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Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting (debunked) anti-Muslim war crime tale

Trump reacts to Barcelona terror by touting (debunked) anti-Muslim war crime talePresident Trump responded to the news of a terrorist attack in Spain by peddling a debunked legend about a general’s harsh tactics more than a century ago.


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Two People in Custody in Connection With Barcelona Attack

Two People in Custody in Connection With Barcelona AttackAuthorities say neither of them was the driver in the vehicle attack, which killed more than a dozen people in the famous Las Ramblas area.


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White Supremacist Cries Over Possible Arrest Warrant

White Supremacist Cries Over Possible Arrest WarrantChristopher Cantwell said he was terrified of the police.


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Does the Radical Left Pose a Violent Threat?

Does the Radical Left Pose a Violent Threat?The FBI tracks both the radical left and right, but warns that it's white supremacist extremists who pose a greater threat of violence.


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Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's life

Hero police officer shot dead four terrorists in Cambrils and saved injured partner's lifeAn outnumbered police officer shot dead four of the five terrorists who attacked the seaside city of Cambrils last night, saving his injured partner’s life, according to a dramatic account of the shootout. The officers were carrying out a routine check at a roundabout near the seafront of Cambrils when the terrorists launched their attack, which, it was confirmed today, killed one woman. Their white Audi A3, coming from the direction of the city, ploughed through four pedestrians before smashing into the police car and overturning. The crash left one officer with a broken tibia and an injured head. According to a report in the La Vanguardia newspaper, the five men got out of the overturned vehicle, armed with knives and axes, and wearing false explosives.  The overturned car used in the attack in Cambrils Credit: LLUIS GENE/AFP The hero police office shot down four of the terrorists and the fifth fled in the direction of a nearby park, stabbing a pedestrian in the face with a knife. He was gunned down by a separate police officer. The chief of Mossa, the Catalan police force, confirmed that one officer had killed the four terrrorists.  Josep Luis Trapero told reporters at a press conference: "To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest." Video footage has emerged of one of the terrorists taunting police before being shot down. A British tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambrils is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. One tourist told how families and residents were ordered to take cover as bullets tore through the air in a scene he described as being like "watching a horror film". A terrorist heads towards police armed with a knife Credit: Sky News A total of five civilians were injured in the attack with a sixth dying from her injuries in hospital. Cambril is tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Earlier in Barcelona a van had sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Barcelona attack key articles  


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Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border

Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. borderThe number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration's immigration crackdown head north.


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Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debateCHULAFINNEE, Ala. (AP) — White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments.


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Prominent investigator exits Mueller team

Prominent investigator exits Mueller teamRachel Maddow reports on the surprising departure of Peter Strzok, a prominent counter-espionage investigator who had been working on Robert Mueller's Trump Russia investigation.


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Shocking Video Shows Bear Biting Off Man's Arm After He Provokes It

Shocking Video Shows Bear Biting Off Man's Arm After He Provokes ItThe man ignored warning signs outside the cage and climbed over the fence to feed the bears milk.


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Donald Trump Cares About Irreplaceable Objects, Except When He Doesn't

Donald Trump Cares About Irreplaceable Objects, Except When He Doesn'tPresident Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to condemn the removal of “beautiful statues and monuments” around the United States.


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10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girlA 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India's Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested. Both the girl and her baby are doing fine," doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.


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Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral President

Why Barack Obama is Our Most Viral PresidentBarack Obama's post Charlottesville tweet just broke the record for number of likes. How did Obama crack the social media code?


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Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalatesBy Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines police came under pressure on Friday to explain the killing of a high-school student after the 17-year-old became one of at least 80 people shot dead this week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs. Television channels aired CCTV footage that showed Kian Loyd Delos Santos being carried by two men to the place where his body was later found, raising doubt about an official report that said he was shot because he fired at police officers first. Witnesses told the ABS-CBN channel that the teenager did not have a firearm and police officers at the scene handed him a gun, asked him to fire the weapon and run.


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Witness: Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot him

Witness: Cambrils terrorist taunted and smiled at police as they shot himA witness told of how a terrorist responsible for the second attack in Spain yesterday taunted police before they shot him dead. Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, was caught up in the second attack in Cambrils and described what he saw. He told the BBC he was in Spain for a judo camp and was in a meeting with the coaches when the incident unfolded. "These girls ran into the bar off the street and then people were running up the road. "One of our guys stood up, looked and just said 'run', so we all ran. "This guy came running up the road and was shouting something. "I didn't know what it was, so we said call the police. "Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again. "And then they 'pop, pop', did a couple of shots and he fell down. "He stood back up and then he stepped over the fence and he started, he was taunting, smiling and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground." In the early hours of Friday, as the world reeled after the attack in Barcelona, residents of the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils fled in terror after five terrorists wearing suicide vests launched the second ramming attack in the country in a matter of hours.  Suicide-vest wearing terrorists shot dead after second car attack 01:02 At least six people were hurt when the attackers drove into pedestrians before being shot dead by security forces, just hours after a similar attack in nearby Barcelona. Of the six civilians caught up in the Cambrils attack, two were said to be in a serious condition. The Audi A3 car rammed into people on the seaside promenade of the tourist city 74 miles south of Barcelona, where a van had earlier sped into a street packed full of tourists, killing 13 people and injuring around 100 others. Police said the suspects in Cambrils carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Media reports said a car crashed into a police vehicle and nearby civilians and police shot the attackers, one brandishing a knife. Police did not immediately say how the attack was being carried out. A police officer and five civilians were injured and two were in serious condition. 


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Neo-Nazis are taking genetic tests and are deeply upset by the results

Neo-Nazis are taking genetic tests and are deeply upset by the resultsWhite supremacists in the US are taking genetic tests to prove their racial identity but are being left bitterly disappointed to learn their genes are not as pure as they presumed. A new study from the University of California examined years’ worth of posts on Stormfront, a neo-Nazi forum which is the internet’s first major racial hate site, to decipher how members responded to their spit-in-a-cup genetic test results. White nationalists were up in arms to discover they were not 100 per cent white European and instead had African, Jewish or Asian genes.


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59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower

59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower

You'll never look at it the same way again.

From Delish


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The Latest: Lawyers for South Africa model consider court

The Latest: Lawyers for South Africa model consider courtJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on the assault allegation against Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe (all times local):


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American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding Dress

American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding DressThe court papers claimed Yewande Oteh of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to sue the airline after it failed to prevent or investigate the incident.


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The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue Bazaar

The U.S. Capitol Is Basically A Confederate Statue BazaarWASHINGTON ― As cities around the nation pull down their monuments to the Confederacy, the legacy lives on in the heart of national politics: the U.S. Capitol. 


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Criticism grows over Netanyahu's response to US neo-Nazism

Criticism grows over Netanyahu's response to US neo-NazismCriticism grew Thursday over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's limited response to a US white supremacist rally and President Donald Trump's controversial remarks about it, with calls for him to speak out against anti-Semitism. The issue highlighted Netanyahu's reluctance to be seen as criticising Trump, who has expressed strong support for Israel and whose rise to the presidency was welcomed by the Israeli premier, some analysts said. Netanyahu regularly speaks out against anti-Semitism in other countries, but the United States is Israel's most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion per year in defence aid and important diplomatic backing.


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Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic Nightmare

Here's a Preview of the Solar Eclipse Traffic NightmareThe backup in Oregon was between 20 and 30 miles long


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Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying night

Quiet seaside resort of Cambrils emerges from a terrifying nightMarkel Artabe had just finished his shift as a waiter in Cambrils and was heading off for an ice-cream when he heard shots: only a few hours after the carnage in Barcelona, the Catalan coast was suffering another attack. "Then we heard shots and thought 'it must be fireworks'... But it was gunshots," said the waiter in the seaside resort 120 kilometres south of Barcelona in the northeastern region of Catalonia.


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White supremacist cries on camera as he describes 'terror' over arrest warrant

White supremacist cries on camera as he describes 'terror' over arrest warrantA white supremacist who helped organise the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared on camera crying as he describes his fear of arrest. Chris Cantwell, a racist who previously claimed he and others would "f***ing kill" anti-fascist demonstrators for interfering with their right to express their views, sobs uncontrollably in the clip. The blogger was featured in a Vice News documentary filmed before, during and after the rally in Virginia turned violent.


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U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crash

U.S. Navy to remove senior leaders of warship after deadly June crashBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will relieve the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that collided with a Philippine container ship in June off the coast of Japan, the Navy said on Thursday, A separate official report released on Thursday contained dramatic accounts of what happened when the freighter hit the USS Fitzgerald, killing seven Navy sailors. Admiral Bill Moran, deputy chief of naval operations, told reporters that the USS Fitzgerald's commander, executive officer and master chief petty officer would be removed. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are still under way into how the Fitzgerald, a guided missile destroyer, and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.


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'Bloodiest 24 hours' of Philippines drugs war, as 32 shot dead by Duterte's police

'Bloodiest 24 hours' of Philippines drugs war, as 32 shot dead by Duterte's policeThirty two suspected drug dealers were killed in police shootouts in the Philippines on Tuesday night, during the bloodiest 24 hours so far of a state war on drugs that has killed over 7,000 people in the last year. The police conducted 49 “buy-bust” operations, using undercover officers to attempt to buy drugs from suspected dealers, and 14 raids, in the province of Bucalan, just north of the capital, Manila, said police superintendent Romeo Caramat. Filipino students stage a protest rally against the war on drugs in Manila Credit: EPA Describing his forces’ actions as “one time, big time”, he said that 25 of these operations had “resulted in armed encounter” during which 32 were killed and 107 were arrested. Officers also confiscated over 200 grams of methamphetamine, 786g of marijuana, and firearms. Mr Caramat told reporters that while the police tried to avoid casualties during their operations, that “we do not have control of the situation.” He repeated a common line issued by the Philippine authorities, that the suspects were killed because they fought back. “The subjects are notorious drug pushers and we all know that they are called notorious because they will refuse to be caught alive,” he said, according to local news-site, Rappler. More than 3,200 alleged drug offenders have been killed in gunbattles with law enforcers since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a brutal war on drugs after coming to power last year. #Philippines mandatory student drug testing may create a "school-to-cemetery track" for kids testing positive @hrwhttps://t.co/OC0MQMce3upic.twitter.com/Jpysuh1pTs— Phelim Kine 林海 (@PhelimKine) August 14, 2017 Human rights groups have accused the police of acting with impunity and deliberately staging shoot-outs to kill suspects without giving them the right to a trial. They report that at least 7,000 alleged drugs dealers and users in total have been killed, with the majority being gunned down by vigilante assassins accused of having links to the authorities. Critics of Duterte have demanded an investigation into his possible role in the violence. Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Philippines researcher at Amnesty International said it was “extremely worrying” that the killings had picked up pace in recent weeks. “This is another horrific milestone in President Duterte’s bloody ‘war on drugs’,” she said of Tuesday night’s death toll. “This shows clearly the urgent need to establish an international-led investigation into the carnage taking place every night.” Phelime Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, added his voice to calls for an independent inquiry, urging the United Nations to investigate Duterte’s drugs war “slaughter.” “Duterte’s consistent cheerleading for an unlawful killing campaign that killed at least 7,000 – and perhaps as many as 12,000 – of the country’s most poverty-stricken citizens makes him complicit in the incitement and instigation of mass killings” he said. In quotes | Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines Meanwhile, HRW has warned that the safety of Philippine high school and college students could be endangered by government plans to introduce random mandatory drugs tests on campus. The ministry of education has approved a proposal to introduce drugs tests at the start of the school year to deter and determine the prevalence of drug abuse among students. “Imposing mandatory drug testing of students when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger for failing a drug test,” said Mr Kine. “Education officials should be protecting students, not putting them in harm’s way through mandatory drugs tests.”


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Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off boardBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo's school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.


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World's Saddest Right-Wing Protest Draws 7 People To Seattle's Lenin Statue

World's Saddest Right-Wing Protest Draws 7 People To Seattle's Lenin StatueFar-right “Pizzagate” conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec tweeted videos and photos Wednesday showing him leading a group of people protesting a Vladimir Lenin statue in Seattle. Video shows Posobiec leading the group in a chant of “tear it down, tear it down” as the protesters — wearing “Make America Great Again” caps and holding placards bearing phrases like “Lenin is Hitler” and “Alt Left Hate” — marched around the statue.It appears that about 7 people, including Posobiec, attended the demonstration. Trump Supporters Demand Marxist Statue of Lenin Must Be Torn Down pic.twitter. ...


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Donald Trump is 'just six Senate votes from impeachment'

Donald Trump is 'just six Senate votes from impeachment'Donald Trump is just six Senate votes from impeachment, according to an analyst at a prominent independent think-tank. Support for the President among Republican Senators has waned to the extent that Mr Trump is likely to only hang onto his seat by six votes, according to Elaine Kamarck of the Washington-based research group The Brookings Institution. Ms Kamarck, who is director of the Centre for Effective Public Management, said 12 Republican Senators had "no fear of the President" and had indicated they could vote against him in a vote.


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The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'

The Women Behind the 'Alt-Right'Last Friday night, the white nationalists who marched on Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park all looked strikingly similar. They were almost exclusively white, of course. But they were also relatively young. And with a handful of exceptions, they were men.


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Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talksBy Parisa Hafezi and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and Iranian military leaders held talks on Wednesday over cooperation in the Syrian conflict and counter-terrorism, officials said, during a rare visit to NATO-member Turkey by the Islamic Republic's military chief of staff. Turkey's ties with Washington have been strained by U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, and the visit by Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri is the latest sign that Ankara is increasing cooperation with other powers such as Iran and Russia. Baqeri met his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday and Turkey's Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli on Wednesday in what Turkish media said was the first visit by an Iranian chief of staff since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.


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CIA 'warned Spanish police of possible Barcelona attack' 

CIA 'warned Spanish police of possible Barcelona attack' Catalan police were warned two months ago about a possible terrorist attack on Las Ramblas, Spanish media have reported. The CIA told Los Mossos, the Catalonian regional police force, that Barcelona was a top target for jihadist terrorists as recently as June this year, El Peridoco, a local paper, reported on Friday.   "Two months ago the Central Intelligence Agency passed a notice to the Catalan autonomous police," the paper said. "It even warned of the risk to Las Ramblas," the pedestrian thoroughfare hit by an attack on Thursday.  The Telegraph could not immediately verify the report. Police stepped up security at Sagrada Familia last year Credit:  Jason Hawkes The reported warning followed a series of high-profile vehicle attacks in London, Stockholm, Berlin, and Nice and came amid a mounting concern amongst Spanish and foreign intelligence agencies that the Catalan capital could be next on the jihadist hit list. The last successful Islamist terrorist attack in Spain was in March 11 2004, when a suspected al Qaeda terror cell exploded bombs on several Madrid commuter trains in a series of coordinated attacks, killing 192 and injuring more than 2,000. Spanish and foreign intelligence agencies have long seen Catalonia as a high-risk area. Terror in Spain: Dozens killed and injured in Barcelona and Cambrils In 2007 the US Embassy in Madrid proposed setting up an intelligence hub in Barcelona to counter a “major Mediterranean centre of radical Islamist activity.” Eduardo Aguirre, the-then US ambassador in Madrid, said in a cable published by Wikileaks in 2010 that heavy immigration from North Africa and Asia had made the region “a magnet for terrorist recruiters” but that Spanish authorities had little capability to penetrate potential terror cells there. In October last year Catalan police stepped up security at the  Sagrada Familia, the iconic unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, after an Isil-linked publication included it in an image of four key terror targets around the world. A policeman stands by a car involved in a terrorist attack in Cambrils, a city 120 kilometres south of Barcelona Credit:  LLUIS GENE/AFP The others the Colosseum in Rome,  the Statue of Liberty in New York, and Big Ben in Westminster, where five people were killed and 49 injured in a vehicle attack in March. According to the Spanish interior ministry, more than 180 “jihadist terrorists" have been arrested since June 2015,  when Spain raised the terror alert level to four out of a maximum of five. Spanish police and intelligence services assigned an extra 3,000 officers to investigate potential threats across the country. British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May 01:46 More than 150 combatants from Spain have travelled to Syria to fight with Isil and the whereabouts of many of those remains unknown. Police believe the high concentration of Western tourists who flock to Spain and the fact it was once under Muslim rule also make it an attractive target for jihadist terror. Barcelona attack key articles  


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Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentenceLee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.


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9-Foot Alligator Attacks And Kills 75 Pound Dog In Florida

9-Foot Alligator Attacks And Kills 75 Pound Dog In FloridaAuthorities are now warning residents about keeping their pets leashed.


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KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interview

KKK leader threatens to 'burn' black Latina journalist and calls her a 'n*****' during interviewAn Afro-Latina journalist conducting an interview with a member of the Ku Klux Klan has said he threatened her so violently that she was concerned for her safety. Ilia Calderón, a Univision journalist with both African and Colombian heritage, agreed to visit KKK leader Chris Barker on his wooded North Carolina property. Almost immediately, Mr Barker asked her why she didn’t “go back” to her country of origin.


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Trump Attorney John Dowd Forwards Bizarre Email Rant Defending Robert E. Lee

Trump Attorney John Dowd Forwards Bizarre Email Rant Defending Robert E. LeeAn attorney for President Donald Trump forwarded an email to conservative media and government officials that said Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee “is no different than” President George Washington, and which claims the Black Lives Matter movement is “infiltrated by terrorist groups.”


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Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer

Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of CancerTracey Jacqueline Weir is accused of selling phony raffle tickets to support children's cancer research in the name of 4-year-old Nolan Scully.


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Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?

Did outing Charlottesville's white supremacists just make them more committed?The “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday morning in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the first time 27-year-old Nigel Krofta attended a white nationalist event. He’s been active in the movement online, but last weekend he stepped out from behind his keyboard and stood clutching a billy club alongside the neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, and other so-called alt-right marchers.  That day, Krofta met James Alex Fields Jr., who allegedly drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters just a few hours later, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. After the bloodshed, a photo of the two men, published by the New York Times, found its way to Twitter, where Krofta was identified by name—along with his hometown and the contact information for his employer. He was labeled an “area Nazi” by a journalist in Charleston, South Carolina, not far from Krofta’s home in Ridgeville. SEE ALSO: How you can take action against white supremacy after Charlottesville On Monday, Krofta said he started to receive threats. He was also promptly fired from his job as a welder. “My employer was being called with threats on their business and persons and they responded by discharging me,” the now-former metalworker told Mashable. “My actions and beliefs are mine and I do not want anyone to be hurt or harmed for being associated with me.” I talked to the Ridgeville man, also a white supremacist, shown next to accused murderer James Fields at rally. https://t.co/YKv5zUWscY — Michael Majchrowicz (@mjmajchrowicz) August 14, 2017 For online activists seeking to identify the marchers at Saturday’s rally, this seems like mission accomplished: A participant faced real-world consequences, outside the confines of the white nationalist movement, where having Nazi sympathies makes you a pariah. But, while activists hope the threat of shame (and unemployment) will deter racists from joining future marches, their actions could have unintended consequences: pushing neo-Nazis out of the shadows could just force them to double down.Krofta is one of multiple marchers outed by online activists: In California, Cole White reportedly resigned from his job at a hotdog restaurant after his bosses caught wind of his involvement in Charlottesville over the weekend. In Nevada, 20-year-old University of Nevada at Reno student Peter Cvjetanovic got so much publicity he went on a local news program to explain that he is “not the angry racist they see in that photo.” The photo to which he’s referring shows Cvjetanovic—and his Hitler-esque hairstyle—carrying a torch and screeching alongside other white nationalists the night before Saturday’s deadly rally. In Fargo, North Dakota, the shame of seeing his son marching with known bigots prompted a father to pen a lengthy op-ed for a local newspaper essentially disowning his racist son. “I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions,” he wrote. UPDATE: Cole White, the first person I exposed, no longer has a job ‍♂️ #GoodNightColeWhite #ExposeTheAltRight #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/sqxSXboKw6 — Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 13, 2017 The outing of racists has been met with fanfare. The Twitter page @YesYoureARacist, dedicated to shining a light on bigoted behavior, had 60,000 followers on Saturday morning—now, it has 400,000. Identifying racists has been the goal of civil rights organizations for years, with the idea that it will create problems for them in their personal and professional lives. As Southern Poverty Law Center researcher Ryan Lenz says in the documentary Welcome to Leith about the attempted neo-Nazi takeover of a small North Dakota town, “If you wanna be a Nazi, you can be a Nazi. But I’m gonna make sure the world knows you’re a Nazi.”Logan Smith, who founded the YesYoureARacist feed, put it similarly: "Ever since the days of the KKK burning crosses in people's yards, they depend on people remaining silent," Smith told NPR.  "And no matter the risk, I'm not going away." White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" march toward Emancipation Park in CharlottesvilleImage: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesYet, there’s a problem. In a world where the President of the United States says there were “very fine people” on “both sides” of Saturday’s rally, people might not care whether people know they’re aligned with white supremacists, according to several demonstrators at the rally who railed against Jews, “faggots," and other groups. In fact, according to some, being exposed is only emboldening a movement they feel has essentially been endorsed by the president of the United States. “All we're doing is massively, massively growing,” David Duke, the infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader who was at the rally in Charlottesville, told Mashable. Donald Trump mentioned Duke by name during a press conference on Tuesday where he defended the “good people” on the right who demonstrated in Charlottesville. Duke made headlines during last year’s presidential election when he endorsed Trump. It took the president nearly a week to disavow the endorsement of a notorious white supremacist—who is perhaps the most well-known white supremacist of the last 30 years and whom Trump initially claimed to know nothing about. “I’ve gotten 15 million Twitter impressions [since the rally in Charlottesville] and 90 percent have been positive,” Duke continued, adding that, “the Antifa [anti-fascist activists] might think they’re making some gains on us [by outing white nationalists] but they're not...people see through it now. They see what’s going on. They have the Internet. They saw what happened [in Charlottesville]. We weren't there for violence. We were there to make our point.”For white nationalists, Duke's mission was accomplished. Those I spoke with expressed few regrets about what happened in Charlottesville, though many claimed to not support violence. (This claim is belied by the events, which left one woman dead and dozens wounded. The governor of Virginia described the white nationalists as more heavily armed than the police.)  Outing a guy like Duke, or Richard Spencer—the de-facto leader of the “alt-right” movement—is pointless; their names are synonymous with white supremacy and a simple Google search will reveal who they are. But for people like Nigel Krofta, who stepped into the world of white nationalism and ended up unemployed and publicly dubbed a Nazi, the consequences could be more severe.Krofta, at least, doesn’t care. In fact, he says, it’s only strengthened his resolve. Asked if he considered the potential consequences of demonstrating with a group of white nationalists before Saturday, Krofta said, “Of course I did. However, it was a risk I was willing to take and I have no regrets.”Krofta said his experience in Charlottesville—and the fallout from his activities—has only encouraged him to do more. He said he plans on joining a formal white nationalist group and to continue attending rallies. For the next one, he said, he and his “alt-right” cronies will be “better prepared.”“I feel vindicated,” he said. “[Getting exposed] strengthened my resolve.” He added, “I have my own plans...I hope I do inspire more to be more active.” White nationalist demonstrators surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockThe gloating and positive spin on what happened in Charlottesville is not unexpected, says Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, who tracks white nationalist groups like the “alt-right” and the National Socialist Movement, the country’s primary neo-Nazi organization.“Duke, Spencer and others will surely try to leverage this moment to double-down on their fantasies of creating a white civil rights movement,” Segal said. He added, “Generally, the people who show up to rallies have already taken the leap [into unabashed white nationalism]...there are some unintended consequences to [publicly name them] that can backfire. White supremacists generally don’t miss an opportunity to portray themselves as the victims.”That’s exactly what happened. People like Duke and Spencer have spent the last few days playing the victim on social media and beyond. President Trump appears to be paying attention to the plight of the poor white nationalists, as evidenced by that insane press conference on Tuesday, in which Trump repeatedly emphasized that both sides had done wrong.Krofta also doesn’t have much faith in the identification tactics of the “alt-right’s” opposition in terms of keeping people from upcoming rallies. While he concedes that people may be “afraid to show [once they] realize that all it takes is one photo to ruin their life,” he’s quick to add that he doesn’t fall into that camp. “My life has not been ruined,” he said.Efforts to identify participants could still deter some. On Aug. 19, a group of “free speech activists” with tentacles in the “alt-right” sphere are planning a rally in Boston. After the chaos in Virginia, speakers began to pull out of the event in fear of being publicly linked to the “alt-right.” The group has publicly disavowed the rally in Charlottesville and insists that their organization is in no way affiliated with people like Duke or Spencer. But the rally is still a target for Antifa activists, who believe it’s an extension of what happened in Charlottesville. 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[He] was most likely looking for a way out of there.”He added, “[Fields] did not have any plans to [slam his car through a crowd of people] to my knowledge...that is a very expensive car.” If you’re looking for direct ways to take action after the Charlottesville violence, we’ve identified five things you can do right now .


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Who are the victims of the Barcelona attack? Dead named as seven-year-old British-born boy reported missingFamily and friends have confirmed the death of loved ones following the attack in  Barcelona which killed at least 14 people and left many others injured. There are also missing people - relatives have been searching high and low, desperate for their loved ones to be safe. Here is all we know on the missing and the dead. The missing seven-year-old The family of a British-born seven-year-old boy has posted on Facebook begging for his safe return after he was separated from his injured mother. Julian Cadman was out in Barcelona with his mother when the terrorist's van struck where they were walking, separating them. The last photo of missing Aussie Julian Cadman before Barcelona attack, including the clothes he was wearing > MORE: https://t.co/Uk3O9oPFuapic.twitter.com/g1EYlTkokm— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) August 18, 2017 The two were reportedly there to attend a wedding. His father Andrew Cadman, from Sydney, said he had spoken to his son only hours before he went missing. Cadman was travelling to Barcelona to search for Julian. He is due to land late on Friday evening. The little boy moved out to Australia three years ago, according to relatives.   He attended Chiddingstone Nursery in Kent before moving out to Sydney with his mother, who is from the Philippines, and his Australian father, Andrew Cadman. A family member said that at the time of the attack he was wearing a white shirt with a collar, and shorts. His hair has grown, and it is long now. The little boy in a picture his mother shared on Facebook Jumarie 'Jom' Cadman, the mother of Julian, was found in hospital and is in a serious but stable condition. The aunt of seven-year-old Julian Cadman says the family is desperate for news of their "sweet, bubbly" boy who has been missing since the atrocity. Norma Canaveral, who works at London's Cromwell Hospital, says Julian refers to her as granny and described him as "lovely, bubbly and sweet" child who loves to dance. He had been attending a family wedding in Barcelona when the terrorist's van struck his mother Jim who is currently in a coma. Mrs Canaveral's daughters and Julian's cousins, Christabel Juguilon and  Norie-Jean Brown, spent Thursday ringing relatives for news as his Australian father makes a frantic dash across to Spain to search for his son. Julian's mother suffered multiple fractures and facial injuries as the terrorist's van struck her as they walk along Las Rambas. Barcelona terror attack: What we know so far 01:02 Julian was born in Tunbridge, Kent, and attended the prestigious Chiddingstone Nursery, set in a castle,before the family of three moved to Australia three years ago. Mr Cadman's father Tony, originally from Dorset, lives in Australia, and made an emotional appeal for news of his grandson. His father Andrew, a cabinet maker, heard the news on the radio at work. British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May 01:46 His cousin, George Cadman, wrote on Facebook: "My cousin, Julian Alessandro Cadman is missing. Please like and share. We have found Jom (his Mum, my cousin-in-law) and she is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. "Julian is 7 years old and was out with Jom when they were separated, due to the recent terrorist activity. Please share, especially if you have family or friends in Barcelona. Thank you." His grandfather, Tony Cadman, who is from Dorset originally but now lives in Australia, wrote: "My Grandson, Julian Alessandro Cadman is missing. Please like and share. We have found Jom (my daughter in law) and she is serious but stable condition in hospital." His mother's niece said: "Julian's a really sweet boy. He loves to dance, he's a lovely, bubbly boy." Belgian town mourns woman killed Elke Vanbockrijck was killed in the attack, according to friends, colleagues and the stricken town she was from. She was the mother of two young sons. Authorities said she was on holiday with her husband and sons when she was run down and killed by a terrorist. The town of Tongeren is opening a memorial book for the fallen woman, who according to friends was a football fan and a lot of fun. According to people who live in the town, Mrs Vanbockrijck worked at the local bank. One said: "She worked at the window at the 'Bank van de Post' where I'm a client. Heartfelt condolences for family and friends in this terrible drama ". A colleague said: "Rest in peace! We're going to miss you at work but also at the football!"  A friend wrote: "Super woman, honey of a mom, everything you want in a friend or colleague! And then she gets taken away from us! Terrible, strength to all colleagues and especially to the family and Vic and Gus" Belgium's foreign affairs minister, Didier Reynders, previously said a Belgian citizen was also among the dead. Een Tongerse werd vandaag slachtoffer van de laffe aanslag in Barcelona. Namens alle Tongenaren mijn deelneming aan familie en vrienden.— Patrick Dewael (@PatrickDewael) August 17, 2017 The mayor of Tongeren confirmed a woman from the town had died. Family mourns Spanish grandfather Francisco Lopez Rodriguez desaparecido foto en las ramblas antes del atentado pic.twitter.com/8AHq9m2eK3— Raquel Baron Lopez (@rachelbaron1976) August 18, 2017 Francisco López Rodríguez, who 60 years old and a native of Lanteira (Granada), was reported missing by stricken family members following the terror attack. He was pictured on Las Ramblas before a van careened into pedestrians, including Mr Rodríguez, who according to family members died on the spot. ha fallecido en el acto, en el impacto por eso no estaba en ninguna lista acabamos de recibir noticia no puedo seguir Gracias— Raquel Baron Lopez (@rachelbaron1976) August 18, 2017 Raquel Baron Lopez, his niece, posted a series of desperate tweets saying she was looking for him in hospitals across the city, but to no avail. She let her followers know the tragic news when she learned her uncle died when he was mown over by the van. Four other members of her family went missing - but were safely located in the hours following the attack. Dead Italian father-of-two mourned by friends and colleagues Among the 14 dead is Italian father-of-two Bruno Gullotta. His place of work, Tom's Hardware, confirmed that the 35-year-old had died in the attack. He leaves behind his partner, young mother Martina Gullotta, and his two children. Bruno The company wrote on Facebook: "He was a friend, a father and a colleague. "He was one of us at Tom's hardware, everyone knew who he was. We're all going to miss him. "A big hug to Martina and the kids." His colleague said his heart was going out to the children, "little Alexander, who is preparing to start elementary school with the awareness that his life and family will no longer be the same. "And then we think of the little Aria, who does not have the horrible scene in her eyes but will never know her dad. " The father-of-two worked in marketing and sales at the company. A colleague writes: "He was able to lead a rich family life and a brilliant professional career with a balance- and that I will always envy him." Italian man dies next to fiancee Luca Russo pictured next to a woman believed to be his fiancee Credit: Facebook The Italian foreign ministry identified the second Italian killed as Luca Russo, who was on holiday with his fiancée. She was injured but was not in serious condition. He was from Bassano Grappa in the northern province of Treviso and worked at a company in Padua. Both Luca and his girlfriend Marta Scomazzon were volunteers at the Green Cross, according to local police. According to local media, he was 25 years old and was an engineering graduate. His sister wrote an hour before he was identified as dead: "help me bring him home, please". "We are born without bringing anything, we die without taking away anything. And in the middle we argue for something," was the last thing he posted on his Facebook page. In 2015, after the Paris attacks, Luca Russo had posted a Eiffel tower, writing "peace" and "Religion is the opium of the people". The President of Veneto, Luca Zaia, said: "Veneto loses one of its children. "Memory can only return to the Bataclan attack, where our Valeria Solesin was barbarously killed". A three-year-old child among those dead A three-year-old child is among those confirmed dead, Spanish media reported. The child is from  Rubi in Barcelona and was apparently taken to San Pau hospital but could not be saved. Fifteen of the victims were last night in critical condition. In Australia,  Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop confirmed that four Australians had been hurt in the attack, while one person is missing. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures Twenty-six French citizens were injured, with at least 11 of them in serious condition, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement. A spokesman for Spain's civil protection had earlier said said that among the victims in the popular seaside city were nationals from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina, Venezuela, Belgium, Australia, Hungary, Peru, Romania, Ireland, Greece, Cuba, Macedonia, China, Italy and Algeria - without detailing whether he was referring to those who died or were injured. Teacher searches for her missing husband Heidi Nunes was on a blissful holiday with her husband Jared Tucker, a42-year-old construction worker, when disaster struck. The US state department has confirmed one American has been killed - but Mr Tucker is still missing. The two were in the path of the terrorist-driven vehicle - and ended up becoming separated. The two on Las Rambas The couple from Walnut Creek, California, were celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Europe, and had just finished drinks on Las Rambas when the van came out of nowhere. "Next thing I know there's screaming yelling," Ms Nunes, a 40-year-old teacher, told NBC News. "I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming." She saw a video of a man who appears to be him, severely injured, and being helped by a passer-by. However, she has searched high and low and seen nothing of him since. In the image above, she is with her husband at a bar in Las Rambas around an hour before she lost him. Barcelona attack key articles  


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"You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry’"

The mother of Heather Heyer, the woman killed while protesting Saturday’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, said she won’t talk to President Donald Trump “after what he said about my child.”

She had been so busy after her daughter’s death that she hadn’t watched TV news until Thursday night, Susan Bro told ABC on Friday.

“I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters ‘like Miss Heyer’ with the KKK and the white supremacists,” Bro said. “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m not forgiving for that.”

Asked if she had something to say to Trump, Bro said, “Think before you speak.”

‘Unifying Words’

The White House said Thursday that it was “working on identifying a time that’s convenient for the family to speak with the president.”

“We appreciate the unifying words that Heather Heyer’s mother spoke yesterday” at her daughter’s memorial service, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

“They tried to kill my child to shut her up, but guess what, you just magnified her,” Bro said at the service on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. “I’d rather have my child, but by golly if I got to give her up, we’re going to make it count.”

The first call on Trump’s behalf looked like it came during the funeral, Bro said on ABC.

Heyer, 32, was killed when a man whom police have identified as James Alex Fields, Jr., 20 drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters following the rally.

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The political fallout of Trump’s remarks about the white supremacists has spread this week, with key Republicans condemning him and CEO advisers abandoning him.

Trump at a news conference on Tuesday said not all of the people protesting the removal of a Charlottesville statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee were neo-Nazis or white supremacists.

“I think there’s blame on both sides,” Trump said. There were also “very fine people” on both sides, he said.

“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart” by the removal of statues honoring Confederate heroes, Trump added in a tweet Thursday.

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