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Follow the latest news happening in the world. Here you will fins my latest stories regarding events in the Middle East and Europe; like the war on terror, Scotland’s independence vote, and more.

World News Events Run Down

GREECE

Economic concerns on the rise after candidate in Greek Prime Ministry campaign, Alexis Tsipras, takes the win and vows the end of an era of shame. Alexis made promises to end the debt Greece is drowning in, however, lenders continue to be skeptical without proof of funds or a concise plan by Tsipras on how to do so.

Current concerns regard the possibility of Greece having to leave the Euro if they are not able to pay back the multi-billion dollar bailout loans received from foreign governments.

ENGLAND

The Church of England votes to allow the first female bishop of the religious entity. Libby Lane will be attending her consecration ceremony later and taking her place amongst the bishops of the Church of England.

USA

-The United States braces for a record-breaking snow storm in the Northeast, with New York City and Boston expected to take the brunt of the storm. Mayor Bill DiBlasio encouraged New Yorkers to stay home if possible and stay off the roads, as many of the roads and highways may be closed due to the storm.

-President Barack Obama visited India for its national celebration day, sitting next to it’s president while a military and ethnic parade displayed India’s pride. It was noted that most of the military hardware and equipment was of Russian origin, and both president Barack Obama and the president of India are said to have struck in agreement whereby the United States will start providing military hardware to India instead.

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AirAsia Flight QZ8501did not have Permit to Fly Dangerous Route

24626F4700000578-2894514-image-a-17_1420276595334News has broken establishing that AirAisia Flight QZ8501 did not have a permit to fly on that fateful day across the dangerous route, in which almost 200 passengers died.

Only a few days ago images emerged on news portals showing the bodies of deceased passengers in the waters across the area in which the airplane was believed to have gone down. The images were graphic and suggested that no one could have survived the crash, however at the time the bodies were found, parts of the wreckage still had not been discovered.

In the first days of 2015, Asian authorities stated that they believed they had found “two big objects” believed to be parts of flight QZ8501 in the waters off the shore of Borneo Island. Investigators proceeded to airlift 21 of the the passenger’s bodies in body bags; 5 of which were discovered still secured to their seats. This new discovery brings the grand total of bodies found to 30, leaving the other 132 still missing.

Around the same time, it was discovered that the doomed flight did not even have a permit to fly that day, across such a dangerous and weathered route.

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Investigators stated that the aircraft was flying on an unauthorized schedule when I plunged into the Java Sea. As of right now, the airliner has been suspended from flying that same route between the cities of Surabaya and Singapore.

Regarding the findings of the wreckage, search crews have identified the tail end of the plane however the blackbox recorder is still missing.

Read Original Story on : The Daily Mail

© C. J. Leger January 3, 2015

 

Official Statement of AirAsia on FlightQZ8501

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

  • 1 Singapore
  • 1 Malaysia
  • 1 France
  • 3 South Korean
  • 156 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801. “

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 goes Missing After Elevation Request

News hit early this morning of a missing AirAsia flight with approximately 162 passengers onboard. The flight took off from Indonesia early this morning, and was scheduled to arrive at Singapore Changi Airport, but never made it.

Flight routAccording to the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, the pilots of the doomed Indonesian AirAsia flight QZ8501, which departed at 5:30 AM local time, where recorded making a transmission to Jakarta Air Traffic Control, requesting permission to proceed with a higher altitude at approximately 6:12 AM. By 6:17 AM the aircraft had lost communication with air-traffic control. The flight was scheduled to land in Singapore at 8:30 AM Singapore local time.

airasia manifestAccording to manifest records, there were 155 passengers onboard the AirAsia flight, of multiple nationalities including Singaporean, British nationals, Malaysian nationals, and French, South Korean, and Indonesian nationals. There were also a total of 7 crew-members on the flight. AirAsia has since confirmed that the flight comprised of 138 adults, 16 children and one infant baby. The crew was comprised of two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer.

The Indonesian authorities have already formulated a team for a search and rescue mission of the airliner. The authorities have received reports of a possible wreckage site 100 miles away from the location last reported by transmissions to air-traffic control, near Beliyung in the Java Sea. However, while these reports are still unconfirmed, Indonesian search and rescue authorities have already dispatched local fishing and official vessels from the nearest port in Tanjung Pandan, to the last known location of the plane. However, inclement weather and horrid sea conditions, mean the rescue party will not reach the area until at least midnight local time.

air asia weatherThe aircraft, an Airbus A320-200 registered as PK-AXC, was officially declared missing at 7:55 AM local time. During its last known transmission, its pilots were requesting permission to elevate to 38,ooo feet to avoid a cloud; during which time the air traffic control sheet reports that the plane’s speed dropped considerably to 353 knots, suggesting it was having trouble climbing to the requested altitude. Air traffic control and analyst believe this was due to the severe weather reported by the pilot.

While the plane issued a request for elevation, it did not at any time send out a distress call to air traffic control, suggesting that the aircraft experienced a sudden catastrophic event.

At this time AirAsia is in complete cooperation with Indonesian authorities, in the effort to find the missing airliner. The company has since changed the color of their logo from red to gray in a show of solidarity for the victims and the victim’s families, until the wreckage is found.

THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM AIRASIA READS:

“AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 (Surabaya LT) this morning. The flight took off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya at 0535hours.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were two pilots, four flight attendants and one engineer on board.

The captain in command had a total of 6,100 flying hours and the first officer a total of 2,275 flying hours

There were 155 passengers on board, with 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

Nationalities of passengers and crew onboard are as below:

  • 1 Singapore
  • 1 Malaysia
  • 1 France
  • 3 South Korean
  • 156 Indonesia

At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted under the guidance of The Indonesia of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.

The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost while it was still under the control of the Indonesian Air Traffic Control (ATC).

The aircraft had undergone its last scheduled maintenance on 16 November 2014.

AirAsia has established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for family or friends of those who may have been on board the aircraft. The number is: +622129850801. “

Original Article From: The Daily Mail
© C. J. Leger | December 28, 2014

ISIS Makes Threat to Attack NYC and Paris Rail Lines

Picture courtesy of the Associated Press

Picture courtesy of the Associated Press

News has sourced that ISIS militants have made concerning, and credible, threats against the United States and France, in the form of an imminent attack on rail lines.

Sources in Iraq claim that the threats are credible and are targeting New York City subway systems as well as Parisian subway systems. The warnings came from Iraq’s Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi.

Abadi’s exact words were “I’m not sure”, in reference to whether or not these threats were imminent. He also confirmed that the suspected attack planners were foreign fighters that are members of ISIS; particularly US and French natives who defected to ISIS.

Abadi stated:

“They plan to have attacks in the metros of Paris and the U.S.,’ he added, speaking in English. ‘From the details I have received, yes it looks credible.”

“They are not Iraqis. Some of them are French, some of them are Americans. But they are in Iraq,”

According to the Prime Minister, his intelligence came from officials currently in Baghdad, who relayed him the messages this morning.

This news comes just days after the US and France ordered bomb strikes in Syria, targeting ISIS specifically. The President of Syria was warned about the attacks ahead of time, and told to seek refuge.

The strikes were targeted at high value targets of the Islamic State, particularly oil refineries now owned by ISIS; which yields approximately $2 million per day for the group. ISIS contracts expert engineers to extract thousands of oil barrels each day from sources in Iraq and Syria.

Read original story on the Daily Mail

© C. J. Leger September 25, 2014

Scotland Votes No to Independence

Photo courtesy of the Telegraph.co

Photo courtesy of the Telegraph.co

SCOTLAND- In a historical vote that has been raging on in the news for weeks, the people of Scotland voted NO last night for the concept of an independent Scotland; something many Scots have been fighting for since the time of William Wallace.

According to the polls, the votes were very close with No voters securing 55% of the vote and Yes voters establishing 45% of the vote. Many recognized names watched the turn out over the news, including the Her Majesty the Queen of England, J.K. Rowling and Alan Cumming.

While the vote was one of great accomplishment and peace in Great Brattain, it was not void of some violence and chaos. Some voters were livid, claiming that fraud had been committed in Glasgow, as they arrived to hand in their votes, only to be told that they had already voted. So far, the media has confirmed that there have been at least 10 allegations of fraud in Glasgow alone. Other incidences included the arrest of a former St. Helens councillor for assault.

Copyright PA, courtesy of the Daily Mail

Copyright PA, courtesy of the Daily Mail

Over two million voters opted for No, while over one million believed an independent Scotland was best. The British Prime minister David Cameron congratulated Glasgow on the show of support, and it is said that the Queen watched the results and will be making a statement later today.

After the historic vote trampled his campaign, Alex Salmond retreated to his home, where according to sources, it was cloaked in darkness. It is not said what will become of Mr. Salmond career after this, but Prime Minister Cameron is focused on the future and the English opinion on future laws.

Congratulations Britain

© C. J. Leger September 19, 2014

Read Original Article on The Daily Mail
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Angry Mob Shoves Ukrainian Politician into Trash Can

An angry mob in Ukraine appears to be disgruntled with Ukrainian Parliamentary Minister, Vitaly Zhuravsky and resorts to shoving the man into a trash can full of garbage. After repeated attempts to get out of the garbage depository, the man is unable to leave; being forced back in by the crowd.

Corpses Evicted from Cemetery for Non-Payment

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Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez Originals of the Daily Mail

GUATEMALA- It is the norm to see tenants evicted for non-payment, but in Guatemala City, the mummified corpses of some cemeteries are evicted as soon as their lease expires, or if family members have not made a payment on it, in order to re-rent the crypts. This occurs mostly for families who can no longer afford to pay for a private crypt for their loved ones. Evictions have no exception, and include the bodies of the elderly, infants and children.

Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez Originals of the Daily Mail

Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez
Originals of the Daily Mail

Laborers go to work on the crypts with sledgehammers and open the once-sealed slabs, and begin pulling out the bodies of those laid to rest there. Many of the bodies which are found are in an advanced stage of decomposition, however others, as seen in the pictures, have been mummified due to the dry conditions of the crypts on the upper levels.

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Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez Originals of the Daily Mail

These bodies are then placed in plastic bags and labeled, while some are placed on the ground to await a transport to a mass grave, where they will be laid to rest permanently. Those bodies that are claimed by family are stored in a box and taken to a local cemetery for the family to make arrangements.

Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez Originals of the Daily Mail

Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez
Originals of the Daily Mail

© C. J. Leger September 16, 2014

 

Original story on The Daily Mail
Photo taken by Jorge Dan Lopez
Originals of the Daily Mail


US Plans to Send 3,000 Troops on Ebola Mission

Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mail

Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mail

The US recently gave an update on their stand in regards to the worsening situation in Africa, where hundreds of civilians are dying of Ebola; sometimes just outside of a treatment center.

According to the Obama Administration, 3,000 troops will be deployed to the heart of the Ebola epidemic, Monrovia, Liberia, and will be aided by the the U.S. Africa Command in a newly formed Joint Force Command headquarter.

While Liberia is at the epicenter of the epidemic, other nations including Sierra Leon, Nigeria and Guinea are also suffering.

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The exact mission of the US armed forces in Liberia is unclear, but it has been confirmed that the US will be acting as the lead force in the efforts, and will be assigned to protect and supervise any movement by medical staff, of heavy equipment and supplies; suggesting that their role is to control any civilian riots that may occur as a result of growing tensions with regards to lack of medical treatment for many suffering from the disease. The Pentagon has also released a statement about their intentions to provide resources for the temporary construction of a 25-bed hospital in the danger zone, but is meant for the treatment of its personnel and that of the medical staff.

There are concerns about US troops patrolling the area, causing riots and tension within Liberia and its bordering nations.

As of right now the DOD has stated that the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will be sending 65 clinicians, administrators and support staff to manage the running of the 25-bed facility. Last week however, the DOD stated that the facility would be turned over to the Liberian government after it was built, confirming that the US is in deed taking a lead position in the efforts now.

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Mail

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Mail

USAID has also purchased 5,000 body bags and 160,000 hazmat suits,  to be shipped to Liberia for the mission. As of right now, Ebola has infected 4,900 civilians and killed 2,400; many of which were from Liberia. Officials on both sides are warning personnel not to travel across borders to prevent further coming into contact with the disease. Ebola is a type of hemorrhagic fever which is transferred through contact with bodily fluids like blood, saliva and sweat. The preparations for burial in Liberia often require contact with the bodies of the dead, spreading the disease more.

© C. J. Leger September 16, 2014

 

Read the original article at The Daily Mail
Photographs courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Jihadi John Kills Another Hostage as Isis Continues Reign of Terror

Picture courtesy of The Daily Mail

Picture courtesy of The Daily Mail

IRAQ- New video footage has emerged depicting another beheading by ISIS. Jihadi John, the man suspected of being the executioner behind the mask of James Foley’s and Steven Sotloff’s executions earlier this year, is seen again beheading British nationalist David Haines; a journalist who was kidnapped from Syria last year.

In the video, Mr. Haines reads a forced statement, which condemns the actions of US ally, Great Britain; and addresses the British Prime Minister David Cameron directly. In his statement he says “David Cameron, I hold you entirely responsible for my Execution”.

The British Prime Minister has already responded to the video, in a tweet he sent earlier today where he writes:

“The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes out to his family who have shown extraordinary courage and fortitude.”

He sends another tweet two minutes later which read:

“We will do everything in our power to hint down these murderers and ensure they face justice, however long it takes.”

The President of the United States also released a statement where he condemns the actions of The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, which read:

“The United States strongly condemns the barbaric murder of UK citizen David Haines by the terrorist group Isil.

Our hearts go out to the family of Mr Haines and to the people of the United Kingdom. The United States stands shoulder to shoulder tonight with our close friend and ally in grief and resolve.

We will work with the United Kingdom and a broad coalition of nations from the region and around the world to bring the perpetrators of this outrageous act to justice, and to degrade and destroy this threat to the people of our countries, the region and the world.”

In the prepared statement, David Haines says that the current Prime Minister entered voluntarily into a conflict against the Islamic State alongside the United States, and makes a stab at Tony Blair stating that Cameron’s actions are repetitive of Blair’s, in reference to when he supported the US in the war against terror.

The video came after just a few hours of Haines’ family making a direct plea to ISIS, where they address the fact that the militant group had failed to make contact with them in regards to Haines’ capture. The family came forward late Friday afternoon and stated:

“We are the family of David Haines.

We have sent messages to you to which we have not received a reply. We are asking those holding David to make contact with us.”

Later that same night, ISIS posted the video of the beheading at 10:15 pm. His family was seemingly unaware that he had been brutally murdered when the video went viral.

After the beheading, the masked executioner believed to be Jihadi John, a rapper from the UK who defected to ISIS in the past year, has another man brought out and shown to the camera, in the same manner that Sotloff was brought out during Foley’s execution, and he threatens that another Briton will be killed soon.

Recent news suggest that British special forces are close to confirming the identity of the executioner and capturing him, based on trusted intel.

Read the original article at The Daily Mail

© C. J. Leger September 14, 2014