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Madagascar mob kills Europeans over 'organ trafficking'

Two European men have been burnt to death in Madagascar by protesters who suspected they trafficked the organs of a missing child for witchcraft rituals.

Witnesses say a local man suspected of involvement was also lynched hours later on Nosy Be, a tourist island resort in Madagascar's north-west.

It is believed he may be the person questioned by police over the child's disappearance on Wednesday.

His detention prompted riots outside a police station and the ensuing unrest.

"Rioters launched a manhunt and killed the Europeans" in the early hours of Thursday morning, the deputy commander of the paramilitary police, Gen Guy Randriamaro Bobin, told the AFP news agency.

He said an eight-year-old boy's lifeless body was found on Thursday morning, without genitals and without a tongue, the agency reports.

Officials initially said the men were French nationals, but residents on Nosy Be say one of the men may have been Italian.

"Two foreigners died, we have confirmed that one of them was French," AFP quotes France's foreign affairs spokesman Philippe Lalliot as saying.

Several hours later witnesses, including an AFP correspondent, saw a man dragged from a vehicle and thrown on a fire on the popular palm-fringed Ambatoloaka beach.

A Nosy Be resident told the BBC the man was the suspect questioned by the paramilitary police on Wednesday, who was later released.

The BBC's Tim Healy in the capital, Antananarivo, says Nosy Be is the jewel in the crown of Madagascar's tourist industry and has been used to encourage tourists to return to the Indian Ocean nation following several years of political unrest.


The great Chicago Ghost Train mystery

Blue Line Train
© CBSThe smashed CTA Blue Line train before it was removed from the tracks on Tuesday night.
Chicago - During Monday rush hour this week, a Blue Line train that was scheduled for repairs did a very mysterious thing: it took off without a conductor on board. After quietly and slowly maneuvering its way around the curves of the Forest Park train yard after being parked there for a week, the rogue machine passed through the Forest Park station, headed eastbound on a westbound track and climbed a hill before ramming into another train at Harlem station and injuring 30 people. The media is calling it "the ghost train" and investigators are completely baffled.

The incident is unlike any "veteran city rail workers say they have seen" reports The Chicago Tribune, as multiple failsafes that should have stopped the train didn't. Robert Kelly, the president of the local rail union, told CBS Chicago he's never heard of anything like this in 27 years and called it a "great concern" considering "we have people working in these yards 24 hour a day, seven days a week." To add more to the intrigue, the cameras facing the ghost train when it was parked in the yard the morning of were not working. No one saw anyone leave the train after the collision, not the conductor in the train that was rammed or the Forest Park station supervisor that ran after the rogue train while radioing ahead.

It's a puzzle investigators have been stuck on for days now, perhaps because they were originally looking in the wrong place. Nowadays, if you want to do something remotely, you can do so via the Internet of Things (loT) where everything, including refrigerators, is becoming connected to the web. The rise of this machine-to-machine industry prompted Wired's Andrew Rose to write in January "the IoT will unveil unprecedented security challenges: in data privacy, safety, governance and trust."

In keeping with Rose's prediction, Forbes journalist Kashmir Hill "haunted a complete stranger's home" this July by turning the lights on and off in a "smart home." A month earlier, University of Texas researchers took control of a yacht in the Mediterranean via GPS. At this year's DEFCON, the annual hacker convention, two security researchers showed off their ability to disable the brakes in two cars, a Toyota Prius and a Ford Escape. While it's not as easy as using your iPad to move a model train on a track, hacking a public transit train is certainly within the realm of possibility.


Man sets himself on fire in D.C.'s National Mall

Response: Emergency crews were on the scene in minutes and he was said to be conscious and breathing as he was airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital
A man reportedly set himself on fire on the National Mall this afternoon. Police were called to respond to the emergency at 4.24pm and the fire was put out. The man has not been named, but DC Police reportedly said that he was conscious and breathing.

The man's exact motivations have not been reported but the chosen location hints that it was a demonstration of sorts.

The Mall is a national park, making it one of the hundreds of such sites across the country that have been closed as a result of the government shutdown.

U.S. Park Police sources told MailOnline that the shutdown didn't play into the rescue.

'There is no indication that the government shutdown impacted the way anyone responded to this. DC Fire/EMS had people on the scene in, literally, three minutes, and a helicopter transport was there minutes later,' the source told MailOnline.


Vietnamese general behind victories over French and U.S. dies aged 102

General Vo Nguyen Giap
© Na Son Nguyen/APGeneral Vo Nguyen Giap, who known as the Red Napoleon, died at a military hospital in Hanoi aged 102.
Vo Nguyen Giap, the legendary general who masterminded the defeat of the French military at Dien Bien Phu and led North Vietnam's forces against the US has died aged 102 at a military hospital in Hanoi.

Giap, whose victory at Dien Bien Phu triggered France's departure from Indo-China was a self-taught leader regarded as one of the great military geniuses of the post-second world war era.

He remained as the commander of the North's forces supporting the Viet Cong throughout the subsequent Vietnam war, being credited with the 1968 Tet offensive.

Giap, known as the Red Napoleon, was a national hero whose reputation was second only to Ho Chi Minh.

While some - such as the American journalist Stanley Karnow regarded him as a strategist in the mould of Wellington - others, including the US general William Westmorland, believed his success was down to his ruthlessness.

Indeed, Westmorland complained to Karnow in his history of the Vietnam War: "Any American commander who took the same vast losses as General Giap would have been sacked overnight.

Green Light

Biker charged with reckless driving in taped NYC chase

© VPCA pack of motorcyclists approach an SUV in Manhattan on Sept. 29 before smashing in the window.
One biker was struck by the car and may be paralyzed for life

A 28-year-old motorcyclist was charged Wednesday with reckless driving in an encounter with the driver of an SUV who was later beaten after a high-speed chase by dozens of bikers that was captured on videotape.

Christopher Cruz, of Passaic, N.J., was also charged with unlawful imprisonment. His attorney, H. Benjamin Perez, said Cruz denied all the allegations. "He will come back to fight this case and clear his name," he said.

Cruz has had previous criminal cases in New Jersey including one in which he pleaded guilty to theft, the Associated Press reports.

A second suspect, Allen Edwards, 42, surrendered to police on Tuesday but was released on Wednesday pending further investigation.


Family to sue Atlantic City police over son's brutal beating

© Ben FoglettoDavid Castellani and his wife, Terri, look at photos of injuries sustained by their son, David Connor Castellani during a June 15 arrest.
One of six Atlantic City police officers recorded on video beating a 20-year-old Linwood man this summer was the subject of at least three prior allegations of excessive force and civil rights violations.

Court records show K-9 Officer Sterling Wheaten has appeared as a defendant in at least three civil cases filed in the past three years.

Surveillance footage obtained via subpoena from Tropicana Casino and Resort show the officers tackling David Connor Castellani to the ground about 3:10 a.m. June 15, followed by a succession of blows from clubs and the officers' knees.

The incident occurred off Pacific Avenue near South Morris Avenue, after Castellani was removed from Tropicana. It was unclear Saturday why he was removed.

Less than a minute later, a K-9 vehicle drives into frame. Within seconds, the K-9 is seen biting Castellani's neck and dragging him to the curb.

Life Preserver

Lampedusa boat sinking a tragedy for Europe: up to 350 feared dead

© ReutersSurvivors arrive wrapped in thermal blankets

The accident happened when a fire broke out on board a boat packed with an estimated 500 Eritrean and Somali refugees as it neared the end of its journey from the Libyan coast and approached Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost scrap of territory.

The boat's engine stopped working and it began to take on water, prompting some of the passengers to burn a sheet in order to summon help from the island.

But that started a fire on board and terrified migrants rushed to one side of the 65ft-long boat, causing it to capsize about half a nautical mile off the coast.

The Italian coast guard managed to rescue about 155 people but another 220 were still missing.


Capitol Hill shootout caught on video

A dramatic video has emerged of the driver in Thursday's Capitol Hill incident being confronted by Washington D.C. police.

Alhurra TV exclusive video of shooting incident in Washington near Capitol Hill. The police pulled over a car suspected of involvement in the shooting incident on October 3, 2013. The car managed to escape after the sound of several gun shots.


Meet Miriam Carey, the dental assistant summarily executed by Capitol Hill police

© Advanced Periodontics Miriam Carey (right), is the woman identified in news reports as the shot to death in front of her daughter by Capitol Hill police on Thursday afternoon. This photo is from a newsletter announcing her having been hired as a hygenist at a Connecticut periodontics practice.
Here's what we know about Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police.

According to the New York Post and the New Haven Register newspapers, Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygenist, was involved in the episode that began when she allegedly rammed her black Infiniti luxury sedan into a barricade near the White House. The incident ended when Carey led police on a high-speed car chase towards the U.S. Capitol. After repeatedly warning Carey to stop and get out of her car, the Capitol Police shot and killed her.

The altercation led to the U.S. Capitol being locked down for a brief period of time after shots rang out near Garfield Circle, in the vicinity of the Hart Senate Office Building.

Comment: The U.S. is so hystericized that a dental assistant in her car with her daughter can be summarily executed with no questions asked.

Bad Guys

Roseanne Barr: MKULTRA rules in Hollywood

Roseanne Barr
© Unkown
For those of you that don't know, Roseanne Barr is a well known actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director. She has won several awards which include Emmy awards, Golden Globe awards, People's Choice awards and more. She has been in the industry for over twenty years and has gained much respect from many of her Hollywood colleagues who she is now speaking on behalf of. I just want to make it clear how long she has been inside the industry, and the connections she has to others within it. Industry insiders are feeling the need to share inspirational words and food for thought to the millions of people that pay attention to them as of late. We saw this recently with Ashton Kutcher. Celebrities have a voice that can reach a large sum of people, they can be a threat to corporate interests and the controlling elite and as Roseanne states, many celebrities bite their tongue and live in a culture of fear.

Not long ago, Roseanne made some shocking statements, alluding that Hollywood and the entertainment industry is dominated by MK Ultra. MK Ultra was the name for a previously classified research program through the CIA's scientific intelligence division. It was the CIA's program of research in behavioral modification and perception manipulation of human beings (1). It was previously known as Operation Paperclip (2). Roseanne is suggesting that Hollywood is a tool used in the manipulation of human consciousness, used as a tool for behavior modification and perception control in human beings.
Hollywood is the one that keeps all of this power structure. They perpetuate the culture of racism, sexism, classism, genderism and keep it all in place. They continue to feed it, and they make a lot of money doing it. They do it at the behest of their masters, who run everything.

I speak on behalf of Hollywood. I go to parties, Oscar parties and things like that and big stars pull me aside, take my arm and whisper: "I just want to thank you for the things you say." And it blows my mind, but that's the culture, it's a culture of fear.

It's a big culture of mind control, MK Ultra rules in Hollywood