Bishop Plans to Spray City with Holy Water from Helicopter: ‘We Have to Get Rid of the Devil’

A Catholic Bishop plans to spray holy water from a helicopter to exorcise the demons he says are plaguing his town. Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, bishop of Buenaventura, Colombia,  is borrowing a navy copter to deluge the city on July 14, the feast day for Buenaventura’s patron saint. “We want to go around the whole of Buenaventura from the air and…

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Kim Jong-un ‘executes envoy to US over collapse of Trump summit in Hanoi’

North Korea has reportedly executed five foreign ministry officials, including its special envoy to Washington, for the collapse of the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February. Kim Hyok-chol, a former ambassador to Spain, and four other ministry officials responsible for laying the groundwork for the summit were charged with espionage on behalf of the US and were executed at Mirim Airport,…

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Kremlin hawks keep watch over Putin’s seat of power

Alpha soars between the Kremlin’s golden domes, sowing panic among crows perched in nearby trees. The goshawk is one of a dozen birds of prey protecting President Vladimir Putin’s seat of power in Moscow. Crows congregate in the Tainitsky Garden inside the red-brick Kremlin walls, croaking as they perch on trees and wheel in the sky. But just the sight…

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Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead in the US city of Los Angeles Sunday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fellow celebrities as the city’s mayor blamed “senseless gun violence.” According to local media reports, Hussle was shot in front of his own clothing store Sunday afternoon at close range, by a man who fled in a getaway car….

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BA flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany has landed in Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly. The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the “welcome to Edinburgh” announcement was made. The flight has now been redirected and landed in Dusseldorf, BA says. German firm WDL Aviation ran the flight for…

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Brexit: May’s appeal to nation backfires as MPs accuse her of stoking hate

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May at the Brussels summit where EU leaders will decide whether to delay Brexit by agreeing an article 50 extension

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Peppa Pig criticised for using the word ‘fireman’ in episode

People have criticised the children’s TV show Peppa Pig after it referred to firefighters as ‘firemen’ in an episode called The Fire Engine. London Fire Brigade (LFB) posted a message on social media saying: “Come on @peppapig, we’ve not been firemen for 30 years. “Using out of date stereotypical gender specific wording prevents young girls from becoming firefighters.” They say…

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Manhunt after three dead in Dutch tram ‘terror attack’

Dutch police launched a huge manhunt for a gunman who killed three people and wounded nine others on Monday in a suspected terror attack inside a tram in the city of Utrecht. Police issued a picture of Turkish-born suspect Gokmen Tanis, 37 and warned the public not to approach him, as armed counter-terrorism officers surrounded a nearby building. Dutch Prime…

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Trump slammed for ‘silence’ on white supremacist threat

Democrats led by an Arab-American lawmaker attacked President Donald Trump’s “silence” on the rise of white supremacy Sunday as reaction to the New Zealand mosque massacre spilled into a heated US debate over religious and racial bigotry. With controversy swirling over Trump’s tepid response to the massacre, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was forced to deny any affinity…

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Hero refugee chased gunman away from New Zealand mosque

When Afghan refugee Abdul Aziz saw a man brandishing a gun outside his mosque in Christchurch, he ran towards the attacker armed with the only weapon he could find — a hand-held credit card machine. Seven people were killed when a white supremacist stormed Linwood Masjid — the second mosque he attacked on Friday — as worshippers knelt to pray….

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