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Police 'not ruling out terrorism' after man fire bombs McDonald's and takes hostage in Cologne train station

Police 'not ruling out terrorism' after man fire bombs McDonald's and takes hostage in Cologne train stationA man threw a Molotov cocktail into a crowded McDonald’s restaurant before taking a woman hostage in the German city of Cologne's main railway station in what police said may have been a failed terror attack. A 14-year-old girl suffered burns to her legs when the man claiming to be a member of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) attacked the restaurant. Police said the could not rule out terrorism. He then took a second woman hostage in a pharmacy inside the station complex while onlookers fled. Witnesses described him as shouting that he was acting for Isil. Police special forces stormed the station and freed the hostage, who suffered moderate injuries according to emergency services. The suspect was shot in the stomach by police marksmen and was said to be in critical condition last night (MON). Police denied reports of shots being fired Credit:  Michael Gottschalk/ Getty The residence document of a 55-year-old Syrian who has been living in Cologne since 2016 was recovered from the scene, but police said it was not clear if it belonged to the suspect. The owner of the residence card has a criminal record for theft. The incident began at around 12.45pm local time (11.45pm BST) when the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail into the station’s McDonald’s outlet. A 14-year-old girl was injured but managed to escape. “It was indescribable, terrible to look at,” a witness who saw the teenager’s injuries told the local Express newspaper. The girl was rushed to hospital and was said to be in stable condition last night (MON). Armed with a handgun, the suspect then took another woman hostage in the station pharmacy. Loudspeaker announcements ordered the public to leave the station by the nearest exit and police sealed the complex off. A two-hour stand-off followed as nervous passengers waited on the nearby steps of Cologne cathedral, many of them clutching their luggage. All trains to and from the station, one of the busiest in Germany, were cancelled. The suspect made various “political demands”, including the release of a Tunisian woman from prison, according to police. He also demanded safe passage out of the station. He was known to police for offences including theft and fraud, Cologne's deputy police chief Miriam Brauns said. "We also do not rule out a terrorist attack," Ms Brauns said. Police were unable to determine if the handgun he was carrying was genuine from a distance, and the decision was made to storm the station, a spokesman said. A police marksman shot the suspect in the stomach to disable him. Inquiries were still ongoing last night, and it is not yet clear if the handgun the suspect used was genuine, police said. Police made the decision to storm the station when the suspect threatened to set light to the hostage. He had taped gas cartridges to her body and poured fuel over her. Police were unable to determine if the handgun he was carrying was genuine, so a police marksman shot the suspect in the stomach to disable him.



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Bill Cosby sentencing: Judge hands comedian 3 to 10 years prison time after ruling him 'sexually violent predator'

Bill Cosby sentencing: Judge hands comedian 3 to 10 years prison time after ruling him 'sexually violent predator'Bill Cosby has been sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Judge Steven O’Neill has ruled that Cosby is a “sexually violent predator” which means the once-beloved TV comedian is being placed on the sex offender’s registry sent to neighbours, schools and victims. The distinction also requires Cosby to undergo a lifetime of counselling and to report quarterly to authorities.



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New Australian PM pledges 'generational change' to heal ruling party

New Australian PM pledges 'generational change' to heal ruling party(This version of Aug. 24 story corrects spelling of party member’s name to Entsch, paragraph 10) By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised generational change in the warring Liberal party on Friday, seeking to end an internecine battle that has scarred the conservative government ahead of an election due by May 2019. Morrison, who was treasurer under outgoing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, emerged the surprise winner in a three-way challenge for the leadership of the Liberal party brought on by a right-wing rival this week. Stepping up to become Australia’s sixth prime minister in less than 10 years, Morrison has inherited leadership of a coalition between the Liberal and National parties whose one-seat majority will have to be defended when a by-election is held for a safe Sydney seat that Turnbull is set to vacate.



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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition now rejects election ruling

The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition now rejects election rulingHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election (all times local):



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Zimbabwe elections: Three dead as opposition protest ruling Zanu-PF parliamentary victory

Zimbabwe elections: Three dead as opposition protest ruling Zanu-PF parliamentary victoryClashes broke out among angry supporters of Zimbawe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Wednesday after official election results showed a ruling party victory in parliament. Three people were killed after the army opened fire in central Harare during demonstrations over alleged fraud in the country's elections. The man died after being shot in the stomach, an AFP photographer said, confirming that he died at the scene. Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party won the majority of seats in parliament after sweeping rural constituencies by huge margins, official results showed on Wednesday, setting the stage for President Emmerson Mnangagwa's victory. Protesters tore down a billboard with an image of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his campaign slogan: "The voice of the people is the voice of God." A supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC) of Nelson Chamisa wears a cone as they block a street in Harare Credit: Reuters Opposition supporters also marched to and from the gates of a compound where the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has been announcing results. Police padlocked the main gate. The opposition alleges the vote was rigged. Results of the presidential race have not yet been announced and the electoral commission says it will update on that "sometime tomorrow." Quite serious violence In Harare These guys say they’re angry at a stolen election. The presidential results have yet to be announced. pic.twitter.com/eziSZY9Tmg— Roland Oliphant (@RolandOliphant) August 1, 2018 Presidential results are due to be announced, with Mr Chamisa's supporters insisting they will occupy the streets of Harare if their candidate does not win. Mr Chamisa has already claimed victory and accused the electoral commission of fixing results to favour Mr Mnangagwa. Riot police equipped with water cannon looked on as several hundred MDC supporters gathered outside Mr Chamisa's MDC party headquarters in central Harare and electoral commission where results were being announced. Tererai Obey Sithole, a 26 year old MDC member, told The Telegraph: “We are not going to accept any result that is against the victory of Nelson Chamisa.” “We already have the results. Mr Chamisa won with 60 per cent plus. We are going to stay on the streets until ZEC announces the correct result.” MDC supporters burn an election banner with the face of Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa Credit: Reuters "They have stolen the election," says 78-year-old Iddah Hanyani. "I want my vote back." The European Union observer mission said on Wednesday "a truly level playing field was not achieved" in the election. The EU mission pointed out the "misuse of state resources, instances of coercion and intimidation, partisan behavior by traditional leaders and overt bias in state media" but says Monday's election was largely peaceful in a break from the past. Zimbabwean anti riot police officers close the entrance to the Rainbow Towers where the election's results were announced Credit: AFP The assessments of Western and other observers, many who returned to Zimbabwe after being barred for nearly two decades, are crucial in the possible lifting of international sanctions on this southern African nation. The EU mission says this is a preliminary statement and more is expected on how the election results are handled and announced.  Africa's tarnished jewel: how four decades of Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe's economy reeling Parliamentary results early on Wednesday showed Mr Mnangagwa's Zanu PF party cruising to a big majority after picking up 109 seats against 41 for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Another 58 seats are yet to be declared. The House of Assembly of Parliament has 210 seats and Zanu PF would need to win 30 more to have a two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will. Profile | Emmerson Mnangagwa The trend in the parliamentary election was expected to continue when results for the president are announced. The MDC won in most urban centres, where it enjoys majority support. The MDC accused the election commission on Tuesday of deliberately delaying results of this week's vote to favour the ruling party, reporting irregularities in the first poll since the removal of Robert Mugabe in a bloodless November coup. Election observers from southern African nations on Wednesday commended Zimbabwe for a peaceful, orderly election, though they also identified some shortcomings in how it was conducted. The Southern African Development Community said Zimbabweans had the "opportunity to exercise their constitutional right," and applauded the government for allowing more international observers for Monday's vote. Urging protesters to refrain from violence, the group aslo referred to criticism of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for the late release of the voters' roll, as well as bias toward the ruling party by state media and traditional leaders.



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Gun Rights Activists Defy Court Ruling, Post 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints Online

Gun Rights Activists Defy Court Ruling, Post 3D-Printed Gun Blueprints OnlineGun rights activist groups found a way around the temporary halting of 3D-



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'Vilified too long': Teachers' unions fight back after supreme court ruling

'Vilified too long': Teachers' unions fight back after supreme court rulingA supreme court decision puts unions’ funding at risk. Gunshots ring out from the nearby hunting range across the railroad tracks in Westmoreland City, Pennsylvania, but Jason Davis is not easily deterred. “You never know what’s going to happen when you knock on someone’s door,” says Davis as we get out of his car to start walking the hills of this blue-collar, Trump-supporting community in the foothills of the mountains of south-western Pennsylvania.



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US lawyers: Ruling allows detention of immigrant families

US lawyers: Ruling allows  detention of immigrant familiesPHOENIX (AP) — The Trump administration says a ruling this week by a federal judge in San Diego requiring the government to reunify families separated at the border means authorities can legally keep families detained until their cases are complete.



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Court ruling on unions no lifesaver for Illinois' sinking finances

Court ruling on unions no lifesaver for Illinois' sinking financesA U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday that dealt a blow to public sector labor unions will not be a fix, at least in the short term, for massive financial problems in Illinois, where the case was filed, public finance and economic experts said. The 5-4 ruling in the case brought by state worker Mark Janus found that forcing workers who opt out of unions to pay so-called fair-share dues to labor organizations violated free speech rights. The opinion cited Illinois’ “severe budget problems,” including a nearly $ 160 billion unfunded liability for pensions and retiree healthcare in 2013, a huge pile of unpaid bills, and near-junk level credit ratings.



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Donald Trump Responds To Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling

Donald Trump Responds To Supreme Court's Travel Ban RulingPresident Donald Trump on Tuesday called the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling



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