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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

<p><br /><span>Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the long-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been hit with charges for allegedly helping to recruit, from and viciously abuse children.</span><br /><br /><span>Maxwell, who benefitted for years from Epstein’s prominent wealth, was the billionaire’s travel companion on trips around the world.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend, and groom victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself," Audrey Strauss, the acting Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.</span><br /><br /><span>She has also accused of lying to authorities during previous investigations into Epstein.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable," Ms Strauss said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.</span><br /><br /><span>"She pretended to be a woman they could trust … all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself."</span><br /><br /><span>William F Sweeney Jr, an assistant director at the FBI, said investigators had been "discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell's whereabouts" since Epstein's arrest in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>"More recently we learned she'd slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>"We moved when we were ready and Ms Maxwell was arrested without incident."</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: "Like Epstein, Ms Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behaviour they should never have been exposed and which creates lasting harm."</span><br /><br /><span>Reports say Ms Maxwell has been charged with six counts in connection with the ongoing investigation into Epstein’s accomplices.</span><br /><br /><span>The charges are enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.</span><br /><br /><span>Other charges include two counts of perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.</span><br /><br /><span>"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18," the indictment says.</span><br /><br /><span>The victims included girls as young as 14-years-old.</span></p>

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US buys up global stock of key COVID-19 drug

<p>The US government has bought up almost the entire global supply of the antiviral medication remdesivir until October, prompting concerns that other countries will miss out on accessing one of the two drugs proven to work against COVID-19.</p> <p>Remdesivir, developed and patented by Gilead Sciences, has been shown to help COVID-19 patients recover faster. It is the only drug licensed by the US and the European Union as a treatment for those with severe coronavirus illnesses, but studies are yet to find conclusive evidence that it improves survival rates.</p> <p>The US health department announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had agreed to purchase 500,000 doses of the drug for American hospitals, representing 100 per cent of Gilead’s July production capacity and 90 per cent of its capacity in August and September.</p> <p>The cost is about US$3,200 for a six-day treatment. The estimated production cost of remdesivir is US$6 for the same course, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/gilead-donates-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-australias-medical-stockpile-after-us-buys-up-supply">The Guardian</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>Health experts said the US move to ‘hoard’ the drug stock undermines international cooperation against the new coronavirus, given that other countries have also taken part in trials of remdesivir for the Ebola pandemic.</p> <p>“The trial that gave the result that allowed remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US. There were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places,” epidemiologist Peter Horby told <em><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kfpw">BBC Radio 4</a></em>.</p> <p>Horby said the buyout pointed out the need for “a much stronger framework” to ensure fair prices and access to key medicines for people around the world.</p> <p>Ohid Yaqub, senior science policy lecturer at the University of Sussex, said the US arrangement “so clearly signals an unwillingness to cooperate with other countries and the chilling effect this has on international agreements about intellectual property rights”.</p> <p>Sydney University’s Associate Professor Alice Motion said measures should be taken to ensure that the same situation does not happen to vaccines.</p> <p>“A vaccine should be available to people all over the world rather than one country, or a group of countries having preferred access to a medicine,” she told <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/gilead-donates-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-australias-medical-stockpile-after-us-buys-up-supply">The Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>“Remdesivir is a medicine that helps people to recover faster, but imagine if the same thing happened with a vaccine that emerges. That would be terrible.”</p>

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"Bungling idiots": Jacinda Ardern's bad week with press

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Despite New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern initially being praised for the way her country handled the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the tide has turned.</p> <p>Her administration has been called "bungling idiots", her coalition government has been accused of "tearing itself apart" and Ardern who was previously seen as untouchable has been accused of telling a "complete lie" about her handling of the pandemic.</p> <p>Two British visitors on June 7th arrived into the country, where they were placed in hotel quarantine for 14 days.</p> <p>Six days later, the health ministry decreed that everyone in quarantine would be allowed out after two negative COVID-19 tests.</p> <p>The two arrivals were allowed to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and drove 650kms to Wellington to visit a dying relative.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the pair got lost and met up with a couple of friends who gave them directions. The pair both tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Wellington.</p> <p>It has since emerged that the women weren't tested in the hotel, not even once.</p> <p>Naturally, Ardern said it was an "unacceptable failure" and "cannot be repeated" as it was the nation's first COVID-19 cases for three weeks.</p> <p>There had already been plenty of early releases from quarantine, with 50 other visitors had been allowed out of quarantine on compassionate grounds with just four people being tested for coronavirus.</p> <p>If this wasn't bad enough, more news came to light.</p> <p>Out of the 2,519 people who left quarantine between June 9th and June 16th, most who completed the 14 days in quarantine, only 1,010 were tested for coronavirus.</p> <p>Of the rest, around 800 people vanished and failed to get into contact with the authorities to arrange a test.</p> <p>National leader Todd Muller said that the debacle was a "national disgrace".</p> <p>David Seymour, leader of the minor party ACT was much more direct.</p> <p>“These bungling idiots couldn't run a bath let alone a border,” he said. “We’re supposed to have the world’s smartest borders. We now have the world’s dumbest borders.”</p> <p>As election day nears, Senior National MP Judith Collins called into question Ardern's character on <em>The AM Show</em>.</p> <p>“We have been lied to actually. We have been lied to about the quarantine, about the standard of care," she said.</p> <p>When asked who had lied, she said "the prime minister and the health ministry".</p> <p>Labour MP Willie Jackson was having none of the accusations.</p> <p>“I think we are going a bit over the line if you are going to start accusing the prime minister of lying,” he said on the same show.</p> <p>“She is a person of huge integrity and very honest.”</p> <p>He hoped voters would “cut us a bit of slack given the integrity of the prime minister”.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

<p>Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.</p> <p>Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of being involved in the January 3 strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani face “murder and terrorism charges”, said Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr on Monday.</p> <p>Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue Trump’s prosecution even after he stands down presidency, <em>Reuters </em>reported.</p> <p>Iran said it had also asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 people, which would have the international organisation locate and arrest the individuals named.</p> <p>Interpol told <em><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/29/middleeast/iran-arrest-warrant-donald-trump-intl/index.html">CNN</a></em> it “would not consider requests of this nature” because it was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which prohibits “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.</p> <p>US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called Iran’s move a “political stunt”.</p> <p>“This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is – it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously,” Hook said during a press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday.</p> <p>The US killed Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others.</p> <p>The assassination came after months of rising tensions between the US and Iran.</p> <p>Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike at two military bases housing US troops in Iraq.</p>

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60-year-old Paralympian dies during solo crossing of Pacific

<p><span>Angela Madsen, whose remarkable life took in a spell in the Marines, a string of gold medals and record setting rowing journeys, has passed away as she attempted a solo journey from California to Hawaii.</span></p> <p><span>The 60-year-old’s death was confirmed by her wife, Deb Madsen, in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “With extreme sadness,” she wrote, “I must announce that Angela Madsen will not complete her solo row to Hawaii.”</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Deb said the last she heard from her wife was when she was on route from Los Angeles to Honolulu in a 20-foot row boat, by text on Saturday. Angela had said she was going to enter the water to complete some maintenance. Deb had become concerned when she didn’t hear from Angela.</span></p> <p><span>Shortly after, the US Coast Guard located her body.</span></p> <p><span>“The [spotter] plane saw Angela in the water, apparently deceased, tethered to RowofLife, but was unable to relay that information due to poor satellite coverage,” Deb wrote on the Facebook page. The body has now been recovered.</span></p> <p><span>Soraya Simi, who was making a documentary about the crossing, said she was shocked by the news.</span><br /><span>“This is the single heaviest moment of my life,” Simi said in a statement to the Southern California News Group. “I am so sorry and so sad to write this. I know so many of you were cheering her on and wanted her to succeed.”</span></p> <p><span>Madsen led a life to remember. After her brother told her she wouldn’t make it in the military, she joined the Marines. But ended up in a wheelchair after injuring her back playing for the Marines basketball team.</span></p> <p><span>But despite the turn her life took, Madsen took up rowing and won several gold medals at the world rowing championships. She went on to row across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and also circumnavigated Great Britain in her boat.</span></p> <p><span>Madsen’s athletics talents were not limited to rowing – she also won a bronze medal in shot put at the 2012 Paralympics in London.</span></p> <p><span>She also set up a program for disabled rowers in California. “I wanted to create an opportunity for people with disabilities to row,” she said. “It’s one of the most inclusive activities people can do. We row three days a week and do it year-round. It’s completely free for people with disabilities.”</span></p> <p><span>Simi said Madsen understood the danger involved in the 2,500 mile journey. “This was a clear risk going in since day one, and Angela was aware of that more than anyone else,” Simi said. “She was willing to die at sea doing the thing she loved most.”</span></p>

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"Major incident" declared as thousands ignore advice to stay away

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Officials in southern England have declared a "major incident" after thousands of beach-goers flocked to local beaches.</p> <p>Bournemouth and Sandbanks in Dorset were hit hard as crowds came to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far and ignored advice to stay away from the area.</p> <p>By Thursday morning, more than 40 tonnes of waste had been removed from the coastline.</p> <p>Council leader Vikki Slade said she was "absolutely appalled" by the scenes.</p> <p>"The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe," said Slade in the statement. </p> <p>"We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response."</p> <p>As the UK is slowly easing its coronavirus restrictions, groups of up to six people are allowed to meet up outside.</p> <p>However, people are taking the newly eased up restrictions too far as people were found camping illegally overnight.</p> <p>Slade compared the scenes to a public holiday.</p> <p>"We are not in a position to welcome visitors in these numbers now or to deal with the full range of problems associated with managing volumes of people like this," said Slade. "PLEASE do not come. We are not able to welcome you yet."</p> <p>Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya of Dorset Police said that people should stay away from the area.</p> <p>"We are also reliant on people taking personal responsibility and strongly advise members of the public to think twice before heading to the area," she said.</p> <p>"Clearly we are still in a public health crisis and such a significant volume of people heading to one area places a further strain on emergency services resources."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Boneheaded": Nick Kyrgios hits out at Novak Djokovic after positive COVID-19 test

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios called out Novak Djokovic after he tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.</p> <p>Djokovic revealed he tested positive after taking part in a tennis exhibition series he organised in the Balkans.</p> <p>He was widely criticised for organising the tournament and brought in players from other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches which were played in Serbia and Croatia.</p> <p>Djokovic revealed he would remain in self-isolation for 14 days and repeat the test in five days. He has also apologised to anyone who has become infected as a result of the tournament.</p> <p>Djokovic tweeted his positive result, only to have Kyrgios call him out for recently dancing topless at a party in Belgrade.</p> <p>“Prayers up to all the players that have contracted COVID-19,” Kyrgios tweeted on Tuesday evening along with the telling footage.</p> <p>“Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ — this takes the cake.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Prayers up to all the players that have contracted Covid - 19. Don’t @ me for anything I’ve done that has been ‘irresponsible’ or classified as ‘stupidity’ - this takes the cake. <a href="https://t.co/lVligELgID">https://t.co/lVligELgID</a></p> — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1275408778087657473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 23, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Kyrgios also previously tweeted about the "boneheaded" call to organised the Adria Tour after Borna Coric tested positive for COVID-19.</p> <p>“Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols,” Kyrgios tweeted on Monday.</p> <p>“This IS NOT A JOKE.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE. <a href="https://t.co/SUdxfijkbK">https://t.co/SUdxfijkbK</a></p> — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) <a href="https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1274971571363344386?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Two-time Wimbledon Andy Murray admitted that the lack of social distancing at Djokovic's tournament was "not a good look".</p> <p>“When you are going through a time like this it’s important any of the top athletes around the world should be showing that we are taking this extremely seriously and knowing that we are using social distancing measures and whatever it is,” Murray said.</p> <p>“I hope that we learn from it and off the back of it they will be taking it extremely seriously because ultimately the tour won’t get back again if we are having problems every single week and the players are doing what they want. We need to make sure we are doing the right thing.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Mel Gibson axed from Chicken Run sequel over anti-Semitism claim

<p><span>Mel Gibson has said that renewed allegations of anti-Semitic comments levelled against him by actress Winona Ryder are “100% untrue”.</span></p> <p><span>In a recent interview with the </span><em>Sunday Times</em><span>, Ryder claimed that the </span><em>Braveheart</em><span> star had asked her if she was an “oven dodger” at a party close to 25 years ago, in an apparent reference to her Jewish background.</span></p> <p><span>She told the publication: "We were at a crowded party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we're all talking and he said to my friend, who's gay, 'Oh wait, am I gonna get Aids?'</span><br /><span>"And then something came up about Jews, and he said, 'You're not an oven dodger, are you?'"</span></p> <p><span>The 48-year-old then revealed that Gibson attempted to reach out later on to apologise.</span></p> <p><span>A representative of Gibson said: "This is 100% untrue. She lied about it over a decade ago, when she talked to the press, and she's lying about it now.</span></p> <p><span>"Also, she lied about him trying to apologise to her back then. He did reach out to her, many years ago, to confront her about her lies and she refused to address it with him."</span></p> <p><span>After Gibson vehemently denied the accusations against him, Ryder mentioned she was with the late makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin at the time, and said the altercation remains a “painful and vivid memory”.</span></p> <p><span>She said: "I believe in redemption and forgiveness and hope that Mr Gibson has found a healthy way to deal with his demons, but I am not one of them.</span></p> <p><span>"Around 1996, my friend Kevyn Aucoin and I were on the receiving end of his hateful words. It is a painful and vivid memory for me. Only by accepting responsibility for our behaviour in this life, can we make amends and truly respect each other, and I wish him well on this lifelong journey."</span></p> <p><span>Ryder first accused Gibson in 2010 when she gave an interview to </span><em>GQ</em><span> magazine, suggesting Gibson was referencing the gas chambers used by Nazis during the holocaust.</span></p> <p><span>In 2006, Gibson was recorded delivering a controversial anti-Semitic rant after a drink-driving arrest.</span></p> <p><span>After the recent allegations, the 64-year-old has been axed from his upcoming film, the sequel to </span><em>Chicken Run</em><span>.</span></p>

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Liz Hurley's ex Steve Bing reportedly falls to his death

<p>Steve Bing, film producer and the father of Elizabeth Hurley’s 18-year-old son Damian, has died aged 55.</p> <p>Bing died after falling from the 27th floor of a Los Angeles building on Monday, according to law enforcement sources as quoted by <em>TMZ</em>.</p> <p>Reports in <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/06/23/steve-bing-hollywood-producer-reportedly-dead-suicide/">TMZ</a></em> said Bing had been suffering from depression.</p> <p>He is survived by his two children – Damian, whom he shares with Hurley, and Kira, born to tennis player Lisa Bonder.</p> <p>Bing co-wrote the 2003 comedy flick <em>Kangaroo Jack </em>and financed a number of other films, including <em>The Polar Express </em>and<em> Beowulf</em>. He was also credited as an executive producer for <em>Get Carter</em>, <em>Youth in Revolt</em> and <em>Rock the Kasbah</em>.</p> <p>He was the chairman of Shangri-La Entertainment, whose most recent credits include 2017 blockbuster <em>Kingsman: The Golden Circle</em>.</p> <p>Bing, a grandson of New York real estate mogul Leo S Bing and a close friend of Bill Clinton, pledged a $30 million legacy gift to the Motion Picture &amp; Television Fund in 2012.</p> <p>Bing and Hurley welcomed Damian on April 4, 2002 after their split. In July 2019, a judge ruled Damian and Kira were both entitled to access their grandfather Dr Peter Bing’s trust after a trustee from his estate sought to exclude them.<span></span></p>

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Coronavirus: Newborn baby becomes one of UK’s youngest COVID-19 deaths

<p>A 13-day-old baby with no known underlying health conditions has died from COVID-19, NHS England reported.</p> <p>The newborn is thought to be one of the youngest to die from the virus in the UK.</p> <p>Previously, the youngest person to have died with the disease in the country with no pre-existing health problems was believed to be Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died in March aged 13 years old.</p> <p>In May, a six-week-old baby with underlying health conditions died from coronavirus.</p> <p>In total, 20 children and young people under the age of 19 are reported to have died from the virus in hospitals across England.</p> <p>It is believed that children are significantly <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52003804">less likely to become ill and die</a> from complications of the virus.</p> <p>There have been reports of children developing an inflammatory syndrome similar to Kawasaki disease, with symptoms including rashes and swelling. The new illness – dubbed PIMS-TS – has been identified in more than 100 children in New York and recorded in France, Switzerland and Spain.</p> <p>But public health experts believe the syndrome is as rare as Kawasaki disease.</p> <p>“Only a small fraction of COVID-19-infected children will ever develop this condition,” Dr Angus Stock from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research told the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/how-does-covid-19-affect-children-and-what-is-kawasaki-disease-20200514-p54swe.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a></em>.</p>

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Dad of children locked in hot truck freed from jail

<p>An Oklahoma father who was accused of the deaths of his young son and daughter after they spent 5 hours in a hot truck has been released after surveillance footage showed that the children climbed into the truck on their own.</p> <p>Dustin Dennis, 31, was released after investigators reviewed a neighbour’s surveillance camera footage that showed his four-year-old daughter Tegan and three-year-old son Ryan getting into the truck but not coming out.</p> <p>No formal charges have been filed, but Dennis was arrested on Saturday on two second-degree murder warrants.</p> <p>Dennis explained to police that he took his children to a QuikTrip store around noon and he went inside and fell asleep for four or five hours.</p> <p>He then told police that after waking up, he was unable to find his children and had found the pair on the floorboard of the truck.</p> <p>He quickly called 911 and moved the children into the living room of the family home before paramedics arrived and pronounced the children dead.</p> <p>“Video surveillance footage from a neighbour’s home confirmed that the children managed to get into the truck and tragically never got out,” the Tulsa District Attorney's Office said on Monday.</p> <p>“It is always important to note that our Constitution guarantees the presumption of innocence for any person accused of or arrested for a crime,” the DA statement added.</p> <p>“That presumption of innocence remains until and unless a judge or jury determines otherwise.”</p> <p>Tragically, Dennis had posted a sweet Facebook status explaining his love for his children a few days before the accident.</p> <p>“2 in the morning up watching my kids sleep, I can’t believe they’re mine, I love them so much and nobody in this world could ever make me feel as loved as they do. The other day I was so depressed because I just missed them, and I got to thinking of when they get older and become adults,” he wrote.</p> <p>“If you don’t have kids you may not understand this but that is the scariest but most amazing thing to think of, watching them become their own person and seeing what they will experience and achieve.</p> <p>He added: “I hope our bond only grows stronger, I hope they always want to call me or see me just to talk or ask for advice. I can’t imagine this world without them.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8427761/Tulsa-dad-released-jail-video-shows-kids-climbed-hot-truck-dying.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a></p>

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Police reveal brave new detail about Madeleine McCann case

<p><span>A German prosecutor is alleging Madeleine McCann may still be alive, after previously saying police were working on the assumption the young girl had died.</span><br /><br /><span>The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance from Praia da Luz, Portugal, has garnered attention once again after authorities announced they were investigating a 43-year-old convicted German child sex offender.</span><br /><br /><span>Hans Christian Wolters who is a spokesman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, announced in a statement on Monday that prosecutors had some evidence Madeleine was dead but did not have enough for a trial.</span><br /><br /><span>However, when speaking to the Sunday Mirror, he seemed to not agree with his previous statement.</span><br /><br /><span>“Because there is no forensic evidence there may be a little bit of hope (that she is alive),” he told the paper.</span><br /><br /><span>“We don’t want to kill the hope and because there is no forensic evidence it may be theoretically possible.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know it’s important for the British people when I say she is dead, but I did not know it was so important.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836505/madeleine-mccann-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/76d49060f24b4411a25a6c33da2c7fd2" /><br /><br /><span>Separately, speaking to The Sunday Times, Mr Wolters also said that prosecutors were investigating whether or not a hotel employee may have helped the suspect target the McCanns’ apartment knowing they were at a nearby restaurant.</span><br /><br /><span>The suspect is known to have lived on the Algarve coast.</span><br /><br /><span>When Madeleine went missing on May 3, 2007, the man’s Portuguese mobile phone received a half-hour phone call in Praia da Luz, around an hour before the abduction took place.</span><br /><br /><span>There is no suggestion the member of staff knew about Madeleine’s kidnap in advance, and Mr Wolters said: “The phone call made by the suspect could be between him and a member of staff who told him when to break into the McCanns’ apartment.”</span><br /><br /><span>He also went on to add that police hadn’t interviewed the suspect about Madeleine’s murder at the time, as they had not traced the person who called him.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836504/madeleine-mccann-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/16419601a58f411382058b21f8cd4ab4" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Wolters told the paper: “The person he spoke to could put the phone in his hand (by confirming that it was definitely the suspect to whom he spoke), which would mean he was in the area at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is the evidence we want before we issue an arrest warrant and then interview him for the murder. It would help the case against him – but we would also need more evidence.”</span><br /><br /><span>In the days since the renewed appeal, Scotland Yard say it has received nearly a whopping 400 tips to its Operation Grange team.</span><br /><br /><span>Operation Grange refers to the force’s active investigation.</span><br /><br /><span>The case is still classed as a missing person inquiry as there is no “definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead”, a police spokesman said.</span><br /><br /><span>Madeleine vanished soon before her fourth birthday while her parents were eating dinner with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.</span><br /><br /><span>She would have turned 17 last month.</span></p>

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Four people arrested over “horrific attack” on police

<p>Four people, including a 13-year-old boy, have been arrested following a scuffle with two police officers in east London.</p> <p>Video circulating on social media shows a male officer struggling with a man in Hackney with a female officer being pushed when she tried to intervene.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This happened in hackney today 😯😯 <a href="https://t.co/ZBW4moNRCn">pic.twitter.com/ZBW4moNRCn</a></p> — London &amp; UK Crime.. (@CrimeLdn) <a href="https://twitter.com/CrimeLdn/status/1270801995230785544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Both officers suffered minor injuries in the incident on Wednesday but did not require hospital treatment, the Met Police said.</p> <p>Four people – three men aged 20, 32 and 34 and a 13-year-old boy – have since been arrested on suspicion of assault on police.</p> <p>Prior to the incident, a member of the public flagged down officers on patrol and claimed to have been assaulted.</p> <p>“As an officer attempted to speak with those involved, one of the men resisted and a struggle ensued. A number of other people became involved whilst the officer was on the ground,” the Met said.</p> <p>Video footage shows some of the men surrounding the officers swearing and filming on their phones, with one taking a selfie as the officer and the suspect grappled.</p> <p>Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett said in a video shared on Twitter: “Two of my officers were horrifically attacked having tried to undertake a very lawful and necessary arrest on the street.</p> <p>“Fortunately both of the officers are well – cuts and bruises and are obviously shocked, as are all their colleagues and I.</p> <p>“And I just want to say that we’ve done an amazing job – four arrests we’ve made and an investigation ongoing.”</p> <p>Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “Yet again this starkly shows the dangers [officers] face and the bravery they show each and every day keeping Londoners safe.</p> <p>“We are not society’s punch bags. We have families we want to go home to at the end of every shift, but the dangers are stark and seemingly escalating.”</p> <p>Home secretary Priti Patel and London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack on the officers.</p> <p>“These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public. We owe them a debt of gratitude,” Khan said.</p>

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5 kids orphaned as parents die one day apart

<p>Just one day apart, a married couple residing in South Los Angeles have both died from coronavirus, leaving behind five children.</p> <p>Humberto Ruelas-Rivas, 60, died on Sunday, just one day before his wife Karina Bonilla, 38, succumbed to the deadly virus also, <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://ktla.com/news/local-news/that-virus-took-my-family-away-downey-couple-dies-one-day-apart-from-covid-19-leaving-behind-5-young-children/" target="_blank">KTLA reported.</a></em></p> <p>They leave behind five children aged between two and 17, who are going to be raised by their 35-year-old half-sister Maria Ruelas.</p> <p>Ms Ruelas is also taking care of her younger sister who was hospitalised with coronavirus and suffered a stroke.</p> <p>"Within six days, I lost my father," Ms Ruelas said.</p> <p>"And within eight hours, I lost my stepmother. And now I have five kids."</p> <p>Ms Ruelas believes that her stepmother contracted the deadly virus at her workplace after her boss, a fruit vendor, allegedly showed symptoms, and chose not to self-isolate.</p> <p>"She went to work and in less than a week she started presenting symptoms," Ms Ruelas told KTLA.</p> <p>"She went home and then my father started getting sick."</p> <p>The woman says she isn’t even able to give her family members the farewell they deserve since the virus is still allegedly present in their bodies.</p> <p>"I hope this story doesn't repeat again. It's devastating," she said.</p> <p>Ms Ruelas has she applies for legal custody of her five younger siblings.</p> <p>"I'm happy to do it in the memory of my father," she said.</p> <p>As California gradually eases COVID-19 restrictions, Ms Ruelas urges all Americans to take the pandemic seriously.</p> <p>"I saw a lot of [people] without masks. That terrified me," she said.</p> <p>"That virus took my family away."</p> <p>The US has two million confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday night.</p> <p>More than 112,000 people have died from COVID-19 across the US.</p>

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New Madeleine McCann suspect allegedly tipped off by hotel worker

<p>The latest man suspected of abducting three-year-old Madeleine McCann in 2007 was allegedly alerted to the empty hotel room by a worker at the hotel the family were staying at.</p> <p>Christian Brueckner, a 43-year-old convicted German sex offender, was allegedly told by an employee of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz that the McCann parents would be out for dinner and their apartment would be easy to break into.</p> <p>A receptionist for the holiday complex left a note at the staff register about the family’s dinner reservation, which is something that Madeleine’s mother Kate remembered in horror a year after the horrific abduction.</p> <p>“It wasn’t until a year later, when I was combing through the Portuguese files, that I discovered that the note requesting our block booking was written in a staff message book, which sat on a desk at the pool reception for most of the day,” she wrote in her book titled<span> </span>Madeleine.</p> <p>“To my horror I saw that, no doubt in all innocence and to explain why she was bending the rules a bit, the receptionist had written the reason for our request.</p> <p>“We wanted to eat close to our apartments as we were leaving our young children alone there and checking on them intermittently.”</p> <p>A friend of Brueckner is suspected of seeing the note and letting him know about the unsupervised apartment.</p> <p>Police have since identified the employee who is believed to pass on the information, who also had Brueckner’s number in his mobile contacts.</p> <p>Brueckner received a half hour phone call in Praia da Luz around an hour before Madeleine went missing.</p> <p>It’s alleged that Brueckner went to raid the holiday accommodation and found Madeleine sleeping next to her younger brother, twins Sean and sister Amelie.</p> <p>Brueckner is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in 2005 and also has criminal records for the distribution of child pornography, sexual abuse of children and violations of the Narcotics Act, according to German media.</p> <p>Hans Christian Wolters, a spokesman for the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office, told journalists “we are assuming that the girl is dead”.</p> <p>“In connection with the disappearance of the three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann on May 3, 2007 from an apartment complex in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, the Braunschweig prosecution is investigating against a 43-year-old German on suspicion of murder.</p> <p>“With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he’s already serving a long sentence.”</p> <p>German authorities are now appealing for more information.</p> <p>“The hard evidence we don’t have, we don’t have the crucial evidence of Madeleine McCann’s body,” he told<span> </span>Sky News.</p> <p>“We expect that she is dead, but we don’t have enough evidence that we can get a warrant for our suspect in Germany for the murder of Madeleine McCann.</p> <p>“At the moment, we also don’t have enough proof for a trial at court, but we have some evidence that the suspect has done the deed.</p> <p>“That’s why we need more information from people, especially places he has lived, so we can target these places especially and search there for Madeleine.”</p>

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Left for dead: Twin babies perish while parents go on four-day drinking binge

<p>A couple in Russia have been charged with murder after going on a “four day lockdown drinking binge” and left their 16-week-old twins “all alone without food”.</p> <p>Their baby son was in a coma and died in hospital soon after the pair were found by their grandmother.</p> <p>The daughter is fighting for her life in a hospital in Russia’s Kamchatka region.</p> <p>Mother Margarita Yanayeca, 23, “lied” to her friends and said that her children were in hospital with coronavirus.</p> <p>Margarita and her partner Alexey, 35, left them locked at home all weekend while they partied over four days.</p> <p>Their son died from “starvation”, whereas his twin sister is incredibly weak in intensive care.</p> <p>“In the course of four days they were not feeding the children, and did not arrange alternative care for them,” said an investigation source.</p> <p>Instead they “subjected them to hunger, did not ensure hygiene, leaving the minors were in a socially dangerous state”.</p> <p>The children were found by a grandmother who was concerned that she could not reach the couple by phone.</p> <p>After finding the children, she immediately called the police.</p> <p>If the parents are convicted of murder, they face up to 20 years in jail. The pair also face charges over failing in their parental duties and subjecting their children to danger.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/twin-babies-left-to-die-while-russian-parents-go-on-four-day-drinking-binge-c-1087502" target="_blank"> 7News</a></em></p>

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New prime suspect identified in Madeleine McCann case

<p><span>In a rare update, British police have revealed they are investigating a German prisoner as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.</span><br /><br /><span>At the time of the three-year-old’s disappearance, the 43-year-old German national is known to have been in and around Praia da Luz on Portugal's Algarve coast around May 3, 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>The child had been on holiday with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann, along with her twin siblings, Sean and Amelie.</span><br /><br /><span>A half-hour long phone call was made to the German man's Portuguese mobile phone around an hour before Madeleine is assumed to have gone missing.</span><br /><br /><span>The suspect who remains behind bars in a German prison for an unrelated matter, has been linked to a camper van that was photographed in the Algarve in 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>Scotland Yard said he was driving the vehicle in the Praia da Luz area just days before Madeleine's disappearance.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836368/madeleine-mccann-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ac7da3229cf482181bbd874f2a424ff" /><br /><br /><span>The suspect has additionally been linked to a 1993 Jaguar XJR6 that had a German number plate seen in Praia da Luz and surrounding areas in 2006 and 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>The day after young Madeleine went missing, the man got the car re-registered in Germany under someone else's name. However, it is believed the vehicle was still in Portugal.</span><br /><br /><span>Both vehicles have been seized by German police.</span><br /><br /><span>Scotland Yard is in the process of launching an appeal with the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany (BKA) and the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria (PJ), which will include a STG20,000 ($A36,000) reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for Madeleine's disappearance.</span><br /><br /><span>The Met's investigation has revealed that there are more than 600 people who may be significant to the case and were tipped off about the German national, already known to detectives, following a 2017 appeal 10 years after she went missing.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ZOc2z_llQX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ZOc2z_llQX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nomi Cooper-Rosenberg (@nomicr)</a> on May 12, 2013 at 1:53pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Madeleine vanished just a short while before her fourth birthday and would have turned 17 in May.</span><br /><br /><span>Madeleine’s parents issued a statement, read by Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, welcoming the new police appeal with open arms.</span><br /><br /><span>"All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice," the statement said.</span><br /><br /><span>"We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive, but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace."</span><br /><br /><span>Det. Chief Insp. Cranwell took the unusual step of releasing two mobile phone numbers as part of the appeal.</span><br /><br /><span>The first, (+351) 912 730 680, is believed to have been used by the suspect.</span><br /><br /><span>The second is suspected to have received a call from another Portuguese mobile, (+351) 916 510 683, while in the Praia da Luz area on the night of May 3, 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>The caller is not thought to have been in the Praia da Luz area but is not being treated as a suspect.</span><br /><br /><span>Police say the person may be a "key witness" in the case.</span><br /><br /><span>Det. Chief Insp. Cranwell are appealing to anyone who knows the suspect and who may have information in relation to Madeleine's case to come forward.</span><br /><br /><span>"You may know, you may be aware of some of the things he has done. He may have confided in you about the disappearance of Madeleine," the police officer said.</span></p>

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Justin Trudeau’s 21-second pause after Donald Trump question

<p>Justin Trudeau paused for 21 seconds when asked Tuesday about Donald Trump’s use of tear gas against protesters to make way for a photo opportunity.</p> <p>During a press conference at Rideau Cottage, the Canadian Prime Minister was asked for comments on the US President’s call for military action against protesters demonstrating police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.</p> <p>Trudeau, who is usually quick in answering questions, paused and made several false starts before giving his response.</p> <p>“We all watch in horror and consternation at what is going on in the United States,” he said.</p> <p>“It is a time to pull people together… but it is a time to listen. It is a time to learn, when injustices continue despite progress over years and decades.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">‘We all watch in horror and consternation what's going on in the United States,’ said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, reacting to U.S. federal police removing protesters from outside the White House. Follow our live updates here: <a href="https://t.co/8f7EFQVqWs">https://t.co/8f7EFQVqWs</a> <a href="https://t.co/gwuibxOa3o">pic.twitter.com/gwuibxOa3o</a></p> — Reuters (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1267902555176292353?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Trudeau went on to talk about the need to fight racism in Canada.</p> <p>“It is a time for us as Canadians to recognize that we, too, have our challenges – that black Canadians and racialized Canadians face discrimination as a lived reality every single day,” he said.</p> <p>On Monday, police forcibly removed several thousands of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square across the White House ahead of Trump’s visit to St John’s Episcopal Church.</p> <p>In his speech in the Rose Garden, Trump declared he would be a “law and order president” as tear gas guns were fired in the background.</p> <p>He said if state governors refuse to deploy the National Guard to “dominate the streets”, he would call on the military to “quickly solve the problem for them”.</p> <p>Protests have taken place across the US after 46-year-old Floyd died in custody on May 25, when officers responded to a call from a grocery store claiming he had used a forged $20 bill.</p> <p>A video shows police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, pinning him down for more than eight minutes, while three other officers watched as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe.</p>

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