Month: July 2018

Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them – BBC News

Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them – BBC News

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Prof Andrew Gerstle teaches pre-modern Japanese texts at the University of London.
He explained to the BBC the term might be older than you think – it can be found in print as early as 1879, meaning it was likely in use before that.
The word “doku” can be used as a verb to mean “reading”. According to Prof Gerstle, the “tsun” in “tsundoku” originates in “tsumu” – a word meaning “to pile up”.
So when put together, “tsundoku” has the meaning of buying reading material and piling it up.
“The phrase ‘tsundoku sensei’ appears in text from 1879 according to the writer Mori Senzo,” Prof Gerstle explained. “Which is likely to be satirical, about a teacher who has lots of books but doesn’t read them.”
While this might sound like tsundoku is being used as an insult, Prof Gerstle said the word does not carry any stigma in Japan.

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Ahed Tamimi: Israel frees Palestinian viral slap video teen – BBC News

Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian viral slap video teenager, freed in Israel 29 July 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Ahed Tamimi is released from prison A Palestinian teenager who was filmed assaulting an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank has been freed after eight months in jail.
Video showing Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking the soldier outside her home in Nabi Saleh last year went viral.
For Palestinians, she became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis see her as a publicity-seeking troublemaker.
The 17-year-old was mobbed by well-wishers as she returned to her town.
“Resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed,” she told the crowd.
Speaking to the media later, she said she had resolved “to study law and to focus on holding the occupation accountable”.
Sixteen at the time, she was originally charged with 12 counts of assault, incitement, interference with soldiers and stone throwing.
In March, she agreed to plead guilty to four of the charges, including incitement and assault.
The day before Ahed Tamimi was released, two Italians were arrested for drawing a 4m (13ft) mural of the teenager’s face on the wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
Israeli border police said the two Italian men, and a Palestinian who was also arrested, were suspected of “damaging and vandalising the security fence in the Bethlehem area”. Image copyright AFP Image caption The mural was created in the last week
The group then allegedly tried to flee when confronted by police.
Last Wednesday, one of the men identified himself as Italian street artist Jorit Agoch. He posted an appeal for help on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying he had been arrested. How did the incident go viral?
Ahed Tamimi was filmed by her mother, Nariman, shouting at and shoving two soldiers in the driveway of her family home on 15 December 2017.
The incident was streamed on Nariman Tamimi’s Facebook page and video of the confrontation was widely viewed.
In the footage she kicks one soldier and slaps his face, and threatens to punch the other. Image copyright AFP Image caption Both Ahed Tamimi (R) and her mother Nariman served time in jail over the incident
Ahed Tamimi told a pre-trial hearing that she had lashed out at the soldiers because she had seen them shoot her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed in the head with a rubber bullet that same day.
The Israeli military said it had dispatched the soldiers to the Tamimis’ home, where Palestinian youths had been throwing stones at troops sent to quell violent protests.
It also later contested the cause of Mohammed’s head injury , saying last month that the boy had told interrogators he sustained it from falling off a bike. What was the fallout?
Ahed Tamimi’s case sparked an outpouring of deeply opposing views between Israelis and Palestinians.
Many Israelis say Ahed Tamimi has long been exploited by her family, who they accuse of using her to try to provoke Israeli soldiers on film.
Her mother was also charged with incitement on social media and assault, while her cousin Nour, who participated in the incident, was charged with assault.
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Ahed and Nour Tamimi deserved to “finish their lives in prison”.
For Palestinians, Ahed Tamimi has become a national icon for what they see as acts of bravery in standing up to armed soldiers on occupied land.
Her face has appeared on street murals and posters, while an online petition organised by her father calling for her release gathered 1.7m signatures. Related Topics

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New York Times tells Trump: Don’t call reporters enemies of the people – BBC News

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He said he told Mr Trump that the phrase “fake news” was “untrue and harmful” but said he was “far more concerned about his labelling journalists ‘the enemy of the people'”.
“I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence,” he said.
Mr Sulzberger said he had told the president that this was particularly true in other countries, where he said Mr Trump’s rhetoric was being used by some regimes to crack down on journalists. Image copyright AFP Image caption The newspaper said it was not asking Mr Trump to stop criticising its coverage
“I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press,” he said.
The New York Times publisher said he was not asking Mr Trump not to criticise his newspaper if he was unhappy with its coverage but asking him to “reconsider his broader attacks on journalism”. When has Trump called journalists ‘enemies of the people’?
In February 2017 he tweeted that the New York Times as well as other outlets NBC, ABC, CNN and CBS were “the enemy of the American people”. He reportedly then used the phrase again during a conference the following week.

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Trump says he called media ‘enemy of the people’ in meeting with N.Y. Times publisher

by Philip Rucker July 29 at 3:48 PM Email the author BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump escalated his feud with the news media on Sunday, accusing journalists of being unpatriotic and endangering lives after the publisher of the New York Times disclosed that he had warned Trump recently that his inflammatory rhetoric about the media could lead to violence.
Trump — who has made “fake news” a rallying cry and labeled journalists the “enemy of the people” — fired off a Twitter tirade Sunday afternoon from his New Jersey golf estate blasting the media for revealing internal government deliberations and for what he considers unfairly negative coverage of his presidency.
“When the media — driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome — reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic!” Trump wrote.
The president went on to say, “I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry,” singling out the Times and The Washington Post for writing “bad stories even on very positive achievements.”
Trump seems to have been responding to the lengthy statement issued earlier Sunday by Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, who publicly detailed his July 20 meeting at the White House with the president.
Trump first characterized their discussion as “a very good and interesting meeting,” writing in a Sunday morning tweet that he and Sulzberger “spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, ‘Enemy of the People.’”

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Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news

Jeremy Hunt , Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.
China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. Hunt, who was on his first official visit to China since taking over from Boris Johnson, quickly acknowledged the “terrible” error. “My wife is Japanese – my wife is Chinese. That’s a terrible mistake to make,” he told his counterpart, the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. “My wife is Chinese and my children are half-Chinese and so we have Chinese grandparents who live in Xi’an and strong family connections in China,” he added, referring to the ancient city of Xi’an in northern China. A former health minister, Hunt is married to Lucia Guo, with whom he has three children. He succeeds the gaffe-prone Johnson – who once referred to Africans as “flag-waving piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles” in a newspaper column. Johnson dramatically resigned over Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint earlier this month. Hunt is in China in a bid to strengthen trade ties with Beijing ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union next year. Other topics on the table are expected to be “the importance of multilateralism and free trade and ways the UK and China can work together on global challenges such as climate change, development, security and non-proliferation and enforcing UN sanctions on North Korea”, his office said ahead of the trip. • This article was amended on 31 July 2018 because an earlier version misspelled Xi’an as Xian.

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NYT Hits Back At Trump’s Tweet About Their ‘Fake News’ Meeting

NYT Hits Back At Trump’s Tweet About Their ‘Fake News’ Meeting

POLITICS 07/29/2018 11:38 am ET Updated 1 day ago NYT Responds To Trump Tweet About ‘Fake News’ Meeting With Publisher A.G. Sulzberger “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous,” the Times’ publisher said in a statement Sunday. By Hayley Miller 2.2k 970 The New York Times hit back at President Donald Trump ’s tweet Sunday that described his recent meeting with the newspaper’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger.
Trump had tweeted that he had “a very good and interesting” meeting with Sulzberger, the sixth member of his family to serve as publisher since it purchased the Times in 1896.
“Spent much time talking about the vast amount of Fake News being put out by the media,” tweeted Trump, who has frequently ― and falsely ― accused the legacy paper of publishing what he calls “fake news.”
Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 Soon after, the Times weighed in with additional context about the exchange.
The White House asked Sulzberger to meet with Trump earlier this month, Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Times, told HuffPost in an email Sunday.
“This was not unusual; there has been a long tradition of New York Times publishers holding such meetings with presidents and other public figures who have concerns about coverage,” Murphy wrote.
On July 20, Sulzberger and James Bennet, the editor of the Times’ editorial page, met with Trump at the White House, according to Murphy. Though Trump’s aides requested the meeting be off the record, Trump’s tweet Sunday put the meeting “on the record,” allowing for Sulzberger to respond, she said.
“My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric,” Sulzberger said in a statement to HuffPost. “I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
“I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he he felt our coverage was unfair,” he added. “Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.”
Read the full statement below:
My main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.
I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.
I told him that although the phrase “fake news” is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists “the enemy of the people.” I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.
I repeatedly stressed that this is particularly true abroad, where the president’s rhetoric is being used by some regimes to justify sweeping crackdowns on journalists. I warned that it was putting lives at risk, that it was undermining the democratic ideals of our nation, and that it was eroding one of our country’s greatest exports: a commitment to free speech and a free press.
Throughout the conversation I emphasized that if President Trump, like previous presidents, was upset with coverage of his administration he was of course free to tell the world. I made clear repeatedly that I was not asking for him to soften his attacks on The Times if he felt our coverage was unfair. Instead, I implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country.
Trump often accuses the Times and other media outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN and NBC, of publishing false stories in response to articles that portray him in an unflattering manner.
So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost ? They are all Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017 Trump has frequently gone after stories that use anonymous sources to report on his White House. In March, for example, he tweeted that the Times “purposely wrote a false story” suggesting he was “unhappy” with his legal team and that he planned to hire another lawyer.
But in May, Trump did just that when he replaced attorney Ty Cobb with Emmet T. Flood, a lawyer who represented former President Bill Clinton during his late-1990s impeachment.
Trump has repeatedly referred to the press as “the enemy of the people,” despite his Sunday tweet’s false suggestion that the phrase entered the zeitgeist on its own.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Times’ statement.
Hours later, Trump slammed the press again in a series of tweets, in which he claimed the media is driven by “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” a right-wing phrase meant to suggest liberals will irrationally dislike the president’s actions no matter what he does.
When the media – driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome – reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk! Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …accurately. 90% of media coverage of my Administration is negative, despite the tremendously positive results we are achieving, it’s no surprise that confidence in the media is at an all time low! I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …dying newspaper industry. No matter how much they try to distract and cover it up, our country is making great progress under my leadership and I will never stop fighting for the American people! As an example, the failing New York Times…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 …and the Amazon Washington Post do nothing but write bad stories even on very positive achievements – and they will never change!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 CORRECTION : A photo of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the Times’ previous publisher and the father of A.G. Sulzberger, previously accompanied this story. It has been replaced with a photo of A.G. Sulzberger.
This story has been updated with Trump’s Sunday afternoon tweets.
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Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld and Loro Parque over customers’ orca concerns – BBC News

Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld over animal welfare concerns 29 July 2018 Share this with Whatsapp Image copyright SeaWorld Holiday giant Thomas Cook has announced it will stop selling trips to animal parks that keep killer whales. The firm said more than 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare. The two parks it will stop selling tickets to as a result are SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife. “This was not a decision we took lightly,” chief executive Peter Fankhauser said as he announced the new policy. In a blog post, he acknowledged that both parks had met standards and had made improvements to how animals were kept. But, he said: “From next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity. “We have actively engaged with a range of animal welfare specialists in the last 18 months, and taken account of the scientific evidence they have provided. Orca spotted pushing dead calf for two days “We have also taken feedback from our customers, more than 90% of whom told us that it was important that their holiday company takes animal welfare seriously. “And when so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them,” Mr Fankhauser said. “I am clear about the kind of business that we want to be. That’s why we introduced our animal welfare policy 18 months ago, and that’s why we’ve taken this decision today.” ‘Incredible care’ SeaWorld said it no longer bred killer whales, but the ones it already had “will be with us and our visitors for many years”. It said “millions of UK guests” had visited its parks and that it would continue to “welcome the public” to them. “They have seen first-hand the incredible care we provide all of our animals and learned about how we are protecting and saving species in the wild,” it said in a statement. Criticism of keeping orcas in captivity has intensified since a 2013 Netflix documentary Blackfish about a performing killer whale called Tilikum. SeaWorld’s visitor numbers fell, although the theme park described Blackfish as “manipulative”. Last year, Thomas Cook began an audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare, based on standards set by ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Some 29 failed, and the travel firm stopped selling tickets. The latest ban was announced on Sunday. Mr Fankhauser said: “We will work with both [theme parks] over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit…. We will also continue to work ourselves to identify more sustainable alternatives.” More on this story

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#FreeTommy – the making of a far-right English ‘martyr’ | UK news

A s the rain fell on 6 February 2016, Tommy Robinson led a small crowd through an industrial estate on the edge of Birmingham. It was the launch event of Pegida UK, the anti-Islam outfit founded by Robinson. Fewer than 200 supporters turned up. Undeterred, he outlined the group’s pan-European ambitions. No other marches would follow.
Robinson had hit rock bottom. His other venture, the virulently Islamophobic English Defence League, had fractured and declined two years earlier. So low was his stock that anti-fascist organisations had stopped taking him seriously.
Fast forward 30 months and that stock has seen an extraordinary, and unsettling, rise. Robinson – real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – is now positioned as a superstar of the international radical right, a global “martyr” for free speech and a lightning rod through which the far right intends to wage its struggle to protect “traditional” western freedoms from the perceived foes of Islam and liberal democracy.
It was his 13-month prison sentence for contempt of court in May that, according to Rob Ford, professor of politics at the University of Manchester, cemented Robinson’s journey from fringe player to occupying “a valuable niche in the radical-right ecosystem”.
This week the court of appeal will deliver its judgment on whether Robinson should be released from prison immediately. If it rules in his favour, the Observer has been told, his newfound liberty may well be celebrated with a key position within the new rightwing European populist foundation , called The Movement, being planned by Steve Bannon.
Donald Trump’s former White House adviser wants The Movement to focus its efforts on the European parliament elections next spring, as well as the post-Brexit landscape in the UK, where he anticipates being able to exploit the disaffection of millions of Leave voters in the event of a deal they feel is not what they voted for. A high-profile figure with a sizeable rightwing fanbase will be required to lead the fight. That figure, some say, will be Robinson.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Steve Bannon on Good Morning Britain earlier this month. Photograph: Rex
“It’s his if he wants it. He’s the key figure, the most charismatic. He’ll come out of prison as a superstar, especially in North America. He’ll be on Fox News, everywhere. It’ll be a massive few weeks for him,” said Joe Mulhall of Hope not Hate , which has monitored Robinson since he founded the EDL in 2009.
“We have to see Tommy within this Bannon foundation. Bannon has been very supportive of him. You cannot really detach Tommy from this wider project,” added Mulhall.
Bannon’s support for the convicted fraudster appears unswerving. After an interview on Nigel Farage’s show on LBC radio – timed to coincide with Trump’s visit to London – Bannon delivered an off-air eulogy to Robinson that described the former UK Pegida leader as “the fucking backbone of this country”.
That such a prominent figure from the US alt-right might so enthusiastically embrace the 35-year-old from Luton is no surprise. An intricate constellation of alt-right and far-right groups, including America’s largest anti-Muslim organisation and even one of Trump’s senior diplomats , has offered Robinson staunch backing in recent weeks.
Gregg Roman, director of rightwing Philadelphia-based thinktank Middle East Forum (MEF), said Robinson should be lauded for speaking up on sensitive issues linked to the Muslim community. “There is a growing movement to silence anything that people disagree with,” he said. “Our prerogative as an organisation is to protect that discussion, the right to say it.
“His predicament is emblematic of the difference between the American protection of free speech and freedom of the press versus the rather draconian system that’s been implemented in the UK.”
Roman, whose group has paid Robinson’s court defence fees, revealed it had also paid Republican congressman Paul Gosar’s travel costs to the UK on 14 July so he could address a London protest in support of Robinson. Gosar, who did not want to be interviewed for this article, is considered an influential conduit between Bannon’s future operations in London and the Freedom Caucus , the group of pro-Trump, ultra-rightwing Republicans in the US House of Representatives.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Republican congressman Paul Gosar flew to London to support Robinson at a rally. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call
Gosar told the London crowd – 25 times the size of the Birmingham Pegida march – that he could no longer “stay silent” on the jailing of Robinson.
Many feel similarly energised. More than 630,000 have signed an online petition for Robinson to be freed, its international reach articulated by its translation into French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Czech and Russian. Analysis of signatories by Hope not Hate found only 68% came from the UK, while 35% of Twitter posts using a “Free Tommy” hashtag analysed by the group came from the United States.
Robinson’s resurgence, says Mulhall, can be neatly traced to the chaotic aftermath of the March 2017 Westminster terror attack . Accompanied by a film crew from Canadian far-right platform The Rebel Media, Robinson rushed to the scene and began to fulminate into the camera that Britain was “at war” with Islamic fundamentalists.
Although accused of exploiting the tragedy, his sentiments struck a chord with a sizeable minority. The footage has been watched more than 1.7m times on YouTube. The Rebel Media offered him a position, boosting his North American profile. But Robinson’s true ingenuity, according to Ford, was mixing his rough diamond personality with the mantra that the UK establishment was out to censor him because he dared to speak the truth.
“This is exactly the argument they like,” said Ford, “because it means they can say, ‘we’re the truly brave liberals’. The degree to which it has gone viral as an argument shows this is a winner for the radical right. It strongly motivates their core electorate.” Robinson’s imprisonment buttressed the message, allowing him to present himself as a “martyr for truth”.
“If he sticks to that line I can imagine a lot of far-right outfits wanting to make use of that. He could find himself perpetually on tour to whichever country has an election,” added Ford.
Roman, whose colleague Daniel Pipes at the MEF floated the unfounded claim that there were “no-go” zones in largely Muslim areas of Europe, described Robinson as a symbol of the struggle to speak the unspeakable. “He’s the emblem of an individual who’s tried to – as an advocate or journalist who has transcended his grassroots days – highlight the plight of victims. This is to do with his ability to articulate viewpoints without facing penalties,” said Roman.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Rightwing blogger Pamela Geller, another prominent US Robinson supporter. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP
It is an argument that has electrified the US far right. Recently, the US’s largest anti-Muslim organisation, ACT! for America, emailed its 750,000 members, outlining the “battle for free speech in Europe, specifically England”, around the Robinson case. Another influential Robinson supporter has been the far-right Texas-based conspiracy theorist website Infowars, which receives around 10m monthly visits. Alex Jones, who runs the site, calls Robinson a “political prisoner”. One Infowars piece, published by the Gatestone Institute, an anti-Muslim thinktank, articulates the US-UK alliance over Robinson. A prominent fellow of the Gatestone Institute is Raheem Kassam , London editor for rightwing website Breitbart when Bannon was its executive chairman.
Other pro-Robinson US figures include Pamela Geller, an anti-Muslim blogger banned from the UK, and Donald Trump Jr, who messaged nearly 3 million Twitter followers that jailing Robinson was another reason “for the original #brexit”. The reference to Brexit is germane to exploring the trajectory of the future transatlantic alignment of the far right. The day before Trump’s arrival in London on 12 July Bannon met rightwing luminaries at a Mayfair hotel, including Louis Aliot, partner of France’s National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, and Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the UK’s oldest conservative thinktank, the Bow Group. Although Harris-Quinney told the Observer they did not discuss Robinson, Bannon clearly had his eye on Britain’s exit from the EU and discussed “the current state of the Brexit process” following the Chequers proposal.
Ford believes fallout from the Brexit deal will help the far right make a real incursion into UK politics. He calculated that around 20% of the electorate hold a Ukip worldview, of which around half might be seduced by the xenophobic, Islamophobic vision of a Bannon/Robinson alliance. “That’s still 10% of the electorate – a lot of voters,” he said.
Brexit offered an opportunity to vastly increase numbers, added Ford. “We were promised a national renewal project and all we got was this crappy T-shirt from Boris Johnson,” he said. If a radical-right movement harnessed the power of a Robinson, or Farage, with adequate funding and credible candidates, it could make significant inroads. “There are formidable barriers to entry for new parties. One is getting any kind of attention, and figures like Robinson and Farage are valuable for that.”
If Robinson is released this week, his value to the international far right may soon be underlined.
August 2009
Robinson founds and becomes leader of the anti-Muslim English Defence League (EDL)
October 2013
Resigns from the EDL, claiming he has concerns over the “dangers of far-right extremism”
February 2016
Launches Pegida UK, British offshoot of the German anti-immigration organisation
February 2017
Becomes correspondent for rightwing Canadian outfit Rebel Media
May 2018
Sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment for contempt of court

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Pregnant goat dies after being gangraped by 8 men in Haryana | india news | Hindustan Times

india news Pregnant goat dies after being allegedly gangraped by 8 men in Haryana One of the accused met the owner of the goat the day after he had raped her and said that he had a nice time. india Updated: Jul 29, 2018 14:15 IST Hindustan Times, Gurugram The goat owner filed a police complaint on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Police have booked eight men in a village in Haryana’s Mewat district for raping a goat Wednesday night. The seven-year-old goat was pregnant and died a day after the assault, police said.
Police said the accused are locals and alleged history-sheeters. Three of them were beaten up by villagers in Maroda village about 73 kilometres south of Gurugram after the owner of the goat caught them in the act.
Police have registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” and under the Animal Cruelty Act at Nagina police station in Nuh, earlier known as Mewat. The police are yet to make any arrests but say that the accused would be nabbed soon.
“Our team is investigating the case and has recorded the statement of the goat’s owner, who allegedly caught the three accused in the act. We are also in the process of recording the statements of other eyewitnesses and villagers to know the exact sequence of the crime and arrests will be made once we get all the details,” Nazneen Bhasin, superintendent of police, Nuh, said Sunday morning. Five others are yet to be identified.
The owner, Aslup Khan, said his goat went missing from its shed, located adjacent to his house, on Wednesday night after which he and other villagers started looking for it. “It was around 11pm when I heard some noise and went out. The gate of the shed was open. I panicked and raised an alarm, as four of my goats had been stolen in the past and this was the only one left. While we were looking around, we found three men sexually assaulting my goat,” said 27-year-old Khan, a truck driver.
Khan said they caught hold of them and beat them up, but were let off later as they were in an inebriated state and were regular offenders. He further said that the three men told them about five others who had allegedly raped the goat that night. Bhasin said the three men have a criminal record and were jailed in the past for allegedly stealing motorcycles and cattle.
“My goat was injured and lying on the ground. It was not even able to walk. I took it home and applied medicines on the wounds on its head and nose. It did not eat anything the next day and was lying as if it was paralysed,” Khan said.
Police said one of the accused met Khan the next day and mocked him over the condition of the goat.
“He came to me on Thursday and threatened to steal the goat. He laughed and said that he and his friends had a nice time that night, which made me furious. I thrashed him after which he fled the spot,” Khan said.
The condition of goat started deteriorating and it died around 6pm. That’s when the villagers informed police who reached the village on Thursday night.
“We informed the veterinary surgeon as the post-mortem had to be conducted and booked the men involved in the sexual assault,” Bhasin said.
Dr Ramvir Bhardwaj, veterinary surgeon of animal husbandry posted at Nagina said the goat died of brain haemorrhage. “It was 50 weeks pregnant. During the post-mortem examination, it was found that there was blood in her windpipe. Samples of its vaginal swabs were sent to the forensic science laboratory,” Bhardwaj said. tags

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Ahed Tamimi: Israel frees Palestinian viral slap video teen – BBC News

Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian viral slap video teenager, freed in Israel 29 July 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Is a slap terrorism? A Palestinian teenager who was filmed assaulting an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank has been freed after eight months in jail.
Video showing Ahed Tamimi slapping and kicking the soldier outside her home in Nabi Saleh last year went viral.
For Palestinians, she became a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation, but many Israelis see her as a publicity-seeking troublemaker.
The 17-year-old was mobbed by well-wishers as she returned to her town.
“Resistance is continuing until the occupation is removed,” she told the crowd.
Speaking to the media later, she said she had resolved “to study law and to focus on holding the occupation accountable”.
Sixteen at the time, she was originally charged with 12 counts of assault, incitement, interference with soldiers and stone throwing.
In March, she agreed to plead guilty to four of the charges, including incitement and assault.
The day before Ahed Tamimi was released, two Italians were arrested for drawing a 4m (13ft) mural of the teenager’s face on the wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem.
Israeli border police said the two Italian men, and a Palestinian who was also arrested, were suspected of “damaging and vandalising the security fence in the Bethlehem area”. Image copyright AFP Image caption The mural was created in the last week
The group then allegedly tried to flee when confronted by police.
Last Wednesday, one of the men identified himself as Italian street artist Jorit Agoch. He posted an appeal for help on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying he had been arrested. How did the incident go viral?
Ahed Tamimi was filmed by her mother, Nariman, shouting at and shoving two soldiers in the driveway of her family home on 15 December 2017.
The incident was streamed on Nariman Tamimi’s Facebook page and video of the confrontation was widely viewed.
In the footage she kicks one soldier and slaps his face, and threatens to punch the other. Image copyright AFP Image caption Both Ahed Tamimi (R) and her mother Nariman served time in jail over the incident
Ahed Tamimi told a pre-trial hearing that she had lashed out at the soldiers because she had seen them shoot her 15-year-old cousin Mohammed in the head with a rubber bullet that same day.
The Israeli military said it had dispatched the soldiers to the Tamimis’ home, where Palestinian youths had been throwing stones at troops sent to quell violent protests.
It also later contested the cause of Mohammed’s head injury , saying last month that the boy had told interrogators he sustained it from falling off a bike. What was the fallout?
Ahed Tamimi’s case sparked an outpouring of deeply opposing views between Israelis and Palestinians.
Many Israelis say Ahed Tamimi has long been exploited by her family, who they accuse of using her to try to provoke Israeli soldiers on film.
Her mother was also charged with incitement on social media and assault, while her cousin Nour, who participated in the incident, was charged with assault.
Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Ahed and Nour Tamimi deserved to “finish their lives in prison”.
For Palestinians, Ahed Tamimi has become a national icon for what they see as acts of bravery in standing up to armed soldiers on occupied land.
Her face has appeared on street murals and posters, while an online petition organised by her father calling for her release gathered 1.7m signatures. Related Topics

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Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld over animal welfare concerns – BBC News

Thomas Cook axes trips to SeaWorld over animal welfare concerns – BBC News

Image copyright SeaWorld Holiday giant Thomas Cook has announced it will stop selling trips to animal parks that keep killer whales.
The firm said more than 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare.
The two parks it will stop selling tickets to as a result are SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife.
“This was not a decision we took lightly,” chief executive Peter Fankhauser said as he announced the new policy.
In a blog post, he acknowledged that both parks had met standards and had made improvements to how animals were kept.
But, he said: “From next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity.
“We have actively engaged with a range of animal welfare specialists in the last 18 months, and taken account of the scientific evidence they have provided.
Can orcas ever be healthy in captivity? The killer whale that can say ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ Orca spotted pushing dead calf for two days “We have also taken feedback from our customers, more than 90% of whom told us that it was important that their holiday company takes animal welfare seriously.
“And when so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them,” Mr Fankhauser said.
“I am clear about the kind of business that we want to be. That’s why we introduced our animal welfare policy 18 months ago, and that’s why we’ve taken this decision today.”
‘Incredible care’ SeaWorld said it no longer bred killer whales, but the ones it already had “will be with us and our visitors for many years”.
It said “millions of UK guests” had visited its parks and that it would continue to “welcome the public” to them.
“They have seen first-hand the incredible care we provide all of our animals and learned about how we are protecting and saving species in the wild,” it said in a statement.
Criticism of keeping orcas in captivity has intensified since a 2013 Netflix documentary Blackfish about a performing killer whale called Tilikum.
SeaWorld’s visitor numbers fell, although the theme park described Blackfish as “manipulative”.
Last year, Thomas Cook began an audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare, based on standards set by ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Some 29 failed, and the travel firm stopped selling tickets.
The latest ban was announced on Sunday.
Mr Fankhauser said: “We will work with both [theme parks] over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit…. We will also continue to work ourselves to identify more sustainable alternatives.”

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Trump golf resort wrecked special nature site, reports reveal | US news

The spectacular dunes system picked by Donald Trump for his golf resort in Aberdeenshire has been “partially destroyed” as a result of the course’s construction, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed. Scottish Natural Heritage, which has been under pressure for years to speak out on the issue, now acknowledges that serious damage has been done to the site of special scientific interest (SSSI) at Foveran Links on the Menie estate, north of Aberdeen, since the course opened in 2012, the documents show. As a result, Foveran’s SSSI status – given because of its unusual shifting sands and diverse plant life – now hangs in the balance. “Construction of the new golf course involved earthworks, planting of trees, greens and fairways, drainage, irrigation and grass planting,” states one of the reports released by Scottish Natural Heritage inspectors. “This has affected the natural morphology of the dunes and interfered with natural processes. Most of its important geomorphological features have been lost or reduced to fragments. Nearby marine terraces have also been reduced to fragments.” “These documents show that considerable damage has been done to Foveran Links, and that it is very unlikely that it will retain its SSSI status,” said Bob Ward, the policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, who obtained the reports under FoI. Ward has also asked the Scottish government to investigate whether proper environmental monitoring has been carried out at the site since 2012. A decision to remove the scientific status of the links could affect the US president’s recently announced plans to invest a further £150m in the resort. Scottish Natural Heritage has been reviewing the state of the lengthy stretch of mobile dunes partly covered by the course for several years and had promised to publish its findings late last year. However, the group has still to outline its views in public. Trump originally won approval for his “Trump Estate” encompassing the protected dunes because he pledged to create up to 6,000 jobs by building a five-star hotel with 450 rooms, shops, a sports complex, timeshare flats, two golf courses and housing estates there. However, so far he has constructed only one 18-hole course, which is open seven months a year, a practice range, and a small clubhouse with a restaurant and shop; he also converted Menie’s manor house into a boutique hotel with 16 rooms. Many local residents and councillors believe that the development did not justify destroying the delicate ecosystem at Foveran. They say Trump failed to honour promises he made in 2008 to protect the site as much as possible when he encouraged a planning inquiry to ignore the dunes’ SSSI status. Normally the site’s conservation status would have prevented any significant development. But Trump said that, if he was refused permission to develop on the southern end of the SSSI, he would withdraw from the entire scheme. He also claimed that, when completed, the land there would be “environmentally enhanced and better than it was before”. The Trump Organization said last year its environmental approach to the course had been “first class”. That view is disputed by conservationists. “It’s been ruined from a virgin, undeveloped wilderness site into something that’s relatively manicured,” said Dr Jim Hansom, a specialist in coastal ecology at Glasgow University. He told a recent BBC Scotland documentary the site had lost the key features that led to it being given protection. The decision to approve the course was met with anger by conservation groups. “It appears that the desires of one high-profile overseas developer, who refused to compromise one inch, have been allowed to override the legal protection of this important site. And we fear this sets a precedent that will undermine the whole protected-sites network in Scotland,” Aedán Smith, head of planning and development at RSPB Scotland , told the Times . Trump – whose visit to his other Scottish golf course at Turnberry this month triggered protests – infuriated conservationists in the US this month by proposing to weaken the landmark law that saved the bald eagle, the wolf and other species from extinction .

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Trump tweets he’d ‘shut down’ government if Democrats don’t fund US-Mexico wall | Fox News

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DEVELOPING – President Trump said on Sunday that he would be willing to shut down the federal government if the Democrats do not agree to Republican demands about funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump wrote on Twitter that border security “includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”
The White House has been embroiled in controversy over the ongoing efforts to reunite families separated at the border who were attempting to enter the United States illegally.
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018 During his most recent weekly address, Trump cited the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify strong enforcement of immigration laws and the continued necessity of Immigration Customs & Enforcement, the agency which has come under fire from Democrats in recent months.
“One of the critical lessons of 9/11 is that immigration enforcement saves lives,” he said in the address. “We must enforce the rules against visa fraud, illegal overstay, illegal entry and other immigration violations and crimes, and crimes they are. Believe me, crimes they are.”
A recent House bill would devote $5 billion to a southern border wall, but its passage in the Senate, where it would need the support of Democrats to reach the required 60-vote threshold, remains a longshot.
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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who is the majority whip, told the Washington Examiner that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was once ready to offer $25 billion in border security funding in exchange for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers.
However, Schumer has since withdrawn that offer, which at the time was rejected by Republicans and President Trump, who wanted additional immigration reforms.
Democratic lawmakers and candidates, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, have called for the abolishment of ICE.
In April, Trump threatened to shut down the government during a rally in Michigan, stating that more money was needed to fund the border wall.
“We come up again on September 28th and if we don’t get border security we will have no choice, we will close down the country because we need border security,” he said, according to Reuters.
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell won’t include Trump’s border wall in the September funding bill pic.twitter.com/nTdn7jvd8P
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 29, 2018 During an interview on iHeart Radio Friday, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said border wall funding will probably have to wait until after the midterms.
The federal government shut down briefly for three days in January after lawmakers could not agree on funding for immigration reform, border security and disaster relief.
Trump, who made security and building a border wall a centerpiece of his 2016 presidential campaign, also said that Mexico would pay for the new wall.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. @christocarbone .

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Arkansas woman shoots, kills husband over pornography, police say | Fox News

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Patricia Hill, 69, shot and killed her husband Frank after he bought pornography, according to police. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office) An Arkansas woman was arrested Saturday after telling police she shot and killed her husband because he bought pornography, officials said. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it received a call around 2:30 p.m. from 69-year-old Patricia Hill, who told dispatchers she just shot her 65-year-old husband, Frank.
When police arrived at the home, located about 36 miles south of Little Rock, they found Frank Hill dead in a shed on the property. Hill sustained two gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body, according to police.
The sheriff’s office said that during an interview with Hill, she told investigators she arrived home and went to the shed on her property to confront her husband, but there had never been any physical altercations between the couple.
Frank Hill’s body was found in a shed on the couple’s property. (FOX16)
“However, Mrs. Hill stated that she disagreed with her husband’s purchase of video pornography via the television guide, which she canceled upon discovering the purchase, but Mr. Hill managed to place a subsequent order,” Maj. Lafayette Woods, Jr. said. “Mrs. Hill stated that she entered the shed and asked her husband to leave but he refused.”

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Trump 2020 Says Banners Are All Made in the U.S., Anything Else Is ‘Fake News’

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This photo taken on July 13, 2018 shows a Chinese employee sewing a banner declaring US President Donald Trump’s re-election intentions that reads ‘Trump 2020: Keep America Great’ at a factory in Fuyang in China’s eastern Anhui province. -/AFP/Getty Images
“They are preparing in advance, they are taking advantage of the fact that the tariffs haven’t gone up yet, with lower prices now,” she said. But the manager could not confirm if the buyers were affiliated to the official Trump 2020 campaign or the Republican Party, Reuters added.
While the facility also creates material for other clients, including U.S. states and gay pride, Jiahao Flag Co. Ltd has pumped out banners for Trump since 2015, Yao said. She warned that a U.S.-China trade war— seemingly on the cards —would be bad for business. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now
“If he [president Trump] continues to demand tariff increases as he has been, or if he continues to agree with those who are against China, I definitely would not be able to accept [more orders],” she said. “Everyone can have a patriotic heart, but this won’t improve his economy,” Yao added.
Snopes, the fact checking website, concluded that it is unclear just how close the links between Trump 2020 and the Chinese merchandise really are. A search of the Federal Election Commission for spending related to the flags or banners brought up no solid results, it noted. But it is still possible the sales are designed to pass through third party firms, the site added.
US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hand with China’s President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images
On Friday, Bernie Sanders hit out at Trump over the speculation his trademark products are being created in foreign factories, allegedly on the cheap. “Given the choice between hiring American workers at a living wage or hiring much less expensive workers from China that he can exploit, Trump opts for the low-cost overseas labor day in and day out,” Sanders wrote on Facebook .
It is not the first time products associated with the president have been made in China. On Monday (July 23), it emerged that White House guests at Trump’s”Made in America” product showcase were served with cutlery manufactured in China.
This photo taken on July 13, 2018 shows a Chinese employee sewing a US flag at a factory in Fuyang in China’s eastern Anhui province. – As the Sino-US trade war rages, a factory set amid corn and mulberry fields in central China stitches together US and ‘Trump 2020’ flags — and business is good. AFP/Getty Images

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Florida police officer dies after being injured in shooting, police say | Fox News

Florida police officer dies after being injured in shooting, police say | Fox News

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Adam Jobbers-Miller was shot while responding to a call at a Florida gas station on July 21, police said. (Fort Myers Police Department) A Florida police officer who was shot and wounded last week while responding to a call at a gas station has died from his injuries, police confirmed on Saturday. The Fort Myers Police Department released a statement announcing the death of Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, 29.
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away as a result of the injuries sustained on Saturday, July 21st,” the statement said. “We ask that you continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family, friends and our entire Fort Myers Police Department Family.” It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community that Ft. Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller has passed away as a result of the injuries sustained on Saturday, July 21st. Please continue to pray for Officer Jobbers-Miller’s family, friends and our entire FMPD Family pic.twitter.com/sz1U5huO5a
ICE FILES DETAINER AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING FLORIDA OFFICER IN HEAD
Jobbers-Miller, who police previously said had been on the force since September 2015, was injured while reporting to a Marathon Gas station in Fort Myers around 7:30 p.m. on July 21st when a shooter opened fire. Following the encounter, Jobbers-Miller was rushed to a hospital by a another officer, where he had an emergency operation, police said. They added that after the surgery, his condition was listed as critical but stable. The suspect was taken into police custody, police said.
“Words cannot express the emotions running through the Fort Myers Police family at this time,” Chief of Police Derrick Diggs said in a news release at the time of the shooting.
COLORADO MAN SPITS ON OFFICER, STRIKES HIM WITH CAR AFTER TICKET FOR LEAVING DOGS IN HOT CAR AS HE ATE: REPORT
Following the news Saturday of Jobbers-Miller’s passing, Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno described the officer in a Facebook post as “a true hero to us all” and said “words cannot capture how we feel, but together we will all help each other during this time of need.”
“Over the course of the last week, our entire community banded together to support Officer Jobbers-Miller and his family,” the post said. “The thin blue line runs strong in Southwest Florida.”
Fox News’ Keith Harden, Dom Calicchio, Stephen Sorace and Katherine Lam contributed to this report. Trending in U.S.

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Family, police searching for 15-year-old girl missing for 5 days in East York News

A team of volunteers joined the family of a missing 15-year-old on Sunday to put up posters and search the city as her mother pleaded for help to find her.
Sydney Lakhani​ was last seen on the evening of July 24th while walking her family dog at Cosburn and Coxwell avenues near her East York home.
The dog was later found tied up, her mother Nishad Lakhani said, but the young teen never returned home. She was reported missing to police that evening.
“We’re extremely worried. We just want her home,” Lakhani said.
Family and friends spent the day putting up posters of the teen in East York, Scarborough, downtown and the Beach.
Sydney Lakhani, 15, was last seen Tuesday evening near her home at Cosburn and Coxwell avenues, Toronto police say. (Toronto Police Service) Sydney is described as 5’3″ and 160 lbs, with dyed purple hair that’s typically tied back in a bun. She was wearing a black skirt, white T-shirt, large hoop earrings and may have been carrying a pink-and-black backpack when she disappeared.
“She’s very friendly. She loves to talk to people. She enjoys helping anybody and everybody,” Lakhani said of her daughter.
Her mother is asking anyone who thinks they may have seen her to contact the family or police.
“All I ask of people is to please keep a look out for her. Anything — if they think they see her, even if they aren’t 100 per cent — just call. Please just call. Let us know, we’ll get the police to go to investigate that area,” Lakhani said in an interview.
Abdul Madhani, a family friend, described Sydney as “radiant” and a “fabulous young lady.”
“There’s a lot of people from the larger community trying to locate her, all over the GTA,” he said.
“The family is very worried and they are really praying hard to get her back home.”
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Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard – BBC News

Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard 29 July 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image caption An estimated 3,000 polar bears enjoy Svalbard’s icy climes A polar bear has been shot dead after it attacked a cruise ship guard on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, within the Arctic Circle.
The guard suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and is said to be in a stable condition.
He was assigned to protect tourists who had landed on Svalbard’s northernmost island from the MS Bremen, which is operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
The German cruise company said a second guard shot the bear “in self-defence”.
The injured man was airlifted to hospital in the town of Longyearbyen, on Spitsbergen island. Polar bears ‘running out of food’
Svalbard is a wilderness of glaciers and ice caps that lies between Norway and the North Pole.
An estimated 60% of it is covered with ice, and its 3,000 polar bears are said to outnumber the human population. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cruise company Hapag-Lloyd said the bear was shot in “self-defence”
All ships in the area are obliged to employ bear guards to protect passengers on sightseeing tours.
“There are very strict rules here as the islands are visited by many polar bears in the summer, so we all need to be vigilant when we are ashore,” one guide wrote in a post on Hapag-Lloyd’s website.
Critics online, including British comedian Ricky Gervais, blamed the attack on human intrusion into polar bear territories.

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Archeologists find treasure in aftermath of giant forest fire | CBC News

A fire damaged Alberta’s iconic Waterton National Park in 2017, but also cleared so much vegetation that archeologists have been able learn more about what life was like for the area’s Blackfoot people there some 300 years ago and longer.

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Fox News Confronts Rudy Giuliani Over Michael Cohen ‘Liar’ Flip-Flop

POLITICS 07/29/2018 11:18 am ET Updated 1 day ago Fox News Host Confronts Rudy Giuliani Over Michael Cohen ‘Liar’ Flip-Flop In May, Giuliani said Cohen was “honest and honorable.” Now he’s changed his tune. By Nick Baumann 1.7k 760 Rudy Giuliani can’t get his story straight on Michael Cohen — and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace is calling him out on it.
On “Fox News Sunday,” Wallace confronted Giuliani, who serves as one of President Donald Trump ’s attorneys, on his flip-flopping about Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer.
In May, Giuliani called Cohen an “honest, honorable lawyer,” Wallace noted. “But now you say, Quote: , your words… ‘a pathological liar’ who’s been lying for years. So what happened?”
Giuliani said his shift stemmed from the revelation that Cohen had been “surreptitiously recording his clients” — referring to the tape of Cohen and Trump discussing a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who’s alleged she had a long-running affair with Trump before he became president. The tape was released last week and initially aired on CNN.
“Obviously if I knew that, I never would’ve said he was a reputable lawyer,” Giuliani said. “I would’ve said he was a scoundrel.”
“I knew nothing bad about Michael Cohen until all of this started to happen in the past couple weeks,” Giuliani insisted.
Giuliani must not have been following previous news accounts about Cohen, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer for more than a decade and was targeted by an FBI raid in April.
Cohen had reportedly compared himself to Tom Hagen , the fictional consigliere of the Corleone crime family in “The Godfather.” His business ventures are the subject of considerable interest from federal investigators, The New York Times reported in May, while Giuliani was still defending him.
And Giuliani months ago corrected a Cohen falsehood. Cohen claimed in February that he had paid Stormy Daniels, a porn actress who also has said she had a brief affair with Trump, $130,000 out of his own pocket, and Trump in April claimed he didn’t know about the payment. Giuliani later admitted that Trump had repaid Cohen.
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Alberta First Nation mourns firefighter who died fighting Ontario forest fires | CBC News

Alberta First Nation mourns firefighter who died fighting Ontario forest fires | CBC News

Alberta First Nation mourns firefighter who died battling Ontario forest fires Alberta First Nation mourns firefighter who died battling Ontario forest fires A First Nation community in northern Alberta is mourning the loss of firefighter Jerry Gadwa, who died last week while helping to fight forest fires in Ontario. Jerry Gadwa was a 20-year veteran firefighter and father of a 10-year-old boy CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2018 3:58 PM MT | Last Updated: July 29 Jerry Gadwa, of the Kehewin Cree Nation in northern Alberta, died while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ont. (Facebook)
A First Nation community in northern Alberta is mourning the loss of firefighter Jerry Gadwa, who died Thursday while helping to fight forest fires in Ontario.
“There’s obviously a lot of shock because a lot of people got along good with him,” said Kehewin Cree Nation Coun. William John, Gadwa’s nephew by marriage.
“In our community, we have a lot of people that enjoy… humour, a lot of sharing laughs,” John said. “Jerry was just as much a part of that as anybody else.” Alberta firefighter dies fighting Ontario forest fires
John, whose wife is Gadwa’s niece, learned of Gadwa’s death Thursday night.
For the past 20 years, Gadwa has spent his summers fighting wildfires across the province and country, John said.
“It’s just something, once you have a knack for it, you keep going with it,” John said.
Gadwa, who was working as a forestry firefighter with a company that recruits firefighters from local First Nations, died while supporting fire suppression efforts in Red Lake, Ont., near the border with Manitoba. Hard-working, good father
Gadwa, in his late 40s, lived on the Kehewin Cree Nation reserve, approximately 225 kilometres northeast of Edmonton near Bonnyville, with his 10-year-old son, John said.
“His primary motivation was to make sure his boy had everything he needed,” said John, whose wife is Gadwa’s niece.
“She often spoke of Jerry telling her he wanted to make sure he was taken care of.” Jerry Gadwa was a 20-year veteran firefighter.(Facebook)
Gadwa’s son had been staying with Gadwa’s sister in Cold Lake while his father was firefighting, John said.
John said Gadwa was known in the community for his work ethic.
“He didn’t like to sit around,” John said. “He was very driven.” High school memories
John, who is also in his 40s, has memories of Gadwa going back to their high school days.
Even back then, Gadwa was very disciplined, John said.
“Jerry would put on his muscle T-shirt and I remember some of the boys from Bonnyville coming up to me and asking, ‘Who is this guy?’
“They were impressed by his physique.”
Gadwa began training as a firefighter when he was still very young, John said, noting Gadwa’s career path motivated him to keep fit.
John said he’s heard his uncle by marriage may have been suffering from a health issue.
“If he was a little bit ill, perhaps he shouldn’t have been out there,” John said.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour and police are investigating the cause of Gadwa’s death, with the help of the Ministry of Natural Resources. Firefighting community grieving
On Saturday, Brian McEvoy, regional fire chief with Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority, said the news of Gadwa’s death is reverberating through the local firefighting community.
“Emergency services are very close-knit groups of people,” he said. “When one has a loss, we all share it. This one we share a little bit more because it’s closer to home.”
Bonnyville and Kehewin volunteer fire departments often worked together on fires in the area, McEvoy said. ​
Premier Rachel Notley Friday offered condolences.
“We are one country and we look out for one another. Mr. Gadwa and his fellow firefighters were in Ontario fighting to defend the well-being of their fellow Canadians,” Notley said in a statement.
“The sacrifice they and their families make is extraordinary and is felt heavily in hearts throughout Alberta and across Canada.”
There are currently more than 200 Alberta firefighter deployed in other provinces, with the majority in Ontario.

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WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff Dies at 70 | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff died , the company announced Sunday.
He was 70.
“MY BEST FRIEND. MY PARTNER. MY BROTHER. WE GET MORE HEAT THAN ANYONE ON EARTH. I TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE. HE TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I WAS DOWN. I MISS YOU FOREVER,” The Iron Sheik, Volkoff’s longtime tag team partner, said on Twitter .
Volkoff began wrestling in 1967 and embarked on a career that lasted nearly 40 years. He spent the bulk of his time in the WWF and World Wide Wrestling Federation, Vince McMahon Sr.’s precursor to the WWF. He also spent time with the American Wrestling Association in the 1970s.
Volkoff and The Sheik were one of the premier heel tag teams of the 1980s under the management of Classy Freddie Blassie. The pair won the WWF Tag Team Championship once before breaking up.
Volkoff later teamed with Boris Zukhov as part of The Bolsheviks for the remainder of the 1980s before leaving the company in 1990. He briefly returned in 1994 and 1995 as a member of the Million Dollar Corporation before retiring.
A number of people within the wrestling community expressed their condolences on Twitter: Tommy Dreamer @THETOMMYDREAMER Sad to hear the passing of @WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff Celebrate his life Watch his greatness on @WWENetwork and all please rise as he sings the Russian National Anthem https://t.co/0m5US6D0tw Nattie @NatbyNature I always loved our conversations backstage … Nikolai Volkoff was so special to my dad and the entire Hart family. We will miss you, Nikolai. My thoughts and condolences go out to Nikolai’s family. 🙏 https://t.co/WfMd4FDowb Frankie Kazarian @FrankieKazarian RIP Nikolai Volkoff. One of our industries great characters. One of the first action figures I had as a child. As much as I enjoyed his singing of the Russian National Anthem, I will always be a Cara Mia guy. Godspeed. James Ellsworth @realellsworth I did many road trips with Nikolai Volkoff. As we only lived 15 minutes from each other. I learned so much from him. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I’ll miss him dearly #RIPNikolaiVolkoff https://t.co/lJG2h01Lto
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Mike Pence Defends White House Banning CNN Reporter From Press Event

POLITICS 07/29/2018 01:39 pm ET Updated 1 day ago Mike Pence Defends White House Banning CNN Reporter From Press Event “Maintaining the decorum that is due at the White House… is an issue,” the vice president told Fox News. By Hayley Miller 6.4k 4.9k Vice President Mike Pence stood by the White House’s decision to ban a CNN reporter from a press event last week, citing the need to maintain “decorum.”
“This administration believes in the freedom of the press,” Pence told Fox News ’ Maria Bartiromo in an interview airing Sunday. “But maintaining the decorum that is due at the White House… is an issue that we’ll continue to work forward.”
The White House was hit with intense backlash from dozens of journalists and media outlets on Wednesday after it disinvited CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, representing five television networks as the day’s chosen pool reporter, from a press event.
Collins was told by the White House that at a brief gathering earlier in the day, she had asked President Donald Trump “inappropriate” questions and had refused to leave the Oval Office, according to CNN. Collins and other reporters present at the time disputed the White House’s claim.
Several cable news networks, including Fox News, issued statements expressing solidarity with CNN and calling for reporters’ full access to press events.
Despite Trump’s repeated attacks on the press, including falsely accusing outlets of publishing “fake news” and calling journalists the “enemy of the people,” Pence told Bartiromo that the administration has provided “extraordinary access to the media.”
“The president answers so many questions in so many different settings, and I can assure that we’ll continue to do that,” Pence said.
While Trump occasionally takes impromptu questions from reporters at various gatherings, he hasn’t held a solo press conference since February 2017.
Pence deflected when asked by Bartiromo whether shutting out Collins was like shutting out “everybody” from the press event.
“I would leave that decision to the White House staff,” he said. “We’ll make sure that every network, every major news organization, continues to have access because we stand for the freedom of the press in this White House.”
Trump and New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, meanwhile, found themselves offering vastly different takes on a meeting they had earlier this month at the White House that focused on journalistic matters.
The president tweeted on Sunday that they spent “much time” discussing “the vast amount of Fake News being put out,” his erroneous phrase for stories that displease him.
But Sulzberger, in a statement to HuffPost, said his “main purpose for accepting the meeting was to raise concerns about the president’s deeply troubling anti-press rhetoric.” He said he told Trump “directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous.”
Watch Bartiromo’s full interview with Pence below. His comments on Collins begin around the 11:15 mark.
This story has been updated with details on the Trump-Sulzberger meeting.
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France shocked by video of woman being slapped by harasser – BBC News

France shocked by video of woman being slapped by harasser 30 July 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Marie Laguerre/Cafe video Image caption The man walked towards the student and was captured striking her on the cafe’s video A French student has spoken out after she was harassed by a man in a Paris street and then hit in the face when she told him to stop.
Marie Laguerre shared CCTV video of the man slapping her outside a cafe in the north-east of the capital.
The video has gone viral and coincides with a government push to impose on-the-spot fines for street harassment.
“The first fines should be handed out this autumn,” said Equalities Minister Marlène Schiappa.
Offenders will have to pay between €90 (£80; $105) and €750 under a package of measures that was backed by French MPs in May and is set to complete its passage through parliament this week.
The initiative has resonated among French women as the #MeToo movement and its French equivalent #BalanceTonPorc (“rat on your pig”) have gathered pace. What happened?
Ms Laguerre, 22, had been returning home from work last Tuesday in the 19th district of Paris when a man started making obscene and degrading comments and “noises with sexual connotations”, she explained in an interview with French radio on Monday. End of Youtube post by Marie Laguerre
At that point the man became angry and threw an ashtray, missing her by inches, she added.
After exchanging insults, the man walked towards her and was captured striking her on the cafe’s video.
“I know he’s going to hit me. I could have run off but there was no question of that. I wasn’t going to look down and certainly wasn’t going to apologise,” she said. He hit her forcefully on the cheek and continued shouting at her.
While people sitting in the cafe remonstrated with the man, she went home but quickly decided to go back to the cafe to take witness statements and complain to the police. How have people reacted?
Everyone at the cafe had found her response normal, she said, and the owner gave her the video to help catch the attacker. It has now been viewed more than a million times.
Ms Laguerre said fighting back against such aggression was hard, but all women were affected by it and it was time to say stop. “I can’t keep quiet and we mustn’t stay silent,” she wrote on Facebook.
The equalities minister told Le Parisien newspaper she was outraged by the attack and said the aim of the new law was to impose a clear social ban on harassment.
She said a number of women had complained of being groped in the street as France celebrated its World Cup victory earlier this month, and called for witnesses to come forward for all cases of sexual assault.
Paris prosecutors have responded to the attack on Marie Laguerre by opening an inquiry into sexual harassment and armed violence, although the man has yet to be traced. Why do people react differently to harassment?
French psychiatrist Muriel Salmona told the Huffington Post that people may have a mixed reaction when faced with harassment.
“You feel fear, a threat, but also anger and also exasperation. Even more so if it happens several times in the course of one day,” she explained.
Some people may be unable to react because of shock, or what she calls “emotional amnesia”. Others might not respond because they fear the harasser becoming violent, as happened with Ms Laguerre.
Such reactions are completely normal, Ms Salmona says, adding that harassers seek to “create a state of fear”.
Even those who do respond may continue to experience fear or anxiety.
Ms Laguerre says that she still feels “on edge” following her experience, telling FranceInfo: “I don’t feel very comfortable walking outside.” What to do if you experience harassment

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Trump again threatens government shutdown over immigration

Latest Stories Trump again threatens government shutdown over immigration The president demanded cooperation from the Democrats over immigration, threatening to close the government in order to achieve his goals. by Saphora Smith / Jul.29.2018 / 11:23 PM ET Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Trump says he’s willing to shut down government over immigration Jul.29.2018 01:54
President Donald Trump threatened on Sunday to shut down the federal government if the Democrats refuse to back his administration’s proposed changes to immigration laws.
“I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!” Trump posted on Twitter.
The tweet came as part of a stream of posts relating to immigration. Democrats, who want Open Borders and care little about Crime, are incompetent, but they have the Fake News Media almost totally on their side! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2018
Referring to the government’s controversial former policy of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, he wrpte, “please understand, there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally, whether they have children or not — and many are just using children for their own sinister purposes.”
“Congress must act on fixing the DUMBEST & WORST immigration laws anywhere in the world! Vote “R”” he added. Related
Trump has made similar threats in past months relating to immigration.
The government has shut down twice this year, but not at the behest of the president.
In January, the government entered a partial shutdown for three days when a key vote fell far short of the support needed to pass the senate. The proposal that failed would have funded the government until Feb. 16, extended the low-income Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years and suspended some Obamacare taxes for two years.
But Senate Democrats, demanding progress on the fate of the young immigrants covered by the DACA program, withheld their support for the bill after the prospect of an agreement with Republicans and the White House fell apart.
The government temporarily closed again in February , after Congress failed to pass a funding bill due to the objections of one senator. Non-essential government services were closed throughout the night.
After weeks of negotiations between moderate and conservative Republicans in the House, lawmakers failed to pass the GOP’s compromise immigration measure last month. Members of Congress left Washington Thursday to go on a month-long recess without resolving the issue of immigration legislation and family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s tweet came days after the government said more than 1,800 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border had been reunited with their families . Nonetheless, hundreds remain separated. Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE

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