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15 'illegal immigrants' discovered in back of lorry near Chippenham, Irishman, 50s arrested

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Police at the scene on the A350 where 15 illegal migrants were discovered in a lorry near Chippenham
Fifteen migrants who were found in the back of a lorry in Chippenham last night have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

Police were called at 8.30pm to check out an HGV which was involved in 'suspicious activity' on the A350 near the town. Officers checked the lorry and discovered the 15 people in the back, one of which was treated in Swindon Great Western Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, an Irishman in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry into the country. He also remains in custody for further questioning.

Police have confirmed all of the suspected illegal migrants are men over the age of 16.



A year later, rebuilding fire-ravaged Paradise: Reporter's Notebook

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A year after the Camp Fire, the McDonald's in Paradise, California, is still a charred pile of rubble.
One year after the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive ever in California, swept through Paradise and the surrounding area, the city is more of a massive construction project than a municipality where 26,000 people used to live.

Only a handful of the 14,000 destroyed homes have been rebuilt. Most properties are concrete foundations. The town's McDonald's is still a pile of charred rubble, and, amazingly, still smells a bit like a barbecue.

It's hard for me to believe that it has been a year. I remember racing up to Paradise on Nov. 8 and witnessing neighborhoods burn to the ground in minutes. Over nearly a decade covering wildfires, it's the fastest-moving I've ever seen.

I'll never forget the pitch-black sky in the middle of the afternoon. It was terrifying, and, of course, we didn't yet realize the extent of the devastation.


Drilling frenzy ends for US shale

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A few high-profile shale executives say the glory days of shale drilling are over. In a round of earnings calls, the financial results were mixed. A few companies beat earnings estimates, while others fell dramatically short.

But aside from the individual performances, there were some more newsworthy comments from executives on the state of the industry. A common theme emerged from several notable shale executives: the growth frenzy is coming to an end.

The chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources, Scott Sheffield, said that the Permian basin is "going to slow down significantly over the next several years," and he noted on the company's latest earnings call that the company is also acting with more restraint because of pressure from shareholders not to pursue unprofitable growth. "I've lowered my targets and my annual targets, a lot of it has to do with...to start with the free cash flow model that public independents are adopting," Sheffield said.

But there are also operational problems that have become impossible to ignore for the industry.

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Pentagon investigation: US warplane dropped training munition on Japanese village

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An American F-16 from the 13th Fighter Squadron, flying from Misawa Air Base in Japan.
An American F-16 appears to have misplaced its dummy bombs during a training mission over Japan, accidentally dropping the faux munition miles shy of its target. The device was later retrieved from a resident's yard.

Departing from the US-controlled Misawa Air Base on Wednesday evening, the F-16 lost its simulation bomb over a village in the Aomori Prefecture while headed for a test bombing range, the US military has confirmed.

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South Koreans would back Kim Jong Un in case of a war between Japan and North Korea

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South Korean President Moon Jae-In is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a family photo session at the G20 summit on June 28 in Osaka, Japan. Ties between the two U.S. Asia-Pacific allies reached a critical low this year, but have stabilized after a recent meeting between the two men whose nations have a troubled history.
If North Korea and Japan went to war, more South Koreans would back their immediate neighbor, a new poll by a state-sponsored think tank in Seoul showed.

The survey, conducted by research fellow Lee Sang Sin, was presented Wednesday as part of the Korea Institute for National Unification's 11th annual Peace Forum. Lee set out to determine the views of South Koreans at a critical juncture in Northeast Asia's power dynamics, and found they would more readily support longtime rival North Korea than fellow U.S. ally Japan should a conflict break out between the two.

"Under a rather extreme hypothetical situation in which war may break out between North Korea and Japan, 45.5 percent would choose to help North Korea, and 15.1 percent Japan," the survey, which was obtained by Newsweek, showed. "39.4 percent respond that they have no idea."

Lee also found that responses did not vary much by political party, with the right-wing Liberty Korea Party only slightly more decided on assisting either Japan or North Korea. Lee told Newsweek that the results were "not so surprising" for those following the trend in inter-Korean relations.


'No equivalent internationally': Swedish police chief at wit's end over wave of bombings in the country

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In a break from the government line which had sought to downplay gang violence, Sweden's Police Commissioner Anders Thornberg admitted there is "no equivalent internationally" to the recent massive increase in bomb attacks.

"I understand that many people are worried about what is happening, there's a sense that the criminals' vendettas are creeping closer to the general public," Thornberg said, during a press conference Wednesday.

Just this past week, a bomb exploded in a Malmo apartment complex, another device blew up on a balcony in Hassleholm and explosives were found outside a shopping mall in Kritsianstad.

The country is struggling to curb the increasing use of explosives by criminal gangs, in addition to an uptick in shootings and other armed assaults.

Few of the country's at least 100 bomb attacks so far this year have caused serious injury, but the fact that attacks using explosives have doubled since 2018 is cause for public concern and political embarrassment. In addition, some 70 unexploded devices are still being investigated.

Comment: Unfortunately, it seems like things will only get worse before they get any better. The bombings are only one facet of the many problems Sweden is facing currently.


#WalkAway founder and panelists discuss hispanic town hall taking place right in Ocasio-Cortez's congressional district

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On Saturday, the #WalkAway movement is hosting a "Hispanic American" town hall. The event, which will be held in Congressional District 14, will feature speakers and panelists including Anna Paulina, Drew Hernandez, Gabriel E. Montalvo, among others.

For the uninitiated, the #WalkAway movement was created by former progressive Brandon Straka. On May 26, 2018, Straka released a video titled, "Why I Left The Democratic Party." It has since been viewed more than 2.7 million times on Facebook.

In the video, Straka explains his exodus from the Democratic Party. Many more former progressives have followed suit. A cursory YouTube search for "Walk Away" brings up video after video of individuals telling their own stories about leaving the Democratic Party or progressivism more generally.

Comment: The idea that racial minorities are obligated to vote democrat is one of the best scams the Democratic Party ever pulled. When one considers how the extreme leftist views being pushed by the party, including trans rights, abortion and homosexuality, conflict with the traditional values of Blacks and Latinos, why would one expect them to vote blue?

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'This is not a MAGA rally!' The View hosts triggered by Donald Trump Jr. guest appearance

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Donald Trump Jr
Promoting his book 'Triggered,' President Donald Trump's son made waves on ABC's The View, sparring with the hostile host panel which had to repeatedly tell the studio audience to stop cheering (and booing).

Don Junior and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle were the show's guests on Thursday, and got into many back-and forths with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Abby Huntsman and Meghan McCain.

Trump and Guilfoyle made a spirited defense of the Trump presidency, rejecting the moral equivalence of a Trump hotel operating in Washington, DC with Hunter Biden sitting on a board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was vice-president. When Junior mentioned that President Trump gives away his entire salary to the US Treasury, the audience cheered and clapped, prompting the irritated Behar to snap.

"This is not a MAGA rally!" she said, referring to Trump's 2016 campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.


'Inconsistent with expert data': Russia's tax service challenges 'secretive' World Bank Doing Business rating

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Russia's Federal Tax Service (FNS) has questioned data used by the World Bank in its assessment of the country for its Doing Business index, stating that the Bank's data is very inconsistent with findings of independent experts.

The recently released rating placed Russia into 28th place among 190 countries. The country has improved its results compared to the previous year - when it came in 31st - but the new rating has raised a few questions at Russia's tax service.

The FNS questioned accuracy of data used by the index's creators - at least, in its fiscal part - stating that the World Bank's figures are very different from the findings of independent experts.

"The rating's findings are very inconsistent with the data from independent experts, as well as with the surveys, conducted by the Russian businesses," FNS told RIA Novosti.


NHS plan to hand out 'red cards' to patients who offend medical staff with abusive comments

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Patients who direct racist or sexist abuse at hospital staff could have their treatment withdrawn - as soon as is medically safe - under a new disciplinary system which would see 'red cards' handed out to repeat offenders.

The 'Red Card to Racism' scheme was recently implemented by the NHS's North Bristol Trust (NBT) in response to increasing incidents of racist behavior from patients toward medical professionals. But the proposal has triggered mixed reactions.

"A message that there's zero tolerance towards [racism] will lead to a level of self control," Weyman Bennett, co-convenor of the Stand up to Racism campaign told RT, adding that "most of these people will find that once their behavior is deemed unacceptable, they realize that they can no longer behave like that."

Comment: Most hospital staff can distinguish between a respectful request made on religious grounds, such as a woman not wishing to be treated by a man, and a demand made on personal animus. While Stephan Morris may have valid points about the stress inherent in a hospital stay, the fact is that medical staff are routinely exposed to mental and physical abuse by patients. The situation is further exacerbated by the chronic underfunding of Britain's healthcare system. NHS Bristols attempt to mitigate this seems to be a step in the right direction, by giving patients a chance to moderate their behaviour.