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19.08.17  /    /   – About Today - Saturday August 19

19.08.17 About Today - Saturday August 19

Afghanistan: Independence Day

 

19.08.17  /  High  /  Canada – Avoid Demonstrations In Vancouver August 19

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19.08.17 Canada Avoid Demonstrations In Vancouver August 19

Image result for us consulate vancouver Canada (Security threat level - 2): On 17 August 2017, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver issued a Security Message that reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Consulate General informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations and rallies by opposing groups including 'Worldwide Coalition Against Islam' and 'Stand Up to Racism' are expected to take place in downtown Vancouver, near Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue) between 12:45 and 4:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Multiple opposing groups may participate, and large crowds are expected. A visible police presence with street closures and traffic congestion is likely. “Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”

19.08.17  /  High  /  Congo, Democratic Republic of the – FCO Updated Travel Advice

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19.08.17 Congo, Democratic Republic of the FCO Updated Travel Advice

Image result for FCO Democratic Republic Of The Congo (Security threat level - 5): On 18 August 2017, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which reads in part as follows: “Protests may occur in Kinshasa and surrounding areas on Monday 21 August; you should avoid areas where demonstrations may take place and monitor local media and this advice for updates.”

19.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Nigeria – Kidnapping Of 200 Schoolgirls From Chibok Accidental

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19.08.17 Nigeria Kidnapping Of 200 Schoolgirls From Chibok Accidental

A still image taken from video shows a group of girls, released by Boko Haram jihadists after kidnapping them in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok, sitting in a hall as they are welcomed by officials in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017.
A still image taken from video shows a group of girls, released by Boko Haram jihadists after kidnapping them in 2014 in the north Nigerian town of Chibok, sitting in a hall as they are welcomed by officials in Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2017. (Reuters File Photo)
The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok — the biggest publicity coup of Boko Haram’s jihadist insurgency — was the accidental outcome of a botched robbery, say the girls who spent three years in their brutal captivity. The Chibok girls made the surprise revelation in secret diaries they kept while held prisoner and a copy of which has been exclusively obtained by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Recalling the night of their kidnapping in April 2014, Naomi Adamu described in the diaries how Boko Haram had not come to the school in Chibok to abduct the girls, but rather to steal machinery for house building. Unable to find what they were looking for, the militants were unsure what to do with the girls. Arguments swiftly ensued. “One boy said they should burn us all, and they (some of the other fighters) said: ‘No, let us take them with us to Sambisa (Boko Haram’s remote forest base) ... if we take them to Shekau (the group’s leader), he will know what to do’“, Adamu wrote. She was one of about 220 girls who were stolen from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok one night in April 2014 — a raid that sparked an international outcry and a viral campaign on social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls. Championed by former US First Lady Michelle Obama — along with a diverse cast of media celebrities — the campaign won international infamy for Boko Haram and helped galvanise the Nigerian government into negotiating for the girls’ release. Adamu was among 82 of the Chibok girls released by Boko Haram in May — part of a second wave after 21 of them were freed in October. They are being held in a secret location in Abuja for what the government has called a “restoration process”. A few others have escaped or been rescued, but about 113 of the girls are believed to be still held by the militant group. The authenticity of the diaries, written by Adamu and her friend Sarah Samuel, cannot be verified, nor their intended role as the government negotiates with Boko Haram for more releases.
Boko Haram militants (in camouflage) embrace and shake hands with Boko Haram prisoners, released in exchange for a group of 82 Chibok girls, who were held captive for three years by Islamist militants, near Kumshe, Nigeria, May 6, 2017. Picture taken May 6, 2017. (Reuters File Photo)
CLANDESTINE CHRONICLES The diaries shed light not only on the horrors the girls endured under Boko Haram, but their acts of resistance, and their staunch belief that they would one day go home. The girls said they started documenting their ordeal a few months after the abduction, when Boko Haram — whose name loosely means ‘Western education is sinful’ in the local Hausa language — gave them exercise books to use during Koranic lessons.

19.08.17  /  Extreme  /  United States – Man In Custody After Attempting To Kidnap 9-Year-Old-Girl

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19.08.17 United States Man In Custody After Attempting To Kidnap 9-Year-Old-Girl

PALM DESERT, Calif. - An attempted kidnapping suspect has been taken into custody in Moreno Valley after leading police on a pursuit that began in Palm Desert. Authorities say 39-year-old Roberto Arce Cardenas, of Los Angeles, attempted to kidnap a 9-year-old girl at Gelson's Market on Bob Hope and Gerald Ford. Employees and the girl's mother held on to her as the suspect took off.

"That caused the suspect to flee because he knew he was outnumbered there," said Captain John Huskey, Riverside County Sheriffs Department.

Employees got a description of the car and the plate number, police then spotted the suspect's car at the Walmart parking Lot on Monterrey. The silver SUV was located and officers attempted a vehicle stop, the vehicle did not yield and a pursuit began shortly before noon near the Walmart on 34500 Monterey Ave in Palm Desert.

19.08.17  /  High  /  Australia – Police Hunting Man Who Indecently Assaulted Woman In Shopping Centre

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19.08.17 Australia Police Hunting Man Who Indecently Assaulted Woman In Shopping Centre

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a young woman inside a store at a Melbourne shopping centre.

The man, between 40 and 50 years old, approached a 22-year-old woman in a shop in a Werribee shopping centre and indecently assaulted her on July 27.

He was seen inside the Heaths Road shopping complex around 3:15pm before approaching the young woman.

Police are hunting a man (pictured) who indecently assaulted a woman inside a store at a Melbourne shopping centre

Police are hunting a man (pictured) who indecently assaulted a woman inside a store at a Melbourne shopping centre

The unidentified man spoke to her before inappropriately assaulting her and leaving.

Police on Friday released an image of a man wanted over the attack.

 
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