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  • Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border

    Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. borderBy Anna Mehler Paperny and Allison Lampert TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration's immigration crackdown head north. More than 3,100 people walked across the border illegally in July to file refugee claims and were arrested, up from 884 in June, the federal government said. Ninety-six percent of them went to Quebec, where an influx of asylum seekers, primarily Haitians, is sparking a backlash from opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups in the primarily French-speaking province.




  • Van mows down crowd in Barcelona, 13 killed

    Van mows down crowd in Barcelona, 13 killedBy Pilar Suarez and Jordi Rubio BARCELONA (Reuters) - A van plowed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday and a regional official said 13 people were killed, in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack. Witnesses saying the van zigzagged down one of Barcelona's busiest tourist avenues, Las Ramblas, mowing down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground. A government official in the region of Catalonia, which includes Barcelona, said on Twitter that at least 50 people were injured.




  • Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at La Rambla, killing 'at least 13'

    Barcelona terror attack: van crashes into crowd at La Rambla, killing 'at least 13'Terror in Barcelona as van hits crowd in Las Ramblas Driver arrested after escaping scene on foot Spanish media reports 13 people killed Trump: 'we'll do whatever is necessary to help'  Barcelona attack: Everything we know  A white van plowed into a packed summer crowd this evening in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported 13 dead and dozens more injured. The driver was arrested around two and a half hours after the attack, reports said. The vehicle hit pedestrians in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city. Catalan police tweeted "there are mortal victims and injured from the crash" without specifying any numbers. Spanish media, including Cadena SER radio station and TV3, reported up to 13 dead, while other media had varying death tolls. Pictured: the van reportedly used in the attack "Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries," a statement from Catalan police added. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures ​ The street is one of the most well-known and popular parts of the city, visited by tourists and locals alike. Images posted on social media appear to show people being tended to as they lay on the street. Reports said the driver escaped the scene on foot and was holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. Armed police ran down the streets and through a market, checking in stores and cafes. In photographs and videos, at least five people could be seen lying on the ground in the streets of the northern Spanish city on Thursday afternoon, being helped by police and others. Other video recorded people screaming as they fled the van. Mapped: Barcelona van attack Carol Augustin, a manager at La Palau Moja, an 18th-century place on Las Ramblas that houses government offices and a tourism information center, said the van passed right in front of the building. "We saw everything. People started screaming and running into the office. It was such a chaotic situation. There were families with children. The police made us close the doors and wait inside," she said. While full details of the incident were not immediately clear, since July 2016 vehicles have been used to ram into crowds in a series of militant attacks across Europe, killing well over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm.     7:29PM Theresa May: 'UK stands with Spain against terror' Britain "stands with Spain against terror", Prime Minister Theresa May said following the deadly attack. "My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror," the prime minister wrote on Twitter. 7:04PM Donald Trump: we'll do whatever is necessary to help The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017   7:01PM Melania Trump send her thoughts and prayers The US first lady tweeted: Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) August 17, 2017   7:00PM Suspect arrested Spanish public broadcaster RTVE says one suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been arrested.  6:43PM Passport 'found at scene' Barcelona's Tv3 reports that the Spanish passport of a person of Moroccan origin was found at the scene of the attack. 6:42PM Second van 'found by police' Reuters, citing local authorities, reports that a second van has been found by police in the town of Vic, north of Barcelona. 6:39PM Jeremy Corbyn tweets his support Terrible reports from Barcelona. My thoughts are with those killed and injured, and the emergency services working to save lives.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) August 17, 2017   6:36PM London stands with Barcelona Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has tweeted: My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) August 17, 2017   6:16PM 'There was a mini stampede'  Ethan Spibey, a charity director on holiday in the city, said he had taken shelter in a nearby church with several others after Thursday's van ramming. "All of a sudden it was real kind of chaos... people just started running screaming," he told Sky. "There was kind of a mini stampede. "It seems like a lot of people have taken refuge in shops and local cafes." A woman cries as she phones after a van ploughed into the crowd, killing one person and injuring several others on the Rambla in Barcelona Credit:  AFP/Getty Images A video circulating on social media showed at least 19 people lying injured on the pavement down the centre of Las Ramblas. Many victims can be seen bleeding, some heavily, while being tended to by passersby. Souvenirs are strewn across the path, having apparently been knocked over in the chaos. Armed police are visible in the background. 6:12PM One death confirmed by police A police official in Barcelona has said that one death has been confirmed, and 32 others have been injured in the van attack, ten of which are seriously injured.  At least 56 people have been taken to hospitals across the city, according to local newspaper La Vanguardia.    6:08PM Van 'was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way' TV3 says it now has official confirmation that thirteen people are dead. It also says there are dozens of injured. Eyewitness Lourdes Porcar told TV3 television station that she saw the van running people over. “It was going very fast, without caring about who was in its way,” she said. Police have set up roadblocks around the city amid reports that a second van was involved in the attack and fled the scene. Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain There are also reports that at least on attacker is holed up in a Turkish restaurant on Carrer Hospital, which leads off from the spot in which the van appears to have come to a halt. Television pictures show that a van came to a halt on top of a Joan Miro mosaic, half-way down Las Ramblas - meaning that it would have covered more than 500 metres. 5:59PM Las Ramblas potentially deadliest attack since 2004 bombing The deadliest recent attack in Spain was in March 2004, when Islamist militants placed bombs on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,800.   5:55PM Death toll 'could be as high as 13' Reuters reports that at least 13 people have been killed in the attack, citing local media.  5:52PM President has been informed, says White House The White House's chief of staff said it was keeping President Trump closely informed about the situation. 5:49PM 'Second van' linked to attack Police are looking for a second van that may have been involved in the attack, Sky News reports 5:49PM Tourists speak of shock  Police stationed at the cordon a block away from Plaza Catalunya, on Passeig de Gracia, say they have no information what is happening inside. Confused tourists, shoppers and business owners gathered at its edges, awaiting some word or direction as to what to do.  Ines Prauka, a 49 year old tourist from Berlin arrived with her 14 year old daughter Adel for a one week holiday just an hour or two before the attack. Injured people are treated by emergency services at the scene They had just checked in to an apartment at the top of the Ramblas and come out in search of a supermarket to find pandemonium on the street. "Everybody was running and panicking and crying," she said. Ambulances arrived and police told them to run away, but they did not understand as the orders came in Spanish, she said, and had to ask.  Ms Prauka was clearly in shock and struggled to speak at times. "It's unbelievable. Two hours in Barcelona and this. We are shocked. Policemen accompany an elderly woman near a cordoned off area Credit:  PAU BARRENA "It's the first time we've been in a situation of everyone crying and panicking around us, we didn't know if it was terrorism, a bomb." Berlin had been touched by terrorism but they had never experienced it personally, she said, adding that she did not know where to take her daughter now.  "A one week summer holiday in Barcelona and that was the start," she said.   5:45PM Barcelona police to hold press conference Local police are expected to begin a press conference in around ten minutes. Stay with us for the latest updates.  5:39PM 'There was panic everywhere," says eyewitness Daksha Dixit, a 28 year old tourist visiting from Mumbai with family, said they had been on a tourist bus which had just dropped them off one block from Plaza Cataluña when they heard the news. "We got off and people were panicking, no one knew what was going on. There was panic everywhere." An injured person is carried in Barcelona, Spain Credit:  Oriol Duran/AP The family arrived just yesterday for a one week trip and their hotel is on the Ramblas inside the cordon. They were unclear as to what exactly was unfolding, with Miss Dixit adding: "I don't know what to do". 5:32PM Attacker used rented van Catalan police say they are treating the crash as a suspected terrorist attack but cannot yet confirm the motive.  It has also been reported that the attack vehicle was a rented van.  That would suggest, if this is confirmed as a terrorist attack, that same terrorists are imitating the perpetrators of the London Bridge attack, where a rented van was also used.  Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona,   5:26PM 'We heard gunshots...there was screaming and shouting'  Steve Garrett was in a nearby market and sheltered in a bakery with several others after streams of people ran inside. One member of the group, who took refuge with him, said she had heard gunshots after the incident. Armed police officers patrol an empty street after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona Credit:  REUTERS Mr Garrett told the BBC: "A very large number of people ran into the market area in a big kind of way, lots of screaming, lots of shouting. "The security guards immediately responded. We ran into the bakery with four or five other people and ran straight upstairs and hunkered down whilst an enormous wave of people went through the market. An armed policeman arrives in a cordoned off area after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons on the Rambla "Obviously coming from England it was reminding me a great deal of what happened in London, so we were very concerned about what might be going on next. Police speak to an injured person at the scene. Local media report the van driver ran away "The lady that was with us said she heard some gunshots." Mr Garrett said a "second wave" of people then entered the market, followed by armed police.  Screengrab taken with permission from video posted on twitter by @pawilerma of the scene in Las Ramblas He said: "They seemed to sweep through the market area. They seemed to be looking for someone. They were going very carefully, very cautiously, stall to stall." Jordi Lino was on a bus going down the Ramblas when he saw the attack: "First I saw people running and then the van. There were injured people in the middle of the Ramblas." 5:20PM Footage appears to show crash vehicle Footage appears to show damaged vehicle in cordoned-off Barcelona street 00:31   5:16PM Confusion and panic in Las Ramblas Telegraph reporter Hannah Strange has arrived at Las Ramblas, where she says there is a very heavy police presence,  confusion, and helicopters flying overhead.  Local media is reporting is that several people have died.   The Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying the perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the report. Inside the glossy stores of Passeig de Gracia, shoppers and staff sheltered behind glass windows. Many streamed away from the cordon but others stayed on the street in an eerie limbo, the ambulances racing past the only clue as to the status of the situation.   5:14PM Armed police pictured at scene Omg �� #barcelonapic.twitter.com/p0jZd25oxx— sommermädchen (@_corazondelsol) August 17, 2017   5:12PM Restaurant hostage situation is ongoing Two armed men have entrenched themselves in a Turkish bar and restaurant in Barcelona's city centre after a van mowed down dozens of people, El Periodico newspaper reported on Wednesday. El Periodico reported gunfire in the area of La Boqueria Market, although it did not cite the source of the information. It was not immediately clear that the men were the drivers of the van.  5:06PM Several bodies lay in street in aftermath of attack In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled. A police officer cordon off a street in Barcelona, Spain Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene. 5:02PM 'It was chaos...everyone was in panic mode' Aamer Anwar was walking down Las Ramblas at the time, which he said was "jam-packed" with tourists. He told Sky News: "All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids. "Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back." Panicked onlookers at the scene of the attack Mr Anwar described the scene as "chaos", with everyone in "panic mode". He added: "Police officers who got there just started screaming at people to move back, move back. "One of the shopkeepers tried to speak to him. He said he saw five or six people seriously injured on the ground, a van had driven into people. "And literally within probably 30 seconds, police vans, ambulances, police officers with guns, were piling out and we were being sectioned off and then being pushed rapidly back down Ramblas." 4:51PM Eyewitness: It was terriyfying One witness told Sky News: "It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical... first of all they said someone had been shot. ��Atropello múltiple en las #Ramblas. Se solicita a los ciudadanos no transitar por la zona de Plaza Catalunya. +info @emergenciescat— Policía Nacional (@policia) August 17, 2017 "All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode." She added: "We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly... there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly."  Police at the scene of the crash Another said: "We were just told to run, it must have been quite close because... there was an immediate stampede to run away. We were just a minute away from it." 4:50PM Local media: Armed men have entered a restaurant Spanish media is now reporting that armed men entered a restaurant shortly after the attack took place.  4:48PM Emergency services  - close nearby train and metro stations Catalan emergency services have asked that nearby metro stations be closed. Here are some images of the scene.  A policeman stands next to an ambulance after a van ploughed into the crowd, injuring several persons   4:43PM Suspected driver 'fled on foot' The suspected driver has fled the vehicle, according to local police. It remains unclear whether the crash is terror-related.  4:41PM Reports suggest the crash happened outside a Kosher restaurant After seeing photos, does appear that the van hit people outside Barcelona's Kosher restaurant, Maccabi, but also in a much wider area.— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) August 17, 2017   4:39PM Several victims treated on the ground In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street and were apparently being helped by police and others. Police cordoned off the broad street and shut down its stores  4:38PM The scene in La Rambla The scene in La Rambla   4:35PM Las Ramblas Las Ramblas is an iconic avenue in the centre of Barcelona, visited by millions of tourists every year 4:31PM Area evacuated The local police force was said to be evacuating the area including the nearby main square the Plaza de Catalunya. Shops have put up their shutters with shoppers inside, newspaper La Vanguardia reported.




  • Canada wants to curb surge in walk-in asylum seekers from US

    Canada wants to curb surge in walk-in asylum seekers from USCanadian officials warned Thursday against entering the country unchecked through backwoods in an effort to curb a surge in asylum seekers coming on foot from the United States. Landing in Canada "is not an automatic ticket to being accepted here as a refugee," Transportation Minister Marc Garneau told a press conference in the Quebec border town Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Montreal. The town has witnessed a recent dramatic spike in walk-in asylum seekers.




  • Model was offered cash to make Grace Mugabe assault 'go away'

    Model was offered cash to make Grace Mugabe assault 'go away'The 20-year-old South African model that Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe is alleged to have assaulted was offered cash to make potential charges "go away", a lawyer said Thursday. Police have said they were also on high alert to make sure that the 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe does not skip the country, with an arrest warrant reportedly being considered. The first lady is alleged to have hit Gabriella Engels on Sunday at a Johannesburg hotel.




  • Live: Barcelona van crash likely terror attack, Spanish police say

    Live: Barcelona van crash likely terror attack, Spanish police sayA van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon, reportedly killing two people in what Spanish police say was likely a terror attack. The suspects fled the scene, entering a nearby restaurant. Yahoo News is providing live coverage of the incident and aftermath.




  • Van jumps sidewalk in Barcelona injuring several people

    Van jumps sidewalk in Barcelona injuring several peopleA white van plowed into a packed summer crowd Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, killing some people and sending dozens fleeing. Barcelona police called it a terror attack and local media reported up to 13 dead.




  • Grace Mugabe 'banned from leaving South Africa' as pressure mounts over assault allegations

    Grace Mugabe 'banned from leaving South Africa' as pressure mounts over assault allegationsSouth African police have issued a “red alert” to border posts to prevent Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, from leaving the country amid claims that she offered cash to her alleged victim to drop accusations of assault. Gerrie Nel, the lawyer who is providing pro-bono representation for Gabriella Engels, said on Thursday that his client would launch a private prosecution against Mrs Mugabe if South African police did not bring a case. "From our point of view, we would expect at least a trial, or action within three months," Mr Nel, who previously led the prosecution of convicted murderer and blade runner Oscar Pristorius, at a press conference in Pretoria.  Gabriella Engels, who claims to have been assaulted by Grace Mugabe, arrives for a news conference in Pretoria Credit: SIPHIWE SIBEKO/REUTERS He said a private prosecution could result in the "exact same sentences" as in a trial brought by the state. "Any sentence is possible. Also jail time." He added that the family had rejected an offer, allegedly made via a third party, to drop the case in exchange for cash. Miss Engels, a twenty year old model and nightclub hostess, has accused the Zimbabwean first lady of assaulting her with an extension cord at a Johannesburg hotel where Mrs Mugabe’s sons rent flats.  Advocate Gerrie Nel is representing Gabriella Engels Credit:  SIPHIWE SIBEKO/Reuters The alleged assault on Sunday night spiraled into a diplomatic and political scandal earlier this week after police accused Mrs Mugabe of failing to honour an agreement to hand herself in for questioning. Instead she appears to have taken refuge in a rented mansion in a Johannesburg suburb and police have said she is seeking diplomatic immunity. The case took a further twist on Thursday when Mrs Engels family announced they had accepted pro-bono legal assistance from AfriForum, a controversial Afrikaner-rights group. At a press conference announcing their intentions to bring suit, Gabriella Engels sat silently, a fresh bandage covering the wound she says was caused by Mugabe's assault with an extension cord. Gerrie Nel told a press conference that Miss Engels will launch a private prosecution if police do not take action Credit:  PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP She refused to speak and stared forlornly at the table as her legal team answered questions for her.   Earlier Fikile Mbalula, South Africa's Minister of Police said all borders have been notified to prevent Grace Mugabe from leaving the country before the matter is resolved. "The SAPS (South Africa Police Service) have already put tabs in the borders in relation to her (Mugabe) leaving the country so there is no question about that. The red alert has been put," Mr Mbalula told reporters. However, a police spokesman later said no arrest warrant had been prepared and that they they will wait for a decision about Mrs Mugabe's application for diplomatic immunity for taking a decision on further action. Robert Mugabe, the 93 year dol president of Zimbabwe flew into Pretoria on Thursday evening Credit:  KOPANO TLAPE / HANDOUT/GCIS Mrs Engels's legal team dismissed the retroactive request because, they said, Mrs Mugabe was in the country shopping and for medical reasons, but conceded that it might well be granted. The negotiations over diplomatic immunity are "most probably done at the highest levels of government," said Willie Spies, an attorney affiliated with AfriForum, indicating that  Jacob Zuma, the South African president, and Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, were handling the affair. The moment diplomatic immunity is granted, Spies said, "she'll probably leave the country." Mr Mugabe, 93, arrived in South Africa on Thursday to attend a regional leaders’ summit in Pretoria. Neither Mrs Mugabe nor the Zimbabwean government have commented on the case. 




  • Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in Parliament

    Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears burqa in ParliamentCANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers.




  • Fire breaks out on Shell Deer Park refinery crude unit: sources

    Fire breaks out on Shell Deer Park refinery crude unit: sourcesHOUSTON (Reuters) - A fire broke out on a crude unit at Royal Dutch Shell Plc's 325,700 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery on Thursday, said sources familiar with plant operations. Shell spokesman Ray Fisher confirmed a fire at the refinery, and said workers at the complex were sheltering in place. Fisher said the company would release a statement about the fire. No injuries were reported due to the fire on Thursday morning, the sources said. ...




  • Remains Found In April Have Been Identified As Those Of Teen Missing Since 2007

    Remains Found In April Have Been Identified As Those Of Teen Missing Since 2007Kara Kopetsky hadn't been seen since leaving her Missouri high school in May 2007.




  • White supremacist cries on camera as he describes 'terror' over arrest warrant

    White supremacist cries on camera as he describes 'terror' over arrest warrantA white supremacist who helped organise the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has appeared on camera crying as he describes his fear of arrest. Chris Cantwell, a racist who previously claimed he and others would "f***ing kill" anti-fascist demonstrators for interfering with their right to express their views, sobs uncontrollably in the clip. The blogger was featured in a Vice News documentary filmed before, during and after the rally in Virginia turned violent.




  • Peace with North Korea a 'possibility': top US general

    Peace with North Korea a 'possibility': top US generalPeace with North Korea is a "possibility", America's most senior uniformed officer said Thursday, but warned the US has "credible, viable military options" for dealing with the errant regime. General Joe Dunford, the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, also told reporters during his visit to Beijing that the US has no plans to "dial back" military exercises with South Korea, which have angered both China and North Korea. Dunford made the remarks on the last day of a trip to China that included a visit on Wednesday to a northern military zone near China's border with North Korea.




  • How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?

    How many nukes are in the world and what could they destroy?Tensions over nuclear weapons have been raised further after Donald Trump said North Korea will be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" after US intelligence concluded the rogue state has produced a miniaturised nuclear warhead.  This latest move comes amid increasing concern over North Korea's military capabilities, with the new US administration upping its rhetoric in response.  While the Pyongyang regime increases the frequency with which it is conducting missile tests, Donald Trump's defence secretary Jim 'Mad Dog' Mattis has previously warned North Korea of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang used nuclear weapons. Elsewhere, rhetoric hints at a return of the expansion of nuclear arsenals across the world. In December, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting of defence chiefs that strengthening nuclear capability should be a key objective for 2017. Donald Trump then took to Twitter to respond, vowing to do the same. The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 Such rhetoric has led to concerns about the world's nuclear capacity and the unpredictability of those in charge of the warheads. It seems the world is a long way from "coming to its senses" - with millions of kilotons already in military service around the world. Between them, the world's nuclear-armed states have around 15,000 warheads - the majority of which belong to the US and Russia. It is estimated that just under 10,000 of these are in military service, with the rest awaiting dismantlement, according to the Arms Control Association.  Putin says Russia should strengthen its nuclear arsenal 00:51 Which countries have nuclear weapons? There are five nuclear-weapon states in the world: China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. These are officially recognised as possessing such weapons by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty acknowledges and legitimises their arsenals, but they are not supposed to build or maintain them forever. Indeed, they have committed to eliminate them.  There are also four other countries that have nuclear weapons: Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea. These countries didn't sign the Treaty, and together possess an estimated 340 nuclear weapons.  But it's Russia and the US that have by far the most in the world - dominating all other countries by collectively sharing 88 per cent of the world's arsenal of stockpiled nukes. This figure increases to 93 per cent when we consider retired nukes.  How the world's 15,000 nukes are divided How deadly could these nuclear weapons be? The world's current collection of 14,900 nuclear weapons possesses enough power to kill millions of people and flatten dozens of cities.  According to Telegraph research, it is estimated that the US and Russian arsenals combined have power equating to 6,600 megatons. This is a tenth of the total solar energy received by Earth every minute. According to the NukeMap website, the dropping of the B-83, the largest bomb in the current US arsenal, would kill 1.4m people in the first 24 hours. A further 3.7m people would be injured, as the thermal radiation radius reached 13.km.  Likewise, the "Tsar Bomba" is the largest USSR bomb tested. If this bomb was dropped on New York, it is estimated that it could kill 7.6m people and injure 4.2m more. The nuclear fallout could reach an approximate area of 7,880km on a 15mph wind, impacting millions more people.  Both America and Russia's arsenals are regulated by several treaties that place limits on the numbers and kinds of warheads and delivery systems they have.   If either country were to expand their nuclear capacity even further, as Trump and Putin have hinted at, it could shatter these agreements and plunge the world into a new Cold War. North Korean missile ranges Our figures on nuclear weapons, based on statistics from the Arms Control Association, are mainly estimates because of the secretive nature with which most governments treat information about their arsenals. 




  • 10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl

    10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girlA 10-year-old rape victim whose plea for an abortion was rejected by India's Supreme Court has given birth to a baby girl, a doctor said Thursday. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was raped several times allegedly by an uncle who has since been arrested. Both the girl and her baby are doing fine," doctor Dasari Harish told AFP by phone from the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.




  • When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African Ancestry

    When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African AncestryThe white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to The Lord of the Rings. And of particular and enduring interest: genetic ancestry tests. For white nationalists, DNA tests are a way to prove their racial purity. Of course, their results don’t always come back that way. And how white nationalists try to explain away non-European ancestry is rather illuminating of their beliefs.




  • American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding Dress

    American Airlines Accused Of Destroying Woman's Wedding DressThe court papers claimed Yewande Oteh of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, decided to sue the airline after it failed to prevent or investigate the incident.




  • Former CIA chief: Trump's Charlottesville comments 'a national disgrace'

    Former CIA chief: Trump's Charlottesville comments 'a national disgrace'Former CIA director John Brennan blasted Trump over statements he made at a press conference concerning the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.




  • Venezuela officials raid home of fired dissident attorney general

    Venezuela officials raid home of fired dissident attorney generalVenezuelan intelligence officers on Wednesday raided the home of the former attorney general, who was fired this month after she broke ranks with President Nicolas Maduro, while her replacement urged the arrest of her lawmaker husband. Four motorbikes and seven patrol cars belonging to the SEBIN intelligence service were seen outside the Caracas home of the ex-attorney general, Luisa Ortega, AFP journalists observed. "At this moment SEBIN is searching my home as revenge by this government for my fight against totalitarianism," Ortega wrote on Twitter.




  • Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection car

    Man charged with spraying manure on US Border Protection carMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A man who says his livelihood in agriculture has been nearly ruined by people who entered the country illegally to work on local farms is facing charges he sprayed liquid manure on a marked U.S. Customs and Border Protection car after confronting an agent about immigration enforcement.




  • Two Kids Got Locked In A Grocery Store And Did Exactly What You'd Expect

    Two Kids Got Locked In A Grocery Store And Did Exactly What You'd ExpectIt's right out of a TV show.




  • Arrest made after stray bullet killed young Kentucky boy

    Arrest made after stray bullet killed young Kentucky boyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police ended their search for a 7-year-old's killer Wednesday with an arrest in a case that has come to symbolize the tragedy of rising gun violence in Kentucky's largest city.




  • Natalee Holloway's Dad Having Human Remains Tested For DNA

    Natalee Holloway's Dad Having Human Remains Tested For DNAThe father of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway says he is awaiting the results of DNA testing on bones found in Aruba.




  • Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentence

    Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo's bid for new sentenceLee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday.




  • None Of The 10 Best Cities To Live In The World Are In The U.S.

    None Of The 10 Best Cities To Live In The World Are In The U.S.Donald Trump’s policies are partly the reason that none of the 10 most liveable cities in the world are in the U.S., according to a new report from The Economist Intelligence Unit.




  • Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of Cancer

    Woman Arrested for Running Raffle Ticket Scam Using Image, Name of Boy Who Died of CancerTracey Jacqueline Weir is accused of selling phony raffle tickets to support children's cancer research in the name of 4-year-old Nolan Scully.




  • Spain must raze all vegetation on Mallorca to combat 'olive tree ebola' says EU report

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  • Kentucky Governor Echoes Trump: 'All Sides' To Blame For Charlottesville Violence

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  • Solange deleted her Twitter account, but left this stirring note in its wake

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  • KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison Guards

    KKK Members Convicted In Plot To Kill Black Inmate While Working As Prison GuardsTwo former Florida prison guards who were members of the Ku Klux Klan have been convicted of plotting to murder a black inmate after his release.




  • Seaworld: Another killer whale dies after suffering from a bacterial infection for 10 years

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  • Dear Ivanka: It's Time To Decide Which Side Of History You're Going To Stand On

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  • 59 Crazy Creative Things To Make With Cauliflower

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  • The Latest: Critic: Removing Confederate statues was wrong

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  • Kasich rips Trump's Charlottesville response: 'It's not about winning an argument'

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  • After Charlottesville, both Bush presidents denounce ‘hatred in all forms’

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  • AFL-CIO leader bashes Trump’s ‘totally ineffective’ business council after leaving it

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  • Iran's military chief in rare visit to Turkey for Syria talks

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  • Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years

    Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 YearsCheck out where and when the next total solar eclipses will take place




  • Donald Trump praises 'very wise and reasoned' Kim Jong-un decision

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  • The Nevada Highway Patrol retires its last Ford Crown Vic

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  • Video Shows Minneapolis Police Watching As Bouncer Punches Handcuffed Man

    Video Shows Minneapolis Police Watching As Bouncer Punches Handcuffed ManA video showing a bouncer punching a handcuffed man as two Minneapolis police officers look on has gone viral on Facebook with the views ranging up to 16, 000. The post was shared more than a hundred times.




  • Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82

    Nigeria suicide bombers kill 28, wound 82Three women suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entrance to a camp for displaced people in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing 28 people and wounding 82, local sources said. The attack -- the latest in a string of assaults in the troubled region -- took place in the town of Mandarari, 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, said Baba Kura, a member of a vigilante force set up to fight jihadists. "Three female bombers triggered their explosive outside of the IDP (internally displaced persons) camp... killing 28 people and wounding 82 others," Kura said.




  • Scary video shows a bear charging a dog in Alaska

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  • Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attack

    Man beaten at protest says police were indifferent to attackMcLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man says police failed to come to his aid as he was beaten by white supremacists during Saturday's violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to three deaths.




  • Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movement

    Dizzying artwork video uses oil, paint, and soap to create otherworldly movementShot in extremely high resolution and at close range, the vibrant colors glide across the screen in director Thomas Blanchard’s “Galaxy Gates.”




  • Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?

    Could Trump's Comments Lead To a GOP Presidential Primary?Trump's media availability drew intense criticism from the right. Former GOP Rep. David Jolly says today may be the start of a primary movement to replace Trump. He joins O'Donnell and Jarvis DeBerry to discuss Trump's long pattern of bigoted behavior.