Police investigating suspicious envelope addressed to Trump Jr.

Multiple senior law enforcement officials say that a suspicious letter mailed to an apartment belonging to Vanessa Trump and addressed to Donald Trump Jr. was opened this morning and is being investigated by police. NBC’s Tom Winter reports.

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Suspicious ‘Russian diplomat’ removed from UK House of Commons debate is actually American

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The House of Commons has become the scene of another bizarre incident as Members of Parliament demanded that a suspicious “Russian diplomat” be ejected from the chamber. The man, however, turned out to be American.

Rather fittingly, the spectacle unfolded during a rather poorly attended debate on Russian interference in the Brexit referendum. Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Chris Bryant accused the man of being from the Russian embassy and of taking pictures and video from the public gallery, a practice which is not strictly forbidden under the rules of parliament.

“He is from the Russian Embassy. He has been taking pictures,” Bradshaw could be heard saying during the debate. Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake also tweeted about the incident, saying it “enlivened” proceedings.

Bryant alerted the doorkeepers and the man was removed from the public gallery. However the man’s expulsion was short lived as he returned within minutes after claiming he worked for a think tank, the Daily Mail reports.

The man was in fact American and he could not have taken photos even if he wanted to, the Mail reported. “I work for a think tank in London, my phone is taped up over the camera so I can’t take pictures. I was just here for the day, I didn’t know what was happening,” he said.

A spokesperson for the House of Commons confirmed that the man was not filming the debate: “A guest in the Public Gallery was using his mobile phone but was not filming. His phone was checked by the Doorkeepers and it was confirmed that there was no video footage.”

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Canadian Police Probe ‘Suspicious’ Deaths of Billionaire Couple

Canadian Police Probe ‘Suspicious’ Deaths of Billionaire Couple

December 16th, 2017

Via: Reuters:

Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation’s wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.

Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday (1700 GMT) medical call at the Sherman’s home in an affluent section of northeast Toronto. Two bodies covered in blankets were removed from the home and loaded into an unmarked van on Friday evening.

“The circumstances of their death appear suspicious and we are treating it that way,� said Constable David Hopkinson. Homicide detectives later told reporters gathered outside the home that there were no signs of forced entry.

Sherman, 75, founded privately held Apotex in 1974, growing it by introducing large numbers of low-cost generic drugs that took market share from branded pharmaceuticals. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained executive chairman.




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Legendary Kronk boxing gym destroyed by ‘suspicious’ fire

Founded by seminal boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, the gym was vacant at the time of the fire on Saturday evening when firefighters battled in vain for four hours to save the 1920s building after receiving a callout at 9.25pm.

“After trying to battle the way up there, the chief evacuated the building. It was too dangerous to be inside,” Deputy Fire Chief Dave Fornell said, the Detroit News reported. “We surrounded the building and then the roof collapsed.”

Fornell added that the fire is being treated as suspicious and is under investigation.

Steward, who passed away in 2012, trained 41 world champions from the gym, including Mark Breland and the tragic Gerald McClellan, and was most well-known in recent times for training heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Lennox Lewis, who dominated the heavyweight division in the 1990s and early 2000s, was another of Steward’s charges, an the two forged an inseparable partnership during the British fighter’s career.   

However, his most famous student was five-weight world champion Hearns, who was one of the most feared fighters of his generation and well-liked by fans for his wars with such esteemed greats as Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran.

Hearns, who trained for three or four hours a day in the old Kronk gym six days a week, visited the building after the fire, and described the scene and event as “pitiful” to the Detroit Free Press.

“It’s just sad to see that people didn’t value this place like we did,” said Hearns, now 58, and who retired with a ring record of 61 wins, five defeats and one draw, with 48 big wins by way of knockout.

“What this building brought for me was a chance at life. I got a chance to become somebody out of this building right here. To see it like this is pitiful — it’s really pitiful.

“I hope it meant to Detroit almost as much as it meant to me. This was a safe haven for me,” he added.

The Kronk gym became world famous due in large part to its iconic yellow and red logo design, which fighters would have to earn the right to wear.

“My father’s heart lived in that gym,” said Steward’s daughter Sylvia Steward-Williams, who now runs the gym.

“He’d still pay for the (property) even after we moved out because his heart was so much with those kids who wanted that space to train,” Steward-Williams said.

“We never expected this. It’s devastating, especially since my father passed in October (2012).”

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Moscow City business towers evacuated after ‘suspicious object’ found – reports (PHOTOS)

The object was discovered on the ground floor of a business center located in the Gorod Stolits (City of Capitals) complex, Interfax reported on Thursday, citing an unnamed source.

Police units including officers with sniffer dogs are currently working at the scene, the news agency added.

Эвакуация и не учебная.

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The complex consists of the Moscow tower, which is 73 storeys high, and the 65-storey St. Petersburg tower.

Both of them have been evacuated, the Moskva news agency reports.

А в #городстолиц эвакуация Чтото случилось Бегают пожарные #мчс #москвасити

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According to the agency citing a law enforcement source, the decision to vacate both buildings was made after a fire alarm went off.

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UK: Bolton Town Hall evacuated due to suspicious package


Bolton Town Hall in Greater Manchester was evacuated on Monday after a “suspicious package” was found.

Bolton Councillor Nick Peel tweeted that the cordon had been lifted and the evacuation was over.

Police responded to the incident in Victoria Square just before 1pm on Monday.

“Officers are currently responding to a report that a suspicious package had been found in Victoria Square, Bolton,” police tweeted.

“A precautionary evacuation is being carried out, and a 200 metre-cordon is in place.

“There is disruption to the area and more details will follow.”

Kyle Young tweeted: “All going off in Bolton this afternoon. Security alert at the town hall. Local businesses and banks evacuated.”

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Re: Concerns over suspicious cult in Algeria

Imams and sheikhs in Algeria have issued warnings about a suspicious cult that has appeared in the North African country. “Karakaria,” they insist, “is based on superstition and has nothing to do with the Maliki School of Islamic thought as generally practiced in Algeria.” Some scholars are saying that the cult is based upon supposedly Sufi doctrines but is in reality an invention of foreign intelligence agencies aiming to spread division and chaos within Muslim communities.

Echourouk has investigated the Karakaria cult. Speaking to local elders and officials in the town of Hadjadj near the coastal city of Mostaganem, the Algerian daily was told that they had no knowledge of the group. However, imams in the area appeared to know what it involves and warned people against following it because it threatens their beliefs and the Sunnah (example) of Prophet Muhammad. It appears to be popular in Morocco, where it has its headquarters in the country town of Temsamane.

That is where Musa Belghith claims that he “saw the light” and was taught the secrets of the Divine by his “sheikh”. After he posted details of his experience on social media, the thoughts and ideas behind the cult appeared to spread amongst other young people. Followers of the group apparently roam around wearing a “uniform” of a cloak of different colours.

Photographs of members of the Karakaria community at the shrine of Sidi Lakhdar Ben Khloof in Mostaganem created a great debate on social networks. It is this which has driven regional elders and scholars to take urgent action and demand an end to the repeated targeting of the national religious authority by foreign forces. They insist that the cult should be listed alongside the Shia and Ahmediyya sects as a threat to mainstream Sunni thought, especially as practiced in Algeria.

However, Abu Abdullah Gholamullah, the former minister of religious affairs and head of the Supreme Islamic Council, has justified the shrine visit on the basis of “religious tourism”. Such sites, he insisted, are open to everyone, and are neither affected by nor affect their visitors. He pointed out that Sidi Lakhdar Ben Khloof was a poet and a historical figure who is not affiliated with Sufism.

According to Sheikh Hassani Hassan of the Qadiriyya Sufi fraternity, foreign intrusions in Algeria take many forms. He explained that Sufi doctrines have been targeted unreasonably and expressed his concerns about the origins of Karakaria. He added that he also has concerns about the attitude of the Ministry of Religious Affairs toward such issues.

The sheikh said that the purpose of foreign interference is to sow confusion among the people and change their prevailing beliefs and practices. He added a warning about “internet sheikhs” because Algerian law does not protect the Sufi and Maliki schools of thought.

A senior official of the Association of Muslim Scholars suggested that the targeting of Algeria by such groups is very apparent. Every time unusual topics are raised, he explained, there is an ethical issue intended to distort and destabilise society by various means. He said that the latest events require the Ministry of Religious Affairs to strengthen the formation of clerics and imams in order to stand against the sectarian threat to the fabric of Algerian society.

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