Queen Elizabeth Reported To West Yorkshire Police For Not Wearing A Seatbelt |RN

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The Queen was reported to police for not wearing a seatbelt as she travelled to the State Opening of Parliament in her official call.

West Yorkshire Police said they received a 999 call about the royal journey.

But the force said the caller also thought it was a good idea to ring their local police force, as the Queen was travelled with Prince Charles through London from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

Confirming the call in a tweet, it also pointed out that the call was not an emergency and should not have been made to 999.

“999 call received reporting that the Queen isn’t wearing a seatbelt. #not999 #notevenwestyorkshire,” the tweet read.

Under UK law, civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Queen.

Her press office said it would not comment on the tweet.

(The Independent)

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BREAKING: One Dead After ‘Van Hit Mosque Worshippers’ In London’s Finsbury Park

One man has died after a van hit 11 worshippers leaving a Muslim welfare centre in north London.

The Metropolitan Police said eight people have been taken to hospital after the collision in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park.

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A further two people were treated at the scene where police arrested a 48-year-old man who had been held by members of the public amid angry scenes.

There are reports that another two people leapt out of the van but escaped, although this has yet to be confirmed by police.

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The Counter Terrorism Command Unit is helping the Met Police with their investigation into the incident which witnesses described as deliberate.

The collision occurred outside Finsbury Park’s Muslim Welfare House, which is nearby the Finsbury Park Mosque.

Theresa May has described the incident as “terrible”, adding: “All my thoughts are with those who have been injured, their loved ones, and the emergency services on the scene.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who constituency is nearby North Islington, said: “I’m totally shocked at the incident at Finsbury Park tonight. I’ve been in touch with the mosques, police and Islington council regarding the incident.

“My thoughts are with those and the community affected by this awful event.”

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A delivery driver who was on a bike about three cars behind the incident, Mohammed Abdullah, told Sky News he saw the van take a sudden left turn.

“I think he done it on purpose. I was on a ped. He was about three cars in front of me. He came in a bus lane and took a sharp left.

© Reuters “He went on top of the people. He actually ran them over. It was a white van.

“There was three of them. Two of them ran away. The other was held at the scene until the police came. Some people wanted to beat him up.

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“I’ve seen about six or seven people on the floor. Most of them were male. It was exactly the same time as the prayers finished. As soon as it finished, this guy came. I think (the road he took) is a blocked road – It’s not even a through road.

“The other two got away. They must be somewhere around Finsbury Park. They ran away somewhere.”

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He said the man arrested did not say anything.

“He had a tattoo on his back. He was not ill. He was not drunk. He got arrested by five or six police officers. They took him away. They never dropped him or nothing.”

He said in his opinion it was a terrorist attack.

This year Ramadan began on 26 May and ends on Saturday 24 June.

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Sky News reporters on the scene say it is tense – with one man shouting at police officers.

He claimed it took them one hour to arrive at the scene while “someone bled to death”.

The Evening Standard newspaper reported that a man armed with a knife jumped out of the vehicle, after which at least one person was stabbed.

Video images of the scene seen by Sky show a number of people on the ground with what appear to be a variety of injuries, some of whom look like they are seriously hurt.

One person has been arrested, police say. Pic: @Thomasvanhulle© PA One person has been arrested, police say. Pic: @Thomasvanhulle Pictures on social media suggest the collision occurred at the entrance to Whadcoat Street.

London Ambulance Service say they have sent a “number of resources” to the scene.

Dozens of police, fire and ambulance service vehicles have been sent to the area, armed officers are on the scene and a helicopter is overhead.

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The Met Police said in a statement: “Police were called just after 0020hrs 18 June to reports of a vehicle in collision with pedestrians.

“Officers are on scene with other emergency services. There are a number of casualties being worked on at the scene.

“There has been one person arrested. Enquiries continue.”

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London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Kevin Bate said: “We were called at 12.15am to reports of a road traffic collision at Seven Sisters Road.

“We have sent a number of ambulance crews, advance paramedics and specialist responses teams to the scene. An advance trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance has also been dispatched by car.

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene.

“Our priority is to assess the level and nature of injuries and ensure those in the most need are treated first and taken to hospital.”

© Reuters Transport for London says Seven Sisters Road has been closed northbound between Hornsey Road and Rock Street.  (Sky News)

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Bodies Of U.S Sailors Found In Flooded Destroyer |The Republican News

Damage is seen on the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald off the Shimoda coast, after it collided with a Philippine-flagged container ship, on June 17, 2017. Seven US sailors were missing and a skipper injured after their Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early on June 17, with the badly damaged US vessel partially flooded. STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP

The bodies of US sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan have been found in flooded sleeping berths, a day after the accident tore a huge gash in the warship’s side, the US Navy said Sunday.

Seven sailors were reported missing after Saturday’s predawn collision, triggering a major search operation off Japan’s Pacific coast, and US authorities tacitly acknowledged there were no survivors.

“The search and rescue are over,” US 7th Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin told reporters, describing huge amounts of water that gushed into the sleeping compartments after part of the ship’s right side was caved in.

The Navy said it had found “a number” of bodies inside the guided missile destroyer, but did not specify if all seven crew had been found dead in the search that took place after it limped back into the harbour.

Aucoin said the final toll was not being released “out of respect for their families”.

However, he said the destroyer sustained “a large gash” below the waterline, and nearby crew would have had little chance to escape the “tremendous” amount of water that poured through the breach.

“It was 2:20 in the morning. A significant part of the crew was sleeping,” he added, standing on the pier in front of the docked destroyer at its base in Yokosuka, south-west of Tokyo.

“There wasn’t a lot of time in spaces that were open to the sea.

“So, it was traumatic. As to how much warning they had — I don’t know.”

The container ship, the 222-metre Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal, came into port with large scrapes on its bow, but none of its 20 crew was injured, Japan’s coastguard said.

Aucoin declined to say what might be to blame for the accident, the cause of which is being investigated.

“We will update you once the investigation process is complete,” he said.

“I’m not going to speculate on what happened… Hopefully, we’ll get those answers, but I don’t have them right now.”

– ‘Lucky to be alive’ –

The 154-metre (500-foot) Fitzgerald was pulled by a tugboat back to its base on Saturday, where divers searched damaged areas of the destroyer, which was deployed in the mid-90s.

The Navy said the dead US crew were found by the divers.

“As search and rescue crews gained access to the spaces that were damaged during the collision… the missing sailors were located in the flooded berthing compartments,” it said.

“They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified,” it added. “The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made.”

Several other US crew members were injured in the accident and had to be evacuated by air to the hospital, including the vessel’s commanding officer Bryce Benson, who is “undergoing treatment”, Aucoin said.

“He is lucky to be alive,” the fleet commander added, without elaborating.

The accident happened 56 nautical miles (104 kilometres) south-west of Yokosuka, in a busy shipping channel that is a gateway to major container ports in Tokyo and nearby Yokohama.

There have been several collisions involving large vessels in the area over the past five years, Japan’s Asahi newspaper said.

Japan’s coastguard is conducting an investigation into the accident — including interviewing the container ship’s Filipino crew — although the US has primary jurisdiction in probing accidents involving military personnel.

“We can’t comment on the accident as it’s being handled by the Japanese coastguard,” a spokesman for the container ship’s Japanese owner, NYK Line, told AFP on Saturday.

“We will fully cooperate with authorities investigating the case.”    (

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President Trump’s Personal Lawyer Hired Own Lawyer To Handle The Russia Investigation

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Attorney Michael Cohen arrives to Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on December 16, 2016 in New York.© BRYAN R. SMITH—AFP/Getty Images Attorney Michael Cohen arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on December 16, 2016, in New York.  

(WASHINGTON) – President Trump’s personal lawyer has retained a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer to represent him in the various government probes connected to Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Attorney Steve Ryan says Friday that Michael Cohen plans on cooperating “in all governmental inquiries.”

A special counsel is probing the 2016 presidential election and whether there were any contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Multiple committees in both houses of Congress are investigating the same thing.

Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.

Ryan is a former general counsel for the Senate’s committee on governmental affairs. He heads the McDermott, Will and Emery firm’s government strategies practice.


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U.S Shooter In Congressman Shooting Confirmed Dead |The Republican News

A heavily armed gunman ambushed Republican senators and congressmen at a baseball practice Wednesday morning, leaving House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others injured.

A Facebook page belonging to a person with the same name as the reported suspect has expressed fiercely anti-Trump views. President Trump announced that he had died.

Lawmakers and aides ducked behind trees, ran, and dove into a shallow dugout, where some shielded Arlington Rep. Joe Barton’s son as Capitol police — Scalise’s security detail — traded gunfire with the attacker, eventually capturing him alive. An aide for Austin Rep. Roger Williams, the team coach, was shot in the calf. Williams himself broke an ankle scrambling into the dugout.

“It was scary,” said Barton, the longtime manager of the GOP team.

The terrifying incident in Alexandria, Va., a short drive from the Capitol, lasted at least 10 minutes. Dozens of witnesses, most of them elected officials, reported at least 50 shots.

“Nobody would have survived without the Capitol Hill police,” said Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on CNN. “Who knows how heavily armed he was, but nobody else had a weapon. So he was just killing everyone – or would have…. It would have been a massacre without them.”

The lawmakers were practising for an annual charity baseball game Thursday night against the Democrats’ team. Three hours after the incident, the House cancelled votes and postponed many committee meetings for the day.

“The assailant has now died of his injuries,” Trump said at the White House in four-minute remarks. “Many lives would have been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers, who took down the gunman despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault.”

The Washington Post identified the shooter as James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., according to law enforcement officials, a 66-year-old who owns a home inspection business. He has posted anti-Trump comments online, including a comment on Facebook when he signed a petition demanding the president’s impeachment that “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

House members gathered late morning for a closed-door security briefing with the House sergeant at arms. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said his officers were in good condition.

President Donald Trump called Barton and others, including Scalise’s wife and the House speaker and majority leader.

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama also said this could easily have turned into a massacre if there hadn’t been police on hand already. “All we would have had was baseball bats against a rifle,” Brooks, who was taking batting practice when the shooting began, told CNN.

Zack Barth, an aide to Williams, posted on Facebook that he’d been shot but was recovering at a hospital. The congressman later wrote on Twitter that Barth is “doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Williams, who has coached the team since 2013, injured his leg when he dove into the dugout, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

In the halls of Congress, the incident sent shudders and raised anxiety about security, particularly outside the heavily protected Capitol complex.

“This could have turned into a bloodbath,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who wasn’t at the practice, said on Fox News.If the gunman targeted the practice knowing these were members of Congress and in particular, Republicans, it’s unclear how he knew that. The timing and site of these practices aren’t publicised.

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office said Scalise’s wounds were not life-threatening and that a member of the security detail was also shot, according to AP.

Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was playing second base when the shooting began. He was undergoing surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his office said. The condition of the others was not immediately known.

Several Republican lawmakers were gathered in Arlington, Va., for a practice ahead of the annual congressional baseball game which pits Republicans against Democrats in friendly competition.

The Republican team is managed by Barton, the Texas Republican who had two sons with him at the early morning practice. At the Capitol, still in uniform and visibly shaken, he recounted the terror.

He heard “dozens if not hundreds of shots,” he said. The attacker started firing at Scalise and others in the infield. Scalise’s security detail immediately returned fire, soon to be backed up by Alexandria police.

“They shot the shooter and the security detail saved a lot of lives,” Barton said.

Everyone scrambled for cover. Some dove on the ground, others ran to the dugout. Barton said he was behind the dugout, while his son Brady was in the batting cage. He said his son Jack, meanwhile, was forced to hide under an SUV.

“He was very brave,” Barton said.

“Joe Barton’s boy was here, 10-year-old, just shagging balls. We got him into the dugout and stuffed him under the bench,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who was at bat when the shooting started, said on Fox News.

Flake used Scalise’s cell phone to call the wife of his injured colleague.

Texas Reps. Mike Conaway and Kevin Brady also play on the team, as they have for several years. A Conaway aide said he was at the practice and is safe.

In a statement, President Donald Trump said that he and Vice President Mike Pence are aware of the shooting and are monitoring developments closely.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected,” he said.

Officers were dispatched to an incident in the 400 block of East Monroe Street, which is across the Potomac River from Washington. Lawmakers said more than 50 shots were fired.


The exact number of people shot wasn’t clear, but five were transported to hospitals, according to Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown. Emergency personnel and the FBI quickly descended onto the field.

Scalise, as a member of House leadership, had a security detail from the Capitol Police.

In a horrifying account, Brooks told media that he saw a rifle near the baseball field moments before he heard Scalise scream.

According to the AP, Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what appeared to be “a hip wound.” The Alabama lawmaker said Scalise “crawled into the outfield, leaving a trail of blood.”

“We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip,” Brooks said, according to the AP.

A congressman reportedly used a belt to make a tourniquet on Scalise’s leg, near where he’d been shot as security detail returned fire.

Scalise, as a member of House leadership, had a security detail from the Capitol Police.

Paul, a Kentucky senator, was in the right field batting cage when the first shot rang out — about as far as anyone at the practice could be from the shooter, who was positioned at the third base dugout.

“I grew up in the South. I’m used to hearing an occasional shotgun,” Paul told CNN by phone. This sounded like a rifle, and the blast didn’t begin right away. “Nobody dropped to the ground, nobody ducked…. Then five or 10 shots rang out.”

He saw Scalise go down. Two congressional staffers were on the ground near Paul in right field, gunshots hitting the dirt around them. One staffer ended up scrambling a tall fence to get out of the line of fire.

Paul figures that 50 or 60 shots fired from the shooter before he began hearing pistol shots from Capitol police.

Flake saw shots kicking up gravel, he told reporters. Some lawmakers hid behind trees. He and six or eight others took cover in the first base dugout, forced to stay low and unable to get to Scalise, shot and bleeding in the infield.

Once the shooter was down, Flake and Wenstrup, a physician, rushed to Scalise to stop the bleeding.

“It looks like only one shooter. You’ve got to assume he knew what he was doing. Whether he was targeting certain members, we don’t know,” Flake told reporters at the scene.

“He had a lot of ammo,” Flake said. “It was tough to get to him.”

The whole incident lasted at least 10 minutes. In the dugout, lawmakers called 911 and worked to stop a staffer’s leg from bleeding.

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, was among the lawmakers taking cover in the first base dugout. Emotional on Fox News, he blamed overheated political rhetoric for violence directed at politicians.

“This political rhetoric, this political discourse that has led to hate has led to gunfire. I never thought I’d go to a baseball practice for charity and have to dodge bullets,” he said. “This has got to stop and it’s got to stop today.”

(Source: Dallas News)

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London: Death Toll Rises To 12 In Grenfell Tower Blaze |The Republican News

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           Firefighter: It was like 9/11… it was unbelievable (PA)

At least 12 people have died in a huge fire on a West London estate, but officials expect the death toll to rise with residents missing and 18 people in critical care.

Firefighters were called to the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in North Kensington at 12.54am on Wednesday after the blaze broke out.

It is reported to have been sparked by an exploding fridge.

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Witnesses described how they watched people jump out of the high-rise block, while a baby was dropped out of a window and caught on the street below.

Six hospitals across the capital are treating 69 people, with 18 in critical care.

Police warned the number of dead is expected to rise during “a complex recovery operation over a number of days”.

Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block and said 'a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries'     © AFP/Getty Police and fire services attempted to evacuate the concrete block and said ‘a number of people are being treated for a range of injuries’  

Emergency teams have been seen carrying bodies from the remains of the building.

Grenfell Tower, built in 1974, contains 120 flats and is thought to have been home to between 400 and 600 people.

Friends and relatives of those missing are using social media to appeal for information about their loved ones.

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More than 200 firefighters and 44 fire engines battled the blaze on Wednesday, with some sustaining “minor injuries”.

A structural engineer assessed the tower’s stability but judged the building was not in danger of collapsing.
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Sky News Correspondent Mark White, who is on the Latimer Road side of the tower block, reported the fire has now “for the most part died down” but “every now and again there’s still an eruption of flames from one of the window”.

He added firefighters had been “making their way systematically through flat after flat, room after room” as they search through the debris and collapsed ceilings for those unaccounted for.

Their work is expected to last into Thursday, with drones also being used to search the building.

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The inferno affected every floor of the tower block, which is on the Lancaster West Estate, near the Westfield shopping centre.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton described the blaze as an “unprecedented incident”, something she had not seen in her 29 years of service.

She said the cause of the blaze was not yet known and was being investigated.

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The fire has led to the closure of London Underground services between Hammersmith and Edgware Road on the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.

The A40 is closed between Marylebone Road and the Northern Roundabout with other local roads and bus services affected.

As the fire ravaged the tower block, mini explosions could be heard as the blaze shattered windows in the tower, while debris and ash fell to the ground.

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Mahad, who escaped Grenfell Tower, said the blaze began when his neighbour’s fridge exploded.

He told Sky News: “There was no alarm, there was no bell, there was no sense of urgency.

“My neighbour is the one who knocked on our door. He said it was his house where the explosion happened. He said his fridge had exploded.”

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Concerns had previously been raised about both the building’s fire safety and evacuation procedures.

A local residents group said its previous warnings about safety had fallen on “deaf ears”. In its blog post dated from November 2016, the group warned “only a catastrophic event” would expose the issues residents had with the building – including its single entry and exit point.

Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick, the secretary of the all-party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group, said the Government has resisted calls to install sprinkler systems in high-rise blocks in the wake of the 2009 Lakanal House tragedy.

© Getty Residents of the tower block have been encouraged to go to the nearby Westway Sports Centre as other relief centres reach capacity.

The Salvation Army and St Clements Church are urging the public to donate clothes, food and toiletries for those displaced by the fire.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan said a “great many questions” would be asked about the fire, which has been declared a “major incident”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested spending cuts to local authorities funding could have contributed to the blaze as he claimed “searching questions” would come from the tragedy.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was “deeply saddened” by the “tragic loss of life” and called an emergency cross-government meeting.


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Israeli Nurse Breastfeeds Palestinian Baby After Mum Is Critically Injured

Israeli nurse breastfeeds Palestinian baby                  © The Daily Dot Israeli nurse breastfeeds Palestinian baby

On June 2, a Palestinian family of three crashed into a bus in the West Bank, killing the father and critically injuring the mother, according to Today Along with his mother, 9-month-old baby boy Yamen was brought to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center’s emergency room in Jerusalem. He only experienced minor injuries, but he was growing hungry fast. According to his aunts, the child was breastfed by his mother and was refusing to take milk by the bottle.

Yamen’s aunts spoke to nurse Ola Ostrowski-Zak, asking if she knew anyone who could breastfeed the child. As it turns out, Ostrowski-Zak is a mother herself of an 18-month-old son. She offered to breastfeed Yamen, who quickly relaxed. According to Ostrowski-Zak, the baby’s aunts praised her, saying that they never expected a Jewish woman to help their family.

“I was emotional about this sad assumption,” Ostrowski-Zak told Today. “I know any Jewish mother would have done the same.”

Before her shift ended, Ostrowski-Zak posted a Facebook message on an Israeli group, asking volunteers to help feed Yamen. Within two hours, over a thousand people liked her status, according to Today, and women from all over Israel offered to drive over just to make sure Yamen was fed.

While there is no shortage of debate over the Isreal-Palestine conflict, as well as Zionism’s place in feminism (the story seems to have gotten traction via Zionist organization Hadassah), Ostrowski-Zak’s deed has mostly been received as a simple act of kindness.

“The human connection is very strong,” Ostrowski-Zak said.   (The Daily Dot)

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