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-Lurid Crime Tales-
American student stabbed to death in the Netherlands, police say
[CNN] A 21-year-old American student was stabbed to death in Rotterdam, allegedly by her roommate, police confirmed Friday.

According to a police statement, authorities received reports of a quarrel at an apartment on Kralingse Kerklaan on Wednesday. When they entered the apartment, the statement said, police found Sarah Papenheim with stab wounds and attempted to resuscitate her. Police say those attempts were unsuccessful, and she died of her injuries.

An investigation led authorities to the suspect, Papenheim's 23-year-old roommate, who was arrested at the Eindhoven train station, the police statement said. The two lived in the same apartment with their own rooms, but shared a kitchen and bathroom, police said. The suspect has not been named by police.
Papenheim had moved to the Netherlands to study at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

"Sarah studied psychology and lived in the Netherlands since 2016. Our deepest condolences go out to all Sarah's family and friends at this poignant time. The university is shocked by this terrible incident and is taking care of upset students and employees," the university said.

The School of Social and Behavourial Sciences has organized a gathering for staff and students Friday.

"We encourage our students and staff not to let each other (be) alone in this difficult time," the university said.
Papenheim's brother died by suicide a few years ago, her former high school teacher Mitch Bahr told CNN affiliate KRCR, and Papenheim was struggling with the loss. She attended Foothill High School near Redding, California.
She was supposed to come home next week for the holidays, her friend George Moye told CNN affiliate WCCO.

"The thing that is going through my head is that she was coming home for Christmas, as we were all so excited to see her and to hear that she was coming back that way, and that was just tragic," Moye said.

Papenheim was an avid musician. She started going to open jam sessions around her hometown of Andover, Minnesota, when she was just 15, according to WCCO. There, she met drummer Jellybean Johnson, who became her mentor.

"I liked her because she hit the drums just as hard as the guys did," Johnson told WCCO. "So I nicknamed her 'Thumper.'"

"It was a real drive for her to want to be a great female drummer," Bahr told KRCR. "Not just be that girl drummer but be an excellent female drummer and she did that very well."
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2018 08:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Searching for the roommate and person of interest made easier.

According to AD, the suspect was tracked down by police at a train station – while carrying a cello case.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2018 8:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Over/under on the perp being a muslim?
Posted by: Sheba Ebbinert4971 || 12/14/2018 10:50 Comments || Top||

Egypt arrests 2 over nude tourists on pyramid
[PULSE.NG] Egyptian authorities Thursday placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a camel driver and a woman accused of having helped two Danes scale the Great Pyramid of Giza to take a video and naked photograph, sparking outrage in the country.

The interior ministry said the woman had put the pair into contact with the camel driver who took them to the site illegally at night on November 29 for 4,000 Egyptian pounds ($225, 200 euros).

The two had acknowledged their role in the incident and would be put on trial.

In a video called "Climbing the Great Pyramid of Giza", Danish photographer Andreas Hvid appears to scale the 4,500-year-old tomb on the outskirts of Cairo with a woman who is later seen removing her top.

Hvid says the video was shot in late November and posted on YouTube on December 8, setting in motion an investigation by Egypt's public prosecutor.

A photograph also released by Hvid appears to show the pair completely naked on top of each other while looking in the direction of a nearby pyramid.

The nearly three-minute video has so far notched up 4.5 million views on YouTube, while stirring a public outcry in Egypt.

"A 7,000-year-old civilisation has turned into a bed sheet," a Twitter user in Egypt lamented.

Hvid, 23, has explained back home to the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that he had "dreamed for many years of climbing the Great Pyramid" as well as of taking a naked photograph.

The young Dane, who runs his own YouTube channel, said the woman in the video was not his girlfriend. "It was just a pose. We did not have sexual relations," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We waz inspired.
Posted by: JohnQC || 12/14/2018 10:57 Comments || Top||

Remains of Two Migrants Discovered in Texas ‐ 80 Miles from Border
[Breitbart] Sheriff’s deputies in a Texas county located 80 miles from the U.S.-Mexico Border reported the recovery of two migrants’ remains who apparently died attempting to circumvent the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint.
It’s working as intended, then.
On December 11, a Brooks County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher received notice for the discovery of skeletal remains presumed to be those of a deceased migrant. The dispatcher sent Training Officer Ben Gomez to the scene to meet with a ranch hand who discovered the remains and Border Patrol agents, according to Brooks County Sheriff’ Benny Martinez.

The ranch is located west of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint located on U.S. Highway 281, about 80 miles from the Mexican border. Human smugglers frequently use this area to drop off their "cargo" and force them on a lengthy march that has led to the deaths for at least 48 migrants in Brooks County this year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In a way another failed home invasion
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2018 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Starvation, exposure or kinetic labotomy ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2018 8:06 Comments || Top||

Teevee meteorologist resolves botched laser eye surgery challenge
[BBC] A well-known TV Michigan meteorologist and mother-of-two has taken her own life a month after telling fans she was struggling to recover from laser eye surgery that she got so she could finally stop wearing her contact lenses.

Jessica Starr, 35, worked for WJBK Fox 2 since 2011. On Thursday morning, her colleagues cried as they announced her death on the air.

Starr, whose married name was Rose, had two young children. She leaves them behind along with her husband of eight years, Daniel.

In a statement issued on its website and read aloud by her colleagues on Thursday morning, Fox 2 said: 'Last night we were informed of the heartbreaking news that our friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life.

'All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/14/2018 02:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...There has got to be something more to it than this. I've known literally dozens of people who've had Lasik surgery and the only thing they've ever complained about is fairly mild discomfort.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/14/2018 5:00 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Virgin Galactic reaches the Karman Line with 2 pilots

Karman Line
Posted by: 3dc || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Cool. To Infinity and beyond! (for infinity >= 62 mi)
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2018 0:35 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Meditating Buddhist monk killed in India leopard attack
[PULSE.NG] Rahul Walke Bodhi was seated beneath a tree in Ramdegi forest in western India for morning prayers on Tuesday when the leopard pounced.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
Nearly 80% of Kinshasa vote material destroyed in fire: commission
[PULSE.NG] Nearly 80 percent of the materials for staging the December 23 election in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, were destroyed when an election warehouse was torched overnight, officials said Thursday.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does Kinshasa think it's a suburb of Broward County?
Posted by: Grosh and Company7564 || 12/14/2018 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  That's OK. The filled out ballots are already in the trunk of somebody's car, anyway.
Posted by: ed in texas || 12/14/2018 7:17 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Crisis-plagued Miss Venezuela pageant seeks new start
[PULSE.NG] With the organizers seeking to cut costs, the 65th edition of the pageant is being moved from its historic home at the Caracas Polyhedron Arena to a cosy 200-seat television studio.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  "...Producers were also concerned that the audience would eat the flowers."

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/14/2018 4:57 Comments || Top||

#2  "at least there's no fat girls"
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2018 8:39 Comments || Top||

#3  All the fat ones done been et.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2018 10:14 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia develops 1st interceptor attack drone
[ALMASDARNEWS] The first small strike drone Carnivora capable of intercepting other drones and using high explosive bombs has been created in Russia and is undergoing flight trials, the Micran Research and Production Company (the drone’s developer) told TASS on Thursday.

"This is a small-class strike drone that can take off from unprepared sites and hover for 10-15 hours, as well as respond to threats, for example, mortar fire pockets. This is the first copy of this drone," Micran said.

The drone has been dubbed Carnivora (from the Latin carnivores), the company said.

The drone prototype is currently undergoing factory trials.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Pull the other one.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 12/14/2018 4:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Will this be of the same AI as "Robot Ivan"? (Hint: That was a man in a robot suit.)
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 12/14/2018 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Considering our drones have already racked up air to air kills... Welcome to the party, pal.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2018 8:57 Comments || Top||

#4  "Robot Ivan"

Off pile...

In Soviet system, is true,
You workers were robots. What's new?
Since Russia's advancing
And Borises dancing,
Is different: Now robot is you!
Posted by: Sleamp Sforza8924 || 12/14/2018 9:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Robot Ivan if people are wondering.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/14/2018 9:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Sounds like your basic evolutionary development. Lemme know when you have dog-fighting quadcopters.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/14/2018 10:12 Comments || Top||

The daring China rescues bringing Vietnam's trafficked girls home
[PULSE.NG] Mars China needs wymyns! Two girls sprint from a hair salon into a car that will lead them back to safety in Vietnam -- a snapshot of the daring rescues taking place each month to free women and girls from forced marriages or sex slavery in China.

Filmed on a shaky camera phone, the successful rescue saved the Vietnamese teenagers from a brothel in China, where a huge surplus of males has fuelled the lucrative trade for brides and sex workers.

Bringing them home is dangerous work, pitting rescuers against vengeful husbands, pimps and organised trafficking networks who spin tens of millions of dollars selling women from poor Mekong countries.

"No one wants their business to be broken," says a rescuer from Blue Dragon, a Hanoi-based non-profit.
...nor their beds to be empty. Vietnamese hotties are better than no hotties at all in a country that jumpstarted its ancient habit of female infaticide back in the 1980s.
Blue Dragon has helped bring about 400 trafficked women and girls home from China since 2007.

They are among tens of thousands trafficked into China from impoverished pockets of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under:

...where a huge surplus of males has fueled the lucrative trade for brides and sex workers.

We have some Western technology they need to steal. They have a lot of experience at that purloining.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2018 6:44 Comments || Top||

Spain announces huge minimum wage rise amid Catalonia tensions
[Al Jazeera] Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised a huge jump in the minimum wage on Wednesday as he appeared to be gearing up for an early election widely expected for next year.

The 22 percent rise is the largest in more than 40 years and could see the monthly salaries of millions of low-paid workers grow from 736 euro ($835) to 900 euro ($1,019).

"A rich country can't afford to have poor workers," Sanchez told Spain's parliament in a debate on Wednesday.

Ministers will approve the measure by decree at a meeting in Barcelona on December 21, Sanchez said, with the change taking effect in January.

The move came two days after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a 100 euro ($114) increase for minimum wage earners following massive protests by the so-called "yellow vests" over a planned rise to fuel tax.

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NATO-led troops on the move in northern Kosovo
[PULSE.NG] Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeepers moved troops through the Serb-dominated north on Thursday, an AFP correspondent reported, amid high tensions with Belgrade on the eve of a parliament vote to create a Kosovo army.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Moody’s: Negative outlook for Turkish firms
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Ratings agency Moody’s said the outlook for Ottoman Turkish non-financial companies will remain negative for the next 12-18 months, Dunya newspaper reported.

Ahvalnews quoted Dunya as saying that Lira volatility was likely to remain high and tight financing conditions will persist.

Moody’s said in a report, that there was also limited clarity concerning government policies, it said.

The profit margins of Ottoman Turkish companies are under pressure after a currency crisis destroyed the economy this year, making imported raw materials less affordable and increasing the cost of foreign currency-denominated loans.

Firms in the country are saddled with more than $200 billion of long-term, unhedged borrowing in foreign exchange, according to central bank data. The lira has lost almost a third of its value this year.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Moody's is Gulenist!
Posted by: Frank G || 12/14/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

FIA arrests suspect behind online marriage scam targeting widows, divorcees in Karachi
[DAWN] Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday claimed to have placed in durance vile
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
a suspect from Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
who allegedly lured widowed and divorced women for marriage through social media and then blackmailed them to extort large sums of money.

The deputy director of FIA's Cyber Crime Wing, Abdul Ghaffar, said the agency received a complaint from a woman on December 3 and after holding an inquiry, arrested the suspect.

The suspect has been charged with Section 14 (electronic fraud), 21 (offences against modesty of a natural person and minor), and 24 (cyberstalking) of The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.

The held suspect had also identified himself as an official of a "fake" agency, revealed the official.

During FIA's investigation, it transpired that the suspect created multiple online identities, one of which was a Facebook ID by the name of "Wajdan Ali". He sent messages in bulk on Facebook messenger claiming that he is a "well-wisher of widows" and is interested to marry them.

According to the complainant, the suspect asked her to meet him and expressed his desire to marry her. Upon meeting the suspect, the woman was shown "fatwas (religious decrees)" and the two performed a nikah without a Nikah Khwan (marriage officiator).

After having performed the "nikah", the suspect told her: "We have to keep our nikah a secret."

A few days later the complainant received a call from an unknown number and the caller told her that he was in possession of an "objectionable" video of her and if she wanted to get the video deleted then she should pay Rs200,000, the FIA official revealed while sharing details of the preliminary investigation.

The cybercrime official said that the complainant in her statement before the investigation agency disclosed that the held suspect made videos of her and then blackmailed her.

Due to the compromising nature of the video, the complainant paid him a sum of Rs30,000 through Easypaisa on December 8, as the "first installment".

The official explained that the modus operandi of the suspect was that he showed himself as an official of "Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)", which is a fake agency, and used to tell women that he could not declare the marriage public because the "agency personnel" would take him and her (his wife) to task in case their marriage was made public.

"He would lure women to chat with him on virtual American numbers which he would generate using an application on the internet," said the cybercrime wing official.

Ghaffar said the suspect had assumed that such numbers were not traceable and would change numbers intermittently and ask girls to chat over Whatsapp as "Facebook is not secure".

"He [the suspect] would then insist to meet these women at a 'hotel' in Clifton near Do Talwar, where he would record their videos with the help of hidden cameras," disclosed Ghaffar.

"He would then use the videos to blackmail the women and extort large sums of money," added the official.

He said the suspect has extracted Rs0.6 million from one woman and Rs30,000 from another after recording their videos.

The suspect is a matriculate and resident of New Karachi who appeared to have gained "expertise" in use of modern technology. The FIA was also probing the role of the hotel, said the bigwig.

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'Defective leadership': UNAIDS chief to quit early over scandal
[Al Jazeera] The head of the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
' (UN) body focusing on AIDS has offered his resignation following an expert report on sexual harassment in the agency that blasted his "defective leadership".

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, told the agency's board on Thursday in the Swiss city of Geneva that he would leave his post in June, spokesperson Mahesh Mahalingham said without elaborating.

Sidibe, whose term was supposed to end in January 2020, has been accused of fostering a work environment that tolerated bullying, sexual harassment and a culture of fear among the staff.

A panel of independent experts released a report on Thursday, saying Sidibe was overseeing a "patriarchal" workplace and promoting a "cult of personality" centred on him as the all-powerful chief.

The experts said the situation could not be changed unless Sidibe, a native of Mali who has headed the UN agency for nine years, resigned.

Sidibe denied claims that he tried to force an employee to drop allegations that she was sexually assaulted by his former deputy. Despite the scathing report, he insisted he was the right man to turn around the organization.

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Sri Lanka
Sacking of Sri Lanka parliament illegal: Supreme Court
[PULSE.NG] Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's sacking of parliament last month was illegal, clearing the way for potential impeachment proceedings against him.

The ruling is a major blow to Sirisena, seven weeks into a major political crisis in the Indian Ocean island nation that has sparked alarm abroad and concerns about its finances.

The seven-judge bench unanimously decided that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved parliament last month and called a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule.

Delivering the landmark judgement to a packed courtroom, Chief Justice Nalin Perera said the judges agreed that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved the legislature prematurely.

Sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party has said it would await the outcome of Thursday's decision before deciding whether to open impeachment proceedings.

Sirisena triggered the unprecedented political crisis on October 26 when he fired Wickremesinghe and appointed the contentious former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse in his place.
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