak, 31, from Tyumen in Siberia, died in carnage in Mariupol[/caption]
- Georgie English

A MYSTERIOUS skyscraper that towers over New York City’s iconic skyline has led to crazy rumours of what the huge building’s really used for.

The creepy 40-storey building has been called a vampire lair, and the headquarters for the Men in Black – and has even scared legendary actor Tom Hanks.

GettyThe mysterious New York City skyscraper has been the subject of conspiracy theories online[/caption] GettyThe building is now called 33 Thomas Street and is made of concrete with no windows[/caption]

The menacing skyscraper is made of concrete and has no windows – making it stand out in bustling New York.

When Hanks saw it in 2017, he took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to say: “This is the scariest building I’ve ever seen!

“WTF goes on inside??”

Crazy conspiracies have spread online about the building with one person writing: “Gives off MI-6 vibes,” and another joking: “Lizard people don’t need windows.”

But the truth behind the eerie skyscraper is much simpler.

Once known as the Long Lines Building, the tower was built between 1969 and 1974 for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company- one of the most important telecommunications hubs in the US.

The equipment needed a unique space and a secure location, so the building’s floors are higher than normal.

This means the 40-story tower, actually only has 29 floors.

It’s also rumoured to be able to withstand a nuclear blast and holds enough food to keep 1,500 people alive for two weeks.

It was used until 1999, when the company moved away. 

Today, the skyscraper is still used by some local exchange carriers to store telephone switching equipment but it’s reportedly also a high security data centre. 

Renamed 33 Thomas Street, after its address, the building remains suspicious to some.

A 2016 investigation by The Intercept revealed that there’s more than meets the eye to the building.

Alongside a multitude of conspiracy theorists, they tried to prove that it’s a secret National Security Agency (NSA) base.

Their investigation, that includes leaked documents by whistleblower Edward Snowden, provides “compelling evidence” that the skyscraper is codenamed TITANPOINTE by the NSA.

Allegations of a major international “gateway switch” that routes phone calls between the US and countries across the world was also apparently inside the windowless structure.

If true it could be the most important NSA surveillance site in the US.

The leaked Snowden documents claimed the tower was used for spying on phone calls, fax messages and internet data under the name Project X.

The NSA declined to comment on any of the revelations and left what’s inside a mystery.

Social media has been left divided on what goes on behind the concrete walls.

One Redditor said: “It’s a telecom central office no big mystery at all, most major cities have several.”

Meanwhile X users had more wild theories: “So is this where all the vampires live now,” said one, while another put: “Looks like something that should be in Dune.”

The vampire theory has proved the most popular so far, with the lack of windows preventing sunlight coming through.

Lizard people, little green aliens, Men in Black and Batman have all also been thrown out online as people try to solve the mystery.

Creepy buildings are all over the world such as a 49-storey skyscraper in Bangkok.

The abandoned building, dubbed the “ghost tower” was never finished and is now just a lookout for birds and bats in Thailand.

Meanwhile, a hotel in the Spanish holiday resort of Tenerife has sat empty for half a century.

And a 25-storey tower block in Mexico City has been abandoned for the past 40 years, surviving six earthquakes during that time.

Elsewhere in Tenerife, an abandoned hotel has mysteriously sat empty for 50 years.

The 22-storey Añaza hotel sits on the shores of Los Pocitos village but has not had a single guest.

GettyThe tower was the subject of a 2016 investigation by The Intercept, who alleged that it was used by the NSA for spying on phones, internet data and fax messages[/caption] GettyThe 40-storey tower, is actually only 29 floors tall as the rooms were all built higher than usual to accommodate the phone equipment used[/caption]
- Sarah Hooper

A SMALL town in the middle of Australia has been gripped by violence so severe that the local retirement home has put up prison-style fencing.

The town of Alice Springs is in the midst of preparations for a “summer of violence” after a crime wave including break-ins, car thefts and ram raids.

FacebookThe “eyesore” fence has saddened residents[/caption] AlamyThe small town has been overrun with crime in recent years[/caption]

Recent photos of the retirement home in town revealed a “compound-style” fence with barbed wire has been erected to protect the town’s most vulnerable.

The Old Timers Village, Flynn Lodge and resident-run Old Timers Museum are all behind the high-security fencing to prevent further chaos.

The small town has become overrun with crime, despite having a population of only 28,000.

The need for a fence to protect the town’s elderly population has sparked fierce outrage on social media.

One frustrated resident commented: “It will not stop them as there is no consequence for their actions and they know that.”

Another said: “That is so sad. No respect for elders and so sad for the residents… they deserve to feel safe and be safe.”

A woman claiming to work at the elderly village said: “It’s my work place. Yes, we need protection.”

Another local chimed in: “It looks like a jail. So sad that our elderly need to be protected.”

The Alcatraz-style fencing was installed after it was revealed the elderly village was targeted during a crime wave last summer.

Owner of the Facebook page “Action for Alice”, Darren Clark, shared photos of the new fence online.

He told NewsAu: “They get into rooms and steal possessions from residents. One guy, his mum… they were in her room.

“They’ve stolen staff cars. They were breaking in, getting cars and ram-raiding out.”

It’s the latest escalation as the city faced “youth crime” and “alcohol-fuelled violence” in recent years.

Despite new restrictions, Alice Springs Mayor Matt Paterson said the crime hasn’t eased up.

He said: “The break-ins haven’t stopped, the stolen cars haven’t stopped, it’s crazy. I reckon it’s worse than before.”

The town has seen a 22 per cent increase in assaults, 28 per cent increase in domestic violence assaults, 28 per cent increase in alcohol-related assaults and a 23 per cent increase in sexual assaults, according to NT Police.

Clark said the antisocial behaviour is hard to keep up with on his Facebook page: “Just because it’s hot — the nights are warmer so they just stay out all night.”

But the concerned citizen says police are not prepared for the uptick in crime, despite new measures such as the fence.

Clark continued: “They haven’t got enough police. They can’t do it. They’re not ready. They can’t keep up now.

“If you ring police you’re lucky if they turn up. We just know nothing’s going to happen, there’s no ramifications — it’ll ignite.”

FacebookThe barbed wire and metal fence will hopefully keep out criminals[/caption]
- Katie Davis

NORTH Korea has expelled an American soldier who bolted into the hermit kingdom in an apparent bid to defect to Kim Jong-un’s regime.

Travis King, 23, was handed back into American custody today after he darted across the North Korean border during a guided tour of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) in July.

APTravis King has been expelled from North Korea and is back in American custody[/caption] REUTERSThe rogue soldier was spotted on his tour moments before darting behind the border[/caption]

US officials said King was transferred into their custody in China.

The Private 2nd Class soldier was with a group of tourists visiting the Joint Security Area on the border between North and South Korea when he unexpectedly sprinted across the heavily fortified frontier.

He had just been released from prison for assault in South Korea and was due to be transferred back to the States.

North Korean authorities agreed to remove King from the country after questioning him, state media KCNA reported.

His future remains uncertain after re-entering American custody after he was designated AWOL by the US government.

AWOL status can mean punishment by time in military jail, no pay or a dishonourable discharge from the military.

North Korea claimed King confessed to illegally entering the country because he harboured ill-feeling against “inhuman maltreatment and racial discrimination within the US Army”.

King was the first American to be detained in North Korea in almost five years.

At the time he crossed the border, he was supposed to be heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, following his release from prison in South Korea on an assault conviction.

A court fined him 5million won ($3,950) in February after convicting him of assaulting a 23-year-old at a Seoul nightclub and damaging a police vehicle last October.

After King fled into North Korea, his mum Claudine Gates, who lives in Racine, Wisconsin, said: “I can’t see Travis doing anything like that.”

Facebook / Travis KingHe fled across the border while stationed in South Korea[/caption]
- Olivia Burke

AN ABANDONED spy station where spooks eavesdropped on the Soviet Union has now become a gigantic canvas for street artists.

Those brave enough to scale ‘Devil’s Mountain’ in Berlin, Germany, have added a splash of colour to the crumbling concrete structure.

GettyTeufelsberg, which translates to Devil’s Mountain, is the home of a former spy base[/caption] The listening station used by US and Brit spooks is now a canvas for graffiti artistsRex AlamyThe iconic ‘Berlin balls’ were left to rot but have been given a splash of colour by street artists[/caption]

It is hard to believe Teufelsberg was once home to US and British intelligence agents who snooped behind the Iron Curtain.

At the height of the Cold War, the 80-metre man-made hill served as the ideal vantage spot for surveillance of Soviet communications.

State-of-the-art listening towers sat on top of a mound of WW2 debris that was hauled from the German capital to Grunewald.

An unfinished Nazi military-technical college is buried underneath the non-natural hill, only adding to the spookiness in the region.

The US National Security Agency constructed one of its largest listening stations on top of Teufelsberg in 1963.

Rotating antenna radomes, dubbed “Berlin’s balls” by locals due to their shape, picked up even the slightest Soviet whisper.

The bulbous white globes helped expose the Communist Bloc’s secrets to US and British spies thanks to their incredible design.

The ominous spheres were a complex puzzle of Teflon triangles, each one meticulously arranged to form the perfect shape.

The golf-ball-like domes were kept inflated by internal air compressors to combat the powerful winds plaguing Teufelsberg.

Signals between East Berlin and the Soviets were intercepted, transcribed and translated by spies at the historic HQ.

US army veteran turned Devil’s Mountain tour guide Christopher McLarren described the spot as a “type of forewarning post.”

He explained: “We had to gather as much information as possible in order to find out if the Soviets or the Warsaw Pact were plotting against us.”

Their efforts were aided by an unlikely ally – a Ferris wheel which was erected each year as part of the annual German-American Festival.

The fairground ride bizarrely helped relay signals and improved the quality of their listening efforts, prompting the US to ask if it could be left up for a while after the celebrations were over.

Despite Teufelsberg being a top-secret spy base, it didn’t stop Germans from making the most of the steep slopes.

A huge ski jump with the capacity for 5,000 spectators had been built there in 1962 and it became a renowned recreational area.

One million trees were planted at Devil’s Mountain, providing a curtain of privacy for spooks while adding some life to the region.

But following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Teufelsberg once again became a desolate ghost town.

The NSA stripped the listening station of all its equipment and ditched the key spying spot, leaving only the building and Berlin’s balls behind.

Investors talked of transforming the base into a spy museum, but the plans never came to fruition.

Instead, it fell into disrepair and was ravaged by the elements for decades – until a new generation gave it a new purpose.

Despite being privately owned and fenced off from the surrounding forest, the HQ is now one of the largest graffiti galleries in Europe.

Inspired by its colourful history, street artists have created a series of vibrant murals, political cartoons and bright doodles.

The listening towers that were left to rot have become a never-ending art project for spray painters from across the world.

The walls brimming with Cold War secrets are now defaced by scrawls, while the radomes which boasted enviable acoustics are lacking more than a few of their Teflon triangles.

However, it still serves as an incredible spot to take in the views of Berlin’s skyline.

Teufelsberg has now become a tourist attraction for history buffs with a penchant for art.

Incredible murals now line the walls of the Cold War listening stationRex AlamyIts towers have fallen into disrepair after the site was abandoned by the NSA[/caption] It sits on the man-made hill Teufelsberg and is built on top of a Nazi military collegeRex The rotating antenna radomes have also been defaced with doodlesRex
- Georgie English

A GIRL was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by 11 men in Bolivia after she was snatched from her family and plied with booze.

The men are said to have intercepted the 12-year-old at a cultural event she was at with her family and forced her to drink before raping her at a remote spot.

AlamyLaz Paz, a city in Bolivia near to where the alleged sex attack happened[/caption]

The horror attack happened around 1am on Monday in the city of Oruro, halfway between the capital La Paz and Sucre.

It lies around 12,000ft above sea level and is Bolivia’s fifth-largest city by population.

Only three of the suspects have been arrested so far, with police still hunting the other eight.

Bolivia’s state prosecution service said in a statement overnight: “The Departmental Prosecutor of Oruro, Aldo Morales Alconini, reported today that the Public Ministry is investigating an act of aggravated rape committed against an under-age girl aged 12, who was allegedly attacked by 11 individuals.

“The Prosecutor’s Office will also request at a court hearing the preventive detention of the suspects, while police continue to hunt the other individuals.

Mr Morales added: “Once we became aware of the attack, we began the corresponding investigation covering the victim’s psychological report, an identification parade and a forensic medical certificate that demonstrates the existence of the criminal act and helped to identify the first three suspects.

The girl’s forensic report showed obvious signs of violence and abrasions due to friction on her spine.

Morales went on to say: “We are going to continue working in a coordinated manner with the police to find the other people responsible and bring them to justice.

“We want to make sure those responsible receive a 30-year prison sentence.”

Earlier this month an Ireland rugby fan was allegedly abducted and gang raped by three men while in Bordeaux when she went to watch her beloved team play.

She was dragged into an alleyway and attacked as the public called the police.

Five tourists who reportedly gang-raped a British woman in Ayia Napa were recently jailed for just eight days.

The victim, 20, told cops in Cyprus she was attacked at the hotel she was staying at in the start of September.

This comes after a Brit, 18, was sent to jail for accusing men of gang raping her back in 2019.

The summer of fun quickly turned into a nightmare when she went through the traumatic ordeal.

The now 21-year-old still gets haunted by the alleged sex attack.

- Sarah Hooper

YOU could have perfect vision if you’re able to spot the delicious dish in this cat themed optical illusion.

The group of naughty cats are posing in all sorts of odd positions, but amongst the felines there’s a sausage.

Bright SideCan you spot the hidden sausage in this photo?[/caption]

One cat is dressed in a toast costume, some look surprised and some are grooming themselves – but there’s only one sausage in the chaos.

The challenge is made more difficult given you have only nine seconds to spot the lone sausage.

While you search around, why not try some of our other difficult optical illusions and search challenges?

In this optical illusion, TikTokers are struggling to spot the hidden white cat.

Adorable cat Goose has a knack for finding perfect hiding spots, and her latest choice has proved difficult to find.

We previously challenged you to find Goose amongst the pile of clothes and messy closet.

This brainteaser which is challenging Brits to spot the cat amongst the humans – and the time to beat is just 4 seconds.

You might just have twenty-twenty vision if you can spot the missing cat hidden in the woods in less than eight seconds.

The feline fur ball is carefully tucked away in plain sight as three other cats can clearly be seen in the image.

This optical illusion could have you scratching your hair out as you try and identify the fourth cat hiding somewhere within the image.

Elsewhere, a feline hiding in a family’s living room has baffled even the most hawk-eyed puzzlers.

The hide-and-seek challenge which puts observation skills to the test has gone viral on TikTok.

Spotting the cat lurking in her home requires extreme attention to detail and people who don’t have 20/20 vision have found it almost impossible to solve.

Another cat hiding in a woman’s living room has stumped even the most eagle-eyed puzzlers.

Your nine seconds are up – were you able to prove you had perfect vision?

Take a closer look at some of the moggie’s stripes, in particular, the bottom right corner of the photo.

If you peer near the cat dressed like toast, you’ll notice the sausage disguised as one of a nearby cat’s stripes.

Bright SideThe pesky sausage was disguised as a cat’s stripe[/caption]
- Ellie Doughty

AN ONLINE sleuth rumbled sadistic dog rapist Adam Britton after spotting a clue in one of his sick torture videos.

The British crocodile expert, 51, filmed himself raping, abusing and murdering dogs for eight years, posting footage of the abuse online.

BBCBritish crocodile expert Adam Britton filmed himself raping, torturing and murdering dogs for eight years and posted videos of the abuse online[/caption] Crocodilian BlogspotThe once well-respected zoologist kept his sick habits a secret for years, even rubbing shoulders with Sir David Attenborough and Prince Harry[/caption] City Of DarwinHe was rumbled thanks to an online sleuth who spotted a clue in one of his sick videos where a dog was wearing an orange City of Darwin leash (stock image)[/caption]

The twisted zoologist posted one of these videos in March last year, when an anonymous internet user spotted something.

The dog in the horror clip was wearing a distinctive bright orange City of Darwin leash, with the slogan “great pets start with you”.

The online sleuth contacted an animal welfare charity in the area, who then went to local police.

A month after Britton had posted the sick video, cops raided his Darwin home and arrested him.

At least 39 animals died in his care after suffering the horrific torture, which he posted on Telegram to engage with like-minded abusers.

In one chilling message on the site, the ‘world’s worst animal abuser’ spoke about his urges to a stranger: 

“I had repressed it. In the last few years, I let it out again, and now I can’t stop. I don’t want to.”

He plead guilty this week to the animal abuse, including charges of bestiality and rape as well as possession of child exploitation material.

Britton would use websites like Gumtree Australia to “adopt” dogs for his gruesome crimes.

He would often go to pet owners who had to give up their beloved animals because of work or travel commitments.

Cops seized computers, phones, cameras, external hard drives, tools, and weapons during the raid of his home.

His Telegram account had 114 threads where he described how he acquired the pets and how he abused them.

The twisted pet owner even shared photos of his two dogs, Ursa and Bolt, whom he regularly abused, on his Flickr accounts.

In one chilling photo, his dog Bolt was pictured as a puppy in 2015 – a year after Britton began regularly abusing his pets and other dogs.

The once well-respected zoologist is married to a biologist and wildlife ranger, Erin, and led a double life as he carried out the abuse.

There is no suggestion that she knew anything about her husband’s crimes, and she appears to have dropped his surname online.

Social media posts have revealed Britton’s wife even met Prince Harry when he visited Australia in 2015 and worked alongside saltwater crocodiles.

Photos showed Erin smiling next to the prince as he snared a crocodile – the animal which her disturbed former husband was an expert on.

She told news media at the time: “I was a little nervous at first when I was getting the snout rope on the croc, because Harry was observing so closely.”

Britton and his wife also hosted Sir David Attenborough at their home while he filmed the BBC documentary Life In Cold Blood.

He reminisced over the meeting online in 2016: “David Attenborough, it turns out, is even more remarkable in real life as he is on the screen.

“He’s not a big fan of hero worship, so we had to rein that in, but he’s just a normal, humble, down-to-Earth kinda guy who is incredibly smart and possessed of a razor-sharp wit.”

The British senior researcher at Charles Darwin University in Australia – pleaded guilty to the “grotesque and perverse” acts at Darwin’s Northern Territory Supreme Court on Monday.

Prosecutor Marty Aust said Britton’s crimes were too sick to be published, as he had a “sadistic sexual interest in animals and in particular dogs.”

He has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to 37 counts of animal cruelty, ten counts of raping or attempting to rape a dog, and four counts of possessing or transmitting child abuse material.

Britton will return to court on December 13 for sentencing.

FacebookA month after Britton posted the sick video seen by internet sleuths, cops raided his Darwin home and arrested him[/caption] FacebookHe plead guilty to charges of animal abuse, including bestiality and rape as well as possession of child exploitation material[/caption] NORTHERN TERRITORY PARKS AND WILDLIFE/FACEBOOKSocial media posts have revealed Britton’s wife even met Prince Harry when he visited Australia in 2015 and worked alongside saltwater crocodiles[/caption] Adam Britton/FacebookHe shared photos of his dog Bolt as a puppy on Facebook – only a year after he began abusing animals[/caption]
- Katie Davis

THIS is the chilling moment an elaborate fireworks display sparked a deadly inferno that ripped through a wedding ceremony in Iraq.

At least 100 people have died and another 150 are injured after the ferocious blaze devoured the ceiling of Haitham Hall in Qaraqosh.

Twitter/@realzaidzayn The fire broke out as the couple began their first dance on Tuesday, reports say[/caption] The horror blaze that ripped through Haitham Hall is feared to have killed at least 100Rudaw Media It is unclear if bride Haneen, and groom, Revan, survived the infernoTwitter/@ukpa24 Rudaw MediaFootage shows fireworks going off in the hall brimming with wedding guests[/caption] EPAAuthorities are investigating the cause of the fire that decimated the venue[/caption] AlamyWitnesses said the hall filled with flames ‘in seconds’[/caption]

The newlyweds are among those feared dead after the day of celebration turned into a disaster on Tuesday.

Hundreds of guests were gathered in the banqueting hall when flames began to engulf the ceiling at around 10.45pm local time.

They were eagerly awaiting the couple’s first dance when the blaze erupted, shortly after an indoor fireworks display appeared to begin.

As the pair took to the floor, burning debris began to fall from the ceiling, leaving wedding guests running for their lives.

The bride can be seen clutching her husband in shock as flaming cinders and chunks of the ceiling begin to drop down.

Another clip appears to show fireworks shooting up from the floor of the hall and setting an enormous chandelier alight.

Witnesses said the entire venue was totally engulfed in flames “in seconds” as panicked guests attempted to flee.

Up to 900 men, women and children rushed towards the exit, with many left trapped inside as thick, black smoke filled the venue.

Imad Yohana, 34, told Reuters: “We saw the fire pulsating, coming out of the hall.

“Those who managed got out and those who didn’t got stuck. Even those who made their way out were broken.”

Rania Waad, 17, described how fireworks “started to climb the ceiling” as the newlyweds were slow dancing around an hour into the event.

She told AFP: “We couldn’t see anything. We were suffocating, we didn’t know how to get out.”

Officials say nine employees of the wedding venue have been arrested and called for a thorough investigation into the blaze.

It is unclear whether the bride, Haneen, and groom, Revan, survived the inferno.

Authorities in Iraq‘s Nineveh province said up to 114 have been confirmed dead so far.

But it is feared the death toll could rise as emergency services continue to scour the charred remains of the wedding venue.

Survivors who managed to escape, albeit with severe injuries, have been transferred to hospitals across the region.

The sound of ambulance sirens lingered in the air long after the fire broke out, as burn victims – including children – were ferried for treatment.

They arrived at local medical centres in bandages and receiving oxygen, while locals rushed to donate blood for the wounded.

Other wedding guests remained at the scene desperately searching for their loved ones who are feared to have perished in the inferno.

One man explained several members of his family were among the victims after he was split up from them during the chaos.

He sobbed: “When it happened, my mother was in the bathroom.

“I couldn’t find her after. I searched for my daughter, my son, my wife, my father and I couldn’t find them. They are gone.”

Mariam Khedr, who lost her daughter and three grandchildren in the blaze, added: “This was not a wedding. This was hell.”

Preliminary evidence suggests fireworks tore through the Christian wedding and sparked the fire, Iraqi civil defence authorities said.

A statement explained: “The fire led to the collapse of parts of the hall as a result of the use of highly flammable, low-cost building materials that collapse within minutes when fire breaks out.”

Major General Saad Maan, the director of the Department of Relations and Information in the Interior Ministry, said nine had been arrested and warrants had been issued against four other employees.

He said the fire engulfed the building due to “the lack of health and safety measures, the flammable materials used in the building and apparently an indoor firework”.

In the aftermath of the blaze, only charred metal and debris could be seen as people walked through the scorched skeleton of the venue.

Survivors have recalled how Haneen and Revan’s first dance as a married couple rapidly turned deadly as they watched in horror.

One injured woman told Rudaw from a hospital gurney: “They were about to do a slow dance and then they lit up this thing for the dance which caught fire.”

Another man injured in the fire at the hospital similarly told Rudaw that the blaze started as the couple prepared for their slow dance.

“They lit up fireworks,” he said. “It hit the ceiling, which caught fire. The entire hall was on fire in seconds.”

Ahmed Dubardani, a health official in the province, initially said the bride and groom were among those killed – but other reports claim they survived.

He added that dozens of wedding guests who had managed to make it out alive suffered horror burns.

Dubardani said: “The majority of them were completely burned and some others had 50 to 60 per cent of their bodies burned.

“This is not good at all. The majority of them were not in good condition.”

Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani has ordered an investigation into the fire.

Father Rudi Saffar Khoury, a priest at the wedding, said it was unclear who was to blame for the fire.

Civil defence officials quoted by the Iraqi News Agency described the wedding hall’s exterior as decorated with highly flammable cladding that is illegal in the country.

The fire led to the collapse of parts of the hall as a result of the use of highly flammable, low-cost building materials that collapse within minutes when the fire breaks out, the authority said.

TwitterA chandelier hanging above the heads of guests was also set alight[/caption] Twitter/@realzaidzaynThe wedding party, attended by hundreds of people, ended in tragedy[/caption] ReutersA number of children were among those who suffered serious injuries[/caption] ReutersEmergency services pictured at the scene in Iraq’s Nineveh province[/caption] ReutersThe wedding hall’s exterior was understood to have been decorated with highly flammable cladding[/caption] ReutersHorrified onlookers gathered outside the hall to search for their loved ones[/caption]
- Iona Cleave

VLADIMIR Putin’s newest nightmare is Ukraine’s “invisible” underwater kamikaze drones that are capable of carrying 1,000lbs of explosives.

The newly-designed Marichka 20ft torpedo-like weapon will soon be unleashed against Russia’s fearsome Black Sea fleet.

East2WestThe Marichka should be able to strike Putin’s warships, subs and bridges in the Black Sea[/caption] East2WestUkrainian navy troops taking the suicide drone out for a spin[/caption]

Kyiv has unveiled footage of the suicide underwater drone being taken for a test swim as the country continues to develop unmanned marine assault weapons to threaten the Russian navy.

The £355k fearsome black weapon was being put to the test by servicemen with blurred faces in a top secret location.

It is the latest creation of Ammo.Ukraine – a volunteer organisation that is helping to the turn the tides in the so-called “War of the Drones”.

They say Marichka is immune to Russian radio-electronic warfare systems, meaning the pricey weapon is “invisible to the enemy”.

The Marichka has a range of over 620 miles, which means it should soon easily be able target Russian warships, subs and coastal fortifications in and around the Black Sea including annexed Crimea.

It’s likely to be aimed at the £3billion Kerch bridge, which has already been hit twice in daring attacks by Kyiv using experimental semi-submersible naval drones in both July and September.

The second attack wreaked havoc on Putin’s precious and not-yet-repaired 12-mile crossing, which links Russia to the occupied peninsula and is a major supply route for Vlad’s troops.

Ukraine announced that its newest naval drone has “a unique communication system with the operator, which makes it possible to control the submersible at great distances and depths”.

The high-tech weapon also has reconnaissance functions and has the capabilities to lurk on standby-mode before being unleashed on targets.

It is different from the “Sea Baby” drone, which can travel 500 miles and carry 600lb of explosives and is responsible for a spate of audacious attacks on Russian vessels in recent months.

The Marichka joins an arsenal of locally-produced, ambitious and experimental drones being pioneered in Ukraine after Kyiv dramatically stepped up manufacturing of the DIY weapons.

The nation’s drone revolution has produced some of the most devastating weapons of the war so far and provided a critical answer to Moscow’s superior long-range missiles.

Across Ukraine in bedrooms, garages and secret factories, the game-changing weapons are being cobbled together using 3D printers, off-the-shelf parts and donated materials.

And lately the newly designed seafaring drones have been taking centre stage in the war – striking fear in the once Russian-dominated waters of the Black Sea.

Ukraine’s sea drone pilots have even been dubbed the “new Dambusters” in their spectacular campaign to end Putin’s naval supremacy.

On September 16, a “Sea Baby” drone brutally struck a Russian missile hovercrafts – marking the fourth Russian vessel to be damaged in a three day stint.

The Black Sea vessel, called Samum, had to be towed into Sevastopol harbour after the strike which inflicted “significant damage.”

The very same model is credited with the crippling strikes on the Crimean Bridge, while other drones continue to terrorise Sevastopol.

And August saw two daring raids on two intelligence ships and strikes which blew up a military transport and an oil tanker.

East2WestThe fearsome unmanned ‘invisible’ underwater drone capable of carrying 1,000lb of explosives[/caption] Dramatic PoV video showed the moment the Ukrainian drone hit a Russian warshipDramatic PoV video showed the moment a ‘Sea Baby’ drone hit a Russian warship in August Onboard the kamikaze sea drone headed towards the Russian tankerOnboard the marine drone as it strikes a second Russian ship 24 hours later It blew up the crossing - causing major damageA marine drone attack on Putin’s prized Kerch bridge in July
- Hana Carter

DONALD Trump sticks to his guns — as he holds a Glock with his image on the handle.

The former President posed with the weapon, which was named Trump 45.

Donald Trump smiles as he holds a gun with his face etched onto the handle

His spokesman said in a now-deleted tweet that Trump bought the semi-automatic, even though this would be a crime because federal law bars people under indictment from buying a gun.

The former Apprentice US host, who is running for President again, has pleaded not guilty to 91 felony charges across four cases.

In the video of the campaign stop at Palmetto State Armory, South Carolina, Trump admires the handgun and says: “Wow… I’ve got to buy one.”

The person holding the gun gives a brief response, and Trump says again, “No, I want to buy one.”

Trump’s campaign said later: “President Trump did not purchase or take possession of the firearm.”

Trump’s spokesman initially said that he had purchased the gun then denied it
- Laura Goddard

A RED-faced cod enjoying some dental hygiene work from a shrimp is one of the prize winners in a prestigious photography competition.

The Dentist, captured in waters off a southern Japanese island by Takayuki Toriumi, came first in this year’s International Photography Awards.

Capture Media AgencyThe Dentist was captured in waters off a southern Japanese island by Takayuki Toriumi[/caption] Capture Media AgencyAn incredible shot of a polar bear enjoying a nap also scooped a prize[/caption] Capture Media AgencyThis stunning photograph shows two leopards pouncing on their dinner[/caption]

Toriumu said: “A few years ago, I came across a cod enjoying the shrimp’s cleaning service on a southern Japanese island.

“I captured this delightful scene as if he were being examined by shrimp doctor.”

A shot of a polar bear enjoying a nap in a remote part of Canada earned Martin Gregus second prize.

Other favourites were two leopards pouncing on their dinner and a shot of a cowboy ducking to avoid a bull.

Capture Media AgencyAn incredible shot of a cowboy ducking to avoid a bull[/caption]
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A WOMAN spontaneously quit her job and moved to Australia – but says it wasn’t an easy task to uproot her life.

Catherine Acoull, a teacher from Scotland, has been busy sharing online how she pulled off her trip-of-a-lifetime.

TikToker Catherine Acoull left teaching behind to travel the world for a yearTikTok/catherineacoull Despite the extensive planning that was needed – the Scot is having a blastTikTok/catherineacoull

Catherine, who describes herself as “just a teacher taking a year out to travel the world” on TikTok, decided to leave her life behind for the sunny shores of Australia.

In a scene familiar to many, she filmed herself seemingly working from home, wrapped up in a blanket and drinking tea before immediately cutting to her booking flights.

Over the video, she wrote: “POV: You quit your job and move to Australia with all your besties.”

The clip then follows with a montage of enviable scenes from her backpacking in the land down under – incredible beaches, sunsets, wildlife and nights out.

However, it wasn’t an easy task to give up her work and plan an entire year-long trip to a country on the other side of the world.

In a separate video, Catherine looks glum as she writes: “POV: you’re slowly realising that planning a year of travelling is not so easy”.

What follows is a series of boring and lengthy tasks, including travel insurance, spreadsheet checklists and visas.

However, regardless of the stress – the TikToker late says it was the “best decision yet” and that she’s headed to New Zealand next.

It comes as a couple have told of how they quit their 9-5 to live on a boat and saved thousands on rent.

Scott and Sandy Trevethan ditched their life on land in Australia and bought a £59,000 boat as their new home.

They now only work two days a week and say their decision has been life-changing.

In a similar tale Shannon Lane has shared how she ditched her drab London flat and moved onto a boat after her landlord wanted to up her monthly rent to over £1,000.

Elsewhere, a woman who spontaneously quit her job and sold everything she owns says she doesn’t know why she did it.

Angela Bagel took to her social media channel to explain to her followers that she “doesn’t have a home”.

Days of planning and admin were needed to get Catherine to AustraliaTikTok/catherineacoull But she says it was her ‘best decision yet’TikTok/catherineacoull She went travelling with her three best friendsTikTok/catherineacoull TikTok/catherineacoullThey’re having plenty of laughs on their year spent abroad[/caption]
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A MAN took a gamble and bought a crumbling old house without ever seeing it – but says he can make a fortune flipping it.

The buyer from Houston, Texas found the property on Facebook for only $80,000 [£65,000] and believes he can over double that after he fixes it up.

TikTok/ flippingahouseThe TikToker hopes his newest fixer-upper will make him thousands[/caption] Inside the house the Texas man hopes to flip for $200kTikTok/ flippingahouse

In a video posted to TikTok by @flipingahouse, the real-estate investor showed off his newest property – a decaying, dirty and weathered bungalow.

With its mouldy walls, boarded up windows and sunken roof it looks far from a money-maker.

However, the buyer believes he got it for a total steal and estimates it’s actually worth $140,000 [£115,000].

He told his followers that when he makes it pretty and adds a bed and bath it will be worth over $200,000 [£165,000].

“Good job bro see[ing] big potential in that people [should] look at the bigger picture,” a viewer replied.

“That would cost nearly $1million in San Diego,” said another.

However, not all his followers seemed to be convinced the house flipper had made a good investment.

One wrote: “Dude that is so risky isn’t it? you can get burned pretty easily.”

“What a state that doesn’t look like a bargain, probably needs a tear down,” another chimed in.

“You can get all that work done for 60k? Looks like a big project,” said one.

However, the real estate investor seems to know what he’s doing.

His TikTok is filled with before and after shots of the incredible work he does to turn cheap, old and abandoned homes into stunning properties.

In one video, he shares his five major rules when it comes to buying a house to do up.

He explains: “I teach this and tell everyone this, it’s the five majors.

“Your roof, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and your foundation.

“Those are the big five here in Texas and we will not buy a house that needs more than three of those.”

It comes as another TikToker took the bold step to buy her first house without seeing any photos – but she insists it’ll all pay off soon.

Chloe purchased a property in Sydney and plans to take it all apart to make into a dream home.

Meanwhile, a couple who also bought a house without viewing it first said it needed a lot of work – but a sweet edition made it feel like home.

The crumbling, dirty inside of the houseTikTok/ flippingahouse The home flipper reckons it was worth $140k instead of the $80k he paid for itTikTok/ flippingahouse A lot of work is needing to be done to transform the homeTikTok/ flippingahouse TikTok/ flippingahouseThe TikToker’s followers weren’t completely convinced he would make a fortune from the house[/caption]
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Chinese-owned app TikTok says it regrets the Indonesian government’s decision to ban e-commerce transactions on social media platforms and particularly the impact it would have on the millions of sellers who use TikTok Shop
A shooting incident in the Slovak capital has left one person dead and four others injured
A rights watchdog is accusing the World Bank of enabling the Tanzanian government’s violent expansion of a national park through financing from the global lender
French President Emmanuel Macron is proposing granting limited autonomy for Corsica in a modest step toward nationalist sentiment on the Mediterranean island
Israel’s Supreme Court spent eight hours Thursday hearing a challenge to a law that makes it harder to remove a sitting prime minister
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss the status of the war and needs of troops
The Armenian diaspora has been stunned by the swift fall of the Armenian-majority enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijani troops and the exodus of much of its population
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for an exponential increase in production of nuclear weapons and for his country to play a larger role in a coalition of nations confronting the United States in what he described as a “new Cold War.”
A court in northern Switzerland has acquitted a former Belarusian security operative over the enforced disappearances of three of President Aleksander Lukashenko's political opponents in the late 1990s
Lebanese police say that a food delivery driver who opened fire outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut last week allegedly did so because of a personal grudge against the guards at the compound
Locals are still suffering from a massive 2014 waste spill at a copper mine in the northern Mexican border state of Sonora, officials with the country's environmental agency say
Slovakia holds an early parliamentary election on Saturday that pits populist former Prime Minister Robert Fico who campaigned on a clear pro-Russia and anti-American message against a liberal pro-West newcomer
Visiting South Sudan President Salva Kiir has agreed in a meeting with Russia’s president to expand their relationship in energy, trade and other areas, notably oil
Two of Southeast Asia’s newest national leaders have exchanged congratulations on their new posts as Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin paid a one-day official visit to Cambodia for talks with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet
Sweden’s prime minister has summoned the head of the military to discuss how the armed forces can help police deal with an unprecedented crime wave that has shocked the country with almost daily shootings and bombings
Countries in the Americas are reeling as the flow of migrants reaches historic levels, but a U.N. officials says international “funds simply aren’t there” for humanitarian needs
Police chief says 2 people were killed by a man who opened fire in a hospital and apartment in Dutch city of Rotterdam
Police in the Netherlands say a lone gunman wearing a bulletproof vest opened fire in an apartment and a hospital in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, killing three people, including a 14-year-old girl
The separatist government of Nagorno-Karabakh says it will dissolve itself and the unrecognized republic will cease to exist by the end of the year
The BBC and French authorities say six female migrants trapped inside a refrigerated food truck were rescued by French police after one of the women was able to make contact with a journalist
The exodus of more than 78,000 ethnic Armenians this week from Nagorno-Karabakh in the southern Caucasus Mountains has been a vivid and shocking tableau of fear and misery
Officials across Germany are sounding the alarm that they are no longer able to accommodate migrants who are applying for asylum
The award-winning U.S. guitarist Al Di Meola has suffered a heart attack while performing in Romania’s capital
The central banks of the United Arab Emirates and Egypt have agreed to a currency exchange deal, which could bolster the struggling Egyptian economy
- Faith E. Pinho

Candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and former Vice President Mike Pence took aim at gender-affirming care at Wednesday night's debate, vowing to ban it for adults as well as minors.

- Chuck Schilken

Cubs announcers slam the Braves for stopping game at a crucial moment to recognize Ronald Acuña Jr. for becoming the first 40-home run, 70-stolen base club member.

- Summer Lin

The Powerball jackpot grew to $925 million, becoming the world's ninth-largest lottery prize after no one had a winning ticket Wednesday. Next drawing is Saturday.

- Faith E. Pinho

Ten miles up the road from where GOP presidential hopefuls gathered on a debate stage to battle over their differences, a cluster of Republican women gathered at a Simi Valley bar to cheer on their favorite candidates.

- Stephanie Yang, David Shen

As unemployment rises in China, some young adults become 'full-time children' at home with their parents. Critics call it 'gnawing on the elderly.'

- Noah Bierman

Missed the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night? Here's what you need to know about what happened.

- Jackie Calmes

The senator from New Jersey is innocent until he is found guilty, but like the former president, he's already proved himself unworthy of the public's trust.

- Meg James, Josh Rottenberg

The 2023 WGA strike lasted 148 days, making it one of the longest work stoppages in Hollywood history. Why did it last so long?

- Sarah D. Wire

Republican Omar Navarro is indicted on suspicion of misusing campaign funds during his four failed attempts to unseat Rep. Maxine Waters.

- David Lauter, Seema Mehta

As Wednesday's GOP presidential debate at the Reagan library made clear, the Republican Party has moved a long way from Reaganism.

- Chuck Schilken

Colin Kaepernick, the 35-year-old civil rights activist and former NFL quarterback, offered to join the New York Jets practice squad. They went with Trevor Siemian.

- Steve Henson

SoFi Stadium, home to Rams and Chargers games, isn't as dangerous for fans as many other NFL venues, but alarming incidents have occurred.

- Tracy Wilkinson

U.S. officials are expected to announce the decision to grant Israel admission to the visa waiver program, an elite club that allows easier travel.

- Nabih Bulos

Armenians' fury over Azerbaijan's recapture of Nagorno-Karabakh has focused on Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Could his government go next?

- Noah Bierman

Democrats have not won a presidential election in recent decades without leading or tying in polls that ask voters which party would better handle the economy.

- Faith E. Pinho

Unsure how to vote in the 2024 Republican presidential primaries? Here's everything you need to know about tonight's debate among the GOP hopefuls (minus Trump).

- Jeremy Childs, Christian Martinez

Ahead of the second GOP presidential debate, dozens of Armenian Americans and supporters rallied at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to bring attention to the developments in Nagorno-Karabakh.

- Harry Litman

Special counsel Jack Smith's team has asked Judge Tanya Chutkan to rein in the former president's incendiary rhetoric. His response is legally laughable.

- Chuck Schilken

New York Jets legend Joe Namath says he has no faith in Zach Wilson as starting quarterback, two weeks after the season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers.

- Summer Lin

The Powerball jackpot rose to $835 million after there was no big winner during Monday night's draw. The last jackpot was a $1-billion ticket sold in L.A. in July.

- David G. Savage

Supreme Court holds that the Voting Rights Act requires a second congressional district with a near majority of Black voters in Alabama.

- Tracy Wilkinson

The Biden administration seeks to show how policies abroad affect Americans at home. Just in time for U.S. elections and as support for Ukraine sags.

- Jonah Goldberg

House Freedom Caucus members opposing the speaker's deal with Democrats are revealing a self-destructive, countercultural tendency to reject all compromise.

- Sammy Roth

One of America's reddest states is seeking 100% clean energy. But does hydropower count as clean?

- Mark Z. Barabak

The condemnation of indicted Sen. Robert Menendez by fellow Democrats stands in contrast to the see-no-evil response of Republicans to the serial indictments of former President Trump.

- Nabih Bulos

Ethnic Armenians are fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh over the border to Armenia, as Azerbaijan asserts full control over the enclave Armenians call Artsakh.

- Jaweed Kaleem

Some of the 3.5 million Muslims in the U.S. are speaking out on topics where they align more closely with Christian conservatives, such as LGBTQ+ rights.

- Alex Wigglesworth

Half the nation's federal wildland firefighters could quit if Congress fails to avert major pay cuts, according to the union representing federal employees.

- Wendy Lee, Meg James

Negotiators representing the Writers Guild of America and major studios reached a tentative agreement for a new labor contract, ending a writers' strike that began in early May.

- Doyle McManus

The former president wants to deport millions of immigrants, send National Guard troops into cities, prosecute political opponents — and that's only the start.

- Robert Gauthier

More than 9,000 asylum seekers and counting have crossed this week from Mexico to Eagle Pass, Texas, where the mayor declared a state of emergency and Border Patrol agents have become overwhelmed..

- Tracy Wilkinson

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is accused in a new federal indictment of receiving money and gold from Egypt.

- Summer Lin

The face of the Hawaiian Airlines logo, Leina'ala Ann Teruya Drummond, dies at 77

- Chuck Schilken

Here's a list of all the gifts the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has received from MLB teams during his farewell tour. Most, but not all, are thoughtful.

- Nathan Solis

A bus with 45 asylum seekers arrived in in Los Angeles Friday, three days after 40 made it to Union Station. Since June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sent 15 buses to L.A.

- Jackie Calmes

Kevin McCarthy's rebellious extremists in the House seem to believe they have the leverage to force their far-right budget and policy demands into law. They don't.

- Carlos De Loera

Quavo speaks with Kamala Harris and members of Congress about gun-violence prevention less than a year after Takeoff's shooting death.

- Courtney Subramanian

Top surrogates including California Gov. Gavin Newsom will blanket the airwaves and meet with voters across L.A., with a focus on Latinos.

- Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu

School administrators say the ruling opens a door for HBCUs to fill a gap for students seeking an educational experience in which Black identity and culture are celebrated.

- Meg James

Lachlan Murdoch shares his father Rupert's right-wing politics and enthusiasm for the family media empire, leading analysts to believe the son's corporate direction won't depart much from what the elder Murdoch set forth.

Two men sit in the back of a truck that is covered with a tarp and piled with belongings. A woman sits behind them.

Former U.S. president Donald Trump in Clinton Township, Mich.

An appeals court Thursday rejected Donald Trump's bid to delay a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by New York's attorney general, allowing the case to proceed days after a judge ruled the former U.S. president committed years of fraud and stripped him of some companies as punishment.

A man in a military uniform is shown in closeup.

Mark Milley, set to retire as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says he will take "appropriate measures" to ensure his security after former president Donald Trump suggested he had committed a treasonous act that would have once warranted death.

An aerial view of a mountain with a drying bed is shown.

A Swiss Academy of Sciences panel is reporting a dramatic acceleration of glacier melt in the Alpine country, which has lost 10 per cent of its ice volume in the past two years.

An American soldier who fled to North Korea over two months ago is now back on U.S. soil. Andrew Chang breaks down Travis King's saga, from his unauthorized departure from the U.S. Army, to his safe return home, moment by moment.

Two men in a suit and tie communicate with each other while seated on a panel table.

U.S. House Republicans launched their impeachment inquiry Thursday against President Joe Biden, saying they intend to "provide accountability" as they make their case to the public, their colleagues and skeptics.

Police tap blocks off people from approaching a fallen tree.

A famous tree at historic Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland county, near the England-Scotland border, has been cut down. Local photographer Ian Sproat spoke with As It Happens host Nil Köksal about what he saw.

 A man in a blue jacket and yellow tie smiles.

Veteran actor Michael Gambon, who was known to many for his portrayal of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in six of the eight Harry Potter films, has died, his publicist said Thursday. He was 82.

A bunch of young people sit in front of computers, with the poster of Fortnite in the background.

Epic Games, the maker of the popular video game Fortnite, is laying off about 870 employees, roughly one-sixth of its staff.

Seven individuals stand on stage with "Republican debate" sign behind them

Donald Trump's rivals were quick to lay into him during the second presidential debate on Wednesday, ripping the former president for skipping the event as they sought to blunt the momentum that has seen him build a commanding early lead in the Republican primary.


For three straight days now, people have streamed out of the besieged enclave, fleeing from Azerbaijan’s newly imposed control. The border village of Kornidzor, the last Armenian settlement along the road, is a jumble of humanitarian aid points delivering food, water and other essentials to the refugees.

Former U.S. president Donald Trump is seen speaking at a rally in Iowa.

A judge on Wednesday denied Donald Trump's request that she step aside from the federal case accusing him of illegally attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, rejecting arguments that she has shown bias against him.

A woman shops in a Target store in Chicago.

Target said Tuesday that it will close nine stores in four states, including one in New York City's East Harlem neighbourhood and three in the San Francisco Bay Area, saying that theft and organized retail crime have threatened the safety of its workers and customers.

A person in a military uniform is displayed on a public television screen.

The U.S. soldier who sprinted into North Korea across the heavily fortified border between the Koreas two months ago was released into American custody, the White House announced Wednesday.

A man in a navy blue suit, white shirt and red tie stands with his arms extended in front of U.S. flags and a blue wall with the words "Make America Great Again" in white letters.

A judge has ruled that Donald Trump committed fraud for years while building the real estate empire that catapulted him to fame and the White House.

A man in a red baseball cap and a polo shirt is shown in closeup.

Donald Trump will have to report to face more charges, this time in a Georgia case related to the 2020 election and efforts to prevent a loss to Joe Biden. Here's the summary of Trump's legal exposure in major criminal and civil cases.

Several people are shown in the bed of a truck being driven down a road.

The federal NDP and the Bloc Québécois are calling on the Trudeau government to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan in response to its military incursion into Nagorno Karabakh last week — an event that has driven close to 30,000 of the disputed enclave's ethnic Armenians to neighbouring Armenia.

Climate activists protest fossil fuel use.

The idea that fossil fuels are largely responsible for climate change made its way through New York City last week, as the United Nations General Assembly, the UN Climate Ambition Summit and NYC Climate Week collectively drew in thousands of participants. But it wasn't only written on protest placards. 

During a campaign stop at a gun shop, former U.S president Donald Trump said he wanted to buy a handgun with his face on it. Andrew Chang explains why buying, or even receiving, a gun could land him in deep trouble.

A man in ceremonial robes stands with his head bowed in front of an ornate chair. There is a Canadian flag to his right.

It's messy days in world affairs. Now Canada has egg on its face. Ottawa has drawn a deluge of international criticism in its second foreign-affairs crisis in a week.

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- Sam Bernardo


Photo QLD Police Dash Cam

Media outlets across Australia have carried headlines about a “youth crime crisis” in recent months. While drawn from actual events, often involving serious criminality and antisocial behaviour, these often sensational reports have the same narrative subtext. The story is one of “bad kids” doing bad things in otherwise “good communities”.

Our understanding, as a society, of who we are is informed in part by the media. What the youth crime crisis is and who we understand young offenders to be corresponds with media framings of these individuals and their actions.

More often than not, the reports present a “good-bad” binary: where “bad” young people who do bad things should be locked up to protect “good” people. It’s a basic, albeit understandable, reaction that makes sense in terms of a logic of punishment and retribution.

For the Youth Community Futures research project, we have been working with groups of young people to explore how they engage with the community and how they feel about it. Our young people have said they are increasingly fearful and are conscious of being perceived negatively. They do not feel accepted by others or their communities.

In short, these young people feel they are viewed as “bad” because they are young. And when young people feel marginalised, the outcomes include withdrawing and becoming socially isolated. It also increases the potential for problematic anti-social behaviour – including crime.

Courier Mail, February 21 2023 The front page of the Courier Mail on February 21 2023, when the newspaper launched its ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign. Fuelling the fear of'folk devils’

There is, of course, far more to the situation. Research shows young people who engage in criminal activity are likely to have been victims themselves. The lives of many young offenders are complicated. Yet rarely are these situations and backgrounds factored into the media reports.

Beyond the circumstances of young offenders themselves, a further problem exists. When young people, as a defined social category, are presented in the media in such narrow terms, it becomes difficult to see them as anything other than threatening and dangerous.

Stanley Cohen’s seminal sociology of British youth from the 1960s demonstrates the ways that public sentiment often divorces from the facts of situations to create “folk devils”. When portrayals of young people, including those in the media, present them as threatening and menacing, it follows that public sentiment will be cast in similar ways.

Blinding us to the complexities

The challenge then is that it becomes difficult to understand the complexities of the situation and show empathy. This applies not only to “bad” young people, but to others who aren’t engaged in such problematic behaviour but who are caught within the narrow perceptions of who young people are.

This forms the central claim in our argument: the current youth crime crisis is as much a media-generated problem as it is a criminological problem. The way we understand and position young people as “folk devils” runs the risk of invoking fear and trepidation. Such fears lead the public to categorise all young people in problematic ways while failing to understand the complex challenges young people encounter.

More complex social narratives are required if we are to avoid a situation in which young people feel marginalised.

So, what is the solution?

We need to develop deeper and more accurate understandings of who our young people are. This applies particularly to those who are caught up in criminality and anti-social behaviour.

Most young people do not set out in life to be “bad”. Their problematic behaviours are likely to be the result of complex challenges. Once we accept that, we have a responsibility to seek deeper understandings of the situations our young people face.

Sensationalist headlines that feed on public fears are not helpful. These might sell newspapers, but they do not make us stronger as a society. They create folk devils out of young people who probably require support, and they produce a fearful community.

We need to move beyond easy explanations and simple distinctions. While it is horrendous that homes are being broken into and cars stolen, understanding that the young people engaged in these activities are likely also victims themselves is important for realising that we, as a society, have an obligation to all individuals.

We need to ask why young offenders are in this situation. Once we acknowledge the importance of a better understanding of their circumstances, we can start to meaningfully resolve these social problems before they occur.

Andrew Hickey, Professor of Communications and Cultural Studies, University of Southern Queensland and Rachael Wallis, Research Assistant, Youth Community Futures, University of Southern Queensland

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

- Sam Bernardo


Victoria First Peoples’ Assembly

Victoria’s newly elected First Peoples’ Assembly has taken its seat in the Parliament of Victoria for the first time, with new members who will negotiate the historic statewide Treaty – giving Victoria’s First Peoples true self-determination in matters that affect their communities.

After First Nations Victorians voted in record numbers in the second Treaty Elections, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams today attended the new Assembly’s first meeting on Wurundjeri Country, congratulating members and newly-elected co-Chairs, Ngarra Murray and Rueben Berg.

Ngarra Murray is a Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrung, Dhudhuroa and Wiradjuri woman with extensive experience in human rights and community development, having led Oxfam Australia’s First Peoples’ programs for a decade.

Rueben Berg is a proud Gunditjmara man with experience in government through his role as the Commissioner for the Victorian Environment Water Holder and a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Ms Murray and Mr Berg will lead the Assembly members’ work to represent Victoria’s First Peoples as equal partners in negotiations towards the statewide Treaty, which will begin by the end of 2023 – giving First Nations Victorians the freedom and power to make the decisions that affect their communities, culture and Country.

Victoria is the first Australian jurisdiction to commit to and action all elements of the Uluru Statement from the Heart—Voice, Treaty and Truth.

The Premier thanked and paid respect to all outgoing Assembly members, and former Co-Chairs Aunty Geraldine Atkinson and Marcus Stewart for their leadership and work towards Treaty during their time in the Assembly from 2019-23.

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“Treaty is our opportunity to create a future that is stronger and fairer for our entire state, and I’m honoured to work with the new First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria as an equal partner to deliver this historic agreement.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Treaty and First Peoples Gabrielle Williams

“We’re working together with the First Peoples’ Assembly to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for Voice, Treaty and Truth at all levels of government to ensure a stronger and fairer future for all Victorians.”

Quote attributable to First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Co-Chair Ngarra Murray

“We must make sure that Treaty respects our rights, dignity, and sovereignty as First Peoples, and leads to a healed and healthy country for all of us.”

Quote attributable to First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria Co-Chair Rueben Berg

“The journey to Treaty will empower us as First Peoples to make decisions about our lives, our communities, our lands and our waters.”


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- Sam Bernardo


Governments have failed to properly share decision-making with Indigenous people to accelerate Closing the Gap, despite formally undertaking to do so, according to a scathing indictment by the Productivity Commission.

The commission says too many government agencies consult Indigenous people “on a pre-determined solution, rather than collaborating on the problem and co-designing a solution”.

The broad-ranging criticism is contained in the commission’s first review of the 2020 “National Agreement on Closing the Gap”.

The Albanese government will use the findings to reinforce its pitch for the Voice – which is that Indigenous people are not being properly heard on what needs to be done to tackle the problems in health, housing, employment, education and other areas of disadvantage.

The review says: “There appears to be an assumption that ‘governments know best’, which is contrary to the principle of shared decision-making in the Agreement.”

The national agreement was put in place in negotiations with the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations. Federal, state, territory and local governments and the Coalition of Peaks share accountability for the agreement’s implementation. Then-prime minister Scott Morrison lauded it as a new collaborative way forward.

But Productivity Commission chair Michael Brennan says while the agreement holds significant promise, “so far we are seeing too much business as usual and too little transformation”.

The report points out the agreement “commits governments to building and strengthening structures that empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to share decision-making authority with governments”. Partnerships are supposed to be the mechanism to achieve this.

“Some governments have demonstrated a willingness to partner and share decision-making in some circumstances, however this is not observed more widely and, in some instances, there is contradictory practice,” the review finds.

“Governments are not yet sufficiently investing in partnerships or enacting the sharing of power that needs to occur if decisions are to be made jointly,” it says.

“It is too easy to find examples of government decisions that contradict commitments in the Agreement, that do not reflect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s priorities and perspectives and that exacerbate, rather than remedy, disadvantage and discrimination. This is particularly obvious in youth justice systems.”

The report warns: “Without stronger accountability for its implementation across all government organisations, the Agreement risks becoming another broken promise to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”.

The commission met with some 200 groups including 121 Indigenous organisations.

It found the policy of governments did not reflect the value of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

A number of these organisations told the commission “they are sometimes treated as passive recipients of government funding” rather than being recognised by governments as “critical partners in delivering government services tailored to the priorities of their communities”.

The report says the agreement requires transformation of mainstream government bodies “to ensure they are accountable for Closing the Gap and are culturally safe and responsive to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”.

But there’s a “stark absence” of strategies to drive this transformation.

“We are yet to identify a government organisation that has articulated a clear vision for what transformation looks like, adopted a strategy to achieve that vision, and tracked the impact of actions within the organisation (and in the services that it funds) toward that vision.”

The report says the landscape has changed since the agreement was made. Apart from the agreement, there is now a legislated Indigenous Voice to Parliament in South Australia, legislated Treaty and Truth telling processes in Victoria and Queensland, and the coming constitutional referendum.

“These initiatives may result in new decision-making and accountability structures that could provide a further catalyst for changes to the way governments work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. But, regardless of the outcomes of these processes, governments still have a responsibility to implement what they committed to in the Agreement.”

This is the commission’s draft report. It will get further feedback and submit a final report by the end of the year.

Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

- Sam Bernardo

Miss Italy
Photo YouTubeA patron of the Miss Italy beauty pageant has ruled out the possibility of transgender entrants being permitted to compete, saying that competitors “must be a woman from birth.”

The rule, which comes shortly after the Netherlands crowned its first-ever transgender winner of a similar beauty pageant, comes in contrast to other beauty events seeking to generate media attention by including non-traditional participants, according to Miss Italy official patron Patrizia Mirigliani.

“Lately, beauty contests have been trying to make the news by also using strategies that I think are a bit absurd,” Mirigliani, the daughter of the late Miss Italy founder Enzo Mirigliani, said to Radio Cusano this week, as reported by Newsweek. Television personality Mirigliani added: “Since it was established, my competition has foreseen in its regulation the clarification according to which one must be a woman from birth.”

She further explained that Miss Italy’s decades-old rules took into account that “beauty could undergo modifications” and that “men could become women.”

Polling of 23 countries conducted in 2016 by the UCLA School of Law Williams Institute suggested that Italians have generally similar support for transgender rights compared to most other Western nations. Italy was among the 21 countries polled that “support policies banning discrimination against transgender people.”

The poll also scored Italy 57 out of 100 on a scale determining overall support for transgender issues. Spain scored the highest at 74, while Russia was in last place with 41.

Mirigliani’s statement follows the victory of 22-year-old transgender model Rikkie Valerie Kolle at the Miss Netherlands beauty pageant earlier this month. Throughout the competition, Kolle used the platform to campaign for transgender rights and for easier access to gender-affirming healthcare options for people in her country.

Kolle will next represent the Netherlands at the Miss Universe contest in El Salvador in December, following on from Spaniard Angela Ponce, who became the first trans competitor at the event in 2018.


The issue, which mirrors a similar one concerning transgender competitors in sports, has led to online backlash directed towards Kolle. “They see us as monsters, and my daily DMs are full of people wishing me dead,” she told Newsweek earlier this month. “Wishing me dead and telling me to suicide, those things are terrible to write, but at the same it’s only lifting me up because I get a bigger platform than I could ever dream of.”

- Sam Bernardo

The Great Awakening
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Mikki Willis Filmmaker embarked on an incredible journey with Plandemic 3: The Great Awakening, and it’s hard to believe that the premiere is now behind us. But the adventure doesn’t stop there! 

This is the movie that everyone needs to see! The last few years finally start to make sense, as The Great Awakening assembles the puzzle pieces before your eyes.

To keep supporting the film, please promote The Great Awakening on social media, and in conversations with your loved ones.

Remember, the truth will always prevail.-Mikki Willis Filmmaker

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- Sam Bernardo


Black Mantra
Photo YouTube TR-3B Black Manta, it means a craft that uses highly pressured mercury accelerated by nuclear energy, so that plasma is produced, which, in turn, creates a field of anti-gravity around the craft. It has an electromagnetic coil at the heart of it’s motive power system, the result of which is electromagnetic drive that interacts with the Higgs-Boson field at the quantum level. Heady stuff indeed! So, an anti-gravity aircraft doesn’t use conventional turbine or rocket engine technology, but instead a propulsion system that creates thrust by generating high-energy plasma. These aircraft are also referred to as ‘flux liners’. As with many divergent aviation technologies, anti-gravity technology dates back to the latter part and aftermath of World War II, and specifically the covert U.S. project known as Operation Paperclip. The objective of Operation Paperclip was for the U.S. to gain as much leverage against the Soviet Union in the military armaments technology race, which is why the project was packed to the rafters with German scientists who were avowed members of the Nazi Party. That means the U.S. has been investigating anti-gravity technology for nearly 70 years. It is the culmination of theories regarding gravitation, quantum gravity and general relativity, the latter as first put forward by Albert Einstein himself. Anti-gravity is of huge interest to the military and scientists alike, given that, for example, one could hypothetically reduce an aircraft’s mass by using electromagnetic propulsion, even down to zero. Little wonder that the likes of NASA, the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin researchers have all invested in theoretical studies regarding the ability to alter inert mass. According to experts, the TR-3B Black Manta would use conventional thrusters located at the tips of the aircraft that would allow it to perform a dizzying number of rapid high-speed manoeuvres, including perfect right-angle turns and hyper acceleration. And it could achieve this along all its three axes. Remember, the TR-3B was designed to be a subsonic stealth spy plane. For one thing, it’s a very silent aircraft, save for a slight humming sound. An interesting by-product of the plasma the TR-3B generates is that it significantly reduces the aircraft’s radar signature, thereby making it ideal for missions in which stealth is paramount. That means the TR-3B Black Manta could sneak into just about any air space of any country and not be detected by its air traffic control or air defence systems. This little black number has been associated with multiple reports of sightings of flying triangle aircraft over Antelope Valley, an area of desert in southern California much beloved by UFO watchers. It’s also this desert area of California that draws people interested in covert black project or ‘black ops aircraft projects, given its close proximity to several known military research and testing areas, including Edwards Air Force Base and USAF Plant 42, the latter which is a mere 60 miles or 97 kilometres from downtown Los Angeles. In my humble opinion, the United States Air Force must thank its lucky stars for UFO enthusiasts and believers of alien spacecraft. After all, as Popular Mechanics has written, a number of reports of so-called black triangle UFOs have probably been secret military aircraft in reality. The TR-3B Black Manta would certainly be the type of black ops project typical of the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The U2 spy plane of the 1950s, the SR-71 jet of the 1980s, and the present-day F-117A stealth craft are just three examples of planes that the U.S. Air Force denied existed for years, all of which were first covertly developed at Nevada’s infamous Area 51 base. And don’t let’s forget that Area 51 itself was only finally acknowledged by the U.S. government when that most covert of agencies, the CIA, did so in June 2013, courtesy of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed eight years earlier. But does it exist? There are of course the inevitable allegations that the TR-3B was built by the military using extraterrestrial reverse-engineered technology. Even Forbes magazine mused in 2021 that maybe, just maybe the patents issued to Salvatore Cezar Pais could be a cover for alien technology captured over the years by the U.S. military. So, what of the TR-3B Black Manta? How far back does it go, if at all? Does it have anything to do with the aforementioned 2018 patent issued to Pais and the U.S. Navy? Is it a plane, is it a bird, could it even be Superman? No, it’s just the United States Air Force messing with our heads again.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.Source: Join this channel to get access to perks:   / @foundandexplained  Discord:
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Alex Jones and Rodney Howard Browne

Alex Jones Visits Florida Preacher Who First Predicted the Great Awakening>

Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of sits down with Alex Jones in his Florida studio to discuss the Great Awakening.

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Alien Ship

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Dr. Greer's Groundbreaking National Press Club Event! DISCLOSURE 2.0 Monday 12 june 2023History-Making Event! New Top Secret Testimony Dr. Greer will unveil the beginnings of the Intelligence Archive that is guiding the US Government in uncovering the truth about the UFO/UAP issue. The newly formed Disclosure Legal team invites pro bono attorneys, legal professionals, and law students from a broad range of expertise and backgrounds to join in this historic effort. Join the Disclosure Project Legal Team for UFO Disclosure and contribute to achieving widespread acknowledgment of UFOs, UAPs, and advanced energy technologies for solving the global climate crisis. Dr Greer Close Encounters of the fifth kind MovieDr Greer YouTube Areas of expertise helpful, but not required: LINKS: Complete the form or email us at with the following details: ✉️ Full name and contact information ✉️ Statement of interest ✉️ State(s) of law practice and years of experience ✉️ Current resume and affiliations ✉️ Relevant expertise and documentation
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Wagner Private Military CompanyThe Wall Street Journal’s documentary “Shadow Men: Inside Russia’s Secret War Company” goes deep inside the lethal global expansion of the Russian private military company Wagner — tracing the group's evolution from a small, guns-for-hire operation into a sprawling network of businesses that has been active on four continents.Attribution: Wall Street Journal

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It is widely speculated that the Wagner Group is used by the Russian government to allow for plausible deniability, and to obscure the true casualties and financial costs of Russia's foreign interventions. The group came to prominence during the Donbas war in Ukraine, where it helped pro-Russian separatist forces of the self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics from 2014 to 2015. Its contractors have reportedly taken part in various conflicts around the world, including the civil wars in Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic, and Mali, often fighting on the side of forces aligned with the Russian government. Wagner operatives have committed war crimes in areas where they are deployed. The accusations include rape and robbery of civilians, and torturing accused deserters.

Wagner has played a significant role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, where, among other activities, it has been reportedly deployed to assassinate Ukrainian leaders, and has recruited prisoners for frontline combat. In December 2022, United States National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby claimed Wagner has 50,000 fighters in Ukraine, including 10,000 contractors and 40,000 convicts. Others put the number of recruited prisoners at more than 20,000, with the overall number of PMCs present in Ukraine estimated at 20,000. In 2023, Russia granted combat veteran status to Wagner contractors who took part in the invasion.

After years of denying links to the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close links to Putin, admitted in September 2022 that he "founded" the paramilitary group


- Sam Bernardo


Australians’ satisfaction with life as a whole is at its lowest level in 21 years, according to the latest Australian Unity Wellbeing Index survey, a collaboration between Deakin University and mutual company Australian Unity.

Each year since 2001 we have surveyed a geographically representative sample of 2,000 Australians about how satisfied they are with their lives as a whole, along with their satisfaction with seven key life areas to compile an overall measure: the Personal Wellbeing Index.

Our survey was conducted in May and June of 2022, by which time inflation was exceeding 6% and the Reserve Bank of Australia had delivered the first two of ten consecutive interest rate rises. There have now been 11 since May 2022.

In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, we actually saw an improvement in satisfaction with life as a whole. The decline since likely reflects pressures like cost of living but also conforms with a longer-term trend since 2010.

Measuring personal wellbeing

Our composite measure, the Personal Wellbeing Index, incorporates seven life areas: standard of living, relationships, purpose in life, community connectedness, safety, health and future security. We combine these using an internationally regarded method to generate an index score out of 100.

This composite has been pretty stable over the survey’s 21 years, with average scores ranging between 74 and 77.

But small shifts are significant because we do not expect to ever see big ones. This is due, principally, to a type of “psychological homeostasis” whereby most people will ride out the highs and lows of their lives and maintain a relatively positive outlook regardless of the circumstances.

Also, as an average, different factors can counterbalance each other. You can get a better sense of this from the following graph, which shows the constituent elements of the Personal Wellbeing Index.

This shows a long-term increase in feelings of personal safety but long-term declines in the average measures of health and purpose in life, with relatively steep declines since 2021 in standard of living, future security and community connectedness.

Wellbeing and low incomes

For Australia’s poor, 2020 unexpectedly had a silver lining when the federal government temporarily doubled JobSeeker payments. This likely explains the jump in wellbeing scores recorded in 2020 for those with household incomes of less than $30,000. But with those extra payments ending (in March 2021) and the increases in living costs since, the average wellbeing score for poor people has plummeted.

Differences by age

Those aged 76 and older reported the highest average wellbeing (78.7 out of 100), and those aged 18-25 the lowest – though not by much, with their score (72.5) being just below those aged 46-55 years (73.2).

The average wellbeing score for 18- to 25-year-olds was the lowest in 21 years. It likely reflects higher feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and climate worry (also measured in our survey) among this age group.

Creating a wellbeing economy

Given the ongoing uncertainties and cost-of-living pressures that we now face, there’s every reason to expect Australians’ wellbeing to now be even lower than when our survey was conducted.

It underscores the importance of considering wellbeing in policy decisions, particularly for groups that are struggling the most.

As Treasurer Jim Chalmers noted in his lengthy essay in The Monthly in February, we must “build something better” in the face of ongoing crises.

Kate Lycett, NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University; Georgie Frykberg, Project Coordinator, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University; Mallery Crowe, Epidemiologist & Project Officer, Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University, and Tanja Capic, PhD candidate, Psychology, Deakin University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

- Sam Bernardo

Joe Biden
At least 61 members of Congress submitted a letter to the US president expressing concern with his mental state.

US President Joe Biden must pass a cognitive exam or abandon the 2024 presidential race, 61 Republican members of the House of Representatives demanded on Thursday in an open letter to the commander-in-chief.  

“The United States’ national security relies on a cognitively sound Commander in Chief, and it is evident that you do not fit that bill,” the letter stated, citing the concerns of the American public – 57% of voters don’t think Biden is “mentally fit” to lead the country, according to one recent poll – and the president’s own refusal to address those concerns in the first three years of his term. 

Led by Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, a former White House doctor, the letter’s signatories urged Biden to “submit to a clinically validated cognitive screening assessment and make those results available to the public” or retire and “allow a mentally fit leader to emerge.”   

The physical exams he underwent in 2021 and earlier this year, which included a testimonial from White House doctor Kevin O’Connor that Biden is a “healthy, vigorous 80-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency,” do not count, they argued, as these did not include a cognitive assessment – not a public one, anyway.  

“Over the past two years, public appearances where you shuffle your feet, trip when you walk, slur your words, forget names, lose your train of thought and appear momentarily confused have become more of a common occurrence […] so common and noticeable that if you search ‘Biden gaffes’ online, over 14,000,000 results appear,” the congressmen pointed out. 

Questions about the president’s mental fitness have dogged him since the 2020 primary season, when the candidate Biden would occasionally forget the name of the city or state he was appearing in, the words to the Declaration of Independence, or even the president under whom he served as vice president for eight years. At least three other letters urging the president to submit to a cognitive assessment have gone unanswered since he took office in 2021.   

Already the oldest president in US history, Biden announced his reelection bid last month. If he wins, he would be 86 at the end of his second term. His leading Republican challenger, former president Donald Trump, is no spring chicken himself at 76, but has spearheaded the call for the incumbent to receive a cognitive evaluation, insisting there is something “wrong” with his opponent.


- Sam Bernardo


Drag Queen Story Time

Protesters derailed
a Monash City Council meeting on Wednesday, demanding the cancellation of a sold-out drag storytime event at Oakleigh Library in Melbourne’s southeast.

This is just the latest in a string of drag performances for children throughout Victoria being cancelled or postponed in response to protest.

The central message of these campaigns (accompanied by varying levels of vitriol) is the same: “let our kids be kids”, “protect our children” and “hands off our kids”, while simultaneously labelling performers and supporters of the events “paedophiles”.

This is part of a global backlash. Similar protests and cancellations have happened in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The argument in support of drag emphasises the impact on the performers at the centre of these events and queer community, arguing that the cancellation of these events is a form of discrimination and a contravention of human rights.

But the debate so far overlooks the agency and rights of the events’ intended audiences: children and young people.

Children as citizens

Calls to “protect the children” from drag performers and trans people assume children are, in fact, in need of safeguarding.

Such messaging is rooted in a tendency for Western societies to reduce childhood to an idyllic innocence, which positions children as “in need of protection” and amplifies their constant vulnerability.

Children’s vulnerability played a critical role in motivating the adoption of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

Since the adoption of the charter, new laws and policies have been established in Australia to criminalise forced marriage, to remove children from detention and to change the Family Law Act to better protect the rights of children.

The charter details children’s need for safeguarding and special care. But it also confirms the evolving capacity of children to assert their rights as cultural citizens and their need for freedom of thought and expression.

The power of drag and imaginative play

Drag as a form of creative, physical and spiritual expression has existed within theatre and cultural performance for millennia.

Drag and queer performance studies have given rise to understandings of gender as an everyday performance: from the clothes we pick out, to the products we gravitate towards in supermarkets, to our repeated physical and vocal gestures.

Drag pokes fun at the gender binary and, in doing so, it aims to blur the boundaries and expose the artificiality of gender roles.

While the success of television shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race have established drag as something more accessible and relatable for a range of audiences, the visibility of queerness that comes with drag – especially when moving outside designated queer spaces – is an apparent step too far.

But the way drag asks us to question the socially constructed nature of gender offers children a vision of self-determination. You can do what you want to do, you can be who you want to be.

The potentiality within the play of drag engages the power of children’s imaginations today to conceive better tomorrows.

Philosopher David Harvey refers to moments of “free play” as fertile ways of exploring and expressing a vast range of ideas, of taking on power structures and social practices, and imagining new possibilities for how we structure and support community.

The insights of the child

In post-plebiscite Australia, the success of targeted campaigns against drag-themed events for children exposes certain conditions around what are “acceptable” encounters of queer expression for children.

The all-too-familiar campaign messages that swirled around the marriage debate – “protect the sanctity of marriage”, “protect families” – are rearing up again with only a minor rhetorical shift.

The more obvious difference now is that the messages have been co-opted by extreme groups who are targeting individuals and threatening violence.

The drag storytime event at the centre of the protests at Monash City Council remains scheduled to take place at Oakleigh Library on May 19. At the time of writing, an online petition to cancel the event has 820 supporters, while another in support of the event has over 3,300 signatures.

Perhaps, then, the social temperature is not as heated towards drag performers as recent cancellations suggest. Instead, a minority of vocal and visible dissenters are dictating the rights and freedoms of the majority.

The image of a drag performer in relation to a child elicits violent responses for some because it is an image of progress and change and of queer acceptance and love set against a long history of homophobia and transphobia in this country.

But there are two figures in this image and one has been kept silent.

In debating rights and agency, perhaps it’s time to ask and be guided by the insights of the child.

Sarah Austin, Lecturer in Theatre, The University of Melbourne and Jonathan Graffam O'Meara, Tutor in Theatre, The University of Melbourne

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

- Sam Bernardo
T-14 Armata Tank

The T-14 Armata received a defensive upgrade specifically for the fight against Kiev’s troops, RIA Novosti reports

Russia’s most advanced T-14 Armata main battle tanks have been deployed to fight Ukrainian troops, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a source. The news comes as Kiev is planning a decisive push against Moscow’s forces.

The Russian forces have begun to use the newest Armata tanks to fire at Ukrainian positions,” the source said, adding that the tanks “haven’t participated in direct assault actions yet.

According to the source, the T-14s were fitted with additional protection from anti-tank munitions. Tank crews have been training in one of Russia’s newly incorporated Donbass republics since 2022.

The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics voted to become part of Russia in September 2022. Both regions broke away from Ukraine in the wake of the 2014 coup in Kiev.

In February, a video was posted on social media that purportedly showed a T-14 firing its 125mm gun “in the zone of the special military operation [in Ukraine].” 

Konstantin Sivkov, Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Rocket and Artillery Sciences, told news website on Tuesday that the T-14 will be primarily pitted against the British Challenger 2 and German-made Leopard 2A6 models that were pledged to Kiev by NATO countries.

The Armata surpasses both of these newest Western tanks in terms of technical characteristics, Sivkov said. He added that the T-14 can operate as “a command (centre)” in a group of Russian T-90M tanks.

The T-14 was unveiled to the public in 2015 and first saw combat in Syria, where Russian forces are supporting President Bashar Assad’s fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and other Islamist militants.

The tank has an unmanned turret that allows a three-member crew to control fire from an isolated armoured compartment in the front of the hull.

The news of the deployment of T-14s comes as Kiev prepares to launch a counteroffensive. “We are approaching a crucial battle for the modern history of Ukraine,” Kirill Budanov, the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, told news agency RBC Ukraine on Monday. “It’s a fact, everyone understands this. When [exactly] it begins is a secret.”

Ukrainian officials said in the past that the success and timetable of offensive operations depend on the delivery of heavy equipment from abroad, including modern tanks. According to leaked Pentagon documents that were discovered this month by news organizations, nine Ukrainian brigades were being trained and equipped in the West, and three more were being prepared “internally” in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last year that Moscow would defend its territory “by all available means.” The Kremlin stated this month that Russia was closely monitoring information about Kiev’s offensive plans and capabilities.


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- Sam Bernardo


Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has formally announced his 2024 re-election bid, a move that had been widely expected for months. The announcement comes despite opinion polls showing that most voters, including a majority of fellow Democrats, did not want the 80-year-old to seek a second term.

In a video statement released on Tuesday, Biden touted his new campaign as a fight for democracy in the US. He said his pledge to fight “for the soul of America,” which was the core message of his 2020 run, remains valid.

“The question we are facing is whether in the years ahead we have more freedom or less freedom. More rights or fewer,” Biden said in the address. “I know what I want the answer to be and I think you do too. This is not a time to be complacent. That’s why I’m running for re-election.”

The video comes exactly four years after the launch of Biden’s previous presidential campaign. Vice President Kamala Harris joins him on the ticket again.

The announcement puts Biden on course for a possible rematch against former president Donald Trump, who is viewed as a frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

So far two Democratic challengers have confirmed their bids for the party nomination in 2024. Author Marianne Williamson declared her candidacy in late February, while Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, launched his campaign earlier this month.

As the sitting president, Biden enjoys the support of the party establishment and many leading media outlets. However, public opinion appears to be stacked against his second run.

An poll by NBC News, published on Sunday, showed that 70% of Americans and 51% of Democratic Party voters do not want Biden to seek re-election. His age, perceived unreliability and lackluster performance during his first term were cited among the reasons why people would prefer to have someone else in the race.

At age 80, Biden is already the oldest serving president in US history. Critics believe he no longer has the stamina required for his role, and cite his apparent reluctance to give lengthy interviews as evidence. Biden’s apparent press aversion has not been seen since the Ronald Reagan era. Source:

- Sam Bernardo


Image by Daniel Hadman from Pixabay
In 1914, in the Western District of Victoria (Australia). Martin Barrington, the son of a wealthy British-born landowner, is persuaded by his best friend, stockman Dick Baker, to enlist to fight in the Great War. They are joined by Dick's sister Kate, who will become an army nurse. They become part of the 8th Battalion led by Lieutenant Armstrong and Sergeant McArthur. Other members of the platoon include Roly Collins, Bill Harris, Pat Cleary, and the Johansen brothers. By 1915 the platoon, having trained in Australia and Egypt, take part in the Allied invasion of Turkey at Gallipoli. Suffering heavy casualties, both of the Johansen brothers are killed and Barrington is badly wounded. He recuperates at a hospital on the Greek island of Lemnos and rekindles his romance with Kate. In August, the platoon take part in the bloody Battle at Lone Pine, and in the close-quarters fighting Baker is killed. In December, the platoon, of which only six original members remain, are evacuated from the peninsula along with the rest of the Anzac forces.Cast to TV using Google Chromecast.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was originally a First World War army corps of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. It was formed in Egypt in December 1914, and operated during the Gallipoli campaign. General William Birdwood commanded the corps, which primarily consisted of troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force, although there were also British and Indian units attached at times throughout the campaign. The corps disbanded in 1916, following the Allied evacuation of the Gallipoli peninsula and the formation of the ANZAC Corps and II ANZAC Corps. The corps was reestablished, briefly, in the Second World War during the Battle of Greece in 1941. The term 'ANZAC' has been used since for joint Australian–New Zealand units of different sizes.

Plans for the formation began in November 1914 while the first contingent of Australian and New Zealand troops were still in convoy bound for, as they thought, Europe. However, following the experiences of the Canadian Expeditionary Force encamped on Salisbury Plain, where there was a shortage of accommodation and equipment, it was decided not to subject the Australians and New Zealanders to the English winter, and so they were diverted to Egypt for training before moving on to the Western Front in France. The British Secretary of State for War, Horatio Kitchener, appointed General William Birdwood, an officer of the British Indian Army, to the command of the corps and he furnished most of the corps staff from the Indian Army as well. Birdwood arrived in Cairo on 21 December 1914 to assume command of the corps.

It was originally intended to name the corps the Australasian Army Corps, this title being used in the unit diary in line with the common practice of the time which often saw New Zealanders and Australians compete together as Australasia in sporting events. However, complaints from New Zealand recruits led to the adoption of the name Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The administration clerks found the title too cumbersome so quickly adopted the abbreviation A. & N.Z.A.C. or simply ANZAC. Shortly afterwards it was officially adopted as the codename for the corps, but it did not enter common usage amongst the troops until after the Gallipoli landings.

At the outset, the corps comprised two divisions; the Australian Division, composed of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Australian Infantry Brigades and the New Zealand and Australian Division, composed of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, Australian 1st Light Horse Brigade and 4th Australian Infantry Brigade. The 2nd and 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigades were assigned as corps-level troops, belonging to neither division.

Despite being synonymous with Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC was a multi-national body: in addition to the many British officers in the corps and division staffs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps contained, at various points, the 7th Brigade of the Indian Mountain Artillery, Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps troops, the Zion Mule Corps, several battalions from the Royal Naval Division, the British 13th (Western) Division, one brigade of the British 10th (Irish) Division and the 29th Indian Brigade.

Source: Wikipedia.ANZACS

- Sam Bernardo


Liddell coal-fired power station

After more than five decades, the last operating units of the Liddell coal-fired power station will close this month. The station’s owner, AGL, is Australia’s largest carbon polluter. Liddell’s closure will reduce the company’s emissions by 17%.

Liddell, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, is Australia’s oldest coal station. It started operations in the early 1970s – about the same time the Datsun 180B was released, and before the Sydney Opera House officially opened!

In the same way a Datsun 180B was a great car in its day, Liddell was the cheapest and most reliable electricity generation technology in the 1970s and 1980s (at least if you ignore the long-term costs of carbon).

But like all coal-fired power stations in Australia, Liddell’s performance declined as it aged. It became unreliable and inefficient. One unit of the station closed last year, leaving three operating.

Governments must act to make sure our electricity grid doesn’t fall short when coal plants close. But the demise of facilities such as Liddell means Australia has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to become a global energy superpower.

Life after Liddell

AGL announced the decision to close Liddell in 2015. Virtually no one in the energy industry argued against the move, but it triggered endless political debate.

Some politicians are still railing against Liddell’s retirement. Federal Nationals leader David Littleproud this week said the closure should be delayed to prevent supply problems, and suggested Australia should have an urgent conversation about building nuclear energy.

But closing Liddell is unlikely to cause the lights to go off in NSW. For now, the state has enough remaining capacity to ensure reliable supply.

In the eight years since the decision to close Liddell, large-scale renewable capacity in NSW has ramped up, as has new rooftop solar.

Plenty of new “firming” capacity is also being developed – that is, flexible energy capacity to be activated if renewables aren’t producing energy or electricity demand suddenly increases. Projects under construction in NSW include the Kurri Kurri and Tallawarra gas-fired power stations, the Waratah “super battery” and the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project.

When electricity consumption in NSW is at its highest, about 14,000 MW of power is required. Without Liddell, about 13,500 MW of coal, gas and hydro generation is available.

Add in existing wind and solar capacity, plus energy that can be imported from Victoria and Queensland via transmission lines, and total generation capacity in NSW looks to be more than enough.

However, the reliability of some of this remaining capacity – namely, remaining coal-fired power stations – is becoming less certain. That’s why the energy industry is looking past Liddell, to the closure of the Eraring coal plant in 2025, and others to follow.

All eyes on Eraring

Modelling by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows the closure of Eraring puts pressure on remaining electricity supply. However, it says the market would still meet the grid “reliability standard”, even if no new projects are developed.

Under that standard, expected unserved energy needs (leading to blackouts) should be no more than 0.002% of total energy used in a region. The standard assumes that while the occasional blackout is inconvenient, eliminating them completely is unfeasible because it would require building expensive power stations that are rarely used.

Blackouts could become more common, if extreme weather hits or coal units fail – which happened at Queensland’s Callide C power station in 2021. But blackouts are still far more likely to be the result of a power line problem in your street than a lack of generation capacity.

No electricity supply shortfalls are projected for Australia in the near term. But to ensure the clean energy transition happens smoothly, we should develop new renewable energy and firming capacity ahead of coal closures.

The earlier-than-expected closure of coal units remains a possibility – as occurred with Victoria’s Hazelwood coal station due to unaffordable repair costs.

We have previously recommended a “waiting room” for capacity that can be brought quickly into the market when required. Batteries and pumped hydro would be developed ahead of coal closures and brought into the market as soon as coal exits.

The NSW Minns Labor government can also bring forward investment through an existing policy called the NSW Energy Roadmap. This involves asking the Australian Energy Market Operator to enter into long-term contracts to underwrite new renewable energy and firming projects, to help reduce the financial risks proponents face.

One tender round is already under way, but this could be accelerated. Given the global energy crunch, it may be worth commissioning projects now, even if delivery is not required until later. This is a much better way to manage reliability than, for example, the NSW government using taxpayer money to buy Eraring – an option NSW Labor left on the table ahead of last month’s state election.

In the longer term, the construction of renewable generation must dramatically scale up to ensure energy reliability and meet emissions reduction targets.

This will be challenging. But we can take heart from news this week that under the federal Albanese government, renewables projects are being approved at twice the rate of previous years.

A new era

There’s more work to be done to make sure the electricity grid can withstand coal plant closures.

Many new transmission lines must be built to carry electricity from renewables generators to the grid. And the ongoing development of renewable energy zones – clusters of large-scale renewable energy projects – will make establishing new projects quicker and simpler.

Importantly, local communities and First Nations people must be engaged and consulted throughout the transition.

But while adjusting to the exit of coal brings challenges, nuclear power in Australia is unlikely to be the answer.

Australia has world-class wind and solar resources – enough to eventually produce clean, cheap energy for ourselves and for export. Technologies such as batteries, hydrogen and hydro will fill the gaps when needed.

Producing energy from emerging nuclear technologies in the form of “small modular reactors”, as proposed by Littleproud, will still be more than twice the cost of Australian renewable energy firmed by batteries or other storage technologies, even under the most ambitious scenarios. This gives Australia a global competitive advantage.

Liddell’s closure is a historic moment in the Australian energy landscape. Now, with tweaks to existing policies, the new NSW government can increase reliability, lower electricity prices and get on the path to net zero.

Joel Gilmore, Associate Professor, Griffith University and Tim Nelson, Associate Professor of Economics, Griffith University

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Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

At its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate target unchanged at 3.60 per cent and the interest rate on Exchange Settlement balances unchanged at 3.50 per cent.

This decision follows a cumulative increase in interest rates of 3½ percentage points since May last year. The Board recognises that monetary policy operates with a lag and that the full effect of this substantial increase in interest rates is yet to be felt. The Board took the decision to hold interest rates steady this month to provide additional time to assess the impact of the increase in interest rates to date and the economic outlook.

Global inflation remains very high. In headline terms it is moderating, although services price inflation remains high in many economies. The outlook for the global economy remains subdued, with below-average growth expected this year and next. The recent banking system problems in the United States and Switzerland have resulted in volatility in financial markets and a reassessment of the outlook for global interest rates. These problems are also expected to lead to tighter financial conditions, which would be an additional headwind for the global economy.

The Australian banking system is strong, well capitalised and highly liquid. It is well placed to provide the credit that the economy needs.

A range of information, including the monthly CPI indicator, suggests that inflation has peaked in Australia. Goods price inflation is expected to moderate over the months ahead due to global developments and softer demand in Australia. Meanwhile, rents are increasing at the fastest rate in some years, with vacancy rates low in many parts of the country. The prices of utilities are also rising quickly. The central forecast is for inflation to decline this year and next, to around 3 per cent in mid-2025. Medium-term inflation expectations remain well anchored, and it is important that this remains the case.

Growth in the Australian economy has slowed, with growth over the next couple of years expected to be below trend. There is further evidence that the combination of higher interest rates, cost-of-living pressures and a decline in housing prices is leading to a substantial slowing in household spending. While some households have substantial savings buffers, others are experiencing a painful squeeze on their finances.

The labour market remains very tight. The unemployment rate is at a near 50-year low and underemployment is also low. Many firms continue to experience difficulty hiring workers, although some report an easing in labour shortages and the number of vacancies has declined a little. As economic growth slows, unemployment is expected to increase.

Wage growth is continuing to increase in response to the tight labour market and higher inflation. At the aggregate level, wage growth is still consistent with the inflation target, provided that productivity growth picks up. The Board remains alert to the risk of a price-wages spiral, given the limited spare capacity in the economy and the historically low rate of unemployment. Accordingly, it will continue to pay close attention to both the evolution of labour costs and the price-setting behaviour of firms.

The Board’s priority is to return inflation to target. High inflation makes life difficult for people and damages the functioning of the economy. And if high inflation were to become entrenched in people’s expectations, it would be very costly to reduce later, involving even higher interest rates and a larger rise in unemployment. The Board is seeking to return inflation to the 2–3 per cent target range while keeping the economy on an even keel, but the path to achieving a soft landing remains a narrow one.

The Board expects that some further tightening of monetary policy may well be needed to ensure that inflation returns to target. The decision to hold interest rates steady this month provides the Board with more time to assess the state of the economy and the outlook, in an environment of considerable uncertainty. In assessing when and how much further interest rates need to increase, the Board will be paying close attention to developments in the global economy, trends in household spending and the outlook for inflation and the labour market. The Board remains resolute in its determination to return inflation to target and will do what is necessary to achieve that


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New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins
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Chris Hipkins complained he hadn’t had time to prepare a “preformulated” answer to the question?

New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins found himself at a loss for words when asked by journalist Sean Plunket of The Platform how Wellington would “define a woman” during a press conference on Monday. The PM nervously admitted the question had “come slightly out of left field” for him, tossing up a few possibilities - “biology, sex, gender” - before committing to the latter.

“People define themselves, people define their own genders,” Hipkins answered. 

Plunket reminded the bewildered PM that British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer had recently expressed the belief that “99.9% of women don’t have penises” and made what appeared to be a reference to British feminist Posie Parker’s rally in Auckland. Intended as a stop on her Let Women Speak tour, the event ended prematurely when Parker was doused in tomato juice and had to be rushed out of the park by security as thousands of angry trans-rights activists threatened her physical safety.

“I know it’s a strange thing to say, but given recent events in New Zealand, I’d ask you again, how do you define what a woman is?” Plunket asked again.

Hipkins complained that he “wasn’t expecting that question, so it wasn’t something [he]’d pre-formulated an answer on.” However, he reiterated, “I think in terms of gender identity, people define their gender identity for themselves.”

Plunket went on to reference Hipkins’ previous statements about Parker, whose views he has called “abhorrent,” demanding to know which of the women’s rights activist’s opinions merited that descriptor.

“I think some of her views being conveyed around the transgender community, some of the sentiment that she’s expressed toward the transgender community, is abhorrent, in my view - that they shouldn’t exist,” he sputtered. Parker has never said trans people should not exist. 

Parker, whose real name is Kellie-Jay Keen Minshull, vowed to return to New Zealand after the disaster in Auckland led her to cancel a second rally in Wellington and fly home early. “We are going to win this war, women, and then I will come back,” she tweeted on Saturday, demanding an apology from the “gutless coward” Hipkins. 

Hipkins delivered a condemnation of the vicious treatment Parker received at the botched rally, though he stopped short of condemning any specific bad actor. “The right to free speech does not extend to the right to physical violence, and so I would condemn that,” he admitted. 


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Russian President Vladimir Putin may travel to Turkey for the inauguration of the country's first nuclear power plant, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told local TV station A Haber on Wednesday. The Akkuyu facility was built in partnership with the Russian state nuclear development agency Rosatom.

The Russian leader will either attend the opening ceremony in person or via video link on April 27, Erdogan said, describing the plant as one of Turkey’s “indispensable investments” that would help the country “seriously store energy.” Akkuyu’s first reactor is set to become operational later this year, while the entire plant is due to go on-line by 2025. When complete, it will feature four reactors capable of generating 4,800 megawatts.

The Turkish and Russian heads of state spoke on the phone recently regarding collaboration between their two nations on strategic power engineering projects, including the Akkuyu plant and natural gas supplies. 

Erdogan thanked his Russian counterpart for his assistance in the aftermath of the deadly earthquakes in Turkey  last month, which included the donation of construction materials and the deployment of Russian rescue personnel and a field hospital in Hatay province. The quakes, centered near the city of Gaziantep, killed an estimated 50,000 people and injured many more.

The Turkish leader also praised Russia’s “positive stance regarding the extension of the Black Sea Grain Initiative,” according to a statement released by the Presidential Communications Directorate on Saturday. The two countries signed a deal with Ukraine and the United Nations last July, reopening grain exports from three of the Ukrainian ports that had been blocked with the start of Russia’s military operation last February, and the agreement was extended last week.

As a NATO member nation with strong economic ties to Russia, Turkey is caught in a difficult position regarding the conflict viewed by many as a proxy war between Russia and the military alliance, which has pumped tens of billions of dollars of weapons into the Ukrainian military over the last year. Ankara and Moscow nevertheless agreed in August to trade gas in rubles and hope to increase bilateral trade volume to $100 billion.


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Hon Annastacia PalaszczukPremier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tougher hate crime and serious vilification laws for QueenslandNew laws have been introduced to Parliament to increase penalties for offences that are motivated by hatred or serious contemptThe reforms amend the Criminal Code to ban the display of hate symbolsCriminals who commit crimes motivated by serious hate and prejudice against specified groups will face tougher penalties.

New legislation has been introduced to ban the display of hate symbols, such as those representative of Nazi ideology, and increase penalties for offences that are motivated by hatred or serious contempt and the existing offence of serious vilification.

The Criminal Code (Serious Vilification and Hate Crimes) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2023 gives effect to four key recommendations made by the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee in January 2022 to strengthen Queensland’s hate crime laws.

A new ‘Prohibited symbols’ offence will be introduced to protect the community from the distress and insecurity associated with the display of hate symbols.

Under the new offence, public display, public distribution, or publication of prohibited symbols in circumstances that might reasonably be expected to cause a member of the public to feel menaced, harassed or offended are prohibited, unless the person has a reasonable excuse.

The offence is intended to capture a broad range of circumstances, including the public display of tattoos and the public distribution or publication of prohibited symbols online.  

The reforms also amend existing offences to provide for a new circumstance of aggravation for offences, including common assault, going armed so as to cause fear, threatening violence, assault occasioning bodily harm, wilful damage, trespass and public nuisance.

Criminals who commit these offences while motivated, wholly or partly, by hatred or serious contempt based on race, religion, sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity will face increased penalties including longer custodial sentences.

These provisions are intended to give the courts greater ability to treat these offences as more serious and therefore deserving of a more severe punishment.

Quotes attributable to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“People armed with hate and prejudice and extreme ideologies won’t be tolerated in Queensland.

“Our government promised to review and strengthen serious vilification and hate crime laws and this Bill is delivering on that promise.

“These reforms mean Queensland will have some of the strongest hate crime laws in the country."

Quotes attributable to the Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman:

“A hate crime or the serious vilification of an individual or group because of their race, religion, sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity is an attack on a human dignity and will not be tolerated

“These reforms send a clear message that criminals who commit serious crimes motivated by serious hate and prejudice will face tougher penalties

“We’re making it illegal for people to publicly display, publish or publicly distribute symbols representative of an ideology of extreme prejudice against a relevant group, because we recognise these symbols erode the safety and security of all Queenslanders.”

Quotes attributable to the CEO of Multicultural Australia Christine Castley:

“We are pleased and relieved to see the introduction of the hate crime and serious vilification legislation into the Queensland Parliament

“The laws will enhance the safety of every person and every community in Queensland, especially for those culturally and linguistically diverse communities who all too often face harassment as they go about their lives in public spaces and places of worship

“Multicultural Australia is proud to have been a part of the Cohesive Communities Coalition, which has advocated for these laws and shared stories from individuals in our diverse communities who, in many cases, had to relive harrowing experiences and trauma from acts of hate that in most cases will be a crime under the new laws

“We will continue to amplify the voices of affected communities and individuals, and work with the Queensland Government and response agencies such as the Queensland Police to improve awareness and reporting of hate crimes.”

Attribution: State of Queensland

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Tax concessions to drive investment into affordable housingLand tax will be cut in half for Build-to-Rent developments that include affordable housingDelivers action on a Queensland Housing Summit outcomeThe build-to-Rent sector is growing in Queensland and with these new concessions, a larger number of projects will include affordable housing


The Palaszczuk Government will slash land tax by up to 50 per cent for Build-to-Rent developments that feature at least 10 per cent of rental homes as affordable housing, driving more investment to deliver new rental supply.


The range of investment-attracting tax concessions for Build-to-Rent developments will include:


A 50 per cent discount on land tax payable for up to 20 yearsA full exemption for the 2% foreign investor land tax surcharge for up to 20 yearsA full exemption from the Additional Foreign Acquirer Duty for the future transfer of a Build-to-Rent site.


Queensland Treasury will consult with the property industry on the land tax concessions ahead of proposed 1 July 2023 commencement, to ensure they can support the delivery of more homes for Queenslanders. 


Quotes attributable to the Premier and Minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

“My government is committed to delivering a fair go for renters.

“We know Build-to-Rent programs create more affordable housing in the areas where it is needed most.

“Driving new investment into social and affordable housing is key to ensuring we get more Queenslanders into the safe, secure homes."

Quotes attributable to the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick:

“The private construction sector is at capacity across Australia.

Our government is working with industry to identify innovative ideas that create new pipelines of housing supply.

“The Build-to-Rent projects that we’ve already brought to Queensland are already boosting rental supply.

Further information:

The land tax concessions will help unlock more investment into housing and build on three developments supported under the Palaszczuk Government’s Build-to-Rent Pilot Program.


Combined, these current developments in Newstead, Fortitude Valley and the Brisbane CBD will deliver more than 1,200 new dwellings, of which up to 490 rental homes will be provided at discounted rent thanks to a Palaszczuk Government subsidy.


The Palaszczuk Government also recently released a new invitation for Expressions of Interest under the $2 billion Housing Investment Fund on 9 February 2023.


This process is targeting proposals with ready-to-proceed social and affordable housing developments on privately owned sites, including affordable-only proposals.


More information on the Palaszczuk Government’s Housing Investment Fund Private Site Invitation is available at, with Expressions of Interest due to close on 8 May 2023.

Attribution: Queensland Government

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“I look forward to being the first Australian leader to visit China since the onset of the global pandemic – continuing our long-held relationship with China on trade and culture, and further strengthening our deep ties.”

The Andrews Labor Government is cementing Victoria’s strong and enduring relationship with China, with Premier Daniel Andrews set to be the first Australian leader to visit the country since the onset of the pandemic.

As part of a four-day trip this week, the Premier will meet with senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Beijing Government to discuss our long-held trade and cultural ties, and the return of Chinese students to Victoria – continuing their studies at our world-class higher education institutions.

In addition to Beijing, the Premier will travel to Jiangsu and Sichuan, meeting with key senior officials from Victoria’s sister states – deepening our strong relationships with these provinces, and exploring ways to further strengthen partnerships.

Around 42,000 Chinese students are currently enrolled with Victorian providers, with the Labor Government recently announcing a $10 million investment in the Study Melbourne Hub in the CBD, which provides free help and advice to international students around accommodation, mental health and employment programs.

Additionally, Victoria’s first overseas Study Melbourne Hub was established in Shanghai in 2021 – offering a space for Victorian education providers to engage with prospective students.

China is Victoria’s main trading partner, with two-way trade valued at almost $40 billion in 2022.

This will be the Premier’s seventh visit to China since the Labor Government came to office, building on previous trips held in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and two in 2019.

Attribution: Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews

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Hon Bob Katter MP
Mr BOB KATTER MP (Member for Kennedy): I agree with my colleague on the necessity to restrain the exponential growth in CO2. I do not agree with my colleague on abolishing coal. If my honourable colleague seriously thinks this country can do without coal, well, let me point out that we have only three exports: iron ore, coal and gas. We gave the gas away, so we get nothing at all out of it. All these things are worth over a hundred billion dollars. The next things down the list are maybe gold, cattle and aluminium, worth about $15 billion—they were the last time I looked, anyway. So we've got the big three and nothing else. This House gave away one of them for nothing. It gave all the gas away for 6c a unit. We're now buying our own gas back for $49 a unit. I speak with authority because I was the Minister for Mines and Energy in what was then the biggest mining state in Australia—Queensland.

Mr Speaker, if you take away coal, you bankrupt this country. Start picking out the hospitals that you're going to close—just pick them out—because there's no money. Already in Queensland, because they've got no money, they've closed, for the first time in 110 years, outpatient services. That's in Queensland, where we were opening up coal mines again and again.

There's a second issue here. Von Clausewitz, in the best book on warfare ever written, said that if goods do not cross borders then guns will. If you think a tiny little country of 24 million people, which happens to be Anglo and European, in the middle of Asia is going to tell China and India that they can't have any coal, well, mate, you're asking for trouble—big trouble. And you mustn't have read many history books—I can tell you that!

In a concession to your point of view: surely, if you're going to let the coal go, you say that all of the stations have to be heli-stations, which halves the amount of coal? Surely you get off your backside and make sure your coal-fired power stations in Australia are converted over? You have to do this—and I'm not being patriotic here—in North Queensland because we've got all the water. I bless the new Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek, because she told me the name of the algae that's used. Michael Kelly, who was a prominent minister in this place, was advocating the use of algae some considerable time ago. If you've got a huge area of land and a lot of water, you can take all of the emissions from a coal-fired power station and turn them into a profitable product. So let's not believe that coal is the great evil, when in fact you can convert that coal into food through algae. A great advocate for the environment and dealing with climate change is no less a person than the minister, and the great advocates are now looking at where the answers are. But to cripple Australia and bankrupt Australia is not the answer. And to provoke a fight with China and India is just the act of an imbecile, quite frankly.

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Amazing and sad chart from NYT on how virtually nothing has changed from 9 months of tragically deadly and expensive fighting in Ukraine throughout 2023:

Pink zones show parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia since January.

Blue shows gains by Ukraine. Red shows gains by Russia.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 28, 2023

Seattle Times/New York Times: Who’s gaining ground in Ukraine? This year, No one  

The front line in Ukraine changed little in the winter. Russia aimed to capture the entirety of the Donbas, but it only inched forward. 

Ukraine has made minimal gains in its counteroffensive. Dense Russian minefields and fortifications have made every attack extremely costly. 

Despite nine months of bloody fighting, less than 500 square miles of territory have changed hands since the start of the year. A prolonged stalemate could weaken Western support for Ukraine. 

Both sides started the year with lofty ambitions: Russia wanted to capture the eastern Donbas region, while Ukraine aimed to split Russian forces with an attack in the south. 

Neither offensive has gone to plan. The front line, after months of combat and heavy casualties, remains largely unchanged.  

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Update: One Map Summarizes Status Of Ukraine War & Russia's Strategy (Zero Hedge)  

WNU Editor: Two things stick out in the above New York times report. (1) Russia now controls nearly 200 square miles more territory in Ukraine compared with the start of the year." And (2) .... Russia’s forces are outnumbering Ukraine’s nearly three to one on the battlefield.  

Update #1: The Western media narrative remains the same. Ukraine is slowly gaining ground in this war .... Ukrainian Forces Are 'Gradually Gaining Ground', NATO Chief Says (Reuters). More here .... NATO chief says Ukrainian forces are “gradually gaining ground” in counteroffensive (CNN).

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CNN: A NATO country could soon have a pro-Russian leader 

Slovakia is getting ready to elect its fifth prime minister in just four years, and with Kremlin sympathizer Robert Fico’s opposition party leading the polls, it is one being watched with alarm in the West. 

 Since Russia invaded Ukraine last February, Slovakia has been one of Kyiv’s staunchest allies. The two countries share a border, Slovakia was the first country to send air defenses to Ukraine and it welcomed tens of thousands of refugees. 

But all that could change if Fico comes to power. The former prime minister makes no secret of his sympathies towards the Kremlin and has blamed “Ukrainian Nazis and fascists” for provoking Russia’s President Vladimir Putin into launching the invasion, repeating the false narrative Putin has used to justify his invasion.  

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WNU Editor: Since the start of the Russia - Ukraine war a number of European governments have been defeated in national elections. My gut is telling me the same will happen with the current government in Slovakia. 

 Update: Russia is following this election very closely, and this assessment is probably correct .... NATO country's pro-Ukraine government to lose election – polls (RT)

 Is Slovakia About To Elect A Pro-Russian Government?  

Slovakia swamped by disinformation ahead of parliamentary elections -- France 24  

'Not a single round': Slovak election could see Kyiv lose staunch ally -- Reuters

Slovakia may be about to elect a government which plans to halt aid to Kyiv -- The Conversation  

Will Slovakia elect a pro-Russian premier? -- GZero

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Visitors walk near exhibits, which are on display at the Army-2015 international military-technical forum in Kubinka, outside Moscow, Russia, June 17, 2015.  

Moscow Times/AFP: Russia said Thursday that it plans to raise defense spending by almost 70% next year 

Russia said Thursday that it plans to raise defense spending by almost 70% next year, funneling massive resources into its Ukraine offensive to fight what it calls a "hybrid war" unleashed by the West. 

With Moscow's "special military operation" now dragging through its 20th month, both sides have been digging deep and procuring weapons from allies in preparation for a protracted conflict. 

The announcement came as NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and the defense ministers of Britain and France visited Kyiv, where President Volodymyr Zelensky lobbied for more air defense systems.  

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WNU Editor: It is not only defense spending that is seeing a increase .... Russia plans 26% rise in budget spending in 2024 election year (Reuters). 

Russia Says It Plans To Raise Defense Spending By Almost 70% Next Year  

Russia Needs to Boost Defense Spending to Counter Hybrid War - Kremlin -- Sputnik  

Russia plans to increase its military budget by 70% in 2024 -- Le Monde  

Russia Reportedly Plans To Ramp Up Military Spending in 2024 -- RFE  

Russia’s defence industry to ramp up military production by a third -- The Telegraph  

Russia must increase defense spending — Kremlin spokesman -- TASS  

Russia’s Escalating Military Spending Amidst Ukraine Conflict: A Deep Dive -- BNN

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FOX News: US officials say Travis King is in American custody after months of detainment in North Korea 

A US official confirms to Fox News Digital that US Army Private Travis King is safely in US custody 

The North Korean government has released a U.S. serviceman after holding him in detainment since July, Fox News Digital has confirmed. 

The North Korean government returned U.S. Army Pvt. Travis King to U.S. custody in mainland China on Wednesday following months of imprisonment, according to North Korean state outlets and the U.S. National Security Council. 

"The relevant organ of the [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] decided to expel Travis King, a soldier of the U.S. Army who illegally intruded into the territory of the DPRK, under the law of the Republic," state media outlet Korean Central News Agency wrote early Wednesday, according to translations provided by Yonhap News Agency.  

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WNU Editor: There was no "upside" for the North Koreans to keep him. 

US Secures The Release Of Travis King A Soldier Who Crossed Into North Korea 2 Months Ago  

US secures the release of the soldier who crossed into North Korea 2 months ago -- AP  

Travis King, the U.S. soldier who crossed South Korea's border into North Korea, is back in U.S. custody -- CBS News  

American soldier who crossed into North Korea arrives back in U.S. -- Axios  

American Soldier Travis King Back in US After Fleeing to North Korea -- VOA  

North Korea Deports US Soldier Who Tried To Defect Over 'Racism' -- Zero Hedge

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DW: Nagorno-Karabakh: Nearly half of ethnic Armenians flee 

Yerevan said more than 50,000 ethnic Armenians have fled in fear of reprisal from Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Germany and the US are pushing to get independent observers into the breakaway region.

The Armenian government said at least 53,000 ethnic Armenians fled Nagorno-Karabakh since Azerbaijan's operation last week to take control of the breakaway region. 

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Wednesday called on Azerbaijan to allow international observers into Nagorno-Karabakh, to show Baku's commitment to protecting the people living there. 

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has also underlined the need for international observers and humanitarian aid in the region in a talk with Azerbaijan's President Aliyev, Washington says.  

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WNU Editor: I said a few days ago that in the months to come much of the Armenian population will leave. I was wrong. It looks like much of the population will be gone in a the next few weeks. 

Armenia Says More Than 50,000 Refugees Have Fled Nagorno-Karabakh  

More than 50,000 refugees have fled Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia says -- France 24  

Nagorno-Karabakh: 50,000 people flee to Armenia along 100 miles of winding road after Azerbaijan military offensive -- SKY News 

Over 50,000 Armenians flee enclave in Azerbaijan as exodus accelerates -- ABC News 

More than a third of Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenians flee, says Yerevan -- Al Jazeera  

‘Where are France, America and Charles Michel?’ Armenians rage as 50,000 flee Nagorno-Karabakh -- Politico  

Nearly half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has fled. What happens next? -- CNN

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CBC: Trudeau apologizes after a Nazi veteran was praised by parliamentarians at Zelenskyy event  

Yaroslav Hunka was a member of the 1st Galician division, a unit of Adolf Hitler's war machine 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized on behalf of Canada's Parliament after a veteran of Adolf Hitler's Nazi forces was included in an event last week honouring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

"This was a mistake that has deeply embarrassed Parliament and Canada. All of us who were in this House on Friday regret deeply having stood and clapped even though we did so unaware of the context," Trudeau said in a brief statement to reporters.

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WNU Editor: The damage has already been done. 

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Apologizes On Behalf Of Canada's Parliament After A Nazi Veteran Was Praised By Parliamentarians At Zelenskyy Event  

Trudeau offers ‘unreserved’ apology after tribute to man who fought with Nazis -- Global News  

Trudeau apologizes for presence, recognition of Nazi unit veteran in Parliament -- Canadian Press  

Trudeau apologizes for recognition of Nazi unit war veteran in Canadian Parliament -- AP 

Canada's House Speaker apologises for praising Ukrainian who fought for Nazis -- BBC  

Trudeau apologizes for tribute to vet who fought in WWII Nazi unit -- Politico  

Canada's Trudeau apologizes for honoring Ukrainian Waffen SS Nazi -- RT

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In this satellite photo provided by Planet Labs, smoke billows from a headquarters building for the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, Crimea on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, after it was struck in a missile attack launched by the Ukrainian military. (Planet Labs via AP)  

VOA: Russia Accuses US, Britain of Helping Ukraine in Crimea Missile Attack  

Russia Wednesday accused the United States and Britain of helping Ukraine carry out an attack last week against the headquarters Russian Black Sea fleet in Russia-occupied Crimea.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing that the attack was “planned in advance using Western intelligence means, NATO satellite assets, and reconnaissance planes.” Zakharova also said U.S. and British intelligence helped coordinate the missile strike.  

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WNU Editor: Some in the Russian Foreign Ministry already believe the West is at war with Russia .... Sergey Lavrov says US is 'directly at war' with Russia in horrifying escalation of threat (Express). 

Russian Ministry Of Defense Accuses US, Britain of Helping Ukraine in Crimea Missile Attack  

US and UK involved in attack on Crimea – Russia -- RT  

Attack on Sevastopol Carried Out in Close Coordination With US, UK Specialists - Moscow -- Sputnik  

Russia accuses Ukraine’s Western allies of helping attack its Black Sea Fleet headquarters -- AP 

Russia Claims Western Intelligence Aided Ukraine in Striking Crimea Navy HQ -- AFP

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DNYUZ/New York Times: Erdogan says Turkey’s parliament will ratify Sweden’s entry into NATO if the U.S. sells Turkey fighter jets. 

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in comments reported on Tuesday that Turkey would approve Sweden’s bid to join the NATO military alliance if the United States went ahead with a sale of F-16 fighter jets and related technology to Turkey.

“If they keep their own promises, our parliament will keep the promise given,” Mr. Erdogan told reporters while returning to Turkey from a trip to Azerbaijan.  

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WNU Editor: Eerdogan is always trying to find an angle to benefit his government and country. 

 Erdogan Says Turkey Will Support Sweden's NATO Bid If US Approves F-16s 

Turkey will back Sweden's NATO bid if U.S. keeps promise on F-16 sale -Erdogan -- Reuters  

Turkiye will support Sweden's NATO bid if US commits to F-16 sale: Erdogan -- The Cradle  

Erdogan says Turkey will keep promise on Sweden's NATO bid if US approves F-16s -- Al-Monitor 

Erdogan: Turkey to ratify Sweden's NATO bid if US approves F-16 sales to Ankara -- Kyiv Independent

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WNU Editor: The big news that I have been hearing for the past two days from Russia is that the Russian Ministry of Defense believes if current trends continue, Russia will be well positioned to end the SMO (Special military Operation) by 2025. 

I am not that optimistic. 

In the past few days I have been reflecting on the war, and I do not see this ending in the next year or two. I see the opposite. This Ukraine counteroffensive has burned its best troops and thousands of pieces of Western equipment, and in any other situation a government would sue for peace. But the West, specifically the U.S. government and some of its allies, are hell-bent on continuing this war. They are going to continue the flow of monies and war equipment to Kyiv, even if it will mean the death of hundreds of thousands of more Ukrainians. And if President Biden is re-elected in 2024, God only knows where this conflict is going to end.

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CBC News: Anthony Rota resigns as Speaker after inviting former Ukrainian soldier with Nazi ties to Parliament  

Rota lost support of key Liberal ministers on Tuesday 

Liberal MP Anthony Rota is stepping down as House of Commons Speaker after inviting a Ukrainian veteran who fought in a Nazi division to Parliament — a dramatic turn of events that will be welcomed by MPs on all sides who said the embarrassing incident was unforgivable. 

Rota's resignation will take effect at the end of the sitting day on Wednesday. 

"This House is above any of us, Therefore, I must step down as your Speaker," Rota said at 2 p.m. ahead of Tuesday's question period. "I reiterate my profound regret for my error in recognizing an individual in the House.  

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WNU Editor: I have been watching in the past hour some Canadian commentators who are hoping this issue will go away. I do not think it will. It is now becoming international .... Poland moves to extradite Ukrainian SS veteran who was applauded in Canada (Politico).

Update: Yup .... A fitting humiliation for the Liberals, and for Canada (National Post).

Update #2: The Russian government and media are having a field day on this story .... Moscow reacts to Canada honoring Nazi veteran (RT). More here .... Canadian parliament speaker resigns after honoring Ukrainian Nazi veteran (RT). 

Canada's Speaker Resigns After Honoring Nazi Now-Wanted For Extradition By Poland  

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigns over Nazi veteran invite with 'profound regret' -- CTV News  

Canada’s House speaker resigns over inviting a man who fought for a Nazi unit to Parliament -- AP 

Canada parliament speaker resigns after calling Ukrainian Nazi veteran a ‘hero’ -- The Guardian  

Canada parliament speaker steps down after honouring Nazi -- Al Jazeera  

Canada's Speaker Resigns After Honoring Nazi Now-Wanted For Extradition By Polish Minister -- Zero Hedge

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Foreign Minister Park Jin (second from right) and three senior diplomas each from South Korea, Japan and China pose for a photo ahead of talks at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Monday. PHOTO: YONHAP/THE KOREA HERALD 

DW: South Korea, China and Japan make plans for rare summit 

Diplomats from Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo have met to explore restarting regular three-way summits to foster regional cooperation. 

The initiative has been on hold for the past few years. South Korean, Chinese and Japanese senior diplomats agreed on Tuesday that their national leaders should meet at the "earliest convenient time," Seoul's Foreign Ministry said after a rare meeting. 

The sides are seeking to reboot trilateral exchanges after regular annual meetings were put on hold because of strained relations and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Diplomats From Beijing, Seoul, And Tokyo Meet To Plan For A Major Summit In December  

South Korea Hosts Rare Talks With Japan, China Diplomats -- AFP  

South Korea proposes summit with Japan, China in December: sources -- Kyodo 

China, Japan and South Korea agree talks to calm fears over US ties -- The Guardian 

China, Japan and South Korea to hold trilateral talks over deteriorating ties due to US -- Republic World

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 The Guardian/AFP: France to withdraw ambassador and troops from Niger  

Emmanuel Macron says he will consult coup leaders on withdrawal after two months of defying their expulsion order 

France will withdraw its ambassador from Niger followed by the French military contingent in the next months, Emmanuel Macron has said in the aftermath of the coup in the west African country that ousted the pro-Paris president. 

The French president’s announcement appeared to end two months of defiance in which Paris’s ambassador had been kept in place in Niamey despite coup leaders ordering him to leave.  

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WNU Editor: They are next .... Niger: Germany, US watch and wait as France pulls troops out (DW). 

France To Withdraw Ambassador And Troops From Niger  

President Macron says France will end its military presence in Niger, pull its ambassador after coup -- AP 

France will end its military presence in Niger by the end of 2023, Macron says -- CNN  

France withdraws troops from Niger -- Politico  

France to withdraw ambassador, troops from Niger after coup: Macron -- Al Jazeera

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VOA: Philippines Removes China’s Floating Barrier at South China Sea Lagoon  

The Philippine coast guard said it removed a Chinese floating barrier that blocked access to a disputed South China Sea lagoon. 

A coast guard statement said it conducted a “special operation” to remove the barrier, which China put in place last week. 

The Philippine coast guard also released a video showing a diver using a knife to cut a rope attached to buoys.  

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Philippines Removes Chinese Floating Barrier In Disputed South China Sea Shoal  

Philippines removes Chinese barrier at disputed shoal in 'special operation' -- Reuters  

Philippines Removes China Floating Barrier in Disputed South China Sea Shoal -- Bloomberg 

Moment Philippines diver armed with a knife removes enormous 1,000ft floating barrier installed by Beijing near disputed South China Sea island -- Daily Mail  

Philippines executes 'special operation' to remove floating barrier in South China Sea -- ABC News (Australia)

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CNN: South Korea showcases missiles, drones and tanks in rare military parade 

South Korea showcased an arsenal of advanced weaponry in a military parade on Tuesday, rolling tanks and missiles down the streets of its rain-soaked capital during the first event of its kind in a decade. 

The parade, held to mark the 75th Armed Forces Day commemorating the founding of the country’s armed forces, comes against the backdrop of rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, as South Korea draws closer to the United States and Japan against the threat of North Korea’s accelerating weapons program. 

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WNU Editor: South Korea is also issuing a warning to North Korea .... Seoul warns of N Korean regime termination, if nuclear weapons used (RFA). 

South Korea Holds Major Military Parade That Showcased An Arsenal Of Advanced Weaponry  

S. Korea holds rare military parade, warns NK against nuclear attack -- Korea Herald 

South Korea flexes military muscle with parade, issues dire warning about North's nuclear pursuit -- FOX News  

South Korea holds 1st major military parade in a decade -- DW

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Reuters: Russian Black Sea commander Sokolov shown on video call after Ukraine said it killed him 

MOSCOW (Reuters) -Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, was shown on Russian state television on Tuesday attending a defence leaders' meeting remotely, a day after Ukrainian special forces said they had killed him. 

In video and photographs released by the defence ministry, Sokolov was shown as one of several fleet commanders on video apparently joining an in-person meeting of Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other army chiefs, although not speaking. It was not clear when the video was filmed.  

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WNU Editor: Kyiv is already back-tracking their claim that General Sokolov was killed .... Ukraine ‘clarifying’ whether Russian commander was killed in strike, after video purportedly shows him alive (CNN). 

Video Shoes Russian Black Sea Fleet Commander Is Still Alive Days After Ukraine Claimed To Kill Him

Viktor Sokolov: Russian video 'shows Black Sea fleet commander alive' -- BBC 

Russian Black Sea Fleet commander is still alive, video suggests, days after Ukraine claimed to kill him -- Insider  

Viktor Sokolov: Top Russian admiral appears in video call - after Ukraine claimed he was killed in missile strike -- SKY News  

‘Dead’ Russian admiral may not actually be dead -- Politico

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The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army).  

New York Times: U.S. Army Hospital in Germany Is Treating Americans Hurt Fighting in Ukraine 

A group of Ukrainian Army soldiers pierced by Russian grenades and mortar shells arrived at a hospital recently in need of surgery. It would have been a familiar scene from the bloody war grinding on in Ukraine, except for two crucial differences: Most of the wounded soldiers were American, and so was the hospital — the U.S. Army’s flagship medical center in Germany.

The Army has quietly started to treat wounded Americans and other fighters evacuated from Ukraine at its Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. 

Though the number so far is small — currently 14 — it marks a notable new step in the United States’ deepening involvement in the conflict.  

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Update #1: Army hospital in Germany caring for wounded American volunteers in Ukraine (Task & Purpose)  

Update #2: Growing Numbers Of American Volunteers Wounded In Ukraine Treated At US Army Hospital In Germany (Zero Hedge)  

WNU Editor: This should surprise no one. The U.S. has been treating wounded Ukrainian soldiers at this hospital since last year .... US military to treat wounded Ukrainian troops at Landstuhl hospital (Air Force Times).

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Overwhelmed with work. Its been a crazy few days.

I hope to have some free time later today. There is a lot to post about.

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One of several photos on a blog by an SS Galichina veterans’ group that shows Yaroslav Hunka, the Ukrainian immigrant honored by the Canadian Parliament during a visit by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Hunka is in the front row, middle.  

Politico: Nazi-linked veteran received ovation during Zelenskyy’s Canada visit  

House Speaker apologizes for leading tribute in Parliament: ‘This initiative was entirely my own.’ 

OTTAWA, Ont. — A ranking Canadian parliamentarian is apologizing to Jewish communities around the world for a blunder during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit that led to lawmakers honoring a veteran accused of belonging to a Nazi division in WWII. 

It followed demands by Canadian Jewish organizations Sunday for an apology after it was revealed members of Parliament across party lines awarded a 98-year-old veteran on Friday with a standing ovation shortly after Zelenskyy addressed Canada’s House of Commons. 

Yaroslav Hunka stood and appeared to salute from the public gallery when he was recognized by House Speaker Anthony Rota, who introduced Hunka as a Canadian-Ukrainian war hero from his political district. 

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WNU Editor: There is some stuff that I cannot just make up.

Canadian politicians may have been clueless on Yaroslav Hunka's past, but I would not be surprised if some in Zelensly's delegation knew who he was. Many in Zelensky's government regard these former Nazi veterans as heroes, and their biggest hero is Stepan Bandera

And before I forget, there is also the issue of Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Freeland's grandfather .... Canada’s Future Prime Minister Needs to Come Clean About Her Nazi Collaborationist Grandfather (The Tablet). 

 Canada's Parliament Gave A Standing Ovation To A Ukrainian Veteran Who Fought With A Nazi SS Division In WWII  

Man who fought for Nazis honoured during Zelenskyy's visit to Parliament -- National Post/Canadian Press  

Zelenskyy joins Canadian Parliament’s ovation to 98-year-old veteran who fought with Nazis -- Forward  

Leader of Canada's House of Commons apologizes for honoring man who fought for Nazis -- AP 

House Speaker apologizes for honouring Ukrainian who fought in Nazi unit in WW II -- CBC  

Canada House speaker apologizes for recognition of veteran who fought for Nazis -- Reuters  

House Speaker Anthony Rota apologizes after inviting man who fought for Nazis to Parliament -- CTV News 

Who Is Yaroslav Hunk? Ex Waffen SS Member Gets Applauded in Canadina Parliament -- Times Now News

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An F-35 aircraft mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 542 and an F-35B instructor pilot with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 perform preflight checks on an F-35B Lightning II jet at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, April 20, 2023. US Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Theodore Bergan  

Insider: F-35 stealth fighter jets are only capable of flying missions a little over half the time, watchdog finds 

* A new government watchdog report reveals that the F-35 program is plagued by maintenance issues. 

* Because of these problems, the stealth fighters can only fly a mission just over half the time. 

* "Maintenance challenges negatively affect F-35 aircraft readiness," the report noted. 

The US military's F-35 fighters are only capable of flying missions just over half the time due to serious maintenance issues, according to a watchdog review of the Pentagon's long-term procurement plans for the stealth aircraft. 

The new findings, included in a lengthy report published on Thursday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), come just days after a F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter crashed over South Carolina during a training mishap, leading the US Marines Corps to issue a two-day pause to all flights over ongoing safety concerns.  

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WNU Editor: Why is this not surprising. 

 GAO Report Says F-35 Fighter Jets Are Only Capable Of Flying Missions 55% Of The Time  

Only 55 percent of F-35s mission capable, putting depot work in spotlight: GAO -- Breaking Defense  

F-35 fighter jets are only ‘mission capable' 55% of the time, new report says -- NBC News  

America's F-35 fighter jets are only 'mission capable' HALF of the time and are costing $1.3 trillion to maintain new report claims - just days after $80M stealth plane crashed in South Carolina -- Daily Mail  

F-35 military fighter jets ‘mission capable’ 55% of time: Report -- News Nation  

F-35 Stealth Fighter Only Mission Capable About Half The Time, Government Report Finds -- Zero Hedge/Epoch Times

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ABC News: Trump edges out Biden 51-42 in head-to-head matchup: POLL  

The president's job approval rating is 19 points underwater. 

President Joe Biden's job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for handling the economy and immigration are at career lows. A record number of Americans say they've become worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he's too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect -- all severe challenges for Biden in his reelection campaign ahead. 

Forty-four percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they've gotten worse off financially under Biden's presidency, the most for any president in ABC/Post polls since 1986. Just 37% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove. Still fewer approve of Biden's performance on the economy, 30%.  

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WNU Editor: The news media is downplaying this poll .... Washington Post says poll showing Trump beating Biden likely an ‘outlier’ (The Hill). More here .... Washington Post calls its own poll showing Trump beating Biden by 10 points an 'outlier' (FOX News). 

ABC/Washington Post Poll: Trump Leads Biden 52-42%  

Post-ABC poll: Biden faces criticism on economy, immigration and age -- Washington Post  

Poll showing Trump up 10 points over Biden for 2024 election criticized -- The Guardian  

Trump Leads Biden by 9 Points in New Washington Post/ABC News Poll -- National Review  

Trump leading Biden by double digits – poll -- RT

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Too many personal chores that need to be taken care of today. Blogging will return this evening.
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BBC: Nagorno-Karabakh: Thousands flee as Armenia says ethnic cleansing under way 

A growing stream of ethnic Armenian refugees are fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh following Azerbaijan's seizure of the disputed region last week. 

More than 13,000 people have so far crossed into Armenia from the enclave, which is home to a majority of some 120,000 ethnic Armenians.

They left after the government in Yerevan announced plans to move those made homeless by the fighting. Armenia's PM has warned that ethnic cleansing is "under way" in the region. 

"That's happening just now, and that is very unfortunate fact because we were trying to urge international community on that," Nikol Pashinyan told reporters.  

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WNU Editor: This is what ethnic cleansing looks like. Within a few months there will be no Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. 

Thousands Flee Armenia Amid Claims That Ethnic Cleansing Is Under Way 

 Exasperated residents flee Nagorno-Karabakh after Azerbaijan seizes control of breakaway region -- AP  

Dozens of Karabakh Children Reach Safety in Armenia in Back of a Truck -- Reuters  

Thousands flee into Armenia after Azerbaijan retakes enclave -- AFP  

‘We know we aren’t going back’: Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians face up to a life in exile -- Politico 

Ethnic cleansing fears as thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh into Armenia after Azerbaijan seized the disputed enclave -- Daily Mail 

‘I will never go back’: death stalks the exodus from Nagorno-Karabakh -- The Guardian  

Long queues and traffic jams as ethnic Armenians flee Nagorno-Karabakh fearing persecution -- ABC News Australia 

In Photos: Refugees Fleeing Nagorno-Karabakh Arrive in Armenia -- Moscow Times

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CTV News: 'Shared intelligence' from Five Eyes informed Trudeau's India allegation: U.S. ambassador 

There was "shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners" that informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's public allegation of a potential link between the government of India and the murder of a Canadian citizen, United States Ambassador to Canada David Cohen confirmed to CTV News. 

 In an exclusive interview on CTV's Question Period with Vassy Kapelos airing on Sunday, Cohen confirmed "there was shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners that helped lead Canada to making the statements that the Prime Minister made." 

On Monday, Trudeau informed the House of Commons in a rare statement on a matter of national security that Canadian intelligence agencies were investigating "credible allegations" that agents of the Indian government were involved in the June death of prominent Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in B.C.  

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 US Ambassador To Canada Confirms It Was Intelligence From The Five Eyes Partners That Helped Canada Link India To Sikh's Killing  

Shared intelligence from Five Eyes informed Trudeau's India allegation, CTV News reports -- Reuters  

US diplomat says intelligence from ‘Five Eyes’ nations helped Canada to link India to Sikh’s killing -- AP 

US envoy confirms Canada received intelligence from Five Eyes partners before Trudeau went public with allegations against India -- The Tribune  

Shared intel behind Trudeau’s statement on Nijjar killing: US envoy -- Indian Express

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DW: China, Syria announce 'partnership' after Assad-Xi talks  

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Syria and China would pursue a "strategic partnership" after meeting with Bashar Assad. China has been a stalwart defender of Assad's regime, despite Western human rights criticism. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, and announced the establishment of a "strategic partnership," according to a readout of the meeting by Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. 

Xi said the partnership "will become an important milestone in the history of bilateral relations," without providing any further details. 

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Xi And Assad Announce The Launching Of A China-Syria Strategic Partnership  

China and Syria announce 'strategic partnership' -- Middle East Eye  

Xi, Assad announce launch of China-Syria strategic partnership -- The Cradle  

Assad seeks Xi's help to end Syria's isolation -- DW  

China's Xi offers to help war-torn Syria rebuild, regain regional status -- Jerusalem Post 

China to help reconstruct war-battered Syria -- Al Jazeera

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy receives a standing ovation in the House of Commons as he delivers a speech on September 22 [Blair Gable/Reuters pool]  

Daily Mail: Is the world running out of patience with Zelensky's 'blank cheque' demands? Poland stops giving arms and US gives a fraction of what Ukraine's leader asked for as he visits Canada today to win support 

* Zelensky landed in the capital Ottawa late Thursday and will address parliament 

* It comes after Biden offered more weapons but refused to give ATACMS missiles 

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is meeting Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa today as he scrambles to rally more international support for his troops fighting Russia. 

Mr Zelensky landed in the capital late on Thursday, and will today have talks with Mr Trudeau before addressing the Canadian parliament. 

The Ukrainian leader will hope for a positive outcome after a difficult visit to Washington, where US president Joe Biden offered warm words of support and weapons - but rejected a request for longer range ATACMS missiles.  

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WNU Editor: Some countries are still giving .... Zelenskiy Says Ukraine Will Triumph as Canada Pledges More Military Help (Bloomberg).

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