A 13-YEAR-old boy sobbed as he recalled how his mum yelled “get down” before she was shot dead in the Mormon massacre that killed nine. Devin Langford was hailed a “hero” by his dad David for saving his six siblings by hiding them in bushes and walking 14 miles to get help. The youngster broke down in tears as he described the moment ruthless Mexican cartel hitmen opened fire on his family’s car last Monday. He told ABC how his mum screamed “get down right now'', adding that “she was trying to pray to the lord”.His mum Dawna, and two of his brothers, Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, 2, were among the nine women and children killed in the ambush in the Mexican state of Sonora. Three cars containing women and kids were attacked as they were travelling to visit relatives and celebrate a Mormon wedding. After the gunmen fled the scene, Devin led his six siblings to safety in a ravine, hiding them beneath the low-hanging trees that … [Read more...] about Boy, 13, who saved six siblings in Mormon massacre cries as he reveals his mum screamed ‘get down’ as cartel opened fire
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Throughout the 2019 election campaign, the Guardian will be fact-checking claims made across the political spectrum as candidates fight for seats in the House of Commons. In an age of growing concern over the extent of misinformation in political debate, we’ll seek to provide rapid, reliable correction to errors made in the debates and other key political discussions, as well as on claims made by candidates that make their way into wide circulation on social media. We’ll also provide in-depth analysis of the plausibility of the parties’ policies. But we’ll be careful not to simply amplify malicious falsehoods – so if an outlandish claim shows up in an obscure corner of the internet, we’ll take great care not to bring it to wider prominence through our reporting. If you see or hear something that makes you suspicious and want to flag it to the Guardian fact check team, you can contact us at [email protected], go to this page, or use the form … [Read more...] about Election fact check: will there really be 20,000 new police officers?
Sydney residents are being urged to prepare to evacuate on Tuesday as an 'unprecedented level of bushfire danger' threatens the city and authorities warn they will not be able to save everyone. Areas across New South Wales are gearing up for 'catastrophic' conditions tomorrow as temperatures are set to reach 37C, with 60km/winds and low levels of humidity that are expected to aggravate wildfires. About 100,000 homes in the Sydney area are said to be at risk, and officials are warning residents to take action while they can because help is not guaranteed. 'Under these conditions, some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see,' The Rural Fire Service said on Monday. 'There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it. 'Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call. 'Your safest option will always be to leave … [Read more...] about Day of reckoning: Great wall of fire bears down on Sydney TODAY with chilling graphic showing how the worst conditions in Australian history could destroy hundreds of thousands of homes – and authorities say they can’t save everyone
An acclaimed Iranian illustrator has been denied a visa to attend the Edinburgh international book festival amid growing criticism of the UK’s handling of Iranian visas. Ehsan Abdollahi, described by the festival’s director as a “highly respected, award-winning Iranian illustrator of kids’ books”, was due to arrive in the UK early August, but he has received a visa refusal letter, issued by the British embassy in Dubai and seen by the Guardian. It states that he has “no right of appeal or right to administrative review”. Abdollahi, 37, who teaches at Tehran’s top Honar (Art) University, has illustrated a number of children’s books published in English by Tiny Owl, including When I Coloured in the World, by one of Iran’s best-known living poets, Ahmadreza Ahmadi. The independent publishing house has introduced Persian books for children in English, including The Little Black Fish, the most famous Iranian story for children … [Read more...] about Acclaimed Iranian artist refused visa to attend Edinburgh book festival
‘How hard can it be to play the clarinet?’ Packages arrive for me infrequently, their contents for the most part boringly apparent: books, CDs, spare phone chargers, that sort of thing. This one didn’t have any of the usual telltale shapes. “What is that?” said my wife. “It’s, um,” I said. “It’s a clarinet.” “You can’t play the clarinet,” she said. “Not yet I can’t.” I think of drinking as an essential part of online shopping. I might spend an afternoon idly checking the prices of secondhand instruments on a music shop website and thinking: “How hard can it be to play the clarinet?” But I wouldn’t buy anything. However, later that evening, fuelled by too much wine, I might return to the computer to type in my credit card details with one eye shut. Then I’ll forget all about it; it’s like a surprise present to myself. I played the clarinet every day for a … [Read more...] about Drunk online shopping regrets: clarinets, elephants and flatpacks