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19.08.17  /  Extreme  /   – Tropical Storm Harvey Tracking

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19.08.17 Tropical Storm Harvey Tracking

Image result for storm harvey Lesser Antilles (Security threat level - 1): Tropical Storm Harvey is active in the western Atlantic and moving toward the Lesser Antilles. According to meteorologists at Wilkens Weather Technologies, as of 0900 UTC on 18 August 2017, Harvey was located approximately 50 km (30 mi) east of Barbados and was moving west at 30 kph (18 mph). At that point, Harvey’s sustained wind speed was 64 kph (40 mph), with gusts of up to 84 kph (52 mph). Harvey is expected to strengthen slightly over the next two days and more significantly afterward. The storm is forecast to move through the Windward Islands and into the Caribbean Sea later on 18 August. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominica

19.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Finland – Two Killed And Eight Wounded By Man Armed With A Knife

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19.08.17 Finland Two Killed And Eight Wounded By Man Armed With A Knife

Two people have been killed and at least eight wounded after a man armed with a knife stabbed several people in Finland before being shot by armed police.

Eight people have been taken to hospital following the stabbings, including a woman who was pushing a pram. Some of the victims are in a critical condition.

Within three minutes of the attack beginning, police shot a man in the leg before arresting him.

They are now on the hunt for more potential suspects.

At least one person was pictured lying bleeding and motionless on the pavement among other victims in the southwestern city of Turku.

Chief of police Seppo Kolehmainen said the attack was not currently being treated as terror-related, but said such a motive cannot be ruled out.

The attack began at 4.02pm, officials said, with the suspect arrested at 4.05pm.

All of the victims in the attack are adults, Turko hospital chief said.

Stab victim Hassan Zubier, 45, was slashed repeatedly as he tried to help an injured woman who died in his arms.

'We were strolling around the square when we suddenly heard someone screaming. I turned around. I saw a guy stabbing a woman with a knife while she lies on the ground,' Mr Zubier told Swedish dailyExpressen from the Turku hospital.

'I rushed to help her and tried to stop the blood flow. Others gave her heart and lung assistance.'

The attacker then turned to slash at Zubier's girlfriend. He said that he rushed between her and the armed man and was stabbed twice.

 

An armed police officer stands guard at the Turku Market Square where eight people were stabbed during a bloody attack which began at 16:02. The suspect was shot in the leg by police and arrested by 16:05 and taken to hospital, police announced at a press conference tonight

An armed police officer stands guard at the Turku Market Square where eight people were stabbed during a bloody attack which began at 16:02. The suspect was shot in the leg by police and arrested by 16:05 and taken to hospital, police announced at a press conference tonight

The shrouded body of a stabbing victim on the Market Square in Turku, Finland after several people were stabbed. A man is thought to have stabbed several people in Finland's western city of Turku before police shot him in the leg and detained him, police said

The shrouded body of a stabbing victim on the Market Square in Turku, Finland after several people were stabbed. A man is thought to have stabbed several people in Finland's western city of Turku before police shot him in the leg and detained him, police said

Scene of the carnage: A general view of Turku Market Square, where people were stabbed

Scene of the carnage: A general view of Turku Market Square, where people were stabbed

Mr Zubier, a Swedish national, said that the attacker then moved away and he returned to the injured woman who he believed was dying on the ground.

'I try to stop the violent bleeding from her throat. Then he stabs me with the knife again. The woman is so badly injured and she dies in my arms,' he said.

Mr Zubier said that he has been stabbed in his neck, in his chest, at the side of the chest and on the back of his shoulders.

'My left hand is seriously injured. A nerve is injured, it is not certain that they can save the arm. I'm going to the MRI now, the doctors will then decide what to do.'

Mr Zubier and his girlfriend were on holiday in Turku. They were planning to have taken a cruise ship back to Stockholm on Friday night.  

Rescue personnel cordon the place where  people were stabbed at Turku Market Square

Rescue personnel cordon the place where people were stabbed at Turku Market Square

 

19.08.17  /  Extreme  /   – Violent Attacks Have Taken 364 Lives And Injured Across Europe

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19.08.17 Violent Attacks Have Taken 364 Lives And Injured Across Europe

Barcelona and Cambrils, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin and London - these are just some of the horrifying attacks which have taken 364 lives, severely injured victims, ripped families apart and left communities devastated in Europe over the past two years.

Each attack - committed by ruthless jihadis - has shocked and saddened the world, leaving people heartbroken and fearful about the future.

Streets are flocked to by emergency services, witnesses reveal the horror of climbing over bodies and desperately trying to save strangers and families launch campaigns to find their missing loved ones.

But despite the attackers attempting to scare people into not living their lives, the cities and communities come back fighting each time.

Messages of love and support pour in from around the globe, acts of heroism and kindness take place, emergency services battle to save lives and communities join together and stand in solidarity, refusing to be scared.

As people in Barcelona and Cambrils come together to mourn the lives lost in yesterday's horrific attacks, they will, no doubt, receive love and support from strangers across the globe, as many other victims did in the previous attacks.

Below is a list of the terrorist attacks committed by jihadis in Europe over the past few years.

It comes after the Europol chief warned British tourists that they face highest threat in Europe for a generation, to be vigilant while visiting Spain, and said additional terror-related incidents were 'likely'.

 

 

18.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Spain – Graphic Shows How Barcelona Terror Attack Unfolded

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18.08.17 Spain Graphic Shows How Barcelona Terror Attack Unfolded

This graphic shows how the Barcelona terror attack unfolded. It started when a terrorist in a white van turned on to a pedestrianised part of Las Ramblas at around 5pm British time. At least 13 were killed and 100 injured.

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18.08.17  /  Extreme  /  China – Surging Debt Could Cripple World Economy - IMF

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18.08.17 China Surging Debt Could Cripple World Economy - IMF

Surging debt in China could cripple the world economy unless its Communist leaders take action now, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Consumer, business and government debt has surged to around 240 per cent of the country's economy – sparking fears of a high-risk bubble which could burst at any moment.

The new Chinese middle class is a vital driver of global growth, and a financial crisis in the country could plunge the planet into a fresh recession, it is claimed.

Unchecked borrowing growth on the scale experienced in China has often led to a sudden collapse, the IMF said.

Consumer, business and government debt has surged to 230% of China’s economy – sparking fears of a high-risk bubble which could burst at any moment

Consumer, business and government debt has surged to 230% of China's economy – sparking fears of a high-risk bubble which could burst at any moment

'International experience suggests that China's credit growth is on a dangerous trajectory, with increasing risks of a disruptive adjustment and a marked growth slowdown,' researchers argued. 'Decisive policy action is needed to deflate the credit boom smoothly.'

The organisation claimed that annual growth has been propped up by free-and-easy lending to firms and families.

18.08.17  /  Extreme  /  Spain – Terror Attack In Barcelona Kills At Least 13

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18.08.17 Spain Terror Attack In Barcelona Kills At Least 13

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured in Barcelona after a van ploughed into pedestrians in a busy tourist street.

More than two hours after the atrocity a man was shot dead after driving through a roadblock in a Ford Focus and opening fire, injuring two police officers.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, describing the killers as 'soldiers of the Islamic state'. Terror police have arrested two suspects.

One of them is believed to be Driss Oukabir, a Catalan resident in his late 20s of Moroccan origin. It is unclear who the second detained suspect is, but unconfirmed reports in Spain have suggested Oukabir's brother has been taken into custody.

Oukabir, who has reportedly served time in a Spanish prison, had earlier rented one of the vans used in the deadly attack.

Horrifying pictures and video from the scene show armed police and paramedics rushing around Las Ramblas, a busy promenade in the centre of the city, as victims lie hurt in the street.

It remains unclear how many attackers were involved in the massacre, which is being treated by police as an act of terrorism.

Video has emerged seeming to show a police officer lying on the ground injured in Sant Just Desvern, on the outskirts of Barcelona, after the Ford Focus drove through a roadblock.

There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and dozens have been injured as armed police swarm the streets 

There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and dozens have been injured as armed police swarm the streets

 
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