Re: 6 arrested after Morocco video shows woman molested on bus

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Six teenage suspects were arrested yesterday in Morocco following video footage of a woman being sexually attacked on a bus.

According to a police statement, six men aged between 15 and 17 were arrested after the incident took place in Casablanca.

The video was shared on social media on Sunday and caused widespread outrage in the country. In the video, six teenagers are seen assaulting a weeping woman, who reportedly has learning difficulties, and laughing as they molest her.

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The victim is seen screaming in distress but despite this no one is seen coming to her aid nor does the bus come to halt.

According to transport company M’Dina Bus, the incident happened on Friday. The police statement said the 24-year-old woman had not filed a complaint before the video was released.

The video comes as another incident that was filmed and shared on social media showed a group of men taunting a woman walking alone in the streets of Tangier a fortnight ago. Both incidents have raised questions about the high number of sexual assaults that take place in the country.



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After dying, some people really do go to Hell… and some have returned to tell the tale

(Natural News) Supposedly, 13 million Americans (or around five percent of our population) had undergone a near-death experience (NDE) by 1992, with around 200,000 people reporting such a phenomenon annually. “Coming back from the dead,” as it were, is a popular topic in media and has intrigued scientists for quite some time. Even extending beyond science, the thought of “something other” than what we perceive in this dimension is fascinating. It calls into question the concept of an “afterlife,” or at least makes us take a look at the fundamental laws of physics a little bit closer. No matter how you spin it, these NDEs are imbibed with spiritual or religious undertones. Many survivors of these experiences talk about what they saw and how these visions (for lack of a better word) changed their perceptions of life. (Related: Life after death is real, concludes scientific study of 2,000 patients.)

Quite interestingly, a paper entitled, “The Mystical Impact of Near-Death Experiences,” which recorded the encounters of residents in both the United States and India, found no direct relationship between religiousness and deathbed visions; “although they did find that an individual’s belief system influenced the interpretation of the experience,” the paper concluded.

Reading through a thread on Reddit may provide a unique insight on what happens when we “die” (or are pronounced clinically dead). These reports range from peaceful to the more horrific. User juninkun writes that he actually visited Hell and the experience left him believing in the afterlife. He recalls, “about twenty years ago, I purposefully OD’d on a lot of meds [sic]. I’m not sure if I died during my sleep or what, but I remember being in hell. The devil was a giant fire ant walking on lava…which is strange because I was never really afraid of ants except for a time when I was like 5 years ago and fell in a fire ant bed and was in the ER for shock. I’ve only shared that memory with three or four people in my life. I think it would scare most people to think I know I am going to hell because I know there is an afterlife. [sic]”

Scary though this vision was, several other Reddit users downplayed his conclusion of an afterlife. User mom0nga attempted to soothe frantic people by telling juninkun, “I don’t know what, if any, religious beliefs you subscribe to, but maybe that dream/experience was merely a warning to avoid hell, or maybe it was just a dream. Either way, I wouldn’t assume that you’re going to hell just because of that vision.”

Other reports are less hair-raising. For the most part, survivors talk about seeing nothing but feeling incredibly peaceful. Some are given a choice to stay or go back, as with user JimmiDog. “I realized I was being given a choice between staying in that place forever or going back to my parents. I wanted to stay in this beautiful peaceful place but I chose to go back,” he wrote.

A similarity among all these stories, however, remains that all of them report believing in an afterlife after their NDE. This complete change in thinking (for some) prompted drastic changes in lifestyle and personal habits. This is not so surprising, says author of the previously mentioned paper. “NDErs describe themselves as more religious than they were before…[and while] NDErs did not report any change in their religiosity as a result of their close encounter with death…there is a heightened inward religious feeling…which does not seem to require a conventional religious format for it to be manifested.’”

According to Raymond Moody, the psychiatrist who coined the term in the 1970s, there are 15 elements that are usually present in a typical NDE: hearing oneself pronounced dead, ineffability, hearing unusual noises, a feeling of peace, seeing a dark tunnel, meeting spiritual beings, encountering a bright light, being out of the body, a panoramic life review, cities of lights, a realm of knowing everything, seeing bewildered spirits, witnessing a “border” between dimensions, a supernatural rescue, and coming back into the body.

The two stages of dead

Almost all NDEs occur when a person is pronounced “clinically dead.” This is the first step in the process known as death. Clinical death lasts for around four to six minutes and starts when the person stops breathing and the heart stops pumping blood. Organs such as the kidneys are still alive during this stage.

Biological death is the second stage and begins when the body begins to degenerate. The brain begins to shut down as it runs out of oxygen.

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Corbyn ally ‘unfit for office’ after liking spoof tweet telling sex abuse victims to shut up

Labour MP Naz Shah liked a post which told women who were repeatedly raped and abused in their teenage years to be quiet while their attackers are appealing jail sentences.

Shah interacted with the post on a parody account of left-wing writer Owen Jones on Twitter, which said: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”

The Tweet appears to be a nod to the uproar caused when Labour MP Sarah Champion wrote an article insisting Pakistani sex gangs had a racist motive in their attacks on young white girls.

Champion, shadow minister for equalities, insisted there is a problem with Asian sex gangs targeting white girls, and was forced from the frontbenches as a result.

Politicians are furious at Shah, who was a key figure in the uproar over the articles linking grooming and racism.

Shah was accused of showing “a repugnant lack of concern about the survivors of horrific child sexual exploitation.”

Shah later deleted the retweet and unliked the post – yet her colleagues are reeling.

Anti-child sex exploitation (CSE) campaigner and UKIP MEP Jane Collins told RT UK that Shah is “unfit for public office.”

“I have spent a lot of time talking to the survivors of CSE in Rotherham and they are brave women who were treated so badly by so called ‘services’ in Rotherham, including South Yorkshire police and the borough council, I wonder they have any faith in the institutions in this country at all,” she said.

“The reason many were not helped and instead subjected to years of vile abuse including child rape, having petrol poured over them and being threatened with firearms is because some in the authorities either did not take their complaints seriously or did not, in the words of former Rotherham MP Dennis MacShane, want to ‘rock the multicultural boat.’

“We are still a long way from getting justice for all the survivors of CSE and my message to them is speak out, say it loud and point the finger at those who let you down.”

Equality and Human Rights Commission chief executive Rebecca Hilsenrath condemned the Labour MP for Bradford West.

“Ms Shah should know better,” she told the Sun.

“We need to keep the victims of these horrific crimes at the heart of the debate and always remember that diversity is not served by silence.”

Shah, who served on the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, has been burned by social media before when she was suspended in 2016 over online posts branded anti-Semitic.

The MP shared rants on Facebook calling for Israel to be dumped in America, before comparing Hitler’s policies to those of the Israelis.

A spokesman for Shah defended the MP liking the sex abuse tweet.

“This was a genuine accident eight days ago that was rectified within minutes. To suggest otherwise is absolute nonsense,” he told the Sun.

“Her record speaks for itself. Naz has been working for over 20 years on the issues of child abuse, violence against women and grooming, which is well documented.

“She has and will continue to advocate for all victims, and work towards eradicating this evil from society.”

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Atacama desert in Chile erupts in floral beauty after unexpected rain falls in driest place on Earth

    

Deserts are meant to be dry and lifeless places but this one in Chile has just had a dazzling bloom of flowers.

The plants grew in the Atacama Desert following unexpectedly heavy rainfall in the north of the country during the winter months.

Flowers usually grow there once every seven years (because it’s the driest place on Earth) but the extra rain meant it occurred just two years after the last bloom.

Atacama is one of the most arid places in the world so visitors were shocked when they stumbled across the bloom of more than 200 floral species and endemic fauna.

It was so baffling the desert is now attracting thousands of tourists who are eager to see the flowers.

And we don’t blame them for wanting to witness the rare spectacle.

    

While there they may also catch a glimpse of the volcanoes, skyscrapers and dunes that make up the landscape of the area.

The desert also experiences thunderstorms that may make it seem like the end of the world is coming.

The series of images showing the plants were taken last Thursday.

    

    

    

    

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9 Guns You Can Count On After The SHTF

[8/23/17/ URBAN SURIVAL]  As the post-civil war slogan famously said, “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal”. Firearms themselves, however, are not all created equal. This is especially true when you put them under the pressures and strains that a post-disaster weapon would have to live up to.

When the SHTF, you want a gun that you can count on. Whether you’re hunting for food or fighting for your life, you need an accurate, reliable weapon that goes bang each and every time you pull the trigger. Listed below are nine guns you can bet your life on.

1. Mossberg 500

One of the best-selling shotguns of all time, the Mossberg 500 has been used by the US military since the 1960s. It’s super reliable, easy to disassemble and work on, and just at home in the woods as it is the middle of a firefight. Best of all, a wide range of shotgun ammunition gives you a lot of versatility, allowing you to hunt cottontail rabbits and breach doorways with the same weapon.

2. Remington 700

Few rifles can compare to the accuracy and reliability of this classic. The Remington 700 is still used by military and SWAT snipers to this day, and this rifle fits perfectly in the narrow class of rifles that are light enough to take hunting yet accurate enough to use as a sniper rifle. If you are wanting a mobile weapon that can still send lead a long ways down range, the Remington 700 is the perfect choice.

3. Glock 19

Glock has made an incredible name for themselves producing near indestructible pistols that function flawlessly. This particular pistol is a compact model that is chambered in 9mm. Though most any Glock is arguably as good as the other (Glock just about always delivers with every weapon they make), the Glock 19 made the list because it is small enough to be concealed, large enough to be accurate, and is chambered in what is arguably the most popular pistol round of all time.

4. Colt AR-15

Few weapons platforms are more popular than the AR-15, and a large number of brands make their own version of this weapon. You’ve got a lot of choices when choosing which AR-15 to buy, but the version that Colt makes is as good as any of them.

The Colt AR-15 is one best weapons you could hope to have in your hands if you ever find yourself in the middle of a full-blown firefight. It’s reliable, can hold 30 or more rounds depending on the clip you have in it, shoots as fast as you can pull the trigger, and is extremely easy to customize in a wide variety of ways. All said, owning a Colt AR-15 is as close as you can get to being a one-man army.

5. Springfield M1A

The M1A is the civilian version of the popular M14, though really there isn’t a lot of difference between the two models. This ultra-reliable rifle functions both as a long-range weapon and a fast-firing semi-automatic weapon for sending out lots of lead in mid to close quarter combat. It doesn’t have the capacity of the AR-15, but it does have better accuracy for long range shots and a 308 round that packs a punch.

6. Smith & Wesson 500

If you want a pistol with the knockdown power of a howitzer, the S&W 500 is the choice for you. This beast of a handgun is chambered in the massive .500 S&W cartridge, and it packs a wallop.

Why, though, is the S&W 500 a gun that you can count on if the SHTF? For one, it brings the accuracy of some rifles into the size of a pistol (though, admittedly, a rather large pistol). It’s also a revolver, which means it’s as reliable and durable as a gun can get. Lastly, the S&W 500 is essentially the pistol version of a 50 cal. It’s a weapon you carry on your hip that’s still powerful enough to shoot through small obstructions and light cover. You’d be hard pressed to find another concealable weapon that has that much power.

7. Ruger 10/22

Ruger describes the 10/22 as “America’s favorite .22 rifle”, and that’s a statement that would be hard to argue with. The 10/22 is a classic, and for good reason. It’s reliable, accurate, and as customizable as a .22 rifle can be.

While you won’t be taking a .22 into any shootouts if you have the choice, a .22 rifle is still a gun that is priceless in a disaster situation. The ammunition is cheap and light enough to carry thousands of rounds all day without breaking a sweat. The gun itself is quiet enough to avoid detection and is perfect for taking down small game. Few weapons have put more meat on the table than the .22, and the Ruger 10/22 is among the best .22 rifles available today.

8. Kel-Tec KSG

If you want a truly elite home defense weapon, the Kel-Tec KSG is the firearm of choice. This shotgun is as compact as is legally allowed in the United States, yet despite its size, it still holds an unbelievable total of 12 3-inch 12 gauge rounds.

Its dual magazines allow you switch between various projectiles with ease, which could come in handy in a variety of ways (such as giving you the ability to switch between lethal and nonlethal rounds) and the KSG’s largely composite construction is as reliable as it gets. Put a Kel-Tec KSG in the corner by your bedside and rest easy at night.

9. Kalashnikov AK-47 (Semi-auto Variant)

The AK-47 is a fighting machine, and even the semi-auto variations of it (which can be legally purchased without any kind of special licensing) are one of the most effective weapons you could have in a mid-range fight.

The Kalashnikov is just one brand that produces semi-auto AKs, and there several other good ones available. Whichever brand you go with, know that you are getting a reliable weapon that has stood the test of time.

What do you think of this list? Which guns would you add or remove? Let us know in the comments section!

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Obama Furious After Historian Reveals Dark Secret About His “Slave-Owning Ancestors”

Obama has been playing the race card ever since he used it to get elected in 2008, and even when out of office, he hasn’t shown any signs of stopping anytime soon. Every opportunity he gets, Obama cries “racism,” to incite the brainwashed mob of leftist thugs that voted him into office.

He claimed that he was a victim of oppression, despite the fact that he went to Harvard. Obama is in the top 1% of people in the entire United States, yet he somehow thinks that he was victimized due to his race.

He’s pushed the narrative of identity politics so far, that over the last 8 years of his presidency we’ve seen our country descend into chaos. Obama took every opportunity that he could get to blame conservatives for his own wrongdoings, and then to take the credit when Republicans managed to fix it.

It should come as no surprise then, that he’s been milking the confederate statue scandals for everything they’re worth. Despite the fact that he was supposed to leave office over 8 months ago, he still doesn’t seem to have caught the drift—we don’t want him anymore!

Yet he continues to get involved in politics, where he doesn’t belong, and tries to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency every step of the way. In fact just recently he’s been pushing for the removal of historical monuments, because they’re somehow “racist,” and “Neo-Nazi.”

So what if it turned out that Obama’s ancestors owned slaves? Would that be grounds for removing Obama’s statue? Many conservatives believe that we should remove his statue nonetheless, because it stands for Marxism, race-baiting, and socialism, yet we have the decency to respect liberals and their freedom of speech.

Unfortunately, they don’t share the same respect for us. They’ve repeatedly torn down our statues, which are historical monuments; something sacred to this country. The left has breached our rights every chance we’ve given them, so when this dark secret came out about their “glorious leader,” Obama became absolutely furious.

A genealogist at the Library of Congress discovered in 2008 that Barack Obama’s ancestors owned slaves. The Gateway Pundit references a Chicago Tribune article, which has now been removed:

Many people know that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya and his mother from Kansas.

But an intriguing sliver of his family history has received almost no attention until now: It appears that forebears of his white mother owned slaves, according to genealogical research and census records.

The records, which had never been addressed publicly by the Illinois senator or his relatives, were first noted in an ancestry report compiled by William Addams Reitwiesner, who works at the Library of Congress and practices genealogy in his spare time. The report, on Reitwiesner’s Web site, carries a disclaimer that it is a “first draft” –one likely to be examined more closely if Obama is nominated.

According to the research, one of Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records show that one of Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves.

The Baltimore Sun retraced much of Reitwiesner’s work, using census information available on the Web site ancestry.com and documents retrieved by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, among other sources. The records show that Overall, then 30, owned a 15-year-old black female and a 25-year-old black male, while Mary Duvall, his mother-in-law, owned a 60-year-old black man and a 58-year-old black woman.

To confirm the story, reporters at Silence is Consent scoured public database records and online archives. We’re committed to stopping the spread of fake news, so we wanted to confirm that this story wasn’t fabricated.

We found several sources, including the liberal-leaning Guardian news site, that confirmed it.

As the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, Obama has seemed to embody a harmonious vision of America’s multiracial society. However, recent revelations have thrown up an unexpected twist in the tale.

Obama’s ancestors on his white mother’s side appear to have been slave owners. William Reitwiesner, an amateur genealogical researcher, has published a history of Obama’s mother’s family and discovered that her ancestors have a distinctly shadowy past.

Reitwiesner traced Obama’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, George Washington Overall, and found that he owned two slaves in Kentucky: a 15-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man.

He also found out that Obama’s great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Duvall, also owned a pair of slaves listed in an 1850 census record. They were a 60-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman.

In fact, the Duvalls were a wealthy family whose members were descended from a major landowner, Maureen Duvall, whose estate owned at least 18 slaves in the 17th century.

For all of the race-baiting that Obama does, you’d think he was a slave himself. Yet, records clearly show that many of his ancestors weren’t even slaves—they were slave owners! If we have racist pastors like Al Sharpton demanding we tear down Thomas Jefferson’s statue for being a slave owner, shouldn’t we tear down Obama’s statue, too?

The left doesn’t care about equality, otherwise they’d be trying to tear down Obama’s statue as well. All they care about is pushing their sick and twisted agenda, which is why they’re so desperately trying to censor history.

A full out war has exploded between the left and the right, and it’s a war that will determine the fate of our nation. It’s a war between truth and falsehood, good and evil, and freedom and slavery. We hope you’re on the right side.

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Government Geologist’s Terrifying Encounter With Extraterrestrials – After Drilling On Top of Their Base 2 Miles Underground







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“On the Southwest part of the Archuleta Mesa, we built an underground facility the better part of three cubic miles hollowed out underground. And to the southwest of that, we were in the process of the early stages of building, we drilled four large tunnel-like holes, some of them ran two and a half miles underneath the surface. . . . The drilling machines that were used were at the rate of two miles a day, it was fairly rapid. The equipment kept coming up broken. So we wanted to send somebody down there, a human observer . . . to find out what was going on.” 

Above is a quote given by Phil Schneider, who spent two years travelling around the country leaking some very sensitive information. One day, a friend of his named Al Pratt, along with the manager of the apartment complex where Phil lived, found him dead in his apartment. While his death was originally attributed to a stroke, many believe he was murdered for leaking this information.

Phil’s story has gained a lot of attention from UFO researchers, and that’s because his story never changed, and has been corroborated by other people as well. It also aligns with a lot of other information that has been leaked on this subject.

Phil himself claimed to be a government contractor who specialized in engineering and geology. He was tasked multiple times with building underground military facilities.

Now, keep in mind that deep underground military facilities are no conspiracy theory; even in-bottom and under-bottom bases beneath the ocean are most likely a reality. Plans to begin this type of construction began long ago. For example, in 1968, the Stanford Research Institute discussed the construction of dozens of undersea bases in a study titled “Feasibility of Manned In-Botton Bases.”

Programs like these are funded directly by the “Black Budget,” a little-known term that became widespread after Snowden leaked sensitive information about the NSA (and other) global surveillance program(s).  These programs do not exist publicly, but they do indeed exist. They are better known as “Deep Black programs”  and “Special Access Programs.” A 1997 US Senate report described them as “so sensitive that they are exempt from standard reporting requirements to the Congress.”

Schneider continues:

To our total surprise, first of all the government knew all about it, they didn’t tell anybody. When I saw Green Beret and Black Beret people encamped inside of our geologist camp, I knew something was up, the gig was up. First of all I knew all about the alien agenda — I’ll explain that in a few minutes. The large alien greys had been encamped there for, as best, as believed possible, for about 4 or 500 years. It had been one of their internal bases, and we drilled holes right on top of it. . . . Well, that’s when all hell broke loose, really.

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Phil goes on to describe how he was injured and maimed as a result of this incident. In the lecture, he shows his scars and his missing toes and fingers.

His story also has the attention of several researchers, which says there could be some truth to it, but we can’t say for sure just as we cannot verify his background with certainty. However, the pictures, documents, and support from other colleagues and family in getting his story out there, suggests there is some truth to his claims.

Below is a picture provided from Phil in one of his lectures, where he claims the gentleman in the red circle is actually an extraterrestrial. The men in the back are the world’s most brilliant scientists, and the man to the right of the supposed extraterrestrial is Phil’s father, a high ranking navy officer, Oscar Schneider, who has a verified background.

Phil’s story is a long one, with lots of information and research to do. To truly determine if there is any validity behind these claims, and there very well could be, it’s important to really do your research into this field. A wise man once said “condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.” Prior to the Edward Snowden leaks, everybody believed that mere mass surveillance was a conspiracy theory.

When it comes to this subject, with UFOs being verified in the mainstream and talk of intelligent extraterrestrials spreading, it’s always a good idea to keep an open mind. We need to understand that we can entertain an idea without fully accepting it, and we’re living in an age where new information will continue to emerge which challenges and conflicts with old belief systems.

Thanks for reading.

Be sure to check out our UFO/extraterrestrial article archive for more articles and information pertaining to this subject.

You can watch the full lecture, which spans more than hour, here.

 

 


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U.S. Navy announces fleet-wide probe after new warship collision; 10 sailors missing

By Fathin Ungku and David Brunnstrom

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year.

The guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided on Monday while the warship was nearing Singapore for a routine port call. The collision tore a hole in the warship’s waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

“Initial reports indicate John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side aft,” it said in a statement. “There are currently 10 sailors missing and five injured.”

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said there were no indications so far the collision was intentional or the result of cyber intrusion or sabotage. “But review will consider all possibilities,” he said on Twitter.

Richardson told reporters said he was asking his fleet commanders worldwide for a one-to-two-day staggered “operational pause” to discuss action to ensure safe and effective operations. He envisaged this could begin within a week.

Richardson said a comprehensive review would examine the training of U.S. forces deployed to Japan “to make sure we are doing everything we can to make them ready for operations and warfighting.”

This would include looking at “operational tempo, trends in personnel, materiel, maintenance and equipment.”

The review would be conducted on “a very tight timeline” Richardson said, adding: “We need to get to the bottom of this.”

JUNE INCIDENT

The John S. McCain’s sister ship, the Fitzgerald, almost sank off the coast of Japan after colliding with a Philippine container ship on June 17. The bodies of seven U.S. sailors were found in a flooded berthing area after that collision.

The U.S. Navy said last week it had removed the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on the Fitzgerald following an investigation into that collision.

Retired Admiral James Stavridis, a former NATO supreme commander, said the need for an operational pause and the loss of two front-line ballistic missile defense destroyers for months was “deeply worrisome,” especially at a time of high tensions with North Korea.

“The Navy has some real soul-searching ahead, and this appears to be a systemic failure of some kind,” he said.

Mac Thornberry, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, said the latest collision was the fourth major accident within the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year and highlighted funding cuts and the time crews spent at sea.

“Congress has a duty to provide our sailors with the additional resources they so clearly need, and to do so immediately,” he said in a statement.

In May, a South Korean fishing vessel collided with the guided missile cruiser Lake Champlain. Another guided-missile cruiser, Antietam, damaged its propellers in January while anchoring in Tokyo Bay.

The John S. McCain is named for the father and grandfather of U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who were both admirals. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the sailors and families of the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald,” he said in a statement, in which he called for an investigation that delivered full transparency and accountability.

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted: “Thoughts & prayers are w/ our @USNavy sailors aboard the #USSJohnSMcCain where search & rescue efforts are underway.”

TENSE TIME

The accidents have come at a tense time.

This month, the John S. McCain sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the latest operation to counter what the United States sees as China’s efforts to control the waters.

Also this month North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles towards the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam after Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury” if Pyongyang threatened the United States.

The Navy said significant damage to the John S. McCain’s hull caused flooding to berthing, machinery, and communications rooms. But the crew was able to stop the flooding, and the ship reached Singapore’s Changi Naval Base under its own power.

Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian ships and aircraft joined the search for the missing sailors, the U.S. Navy said.

Four of those hurt were taken to a hospital in Singapore with non-life threatening injuries. The fifth needed no further treatment.

Reuters video footage from the Singapore Strait showed an area of impact about 6 metres (20 ft) wide in the John S. McCain’s port side.

A crew member on the Alnic MC told Reuters there was some damage to a valve, but no oil spilled from the Liberian-flagged, 183-metre-long (600-ft) tanker, which was carrying almost 12,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Taiwan to Singapore.

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority said no injuries were reported on the Alnic, which suffered some damage above the waterline.

The waterways around Singapore are some of the busiest in the world, carrying about a third of global shipping trade.

Ben Stewart, commercial manager of Maritime Asset Security and Training in Singapore, said early indications suggested the warship may have turned across the front of the tanker.

(For a graphic on the collision, click: http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/USA-NAVY-SHIP/010050GX139/USA-NAVY-CRASH.jpg)

(Additional reporting by Henning Gloystein and Jessica Jaganathan, Aradhana Aravindan, Karishma Singh and Sam Holmes in SINGAPORE, Tim Kelly in TOKYO, Joseph Sipalan and Rozanna Latiff in KUALA LUMPUR, Kanupriya Kapoor in JAKARTA, Idrees Ali in Amman and David Brunnstrom, Mike Stone, David Alexander, John Walcott and and Lesley Wroughton in WASHINGTON; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Paul Simao and Cynthia Osterman)

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Re: Israeli soldiers attacked after being mistaken for Arabs

Two Israeli soldiers have been severely attacked in a public park by young Israelis who thought they were Arabs.

Both of the soldiers, from the elite units of Golani and Kafir, were accompanied by a woman when they were spotted on Friday evening in a park in the Israeli settlement of Pardes Hanna-Karkur near Haifa.

The young Israelis attacked the two Israeli soldiers, using a hookah and other blunt objects. The two soldiers suffered light wounds and were taken to hospital for treatment.

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The young Israelis screamed “these are Arabs,” the two soldiers told Channel 7: “They chanted phrases abusive to Arabs when they attacked us.”

Ynet News said that Israeli police have opened an investigation into the incident, which could have happened because the women who accompanied the two soldiers was known to the youths.

The father of one of the soldiers called the police after learning his son was in the hospital. “Soldiers go on vacation and are attacked by criminals just because they look like Arabs. It is a disgrace,” he told Ynet News.

He continued: “They lynched them; it could have ended in death. How did we stoop so low? And even if they were Arabs, should we harm them? We are shocked and demand that the lawbreakers be brought to justice.”

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Israeli soldiers forcefully break up Palestinian protesters who were demonstrating against the security measures placed on Al-Aqsa Mosque on 16 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]



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Journalist Who Helped Expose Jimmy Savile Dies After Stroke






Journalist Who Helped Expose Jimmy Savile Dies After Stroke


August 21st, 2017

Via: BBC:

Ex-BBC News correspondent Liz MacKean has died after suffering a stroke.

MacKean, 52, worked for the corporation for more than 20 years but left in 2013 amid a row over the decision to shelve her investigation for Newsnight about disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile.

She began her career at BBC Hereford and Worcester, before presenting on Breakfast and reporting from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

MacKean went on to make films for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

BBC director of news James Harding paid tribute to MacKean, saying she had earned a reputation as a “remarkably tenacious and resourceful reporter”.

“In Northern Ireland, she won the trust of all sides and produced some of the most insightful and hard-hitting reporting of the conflict,” he said.

“It was as an investigative reporter that she really shone, shining a light on issues from the dumping of toxic waste off the African coast to Jimmy Savile, the story for which she is probably best known.”

The mother-of-two studied at Manchester University and gained a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism before joining the BBC.

MacKean’s story about the child abuse committed by Jimmy Savile was dropped by Newsnight in 2011. But the investigation with producer Meirion Jones was later recognised by the London Press Club with a scoop of the year award.















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