Germans kept up at night by noisy igelsex (thats hedgehog coupling)

Police called out to reports of nocturnal disturbances find hedgehogs having fun German emergency services called out to attend to nighttime disturbances are increasingly finding themselves confronted with copulating hedgehogs. People are calling 110 (the German equivalent of 999) to complain about noises they typically put down to neighbours having unacceptably loud sex or to injured animals crying out for help. The spread of the hashtag #igelsex (hedgehog sex) on social media reveals the disturbances sometimes have a less predictable source. Recently police in Augsburg were called to a primary school one night after suspicious noises were heard in the playground and a security light was activated. Only after the caretaker had been dragged out of bed and several police …

Cairo car bomb kills at least 20 outside hospital

Interior ministry blames Hasm group for blast that injured dozens near cancer institute Twenty people have been killed and 47 injured after a car bomb collided with other vehicles, triggering an explosion outside a cancer hospital in central Cairo. The blast occurred around midnight local time on a road running alongside the Nile River in an area outside Egypts National Cancer Institute. Pictures taken just after the incident and said they were searching the Nile for additional victims who may have fallen in during the attack. In the morning, police and security officials watched over patients accessing the institute, where twisted metal, possibly from the bumper of a car, hung from the damaged facadeand broken glass and tiles covered the …

A$AP Rocky assault trial: prosecutor calls for six-month sentence

US rapper has been in detention since 3 July over incident in Swedish capital A Swedish prosecutor has demanded that A$AP Rocky serve six months in prison for assault causing actual bodily harm in a case that that has outraged the US rappers fans and inflamed transatlantic relations. The prosecutor, Daniel Suneson, told the court in Stockholm the musician, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, should serve a longer sentence than two members of his crew who are also accused of attacking the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, in a street brawl in the centre of the Swedish capital publicly demand Mayers release. The prosecution alleges that after a violent altercation over a pair of headphones, Mayers, 30, threw Jafari, 19, …

Indian teenager who accused politician of rape injured in crash

Family says car crash that left two relatives dead was attempt to silence alleged victim A teenager who alleged she had been raped by a ruling party official in India is critically injured in hospital after a car crash. Two female relatives were killed in the crash, which occurred on Sunday when a truck collided with their car in Uttar Pradesh. Her lawyer was also badly injured. Police said the collision appeared to have been an accident, but that they were investigating claims it may have been an attempt to silence the girl. We are analysing all the aspects, we are looking into call details and have recorded statements of eyewitnesses, said the states police chief, OP Singh. The girl …

Venezuela: UN report accuses Maduro of gross violations against dissenters

In withering report, human rights chief details how Maduros security forces allegedly torture members of the opposition The UN has issued a withering appraisal of the human rights situation in Venezuela, as horrific details emerged of the injuries inflicted on a navy captain allegedly tortured to death during a crackdown on alleged plotters against president Nicols Maduro. A report by UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet which follows a notorious special forces group blamed for a wave of politically-motivated killings. The a shadowy special forces unit activists suspect has been tasked with subduing opposition to Maduro in Venezuelas impoverished periphery. The report said Bachelets team had interviewed relatives of 20 young men killed by FAES between June 2018 and April …

Putin: Skripal attack should not affect UK-Russia relations

Russian president says the Salisbury poisonings are not worth all this fuss his meeting with Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan that relations between Britain and Russia should not suffer because of last years nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. All this fuss about spies and counterspies is not worth interstate relations. This spy story, as we say here, is not worth 5 kopecks, plummeted to a post-Cold War low last year when London accused Moscow of the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury. The Kremlin denies sending GRU military intelligence agents to Britain to carry out the attack, which triggered scores of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and western countries. The …

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 …