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LONDON: Liz Truss is expected to be named leader of the governing Conservative Party and Britain’s next prime minister on Monday, poised to take power at a time when the country faces a cost of living crisis, industrial unrest and a recession.

After weeks of an often bad-tempered and divisive party leadership contest that pitted Truss against Rishi Sunak, a former finance minister, Monday’s announcement at 1130 GMT will trigger the beginning of a handover from Boris Johnson. He was forced to announce his resignation in July after months of scandal.

On Tuesday, the winner will travel to Scotland to meet Queen Elizabeth, who will ask the new leader to form a government.

Long the front runner in the race to replace Johnson, Truss, if appointed, will become the Conservatives’ fourth prime minister since a 2015 election. Over that period the country has been buffeted from crisis to crisis, and now faces what is forecast to be a long recession triggered by sky-rocketing inflation which hit 10.1 percent in July.

Foreign minister under Boris Johnson, Truss, 47, has promised to act quickly to tackle Britain’s cost of living crisis, saying that within a week she will come up with a plan to tackle rising energy bills and securing future fuel supplies.

Speaking in a TV interview on Sunday she declined to give details of the measures she says will reassure millions of people who fear they will be unable to pay their fuel bills as winter approaches.

She has signalled during her leadership campaign she would challenge convention by scrapping tax increases and cutting other levies that some economists say would fuel inflation.

That, plus a pledge to review the remit of the Bank of England while protecting its independence, has prompted some investors to dump the pound and government bonds.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies cast doubt last month on Britain’s next prime minister having room to make large, permanent tax cuts.

‘Second most difficult post-war brief’

Truss faces a long, costly and difficult to-do list, which opposition lawmakers say is the result of 12 years of a poor Conservative government. Several have called for an early election — something Truss has said she will not allow.

Veteran Conservative lawmaker David Davis described the challenges she would take on as prime minister as “probably the second most difficult brief of post-war prime ministers” after Conservative Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

“I actually don’t think any of the candidates, not one of them going through it, really knows quite how big this is going to be,” he said, adding that costs could run into tens of billions of pounds.

Truss has said she will appoint a strong cabinet, dispensing with what one source close to her called a “presidential-style” of governing.

First, she will turn to the urgent issue of surging energy prices. Average annual household utility bills are set to jump by 80 percent in October to 3,549 pounds ($4,084), before an expected rise to 6,000 pounds in 2023, decimating personal finances.

Britain has lagged other major European countries in its offer of support for consumer energy bills, which opposition lawmakers blame on a “zombie” government unable to act while the Conservatives ran their leadership contest.

In May, the government set out a 15-billion-pound support package to help households with energy bills as part of its 37-billion-pound cost-of-living support scheme.

Italy has budgeted over 52 billion euros ($51.75 billion) so far this year to help its people. In France, increases in electricity bills are capped at 4 percent and Germany said on Sunday it would spend at least 65 billion euros shielding consumers and businesses from rising inflation.

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At least 23 children killed in attack by ex-police officer who later shot dead his wife and son before turning his weapon on himself.

A former police officer opened fire at a daycare centre in Thailand killing at least 35 people, mostly children, before turning a weapon on his family and then himself.

The attacker – armed with a shotgun, pistol and a knife – began the killing spree in Nong Bua Lam Phu province at about 12:30pm (05:30 GMT) on Thursday before fleeing the scene in a pick-up truck.

The dead included at least 23 children, said police Colonel Jakkapat Vijitraithaya. The gunman forced his way into a locked room where children were sleeping at the time, according to a witness.

After the attack, the gunman went home and killed his wife and child, Jakkapat said.

The attacker was named as former police officer Panya Khamrab, 34, and Jakkapat said he was dismissed from the force last year for drug use.

Nanthicha Punchum, acting head of the nursery, described harrowing scenes as the attacker barged into the building.

“There were some staff eating lunch outside the nursery and the attacker parked his car and shot four of them dead,” she said. “The shooter smashed down the door with his leg and then came inside and started slashing the children’s heads with a knife.”

The children at the daycare centre in Uthai Sawan, a town 500km (310 miles) northeast of the capital Bangkok, were mostly stabbed to death, police said.

Footage after the attack showed distraught parents weeping in a shelter outside the nursery, a yellow single-storey building set in a garden.

‘Thought it was fireworks’

About 30 children were at the centre when the gunman entered at around lunchtime, district official Jidapa Boonsom said.

The man first shot four or five staff, including a teacher who was eight months pregnant, Jidapa said. “At first people thought it was fireworks… It’s really shocking. We were very scared and running to hide once we knew it was a shooting. So many children got killed, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Photographs showed at least two bodies on the floor of the centre covered in white sheets.

Witness Paweena Purichan, 31, was riding her motorcycle to her shop when she encountered the fleeing assailant driving erratically. “He intended to crash into others on the road,” she said.

“The attacker rammed a motorbike and two people were injured. I sped off to get away from him. There was blood everywhere.”

The Facebook page of Thailand's Central Investigation Bureau shows a picture of former policeman Panya Khamrab, who is believed to have killed at least 30 people in a nursery in the northern Thai province of Nong Bua Lam Phu. - At least 30 people are dead including many children [Thailand's Central Investigation Bureau/AFP]
The Facebook page of Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau shows a picture of former policeman Panya Khamrab [Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau/AFP]

Killed his wife and child

Police spokesperson Paisan Luesomboon told broadcaster Thai PBS the gunman had been at a court hearing in connection with a drug case earlier on Thursday and had gone to the daycare to find his own child, but the child was not there.

“He was already stressed and when he couldn’t find his child he was more stressed and started shooting,” Paisan said, adding he then drove home and killed his wife and child there before taking his own life.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha ordered the national police chief to “fast-track an investigation” and said he would travel to the scene of the attack on Friday.

“This should not happen. This absolutely should not happen,” Prayut told reporters. “I am extremely sorry for those who were injured and lost [their loved ones].”

Gun laws are strict in Thailand where possession of an illegal firearm carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, but ownership is high compared with some other countries in the region.

Mass shootings are rare in Thailand but in 2020 a soldier angry over a property deal killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations.

Rescue workers loading into a truck the coffins containing the mass shooting victims at a childcare center in Nong Bua Lamphu province, northeastern Thailand
Workers load coffins at the childcare centre into a truck on Thursday [Ruamkatanyu Foundation via EPA-EFE]
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NA KLANG, Thailand, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A former policeman killed 34 people, including 23 children, during a knife and gun rampage at a daycare centre in northeast Thailand on Thursday, police said, before later shooting dead his wife and child at home and turning his weapon on himself.

In one of the world’s worst child death tolls in a massacre by a single killer in recent history, most of the children who died at the daycare centre in Uthai Sawan, a town 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Bangkok, were stabbed to death, police said.

The age range of children at the daycare centre was from two to five years, a local official told Reuters.

Police identified the attacker as a former member of the force who was dismissed from his post last year over drug allegations and he was facing trial on a drugs charge.

The man had been in court earlier in the day and had then gone to the daycare centre to collect his child, police spokesperson Paisal Luesomboon told broadcaster ThaiPBS.

When he did not find his child there, he began the killing spree, Paisal said. “He started shooting, slashing, killing children at the Uthai Sawan daycare centre,” Paisal said.

“It’s a scene that nobody wants to see. From the first step when I went in, it felt harrowing,” Piyalak Kingkaew, an experienced emergency worker heading the first responder team, told Reuters.

“We’ve been through it before, but this incident is most harrowing because they are little kids.”

A large van that police said contained bodies of 22 people, mostly children, was seen by Reuters departing from a police station headed towards the city of Udon Thani, 80 km (50 miles) away, where autopsies would be performed.

‘I BEGGED HIM FOR MERCY’

A Reuters photographer also saw late on Thursday the body of the shooter, Panya Khamrapm, being moved in a bodybag from a van to a police station in the province.

Photographs taken at the daycare centre by the rescue team and shared with Reuters showed the tiny bodies of those killed laid out on blankets. Abandoned juice boxes were scattered across the floor.

“He was heading towards me and I begged him for mercy, I didn’t know what to do,” one distraught woman told ThaiPBS, fighting back tears.

“He didn’t say anything, he shot at the door while the kids were sleeping,” another woman said, becoming distraught.

Police said the attacker’s weapon was a 9 mm pistol and it had been obtained legally.

Thailand’s police chief said the perpetrator had tried to break into the premises and had mostly used a knife in the killings.

“Then he got out and started killing anyone he met along the way with a gun or the knife until he got home. We surrounded his house and then found that he committed suicide in his home,” Damrongsak Kittiprapas told reporters.

He said a few children had survived, without giving details.

About 30 children were at the facility – a pink, one-storey building surrounded by a lawn and small palm trees – when the attacker arrived, fewer than usual, as heavy rain had kept many people away, said district official Jidapa Boonsom, who was working in a nearby office at the time.

“The shooter came in around lunch time and shot four or five officials at the childcare centre first,” Jidapa told Reuters.

The attacker forced his way into a locked room where the children were sleeping, Jidapa said. A teacher who was eight months pregnant was also among those stabbed to death, she said.

The massacre is among the worst involving children killed by one person. Anders Breivik killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, at a summer camp in Norway in 2011, while the death toll in other cases include 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut in 2012, 16 at Dunblane in Scotland in 1996 and 19 at a school in Uvalde, Texas, this year.

DRUGS CHARGE

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha was expected to visit the region on Friday. In a statement on Facebook, he called Thursday’s rampage a “shocking incident”.

Prayuth ordered all government departments to fly the national flag at half mast on Friday to mark a tragedy that “had caused grief to the entire nation”, his spokesperson Anusha Burapchaisri said.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida will visit families of the victims in Udon Thani on Friday, according to a local announcement.

The government said it would provide financial aid to the families to help cover funeral expenses and medical treatment.

The White House and the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres both expressed shock at the attack and sent condolences to the victims’ families.

Gun laws are strict in Thailand, where possession of an illegal firearm carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years. But ownership is high compared with some other countries in Southeast Asia. Illegal weapons, many brought in from strife-torn neighbouring countries, are common.

Mass shootings in Thailand remain rare, although in 2020, a soldier angry over a property deal gone sour killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations.

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A former student fatally shot a faculty member inside a building at the University of Arizona on Wednesday afternoon, sending the campus into a lockdown as officers searched for the gunman, police said.

Police said the shooting took place shortly after 2 p.m. inside the John W. Harshbarger Building, near East Second Street and North Mountain Avenue. The building houses the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. The victim was identified as a male professor in the Department of Hydrology, but his name was not immediately released.

UA Police Chief Paula Balafas said the suspect was arrested by the Department of Public Safety shortly after 5 p.m. on Interstate 8 at Gila Bend. He was identified as Murad Dervish, 46.

Balafas said that just after 2 p.m. UA police received a call from someone inside the building that a former student was there and that the ex-student was not allowed inside the building. The person requested officers come to Harshbarger and escort the person out. Before officers arrived within a few minutes another caller reported a shooting inside the building.

A faculty member who was in the building at the time said he heard seven to 10 gunshots. The faculty member asked not to be identified. Police later said a handgun was used in the shooting.

All remaining in-person classes, activities and performances on the UA campus were canceled for the rest of Wednesday, according to a UA police update. At about 3:30 p.m., UA police said the campus lockdown and shelter-in-place have been lifted, but people should stay away from the Harshbarger building. No decision had been made on whether there would be in-person classes on Thursday. The building where the shooting occurred will be closed indefinitely.

Balafas encourages students and faculty who may be shaken up by the incident to get in touch with the UA’s Counseling and Psych Services. CAPS is able to provide crisis counseling.

“I don’t know what the suspect’s issue was in this case, but if you see something, don’t just say something but do something. If you know someone struggling with mental health issues or anger issues, please reach out,” Balafas said.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a shooting at the UA College of Nursing in which three professors were killed by a failing student, who then took his own life on Oct. 28, 2002.

More recently, a 20-year-old UA sophomore was fatally shot in a campus parking garage on Feb. 20, 2021. Forrest Keys was killed during a confrontation with three people in a car who drove by him late at night. Two 18-year-old men received 30-year prison sentences for the slaying.

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In 2009 the film has released The orphan whose plot revolved around Esther, who is adopted by a couple who just lost their baby. However, when strange things begin to happen, the couple begins to suspect that the girl is to blame for everything. spoiler alert: at the end of the film we learn that the little girl is an adult who pretends to be 13 years old when in reality she is 33.

The plot of the film impacted many, but not as much as when it came to light that it was based on real events, only instead of Esther, the woman is called Barbora Skrlová. Her story became very popular in 2007 when the Czech Republic media revealed one of the most lurid cases recorded in that country. Although there are no official records of her childhood, it is known that from a very young age she was subjected to studies to find out why she could not develop like any other girl.

 

Barbora was born with a serious condition of hypopituitarism, a disease that causes the pituitary gland to not produce sufficient levels of hormones for growth. For this reason, the 33-year-old had the appearance of a 13-year-old girl.

From an early age, her parents discovered that she suffered from some mental problems with psychopathic tendencies, so they decided to put her in a hospital from which it is still unknown how she managed to escape.

Barbora Skrlova

After her escape, the young woman posed as a 13-year-old girl under the name Anika and was able to gain the trust of Klara and Katherina Mauerová, sisters and single mothers who lived in Kuřim, Czech Republic, with their children. Soon after, the woman convinced them to join the sect called “The Grail movement”, where they carried out heinous activities such as incest and cannibalism.

In that place, the minors were caged, beaten, burned, poorly fed and victims of more abuse, which ended when one of their neighbors bought a device to monitor babies, through which he captured the signal of the monitors that they had in their basement. Realizing this, the man reported them to the authorities, who arrested the sisters and later took the minors, including Anika, to a specialized center.

Anika and Klara

Katherina and Klara explained that they had allowed themselves to be manipulated by Barbora, who had already fled to Norway in search of starting a new life. In this country there is a record that she cut her hair, put on a little weight and called herself Adam.

“Adam” was adopted by a family. However, raising suspicions, she escaped again, although she was able to be arrested by the authorities and sentenced to five years in prison.

Adam-Barbora

Thirteen years ago, in 2009, Barbora Skrlová was extradited to the Czech Republic and after two years in prison, she was released for good behavior. So far the whereabouts of the woman who inspired the story of The orphan.

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A nationwide search for a missing 13-year-old Czech boy exposed a bizarre case of identity theft in which a 33-year-old woman spent four months posing as a schoolboy in Norway, police said Thursday.

Barbora Skrlova had been hiding from Czech authorities to avoid giving testimony in a 2007 child abuse case, Czech police said.

She was deported back to the Czech Republic and detained Wednesday after months of fooling teachers, childcare workers and police in Norway by passing herself off as a boy named “Adam,” Czech police spokeswoman Andrea Prochazkova said.

A woman who supplied a Czech passport enrolled her son “Adam” at the Marienlyst school near Oslo last September, authorities said.

Adam was actually the 5-foot-2 Skrlova, her breasts bound and head shaved, authorities said.

School authorities said they did noticed Adam’s strange behavior.

“We did react to Adam’s behavior. But it’s not easy to know. Children at that age can be so different,” school principal Ingjerd Eriksen told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet.

In mid-December, however, Adam disappeared from an Oslo children’s home, prompting police to launch a nationwide search and publish photographs Jan. 4 of the missing “child.”

Tips led them to Skrlova in the Arctic city on Tromsoe.

“It turned out that the so-called missing teenager was a 33-year-old woman,” Norwegian police said in a statement.

“Not even we have been able to figure out what is up and down in this case,” Norwegian police attorney Sven T. Roer said.

Oslo police said the Czech parents of the real Adam are believed to have helped Skrlova deceive Norwegian child care authorities by claiming she was their son.

It apparently is not the first time Skrlova fooled authorities by posing as a child.

In the Czech city of Brno, Skrlova posed as a 13-year-old girl adopted by Klara Mauerova, Czech police said. Mauerova is suspected of abusing her two younger biological sons, and Skrlova is a key witness in the case.

Facing an investigation, Skrlova went with friends to Denmark and ended up in Norway.

Czech authorities now are looking into whether Skrlova should be charged with identity theft and misleading authorities, police said.

Skrlova also was undergoing psychiatric evaluation, police said. She is being held in Brno, 125 miles east of Prague.

Associated Press writer Ondrej Hejma contributed to this report from Prague, Czech Republic.
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Pay attention that today I am going to tell you the true story of Barbora Skrlová.
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The film “Orphan” tells the chilling story of a woman posing as a girl.
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What few know is that it is based on a true story, and it is much more chilling.
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Our story begins with Klara Mauerová, a woman born in 1975, in the Czech Republic and who since childhood showed mental problems.
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She said that she was the reincarnation of Joan of Arc and that she spoke with God, with everything and her fantasies she came to the university and there she met …
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The person who would be the father of their children.
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He left her because of his delusions and attacks of violence and for a short time Klara was …
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An exemplary mother.

After separation, she began to feel lonely and invited her sister to live with her and her two children.

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And at that time they know Barbora Skrlová, a 33-year-old woman with a glandular disease that made her look like a 12-year-old girl.

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Barbora also had mental problems and after being admitted to an adult psychiatric hospital, she decided to take advantage of her condition.

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And she pretended to be a girl before different families.

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Barbora influenced the sisters and introduced them to a cult that fostered promiscuity and child abuse.

Skrlová was sick and had 2 personalities, sometimes she was a dominant woman and sometimes she was a little girl jealous of Klara’s children.

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He went to live with the sisters, and when he pretended to be a “girl”, he started a campaign against the little ones, whom he accused of breaking things.

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And then Klara and her sister, so as not to lose Barbora’s love, began to punish the two children in increasingly cruel ways.

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Barbora totally dominated the two miners and then suggested to Klara to build a cage and lock up her 2 children.

she accepted

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The cage was installed in the basement and the 2 children were locked there in 2007.
Klara was willing to do anything to keep from losing Barbora.

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For a whole year and on orders from Barbora, Klara and her sister tortured, beat, burned and left the children without food.

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The situation reached its climax when Barbora ordered to fatten the children and then cut a piece of meat and eat it in front of them.

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He controlled the two women and the children decided to watch them in the cage through a baby monitor.
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That idea was his downfall, since a real miracle happened for the children.
It turns out that a neighbor had a baby.

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And the husband bought exactly the same monitor model that Barbora had bought and the signal he got was the one from the basement of the 3 women.

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He discovered that the signal came from the house next door and warned the police who were horrified to see the images.

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The women saw that the police were outside their house and tried to escape but it was useless, Klara and her sister were arrested.

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The police entered the basement and what they saw left them breathless, there was a beaten girl hugging a bear and 2 children locked in the cage.

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The police rescued the children and comforted the girl who did not stop crying.
They went to take the declaration of the two women and …

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And they confessed everything they did to the two little ones.

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Two? Asked a policeman.
And when looking at the girl who was crying, she was no longer there.

Barbora had fled.

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Far from there, a Norwegian couple adopted a 12-year-old boy named Adam (photo)

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They gave him a home and a family, and one day while leaving school, a car pulled up in front of the school and took Adam away.

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He was a policeman who wanted to interrogate the child, the policeman suspected that Adam knew something.

Adam’s adoptive parents arrived.

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The parents asked for their son the officer told them they were going to put him under arrest because Adam …

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It was Barbora.

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After fleeing from Klara’s house, he fled through several countries to Norway, there he got fat, cut his hair and pretended to be a boy.

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Barbora was much more dangerous than everyone thought, not only was she a psychopath, she could also adopt any identity.

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Barbora and the two women were brought to trial and sentenced.

But after psychiatric examinations, she was released at 5 years old.

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The other two women were sentenced to 12 years, the children ended up in the hospital (where one died) and the other lives with their father, but ..

Barbora was released from prison in 2011 and since then the trail has been lost …

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She is missing, she can cross any border, she is chameleon, intelligent, and she is a diagnosed psychopath.

So be careful the next time a girl or boy approaches you.
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It could be Barbora

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Changes in internet access aims to ‘support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people’ after death of Mahsa Amini

The US Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance expanding the range of internet services available to Iranians despite US sanctions on the country, amid protests around Iran after the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody.

Officials said the move would help Iranians access tools that can be used to circumvent state surveillance and censorship, but would not entirely prevent Tehran from using communications tools to stifle dissent, as it did by cutting off internet access for most citizens on Wednesday.

“As courageous Iranians take to the streets to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, the United States is redoubling its support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people,” Deputy US Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said.

“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people be better equipped to counter the government’s efforts to surveil and censor them.”

Adeyemo added that Washington in coming weeks would continue to issue guidance.

Public outrage in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death last week showed no sign of abating after days of protests in Tehran and other cities, with protesters torching police stations and vehicles earlier on Thursday and reports of security forces coming under attack.

Amini, a Kurdish woman, was arrested by the morality police in Tehran for wearing “unsuitable attire” and fell into a coma while in detention. The authorities have said they would investigate the cause of her death.

Internet monitoring group NetBlocks on Thursday said a new mobile internet disruption has been registered in Iran, where access to social media and some content is tightly restricted. NetBlocks reported “near-total” disruption to internet connectivity in the capital of the Kurdish region on Monday, linking it to the protests.

Washington has long provided some internet-related exceptions to its sanctions on Iran, but Friday’s update to the general license seeks to modernize them, the Treasury said.

The new license includes social media platforms and video conferencing and expands access to cloud-based services used to deliver virtual private networks (VPNs), which provide users with anonymity online, and other anti-surveillance tools, according to a Treasury official who briefed reporters on the license on condition of anonymity.

The license also continues to authorize anti-virus, anti-malware and anti-tracking software, the Treasury said, and removes a previous condition that communications be “personal” to ease compliance for companies.

Asked how the expanded license would help Iranians if their government again shuts down internet access, a State Department official also briefing reporters said Iran’s government would still have “repressive tools for communication.“

The new license makes it “easier for the Iranian people to confront some of those oppressive tools,” the official said. “It doesn’t mean that they don’t exist anymore.“

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to a tweet from Secretary of StateStarlink  Antony Blinken about the new license on Friday with the comment “Activating Starlink,” a reference to the firm’s satellite broadband service – already provided to Ukraine for its fight against Russia’s invasion.

Musk said on Monday his company would provide to Iranians, and would ask for a sanctions exception to do so.

The Treasury official briefing reporters said Starlink’s commercial-grade system, which would involve sending hardware into Iran, would not be covered by the general license.

“That would be something that they would need to write into Treasury for,” the official said.

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The authorities concerned of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) have been directed to utilize all available resources to control dengue and accelerate the ongoing anti-dengue campaign besides strictly monitoring anti-dengue activities in all Cantonment areas as September and October are very important regarding control of dengue.

 

According to Cantonment Executive Officer, Imran Gulzar, the authorities concerned had been directed that strict action in accordance with the law would be taken against negligent officials. He also informed that 17 FIRs were registered against the rules violators while several shopkeepers were also issued warnings during last week. Over Rs50,000 fines were also imposed for violating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the government to control dengue, he added.

He said September and October were very important for the control of dengue as most of the cases were reported during this period so the teams must focus on activities to ensure the elimination of dengue larvae.

The CEO said that anti-dengue surveillance activities, elimination of larvae, IRS Spray, and fogging was being carried out in Cantt areas while special teams on an emergency basis had also been constituted. He informed that anti-dengue teams visited Chamanabad, Masrial Road, Allahabad, Westridge Bazar, Afshan Colony, Gawalmandi, Koh-e-Noor, Mukaram Town, Qasimabad, Milatabad, Shahbaz Town, Naseerabad and other areas during last week and issued several notices.

He said that so far 54 FIRs had been registered while fines amounting to Rs315,000 were also imposed on the violators during this season. Anti-dengue spray was also conducted in over 430 houses, he added.

The CEO urged the residents to play their due role and remove stagnant water from rooftops and other places besides cooperating with the anti-dengue teams.

He said the citizens were also being educated and informed about the importance of sanitation, cleanliness, and preventive measures against dengue.

Lady health workers during the door-to-door campaign were visiting houses to educate the community, particularly females about preventive measures against the disease, he added. The main focus of the campaign was on public health education, he said and informed that the sanitary staff had been directed to ensure timely cleanliness and proper solid waste disposal in all areas.

The RCB teams were also visiting hotels, restaurants, workshops, tire shops, and junkyard godowns and apprising the citizens about dengue and adoption of maximum precautionary measures against dengue, he said adding, that the teams were also removing stagnant water and dengue larvae from several breeding sites. The vulnerable points were regularly being checked and special inspection was being conducted to check dengue mosquito larvae, he said.

The CEO urged the citizens to adopt precautionary measures and remove stagnant water from their homes and rooftops as most of the dengue larvae and the adult mosquito is found in air coolers water drums and scrap items.

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In spring-summer 2022, we became witnesses of the crypto market collapse. The first asset that crashed was Bitcoin. Its rate drop started in May 2022, falling below $40,000. Important to note that 6 months before the crash, the BTC rate reached its all-time high of $68,000. Today (as of August 2022), the BTC crypto prices live to show the level of $23,18. Such a significant BTC drop pulled the whole market down, so all other crypto asset rates followed this trend.

Let’s find out what was the reason for such a collapse in Bitcoin price.

Why Has Bitcoin Dropped?

There are several reasons why the BTC rate crashed:

  1. FED increased interest rates
  2. News background 
  3. Binance’s temporal block for BTC withdrawals

The US Federal Reserve increased the interest rates by 0,50%. That was the most significant increase since 2000. Once the interest rate increase was announced, the BTC price grew to $40 000, but inflation caused a panic market mood, and crypto markets dropped. 

News background has a significant impact on crypto prices. Since inflation has increased, many investors fear this is only the beginning and doubt the FED’s ability to manage inflation.  

Binance technical problems. Amid overall market sentiments and increased inflation, there was another cause for the BTC drop: in June, the Binance exchange went through technical issues, and since the system was unstable, the platform blocked BTC withdrawals for a while. It also impacted the asset’s rate.

That were just a few main reasons for the Bitcoin price drop. However, we all know that the crypto market is cyclical – a bullish market trend replaces every bearish trend, and sooner or later, it will happen again. 

In the meantime, we can take advantage of a total market drop, for it is an excellent time to buy crypto assets at lower rates and hold them long-term. You can use the WhiteBIT crypto platform for buying digital assets, trading or a long-term investment. The exchange offers a reliable crypto wallet and users’ accounts protection of several layers.

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Explainer: Why the Unification Church has become a headache for Japan’s Kishida

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TOKYO, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Japan’s Fumio Kishida is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Wednesday, as his party’s ties to the Unification Church have dented public support following the assassination of former premier Shinzo Abe last month.

Abe’s suspected killer bore a grudge against the church, alleging it bankrupted his mother, and blamed Abe for promoting it, according to his social media posts and news reports.

Around a dozen other lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have since disclosed connections to the church, which critics call a cult.

The church has confirmed the suspected gunman’s mother was a member. It says it has been vilified and members have faced death threats since Abe’s shooting.

Here’s why the church is an issue.

WHAT’S THE BACKGROUND?

The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known as the Unification Church, was founded in South Korea in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon, an anti-communist and self-declared messiah.

Japan was one of the first destinations in its international expansion, where Moon’s conservatism aligned with the Cold War views of the ruling elite.

He launched the International Federation for Victory Over Communism group in the 1960s, building relations with Japanese politicians, according to church publications.

WHY THE LDP?

The church and the LDP share some views, opposing same-sex marriage and supporting revision of Japan’s pacifist constitution, said Eito Suzuki, a journalist who studies lawmakers’ relationships with religious groups.

The church built ties with politicians to attract followers and gain legitimacy, said Hiro Yamaguchi, a lawyer who has worked on cases against it. Politicians gained access to church members for help with campaigns, he said.

The LDP had no “systematic relations” with the church, Secretary General Toshimitsu Motegi has said. It would cut off ties with the church, he said on Monday.

WHAT ABOUT ABE?

The church has said Abe was neither a member nor an adviser. He delivered a speech at an event hosted by a church affiliate last September, according to its website.

Nobuo Kishi, Abe’s younger brother and the incumbent defence minister, told reporters he received support from church members as campaign volunteers.

Former prime minister Nobusuke Kishi, Abe’s grandfather, was an honorary executive chair at a banquet hosted by Moon in 1974, the International Federation for Victory Over Communism said on its website.

FALL-OUT?

Support for Kishida’s cabinet has fallen to the lowest since he took office in October at 46%, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday, with many poll respondents saying they wanted an explanation about ties to the church.

Kishida, who has said he has “no links” to it, said new cabinet members and new ruling party officials must “thoroughly review” ties with the church.

BIG IN JAPAN?

The church has some 600,000 adherents in Japan out of 10 million globally, and Japan is the church’s fourth-largest congregation, according to Ahn Ho-yeul, a Seoul-based spokesperson, although monitoring groups in Japan question the number.

Recruitment tactics include knocking on doors, targeting members’ relatives and approaching people outside train stations, former followers say.

Japan has been its biggest source of income for decades, the spokesperson said, partly due to the practice of trading religious items for donations.

These so-called spiritual sales by the Unification Church and other groups have cost followers nearly $1 billion and resulted in some 35,000 compensation claims since 1987, according to a lawyers group.

The church previously pledged not to solicit excessive donations after some members were convicted of illegal sales tactics following an investigation.

The suspect in Abe’s murder said the church persuaded his mother to part with around 100 million yen ($736,000), according to his social media posts and news reports.

After the incident, the church said it had returned around $400,000 to the mother. It denied coercing her or declined to comment on the total sum.

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