Paris Attacks Were Planned For 11 M...

Belgian intelligence services said Abdelhamid Abaaoud's plan to assault Paris last Friday they planned for almost a year before the terror leader reve...

Thousands of Britons Stuck in Sinai...

Egyptian authorities had intercepted EasyJet's flights from Sharm el-Sheikh to the United Kingdom after approval from the UK government to retrieve al...

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Sweden Shaken By Violent School Att...

The country of Sweden watched the evening news as shock came after a student, dressed for Halloween wielding a sword, killed a teacher and a student. ...

Patient’s Safety Compromised ...

Former Conservative Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter said the Tory Government's proposal for junior doctors could mean trouble for patients. The...

Paris Attacks Were Planned For 11 Months

Belgian intelligence services said Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s plan to assault Paris last Friday they planned for almost a year before the terror leader revealed himself and killed 129 people in separate waves of attacks in the capital.

Abaaoud was killed by a police raid in their hideout in a Saint-Denis apartment where he and other jihadist members planned another wave of attacks, ending their mission for the Islamic State militants.

After the shootout, authorities arrested eight perpetrators and found the body of a female suicide bomber and another mutilated body detonated after the explosion.

French intelligence confirms that Abaaoud was involved in four other terrorist plots in France since spring. According to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve, Europe needs more intelligence sharing.

Gaping Holes In Europe’s Borders

Some members of the party that attacked Paris last Friday were originally from France. One of the militants travelled to Syria from his hometown in France and returned despite his passport having been confiscated and he is under surveillance.

Abaaoud had travelled across Islamic State to Europe at different times, including an attack plot in Belgium last January.

The incident had brought to light the immense inability of security services to simultaneously monitor large groups of European Muslims who had fought once for the Islamic State or even spot possible terrorist attacks at present.

Thousands of Britons Stuck in Sinai Resort May Be Stuck By New Suspension

Egyptian authorities had intercepted EasyJet’s flights from Sharm el-Sheikh to the United Kingdom after approval from the UK government to retrieve all UK holidaymakers from the resort back to the United Kingdom by the end of Friday.

UK transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who was hopeful the issue would be resolved by Friday, did not comment on the suspension of British flights.

EasyJet said on its website that “high level political talks” are on-going to resolve the hold-up, much to the dismay of 3,500 Britons stranded in the resort for days following the A321M crash.

Hand-Carry Luggages Only

As everyone remained confused, EasyJet said it was moving according to orders of both governments. It had also advised that passengers are only allowed to carry hand-carry luggage. Large baggage need to wait seven to 10 days as the UK government will sweep the luggage for the possibility of bombs.

Staff at the resort said the United Kingdom had once complained about the resort’s lack of security as it asked a tightening of security procedure. This has contributed to the slowdown of admitting holidaymakers to and from the resort.

According to some passengers, the security didn’t look similar to when they arrived as the employees were lax in checking their luggage.

Sweden Shaken By Violent School Attack

The country of Sweden watched the evening news as shock came after a student, dressed for Halloween wielding a sword, killed a teacher and a student. Investigators claim the attack may have political roots.

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School attacks in Sweden are rare. The entire country watched the events in Trollhattan with impending worry as school attacks in the country were rare.

Halloween Scare

Investigator Thord Haraldsson said the attacker had a “racist motive” they are looking into for verification.

The 21-year-old attacker posed for a photograph that he posted in social media before he went on his rampage.

According to Swedish media, the attacker, who has yet to be named by the police, the suspect’s social media accounts suggested his heavy interest in Hitler, Nazi Germany and his hostility towards other races, particularly Islam and immigration.

Students were immediately attacked after the assailant stabbed a teacher.

Police arrived about 10:10PM local time before they gunned down the attacker in the class hallways.

A Black Day For Sweden

Shocked Swedish arrived with frowns and tears to the school offering their respects, lighting candles and bringing flowers for the teacher and student who died of multiple stab wounds. A 15-year-old and 41-year-old teacher remain in a serious condition in the hospital.

Swedish Prime Minister King Carl Gustaf said he was “in shock” and he learned the events in Trollhattan “with great dismay and sorrow”.

Patient’s Safety Compromised By Junior Doctors’ Contract

Former Conservative Health Minister Dr. Dan Poulter said the Tory Government’s proposal for junior doctors could mean trouble for patients.

The once-Health Minister explained:

“There was … a recognition by the Department of Health that now appears to have been lost: that better pay and work-life balance incentives were needed to ensure doctors were attracted to A&E and other gruelling specialities.”

Junior doctors are facing proposed pay cuts. But Dr. Poulter said it is more than just money. The contract forced doctors to work excessive hours where fatigue could compromise the quality of their professional integrity.

Working for 12 hours for seven days, the human body could start to feel fatigue settle in.

Dr. Poulter said the government’s original platform, which was to achieve a good work-life balance, is being offset by its interest to save more than £22 billion from the health industry. According to the former Health Minister, the Junior Doctors’ working conditions and pay were “ways to close the gap” that is both unjustified and unfair.

However, the UK Department of Health said Dr. Poulter’s interpretation is widely erroneous.

A spokesman said:

“Our proposals will mean average pay will not go down and there is no intention to increase working hours,” a spokesman said.

“In fact, we want to offer more safeguards over total hours worked for junior doctors than ever before.

“We call on the Junior Doctors Committee to re-enter negotiations and work with us to put in place a new contract that’s safe for patients and fair for doctors.”


Volkswagen Admits That 11 Million Cars Worldwide Could Be Affected By Emissions Scandal

Millions of petrol cars worldwide sold by Volkswagen are affected by the diesel engine emissions test scandal.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen and other diesel car manufacturers will be investigated for similar emissions rigging examinations.

The scandal has rocked the entire diesel engine car industry with many questioning the future of diesel engines.

British Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin had called for an investigation into Volkswagen following its admission that 11 million vehicles worldwide may have passed strict environmental exams by switcin to fume-suppressing technology during examinations.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and have been pushing for action at a European level for more accurate tests that reflect driving on the road,” said Mr McLoughlin.

“It’s vital that the public has confidence in vehicle emissions tests and I am calling for the European Commission to investigate this issue as a matter of urgency.”

In fact, these vehicles may be spewing double or triple the emissions reported in their examinations.

British motorists, along with motorists who had purchased Volkswagen brands Audi, Skoda and Seat could have their cars recalled. Industry experts said the 2 lt, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine said the engines could have been sold in Britain.

Meanwhile, British Politicians said European regulators are failing to enforce emissions standards at the scandal’s wake.

Father Of Two Syrian Toddlers Washed Up On The Beach Describes His Emotions

Turkish Media had found the father of three-year-old Aylan and his big brother Galip whose bodies were washed ashore during an attempt to reach the Greek island of Kos from Turkish beaches in a boat.

Abdullah Kurdi spoke to the local Dogan News Agency and described his devastation after his children slipped from his hands. He said he paid human traffickers twice to cross him and his children over to Kos. Two failed efforts failed to start the run.

Kurdi said coastguards captured them at sea and released them. During the second attempt, the traffickers failed to bring their boats. However, when they set sail, the boat filled with water and capsized. He held on to his wife but his children slipped from his hands.

He said he heard his childrens’ voices and his wife. He tried to swim to the beach by following the lights. He looked for his children and wife and did not think they died. However, when he arrived in their meeting point at Bodrum he realised that they did not make it.

The Syrian refugee crisis is the biggest problem the EU faces. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was a bigger challenge than the Greek Debt Crisis where the failure of the Euro could devastate the entire nation.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale Promises To Fight Educational Injustices

According to new Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, her college life was not easy. Born to a working-class family, she could not compete with privately-educated students during her time in Aberdeen University. She believed that social disadvantage “follows young people throughout their education”.

Pledging to “change the system” in her speech at Edinburgh College, she said:

“I first felt the unfairness of inequality when I moved from primary school in leafy Elgin to secondary school in urban Dundee.

“Expansive sports fields replaced by playground concrete. An average pupil in prosperous Elgin, I was suddenly near top of the class in my new secondary in Dundee.

“When I went to study law at Aberdeen University, I found the wheel had turned again and I was surrounded by privately-educated pupils whose backgrounds I couldn’t relate to and whose achievements I couldn’t compete with.

“They would spend holidays at their parents’ law firms, I would work preparing food containers for oil rigs.

“My family wasn’t rich but we weren’t in poverty either, and it just seemed wrong that advantage and disadvantage followed young people throughout their education.

“After university I worked as a welfare-rights adviser, helping disadvantaged students to get the support they need.

“The frustrating struggle to help my clients to work the system made me realise that what I really needed to do was to change the system.”

“Government, when it responds to what people need, working with them not just for them, can transform lives beyond recognition, and when government fails it can have a devastating impact on vulnerable lives.

“Above all it has reinforced my belief that the fortunate have a responsibility to use our power to help those who don’t have the same opportunities.

“And as a parliamentarian, the campaigns I have led with extraordinary men and women, like Debtbusters, made me angry at the injustices working-class people face but also inspired me as people came together to challenge power.”

Carmichael Coalmine Overturned By Federal Court

Due to disregard for conservation advice for two endangered species, a case is brought against environment minister Greg Hunt for approving the Carmichael Coalmine.

The court has ruled that the environment minister, Greg Hunt, had ignored his own department’s advice about the coal mine’s impact on the Yakka Skink and the Ornamental Snake, two of the most vulnerable snake species in Australia.

Adani, who intends to set up the Carmichael Coalmine, is yet to have enough financial backing for the new coalmine. The company recently reduced its workforce on the project because it lacked the legal authority to start building.

Principal Solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office Sue Higginson said:

“This kind of error in the decision-making process is legally fatal to the minister’s decision.

“The conservation advices were approved by the minister in April last year, and describe the threats to the survival of these threatened species, which are found only in Queensland,” she said.

“The law requires that the minister consider these conservation advices so that he understands the impacts of the decision that he is making on matters of national environmental significance, in this case the threatened species.”

“We now call on minister Hunt to see sense, honour his obligations, and take the opportunity he has been handed by the federal court to reject this disastrous project once and for all.”

Weight Management Service Rationing Can Undermine Obesity and Health Efforts

NHS mental and physical health service restrictions and exercise programs rationing could hamper health initiatives. According to the Royal Society for Public Health people who are dangerously overweight could pay the price for the money-saving efforts of the UK government.

In the RSPH survey of 100 public health officials in the NHS and local councils, about 49 per cent said the weight management programmes have been rationed in the area in the last year. Part of the rationed services include quit-smoking programmes and obesity workouts for overweight Britons.

According to the National Obesity Forum Spokesman Tam Fry:

“To ration nationally agreed weight management programmes is both short-sighted and quite stupid. It could well be unethical if patients’ hope of returning to good health is prejudiced.”

UKactive, a group that promotes physical activity said that rationing exercise referral programmes will make it difficult to follow through for most obese patients. Excutive Director Steven Ward said:

“Being physically active can treat, prevent or manage 20 lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. This is a time for an industrial-scale rollout of services, not for reducing already established services.”

RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer said:

“Our research suggests that funding cuts are beginning to bite and are having a direct impact on frontline services.

“Obesity, which NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has called ‘the new smoking’, is arguably the number one threat to both the public’s health and our NHS. But people on the frontline are reporting that some of our most effective weapons aimed at tackling this threat, such as exercise referral and weight management services, are being restricted.”


Greece Rejects Bailout Offer From EU

With a 61.9% majority against a 39.1% to the “Yes” vote, Greece had outright refused the European bailout infused with numerous additional austerities. According to the Syriza-led Greek government, the European austerity bailout terms were “humiliating.” Analysts have warned that this development could lead Greece out of the Eurozone.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said:

“As of tomorrow, Greece will go back to the negotiating table and our primary priority is to reinstate the financial stability of the country,” he said in a televised address.
“This time, the debt will be on the negotiating table,” he added, saying that an International Monetary Fund assessment published this week “confirms Greek views that restructuring the debt is necessary”.
Dutch Finance Minister and head of Eurozone’s Finance Ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the result of the referndum was “very regrettable” for the future of Greece.

German Deputy Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said that “renewed negotiations with Greece are difficult to imagine. Mr. Tsipras and his government are taking down the country with bitter abandonment and hopelessness.”

However, Greek government officials saw public rejection of the offer can help strengthen their hand in negotiations with the EU. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said a “No”vote would mean banks reopening on Tuesday.