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Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in Gaza

Palestinian publicly sets himself on fire in GazaGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A 20-year-old Palestinian is in critical condition Sunday after publicly setting himself on fire but his motives remain unclear with family believing he was despairing over Gaza's dire living conditions and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the territory, alleging personal problems.



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Special Forces soldier livestreams himself being waterboarded and claims it is not torture in support of Trump's CIA nominee

Special Forces soldier livestreams himself being waterboarded and claims it is not torture in support of Trump's CIA nomineeA US special forces soldier has livestreamed a video of him being waterboarded by his friends, as part of an effort to promote Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA. The president wants acting CIA director Gina Haspel to take leadership of America’s preeminent intelligence agency from Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as his new secretary of state. There is considerable opposition to Ms Haspel’s confirmation by the senate because of her previous role overseeing “black sites” during George W Bush’s so-called war on terror, in which water-boarding and other methods many consider to be torture, were used to interrogate prisoners.



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Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'

Australian scientist, 104, plans to kill himself with 'Swiss option'(This May 9 story was refiled to eliminate superfluous word from first quote) ZURICH (Reuters) – A 104-year-old Australian scientist traveled to Switzerland to end his life, telling a news conference on Wednesday the nation’s liberal assisted suicide laws let him commit suicide legally, in contrast to his home where it remains forbidden. Ecologist David Goodall, who is not terminally ill, said he was ready for the end. “One should be free to choose death, when death is at an appropriate time,” said Goodall, a member of the Order of Australia who wore a pullover emblazoned with the words “Aging Disgracefully.” “My abilities have been in decline over the past year or two, my eyesight over the past six years.



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'This is a game changer': Bill Cosby should steel himself for more sexual assault charges after guilty verdict, legal experts say

'This is a game changer': Bill Cosby should steel himself for more sexual assault charges after guilty verdict, legal experts sayBill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction could lead to a wave of new cases against the ageing actor, legal experts have said. The famed stand-up comedian and sitcom star was convicted in Pennsylvania on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former basketball player Andrea Constand. Dozens of women have also publicly accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them.



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Leading LGBT+ rights lawyer David Buckel dies after setting himself on fire in protest in Brooklyn park

Leading LGBT+ rights lawyer David Buckel dies after setting himself on fire in protest in Brooklyn parkA leading LGBT+ lawyer and environmental activist used fossil fuels to burn himself to death in New York in a drastic protest against climate catastrophe. David Buckel’s body was found by onlookers in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Before setting himself alight, he had stowed his identification and a suicide note close by, police sources said.



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Man drives van into restaurant in Germany, killing two plus himself

Man drives van into restaurant in Germany, killing two plus himselfBy Elke Ahlswede MUENSTER, Germany (Reuters) – A German man drove a van into a group of people sitting outside a restaurant in the old city center of Muenster in western Germany on Saturday, killing two of them before shooting himself dead, police and state officials said. Herbert Reul, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, home to Muenster, told German television the suspect was a German citizen and there was “no indication of an Islamist background”. Reul said the three dead included the perpetrator.



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Münster police search for motive of driver who killed himself after ploughing vehicle into crowd

Münster police search for motive of driver who killed himself after ploughing vehicle into crowdPolice in Germany were on Sunday morning trying to make sense of why a 48-year-old local man with no known links to terrorism drove a minivan into a crowded open-air restaurant terrace, killing two people before shooting himself dead. Although the perpetrator has not been officially named, he has been identified locally as Jens R, a German citizen born about an hour south of the city of Münster, where the attack took place. “So far there are no indications of a possible motive. The investigation is being conducted at full speed and in all directions,” Martin Botzenhardt of the local prosecutor’s office said. Authorities are believed to have all but ruled out Islamist extremism as a motive, after establishing Jens R had no links to the Islamist scene. Instead they are said to be working on the theory the attack may have been a form of “extended” suicide. A body is loaded into a vehicle in front of the restaurant in Muenster, Germany Credit: David Young/dpa via AP Jens R is believed to have had a history of mental illness, and had reportedly made an earlier attempt at suicide. He also reportedly spoke of committing suicide in a “spectacular” manner.  Complicating matters further, he is also said to have had links with the German far-Right scene, though it is not clear how close these alleged links were. According to some reports he had been in touch with far-Right groups over the internet, but was not politically active. He was also reportedly known to police for a number of petty crimes, such as stealing cell phones and car radios. Police have now ruled out earlier reports of two possible accomplices escaping from the minivan at the scene of the attack. A car drove into a group of people in the western German city of Münster  Explosives teams were called in overnight to defuse what was at first feared to be a booby trap in the minvan, but it turned out to be fireworks. A second gun was also found inside the car. A search of Jens R’s flat uncovered a Kalashnikov assault rifle, but it had been deactivated and was unable to fire. The two people killed in the attack were both German. They were identified on Sunday as a 65-year-old man from Borken, about an hour west of Münster, and a 51-year-old woman from Lüneburg, 180 miles to the north. Around 20 people were injured in the attack, and several were still in critical condition on Sunday morning according to the authorities. Who was the driver? Police said the driver, named locally as 48-year-old German national Jens R, shot himself dead after ramming into the crowd. According to a report by Süddeutsche Zeitung, the German newspaper, he had a history of mental health issues. Münster locator ​ What happened? A van ploughed into people sitting outside on a warm afternoon in Münster, crashing into tables outside of the Grosser Kiepenkerl restaurant in the historic centre of the city. The restaurant is a popular tourist attraction in the picturesque city of 300,000 residents.  Forensic experts work at the scene on Saturday Credit: David Young/dpa via AP Lino Baldi, who owns an Italian restaurant in Münster near the scene of the crash, told Sky TG24 that the city centre was packed due to a Saturday market and summer-like temperatures. The vehicle struck at 3.27pm as tourists and students basked in the sunshine. People light candles in tribute to the dead Credit: Friso Gensch/dpa via AP A witness told Germany's NTV: "There was a bang and then screaming. The police arrived and got everyone out of here. There were a lot of people screaming. I'm angry, it's cowardly to do something like this." German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said: "This was a serious act of violence. My deep sympathy goes to all those who have lost a loved one." Münster is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, to the west of Germany near the border with the Netherlands.  Around a fifth of the population are students, and there are four universities within the city.  It is also known as the bicycle capital of Germany. Police officers and forensic scientists stand by the van used in the incident Credit:  Alexander Koerner/Getty Images A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "our thoughts are with the victims and their families" who were killed and injured in the incident.  Spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer on Twitter called the crash Saturday "terrible news." Katarina Barley, the German justice minister, added: "We must do everything to clarify the background of the incident." Markus Lewe, the city's mayor, said the motive was unclear. Let’s not jump to conclusions, but this doesn’t sound like a simple accident to me. t.co/SkjPZzFnoq— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 7, 2018 He added: "All of Münster is mourning this horrible incident. Our sympathy is with the relatives of those who were killed. We wish the injured a quick recovery. At this point we don’t know the background to the incident." The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed that they are in touch with local authorities in Germany and "stand ready to assist any British nationals who may be affected." Timeline of vehicle rampage attacks in Europe Vehicle attacks in Europe  The incident happened on the one-year anniversary of a truck attack in Stockholm that killed five people and seriously injured 14 others. Germany has experienced a number of terrorist attacks in recent years, including through the deadly use of vehicles. In December 19, 2016, Tunisian national Anis Amri, 24, hijacked a truck and slammed it into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. Amri was shot dead by Italian police in Milan four days later after travelling through several European countries. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for that attack. Isil also claimed several similar attacks in Europe, including a rampage along Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard in August 2017 that killed 14 and left more than 100 injured. The deadliest such incident in recent years was in the French resort city of Nice in 2016, where a man rammed a truck into a crowd on France's national July 14 holiday, killing 86 people.



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Macron hails French resistance spirit of heroic gendarme who swapped himself for hostage

Macron hails French resistance spirit of heroic gendarme who swapped himself for hostagePresident Emmanuel Macron led a national ceremony on Wednesday morning paying tribute to a heroic policeman who died after swapping with a female hostage during a jihadist attack. Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, 44, was was killed along with three others in the shooting spree last Friday in the southwestern towns of Carcassonne and nearby Trebes. “His greatness has stunned France,” Mr Macron told family members, hundreds of dignitaries and “brothers in arms” at a solemn ceremony at Paris’ Invalides near Napoleon’s tomb. “The intolerable can never win the day,” said the president. His act was the epitome of France’s “spirit of resistance” against Islamist barbarity, he added. Mr Beltrame who had been part of an elite unit, had taken the place of a female employee held as a final hostage in a supermarket by 25-year-old gunman Radouane Lakdim, who pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Emmanuel Macron places his hands on the flag-draped coffin of Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame Credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images Mr Macron posthumously made the slain gendarme the commander of the Legion of Honour. The president placed France’s highest award on Lt Col Beltrame’s coffin draped in the French flag with his military cap laid upon it. France has lost more than 240 lives to jihadists over the past three years, but this attack was the country's worst since Mr Macron became president last May. Earlier, police stations paused for a minute's silence. Soldiers carry the coffin of Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame Credit: AP Photo/Christophe Ena The Islamist assailant had also shot dead the passenger of a car he hijacked in Carcassonne and two people in the supermarket he had besieged in Trebes. Mr Beltrame took the place of the woman Lakdim was using as a human shield, but the Islamist shot the gendarme and slit his throat, leading police to intervene and shoot the attacker dead. Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame offered himself as a hostage in the jihadist attack Credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images According to Le Parisien, it appears Mr Beltrame may have died after trying to disarm the assailant, who may have used his own weapon against him. Mr Macron said the gunman's disregard for human life mirrored that of the murderer of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year old Holocaust survivor found dead in her Paris flat last Friday. Republican Guards and cadets from the joint-army military school carried the coffin Credit: Ludovic Marin/AFP Two men have been charged with her killing, which investigators are treating as anti-Semitic.  The pair attacked “an innocent and vulnerable woman because she was Jewish and who thus profaned our sacred values and our memory,” said Mr Macron. Police in Rotterdam observe a minute of silence in memory of Lt Col Beltrame Credit: ROBIN UTRECHT/AFP/Getty Images A solemn march will be held this evening in memory, but the event was hit with controversy after France’s main Jewish umbrella group, Crif, said far-Left and Right leaders were not welcome. Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon say they will attend regardless, while the victim's son said it was wrong to ban people. Mr Macron's government has meanwhile come under fire from Right-wing opponents who claim that the attack could have been prevented. Lakdim had been on a list of suspected extremists since 2014 and was being monitored. Gendarmes escorted the coffin Credit: LAURENTETIENNE LAURENT/AFP/Getty Images  He had been summoned by anti-terror police for questioning earlier this month, but Gérard Collomb, the interior minister confirmed on Wednesday that agents had decided to lower surveillance a notch before the attack. He said "ultimately no one thought that there would be a hasty attack" by Lakdim, a Moroccan-born French resident with dual nationality. How could they know he would act hours after taking a child to school, he asked. The solemn funeral ceremony took in the courtyard of Les Invalides Credit: Chesnot/Getty Images Far-Right leader Marine Le Pen accused the government of exploiting the grief over Beltrame to "escape from its own incompetence and cowardice" in failing to tackle Islamic extremism. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe hit back at the criticism on Tuesday, telling parliament: "Those who say ignorantly that this attack could have been avoided, those who promise people zero risk – I say to them, these people bear a heavy responsibility in speaking so casually."



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Sheriff: Shooter at Maryland high school killed himself

Sheriff: Shooter at Maryland high school killed himselfGREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — The student who fatally shot a female classmate last week at a Maryland high school died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound during a confrontation with a school resource officer who also fired his gun, authorities said Monday.



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Congressman: Bombing suspect called himself a 'psychopath'

Congressman: Bombing suspect called himself a 'psychopath'AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The suspected Austin bomber called himself a "psychopath" in a recorded confession and said he felt no remorse for deadly explosions that killed two people and terrorized the city, a U.S. congressman said Saturday.



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