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Drug addict or homeless guy with a kid? Pranked New Yorkers prefer the former

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A prankster has carried out a social experiment in New York to find out who would be granted more charity - a homeless single father or a drug user - and received a truly surprising result.

In a hidden cam video, prankster Coby Persin dressed up as a homeless guy and pretended to be begging. He first displayed a sign, reading: "Homeless need money for drugs, weed and alcohol," and managed to raise a decent sum of money across just an hour.

The homeless addict was mainly assisted by young men, who encouraged him by saying "stay high, man, stay high" or "make sure you get a big bottle."

However, things changed when the prankster put up a different sign, reading: "Homeless single father need money for charity" and was joined by a small girl, sitting on the pavement next to him.

He was left without any donations for almost the whole hour as people walked by, completely ignoring the "troubled pair".

Black Magic

17-year-old Indian girl raped twice, the second time after police set her up as 'bait'

Investigations into the rape of 17-year-old Jalna resident reveal that the victim was allegedly raped at a location between two police teams deployed at least three kilometres apart from each other on a highway on July 9 between 8.30 and 9.30 pm.

The 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped twice by two men, the second time after police set her up as "bait" and asked her to meet the accused, in Jalna, about 400 kilometres from Mumbai. Police has identified the accused as Nitin Savle (19) and Sanjay Havare (21) who have been remanded to police custody until July 18.

According to investigating officers, after the victim received a call from Havare at 8 pm on July 9, she was asked to come to Ambad Chowk where she would get her mobile back from the accused, which was stolen from her on July 6, when she was first allegedly raped by the duo.

"Assistant Police Inspector Vinod Ejjapawar of the local crime branch immediately deployed two teams of police officers in civil clothes at Ambad Chowk and at Mantha Chowk near the house of the victim. We already had a list of eight suspects based on the description given by the victim, where we were looking for accused with a clean shave and short hair," said an investigating officer. Police said that the victim left her residence around 8.15 pm on her scooter and was en route to Ambad Chowk.

Officers have attributed the second alleged rape of the 17-year-old victim to "miscommunication".

Comment: Violence against women is epidemic and escalating. Rape is everywhere. From Bill Cosby, to the U.S. military, to French soldiers and UN 'peacekeepers' raping children. It's absolutely shocking that rape has become the new normal the world over.


'We want the facts, not propaganda' - MH17 relatives, independent investigators grapple with a year's worth of lies from government and mainstream media

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With debris of Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 still covering the crash site in eastern Ukraine, the investigation of the July 17, 2014 tragedy is surrounded by secrecy. RT talked to international experts and the victims' families, still waiting for answers.

"He was a good man, a good brother. He promised to take me one day on board of his plane... He wanted to take me to Europe, but instead I brought his body home from Amsterdam on a plane," the younger sister of flight MH17 captain, Wan Lailatul Mustarah Bt. Wan Hussin told RT Documentary (RTD).

RTD's team visited Captain's Wan Amran's family in Malaysia. They couldn't talk to the pilot's wife, as she was sick, suffering from mental problems resulting from the trauma she experienced after her husband was killed in the crash.

"At first the youngest son couldn't accept this all, he was always saying that his father would come back," the captain's older sister, Wan Aini Bt. Wan Hussin, told RTD.

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Star of David

Israel condemned for 'abusive arrests' of Palestinian kids - report details children are 'Choked, beaten & strip-searched'

A Palestinian boy scuffles with Israeli soldiers during a protest in the West Bank @ Mussa Qawasma / Reuters

Israeli security forces have performed "abusive arrests" of Palestinian children, chocking, beating and threatening kids as young as 11, a global watchdog said in a report.

"Israeli security forces have used unnecessary force to arrest or detain Palestinian children as young as 11," a report published by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday.

According to the group Israeli security forces "have choked children, thrown stun grenades at them, beaten them in custody, threatened and interrogated them without the presence of parents or lawyers, and failed to let their parents know their whereabouts."

HRW said it interviewed several Palestinian boys and a girl aged from 11 to 15 who were arrested by Israeli security forces in the period from March to December 2014.

The children told HRW that "Israeli authorities did not inform parents of their child's arrest and interrogated the children without permitting them to speak to a parent or lawyer prior to the interrogation."

An 11-yer-old Rashid said he was attacked by a stun grenade and was put "in a chokehold" when Israeli arrested him for throwing stones in November. The boy added that officers "put a black bag over his head, threatened him with beatings, and kicked him in the shin while taking him for interrogation."

"When he got home [after being arrested] he had nightmares," Rashid's father said. "He woke up screaming for four or five nights in a row." Rashid told Human Rights Watch that he dreamed of being arrested, "over and over again," and was scared of going to school.

Comment: This is hardly a new problem. Stories and reports of Israel's reprehensible treatment of children have been filed for decades. Israel ignores them with impunity.


Western Siberia shopping mall ablaze, witnesses report hearing explosion before the fire

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A shopping mall has caught fire in the Tomsk Region of West Siberia. Witnesses say they heard a loud bang before the incident.

The fire broke out in the town of Seversk, which is located 15 km from the city of Tomsk and has a population of over 100,000 people.

"The fire has been localized and firefighters are working to contain the blaze," an official from the emergency services told Lifenews TV, adding that at least 10 fire brigades are working at the scene.


Dashcam video of black activist Sandra Bland arrest disputes cop's claims she attacked trooper

The Texas state trooper who stopped Sandra Bland was apparently planning to let her off with a written warning until he became angry when she refused to put out the cigarette she was smoking in her car.

The 28-year-old Bland, a civil rights activist who was on her way to begin a job at the historically black Prairie View A&M, died July 13 in a Waller County jail cell after she was arrested during a traffic stop for an improper lane change.

An attorney for her family viewed dashboard camera footage of the traffic stop, and he said the state trooper returned to Bland's car with what appeared to be a written warning, reported NBC News.

Bland, who seemed irritated that she had been pulled over, questioned why she should put out the cigarette, and the trooper became angry and ordered her out of the car, the attorney said. The trooper attempted to open Bland's car door, and she grabbed a cell phone to record the encounter.

Comment: See: Woman who decried police brutality on social media dies in police custody

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MD found murdered inside Florida home - This makes 6 in 30 days, 5 still missing

Yet another doctor was just found murdered inside his home; here on the East Coast, of Florida. This makes six doctors to be found dead in the last month; just from this region of the country, alone. Four out of the six were found dead here in Florida. We lost the wonderful, holistic Dr. Teresa Sievers, MD, who was found murdered in her Florida home just weeks ago. We've also lost the beloved Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, MD, who was found in a river with a gunshot to his chest. He'd recently moved to Georgia from Florida. We've also lost Dr. Riley, who was found in Georgia at her home; just a few hours from the Florida border. She was found with a gunshot wound to her head.

Dr. Schwartz was found dead on, Sunday, July 19th, 2015 - four weeks to the day, after the death of the first physician: (Dr. Bradstreet MD) who I broke the story on a month ago. His family is still seeking answers as to what happened to him, and they're some of the kindest people I know. The latest MD, Dr. Schwartz, in the picture above, lived just north of the fit, healthy, holistic Dr. Hedendal; who was the second doctor to be found dead this past Father's Day, in Boca Raton. This was the same day that Dr. Holt died at the age of 33. Both were fathers; and again, both men died here in Florida, on June 21st, 2015.

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Stranded motorists angry over high towing fees during California freeway fire

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Wrightwood, California July 17, 2015.
Drivers of vehicles abandoned during a brush fire near San Bernardino, California that engulfed a section of Interstate 15 on Friday are now protesting exorbitant towing fees as high as $2,600. Authorities are investigating the claims.

Motorists were required to leave behind amid the North Fire that encapsulated the I-15 freeway in Cajon Pass. Now, owners are complaining that towing companies have charged $1,000 or more to move cars, according to The San Bernardino County Sun.

"They are charging $220 an hour to all those people that abandoned their cars at ... Cajon Pass yesterday," Michelle Sepulveda wrote on her Facebook page, accordion got The Sun. "The family my brother saved yesterday is having to pay well over $2,600 to get her car out and every hour she waits, the more it goes up."

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the allegations.

"We called in several tow companies we had on rotation," said Steve Carpia, spokesman of the Inland California Highway Patrol. "When we learned of the complaints we began to investigate, eventually resolving this issue."

Heart - Black

Sott Exclusive: Grabovo builds a heartfelt monument to commemorate MH17 victims, Dutch broadcaster says 'It won't be very special'


A heartfelt monument to all who died from the MH17 crash, made by the kind and poor people of Grabovo, East-Ukraine. "In memory of the 298 citizens who died. Innocent victims of the civil war."
Mayor Vladimir Berezhnoy of the small village Grabovo in the Donetsk People's Republic hopes that MH17 relatives will find their way to the site of the crash of flight MH17. "Regardless of all the problems, we invite all family members of the victims to come here", he said Wednesday on the spot where a monument will be built in memory of the victims.

"We want to do everything we can to help them. The people here are deeply saddened by the disaster. [...] I have feelings too, just like every other man here. I've seen many dead people. I don't sleep anymore. It was awful" Berezhnoy said.

On Wednesday, the Mayor personally helped with the erection of the monument. Having arranged for the materials to be delivered to the site, he noted that the foundation for the yet to be placed granite stone was not yet leveled, so he took a shovel and helped out.

Regardless of their poor financial situation, the mayor and citizens of Grabovo managed to spend just enough money to erect this small but meaningful monument. A loving act.

Local Dutch broadcaster NOS however was not that impressed with the genuine display of sympathy. Apparently, the people of Grabovo should have done better. Coming from a propagandist broadcaster that has been spewing lies and distorting facts about the situation in Ukraine since day one of the MH17 incident, we shouldn't be surprised at such heartless cynicism.


Over 300 injured as 2 trains collide in South Africa

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More than 300 people have been injured from the collision of two trains near South Africa's Johannesburg on Friday.

One of the trains derailed as result of the collision that took place between Booysens and Crown Mines stations, according to a local paramedic service. "It is believed that two trains collided causing one to derail," ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring told eNCA.

According to Nana Radebe, spokeswoman for Johannesburg Emergency Services, 326 people have been taken to nearby hospitals, AP reports. "For now we have removed people with minor to serious injuries, but none critical," she said.

There have been no fatalities confirmed yet. Radebe told AP that the trains were on the same track and one of them was in a stationary condition during the collision. The railway line between Johannesburg's Park station and Booysens was closed after the incident, local media reported.