Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lord Sewel quits as Lords deputy speaker after drug claims - BBC News


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Diver Eaten Alive by Shark as Helpless Daughter Watches



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Diver Eaten Alive by Shark as Helpless Daughter Watches

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Sydney (AFP) — A diver was killed by a shark Saturday while hunting scallops off the coast of Australia as his daughter watched helplessly, shocking locals in an area not known for such attacks.
The attack happened off Maria Island in the southern island state of Tasmania following sightings of a large great white shark in the vicinity over recent days.
The man, in his late 40s, was diving with his adult daughter when he failed to resurface.
“My understanding is the daughter returned to the boat and the father returned to get some more scallops,” Tasmania Police Inspector David Wiss told reporters. “He did not return to the surface.
“His daughter became worried and went down and checked on her father, she saw a very large shark, she saw her father being attacked by the shark.”
The woman, who is in her 20s, according to the Australian Associated Press, scrambled back on board their dingy and set off a flare to attract attention.
Other boats came to her aid and helped haul her father back to the surface using the air hose he was attached to.
“But unfortunately he was fatally injured,” added Wiss.
Tasmanian Scallop Association president John Hammond said the area, off the state’s east coast, was not known for sharks.
“Absolute tragedy for the family. Bloody terrible,” he told national radio, adding that there were a number of other divers in the water at the time.
The diver was in the shallow water and “it just struck out of the blue, and bang.”
According to Sydney Taronga Zoo’s Australian Shark Attack file, the last fatal shark attack in Tasmania was in 1993, when a woman was killed while scuba diving near a seal colony off the state’s north coast.
Michael Kent, mayor of nearby Glamorgan Spring Bay, said Saturday’s incident was “absolutely devastating”.
“I feel for the family,” he told The Examiner newspaper in Tasmania, adding that a 4.5 metre (15 foot) shark had been spotted in the area a number of times over the past week.
“It’s a recreational area. The scallop season has been very good to professional and recreational fisherman and then we’ve got a disaster like this.
“The whole community down here will be deeply in shock.”
Diver Danny Smith told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he and a friend had a close call in the same area on Friday.
He said he saw a great white while he was in the water but managed to get back on his boat, where he and other crew frantically pulled the friend aboard.
“The (shark) came to the surface to see where I’d gone I presumed and she sort of took a swipe at him (his friend),” he said.
“We saw fins and arms and legs going everywhere, we were initially thinking that we were going to pull in half a body.
“We got him on the boat and she came right to the back of the boat and then just descended back to the bottom.”
Sharks are a regular feature in Australian waters, and swimmers and surfers have had their share of encounters this year.
Earlier this month, a bodyboarder was left fighting for his life after an attack on the country’s east coast, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed in February.
Experts say attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular, but fatalities remain rare.
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Palestinian Youths Clash With Israeli Police at Al Aqsa Mosque

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Clashes broke out at the Jerusalem holy site as Palestinians threw stones and sprayed an unidentified liquid at the police, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

The Guardian view on car computer hacking: act now | Editorial

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Car computer hackers have exposed how fragile network security is on many of the devices we rely on. We must stop the internet of things turning from good to harm
Fiat Chrysler’s recall of more than 1.4m of its Jeeps so they can be fitted with a software patch to make them safe from having the controls taken over remotely, draws attention to an unnerving fact: any modern car is a network of anything up to 70 powerful computers that happen to be mounted on wheels and armoured in a tonne or more of steel. Every new car sold in the past few years is running about twice as much code as the whole of Facebook.
Last week’s recall is the first time a car manufacturer has been forced to acknowledge that modern cars are at risk from remote hacking while they are in motion. It will not be the last. Panic is not going to help anyone here, but this does mark the emergence of a potentially very serious problem.
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House of Lords member quits amid drug, prostitute photos - Washington Post

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House of Lords member quits amid drug, prostitute photos
Washington Post
LONDON — The deputy speaker of the House of Lords has resigned his position after publication of photos and a video allegedly showing him using cocaine with prostitutes. Lords Speaker Baroness D'Souza Sunday called John Sewel's alleged behavior ...
Lord Sewel quits as Lords deputy speaker after drug claimsBBC News
Lord Sewel quits
 
over drugs scandalFinancial Times

Lord Sewell resigns and faces police inquiry after 'snorting cocaine with...Telegraph.co.uk
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McCain 'surprised' by Trump attack; says POWs owed an apology - USA TODAY

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McCain 'surprised' by Trump attack; says POWs owed an apology
USA TODAY
Arizona Sen. John McCain says he was surprised by Donald Trump's stinging attack on his war record and veterans work, but calls such attacks on political opponents a "trademark" of the celebrity real-estate titan. The controversy exploded July 18 when ...
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Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings - Washington Post

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Oklahoma 16-year-old to be charged as adult in stabbings
Washington Post
TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma 16-year-old will be charged as an adult alongside his older brother in the stabbing deaths of his parents and three siblings at a suburban Tulsa home, authorities said Saturday. The suspect will face the same counts as his ...
Authorities plan to charge Oklahoma 16-year-old in stabbingsWashington Times
Officers shoots, kills vandalism suspectBoston Globe
Information about Bever family remains scant after tragic stabbing deathsTulsa World
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Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf Arabs - Reuters

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Iran launches charm offensive among wary Gulf Arabs
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KUWAIT Iran's foreign minister called on Sunday for a united front among all Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy, in his first regional trip after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers that raised concerns among Iran's Gulf Arab neighbors ...
Iran's Top Diplomat Tours Arab States Following Nuclear DealNew York Times
Iran nuclear deal: new generation dares to dream of brighter futureTelegraph.co.uk
Iran deal can boost regional securitygulfnews.com

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Attorney: Uncle of Chattanooga shooter just a businessman - Miami Herald

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Attorney: Uncle of Chattanooga shooter just a businessman
Miami Herald
A maternal uncle who hosted the Chattanooga shooter in Jordan for a few months last year is a businessman with no links to any militant groups, his attorney says. Asaad Ibrahim Asaad Haj Ali took in his nephew, the now-deceased Mohamad Youssef ...

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In Baghdad, US defense secretary to size up Iraqi forces' will to fight - Washington Post

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In Baghdad, US defense secretary to size up Iraqi forces' will to fight
Washington Post
BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter touched down in Baghdad on Thursday as Iraqi forces prepare to launch an offensive for the city of Ramadi, a key test for the Obama administration's strategy for defeating the Islamic State. Carter, who has ...
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OPM Reopens Online Federal Background Check System - NBCNews.com

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OPM Reopens Online Federal Background Check System
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The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has reopened the online system that new federal employees and contractors use to submit forms for background checks. OPM had taken the e-QIP system offline on June 26 in the aftermath of two massive data ...
Federal background investigation system is back online after month-long shutdownWashington Post (blog)
US Government Turns Back On System That Exposed Info On Nearly 22 MillionABC News
OPM restores online background check systemThe Hill
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McCain Slams Marine Commandant Nominee on Iraq and Arming Recruiters - Military.com

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McCain Slams Marine Commandant Nominee on Iraq and Arming Recruiters
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Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Robert Neller listens at the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Ash Carter recommends naming Neller as Marine Corps Commandant, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Military.com Jul 23, 2015 | by Richard Sisk. Sen.
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APNewsBreak: Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case - Washington Post

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APNewsBreak: Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case
Washington Post
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called “unprecedented” for a food-poisoning case. 
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Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella caseChicago Tribune 
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Defense Secretary Carter Meeting With Kurds in Iraq - New York Times

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Defense Secretary Carter Meeting With Kurds in Iraq
New York Times
IRBIL, Iraq — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is meeting with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital city of Irbil on Friday, to give him new insights into how the Kurds have managed to preserve an effective force in the face of Islamic ...

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Bowe Bergdahl caught up in California pot raid - Politico

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Bowe Bergdahl caught up in California pot raid
Politico
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was seen at a Northern California marijuana farm during a raid last weekend, where the former captive of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network in Afghanistan was reportedly visiting friends. According to the initial report from The ...
Bowe Bergdahl caught up in pot raidWND.com
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found during California pot raid, released by officials TV Newsroom
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter Reveals 'Secret Sauce' Needed to Beat ISIS - NBCNews.com

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter Reveals 'Secret Sauce' Needed to Beat ISIS
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IRBIL, Iraq — Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights to their military successes against ISIS. Afterward he told U.S. and coalition troops that the Kurdish armed ...
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Ukraine's justice ministry bars Communists from elections - STLtoday.com

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Ukraine's justice ministry bars Communists from elections
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's justice ministry has barred three Communist parties from running in the upcoming local elections, citing recent legislation. Ukrainian news agencies on Friday quoted Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko as saying that the ...
Ukrainian Justice Ministry bars Communist Party from running in electionsNRCU - Ukrainian Radio

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Gunman opens fire in Studio City, prompts huge LAPD response - Los Angeles Times

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Gunman opens fire in Studio City, prompts huge LAPD response
Los Angeles Times
Reports of a man with a gun opening fire in Studio City on Friday afternoon prompted a massive Los Angeles Police Department response and closed both Ventura and Laurel Canyon boulevards. Police received reports of gunshots at 3:20 p.m. after the man ...
Armed Suspect Reported Dead After Police ShootingCBS Local
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Trump still tops Republican polls - USA TODAY

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Trump still tops Republican polls
USA TODAY
Even after a week of attacks over his criticism of John McCain, Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican Party presidential field, a new CNN/ORC poll says. Trump, at 18% among Republican and GOP-leaning voters, leads Jeb Bush at 15% and Scott ...
CNN/ORC poll: Trump elbows his way to the topCNN
NBC/Marist Polls Show Donald Trump Running Strong in Iowa, NHNBCNews.com
Donald Trump Surges in Latest Republican PollsTIME
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Gunman in theater shooting had history of seeking vengeance

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- The stranger clenched his fists and shook his head, recounting a time when he tried and failed to beat a cat to death with a steel rod....

Putin appeals to nationalism as economy wobbles

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Russian leader rallies support in Kaliningrad exclave as locals fret loss of special economic zone

Opposition Politicians Accuse Erdogan of Whipping up War Fever 

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Spurred by last week’s jihadist suicide bombing in southern Turkey, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to assume the kind of front-line role Washington has been urging on it for months.  But Turkish airstrikes since the bombing have been as focused on Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as on Islamic extremists, say opposition politicians. Opposition politicians are accusing Erdogan of using the campaign against Islamic militants as cover for...

British Politician Resigns After Video Shows Him Snorting Cocaine With Prostitutes 

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John Sewel, deputy speaker of Britain’s House of Lords, has resigned after The Sun published photos and video allegedly showing him snorting lines of cocaine with prostitutes.
Sewel, an ally of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, will retain his membership within the House of Lords, the Associated Press reports. Leaked photos and videos appear to show Sewel stripped naked and snorting cocaine. At one point in the video, an escort tells Sewel, “You’re such a party animal!” Sewel responded, “I know. Disgusting, isn’t it?”
One of Sewel’s former responsibilities as deputy speaker was to enforce standards and ethics within the House of Lords.
House of Lords Speaker Baroness Frances D’Souza branded Sewel’s alleged involvement “shocking and unacceptable,” pushing for police to investigate the incident.

Heightened Tensions in Turkey After Strikes on Kurdish Militants in Iraq 

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Sympathizers with the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party tried to protect themselves as Turkish riot police officers fired a water cannon to disperse an antigovernment demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday.

Nude swimmers on the French Riviera join the protests against the King of Saudi Arabia who is building a lift to the beach from his holiday villa

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More than 100,000 people have already signed a petition against King Salman and his entourage having the beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coast to himself during his summer holidays.

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ISIS crowd gather to see man thrown to his death in Iraq for 'being gay'

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Islamic State continues to ruthlessly hunt down and execute anyone accused of homosexuality with new photos showing the horrific punishment inflicted on all victims.

Putin OKs Maritime Code Calling for Strong Atlantic Presence

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Putin OKs doctrine calling for strong Atlantic presence to counter 'unacceptable' NATO plans

Fighting Erupts for Control of Yemen's Largest Air Base

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Intense fighting erupted Sunday in Yemen for control of the country's largest air base, with the Houthi leader rejecting a call from the Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting the insurgents for a five-day humanitarian truce. Houthi chief Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said a cease-fire would only benefit the Islamic State and al-Qaida militants. "The battle goes on and the war is not over," al-Houthi was quoted as saying on his group's Twitter account. Houthi forces held up 16...

US Backs Turkey Strikes Against Islamic State, PKK

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The U.S. is backing Turkey's two-pronged air offensive and artillery strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq. The move follows a week in which violence in Turkey was blamed on both organizations - who are themselves staunch rivals. A White House spokesman said Sunday Ankara was within its rights to "take action related to terrorist targets," including when it struck a Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) town overnight Friday in...

At Least 100 Afghan Police Defect to Taliban

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At least 100 Afghan police and border officers have defected to the Taliban in the largest mass surrender since the United States and NATO forces ended their combat mission at the end of last year. The Afghan security forces surrendered late Saturday after clashing with Taliban fighters for three days at the Tirgaran base in Badakhshan province, in the remote northeastern part of the country.  The local police commander was among those who defected, turning over the base's...

July 26, 2015

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Ukraine Detains Alleged Russian Officer In East

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Ukraine's border-guards service says it has detained a Russian officer who was driving in a military truck packed with ammunition in the country's war-torn east.

Taliban seize Afghan police base, push closer to strategic pass

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KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban militants have captured a large police base in northeast Afghanistan, forcing the mass surrender of more than a hundred policemen and pushing closer to a strategic pass at the border with Pakistan, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.
  

Florida police officer pictured sharing meal with homeless man because 'nobody wants to eat alone'

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A police officer has been praised by thousands online after she was pictured sitting down and sharing a meal with a homeless person.










Scotland Yard shut down undercover police unit because it broke rules 

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A secret review found that the Special Demonstration Squad ignored ethical issues and gathered information that had no crime-fighting value
A secret Scotland Yard review of an undercover unit at the heart of the controversy over long-term infiltration of political groups concluded that the squad had been shut down because it broke official rules, newly disclosed documents reveal.
The review found that the unit – known as the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS) – operated without tight controls, ignored ethical issues and gathered information that had no use in fighting crime.
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Man Accused of Decapitating Wife in Central Phoenix Home - ABC News

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Man Accused of Decapitating Wife in Central Phoenix Home
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Phoenix police say a man suspected of decapitating his wife and their two dogs will be charged once he recovers from his own injuries. Officers were called to a central Phoenix apartment Saturday around 9:45 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor found the ...
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Op-Ed Contributor: An AIDS Crisis in Ukraine

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Nothing is gained by making patients hostage to geopolitical disputes.
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