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US court orders banks to release Trump’s financial documents

A US appeals court ruled Tuesday that two banks must hand over documents about Donald Trump’s finances to Congress, in the latest legal blow to the president.

Two Democratic-controlled committees issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One in April demanding that they hand over financial records related to Trump and his family.

Trump, who is fighting attempts by Democrats and a New York prosecutor to force him to release eight years of tax returns, sued to stop the banks from complying.

Two appeals courts have already ruled that he must make documents available, including information held by the accountancy firm Mazars USA, but decisions are pending in the Supreme Court.

In a 106-page decision released Tuesday, a New York federal appeals court said the banks must comply with the congressional subpoenas but introduced a caveat given the volume of documents requested.

The judges said the president could oppose the disclosure of certain documents that contain sensitive personal information that is not related to the ongoing investigations.

They added that the exceptions should be limited, however.

“The committees’ interests in pursuing their constitutional legislative function is a far more significant public interest than whatever public interest inheres in avoiding the risk of a chief executive’s distraction arising from disclosure of documents reflecting his private financial transactions,” they wrote.

Trump is expected to challenge the ruling.

Last month, he said he would publish information about his finances before next year’s presidential election without specifying which documents he would release.

Trump broke with a presidential norm during the 2016 contest by refusing to release his tax returns as most presidents have done since the 1970s even though it is not required by law.

He claims that his tax returns are under audit by the Internal Revenue Service.

(AFP)

Fantastic! Trump praises Nigerian-born artist who drew his portrait

President Donald Trump has expressed delight at his portrait drawn by a Nigerian-born artist, creative_doks.

The artist had tweeted the American president’s portrait via his Twitter handle @Doks_Art on Sunday.

The artist did not hide his ambition: “This is my second portrait of President Trump. This time, I really want him to see it,” he confessed.

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Explaining the details, the artist said the portrait was done in ballpoint, and that he spent about 70 hours to complete it.

The size is 24×21 inches, he added; and then begged his Twitter followers to retweet his tweet until it catches the attention of the American president.

On Monday, the tweet caught the attention of the president, who commended it, also via a tweet;and advised the artist to never give up his dream.

President Donald had tweeted:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Not only did I see it @Doks_Art, I think it is fantastic. You are a wonderful artist, never give up your dream! https://twitter.com/doks_art/status/1201216057924558848 

creative_doks@Doks_Art

This is my second portrait of President Trump. This time I really want him to see it. All done in ballpoint, took up to 70hours, ’24×21′ inches.
Please RT till the president sees this🙏🏽@realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @POTUS

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UK would be ‘outgunned’ in Russia conflict, says think-tank

British ground forces would be “comprehensively outgunned” in a conflict with Russia in Eastern Europe, according to a defence think-tank.

Research by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) found that the Army, as well as Nato allies, has a “critical shortage” of artillery and ammunition.

It concluded that it could not maintain a credible defence position.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the UK works closely with Nato and is “well equipped to take on a leading role”.

The research comes ahead of a meeting of Nato leaders in London next week to mark the 70th anniversary of the alliance.

The UK, along with other Nato members, has positioned military forces in Eastern Europe to deter any potential Russian aggression in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Around 800 British troops are currently stationed in Estonia . The first were sent in 2017.

But the study by Rusi found that the UK armed forces lack critical firepower compared to Russia’s military.

It analysed military capabilities in the “unlikely” context of “a high-intensity conflict between Nato and Russia, in which the UK has promised to deliver a warfighting division”.

“At present, there is a risk that the UK – unable to credibly fight – can be dominated lower down the escalation ladder by powers threatening escalation,” the report said.

It said Britain is “comprehensively outgunned and outranged”, leaving enemy artillery free to defeat UK units.

Russian artillery and rocket batteries have already proved to be potent, destroying two Ukrainian battalions in 2014 within minutes.

UK and other Nato forces not only have a limited number of artillery pieces, but also a shortage of munitions stockpiles and transportation.

The report said the “rejuvenation and modernisation” of Britain’s ground-based artillery is an “urgent and critical priority”.

In response, the MoD said: “The UK does not stand alone but alongside its Nato Allies, who work closely together across air, sea, land, nuclear and cyber to deter threats and respond to crises.”

It added: “As the largest Nato defence spender in Europe, the UK’s armed forces are well equipped to take a leading role in countering threats and ensuring the safety and security of British people at home and abroad.”

The statement comes less than three weeks after French President Emmanuel Macron described Nato as “brain dead” – stressing what he sees as waning commitment to the transatlantic alliance by its main guarantor, the US.

MoD figures released in August found that the size of Britain’s armed forces had fallen for a ninth consecutive year.

The finding came just six months after the Commons spending watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee, claimed the MoD had a funding black hole of at least £7bn in its 10-year plan to equip the UK’s armed forces.

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A delegation of Russian military personnel visited Scotland last year to observe one of Europe’s largest Nato exercises.

The visit was in line with the UK’s obligations to the Vienna Document which aims to promote mutual trust and transparency among states signed to it.

It came as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres claimed the Cold War was “back with a vengeance” as he warned abut the dangers of escalating tensions over Syria.

Thieves loot priceless treasure trove in Dresden museum heist

Thieves have broken into Dresden’s Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world’s oldest museums, and made off with three priceless’ sets of 18th century jewelry.

The museum houses one of Europe’s largest collection of treasures.

Thieves broke into Dresden’s Grünes Gewölbe early Monday morning and stole priceless treasures, police said.

The eastern German museum, known in English as the Green Vault, houses one of Europe’s largest collection of treasures.

Two thieves were seen on camera entering through a window and later escaping in a vehicle. Police said there may be more people involved.

Police said the thieves targeted the historic section of the museum, which is divided into two sections — the historic treasure chamber of Augustus II the Strong dating to 1733, and the new section, which displays individual treasures.

The thieves stole at least three priceless 18th-century jewelry sets, according to General Director of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Marion Ackermann. She said the material value was low, but the worth from its historic and cultural value was impossible to gauge.

“We are shocked by the brutality of the burglary,” Ackermann said.

The museum’s power supply was possibly sabotaged by a fire before the break-in. The responsible energy supplier confirmed the incident and said it was investigating if the two events were linked. Police said power failure plunged the entire area into darkness, making video analysis difficult.

Ackermann told German broadcaster ZDF later Monday that multiple alarms were triggered by the burglary itself and through motion detectors in the room. Police were notified with the first alarm.

She also said the perpetrators “couldn’t take everything with them because all the objects were also individually secured and were sewn with stitches into the ground.”

The high-profile heist comes after a 100 kilogram (220 pound), 24-carat giant gold coin was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum in 2017.

Police said they had alerted neighboring authorities to watch for the offenders and had even closed motorways to search for the vehicle.

A car was later found torched, but police said they were investigating if it was related to the incident.

Saxony State Premier Michael Kretschmer denounced the crime. “Not only the state art collections were robbed, but we Saxons,” Kretschmer said.

“The treasures that can be found in the Green Vault and in the Residence Palace have been hard-won by the people in the Free State of Saxony over many centuries.

“One cannot understand the history of our country, our Free State, without the Green Vault and the State Art Collections of Saxony.”

Across 10 highly decorated rooms, about 3,000 pieces of jewelry and other masterpieces made of gold, silver, precious stones, ivory and other valuable materials are displayed.

The building was damaged in World War II but was subsequently repaired. Since its reopening in September 2006, it has been one of Dresden’s tourist magnets.

(dpa, AFP)

Black Nursing Home worker grabs $6m payout after her boss told her: ‘I don’t want a black person walking here in a suit’

A nursing home executive, who was fired because she is black, has been awarded a $6 million payout in a New Jersey discrimination suit.

Rebecca McCarthy in a lawsuit against Care One claimed she was discriminated against when a senior vice president of the facility Alison Fitzpatrick-Durski told her: “I don’t want a black person walking around here in a suit as VP. I want you in scrubs, flats, and a lab coat.”

McCarthy who was promoted to a vice president position in 2016 by the company to stop her leaving for another job said in her complaints that after few months in her role Fitzpatrick-Durski took over as administrator of the Bound Brook facility.

Fitzpatrick-Durski asked her to go back to her old position, McCarthy said in her lawsuit in the Superior Court in Bergen County. The next day she was fired and replaced by a white woman.

“A black person just like any other hardworking qualified person deserves to hold a VP title and wear a suit without discrimination,” McCarthy said. “Ms. Fitzpatrick-Durski made it clear to me on her first day on the job that she didn’t want to see a black person in the VP position.”

Fitzpatrick-Durski, however, denied referring to race when speaking to McCarthy during the trial in Bergen County Superior Court, arguing that she only encouraged her to engage in hands-on patient care when the nursing staff needed help and to change into scrubs when necessary.

Lawyers for Care One claimed that McCarthy was fired because of her performance, insisting Fitzpatrick-Durski was not a racist, reports Daily Mail.

The lawyers also stated that Fitzpatrick-Durski was previously married to an African American man and “is the mother of three children who partake of African American heritage”.

However, McCarthy’s lawyers pushed back insisting race was the sole reason behind her firing, describing a previous incident in which Fitzpatrick-Durski referred to another black employee as a slave.

A jury ruled in McCarthy’s favor on November 1, awarding the plaintiff $4.1 million in punitive damages, $1.8 million for past and future lost wages and $5,000 for mental anguish, according to court documents.

The defense filed a motion to dismiss th

e verdict. A judge is expected to rule on the motion November 22.

Speaking on the Jury’s verdict, McCarthy said: “I am very happy that justice was served.”

“It is a shame that CareOne continues to defend such disgusting behavior,” McCarthy told Atlanta Black Star. “I hope that this never happens to anyone else.”

Queen sacks Prince Andrew from Royal duties

The Queen has effectively sacked Prince Andrew from Royal duties after discussing the Epstein scandal with Charles and summoning the distraught Duke of York to Buckingham Palace to learn his fate.

The Monarch took decisive action to contain the fall-out from the duke’s disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Last night the duke issued a statement confirming he was, with his mother’s permission, ‘stepping down’ from public duties. He will lose his £249,000 annual income from the Sovereign Grant as a result.

The TV interview triggered days of catastrophic headlines and caused a string of businesses and charities to desert him.

Following lengthy discussions with the Prince of Wales, who is touring New Zealand, the Queen summoned Andrew to Buckingham Palace and told him to step down.

A statement was issued by Duke on the Epstein issue on Wednesday

Last night, a friend of Andrew told The Sun: ‘The Queen summoned the Duke to Buckingham Palace to tell him her decision. It was a devastating moment for both of them. His reputation is in tatters. It is unlikely he will ever perform royal duties again. He is disgraced.’

The source said that the Duke will no longer receive his Sovereign Grant allowance because that funds expenses incurred during official duties. His income from the Queen’s private funds will remain intact.

The devastated prince, who is eighth in line to the throne, was told he could write his own statement in an attempt to allow him to bow out gracefully.

A royal insider said: ‘When the Queen and the Prince of Wales stand firm together they are a pretty formidable combination in terms of getting things done.’

It is unprecedented for a senior royal to be asked to stand down in this way and illustrates how damaging Andrew’s BBC Newsnight interview was for himself, and the monarchy. The dramatic announcement came just as Andrew was trying to insist that it was business as usual.

On November 16, the prince gave a ‘disastrous’ BBC interview in which he spoke about his friendship with Epstein and addressed allegations of his own sexual conduct. He faced a barrage of criticism following his television appearance, with the royal accused of a lack of empathy with Epstein’s victims.

During the interview, Andrew, questioned by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, twice stated his relationship with Epstein, who died in jail while facing sex trafficking charges, had some ‘seriously beneficial outcomes’, giving him the opportunity to meet people and prepare for a future role as a trade envoy.

The duke denied he slept with Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims, on three separate occasions, twice while she was underage, saying one encounter in 2001 did not happen as he spent the day with his daughter Princess Beatrice, taking her to Pizza Express in Woking for a party.

The same alleged sexual liaison, which the American said began with the royal sweating heavily as they danced at London nightclub Tramp, was factually wrong as the duke said he had a medical condition at the time which meant he did not sweat. He cast doubt on the authenticity of a picture that appears to show Andrew with his arm around the waist of Mrs Giuffre, when a teenager.

 

Boris Johnson asks EU to rule out further Brexit delay after Jan 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called on the European Union to rule out any more Brexit extensions after Brussels prolonged the tortuous negotiations for the third time.

Johnson told European Council President Donald Tusk in a letter he accepted the decision but added he “would also urge the EU Member States to make clear that a further extension after 31 January (2020) is not possible”.

(AFP)

After Baghdadi raid, Syria villagers tell of quiet neighbour

In the middle of the night amid the olive trees of northwest Syria, Abu Ahmad heard soldiers “speaking a foreign language” attack the home next door.

The 55-year-old said he had repeatedly tried and failed to befriend his discreet neighbour in the village of Barisha in Idlib province.

But now, after President Donald Trump said Sunday a US special operation killed jihadist supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the village, Abu Ahmad was left wondering about who his neighbour was harbouring.

“We have shared nothing with this man except greetings,” Abu Ahmad said of his mysterious neighbour, who claimed to be a merchant from the province of Aleppo.

Around midnight, US helicopters dropped forces in Barisha where groups linked to the Islamic State group were present, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The helicopters targeted a home and a car outside the village of Barisha, said the war monitor, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.

The operation killed nine people, including Baghdadi, Trump said Sunday.

It occurred about five kilometres (three miles) from the Turkish frontier and close to one of the main border crossings.

Abu Ahmad was a few dozen metres away, he said, when he saw an “attacking force”, with gunfire ringing out as warplanes whooshed overhead.

Someone speaking in Arabic called on his neighbour — apparently named Abu Mohammad — to hand himself over, before the forces moved in.

The operation lasted for nearly three hours, he said.

Another resident in the area who gave his name as Abdel Hameed said he rushed to the scene of the attack after he heard helicopters, gunfire and explosions.

Strikes hit the house and a vehicle that was coincidently passing through the area at the time of the attack, he said.

There were six unidentified bodies inside the house and two others inside the vehicle, the 23-year-old said.

The body of the man known as Abu Mohammad was not left among the corpses, he was told by other residents.

“Some residents say he was taken along with another person,” he told AFP.

– Pile of rubble –

Under a clear blue sky on Sunday morning, the targeted house was completely flattened into light grey rubble, an AFP correspondent said.

The area was cordoned off by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a jihadist alliance that dominates most of Idlib led by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate.

Journalists were briefly allowed to film at the site.

The frame of a motorcycle lay in the rubble, its front wheel burned down to the spokes and what remained of electrical wires entangled across its length.

Covered in dust, a pink item of clothing was tangled in a branch amid the ruins.

Separated from the scene of the raid by a row of olive trees, two houses were visible nearby.

Standing outside the ruined house, Abu Ahmad said his neighbour used to leave early in the morning and return late at night.

“We used to invite him to our house but he would never come,” said Abu Ahmad, who has been living in Barisha for the past two years.

He never saw any women or children at the house, he said, and never got familiar with the inhabitants.

“Even during holidays, we tried to build a relationship but it didn’t work.”

Another resident, who identified himself as Ahmed Mohammad, said he lived half a kilometre (a third of a mile) away from the targeted home.

He said he was Abu Mohammad’s internet provider, “visiting his house regularly” to fix connection problems.

“I have known this man personally for two years. He is a merchant,” he said.

“I did not have the impression that he was anything but a civillian.”

80 year-old serial bank robber jailed 7 years

 A German court on Thursday sentenced an 80-year-old man to seven-year imprisonment for series of bank robberies over a decade.

The bank staff targeted by the man had endured considerable psychological suffering, presiding Judge, Hannes Breucker, said in Hechingen, south-west Germany.

The man admitted to targeting a number of banks over the years between 2009 and 2019, using the same method.

He entered the bank, carrying a fake bomb and handed over a letter demanding for money.

He was said to have been successful on three occasions. (dpa/NAN)

 

Boris Johnson says he wants early election on December 12

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday he would give parliament more time to scrutinise his Brexit plan if it agrees to hold a snap general election on December 12.

He said if MPs really wanted more time to study his deal, “they can have it, but they have to agree on a general election on December 12”, Johnson said in televised remarks.

(AFP)

39 found dead inside truck in UK

The corpses of 39 people, including a teenager, have been found in a shipping container in Essex county, not too far from London.

According to BBC, the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The lorry, found at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, is believed to have come from Bulgaria.

The police said the vehicle got into the UK via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday.

Pippa Mills, deputy police chief, said they were working to identify victims, adding that it is a “lengthy process.”

Seamus Leheny, Northern Ireland policy manager for the Freight Transport Association, said if the lorry had come from Bulgaria, getting into Britain via Holyhead was an “unorthodox route”.

Leheny said: “it might be seen as an easier way to get in by going from Cherbourg or Roscoff, over to Rosslare, then up the road to Dublin”.

The National Crime Agency said it had also sent officers to assist and identify any “organised crime groups who may have played a part”.

Reacting to the incident, a spokesman for the Bulgarian foreign affairs ministry said there is no indication yet as to where the victims may have come from.

“There is also no indication of the nationality of the human bodies found in the truck,” he said.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the home office would work with the police in determining what happened.

“I know that the thoughts and prayers of all members will be with those who lost their lives and their loved ones,” Johnson said.

“I’m receiving regular updates. The Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened.”

UK receives £90bn stolen funds from Nigeria, African countries yearly – Report

The United Kingdom (UK) receives about £90 billion illicit funds from Nigeria, Africa and countries in third world every year, according to report by Christian Erikson and Lionel Faull, anti-corruption advocates.

The advocates disclosed this in a joint paper tagged, ‘Obtaining Property Information Overseas’ presented at the anti-corruption training organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (Heda Resource Centre) in collaboration with The Corner House; MacArthur Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

They said most of the stolen funds are from the third world, including Nigeria.

According to them, 87,000 illicit assets in the UK are owned by anonymous companies in tax havens, while the values of secretly owned properties in the UK are between 56 to 100 billion pounds, with 40 percent of these properties in the city of London.

“Getting your money back is easier said than done. It takes a long time. If you do not support corruption, there is no need doing banking with Nigeria,” Faull was quoted to have said.

“The fight against corruption will not succeed without a very active citizenry. It requires international solidarity, teaming up with a civil society in order to work with international organisations and make authorities accountable.”

Also, Nick Hildyard, an anti-corruption investigator, said though the UK has one of the most effective anti-corruption laws, in reality, the country does not appear to be fully prepared to stall the wave of corruption, with its financial institutions providing the logistics for corrupt officials from Nigeria.

“The UK is a legally corrupt country”, Hildyard said, adding that “if Western countries genuinely wish to fight corruption, they should stop the warehouse of stolen funds from Nigeria”.

Speaking, Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investment, said corruption cannot be eradicated overnight.

She said at the moment, six million Nigerians are on the database of the NSIP adding that 167,000 out of the figure are physically challenged people.

She said communication remains a challenge since many of the beneficiaries live in rural areas.

“It has been a dilemma for me generally. It’s been a choice that has been hard. We call on journalists to please go out of their duties to help reach out to them.”

She, however, commended the federal government’s efforts at fighting poverty by ploughing recovered stolen wealth into meeting the essentials of poor individuals across the 36 states of the federation.

Mexican security forced to release El Chapo’s son as gunmen overwhelm troops

Mexican security forces were on Thursday forced to release one son of jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrested earlier in an operation that triggered intense fighting.

Heavy gunfire rocked Culiacan, a city of 750,000 people, in sustained clashes that left blazing vehicles strewn across the street and sent terrified residents running for cover.

Security Minister Alfonso Durazo confirmed the arrest of a man identifying himself as Ovidio Guzman, one of the sons who assumed partial control of the notorious cartel run by their father until he was extradited to the United States in 2017.

Images carried on Mexican television showed army and police personnel under assault by men armed with heavy weapons.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his security cabinet was holding a meeting and would soon give further details on the situation.

He later on announced that Guzman had been released as criminal gunmen outnumbered soldiers that had arrested him.

The situation became very difficult and many citizens were at risk,’’ Lopez Obrador said at a news conference in Oaxaca in the south of the country.

“The capture of a criminal cannot be worth more than people’s lives,’’ he added.

Sources in the Sinaloa state government speaking on condition of anonymity said police officers had been wounded.

They also said an unknown number of inmates had escaped from the Aguaruto prison in Culiacan amid the chaos.

The battle broke out in the afternoon near the state prosecutor’s office, when masked gunmen blocked Mexican security forces after the arrest.

The state government said it was “working to restore calm and order in the face of the high-impact incidents that have occurred in recent hours in various points around Culiacan.”

It called on residents to “remain calm, stay off the streets and be very attentive to official advisories on the evolving situation.”

Gunmen blocked roads and highways around the city into the evening, bringing the capital to a standstill.

“El Chapo,” 62, was sentenced to life in prison in July for trafficking hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States over the course of a quarter-century.

However, his Sinaloa cartel remains one of the most powerful in Mexico.

Guzman’s extradition unleashed an initial period of instability in the group, as Ovidio and his brother Alfredo waged war with cartel co-founder, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, for control, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake.

But the situation has since stabilized into a reluctant truce.

Guzman, whose nickname means “Shorty,” was rearrested in 2016 after a brazen prison escape — the second of his career.

He is considered the most powerful drug lord since Colombia’s Pablo Escobar, who was killed in a police shootout in 1993.

After being convicted in a New York court, he is now serving his sentence in the notorious ADX federal maximum security prison in Colorado, nicknamed the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”

Army veteran who lost his manhood on the battlefield gets penis transplant

A veteran whose lower half was blown off in a bomb blast has undergone one of the world’s first penis transplants.

The squaddie, named only as Ray, has hailed the groundbreaking operation “one of the best decisions I ever made”.

He was tending to wounded soldiers under an ambush by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan when an IED detonated beneath him.

The explosion in 2010 took away the US Navy corpsman’s legs above the knee – as well as his genitals, which was the most devastating for him.

In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he said: “I remember everything froze and I was upside down.

“I remember thinking a quick thought: ‘This isn’t good.’ And then I was on my back.”

Fresh hope

In 2013, Ray met with a plastic surgeon, Dr Richard Redett of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, to talk about his options.

Dr Redett said that Ray, who is in his mid-30s and walks with two prosthetic legs, might be an ideal candidate to undergo a groundbreaking penis transplant.

Ray said: “This was actually something that could fix me. I could go back to being normal again.”

Until recently, the only treatment available for men in his situation would have been phalloplasty – a transplant of a makeshift member made of tissue, blood vessels and nerves taken from a forearm or thigh, which requires an external pump to become erect.

A penis transplant is far more complex than other types of organ transplants.

Grafting a donor penis involves many different kinds of tissue, and requires stitching nerves and blood vessels smaller than 2mm wide.

Dr Redett said: “The threads are smaller than a human hair. Unless you’re under a [micro]scope, you can’t really even see it.”


Veteran has penis transplant

The unnamed war hero received a penis, scrotum and portion of abdominal wall from a dead donor

At the time of their meeting, only one person had undergone such a procedure, and only three patients in the world have since then.

The first rudimentary penis transplant was performed in 2006 on a 44-year-old in China, who reportedly soon had it removed at his wife’s behest.

In 2014, a 21-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa, who suffered gangrene after a botched circumcision underwent a penis transplant.

Next, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital operated on a 64-year-old man who lost his penis to cancer in 2016.

And in 2017, the same South African doctors from the 2014 transplant did so again on a 41-year-old man who also suffered from a circumcision gone awry.

Complex op

It took 14 hours for Dr Redett and his team to complete Ray’s procedure in March 2018.

His op involved a transplanted piece of tissue measuring 10ins by 11ins in total and weighing 5lbs.

He said it was “the most complex [penis transplant] to date,” and the first for a military veteran.

Ray, who’d lost the entirety of his reproductive organs, was also given a new scrotum – but not testicles, for ethical reasons involving the donor’s sperm, according to his doctors.

The Technology Review reports that a total of 1,367 Americans in the military suffered major genital injury in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2013 — and experts say it’s taking a major toll on veterans’ mental health.

“They’re asking where the testicles and the penis are,” reports the journal.

“You can’t put a number on how significantly this affects one of these wounded warriors’ lives.”

However, some doctors — such as Dr Hiten Patel, a chief resident at the Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute — argue the procedure is medically unnecessary.

Dr Patel said a penis transplant “lacks both life-saving and life-enhancing properties when compared to a readily available alternative in phalloplasty.”

Considering an estimated 41 per cent of veterans deployed between 2001 and 2007 were more likely to contemplate suicide, a devastating, lingering trauma like this could mean life or death long after physical recovery.

Source: TheSun UK

Vatican suspends senior employees, clergy over police raid

Five Vatican employees, including the number two at the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority and a senior member of clergy, have been suspended following a police raid, the Italian magazine L’Espresso reports.

The scandal, affecting two departments at the heart of the Vatican, was the first after several years of relative calm in which reforms enacted by Pope Francis appeared to be taking root.

A Vatican spokesman said he had no immediate comment on the report.

On its website, L’Espresso published a picture of a police notice to guards at Vatican gates telling them not to allow in the five employees because they had been suspended.

The notice included photographs of the five, one of whom is a woman.

The people whose pictures were on the notice included Tommaso Di Ruzza, the director of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), and Monsignor Mauro Carlino, the head of documentation at the Secretariat of State.

The other three held minor roles in the Secretariat of State, the key department in the Vatican’s central administration.

Calls to Di Ruzza’s cell phone went unanswered. Reuters was not immediately able to contact the other officials.

A senior Vatican source said he was aware of the suspension of four employees from the Secretariat of State but not of Di Ruzza’s suspension.

Vatican police raided both offices on Tuesday and seized documents and electronic devices as part of an investigation of suspected financial irregularities.

Tuesday’s raid is believed to be the first time the two departments were searched for evidence involving alleged financial crimes.

The Secretariat of State, the most powerful department in the Vatican, is the nerve centre of its bureaucracy and diplomacy and the administrative heart of the worldwide Catholic Church.

The AIF, headed by Swiss lawyer Rene Bruelhart, Di Ruzza’s boss, is the financial controller, with authority over all Vatican departments.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Vatican said the operation was a follow-up to complaints filed in the summer by the Vatican bank and the Office of the Auditor General and were related to “financial operations carried out over the course of time”.

 

BREAKING: Boris Johnson set to suspend UK parliament again

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson intends to request that parliament be suspended from October 8 to 14, his Downing Street office said Wednesday, just weeks after a previous attempt was ruled unlawful.

“These timings would mean parliament is prorogued for the shortest time possible to enable all the necessary logistical preparations” for Queen Elizabeth II to outline the government’s new legislative programme, it said in a statement.

Saudi police arrest man seen abusing child in viral video

A video showing a Palestinian resident of Saudi Arabia beating his daughter while trying to force her to stand, has gone viral.
Saudi authorities have arrested a man seen in a viral video that showed him beating his baby daughter because she was not yet able to stand.
The man, identified as Yousif Alqutai – a Palestinian resident of Saudi Arabia – was filmed beating his daughter in an attempt to force the baby to stand up despite her tender age.

He is seen grabbing her by the neck while shouting at her, before then proceeding to hang her from her ears. He then lifts her up and throws her down on the floor multiple times to see if she would land on her legs.

Every time the baby fell, he would slap her on her back, face and stomach.

The video went viral across the Arab world, with many demanding Saudi authorities arrest him while others urged capital punishment for the abuse.

Alqutai later appeared on social media to release a statement with his baby daughter, claiming the video was filmed “a long time ago” and pleading for foregiveness.

“As you can all see now she is perfectly fine. I tried to teach her to walk and now look by the grace of God she walks by herself.”

Alqutai then went on to blame his wife for his acts of abuse, claiming she left him with their four children, which caused him to break down.

“Their mother left all four of our children with me and it has been difficult – as you can see in front of you there’s nothing wrong with them. I urge you all to pray for me instead of praying against me,” he said in the Arabic statement.

Saudi authorities said they were investigating the case.

Boeing 737 MAX crash: Families of Pius Adesanmi, 345 others to get $144,500 each

U.S. aeroplane maker Boeing says it has launched a compensation fund for the relatives of those who were killed in crashes involving the company’s 737 MAX model in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

The families of the 346 victims are each to receive $144,500, according to a statement by the fund, which is managed by prominent U.S. attorney, Ken Feinberg.

A social media influencer, Nigerian-born Canadian professor, writer, literary critic, satirist, and columnist, Pius Adesanmi, was among those who died in the March 10, 2019 crash, when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plunged shortly after take-off.

Boeing said in July that it would set aside $100m in financial aid for the families, half of which is to be made available in the short term.

Feinberg, who worked on similar compensation projects in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, has assured claimants that they will not be required to waive the right to litigate in order to receive compensation.

Lion Air Flight 610 killed all 189 aboard, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned airlines that erroneous inputs from an automated flight control system’s sensors could lead the jet to automatically pitch its nose down, but the agency allowed the jets to continue flying.

Five months later, the same system was blamed for playing a role when ET302 crashed on March 10, killing all 157 passengers and crew and prompting a worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX that remains in place.

Ivanka Trump’s bra-less outfit grabs world attention at UNGA

The arrival of Ivanka Trump at the ongoing 74th UNGA momentarily shifted attention from long speeches and contentious issues as the American First Daughter’s thin blue blouse got scrutinizing looks.

The 37-year-old mother of three probably offered more than she intended to, as the outline of her nipples could be seen through her blue shirt.

Twitter has since taken over the discussion, as people from all over the globe discuss the phenomenal appearance.

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Tom Arnold

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Remember Melania’s 4th of July White Nipple Dress? Meet Ivanka Trump’s United Nations Denim Nipple Shirt. Your move Don Jr. https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1176188859513573377 

Acyn Torabi@Acyn

This was taken at the UN…. I’m not going to say anything else

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Calumet Dundee@Chet_Kincaid

Ivanka Trump Nominated For Nipple Piece Prize

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Joe Negan@mynameisNegan

Ivanka Trump vs Barney Frank. Who wore it best?

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Sane Conservative RG@ConservativeRG

I guess I’m in the camp that doesn’t care about Ivanka Trump’s hard nipples and enormous breasts.

I’m in the camp wondering what Ivanka Trump, nipples and all, was doing at the cold UN meeting in the first place. 🤔

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Grant Stern

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Ivanka Trump’s dignified appearance at the as a representative of America to the world.

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James Morrison

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Don’t fall prey to Ivanka’s devious Thumb-Sized U.N. Nipple Strategy. Trumps are experts at distraction and diversion. The “nipple trick” is classic bait and switch. Cunning and powerful. In fact, one nipple is named Bait and the other Switch. Beware, stay alert, stay focused.

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Buffy’s Blog@BuffyBlogs

[In the Oval Office with the WH Comms Director]

Comms Dir: “Sir, we’ve got to come up with some distraction from the Ukraine news.”

Trump: “I know, let’s bring Ivanka on the UN trip and have her wear that really tight blouse and no bra!

“For once she’ll earn her pay!”

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Grant Stern

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Ivanka Trump’s dignified appearance at the as a representative of America to the world.

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NoelCaslerComedy@CaslerNoel

In honor of the UN Climate Summit Ivanka has switched to new energy efficient halogen headlights. @IvankaTrump

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SeriouslyUS?@USseriously

“White House advisor” Ivanka Trump at the United Nations headquarters today.

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Mike Sington@MikeSington

What the hell is she doing at the UN?

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Alex Kaseberg@AlexKaseberg

Ivanka Trump showed up at the UN wearing a blue blouse that revealed her nipples.

That seems about right. Both her brothers, Eric and Donald, are boobs.

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Timi Frank to FIRS: Instead of suing me, apologise to Nigerians on N90bn ‘slush fund’

Timi Frank, former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to stop its attempt to fool Nigerians.

Frank had alleged that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s trouble with the presidency started when it was discovered that he mismanaged N90 billion made available by the FIRS for 2019 election campaign purposes.

But in a statement on Monday, Wahab Gbadamosi, FIRS director of information, dismissed the claim, saying the service’s annual allocation is not up to that amount.

Reacting in a statement, Frank said he cannot be intimidated by the agency’s threat to sue him, describing the agency’s statements as a “puerile attempt to sweep the main issues in his public statement under the carpet”.

He said the FIRS cannot continue to deceive Nigerians by claiming “unfounded budgetary fidelity”.

He urged the agency to come clean and tell Nigerians the reason for the discrepancies which exist in their records of tax collection.

“I read the statement by the Federal Inland Revenue Service and I am rather disappointed at their intellectual laziness,” he said

“Who is the FIRS trying to fool by claiming that their annual subvention is not up to a N100 billion? That is an unintelligent attempt to fool the public.

“The FIRS, like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Securities and Exchange Commission are revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government that do not depend on budgetary subventions.

“These agencies are able to appropriate huge funds from the monies they generate for their use.

“For example, on January 7, 2019, the Federal Inland Revenue Service announced that it had broken Nigeria’s all-time revenue generation record, by generating N5.3trillion in 2018,” he said.

“However, on 18th August, 2019, the FIRS’ boss was queried for poor performance and under remittances to the Federation Account by the Chief of Staff to General Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Abba Kyari.

“The query, which was widely published in all newspapers and online media channels, was as a result of the N90billion that the FIRS illegally funneled to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo for the 2019 elections which led to the shortfall.

“The FIRS should bury their head in the mud and apologise to Nigerians for aiding and abetting corruption.”

He also called for the immediate arrest of the leadership of the FIRS.

“The big question is: what is responsible for the discrepancy? These are questions that the FIRS should be explaining to Nigerians rather than trying to be clever by half in claiming that they do not get up to N100 billion per annum, when in fact they expend 50 times that amount.

“I, therefore, call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the FIRS for fraud and money laundering.

“I stand by my statement and am not going to tender any apology to FIRS. They are the ones to apologize to Nigerians for illegally spending taxpayers’ money on elections.

“I cannot be intimidated by threats. I am prepared to meet them in court. Why did they decide to respond on behalf of the Vice President, who is the main issue here? Is the FIRS now Osinbajo’s mouthpiece?”