Kate and Prince William to be guarded by 1,000 police officers on Pakistan royal tour

A HUGE security operation involving 1,000 police will swing into force in Pakistan today as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive on a five-day visit.

They have been sent on the first high-profile royal visit for 13 years to the country which wants to dispel its image as a terrorist haven.

But a royal spokesman described the trip as “the most complex tour undertaken by the Duke and Duchess to date, given the logistical and security considerations”. 

The last senior members of the Royal Family to visit Pakistan were Prince Charles and Camilla in 2006 when, according to diplomats, the country was less safe than now.

In the ensuing years it was engulfed by terrorism, as the Pakistani Taliban took control of parts of the north and extremists carried out assassinations and suicide attacks.

 

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Knife-wielding Islamist threatens walkers in Brussels, yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’

Police in Brussels arrested a man last week who had been threatening to stab random passers-by on the street while repeatedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

On Wednesday morning around 11 am, police in the Brussels-West zone received numerous calls from individuals who said that a man on the street had threatened them with a knife, Het Laatste Nieuws reports.

The man allegedly asked some of the people walking by were Jewish before going on to threaten them with a knife while yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’. 

Once police arrived at the scene and tried to stop the man, he fled on foot. A chase then ensued which involved several police teams.

Eventually, police were able to arrest the man in Jean Dubrucqstraat in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, despite having to order him to drop his knife several times.

 

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Protesters block Brisbane bridge, warning of traffic delays, diversions

Climate change protesters are blocking Brisbane's William Jolly Bridge in both directions, police say.

Activists gathered at the bridge in the city's south this morning as part of a city wide protest.

More than 100 activists stepped out onto the bridge and sat on the road, blocking the traffic in both directions.

Activists chanted and held posters and waved flags as police watched on.
Extinction Rebellion organisers say they plan to remain there until 6pm today.Police are at the scene and diverting traffic. 

 

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Sweden: Sex Crimes Have Tripled Since 2014

The number of Swedes reporting to have been victims of sexual crimes has tripled between 2014 and 2018, according to a report by the Swedish Crime Prevention Council Brå.

The report reveals that in 2018, around six per cent of the Swedish population between the ages of 16 and 84 say they had been victims of sexual offences, a total of around 482,000 people. 

The percentage is a slight decrease from the previous year, which saw 6.4 per cent of Swedes claiming to have been victims of sex crimes. However, it marks a tripling of the 2014 figure, which was just two per cent.

Between 2006 and 2012, the number of reported sex attack victims remained under two per cent, with a low of 1.4 per cent in 2011.

Women had a much higher rate of reported sex attacks with 9.9 per cent — around one in ten — saying they had been a victim in 2018, compared to just 1.6 per cent of men.

 

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Hillary Jumps to Third Place on PredictIt as Rumors of 2020 Run Swirl

Speculation builds on rematch with Trump.

Hillary Clinton has jumped to third place behind Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden on PredictIt as rumors of her entering the race for a 2020 presidential run continue to build.

Clinton is enjoying a bounce due to heightened speculation that she will run again as well as scandals surrounding Biden’s profiteering in Ukraine and claims Warren lied about being fired from a teaching job for being “visibly pregnant.”

The odds of Hillary becoming the 2020 Democratic nominee amongst a poor field of candidates are also at their highest in months.

President Trump appears to be warm to the idea of going head to head with Clinton again, tweeting, “I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren.”

 

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Trump Wins Emergency Stay Of Tax Returns Release Ruling As Appeal Begins

Things are moving extremely fast for the US judicial system.

President Trump has won a last-minute reprieve in his effort to block a New York subpoena for his tax records, delaying a federal judge’s ruling from taking effect that would have forced his accounting firm to hand the records to the Manhattan district attorney beginning Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York granted the emergency stay.

Well that didn't take long. As expected, President Trump's legal team has, according to Reuters, filed an emergency appeal, sending the decision, we suspect, down the path towards a final showdown at the Supreme Court.

 

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Boris Johnson preparing to ‘squat’ as Prime Minster to ensure Brexit

Boris Johnson preparing to ‘squat’ as Prime Minster to ensure Brexit

Boris Johnson is preparing to “squat” as Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street — even if fellow members of parliament stage a successful vote of no confidence in his government — in order to ensure Brexit is accomplished by Oct. 31, according to the Sunday Times of London.

The gambit essentially challenges the queen to fire him, a move that has not been employed by a British monarch since William IV fired Lord Melbourne in 1834.

Like his predecessor, Theresa May, Johnson has struggled to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union in a way that is acceptable to his fellow legislators and to EU leaders in Brussels.

Johnson’s plan to pressure the EU with threats of an exit with no deal were scuttled by rogue members of his own conservative party last month.

 

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European Union Could Bypass Johnson to Delay Brexit

EU sources have said that they are willing to take any request for a Brexit delay — even if it does not come from Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Johnson sent European leaders his ‘”take it or leave it” final Brexit deal offer. The Europeans have so far signalled that the new deal, which removes the Irish backstop, is “unacceptable” and “unworkable”.

The Benn Act orders the prime minister to request another extension to Article 50 if an EU-approved deal is not passed by Parliament by October 19th.

The law also stops the government from taking the UK out of the EU in a Clean-Break Brexit.

Mr Johnson has maintained that he will not seek another Brexit delay.

 

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Nationalists win 53% in Austria, Sebastian Kurz to become Chancellor

Wow, so nationalists won back Austria.

That’s fantastic news! OVP won 37% + FPO’s 16%, now they finally get a clear majority of 53%

Exit polls released following Austria’s parliamentary elections have shown a clear victory for Sebastian Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), strong gains for the Greens, and significant losses for the right-wing populist Freedom Party.

According to Sunday’s exit polls, the ÖVP garnered 37.2 percent of the vote, marking an increase of 5.7 percentage points compared to elections in 2017.

The Social Democrat Party of Austria saw sizable losses, receiving 22.0 of the vote, marking a decrease of 4.9 percentage from 2017. This is the worst the SPÖ has ever fared in a National Council Election.

 

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One Dead and Ten Injured In Sword Attack At Finnish School

At least one person has died and another ten have been injured in Kuopio, eastern Finland after a suspect brought a sword to a local college and began attacking people.

Local police say they were called to the scene at around 12:29 in the afternoon and were able to subdue the suspect after discharging their firearms less than ten minutes later, Finnish broadcaster YLE reports. 

Among the injured are a police officer and the suspect himself who is said to be a native-born Finnish citizen and is also said to have possessed a firearm at the time of the attack.

Hospital Medical Director Heikki Miettinen noted that while the victims suffer from various kinds of cuts, none are in life-threatening condition and are expected to make a full recovery.

So far no motive has been explained in regards to the attack, but the BBC has claimed that the first person to be attacked by the suspect was a teacher at the college.

 

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San Francisco Residents Install Anti-Homeless Boulders on Sidewalk

A group of residents in San Francisco have installed anti-homeless boulders on the sidewalk in a seemingly vein effort to reduce spiraling drug dealing and criminality in their neighborhood.

Neighbors in the Mission Dolores area raised $2000 dollars to fund the two dozen boulders, which are intended to stop homeless people camping out along their block.

“They’ll shoot up and stay overnight,” resident David Smith-Tan told KTVU, adding “A bunch of my neighbors, we all chipped in a few hundred dollars and I guess this is what they came up with.”

Another resident told the San Francisco Chronicle that drug dealing has “definitely gotten worse” in the past two years.

However, upon hearing about the placement of the boulders, artist Danielle Baskin began trying to sell them on Craigslist for free. The ad was later removed by the company.

 

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Hungary Will Remain Part of the European Union, PM Orban Says

BUDAPEST (REUTERS) - Hungary has no plans to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday, adding however that eastern and western members of the bloc must find a compromise over the bloc's future.

Orban, in power for nearly a decade, has often been at loggerheads with Brussels, for example over his refusal to take in migrants under an EU quota scheme and his efforts to tighten control over the media, the judiciary and academic institutions.

His combative stance has prompted speculation that Hungary might at some stage follow Britain's example and leave the EU, though it provides billions of euros worth of funding to its poorer ex-communist member states.

The EU is now seeking to make that generous assistance conditional on upholding the rule of law.

"We are a member of the Union and will remain a member," Orban told a congress of his ruling Fidesz party, which re-elected the 55-year-old premier as its president.

 

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Syrian Army Discovers Cave where White Helmet Terrorists prepared Chemical Weapons

More than a month has passed since the liberation of Khan-Sheikhun from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militants.

The Syrian government initiated the restoration of the town’s infrastructure just after the siege was lifted. Although all the radicals have been destroyed or imprisoned, the traces of their activity are still visible.

First of all, this is a cave city discovered in the vicinity of Khan-Sheikhun. On September 16, the Syrian Arab Army officials arranged a tour for foreign journalists and correspondents to this location.

It turned out that the jihadists alongside the White Helmets ‘activists’ prepared chemical weapons provocation exactly in the cave.

Due to the fierce flashes, the militants fled in a hurry, having no time to cover the traces.

 

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Claim: PM Johnson Will Attempt to Call Brexit General Election This Week

The British government will attempt to effectively dissolve itself for the third time later this week according to reports, as the unprecedented stalemate and ceaseless campaign to prevent Brexit within Westminster continues.

While attempting to deliver the decision of the 2016 Brexit referendum, in which the British people gave the largest democratic mandate in the nation’s history in favour of leaving the European Union, the new Boris Johnson government has discovered it is unable to do so as Britain’s parliament is overwhelmingly in favour of the EU.

Repeated defeats in the house and outside it, and laws passed compelling the Prime Minister to rule out no-deal Brexit have raised the spectre of a shadow government ruling the United Kingdom without actually taking official office. 

In an effort to redress this imbalance which sees a coalition of opposition parties able to defeat the government in every vote, the Prime Minister has already attempted to call a general election twice, both of which have been rejected by the opposition.

According to government sources speaking to British newspaper the Daily Telegraph in the wake of the government’s defeat at the Supreme Court, Mr Johnson will put an election forward to a Parliamentary vote for a third time, probably Thursday this week.

 

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New poll reveals Salvini is Italy’s most trusted politician

According to a new poll, Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini is now the country’s most trusted politician.

The leader of the national populist League party received a 40 percent trust rating in the poll, just edging out Italy’s sitting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who received 39 percent.

The poll also revealed that 48 percent of respondents said that they little to no confidence in the globalist coalition government between Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement, Italy’s Giornale reports. 

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, was trusted by 29 percent of respondents, edging out the Fiver Star Movement’s leader Luigi Di Maio, who was trusted by 28 percent of those who were polled.

Like Matteo Salvini, Meloni has also denounced the new globalist coalition as anti-democratic and has called for new elections.

 

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Germany Seeks to Limit EU Budget Contribution

As negotiations for the future EU budget heat up, Germany has angered some member states by demanding that the money available to Brussels not exceed 1 percent of the bloc's GDP. But Berlin has some allies.

Germany's permanent representative to the EU made an unpopular announcement to his counterparts on Monday in the European Council building.

His country, said top diplomate Michael Clauss, does not want the EU budget to grow beyond 1 percent of gross domestic product in the coming years. 

For some of the diplomats present, it was an alarming signal.

It means that Germany isn't prepared to increases its contributions to the EU over the course of the next multi-year budget, a message that contradicts what Berlin was saying just a year and a half ago.

 

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Former Liberal Premier Slams Trudeau’s Actions as ‘Stupid’

Former Liberal Party Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne has slammed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, claiming his blackface photos have hurt Canada’s international reputation.

The former provincial leader made her remarks during an interview on Friday, stating that Liberals across Canada were now faced with the challenge of weighing their beliefs against what she labelled the “stupid” actions of Trudeau, broadcaster CP24 reports.

“It was a really bad decision that he did these things, a kind of stupid decision really to have done then. He should have known better and he’s said that,” Ms Wynne said, and added that she and others do not believe Trudeau to be a racist but added, “They believe he did a stupid thing.”

Wynne has been a long-time ally of Trudeau and even helped him on the campaign trail during the 2015 election before her landslide defeat to current Conservative Interior Premier Doug Ford in June of last year.

“I’m annoyed. I’m a Liberal and I’m not happy with this. I’m not happy that he did this. I’m not happy that it wasn’t known before,” she said.

 

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Swedish Teen ‘Hassan’ Suspected of 221 Crimes in Four Years

A Swedish 19-year-old is suspected of being involved in 221 crimes over a four-year period, with his criminal career starting at the age of just 12.

Identified in local media reports as Hassan, the criminal male is currently in prison serving a two-year sentence for robbery, among other charges and participated in an interview to speak about his experiences growing up in the Stockholm criminal scene, Swedish broadcaster SVT reports. 

According to the teen, he started stealing bicycles at nine or ten years old but then noted: “Over the years, it has escalated. But I was placed in a youth home, or SiS home [a home for youths showing criminal behaviour], where I met other criminals.

Then they became my role models and I wanted to be like them.”

At age 12, Hassan’s mother reported to social services that she suspected he may be part of a criminal gang. 

 

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Italy's Matteo Renzi to form new party after exiting Democratic Party

The former prime minister of Italy has parted ways with the Democratic Party, saying it lacked vision for the future.

His decision could destabilize a coalition government between PD and the populist 5-Star Movement.

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday announced his decision to leave the center-left Democratic Party (PD) to form his own centrist-leaning party in a move that could destabilize Rome's new government. 

"After seven years of friendly fire I think we must take note that our values, our ideas, our dreams, cannot every day be the object of internal quarrels," Renzi said in a Facebook post.

But Renzi said he plans to "build together with others a new house to do politics differently" just two weeks after PD joined forces with their political foes, the populist Five Star Movement (M5S).

 

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Boris Could Agree Reheated Version of May’s Deal, Showdown with ‘Spartans’ Looms

Mounting that evidence that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is willing to sign up to Theresa May’s withdrawal treaty with the European Union minus its contentious “backstop” may lead to a showdown with Tory Brexiteers on his backbenches.

The former prime minister’s thrice-rejected Withdrawal Agreement with the EU is not a final deal, but merely secures a so-called “transition” period of around two years — able to be extended — in which the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in name but retains all aspects of full membership, minus representation in EU institutions. 

This period is supposed to be used to negotiate a final relationship, with an indefinite “backstop” incorporating the British province of Northern Ireland into the EU’s Customs Union and Single Market and mainland Great Britain into an EU-controlled “single customs territory” if this cannot be achieved.

  

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