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Muslim imams to form first national council for more progressive British Islam

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British imams are planning to set up their first national council to issue religious rulings and form a united voice on issues such as terrorism, Islamophobia, gay rights and climate change.

It will be the first central religious authority for British Muslims, delivering edicts on Islamic doctrine and providing a national voice on social issues, the Times reports.

It would clearly state that "regressive cultural practices" such as forced marriages and "honor killings" have no place in Islam or British society.

It will also have a voice on issues that affect the Muslim community such as climate change, mental health and obesity.


Elite German army unit under investigation over reports of Nazi salutes & sex 'prize' at farewell party

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Members of German army Bundeswehr Special Forces Command (KSK)
German prosecutors have launched a probe into claims that members of the country's elite Special Forces team performed Nazi salutes, sung to a far-right band and offered a woman as the "main prize" at a farewell party for their departing brother in arms.

The inquiry was confirmed by Michael Pfohl, head of the state attorney's office in Tuebingen. "We are examining the incident," Nicolaus Wegele, a spokesperson for the attorney's office told Deutsche Welle.

The bizarre farewell party, involving some sixty members of Germany's elite Special Forces unit KSK, took place on April 27 at a firing range outside Stuttgart, ARD reported Thursday citing a source named Anna.

Anna, whose real name has been withheld, told the broadcaster she became an eyewitness of the disturbing event after one of the KSK soldiers suggested she serve as the "main prize" for his outgoing company leader. The "main prize" implied sex to which the woman had no objection, the ARD said.

"Now we are thinking about what we can do for the boss," the soldier reportedly wrote to her via WhatsApp. "He will have to run a course, then you will be his prize. He will take you into the tent and will truly let off steam with you. Believe me, that's exactly your thing".

The night party involved some sixty KSK soldiers the eyewitness claimed. A response from the German military cited by the broadcaster reportedly said the elite soldiers staged "Roman Medieval games" that involved "elimination of melons and pineapples with a sword, cutting of a wooden trunk with an ax, throwing pig heads and overcoming an obstacle course." However, the awkward party was not only about 'killing fruits.'


New poll shows 62% of voters want Confederate statues to remain

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Municipal workers attempt to remove paint from a monument dedicated to Confederate soldier John B. Castleman that was vandalized late Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., August 14, 2017.
A new poll released Thursday shows a majority of U.S. voters want Confederate statues to remain where they are.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll asked voters if Confederate statues should remain or be removed. Sixty-two percent of the poll's participants said that the statues should remain. Only 27 percent of the participants believe the statues should be removed.

This poll comes as local leaders around the country are calling for the removal of Confederate monuments following violence surrounding a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where groups gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. A group of protesters also toppled a monument of a Confederate soldier in Durham, N.C., Monday evening.

President Donald Trump sent off several tweets criticizing the removal of Confederate statues. Trump defended the statues and monuments in a series of tweets Thursday.

Pocket Knife

2 dead, 6 injured in stabbing attack in Turku, Finland

© Linda Manner / Reuters
Finnish police patrol in front of the Central Railway Station, after stabbings in Turku, in Helsinki, Finland August 18, 2017
Two people died and six were injured in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said.

Police said that there was currently just a single suspect in the stabbing case, adding that it was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism.
The police is searching for possible more perpetrators in Turku. People are asked to leave and avoid the center of Turku.

— L-S poliisi (@L_S_poliisi) August 18, 2017
The Turun Sanomat newspaper reported that an elderly woman and a young boy were among the injured, citing an eyewitness.

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TSA gropes man's testicles so hard he now needs surgery

The TSA is, without a doubt, one of America's most corrupt and incompetent agencies whose ostensible job is fighting terrorism. However, earlier this year, they become apparently so unsatisfied with the mere ability to strip search babies, remove colostomy bags, beat up blind cancer patients, and fondle your genitalia, that they announced a more invasive physical pat-downs. The pat-downs, which TSA warned would probably prompt assault complaints with the police department because of their invasive nature, are now apparently being implemented.

Just ask David Stavropolous.

Stavropolous was on his way home to Dallas last March when he was selected for additional screening after going through the radiation emitting body scanner.

Because of the resulting 'additional screening', Stavropolous said he will now have to undergo surgery in October. His genitals were allegedly groped so hard, he now experiences bleeding.

"I see a urologist once or twice a month," he said. "I'm still in pain-I still have issues with bleeding."


Graphic video shows cops shoot man in the face in front of multiple witnesses

"Why'd you all shoot me? Why'd you all shoot me?" Dahmeek McDonald can be heard saying as he bleeds out on the street after being shot by cops for apparently no reason. The graphic video taken in the aftermath of the shooting immediately sparked an uprising in the community.

"I'm about to die," McDonald says. "They shot me in the head."

Onlookers watch in horror as McDonald writhes in pain on the pavement. "Get him to a hospital!" one woman yells as the expanding crowd becomes angrier.

Police claim the stop was over an alleged parole violation. According to law enforcement sources, McDonald was on probation for a drug possession charge and they were looking for him.

However, according to witnesses, there was absolutely no reason to shoot him.


$465mn settlement as EpiPen maker concedes overcharging Medicaid

© Jim Bourg / Reuters
EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company.
Pharmaceutical company Mylan has struck a deal with federal authorities to pay out $465 million in damages after allegedly overcharging the Medicaid program by millions of dollars for their EpiPen products.

On Thursday, the company and the Department of Justice said that subsidiaries Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty L.P. are going to make payments to settle allegations that the drug maker misclassified the Epi-Pen as a generic product, which, in turn, cut the amount of rebates owed to Medicaid.

The settlement does not contain an admission or finding of wrongdoing, Mylan said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The agreement with Mylan states that the company will reclassify the EpiPen as an innovator drug and will pay the rebate relevant to innovator products effective retroactively to April 1, 2017.


Leah Remini calls out Tom Cruise as 'diabolical'

Actress and former Scientologist Leah Remini has launched another attack on the religion's most famous member, Tom Cruise, declaring the movie star is "diabolical."

Remini has been an outspoken critic of the church since leaving in 2013, receiving critical acclaim for her documentary series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath."

In a Reddit AMA to promote the second season of the show, Remini was asked if she thought Tom Cruise, a Scientologist since 1990, was a "good person." Her response was blunt.



Family returns home to find house covered in blood after their German Shepherd attacked an intruder

Guard dog has never been aggressive before and is known to play with children in the area
A family came home to find the inside of their house covered in blood after their German Shepherd attacked an intruder while they were out.

When Tristan Murrin and his mother walked to the front door of their house, they did not notice anything wrong.

But once they stepped inside their Richmond home in Virgina, US, they discovered a scene likes something out of a horror film.

Mr Murrin told WRIC: "We noticed something when we walked in. I walked in with my mother and there were blood spots on the grounds, we looked upstairs and we could see trails of blood coming from upstairs going all the way down."

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Hysteria: Protestors vandalize Atlanta Peace Monument mistaking it for pro-Confederate statue

Protesters vandalized and attempted to take down the Peace Monument in Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Sunday, mistaking it for a pro-Confederate statue.

The protesters were marching in response to the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday where one woman died after being deliberately hit by a car, and two law enforcement personnel were killed when the helicopter they were in crashed.

"The Atlanta march traveled from Woodruff Park to Piedmont Park Sunday, where some damaged the Peace Monument, erected in 1911," a blog on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website said. "The sculpture features an angel standing above a Confederate soldier, guiding him to lay down his weapon."

Comment: Paul Craig Roberts on Confederate protest controversy: Civil war propaganda has vanquished truth