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BREAKING: Police Foil Terrorist Attack In Netherlands, Arrest Seven Suspects |RN

Dutch police arrested seven men suspected of plotting to carry out a “major terrorist attack” at a high-profile event using explosive belts and an AK-47 assault rifle, on Thursday, the public prosecutor’s office said.

“Police arrested seven men on Thursday… suspected of being at a very advanced stage of preparation for a major terrorist attack in the Netherlands,” it said in a statement, adding one of the suspects had wanted to kill “many victims”.

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BREAKING: Trump Says Woodward’s White House Book Is A Scam |RN

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Donald Trump on Friday slammed investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s damning portrayal of the inner workings of the US president’s administration as a “scam,” alleging that it includes made-up quotes.

“The Woodward book is a scam. I don’t talk the way I am quoted. If I did I would not have been elected President. These quotes were made up. The author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle,” Trump tweeted.

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Kremlin Accuses US Of Meddling In Russia’s Affairs |The Republican News

                               Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kremlin on Monday accused the US of  “crudely” trying to recruit Russian nationals to act as its agents, adding that this showed Washington was meddling in Russian affairs.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked during a conference call to comment on a report in the New York Times which said the F.B.I. and US Justice Department had tried unsuccessfully to recruit Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska as an informer between 2014 and 2016.

“The fact is that the US in recent years is working crudely using its intelligence services, trying to recruit Russian citizens, exerting moral and other pressure on them.

“ I think these incidents in the most eloquent manner testify to the attempts to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs,” Peskov said.

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Woman Munches Rapist’s Manhood As He Asks For A Head |RN

A woman escaped an alleged sex attacker by biting down on his penis after he forced her to give him oral sex, police say.

The woman, who has not been named, allegedly ate away at Spencer Franklin’s privates after he reportedly broke into her home last Thursday morning, Metro UK has reported.

After sneaking into the house in Kansas City, Missouri, he is said to have climbed on top of her and said ‘It’s OK. I’m not going to hurt you.’

He is then said to have forced himself on the woman, who was so frightened her knife-wielding attacker was going to stab her whatever she did that she bit down on him.

That prompted him to knife her in the torso and thigh, reports say, with the woman managing to escape to the front door as her roommate returned from walking her dog.

They called the police, with doorbell camera footage leading cops to Franklin, 24.

The woman he is accused of attacking later identified him from a police line-up.

When he was arrested, police found teeth marks on his penis, which was still bleeding, it is claimed.

His alleged victim is recovering from the stab wounds he reportedly inflicted on her, which required stitches.  (Punch)

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Baby With Brain Tumour Miraculously Recovers After Pope Francis Kissed Her Head

When Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna Masciantonio in 2015, some saw it as an encouraging sign.

The then one-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Doctors had not expected that she would make it to her first birthday, but she overcame the odds — and days after her birthday, Pope Francis kissed her head.

It was reported that Gianna had histiocytosis, a rare condition that made it impossible for her to have surgery to remove a tumour.

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The blood disorder caused lesions on her brain stem, reports said.

Gianna was treated with chemotherapy, and CBS Philadelphia reports that now, Gianna is in good health and will begin pre-school this year.

To commemorate Gianna’s recovery, her parents, Joey and Kristen Masciantonio, donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Gianna was treated.

They made the donation in the name of the foundation they started, For the Love of Grace.

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Grace is Gianna’s middle name, and the foundation is dedicated to helping children with brain tumours and histiocytosis. (Punch)

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Putin Attends Austrian Foreign Minister’s Wedding |RN

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               Vladimir Putin and Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl dancing

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday, in a visit that the opposition says has damaged Austria’s reputation for political neutrality.

Putin was one of around 100 guests at Kneissl’s wedding to businessman Wolfgang Meilinger in the picturesque village of Gamlitz in southeastern Austria.

The Russian leader was pictured dancing with Kneissl during the festivities. He also brought a Cossack choir to perform for the newlyweds.

Austrian opposition politicians had criticised the invitation to Putin saying it undermined Austria’s claim to be an “honest broker” between Europe and Russia, with the Green party calling for Kneissl’s resignation.

Russia has been accused of seeking to weaken and divide the EU, notably by maintaining links with populist parties in several European countries.

Hundreds of police officers were deployed for the ceremony and the road from nearby Graz airport to Gamlitz was shut in both directions for Putin’s arrival and departure.

Putin was accompanied to the airport by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and went straight on to Germany for a planned meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Among the other guests at the wedding were Kurz, of the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, of the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe).

Kneissl was nominated for the post of foreign minister by the FPOe, which since 2016 has had a “cooperation pact” with Putin’s United Russia party.

Since last December, the FPOe has been in government in coalition with Kurz’s OeVP after a campaign in which both parties ran on an anti-immigration platform.

Putin’s visit comes amid reports of other Western countries becoming warier of intelligence co-operation with Austria because of suspicion that the FPOe and its Interior Minister Herbert Kickl are trying to exert influence on intelligence agencies.

Unnamed intelligence officials told the Washington Post newspaper that police raids on the BVT domestic intelligence agency in February caused particular concern.

“The alarms are going off. What happened in Austria reminds me of what autocrats would do,” one senior European intelligence official told the paper.

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British Air Force Intercepts Six Russian Bombers Over Black Sea After ‘All Night Air Activity’

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a plane flying in the air: Six Russian bombers were reportedly involved in the incident (stock image) © PA Six Russian bombers were reportedly involved in the incident (stock image)
The British Air Force has intercepted six Russian bombers over the Black Sea, according to a Russian news agency.The bomber planes were said to be flying close to NATO airspace.

Eurofighter Typhoons were launched early on Monday morning from their base in Romania after the Russian Su-24 Fencer planes were spotted, according to the RAF.

The Force said there had been ‘significant Russian air activity throughout most of the night’, reports Shephard Media.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft       © Reuters A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft

 

Russian bombers involved in the eventually turned towards Crimea.

An RAF statement continued: “The operation was in accordance with the NATO Enhanced Air Policing (EAP) mission, whereby the RAF operates alongside its NATO ally to deter Russian aggression, reassure our friends in Romania and assure NATO allies of our commitment to collective defence.”

There are currently four RAF Typhoons based at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base in southeast Romania. In March of this year, we reported RAF fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers eight times in the last two years.

Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets   © Associated Press Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets

Typhoon fighters were scrambled from UK air bases five times in 2016 and three times in 2017 to challenge Kremlin warplanes heading towards British airspace, Government figures show.

And in January, two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers were intercepted by Typhoons 30 miles from UK airspace and escorted them.

Lib Dem defence spokesman Lord Ming Campbell on the matter: “The frequency of these events shows that Russia is determined to test Britain’s air defences.

A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft           © Reuters A Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft

 

“It’s a matter of public interest when RAF aircraft have to be scrambled to shepherd Russian aircraft away from UK airspace.

“Such events carry with them the risk of accident or misjudgment which could easily turn into something much more serious.”

The Government refused to reveal how on many occasions Russian warplanes were detected flying towards British skies, citing national security.

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