May 232017
 

A dramatic explosion rocked Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert Monday night, and the British police reveal that 22 people have been killed and 59 others injured. Preliminary reports indicate that the possible cause for the explosion was a suicide bombing.

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Explosion during pop concert by Ariana Grande

In a Facebook post, Greater Manchester Police wrote: “Emergency services are currently responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. There are a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured. Please AVOID the area as first responders work tirelessly at the scene. Details of a casualty bureau will follow as soon as available.”

The concert was attended by more than 20,000 people, most of them teenagers, informs BBC.

According to witness accounts, there was a really big explosion and smoke invaded the main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area. There was a lot of confusion and everybody started screaming and running.

Police tweeted that emergency services were “responding to serious incident at Manchester Arena. Avoid the area. More details will follow as soon as available.” They later tweeted that a “casualty bureau” was being set up at the arena site.

A statement from Manchester Arena says the incident took place outside the venue – earlier reports had suggested it happened in the foyer. It’s very common for details to be conflicting in the immediate aftermath of an incident like this; we will confirm as soon as we can.

The statement reads:
“We can confirm there was an incident as people were leaving the Ariana Grande show last night. The incident took place outside the venue in a public space. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.”

Greater Manchester police have confirmed that 19 people have died and around 50 are injured:
“Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others injured. This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise.”

Ariana Grande concert explosion: Moment of reported blast at Manchester Arena can be heard in this dashcam video

May 052017
 

After United Airlines, another US flight operator triggers a monster scandal by kicking passengers off a plane. (SCROLL FOR VIDEO).

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Delta Airlines plane (public domain)

A family with two young children, aged 1 and 2, was removed from a Delta Airlines flight despite having their seats booked and paid. Brian and Brittany Schear, of Huntington Beach, had to leave the plane due to their refusal to give up a seat they had bought for their teenage son and were attempting to use for his 2-year-old sibling who was secured in a car seat, writes Washington Post.

Flight attendants refused to let the little boy occupy the seat and suggested he must sit in an adult’s lap, although the law of the Federal Aviation Authority claims that children are safer in government-approved car seats — not on laps, saying, “Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.” Even Delta urges parents to purchase seats for children younger than 2 and to use approved child-restraint systems during the flights.

The American family were disembarked and forced to wait another flight without being offered accommodation or assistance. Delta Airlines apologized subsequently for the incident and announced that it will offer compensation.

Father: He (the baby) has traveled earlier on a car seat, also on a Delta Airlines flight.

Flight attendant: That’s unfortunate. Unfortunately I don’t know what to tell you … According to the rules, he can not sit in such a chair… The plane will not move, we can stay here all night.

Father: Ok, let me get this straight. We passed the security with two kids, two car seats, all the way through the gateway, and now you tell us we have to get off this plane? What should we do? We have two infants, we have no where to stay, there are no more flights … What should we do, sleep in the airport?

Flight attendant: It’s not up to me.

Father: It should be.

Attendant: It’s not. At this point YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN!!!

Video: Delta Airlines boots family with 2 kids off their airplane

May 052017
 

North Korea slams the US intelligence service for planning to kill the supreme leader Kim Jong-un with “biocides,” reports BBC.

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Kim Jong-un (pic: google images)

The regime in Pyongyang vows to carry out a counter-terrorist attack on the United States and South Korea in response to the alleged assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. “The anti-terrorist attack will start right now,” the regime said.

The North Korean press agency, KCNA, claims that a group would have infiltrated the country and tried to use radioactive substances with poisonous nanoparticles in the alleged plot and said the authorities would find and “mercilessly destroy ” the terrorists.

Kim Jong-un was allegedly the target of the attack at a military parade. It is claimed that South Korean and US intelligence approached and bribed a corrupt North Korean official, referred to as “Kim”, while he worked for a timber company in Russia. After being paid, “Kim” was given a “satellite transmitter-receiver” before returning to Pyongyang where he was supposed to receive detailed instructions about various opportunities to complete the attack.

The Agency also specified that the effects of the biochemicals would be visible within 6 to 12 months. The CIA declined to comment and South Korea has issued no statement so far.

Apr 072017
 

Stockholm truck attack left four dead and 12 injured.

A hijacked truck plowed through the crowd in central Stockholm killing four people and injuring 12 others. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said that “Sweden has been attacked.”

Stockholm attack suspect (pic: police)

One person was arrested tonight said police spokesman Lars Byström adding that the man arrested is the one who appears in a photo made public a few hours ago.

Shocking CCTV images show the moment when the truck goes by as terryfied pedestrians try to find shelter inside the shops.

The beer truck was stolen as it made a delivery nearby, according to the company that owned it. Eyewitnesses saw the vehicle being driven at high speed along Drottninggatan (Queen Street) before it plunged into the front of a department store.

There were also reports of a separate shooting incident in a second location about 20 minutes from the pedestrian shopping street where the crash emerged.

An eyewitness told CNN that the driver “put his foot on the gas and drove into the crowd.”

“He came from Olof Palmes Street and drove down to Drottninggatan. It was like he was driving through paper. It’s like it was nothing. I can’t even believe how a person could do such a thing. And then he just kept on going. I was in shock.”

Video: Truck runs into Stockholm crowd in Europe’s latest vehicle-ramming attack

Apr 072017
 

Andreea Cristea, a 31-year-old Romanian woman who was injured in the vehicle-ramming attack that rocked London on March 22, has died, said Scotland Yard. She had been hospitalized for two weeks in critical condition.

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Andreea Cristea and her partner Andrei Burnaz

Romanian ambassador to UK, Dan Mihalache, confirmed the death of the young woman adding that all necessary assistance for repatriation of her body will be provided.

The family statement reads: “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way. She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “deeply saddened to hear of the death of Andreea Cristea”. He tweeted: “Londoners hold her & her loved ones in our thoughts today.”

Andreea Cristea was on a weekend break in the British capital along with her boyfriend Andrei Burnaz who had been planning to pop the question. But the romantic holiday turned into a drama as the couple were on Westminster Bridge when a man crashed his vehicle into the crowd.

Ms. Cristea was run over and thrown into the Thames river before being recovered by rescuers and taken to the hospital. She suffered a brain surgery for a blood clot removal, and her condition appeared to improve. Her lungs began to heal, but she never regained consciousness. Unfortunately she passed away Thursday thus becoming the fifth fatality of the terror attack that ranks as the worst in the UK in the past 12 years.

Khalid Masood rammed pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a officer before being shot dead by law enforcement units. The attack left five people dead and 40 wounded.

According to BBC, the other people killed on the bridge were Aysha Frade, 44, who worked at a London sixth-form college, US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, from Utah, and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, from south London. Father-of-two PC Keith Palmer was fatally stabbed outside Parliament.

Mar 202017
 

Passports around the world come in the shades of four primary colors, and each country has its own reason for choosing one of them.

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Passports come in 4 different colours (pic: money.cnn.com)

Red
This is the most common colour. Passports with red covers are usually selected by post-communist countries. Citizens of Slovenia, China, Serbia, Russia, Latvia, Romania, Poland and Georgia have red passports. Most of the European Union nations feature passport covers of burgundy or varying shades of red, Brightside.me reveals.

Blue
This is the second most common colour for a passport. A blue cover symbolizes the “new world”. 15 countries in the Caribbean have blue passports. As for the South American nations, this color represents the connection with Mercosur, a trade union. This includes Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

Green
Most Muslim countries have green passports. There are a few exceptions: Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Green is considered the favorite color of Prophet Muhammad and a symbol of nature and life.

Black
These are the rarest passports. They can be found in some African countries such as Botswana, Zambia, Burundi, Gabon, Angola, Chad, Congo, Malawi etc. New Zealand’s citizens have black passports as well, because black is country’s national color.

Mar 202017
 

During a hearing in Congress on Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed officially for the first time that the Bureau is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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FBI Director James Comey (public domain)

Mr Comey said: “That includes the nature of any links of individuals associated with the Trump campaign and Russia. This will also include whether any crimes were committed.”

Comey described the investigation as “open and ongoing”. He drew attention at the hearing that leaks of classified information is a crime.

The United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence invited James Comey and his counterpart from the supervisory agency for communications (NSA), Mike Rogers, to testify about any possible ties between Russia and Trump’s camp.

Republican Congressman and Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, has already suggested that there is no evidence that Trump’s team was involved in a campaign of destabilization.
Source: The Telegraph

Mar 202017
 

David Rockefeller, a former banker, philanthropist and world’s oldest billionaire according to Forbes Magazine, died on Monday at age 101. He passed away peacefully at his family’s home in Pocantico Hills, New York. The cause of Rockefeller’s death was congestive heart failure.

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David Rockefeller (photo: wikimedia commons)

His grandfather was the legendary oil tycoon John Davidson Rockefeller Sr. (1839 – 1937) known as America’s first billionaire and Standard Oil founder. His mother, Abigail Greene “Abby” Aldrich, was a prominent art enthusiast and co-founder of the museum MoMa.

His birthplace in the middle of Manhattan, where his family owned the largest private residence in New York, later became the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

David Rockefeller lost his five siblings decades ago and cremated one of his children who died in a 2014 plane crash.

Rockefeller’s fortune was estimaded at $3.2 billion – thus being “only” the 604th billionaire in the world, but rich enough to own several properties and a large private art collection.

A Harvard graduate, David Rockefeller used to donate millions of dollars for charity each year.

He confessed in an interview with Forbes that he had a wonderful life being convinced that material things can contribute to a pleasant life. However, he admited that without good friends and close relatives, life would be really empty and sad, and material things cease to be important.
Photo credit: http://blogs-images.forbes.com/katiasavchuk/files/2014/11/rockefeller3.jpg [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mar 202017
 

A passenger plane crashed at Wau airport in South Sudan on Monday. According to initial reports, all people on board were feared dead, then radio station Juba claimed that at least 9 people were pulled out alive from the burned-out wreckage and taken to the local hospital.

UPDATE: Miraculous survival! CNN reveals that all 43 people aboard the commercial airliner that made a crash-landing in poor weather conditions in Wau, survived with minor injuries!

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South Supreme plane broke-up on impact with runway (pic: Bull Maliik / Facebook)

“It is miraculous, completely,” said Ateny Wek Ateny, the South Sudanese presidential spokesperson. “There are only minor injuries. There was no single death.”

The crash occurred on the runway as the plane came down for landing at 3 p.m. local time. The pilot overshot the runway, dropping onto an unpaved ground. The plane’s right wing hit a car and a fire started on the right side of the plane. The pilot opened the door near the tail, which was not on fire. “The crew managed to evacuate everyone.”

The jet was operated by South Supreme Airlines and departed country’s capital of Juba earlier in the day.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the accident in efforts to put out the flames. Various images show the disintegrated fuselage of the plane with just the tail fin visible.

South Supreme Airlines is a young airline which began operating flights from September 2013.

Mar 192017
 

Political tensions between Turkey and the Netherlands move into the economic area. After a harsh high-level diplomatic row between the two countries, a Turkish farming association decided to expel a group of 40 cows imported from Holland.

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Dutch Holstein cows boycotted by Turkish meat producers (pic: wikipedia)

Members of the Ankara-based Beef and Lamb Producers Association decided to send 40 cows back to the Netherlands, arguing that they do not want to increase the political crisis between the NATO partners.

Bulent Tunc, the president of the red meat producers association, told journalists in Ankara that the gesture was a symbolic one.

“Holstein Cows have become common in our country, but this breed begins to cause serious problems. No more animal products from the Netherlands,” he told the Anadolu Agency. He added that his country must deal with raising its own cows. Furthermore, he explained that if the Dutch authorities refuse to take back their cows, then the animals will be killed and the meat given to the people.

Political tensions between Turkey and Europe peaked a week ago when the Dutch government barred the plane carrying Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu from landing in the Netherlands. The dispute escalated into a diplomatic incident on Saturday evening, when Turkey’s family minister was prevented by police from entering the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam.

The Turkish officials were due to participate in a rally supporting a controversial referendum that aims at giving more powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has accused Dutch officials for being “descendants of Nazis” and in reply, the Dutch Prime Minister said his allegation is beyond all reasonable limits.

Also German authorities have prevented the development of such political meetings on its territory last week, triggering additional disputes despite the already heightened tensions between the two countries.

“Mrs. Merkel supports terrorists,” said the Turkish president, while Angela Merkel has described Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement as “absurd”.

Recently, Erdogan launched a virulent attack against Netherlands accusing it of responsibility for the Srebrenica massacre more than 20 years ago.