( CNN) The gruesome disclosure of 11 emaciated children around a filthy New Mexico compound, along with a cache of handguns and the remains of a small son has captured headlines for epoches.
( CNN) The gruesome disclosure of 11 emaciated children around a filthy New Mexico compound, along with a cache of handguns and the remains of a small son has captured headlines for epoches.
Lives were torn apart by “82 seconds of high and terrible drama” in the 2017 Westminster attack, an inquest into their deaths has been told.
Khalid Masood ran down and killed four people on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a policeman to death.
The attack, on 22 March, “cruelly and brutally” ripped victims from their families, said the husband of Aysha Frade, who was killed on the bridge.
Tributes to the five have been read out on the first day of the hearing.
Those hit by Masood’s car were Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, and Andreea Cristea.
PC Keith Palmer was killed in the forecourt of the Palace of Westminster. He made the “ultimate sacrifice”, a colleague told the Old Bailey.
Masood was shot dead at the scene by armed police officers.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC, chief coroner of England and Wales, said “the lives of many were torn apart by high and terrible drama” that day in little more than a minute.
He warned that video footage shown during the inquest would be “graphic and shocking” and some family members chose to leave the court when it was played.
Among the images shown was one of the moment US tourist Kurt Cochran saved his wife’s life by pushing her away from the path of Masood’s car before being hit by it himself.
Gareth Patterson QC, representing three of the victims’ families, said people were hit like “human bowling pins” and “thrown in the air like rag dolls”.
Mr Patterson said Masood would have “seen and heard every impact as he drove over the bridge”, suggesting there was “no getting away from the barbarity of what happened and the inhumanity of what took place”.
Det Supt John Crossley, who led the police investigation, said the attack began at 14:40 when Masood’s vehicle, a rented Hyundai Tucson, mounted the kerb on Westminster Bridge, travelling at an average of 31mph.
Mr Cochran – who was standing with his wife at the south end of the bridge – was the first to be hit.
The CCTV also showed Mr Rhodes being knocked into the air and dragged by Masood’s car. He was taken to hospital, but died the following day from head injuries.
Ms Frade was thrown 17 metres into a bus lane, then fell under a slow-moving oncoming bus.
Ms Cristea was knocked into the Thames from the bridge and was in the water for nearly nine minutes before being rescued. She died just over two weeks later.
After crashing his car, Masood got out and ran around the fence to enter the Palace of Westminster’s Carriage Gate, where he continued his attack.
PC Palmer, who was unarmed, challenged him but was forced backwards into the Parliamentary estate and stabbed.
One of the CCTV images seen in court showed Masood standing over PC Palmer with a knife in each hand.
The court heard two of his colleagues ran towards the attacker to give PC Palmer the chance to get away, but he collapsed a short distance away.
At the beginning of the hearing, a minute’s silence was held and members of the victims’ families embraced one another.
The families and friends of victims read out tributes to their loved ones.
First was Mr Cochran’s sister-in-law, Angela Stoll, who read out a tribute on behalf of his wife Melissa, who had travelled to the inquest from the US.
She said: “I was so lucky to have had 25 wonderful years with the man of my dreams. He made me laugh every single day.
She said she was “forever grateful” for their time together, “and especially his heroic actions on that day, saving my life”.
By BBC News correspondent Helena Lee, at the Old Bailey
Relatives of those who died came to court number one today, nearly 18 months after the attack, to share their memories, their pain and their loss.
They read, through tears, powerful tributes to their loved ones from the witness box in front of a full, hushed courtroom.
Pictures of those who died were put up on big screens for all to see.
As the events of that day last March were recalled, the coroner warned them of the harrowing and graphic footage ahead.
He told them they could leave if they wanted to – and some did.
Those left behind watched as the horrifying footage was played of the attacker driving erratically along Westminster Bridge and ploughing into pedestrians.
The families will return to the Old Bailey on Tuesday.
They’ll be hoping the days and weeks ahead will give them answers about the final moments of their loved ones’ lives.
Ms Frade’s husband John said she had been “cruelly and brutally ripped away from us”.
“Her spirit lives on in the eyes of her children,” he added.
Romanian interior designer Ms Cristea, who would have turned 33 on the day the inquest began, was walking with her boyfriend Andrei Burnaz on a visit to London when she was hit.
Her family described her as a “lovely, enchanting and life-loving” woman, who had a thriving business.
PC Palmer’s sister Angela said he had “died protecting strangers whilst doing his job and he will be remembered by many for his courage and bravery”.
Chief Inspector Neil Sawyer said the 48-year-old constable had made the “ultimate sacrifice”.
Amanda Rhodes, the niece of retired window cleaner Mr Rhodes, told the inquest the family was “devastated” and “incredibly angry” about the 75-year-old’s death.
The inquest is set to last about five weeks. A separate inquest into the death of Masood will be held but only once the one into his victims’ deaths has concluded.
The coroner is expected to examine Masood’s background, police records, and look into the fact that he briefly featured in MI5 investigations in 2009 and 2010. The absence of armed officers at the scene will also be examined.
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Ecuadorian border town struggling to is dealing with exodus driven by economic downfall and political turmoil
Nicolas Maduro has maligned hundreds of Venezuelans fleeing in the different regions of the Andes as gullible” slaves and panhandlers” deceived into rubbing foreign bathrooms by opponents of the Bolivarian revolution.
The United Nations said 2.3 million people, more than 7% of Venezuela’spopulation, have left the country since 2015, with most heading toward Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Half a million have arrived this year in Ecuador alone.
But when Daniel Luquez, an unemployed carpenter, set off from his home in the city of Guanare in July he was not, as Venezuela’s president recently scoffed, chasing” the honey” of their own lives abroad. He was fighting for his daughter’s life.
Two-year-old Jolismar was diagnosed with thoracic cancer last year after doctors obtained a small lump near her nerve. On Tuesday, and after an arduous three-week travel across Colombia, her parent arrived in the Ecuadorian borderline city of Tulcan determined to earn the money to support his ailing daughter as she experiences chemotherapy back in their rapidly unravelling nation.
” Getting here was tough, but I have to combat for their own families ,” said Luquez, 27, who hitchhiked and hobbled almost 1,200 miles to Ecuador. Six years ago his left leg was amputated from the consequences of a auto crash.
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She’s faced immense analysi since the Conservative lost their House of Commons majority in the snap election she called for, but Theresa May insists she wants to remain prime minister “for the long term”. She told the BBC’s Ben Wright she could win the forthcoming elections, are planned for 2022.
“What me and my government are about is not just be conducted in conformity with Brexit but delivering a brighter future for the UK, ” she said. Mrs May, described as a “dead woman walking” by former Chancellor George Osborne, has sought to consolidate her berth by reaching a addressed with the Democratic Unionist Party.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson predicted Mrs May his “undivided backing”, but Labour’s Jon Trickett said the prime minister was “deluding herself” and contributing a “zombie government”.
Labour’s former ruler in Scotland has told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she was forced to come out as homosexual after commentaries about her sexuality were included in a magazine article. Kezia Dugdale, who resigned from her political persona on Tuesday, said she had asked for the repeats not to be used in the Fabian Review. But the article’s columnist said “at no point” had she received this petition. Ms Dugdale is in a relationship with an SNP politician, which she said parties procured more “fascinating” than her sexuality.
The aftermath of Storm Harvey, which has killed at least 33 people, have continued cause damage, with security of energy supplies affected and petroleum business shutting down pipelines. Now it’s been revealed that a chemical plant near the flooded municipality of Houston is expected to explode or catch fire, as there is no way to chill the complexes obstructed there. The smoke produced at the Arkema plant will harass surface, attentions and lungs, the public has been warned.
It’s 20 times since Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a vehicle accident in Paris. Royal correspondent Peter Hunt asks how the Royal Family has changed during the years since. And the BBC’s Alex Regan looks at the legacy Diana left her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, only 15 and 12 when she died.
By Justin Bronk, Royal United Services Institute
A successful intrusion of North koreans led by the US would leave it responsible for rebuilding a shattered country. North koreans has existed in an unparalleled government of mental manipulation, chronic economic hardship and separation for over 60 times. The stupendous enterprise of reintegrating Eastern germany after the Cold War pallids for purposes of comparison. The world is that none of members of the military options available to the US for dealing with North Korea come without high costs and significant risks – thoughts which it will have to weigh up against ambiguous and problematic potential outcomes.
Several newspapers precede with Theresa May’s remarks on wanting to remain in capability for several years, with the Daily Telegraph announcing them a “radical departure” for the prime minister, who previously devoted remained on only as long as her defendant missed her to. The Times says she wants to stay on to focus on social right as well as Brexit and feels “emboldened” by a lack of Republican challengers. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports on the “moving” viewing by Sovereigns William and Prince Harry of floral tributes to their father, Diana, Princess of Wales. “She’s still the people’s princess” is the Sun’s headline.
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Elon Musk has finally come to his senses.
Though Musk initially believed taking Tesla private would allow the company to have better long-term sustainability, allowing it to focus on making great electric vehicles instead of answering to Wall Street every quarter for missing production schedules, he’s now changed his mind.
Musk shared his three main reasons for keeping Tesla a publicly traded company:
• Given the feedback I’ve received, it’s apparent that most of Tesla’s existing shareholders believe we are better off as a public company. Additionally, a number of institutional shareholders have explained that they have internal compliance issues that limit how much they can invest in a private company. There is also no proven path for most retail investors to own shares if we were private. Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was “please don’t do this.”
• I knew the process of going private would be challenging, but it’s clear that it would be even more time-consuming and distracting than initially anticipated. This is a problem because we absolutely must stay focused on ramping Model 3 and becoming profitable. We will not achieve our mission of advancing sustainable energy unless we are also financially sustainable.
• That said, my belief that there is more than enough funding to take Tesla private was reinforced during this process.
Musk’s troubles first started when he tweeted out earlier this month that he was considering taking Tesla private when the stock price hit $420 (a possible weed joke, but who knows?!) and that funding was secured.
Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 7, 2018
Of course, that wasn’t true. While Musk had reportedly been in talks with Saudi Arabia to collect the funds needed to take the company private, it appears they were purely discussions, and he hadn’t actually locked any investments in.
In an interview with the New York Times, Musk opened up about being under immense stress and pressure this year, recalling how he’s slept at Tesla’s factories in order to help solve Model 3 bottlenecks that were preventing the company from reaching its weekly production goals.
In addition to helming Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, it appears Musk’s personal life hasn’t been smooth sailing either, which could have also contributed to his irresponsible tweeting.
The billionaire entrepreneur was dating musician Grimes for several months, but after his Twitter meltdown prompted her to withhold his phone, the two may have split up. Musk and Grimes unfollowed each other on Twitter and while neither has officially confirmed the breakup, it’s 2018 and we’re not stupid.
Musk’s decision to keep Tesla public will brush much of the blowback under the rug for a little bit and buy him some much-needed time away from the spotlight, but things won’t get easier. Next quarter is right around the corner and Wall Street will be back to eat him and Tesla up.
Honestly, it might be time for Musk to grow some thicker skin, especially if he’s in it for the long haul. And maybe tweet less, too.
Prince tells episode for mental health donation Heads Together that he opened up about Dianas death only three years ago
Prince Harryhas gleaned on his experience of losing his mother to highlight mental health problems, disclosing that he regrets not talking sooner about how her fatality feigned him.
The 31 -year-old spoke to footballer Rio Ferdinand, a papa of three whose partner, Rebecca Ellison, died as a result of cancer last year, about addressed with the deaths among a parent.
Harry, who firstly spoke publicly three years ago about the implications of the deaths among Diana, Princess of Wales in a vehicle gate-crash in 1997, when he was 12, told the former England and Manchester United footballer: You know, I really regret not ever talking about it.
The exchange took place at a Kensington Palace barbecue attended by a number of boasts starrings hosted by Heads Together, lay out by Harry with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to bring together eight mental health issues donations and organisations with the aim of tackling the stigma around sadnes and other mental health problems.
Ferdinand, the athletes Dame Kelly Holmes and Iwan Thomas, and the cyclist Victoria Pendleton were among the guests.
The prince told the BBC: The key theme here today is that everyone can suffer from mental health issues. Whether you are a member of the royal family, whether you are a soldier, whether you are a sports wizard, whether you are a unit play, individual boast, whether you are a white van operator, whether youre a mother, father-god, a child, it doesnt really matter.
Just because you have an EGOT, doesn’t mean you can ride with the Property Brothers!
On Tuesday, HGTV star Jonathan Scott shared a hilarious video from the Emmys where Chrissy Teigen and John Legend try to get in his and brother Drew‘s car to go to the Hulu after party!
However, Jonathan wasn’t having it! He can be heard saying:
“Don’t let these people in, Drew… Roll the window up.”
WATCH the funny clip (below):
— Jonathan Silver Scott (@MrSilverScott) September 18, 2018
[Image via Drew Scott/Twitter.]
Terrified guests secrete in kitchen as masked men maintaining axes and knives make off with priceless from display cases
Five masked men armed with axes and spears moved into the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday and left shortly afterwards with an estimated EUR4. 5 million merit of jewels.
French police on patrol outside the five-star inn caught three of the robbers after tasering them as they absconded on foot. The standing two escaped through a back entrance and shaped their getaway on a scooter.
Detectives say the men entered the Ritz on rue Cambon, near the Place Vendome, at around 6.30 pm. They apparently crushed several display windows inside the inn with the axes and grabbed the gems, substance them into pouches before leaving.
Witnesses said staff in the hotel’s Hemingway bar told terrified guests to get down on the storey for their safety as the raiders struck. Other guests took refuge in the hotel kitchen.
” We listened a thunderous racket and lots of racket in the street ,” one inn hire told AFP.” Passers-by took refuge in the inn. We didn’t know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery .”
Witnesses said at least 10 shots were fired, and hotel guests reported visualizing one Ritz employee injured.
However, French police said there had been no harms. A police officer said the exact price of the jewellery stolen in the heist is not aware, but was thought to be” various million euros “. Le Parisien newspaper reported that the three arrested doubts were well known to police.
French writer Frederic Beigbeder was among guests sucking in the Hemingway bar at the time of the attack. He told journalists he took refuge in the basement.
Gerard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed theft at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their sing froitd , their professionalism and their speedy reactions do the police proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.
Prosecutors filed offense charges on Wednesday against an immigrant illegally living in the US who is suspected in a drunkard driving crash
A Massachusetts police officer put others before himself and went to help his community after a series of gas explosions ignited fires in at least 39 homes – including his own home.
Officer Ivan Soto of the Lawrence Police Department told Boston 25 News he witnessed his residence go up in flames but went back to work after ensuring his family was safe on Thursday.
“I knew my family was okay, so as long as they were okay, I wanted to make sure everyone else’s family was okay,” Soto told Boston 25 News.
Soto tried to save Leonel Rondon, 18, who was killed in the incident after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead in the evening.
“We jumped on the car, and we were trying to pull the chimney,” Soto said. “We just want to get it off of him, you know. We wanted to save him.”
A GoFundMe was set up for Soto’s family by his neighbors to help raise money for the belongings they lost in the fire. Soto’s wife, Veronica, told Boston 25 News the family lost their two cats in the fire.
“We lost everything material which can be replaced,” Veronica Soto said. “We did lose our fur babies, which that, that’s the hardest part.”
The officer said he was thankful for the donations but wanted the community to help Rondon’s family first. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Rondon’s family.
“I just wanna make sure that Leo’s family is taken care of, too, and people can donate,” Soto said.
The explosions injured at least 25 people and left an estimated 8,000 people displaced. State and local authorities were investigating.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.