Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official’s briefing

Human error blamed for livestreamed briefing in which officials appeared as cats As a veteran journalist Shaukat Yousafzai was used to press conferences. He had also served as regional health minister, representative of the ruling Mansoor Ali Khan (@_Mansoor_Ali) According to KP governments social media team we now have a cat in the cabinet pic.twitter.com/LNl7zwOfLU Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) You can’t beat this! Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt’s live presser on Facebook with cat filters.. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

US says video shows Iranian military removing mine from tanker

US secretary of state accuses Tehran of lashing out but Iran denies responsibility for early morning attack The US military has released video footage it says shows an Iranian military patrol boat approach one of two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman, to support the Trump administrations claims that Iran was responsible. The blurry black and white footage, taken from the air, shows a small military boat alongside the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous, and someone standing up on the prow of the boat to remove an object from the tankers hull. The small boat then pulls away from the tanker. US officials were quoted as saying the boat was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat approaching the tanker after it …

US and Russia blame each other after warships nearly collide

American guided-missile cruiser and Russian destroyer came within 165ft of each other in the East China Sea The US and Russia have accused each other of unsafe actions after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165ft (50 meters) of each other in the East China Sea. The US Seventh Fleet said the Russian destroyer put the safety of the USS Chancellorsville and its crew at risk, forcing it to reverse all engines at full throttle to avoid a collision. It said a helicopter that was operating at sea was preparing to land on the Chancellorsville, which was traveling on a steady course, when the Russian destroyer, traveling behind the US ship, sped up and approached as …

The great green expansion: how ring-necked parakeets took over London

Was Jimi Hendrix responsible for the bright-green tropical birds presence in the capital? Or was it Katharine Hepburn? Electric Ladyland wasnt the only thing Jimi Hendrix released in 1968. One day in that tumultuous year he left his flat on Brook Street, Mayfair, and strolled down nearby Carnaby Street with a birdcage in his hands. I like to think that he was dressed in a tasselled jacket and flares, his favourite Fender Stratocaster slung across his back. Or perhaps he travelled incognito, in a trenchcoat and dark glasses. Either way, somewhere on that street, the heart of Swinging London at the height of peace and love, he opened the door of the cage and unleashed two bright green birds: Adam …

US efforts to jail Assange for espionage are a grave threat to a free media | Alan Rusbridger

I found the WikiLeaks co-founder a troubling figure when I worked with him, but Americas case would criminalise journalistic inquiry Do you remember the Chelsea Manning, who leaked it, and Daniel Ellsberg, for harming national security in 1971. Ellsberg, an intelligence analyst, found that the Vietnam war had been prosecuted on the basis of a web of lies and thought the public deserved to know. To Nixon, Ellsbergs commitment to the truth was treason. He reached for the Espionage Act. Today Ellsberg is celebrated as a principled whistleblower but he came close to being jailed for his courage. That the New York Times was free to publish the leaked papers was down to judges. Murray Gurfein, a federal judge, refused …

Saudi oil tankers show ‘significant damage’ after attack Riyadh

Attack on vessels, one bound for US, follow warnings Iran or proxies could target shipping Saudi Arabia has said two of its oil tankers have been damaged in mysterious sabotage attacks in the Gulf, as the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, held emergency talks with his European counterparts about mounting tensions in the region. The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that four commercial vessels had been sabotaged near Fujairah emirate, outside the Strait of Hormuz. The UAE did not give the ships nationalities or any other details about the vessels ownership, but Riyadh identified two of them as Saudi, and a Norwegian company said it owned another. The fourth ship was reportedly the A Michel, a storage tanker …

The schoolgirls who defied the Stasi: ‘Someone said,

They were West German teenagers on a school trip. He was a young man desperate to escape from East Germany. Thirty five years later, they tell their story Its December 1984, a week before Christmas. Tina Kirschner and Barbara Kahlke, two 17-year-olds from West Germany, are sitting on a creaking red bus headed for the socialist part of their divided country. Theyre on a school trip, and the mood is boisterous: almost 40 teenagers singing along to Duran Duran. But once they cross the heavily guarded border, reality hits. The world theyre entering feels alien and forbidding. All around them, slogans celebrate the glorious achievements of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Yet as they pass through the crumbling town centres, …

Trump Jr, Bolsonaro Jr beware the Adult Idiot Sons of unhinged presidents | Arwa Madhawi

The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process. The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is …