The Saudi Air Force trainee who killed three and injured eight when he opened fire at a naval base in Florida on Friday assailed the United States as 'a nation of evil' just before his shooting rampage, AFP reports. The man, identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, opened fire inside a classroom at Naval Air Station in Pensacola early Friday morning. Police quickly responded to the scene and he was shot dead. Alshamrani was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. The Pentagon say his training with the US military began in August 2016, and was due to finish in August 2020. On Friday evening, the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, claimed they had tracked a Twitter account belonging to Alshamrani which featured a disturbing manifesto written just hours before the shooting. 'I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil,' it read. 'I'm not against you for just … [Read more...] about Saudi Air Force trainee condemned US as ‘nation of evil’ in hate-fueled Twitter manifesto just hours before he killed three and injured eight at Pensacola naval base – as six others are arrested, including three who FILMED the attack
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One sighting in December 2007 described two clusters of amber, orange and white lights in triangular formation moving "like a feather or a cork bobbing on water" over the Vale of Neath in south Wales. In other cases catalogued by the Ministry of Defence, a caller said he had been living with an alien in Carlisle, and a Cardiff man claimed a UFO took his dog, car and tent while he was camping with friends in 2007. After more than 50 years faithfully recording reports of UFOs and flying saucers, and patiently answering questions from the public, the MoD eventually decided it was a waste of money, newly released documents show. "Despite what many people think, and claim, the MoD does not have any expertise or role in respect of UFO/flying saucer matters or the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life forms, about which it remains totally open-minded," defence officials repeatedly told members of the public. Reports were examined and logged, they explained, "solely … [Read more...] about Alien nation: MoD releases final UFO files
The Tories' "marriage of convenience" with the DUP is harming the national interest in Brexit talks says former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg The former Lib Dem leader said the Theresa May's reliance on votes from the Northern Ireland Party meant she was hamstrung from taking "wise" decisions on how to avoid a hard border. "It complicates things enormously," he said of the pact. "It significantly restricts her ability to act more courageously on this crucial issue of the border issue," he told a meeting in Dublin. "It has further hemmed in the ability of the British government to act wisely and courageously for the long-term future of the United Kingdom and also all these issues that affect the island of Ireland. "It would seem in this great and historical moment, when so many things are at stake, pretty peculiar that a here-today-gone-tomorrow marriage of convenience between the DUP and Conservatives - because the Conservatives triggered and failed to win a general election - … [Read more...] about Prime Minister’s ‘marriage of convenience’ with the DUP is harming the national interest in Brexit talks says Nick Clegg
Stirling Central Scotland Most visitors go to Scotland for the scenery, the culture, eventful history and the cold-Caribbean-like coast. As a base for exploring the Highlands, with shops and society yet no city throngs, Stirling is a bonny option. The dramatic castle towering above the town nudges into every view, ensuring no visitor forgets to visit, but book ahead for special Christmas lunches in the intimate Green Room, and carols on 15 Dec, and the play A Christmas Carol (20-22 Dec). Stirling Winter Festival has a long list of events, from a Family Ceilidh on 14 Dec to children’s show Snow Play on 20 Dec. It would be rude not to go for a hike, so choose your Ben – Ben A’an and Ben Lomond are goodies (but make sure you are properly prepared for the likely conditions). Less taxing is the climb to the Wallace Monument for views over the city. After dark, you could target Andy Scott’s illuminated equine sculptures, the Kelpies, south of Stirling at Falkirk, for … [Read more...] about Winter weekenders: 15 picturesque UK towns for a pre-Christmas break
So, there you are, having worked your way through a crowd denser than a Brexit negotiation, standing in front of your prize. The Mona Lisa in the Louvre. What do you do? Look more closely at that enigmatic smile? Wonder at the subtle gradations of light and shadow in Leonardo’s rendering of the face? Admire the illusion of depth? No, of course not. You turn your back on the painting, whip out your phone and take a selfie. And then you move on to your next prize. You could be forgiven, amid the Brexit fracas, for not having noticed that Wednesday was Museum Selfie Day, a “fun day to encourage people to visit museums”, in the words of Mar Dixon, whose brainchild it was. A fun day? Not to the critics. “Art is serious. It is not light entertainment,” the Guardian’s Jonathan Jones wrote sternly in 2015, adding that selfies were a “spiritual menace” to museums and galleries. This might seem pompous and overwrought. For selfie enthusiasts, such … [Read more...] about Here’s me and the Mona Lisa. Who says that art and selfies can’t mix?