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'Damning report': 'Opportunities missed' to stop radicalization of British brothers who were killed in Syria war

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FILE PHOTO: A member of Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra.
Two teenage brothers from Brighton who were killed while fighting in Syria were radicalized under the noses of police and social services, a damning report has found.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, and his 17-year-old brother, Jaffar, are the subjects of a serious case review published by the Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board on Thursday.

They were killed in 2014 after they followed their older brother, Amer, to Syria to fight for the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra, today known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.

While their entire family had been monitored for years, authorities failed to identify tell-tale signs of radicalization and missed opportunities to intervene in the siblings' lives, the report says.

Comment: What a load of whooey! Far from 'missing an opportunity' to prevent radicalization - the UK government has been doing everything in its power to help create it. See:

MI5 protected the ISIS recruiter who radicalized London Bridge attackers, Theresa May complicit with 'open door' policy

and: Saudi Arabia tops the list for foreign financial support of Wahhabi British terrorists, Theresa May is keeping a lid on it

The UK has certainly followed in the US's footsteps in this effort... Terror and injustice: FBI planning to increase its policy of radicalization, entrapment, and plotting terror


2 Oklahoma police officers have been fired and now face assault charges in death of mentally ill man

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Ryan McClarty (L), Scotty Payne (R)
A judge has charged two former Omaha police officers in the death of a mentally ill man, whom they shocked with a taser and struck over a dozen times. The police say the judge overstepped and are demanding a grand jury investigation.

On Wednesday, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine charged two officers for an incident involving Zachary Bearheels, a mentally ill 29-year-old, who died after an altercation with officers Scotty Payne and Ryan McClarty.

According to his family, Bearheels was lost in Omaha after being kicked off a bus on his way to Oklahoma City. Payne and McClarty encountered him after several reports that he was causing a disturbance.

The officers said that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs, but family members said that he was likely not taking his medication for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Police said it took four officers, using tasers and other forms of force, to detain Bearheels and get him in the back of a squad car.


One-armed machete-wielding clown arrested in Maine

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Dashboard camera image released by the Maine State Police.
A man is accused of drunkenly strolling down a Maine road wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask and brandishing a machete taped to where his arm had been amputated.

Maine State Police say 31-year-old Corey Berry, of Hollis, was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal threatening. He was released after posting $200 bail.

Police say Berry was first spotted in Hollis but then fled into the woods. He was taken into custody after re-emerging in Waterboro. Police say Berry was intoxicated but cooperative. He told officers that he was copying previous clown sightings as a prank.

A phone number for Berry couldn't be found Wednesday. It wasn't known if he has a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.


Man trampled to death as he attempts to take selfie with rescued elephant in Karnataka, India

Sunder the rescued elephant trampled a man to death in India
A man has been trampled to death in India after breaking into a safari park so he could take a selfie with a rescued elephant.

The 27-year-old victim, named as Abhilash, had entered an enclosure at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in Bangalore to take a photograph.

But the sales representative was crushed to death after being attacked by a bull elephant named Sunder.

The animal had previously hit the headlines after being rescued from his cruel former keepers following a campaign backed by Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.

Heart - Black

Deputy Calif. attorney general, Watergate figure Gordon Liddy's son, arrested for child porn possession

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Raymond Liddy, the son of G. Gordon Liddy, was arrested Tuesday for possession of child porn.
A deputy attorney general in California who is the son of a notorious Watergate figure has been charged with possession of child pornography.

Raymond Liddy pleaded not guilty after being charged in San Diego federal court and was placed on administrative leave by the attorney general's office, according to the Union-Tribune.

Liddy was arrested Tuesday and released in lieu of $100,000 bond, the Union-Tribune reported. He has been fitted with GPS monitoring while under house arrest.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip earlier this year that someone had uploaded an image that could be child porn, according to the criminal complaint obtained by the newspaper.

Authorities traced the activity to Liddy's home, where investigators uncovered photos on a computer and thumb drive.


Australian soldier under investigation over claims he killed unarmed Afghan businessman & planted gun - leak

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Australian authorities are reportedly investigating a member of the country's elite special forces for the possible unlawful killing of an Afghan businessman. The soldier allegedly shot the man before planting a gun on his body to make it look like self-defense.

The Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) is leading a secretive investigation overseen by New South Wales Supreme Court Judge Paul Brereton, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said in an investigative report.

The incident took place in Tarin Kot (Tarinkot), the capital of Urozgan Province in southern Afghanistan, in 2011. A member of the elite Special Air Service Regiment (SAS) raided a warehouse in the city. During the raid, the soldier killed prominent Afghan businessman Hayat Ustad.


Statue of Princess Diana to be erected on grounds of Kensington Palace

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Prince William and Prince Harry have announced a statue will be erected on the grounds of Kensington Palace to honor their late mother, Diana Princess of Wales.

"It has been twenty years since our mother's death and the time is right to recognise her positive impact in the UK and around the world with a permanent statue," Prince William and Prince Harry said in a statement issued by Kensington Palace.

The princes have convened a commission, led by their former Equerry Jamie Lowther Pinkerton, who is also Prince George's godfather, to raise funds and oversee the design of the statue of their mother. Princess Diana's oldest sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who was president of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, and Julia Samuel, Diana's best friend and another godparent of Prince George's, are also on the commission. Samuel is also the patron and founder of Child Bereavement UK, which Diana was involved with, and William has now taken over as royal patron.

"Our mother touched so many lives," William and Harry said in the statement. "We hope the statue will help all those who visit Kensington Palace to reflect on her life and her legacy."


Wyoming police trounced on social media after bragging about seizing money from homeless man

A heartening trend is growing on social media showing that people are waking up to the state persecuting individuals over victimless crimes. The latest example of this trend comes from the Cheyenne Police Department who posted a photo of money they seized from a homeless man and then attempted to justify and brag about it. When people read the department's post, they lashed out - peacefully - to let them know what they were doing is wrong.

The department's post has since gone viral, prompting both praise and scorn for their ridiculous image bragging about stealing money from a homeless man because he was drunk.


Kadyrov's response on Jerusalem clashes: 'I'm ready to go and guard Al-Aqsa mosque for rest of my life'

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The head of the Chechen Republic has announced he would be ready to resign and move to Jerusalem to serve in the security force that guards the Al-Aqsa mosque "for the rest of his life."

Ramzan Kadyrov made the announcement on Thursday via his personal channel on the Telegram internet messenger.

"I am ready to give up my powers and serve in the structures that provide security at this site that is holy for all Muslims. To be a volunteer and guard the Al-Aqsa Mosque for the rest of my life," he wrote.

Kadyrov also noted that he was against the situation in which the fight against terrorism was used as a tool in the political struggle aimed against Muslims.

Heart - Black

Rationing healthcare: The murder of Charlie Gard

As the father of a 2-month-old, I can only imagine the horror the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard are going through. No words, no thoughts or prayers, or even time, will be able to wipe away their pain.

But that pain did not have to be so great, and it may not have had to have been at all were it not for the single-payer health care system in the United Kingdom and the bureaucrats politicians who rallied to keep Charlie a prisoner to it.

Gard was born with a rare genetic disease that was working to destroy his body. A few months after his birth he wasn't able to live without machines feeding and breathing for him. All medical professionals involved said there was little chance anything could help Charlie.

But note that phrase: little chance.

As a new father, I know there is nothing I wouldn't do to protect my daughter or make her better if, God forbid, something horrible were to happen. Charlie's parents, as would most parents, felt the same way.

Unfortunately for the Gards, their government didn't agree.