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Clown trying to lure kids into woods in Greenville County, SC

A parent and child's nightmare coming to a reality in a Greenville County neighborhood.

According to residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartments, a person dressed as a clown is trying to 'lure kids into the woods'.


Explosion, fire destroys home in Maryland, propels vehicles into air

© Herald-Mail/Dan Dearth
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of an explosion that destroyed a house and propelled vehicles into the air Thursday morning at 14205 Hollow Road near Hancock.

Ben Hoopengardner, deputy chief of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co., said a woman was in the house when the explosion occurred, but she was able to escape without harm. A family pet also survived the blast. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 10 minutes after they received the call at 8:50 a.m., he said.

"It was obvious some type of explosion occurred to the front of the house," Hoopengardner said. "There were some cars piled up in the front yard, as well as some of the house laying out in the yard. He said the explosion blew two vehicles onto their roofs. Three other vehicles also were damaged.

"This is going to be deemed as a total loss of the structure ... the (state) fire marshal is going to have an extended investigation," Hoopengardner said.

The owner of the house, Anthony McLean, said in a telephone interview late Thursday night that he believes the explosion may have been related to a propane gas tank.
© Herald-Mail/KGGilbert


Unacceptable: Some 9,000 refugee children reported missing in Germany; double since start of year

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Comment: Under the cover of war, the violent occupation of these families' homeland has created one of the worst refugee crises in our lifetime. This ongoing human tragedy is the result of psychopaths in power the world over.

Up to 9,000 refugee children and teens had been reported missing as of July 1, according to Germany's federal police. The figure appears to have nearly doubled since the start of the year.

At least 8,991 refugee children under 17 years of age are no longer in contact with authorities according to figures revealed by Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) at the request of German daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. In January this year only 4,749 were known to be missing. While most of the missing are in their teens, 867 of them are said to be under 13 years old.

A spokeswoman for BKA noted, however, that not all of the missing children are necessarily in danger. "In many cases, these children's disappearances are not haphazard, some of them travel to visit their parents, relatives or friends in other German cities or even in other European countries," the spokeswoman told the newspaper, explaining that after they eventually return, families often do not inform authorities of the fact and the names of the 'missing' children remain in the database.

Apart from that, there is the problem of multiple registrations when kids move to a different region, or after losing IDs, with their names often spelled differently, which results in doppelgangers in the system. Thus most disappearances are thought to be harmless. "We don't have evidence that some of the missing minors may have fallen into the hands of criminals," the spokeswoman stated.

She also defended her heavily-debated policy of welcoming and integrating migrants, and shed light on a set of new measures aimed at curbing their numbers, including some tough laws aimed at human trafficking. An initiative is also in the works to better integrate refugees that qualify for asylum.


Error of truth: Bing translates 'Daesh' as 'Saudi Arabia,' infuriates the Kingdom

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A bizarre error in a Microsoft search engine algorithm has outraged the Saudi Arabian monarchy.

Bing Translator, an app contained within Microsoft's Bing search engine, allows internet users to translate over 3 dozen languages. As with every translation app or website, by typing in a word or phrase in a chosen language the application renders it in another language.

Over the weekend, some users noticed a questionable result when the Arabic word for the Daesh terrorist group was entered into the program. Translated into English, "Daesh" became "Saudi Arabia."

Naturally, representatives of the Saudi monarchy were irate, with many calling for a boycott of Bing and its parent company, Microsoft. "The Saudi people in one voice: Bing has been boycotted," said one tweet.


British boy in ISIS execution propaganda video identified by father

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British "jihadi bride" Sally Jones.
One of the five boys appearing in a recent ISIS propaganda video has been identified as 13-year-old Jojo by his British father who claims the boy's mother is "one of the world's most wanted terrorists", Sally Jones.

The man, who asked to remain nameless for safety reasons, said he was shocked to see his son in the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) propaganda video.

He and Jones, a 47-year-old mother of two, split soon after Jojo was born in Kent in 2004.

Comment: Barbaric: Islamic State video appears to show children, including 1 Briton, executing Kurdish captives

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WeinerGate: Former US lawmaker busted sexting again, wife Abedin announces separation

© Flickr/ Azi Paybarah
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has deleted his Twitter account after his wife, Huma Abedin, announced their separation as details of yet another of her husband's sordid sexting exchanges surfaced, including a photo detailing both his crotch and his toddler.

Abedin, Hillary Clinton's closest aide, announced in a statement on Monday that she is separating from Weiner, after photos and details of a sexually-charged conversation with a busty brunette went viral on Sunday evening. Among the leak was a suggestive photo of the former representative's crotch, which also showed the couple's 5-year-old son sleeping next to him.

"Someone just climbed into my bed," Weiner said in the accompanying message.

"Really?" the woman asked.

This latest incident marks the third time that Weiner has been caught well, with his pants down.

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Nazism's back in Germany, and this time they're after the Muslims - vandals brick up mosque door, leave racist messages

© Netzwerk für Flüchtlinge in Parchim
Unknown vandals have bricked up a door leading to a mosque in a small town in northeastern Germany, also putting up stickers bearing racist messages on the makeshift wall.

Police in the small town of Parchim in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania have launched an investigation after a door to a local mosque, currently under construction, was found blocked with a one meter high brick wall last week, according to a police report.

Several flyers bearing anti-Islamic messages had been posed on the wall. Among them were "you call yourself believers, we call you invaders," and "the mosques are our barracks, the minarets our bayonets, the believers our soldiers," which is allegedly a quote from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A criminal probe has been launched on two counts, including vandalism and the incitement of hatred, German broadcaster NDR reported.



India's tourism minister warns female foreigners to not wear short dresses

© Danish Siddiqui / Reuters
Women planning on traveling to India have been warned to not wear short dresses or skirts, or walk alone at night, "for their own safety." The warning came from India's Minister for Tourism, Mahesh Sharma.

As another safety precaution, Sharma urged foreign women to photograph the license plates of any vehicles they travel in.

The ominous instructions were given at a press conference in Agra on Sunday, as India's official safety advice to foreign women. Sharma said female tourists have been issued with a safety guidelines "kit" upon arriving into the country since last year.


'All Muslims are terrorists': Outrage in France after restaurant owner kicks out Muslim women

© Raheb Homavandi / Reuters
The owner of an upscale restaurant in France who refused to serve two veiled Muslim women, stating that "all Muslims are terrorist," has been accused of Islamophobia on social media and interviewed by police on suspicion of "racial discrimination."

A video posted online appears to show two Muslim women being refused service at the high-end Le Cenacle restaurant in Tremblay-en-France near Paris on Saturday.

A man, who is reportedly the restaurant's owner, can be heard telling the women: "The terrorists are Muslim and all Muslims are terrorists... they recently killed a priest. This is a secular country and I have a right to an opinion... I don't want people like you here. Full stop."


Muslim holy day Eid al-Adha on Sept. 11? Coincidence stirs fears

© Credit George Etheredge/The New York Times
Shamsi Ali, the imam the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens, said he planned to invite non-Muslims to attend his mosque’s services on Eid al-Adha to learn about the holiday and Islam.
Every year, Muslim leaders around the world look to the moon to predict the date for one of their most important holidays, Eid al-Adha — the feast of sacrifice.

When Habeeb Ahmed began about two months ago to plan for that holy day, he noticed a potentially fraught coincidence: Eid al-Adha could fall on Sept. 11.

"Some people might want to make something out of that," said Mr. Ahmed, who was recently elected president of the Islamic Center of Long Island, adding that he could easily foresee how some might misunderstand the festivities, and say, "Look at these Muslims, they are celebrating 9/11."