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Princess Mary opens Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen

<p>Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has unveiled a new Australian War Memorial in Copenhagen.</p> <p>She attended the event at Churchill Park on Thursday and was joined by Australian AMmbassador Mary Ellen Miller for the unveiling.</p> <p>Princess Mary placed a wreath with a ribbon decorated with her monogram on the monument.</p> <p>The memorial reads: "This stone stands in memorial to Australian servicemen of the first and second world wars who are at rest in Danish soil. Their valiant sacrifice stands testament to the common devotion to freedom and democracy that our nations share.</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/CFPPkgJAGE8/?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/CFPPkgJAGE8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS 🇩🇰 (@detdanskekongehus)</a> on Sep 17, 2020 at 5:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"They shall not grow old as we are left to grow old. Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.</p> <p>"Lest we forget."</p> <p>The memorial was developed and funded by the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen as the Australian army and service personnel helped liberate Denmark during WWII.</p> <p>This was after the country was invaded by German forces despite declaring Denmark as neutral.</p> <p>Australian forces joined the British in freeing Denmark from German occupation.</p> <p>Princess Mary also attended a World Health Organisation meeting to discuss the toll of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>She participated via video link and spoke of the "uncertainty, worry and sadness" of recent months.</p> <p>"I am sure that you, as I, have experienced uncertainty, worry and sadness in recent months, as we try to find meaning in rapidly changing events, as we are unable to follow the familiar patterns of daily life, and as we are prevented from spending time with friends and loved ones," <em>Royal Central</em> reports the royal as saying.</p> <p>"For many, the psychological, emotional, social and economic costs of the pandemic will be felt for years to come," she added.</p>

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Tony Abbott’s major boarding pass blunder

<p><span>Former Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott is not the only one to ever share a screen grab of his boarding pass onto Instagram, however it has been revealed that it took hackers only 45 minutes to get private information about the politician purely due to one simple mistake.</span><br /><br /><span>Australian tech expert Alex Hope said he was able to retrieve Mr Abbott’s phone number and passport details from the Instagram post in March.</span><br /><br /><span>“A big thank you to all the team on QF26 from Tokyo. Hope to see you flying again soon!,” Mr Abbott captioned the photo, which has since been deleted. Pity.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope said he took on the challenge to hack the former PM after he was dared by a friend in his group chat that asked: “Can you hack this man?”.</span><br /><br /><span>The “hacker” says finding the information was easy as he simply took the details from the image on Mr Abbott’s Instagram to log into Qantas’ booking page.</span><br /><br /><span>He was able to read the HTML code and find Mr Abbott’s phone number and passport number within minutes.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837940/tony-abbott-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ebd8ba1c75634c80a6a7672b0641ae1c" /><br /><br /><span>In a blog post, the self-described “hacker” noted that he had tried for six months to alert Mr Abbott to what had happened.</span><br /><br /><span>“I had Tony Abbott’s passport number, phone number, and weird Qantas messages about him. I was the only one who knew I had these,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“Anyone who saw that Instagram post could also have them. I felt like I had to like, tell someone about this. Someone with like, responsibilities. Someone with an email signature,” he added.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope said he tracked Mr Abbott’s personal assistant down after many months of trying.</span><br /><br /><span>He then had a quick chat with Mr Abbott one-on-one.</span><br /><br /><span>“Mostly, he wanted to check whether his understanding of how I’d found his passport number was correct (it was). He also wanted to ask me how to learn about ‘the IT’,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“He asked some intelligent questions, like ‘how much information is in a boarding pass, and what do people like me need to know to be safe?’, and ‘why can you get a passport number from a boarding pass, but not from a bus ticket?’.</span><br /><br /><span>“The answer is that boarding passes have your password printed on them, and bus tickets don’t. You can use that password to log in to a website (widely regarded as a bad move), and at that point all bets are off, websites can just do whatever they want.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Hope says Qantas fixed the bug that allowed him to retrieve Abbott’s private details was fixed in July thanks to his warnings.</span><br /><br /><span>He says that he hopes this incident will make people think twice about what they post to social media.</span><br /><br /><span>“The point is that if someone famous can unknowingly post their boarding pass, anyone can,” Mr Hope wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>Qantas say they have tightened their protocols.</span><br /><br /><span>They urge passengers to keep their booking details private.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our standard advice to customers is to not post pictures of the boarding pass, or to at least obscure the key personal information if they do, because of the detail it contains,” a spokesperson said.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Abbott has since been issued a new passport number.</span></p>

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Brave terminally ill bride's battle comes to a tragic end

<p><span>Just days after tying the knot with her husband, Ashleigh Simrajh has died after her long-fought battle with cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>The 23-year-old’s husband Jason has paid tribute to his bride with an emotional post just days after he had the opportunity to wed her in a powerful ceremony.</span><br /><br /><span>Ashleigh died from malignant melanoma and was told in early September she had only days to live after being diagnosed in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>She was granted one last wish to marry Jason before the disease claimed her life, and on September 5 the brave terminally ill bride “fought like a superstar” and said “I do” in front of 50 close friends and family at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast.</span><br /><br /><span>Jason paid tribute to the 23-year-old after her battle with cancer came to a tragic end.</span><br /><br /><span>“Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling right now, I’m absolutely devastated and my heart is completely shattered,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>“You were so brave and strong and I know that you tried your absolute best fighting this battle, you couldn’t have tried any harder than you did.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m so proud of you babe.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837891/ashleigh-bride-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f8175c7e93e448e684b2cd45833f9cc5" /><br /><br /><span>Jason described his new wife as the “most beautiful woman” and said he always held out “so much hope” that she would get better again”.</span><br /><br /><span>He also talked about the couple’s dream to have kids would never be fulfilled.</span><br /><br /><span>“We had so much planned out! We pictured having kids, cute kids too! (Only because of your gorgeous looks, not mine haha), travelling the world and most importantly growing old together,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think growing old with you was something I wanted to do the most. Not much else mattered to me than to just be there with you for my whole life.”</span><br /><br /><span>In the lengthy post, Jason also described feeling “completely empty inside” without Ashleigh adding it “doesn’t feel real” she was gone and that he had been “ripped apart” by her loss.</span><br /><br /><span>“I really don’t know what I’m going to do without you now. I’m so lost and feel completely empty inside,” he wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“It doesn’t even feel real to me that you’re gone, it just feels like I’m in this horrible dream which I can’t escape.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ashleigh’s father, Tony Simrajh, shared an update to the family’s Go Fund Me page just a week before she died, saying his daughter was at home with a dedicated nurse.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ashleigh does not want to go back into hospital and we as a family are going to make sure that she remains at home surrounded by the people who love her,” he said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837892/ashleigh-bride-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/540a6059dd6d439c996f87e6aa743f8b" /><br /><br /><span>“Ashleigh is still fighting so hard and she is still defying what the doctors have told her. Again this morning we got told to brace for the worst as she only had a few hours left which devastated us all, but she has rallied and is looking good again at the moment.”</span><br /><br /><span>“Our Ashleigh is a fighter and is fighting as hard as she can to stay here with us.”</span><br /><br /><span>The 23-year-old was diagnosed with malignant melanoma over a year after she was told the lump on her leg was not suspicious.</span><br /><br /><span>Ashleigh was just 20-years-old when she spotted a lump on her leg and after it became painful and started bleeding, she knew something wasn’t right.</span><br /><br /><span>However, she was told the lump was nothing more than a “wart” and was sent to a surgeon without taking a biopsy.</span><br /><br /><span>It was when she knocked it and it began to bleed that she decided to visit another doctor who performed a biopsy and informed her it was cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>The cancer then spread to her lungs, liver and chest.</span><br /><br /><span>Ashleigh’s family have since launched legal action against two practitioners.</span><br /><br /><span>Her father Tony Simrajh told Daily Mail Australia that the legal case is not about money, but is actually about the doctors “owning up to their errors and taking responsibility”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ash weighs 34 kilograms now and is skin and bones. She is under palliative care and struggles for every single breath,” Mr Simrajh said before his daughter’s passing.</span><br /><br /><span>He described his daughter as “amazing” and someone who deserved better than the challenges she had.</span><br /><br /><span>“She is on a mission to get her story out there for young people to get checked but also to get another doctor to have a look at it if you are still not sure,” the heartbroken father said on a GoFundMe page set up for Ashleigh.</span><br /><br /><span>“That would have saved her life if she did.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Simrajh’s said that Ashleigh’s wedding was the happiest and saddest day of his life.</span><br /><br /><span>“To see her so fragile on what should have been her happiest day was heartbreaking but yet seeing the love that was in the room for her was very inspirational,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison sent her a letter in late August thanking her for her efforts in reminding Australians about the dangers of skin cancer.</span><br /><br /><span>“I know these are poignant days for you: a wedding time with the family and friends and reflections on what was. Even Prime Minister’s can’t fathom why such things happen in life.</span><br /><br /><span>“But I do know you will be surrounded by love – and I hope the joy of your wedding day surpasses your dreams,” the Prime Minister said.</span><br /><br /><span>Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had also heard about Ashleigh’s story and called her ahead of her wedding to send flowers and her will wishes.</span><br /><br /><span>She gave Ashleigh her mobile number to send wedding pictures and to reach out to her if she needed anything.</span><br /><br /><span>“Ashleigh’s message is making it to so many people, she is saving lives,” her father said on the GoFundMe page.</span><br /><br /><span>They set up the GoFundMe page to share Ashleigh’s story and spread her message, and say they have received an overwhelming amount of support.</span><br /><br /><span>“Please share this link not just for the donations but so everyone sees her story and help her spread the message to everyone re medical checks,” her father wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>“So let’s spread Ashleigh’s story it may save someone’s life.”</span></p>

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Chinese whistleblower claims she has proof COVID-19 came from Wuhan lab

<p>A Chinese virologist has made claims that COVID-19 was manufactured in a laboratory and did not come from “nature” like the Chinese government is claiming.</p> <p>Doctor Li-Meng Yan, a scientist who conducted some of the earliest research on COVID-19, joined the British talk show <em>Loose Women </em>to share her claims.</p> <p>She says that reports the virus came from a wet market are a “smokescreen”.</p> <p>“It comes from the lab, the lab in Wuhan and the lab is controlled by China’s government,” she said.</p> <p>She says her source are “local doctors”.</p> <p>“The first thing is the market in Wuhan ... is a smokescreen.</p> <p>“This virus is not from nature.”</p> <p>Yan earlier claimed she was told to keep a secret about the possibility of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 back in December.</p> <p>She went on to say that former supervisors at the Hong Kong School of Public Health silenced her when she tried to sound the alarm.</p> <p>She fled Hong Kong for America in April.</p> <p>Dr Yan’s next plan is to release genomic sequencing that she says will trace the virus back to a lab.</p> <p>“The genome sequence is like a human fingerprint,” she said.</p> <p>“So based on this you can identify these things. I use the evidence … to tell people why this has come from the lab in China, why they are the only ones who made it.”</p> <p>China has repeatedly said that COVID-19 may not have originated in Asia at all.</p> <p>In July, the country pointed its finger at Spain, claiming that wastewater testing there found traces of the virus in March 2019.</p>

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Death threats for lineswoman struck by Djokovic

<p>24 hours prior, she was Laura Clark, an American lineswoman who was very much under the radar.</p> <p>Now, she is Serbia’s public enemy and - after being hit in the throat by world number 1 Novak Djokovic at the US Open - is having the death of her son mocked by angry fans.</p> <p>The result of the incident left Clark unable to breathe and Djokovic disqualified, as his attempt to win an 18th grand slam was tarnished.</p> <p>In his Instagram apology on Monday, Djokovic said he was “extremely sorry to have caused her such distress” but was not revealing Clark’s name “to respect her privacy”.</p> <p>The US Open was also reluctant to expose her, but a Serbian tabloid reportedly shared her Instagram handle which resulted in terrible consequences.</p> <p>Almost every single one of Clark’s posts have been bombarded with shameful messages, calling her “sick” and an “alcoholic”.</p> <p>“I hope you rot in hell for this,” one user wrote. “Hell hath no fury like Djokovic’s fans scorned. But no matter, you can be assured that one day karma will come for you. You were the reason the US Open disqualified the best tennis player. Novak, I hope you realise she was faking the injury all along.”</p> <p>Commenting on a post dedicated to her late son, a fan of Djokovic wrote: “Don’t worry you’ll join him soon.”</p> <p>Another added: “hahahahahahahaha YEEEEES, YEEEEEEEES.”</p> <p>She has now deleted her Instagram page.</p> <p>Clark is currently resting at a hotel and is under observation by medical professionals.</p>

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Dead body found in pond at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s west London home

<p><span>The deceased body of an unidentified woman has been pulled out of a lake in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s home at Kensington Palace in west London.</span><br /><br /><span>The corpse was found in Round Pond which is only a short walk from the Palace gates.</span><br /><br /><span>Metropolitan Police were called just after 7 am local time on Saturday, August 29.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman was announced dead at the scene and while police say the death is not being treated as suspicious, they have confirmed that investigations are still “ongoing”.</span><br /><br /><span>A post-mortem examination will take place.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their three young children, reside inside the Palace.</span><br /><br /><span>However the family were reportedly visiting the Queen at Balmoral in Scotland on the day the horrifying discovery was made.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837749/round-po-nd-royals-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d62a9a486233425dbbb523364672070f" /><br /><br /><span>Newlyweds Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank also live on the grounds of Kensington Palace in a cottage.</span><br /><br /><span>However, it is not known if the couple were present when the body was found.</span><br /><br /><span>Initially, authorities thought the body belonged to poet laureate Sir John Betjeman’s grandaughter Endellion Lycett Green.</span><br /><br /><span>She had been missing for a week but reportedly was later found alive.</span><br /><br /><span>Her brother John Lycett Green wrote: “My sister Endellion is alive, safe and well.</span><br /><br /><span>“Thank you all for the support and love you showed for Delli and her family.</span><br /><br /><span>“Sorry to all of you that, like us, were grieving for the wonder that is Delli. We were told a body was found and was her.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was not, and Delli was found last night.</span><br /><br /><span>“RIP the soul that was found in Kensington Round Pond on Saturday morning.”</span><br /><br /><span>Kensington Gardens, which includes the Palace and the Round Pond, is said to remain open to the public while police investigations continue.</span></p>

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Djokovic sensationally expelled from US Open

<p>World number one Novak Djokovic has lost his fourth round match in the US Open after he was disqualified for striking a female line judge in the throat.</p> <p>Djokovic had just had his serve broken by Pablo Carreno Busta to trail 5-6 in the first set. </p> <p>Walking to the sideline at the change of ends, a frustrated Djokovic dramatically hit a ball behind him without looking forcing the line judge to her knees as she held her neck in pain.</p> <p>The tennis champion discussed the incident with officials including tournament referee Soeren Friemel, before accepting the decision and shaking Carreno Busta’s hands as he walked off court.</p> <p>It was an unexpected end to Djokovic’s 18th Grand Slam title and his unbeaten start to 2020.</p> <p>Before the incident occurred, the Serbian athlete had a match record of 26-0 for the season.</p> <p>"I was a little bit in shock, no?" Carreno Busta said later at a news conference done via video conference.</p> <p>Asked whether Djokovic should have been allowed to continue to play, Carreno Busta shrugged and replied: "Well, the rules are the rules … The referee and the supervisor (did) the right thing, but it's not easy to do it."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The moment that #1 Novak Djokovic knew that his <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/USOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#USOpen</a> and his undefeated 2020 season were over. <a href="https://t.co/uwd5fbXKb1">pic.twitter.com/uwd5fbXKb1</a></p> — Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/status/1302705449188417541?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Djokovic did not speak to the media.</p> <p>The USTA released a statement after the incident.</p> <p>"In accordance with the Grand Slam rulebook, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the US Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 US Open," the statement read.</p> <p>"Because he was defaulted, Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will be fined the prize money won at the tournament in addition to any or all fines levied with respect to the offending incident."</p> <p>Despite Djokovic not intending to hit the line judge, he was defaulted due to hitting a ball out of anger.</p>

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Prince Harry refers to "darkest of places" in new Netflix documentary

<p>Prince Harry refers to the "darkest of places" in the latest Netflix documentary <em>Rising Phoenix</em>, which focuses on the creation of the Paralympics and the challenges competitors have faced.</p> <p>To promote the new documentary, Harry appeared via Zoom alongside other athletes.</p> <p>"There isn't anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest of places than sport," the Prince explained.</p> <p>Other athletes in the group included Tatyana McFadden and Matt Stutzman from the US, Bebe Vio from Italy, Jean-Baptiste Alaize from France and Ntando Mahlangu from South Africa.</p> <p>"With COVID and everything else that is happening at the moment, your stories and the strength that you guys show, is incredible and that needs to be seen more," the Duke of Sussex says.</p> <p>"It needs to be spoken about more, to try and get rid of the stereotyping to get rid of those preconceptions.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The Duke of Sussex spoke to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RisingPhoenix?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RisingPhoenix</a> stars <a href="https://twitter.com/ArmlessArcher?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ArmlessArcher</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/jbalaize?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jbalaize</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TatyanaMcFadden?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TatyanaMcFadden</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/VioBebe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VioBebe</a> and Ntando Mahlangu about the power of sport to change the world and the way we think.<br /><br />Rising Phoenix – the extraordinary story of the <a href="https://twitter.com/Paralympics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Paralympics</a> - is out now on Netflix. <a href="https://t.co/Kzq0COg6RF">pic.twitter.com/Kzq0COg6RF</a></p> — HTYT Stories (@HTYTstories) <a href="https://twitter.com/HTYTstories/status/1301523211667099649?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"My biggest hope is that people will watch this film and go, 'No matter how hard my life is, no matter how hard a day or a week can be, this what I aspire to, not just for me but for my family and all the loved ones around me'.</p> <p>"It is that element that I think will end up changing the world, so well done and thank you very much."</p> <p>The Duke of Sussex is a long-time advocate for overcoming adversity as he created the Invictus Games, which gives wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women the chance to compete in sports to assist their recovery and rehabilitation.</p> <p><em>Rising Phoenix</em><span> </span>is now available to watch on Netflix.</p>

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“Unbelievable and incomprehensible”: Mother accused of murdering her five children

<p><span>A 27-year-old woman is currently under investigation after five of her children aged between 1 and 8, have died.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman, residing in the western German city of Solingen, is reportedly severely injured after she climbed atop the tracks at a main train station in Dusseldorf.</span><br /><br /><span>“We do not yet know exactly what happened when or why, only that it is a very tragic situation,” police spokesman Stefan Weiand has said.</span><br /><br /><span>He says the mother is not currently in a fit enough state to be questioned, and is not releasing any details on the five children’s cause of death.</span><br /><br /><span>The kids were three girls aged 1, 2 and 3 years and two boys aged 6 and 8.</span><br /><br /><span>The woman’s 11-year-old son survived and is being placed with family members.</span><br /><br /><span>The children’s grandmother, who lives about 60 kilometres from Solingen, notified the police shortly before 2 pm local time, after founding the bodies, officials have said.</span><br /><br /><span>They found the deceased children in an apartment complex in Solingen’s Hasseldelle district - which is home to many large housing developments that date back to the 1970s.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837680/germany-children-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/afc739270fc3479090277da94a19520a" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Candles and a stuffed animal are placed on a mailbox outside an apartment building where the five children were found dead.</em><br /><br /><span></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span>The 27-year-old mum’s whereabouts after the death of her children is still muddled, but it is believed she travelled to Dusseldorf main station with her 11-year-old son.</span><br /><br /><span>At 1.47pm, she threw herself in front of a train.</span><br /><br /><span>According to a fire department representative, the woman was found between two track beds and taken to hospital.</span><br /><br /><span>The mayor of Solingen Tim Kurzbach says he has visited the house where the “terrible act” happened.</span><br /><br /><span>“I lit a light for the five dead children and paused in prayer for the victims,” he wrote on Facebook.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s still unbelievable and incomprehensible to me.</span><br /><br /><span>“For all of Solingen, today is a day of mourning.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images</em></p>

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Four-year-old girl found floating alone at sea on giant inflatable unicorn

<p>A ferry crew and its passengers could not contain their shock when they spotted a small child that had been swept away from the shore on a giant inflatable unicorn.</p> <p>The young child had been swept out to sea and was drifting off the coast of the Greek town of Antirrio in the Gulf of Corith.</p> <p>Local press reported the daughter of the parents, that was aged between at least four to five years old, had lost their focus as she played on the toy that would eventually take her away from the shore.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mum and dad probably pissed on the beach dont even notice she’s gone! <a href="https://t.co/DRfkkrQJa3">pic.twitter.com/DRfkkrQJa3</a></p> — LEE LEE THE 3RD ⚔️ (@LeeBrasco) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeeBrasco/status/1298895389291098114?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>When the parents realised that their little daughter was out of sight, they informed the port authorities, reports the Greek City Path.</p> <p>The authorities reportedly alerted the captain of the local ferry “Salaminomachos.”</p> <p>The ferry's captain on the Rio-Antirio found the child in the middle of the sea and slowly manoeuvred the vessel to her rescue.</p> <p>Footage captured the extraordinary incident that showed the girl calmly sitting on her raft as the boat crew plucked her to safety.</p> <p>The clip showed her wearing a pink bathing suit and holding on tightly to her inflatable.</p> <p>Her unicorn began to float away as the crewmen plucked her out of the water to safety.</p> <p>The little girl was reportedly returned to her parents unscathed.</p>

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Prince Charles rejects handshake from WW2 veteran

<p><span>Prince Charles respectfully rejected a handshake from a World War II veteran at a VJ Day 75 event.</span><br /><br /><span>The Prince of Wales, 71, and his wife Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall both attended a ceremony to commemorate all personnel who died during the war.</span><br /><br /><span>The event was held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles and Camilla had approached a group of veterans when one shakily stood from his seat to salute Prince Charles.</span><br /><br /><span>He then extended his hand to the heir for a hearty shake.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837383/prince-charles-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/78b0e13e7bd7467f82ca7891e97966ae" /><br /><br /><span>However the royal did not take the extended invitation while briskly walking to the ceremony at the time and only said just a few words to the veteran.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Charles chatted to the veteran following the ceremony during which he chose to use a “namaste” gesture with the man.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles laid down a wreath at the Burma Railway Memorial near Mornington Crescent train station in Camden High Street in London as part of the ceremony.</span><br /><br /><span>Thousands of British civilian and military prisoners of war died of disease, starvation and maltreatment while they built the Burma Railway during the war.</span><br /><br /><span>The Burma Railway in its entirety is a 415-kilometre railway that runs between Ban Pong, Thailand, and Thanbyuzayat, Burma.</span><br /><br /><span>It was built by the Empire of Japan from 1940–1944 to supply troops and weapons in the Burma campaign of World War II.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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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/CD6lvq8AS8E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Clarence House (@clarencehouse)</a> on Aug 15, 2020 at 8:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The memorial to the deadly railway was unveiled on 21 September 2012.</span><br /><br /><span>The royal family began finding alternate ways to greet people during official appearances in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Among these royal members is Prince Charles who was diagnosed with the COVID-19 in March.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles, for the most part, chooses to greet people with a namaste gesture - both hands together in a prayer position and a small bow.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Charles also led the UK in two minutes of silence to "remember the courage" of Commonwealth forces who fought during the war.</span><br /><br /><span>He told the veterans that the UK would never forget the sacrifice they and their friends made, saying they are "respected and cherished".</span><br /><br /><span>“All too often those who fought in the Far East have been labelled the forgotten army in the forgotten war," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Many of the soldiers, nurses and other personnel felt angered and disappointed at how they were treated when they finally returned from a war which, from the public's point of view, had ended on May 8, 1945.</span><br /><br /><span>"Today, in this hallowed place, and in the presence of all those gathered here or in their homes, or wherever they may be, let us affirm that they and the surviving veterans are not forgotten."</span><br /><br /><span>He finished up his speech by saying: "Rather you are respected, thanked and cherished with all our hearts and for all time.</span><br /><br /><span>"We salute all those who remain among us and offer our most heartfelt and undying gratitude for those who have gone before.</span><br /><br /><span>"Your service and your sacrifice, will echo through the ages."</span><br /><br /><span>He also honoured his father, Prince Philip, who witnessed the signing of Japan's surrender during the war when he was second-in-command on HMS Whelp docked in Tokyo Bay.</span></p>

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Tributes pour in for Donald Trump's younger brother Robert

<p>Political colleagues and rivals have offered their condolences to President Donald Trump following the death of his youngest brother and “best friend” Robert. </p> <p>“It is with (a) heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,”  Trump said in a statement.</p> <p>“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever.</p> <p>“Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”</p> <p>Trump’s opponent in the upcoming election Joe Biden extended his sympathies from him and his wife. </p> <p>“I hope you know that our prayers are with you all.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one — and I know how important family is in moments like these. I hope you know that our prayers are with you all.</p> — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1294978495383310336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, also offered her condolences.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy but know that we are thinking of you. <a href="https://t.co/j9cVKi8b5A">https://t.co/j9cVKi8b5A</a></p> — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) <a href="https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1294990099906797568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>And Trump’s Vice President, Mike Pence, also shared a few kind words.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Karen and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Robert Trump and we send our heartfelt sympathies to President <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realDonaldTrump</a> and the entire Trump Family. We pray their family and friends will be comforted during this difficult time. God bless the memory of Robert Trump.</p> — Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mike_Pence/status/1294994662646853632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>A cause of death has not yet been revealed, but according to<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>, Robert, who took blood thinners, had been suffering from brain bleeds since a recent fall.</p> <p>He was reportedly “very ill” when he was admitted into hospital.</p> <p>The 71-year-old was a senior executive at the Trump Organisation.</p> <p>He was paid a visit by the president when he returned to hospital on Friday, at New York-Presbyterian in Manhattan, after spending a week in intensive care in June.</p> <p>Donald Trump had paid tribute to Robert at the White House a day earlier, saying: “I have a wonderful brother. We’ve had a great relationship for a long time, from Day 1, a long time ago.”</p> <p>Mr Trump’s children also paid tribute to their uncle.</p> <p>“Robert Trump was an incredible man – strong, kind and loyal to the core,” said Eric Trump.</p> <p>“He will be deeply missed by our entire family.”</p> <p>Ivanka Trump said: “Uncle Robert, we love you. You are in our hearts and prayers, always.”</p> <p>While he was a low-key member of the Trump real estate empire, Robert Trump held senior positions in the family real estate and hotel business and was in charge of its operations in Atlantic City.</p>

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Panic buying returns to NZ after four new mystery COVID cases declared

<p>Panic buying seems to have started back up again in Auckland as New Zealand’s largest city prepares to re-enter a quick stage three lockdown.</p> <p>Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the country’s first coronavirus cases in over 100 days, saying the nation is prepared to fight the outbreak.</p> <p>As she spoke in depth about the four cases throughout the city, photos were shared online showing the long queues coming out of Auckland supermarkets with people stocking up for the next few days.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">There are already long lines at Auckland supermarkets.<br /><br />The below images are from inside the Grey Lynn countdown, lines outside Mt Eden Countdown, and about 200 people wrap around the Countdown building on Quay Street.<br /><br />More Covid-19 updates here: <a href="https://t.co/jR6f6LmJCW">https://t.co/jR6f6LmJCW</a> <a href="https://t.co/Bi0xrJ6ZsR">pic.twitter.com/Bi0xrJ6ZsR</a></p> — RNZ (@radionz) <a href="https://twitter.com/radionz/status/1293135683603664896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>One disturbing video shows people apparently ripping open the doors of a Countdown supermarket when security attempted to control the number of people rushing in.</p> <p>"That woman is saying she needs food for her kid. This ain't it Auckland," TVNZ's Matt Manukia wrote alongside the footage he posted on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">NZ right now...<br />Online shopping reportedly down.<br />These are apparently queues of cars racing to the supermarket. <a href="https://t.co/wj2OqGU4zU">https://t.co/wj2OqGU4zU</a></p> — Ruth Wynn-Williams (@RuthWW) <a href="https://twitter.com/RuthWW/status/1293128696383987712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Ardern made her announcement just before 9:30 pm local time. </p> <p>Auckland’s lockdown will begin from midday on Wednesday, with residents required to remain at home unless they need to visit a supermarket or exercise locally.</p> <p>Social distancing rules will also be strictly required, while employees will need to work from home unless it is not possible.</p> <p>Businesses are allowed to stay open but are not allowed to physically interact with customers at all.</p> <p>Public venues such as libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, playgrounds and markets will all close once the lockdown begins.</p> <p>Weddings, funerals and tangihanga - a traditional Maori funeral ceremony - can only be held with groups of up to 10 people who are physically distanced.</p>

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Scientists issue warning after Russia approves world first COVID vaccine

<p>Russia on Tuesday became the first country to approve a coronavirus vaccine, a move that was met with international skepticism because the shots have only been tested on a dozen people.</p> <p>President Vladimir Putin announced the Health Ministry’s approval and said one of his two adult daughters already was inoculated.</p> <p>He said the vaccine has gone through the required tests and proven to provide lasting immunity to the coronavirus, despite Russian authorities offering zero proof to back those claims.</p> <p>“I know it has proven efficient and forms a stable immunity,” Putin said. “We must be grateful to those who made that first step very important for our country and the entire world.”</p> <p>However, scientists in Russia and around the world have issued a warning, saying that speeding up the vaccine process before final-stage testing could have implications.</p> <p>Vaccines must go through a Phase 3 trial - which involves tens of thousands of people and can take months - and is the only way to prove if an experimental vaccine is safe and works.</p> <p>To compare, vaccines entering final-stage testing in the US require studies of 30,000 people each.</p> <p>“Fast-tracked approval will not make Russia the leader in the race, it will just expose consumers of the vaccine to unnecessary danger,” said Russia’s Association of Clinical Trials Organisations as they urge the government to postpone the approval process until advanced trials are conducted.</p> <p>While Russian officials have said large-scale production of the vaccine wasn’t scheduled until September, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said vaccination of doctors could start as early as this month.</p> <p>Mass vaccination may begin as early as October.</p> <p>“We expect tens of thousands of volunteers to be vaccinated within the next months,” Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the vaccine, told reporters.</p> <p>The vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institute in Moscow with assistance from Russia’s Defense Ministry uses a different virus called adenovirus.</p> <p>It has been modified to contain the genes for the “spike” protein that coats the coronavirus, as a way to prime the body to recognise if a real COVID-19 infection comes along.</p> <p>The technology is similar to vaccines being developed by China’s CanSino Biologics and Britain’s Oxford University, but unlike those companies, scientists in Russia have not published any scientific information about how the vaccine has performed.</p>

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Trump evacuated from White House briefing room after shots fired

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>US President Donald Trump was quickly evacuated from the White House briefing room by security after shots were fired outside the building. </p> <p>Trump confirmed a shooting after returning to the briefing room.</p> <p>"There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control. I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work," Trump said when he returned.</p> <p>Trump had been midsentence during the first attempt at a briefing when security came into the room and asked him to leave.</p> <p>"Excuse me?" Trump asked when the security approached.</p> <p>"Step outside," the agent said.</p> <p>"Oh," Trump said before departing the room.</p> <p>When Trump returned to the briefing room, he said he has been taken to the Oval Office when he was evacuated.</p> <p>"I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They're fantastic people. They're the best of the best. They're highly trained," Trump told reporters when he returned. "They just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was clear outside."</p> <p>The Secret Service confirmed on <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/SecretService?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Twitter</a> that an investigation of the shooting is "ongoing" but "at no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger".</p> <p>A senior administration official said that there was an active shooter near the White House and that the shooter is in custody. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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Simon Cowell recovering after breaking his back

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><em>America's Got Talent </em>judge Simon Cowell is recovering after undergoing back surgery after an electric bike accident.</p> <p>“He broke his back in a few places,” a spokesperson for Cowell said in a statement to Deadline. “They operated overnight, the surgery went well, and he is in the hospital recovering.”</p> <p>According to sources quoted by <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/tv/simon-cowell-recovering-after-5-hour-back-surgery/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">People</a>, the surgery lasted five hours, and the <em>America’s Got Talent</em> judge “has had to have a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back.”</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/BJk_yXtBFxX/?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/BJk_yXtBFxX/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @simoncowell</a> on Aug 26, 2016 at 9:08am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The TV personality is reportedly doing fine.</p> <p>“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” a spokesperson for the <em>AGT</em> and <em>The X-Factor</em> creator said.</p> <p>“He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Lebanon's entire government resigns after Beirut explosion

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has announced that his entire Government's resignation after the deadly explosion in Beirut that killed more than 150 people.</p> <p>In a fiery speech, Mr Diab slammed Lebanon’s ruling elite for allowing “an apparatus of corruption bigger than the state”, and compared the explosion to an “earthquake that rocked the country”.</p> <p>“We have fought valiantly and with dignity,” he said, referring to his cabinet.</p> <p>“Between us and change is big powerful barrier.</p> <p>“We have decided to stand with the people.”</p> <p>The entire resignation of the government comes after three cabinet ministers and seven members of parliament quit.</p> <p>The country's health ministry confirmed that at least 160 people were killed, with 6,000 wounded and around 20 people remaining missing.</p> <p>Lebanese protestors are asking how a massive amount of ammonium nitrate was left unsecured at the port for years, with the country's top officials have promised a thorough investigation.</p> <p>Protestors were also furious about security forces using tear gas against victims of the blast instead of helping them clean their homes and find a safe place to stay.</p> <p>“We need an international investigation and trial to tell us who killed our friends and all the other victims, because they might try to conceal the truth,” said Michelle.</p> <p>However, the country's top officials have stopped short of agreeing to an independent prove led by foreign experts, which is a demand of the protestors. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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“I have seen hell today”: Sydney man reports from inside Beirut blast

<p>Scott Morrison has confirmed that one Australian is one of dozens who have died and thousands who have been injured in an explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.</p> <p>The area has now been declared a “disaster zone” and as of Wednesday morning, Lebanon’s health minister says the death toll has reached 78.</p> <p><em>Reuters</em> reports that nearly 4000 people have been seriously injured.</p> <p>While it has not been made clear why exactly the blast in the city’s port occurred, however Lebanon’s PM says a ticking time bomb of 2750 tonnes of fertiliser fertiliser chemical ammonium nitrate was stored on a Beirut dock that fuelled the “nuclear like” explosion.</p> <p>Lebanese officials report that the explosive chemicals had been stored there for six years without adequate safeguards.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837196/beirut-lebanon-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1b06e264557144fcb2b342d155e9f7f3" /></p> <p>“It’s my deep regret to inform you that one Australian has been killed in this horrific blast, we obviously can’t confirm details of that at this stage because there’s contacts with families and others,” Mr Morrison said.</p> <p>“But our hearts go out to all of those in Lebanon and in Beirut in particular at the moment, you can see from the images of the blasts that it’s just absolutely devastating.”</p> <p>There are 20,000 Australians in Lebanon at any one time, but that number may have significantly decreased because of the COVID pandemic.</p> <p>The Australian Embassy in Beirut is a short distance from the blast and was damaged, but no staff were seriously injured.</p> <p>A Sydney man and his 28-year-old daughter were rescued from the explosion when they ran from a café near the port that they were drinking coffee in when they heard the first blast.</p> <p>“We ran outside to see what was happening. I said to my daughter and friends ‘duck’. I heard something like an aeroplane I thought there was going to be an attack,” he told reporters.</p> <p>“I saw this big white wave come towards us. The explosion was deafening. Then we heard the buildings collapsing one after another. The noise was deafening.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837197/beirut-lebanon.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8b6ab6461c5b4484997ca8f8cf8c24da" /></p> <p>“The explosion came from the other side of the cafe. The chairs where we were sitting were gone. The tables were gone everything inside was just gone.</p> <p>“I have seen hell today. People are walking the streets like zombies.</p> <p>“We are now driving around giving out water and taking pallets of water and medication to the hospitals. They don’t have enough supplies for their staff.”</p> <p>Reports say the explosion shattered window up to one kilometre away from the blast site.  </p> <p>The eruption was so loud, it could be heard as far away as Cyprus, 200km away in the Mediterranean Sea.</p>

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Beirut bride’s wedding video captures horrific explosion

<p>The happy couple were meant to be celebrating their marriage.</p> <p>Dr Israel Seblani and Ahmad Sbeih were posing for their wedding photos on Tuesday on the streets of Beirut.</p> <p>Starting off as a perfectly normal day, Dr Seblani posed in a beautiful, white wedding gown in the city’s Saifi Village.</p> <p>Then all of a sudden, there was a eardrum-shattering noise that came from behind her.</p> <p>The horrifying sound was the massive explosion which rocked the Lebanese capital, leaving at least 135 dead and 5000 injured.</p> <p>The couple’s wedding photographer, Mahmoud Nakib, captured the moment it all went down.</p> <p>"We were filming an outdoor photo session … then we heard an explosion," Mr Nakib said.</p> <p>"That was the first explosion, we thought that is was far away, we continued filming normally."</p> <p>But that soon changed.</p> <p>"In just one second, the sky turned black and we heard the second explosion," Mr Nakib said.</p> <p>As the explosion took place, an intense gust of wind tore through the square, as captured in the video.</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDiRFZ6p8dh/?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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDiRFZ6p8dh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">خوده زندگي لحظه اي كه فكر ميكني همه چيز داره عالي پيش ميره ... اين واقعيته در لحظه زندگي كنيم و در هر ثانيه اش قدر داشته هامون رو بدونيم ... . #بيروت #بيروت_لبنان #انفجار #انفجار_بيروت #لبنان #زندگی #عشق #lebanon #lebnen #beirut #تسليت 🤍</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/heliaemami/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Helia Emami</a> (@heliaemami) on Aug 5, 2020 at 10:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"The area I was in, within matter of seconds, it went from beautiful place to ghost town filled with dust, shattered glass and people yelling [and] bleeding," Dr Seblani said.</p> <p>"It was like a nightmare scene."</p> <p>The shockwave pushed Mr Nakib down the street, he said, nearly knocking him over.</p> <p>But his camera kept rolling, documenting the chaotic scenes taking place around him.</p> <p>Dr Seblani, Mr Nakib and the rest of the wedding party headed inside as the blast echoed through the streets of Beirut.</p> <p>Everyone in the wedding party is doing OK, and no one was hospitalised.</p> <p>"I thought first of my wife and my daughter," Mr Nakib said thought as he ran for cover.</p> <p>"I called her to let her know that I'm fine and do not go out.</p> <p>"And I went live at Facebook to let people know what happened."</p> <p>The explosion in Beirut wiped out entire city streets and left hundreds of thousands without homes.</p> <p>It has been linked to a warehouse storing thousands of tons of an unsecured and volatile chemical compound.</p>

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