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Malaysian shamans conduct rituals to help locate missing Nora Quoirin

Malaysian shamans conduct rituals to help locate missing Nora QuoirinShamans conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle Monday in the latest bid to find a missing London teenager, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl's return. The family of Nora Quoirin, who went missing in a Malaysia jungle more than a week ago, have offered a £10,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to finding their daughter. “Nora is our first child. She has been vulnerable since the day she was born. She is so precious to us and our hearts are breaking. We are appealing to anyone who has information about Nora to help us find her,” the Franco-Irish family said in a statement released through The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity that supports the families of British people missing abroad. The reward money was donated anonymously by a Belfast-based businessman as the search for the young girl, who has serious learning difficulties, expanded to some 350 people and has now drafted in officers from Scotland Yard, France, Ireland and Interpol. “The National Crime Agency, the Met Police and the Irish police are working together to help and support the Malaysian authorities relating to Nora Quoirin’s disappearance,” confirmed a spokesperson from the National Crime Agency. Malaysian shaman pray while participating in a search and rescue operation for 15-year-old Nora Credit:  FAZRY ISMAIL/EPA-EFE/REX On Monday, a handful of traditional shamans – known locally as "bomoh" – appeared to go into a trance in the jungle as they conducted rituals to help locate her, reports said. Police released a video showing a shaman wearing a white skullcap and several of his assistants performing rituals in the forest. Shaman Khalid Mohamad said he believes the girl was lured by a genie, an invisible spirit believed by Muslims to inhabit the Earth and influence mankind by appearing in the form of humans or animals. He said in the video that the genie was drawn to the girl because she has special needs and had chosen Nora as its step-child. Nora, who has learning difficulties, lives in London  Credit: HO / Quoirin Family / AFP Nora vanished from her room early in the hours of Sunday 3 August from her family’s holiday cottage in the dense rainforest surrounding the Dusun Pantai Hill resort in Seremban, a nature reserve 39 miles south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.   Her family have said they have not given up hope and have urged the police to investigate the case as a possible abduction. The Malaysian police set up a hotline over the weekend for anyone who may have information about her whereabouts. The force is still treating the case as one of a missing person but has not ruled out the possibility of a criminal element. Fears for Nora’s safety are growing by the day as the investigation fails to throw up any clues about the circumstances of her disappearance. Search teams, including divers, sniffer dogs, local experts, and an elite special forces unit of the Royal Malaysian Police, is scouring an area of about 1.5 square miles around the treacherous terrain of the resort. Rescue teams have been deployed to find the missing girl  Credit: MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images Hot, humid and rainy conditions have made the area even more perilous for the missing teenager, who was born with holoprosencephaly, a disorder which affects brain development, meaning that she has limited abilities to communicate and also struggles with coordination. Over the weekend, her parents, Meabh and Sebastien Quoirin, a French-Irish couple who have lived in London for 20 years, thanked the teams who had dedicated their time to search for her. "We want to say thank you to each and every one of you. We know you're searching night and day for Nora,” Mrs Quoirin told searchers in a message that was broadcast in the local media. "We see you working so hard and also praying with us and being with us."



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Typhoon leaves 28 dead in China, 20 still missing

Typhoon leaves 28 dead in China, 20 still missingA powerful typhoon left at least 28 people dead in southeastern China, including more than 20 who perished after a landslide backed up a river that then inundated homes, state media reported Sunday. Another 20 people remained unaccounted for in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. After the landslide, the river rose to a level of 10 meters (30 feet) within 10 minutes, trapping 120 people in Yongjia county, Xinhua said.



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Missing teen's mother thanks Malaysia search team

Missing teen's mother thanks Malaysia search teamThe mother of a Franco-Irish teenager who went missing from a Malaysian rainforest resort fought back tears Saturday as she thanked the hundreds-strong team hunting for the schoolgirl. Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared Sunday a day after checking into the resort with her London-based family. A team of over 260 people backed by helicopters, drones and sniffer dogs is scouring dense jungle next to the resort in southwestern Malaysia but have not found any trace of the teenager.



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Body found in ravine in search for British scientist missing on Greek island

Body found in ravine in search for British scientist missing on Greek islandGreek police searching for a missing British scientist on the island of Ikaria have found a body at the bottom of a ravine. A police source said it was likely to be that of Dr Natalie Christopher, 34, who disappeared on Monday. Police, firefighters and volunteers had been scouring the island in the Aegean since Monday when Dr Christopher’s disappearance was reported by her 38-year-old Cypriot boyfriend. The corpse was found by a volunteer involved in the search. “The body was found in a ravine, a small canyon, between 600 metres and a kilometre from the hotel where the couple were staying,” Theodoros Chronopoulos, a Greek police spokesman, told The Telegraph. Asked whether the body had fallen into the ravine or been pushed, he said it was too early to tell. “We have to await the report from the coroner, which will take two to three days, in order to have the answers. This is crucial. At this point we don’t know how she died.” Oxford-educated Dr Christopher, a keen runner, rock climber and hiker, was spending a few days on Ikaria with her boyfriend. Dr Christopher is a keen runner, climber and mountain racer He said that when he woke on Monday morning, she was not in the hotel. He called her on her mobile phone and she told him she was running. He became worried a few hours later when she did not return and called again, but she did not answer. The couple, who live in Cyprus, were staying in the town of Kerame, on the north coast of Ikaria. Police are investigating spots of blood that were found on bed sheets in the hotel room where the couple were staying. The linen has been sent to a laboratory in Athens for testing. Her boyfriend reportedly told police that the blood was from a nosebleed that Dr Christopher suffered the night before her disappearance. Natalie Christopher was last seen on Monday on the Aegean island of Ikaria There were also blood spots in front of a mirror, according to the owner of the hotel. Police are also investigating reports that the couple may have slept in separate rooms the night before the British woman’s disappearance. A cleaner at the hotel told Greek media that she found sheets spread out on a sofa in the hotel suite “which may indicate the couple was sleeping in separate rooms.” Dr Christopher, who grew up in London, has a Masters in Physics from Durham University and did her PhD at Linacre College, Oxford. Her disappearance follows the rape and murder last month of an American scientist who went for a jog on Crete. Suzanne Eaton’s body was found dumped inside a Second World War bunker a week after she went missing. A 27-year-old local man has allegedly confessed to the murder of the 60-year-old molecular biologist, who had been attending a conference on Crete. She worked for the Max Planck Institute at Dresden University in Germany.



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Canadian police divers search river for missing teen murder suspects

Canadian police divers search river for missing teen murder suspectsCanadian police divers are searching a river for two missing teenagers suspected of a double murder, after finding an abandoned boat on its shores.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been chasing Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, for weeks since the pair were connected to two separate killings in British Columbia earlier this month.Authorities announced on 31 July that they were scaling back the search, which had taken officers to the remote town of Gillam in northern Manitoba.On Friday RCMP officers, travelling in a helicopter, spotted a damaged aluminium boat on the shores of the Nelson River, near Gillam.RCMP divers have now travelled to the town to search a section of the river.Their hunt began on Sunday.“RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) will conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today,” the force said on Twitter.The teenagers have been tracked in a series of stolen cars as they have travelled thousands of miles across Canada, from its Pacific coast in the west all to the way east to rural Manitoba.RCMP units believe the pair have been cornered in this region of rural Manitoba.The manhunt began on 12 July when Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky, childhood friends, left their home in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and travelled 1,500 miles north to Whitehorse, in the Yukon, claiming that they were looking for work.But on 15 July police discovered the bodies of a young couple near Liard Hot Springs, back in British Columbia. The RCMP has said the teenagers are suspects in the case and are wanted for questioning.A few days later a burnt-out truck driven by the pair was discovered, along with the body of Leonard Dyck. Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky have been charged with his murder and chased across Canada by the RCMP ever since.The father of Mr Schmegelsky has told reporters he believes his son is on a “suicide mission” and expects him to eventually die in a confrontation with the police.“A normal child doesn’t travel across the country killing people,” he said. “A child in some very serious pain does.”



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Missing Oregon 2-Year-Old Found Dead in Montana

Missing Oregon 2-Year-Old Found Dead in MontanaPolice said an autopsy confirmed the two-year-old was Aiden Salcido, who had been missing since his parents were found dead in July.



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Mother of man charged in missing brothers case speaks out

Mother of man charged in missing brothers case speaks outThe mother of a Missouri farmer charged with tampering with a truck used by two missing Wisconsin brothers said they came to the farm to look at cattle but that she can’t see her son being involved in their deaths. Tomme Feil told The Kansas City Star that the two men — Nicholas Diemel, 35, and his 24-year-old brother Justin — came to look at calves owned by the family. Feil said she has no idea why her son, Garland Nelson, would have moved their vehicle.



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Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injured

Pilot missing after US fighter jet crashes in Death Valley, leaving sightseers injuredA US Navy pilot is missing and seven people have been injured after a fighter jet crashed in California's Death Valley.The F/A-18E Super Hornet was being flown on a routine training mission when it went down around 10am local time, Lieutenant Commander Lydia Bock, public affairs officer for the Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said.Search and rescue teams scoured the crash site, but have so far been unable to locate the pilot, Lt Cmdr Bock added.The seven injured people were at a scenic overlook where aviation enthusiasts watch military pilots flying low through a steep and narrow chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon.Injured tourists told KABC-TV they were taking photos of the sweeping landscape when the jet screamed into view and suddenly slammed into the canyon wall.The news station said they were treated for minor burns and cuts from flying fragments after the plane crashed and exploded.US and foreign militaries train pilots and test jets in the gorge, officially called Rainbow Canyon, near the park’s western entrance. Military flights there date back to the Second World War.The chasm was nicknamed Star Wars Canyon because the mineral-rich soil and red, grey and pink walls resemble the home planet of Star Wars hero Luke Skywalker.Lt Cmdr Bock said the cause of the crash was under investigation.The jet was from strike fighter squadron VFA-151 stationed at Lemoore. The squadron is part of an air group attached to the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis.Additional reporting by agencies



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U.S. Navy Super Hornet Jet Crashes Near Death Valley, Injuring 7. Pilot Still Missing

U.S. Navy Super Hornet Jet Crashes Near Death Valley, Injuring 7. Pilot Still MissingThe U.S. Navy is conducting a search-and-rescue operation for the pilot of an F/A-18E Super Hornet jet that crashed near Death Valley on Wednesday, injuring seven.The pilot was flying in “Star Wars” Canyon, a chasm in Death Valley National Park where tourists go to observe aviation training exercises, according to park officials, CNN reported.“The cause of the crash is currently under investigation,” Lt. Cmdr. Lydia Bock, a spokesperson for the Navy’s Joint Strike Fighter Wing, said in a statement.“Search and rescue personnel are on scene and the status of the pilot is currently unknown,” Bock added.Seven visitors sustained minor injuries after the accident, Death Valley National Park spokesman Patrick Taylor told CNN.Recommended: Why North Korea's Air Force is Total Junk Why Doesn't America Kill Kim Jong Un? The F-22 Is Getting a New Job: Sniper



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Uighurs challenge China to prove missing relatives are free

Uighurs challenge China to prove missing relatives are freeChina’s claim that “most” inmates have been released from re-education camps in its Xinjiang region has been met with anger and scepticism by the Uighur diaspora which has launched a social media campaign challenging Beijing to prove it. Rights groups and experts say more than one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities have been rounded up in internment camps in the tightly-controlled northwest region, home to China’s Uighur population. “It’s absolutely not true,” said Guly Mahsut, a Uighur based in Canada.



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