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  • Bernie Sanders denounces 'outrageous' Trump ad as 'so sad for our country' news

    Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned as “nonsense” a new ad from President Trump accusing Democrats of being “complicit” in murders in the United States by undocumented immigrants.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:06:42 -0500
  • 15-Year-Old Airlifted To Dallas Hospital After High School Shooting news

    A suspect is in custody after a reported school shooting at a Texas high school, officials said.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:49:00 -0500
  • The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots news

    WASHINGTON ― As lawmakers wage a messaging war over who caused the government shutdown, Republicans and the White House are getting a big boost in their efforts to blame Democrats for the mess ― from the Russians.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:33:19 -0500
  • Olympic Cooperation Between North and South Korea Has Provoked Protests in Seoul news

    Demonstrators burned the "unification flag" that athletes will use at the Games

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:24:19 -0500
  • US immigration officers arrest Michigan doctor who has lived in US for 40 years news

    A respected doctor who has been in the United States for nearly 40 years has been picked up by American immigration agents after the Trump administration denied his attempt to renew his green card. Lukas Niec, an internal medicine doctor known for long hours at the hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was picked up by Immigration and Customs enforcement agents over the weekend. Mr Niec, an internal medicine doctor at Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital, moved to the United States nearly 40 years ago when he was five years old.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:44:00 -0500
  • Philippine volcano explodes, villagers flee back to shelters news

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano ejected a huge column of lava fragments, ash and smoke in a thunderous explosion Monday, sending thousands of villagers back to evacuation centers and prompting a warning that a violent eruption may be imminent.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:48:16 -0500
  • Service Dog Atlas Meets Pluto During Trip to Disney World news

    Atlas, a golden retriever, even has a stuffed Pluto toy at home.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:31:44 -0500
  • Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll news

    Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery, an Israeli university has said. The more than 60 tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls, a Haifa University spokesman told AFP on Sunday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:20:32 -0500
  • Man charged with DUI after trying to order burrito at bank drive-through window news

    A Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after he tried to order a burrito at a Bank of America drive-through window.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:34:08 -0500
  • Taliban lays claim to deadly attack on Kabul hotel

    Taliban militants who killed at least 22 people at a luxury Kabul hotel went from room to room searching for foreigners, survivors and a security source said Monday as more details of the victims emerged. Insurgents armed with Kalashnikovs and suicide vests attacked the landmark Intercontinental Hotel overlooking the Afghan capital late Saturday in an assault that lasted more than 12 hours and prompted questions over how the attackers breached security. Officials have said that at least 14 foreigners were killed.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:20:02 -0500
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: ‘I was not offended’ by Trump's 'cursing' at meeting news

    Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said that President Trump’s language during a closed-door meeting 10 days ago did not offend him, and that Trump’s actual words have been grossly misrepresented. The Arkansas Republican offered this defense of the commander in chief while discussing immigration reform on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” with moderator Chuck Todd.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:34:07 -0500
  • Vermont Makes History By Legalizing Marijuana, But Its Law Comes With A Catch news

    For the first time, a U.S. state has legalized marijuana with the stroke of a pen, not a vote at the ballot box.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:36:56 -0500
  • The Voices Of Larry Nassar's Victims Made It All The Way To The Women’s March news

    Larry Nassar’s sexual-abuse victims are finally getting more of the attention they so rightfully deserve.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:43:19 -0500
  • Separate Carnival Cruise Line Accidents See One Passenger Dead and Another Missing news

    One passenger went missing overboard while another fell to her death on separate Carnival Cruise Line ships

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:21:51 -0500
  • Hong Kong bookseller detained again by Chinese authorities news

    HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong-based bookseller who was secretly detained in China has been taken away by Chinese authorities again after being released into house arrest last October, his daughter said Monday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:34:47 -0500
  • Magnitude 7.9 earthquake strikes southeast of Alaska; tsunami watch issued news

    A magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami watch for coastal Alaska.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:27:00 -0500
  • UPDATE: 2 Flares Set Off At Florida Mall, Initially Thought To Be IEDs news

    Two devices found at a Florida mall originally thought to be improvised explosives were actually marine flares, authorities said on Monday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:35:21 -0500
  • Bishop tells Russians not to vote for Putin in rare church dissent news

    A Russian Orthodox bishop has advised the faithful not to vote for Vladimir Putin when he stands for re-election in March, a nearly unheard of occurrence in the loyal church. The angry statement marked the first time an acting bishop has spoken against supporting the current president, according to the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, but it was motivated by Mr Putin's perceived impiety rather than political differences.  Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin of the epiphany cathedral in the Siberian city of Ishim wrote on his page on VK, Russia's most popular social network, that he could no longer follow his “desire to vote for Putin” following “blasphemous” remarks by the president. “'If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is your darkness!' are the words of Christ,” Mr Kurochkin wrote. “And will I go against Christ to vote for darkness or advise anyone to do this? No, no and no!” Bishop Yevtikhy Kurochkin The bishop was angered by comments in a state television film about Valaam, an island of monasteries and churches in Lake Ladoga where the president has a holiday home. Mr Putin had argued that the Soviet regime had “adapted” Christian ideas for its communist ideology, including in its mummification of Vladimir Lenin, whose body remains on display on Red Square. “They put Lenin in the mausoleum. How does this differ from the relics of saints for Orthodox believers or Christians in general?” Mr Putin said. “When they tell me no, there is no such tradition in Christianity, how is there not? Go and look in Athens, there are the relics of saints there, and we have the relics of saints here too.” While the Russian Orthodox church has been growing increasingly influential in recent years, it has usually been supportive of the ruling regime. This goes back to a tradition of loyalty in tsarist times, when the official ideology was “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality”. Mr Putin submerges himself in an icy lake as part of a popular Orthodox ritual on Thursday Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP Photo/Sputnik Mr Putin has promoted conservative values during his 18 years in power and frequently appears at religious events. On Thursday, he was photographed taking a dip in an icy lake as part of an Orthodox ritual observed by many Russians.  Also on Monday, a court shut down the foundation of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has sought to challenge Mr Putin for the presidency but was barred from the race. He has called for protests around Russia on Sunday. Mr Navalny has used the foundation to pay campaign workers and organise rallies. The authorities “want to transform our finely tuned electoral machine into a chaos of volunteers” by banning the foundation, Mr Navalny told The Telegraph in an interview last week.  He said his campaign would devise other “partisan methods” to continue its work.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:14:25 -0500
  • Jeanette Epps is not the only astronaut NASA has removed from their planned flights news

    On Jan. 18, NASA announced that astronaut Jeanette Epps would not fly, as expected, to the International Space Station in June. The mission would have been historic, since she would have become the first African-American crewmember on the orbiting outpost.  The space agency hasn't released any information about why Epps was benched from her planned mission, saying only that "these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," according to NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean. Epps will now work in the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center and await another possible flight assignment. Epps' removal from her planned flight isn't without historic precedent. SEE ALSO: Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all NASA has benched astronauts before flights many times in its decades as a federal agency, and for many different reasons. "Flight assignments have been changed often in the past at various stages of training for a variety of reasons," Dean said via email. Specifically, quite a few astronauts have been removed from their missions for health reasons.  NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps.Image: NASANASA's Ken Mattingly was pulled from the Apollo 13 crew just a few days before their scheduled launch because he was exposed to German measles.  From the ground, Mattingly was part of the team that helped bring back the Apollo 13 crew to Earth after an oxygen tank exploded, putting the lives of the crew in serious danger and forcing them to abandon their planned moon landing.  Mattingly still earned a place in cinematic history, since he was portrayed by actor Gary Sinise in the movie Apollo 13. "Long before Jeanette Epps was pulled from her upcoming space station expedition, astronauts such as Ken Mattingly in 1970 and Don Thomas in 2002 were reassigned due to medical issues, while Mark Lee was pulled from a 2001 space station assembly shuttle mission for reasons NASA never disclosed," space historian and editor of Robert Pearlman said in an interview.  "To their crewmates' credit, despite the interruptions, the missions went on as planned (or in the case of Apollo 13, went awry but at no fault of Mattingly's replacement, Jack Swigert)." NASA also replaced Jeff Ashby in 1997 due to an illness in his family, and other astronauts have been removed due to other medical or personal issues. "NASA invests a lot of time, effort and money in training their astronaut crews, and stresses teamwork throughout, so the decision to remove an astronaut from a flight is never taken lightly," Pearlman said. Epps's 2018 mission was announced in 2017 and it immediately went viral.  News organizations profiled Epps and wrote about her expected upcoming flight, making the news of her reassignment all the more surprising.  She has not yet flown to space. Epps was chosen as part of NASA's 2009 astronaut class as one of 14 candidates.  Her path to NASA is different from many other astronauts, however.  Epps started off as a NASA fellow and then worked at Ford Motor Company before spending seven years at the Central Intelligence Agency.  Epps was inspired to become an astronaut after watching the first class of women become NASA astronauts decades ago. "It was about 1980, I was nine years old. My brother came home and he looked at my grades and my twin sisters' grades and he said, 'You know, you guys can probably become aerospace engineers or even astronauts,'" Epps said in a NASA video. "And this was at the time that Sally Ride [the first American woman to fly in space] and a group of women were selected to become astronauts — the first time in history. So, he made that comment and I said, 'Wow, that would be so cool.'" WATCH: Here's how Virgin's space program is different than SpaceX

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:59:03 -0500
  • US Christian tourists see deep meaning in Trump's Jerusalem move news

    Near the olive grove where Christians believe Jesus agonised before his crucifixion, an American visitor spoke of a decision by US President Donald Trump some believe also holds spiritual importance. Phillip Dunn, the 37-year-old pastor of an evangelical Christian church in the US state of South Carolina, said he saw Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital last month as part of biblical prophecy. Trump's controversial declaration on December 6 will be back in the spotlight over the coming days with Vice President Mike Pence arriving Sunday night for talks with Israeli officials in Jerusalem.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:42:53 -0500
  • Paul Ryan Declines To Say If He'll Run For Another Term In Congress news

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Sunday he wasn’t planning on leaving Congress any time soon, but he also didn’t disclose whether he will serve another term in the House of Representatives.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:02:07 -0500
  • With 25,339 murders in 2017, Mexico suffers record homicide tally

    There were more than 25,000 murders across drug-ravaged Mexico in 2017, the highest annual tally since modern records began, government data showed. Investigators opened 25,339 murder probes last year, up nearly 25 percent from the 2016 tally, interior ministry data released on Saturday showed. Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels that have increasingly splintered into smaller, more bloodthirsty, gangs.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:20:29 -0500
  • Pope Francis Compares Gossiping Nuns To Terrorists news

    Pope Francis compared gossiping nuns to terrorists during his latest South American tour stop in Lima on Sunday.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 01:06:14 -0500
  • California Highway Damaged by Mudslides Reopens news

    The nearly two-week closure caused traffic headaches across the region

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:12:34 -0500
  • Afghan forces end Taliban siege at Kabul hotel; 18 dead news

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security forces said Sunday they had killed the last of six Taliban militants to end an overnight siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel that left at least 18 people dead, including 14 foreigners. Some of the 150 guests fled the gunbattle and fire sparked by the assault by shimmying down bedsheets from the upper floors.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:42:14 -0500
  • Young Mother Becomes 4th Member of Montecito Family Found Dead in Mudslides news

    The discovery of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon puts the death toll at 21, with two still missing.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:39:31 -0500
  • Scarlett Johansson Slams James Franco For Support Of Time's Up At Women's March news

    Scarlett Johansson didn’t mince words in her scathing critique of James Franco, who has shown public support for the Time’s Up movement while being accused of sexual misconduct.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:16:06 -0500
  • The White House Says This Photo Shows Trump Working. People Aren’t Buying It. news

    President Donald Trump wanted to show the nation that he was hard at work this weekend after the government shut down over failed budget negotiations.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 04:52:05 -0500
  • Venezuela condemns EU sanctions against seven officials news

    President Nicolas Maduro's government condemned European Union sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials Monday, accusing the bloc of subservience to the "supremacist and racist" US government. "The European Union once again offers irrefutable proof of its remarkable subordination to the supremacist and racist government of Donald Trump," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:53:45 -0500
  • Away from the adoring crowds, an elusive George Weah is leading Liberia into the unknown news

    As the morning sun beat down on a small training stadium in Monrovia,the capital of Liberia, a steady trickle of black SUVs with tinted windows appeared in the heavy humid heat, meandering between the stands and the pitch before coming to a halt in precision formation. George Weah, the former World Footballer of the Year and president-elect, had already alighted in his bright red football kit. Then out stepped his team, the Weah All Stars, streaming onto the pitch to play their final game before the former AC Milan star's long-awaited inauguration. The invite-only match against the Armed Forces of Liberia, packed with diplomatic corp and press, was a relatively muted affair in comparison to the campaign trail, which attract the kinds of die-hard supporters who propelled the country's biggest star to power. Standing outside the gates of the ground, clinging to a Liberian flag, a ticketless Benjamin Karr, in his 20s, gave a taste of the kind of adoration and hope that has propped up the former footballer so far. “He’s going to bring healthcare, good education and infrastructure and development and we need it to come for our youth to work. He will do that because he loves the country and he loves the people,” he told The Telegraph. On the streets of the capital, Liberia is still in thrall of its superstar president-elect, voted in three weeks ago and due to finally be inaugurated on Monday in the first democratic transfer of power in the country since 1944. The party has continued since George Weah was elected president at the end of December Credit:  THIERRY GOUEGNON/ REUTERS Flag-sellers still line the streets as optimism runs high and Weah’s party’s headquarters have been a riot of colour and noise, more akin to a festival than a political base, for months. But behind the jubilation that a national icon is taking over, there are reasons to be cautious: Weah, 51, faces a tanking economy, a fraught coalition tarnished by the country’s dark history, and an increasingly sceptical press to whom he has given almost nothing away. For a man who has given his fair share of interviews since becoming the only African ever to have won the coveted Ballon d’Or football award and FIFA World Player of the Year, he has become surprisingly elusive. Journalists from around the world have arrived for the inauguration party and left with nothing - with the BBC, no less, among those to suffer abrupt cancellations from Weah's office. In rare but short comments to the gathering press pack before the game on Saturday, Weah remained tight-lipped: “I believe that with the help of the Liberian people I will be successful,” he declared, before taking his place up front. Some believe his phobia of the media could well be a fear of making statements that he finds himself unable to deliver on, leading to unwanted repercussions at home. George Weah faces trouble with his coalition, the economy and his political inexperince Credit:  THIERRY GOUEGNON/ REUTERS He is inheriting an economy that has suffered from shocks caused by a slump in global iron ore and rubber prices as well as the Ebola outbreak in 2014-15 which saw the death of over 4,000 Liberians. The Liberian dollar is depreciating rapidly in value against its US counterpart, which the country also uses, meaning life is getting increasingly expensive and the poorest are hardest hit.  And this is where Weah’s popularity is most concentrated. Supporters are convinced that he will bring jobs and reduce the cost of rice, the staple food, by half. Quite how he will bring about the desired changes is unclear. In The Telegraph’s many failed attempts to pin down Weah for an interview, one source within his camp said: “We have a strategy and we have tactics, and one of our tactics is to tell no one our strategy.” Another reason for Weah’s elusiveness could be a lack of confidence in his own leadership abilities. Unlike Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former World Bank economist and the first elected female head of state in Africa, who defeated Weah on two previous occasions before stepping down, he is not considered an intellectual. Nor is he a gifted orator, by his own admission, and close friends were surprised when he stated his intention to run for the presidency in 2005 - feeding the theory that he has been propelled to the top by others keen to profit from his poster-boy popularity is strong in certain camps. But perhaps the most immediate issue as Weah looks to name his cabinet on Monday, is the fragile coalition agreement that is unlikely to be a happy marriage. Weah’s own Congress for Democratic Change is joined by vice president Jewel Howard-Taylor’s National Patriotic Party, founded by her ex-husband Charles Taylor, who served as president from 1997 to 2003 after leading a rebellion against the government of Samuel Doe. Taylor is currently serving a 50-year prison sentence in HMP Frankland in County Durham for war crimes committed in Sierra Leone. No one has ever faced trial for the atrocities committed during Liberia’s own civil war which ended in 2003, and reconciliation is a word on the lips of many.  The Liberia People Democratic Party is the third partner in the coalition and headed by the former House of Representatives speaker, Alex Tyler, who is implicated in an ongoing bribery case involving British company Sable Mining. 15 curious things you didn't know about Liberia Whatever the outcome, Weah’s presidency is an anomaly in Liberia’s chequered history, not just because of his celebrity status. Politics in the country has traditionally been dominated by the minority Americo-Liberian elite who are descended from freed American slaves. Weah’s humble beginnings combined with his native ancestry could not be further from the norm. “He represents those who are down the drain. He’s their role model, and we have to let the people’s voice be heard,” one Monrovia resident Renee Murray told The Telegraph. Christian Grant, another one of the thousands of fanatical young Weah supporters, is also optimistic. “I think there will be a brand new Liberia and that’s our dream,” he said. “Things will improve and children will go to school. Job facility will flow. That’s what we expect our president to do and we know that he will do more than that for us.”

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:24:12 -0500
  • China's top paper says U.S. forcing China to accelerate South China Sea deployments

    China's top newspaper, decrying Washington as a trouble-maker, said on Monday U.S. moves in the South China Sea like last week's freedom of navigation operation will only cause China to strengthen its deployments in the disputed waterway. China's foreign ministry said the USS Hopper, a destroyer, came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan island, which is better known as the Scarborough Shoal and is subject to a rival claim by the Philippines, a historic ally of the United States. It was the latest U.S. naval operation challenging extensive Chinese claims in the South China Sea and came even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in dealing with North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:59:41 -0500
  • Teen Says MSU Is Still Billing Her Family For Appointments Where Nassar Assaulted Her news

    The 95th witness to deliver an impact statement at the sentencing hearing for disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar said the school is still billing her family for appointments where she was allegedly sexually abused.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:48:45 -0500
  • Manifestaciones masivas en la segunda Marcha de las Mujeres

    Miles de personas participan en la “Marcha de las mujeres, en Washington, EEUU. EFE

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:29:17 -0500
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal of bearded seal listing news

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will not review a lower court ruling that confirmed Alaska's bearded seal population as a threatened species.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:30:12 -0500
  • Canadian billionaire and his wife were murdered, private investigators say news

    A billionaire and his wife found dead side-by-side were both murdered, a report by private investigators has said.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 11:34:00 -0500
  • At Least 30 Children Have Died From This Season's Flu. Some of Them Were Perfectly Healthy news

    30 U.S. children have died from influenza-related causes so far this flu season, says the CDC, and some of them were perfectly healthy.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:10:29 -0500
  • Now Chris Cuomo And Kellyanne Conway Are Fighting Over Grammar news

    Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway have taken their act to the next level.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:00:03 -0500
  • The Latest: Russia warned Kurdish officials of Turkey attack news

    HASSA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:12:05 -0500
  • Germany's centre-left backs formal coalition talks with Merkel news

    Germany's centre-left Social Democrats voted Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, bringing Europe's top economy a step closer to a new government after months of deadlock. At a special party congress in the western city of Bonn, 372 out of 642 delegates (56 percent) backed SPD chief Martin Schulz's appeal to approve a preliminary coalition deal painstakingly hammered out with Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc. The veteran chancellor, in power for more than 12 years, said she welcomed the SPD's green light but warned that there were "many issues left to work out".

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:32:21 -0500
  • Pakistani principal shot dead by student over blasphemy dispute

    By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country's strict blasphemy laws, a police official said.  Sareer Ahmed, principal of the private Islamia College in the northern town of Charsadda, had an argument with one of his students for missing a number of classes. The student then shot the principal on campus, local police chief Zahoor Afridi told Reuters.   He said the unnamed student had attended a sit-in staged by a new ultra-religious political party, Tehreek-e-Labaik, late last year to oppose a small change in wording to an electoral law, which it said amounted to blasphemy.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:23:20 -0500
  • Judi Dench Was Up For 'Leading Roll' SAG Award, And Twitter Rolled With It news

    A half-baked SAG Awards graphic on Sunday showed that Judi Dench of “Victoria & Abdul” was among the nominees for outstanding female actor in a “leading roll.”

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:02:20 -0500
  • Man Finds Lost Engagement Ring in Bizarre Twist of Fate news

    It was an astonishing turn of events that occurred within the span of only two hours.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:02:51 -0500
  • Leaders to meet with white separatist town official in Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Leaders in a Maine town said Sunday they will meet with their town manager, who has come under fire for espousing white separatist views.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:44:38 -0500
  • Finsbury Park terror trial: Darren Osborne turned into 'ticking time bomb' after watching BBC drama, court hears news

    An unemployed father of four accused of carrying out the Finsbury Park terror attack became "brainwashed" and a "ticking time bomb” obsessed with Muslims after watching a BBC drama about the Rochdale grooming scandal, a court has heard. Darren Osborne, 48, from Cardiff became convinced all Muslims were rapists and belonged to paedophile gangs after watching the hard hitting Three Girls drama, which was broadcast on BBC One last May. On June 17 last year - in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge - Mr Osborne hired a van from a firm near his home in south Wales. Two days later, at just after midnight, he allegedly ploughed into a group of Muslims who had just left a mosque in Finsbury Park, north London, killing 51-year-old Makram Ali and injuring several others, some of them seriously. At the opening of his trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting said: “The evidence establishes that the defendant was trying to kill as many of the group as possible.” Shortly after the deadly attack, a note was found in the van, which the court was told documented his extremist views towards members of the Muslim faith and also a number of leading politicians and public figures. Darren Osborne was detained by members of the public in Finsbury Park Credit: Universal News And Sport In the note he referred to Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as a “terrorist sympathiser” and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, as a “disgrace”. Reading from the note, Mr Rees said Mr Osborne had written: “Why are there terrorists on our streets today? We’ve had three recent terror attacks, our children spattered against the walls of concerts, part and parcel by all accounts, Mr Sadiq Khan, no it isn’t how can you let this happen, terrorists marching through our capital city, you’re a disgrace, where was the public outrage after 1400 of our white British none Muslim girls? “Where were you in Rotherham, Lily Allen, Jeremy Corbyn, nowhere to be seen." Later in the note, he wrote: "So Mr Sadiq Khan how are you this morning? I'd imagine your (sic) gonna have a hard job keeping your happy go lucky vibrant city in order, Part n parcel of living in a big city, carry on as normal, bk to ya day Jobs, what about you Jez? "Mr terrorist sympathiser, or should I call you Harold, "you dirty old man" put that in ya pipe, & have some sympathy for me, well Folkes gotta go busy day today. Remember peaceful vigils only & please dont look back in anger, God Save the Queen". Emergency services at the scene in Finsbury Park Credit: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock  Mr Rees explained: “The underlying theme seems to be that the defendant felt that insufficient was being said or done to counter-terrorism and grooming gangs comprising predominantly Muslim males. “Against that background, the defendant decided to take matters into this own hands. He planned to make a public statement by killing Muslims, knowing that this handwritten note would be recovered by the authorities.” The court was told that Mr Osborne’s former partner, Sarah Andrews, described him as “unpredictable”, “a loner” and a “functioning alcoholic”. Makram Ali was described him as a 'quiet, gentle man' who 'spent his whole life without any enemies' Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA  But she said she had never considered him to be a racist and had not heard him making derogatory comments about Muslims, before watching the Three Girls drama. Mr Rees told the jury: “Ms Andrews noticed that the defendant became obsessed with the subject matter of the drama. He started researching associated topics on the internet, including material featuring Tommy Robinson, the co-founder and former spokesperson for the English Defence League (EDL). “The defendant started making racist comments about all Muslims raping children and being capable of blowing people up. It appeared to her that he was becoming brainwashed. “Ms Andrews pleaded with the defendant to stop, telling him that all Muslims did not behave in this manner, but he was not interested in her views. With the benefit of hindsight, she describes him as a ticking time bomb.” Finsbury Park van attack - How it unfolded The court heard that Mr Osborne had suffered from anxiety and depression for a number of years and had not worked for around a decade. Mr Rees said he had also twice threatened to take his own life in the weeks before the attack. Analysis of Mr Osborne’s media devices showed that in the fortnight leading up to the attack they had connected to web pages which included: the far right Britain First group; Tommy Robinson; a fake video purportedly showing Muslims in London celebrating the Paris terror attacks; Jeremy Corbyn and why people should not vote for him and Sadiq Khan’s comments that part and parcel of living in a global city was being prepared for terror attacks. Mr Rees said it was clear that by Friday 16 June, Mr Osborne had “formulated his plan to drive a vehicle into a group of Muslims”, because he had inquired about hiring a Luton van. A police forensic officer examines the van used by Darren Osborne Credit: Carl Court /Getty The barrister told the jury: “This was just under three months after Khalid Masood had carried out an attack on Westminster Bridge, driving a car into pedestrians, killing four and injuring many others, before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer, who sought to prevent him entering the Palace of Westminster.” Mr Osborne hired the van the following day, paying £170, before spending the evening in the Hollybush Public House near his home in Cardiff. Witnesses, who described him as being drunk, later told the police they had heard him saying he wanted to write to Theresa May and Parliament, adding: “All Muslims are terrorists.” Mr Osborne was also allegedly overheard talking about a “Muslim march”, which the court was told was thought to be a reference to the Al Quds march, that was taking place in central London the following day. A man prays at the scene of the incident in Finsbury Park Credit: NEIL HALL /Reuters Later that night, he got into a conversation with a serving soldier who took exception to his racist language. Mr Rees said the defendant had said words to the effect: “I’m going to kill all the Muslims, Muslims are all terrorists. Your families are all going to be Muslim. I’m going to take it into my own hands.” He also claimed to be a soldier and when asked what regiment, allegedly replied: “You will find out tomorrow.” Mr Osborne denies one count of murder and one count of attempted murder and the trial continues. 

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:46:07 -0500
  • Former Trump Aide's Fiancee Warns White House: ‘A Lot To Come’ news

    The fiancee of George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year, said there’s a lot the public doesn’t know yet.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:05:15 -0500
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson Has A Haunting Question About Bears news

    Neil deGrasse Tyson is known for using his Twitter account to tackle everything from urgent scientific issues to pop culture.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:56:00 -0500
  • Second Rohingya 'leader' killed in Bangladesh refugee camp news

    Attackers on Monday killed a Rohingya representative in a Bangladesh refugee camp, the second such death in three days as tensions mount over the planned repatriation of some 750,000 refugees to Myanmar. Sources said the dead man Yusuf Ali was a camp leader at the Balukhali camp on the border with Myanmar. Mohammad Yusuf, a leader in the neighbouring Thaingkhali camp, was shot dead last Friday.

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:31:47 -0500
  • Doctor who aided hunt for bin Laden languishes, forgotten news

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Shakil Afridi has languished in jail for years — since 2011, when the Pakistani doctor used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden's home, aiding U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader.

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:07 -0500
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