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Many nations in the world have modernized their views on same-sex unions, but there are still 72 countries in which homosexuality is illegal — the majority of which are in Africa or the Middle East.
Even more surprising, 15 of these countries are hot tourist destinations popular with cruise lines and safari lovers.
Here are the most shocking countries where homosexuality is punishable by law:
The State Journal reports 39-year-old Nena M. Washington also pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court.
She is the second person charged in the Sept. 4 killing of 24-year-old Coty Brumback. Police say the alleged gunman, 40-year-old Antonio Bolling, had argued with Brumback and then shot Brumback’s dog and then Brumback. Bolling has also pleaded not guilty to murder charges.
New details have emerged regarding Antifa’s ties to the Kurdish militia in Northern Syria.
One America’s Jack Posobiec explains from Washington D.C.
During a press conference at the White House on Thursday, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn spoke about the number of “illegal aliens” in his jail on drunk driving charges–including a large percentage of repeat offenders.
The sheriff joined U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence during a press conference regarding the latest ruling by a California federal court on immigration enforcement.
“This morning, we had 4,200 inmates,” Sheriff Waybourn said during the press conference. “Out of that, 7 percent were illegal aliens.”
“Of those people that we have in custody, we know for a fact that 72 percent of them are repeat offenders,” Waybourn said.
“So if we have to turn them loose or they get released, they’re coming back to your neighborhood and my neighborhood.
These drunks will run over your children and they will run over my children.”
The Texas Tribune reportedly mischaracterized the comments, making it appear he referred to all migrants as “drunks,” WFAA ABC8 reported.
The Texas Tribune later corrected its article stating:
This week, a CNN insider will blow the whistle and through Project Veritas will release dozens of recordings made of officials at the highest levels of CNN, revealing a political agenda, bias and misconduct hidden from public view.
This series of tapes — which we think will be the biggest story of the year for Project Veritas — blends two extraordinary series of events; a brave insider secretly recording at work.
This is a hard-hitting piece of hidden camera muckraking into one of the supposed “most trusted names in news.”
Critics and political marketing industry operatives will rush to condemn this series of tapes with broad platitudes on how any efforts are “anti-journalist.”
We’ve heard “The truth is more important than ever,” “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” and so forth. But behind the veneer of “holier than thou” sanctimonious attitudes are some ugly truths about the 4th estate.
Water-dropping helicopters and airplane tankers loaded with flame retardant fought the Los Angeles blaze from the air as ground crews battled at close range with hand tools and bulldozers, while firefighters lugging hoses from house to house scrambled to protect threatened neighborhoods.
Their efforts were paying off. Although 31 structures were damaged or destroyed, fire officials said their crews managed to save thousands of dwellings while carving containment lines around 13 percent of the fire’s perimeter.
U.S. Representative Brad Sherman told Reuters he was among residents who fled as flames approached.
California man, 39, is sentenced to death for killing SIX members of his ex-wife’s family because he wanted revenge after she left him
The same jury last month convicted Haskell of capital murder in the 2014 killings of Stephen and Katie Stay at their home in suburban Houston. The jury rejected his attorneys’ efforts to have him found not guilty by reason of insanity.
In 2014, Haskell drove from California to Texas and posed as a FedEx deliveryman to force his way into the Stay family’s home searching for his ex-wife. There he fatally shot his ex-wife’s sister and husband-in-law, along with four of heir children.
A fifth child, 15-year-old Cassidy Stay, was shot in the head but she survived by playing dead.
Gunman in custody after ‘multiple people’ are shot inside a New Hampshire church just hours before the funeral of a minister who was gunned down in his home
According to the church’s website, a ‘men and women meeting’ for Domestic Abuse Month was scheduled for 9.30am Saturday.
‘State officials are on scene assisting local first responders in the response and investigation of a shooting in Pelham, NH,’ Governor John Sununu said on Twitter.
A spokeswoman for Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts said they are treating one victim from the shooting.
The shooting came just hours before a service was to be held for a church minister who was shot in the neck and killed last week.
Multiple media outlets report that the free lunch for teachers was part of an event sponsored by the College Football Playoff Foundation.
FOX 8 reported that while Principal Dr. Steven Corbett appreciated the offer, he ultimately said they’d have to decline.
“Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-Fil-A at an employee lunch.
The #1 rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind’ and we live this motto every day,” Corbett said in a statement. “Chick-Fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”
The German musician’s publicist, Adam Guest, confirmed the claim to CNBC Saturday but declined to comment further.
The tweet that set off the alleged ban was a “South Park” post about its 300th episode.
The controversy between Beijing and the show’s creators began last Wednesday when they aired an episode titled “Band in China.”
City leaders closed a large part of the area and were evacuating other buildings near Canal and North Rampart streets because of concerns that more of the Hard Rock, which was still under construction, could fall.
“It is still very unstable,” New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said of the building.
Eyewitness video provided to WWL-TV shows the top floors begin to collapse on top of one another before the wall on the North Rampart Street side of the building crashed to the ground below.
Workers could be seen in the video running to safety on Rampart as the collapse happened.
The Journal editorial board declared Thursday (and in print on Friday) that “opposition to logging and prescribed burns in California’s forests,” as well as a litigious culture that makes it more difficult to hire tree-trimmers, have left the state with additional fuel for fires — a situation exacerbated by severe droughts that only recently ended.
In addition, the Journal argued that green energy mandates have cost PG&E money that could have been spent on safety:
Two dozen or so wildfires in the past few years have been linked to PG&E equipment, including one last fall that killed 85 people. PG&E under state law is on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in damages and has filed for bankruptcy. For years the utility skimped on safety upgrades and repairs while pumping billions into green energy and electric-car subsidies to please its overlords in Sacramento. Credit Suisse has estimated that long-term contracts with renewable developers cost the utility $2.2 billion annually more than current market power rates.
This week has been filled with major headlines in the U.S. and around the world.
One America’s Rachel Acenas takes us through the top stories in our Week in Review.
Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said at a press conference several hours after the shooting that at least two firearms – a 9mm handgun and a revolver – were recovered from the scene. He said that a preliminary investigation revealed that at least 15 shots were fired.
Shea said that among the victims, two were from “out of state” and the remaining five resided in different areas of Brooklyn. They were said to be between the ages of 32 and 49.
Evidence collected from the scene indicated an “illegal gambling” operation inside the small building. Shea said investigators collected “cards” and “dice” from the scene.
Video shows Trump supporter being attacked after being followed by protesters, who shouted at him: “There’s a Nazi over here.”
The police “formed a protective line in front of the arena” to help the supporters leave the arena. They had to move through the crowd of protesters “with batons and shields” to protect themselves.
A reporter with The St. Cloud Times confirmed someone threw urine. The protest got so out of hand the police had to use pepper spray.
Farrow, a former NBC News reporter, says the network stopped him from exposing now-disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator.
NBC News claimed his reporting wasn’t fit to print, so instead Farrow famously took his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece to The New Yorker and helped launch the #MeToo movement.
A former high-level NBC News staffer tells Fox News that the organization has a history of problematic leadership that extends well before Farrow’s revelations.
The team took a tour of the Capitol in a visit hosted by Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who serves as the House minority whip.
“Today, the President welcomed the team to the Oval Office along with North Carolina’s Rowan Little League Softball Team,” Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves said in a statement.
“During their visit in the Oval Office, the President invited the Louisiana team to fly to Louisiana with him this evening.”
Scalise tweeted about the invitation, alongside a photo of himself and the players.
The Eastbank All-Stars from Louisiana flew back to their home state aboard Air Force One with Trump and were honored by the president at the ‘Keep America Great’ rally in Lake Charles.
The comments — posted on Twitter Saturday morning — were just the latest in a series of escalating attacks by the Massachusetts senator on the social media company and its founder over the last several weeks.
This past week alone, Warren’s campaign has spent several thousand dollars in Facebook ads accusing Zuckerberg of “illegal anticompetitive practices,” fumbling the “responsibility to protect our democracy” and giving “Donald Trump free rein to lie on his platform.”
Warren explained Saturday morning that her campaign purchased Facebook ads this week that purposefully included the lie that Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump’s re-election in order to highlight what she considered negligence on the part of the company’s handling of misinformation in political advertising (She notes later in the ad that Zuckerberg hadn’t actually endorsed Trump).
It is first state-wide fur ban in the nation, and had been sought by animal rights advocates.
Newsom called the ban “one of the strongest animal rights laws in U.S. history” in a statement.
Second-hand fur products are exempt from the ban, as are fur products used by Native American tribes for spiritual or cultural purposes.
The ban does not include leather products or taxidermy.
The Humane Society of the United States, a prominent animal rights group, celebrated the ban.
California already prohibits smoking at child care centers, within 25 feet (7.6 meters) of farmers’ markets, in government buildings and on public transportation. Cities and counties can also adopt their own smoking laws.
California has roughly 280 state parks and 340 miles (547 kilometers) of coastline.
A legislative analysis predicts it will cost the state parks system nearly $2 million to put up more than 5,000 signs alerting people to the ban and complying with various state regulations.
The law is supported by many medical and environmental groups as well the cities of Huntington Beach and Santa Monica. Many Republicans in the Legislature voted against the measure.
The Democrats’ growing antipathy toward religion is most evident in their attacks on “traditional religious exemptions in law,” Donohue notes, which have existed since the nation’s founding and up until recently were “considered uncontroversial.”
“All of the candidates incline against religious exemptions — some more than others — making them the least religion-friendly candidates for president in American history,” he states.
Beto O’Rourke, for example, said that if he is president, there would be “no tax break” for any institution that did not ascribe to the gay rights agenda, Donohue notes, which would — incidentally — exclude Evangelicals, the Catholic Church, a number of Protestant denominations, Muslims, and Orthodox Jews.
For his part, Julian Castro is “so opposed to religious exemptions” that his first order of business if elected would be to “roll back religious exemptions that collide with the rights of homosexuals and transgender persons,” Donohue observes.
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill, saying it “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” because a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request.
Additionally, those making a request under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” the ACLU said.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Legislator Who Argues Housing Is a Human Right Also Suing to Stop Affordable Housing in Her District
In a Wednesday piece for the New York Daily News, Niou and activist Feliz Guzman argue that the Saturday murder of four homeless people in New York City could have been prevented by more government spending on housing and social services.
Awkwardly, Niou is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against an affordable housing project being built by a coalition of developers, including Habitat for Humanity, in Little Italy.
The project, named Haven Green, would add 123 units of affordable senior housing to Niou’s district, including 37 units for the formerly homeless.
The attack prompted many locals to flee the village which is close to the Malian border.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the country over the past few years, mostly by jihadist groups.
One resident from the nearby town of Gorom-Gorom told AFP news agency: “Since this morning, people have started to flee the area.”
Jihadist attacks have increased in Burkina Faso since 2015, forcing thousands of schools to close down.
The conflict spread across the border from neighbouring Mali where Islamist militants took over the north of the country in 2012 before French troops pushed them out.
Berlin has seen a surge in antisemitic attacks in recent years.
A report released earlier this year claimed that there had been at least 1,000 antisemitic incidents in the city in 2018.
Last month, two antisemitic Palestinian rappers were scheduled to give a concert at a pro-Palestinian rally at the Brandenburg gate.
Following an outcry from the Israeli embassy and American ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, organisers cancelled the performance.
Institutional failures in reporting possible extremist behaviour are in the spotlight in France after a Muslim convert working in a police support role killed four officers in Paris.
Senior officers are under pressure to explain how a radicalised individual could continue to work inside the force without being identified, with unions representing rank-and-file officers demanding to know what is being done to tackle the issue of infiltration.
French newspaper Le Parisien reports part of the problem stems from fear by officers that if they report Islamic radicalisation in their colleagues, they could be flagged as potential Islamophobes by their superiors.
“An investigation has been launched into a grudge the assailant may have held against his colleagues, but terrorism cannot be ruled out,” a source said following the Paris police station attack.
It has also been revealed that radicalised Islamic convert Mickaël Harpon possessed a top-secret security clearance and had full access to the police prefecture’s directorate of intelligence (DRPP).
The second officer, a 34-year-old from Villeneuve-la-Garenne, had previously been suspended in 2018 after signs of radicalism but was later reinstated after a court appeal this year.
He is said to have encouraged other Muslims to pray with him and refused contact with female colleagues — much like Harpon is said to have done.
The officer also allowed the friend of a known terrorist to borrow his badge and firearm for a photograph.
Christophe Rouget, deputy secretary-general of the union of cadres of internal security commented on the disarming of the two officers saying, “Vigilance must apply and it is necessary to detect radicalized officers. But it must be done with cold rigour, without falling into a witch hunt.”
The Hong Kong government introduced colonial-era emergency laws last week to ban the wearing of face masks at public rallies, a move that sparked some of the worst violence since the unrest started in June.
Some protesters erected road barricades using public garbage bins and water-filled plastic barriers used for traffic control and security.
Protesters elsewhere set fire to a government office in Kowloon and vandalized shops and metro stations, the government said.
Hong Kong‘s leader Carrie Lam canceled a meeting with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the highest profile U.S. politician to visit the city since the unrest started, Cruz said on Saturday.
“I stand with the people of Hong Kong calling on the government of China to honor the promises it made to the world when it promised to maintain political freedom in Hong Kong,” said Cruz, a vocal critic of China, who was dressed in black in solidarity with pro-democracy activists.
Turkey’s Defense Ministry and a war-monitoring group said Turkish troops took Ras al-Ayn, marking a significant gain since the offensive began Wednesday, according to reports.
“Ras al-Ayn’s residential center has been taken under control through the successful operations in the east of Euphrates (River),” the ministry said on Twitter, according to the Associated Press.
The Pentagon said Friday U.S. troops came under Turkish artillery fire near the Syrian border town of Kobani.
Turkey said it took all precautions to prevent any harm to the U.S. base while it was responding to Kurdish fire from a nearby area, Reuters reported.
Luis Fernando Pozo smashed into a lamp-post and remained suspended as hundreds at the parade looked on.
Spain’s King Felipe was among the onlookers as the man was left hanging above the crowd and tangled in his parachute cords.
People living near rivers were advised to seek shelter in higher levels of sturdy buildings if they were unable to evacuate in time.
Events including Rugby World Cup matches and concerts were canceled along with flights and trains in the area.
The last devastating typhoon in the region struck Tokyo in 1958, killing more than 1,200 people and flooding half a million homes
Chinese transportation officials told Xinhua that heavily-overloaded vehicles traveling on the overpass likely caused it to collapse.
There were five vehicles reported to be traveling across the overpass when it crumbled – and three are said to have been crushed underneath.
Three people were killed in two of the vehicles that were flattened, Xinhua added.
This is actually good news. The mask is now removed forever.
What’s more, it’s a surrender on the part of Snopes, an admission that people are not falling for the selective facts and hand-picked experts that these fake fact-check sites use to avoid inconvenient truths, such as the fact that their so-called climate experts are 0-41 with their doomsday predictions.
So now, because alternative media is able to counter Snopes’ non-stop bullshit with actual data, logic, and truth, these sore losers are going to resort to shameless and subjective acts of emotional blackmail.
That is what Snopes is announcing here… A totally one-sided campaign of emotional blackmail against Trump, Brexit, Johnson, and on behalf of the socialist crusade riding the Climate Change Hoax.