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Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river

Montenegrins protest against Albanian dam on shared river Dozens of environmental activists cycled from Montenegro's capital to the Albanian border on Saturday to protest over the neighboring nation's construction of a dam on the Cijevna river that flows through both countries. As governments hurry to meet renewable energy goals set by the Paris climate change agreement, plans to build almost 3,000 small hydro-power plants have sparked protests across the Balkans this year.


Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw

Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners in Friday's draw The next Mega Millions draw will be held on Tuesday. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.


Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections

Factbox: How Russians may have acted to interfere with U.S. Congressional elections A U.S. indictment charging a Russian national with playing a prominent role in a Kremlin-backed plan to conduct "information warfare" to influence the U.S. midterm elections suggested that Russian influence operations have become more sophisticated since a campaign to impact the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova was the chief accountant for Project Lakhta, an operation started in 2014 that amplified news articles and social media posts by pushing them wider and posted links to domestic media with specific messages attacking individuals and political parties, among other tactics. Court documents cited examples of advice the group's organizers gave operatives on how to position: - An article on former U.S. Senator John McCain's opposition to building a wall on the Mexican border.


Readers write: Scottish phrases, more photos, reading habits, learning about the Amazon

Readers write: Scottish phrases, more photos, reading habits, learning about the Amazon Scottish phrases


African leadership should speak out at the UN, US commercial embargo of Cuba should end, Fan Bingbing’s tax practices are not unusual, India’s ties with Russia can survive American interference, Women’s rights are co-opted for their political impact

African leadership should speak out at the UN, US commercial embargo of Cuba should end, Fan Bingbing’s tax practices are not unusual, India’s ties with Russia can survive American interference, Women’s rights are co-opted for their political impact “It is ... disheartening to observe that not even one of the African leaders in attendance [at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations] plucked up the courage to speak poignant truths to the superpowers...,” writes Afam Nkemdiche.


Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview

Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's "authoritarian rule" shortly before his death, in an interview published following confirmation he died at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. Speaking off the record to a Newsweek journalist working on a story about the Saudi leadership, he insisted he did not view himself as "an opposition" -- he just wanted "a better Saudi Arabia". "I'm not calling for the overthrow of the regime, because I know it's not possible and is too risky, and there is no one to overthrow the regime," Khashoggi said.


Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home

Remains of more than 60 babies, fetuses found stashed in Detroit funeral home The remains of more than 60 infants and fetuses were found stashed in a Detroit funeral home, police said on Friday, calling the discovery "deeply disturbing." The incident comes about a week after the badly decomposed bodies of 11 babies were found hidden in a false ceiling at a different funeral home in the Michigan city. No connection between the two cases has yet been established, Detroit's police chief said. Unrefrigerated boxes containing about 36 sets of remains were recovered from the Perry Funeral Home along with another 27 sets of remains in a freezer, police said.


Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics

Midterm election glossary: The terms you need to know to understand American politics With the 2018 midterm elections just over two weeks away, the casual reader may be coming across some strange terms in the American political lexicon. For anyone confused by reports on the battle between Democrats and Republicans to control Congress, The Independent has compiled a handy list of some common terms. Battleground State: A state is considered a battleground state if its electorate is split relatively evenly between Republicans and Democrats, making state-wide races especially competitive and hard to predict.


PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.


USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. More than 400 women have since accused Tyndall of sexual abuse, some in a federal lawsuit covered by the settlement and others in state lawsuits that are still pending.


Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Over 118,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.


Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date

Paul Manafort Appears In Wheelchair At Court Hearing For Sentencing Date Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court in a wheelchair


Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal

Bolton headed to Russia amid fears US leaving nuclear deal US National Security Advisor John Bolton will meet Saturday in Moscow with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, amid reports that Washington will tell Russia it plans to quit a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. The visit comes ahead of what is expected to be a second summit between presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump this year. Bolton, who will also meet Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, announced the visit to Moscow in a tweet, saying he would "continue discussions that began in Helsinki," referring to a summit held in July.


Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz

Just A Reminder Of What Donald Trump Really Thinks About Ted Cruz President Donald Trump's Houston rally on Monday for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)


Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border

Big numbers of Central Americans arriving at Arizona border PHOENIX (AP) — Large groups of Central American migrants continue to surrender to Border Patrol agents in Arizona with the arrival of one recent group numbering 108 captured in dramatic video images, authorities said Friday.


'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner

'Guardrails' needed on social media to combat election meddling in U.S.: Senator Warner The indictment on Friday of a Russian woman on charges of attempting to meddle in U.S. elections shows the need for "guardrails" on social media, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said. "It is critical for Congress to step up and immediately act to employ much-needed guardrails on social media.


The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone

The Kavanaugh Hearings Just Won't Leave Me Alone This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in


US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections

US charges Russian woman Elena Khusyaynova with interfering in US elections The US government on Friday charged a Russian woman with being part of a Kremlin-backed plot to interfere with next month's midterm elections. Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, became the first foreigner to be charged in connection with the upcoming elections, rather than the 2016 presidential race. She was accused of having being, since 2014, the chief accountant for "Project Lakhta", a $35 million operation linked to the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which led Russian social media disruption in 2016. She is accused of conducting "information warfare" against the United States. Khusyaynova continued to file detailed multi-million dollar budgets through 2017, and into 2018, including expenses for placing disruptive adverts on Facebook, promoting social media posts, registering domain names, and paying activists. The operation was said to have been funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who is a friend of Vladimir Putin, and two companies he controls. Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, with Russian President Vladimir Putin at his school meals factory in 2010 outside St Petersburg Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via AP The case was made public shortly after US intelligence agencies, in a rare public statement, warned of concerns about "ongoing campaigns" by Russia, China and Iran, to interfere with the November 6 midterms, and the next presidential election in 2020. Project Lakhta spread misinformation about US political issues including immigration, gun control, the Confederate flag, and protests by NFL players. It also used events including the Las Vegas mass shooting, and the far Right rally in Charlottesville, to spread discord, the US Justice Department said. Using thousands of social media accounts and email addresses and posing as Americans, operatives took different positions on the same issue, in order to inflame tensions. The 38-page US Justice Department complaint included images from Facebook said to have been posted by the Russians, many of them favourable to Mr Trump. One praised the president for "wiping away $22 billion in regulations in his first five months". Inside Russia's 'troll factory': The agency accused of interfering in the US election Another suggested that "every household of illegal immigrants deported saves taxpayers $700,000". Among politicians attacked were Barack Obama and John McCain. Prigozhin and his two companies, Concord Management and Concord Catering, were previously charged in February by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether Mr Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia. The latest charge, against Khusyaynova, was not brought by Mr Muller as he is only looking into the 2016 campaign, not 2018. Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by the US government, has been nicknamed "Putin's chef" because he has organised banquets for the Russian president. The revelations came as John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser, prepared to make a trip to Moscow next week, during which he is expected to meet Mr Putin. Paul Manafort leaves court after an earlier hearing  Credit: Yuri Gripas/Reuters Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman, appeared in court in a wheelchair on Friday to learn the date of his sentencing.  Manafort, 69, who was convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in the summer, had his right foot bandaged and elevated. Kevin Downing, his lawyer, said there were “significant issues with Mr Manafort’s health right now". Manafort was told he will be sentenced on Feb 8 and legal experts suggested he could face at least 10 years in prison.


Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion

Lotto fever grips U.S. as Mega Millions jackpot hits $1 billion The winner of such a prize would be worth more than Vera Bradley Inc and easily have enough money left over to buy a full set of the company's trademark paisley purses and luggage. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. If more than one winner is picked, the jackpot would be divided proportionately, as happened when the previous Mega Millions record of $656 million was drawn in March 2012 and was shared by winners in Kansas, Illinois and Maryland, a lottery official said.


Brazil's election: What's at stake?

Brazil's election: What's at stake? Congressman Jair Bolsonaro had an unexpectedly strong showing in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election earlier this month. How did a veteran politician cast himself as the outsider who could save the country? The Social Liberal Party candidate has made a name for himself by praising the nation’s former dictatorship and its use of torture.


US businesses begin to increase services for deaf people

US businesses begin to increase services for deaf people Tax preparer Joshua Beal knows well the challenges that a communications barrier can present when it comes to understanding tax policy and the Internal Revenue Service. Add in the extra challenge of being deaf, and overcoming those barriers can seem insurmountable. “We have many deaf clients who are overwhelmed by 10- to 15-page-long letters from the IRS regarding a deficiency or outstanding issue,” says Mr. Beal, who is deaf himself.


Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter

Trump criticized for praising congressman who body-slammed reporter President Donald Trump reiterated his support for a Montana congressman who body-slammed a reporter last year, even as he came under criticism on Friday from U.S. lawmakers and press organizations. Trump's praise for Greg Gianforte, a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who pleaded guilty to an assault charge for the incident involving the reporter, coincides with an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," Trump told a political rally in Missoula, Montana on Thursday night, referring to Gianforte.


The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border

The Briefing Room: Migrant caravan reaches Guatemala-Mexico border President Trump ramps up his rhetoric as thousands of migrants reach the Mexico-Guatemala border, and he praises Rep. Greg Gianforte, who body-slammed a journalist.


Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims

Crimea mourns Kerch school shooting victims Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.


More than 50 dead in India train disaster

More than 50 dead in India train disaster A speeding train ran over revellers watching fireworks during a Hindu festival in northern India Friday, killing more than 50 people, with eyewitnesses saying they were given no warning before disaster struck. The crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at high speed. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner S. S. Srivastava told reporters.


Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact

Stakes high in Afghan election as US seeks peace pact KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country.


New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

New York Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Senators Over Kavanaugh Confirmation Long Island resident Ronald DeRisi, 74, was arrested Friday and charged with


USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case

USC agrees to $215 million settlement in California gynecologist case The University of Southern California has reached a $215 million proposed settlement with former patients of a gynecologist at the school who was accused of sexual abuse, the president of the university said in a letter on Friday seen by Reuters. The settlement centers on the conduct of George Tyndall, who practiced at USC until he was suspended in 2016 after a complaint from a health worker accusing him of making sexually inappropriate comments to patients. Hundreds of women have since then accused Tyndall of sexual abuse.


At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India Video footage from the scene showed hundreds had gathered to watch the burning of an effigy as part of the Dussehra festival celebrations, when a commuter train ran through the crowd. The toll can rise," State police chief Suresh Arora told Reuters, adding emergency officials were still trying to ascertain the extent of the disaster on the outskirts of Amritsar in Punjab state. A Reuters witness at the scene saw bodies of victims strewn around rail tracks, friends and relatives stood around in shock, many were sobbing and appeared distraught.


South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip

South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty To Biting Off Former Girlfriend's Lip A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for biting off


Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets

Illinois lottery gives away free Mega Millions tickets WLS reporter Diane Pathieu talks to contestants in Chicago who are hoping to grab a ticket and their chance to win $1 billion.


Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic

Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic Asked about the risks to the U.S. economic outlook at a community group lunch in Macon, Georgia, Bostic mentioned geopolitical risks generally, the Brexit talks and "the Saudi Arabian situation and the question about whether what happened to that journalist is going to lead to sanctions that could impact oil markets." His comments, the first by a U.S. central banker about the case, reflect how it has escalated from a diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Turkey to an international incident with the potential to roil financial markets. Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to obtain documents for a forthcoming marriage. Bostic singled out the possible fallout if the United States or other countries determine that top Saudi officials were behind Khashoggi's possible murder and begin imposing penalties on Riyadh.


'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India

'At least 50' dead as train ploughs through festival crowd in India At least 50 people were killed on Friday after a train ploughed into revellers celebrating a Hindu festival in northern India, police said, the latest major accident on the country's crumbling rail network. A crowd had gathered on railway tracks in the city of Amritsar in Punjab state to watch a fireworks show marking the Dussehra festival when the train barrelled down the line at speed. "There are more than 50 dead. The priority now is to take the injured to the hospital," Amritsar city police commissioner SS Srivastava told reporters. More than 60 people who were injured were being given emergency treatment at various hospitals across the city, he added. An AFP photographer at the scene said some victims had lost limbs in the accident while others suffered head wounds. A crowd gathers at the site of the train accident Credit: Prabhjot Gill/AP "There was a lot of noise as firecrackers were being let off and it appears they (victims) were unable to hear the approaching train," a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity. An eyewitness told a local TV channel there was "utter commotion" when the crowds noticed the train "coming very fast" towards them. "Everyone was running helter-skelter and suddenly the train crashed into the crowds of people," he said. Indian relatives and revellers gather around the bodies of the victims of a train accident during the Hindu festival of Dussehra in Amritsar  Credit: NARINDER NANU/AFP Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered an investigation into the deadly accident and announced a monetary compensation of 500,000 rupees ($6800) each to the family of the victims. "We have reports that some 50-60 people have died. We have asked all hospitals to remain open through the night so that the injured can be treated," Singh told reporters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was extremely saddened by the "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured. Some relatives of the deceased blamed the authorities for allowing a "big function" to be held next to the railway track. An eyewitness said people were taking pictures on their mobile phones and "they were not given any warning that they should not stand on the tracks." India's railway network is the world's fourth largest and remains the main form of travel in the vast country, but it is poorly funded and deadly accidents often occur. The country is home to hundreds of railway crossings that are unmanned and particularly accident prone, with people often ignoring oncoming train warnings.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein Would 'Absolutely' Reopen Kavanaugh Investigation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein Would 'Absolutely' Reopen Kavanaugh Investigation Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made some waves Wednesday when she said she


9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated'

9-Year-Old Falsely Accused Of Groping White Woman Says He 'Felt Humiliated' Jeremiah Harvey, the 9-year-old boy accused of groping a woman at a Brooklyn


'The Old Man and the Gun' and 'Halloween'

'The Old Man and the Gun' and 'Halloween' Take a look at two movies hitting the box office this weekend.


Nikki Haley Jokes She's Not An 'Indian Woman' In Swipe At Elizabeth Warren

Nikki Haley Jokes She's Not An 'Indian Woman' In Swipe At Elizabeth Warren Nikki Haley, the outgoing U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, drew laughter


Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair

Daily Digit: Many Americans believe elections are unfair Nearly 40% of Americans think elections are unfair. Race, gender, and political identity contributed to how people feel about elections. Nonwhite voters, women, and Democrats have the most doubts about the electoral process.


Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad

Texas toddler left at stranger's house, instead of with dad The woman who left the child, a friend of the mother, was initially suspected of child abandonment after video, shared widely on social media, showed her hoisting the toddler by the arm to a stranger's house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring on Thursday, authorities said. "The suspect in the video dropped the child off after the father had left the residence and at the wrong address," Lieutenant Scott Spencer of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "The female in the video then left location without verifying anyone was home or who she was releasing the child to," Spencer said.


Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

Factbox: Over 124,000 homes without power in Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said.


'Skullduggery': Washington think tank says 'no' to Saudi funds

'Skullduggery': Washington think tank says 'no' to Saudi funds A prominent Washington think tank will stop taking money from Saudi Arabia as a result of the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, its chairman said.


Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce

Best Bites: Roasted brussel sprouts with parmesan sauce Welcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony

Pennsylvania law to make hazing punishable as felony Named the “Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Law” after a Penn State freshman who died during hazing activities at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in February 2017, the bill unanimously passed the Legislature. “It’s a really big deal, a real change in landscape,” said Tom Kline, a Philadelphia lawyer who has represented the Piazza family since their son’s death. The law also allows the seizing of fraternity houses involved in hazing incidents, a provision that could make the Pennsylvania law tougher than Florida’s, which also provides for felony charges, said Tracy Maxwell, founder of Hazing Prevention, a national group.


Heidi Cruz Torched Over 'Tone-Deaf' Lament About Ted Cruz's 6-Figure Senate Salary

Heidi Cruz Torched Over 'Tone-Deaf' Lament About Ted Cruz's 6-Figure Senate Salary Heidi Cruz was mocked on Twitter for appearing to suggest that she and husband


China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies

China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies Scientists hope a man-made moon could provide nighttime lighting at lower cost


Twitter Explodes After 'Psychopath' Donald Trump Cheers Body-Slamming Of Reporter

Twitter Explodes After 'Psychopath' Donald Trump Cheers Body-Slamming Of Reporter President Donald Trump sparked anger on social media after he praised a GOP


Enterprising Girl Guide sells cookies to Canadians waiting in line at cannabis store

Enterprising Girl Guide sells cookies to Canadians waiting in line at cannabis store Canada's recent marijuana legalization is set to bring a wave of economic benefits. While the country's government is set to benefit from taxes, and the cannabis industry is sure to grow, the policy has already done wonders for a Girl Guide in Edmonton. SEE ALSO: A cheerleader attempted to swap pot brownies for homecoming votes Elina Childs, 9, sold C$120 worth of sandwich cookies and mint thins to a line of people waiting to buy legal marijuana at Nova Cannabis on Wednesday, as reported by CBC.  It took her less than 45 minutes to sell all 30 boxes, compared to how slow it was selling cookies to people in her neighborhood. "It amazed me how quickly they went," her dad Seann Childs told the broadcaster. "Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies."  God bless this girl selling girl guide cookies outside of nova cannabis. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#yeg pic.twitter.com/dnI9HdBXPc — Emily Fitzpatrick (@_emilyfitzCBC) October 17, 2018 Edmonton Girl Guide sells out of cookies outside cannabis store https://t.co/QmTDd3h3Yb pic.twitter.com/NDTBQ3NbFF — CBC Edmonton (@CBCEdmonton) October 18, 2018 While a clever business scheme, it was also an opportunity for dad to teach Elina, who has cystic fibrosis, about cannabis and its recent legalization. The Girl Guides were also cool with it. "Good on her and her family for thinking of it," Edmonton commissioner Heather Monahan told the Canadian Press. "It’s fun and it’s different and what better way to get rid of cookies." In February, a girl scout in San Diego did the same thing outside a dispensary, managing to sell 300 boxes in six hours. Smart cookies, both of them. WATCH: This 11-year-old genius is also an award-winning DJ — Mashable Originals


Man pleads guilty to kidnapping and raping British backpacker in Australia

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping and raping British backpacker in Australia A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the rape and kidnapping of a British backpacker in Australia after holding her captive during a brutal 900-mile road trip across the outback.  Appearing via video in a court in Cairns in north Queensland, Marcus Allyn Keith Martin pleaded guilty to three counts of rape and one count of deprivation of liberty following his horrific treatment of a 22-year-old British traveller spanning about two months in 2017. The woman was rescued after she appeared shaken and traumatised at a petrol station in south-west Queensland. She failed to pay possibly as part of a deliberate ploy which prompted the cashier to contact the police. Beverley Page, the owner of the petrol station, later said she immediately realised something was wrong. “She came in, she couldn’t pay for her fuel,” Ms Page said. “She was crying and shaking the whole time — she was really upset. There were two marks on her neck along with the black eyes.”  Map of British backpackers journey When police located Martin’s four-wheel-drive near the outback town of Mitchell, a small rural town about 900 miles south of Cairns, they reportedly discovered Martin hiding in an alcove in the back. The pair reportedly met at a dance party outside Cairns before starting a relationship.  The woman, who arrived in Australia on a working visa in April 2015,  told police that Martin had begun abusing her shortly after they met. Detective Inspector Paul Hart said the backpacker showed remarkable courage and had no real opportunity to escape. “What she's experienced is no doubt horrific and terrifying,” he said in 2017.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is parked at the police station in Roma, Australia Credit: AP “She is a tourist, a lot of the areas where she would have been would have been unknown to her, and she wouldn't have known anyone there, so it would have been difficult for her to make an escape.” Following Martin’s guilty plea, prosecutors discontinued ten other charges including eight counts of rape, one of serious cruelty to animals, and torture. Martin earlier pleaded guilty to supplying dangerous drugs, wilful damage, assault occasioning bodily harm and choking or strangulation. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court next February at a hearing to set his sentencing date.


Texas police hunt woman who left toddler at stranger's door

Texas police hunt woman who left toddler at stranger's door A woman is suspected of child abandonment for hoisting a two-year-old boy by the arm to the house of a stranger in a northern Houston suburb, ringing the doorbell and running away, authorities said on Thursday. Neither woman nor child has been identified in the incident that unfolded in less than 30 seconds on surveillance video, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said. "The child is uninjured and appears to be in good health," it said, adding that the boy was in the custody of Child Protective Services and was being asked who left him behind.


After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate

After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate The ad, intended to highlight her support of women following the brutal debate over a U.S. Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault, was an untimely gaffe for Heitkamp as she struggles to hang on to her seat in next month's election in a state that Republican President Donald Trump won by a landslide in 2016. "Unfortunately, this week I not only disappointed many in North Dakota, I disappointed myself," Heitkamp said. After Heitkamp's apology, Cramer seemed to see little need to go on the attack, keeping a cordial tone as the two discussed immigration, sexual assault, gun violence in schools and the impact of Trump's trade tariffs.