Category Archives: Around The World

I Do: Pope Francis Marries Couple On Flight

(Santiago) – Two Chilean flight attendants are married, after Pope Francis traveled on their flight from Santiago to Iquique. Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest were married in a civil service in 2010, but told the Pontiff they were unable to have a church ceremony because of a major earthquake that hit Chile that year.WireAP_478db9ee6a134f2980c992a818f4e43f_12x5_992Reports say the Pope offered to marry the couple on the spot, with the head of the airline serving as witness to the marriage. Pope Francis gave a white rosary to the bride and a black rosary to the groom.

The couple told members of the media assembled on the plane that they hope the historic ceremony will motivate other couples to marry.

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Two Men Arrested In Fatal Stabbing Of Model Harry Uzoka

(London, England) – Two men have been arrested in the fatal stabbing of 25-year old model Harry Uzoka.

Signed to Premier Model Management, the same modelling agency that helped launch the careers of models Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, Uzoka was described on social media as an “icon for black boys in the UK”.

He’d been seen in campaigns for elite companies like Mercedes, Zara and most recently GQ.  He was stabbed in the heart in London. harry-uzoka-by-jeff-hahn-for-scmp-styleGeorge Koh, 24, and Jonathan Okigbo, 23, are alleged to have attacked the young model outside of a block of flats in Shepherd’s Bush.

Koh, of York Way, Camden, and Okigbo, of Trevithick House, Kentish Town, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The pair spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses. Koh has also been charged with the possession of an offensive weapon.large-bd4fc5b91f91994fbafe90fa7868d910They were remanded in custody and will appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

Scotland Yard detectives believe Mr. Uzoka was attacked outside Ollgar House in Ollgar Close shortly before 4pm on Thursday 11 January.  He collapsed in nearby Old Oak Road and was pronounced dead at the scene at 5pm despite the efforts of Air Ambulance doctors.

 

Trump’s Vulgar Comment About Haiti Draws Fire From Both Sides Of The Aisle

(Washington, DC) –  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are reacting to Trump’s vulgar comment about certain countries. According to the “Washington Post,” Trump made the disparaging remark about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations during immigration negotiations.

Republican Congresswoman Mia Love of Utah is calling on Trump to apologize. Her parents are Haitian immigrants. She said Trump’s comments are “unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values.”

haitian-tps-protest-immigration-ap-imgRepublican Senator Orrin Hatch said part of what makes America special is that it welcomes the best and brightest in the world, no matter what country they come from. Several Democrats have voiced their outrage.

Colorado Democratic Congresswoman Diana DeGette remarked that Trump’s comment, quote, “proves his ‘America First’ views are rooted in bigotry and xenophobia.” Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said the President should represent all people, not just some selected favorites. Senator Kamala Harris of California said immigrants should be welcomed, not demeaned and insulted.

Director Of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, And Intel Chiefs Testify To Senate Intel Committee On FISA45 made the comment during a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday, according to US media.

“Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?” Trump said after being presented with a proposal to restore protections for immigrants from the countries in question.

The ignorance and racism is exhausting. Does 45 not know that Haiti helped us gain our independence, fighting with us in the Revolutionary War?!! Our brother in freedom and independence! Of course he is denying it saying:

Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2018

Rihanna’s 21-Year Old Cousin Murdered In Barbados The Day After Christmas

(Saint Michael, Barbados) – A joyous holiday has turned heartbreaking for superstar Rihanna. One day after spending Christmas with her family including her 21-year old cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, the celebrity-entrepreneur is now preparing for a funeral.4798297C00000578-5214291-image-a-28_1514385336249The details are slim, but it appears her cousin was walking through the Eden Lodge Area of Saint Michael on the island when he was shot several times. There are reports that he was robbed, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

Alleyne was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a private vehicle but later succumbed to his injuries. There’s been an increase in gun violence on the Island with statistics tallying 22 of the 28 murders committed this year were due to gun violence. 479756A300000578-5214291-image-a-29_1514354423242Rihanna took to her instagram page to remember her cousin and call for more gun control. Another woman Tanella who appears to be his sister also paid tribute to the young man.

This story is still developing.

Act of War: North Korea Warns U.S. And Other Nations Over Sanctions

(Pyongyang) — North Korea is warning the U.S. and other nations that support a new round of UN sanctions they will pay a heavy price. A statement from North Korea’s foreign ministry on Sunday criticized the actions and claimed the U.S. is intimidated by North Korea’s nuclear power.

In the statement issued through the country’s official news agency, it warns the U.S. that if it wishes to live safely, “it must abandon its hostile policy” toward North Korea and called the sanctions an act of war.

The UN Security Council last week unanimously approved the sanctions prompted by North Korea’s continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the sanctions will choke North Korea’s energy supplies and result in tighter restrictions on smuggling.

In Baltimore, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin says slapping new UN sanctions on the outlaw North Koreans marks a major accomplishment for the United States. The Democrat tells “Fox News Sunday” that “They’re pretty strong additional sanctions to be imposed against North Korea because of their continued testing of ballistic missiles.” The ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it “was absolutely a strong move forward and it was great to see China and Russia join us.” Cardin says the next step is diplomacy — finding a way to ease tensions and get North Korea to change directions.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley says the UN sanctions cut exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products by 89-percent. It also bans exports of machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea.

Court: Trump “Exceeded Scope Of Authority” On Travel Ban

(SL) – A U.S. Appeals Court says President Trump “exceeded the scope of his delegated authority” with his latest version of the hotly contested travel ban. In a unanimous decision yesterday, a three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said its ruling would be put on hold pending by the U.S. Supreme Court.

That means the ban targeting people from six majority Muslim countries will remain in effect after the Supreme Court lifted temporary lower court orders preventing the latest ban from taking effect earlier this month.

The ruling says Trump’s proclamation makes no finding that simply being from one of the countries cited in the ban makes someone a security risk. The panel also said the ban should not apply to people with strong U.S. ties.

Trump issued his first travel ban in January, targeting people from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen seeking to enter the country. After the first ban was blocked by federal courts, the Trump Administration issued a revised one in March, which expired in September and was replaced by the current version.

Mystery Surrounding Toronto Billionaire’s Death Continues

(SL) -Barry Sherman and his wife Honey were loved in their community and their deaths have shocked the residents of Toronto’s affluent North York neighborhood.

Barry Sherman, 75, was the founder of Canadian pharmaceutical giant Apotex and one of the richest people in the world. Forbes estimated his net worth at $3.2 billion, earning him the 12th spot on the list of the wealthiest Canadians. He’d appeared on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires for 15 years.

L7QNAMMOJVHQXNJIWKXSFW5IHYHim and his wife were known to be quite charitable giving away a sizeable amount of their  money doling out tens of millions of dollars to universities, hospitals and the United Jewish Appeal, according to the Globe and Mail. Honey Sherman was a board member at several institutions: York University, the Baycrest Foundation and Mount Sinai Hospital. She had been chair of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Holocaust Education Centre.

Their bodies were found December 15th in the lowest level of their $7 million home by a real estate agent preparing the mansion for an open house. Authorities are calling the deaths suspicious after the billionaire couple were found strangled, their bodies dangling from the railing around their basement lap pool.

Canada Apotex Founder DeathToronto police say both died of “ligature neck compression,” a form of strangulation in which a cord or rope is used to exert fatal pressure on a person’s neck.

Continue reading Mystery Surrounding Toronto Billionaire’s Death Continues

‘Tis The Season To See Norway’s Northern Lights

(SL) – I’ve got to see this before I leave Earth. One of the great wonders of the world for sure.

November through March is the absolute peak time season for Northern Lights viewing because the nights are longest, but a visit anytime between September through March should give you a good chance to see them, with March offering the best chance of clear skies. Just make sure you’re on the lookout between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. to maximize your chances.

The Northern lights are always happening, it’s just that you don’t see them during the day. While the Arctic Circle’s midnight sun makes it impossible to see them during the summer, the long dark nights of winter are perfect for Northern Lights viewing.

Former Norwegian Royal Says Kevin Spacey Groped Him

(SL) – Princess Martha Louise’s ex husband Ari Behn says he too was violated by Hollywood heavy weight Kevin Spacey. Reportedly it happened during the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize concert in Olso, Norway.

The former husband of Norwegian King Harald’s daughter says the actor, who was co-hosting the even, groped.aribehnkevinspaceyBehn told Norwegian radio that Spacey, who sat next to him, suddenly said “‘hey, let’s go out and have a cigarette,'” before “he touched me” on the genitals. He said Wednesday that he declined Spacey’s approach by saying “maybe later.”

Behn, 45, married Martha Louise, fourth in line to the Norwegian throne, in 2002. He is an author and playwright. Last year, they decided to split but share custody of their three daughters.

This is just one of numerous sexual misconduct and assault allegations levied at Spacey.

Bosnian Croat War Criminal Kills Himself By Drinking Poison After Losing 20 Year Sentence Appeal

(SL) – Slobodan Pralijack was one of six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders up before the court. The 72 year old took a swig from a small container or glass as United Nation Judges announced that his appeal of a 20-year sentence for war crimes had been denied.

Pralijack drank the poison in the courtroom and died. “Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. I am rejecting your verdict with contempt,” Praljak shouted before swallowing the liquid.

The judge was then heard immediately suspending proceedings and asking for the curtains to be drawn. An ambulance was at the building shortly and paramedics raced up to the courtroom, Reuters reported.
Praljak, a former assistant defense minister of Croatia and commander of the Croatian Defense Council was convicted of offenses which date to between 1992 and 1994 and came as part of a wider conflict that followed the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.
He along with others was accused of trying to “ethnically cleanse” non-Croats from areas of the territory of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Bosnian Croat leadership, along with Croat leaders, wanted to make this territory part of a “Greater Croatia,” the ICTY said when the case first went through the court.
The courtroom was being treated as a crime scene, an ICTY spokesperson told CNN.
Croatia’s Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, later confirmed the former general had died and offered his condolences.
“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and on my own behalf, I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of General Slobodan Praljak,” Plenkovic said, according to a tweet from an official government account.