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Title: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on July 16, 2016, 12:35:30 am
This thread is just as an attempt on my part to try and consolidate world news with all of the disparate and wide-ranging horror that are going on.  We'll see how it goes but for now, please post anything of world news information that is NOT:  US news, UK news, or verified ISIS news.  Let's see how it goes.  (I'll look into perhaps merging some threads after some review - not now) Thanks!!!  YM (

Turkish President Seeks Asylum Amidst Military Coup

Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed Friday that a faction of the military launched an attempted coup amidst reports of low-flying jets, tanks, and blocked bridges. The military, for its part, claimed in a statement that the government has been overthrown.

Reports of an unusual military presence began filtering in around 3:45 p.m. The government has since reportedly blocked access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Throughout, the country’s state TV channel blithely broadcasted weather reports, though a photo circulated by a BuzzFeed reporter appears to show soldiers inside the channel’s offices. By 4:30 the channel appeared to be completely offline.


Title: Re: World News
Post by: Miss Hathaway on July 16, 2016, 12:56:50 am
It isn't clear if there is a winner, yet. . . . .

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Akasha 85 on July 16, 2016, 01:02:13 am
twitter is exploding on this one! no pun intended..

Turkey - attempted military coup
France - terror attack
USA - racial unrest
UK - Brexit
These world events are quite #unsettling]

frank corona ‏@fcorona593  9 min.9 minuten geleden Vertaling bekijken
Turkey military coup: tanks open fire near parliament building – live updates

Robert Craig ‏@RC5251  11 min.11 minuten geleden Vertaling bekijken
Standoff Between The Coup Military & Pro Erdogan Civilians? Tense Stuff Unfolding In Turkey. Army Needs The People.

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@KEEMSTAR Some are saying the coup d'etat was repelled and it's over and some are saying a bomb was just dropped on parliament.

Some say it's over, other say it isn't! propaganda vs propaganda, I guess we'll see who's standing when the sun comes up...
It's so chaotic there's lot's of ppl in the street, but are they supporting the coup, erdogan or are they just thrill seekers who wanna watch the riot? nobody knows!
I hope they don't start shooting at the crowds, mass panic can turn very ugly very fast!

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 16, 2016, 05:07:57 am
according to the press they supported Erdogan.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on July 16, 2016, 05:54:41 am
It is impossible, for me anyway, to make heads or tails out of this 'coup'.   Who are the good/bad guys in this?  I have heard so much conflicting points of view that nobody seems to know diddly except that, on the surface, it makes the gov look like a theocracy and the coup people wanting a democracy but that ain't necessarily so.  What a mess!!!

Any Turkey experts here?

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 16, 2016, 01:35:29 pm
it's a shame that the coup didn't succeed. i'll try to explain the situation in Turkey in simple words. before Erdogan Turkey was a friendly country to non-believers. but Erdogan came to power with only half of the country believing in him - the idiots on the streets yesterday. and now - there is religious schools again... guess what's the religion. the women should "shut their mouths" because Erdogan said so. so, he is not good news for Europe.

historically, the caliphate was in the Ottoman empire. the caliph is the highest religious and prestigious title there is in the islamic world. kind of like the Pope for us. the successor of the Ottoman empire is Turkey. Kemal Attaturk (attaturk in turkish means "father of the turks") in attempt to preserve the country created a new identity for the ottomans (who were a mixture of all the nations they had under their rule): he called the real, the original ottomans - turks, and therefore the country: Turkey.

to show that this is a different country, with better views, he overturned the Sultan, and abolished the caliphate, as thus - their supremacy over all islamic states. Since then - Turkey has been a conservative country, but progressively democratic. Now - here comes the problem.

ALL arabic and islamic states have in their name: Islamic state of ... or Islamic arabic state of ..... Only turkey has: Republic of Turkey. With a religiously fanatic Erdogan in power for over a decade now the beautiful secular, democratic country, progressive in more than one ways, is becoming islamic state again. (he changed the institution of presidency into a dictatorship and as you can hear him today: everyone who participated in the riot will be punished for treason ... treason to whom? to the country or to his maniacal highness the president).  

So, ISIS terrorists are in a fight to restore their dream of a caliphate, but Turkey - which is going down the islamization route, is a thread to the free world. mark my words - soon his mania for grandour will get him to restore the "caliphat" in Turkey. That's why they are against the ISIS. because ISIS claims to have established something which Erdogan is claiming as his own.

in one word - it is a bad thing that he stays. last time there was a coup - the army demanded to abolish religious schools (and we all know what that means ... brainwashing, 70 virgins in heaven, kill the non-believers, women are worthless objects ... ). Then Erdogan came, changed the constitution to gain more power and returned islamic brainwashing back to school  :bat: :bat: :angry:

And now we can only dream of another coup, because next time the elections will be doctored.
....and the stupid idiots on the streets yesterday. already brainwashed. they are the ones who stopped the riot... to help their populist dictator, secretly practicing in front of the mirror to be a caliph ... chosen "fairly" of course..

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on July 16, 2016, 02:26:24 pm
^ :thankyou: That's super helpful.  Having another nutcase doesn't seem helpful these days.   I know that I didn't like reading, this morning, that there were going to be "reprisals" by Erdogan's gov. 

"Latest" (it's very hard to get a real handle on accurate news here in the States - for me anyway)

(CNN)After a night of explosions, gunfire and tanks rolling along the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkey Saturday that an attempted military coup was over and the government was in charge.

Here is what we know so far:

At least 161 people died and another 1,440 people were injured across the country.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said at a press conference Saturday the situation was under control

A total of 2,839 military officers have been detained, a source in the President's office said.
Here is the latest.

Source: (

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Akasha 85 on July 16, 2016, 02:48:00 pm
One of Ataturk's most famous quotes

“He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.”
― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Perhaps Erdogan should reread his history books again! not a fan of him that's for sure! :-X

One thing I found hilarious in this whole coup thing is the irony that the man who banned ppl from grouping into the streets 3y ago and restricted social media had to use facetime to call his ppl out onto the streets to protest the military.
The fact that he did that knowing they could have ended as cannon fodder or a human shield is deplorable and I'm glad it didn't turn into a second How Che Ming square!  bignono

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 16, 2016, 02:56:07 pm
unfortunately they didn't succeed to overthrow the dictator. really unfortunate. the 2300 military will now be killed - one way or another.
Erdogan has had people disappear for years. now not only there is media blackout but he sent text message to all people in the country telling them to show him who is FOR the coup so that he goes and prosecutes them.

...and when it comes to persecution, or a witchhunt:

Turkish authorities have removed 2,745 judges from duty following the coup attempt, broadcaster NTV reported, citing a decision by the High Council of Judges and Prosectors (HSYK).
Five members of HSYK, Turkey’s highest judiciary board, were also removed, state-run Anadolu agency reported.

i think that he'll just keep killing people untill the 50-50 for and against him turn into 70-30 or 90-10

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 16, 2016, 03:25:51 pm
sorry for the double post.
just look at the DM article. the "heroic" defenders of Erdogan were beating to death the soldiers - young men, honorable me who surrendered so that they do not open fire against civilians. and those civilians were throwing stones at them, beating them. there is even one who was taking trophy pictures of one soldier which they killed.

@Yooper - I don't want to be a bearer of bad news but Erdogan's defendants resort to violence pretty easily. Just like Trump's supporters.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on July 22, 2016, 07:00:19 pm (

Many feared dead after shooting spree at Munich shopping center, German news agency reports
Published July 22, 2016

Police in Munich reportedly said they expect "multiple dead" after a shooting spree inside a city shopping center, prompting a massive police response and an intense manhunt for possible suspects.

There were no official reports of injuries at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall but Germany's dpa news agency reported that police are saying "we expect multiple dead."

The report said the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall, shortly before 6 p.m., according to Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann. He was quoted as saying that police didn't know whether they were dealing with one or more shooters.

The mall is located in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city's Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

"Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been alot," an employee at the mall told NTV, according to Reuters. "All the people from outside came streaming into the storeand I only saw one person on the ground who was so severelyinjured that he definitely didn't survive."

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 23, 2016, 01:35:35 pm
there is a video of a german man who is verbally assaulting the young man before he started shooting.
also the DM says that this kid was mobbed and bullied for 5 years in high school. no wonder he became a loner and so hateful of the germans.
if you treat people like dogs, they will end up defending themselves not in a pleasant way. sorry, but this is all on them.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: leogirl on July 24, 2016, 03:55:49 am
A lot of people are bullied and/or mistreated... still no excuse to shoot anyone.  :thumbsdown:

Bullies have been around forever, but only in recent times have there been these shootings. I think young people aren't taught coping skills anymore?

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on July 24, 2016, 04:08:00 am
Bullies used to be put in their place by teachers and punished by parents. It's not like that anymore. It's almost pathological.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: leogirl on July 24, 2016, 04:58:13 am
Well, teachers aren't allowed to punish students anymore. A lot of preschools either don't allow timeouts or send kids to the library when they're naughty. And parents punishing their children is "child abuse." No spanking. No sending kid to bed without supper (even though they've had plenty to eat that day so they're not starving... they just don't want to eat what their parents made for dinner).

But there used to be fights after school, in some ways much more violent but still no shootings. Teachers used to discourage tattling but now everything is "bullying" and kids are encouraged to rat each other out.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Ariel on July 24, 2016, 08:20:30 am
it's in the culture of the arabian muslims to shoot someone they don't like (their stupid sharia law). same with some african countries but they don't have Turkey to transport them to the borders of Europe.

for all of this I blame Merkel. it's not just about accepting them. the governments also need to set the record straight. instead of giving whoever claims they needassilumn free money, the govs should get them to work, get them to comprehend that in Europe we have distinction between natives vs non-natives and non-natives, unless they study in our universities and unless the non-natives are extra docile and humble, and working their way through life, - they will not be accepted.

someone - and I mean -the governments should be teaching them resilience. and they should be making them check in with government officials once a week, and to go to therapy groups for adjustment to the new reality.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on August 02, 2016, 10:12:30 pm
Teaching them anything is basically babysitting them. I dislike how we're supposed to civilize these loonies.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on October 24, 2016, 05:21:33 pm (

BRUSSELS—European counterterrorism officials have been warning for weeks about the risk of an influx of foreign fighters following the campaign to recapture Mosul, but Turkish officials said their military advance into Syria has cut off the easiest route to Europe.

Counterterrorism officials said Monday they remain watchful and it is too soon to tell exactly what the impact of Iraq’s Mosul offensive will be. But U.S. and European officials said they have not changed their assessment that as Islamic State loses territory, young men who traveled from Europe to fight with the group will seek to return.

“The Mosul attack may inspire radical people to act or eventually return more fighters to Europe,” said a U.S. official.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on November 26, 2016, 02:25:10 pm (

Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday. He was 90.

In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006 when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. Raúl Castro, who had fought alongside Fidel Castro from the earliest days of the insurrection and remained minister of defense and his brother’s closest confidant, has ruled Cuba since then, although he has told the Cuban people he intends to resign in 2018.

Fidel Castro had held on to power longer than any other living national leader except Queen Elizabeth II. He became a towering international figure whose importance in the 20th century far exceeded what might have been expected from the head of state of a Caribbean island nation of 11 million people.

Cuba declares 9 days of mourning for Fidel Castro.

This is quite the ending of an era.  I wonder what the future of Cuba will be after his brother steps down (as he's said he will do) in 2018.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Sophie on November 26, 2016, 02:41:37 pm
And as the US inaugurates a new president.  Trump has said he will cut diplomatic ties.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on November 27, 2016, 07:19:45 pm
Trudeau steps in it: (


Justin Trudeau Criticized for Praising Fidel Castro as ‘Remarkable Leader’

“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante,’” Mr. Trudeau continued. He added that Mr. Castro was “a legendary revolutionary and orator” whose death had brought him “deep sorrow.”

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away,” Mr. Trudeau said. (His father, Pierre Trudeau, served as prime minister for over 15 years.) “It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.”

Justin Trudeau’s affectionate comments were a radical departure from American reactions to Mr. Castro’s death — the White House diplomatically said it hoped for warmer relations with Cuba, while President-elect Donald J. Trump gleefully posted on Twitter, “Fidel Castro is dead!” — and his statement was quickly condemned by political observers in both the United States and Canada.

From Twitter, and my fave:

"While a controversial figure, John Wilkes Boothe will be remembered as a lover of the theatre" #trudeaueulogies

Five Worst Responses to Castro's Death: (

Title: Re: World News
Post by: cate1949 on November 27, 2016, 10:22:21 pm
Trudeau is an idiot - a cute idiot - but still an idiot

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Vesper on November 27, 2016, 10:43:48 pm
He's not even that cute, Cate.   :tehe:

Title: Re: World News
Post by: leogirl on November 27, 2016, 11:23:58 pm
So they're finally admitting he's dead. Some people suspect that he died up to 10 years ago.  :June:  :spy:

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on November 30, 2016, 05:38:22 pm (

2016 World Chess Championships are heading into OT with a chance for ‘Armageddon’
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen aims to fend off a challenge from Russian Sergey Karjakin
by Roey Hadar  Nov 30, 2016, 9:00am EST

Defending World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin will play a set of tiebreaker games in New York on Wednesday to determine the winner of this year’s World Chess Championship. Carlsen and Karjakin came to a 6-6 draw on Monday after playing 12 games over an 18-day span.

Carlsen, the Norwegian defending champion and No. 1 seed, entered the championship as a heavy favorite, but Karjakin, the relatively unheralded No. 9 seed, has proven a worthy adversary. Karjakin even won one match despite playing on the black pieces, a situation generally regarded as disadvantageous.

The two players reached a draw in 10-of-12 matches, with each one winning only once. Now that they have played all of the allotted regulation games, the two will play games of rapid chess, also known as speed chess, to determine the winner.

Since championship chess plays with a clock, instead of giving the players almost three hours of time to use for their moves as in regulation, they will play four games with only 25 minutes of time each. The clock gains varying increments of time for every move the player makes, but if the player runs out of time, he loses.

If you want to watch the game live and don't mind spending $7USD to do so: (

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 15, 2016, 10:29:08 pm (

It took twelve jurors less than two hours to decide the fate of Dylann Roof, the avowed white supremacist who killed nine parishioners in a Charleston church in 2015. On Thursday, after an emotional seven-day federal trial, Roof was found guilty of all 33 charges of murder, attempted murder and federal *despise* crimes.

Roof faces either the death penalty or life imprisonment for his crimes.

Roof will be defending himself in the penalty phase in January.  If the court ruling is death, Roof can choose between lethal injection or electrocution in the State of South Carolina. 

Title: Re: World News
Post by: marion on November 19, 2017, 07:08:21 pm
Europe's a very unsettled place at the moment what with rioting in France and Merkel possibly facing a snap General Election.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on November 29, 2017, 04:55:13 pm
Bosnian war chief DIES after drinking bottle of POISON and yelling 'I'm not a war criminal' after his 20-year prison sentence for campaign against Muslims is upheld at The Hague

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War criminal dies after drinking poison as 20-year sentence upheld in court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A former Bosnian Croat military chief has died after swallowing what he said was poison seconds after a United Nations judge confirmed his 20-year sentence for involvement in crimes during the Bosnian war of the 1990s.

In a stunning end to the final case at the U.N.'s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Slobodan Praljak tilted back his head and took a gulp from a flask or glass as the judge read out the verdict.

"I just drank poison," he said. "I am not a war criminal. I oppose this conviction."

Title: Re: World News
Post by: marion on November 29, 2017, 06:06:53 pm
Good riddance to a hateful tyrant

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on November 29, 2017, 08:54:22 pm
North Korea Claims New Missile Makes It A Nuclear Power

You know, the world just got more dangerous.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on December 05, 2017, 10:08:17 pm
Man with Swedish Academy ties accused of sexual assault

18 women accuse a central figure in the Swedish cultural sphere of sexual assault and harassment. He is artistic director of a literary club in central Stockholm, and has close ties to the Swedish Academy, which every year choses the laureate for the Nobel Prize in literature.

Several of the described incidents have happened in flats belonging to the Swedish Academy.

The Nobel foundation’s executive director Lars Heikenstein also says that the artistic director will not be attending this year's Nobel Prize banquet after the allegations.

On Thursday the Swedish Academy decided to cut all ties to the artistic director, and revealed that relatives of their members had also been subjected to ”undesired intimacy and improper treatment” by im.


Many threats from people to boycott the Nobel's this year or even cancel altogether.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on December 06, 2017, 03:25:31 am
IS it just me or is the entire world unraveling?

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 06, 2017, 03:34:48 am
^Nah.  We just know more things now in a faster and larger sense.  The world has always been a place of turmoil and beauty.   But, then, I am an eternally hopeful person.  I have great faith in people's basic humanity in the end.  All I have to do is look at how we come together in a crisis.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on December 06, 2017, 03:39:22 am
We truly do live in changing times; I am shocked at all the developments and at how the world has shifted so drastically.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 06, 2017, 07:27:55 pm (

Los Angeles threatened as wildfires spread, forcing thousands to evacuate

The hills north of Los Angeles were burning Wednesday as the wildfires that have already devoured a large swath of Ventura County were now threatening the nation's second-largest city.

With several multimillion-dollar mansions in the tony Bel-Air neighborhood already ablaze and flames threatening the Getty Center arts complex and its priceless collection, officials closed down part of Interstate 405 — a key north-south artery. All the while, firefighters rushed to contain the blaze.

Santa Anas are kicking up again tonight.  Thought this had died down a bit.

For those w/FB, a closeup of what these fires are like on the ground. (

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Akasha 85 on December 06, 2017, 10:10:03 pm
If I were a devout believer i'd say looks pretty apocalyptic! 'and He rained fire and brimstone down on earth ' sorta stuff! :-

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 06, 2017, 10:59:21 pm
^Having been through the Oct 2003 (or 04?), yes, it is a “no atheists in foxholes” experience.  Plus, you can’t breathe very well.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Little light on December 07, 2017, 12:42:38 am
What happened at that date YM please?

Was it significant?


Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 07, 2017, 12:52:00 am
^There were 12+ fires in San Diego that made it to within a few miles of the beach.  The Cedar Fires. Just devastating.  I was in an area called La Jolla which is a beach community and there were evacs, everyone wore masks and my home was completely covered inside with an inch of ash.  That was if you were lucky. (

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Akasha 85 on December 07, 2017, 01:41:11 am
You never told me about that!  :-
Was your mum already living with you there at that time?
It must have been hard to evac with an 80+ yo lady!
Well at least afterwards you didn't have to clean out the whole villa like the one around the corner (was it Cambell or Shiffers place, can't remember? :dontknow:)
Your cottage must have taken what; a day or so to get ash free?
I image that place took more then a week to get spik an span for Mrs campbell and her 12 bedrooms!  :tehe:

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 07, 2017, 02:05:44 am
^No!  I was alone then.  My husband hadn’t fulfilled full requirements to leave his job so I was on my own until March 2004.  I was scared to death and had just started my appointment at Salk in September.  It was a huge huge mess.  I remember the ceiling fans had to be thrown out.  And we were given one hour’s notice by loud speakers to get supplies before driving was banned. 

I evacuated for only one day to a shelter so was lucky. At least my house was still standing.  Unlike so many others. 

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Little light on December 07, 2017, 01:12:36 pm
I didn’t know that YM.

I’m so glad you’re safe and your home not destroyed. Even if it is a mess inside.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 07, 2017, 01:18:36 pm
^Thank you, LL!  It was no fun.  That Cedar Fire stands as the largest in CA history.  Maybe that's unfortunately changed now.

My heart just aches for those in the one now especially the firefighters and animals who seem to take the worst hits. (

The relentless wind-whipped wildfires ravaging Southern California are expected to worsen Thursday, as dangerous winds are forecast to fan the flames in different directions and force new evacuations around the second-largest city in the U.S.

Winds on Thursday topped 50 mph already in the greater Los Angeles area, keeping residents across the region wary as more than 200,000 people have been forced from their homes and nearly 200 homes and buildings have been destroyed since the fires broke out late Sunday.

“We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), told the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on December 07, 2017, 10:09:10 pm
^ You were very lucky!

Hope you're all safe from the current fires in LA, saw it on the news. Just wow!

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 17, 2017, 02:30:05 pm
^Thank you!  So many I know are affected but San Diego still spared the brutal brunt of it.  Air quality is abysmal, though. 

And it's still rockin and reelin in LA County/Santa Barbara: (

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) -- Firefighters trying to prevent one of the biggest fires in California's history from consuming homes in Santa Barbara and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito were hoping less powerful winds would help them after they managed to stop it from burning thousands of residences.

After winds roared at around 30 mph (48 kph), with gusts to about 60 mph (97 kph) on Saturday, they were expected to ease Sunday with gusts of up to 35 mph (56 kph) on Sunday.

But even the lower intensity winds are still extremely dangerous, said fire spokesman Jude Olivas.

The fire that started 12 days ago has burned at least 700 homes and killed a firefighter, but Olivas said firefighters saved thousands of homes from being destroyed on Saturday.

The winds "will go down a little bit, hopefully we can do the same job (Sunday) that we did today," he said.

Earlier Saturday, residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into what one resident called "a ghost town."

There were mandatory evacuations around Montecito and neighboring Summerland came as firefighters sprayed water onto hot spots sparked by wind-blown embers. They also drove to the historic San Ysidro Ranch in yellow firetrucks as heavy smoke rose from the coastal hills, blotting out blue skies.

A portion of Santa Barbara was under mandatory evacuation. At the city's zoo, workers began putting some animals into crates and kennels, to ready them for possible evacuation.

California's Thomas Fire Grows, Triggers New Evacuations

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Title: Re: World News
Post by: Little light on December 17, 2017, 09:03:58 pm
Apparently you can see the smoke form "outer space."

Well from Google Earth anyway. It's millions of square miles. So huge, I cannot even fathom that size of fire.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on December 18, 2017, 12:38:42 am
^Yes, that’s true.  It’s hard to fathom just how enormous California is for that matter.  Terrible thing. 

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on January 15, 2018, 04:10:41 pm
It snowed in one of the hottest places in the world

It's quite a time for weird weather, and it doesn't get much weirder than snow falling in one of the hottest places in the world
On Sunday, Ain Sefra, a desert town in Algeria known as the "Gateway to the Sahara," experienced a substantial amount of snow for reportedly the third time in 40 years. Some reports say parts of the area got nearly 15 inches of snow, but Ain Sefra officially reported less than one inch

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on March 01, 2018, 10:01:13 am
Denmark plans double punishment for ghetto crime

The Danish government plans to double the penalties for crimes committed in deprived "ghetto" areas, where immigrant numbers are above-average.
It is part of a drive to have "no more ghettos by 2030", Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said.
The government lists 22 areas as "ghettos", where more than 50% of residents are non-Western immigrants.
The plan would let local police chiefs impose double punishments for some crimes, such as vandalism or theft.
Justice Minister Soeren Pape Poulsen, who leads the Danish Conservative Party, explained the initiative to Danish DR news.
"If there has been more vandalism, violence, threats and so on, then the local police chief can say that this is now a harsh penalty zone, and the penalty will be doubled when you commit a crime there."
He denied that harsher penalties in one area could simply drive criminals into other areas.
"It has to be safe to live anywhere in Denmark," he stressed.

Danish Government: Double Punishments in 'Ghetto' Areas
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark's center-right government wants to double the punishment for crimes like vandalism and theft committed in areas with larger number of immigrants and higher unemployment, in an attempt to eliminate so-called "parallel societies" by 2030.

In December, the government presented its "ghetto" list, highlighting 22 places where the proportion of immigrants and their descendants is above 50 percent, unemployment is high and there are a high number of penal code convictions, among other things.

The three-party, minority government said Wednesday its already criticized plan would be formally presented Thursday.

No date for a final vote has been set. Denmark's largest party, the opposition Social Democrats, have said they back the plan, as do the anti-immigration and populist Danish People's Party, the country's second-largest party and a government ally

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on May 26, 2018, 07:37:06 pm
Irish PM hails 'momentous day' and vows to overturn abortion ban by the end of the year after two thirds of the country vote to liberalise strict laws in historic referendum

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Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRH Tiana of NOLA on May 26, 2018, 09:52:20 pm
Way to go, Ireland!

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on May 26, 2018, 10:06:41 pm
^ Indeed, very good news!  :thumbsup:
Some of the comments from the people who voted "no", wow :-

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fernanda Nunes on May 27, 2018, 07:02:30 pm
I am against abortion, fetus is a life, if you verify the suffering that causes a child in the mother's belly to be killed, it is immense, and unnecessary. It is better to have the child and if you can not care, there are many people, like me, capable of adopting and giving their lives for a child they call "son / daughter" :hug:
My God, pray for Brazil. We are getting like Venezuela, and maybe you do not know, but we do not have gasoline, airports are closed for not having diesel, supermarkets do not have food for sale and what they have is very cost.  Animals on farms  are starving or becoming cannibals, chickens, pigs and etc.
Just as an example, in my law office I always have new clients calling every week, this month I had none, no one with money. The government here stole a lot, and now the country is in a chaos that no one believes we would get to  :worship:

Title: Re: World News
Post by: leogirl on May 28, 2018, 06:51:14 am

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Little light on June 02, 2018, 10:36:54 pm
Ivanka Trump

No, I'm not talking politics, but since she's involved in politics, this is where this thread belongs.

I'm loving these trousers. So classy compared to those awful jogging or skinny leg jeans. Urgh! I wish they were coming back. (I *despise* seeing fat people, of which I am one, wearing those awful ill fitting trousers, complete with muffin top!

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on June 03, 2018, 01:15:19 am
Ivanka is a pretty good and classy dresser, I like that outfit when I saw it too!
Btw Melania as well in her new role. Very classy and good dresser, the two might share a stylist or have good taste, I don't know, but mostly they knock it out of the park!

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on June 05, 2018, 10:39:53 pm
Gynaecologist who caused a baby to be decapitated during botched birth is cleared to return to work

    Dr Vaishnavy Laxman, 43, should have given the 30-year old patient an emergency Caesarean section as the premature infant was in a breech position
    But she instead attempted to carry out the delivery naturally and tragedy struck
    Child was already dead before he was decapitated during the bungled delivery
    Dr Laxman denied wrongdoing but was found culpable of medical failures

Found guilty of negligence, and yet is allowed to return to work?? Should have her licence revoked and never ever be allowed to work in the medical profession again. What woman will want to see her anyway?

Wild West London: Sixty moped attacks a day, a woman fights for life after mugging and drug crime on the rise as cops hunt for Michael McIntyre gang

    Britain is in the grip of a crime wave as thugs run riot on mopeds and motorbikes
    In central London a moped gang stormed a luxury jewellers on Tuesday
    In Birmingham, thugs burst from stolen BMW and attacked a car with machetes
    Michael McIntyre was subject to a moped gang robbing him of his £15k watch

Just wtf is going on in London?? And Birmingham for that matter :-

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on June 06, 2018, 03:21:31 pm
Wild West London: Astonishing moment masked thieves interrupt Australian TV presenter's Grenfell report to threaten her with a GUN and brazenly steal £15,000 camera seconds after she comes off air

    Masked thieves stole £15,000 camera from Channel Seven in London as they filmed in Islington street
    Reporter Laurel Irving had just finished a live piece on hardest working Royals when the men approached
    She tried to grab camera back and was told thief 'had a gun' but defiantly told him to 'show her the weapon'
    Dramatic footage shows the moment she tried to stop the masked raiders only to realise the full danger
    Police are investigating and pictures and CCTV footage have been given to Metropolitan Police
    It comes as London's crime rate has soared with violent and knife incidents both up by more than 20%
    There are also sixty moped attacks per day in London and the capital has been described 'like the Wild West'
    Have you been a victim of violent street crime or seen an attack? Email

Bat shyte crazy :- :nervous:

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on June 07, 2018, 01:07:32 am
Guatemala volcano: Rescue operations underway amid unrelenting devastation
A catastrophic and deadly volcano eruption in Guatemala is affecting more than a million people. The "Volcan de Fuego," or "volcano of fire," exploded just before noon on Sunday. At least 25 people were confirmed dead as of early Monday morning, and authorities said an undetermined number were still missing, potentially trapped beneath thick ash.

The blast belched thick black smoke over an area extending all the way to the capital, Guatemala City, about 30 miles away. More than 3,000 people have been evacuated, and Guatemala's president called for a state of emergency to be declared on Sunday night.

Rescue operations resumed Monday morning after being suspended overnight due to the dangerous conditions. People living in villages near the volcano didn't have much time or warning to escape the lava flow, reports CBS News correspondent Don Dahler.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: HRHOlya on June 07, 2018, 05:21:53 pm
'Models are getting skinnier these days!' Viral clip of a fashion show in Saudi Arabia that saw clothes 'worn' by DRONES rather than women is mocked on social media

    A fashion show in Saudi Arabia saw models replaced with drones on the runway
    Twitter users were left in hysterics over the bizarre clip shared online yesterday
    Saudi Arabia had its very first fashion week earlier this year


Title: Re: World News
Post by: marion on June 11, 2018, 10:45:31 pm
The Barcelona Agreement
Someone posted this video link on the DT website today.  The video has been produced by the EU and is intended for broadcast to celebrate the Barcelona Agreement. Not many people have probably heard of this agreement but it was an agreement struck by the EU and all of the African continent when the EU decided we needed a whole lot of Africans to shore up Europe's declining birth rate.
Then of course there was the sudden influx Africans to Europe thanks to people smugglers resulted in the idea being shelved, or should we say quietly put it on hold until we'd all forgotten about it.
This is it NB the unified map at the end.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Fly on the wall on July 09, 2018, 03:01:57 pm
Thai cave rescue: eight boys now freed as mission to save others continues – live

As it looks as if the rescue operation is on hold until tomorrow, we’re going to pause the blog for now. We’ll resume blogging if there are any more key developments or press conferences. In the meantime there’s more on Thai cave rescue section including this video update on today’s developments, and there’ll be a new live blog on Tuesday.

Thai cave rescue underway

The aunt of the coach trapped in the cave with the Thai soccer team told CNN her nephew loves the kids on the team, and the mothers trust him to take care of their children.

"Coach Ek, he loves those kids very much. Then kids prefer to go out with him -- wherever their coach invites to go," Thamma Kantawong said. "Children's mothers trust him that he can take care of their child pretty well, because he loves kids very much."

She added, "He is very good person, loves kids, takes care of kids, he is very diligent, volunteer himself to help others. The language he speaks is very polite."

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Miss Hathaway on July 09, 2018, 05:39:34 pm
^ This is one amazing rescue.  Five left to bring out tomorrow.   

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on September 11, 2018, 02:11:26 pm (

World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial live feed, NYC.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: Kuei Fei on September 11, 2018, 09:10:05 pm
You know, I realize that 9-11 did change the US for the better; we no longer view ourselves as immune from the ugliness of the world and we have a deeper and more sincere appreciation of how good we have it in this country. After Afghanistan and Iraq, how the women there suffer, it makes me all the MORE appreciative that I have the ability to wear a miniskirt and clothes without the possibility of being sprayed with spray-paint or flogged or stoned.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: casie on September 12, 2018, 01:12:40 am
Bald eagle lands on 9/11 memorial

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on September 12, 2018, 02:14:24 am
^^Or beheaded.  Any gratitude for living in this country is most welcome.  Agreed.

^That is so cool!  Thanks for sharing.

Title: Re: World News
Post by: casie on September 12, 2018, 02:58:54 am
^My pleasure.  I love eagles.  We have a family of them that live nearby during their nesting season.  I just thought this was so amazing, almost like the eagle knew. 

Title: Re: World News
Post by: YooperModerator on October 03, 2018, 02:05:59 pm
USA only.  Info in case you wonder why you’re getting a weird sound from your phone today.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is conducting a nationwide test of its Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), similar to the ones conducted on radio and television. In fact, radio and TV will start broadcasting similar messages as part of its Emergency Alert System (EAS) at precisely 2:20 p.m. (

Time is eastern time and does not compromise your mobile number.