Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:55 UTC
The body parts were all inside big garbage bags and purposefully placed in front of local government buildings on Sunday morning local time. Later in the day, Mexico's police found three iceboxes in front of another building nearby. Each box contained a severed head inside, presumably from the same three bodies.
The severed body parts were reportedly placed there by one of the Mexican criminal gangs, known as Los Jefes, or The Bosses.
One of the boxes reportedly had a note inside. It issued threats to another local gang, which allegedly deals with extortion and carjacking.
Police have not yet been able to identify the bodies.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:40 UTC
The incident took place at Tanjong Pagar Station, an underground Mass Rapid Transit station on the East West Line, Channel News Asia reports.
Several commuters wrote on social media that the smoke appeared when the train doors opened. Some users on Twitter were writing to SMRT Corporation, a public transport operator in Singapore, asking for an explanation.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:27 UTC
According to the Telegraph, the self-defense training known as "Krav Maga" - Hebrew for "contact combat" - combines jiu jitsu, judo, boxing, and street fighting.
It teaches MPs how to defend themselves against attacks, including swinging punches to the head, a bottle, glass, or ashtray to the head, and a "slash with a knife, most commonly a 3-4 inch lock blade or kitchen utility knife." They will also learn how to disarm a lone-wolf attacker.
The training comes in the wake of the brutal murder of Jo Cox, a Labour MP who was shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency in June.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:01 UTC
"Three soldiers were killed and a fourth was injured in the bombing," a local security source was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency.
An explosive device was detonated in central Sinai when a military water tanker was passing, the source added. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, the media outlet added.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:55 UTC
According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) was behind the incident.
Three people, including a child, were killed in Monday's explosion in Turkey's Diyarbakir region and another 25 people sustained injuries, CNN Turk reported citing local authorities.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:45 UTC
An official from the Afghan Interior Ministry, Mohammad Hamayun Aini, confirmed that the explosion had occurred to Pajhwok News.
The blast went off in the Macrorayan area of Kabul when a magnetic Improvised explosive device (IED) was placed on a vehicle belonging to the Afghan National Army (ANA). According to Pajhwok, an ANA vehicle was the target of the attack, which took place near the Defense Ministry.
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:49 UTC
Refugee children as young as seven have been sexually assaulted in official EU migrant camps in Greece, where children and women are said to be too afraid to go outside their tents when it's dark, a report states, citing charities working at the venues.
The revelations were published in the Observer on Saturday.
The report takes a closer look at the Softex refugee camp, a former toilet roll factory on the outskirts of Thessaloniki in Greece that hosts some 1,400 asylum seekers from besieged Syria, of whom 170 are thought to be children, according to the news outlet's data.
Comment: This is yet another account of sex abuse occurring in a refugee camp. Callous individuals are preying on the most vulnerable and seemingly getting away with it. The fact that it is happening in other refugee camps only confirms that this is a universal and rampant problem. See the article below for more information.
- Opposition newspaper leaks report of kids harrowing stories of being raped by employee at Turkish refugee camp
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 18:01 UTC
In a lengthy Facebook post, Ken Walton described the experience, in which he and his daughter were held at gunpoint by an out-of-control highway patrolman.
Late Friday night, Walton wrote, "Tonight, I was arrested at gunpoint by an Arizona highway patrol officer who threatened to shoot me in the back (twice) in front of my 7-year-old daughter. For a moment, I was certain he was going to kill me for no reason. I'm alive, and I need to share the story. PLEASE SHARE IT, because I have an important reason for staying up past 1AM to write it down."
He went on to say that he and his daughter were making their way to the Grand Canyon in a rented Toyota Camry they'd picked up in Las Vegas.
"In Williams, Arizona, as I exited Interstate 40 to head north toward the Canyon rim, I was pulled over by an AHP officer who'd been tailing me for a couple of miles. I hadn't been speeding, so I wondered if perhaps the car had a broken taillight or something. I rolled down my window and waited," he said.
Comment: Read SOTT's latest Police State Roundup highlighting recent incidents of police brutality in the U.S.
Police State Roundup: a disturbing trend of murder, home invasion and pet slaying by police
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:13 UTC
Last month, Turkey's constitutional court ruled to abolish a provision which held that sexual acts performed with children under the age of 15 constituted "sexual abuse," following an application filed by a local court.
Tensions have been running high between Turkey and Europe since Ankara began its crackdown in the wake of last month's failed coup. Tens of thousands of people have been detained, punished and sacked by Turkish authorities for allegedly having links to exiled opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, the US-based cleric that President Tayyip Erdogan accuses of being behind Turkey's troubles, including the coup.
This is not the first time Turkey has bumped heads with Austria either - a mere week ago Ankara called it "the capital of radical racism" after Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern proposed terminating ongoing talks on Turkey's bid to join the EU, which have yielded little success since 2005.
Comment: The law change in Turkey is a very specific one. The legal age of consent in Turkey remains 18.
Unlike in 'the glorious West', where it's 15 in some countries... and even 14 in others.
- Forget negotiation, Austria and Turkey spat over EU membership
- Austria to block Turkey's EU accession, tensions build over migrant deal
- Austria slams EU-Turkey refugee deal
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 22:52 UTC
An investigation has been launched after a blaze tore through a car park at a music festival, destroying more than 80 cars.
At its height, six fire crews battled the inferno at the BoomTown Fair Festival near Winchester in Hampshire on Friday afternoon.
The blaze, which broke out on the second day of the four-day festival where Leftfield, Damian Marley, Madness and the Levellers were due to perform, left behind it the burnt-out wrecks of dozens of cars.
Comment: Less than two weeks ago 422 vehicles were destroyed in an inferno at a Portuguese music festival.