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  • Justin Bieber's wife Hailey posts birthday tribute to singer after her dad Stephen requests prayers for coupleJustin Bieber's wife Hailey posts birthday tribute to singer after her dad Stephen requests prayers for couple
    Justin Bieber's wife, Hailey Bieber, shared a tribute to the singer on his 30th birthday after her father, Stephen Baldwin, asked fans to pray for the couple.The 27-year-old model posted a carousel of photos and videos of herself with the "Peaches" hitmaker on Instagram to celebrate his birthday Friday."30!!!!!!!????!!????!!! that was fast. words could never truly describe the beauty of who you are. Happy Birthday to you… love of my life, for life," Hailey wrote in the caption.TheRhode beauty founder began her slideshow with a black-and-white video in which the couple kiss.JUSTIN BIEBER CELEBRATES 30 YEARS: FROM YOUNG YOUTUBE SENSATION TO POP ICONHailey also shared a throwback photo of the two-time Grammy Award winner as a young child and an image of her and Bieber embracing while on a boat.The pair were seen kissing while on a boat in one snap and sharing another passionate kiss in a close-up. Hailey posted a black-and-white image from their September 2018 wedding and a shot of Bieber's white, two-tiered birthday cake with 30 yellow candles.APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW POSTThe Arizona native also included a photo of the couple hugging while Hailey looked at Bieber with a soft smile as the pop star playfully stuck his tongue out. Hailey concluded her Instagram post with a snap of the pair strolling down the street while holding cups of iced coffee.The Elle cover star's birthday tribute to her spouse comes after her father, Stephen Baldwin, sparked concerns for the couple among fans after sharing a reel from Victor Marx, founder of All Things Possible Ministries. In a since-deleted post, Marx uploaded a 2020 video of the singer performing the Delirious? and Hillsong Worship song "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever" and implored his followers to pray for the couple.CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER"Christians, please when you think of Justin & Hailey, take a moment to offer a little prayer for them to have wisdom, protection and to draw close to the Lord," Marx wrote on the clip he shared last week.In the caption of his post, Marx explained that his wife Eileen and Hailey's mother, Kennya Baldwin, "often pray" together for their children. "I seldom like to post about certain folks in the limelight because of the negative comments that we get," he wrote. "Eileen and Hailey's mother pray often together for J&H and our children as well. "There are certain challenges that people in high visibility positions face and also the enemy doesn't want them to draw closer to Jesus."So often regardless of the material things or the accolades they often face spiritual warfare that intense and seeks to ship-wreck their faith, marriage and life in general. So thank you."Baldwin, 57, later shared Marx's post on his Instagram story, which led to widespread speculation about what prompted the plea for prayers for the couple.Hailey and Bieber have not publicly commented on Marx's post or Baldwin's repost.On Wednesday, the pair, devout Christians, were photographed attending a late-night service at their church, the Churchome Church at Los Angeles' Saban Theatre.
  • Florida woman, 34, accused of violently robbing 73-year-old date in romantic scheme with ex-boyfriend: policeFlorida woman, 34, accused of violently robbing 73-year-old date in romantic scheme with ex-boyfriend: police
    A Florida woman and her ex-boyfriend robbed a senior citizen under the guise of a romantic date, police said.According to the press release from the Volusia County Sheriff's office, Chelsea Wright, 34, and Andrew Marks, 33, were involved in a violent robbery scheme of a 73-year-old man whose injuries required treatment at an area hospital.Police said that the elderly victim arrived at a local hospital around 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29 and shared a sordid incident regarding his interaction with Wright and Marks.The 73-year-old told hospital staff that he was meeting Wright at a Daytona Beach bar for a romantic date to discuss the couple's relationship, police said.DRUG ADDICT USED BIZARRE OBJECT IN ATTEMPTED POST OFFICE ROBBERY: POLICEPolice said that Wright suggested that the victim come back to her house and he agreed.The 73-year-old followed Wright to her Plantation Pines home in Ormond Beach, Florida and along the way, police said, she picked up Marks before dropping him off near a home. When the man got out of his car at Wright's alleged home, Marks suddenly reappeared and allegedly hit the man in the head with a metal object.Police said that he kept hitting him until he fell to the ground. Marks then stole the man's wallet and fled the scene alongside of Wright.FLORIDA COUPLE KIDNAPS WASHINGTON BABY, POSING AS AMAZON DRIVERAt the hospital, the victim was treated for numerous injuries to his head, torso, and arms, with significant lacerations to his head requiring staples, and his eye swollen shut.After the victim's date turned sour, police conducted surveillance on Wright before pulling her over for a traffic infraction and finding narcotics in her car. During an interview with detectives, she lied and said that the attacker was an elderly woman with Alzheimer's who she picked up on the side of the road. Detectives later discovered text messages between Marks and Wright, where they had planned the robbery together and had previously dated.Marks was located and arrested early Friday in Holly Hill on charges of robbery with a weapon and aggravated battery on a victim over the age of 65. Wright was arrested as principal on the same charges, police said.
  • Man hogs extra seat on train with his bag, is incensed when woman moves it so she can sit downMan hogs extra seat on train with his bag, is incensed when woman moves it so she can sit down
    A viral Reddit drama has received some 1,200 reactions as people chime in on a train travel controversy and something that's a pet peeve for many.Posting on social media on Saturday, a Reddit writer asked others if she was right or wrong for "moving someone’s bag when there were no seats left on the train [and] he wouldn’t wake up despite me making several attempts to get his attention."The person wrote, "I’ve been mulling this over for the last few weeks."REDDIT USER IS IN THE DOGHOUSE AFTER GIVING HIS NIECE A PET'S TOY She said she was on the train "going to work in the morning. It was packed, and some guy was sleeping with his bag occupying the seat next to him."Added the poster, going by the user name "SnuffleWumpkins," "I didn’t feel like standing, so I repeatedly tried getting his attention by saying, ‘Excuse me.’"However, after "four to five times," she said, "I gave up and just put his bag on the floor so I could sit down."That did not go over well, the poster indicated."The literal second I put the bag on the floor he wakes up, glares at me and asks what the f--- I’m doing before angrily grabbing the bag and making a big show of looking through it before putting it on his lap."‘PLUS-SIZED' WOMAN IS CRITICIZED FOR SHARING HER TRAVEL TIPS ON HOW TO SNAG PLANE SEATS FOR FREE The Reddit poster added, "I responded that seats aren’t for bags, sat beside him and that was the end of it except for the occasional angry glare."She added, "I don’t feel guilty or anything."She also noted, "I’m reasonably sure he was faking being asleep, but would like some vindication that I am not [wrong] in this situation."AIR TRAVEL DRAMA: TALL PASSENGER WHO DIDN'T BUY ADDITIONAL LEGROOM IS CHEWED OUT ON FLIGHTThe top responder to her dilemma, grabbing some 1,700 "upvotes," got right to the point."Bags do not get seats of their own," the person wrote. "Period. You tried, he wouldn't wake up, so he gets his stuff touched."Another person wrote, "He should be thankful he still has a bag." Said another person, "If he woke up that quickly to the bag being moved, he was ignoring you and pretending to sleep."And yet another said, "Any time I’m in a public place, my bag is all wrapped up around me. I’m not just leaving it on a chair for someone to walk away with."In a similar post a bit earlier, a commenter shared with others, "If there are people standing, you should move your bag and make space. Seats are for people, not bags."CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTERThat same commenter also added, "And you definitely should have moved it once someone said something."For more Lifestyle articles, visit www.foxnews.com/lifestyle. 
  • Yankees ace makes note of Blue Jays slugger's spring training home run trot: 'I don't forget a lot of things'Yankees ace makes note of Blue Jays slugger's spring training home run trot: 'I don't forget a lot of things'
    It may be spring training, but long home runs are always fun to admire.Daniel Vogelbach did just that when he hit an absolute nuke off defending AL Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole.In Cole's first start of spring training, he faced the Toronto Blue Jays under the lights, and Vogelbach, the fourth batter Cole faced, got the best of him.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMOn a 2-1 count, the big lefty tanked one off the New York Yankees ace well beyond the right-field fence, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 first inning lead. But the Yanks got the last laugh with an 8-4 win.Vogelbach dropped the bat with some swagger and admired his bomb, walking out of the batter's box before a nice slow jog.Vogelbach took his time trotting around the bases, which Cole took personally."Yeah, what’s the day? Are we still in February? March 1? Yeah, he enjoyed that homer," Cole said after his outing."I don’t forget a lot of things."The 6-foot, 270-pound Vogelbach isn't exactly fleet of foot. His sprint speed ranked in the bottom 2% of the majors, and only nine players were slower last year than Vogelbach, who's known as Danny Burgers on social media.NATIONALS PROSPECT STRETCHERED OFF FIELD AFTER FLIPPING OVER FENCE IN ATTEMPT TO ROB HOME RUNYankees manager Aaron Boone added that Cole "seemed to not love it."There is no love lost between the Yanks and Blue Jays. Aaron Judge created controversy last season against the Jays when he seemed to peek into his own dugout just before slugging a home run, prompting sign-stealing talk. The next night, coaches from both sides got into a war of words, including Blue Jays manager John Schneider, who told someone he referred to as "fat boy" to "shut up."Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has said he'd never play for the Yankees, calling them the "easiest team" to play against in 2022. The Yankees won the division that year on Toronto's home turf.Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah also called Cole "the biggest cheater" in baseball in 2022, citing his use of sticky substances.Cole won the Cy Young after the league's crackdown on sticky stuff, while Manoah was demoted to the minors for a time last year due to his struggles. The two have exchanged words on the field before, with Manoah challenging Cole to meet him face-to-face on the field.Vogelbach has yet to play a regular-season game with the Blue Jays, but it seems like he's been taking notes from some of his new teammates. He also spent some time with the Yankees' in-city rival, the Mets, so he already has a taste of Yankee hatred.Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.
  • Clippers star, one-time NBA MVP Russell Westbrook out indefinitely with broken handClippers star, one-time NBA MVP Russell Westbrook out indefinitely with broken hand
    The Los Angeles Clippers are in the midst of a playoff push, but the team will likely have to make it through the last several weeks of the regular season without one of its star players.Russell Westbrook, the 2017 NBA MVP, broke his hand during the Clippers' matchup with the Washington Wizards Friday night. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said it appeared Westbrook was injured after some incidental contact with a Wizards player's elbow."Just feel bad for Russ right now," Lue said. "You never want to see a player get hurt. [Washington's Jordan] Poole drove around, and he tried to deflect it from the back. I think he hit his elbow with his hand."CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMWestbrook exited Friday's game in the second quarter and did not return. He finished the contest with six points. Lue said the amount of time Westbrook will miss remains unclear.NBA SLAPS CLIPPERS' P.J. TUCKER WITH LARGEST FINE OF SEASON AFTER HE DEMANDED TRADE"So, we don't know what timetable, don't know if he needs surgery or anything yet," Lue said. "But he's out right now. So, just trying to figure it out."The Clippers sit in the fourth spot in the Western Conference.Ten-time NBA All-Star James Harden said the team will miss "everything he brings to the game.""His athleticism," Harden explained. "His energy. His playmaking ability. His leadership."The Clippers did receive some positive news on the injury front. Paul George is expected to return from a two-game absence after experiencing discomfort in his left knee."I just needed some time off," George said. "It was a rough stretch going into the [All-Star] break, coming out of the break. And, so, just my body needed that rest. But I felt good tonight and was able to walk out clean."Westbrook entered the 2023-24 season as the starting point guard, but his role changed shortly after the team traded for Harden in October. Westbrook relinquished his position in the starting lineup and, since that move, the Clippers have won 35 of 48 games.Westbrook has appeared in all 58 games this season. The 35-year-old is averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists per game.Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.
  • Illinois police department apologizes after 'Call of Duty'-themed recruitment ad prompts backlash: 'Tone-deaf'Illinois police department apologizes after 'Call of Duty'-themed recruitment ad prompts backlash: 'Tone-deaf'
    An Illinois police department apologized after a recruitment ad, that was themed after "Call of Duty," faced backlash for being "tone-deaf.""It was never my intention to offend any of our community members with the recruitment flyer that was posted on our Facebook page yesterday (2/27/24)," Peoria Police Department Chief of Police Eric Echevarria said in a statement to Fox News Digital. The post, which was themed after the violent war simulation video game series, was posted on the Peoria Police Department's Facebook page and has since been deleted after community members found it offensive.The advertisement showed Peoria Police Department officers wearing tactical gear and drawing guns. MAN ARRESTED IN KILLING OF PREGNANT AMISH MOTHER IN PENNSYLVANIA"Stop playing games and answer the Call of Duty," the ad was captioned along with a JoinPPD hashtag.TEENAGE GIRL DIES AT MARYLAND METRO STATION IN SUSPECTED TRAIN SURFING INCIDENT: POLICEPolice chief Echevarria said that the advertisement was designed to "connect to a younger generation.""It was simply a recruitment image I thought would appeal and connect to a younger generation," Echevarria said. "I take ownership of this, and I sincerely apologize. Our goal is to recruit the best and most qualified officers for this police department in the most caring and respectful way."Individuals online were quick to call the recruitment advertisement "tone-deaf.""Someone thought this would generate youth interest, and didn't realize this was just tone-deaf," one user said in a Reddit post."If you're advertising for people to serve your community, it's important how you're depicting that service," another wrote."Yikes," another said.
  • Texas' Xavier Worthy breaks 40-yard dash record at NFL CombineTexas' Xavier Worthy breaks 40-yard dash record at NFL Combine
    Move on over, John Ross.The NFL Scouting Combine is underway in Indianapolis, and prospects are showcasing their skills to 32 teams ahead of the draft.Xavier Worthy has become a name to know at this year's combine. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThe Texas Longhorn has been talked about as a second-day selection, but he only improved his draft stock with a record-breaking 40-yard dash Saturday night.All eyes were on Worthy even beforehand since he was widely considered the fastest receiver in this class. And he proved it.His first attempt was a blazing 4.25. On his second attempt, he tied Ross's record with an unofficial 4.22.But when officials reviewed the run, they reduced his time by a hundredth of a second, making his official time 4.21, a new 40-yard dash record.Some of the NFL's biggest stars, including noted speeder Tyreek Hill, chimed in.In his third and final season at Texas, Worthy posted career highs with 75 receptions for 1,014 yards. In his career, he had 197 catches for 2,755 yards and 26 touchdowns.Worthy's bugaboos have been his small frame (he's only 160 pounds) and his drop issues, but game-breaking speed like his could outweigh those negatives.His Longhorns won the Big 12, which earned them a trip to the College Football Playoff, but they lost to Washington, Ross's alma mater, in the Sugar Bowl. The Huskies eventually lost to Michigan, where Worthy initially committed.Worthy was named to the Big 12 first team last season, his second such nod. He also made the first team in 2021 and the second team in 2022.Ross was the ninth selection in the 2017 NFL Draft after his record-breaking performance. He beat former running back Chris Johnson, one of six to rush for 2,000 yards in a season, by two-hundredths of a second.Follow Fox News Digital’s sports coverage on X and subscribe to the Fox News Sports Huddle newsletter.
  • Jim Jordan, House Republicans demand Google explain if Biden administration influenced ‘woke’ Gemini AIJim Jordan, House Republicans demand Google explain if Biden administration influenced ‘woke’ Gemini AI
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan wrote a letter to Alphabet, Google’s parent company, on Saturday, demanding the company explain what influence the Biden administration may have had on its controversial Gemini AI program. The Judiciary Committee asked for documents on the creation and deployment of the artificial intelligence chatbot. "The Committee is investigating how and to what extent the Executive Branch has coerced or colluded with Big Tech and other intermediaries to censor Americans' speech," the House Judiciary Committee said in a Saturday news release. Gemini has faced backlash after it reportedly showed historical figures like George Washington appearing wrongfully as Black and a search for a "pope" prompting a Black woman in Vatican garb. White Supremacist Nazis also were not White. GOOGLE GEMINI MAY BE ‘LAUGHABLE’ NOW, BUT THE THREAT TO FUTURE GENERATIONS IS REAL, MARC THIESSEN WARNSThe chatbot also wasn’t sure whether Adolf Hitler or Elon Musk was a worse influence on society. A week ago, Google admitted to Fox News Digital that a failure by its AI chatbot to outright condemn pedophilia is both "appalling and inappropriate" and a spokesperson vowed changes. "Recent reporting alleges that the Executive Branch, most notably the Biden White House, may have influenced the development of Alphabet’s Gemini AI model," Jordan’s letter to Alphabet said. "On October 30, 2023, President Biden issued an Executive Order on the ‘Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence,’ which claimed to serve as an overarching guide to how the Biden Administration will approach issues like AI development and deployment."Jordan added that a report from Google’s Gemini Team said the tool was evaluated by external groups, "which were selected based on their alignment with the Biden White House Executive Order and ’White House Commitments’" and the company "claimed that it worked with these external groups ‘to help identify areas for improvement,’ including ‘societal risk,’ such as alleged ‘representational harms.’"Jordan’s letter said the "improvements" to Gemini showed its "clear bias." He added that reporting has suggested that Jack Krawczyk, who leads the Gemini program, and Jen Gennai, the Director of Google’s Responsible Innovation team, "expressed significant racial and political bias."He continued, "Given that Alphabet has censored First Amendment-protected speech as a result of government agencies’ requests and demands in the past, the Committee is concerned about potential First Amendment violations that have occurred with respect to Alphabet’s Gemini model."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News Digital has reached out to Google and Jordan for comment.
  • Trump dominates Idaho Republican caucuses as Super Tuesday nearsTrump dominates Idaho Republican caucuses as Super Tuesday nears
    Former President Donald Trump has cruised to victory in Idaho's Republican caucuses, winning yet another victory over his rival for the GOP nomination, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Trump also won Saturday's GOP contests in Missouri and Michigan.The Associated Press projected Trump's win as he barrels towards what's expected to be a big Super Tuesday performance on March 5, when voters in 15 states will head to the polls to make their pick for their party's nominee.Haley has vowed to remain in the race at least through Super Tuesday, even though she has not yet won a single contest against her former boss.DEMS MOCK RNC FOR ‘DESPERATE’ FUNDRAISING DRIVE THAT INCLUDES STARK ADMISSION ON DNC'S MONEY ADVANTAGEA total of 32 delegates are up for grabs in Idaho, all of which will go to any candidate winning more than 50% of the vote statewide. If no candidate receives a majority, the delegates are allocated proportionally to the vote results. However, a candidate must receive at least 15% of the vote to receive any delegates.Democrats will hold their caucuses in Idaho on May 23.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.
  • Jill Biden heckled more than once at Arizona campaign stopJill Biden heckled more than once at Arizona campaign stop
    First lady Jill Biden was interrupted by a group of pro-Palestinian hecklers while campaigning for her husband Saturday.While speaking in Tucson, Arizona, the first lady was emphasizing the importance of the 2024 presidential election before she was interrupted by a rowdy crowd."To do what we did in 2020 and 2022, we're going to talk to our friends about why this election is so important," Biden said at the podium. "Tell them what's at stake."Sign up for phone banks and canvasing shifts. We're going to meet this moment."POLL SHOWS BIDEN'S LEAD OVER TRUMP SHRINKING IN 2024 MATCHUP AS CONCERNS OVER PHYSICAL FITNESS GROWThe group of protesters then began yelling and accused the Bidens, who have been vocally supportive of Israel, of supporting "genocide" in the Israel-Hamas war."It's genocide!" one male demonstrator yelled. "You and your husband support the genocide of the Palestinian people!"In a counterprotest, audience members began shouting, "Four more years," to quiet the disruptive group. After several seconds, the protesters were silenced. The first lady thanked the supporters and continued with her speech.EX-DEM LAWMAKER SAYS HIS PARTY APPROACHES LATINO VOTERS 'IN A VERY IGNORANT FASHION': 'THAT DRIVES ME NUTS'"We are going to meet this moment as if our rights are at risk, because they are," she added. Around a minute later, the pro-Palestinian demonstrators started yelling and interrupted her again. President Biden has had low approval ratings in recent months as the presidential race between him and former President Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, heats up.According to a New York Times/Sienna College poll released Saturday, 43% of respondents said they would vote for the sitting president if the election were held today. Forty-seven percent of respondents "strongly disapprove" of Biden's performance, and only 17% said they "strongly approve" of him.Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for comment.Fox News Digital's Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

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  • Florida woman, 34, accused of violently robbing 73-year-old date in romantic scheme with ex-boyfriend: policeFlorida woman, 34, accused of violently robbing 73-year-old date in romantic scheme with ex-boyfriend: police
    A Florida woman and her ex-boyfriend robbed a senior citizen under the guise of a romantic date, police said.According to the press release from the Volusia County Sheriff's office, Chelsea Wright, 34, and Andrew Marks, 33, were involved in a violent robbery scheme of a 73-year-old man whose injuries required treatment at an area hospital.Police said that the elderly victim arrived at a local hospital around 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 29 and shared a sordid incident regarding his interaction with Wright and Marks.The 73-year-old told hospital staff that he was meeting Wright at a Daytona Beach bar for a romantic date to discuss the couple's relationship, police said.DRUG ADDICT USED BIZARRE OBJECT IN ATTEMPTED POST OFFICE ROBBERY: POLICEPolice said that Wright suggested that the victim come back to her house and he agreed.The 73-year-old followed Wright to her Plantation Pines home in Ormond Beach, Florida and along the way, police said, she picked up Marks before dropping him off near a home. When the man got out of his car at Wright's alleged home, Marks suddenly reappeared and allegedly hit the man in the head with a metal object.Police said that he kept hitting him until he fell to the ground. Marks then stole the man's wallet and fled the scene alongside of Wright.FLORIDA COUPLE KIDNAPS WASHINGTON BABY, POSING AS AMAZON DRIVERAt the hospital, the victim was treated for numerous injuries to his head, torso, and arms, with significant lacerations to his head requiring staples, and his eye swollen shut.After the victim's date turned sour, police conducted surveillance on Wright before pulling her over for a traffic infraction and finding narcotics in her car. During an interview with detectives, she lied and said that the attacker was an elderly woman with Alzheimer's who she picked up on the side of the road. Detectives later discovered text messages between Marks and Wright, where they had planned the robbery together and had previously dated.Marks was located and arrested early Friday in Holly Hill on charges of robbery with a weapon and aggravated battery on a victim over the age of 65. Wright was arrested as principal on the same charges, police said.
  • Mugshots of the week: Feb. 25-March 2, 2024Mugshots of the week: Feb. 25-March 2, 2024
    These mugshots were taken for arrests made throughout the U.S. the week of Feb. 25-March 2, 2024.
  • Illinois police department apologizes after 'Call of Duty'-themed recruitment ad prompts backlash: 'Tone-deaf'Illinois police department apologizes after 'Call of Duty'-themed recruitment ad prompts backlash: 'Tone-deaf'
    An Illinois police department apologized after a recruitment ad, that was themed after "Call of Duty," faced backlash for being "tone-deaf.""It was never my intention to offend any of our community members with the recruitment flyer that was posted on our Facebook page yesterday (2/27/24)," Peoria Police Department Chief of Police Eric Echevarria said in a statement to Fox News Digital. The post, which was themed after the violent war simulation video game series, was posted on the Peoria Police Department's Facebook page and has since been deleted after community members found it offensive.The advertisement showed Peoria Police Department officers wearing tactical gear and drawing guns. MAN ARRESTED IN KILLING OF PREGNANT AMISH MOTHER IN PENNSYLVANIA"Stop playing games and answer the Call of Duty," the ad was captioned along with a JoinPPD hashtag.TEENAGE GIRL DIES AT MARYLAND METRO STATION IN SUSPECTED TRAIN SURFING INCIDENT: POLICEPolice chief Echevarria said that the advertisement was designed to "connect to a younger generation.""It was simply a recruitment image I thought would appeal and connect to a younger generation," Echevarria said. "I take ownership of this, and I sincerely apologize. Our goal is to recruit the best and most qualified officers for this police department in the most caring and respectful way."Individuals online were quick to call the recruitment advertisement "tone-deaf.""Someone thought this would generate youth interest, and didn't realize this was just tone-deaf," one user said in a Reddit post."If you're advertising for people to serve your community, it's important how you're depicting that service," another wrote."Yikes," another said.
  • UK-owned ship struck by Houthis sinks, first vessel lost during warUK-owned ship struck by Houthis sinks, first vessel lost during war
    A U.K.-owned cargo ship that was struck by the Iran-backed Houthi rebels nearly two weeks ago has finally sunk, making it the first vessel to be lost since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war.The ship, a Belize-flagged bulk carrier called the "MV Rubymar," was attacked by two anti-ship missiles launched by the Houthis on Feb. 18, one of which hit and caused severe damage, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) reported at the time. Two nearby ships responded to the incident and safely evacuated all 24 crew members but the Rubymar was left dead in the water, slowly taking on water as its cargo, fertilizer and fuel, spilled into the sea. CENTCOM called it an "environmental disaster."US FORCES CARRY OUT MORE STRIKES AGAINST ANTI-SHIP CRUISE MISSILES, DRONE IN RED SEAIncredible aerial footage taken on Wednesday showed the partially submerged vessel near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, a crucial waterway linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It was drifting northward while an oil slick stretching at least 18 miles could also be seen. Plans to tow the ship to a safe port never materialized.On Saturday afternoon, the British military’s maritime trade operations center, which watches over Mideast waterways, separately acknowledged the Rubymar's sinking. The vessel is owned Golden Adventure Shipping SA of Southampton in the U.K.Yemen’s internationally recognized government, as well as a regional military official, confirmed the ship sank.Satellite pictures analyzed by The Associated Press from Planet Labs PBC showed smaller boats alongside the Rubymar on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear whose vessels those were. The images showed the Rubymar’s stern sinking into the Red Sea but still afloat, mirroring earlier video taken of the vessel.Then, on Friday, the private security firm Ambrey separately reported about a mysterious incident involving the Rubymar where a number of Yemenis were reportedly harmed during a security incident. It did not elaborate on what that incident involved and no party involved in Yemen’s yearslong war claimed any new attack on the vessel, the Associated Press reports. STAMPEDE, GUNFIRE AT GAZA HUMANITARIAN AID DELIVERY KILLS OVER 100, REPORTS SAYA satellite image taken Friday by Maxar Technologies showed new blast damage on the Rubymar not previously seen, with no other vessels around it. It sank soon after. The Houthis, a Zaydi Shiite group, seized Yemen's capital in 2014 and have battled a Saudi-led coalition since 2015. Their Zaydi people ran a 1,000-year kingdom in Yemen up until 1962.Freight going through the Suez Canal has plunged since Iran-backed Houthi militants began attacking vessels in the Red Sea as a show of support for Palestinians in the Israel-Hamas war which began following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel that killed 1,200 people. The Suez Canal is a critical shipping lane, given that it offers vessels a direct route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans via the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Those vessels have included at least one with cargo bound for Iran, the Houthis’ main benefactor and an aid ship later bound for Houthi-controlled territory while an American drone worth tens of millions of dollars was also shot down.The attacks led to U.S. and British forces launching a series of proportionate strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.On Thursday, CENTCOM forces conducted two self-defense strikes against six mobile anti-ship cruise missiles that were prepared to launch towards the Red Sea. Earlier in the evening, CENTCOM forces shot down a drone over the southern Red Sea in self-defense, the agency said. The Houthis insist their attacks will continue until Israel stops its combat operations in the Gaza Strip, which have enraged the wider Arab world and seen the Houthis gain international recognition.However, there has been a slowdown in attacks in recent days. The reason for that remains unclear.Fox News’ Bradford Bens and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Laken Riley murder: Lawyer of Mollie Tibbetts' killer comments on 'bizarre parallels' between tragic casesLaken Riley murder: Lawyer of Mollie Tibbetts' killer comments on 'bizarre parallels' between tragic cases
    The lawyer who represented Mollie Tibbetts' killer broke his silence about the Laken Riley murder, admitting that it wouldn't "surprise" him if the murderers, who were both in the U.S. unlawfully, were connected.Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley, 22, was murdered in Athens, Georgia, on Feb. 22. The prime suspect in the murder, Jose Ibarra, is a 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela.Riley had gone for a morning jog on University of Georgia's campus – located near Augusta University – when she was attacked and died of blunt force trauma. Her body was found by police later that morning.In an interview with the New York Post, the attorney who represented convicted killer Cristhian Bahena Rivera called the parallels between the Tibbetts and Riley cases "bizarre" and "staggering."LAKEN RILEY MURDER SUSPECT LIVED WITHIN 5-MINUTE WALK OF UGA CRIME SCENETibbetts, 20, was stabbed to death by Rivera while she was running in Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18, 2018. He was sentenced to life in prison in August 2021 after being convicted of first-degree murder."Illegal immigration does come with an element of – well, problems," lawyer Chad Frese said in the recent interview."With any immigration, legal or illegal, you’re going to have some people who come here with bad intentions."Frese also spoke about the possibility of Ibarra and Riley's suspected killer being connected somehow, and said it is not inconceivable for migrants to move between Iowa and Georgia.LAKEN RILEY MURDER SUSPECT'S BROTHER FIRED FROM UGA AFTER PRESENTING FAKE PASSPORT"We’ll have locals who immigrate to the central Iowa area, who have come from the Georgia area, or move to the Georgia area." the attorney explained. "So it’s not atypical to have a Mexican national living in the central Iowa area working at a packing plant, who previously lived in East Point, Georgia, for instance.""Could there be some connection there? Absolutely, because they move and they go where they’re familiar and they’re comfortable."Frese also added that he thought there was "something larger at play" in the Tibbetts case."I’ve always thought there’s something larger at play than just my client randomly picking out Mollie Tibbetts and randomly killing her," the attorney said. "I don’t think it’s as simple as a Mexican national going up beside a beautiful young woman and passively stabbing her."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFox News Digital reached out to Frese for comment.Fox News Digital's Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
  • FBI to examine possible debris of Chinese spy craft found by Alaskan fishermenFBI to examine possible debris of Chinese spy craft found by Alaskan fishermen
    The FBI is investigating possible debris from a Chinese spy craft that flew over Alaska early last year after a fisherman reported the curious finding on Friday.An Alaskan fishing vessel recovered the debris days ago and is expected to return to the coast sometime this weekend and turn it over to the FBI for examination, according to ABC News."The FBI is aware of debris found off the coast of Alaska by a commercial fishing vessel. We will work with our partners to assist with the logistics of the debris recovery," the FBI said in a statement on Friday.FBI sources emphasized to the outlet that it has yet to determine whether the craft if of foreign origin, but the recovered material is being taken to the FBI lab in Quantico, as was material recovered from a confirmed Chinese spy balloon last year.GREAT BASIN TRIBES CAMPAIGN TO GET SACRED NEVADA SITE PROTECTED, NAMED NATIONAL MONUMENT President Biden's administration was met with a firestorm last year after U.S. intelligence tracked a Chinese balloon as it entered U.S. airspace over Alaska and then crossed the entire continental U.S. before being shot down just off the coast of South Carolina.U.S. intelligence admitted at the time that the balloon was not an isolated incident, and the debris recovered in Alaska this week may be of the same origin.MILITARY TRACKS HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOON OVER WESTERN USThe U.S. intercepted another high-altitude balloon over Utah in late February, but officials said they determined it was a hobbyist balloon and it eventually left U.S. airspace."The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon," NORAD said. "The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety."CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChina initially claimed that last year's balloons were merely weather balloons that blew off course and sailed into U.S. airspace. U.S. authorities deemed that to be untrue, noting surveillance equipment found on the craft.
  • 'Apparent assault and abduction' caught on camera at Arizona gas station: police'Apparent assault and abduction' caught on camera at Arizona gas station: police
    Police in a west Valley suburb of Phoenix are asking the public to help identify two people involved in an apparent assault and abduction at a gas station.The incident happened at a Circle K near Intersate 10 and Watson road in Buckeye, police said on Facebook. Surveillance video shows just after 10 p.m. that evening, a gray SUV pulled up to a gas pump before a female got out of the passenger seat and started running towards the convenience store. A man can be seen getting out of the driver's seat, grabbing the female and dragging her back into the vehicle.  The SUV that police say resembles a 2021-23 Nissan Rogue then took off on Watson Road heading towards Interstate 10.ARIZONA GOP SEEKS TO BAN CITIES FROM ESTABLISHING UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME PROGRAMS"That video is extremely concerning to us, and we understand that that video would be concerning to the viewers that are watching it, so that's why we were here today, asking for information from the public to help us identify these two subjects, to help identify them and see if this woman is OK," Sgt. Tamela Skaggs with the Buckeye Police Department told FOX 10 Phoenix.The sergeant added police know nothing about the male and female, including if they are in a relationship.KILLER OF TUCSON GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED IN 2012 FINALLY FOUND, BUT HE IS ALREADY SERVING LIFE SENTENCE"The timing in this investigation is extremely crucial. Watching that video, we are concerned for that female. There’re too many unknowns in this investigation. That video right now is all that we have," Skaggs said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 623-349-6411 or submit a tip online. 
  • Man arrested in killing of pregnant Amish mother in PennsylvaniaMan arrested in killing of pregnant Amish mother in Pennsylvania
    A man has been arrested on murder charges in the death of a pregnant Amish woman in her Pennsylvania home on Monday, according to police. Cranston has been charged with criminal homicide, criminal homicide of an unborn child, burglary and criminal trespass, Pennsylvania State Police announced Saturday morning after what they said was an "exhaustive five-day investigation."Cranston was arraigned just before 4:30 a.m. Saturday. He is currently being held without bail at the Crawford County Jail.PREGNANT AMISH WOMAN KILLED IN PENNSYLVANIA HOME HAD CUTS TO HEAD, NECK: REPORTPolice did not say what type of relationship Cranston and Byler had, if any, prior to her death. The Daily Mail reports Cranston is married to a nurse named Jamie, 46. It is also not known if he is a member of the Amish community.Bylers' children – aged 2 and 3 – were in the home when their mother was killed and were not harmed, Pennsylvania State Trooper Cynthia Schick said.Police were first called to the Byler family residence on Fish Flats Road in Sparta Township, Crawford County, Monday at around 12:26 p.m. after Rebekah’s husband, Andy, and another person returned to the home and found her unresponsive.Rebekah was found with fatal wounds to her head and neck. Law enforcement has not released a cause of death, although the Daily Mail reports she was shot.CONSERVATIVES RALLY BEHIND PENNSYLVANIA AMISH FARMER WHO SUFFERED POLICE RAID OVER MILK SALESAfter arriving, police cleared the residence and later received a search warrant for the residence, outbuildings and surrounding area of the property based on the evidence.Police are asking the public to report any suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity in the area of Fish Flats Road.The slaying shocked the rural northwestern Pennsylvania community. Residents say the Amish, known for their plain dress and restricted use of technology, get along well with their non-Amish neighbors, The Associated Press reported."It's not something that happens around here," Lindsey Smith, president of the women's auxiliary of the nearby Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, said earlier this week.There are about 400,000 Amish living across settlements in 32 states, Canada and Bolivia – Pennsylvania has one of the highest concentrations of the Mennonite sect, according to the news agency.The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Miracle Hot Springs shuts down 'indefinitely' following 2 deathsMiracle Hot Springs shuts down 'indefinitely' following 2 deaths
    Sequoia National Forest's Miracle Hot Springs closed indefinitely Monday after the second death in two years, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. A person was found dead on February 17 in one of the Miracle Hot Springs tubs, with another deceased individual found in the same area in October 2022. The manner of death was not disclosed. FEDERAL BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT TO REDUCE RECREATIONAL TARGET SHOOTING AREA IN ARIZONA'S SONORAN DESERT"Public safety is of utmost importance to Forest Service officials. With a second death that can be attributed in part to the hot springs, the area will remain closed until a sustainable long-term solution is reached," District Ranger Al Watson said in a statement released. The statement said that an area closure order would block access to the hot springs, tubs, and general vicinity.OREGON'S CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK MISMANAGEMENT PROMPTS FEDS TO CONSIDER TERMINATING CONTRACTSSandy Flat Campground, near the Miracle Hot Springs day use area, would remain open to the public and would continue accepting reservations. Fox News Digital reached out to Sequoia National Forest for additional comment. The hot springs stand at an elevation of 2,300 ft. in Sequoia National Forest. They lie southwest of Lake Isabella and approximately 40 miles northeast of Bakersfield, California, according to the park website. They are managed by the Hot Spring Angels, Kern River Conservancy, and the Forest Service.HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK AFTER RESEARCHERS FIND MISSING HIKER’S BACKPACKThe hot springs underwent damage in 2020, with the damage sustained being "relatively minor and cosmetic," according to a statement released at the time. Recreation and Law Enforcement staff visited the site at the time to assess the damage. No details as to the particular damage sustained were disclosed. 
  • Third illegal makeshift shelter housing African migrants revealed in NYCThird illegal makeshift shelter housing African migrants revealed in NYC
    A Senegalese man who was busted this week for illegally housing dozens of African migrants packed into two of his properties was also nabbed for operating a similar makeshift shelter in January, the New York Post reports.Ebou Sarr, 47, who has apparently had several run-ins with the law in the past, was found to have been charging the desperate migrants $300 a month to stay at his two New York City properties – a furniture store in Queens and a former cell phone store in the Bronx – where they faced cramped living conditions. Video from inside the Queens building shows a room with tightly packed bunk beds side by side divided by a narrow aisle.  Sarr was hit with a slew of violations for the buildings' dangerous conditions and both were ordered vacated.FACING COMMUNITY PUSHBACK, NYC MAYOR REVERSES PLAN TO HOUSE MIGRANTS IN LUXURY BUILDINGThe New York Post, citing court documents, now reports that Sarr was also busted in January for operating a third pop-up hostel in an abandoned library in the Bronx. The building, known as the Old Fordham Library, is located at 2556 Bainbridge Ave., just off Coles Lane.He reportedly told police they were walking into "our migrant shelter," when they sweeped the old bookhouse, the court documents state."I run it," Sarr told police, according to a criminal complaint. "I help these people because they have nowhere to go. Shelters won’t accept us. I have proof of residency from the mayor… I have a business up the street, but this is where I live."He was charged with criminal trespassing, the NYPD told Fox News Digital.DOZENS OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS FOUND LIVING PACKED INSIDE STORE BASEMENT, SLEEPING IN SHIFTSStill, Sarr is demanding the city let migrants use the building as a shelter since it is currently lying idle."Places like that, they can put the people in. Fix the place and put the people in there," Sarr told the Post."It was a place that I think is empty and it’s safe for us to put our people. We were trying to get the city to give us that library. It’s been there for so many years," Sarr told The Post Thursday.Police also revealed to Fox News Digital that Sarr has been arrested several times over the last decade.In 2020, he was arrested for allegedly pushing his wife, causing her to hit her head on a chair, before then trying to strangle her. He has also been arrested for operating a stolen car without a license, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal contempt for violating an order of protection.On Wednesday, city officials swept a two-story commercial building on East Kingsbridge Road in Fordham being operated by Sarr, where they found 34 beds on the first floor and 11 beds in the cellar tightly packed together. Inspectors also found extension cords, e-bikes, space heaters and hotplates inside the Bronx building, the New York City Dept. of Buildings (DOB) told Fox 5. Lithium batteries caused a record number of fires, injuries and deaths in New York City last year, according to the FDNY, highlighting the hazardous nature of the facility. The sweep came just two days after a furniture building in Queens owned by Sarr was found to have also been converted into a makeshift hostel, cramming at least 74 migrants into the first floor and cellar. Sarr told Fox 5 that most of the migrants are from Senegal and that he was providing them with breakfast, lunch and dinner.Cellphone video from inside the building showed the African men in a bright white room full of beds with a low ceiling. The beds are placed close together with limited walking room — a single narrow lane runs through the room with beds on either side. Another video showed a similar room full of bunk beds.

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"Flooding the continent with people who will take more out of the system than they put in will only make the European crisis worse."ISRAELI SECURITY EXPERTS SAY BIDEN’S PALESTINIAN STATE PUSH IS AN ’EXISTENTIAL THREAT’For Arab states, the refusal to even discuss offering Palestinians from Gaza refuge is more personal. "The Palestinian record in Arab countries has not been one of behaving guests, which has made Arab countries reluctant to take in any number of them from Gaza," explained Hussain Abdul-Hussain, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He noted that Palestinians relocating to Arab countries in the past created friction and even sparked conflict, such as in Jordan, where Palestinian armed factions tried to topple the government, or Lebanon, where Palestinian terrorists drew Israel into multiple wars. In addition, Abdul-Hussain said that for most Arab leaders, it would be "politically toxic" to urge Palestinians to leave the coastal enclave – even if it meant sparing their lives."No Arab official wants to be seen as the one who called on Palestinians to surrender their territory to the Israeli army," he said. 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"The international community deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict along the lines of a theoretical framework that is devoid of reality, suggesting that the solution is territory, regardless of the interests of Palestinians." ISRAELI PARLIAMENT BACKS NETANYAHU, REJECTS PUSH FOR 'UNILATERAL' RECOGNITION OF PALESTINIAN STATE"The global model is inefficient and perpetuates the conflict, including making hereditary Palestinian ‘refugee’ status," said Abdul-Hussain, referring to UNRWA, the U.N. agency dedicated to servicing Palestinian refugees. "On a per capita basis, Palestinian ‘refugees’ receive more global attention and resources than all other displaced persons on the planet,"…
  • Cambodia's pioneering post-Khmer Rouge era Phnom Penh Post newspaper will stop print publicationCambodia's pioneering post-Khmer Rouge era Phnom Penh Post newspaper will stop print publication
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Phnom Penh Post, a newspaper founded in 1992 as Cambodia sought to re-establish stability and democracy after decades of war and unrest, said Friday that it will stop publishing in print this month, the latest blow to the country's dwindling independent media.The Post was founded as an English-language biweekly in 1992. It later added a Khmer-language edition, and in 2008 began publishing daily.2 ANTI-GOVERNMENT ACTIVISTS IN CAMBODIA CHARGED WITH INSULTING KING ON SOCIAL MEDIAIt wrote on social media accounts that it would stop publishing both English and Khmer editions by March 29, citing a decline in advertising revenues due to a pandemic-related economic downturn, which added to financial difficulties caused by the spread of social media and other new technology.Although not mentioned in the announcement, Ly Tayseng, the Post's current CEO and publisher, confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that it will continue publishing online.The government of then-Prime Minister Hun Sen cracked down heavily on independent media in 2017. The Cambodia Daily, a competitor of the Post, was forced to close when it was presented with a huge tax bill which it felt was presented for political reasons.The Post came under similar political pressure as it also lagged in advertising revenue, and in 2018 was sold by its Australian publisher to a Malaysian investor who was widely seen as acting as a proxy for the interests of the ruling Cambodia People’s Party. Several senior staff resigned and it ceased most of the sort of aggressive independent reporting that had once been its hallmark.The Post was founded on a shoestring by Americans Michael Hayes and Kathleen O’Keefe as Cambodia with U.N. help, sought to recover from the devastation wrought by the brutal rule of the Khnmer Rouge in the late 1970s. The Khmer Rouge still posed a military threat into the late 1990s, and much of the early coverage focused on that conflict, aided by a multinational staff and freelancers.Its journalism flourished, in competition from The Cambodia Daily, founded in 1993 and also heavily staffed by young Westerners. Both papers served as a sort of training ground for young journalists early in their careers.The Post, which was never very profitable, was sold by its founders to an Australia-led media group in 2008. By that time, all independent media was coming under increasing pressure as then-Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodia People’s Party tightened their grip on power and sought to silence most critics. Hun Sen stepped down last year after 38 years as prime minister and was succeeded by his son, Hun Manet.Last year, one of Cambodia's few remaining independent media outlets, Voice of Democracy radio, ceased operations after Hun Sen ordered its closure for allegedly slandering his son in a story.
  • Dutch forces deployed to Caribbean territory hit by major oil spillDutch forces deployed to Caribbean territory hit by major oil spill
    Armed forces from the Netherlands have been deployed to the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire to clear beaches of oil coming from an offshore spill blamed on an overturned barge hundreds of miles away.The military cleaned up several beaches on the island that were reopened to the public on Friday."The situation seems to be under control," acting Lt. Gov. Reynolds Oleana said Thursday. "It remains to be seen what will happen in the coming days."TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FACING 'NATIONAL EMERGENCY' AFTER MAJOR COASTAL OIL SPILLEnvironmental officials said they can start assessing the damage once the polluted areas have been cleaned.The spill occurred last month near Trinidad and Tobago and prompted officials there to declare a national emergency.The government of the twin-island nation said earlier this week that a minimum of 420,000 gallons of oil mixed with water has been vacuumed from nearby waters. They warn the number is likely larger since it does not include "a substantial amount" of oil that traveled across the Caribbean Sea or that was picked up with sand and sargassum.A preliminary investigation has found that the overturned barge had departed from Panama and was being tugged to nearby Guyana when it began to sink.The owner of the barge has not been found.Officials in Tobago have warned that the spill would take up to eight months to be fully cleaned, and that remediation efforts including repopulating ecosystems would take up to three years.
  • Greek police arrest 10 in deadly drug feud between Balkan gangsGreek police arrest 10 in deadly drug feud between Balkan gangs
    Greek police on Friday announced the outcome of a yearslong, multinational investigation into feuding Balkan criminal gangs behind multiple killings across Europe. The probe, assisted by police agencies Interpol and Europol, has led to the arrests of 10 suspects.Police officers in Greece, Serbia and Spain were involved in the arrests. According to police Maj. Gen. Fotis Douitsis, the decade-long rivalry among the gangs, mostly involved in drug trafficking, killed 60 alleged gang members in several European countries.BALKAN LEADERS VOW TO BRING ECONOMIES IN LINE WITH EU REGULATIONS ON ROAD TO MEMBERSHIPThe killings include two shootings in Greece in 2020, when four members of one gang, living under false identities, were gunned down. Two suspected gangsters were killed at a restaurant near Athens and the two others in a car at a parking lot on the island of Corfu.At the news conference in Athens, Greek police also said they have identified a total of 39 alleged members of the warring gangs based in Serbia and Montenegro."A single criminal organization split into two separate, rival organizations in 2014 when a shipment of 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of cocaine in Spain was lost," Doutsis told reporters.Constantia Dimoglidou, a spokesperson for the Greek police, said an alleged gang member was arrested in Greece earlier this week, seven in Serbia and two in Spain. She said 17 other gang members are inmates in various European prisons, including in Serbia and Montenegro, as well as in Turkey.The gangsters used migrant smuggling routes to enter and leave Greece, Dimoglidou said, as well as masks and wigs to conceal their identities during attacks.The criminal networks had a sophisticated structure, easy access to large sums of money, vehicles, weapons, ammunition and equipment, she said.
  • Brazil's economy grows 2.9% in Lula's 1st year, beating expectationsBrazil's economy grows 2.9% in Lula's 1st year, beating expectations
    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's economy grew 2.9% in 2023, beating expectations in the first year of the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, according to the government statistics institute Friday.The number announced by IBGE impressed many economists, whose overall forecast early last year was for only 0.8% growth in 2023.STATE IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON RAINFOREST REPORTS OVER 2,000 WILDFIRES IN PAST MONTHBrazil's economy grew 3% in 2022, partly due to government spending programs pushed by then-President Jair Bolsonaro amid his failed reelection bid.The credit rating agency Austin Ratings said Brazil's economy is now the ninth biggest in the world, based on the preliminary gross domestic product numbers announced Friday. Reaching $2.17 trillion in GDP last year moved the South American nation ahead of Canada and Russia, it said.The Brazilian statistics agency said Brazil's record production of soybeans and corn helped the overall results."Agriculture represented about a third of all the growth of Brazil's economy last year," Rebeca Palis, a coordinator at IBGE, said in a statement.The government said after the results that it expects 2024 growth to be at 2.2%, which would again above market expectations. Lula has said in public forums he wants to push the number above 3% this year by drawing more foreign investment to Brazil.
  • Pentagon ban on Osprey V-22 flights to end next weekPentagon ban on Osprey V-22 flights to end next week
    The Pentagon will lift the ban on flights by the grounded V-22 Osprey next week, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday, following a high-level meeting where Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin endorsed the military services' plans for a safe and measured return to operations.The officials said that Naval Air Systems Command, which grounded the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft about three months ago, will lift it and allow the services to begin implementing their plans to get the Osprey back into the air. Austin met with the top service leaders, including for the Navy and Air Force, on Friday morning, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss plans not yet made public.The Osprey has been grounded for almost three months following a Nov. 29 Air Force Special Operations Command crash in Japan that killed eight service members. The Japan incident and an earlier August Osprey crash in Australia that killed three Marines are both still under investigation. The Air Force has said that it has identified what failed in the Japan crash, even though it does not know yet why it failed.US MILITARY GROUNDS FLEET OF OSPREY AIRCRAFT FOLLOWING DEADLY CRASHThe decision to end the flight ban is up to Naval Air Systems Command, but Austin had asked for an informational briefing on the matter because of the significant safety concerns and the fact that three of the services and a critical ally are involved in the program. While Austin does not have approval authority in the return to flight process, U.S. officials said his endorsement of the services' plan was considered a key step.In the months since, the services have worked on plans to mitigate the known material failure by conducting additional safety checks and establishing a new, more conservative approach to how the Osprey is operated.Officials said the U.S. military will also share its plans with Japan, which is the only international partner involved in the Osprey program. Japan also grounded its fleet of 14 V-22s after the November crash. Prior to the grounding the U.S. Marine Corps routinely used Ospreys in that county.A return to flight is a sensitive topic in Japan, where public opinion on the Osprey is mixed. Officials said the U.S. is committed to a safe process, and the fleet will not fly again there until Japan has had an opportunity to be briefed on the services’ plan.The head of Naval Air Systems Command is expected to fly to Japan next week to brief the Ministry of Defense and Japanese government in person on the plans, and no Ospreys will fly until that briefing has occurred, according to another U.S. official who was not authorized to publicly discuss the issue and spoke on the condition of anonymity.The Osprey is a military aircraft that can take off like a helicopter and fly like an airplane. A string of accidents over the last two years has renewed questions on whether is is safe to fly.The military-wide grounding has left the deepest impact on the U.S. Marine Corps, which relies on more than 300 MV-22 Ospreys to conduct a major part of its aviation mission. Air Force Special Operations Command has about 50 CV-22B Ospreys. The Navy is planning on replacing its C-2 Greyhounds, which transport passengers to aircraft carriers, with more than two dozen CMV-22 Ospreys.The presidential fleet also uses a limited number of Ospreys to ferry White House staff, security personnel and reporters. Those aircraft have also been grounded.
  • Canada plans state funeral for late Prime Minister Brian MulroneyCanada plans state funeral for late Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the country will hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, though no date has been announced yet.Mulroney died Thursday. He was 84.CANADIAN OFFICIAL SAYS THE COUNTRY WILL REIMPOSE SOME VISA REQUIREMENTS ON MEXICANSMulroney’s daughter, Caroline, said in a statement Thursday evening that her father died peacefully surrounded by his family. Mulroney died in a Florida hospital after a fall at his home in Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday.Mulroney’s family said last summer he was improving daily after a heart procedure that followed treatment for prostate cancer in early 2023.The flag on the Peace Tower on Parliament in Ottawa is flying at half-mast in his honor. Members of Parliament agreed Friday morning to suspend Parliament for the day, and offer tributes to Mulroney on March 18.Mulroney forged close ties with the United States through a sweeping free trade agreement. Leader of the Progressive Conservative party from 1983 to 1993, Mulroney served almost a decade as prime minister after he was first elected in 1984.Mulroney had enduring friendships with former U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and eulogized both at their funerals.Reagan and Mulroney became friends as two national leaders during the last decade of the Cold War. Mulroney’s nine years in power overlapped with Bush’s four.Former President George W. Bush expressed sadness at Mulroney’s death and credited him with helping end the Cold War.In a statement referencing the Canadian leader’s close relationship with his father, Bush quoted from Mulroney’s words at the elder Bush’s funeral: "But the best ships are friendships, and may they always be.""May his ship sail on in fair winds and following seas," said the statement from Bush and his wife, Laura.It was Mulroney’s amiable relationship with his southern counterparts that helped develop a free-trade treaty, a hotly contested pact at the time. The trade deal led to a permanent realignment of the Canadian economy and huge increases in north-south trade.Fred Ryan, chairman of the board of the Reagan Foundation and Institute, said in a statement that Mulroney was one of Canada's most consequential prime ministers."The world has lost a true champion of freedom and democracy," Ryan said.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Mulroney "holds a special place in South Africa’s history.""During his term, he spoke out against apartheid, advocated the economic isolation of the regime and took a stand when many in the international community were wavering," Ramaphosa said in a statement.
  • Taliban publicly execute three people in five days as means of intimidation: 'their version of Sharia law'Taliban publicly execute three people in five days as means of intimidation: 'their version of Sharia law'
    The Taliban have staged three public executions in the past week, marking a sharp jump after months of inactivity in an act clearly intended to intimidate the Afghan people, an expert told Fox News Digital. "Our understanding of the situation just decreases daily; however, I would say the Taliban are interested in asserting their dominance over the Afghan people," Bill Roggio, the Founding Editor of "The Long War Journal," said. "We have to remember their primary reason for existence is to impose sharia, or Islamic law, on the Afghan people," Roggio added. "They view that as a number-one priority, and executions for various crimes – theft, or adultery or other crimes – that is a means for them to impose Sharia.""I don’t believe anything they’re doing here is to send a message externally," Roggio stressed. "This is the Taliban asserting their control over the Afghan people."MCCAUL THREATENS TO HOLD BLINKEN IN CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS FOR ‘WITHHOLDING’ KEY AFGHANISTAN DOCUMENTSCourts convicted the three men of murder: The first man, identified as Nazar Mohammad from the Faryab province, killed one person; the other two had stabbed victims to death. Relatives of the victims shot the convicts while standing in arenas where thousands of people watched, The Associated Press reported. The brother of the murdered man shot Nazar Mohammad five times with a rifle, according to a witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity and added that security around the stadium was tight. Three of the country’s highest courts and the Taliban supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, approved Mohammed's execution. Separate statements from the supreme court said a man and a woman convicted of adultery were flogged with 35 lashes each in northern Balkh province over the weekend. Two other people were given 30 lashes each in eastern Laghman province, also over the weekend, for allegedly committing immoral acts.MOST UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DEMAND TALIBAN RESCIND DECREES SERIOUSLY OPRESSING WOMEN AND GIRLSThe State Department told Fox News Digital that it has "seen reports" of "three public executions in five days" and denounced such killings as "an affront to the dignity and human rights of all Afghans." "We continue to monitor the Taliban’s treatment of the people of Afghanistan," a State Department spokesperson wrote in an email. "At every opportunity, we emphasize to the Taliban that their relationship with the international community is contingent upon their respect for the rights of all Afghans."The Taliban waited over a year after taking power before authorizing the first public execution under their new government. The courts had convicted the executed man of killing another man, continuing what many labeled as hard-line policies. UNITED NATIONS CALL FOR $400 MILLION IN AID TO REBUILD WESTERN AFGHANISTAN AFTER FATAL EARTHQUAKEAuthorities shot the man with an assault rifle used by the victim’s father. Hundreds of spectators and many top Taliban officials – some who had traveled from the capital Kabul to western Farah province – witnessed the execution.The government carried out only one further execution in the following year – another murderer who had killed five people in two separate incidents. Again, the executioner used a gun owned by the son of one of the victims. Roggio explained that the Taliban seemingly reserved public execution for convictions of murder, but could also extend to theft, adultery and other act perceived as "crimes against the Taliban state.""I haven’t seen any visual confirmation, but I see no reason not to believe it," Roggio said. "If you go back to the 1990s, the Taliban were executing women, burying them to their heads and stoning them and things like that in soccer stadiums and stadiums in Kabul.""The purpose of the arena, again, is a public display of execution: It helps promote a message, so if they’re not hiding this, they don’t want to hide these executions," Roggio argued. "They want the public to see that the Taliban is upholding their version of Sharia law."The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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