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‘Filthy, disgusting & selfish’: Australian leaders blast anti-lockdown protesters, unleash ‘strike force’ to track them down - rt

‘Filthy, disgusting & selfish’: Australian leaders blast anti-lockdown protesters, unleash ‘strike force’ to track them down

Australian police have already issued hundreds of fines in the wake of mass anti-lockdown rallies, and are looking for more info about the violators, as state leaders condemned the protesters for endangering other people’s lives.
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Sajid Javid under fire for suggesting people have ‘cowered’ from Covid

Labour accused him of having managed to ‘denigrate’ people who followed the rules to protect others.
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Pay young people £250 to get vaccinated, Conservative peer urges government

Former M&S chairman and Conservative peer Stuart Rose speaks to Channel 4 News
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Twenty drown during UK heatwave – WHO calls for action

Two teenage boys have died in separate incidents after getting into difficulty in water, as the death toll from drownings during the UK's heatwave reaches at least 20.
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More key workers able to replace isolation with daily tests as ‘pingdemic’ causes chaos

Empty shelves, cancelled trains, restaurants closing for days - councils and businesses have warned that the sheer numbers of people getting pinged could cause weeks of disruption.
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Torrential rains in China lead to mass evacuations

Rescuers in central China have been using bulldozers and dinghies to help evacuate people from areas submerged by floodwaters after days of torrential rain.
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Team GB: Women’s football team through to knockouts

The official first day of the Olympic Games brought mixed fortunes for Team GB.
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Covid cases fall for fourth day straight but expert warns of ‘false peaks’

While it is a good sign, data over the next week or two showing the impact of the latest reopening will be crucial.
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German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in sting op on online chat groups where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed

Police in Germany have identified more than 1,600 potential child sex-abuse suspects who participated in online chat groups on which child pornography and zoophilia material was shared. Many of the suspects are reportedly minors.
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Murder investigation launched after woman, 37, stabbed in south London

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 36-year-old woman died.
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Flooding opens up sinkhole and leaves thousands without power or cold water

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China blacklists former US Commerce Secretary Ross & other officials in tit-for-tat reply to restrictions over Hong Kong

In a tit-for-tat measure, Beijing has sanctioned six US nationals and one entity, on a list that includes a former secretary of commerce, in response to recent restrictions placed on China over Hong Kong.
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‘Hurt dignity’: China complains after US broadcast of Olympics leaves Taiwan off Chinese map

The Chinese consulate in New York has complained to NBC after the United States’ official broadcast of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics left Taiwan and the South China Sea off a map of China.
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Raids on Matt Hancock whistleblowers may have ‘chilling effect’ on press freedom

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has put politics aside and called out the heavy-handed tactics.
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Venezuela accuses US military aircraft of violating its airspace from Colombia, warns it might ‘respond forcefully’

Venezuela's defense ministry has accused Washington of “flagrant provocation” after a US military plane allegedly flew into its territory from Colombia. According to Caracas, the US violated its airspace over 20 times this year.
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Disgruntled Australians scuffle with police at banned ‘Freedom’ marches as Covid-19 lockdown extended in Sydney (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists marched through major Australian cities on Saturday, following an extension of Covid-19 restrictions. Multiple people were arrested and dozens charged with offenses after brawls broke out.
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Police ‘increasingly concerned’ about girl, 12, missing for at least 36 hours

Mannat Mann was last spotted in east London on Thursday afternoon.
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Daily Covid testing to help emergency and border staff skip self-isolation

The government has announced another scheme to try and ease the 'pingdemic'.
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Moment delivery driver takes pizza slice from box as customer claims no money for tip

A note on the front door of the house read: 'No money for tip, please take slice of pizza.'
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Massive column of smoke visible for MILES as huge fire rages through warehouse in northern France (VIDEOS)

Enormous plumes of black smoke have been billowing into the skies of northern France after a huge blaze broke out in a large warehouse in Bondues, not far from Lille.
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A Honolulu Cop Shot a Teen 8 Times. Now He’s Facing Murder Charges.

A Honolulu Cop Shot a Teen 8 Times. Now He’s Facing Murder Charges.

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A Honolulu cop fatally shot a 16-year-old boy eight times, including once in the back of the head after a vehicle pursuit in April. The officer had claimed, among other things, that the car the teen had reversed toward him and “rammed” his car. But body camera footage didn’t back that up, according to local prosecutors.

Now, that officer and two of his colleagues are facing murdercharges, prosecutors said in an announcement Tuesday.

Geoffrey H.L. Thom, a five-year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department, was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting the teen driver, Iremamber Sykap, once in the back of the head, twice in the back of the neck, four times in the back, and once in his arm on April 5, according to prosecutors’ complaint. Officers Zackary K. Ah Nee and Christopher J. Fredeluces are also accused of second-degree attempted murder for their actions that day. 

“The evidence supports the conclusion that the defendants’ use of deadly force in this case was unnecessary, unreasonable, and unjustified under the law,” prosecutors said.

If convicted, any of the three officers could face life sentences with the possibility for parole and at least 20 years behind bars without a chance at parole “due to their use of semi-automatic firearms in connection with the alleged offenses,” the department of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steven Alm said in a statement Tuesday. In the meantime, the Honolulu police department said the cops will be placed on desk duty, according to the Washington Post


The April 5 incident began after the three officers, who were all in patrol vehicles, were called to the area of Kawaikui Beach Park in the afternoon when someone spotted a white Honda Civic that had been reported stolen two days earlier. The vehicle was also allegedly connected to crimes including an armed robbery, a theft, and a purse-snatching, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint. 

Police have said that Sykap was driving the vehicle, though he and other young people in the car have not yet been identified as being involved in any of those alleged offenses, prosecutors said. (That doesn’t mean they were not involved, they noted in their complaint.)

After officers arrived, the Honda Civic drove out of the park and accelerated when the cops attempted to conduct a traffic stop, according to the complaint. A high-speed pursuit ensued for about 10 minutes until cops were able to corner the Honda at an intersection. 

As Thom and Fredeluces, who were in the same patrol car, got out of their vehicle, two passengers of the white Honda fled. Ah Nee also hopped out of his patrol vehicle to confront the car’s occupants. 

Fredeluces, a 10-year-veteran of the police department, went to the driver’s side of the Honda and demanded that the remaining four passengers, including Sykap, get out while holding them at gunpoint, according to the complaint. Ah Nee ran around to the passenger’s side, tried to open the door, and pointed his gun at the interior of the car.

At this time, the Honda was blocked from moving forward by one of the patrol cars. It had come to a complete stop, an attorney for Sykap’s family told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Yet Thom fired 10 rounds into the rear window, while Fredeluces also fired a single round just above the driver’s door handle, though it apparently did not hit Sykap.  

As the officers were shooting at the vehicle, which was still in drive, it moved forward and struck Ah Nee’s empty squad car before rolling over an empty sidewalk and falling into a canal. Ah Nee fired four shots, striking the Honda’s front-seat passenger and the driver’s brother, Mark Sykap, twice, according to the complaint. 

One officer later wrote in a report that the Honda had “rammed” his car, reversed toward him, and accelerated toward another officer, although these claims weren’t supported by bodycam footage, prosecutors wrote. That officer also said in a report that after he heard gunshots, he believed they were coming from the vehicle. But he fired his weapon before confirming that belief, prosecutors said. 

The third officer also wrote in a report that he saw what he thought was the butt of a firearm in the lap of the front-seat passenger. That’s also not supported by bodycam video, prosecutors said: The passenger had a “thin square object” on his lap, which didn’t resemble a gun.

The police chief seemed rattled by prosecutors' decision to pursue charges. The prosecuting attorney had already presented evidence to an Oahu grand jury June 9, according to KHON-TV, and jurors declined to indict the three cops. 

“We are surprised by the prosecuting attorney’s announcement to seek charges against the officers after a grand jury composed of citizens decided not to indict them,” Interim HPD Chief Rade Vanic said in a statement Tuesday, according to Hawaii News Now. 

“This is highly unusual, and we are not aware of a similar action having been taken in the past. While we await the court’s decision, we will continue to protect and serve the community as we have always done,” he added.

The Honolulu Police Department did not immediately return VICE News’ request for comment. The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers also did not respond to a request for comment.

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