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Tuesday, 21 August 2018


[1] Pope On Sexual Abuse: We Showed No Care For The Little Ones
Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged the failures of the Roman Catholic church in dealing with sexual abuse by priests, attacking a “culture of death” and deferential “clericalism” that helps perpetuate evil. An unprecedented letter from “His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God” was issued after almost a week of mounting pressure following the publication of an excoriating report into abuse by priests in Pennsylvania.

According to a Vatican official, it is the first time a pope has written to all of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. The letter opens with an acknowledgement of suffering endured by children and abuse of power. Francis admits the church has failed to “act in a timely manner” and promises zero tolerance and sanctions. “We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” he said.

He added: “It is essential that we, as a church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others.”
[2] Bridge Collapse: Genoa Death Toll  Rises to 43
Rescue workers in Italy have found the bodies of three more people in the wreckage of Genoa's collapsed motorway bridge, bringing the death toll to 43.

Three members of the same family were recovered from a crushed car on Sunday. They were the last people reported missing from Tuesday's tragedy.

A 200m (656ft) section of the Morandi bridge suddenly fell 45m, along with dozens of vehicles in busy traffic. The collapse has led to a fierce debate about Italy's infrastructure.

The company that operated the bridge has set up a fund for victims' families. The government has set up a commission to examine the causes of the disaster. On Saturday Italian President Sergio Mattarella and PM Giuseppe Conte led a state funeral for 18 of the victims in Genoa.

[3]Spanish Police Shoot Algerian Man Dead as He Tries to Attack Officers with Knife Near Barcelona
Man armed with a knife was shot dead by police when he tried to attack officers near Barcelona. Spanish police said the man entered the police station in Cornella, in the north-eastern region of Catalonia, at just before 5 am BST on Monday "with the aim of attacking the agents". A spokesman refused to comment on local media reports that the man was from Algeria and had shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) during the attack.

The attacker was a 29-year-old Algerian resident in Cornella with Spanish identity documents. "A man armed with a knife entered the police station in Cornella to attack the officers. The attacker was shot," the Catalonia regional police said.

Last Friday, Barcelona commemorated the first anniversary of an Islamist assault in which a young man drove a van down a busy central boulevard, killing 14 and injuring over 100 in Spain's worst attack in more than a decade. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attacks.

[4]Apple’s Amsterdam store evacuated after iPad battery explodes
Apple's Amsterdam store has been evacuated and temporarily closed after an iPad battery exploded and released potentially harmful substances into the air.

As reported by iCulture, Apple employees secured the iPad and punctured battery in a container of sand after it exploded.

Due to the chemicals potentially released, the store has been closed as firefighters work to ventilate the space and clear out any harmful vapors.

Although not related with this iPad battery explosion, as Apple started its iPhone battery replacement program we've seen a few more incidences like this over the past months.

Like today's incident, fortunately those also didn't see any major injuries, but Apple employees did sustain minor burns.

[5]Years after Mylan’s epic EpiPen price hikes, it finally gets a generic rival
Both products are used in emergency situations to auto-inject a dose of epinephrine into a person's thigh to thwart deadly allergic reactions, namely anaphylactic shock.

In step, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary soar by millions, reaching nearly $19 million in 2015-a point lawmakers hammered her for during a House Oversight Committee hearing in September of 2016.

Since then, other makers have made different types of epinephrine auto-injectors, most notably Adrenaclick and the pricy Auvi-Q, but they work differently from EpiPen and can't be used interchangeably like a generic version.

In a statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb trumpeted the approval as a win in the effort to drag down skyrocketing drug costs: Today's approval of the first generic version of the most-widely prescribed epinephrine auto-injector in the U.S. is part of our longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective generic alternatives once patents and other exclusivities no longer prevent approval.

They only provided a written statement: Today's approval of our generic version of EpiPen(epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injector 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg in the US marks an important step forward in bringing patients additional prescription medications that have met the FDA's rigorous standards.

[6]Workhorse brings an electric pickup truck, helicopter to Manhattan
I wasn't sure entirely what I expected an electric helicopter to look like, but what I found waiting for me at New York's Flatiron Plaza wasn't it.

(During our conversation, Burns mused about the prospect of using a drone to deliver burgers from a nearby Shake Shack to a 25th-floor balcony on one of the buildings that overlooked the plaza.)

The electric power system also allows the helicopter to lose its large central blade and tail rotors while gaining a drone-like configuration of four arms that end with two counter-rotating propellers.

They're what allow the SureFly to remain stable even if it's got a heavy pilot on one side and no passenger on the other, which forces the pilot-side propellers to work much harder.

The counter-rotation also cancels out the forces generated by the rapidly rotating blades, which eliminates the need for the tail rotor (Burns said getting rid of the tail can cut the overall energy use by up to 20 percent).

Monday, 20 August 2018


[1]Deadly Quake Hits Lombok Island Recovering from String of Tremors in Indonesia
Ten people have died in a strong earthquake on Lombok that set off a series of mudslides, cut power across the Indonesian island and damaged more than 150 homes as the community tries to recover from quakes this month that killed more than 450 people.

The shallow magnitude-6.9 quake that hit just after 10pm local time on Sunday was one of multiple powerful earthquakes in the north-east of the island that also caused landslides. It was preceded by a 6.3-magnitude quake in the afternoon and then followed by strong aftershocks. Six of the dead were in the neighbouring island of Sumbawa. The area has suffered more than 100 aftershocks since Sunday night.

The quakes, in the Sembalun district in the north-east of the island, caused panic, but many people were already staying in tents following the deadly quake earlier this month. The national disaster mitigation agency said power was cut across the island, hampering efforts to assess the situation. Some houses and other buildings in Sembalun had collapsed, it said.

[2]Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series
Netflix has confirmed a major change to its video-streaming service, effective as of this week for at least some users: video ads for other Netflix series between episodes.

One initial claim said that "unskippable" ads for the AMC series Better Call Saul appeared between episodes of Rick & Morty and that this ad appeared while using Netflix's smart TV app on an LG set in the UK.

An American Netflix user offered more details for exactly how the ads appear: After the episode ended, I got a screen saying "More Shameless up next... " then the title card slid off screen, and it continued with, "but first check out Insatiable" [a Netflix-exclusive series] and started playing the trailer.

"A couple of years ago, we introduced video previews to the TV experience, because we saw that it significantly cut the time members spend browsing and helped them find something they would enjoy watching even faster," Netflix's statement says.

In response to recent outcry at Reddit's Netflix community, which has largely been negative, Netflix's spokesperson indicated to Ars that the company was mindful of "chatter on social channels" but is focused far more squarely on how users interact with these new video ads.

[3]Magnitude 8.2 Quake Strikes Close to Fiji
A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.The quake was 560 km below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 270 km east of Levuka in Fiji and 443 km west of Neiafu in Tonga. The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

Sunday, 19 August 2018


[1] Satanic Temple Unveils Statue Of Goat God 'baphomet' Outside Us Government Building
Satanic worshippers have celebrated the unveiling of a demonic statue of a goat-headed creature with wings outside a government building in the US. Members of the Satanic Temple brought the eight-and-a-half ft tall carving of Baphomet, an occult goat-man hybrid, to the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol building in Little Rock yesterday. The winged monster sits on a throne emblazoned with a pentagram. Alongside a child gazes adoringly up at the man with the goat head.

The striking statue was part of a rally outside the state's seat of government in protest at a Ten Commandments monument already installed in the grounds. It has now been taken away but the Satanic Temple have filed a lawsuit to have its reinstated in the name of religious pluralism and the First Amendment, KATV news reports. The display prompted counter-protests from Christian activists.

The Satanic Church, who have chapters across the globe that campaign for religious freedom, claim they wrote to state legislators in to ask the Baphomet statue be allowed. Speaking at the rally Lucien Greaves, spokesman and co-founder of the Satanic Temple said: “The event is intended to be an inclusive gathering where The Satanic Temple will be celebrating pluralism along with Christian and secular speakers.

[2]‘Pastafarianism' Is Not A Religion, Dutch Court Rules
The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photo. Mienke de Wilde is now considering taking her case to the European court of human rights.

The Netherlands’ highest court said de Wilde, a law student from Nijmegen, could not be exempted on religious grounds from a ban on headwear in official identity photographs, because Pastafarianism was essentially a satire and not a serious faith.

The church was founded in the US in 2005 by Bobby Henderson as a response to Christian fundamentalists advocating the teaching of creationism in schools. In an open letter, Henderson demanded equal time in science classrooms for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. Believers worship an invisible and undetectable god called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, wear colanders on their heads in homage to their deity, revere pirates as the original Pastafarians and vow to reject “crazy nonsense”, be nice to all sentient beings and eat a lot of pasta.

De Wilde said the church was humorous but that did not mean it was not “very serious in what it stands for”. She was disappointed by the decision, which backed Nijmegen authorities’ rejection of her ID photos. “I can imagine that it all looks very odd if you don’t believe,” she told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper. “But that’s the case with many faiths if you don’t believe in them – people who walk on water or divide themselves in two, for example. I find other religions unbelievable.”

[3]Ancient Egyptian Mummification 'recipe' Revealed
Examination of a mummy has revealed the original ancient Egyptian embalming recipe - first used to preserve bodies. A battery of forensic chemical tests carried out on a mummy that dated from 3,700-3,500 BC revealed the recipe and confirmed that it was developed far earlier and used more widely than previously thought. The Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, is now home to the mummy in question. The findings are published in the Journal of Archaeological Science.

Dr Stephen Buckley, an archaeologist from the University of York, said that this mummy "literally embodies the embalming that was at the heart of Egyptian mummification for 4,000 years". Dr Buckley and his colleagues worked out the chemical "fingerprint" of every ingredient, although each element could have come from a number of sources. "Until now," he said, "we've not had a prehistoric mummy that has actually demonstrated - so perfectly through the chemistry - the origins of what would become the iconic mummification that we know all about."

So the basic recipe was: a plant oil - possibly sesame oil;  a "balsam-type" plant or root extract that may have come from bullrushes;  a plant-based gum - a natural sugar that may have been extracted from acacia;  crucially, a conifer tree resin, which was probably pine resin When mixed into the oil, that resin would have given it antibacterial properties, protecting the body from decay.
[4] Funding for Stabilizing Syria, Stresses Commitment to Defeating ISIS

The US will end funding for stabilization efforts in Syria in another sign of President Donald Trump's intent to pull out of the long-running conflict.

The State Department said Friday that it would redirect $230 million that had been intended to help rebuild Syria to other foreign priorities it declined to describe. Officials said the shortfall would be more than made up by allies' contributions of $300 million for stabilization projects in Syria, including demining and irrigation.  

The officials said the decision reflects the success of Trump's direction that US allies contribute more to Syria stabilization efforts. They said the new funding would go toward priorities the US had identified, and they pushed back against suggestions that the US decision represents a retreat from leadership or a decline in Washington's commitment to the conflict.  
"We remain committed to our efforts in Syria," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a call with reporters to announce the policy.  

Shlomo Bolts, the policy and advocacy officer for the Syrian American Council, a grassroots group that works with Syrian opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, said the announcement was a disappointment.

Friday, 17 August 2018


[1] Pope 'Should Meet Irish Clerical Sex Abuse Victims'
The head of Ireland's Catholic Church has said he expects Pope Francis to meet victims of clerical sex abuse during his visit to Dublin next week.

In a wide-ranging BBC News NI interview at Armagh Cathedral, Archbishop Eamon Martin described clerical sex abuse as "sinful and criminal".

Pope Francis will arrive in Dublin on Saturday 25 August and attend the World Meeting of Families.He will also travel to Knock Shrine in County Mayo as part of his tour.

Since the last papal visit in 1979 by Pope John Paul II, the Catholic Church in Ireland has been engulfed in scandal with the uncovering of widespread clerical sexual abuse of children and cover-ups.Archbishop Martin said he expected Pope Francis to deal with the issue directly.

[2] India Monsoon Floods 'kill 106' In Kerala
More than 100 people are thought to have died in devastating monsoon floods in India's southern state of Kerala, the worst in almost a century. Rescuers battled torrential rains to save residents, with nearly 150,000 reportedly left homeless. The state government said many of those who died were crushed under debris caused by landslides. With more rains predicted and a red alert in place, the main airport has reportedly been shut until 26 August.

A state official told AFP that 106 people had now died, while the Economic Times in India reports 114 have been killed. Hundreds of troops have been deployed to rescue those caught up in the flooding, alongside helicopters and lifeboats. The government has urged people not to ignore evacuation orders. It is distributing food to tens of thousands who have fled to higher ground.

"We're witnessing something that has never happened before in the history of Kerala," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters. "Almost all dams are now opened. Most of our water treatment plants are submerged. Motors are damaged." He added that the failure of the state government of neighbouring Tamil Nadu to release water from a dam had made the situation worse.

[3] Islamic State Claims Kabul's Latest Deadly Attacks
Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have said they were behind two recent attacks in the Afghan capital Kabul in which dozens of people died. On Wednesday, 48 people were killed in the bombing of an education centre. Most of them were students studying for university entrance exams. On Thursday, a training centre for the intelligence services was attacked.

IS said it carried out the "commando" operation and claimed to have caused high casualties. Afghan officials said at least two militants were killed but did not mention any other deaths or injuries. Also on Wednesday, Taliban militants said they could no longer guarantee safe passage for Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan, amid a row over the treatment of Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul.

IS claimed the attacks via its media outlet Amaq. The militants said about 110 people were either killed or wounded in Thursday's attack that began in the morning. Meanwhile, Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said the attackers had fired rocket-propelled grenades as well as automatic rifles, and that security forces had held back from assaulting the building where the gunmen had taken position. After some seven hours, officials said the two attackers were killed.

[4] “The Press Is Not the Enemy of The People,” Senate Declares in Resolution
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution by Democrats on Thursday condemning attacks on the free press and affirming that "the press is not the enemy of the people," President Trump's label for the media.

The move came as more than 300 newspapers and other media outlets joined The Boston Globe in publishing editorials Thursday promoting freedom of the press and refuting Trump's denouncements.

"We can't let statements by the president declaring the press is the enemy of the people go unchallenged," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii. "Both parties complain about the media but who would argue with Thomas Jefferson who wrote that “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., joined Schatz in introducing the resolution, which passed with unanimous consent by voice vote.

[5] Birmingham Mosques Attacked with Catapults During  Prayers
Muslim groups in the UK have condemned catapult attacks on two mosques in the city of Birmingham, which smashed several windows during evening prayers.

The Masjid Qamarul Islam mosque and the nearby Al-Hijrah mosque were hit with large ball bearings fired from a heavy-duty catapult on Wednesday.

Armed police officers were "deployed as a precaution", local police said on Twitter.

On Thursday, police said they had opened an investigation into the attacks, which are being treated as hate crimes, adding that extra officers would be deployed in the area.

"Whilst we don't fully know the motives yet, these ball bearings are the size of marbles - [and have the] potential to kill," said the Birmingham-based Bahu Trust, which runs several British mosques.

[6] Pompeo Forms Iran Action Group  for Post-Nuclear Deal Policy
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has formed a dedicated group to coordinate and run the country's policy towards Iran following President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal from a multinational nuclear deal with Tehran.

Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group (IAG) at a news conference on Thursday, naming Brian Hook, the State Department's director of policy planning, as its head.

"We are committed to a whole of government effort to change the Iranian regime's behaviour and the Iran Action Group will ensure that the Department of State will remain closely synchronised with our interagency partners," he said.

"The IAG will also lead the way in growing efforts with nations which share our understanding of the Iranian threat."

Speaking to reporters after Pompeo, Hook said Iran's "malign activities" were "wide-ranging" and Washington's new strategy was addressing all manifestations of "the Iranian threat".

"The new Iran Action Group will be focused on implementing that strategy," added Hook, who will have the formal title of the Special Representative for Iran.

[7] Ex-CIA Boss Says He Will Not Be Scared  Into Silence by Trump
Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday he would not be silenced by Donald Trump, a day after the president revoked the Obama-era official’s security clearance and said the move was directly tied to the Russia investigation.

Retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, responded to Trump’s move by praising Brennan and asking the president to revoke his security clearance as well.

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said he revoked Brennan’s authorization for making what he called “unfounded and outrageous allegations” about his administration and was evaluating whether to strip clearances from other former top officials. Brennan and the others have criticized the Republican president.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018


Iranian female photographer defies football match restrictions
An Iranian photographer has caught the world's attention after she defied restrictions that prevent women from covering men's sporting events. Parisa Pourtaherian, 26, was unable to enter the Vatani Stadium in northern Iran to cover a top-flight football match last month. But she was undeterred and covered the game from a nearby rooftop using a long camera lens.

Images of her on the roof have been widely shared on social media. Although there's no official ban on women going to sporting events in Iran, it is rare for them to attend as they are often refused entry. Many people have praised Ms Pourtaherian's determination to cover this match despite the restrictions.

Parisa Pourtaherian: I arrived at the match three hours early and all my focus was on a finding a way to take photographs. I looked for a nearby building that I could use, but I couldn't find one anywhere. I knocked on doors one after another, but I was determined not to get upset when I wasn't successful. If I had got upsetat my first attempt I would never have had this opportunity. Finally, by half-time, I convinced the owners of a house near the stadium to let me go on to their roof. I wasn't scared. The police in the stadium saw me that night but they did nothing and left me alone as I did my job. I felt very excited to be taking photographs of such a high-level football match in Iran, especially in that particular situation.
Russia shuns US dollar for trade as it joins Turkey in protest against Trump
RUSSIA has announced it will shun the US dollar for trade as the nation joined forces with Turkey in protest of punishing sanctions hiked by Donald Trump. Moscow declared it will decrease its holdings of US assets in retaliation against crippling tariffs imposed by US President Mr Trump on Russia and Turkey. Chillingly, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia would regard any US move to curb the activities of its banks as a “declaration of economic war” and added the country would retaliate.

Fresh sanctions against Russia has been threatened by President Trump who declared Moscow were responsible for the Salisbury Novichok nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia, 33, back in March. Mr Siluanov said the new sanctions were “unpleasant but not fatal” and used a TV interview to shed light on the drop in Russia’s holdings of US government bonds restricted as a result of the tariffs.

But while admitting that sanctions would boost inflation in Russia as they hurt the rouble, Mr Siluanov said there were no plans to ban using the dollar in Russia. He said: “Of course, the government has no such plans. That would be a step to an impasse.” Russia’s rouble fell to a two-year low following the threat of sanctions which were forced upon Turkey.
UK Parliament Crash: Pedestrians Injured as Car Driven into Barriers
A man has been arrested and a number of pedestrians injured after a car crashed into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament, Scotland Yard has said. Streets around Parliament Square, Millbank and Victoria Tower Gardens have been cordoned off as dozens of armed police swooped on the scene. Officers could be seen surrounding the car before leading a man away in handcuffs. A number of ambulances were at the scene.

It is understood Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command is part of the investigation and is monitoring the situation. It is yet to determine whether this was a terrorist incident or not and to then make that finding public. A Downing Street source said it was too soon “to give the incident any firm description”.

Scotland Yard said: “At 0737 hours today, a car was in collision with barriers outside the Houses of Parliament. The male driver of the car was detained by officers at the scene. A number of pedestrians have been injured. Officers remain at the scene. “At this stage, officers do not believe anybody is in a life-threatening condition. Cordons are in place to assist the investigation. Westminster tube station is closed.”

A witness, Ewalina Ochab, said: “I think it looked intentional – the car drove at speed and towards the barriers. I was walking on the other side [of the road]. I heard some noise and someone screamed. I turned around and I saw a silver car driving very fast close to the railings, maybe even on the pavement. The person driving did not go out of the vehicle.” The car did not appear to have a front registration plate when it crashed, she said.

Report will detail sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church
A grand jury's report on sexual abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania is expected to be released later Tuesday. The report is "an honest and comprehensive accounting of widespread sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses," according to the attorney general's office. The Church has said that the grand jury's inquiry dates to 1947.

Court action has delayed the report's publication. A number of individuals named in the report claimed that its findings were false or misleading, that they were denied due process of law and that its release would impair their reputations.

On July 27, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the grand jury report to be released by 2 p.m. August 14 with redactions in sections where litigation was ongoing.  

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro had written to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on July 25, requesting that the Pontiff direct church leaders to stop "efforts to silence the survivors."

Sunday, 5 August 2018


Earthquake Rocks Indonesia’s Lombok Island, Tsunami Warning Issued
A major earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok island on August 5, just a week after a quake had killed more than a dozen people on the holiday island, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert.

The latest quake had a magnitude of seven and struck just 10 km underground according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials issued a tsunami warning and urged people to move away from the ocean.

“Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking,” Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, said. Residents in Lombok’s main city Mataram described a strong jolt that sent people scrambling out of buildings.

The tremor came a week after a shallow 6.4-magnitude quake hit the island, killing more than a dozen people and damaging hundreds of buildings.It triggered landslides that briefly trapped trekkers on popular mountain hiking routes.
20 Killed in Swiss Alps Plane Crash
Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday."The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished," police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

There were 11 men and nine women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son, she said. The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors' item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 10,000-foot peak in the east of the country on Saturday.

The crash occurred at 2,540 metres on the mountain's western flank, Senti said. The airspace above the crash site was closed by the Federal Office for Civil Aviation and access to popular hiking trails were blocked.

20 Killed In Swiss Alps Plane Crash
Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday. There were 11 men and 9 women aboard, including an Austrian couple and their son.

The Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, built in Germany in 1939 and now a collectors' item, crashed into Piz Segnas, a 10,000-foot peak in the east of the country on Saturday. The crash occurred at 2,540 metres on the mountain's western flank.  
According to media reports, the flight had taken off from Ticino in the south of the country and had been due to land at the Duebendorf military airfield near Zurich on Saturday afternoon.  
Police said earlier that 5helicopters were involved in a đź‘€search and rescue mission and the airspace over the crash site was to remain closed until late Sunday.  The aircraft belongs to JU-Air, a company with links to the Swiss air force.

Tsunami Warning For Lombok Earthquake Officially Ended
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake centered on the Indonesian island of Lombok rocked the tourist destination as well as nearby Bali, and authorities initially said the temblor could trigger a tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, and Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency dropped the tsunami warning a short time later. Social media posts from the scene, however, showed debris scattered on streets and sidewalks.

Lombok, about 50 miles east of Bali, was rocked by a magnitude 6.4 quake less than a week ago that killed 16 people. That quake injured more than 150 people, damaged thousands of homes and cut off power to many more.

Zimbabwe: Chamisa Rejects  Mnangagwa's Poll Win, Vows Legal Action
Zimbabwe's opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has rejected President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory as fraudulent, saying he will pursue legal and constitutional means to challenge the result.

His comments on Friday came as Mnangagwa denied the opposition claims, hailing "a free, fair and credible election".

In the early hours of Friday, the electoral commission said Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won 50.8 percent of votes in Monday's presidential poll. Chamisa, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, came in second, at 44.3 percent.

"We are not accepting fake results. We are not accepting this fiction. We want a proper result to be announced," Chamisa told reporters in the capital, Harare, on Friday.

"We will pursue all means necessary - legal and constitutional - to make sure that we protect the people's vote," he added.

The 40-year-old described the electoral body's declaration of Mnangagwa, 75, as the winner of the first poll since long-term leader Robert Mugabe left office in November 2017 as "regrettable".

His press conference was delayed for more than an hour after riot police shouting "clear out" chased reporters who gathered at Harare's Bronte Hotel.

Russian Helicopter Crash in Northern Siberia Kills 18
Moscow on Saturday said 18 people were killed when a helicopter crashed on its way to an oil station in northern Siberia in the early hours of the morning.

The Russian Transport Ministry said the Mi-8 helicopter carrying three crew members and 15 passengers crashed when it collided with machinery carried by another helicopter soon after takeoff.

It added that the second helicopter landed safely and that the accident took place in “normal” weather conditions.

Ai Weiwei Beijing Studio Demolished 'Without Warning'
The dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says the authorities in Beijing have demolished his studio there.In a series of clips on Instagram showing the former factory being torn down, Ai said that he had been given no notice of the decision.

Another of his studios in Shanghai was destroyed in 2011. He also said at that time he had received no warning.

The 66-year-old has lived in Germany since leaving China in 2015. He is a strong critic of China's government. On Instagram Ai said "farewell" to the space, which he had used since 2006.



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