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Muslim preacher in Cardiff implies sex slaves OK under Islam

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A British Muslim preacher in Cardiff has stoking tensions with his radical sermons by saying it's ok to take prisoners and sex slaves under Islam. The imam preaches at the same mosque that saw three young radicalized jihadists leave the UK for Syria.

Preaching to boys as young as 13, Ali Hammuda would deliver many of the messages associated with radical Islamic groups like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), including that "the day of judgment is close," according to the Daily Mail.

Hammuda is officially known as an English Islamic Programmes officer. He still preaches at the Al-Manar mosque, two years after three of its young members traveled to Syria to fight for terrorist organizations.

A secret recording a Koran study group was made by undercover reporter Rizwan Syed, who sent a copy to the Daily Mail. The tape was part of an investigation into jihadism by the company Hardcash Productions. It was made in October 2014.

There are a lot of confusing messages delivered by Hammuda, but what mostly shocked the British public about his sermons, is his interpretation of Hadiths, particularly ones concerning to slavery.


Social media's distortion of reality: The dark truths behind the carefully cultivated "perfect" online profiles

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Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny with her husband Andrew in a photo posted on Facebook
The contrast between her life and death could not be more stark: The beautiful, successful blond doctor, a married mother of three, found lying in the vestibule of a strange apartment building, underwear stashed in her handbag, dying of a likely drug overdose.

To her family and friends, Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny had it all. "This was so out of character . . . I know this was atypical," one said. "She was human," another said. "People forget that because she was so perfect."

Even those who didn't know the 38-year-old Cerveny would likely draw the same conclusion.

One look at her Facebook page — since renamed "Remembering Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny" — would have been, until last Sunday, enough to induce envy in most anyone.

Her photo album is vast. She was photogenic, well-loved, well-traveled. Here she is on April 5, 2008, celebrating "my 30th birthday in Turks and Caicos" with her handsome future husband, Andrew, also a dermatologist.


Fake birthday party and rally: One police attacker in Yerevan injured, two capitulate to authorities

One member of the armed group, which had seized a police station in Armenia's capital city Yerevan, was wounded and two capitulated, spokesman of the Armenian Interior Ministry told TASS on Sunday.

Two members of the armed group escaped the police station and capitulated to the authorities.

The police have published a video, where one of the men said they got to the armed group by chance and knew nothing about plans of the plotters. "We were at a birthday party of our friend as late at night we were invited to a rally, and in reality we found ourselves involved in this story." The man said he realized the situation as the truck barged the police station gates.

He also said about three more people still remaining at the police station, who also had been involved in the group against their will.


Former law enforcement officer Charged After Visiting Hospital to Repeatedly Rape a 7-Year-old Patient

Former Montville Township, Ohio, police officer and former Wayne County probation officer, Carl Kannenberg, was charged with raping a 7-year-old girl while she was a patient at University Hospital in February.

According to the indictment cited by Cleveland 19, the former law enforcement officer "is charged with committing anal penetration and with inappropriate sexual contact" for sexual assaults which Cleveland.com says occurred multiple times.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury charged Kannenberg with two counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition, and two counts of kidnapping.

According to the indictment, three of the sexual assaults occurred at the hospital— while his young victim wore a hospital gown — where Kannenberg was visiting another patient, and another incident happened prior to that at a separate but unnamed location.

Bizarro Earth

'Am I in the twilight zone?': Kentucky judge furious after jail sends woman to court without pants (VIDEO)

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A judge in Louisville, Kentucky was left fuming when the local jail presented a female inmate to the court without pants. Her jailors had also "refused to give any kind of hygiene products."

The woman, who hasn't been named, was brought to Jefferson District Court on Friday after being held for three days wearing only a long t-shirt that covered her athletic shorts, making it look as if she had nothing on underneath.

Comment: "This is completely inhumane and unacceptable."


1 dead and 3 wounded after gunman opens fire in Austin, Texas

A shooting in a crowded entertainment district of downtown Austin early Sunday set off a chaotic scene, leaving one woman dead and three others wounded and police searching for a suspect.

Austin Police Chief of Staff Brian Manley says police received reports of gunshots in the crowded entertainment area shortly after 2 a.m. Police arrived to find a chaotic scene and five people shot.

Manley says a suspect began firing into the crowd after an initial disturbance.

He said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and three other women were taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with gunshot wounds. Officials described those transported to the hospital as serious, but said their wounds were not considered life-threatening.

Manley said another victim declined to be transported to the hospital.


Riddle of the 'safe' plane: Still no trace of the Indian Air Force AN-32 that disappeared over the Bay of Bengal on July 22

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A C-130 returns after a failed mission to trace the missing AN-32
At the Air Headquarters in South Block this Wednesday, an officer called up the operational command and asked, "Any joy?" The reply: Nope. There was still no trace of the AN-32 that disappeared over the Bay of Bengal on July 22 while on a routine sortie to Port Blair. There were 29 people on board when it took off from Tambaram Air Force Station, located in a suburb of Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai. Forty-three minutes into the flight, it went off the radar.

Air traffic control did not panic, though. It was, they explained later, normal for an aircraft to enter what is known as a 'space void' when all communication with the cockpit gets snapped. But when contact was not re-established even after the 'normal' gaps of 45 minutes to an hour, the aircraft was declared 'overdue'. When it didn't make it to the destination by the scheduled landing time of 1145 hrs, only then were the panic buttons pressed. Under thick cloud cover and in inclement weather, one of the biggest ever search-and-rescue ope­rations in the Indian seas was launched, involving 16 ships, 17 aircraft and a submarine. But the pleasure of listening to the 'ping' from the missing aircraft's Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) was not to be theirs. At least twice earlier, when Dorniers had crashed, their ELTs had failed to respond, say old-timers. This time, the air force had also deployed two C-130 aircraft equipped with electro-optical and infra-red sensors and the Indian navy pressed a Poseidon-81 aircraft equipped with synthetic aperture radar.

Comment: See also: Indian Air Force plane with 29 on board missing over Bay of Bengal


'Worse than Hiroshima' - the toxic legacy of US' murderous assault on Fallujah

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Toxicity 'worse than Hiroshima'
The shocking rates of infant mortality and cancer in Iraqi city raise new questions about battle

Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

Dr Chris Busby, a visiting professor at the University of Ulster and one of the authors of the survey of 4,800 individuals in Fallujah, said it is difficult to pin down the exact cause of the cancers and birth defects. He added that "to produce an effect like this, some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened".

US Marines first besieged and bombarded Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, in April 2004 after four employees of the American security company Blackwater were killed and their bodies burned. After an eight-month stand-off, the Marines stormed the city in November using artillery and aerial bombing against rebel positions. US forces later admitted that they had employed white phosphorus as well as other munitions.


Cold War lives: Majority of Britons back PM May on launching nuke attack that would kill 100,000

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PM Theresa May was right to give an unequivocal "yes" according to 66 percent of Britons, when asked if she would personally launch a retaliatory nuclear strike that would kill 100,000 civilians, while 59 percent say they would push the button themselves.

The British Prime Minister May said she would use the UK's nuclear arsenal in response to a nuclear attack by a foreign nation, as she was promoting the renewal of the Trident missile system in Parliament. She argued that threats to the UK from such countries as Russia and North Korea "remain very real."

May's attitude was overwhelmingly supported by two-thirds of Britons polled by YouGov on Tuesday and Wednesday. Only 19 percent said she was wrong to say what she did.

Sixty-six percent of respondents said they would support a nuclear retaliation while 59 percent said they would personally launch one, if they were in May's position.


Couch potatoes rise up! Pope Francis tells youth get rid of gadgets and sofa-happiness

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Pope Francis walks through Holy Door with youth at the Campus Misericordiae during World Youth Day in Brzegi near Krakow, Poland July 30, 2016.
Stop being couch potatoes; throw away your gadgets, which make you drowsy and dull and go out to explore the world, Pope Francis told crowds of young people in Krakow. The pontiff certainly knows about living an active life as pictures on social media show.

"...In life there is another, even more dangerous, kind of paralysis...[It] comes from confusing happiness with a sofa. 'Sofa-happiness!' A sofa that promises us hours of comfort so we can escape to the world of videogames and spend all kinds of time in front of a computer screen," Pope Francis told the crowds on Saturday.

"And little by little" computers and other gadgets only help children to "grow drowsy and dull," said the 79-year-old head of the Catholic Church.

"Dear young people, we didn't come into this work to 'vegetate,' to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark."