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Syrian army reinforced close to front with Turkish-backed forces

Syrian army reinforced close to front with Turkish-backed forcesSyrian government troops backed by Russian forces have sent extra troops toward the city of Manbij in coordination with the militia that controls it, a militia spokesman said, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels said they were preparing to attack it. The deployment was coordinated with the U.S.-backed militia in Manbij, the spokesman for the Manbij Military Council said. “The battle will soon start,” Major Youssef Hamoud, spokesman for the National Army, the main Turkish-backed rebel force in the area, told Reuters.



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Migrant Mother Impaled In Front Of Children While Attempting To Scale Border Fence

Migrant Mother Impaled In Front Of Children While Attempting To Scale Border FencePieces of rebar impaled a migrant mother, causing a non-fatal injury after she



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Jamal Khashoggi Tortured In Front Of Top Saudi Diplomat: Reports

Jamal Khashoggi Tortured In Front Of Top Saudi Diplomat: ReportsJamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who has not been seen publicly



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Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope Francis

Conservative media move to front line of battle to undermine Pope FrancisOver pasta, fish and white wine, the prelate poured out his concern for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. It was the start of about five months of contacts and collaboration between Vigano and several conservative journalists and media outlets that would lead to one of the greatest crises for the Church in modern times. In a bombshell statement published last weekend when Pope Francis was in Ireland, Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, urged Francis to resign on the grounds he knew for years about the sexual misconduct of an American cardinal and did nothing.



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Mom killed in front of her 3 young children during carjacking: 'I'm sorry. I think I'm about to die'

Mom killed in front of her 3 young children during carjacking: 'I'm sorry. I think I'm about to die'A Missouri mother was shot dead in front of her three young children during a



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North Korea state media plasters front pages with leader's Singapore trip

North Korea state media plasters front pages with leader's Singapore tripJust hours after Kim Jong Un wrapped up a surprise evening sightseeing tour of Singapore on Monday, the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun crammed its front page with photographs snapped of the reclusive leader. The official newspaper of the Workers' Party of Korea featured 14 photographs, covering more than half of the front page of its Tuesday issue, showing Kim jovially walking with oficials from the city-state at a tropical garden as well as beside an infinity pool. The speed of the coverage in Rodong Sinmun and other state media is unusual in a country where events are often reported a full day, if not longer, after they happen. The sense of fun in the reporting is also a contrast with the more sober way in which the North Korean media would usually handle an official trip. It appears to reflect a new confidence among officials in North Korea that the isolated country has really been accepted onto the world stage. This is the furthest Kim is known to have traveled since he came to power in 2011 and there has never previously been a meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader. Kim Jong Un's late night stroll through Singapore makes the front page of the Rodong Sinmun back home – very unusual to see them report at this speed pic.twitter.com/qGcIuV7ssH— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 Despite all pomp and circumstance, ordinary North Koreans are not confident that improvement in relations between the North and the United States will last long and give them a better economy, defectors say. "They weren't too excited about the summit. North Korea had rice and medicine aid from the United States and other countries before, but that did not trickle down to ordinary people," said Park Hyun-sook, a defector who spoke to two relatives inside the North by phone on Saturday. "Under sanctions, we have figured out the way to live on our own. Even under any better relationship with the U.S., it would be the same," Park told Reuters. Park used to smuggle North Korean goods into China to make a living near the border. North Korean TV just aired a report on Kim's Sunday departure, arrival and meet with Singapore PM. 5 repeats scheduled today. If you're curious what "Donald J Trump" sounds like in Korean, see if you can hear Ri Chun Hee say his name. Full video: t.co/LpEIyUOAwUpic.twitter.com/jE9u3Nhaiy— Martyn Williams (@martyn_williams) June 11, 2018 Many North Koreans are still filled with deep-rooted distrust towards Trump, which state media previously called a "lunatic old man", said Daily NK, a news website run by North Korean defectors who retain contacts with sources inside. North Korea's official media brought a large number of reporters and camera operators to Singapore for the Kim trip, and they had access to various locations that was denied to media from elsewhere in the world. For previous trips by Kim to China, state media had mostly reported the visits after Kim had returned to Pyongyang. In the case of the inter-Korea summit – which began on the morning of April 27 – the coverage was largely delayed until early the next day. In addition to the pictures of Kim on the tour on Tuesday, separate landscape shots of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, and a bird's-eye view of Singapore from the hotel's observation deck were also shown. The meeting was played out on huge screens in central Tokyo Credit:  Koji Sasahara/ AP KCNA reported Kim as saying of the sightseeing tour that "Singapore is clean and beautiful and every building is stylish as he heard of in the past, adding he is going to learn a lot from the good knowledge and experience of Singapore in various fields in the future." On Monday, Rodong Sinmun had shown Kim just before departing Pyongyang for Singapore, shaking hands with his officials and waving his hand inside the entrance of an Air China airplane ahead of takeoff. State television aired the same photographs of Kim's departure as well as his arrival in Singapore and the North Korean leader's meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Presidential Palace. Protests, however, were held in South Korea where president Moon Jae-in watched on hopefully Credit:  JUNG YEON-JE/AFP The North Korean media still faces some barriers, though. It doesn't go live for such sensitive events. In the capital of Pyongyang, North Koreans watched a big TV screen playing still photographs of Kim's visit to Singapore and read a newspaper about the trip at a subway station, media photographs showed. But, on Tuesday, while all other international networks went live with Kim and Trump's first handshake and opening remarks at their meeting, the official Korean Central Television remained blank, choosing not to break with its usual broadcast schedule that usually begins five hours later.



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Teacher who fed live puppy to turtle in front of pupils charged with animal cruelty

Teacher who fed live puppy to turtle in front of pupils charged with animal crueltyA US science teacher accused of feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle in front of his students has been charged with animal cruelty. The turtle was seized by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture after the incident on 7 March and has since been “humanely euthanised” because it is considered an invasive species. When the initial story was first reported, Mr Crosland was described as “a bully who should not be allowed near impressionable young people” by the UK charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).



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No Charges For Teacher Who Drowned Raccoons In Front Of Students

No Charges For Teacher Who Drowned Raccoons In Front Of StudentsA high school teacher in Ocala, Florida, who was caught on camera getting his



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Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of Car

Man Discovers Handgun Impaled In Front Bumper Of CarThis brings new meaning to the term "gunning your engine."



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British wildlife park owner mauled by lion after entering enclosure in front of tourists

British wildlife park owner mauled by lion after entering enclosure in front of touristsThe British owner of a wildlife sanctuary in South Africa has been severely mauled by a lion he hand-reared from a cub in an attack witnessed and filmed by his tourist clients. Michael Hodge, who is 71, was attacked as he walked into the enclosure of the Marakele Animal Sanctuary’s star attraction, a male lion named Shamba. Video footage of Saturday’s incident shows Mr Hodge, who moved to South Africa in 1999, walking in a relaxed manner towards the lion a ranger outside the fence attempts to distract the animal.  Mr Hodge, who founded the sanctuary in South Africa’s Limpopo region with his wife Chrissy and her daughter Emma in 2010, was reportedly investigating a strange smell that had been upsetting the lion. Suddenly, Mr Hodge is seen running for the gate of Shamba’s enclosure before being brought down just short, his body crashing against the fence. Mike Hodge has been running the animal sanctuary in South Africa since 2010 Credit: Facebook A woman can be heard sobbing and screaming “Oh my god!” and “somebody help, please!” as the lion drags Mr Hodge away into a thicket. Mr Hodge is heard to cry out: “help me please”. Shots ring out, fired by the ranger, prompting Shamba to drop the injured Mr Hodge. The lion retreated a few yards from the bush where the Briton lay, but not far enough to allow a safe rescue attempt to be made. Shamba was then killed, a family friend, Bernadette Maguire, said, before Mr Hodge was rushed to a clinic 3m away in the town of Thabazimbi. He was later airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg. Mrs Hodge said her husband had been hurt was now recovering. “He has a broken jaw and several lacerations, but is recovering well,” she said in a statement. Mike Hodge and his wife Chrissy, who had reportedly nursed the lion who later launched the attack She added that the family were “devastated” over Shamba’s death. The lion, born in 2008, had been hand-reared since it was a month old, with Mrs Hodge nursing it through a near-fatal dose of colic, according to friends. Shamba was one of the most popular of the dozen or so big cats housed in the sanctuary’s “predator park”.  Tourists could pay an extra fee to be locked into a cage on the back of a pick-up vehicle. Shamba had been trained to leap onto the cage to eat freshly slaughtered chickens hung from the bars. Tourists would then photograph Shamba from just inches away as the feathers flew. “Come and take a ride on the wild side in our purpose-built Lion Mobile,” the sanctuary’s website reads. “I can promise you that Shamba will jump up and look you in the eye.” Previous visitors and volunteers said that Mr Hodge had long experience with lions, having hand-reared three from cubs. One, a lioness named Nina, even slept on his bed, according to Emerita Abadilla, a former volunteer. “She slept in Mike’s bed, washing his face and giving him a spit-bath daily at 3am,” she wrote in a blog post two years ago. Apart from lions, the sanctuary also housed at least two tigers, a species not native to South Africa.  Some visitors to the sanctuary’s Facebook page criticised the manner in which Shamba was killed and the park run — but friends also came to Mr Hodge’s defence, saying he had a “special bond” with the dead lion.  



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