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U.S. Navy battles for second day to save burning warship in San Diego

U.S. Navy battles for second day to save burning warship in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of firefighters battled through a second day from the air, land and water on Monday to save a U.S. war vessel swept by flames while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the U.S. Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, remained largely shrouded in thick, acrid smoke on Monday as the vessel began listing to its starboard side. The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion, erupted Sunday morning in the lower cargo hold of the 844-foot-long (257 meter) ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at U.S. Naval Base San Diego. Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship ...
New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

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The gunman behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers on Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views. Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year's massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. He has pleaded guilty to the charges. At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client. However, the judge ordered "standby counsel" to be available next month in case Tarrant - who app...
Police officer points gun at handcuffed blackman for refusing to reveal his identity

Police officer points gun at handcuffed blackman for refusing to reveal his identity

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A sergeant in a Florida Sheriff’s office has been arrested and fired after he allegedly pointed a gun at an African American man’s head because he would not identify himself. Janak Amin, of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was fired on Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after he threatened the life of a man who was already in police custody, according to the Daily Mail. Last Thursday, the man, who has not been named, was accidentally transferred from Hillsborough County Jail to the DACCO Behavioural Health Centre, and left the facility once he was alone. After the authorities realised the mistake, they went looking for the inmate and managed to detain him after they found him hiding behind a trailer, according to the ...
French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia

French man accused of molesting hundreds of children dies in Indonesia

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A French man accused of molesting hundreds of children in Indonesia has died in a suspected suicide, police say. Francois Camille Abello, 65, was found unresponsive in his cell at a detention centre in the capital, Jakarta, last Thursday, said spokesman Yusri Yunus. Mr Abello was pronounced dead on Sunday night after three days of treatment. The retiree was arrested last month at a Jakarta hotel. Police said he was in a room with two underage girls. They said videos were found on Mr Abello's computer that showed him engaging in illegal sexual acts with more than 300 children aged between 10 and 17. Umar Shahab, an official at the National Police Hospital in Jakarta, said on Monday that Mr Abello had sustained a neck fracture that blocked his oxygen supply. Mr Yunus said ...
U.S. jet crashes at New Mexico base, pilot sustains minor injuries

U.S. jet crashes at New Mexico base, pilot sustains minor injuries

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A US Air Force F-16C Viper fighter jet crashed while landing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico Monday, marking the service's fifth fighter jet crash since May. The base reports that the pilot successfully ejected when the aircraft crashed at 6 p.m. local time. The pilot of the single-seater aircraft assigned to the 49th Wing is being treated for minor injuries. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the incident. The past two months have been rough for the Air Force, which has witnessed the loss of two pilots and five aircraft. On May 15, a fifth-generation F-22 Raptor crashed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. A few days later, a F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, another fifth-generation aircraft crashed at the same base. Both crashes,...
US senator contacted over maskless photo

US senator contacted over maskless photo

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Washington - American Airlines said Monday it had contacted Republican Senator Ted Cruz after he was seen without a mask on a flight, but he said he had only removed it to eat and drink. Health experts and scientists have called on politicians to set an example by wearing face coverings as the coronavirus rages across the United States. "While our policy does not apply while eating or drinking, we have reached out to Senator Cruz to affirm the importance of this policy," American Airlines said in a statement. The Texas lawmaker was holding a coffee cup and a phone in the widely-shared photo, but there was no mask in sight. "During his flight he removed his mask to drink and put it back on afterward," a spokeswoman for Cruz said. "We should all practice common sense measures t...
Bosnia Muslims gathered to remember the Srebrenica massacre of 1995

Bosnia Muslims gathered to remember the Srebrenica massacre of 1995

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Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Bosnian Muslims marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on Saturday, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II, with the memorial ceremony sharply reduced as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Many mourners braved the tighter restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19 to attend the commemorations which culminated in a ceremony laying to rest the remains of nine victims identified over the past year. On July 11, 1995, after capturing Srebrenica, Serb forces killed more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a few days. Sehad Hasanovic, 27, was one of around 3,000 relatives of the victims who attended the commemorations in spite of the virus. He has a two-year-old daughter -- the same age he was when h...
Britain finalizes plans to build EU border infrastructure

Britain finalizes plans to build EU border infrastructure

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LONDON - Britain will spend 705 million pounds ($890 million) on border infrastructure to help keep trade flowing after its transition deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said on Sunday. The funding includes 470 million pounds to build port and inland infrastructure, including in the south-east of England to serve major freight crossings to France. "There will be specific pieces of infrastructure that we put in place in order to smooth the flow of traffic," Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr. Britain, which is still in talks with the European Union about a post-Brexit trade deal, said it would shortly set out in detail how the British-EU border would operate. Gove's cabinet colleague International Trade Secretary Liz Truss,...
UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

UK-China ties freeze with debate over Huawei, Hong Kong

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LONDON — Only five years ago, then-British Prime Minister David Cameron was celebrating a “golden era” in U.K.-China relations, bonding with President Xi Jinping over a pint of beer at the pub and signing off on trade deals worth billions. Those friendly scenes now seem like a distant memory. Hostile rhetoric has ratcheted up in recent days over Beijing’s new national security law for Hong Kong. Britain’s decision to offer refuge to millions in the former colony was met with a stern telling-off by China. And Chinese officials have threatened “consequences” if Britain treats it as a “hostile country” and decides to cut Chinese technology giant Huawei out of its critical telecoms infrastructure amid growing unease over security risks. All that is pointing to a much tougher stance ...
Poland elections: Incumbent on the verge of winning the tight presidential runoff

Poland elections: Incumbent on the verge of winning the tight presidential runoff

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WARSAW, Poland — A late exit poll in Poland’s presidential runoff Sunday showed the conservative, populist incumbent, Andrzej Duda, leading against the liberal, pro-Europe mayor of Warsaw, but with the race still too close to call. It appeared to be the closest election in Poland’s history, reflecting the deep divisions in this European Union nation. Although the country is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and problems in its health and education systems, the campaign was dominated by issues of culture and saw strains of homophobia and anti-Semitism. The late exit poll by the Ipsos institute showed Duda with 50.8% of the vote and challenger Rafal Trzaskowski with 49.2%. An earlier exit poll had showed Duda with 50.4% and Trzaskowski 49.6%. The polls had margins of error of ...
U.S. Federal Government to execute 1st inmate in 17 years

U.S. Federal Government to execute 1st inmate in 17 years

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic. Daniel Lewis Lee, of Yukon, Oklahoma, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 4 p.m. on Monday at a federal prison in Indiana. He was convicted in Arkansas of the 1996 killings of gun dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her 8-year-old daughter, Sarah Powell. The execution, the first of a federal death row inmate since 2003, comes after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction on Sunday that had been put in place last week after the victims’ family argued they would be put at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel ...
Fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego leaves 21 injured

Fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego leaves 21 injured

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SAN DIEGO — Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Seventeen sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with “non-life threatening injuries,” Raney said in a brief statement. He didn’t provide additional details. Previously, officials said at least one person was treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was under investigation. It wasn’t immediately known where on the 840-foot (255-meter) amphibious assault vessel the blast and the fire occurred. The flames sent up a huge plume of dark smoke visible around San Diego. Re...
Centurion hires new Business Development Manager to lead its European expansion

Centurion hires new Business Development Manager to lead its European expansion

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FRANKFURT, Germany, July 13, 2020 -- German based on demand legal firm has appointed Paloma Gutiérrez Keever to support the firm’s lawyer on-demand offering, Centurion Plus, in Europe. From our Frankfurt office, Paloma will be supporting the growth of Centurion (CenturionLG.com) with a focus on Germany. She will be instrumental in growing partnerships with European firms, corporations and increasing the firm’s presence across Western and Eastern Europe. Paloma brings years of experience as a legal marketing consultant advising leading European and Latin American law firms on their communications and marketing strategies. Having worked with the most prestigious legal publishers in Europe, Paloma understands the shifting dynamics behind the practice of law in the 21st century. She will b...
Russians protest after the arrest of a popular governor

Russians protest after the arrest of a popular governor

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Moscow - At least 10,000 protesters marched through the eastern Russian city of Khabarovsk Saturday in support of a popular local governor arrested this week for allegedly ordering several murders. A court in Moscow on Friday ruled to hold 50-year-old Sergei Furgal for two months pending trial for the murders of several businessmen 15 years ago. He vehemently denied any involvement. Furgal's nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party has thrown its weight behind the governor, and on Saturday said "35,000 people came out to the streets" in Khabarovsk to protest his arrest. Russia's Khabarovsk region governor Sergei Furgal is escorted into a police van after a court hearing in Moscow on Friday. But the rally, estimated by various sources to have involved between 10,000 - 40,000, w...
Canada asked to arrest a Mexican ex-investigator

Canada asked to arrest a Mexican ex-investigator

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Mexico City - Mexico is to seek the arrest and extradition from Canada of the former chief investigator in the murky disappearance of 43 students in 2014, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Friday. Tomas Zeron, who was head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, is in Canada and work is underway to extradite him, the minister said. "There is going to be no impunity, part of our function at the ministry of foreign affairs is to guarantee that, when there are cases of this nature, extradition occurs," Ebrard said. Tomas Zeron, wanted by Mexico Zeron fled Mexico earlier this year and is wanted on an Interpol notice over allegations that torture was used to extract supposed confessions from suspects. Mexican media reported that the former official had been in Canada since last...
Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

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GENEVA — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The report presented by Agnes Callamard to the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Thursday chronicled events around the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the legal implications of his killing as part of a broader look on the use of drone strikes. Callamard, the special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions who has been commissioned by the council, called the January strike in Iraq “the first known incident in which a state invokes self-defense as justification for an atta...
Dilemma among parents as schools seek to reopen

Dilemma among parents as schools seek to reopen

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Los Angeles - With the start of the US school year only weeks away, Marina Avalos still has no idea how or where her 7-year-old daughter will attend classes. Like many mothers, Avalos is reluctant to send her child back to school at a time when coronavirus across the country has surged past three million cases, including 130,000 deaths. On Tuesday, California -- where she lives -- set a new daily cases record, with 11,694 infections. "The whole situation is making me very nervous," said Avalos, 46. "I don't feel safe sending my daughter back in to school like before." Despite evidence children are less vulnerable, the fear of classroom contagion is shared by many parents, who suspect younger pupils will particularly struggle to socially distance or wear uncomfortable masks for...
Restaurant Employees fired for refusing to serve police officers

Restaurant Employees fired for refusing to serve police officers

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Employees at a Five Guys restaurant in Alabama were fired by the burger chain after refusing to serve a group of police officers.  The officers, who were visiting a location in the city of Daphne on Tuesday night, allege that upon entering the restaurant a group of employees turned their backs and denied service. One officer claims he heard an employee say "I'm not serving them," prompting the group to find dinner elsewhere, according to local reports. Five Guys confirmed the termination of the employees in a Facebook post, adding that the store was temporarily shut down for "further education and customer service training." It reopened to the public on Friday night. "Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their suppor...
President saves his operative before beginning a three-year prison term

President saves his operative before beginning a three-year prison term

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President Trump on Friday commuted the three-year prison sentence for Republican operative Roger Stone, who was to report to a federal prison on Tuesday after being found guilty of obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. By granting Stone clemency, rather than a full pardon, Trump ensures that his longtime friend will remain out of prison, though his criminal record will remain. In a statement released Friday night, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Stone’s prison sentence “unjust.” “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency,” McEnany said in the statement. Roger Stone was about to begin his 3-year prison sentence Hours before Trum...
WORLD: Chinese embassy warns of Unknown ‘pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan.

WORLD: Chinese embassy warns of Unknown ‘pneumonia’ deadlier than coronavirus sweeping Kazakhstan.

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The Chinese embassy in Kazakhstan has warned of a deadly "unknown pneumonia" after the former Soviet republic reported a spike in pneumonia cases since June. "The death rate of this disease is much higher than the novel coronavirus. The country's health departments are conducting comparative research into the pneumonia virus, but have yet to identify the virus," the embassy said in a warning to Chinese citizens in the country. While the Chinese embassy described the illness as an "unknown pneumonia", Kazakhstani officials and media have only said it is pneumonia. It was not clear why the Chinese embassy had described the illness as "unknown" or what information it had about the pneumonia. The embassy's website, citing local media reports, said the provinces of Atyrau and Aktob...