London Bridge victim ‘slipped’ before attack

Witness Erick Siguenza told the Old Bailey Ms Zelenak jumped out of the way of the crashing van before being stabbed by the driver. Gareth Patterson QC, representing the victims’ families, said she was wearing high heels and the ground was “quite wet” on the night of the attack. When asked if Ms Zelenak had lost her balance, Mr Siguenza said: “Yes. She was completely on the ground. He [Mr McMullan] just grabbed her left arm and gently tried to pick her up. “But by then the attackers were in close proximity and that’s when they started attacking.” “There was no time for him to be able to help her up because the driver and the other terrorists were already …

LGBT lessons protests spreading

Some have also been sent from Christian parents in Kent. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLead campaigner Amir Ahmed says morally, homosexuality is not “a valid sexual relationship” Mainly Muslim families have been protesting outside Anderton Park Primary School in Birmingham after pupils were given books featuring transgender children and gay families. Protest leader Shakeel Afsar: “All we are concerned [about] is we are having our children come home with material that contradicts our moral values.” Another protester, Amir Ahmed, said: “It’s not about gay lesbian rights and equality. This is purely about proselytising a homosexual way of life to children.” When asked if he believed children could be “recruited to be gay”, Mr Ahmed said: “You …

In Australia, sausages have become a symbol of election day. Here’s why

Brisbane, Australia (CNN)The night before the Western Australian state election in 2013, a group of friends sat around discussing how they would vote. But it has staked a claim to the term on social media, with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as a website which maps where Australians can buy a sausage — or sweeter options — when they fulfill their civic duty to vote. This year, the Aussie democracy sausage obsession has gone global with sizzles at consulates — including London, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Vanuatu — where expats have already cast their votes. Twitter is even getting in on the act with a sausage emoji that’s automatically added to one of six hashtags, …

EasyJet defends Champions League price rises

“The whole pricing picture is very dynamic,” he said, adding that at peak booking times, EasyJet could fill a plane in six seconds. “That’s how quickly this goes and this is how the system reacts.” Mr Lundgren added: “I can understand if people think that the prices are high on this occasion, because it is higher than the average. “But there’s no doubt that this was an occasion where the prices went very high because the demand was enormous.” He maintained that in comparison with other airlines, EasyJet was still offering lower prices, despite the huge increase. What are the options? If you want to fly from Liverpool to Madrid on 31 May, it will cost you £750 one-way. There …

How Fox News Anointed Trumps Pick For ICE Chief

Fox News host It was a coup for Carlson, himself an “You were taken out of your job by Donald Trump, but you’re here to tell us that a wall makes sense anyway?” Carlson said. “I don’t know why we haven’t had you on earlier,” Carlson said, as the segment drew to a close. “That’s the most compelling case I’ve seen for this wall.” “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan said. “I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It’s unequivocal.” No outlet embraced him more wholeheartedly than Fox News, which portrayed …

Q&A: Syria’s Assad sets sights on Idlib, the final showdown?

“There are no good options when it comes to Idlib,” an analysis by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group concluded in March, explaining why the province has oscillated between stagnation and bursts of bloodshed for years. The area is among the last in the war-shattered country outside President Bashar Assad’s control — and the last area still held by rebels. Confident in the support from Russia, Assad has pledged to recover the province and every other inch of Syrian territory lost during the war. Here’s a look at the rebellious region, and the fighting taking place: WHY IS IDLIB IMPORTANT? For Assad, Idlib stands in the way of final victory against the armed opposition. After eight years of war, he has …

Selena Gomez just said social media has been terrible for young people

(CNN)Selena Gomez is voicing her concern about the “terrible” effect that social media has had on her generation, and says she advocates taking breaks from the platforms. The 26-year-old actress and singer is in Cannes to promote Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie, “The Dead Don’t Die,” which also features Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton. Asked what more she could do to improve the social media environment given her large following, Gomez said it is “impossible” at this point to make it safe. She also said she tries to be conscious when posting on Instagram, to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on her fans. “I’m very grateful I have the platform in any way, I can still share things I’m …

Maleah Davis’ stepfather changed his story about her disappearance, police spokesman says

(CNN)A stepfather’s account of how a 4-year-old Houston girl was abducted “changed multiple times,” and detectives with one of the investigating police departments believed the story “did not add up,” a police spokesman says. But Vence’s story changed multiple times during his interview with Sugar Land police, one of the agencies involved in the case, Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph told CNN on Wednesday.

PM ‘could set resignation date this week’

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The Week in Westminster, he said the 1922 Committee had asked her to give “clarity” about her plans for the future, and she had “offered to come and meet with the executive”. “It would be strange for that not to result in a clear understanding [of when she will leave] at the end of the meeting,” he added. The 1922 Committee is an elected body of Tory MPs that represents backbenchers and oversees the party’s leadership contests. Theresa May rejects calls to resign What does the Conservative 1922 Committee do? On why the PM had so far been unwilling to set a date to step down, Sir Graham said: “I do understand the reticence about …

NXIVM Guru Told Member He Was ‘Trying To Break’ Allison Mack

The longtime member, filmmaker Mark Vicente, is a key prosecution witness at the criminal trial of Keith Raniere, whom authorities have accused of forcing female “slaves” within his Nxivm organization to have sex with him, lose weight and get branded with his initials. Mack, who starred in the television series “Smallville” for a decade, was one of five co-defendants, including Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, who previously pleaded guilty to Nxivm-related crimes. “There seemed to be kind of a club of young women gathering around Allison Mack, and they just didn’t look healthy,” he said. Prosecutors say Raniere traded on that status to force female “slaves” who had joined a secretive sorority within Nxivm to follow his every command. The …

Trump Reportedly Asked Don McGahn To Say He Didn’t Obstruct Justice

Don McGahn to publicly declare the president never obstructed justice, according to reports on Friday. investigation beyond the testimony he had already given to special counsel Mueller’s report, a Donald Trump may have obstructed justice by attempting to intervene in the Russia investigation. shrugged off these reports, telling CNN’s Kaitlan Collins during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll: “Nobody disobeys my orders.” “If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn’t need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself,” Trump tweeted last month. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. commanding him to testify on May 21 and requesting he supply documents related to his testimony outlined in …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …

Why Jon Snow May Have Sounded Different On ‘Game Of Thrones’

Game of Thrones,” titled “The Last of the Starks,” was all about saying goodbye to key characters ― and hello to The Season 8 episode starts with a series of emotional farewells for those who fell during the Battle of Winterfell. It’s then that the King in the North says a few words that have people talking: Is a new voice coming? Sean Bean), the man who raised him, or, you know, if he just had a cold. (There probably aren’t a lot of throat lozenges in the North.) Bradley told us that all the characters were reaching a “new level of maturity” in Season 8 as the culmination of all of their experiences. He added: “I think there’s something …

Thanks to DNA sleuths, a Jane Doe killed 37 years ago might finally get a headstone with her name on it

(CNN)For 37 years the woman’s remains have been in a lonely, nameless grave at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Reno, Nevada. “This is an incredible story, and I am extremely proud of the work done by everyone who took part in this case over the past three decades,” Sheriff Darin Balaam said.

New York Rep. Anthony Brindisis aide was charged with hiring prostitute, 17: police

An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., [seen above] was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced.  (House of Representatives) “As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated,” a statement from Brindisi’s office said. Stemen is slated to appear in Utica City Court on May 20, Syracuse.com reported. CLICK  HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “Stemen was charged following an investigation involving a 17-year-old who he admitted to meeting via the internet and paying $200 for a sexual date,” according to the state police statement on the arrest. Stemen had worked as a communications aide to Brindisi when he served in the New York …