September 13, 2018 09:47 AM Karina Marnissi and her husband Isam had been looking forward to their vacation in Cuba. Relaxing under the palm trees of the Caribbean and enjoying the charms of Havana seemed just the thing. On July 20, they traveled from Stuttgart to the Munich Airport with tickets and visas in their pockets. They had already checked in. All they had to do was check their luggage for the Eurowings flight to Varadero. But they would never make it onto the plane. When they arrived at the counter, Isam Marnissi explains, a note was lying next to the keyboard of the Eurowings employee. A German national with Tunisian roots, Marnissi says both of their names had been handwritten on it. "Uh oh, we thought, something must to be wrong." They handed over their passports and the woman at the counter called someone and passed along their details. While she was waiting, she asked if they had any weapons in their luggage. "Of course, we didn't," Marnissi says. "What an absurd … [Read more...] about Orwellian Nightmare: A German Couple Winds Up on U.S. No-Fly List
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DENVER -- An erratic wildfire charging through extremely dry land in the heart of Colorado ski country destroyed three homes and forced people to flee, authorities said Thursday. Elsewhere in Colorado, a rare high-elevation tornado touched down at the site of another wildfire Thursday but apparently caused little damage and had no effect on the fire. They were among more than 60 large blazes burning across the United States, mostly in the West, where whipping winds and increasing heat have made it easy for flames to spread. Fires exploded in Northern California, Utah and other areas, where a prolonged and severe drought has desiccated forests. In Colorado, residents of multimillion-dollar properties, modest condos and mobile homes were ordered to evacuate early Thursday because of the Lake Christine Fire, an unpredictable blaze reported the night before near the town of Basalt. More than 500 homes were affected. The Eagle County Sheriff's Department said no other homes had been lost … [Read more...] about More than 60 large wildfires burning across U.S.
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD Send tips here | Subscribe for free | View in your browser Good Wednesday morning. Spotted: A tanned and besuited David Cameron strolling up the Duke of York Steps off the Mall in the early evening sun last night, security detail in tow. Also spotted: Culture Secretary Matt Hancock being taught to moonwalk by the director of the National Portrait Gallery. Hell yes there’s video. DRIVING THE DAY RATS IN A SACK: Theresa May is preparing for prime minister’s questions this morning with her most senior ministers at war like never before. Maybe it’s the midsummer heat, but just try to recall when we last watched a serving Cabinet fighting pitched battles in public on a daily basis. This month alone: Gavin Williamson: Waged open warfare on first the Treasury and then Theresa May herself, as he lobbied for more defense funding. Stories are appearing on a near-daily basis in different papers, … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook: Rats in a sack — Splits in Brussels — Things fall apart
Thomas Novelly Louisville Courier Journal Published 2:07 p.m. UTC Jun 26, 2018 President Donald Trump will posthumously honor a Kentucky soldier with the Medal of Honor on Tuesday for his actions in World War II. First Lt. Garlin M. Conner, a native of Albany, Kentucky, and a longtime farmer of the commonwealth soil, has been celebrated as one of the most decorated in soldiers in U.S. history. His honors include the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Star medals, a bronze star and three Purple Hearts for injuries suffered in combat. But to his widow, Pauline Lyda Wells Conner, the only thing missing was the nation's highest military award for valor. Watch: Kentuckian recounts being shot down in WWII and being a POW "He was my hero," Pauline Conner said at a Department of Defense roundtable Monday. "And he still is since he has been gone for the last 20 years ... I didn't think this would happen, I never thought it would happen." Tuesday … [Read more...] about A remarkable hero: Trump to award WWII Kentucky soldier Medal of Honor
Heanor-born Harry Brazier’s diffident manner and schoolmasterly appearance hid a fierce patriotism and a wartime flying career that took him from the icy air above the Norwegian fjords to the heat of the deserts of the Middle East. Friends and neighbours who gathered to say goodbye to the veteran were given, in addition to the order of service for his funeral, a fascinating resume, penned before his death by Harry himself, of his wartime experiences. Many of those who met Harry, whether during his long teaching career, on the football grounds of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, where he was both player and administrator, or simply as the pleasant man exercising his dog around the village where he made his home in later years, had little or no idea of his activities during the Second World War. Like so many who had actually been there and done that on active service, he mostly kept his memories to himself. Harry died earlier this year, at the age of 94, one of a sadly dwindling … [Read more...] about Only after his death was story of Harry Brazier’s brave RAF war service revealed