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Million dollar cars: Marijuana packages smuggled into US in new Ford cars built in Mexico

Ford Fusion car
© John Marshall Mantel / Reuters
Chunks of marijuana in the shape of half-moons were found smuggled in the spare tire wells of newly manufactured Ford Fusions in Ohio, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The authorities are still investigating how they got there.

Workers at a local car dealership found a package of marijuana hidden in the trunk of a vehicle and called in the Portage County Sheriff Department and the DEA, WKYC reported.

"Clearly something went wrong," Silverio Balzano, a DEA agent in Youngstown, Ohio, told WKBN. "Generally speaking, they take it off anywhere else along the way."

The vehicles were manufactured at the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico before being shipped by rail to Lordstown, Ohio.


American singer R. Kelly accused of manipulating young women into joining his sex cult

R. Kelly
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R. Kelly
R. Kelly has been accused of "brainwashing" at least two aspiring female singers into sexual servitude in his homes in Chicago and Atlanta, Buzzfeed News reports. The investigation spoke to the families of both women, who said that Kelly preyed upon the women using physical and verbal abuse.

The Buzzfeed report alleged that Kelly keeps at least six women, all of legal age, on a pair of his properties. There, he dictates what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep and how they engage in sexual encounters, which he reportedly records. The women must adhere to a certain set of "rules" or face punishment. Kelly allegedly issues the women new cell phones and any communication with their parents is considered a breach of the rules. In many cases, the women have cut off all communication with their families, the report says.

One woman, who was once in Kelly's entourage, confirmed the report. "You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom ... [Kelly] is a master at mind control. ... He is a puppet master," she said of the singer. In total, three women who were "former members of Kelly's inner circle" contributed to the report.

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Israeli murders daughter in 'honor killing' over relationship with Muslim man

Israeli murder
An Israeli Christian has been charged with killing his teenage daughter over her relationship with a Muslim man.

Sami Karra allegedly murdered his 17-year-old daughter Henriette because he objected to her relationship with a Muslim man who was serving time in prison, according to Haaretz.

The paper reports that Henriette planned to convert to Islam for the man.

Comment: It's not just Muslims that engage in these horrendous acts. It takes a fanatical and psychopathic mind in order to murder their own child in the name of 'honor.'

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Lazy police who don't understand law allowing criminals to walk free, says former senior prosecutor in UK

UK police
Criminals are walking free because "lazy" police officers "do not understand the law" or know how to follow different lines of enquiry, a former senior prosecutor has claimed.

Nazir Afzal, the chief crown prosecutor for northwest England until 2015, who helped to prosecute the notorious Rochdale child sex abuse grooming gang, has accused police of "charging cases prematurely" and "not investigating properly."

Speaking to the BBC, he said that senior officers are vulnerable to political pressure and are "more detached" from their communities than ever before. Levels of experience have fallen so far that retired officers often had to be brought back for major investigations, he added.

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Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman identified as Officer Mohamed Noor

Justine Damond and Officer Mohamed Noor
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Justine Damond, also known as Justine Ruszczyk, and Officer Mohamed Noor
The Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a 40-year-old Australian woman in an unexplained incident has been identified as Mohamed Noor, the precinct's first Somali-American officer.

Justine Ruszczyk, also known as Justine Damond, was shot and killed in the alley behind her house Saturday evening, after she called police to report a possible assault. At one point, the officer in the passenger seat of the police cruiser shot her through the driver's side window, according to local media reports. Damond was unarmed.

Comment: See also: Aussie woman killed by police in Minneapolis after dialing 911 to report disturbance

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Never call the police! Holistic doctor killed by Minneapolis cops after calling 911 to report disturbance

Justine Damond
© Facebook
Justine with fiance' Don Damond and stepson Zach Damond.
On Saturday night, Dr. Justine Damond, 40, a well known Australian healer and former veterinarian from Sydney, was shot dead by police while standing outside in her pajamas. The police were there because she had just called 911 to report a disturbance she heard in the alley way outside her home.

At the time of the shooting, which happened in the city's Fulton neighborhood, her fiance (who she was planning to marry in August) was out of town.

The mayor has said the incident made her "heartsick."


Raining needles: States report growing pollution hazard created by heroin crisis

opoid crisis needle pollution
© AP / Charles Krupa
In this Wednesday June 7, 2017 photo, activist Rocky Morrison, of the "Clean River Project", holds up a fish bowl filled with hypodermic needles, that were recovered during 2016, on the Merrimack River next to their facility in Methuen, Mass. Morrison leads a cleanup effort along the Merrimack River, which winds through the old milling city of Lowell, and has recovered hundreds of needles in abandoned homeless camps that dot the banks, as well as in piles of debris that collect in floating booms he recently started setting.
They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere.

In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles so far this year, putting them on track to handily exceed the nearly 900 gathered in all of 2016. In March alone, San Francisco collected more than 13,000 syringes, compared with only about 2,900 the same month in 2016.

People, often children, risk getting stuck by discarded needles, raising the prospect they could contract blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis or HIV or be exposed to remnants of heroin or other drugs.


Civilian deaths in Afghanistan remain at record high levels, UN report

Tadamichi Yamamoto
© Wall Sabawoon/ RFE/RL
Tadamichi Yamamoto heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The number of civilians killed and wounded in conflict in Afghanistan in the first half of 2017 remains at the same record high level as last year, the United Nations mission in the country says.

A total of 1,662 civilian deaths were confirmed between January 1 and June 30, a 2 percent increase from the same period last year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says in a report released on July 17.

"The human cost of this ugly war in Afghanistan -- loss of life, destruction and immense suffering -- is too far too high," said the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Tadamichi Yamamoto.


Poll shows Russians fear economic problems more than war

People in Russia
© Maksim Blinov / Sputnik
Price hikes were at the top of the latest "fear rating" released by the Russian state-run pollster VTSIOM.

The latest research, conducted in late June and based on a poll in which respondents were asked to estimate the perceived probability of unpleasant events in their lives, showed the level of psychological tension in Russian society had increased.

Specifically, the level of anxiety connected with the most widespread fears surpassed similar parameters registered one and two years ago.

A short summary of the results, published on the VTSIOM website on Monday, says that the fears connected with inflation and possible depreciation of savings remain the most intense and widespread among Russians - the index for this category increased to 27 points from 23 points in just one month.

Fears of military conflict ranked second with 20 points, an increase from 19 percent in May.


Over 10,000 Syrian militants ready to wage war against Nusra Front with Russia's help

al-Nusra Front terrorists
© AFP 2017/ Fadi al-Halabi / AMC
More than 10,000 Syrian militants are ready to enter into the fight against the Jabhat Fatah al Sham terror group (banned in Russia, formerly known as the Nusra Front) alongside the Syrian government's army, provided that there is Russia's assistance, Syria's National Reconciliation Committee head Sheikh Saleh Nuaimi told Sputnik.

The National Reconciliation Committee is a nongovernmental body made up of Arab tribesmen that mediates between the Syrian government and the armed opposition with regard to reconciliation issues and prisoner exchange.
"They are ready to fight against the Nusra Front in the case that there is Russia's direct help. If we speak about the quantity [of the militants], there are thousands. I presented a list of 6,700 people, and now the number exceeds 10,000," Nuaimi said, specifying that the militants ready to support the army come from the provinces of Homs, Hama and Idlib.