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German police under investigation after 'brutally beating' man after Stuttgart car crash

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The lawyer of a man brutally beaten by four German policemen after a car crash told RT it was "beyond the normal boundaries," accusing the police of trying to cover up the case. A video of the incident recently went viral, fueling outrage on social media.

The incident took place on February 19 in the city of Stuttgart, but the video surfaced only days ago on social media. Police said in a statement that a 35-year-old male had a verbal argument with an officer and later tried to assault him.

The footage, released just days ago shows a police officer approaching the 35-year-old and saying "Stop smoking."


Asylum seeker from Ghana arrested for raping woman at knifepoint in Bonn

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The suspect, originally from Ghana, was due to be deported to Italy earlier this year as per the Dublin Regulation on refugees but he appealed the decision.
A 31-year-old has been placed under arrest by a court in Bonn over allegations that he raped a woman at knifepoint while her boyfriend watched. Local media reported that the accused is an asylum seeker from Ghana.

The 23-year-old female and her partner were approached by the suspect on April 2 while camping at the Siegaue Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Bonn, police said.

The machete wielding man threatened the couple and then proceeded to rape the young woman outside their tent. Her boyfriend called the police after the ordeal and the young woman was taken to hospital.


Wife of Russian programmer 'suspected of cyber attacks on US' describes nightmare of his arrest in Spain

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The wife of detained Russian programmer Pyotr Levashov has spoken to RT of her anguish of never seeing her husband again "if he is extradited to the US" from Spain "on suspicion of cyber attacks on US governmental sources."

Levashov was detained in Barcelona last week, while on holiday with his family and a friend, his wife Maria told RT Russian.

"It was a nightmare. At night, our rented apartment was stormed by a large number of police officers, who smashed the door. We were all forced to the floor, right in front of our four-year-old child. They didn't answer my questions and then locked me with my son in another room, where they kept me for two hours and wouldn't let me speak with my husband," the woman said, adding that she was "in shock."

Comment: See also: Spain backing the wrong horse: Russian programmer detained at FBI's request


Officer who dragged bloodied doctor from United flight suspended

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A Chicago airport security officer who helped drag a United Airlines passenger off a plane by his arms, bloodying his lip and causing him to hit his head on metal, as horrified passengers protested and recorded the episode on their smartphones Sunday night at O'Hare International Airport, was placed on leave Monday.

The episode aboard United Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville has become a national embarrassment for the Chicago Department of Aviation and United Airlines. Millions of people have now seen videos of the screaming man as he was forcibly pulled from his seat, put to the ground and dragged down the aisle. The man, who said he was a doctor, was among four passengers randomly selected on the full flight to give up their seats for United Airlines employees who needed to be in Louisville by Monday, according to witnesses.


AG Sessions scraps forensic science panel, suspends FBI testimony review

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered an end to an independent panel that sought to raise scientific standards in forensics and has suspended a Justice Department review of systemic flaws in FBI forensic expert court testimony.

On Monday, just before the panel's expiration date, Sessions announced that he would not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science - a partnership between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The commission, which aims to "improve the reliability of forensic science," is made up of about 30 scientists, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officials and forensic experts on the federal, state and local levels.

"The availability of prompt and accurate forensic science analysis to our law enforcement officers and prosecutors is critical to integrity in law enforcement, reducing violent crime, and increasing public safety," Sessions said in a statement. "We applaud the professionalism of the National Commission on Forensic Science and look forward to building on the contributions it has made in this crucial field."

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The decline of history at schools is furthering the SJW madness

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The ongoing saga of University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson's opposition to calling students by gender neutral pronouns should never have become much of a story in the first place.

But the social justice brigade couldn't help themselves and took a hard run at him, ensuring thanks to the attention their hysterics drew that a star was born in a lone academic taking a firm stand against political correctness.


UK government cuts benefits for people with incurable diseases

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This file photo shows a group of disabled people protesting benefit cuts in front of Parliament ion London.
The UK government's economic policies have put the strain on disabled people with progressively worsening diseases by cutting their benefits.

Between April and October 2016, the government invited about 3,500 people with incurable conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease to reassess their eligibility for Personal Independence Allowance, or PIP, which provides help with daily activities and mobility.

This is 45 more than the total of 2,400 people who were called in throughout all of 2015-16.

The highest increase was for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, with 2,000 of them reassessed in the first half of last financial year, an increase of two-thirds on the previous 12 months.

While the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims that the reassessment tests are aimed at increasing the payments and improving the services, over 48 percent of claimants either had their PIP payment decreased or removed altogether between 2013 and October last year.


Librarians asked to pull Cosby's "Little Bill" children's books after sexual assault charges

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Bill Cosby's "Little Bill" children's book series landed on a list of the 10 books Americans most often asked librarians to remove from shelves last year after he faced sex assault charges, according to a ranking released on Monday.

The popular series written by Cosby and illustrated by Varnette Honeywood made its debut in ninth place on the American Library Association's (ALA) annual list of the books that are most often challenged in U.S. libraries.

"This children's book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author," the U.S.'s oldest library organization said on its website.

More than 50 women have accused 79-year-old Cosby of sexual assault in a series of alleged attacks dating back to the 1960s. Most of the claims are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution, but Cosby is due to go on trial in June for charges made in Pennsylvania.


3 corrections officers injured in Tennessee prison riot

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Three corrections officers were injured and one was held hostage by inmates at Turney Center Industrial Complex, a medium-security prison in Only, Tennessee. The situation was resolved after about three hours, and the prison was put on lockdown.

Initial reports indicated that about 20 inmates injured two correction officers and took a third hostage around 4pm local time on Sunday. The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) sent in a Special Operations Unit that rescued the hostage and re-established control of the facility by 7pm.

"The appropriate measures were taken to regain control of the situation," TDOC spokeswoman Neysa Taylor said.


West Bengal man beheads mother to appease Goddess Kali

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A youth allegedly beheaded his mother to appease Goddess Kali for good luck in West Bengal's Purulia district on Friday evening.

Superintendent of Police Joy Biswas said that the accused, 35-year-old Narayan Mahato, allegedly decapitated his mother, 55-year-old Phuli Mahato, using a kharga (a sharp-edged blade used to sacrifice animal during worship) when she was cleaning the compound of a Kali temple, the Press Trust of India reported.

Narayan, who is the youngest of Phuli's three sons, went to his elder brother's home with the weapon and claimed that their mother had decapitated herself in front of Goddess Kali's idol, SP Biswas added. The elder brother rushed to see his mother with Narayan and saw his mother's severed head lying on the ground in a pool of blood with the body lying at some distance away. Police were then informed about the incident.

Police arrested Narayan on Friday night following which he was sent to 14-day judicial custody by the district court on Saturday. During interrogation, he confessed that he beheaded his mother to appease the goddess.

The accused also said that Goddess Kali had asked him in his dream to kill his mother for the welfare of his family. Police are exploring all angles and possible motives. According to neighbours, Narayan was a "tantric" who performed black magic and had set up a Kali temple at his residence.