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At least 155 people killed in bomb, gun attack on mosque in Egypt's north Sinai region

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Tiger shot after escaping French circus and roaming streets of Paris
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A tiger that escaped a Paris circus in France roamed the streets of the capital for "some time" before being shot dead.

French police said the big cat was "neutralised" by a Bormann Moreno circus employee near a bridge over the River Seine, about two kilometres from the Eiffel Tower, early Saturday morning.

Paris police tweeted the animal had been found in the 15th arrondissement and the danger had been eliminated. It asked residents to "not relay false information" on social media.

A Paris police official said the tiger was on the loose for "some time" but there had been no reports of injuries or casualties.

The BBC reported the animal's owner brought it down with a shotgun in an alley.

French journalist Margaux Duquet posted a photo of it after it was shot, taken from a window of the FranceTV offices.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in France said the animal was killed for "trying to regain its freedom" and called on Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo "to realise the urgency of stopping wild animal circus acts" in the city.

- Sydney Morning Herald

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Indonesia says 40,000 evacuated from Bali volcano, more need to move
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Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said 40,000 people had been evacuated from near Bali's erupting Mount Agung volcano, but tens of thousands still needed to move with an imminent large eruption warning issued on Monday.

"We really ask people in the danger zone to evacuate immediately because there's a potential for a bigger eruption," said Sutopo, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB).

He told a briefing that 40,000 people had evacuated out of around 90,000-100,000 residents estimated in the 8-10 km (5-6 miles) exclusion zone around Agung.

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Mount Agung volcano erupts as seen from Besakih Temple in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia.

"Not all residents have evacuated yet.

'There are those (who haven't evacuated) because their farm animals haven't been evacuated yet. There are those who feel they are safe," he said, adding that security personnel were trying to persuade people to leave but they could be evacuated by force.

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Bali volcano eruption strands travellers as 'imminent' risk of larger eruption looms
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When it last erupted in 1963 it killed more than 1000 people and razed several villages.

Indonesia raised its warning for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert on Monday, closed the holiday island's airport and told residents near the summit to immediately evacuate, warning of the "imminent" risk of a larger eruption.

Bali's airport was closed for 24 hours, disrupting 445 flights and some 59,000 passengers, due to the eruption warning and the presence of volcanic ash from Agung.

TV footage showed cold lava flows (lahar) at a number of locations on the mountainside. Lahar carrying mud and large boulders can destroy houses, bridges and roads in its path.

"Plumes of smoke are occasionally accompanied by explosive eruptions and the sound of weak blasts that can be heard up to 12 km (7 miles) from the peak," the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said in a statement.

The potential for a larger eruption is imminent," it said, referring to the visibility of the glow from magma at Agung's summit overnight.

Residents were warned to "immediately evacuate" a danger zone that circles Agung in a radius of 8-10 km.

Agung rises majestically over eastern Bali to a height of just over 3000 metres. Agung's last eruption in 1963 left more than 1000 people dead and razed several villages.

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Ash up to half a centimetre thick has settled on villages.

"I'm not worried (but) my friends in Russia are a little bit worried," said a Russian tourist, who only wanted to be identified as Dmitry, at an observation post in Rendang in Bali's east.

Bali, famous for its surf, beaches and temples, attracted nearly 5 million visitors last year, and its international airport serves as a transport hub for the chain of islands in Indonesia's eastern archipelago.

Tourism business has slumped in Bali since September when Agung's volcanic tremors began to increase.
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"In anticipation of the possibility and imminent risk of disaster, PVMBG (the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre) raised Mount Agung alert level from three to four," it said in a statement.

TRAVELLERS STRANDED

According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia, there is "ash confirmed on the ground at Denpasar Airport" as well as ash at FL300 (which refers to flight level at 30,000 feet) in the vicinity of the volcano.
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Mount Agung volcano is spewing smoke and ash.

Bali's I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport, which is about 60 km from the volcano, will be closed for 24 hours, according to a statement from its operator. It said a total of 445 flights -- 196 international and 249 domestic -- and 59,000 passengers had been affected.

Five alternative airports have been prepared for airlines to divert inbound flights, such as airports in neighbouring provinces, the statement said.

Bali airport's official website showed flights operated by Singapore Airlines, Sriwijaya, Garuda Indonesia , Malaysia Airlines and Jetstar had been cancelled.
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Bali's airport is closed.

"It is a little bit frustrating because I checked the internet ... everything was on schedule, now I am standing here everything was closed," said Jan Nicolai from Germany at Bali's airport.

Television footage showed hundreds of holidaymakers camped inside the airport terminal, some sleeping on their bags, others using mobile telephones.

"We have been here (in Bali) for three days we are about to leave today, but just found out our flights have been cancelled. We have got no information because the gates, the check-ins have been closed indefinitely," said Carlo Oben from Los Angeles.

A transport ministry spokesman said the main airport on the neighbouring island of Lombok had reopened after "no volcanic ash was detected".

Airlines avoid flying when volcanic ash is present because it can cause significant damage to aircraft engines, leading to possible engine failure, and can clog fuel and cooling systems and hamper pilot visibility.

In June 1982, a British Airways 747 suffered severe damage and had all four engines flame out after encountering ash from Mount Galunggung in Indonesia. It descended to 12,000 feet before being able to restart some engines and make an emergency landing in Jakarta.

The alert level on Agung had been raised to the maximum in September, but was lowered in October when seismic activity calmed. However, volcanologists now say the volcano has entered a new phase with magma now visible and meaning a greater risk of a large eruption.

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Thanks Gray Ghost for the news about the Bali boomer... !!!

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A 'ghost ship' washed ashore in Japan, and clues point to North Koreans
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Last updated 18:00, November 28 2017
The bodies had been drifting in the Sea of Japan for so long that only bones remained.
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Japanese investigators found clues linking the boat with North Korea.

But investigators in face masks and coveralls found clues inside the battered wooden craft that pointed to a possible origin: an empty cigarette pack of a brand popular in North Korea and unused life jackets with Korean lettering.

It's unclear how long those who were aboard the latest "ghost ship" to wash up on the coast of Japan had been there or when they died.

Ocean currents off the coast of Japan shift and the waters get choppy in winter months, routinely washing ships ashore. More than 40 boats full of dead people have washed up this year, according to Sky News. In 2016, the number was 66.

The 7-metre boat was found in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, according to Kyodo News, after a 68-year-old woman notified authorities about a dilapidated, drifting vessel.
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It was not clear whether the people on the boat were fishermen who got into trouble at sea or people trying to defect from North Korea.

"I was surprised to see the boat in such a bad condition," she told the news organisation.

Later, she said, she watched as authorities used stretchers to carry bodies off the boat.

It was not clear whether the people on the boat were fishermen who got into trouble at sea or people trying to defect from North Korea.
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More than 40 boats full of dead people have washed up this year in Japan.

About 30,000 North Koreans have defected since the devastating famine in the mid-1990s.

They tell stories of sometimes violent reprisals for political speech, being banished to labor camps for watching American movies and old-fashioned starvation.

But a silent, unknown number never survive the escape attempts, dying during desperate journeys to South Korea or China or Japan.

Others are captured and face severe punishment for trying to leave.

According to Vice, "the North Korean penal code states that defectors face two years of hard labour if they are caught crossing the border," though punishments can vary.

Radio Free Asia reported that North Korean officials warned that citizens living near the Chinese border who are caught helping people defect would be put to death - and the punishments wouldn't stop there. Family members of violators can be imprisoned or banished to remote regions of North Korea.

Still, North Koreans defect by the hundreds. This month, the world was riveted by the story of a North Korean soldier who escaped in dramatic fashion a few weeks ago - driving a Jeep southward until it got stuck in a ditch, then sprinting across the demilitarised zone.

His former comrades shot at him with pistols and assault rifles, putting at least five bullets into him.

South Korean soldiers found him in a pile of leaves and dragged him to safety, and he was flown to a hospital via helicopter.

Even before they learned his name, doctors said his condition told some of his story, according to The Washington Post. He had hepatitis B and tuberculosis, and parasitic worms nearly 40cm long in his intestines.

Doctors say the worms point to the health and humanitarian crises inside the closed borders of North Korea.

Since then he has been recovering - and has become a source of demilitarised zone trolling.

South Korean soldiers have been broadcasting details about the defector's improving medical condition across the demilitarised zone, according to Newsweek.

The speakers they use, which at one point were used to encourage soldiers to defect, can apparently be heard more than 20km away.

"The news about an elite soldier like a JSA guard having fled in a hail of bullets will have a significant psychological impact on North Korean border guards," said a military spokesman quoted in the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.

- The Washington Post

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Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.


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After his 20 year prison sentence was upheld by a United Nations Tribunal, Bosnian commander Slobodan Praljak protested his innocence. Then he pulled out a small vial, drank from it, and announced "I just drank poison."

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Flynn takes deal pleads guilty. .. :shock:


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the worst bill in the history of the US Congress is up in the Senate tonight.

"The United States of America no longer had a government "of the people, by the people, for the people". It has transformed into a government of Republicans, by the Koch Bros, for corporations and donors". What we are witnessing tonight is the very definition of greed and evil." - someone on the internet

I guess elections do matter. People - forty percent of the electorate - didn't even show up last year. So this is what we get. Which is a pity since there less than 300 Republican members of Congress - the one's writing and ammending this tax theft - and there are over 300 million US'ians. You'd think somebody would treat them to some just dessert.

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"If the people who wrote this bill were proud of it, they wouldn’t be forcing this vote in the dead of night.” - Mitch McConnell, on Obamacare in 2009.

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Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel called Mr Trump's move "historic" but there has been sharp international criticism.

Mr Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict, if approved by both sides, which would essentially see the creation of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Mr Trump's announcement "deplorable", saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

Eight of the 15 nations who are currently members of the United Nations Security Council have called for the body to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision by the end of the week.
Why is this significant?

The decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital puts the US at odds with the rest of the international community's view on Jerusalem's status.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42259443

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again.

U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the government's recommendation in the porn case, saying Larry Nassar "should never again have access to children."

Neff said Nassar's federal sentence won't start until he completes his sentences for sexual assault. The 54-year-old will get punishments in those two cases in state court in January.

Nassar worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, the Indianapolis-based group that trains Olympians. He admits he molested girls with his hands when they sought treatment for hip and back pain.

"Underneath this veneer lurked a predator," Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean Lewis said in a court filing.

Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims when Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics and accompanied them at workouts or international events.

Nassar is a "monster" who "left scars on my psyche that may never go away," Maroney said in a letter to Neff.

In a court filing, defense lawyers said Nassar "deeply regrets the pain that he has caused the community."

The child pornography was discovered last year when Nassar was being investigated for assault.

Aside from the criminal cases, more than 100 women and girls are suing Nassar. Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are defendants in many of the lawsuits.

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Man who used potato chip bag to skip work for years has been fired
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An Australian electrician was fired recently for using a potato chip bag to ditch work and play golf, and he actually got away with it for two years before he was caught.

According to Yahoo News Australia, 60-year-old Tom Colella was a senior union delegate and had worked as an electrician for the same company for 20 years. Then one day his employers got an anonymous tip saying Colella had actually been playing golf while he was supposed to be at work at least 140 times during the past two years. Somehow, nobody had noticed his absence.

Like other employees at his company, Colella had a personal digital assistant that tracked his assigned and completed job tasks and also had a GPS that monitored his location. Colella allegedly hid his PDA in an empty foil potato chip bag and sealed it up, which blocked the GPS signal and hid his location from his employers.

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After months of speculation on the possible publication of apparently disastrous Brexit impact assessment reports, the UK's Brexit secretary David Davis claims that there have been no "systematic" impact assessment reports drawn up...
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I hope there are some people who know a little bit about engineering here...

In May, a parking garage that was almost ready, collapsed near Eindhoven Airport. Luckily nobody got injured. This week it transpired that engineers had warned the builders about serious cracks on the floor. The builders deemed it nothing much and pasted filler on them.

Here's a photo of the cracks:
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Chris Rea collapses on stage, in stable condition in hospital
Last updated 08:45, December 11 2017

Chris Rea's Road Songs For Lovers Tour of Britain has been cut short following an on-stage collapse on Saturday night.

The Let's Dance and Fool (If You Think It's Over) singer had been performing in Oxford when he fell to the stage mid-song. The 66-year-old Middlesbrough-born musician had suffered a stroke in 2016 and had his pancreas removed in 2001 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Shortly after the incident on Saturday night, Rea was thought to be in a "stable" condition, but his show in Brighton on Sunday night was cancelled and Tuesday's night tour closer in Bournemouth was also in doubt.

Concertgoer Darren Fewins told the Press Association that Rea had been on stage for around three-quarters of an hour before he fell backwards.

"He was standing by the microphone and he had the guitar in his hand and he kept shaking his left hand as if there was something not quite right with it," the 46-year-old said.

"He walked forward to the microphone and he was trying to grab the microphone with his left hand, and it was swinging from side-to-side.

"I thought at first there was something wrong with it and he was trying to keep it steady. He then took three or four steps backwards.

"Then he just collapsed on the stage backwards. There was no-one there to catch him, he just fell into a clump.

"He was on his back for about two minutes before they brought the curtain down and then that was it."

Back in August, Rea told BBC Breakfast that despite stopping smoking after his stroke, he still felt the effects of the health scare. "I'm fine when I'm sitting down, I've just got a little bit of balance – it's a bit dodgy, just in case anyone thinks I'm drunk on-stage."

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Jerusalem is Israel's capital, says Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The fate of the ancient city is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel called Mr Trump's move "historic" but there has been sharp international criticism.

Mr Trump said the US still supported a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict, if approved by both sides, which would essentially see the creation of an independent Palestinian state living alongside Israel.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Mr Trump's announcement "deplorable", saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

Eight of the 15 nations who are currently members of the United Nations Security Council have called for the body to hold an urgent meeting on the US decision by the end of the week.
Why is this significant?

The decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital puts the US at odds with the rest of the international community's view on Jerusalem's status.

The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, its final status is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42259443


The center of all blowback, jihad, and islamic/western tension just got immeasurably worse.

I'd venture a guess many cable propaganda watchers figure this is a good thing cuz America did it.

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...related, this from http://www.antiwar.com

Dennis Kucinich Discusses the ‘Permanent Government’ Behind US Foreign Intervention

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...“There’s an unbroken line going back over the last 30 years where American presidents have continued to proceed with an interventionism that has been counterproductive,” states Kucinich. This “continued commitment to a failed foreign policy of interventionism, of unilateralism, of first strike,” Kucinich continues, “imperils America,” “does not make us safer,” “separates us from the world community,” “has people looking to extract vengeance on Americans,” and “has made the world a more dangerous place.”

Saying we need to look beyond the personalities of the succession of US presidents from George W. Bush to Barack Obama to Donald Trump, Kucinich recommends we “look at the foreign policy establishment of the United States of America” that, he explains, includes people in the State Department who have a neoconservative ideology, in the Pentagon who are dedicated to the military-industrial complex, and in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who can “conjure conflicts” and “try to justify the further involvement of the military and the State Department.” This, Kucinich says, “is the permanent government, which we see reflected through Democrat and Republican administrations, no matter whether they are so-called conservative or liberal or populist; it’s all the same.”

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Bomb in New York near Time square...the daughter Plook the Younger and Izzy were at that very location Friday when they took a day trip from Visiting the daughter Plook the Elder in Providence...she's having an OMG moment... :!:


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