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Queen leads Remembrance Day tributes at the Cenotaph - Telegraph

Queen leads Remembrance Day tributes at the Cenotaph - Telegraph | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Watch ceremony at the Cenotaph in London where the Queen led tributes to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives fighting for the nation

Remembrance Sunday services are being held across the United Kingdom to honour the country's fallen troops.

In London, the Queen led a ceremony at Whitehall's Cenotaph where she laid a wreath in memory of members of the armed forces killed while serving the nation.

The event is the focal point of the country's Remembrance Sunday ceremonies and saw other senior royals and political leaders also leave floral tributes at the memorial.

A two-minute silence at the heart of the service was marked at the beginning and end by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery firing one round from one of their 13-pounder First World War guns from Horse Guards Parade.

Prime Minister David Cameron said this year's Remembrance Sunday was "particularly poignant" as 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the end of Britain's conflict in Afghanistan.

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An unhappy electorate is toughest on Obama and the Democrats

An unhappy electorate is toughest on Obama and the Democrats | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
THE TAKE | As the GOP gains control of the Senate, exit polling shows that voters were disgruntled about almost everything.

Campaign 2014 surpassed its advance billing, as an electorate that was deeply unhappy with all its leaders handed the biggest rebuke to President Obama and the Democrats by giving Republicans control of the Senate. For Democrats, election night turned out far worse than any of them had feared.

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Imran condemns Christian couple lynching

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader, Imran Khan Tuesday denounced, in the strongest of words, the brutal lynching of a Christian couple at the hands of an angry mob in a Narowal village, Samaa reported.

''Condemn in strongest terms the burning alive of Christian couple in bhatta (brick kiln) in Kot Radha Kishan. Oppression & killings of minorities must end", Khan said in a Twitter post.


The incident took place in the town of Kot Radha Kishan, some 60 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of the city of Lahore, and is the latest example of mob violence against minorities accused of blasphemy.


"A mob attacked a Christian couple after accusing them of desecration of the Holy Book and later burnt them at a brick kiln where they worked," local police station official Bin-Yameen told AFP.

"Yesterday an incident of desecration of the Holy Book took place in the area and today the mob first beat the couple and later set their bodies on fire at a brick kiln," he added.

Another police official confirmed the incident. The victims were only identified by their first names, Shama and Shehzad, and were a married couple.

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Manchester street assault: Woman faced death and rape threats

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A woman was assaulted and subjected to rape and death threats in a "horrific and disturbing" attack during rush hour in Manchester, police have said.

A man grabbed the 25-year-old by the throat and pushed her against a wall on Mirabel Street at about 08:40 BST on 23 October, a spokeswoman said.

She said the man repeatedly threatened to rape and kill the woman, but ran off when two passers-by disturbed him.

Det Con Terry Macmillan said the woman had been "traumatised" by the attack.

The man was described as Asian, aged about 27, tall and of medium build, with large eyes, black shaven hair and stubble.

He was said to be wearing a silver and blue watch, a black hooded jacket and black gloves with a white tick on the back.

Police have asked the two people who disturbed the attack, along with any other witnesses, to get in touch.

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Man, 21, held on terror charge

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Paul Alexander's insight:

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in east London on suspicion of assisting another person to commit terrorist acts.

The BBC understands the arrest is not related to a domestic threat in the UK and is connected to possible plans to travel to Syria.

The suspect was detained in Hackney at around 6am on Wednesday morning.

He is being questioned on suspicion of facilitating another person to travel abroad.

Police are searching the property where the 21-year-old was arrested.

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Lack of support claim after khat ban

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Not enough support is being provided to users of a banned substance called khat, members of Cardiff's Somali community have said.

The plant, popular in Somali and Yemeni communities, has a stimulant effect when chewed, but it can lead to mental health issues.

It was criminalised as a class C drug by the UK government in June.

Cardiff and Vale health board said it was still in the process of rolling out support for users.

What is khat?

A leafy plant native to Kenya which has a stimulant effect when chewedKhat is traditionally used by members of the Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communitiesIt makes people happy and talkative but can cause insomnia and temporary confusionChewed for a few hours it leaves users with a feeling of calm, described by some as "blissed out"The drug could make pre-existing mental health problems worse and it can provoke feelings of anxiety and aggression

Source: Talk to Frank

The UK government classified it as a drug to prevent Britain becoming a hub for khat smuggling to countries where it is banned.

Before the ban, around 2,560 tonnes of khat was imported to the UK every year, with a benefit to the Treasury of £2.5m in taxes.

The ban had been supported by many Somali and Yemeni women who said the habit was detrimental to family life and relationships.

There was also concern about the impact on the mental health of users as the effects of the leaf included psychosis and hallucinations. Some users had been admitted to hospital as a result.

But there has been criticism from within one of the oldest Somali communities in the UK of a lack of support for users following the ban.

Mustafa Ahmed, 26, from Cardiff, said: "Unfortunately, there's been almost nil to zero in terms of support by local government or government as a whole for users.

"If you look at any other drug, whether alcohol, cigarettes, crack cocaine, heroin, there are programmes in place to help rehabilitate those individuals and put them on the straight and narrow.

"Unfortunately, the khat ban… yes it's a good idea but it's been brought in with no planning whatsoever with regards to how do we then support these people who we've taken a drug out of their system, and that's something that really needs to be addressed and it's a big concern for the community as a whole."

But the Cardiff and Vale health board said support for users of the drug was being rolled out.

Conrad Eydmann, head of substance misuse strategy and development for Cardiff and Vale area planning board, said the service was being redesigned to make it more accessible to the community but he admitted there had been a delay.

"We're looking for an approach that takes services to the person with need as opposed to expecting them to navigate the system," he said.

"I think there is a time lag in the turn around for something like a change in legislation to make itself operationally felt in the way that we deliver services."

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Protesters disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center

Protesters disrupt The Death of Klinghoffer opera at New York’s Lincoln Center | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Campaigners call for Metropolitan Opera to cancel performance, saying work is antisemitic and glorifies terrorism
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Outside BBC headquarters, Portland Place in London.

Outside BBC headquarters, Portland Place in London. | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
As promised. Hugh writes here about just one instance of Biased BBC reporting.  It was a lively, peaceful and constructive demonstration, with not a single UAF counter protestor in sight! The EDL called twin demos agains...
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Police in Pakistan Torture a Christian Family Because Their Son Married a Muslim Girl

Police in Pakistan Torture a Christian Family Because Their Son Married a Muslim Girl | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
LAHORE, Pakistan: The family of a Christian boy named Akram Masih, to include the females, were severely beaten and tortured by Policemen and Muslim extremists in Multan, Pakistan. These policemen entered his home by climbing the walls. They arrested the boy and placed him under their custody because he had contracted a marriage with a Muslim girl named Maria Bibi, who is from District Shiekhupura.

Advocate Sardar Mushtaq Gill of Human Rights Defender and Chief of LEAD was contacted by Moderator Bishop Asher Kamran of the Methodist Church of Pakistan, requesting legal assistance for the boy’s release. He also stated that he had already submitted an application to the IG in Punjab, Lahore requesting dismissal of the false FIR No.1093/2014, that was registered at Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura, in which the boy was arrested. The police had also booked one Christian relative of the boy from Lahore.

The Christian boy, originally from Multan and the Muslim girl from Sheikhupura, fell in love with each other over the phone. The girl left her home and went to see her lover in Multan, where they both got married, according to Islamic Sharia law. The boy had changed his name to Muhammad Akram and converted from Christianity to Islam to save himself and his family from police and extremists, but the conversion proved useless on his arrest.

The police took the couple and the other Christian relative arrested, from Multan and locked them up in the Police Station Factory Area, Shiekhupura.

The father of the other arrested Christian man named Kherait Masih also contacted Aric John, Advocate of the High Court, and senior counsel of LEAD, for legal assistance for his son, who is totally innocent.

Mr. Gill, along with Aric John made contact with the concerned SHO and handed over all documents for proof of the couple’s marriage and the conversion of the boy from Christian to Muslim. The SHO said that the boy would be appearing in the court of Mr. Matieon Rehman, Judicial Magistrate, Tehsil Courts Ferozwala, District Shiekhupura to record a statement under section 164 Cr. PC and if the girl gives a statement that substantiates the boy’s claim, the police would release them.

Although, the next day, both of the Christians appeared before the court, where upon pressure from the Muslim extremists developed. Mr. Gill was also instructed and directed by other lawyers of the concerned Bar Association to be careful because two days earlier in a similar case, one man was shot dead in the courtroom during the hearing.

The couple was given a chance in front of the magistrate to talk to each other by ordering the lawyers from both sides to vacate the court room, but the girl betrayed him and recorded her statement against the Christian boy with tears. Both Christian boys were then sent to judicial lockup. The boy disclosed to Mr. Gill that the girl was threatened by her family, that if she gave a statement in his favour, they would kill them both. He satisfied himself by saying that she had actually saved his life by recording the statement against him.

It is forbidden under Islamic Sharia law for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian man. Although, a Muslim man is allowed to marry a Christian woman. It is permitted for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian, but only after his conversion from Christianity to Islam. In Pakistan, the level of religious extremism is too high to tolerate the marriage between a Christian man and Muslim woman, even if the Christian converted to Islam.

This is the main reason for the lack of religious liberty, freedom and the grave violations of fundamental human rights in Pakistan.  It is also the main cause of Christian persecution and misuse of Islamic Blasphemy Laws that are used to persecute the religious minorities.

 
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Saudi Arabia faces outcry over death sentence for Shia faith leader

Saudi Arabia faces outcry over death sentence for Shia faith leader | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Nimr Baqir al-Nimr’s conviction for sedition adding to unrest and promoting sectarian hatred, says Human Rights Watch

Saudi Arabia is facing an international outcry and accusations of promoting sectarian hatred after a Shia Muslim religious leader from the country’s volatile eastern province was sentenced to death.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who led protests in Qatif at the height of the Arab spring in 2011, was convicted on Wednesday of sedition and other charges in a case that has been followed closely by Shias in the kingdom and neighbouring Bahrain.

Shia Muslims make up 10%-15% of the population of Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, which bills itself as playing a lead role in the fight against the jihadis of Islamic State (Isis) in Syria and Iraq. Riyadh has supported Sunni groups fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad but denies backing Isis.

State prosecutors had reportedly asked for Nimr to be crucified. The sentence is thought likely to be commuted on appeal.

Nimr was arrested in 2012 and ill-treated during his two-year detention, much of it spent in solitary confinement. He was denied surgery for bullet wounds suffered when he was arrested. He was charged with “disobeying the ruler”, “inciting sectarian strife”, and encouraging and leading demonstrations.

In Iran, Saudi Arabia’s chief regional rival and the political centre of the Shia world, the foreign ministry warned on Thursday that execution would have “dire consequences”. It called Nimr an ayatollah, giving him the second most senior clerical title in the Shia hierarchy. Iran, like Saudi Arabia, uses capital punishment.

In London the Foreign Office stated that it was aware of the sentencing, adding: “The UK opposes the death penalty as a matter of principle.”

The Saudi authorities have portrayed the cleric as an “instigator of discord and rioting”. But Nimr’s supporters and family have denied that he incited violence.

In a BBC interview, Nimr said he backed “the roar of the word against authorities rather than weapons”. The arrest of his brother and other relatives after sentencing has fuelled anger that is being ventilated on Twitter and other social media.

“Saudi Arabia’s harsh treatment of a prominent Shia cleric is only adding to existing sectarian discord and unrest,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia’s path to stability in the eastern province lies in ending systematic discrimination against Shia citizens, not in death sentences.”

Amnesty International described Nimr’s sentencing as part of a wider Saudi government crackdown on dissent.

Shia and Sunni groups said they were extremely alarmed by the sentence. “Ayatollah al-Nimr is a respected Muslim figure in Saudi Arabia,” 10 organisations said in statement. “He is a faith leader, reformist and human rights activist, who has campaigned for an end to discriminatory laws against the Shia minority. The sentencing will further inflame sectarian tensions and provide encouragement to extremist groups such as Isis to continue their persecution of religious minorities.”

Toby Matthiesen, a Cambridge expert on Saudi Arabia, said: “In the last two years Nimr has become known by Shia across the world. For many Salafis and Sunnis with anti-Shia leanings he has become a real hate figure. In the context of Isis, the Saudi royal family is trying to legitimise itself in the eyes of Sunnis by being tough. Nimr was a revolutionary who called for non-violent protests and the downfall of the Al Saud, but also for Assad to go. He wasn’t sectarian.”

Yusif al-Khoei, of the London-based Al-Khoei Foundation, said he was “appalled” by the news and with others was considering boycotting a Saudi-organised conference on inter-religious dialogue in Vienna.

• This article was amended on 17 October 2014 to correct the spelling of Toby Matthiesen’s surname and to clarify the quote from him at his request.

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Britons fighting in Iraq and Syria may face treason charges if they return

Britons fighting in Iraq and Syria may face treason charges if they return | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
Foreign secretary Philip Hammond believes offence of treason could have been committed by Britons fighting alongside Isis. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters
British jihadis who go to fight in Iraq or Syria could be tried for treason, the foreign secretary has suggested.

Philip Hammond said such people had “sworn personal allegiance” to Islamic State (Isis) and could potentially have committed the offence.

Lord Haw Haw – real name William Joyce – was the last person to be prosecuted for treason in Britain, and was hanged in 1946 for his Nazi propaganda broadcasts.

The offence remains on the statute books, even though the death penalty has been abolished.

Questioning Hammond in the Commons, Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone said: “Given that, with the assent of this House, Her Majesty’s armed forces are now engaged in military action against Islamic State, given that we have all witnessed on television the beheading by a British jihadist of British and American aid workers, and given that the offence of treason still exists, but has not been used since 1946, will the foreign secretary ensure that British jihadists who return from Iraq and Syria are prosecuted for the offence of treason?

“Their actions are treachery against Her Majesty, and aiding and abetting enemies of Her Majesty is one of the greatest offences a British citizen can commit.”

Hammond replied that there were “a number of offences under English law with which returning foreign fighters can be charged”.

He said: “We have had a discussion about the allegiance question. We have seen people declaring that they have sworn personal allegiance to the so-called Islamic State.

“That does raise questions about their loyalty and allegiance to this country and about whether, as my honourable friend rightly says, the offence of treason could have been committed.

“I will certainly draw his remarks to the attention of the home secretary, who ultimately will be the person who needs to look at this.”
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Six arrested by counter-terror police - Telegraph

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South East Counter Terrorism Unit officers arrest three men and three women from Portsmouth, Farnborough and Greenwich

Six people have been arrested on terror charges after a series of dawn raids by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Thames Valley Police said three men and three women were arrested at two properties in Portsmouth, one in Farnborough and one in Greenwich.

Counter-terror officers, working alongside colleagues from the Hampshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police Service, carried out a series of warrants on Tuesday morning.

Two of the men, aged 26 and 23 from Portsmouth, were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

A 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich were also arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Six people have been arrested on terror charges after a series of dawn raids by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Thames Valley Police said three men and three women were arrested at two properties in Portsmouth, one in Farnborough and one in Greenwich.

Counter-terror officers, working alongside colleagues from the Hampshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police Service, carried out a series of warrants on Tuesday morning.

Two of the men, aged 26 and 23 from Portsmouth, were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

A 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich were also arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism

A 57-year-old man from Portsmouth, was arrested under Section 38(b) of the Terrorism Act 2000 failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism, Section 5 1(a) Terrorism Act 2006 engaged in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts and Section 17 Terrorism Act 2000 arranging availability of money and property for use in terrorism.

A 48-year-old woman from Portsmouth was arrested under Section 38(b) Terrorism Act 2000 failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism.

Police investigating an alleged Isil inspired terror plot in London have made a further three arrests, officers disclosed on Monday night.

The men aged between 21 and 25 were detained in the capital just days after four suspects were arrested in dawn raids.

 

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What are your chances of catching Ebola?

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Critics call the government's response to Ebola "shambolic" as a national exercise to test Britain's readiness for an outbreak takes place. But what danger does the killer virus pose to Britain?

Ebola virus disease, or EVD, was first identified in 1976 near the Ebola river in Congo. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded more than 20 outbreaks since then, all beginning in Africa.

Scientists think Ebola was first introduced to humans by people living in remote jungle areas handling infected wild animals like fruit bats, apes and monkeys.

The disease is a haemorrhagic fever, causing internal and external bleeding along with a wide range of other symptoms that progress rapidly.

Although the deadliest strain has been known to kill up to 90 per cent of infected patients, the WHO says the average fatality rate is around 50 per cent.

There is no known cure or vaccine.

How bad is this outbreak?

According to the latest WHO figures, there have been 8,033 confirmed cases and 3,865 deaths in 40 weeks, making this by far the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history.

Liberia is the worst-affected country, with 2,210 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone (879 fatalities) andGuinea (768 deaths).

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London: Alleged terror plot four questioned

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Police investigating an alleged Islamist terrorism plot targeting the UK are continuing to question four men arrested on Thursday and Friday.

The men were detained in west London and High Wycombe by counter-terrorism police.

The four, aged between 19 and 27, were all taken to police stations in central London after their arrests.

The BBC's Daniel Sandford said one official pointed out the arrests came two days before Remembrance Sunday.

Police said one of the men was arrested in a car in a street in Southall, with armed officers assisting, but no shots were fired.

The arrest of a 27-year-old man in a car in Southall happened at 20:30 on Thursday.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Hounslow at 20:45, the same time that a 19-year-old was arrested in High Wycombe. Firearms officers assisted with both arrests.

A 25-year-old was arrested in Uxbridge at 02:55 on Friday.

They were all held on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

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Kolkata port on high alert after al-Qaeda threat, navy moves out 2 warships - Firstpost

Kolkata port on high alert after al-Qaeda threat, navy moves out 2 warships - Firstpost | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it
According to the input, terrorists might carry out an attack in the port area of Kolkaya and may use small boats to carry out the strike.


Kolkata: Central intelligence agencies have alerted Kolkata police about the possibility of a terror attack in the city, especially in the port area, a senior official of Kolkata police said on Tuesday.

 

"We have received inputs from central intelligence agencies that there might be a terror attack in Kolkata, especially in port area. We have increased security in the port area and have put the entire city under security blanket," a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity. 

Times Now reported, quoting sources, that al-Qaeda may be the terror group behind these attacks.

According to the input, terrorists might carry out an attack in the port area and may use small boats to carry out the strike, he added.

 

Meanwhile, two Navy warships, which were scheduled to be berthed at Khidderpore dock in Kolkata till 7 November for public visits, were on Tuesday withdrawn to the sea for undisclosed 'operational reasons,' a defence ministry official said.

 

Hindustan Times however says the ships were moved out to due to the terror alert.

Representational Image. Reuters

The recall of warships INS Khukri and INS Sumitra came in the backdrop of the alert by central intelligence agencies to the Kolkata police about the possibility of a terror attack in the city, especially in the port area.

Asked whether the recall of ships is due to the terror alert by central intelligence agencies, Defence CPRO Group Captain TK Singha said "no, it has nothing to do with any terror alert. The recall of ships is strictly due to operational reasons."

A Defence press statement issued here said "the alacrity by which Indian warships are ready for operation at a short notice was demonstrated by the quick turnaround of the two visiting warships — INS Khukri and INS Sumitra — which had just berthed at Kidderpore on Monday, amply showcasing Indian Navy's prompt readiness as the two warships are set to sail out within hours of a recall to the sea for undisclosed 'operational reasons' on orders by Eastern Naval Command HQ, today."

According to the statement, the warships were scheduled to berth in Kolkata till Friday, enabling the public to visit the ships on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Celtic fire festival sees in winter

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The end of summer and start of winter has been been marked with a huge Celtic fire festival in Edinburgh.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival featured ancient Celtic traditions, fire, drumming and acrobatics combined with pyrotechnics and martial arts.

The event, held in Edinburgh every Halloween night to mark the turning of the seasons, had a record number of spectators on a new bigger route.

It started at 21:00 on Friday from the High Street and finished at The Mound.

A procession of drums, fire and characters from Celtic lore made their way from the High Street and down Cockburn Street.

It then travelled along Market Street and down Playfair Steps where there was a show on a stage at The Mound.

King of Summer

Speaking ahead of the event, Sara Thomas, Samhuinn Fire Festival event co-ordinator, said: "It's a chance to witness a truly unique event, and be part of a traditional Celtic celebration of the end of summer and beginning of winter.

"This year spectators can expect a new procession route, fire, mischief, celebration, drumming and tragedy.

"With the weather already turning, can the King of Summer defend his realm against the oncoming cold, or will the Prince of Winter prevail?

"Also this year we're taking the story online on the night too: use #Samhuinn2014 to share your experience of the night on social media, and get our real-time updates on what's happening."

Samhuinn has been held in Edinburgh since 1995. Its spring and summer counterpart, Beltane, takes place on Calton Hill on the last day of April each year, and has been running since 1988.

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The nuclear attack on the UK that never happened

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In 1982, a secret Home Office exercise tested the UK's capacity to rebuild after a massive nuclear attack. Files recently released at the National Archives detail one short-lived proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order.

More than 300 megatons of nuclear bombs are detonated over Britain, in the space of a 16-hour exchange. Many cities are flattened - millions are dead from the blast, millions more have survived and suffer radiation sickness. In bunkers are 12 regional commissioners with their staff, ready to come out and take charge. How do they do this? How do they restore order and begin to rebuild?

This was what a top-secret Home Office exercise intended to test in 1982, according to documents recently released at the National Archives. Optimistically termed Regenerate, this was a war game covering the first six months after the nuclear exchange of World War Three. It focused on one central region, the five counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

Officials imagined what would happen after the bombs had dropped. They knew the most likely targets in the area, and predicted how "rings" of damage would affect the country. At the epicentres of the bombs, there would be "unimaginable" damage, on the outer ring "broken panes" and "debris in the streets". The scientific advisers estimated 50% of the country would be untouched - though survivors could be affected by radiation fallout.

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These Connecticut Schools Are Replacing Halloween With a PC-Approved Event That Has Parents Reeling

These Connecticut Schools Are Replacing Halloween With a PC-Approved Event That Has Parents Reeling | UNITED CRUSADERS AGAINST ISLAMIFICATION OF THE WEST | Scoop.it

A few days before the streets will be full of trick-or-treaters, two Connecticut schools have dropped their Halloween party plans.

This year, Halloween will be replaced with a ‘Fall Festival’ to ensure they are including all kid’s feelings and not offending anyone.

According to Fox News Connecticut:

Principals from Ruth Chaffee and  Anna Reynolds School sent letters to parents because of concerns that they exclude children whose families don’t celebrate the holiday.

“We want to make sure we’re inclusive of all kids,” Anna Reynolds Principal Jeremy Visone said. “The best way to do that was not to celebrate the holiday.”

The decision didn’t sit well with parents. One mother said, “I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t find it to be a big religious thing,  the kids just get together with their costumes and have fun. It’s not like they talk about much, it’s just a day to have fun at school.”

In addition, this isn’t the first time Halloween has been considered offensive in public schools.

In 2012, schools in New York City banned the word Halloween from city-issued tests.In 2013, another Connecticut school banned make up and Halloween costumes.

Also in 2013, students at the University of Colorado were asked not to dress up like cowboys or Indians because others might find it offensive.

One Facebook user’s response to the news hit the nail on the head.

 

 

 

The comment says:

I’ve never “celebrated” Halloween but I am certainly not offended by those who do. I just turn out the lights and let the rest of the world go by on this night. I’m not one of the offended cry-babies who spend a lifetime looking for things to gripe about. Geeeeeez.

While the children may not be able to have a Halloween party, the ‘Fall Festival’ gives them a chance to dress up as one their favorite literary characters. So they can still dress up as a vampire or even Frankenstein, as long they know it’s not a Halloween costume they’re wearing.

It seems like it defeats the whole “we don’t want to offend anyone” purpose, doesn’t it?

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UK troops leave Camp Bastion, but Afghanistan’s future is unclear

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Helmand saw the bloodiest fighting of British forces’ Afghanistan campaign, yet the Taliban show few signs of serious damage

Two British soldiers lowered the union flag in Helmand province on Sunday, marking the end of British combat in Afghanistan. The ceremony, at the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck complex, officially brought to a close one of the longest and fiercest conflicts UK troops have been engaged in since the end of the second world war. The British death toll stands at 453.

Camp Bastion has been the UK’s main Afghanistan base since troops were deployed to Helmand in 2006 – the US had the adjacent Camp Leatherneck. At the height of the conflict, Bastion was a sprawling, noisy base; the hub for thousands of British and US soldiers coming and going for tours of duties in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold that saw the bloodiest fighting of the 13-year campaign.

At its peak, the British had 10,000 soldiers at Bastion and the surrounding area. Today, it is like a ghost town. At the ceremony, two US marines also brought down the stars and stripes, while a British-US pair pulled down a Nato flag.

The British departure from Afghanistan has been marked by several ceremonies throughout the year, as equipment and troops began to depart. But this is the end.

Camp Bastion was handed over to Afghan government forces after the flag-lowering ceremony. Only a few hundred British soldiers are left, waiting for flights home this week. A few hundred more will be in Kabul until next year to help with training, rather than fight.

Sgt Maj Robert Mansel, 37, from Swansea, of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, lost comrades in earlier tours and is relieved to be returning from this one without any casualties.

Coming back to Bastion felt strange, he said. “Bastion has always been a hub of activity. It is the first time I have done a tour in Bastion.”

He said whenever he returned to Bastion he had been “completely in awe of the lights and the noises and the sounds”.

“I was stood yesterday morning when they turned the last generator off where we were previously living and there was an eerie silence, which was a pretty strange feeling. Emotionally it was like waking up in a city and everyone has disappeared. Very strange feeling indeed.”

The first British soldiers arrived in Afghanistan in October 2001, a month after the al-Qaida attacks on New York and Washington. The first British soldiers were sent to Helmand in 2006. They were badly prepared. They were going into not only the Taliban heartland but one of the country’s biggest poppy-growing regions. Their intelligence was poor, they were outnumbered and their equipment was inadequate.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon, interviewed on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme on Sundayyesterday, said: “Mistakes were made militarily and mistakes were made by the politicians at the time.

Fallon added: Clearly the numbers were not there at the beginning, the equipment wasn’t quite good enough at the beginning and we have learned an awful lot from the campaign.”

After more than a decade of warfare, the Taliban still control huge swaths of the countryside and have mounted deadly attacks in Kabul.

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John Cantlie, 43, has appeared in a fifth ISIS video shared online just days after the death of his father who made an emotional plea to the terrorists weeks ago to have his son released.
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Two arrested by anti-terror police in London and Bedfordshire

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Anti-terrorism police have arrested two people, including a woman suspected of "preparation of terrorist acts".

The 25-year-old woman was arrested in Bedfordshire and a man, 32, was held in London on suspicion of "attending a place used for terrorist training".

Police said the arrests were not connected, but both were "related to Syria".

The arrests were carried out by the Metropolitan Police's SO15 Counter Terrorism Command.

Both suspects are being held at central London police stations.

Officers searched two Bedfordshire addresses, including one in Granville Street, Bedford.

An address in west London and another in south-west London are being searched.

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Woman thrown out of Paris for wearing Muslim veil 

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Cast members performing La Traviate at the Bastille Opera opera house in Paris 'objected strongly' to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil

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France's Socialist government today pledged to toughen up its anti face-covering law after a veiled Muslim woman was ejected from a major Paris opera house.

In an incident which has divided opinion in the city's liberal arts community, cast members performing La Traviate 'objected strongly' to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil.

'A singer spotted her in the front row during the second act,' said Jean-Philippe Thiellay, director of the Bastille Opera, which was opened by Socialist president Francois Mitterand in 1989.

'Some performers said they didn't want to sing,' said Mr Thiellay, who confirmed that she was kicked out.

There has been a ban on Muslims covering their face in public in France since the introduction of a law in 2011.

Women living on housing estates on the outskirts of major cities like Paris are regularly criminalised with a fine, but this is the first incident of someone being ejected from an artistic venue. 

So far unnamed, she is believed to be a well-off woman from a Gulf State, and was attending the performance with a friend. 

Referring to a security guard, Mr Thiellay said: 'He told her that in France there is a ban of this nature, asked her to either uncover her face or leave the auditorium. 

'The man asked the woman to get up, they left. It was unpleasant getting her to leave.

'But there was a misunderstanding of the law and the lady either had to respect it or leave,'



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Man detained for attempted PC murder

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A man who stabbed two police officers has been detained in a secure psychiatric hospital indefinitely.

Dawan Ismail, 32, was convicted of attempted murder last month.

Manchester Crown Court heard officers were called last April to a report that Ismail had assaulted his neighbour in Stamford Street, Old Trafford.

Ismail confronted them before stabbing PC Adnan Ali in the head three times and slashing his face and neck. PC Pete Goulding was stabbed in the shoulders.

Ismail was also found guilty of assault and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

PC Ali, who has been working with Greater Manchester Police for 10 years, said he managed to call for backup after the attack.

He said: "I remember him trying to keep getting at me with the knife. Pete was trying to get him off and I went to stand up but felt my legs go from underneath me.

"I remember my sergeant standing over me, checking my injuries and I told her, 'don't tell my family, don't let them know what's happened, that I've been hurt, until we get to the hospital'.

"I didn't think I'd make it out of that room alive."

'Pride in the uniform'

Both constables were treated in hospital for stab wounds.

PC Ali spent five months undergoing rehabilitation and counselling before returning to work.

"After the attack my mum asked me to maybe consider doing something else, but I love this job," he said. "I feel pride wearing this uniform and I'll carry on attending 999 calls and being there for those who need my help."

Both officers received bravery awards from Greater Manchester Police in June.

Supt Jim Liggett said: "This case demonstrates the daily dangers faced by our officers when responding to incidents.

"What seemed like a routine callout turned into a violent assault that left two officers seriously hurt."

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ISIS Takes Yet Another Key Iraqi City

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ISIS on Monday achieved yet another major victory – taking over the beleaguered city of Heet on the edge of Anbar province in Iraq. ISIS was able to enter the city, on the western side of the Euphrates river, after Iraqi troops withdrew.

 

ISIS forces are said to control about 80% of Anbar Province, US officials said.

 

The evacuation came Sunday night, a spokesperson for the Iraqi government said. “Our military leaders argued that instead of leaving those forces exposed to attacks by ISIS, they would be best used to shore up the defense of Asad air base,” the official told news agencies. The base is considered one of the last bastions in the defense of Anbar, and officials fear that if it falls, the road to the provincial capital of Ramadi will be wide open.

 

Asad, northwest of Heet, is one of the last military bases in the region under government control. Officials said that it would be easier to defend, as it is surrounded by open desert.

 

Meanwhile, Turkey on Monday denied reports that it had agreed to allow the US to use its territory as a corridor to transfer weapons and assistance to Kurdish fighters trying to defend the border city of Kobane from ISIS. 

 

Speaking Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that allowing the US to use its territory to defend the city, which is populated by Kurds, was “unrealistic. Turkey cannot actually give weapons and the civilians and ask to go back to fight with terrorist groups," Cavusoglu said in the interview, adding that “Killing the mosquitoes one by one is not the right strategy. We have to eradicate the root causes of this situation,” he added. “Obviously it is the Assad regime in Syria," he said.

 

Currently, Kobani is under siege from nearly all sides by ISIS fighters, who have begun trying to take over neighborhoods on the edge of town. All entrances to the city are controlled by ISIS, except for the northern entrance, which is a very short distance from the Turkish border. It was for this reason, Western officials said, that the idea to equip anti-ISIS groups seeking to defend Kobani via Turkey was proposed.

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