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20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Nigeria – Four Kidnapped Britons Identified

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20.10.17 Nigeria Four Kidnapped Britons Identified

Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.

Police are attempting to rescue the group, who are thought to have been taken on October 13 by a militant group renowned for demanding ransoms.

The four had been providing 'free medical care and religious activities' in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community.

Victim David Donovan
Victim Shirley Donovan

David Donovan, a former GP from Cambridge, and his wife, Shirley, both 57, were identified as two of the four people taken from their accommodation last Friday

The four kidnap victims had been providing 'free medical care and religious activities' in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community

The four kidnap victims had been providing 'free medical care and religious activities' in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community

David Donovan, a former GP from Cambridge, and his wife Shirley, both 57, were identified by The Times as two of the four people taken from their accommodation last Friday.

Together they run a charity called New Foundations, providing medical care to remote villages.

Their two sons Julian and Aiden are understood to also work for the charity, though it is not believed they got caught up in the kidnap.

The two other victims were named as Alana and Tyan, according to The Times.

Police chief Fakama said locals were 'saddened' by the kidnapping as the victims had 'brought succour to residents of the community for the past three years'.

Kidnapping for ransom is a common problem in parts of Nigeria.

A number of foreigners have, in the last few years, been kidnapped in the Niger Delta region, which holds most of the country's crude oil - the country's economic mainstay.

'The abductors have not made any contact but we are doing our investigations to know the motive and have them rescued without jeopardising their lives,' said Aniamaka.

Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria 's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday. Pictured, Nigerian soldier on patrol (file photo)

Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria 's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday. Pictured, Nigerian soldier on patrol.

 

20.10.17  /  News  /  New Zealand – New Prime Minister Youngest Ever

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20.10.17 New Zealand New Prime Minister Youngest Ever

New Zealand finally has a new prime minister, a month after the country's election.

Labour's Jacinda Ardern was confirmed as the country's new leader after striking up a coalition with Winston Peters' New Zealand First party.

The election took place on September 23 and Ardern was named the winner this afternoon.

Ardern, 37, succeeds Bill English, who took office last year when his predecessor John Key stood down as prime minister 

Ardern, 37, succeeds Bill English, who took office last year when his predecessor John Key stood down as prime minister

Ardern, 37, succeeds Bill English, who took office last year when his predecessor John Key stood down as prime minister.

Ardern will be New Zealand's youngest ever prime minister - tied with former prime minister Edward Stafford who was also 37 when he took office 161 years ago.

Ardern will become New Zealand's third female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark.

 

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Australia – Pyongyang Sent Desperate Letter To Government

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20.10.17 Australia Pyongyang Sent Desperate Letter To Government

NORTH Korea has sent a “desperate” letter to the Australian Government, imploring it to turn against US President Donald Trump.

The rambling open letter, which has been published by Fairfax, came from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Affairs Committee via the country’s Jakarta embassy. “The Foreign Affairs Committee … bitterly condemns the reckless remarks of Trump as an intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and a grave threat to the global peace,” the letter reads.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a shoe factory in Pyongyang. Picture: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a shoe factory in Pyongyang. Picture: KCNASource:Supplied

“From the first day of his office, Trump has engaged himself in highhanded and arbitrary practice, scrapping international laws and agreements incurring his displeasure on the ‘US-first principle’, the height of American way of thinking that is best if the US is well-off at the expense of the whole world. “If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance.”

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /   – Terror Cells Linked To IS Spreading Fast

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20.10.17 Terror Cells Linked To IS Spreading Fast

At least a dozen terror cells linked to Islamic State have been uncovered across the globe in the past month alone, research has found.

As ISIS is defeated in its 'caliphate' in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist organisation is looking for new territory.

In the past four weeks, ISIS cells have sprung up in as far flung places as Russia, Ireland and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It's spreading: A dozen ISIS terror cells have been uncovered across the world in the past four weeks alone

It's spreading: A dozen ISIS terror cells have been uncovered across the world in the past four weeks alone

This map, compiled with the help of the Clarion Project, shows that ISIS is establishing more cells in North Africa and in the Gulf States and conquering new ground in Europe and central Africa.

News of its most recent 'addition' came on Wednesday when a video showing jihadists claiming to have established the 'Islamic State in Central Africa' began circulating on pro-ISIS websites and social media accounts.

 

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  United States – Up To Three Million Carry A Loaded Gun Daily

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20.10.17 United States Up To Three Million Carry A Loaded Gun Daily

As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study.

Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live in the south and say personal protection is a top reason for walking around with a deadly weapon, said the report in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study is the first in 20 years to look at gun-carrying habits in a nation that has been repeatedly seen fatal mass shootings at schools, concerts and workplaces, researchers said.

Data from a 2015 nationally representative survey that assessed handgun-carrying behavior of 1,444 gun owners found 10 percent who said they always carry their weapons openly

Data from a 2015 nationally representative survey that assessed handgun-carrying behavior of 1,444 gun owners found 10 percent who said they always carry their weapons openly

 

20.10.17  /  Extreme  /  Sudan – US Department Of State Updated Travel Warning

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20.10.17 Sudan US Department Of State Updated Travel Warning

Image result for us department of state Sudan (Security threat level - 5): On 19 October 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Warning, which reads in part as follows: “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Sudan. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the Darfur states, Blue Nile state, and Southern Kordofan state and consider carefully before planning travel to other areas of Sudan due to the risks of terrorism, armed conflict, and violent crime. The U.S. Embassy's ability to provide services outside of Khartoum is extremely limited. This replaces the Travel Warning issued on March 30, 2017. “Terrorist groups are present in Sudan and have stated their intent to harm Westerners and Western interests through suicide operations, bombings, shootings, and kidnappings. Violent crimes targeting Westerners, including kidnappings, armed robberies, home invasions, and carjacking can occur anywhere in Sudan, but are particularly prevalent in the Darfur states. Several aid workers and private citizens have been kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in the Darfur states over the last year. “U.S. citizens who choose to travel to Sudan should be vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when at public gatherings and locations frequented by foreigners. Exercise extreme caution, monitor reliable news sources for information on the local security situation, and follow the instructions of local authorities. All U.S. citizens in Sudan should periodically assess their personal security and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.” The full text of the warning can be viewed here.
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