Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Rapper Nicki Minaj's father is killed in hit-and-run accident in Long Island
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet
Nicki Minaj at 2018 VMA Red Carpet Credit: Nicole Alexander, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Nicki Minaj's father Robert Maraj has died in a hit-and-run accident, the Nassau County Police Department said. The 64-year-old was "struck by a northbound, undescribed, vehicle that left the scene of the accident" on Friday while walking in Mineola, Long Island. He was taken to a hospital where he died Saturday. The incident is being investigated by the homicide and was confirmed by Minaj’s representative.

Technology • Games
"Cyberpunk 2077" CD Projekt Red developer falls victim to ransomware attack
"Cyberpunk 2077" CD Projekt Red developer falls victim to ransomware attack
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Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red announced on Twitter that they have been the victim of a hacker attack. Apparently, the security barriers of the internal network were cracked and numerous datasets were stolen with the help of malware, as well as some of them were made unusable for the developer. Personal data, according to the developer, was not affected.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Kyle Rittenhouse pleads not guilty to Kenosha shooting charges

Kyle Rittenhouse, the now 18-year old teenager who was charged with killing two protestors and wounding another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has pleaded not guilty to all charges on Tuesday.

Rittenhouse, who is free on a $2 million bail, appeared before the Kenosha County Circuit Court by video link. He is facing charges for first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, violation of curfew, and attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Nashville bomber identified as Anthony Quinn Warner

The Nashville bomber has been identified as Anthony Quinn Warner, a 63-year-old Nashvillian with extensive experience with electronics and alarm systems, after matching his DNA to remains found at the scene of the explosion.

"We've come to the conclusion that an individual named Anthony Warner is the bomber. He was present when the bomb went off, and then he perished," said Don Cochran, US attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Six men indicted in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor
Six men indicted in the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor
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A federal grand jury has indicted six men – Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta – with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the U.S. attorney’s office for western Michigan said on Thursday. Harris's lawyer, Parker Douglas, stated his client pleaded guilty as "there was no actual conspiracy to kidnap Governor Whitmer."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Brandon Bernard executed after Supreme Court denies request for delay
Brandon Bernard executed after Supreme Court denies request for delay
Credit: File Photo courtesy of the attorneys for Brandon Bernard

The Trump administration has executed Death row inmate Brandon Bernard on Thursday after a petition for a delay was denied by the Supreme Court. Bernard was involved in the killing of an Iowa religious couple in 1999. The couple was shot by his accomplice Christopher Vialva and later burned in their car by Bernard. Bernard was 18 at the time of the crime and people have argued that he should not be executed due to his young age and the fact that he didn't shoot the victims.

His lawyers further argued that Bernard should be given life in prison without parole and Kim Kardashian West called for Trump to grant him a commutation, as he maintained a good record and worked with outreach programmes to stop people from getting involved in crime during his time in jail.

"I'm sorry. That's the only words that I can say that completely capture how I feel now and how I felt that day," Bernard said shortly before being executed. He died at 9:27pm local time.

Regional News • Oceania
Western Sydney man arrested after INTERPOL involvement

A 31-year-old Cambridge Park man will face Court today, 7 December 2020, after allegedly posting threatening and intimidating posts on social medial. NSW Police, acting on information received from INTERPOL also charged the man with possession of a replica assault rifles when members of the Nepean Police Area Command raided his address in the small Western Sydney suburb.

Police took possession of two AR-15 gel-blasters with ammunition which will be forensically examined. There is no suggestion they are linked to any other criminal activity at this time.

The man was formally charged with four counts of 'use carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence' and two counts of 'possess unauthorised firearm' at Penrith Police Station and will face Penrith Local Court later today after being granted bail on strict conditions.

Regional News • Americas • United States
DOJ investigates potential White House "bribery-for-pardon" scheme
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr Credit: The United States Department of Justice, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Justice Department is investigating an alleged "bribery-for-pardon" scheme at the White House, according to heavily redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

The documents do not name the individuals involved, but allege that an individual offered "a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of the sentence."

Prosecutors are further investigating a "secret lobbying scheme" in which two unidentified people acted as lobbyists to senior White House officials "without complying with the registration requirement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act".

Sweden: Mother allegedly kept son locked up at home for almost 30 years

The newspaper "Expressen" reported on Monday evening that a relative had found a 41-year-old man that had been cut off from the outside world since he was twelve years old in a completely neglected flat. The relative told "Expressen" that she had long suspected that the mother had locked up her son. When she heard that the 70-year-old mother of the man was in the hospital, she went to the flat on Sunday evening.

The police did not want to comment on details of the case but confirmed on Tuesday that the woman was arrested. She is under investigation for deprivation of liberty and aggravated assault. The woman denies the accusations.

France: High school graduate sentenced to 18 months in prison after death threat against teacher

A French court has sentenced a 19-year-old student to one and a half years in prison for threatening to kill a teacher.

According to the public prosecutor's office in Nice, the 19-year-old had threatened the teacher that he would have to "die like Samuel Paty". The 19-year-old had testified in court that he had only wanted to make a joke to impress a girl and had researched the teacher's address in an online network to send him the death threat after learning that the teacher had accused some of his students of cheating on an exam.

The 47-year-old teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on 16 October near his school in the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen origin. Paty had previously shown cartoons of Mohammed in an hour's time on freedom of expression. President Emmanuel Macron then defended the showing of cartoons of Muhammad, which led to protests in Muslim countries and calls for a boycott of France.

Regional News • Asia • China
Four Chinese doctors sentenced to prison for organ harvesting

Four doctors have been sentenced to prison for illegally harvesting organs from deceased patients. According to the court documents, the doctors and two additional accomplices made the families of the donors sign fake organ donation consent forms and then extracted the organs of the deceased person.

Under Chinese law, organ donation is only permitted under the supervision of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC). The medical professionals have been jailed for between 10 and 28 months.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump pardons former national security adviser Mike Flynn
Michael Flynn at a campaign rally for Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Michael Flynn at a campaign rally for Donald Trump at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Donald Trump has granted his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn a "full pardon", the President wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and later cooperated with prosecutors. He later accused the government of trying to frame him and withdrew his guilty plea.

"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving," Trump wrote on Twitter.

Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
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Berlin investigators have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and cannibalism, after discovering the bones of a man who disappeared in September. The 44-year-old victim, known as Stefan T., disappeared without a trace after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight in early September, in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin. On November 8th, people taking a walk found bones in a wooded area of the city's Pankow district, which turned out to be the remains of the missing man.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism," Berlin prosecutors' office spokesman Martin Steltner told The Associated Press.

Regional News • Africa
American hostage held in Nigeria rescued by US forces
American hostage held in Nigeria rescued by US forces
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An American abducted in Niger on Monday and taken to Nigeria has been rescued by the US Navy's elite SEAL Team 6.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman: "U.S. forces conducted a hostage rescue operation during the early hours of 31 October in Northern Nigeria to recover an American citizen held hostage by a group of armed men. This American citizen is safe and is now in the care of the U.S. Department of State. No U.S military personnel were injured during the operation."

Ring-tailed lemur missing, possibly stolen, from San Francisco Zoo
Ring-tailed lemur missing, possibly stolen, from San Francisco Zoo
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A 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Maki has been missing, possibly stolen, from the San Francisco Zoo following a possible break-in. Police are investigating the incident and have asked the public to come forward any with information.

"We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Maki is a highly endangered animal that requires special care. We are asking the public for help in his return," said Dr Jason Watters, Executive Vice President of Animal Behavior and Wellness at the zoo.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
Mother allegedly killed her five children, then tried to commit suicide

A 27-year-old mother allegedly killed her five children in the west German town so Solingen. The grandmother called the police and officer later found the bodies of the children in the woman's apartment. The woman jumped in front of a train after but survived severely injured. Her oldest son was unharmed.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Man killed in Portland shooting identified as Aaron J. Danielson

The man shot during a clash between right-wing supporters and protestors on Saturday was identified as Aaron J. Danielson by the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, so Portland police officials. He died of a wound to the chest.

The right-wing group Patriot Prayer is mourning Danielson's death. A suspect has not been identified yet.

According to a spokesperson for Attorney General William Barr, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are "actively offering support and resources" to Portland police.

Regional News • Americas • Canada
Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
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In 2019 Canada has revealed a program to grant Canadians an easy way to be granted a pardon if they have a criminal record for simple possession of cannabis.

Since the creation of the program, 458 people have applied for a pardon at the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Out of these applications, 194 have been returned because of ineligibility or incomplete files. 257 have been granted and two have been discontinued. Five cases are still in the process.

In 2018 Canada has passed the Cannabis Act legalized and regulated the possession, distribution, consumption and cultivation of marijuana for recreational used.

Business • Economy
German retail: 5% increase in theft

In the German retail trade, the inventory differences have increased again. In the current study, the trade research institute EHI published a damage of €3.75 billion due to theft. If you add organizational errors such as incorrectly priced goods, the total damnages in 2019 have been around €4.4 billion. This makes for an increase of around 5% compared to 2018.

Regional News • Africa
Five killed, 40 arrested in hostage situation at South Africa church
Five killed, 40 arrested  in hostage situation at South Africa church
Credit: South African Police Service (Public Domain)

Five people have been killed and six hospitalised after shooters took hostages at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, South Africa on Saturday

South African Police Service said they had rescued men, women and children, and arrested at least 40 people. Officers also added they are investigating the possibility the attack may have been motivated by an internal feud between conflicting parties of the church.