Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency

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Teenagers stage 'lie-in' outside White House in support of Parkland shooting victims

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Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb For Souvenir

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Officials: Man found at bottom of 492-foot cliff in Daly City was trying to rescue dog

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Congressional Candidate Defends AR-15 Giveaway After School Shooting

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Rep. Tom Rooney Is the Latest Republican Who Isn't Seeking Reelection in 2018

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Duterte slammed for barring Philippine news site from his events

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year

Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this yearMount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted once again shooting plumes of smoke and hot ash over 23,000 feet into the air. The volcano had not been active for four centuries until 2010 and since then it has displaced 30,000 people.  Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after its biggest eruption this year. Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. Credit: TIBTA PANGIN/Source: AFP Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,181 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top had reached 23,872 feet, according to a ground observer. An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018 Credit:  ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP Sinabung is about 47 miles southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan. Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in Aceh province had been closed, but the wind direction allowed the airport of Kualanamu, Meulaboh and Silangit to remain open. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks. "In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres," he said in a statement. School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 Credit: Sarianto/AP No casualties were reported. The agency urged the public to stay out of a 4-mile exclusion zone around the crater, and watch for further warnings, which could cover floods. The 8,071-ft tall volcano is among Indonesia's most active. When Sinabung erupted in 2014, more than a dozen people were killed and thousands were evacuated. 


Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

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Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida Funerals

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Warren Jeffs: Child bride reveals horrors of life under fundamentalist Mormon sect leader

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Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.

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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

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Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

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Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

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The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

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Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech

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Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

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A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

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Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’

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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

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In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks Iran issued a fiery warning to Israel on Monday threatening to raze Tel Aviv if Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on his recent threat to act against it. "About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” said Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. With tensions increasing in the Middle East over Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen and as US President Donald Trump presses for a tougher approach on Tehran, Israel is seeking wider support to contain its regional nemesis. The two countries traded harsh words during the Munich Security Conference at the weekend. Mr Netanyahu brandished a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month and said: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.” He also urged his audience to help contain Iran and made his point with a map which he said illustrated Iran’s growing influence across the Middle East. But Mr Rezaie played down the remarks as a theatrical move and a childish game, according to Fars, and added: "The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat." At a glance | Islamic Republic of Iran The tough words on both sides at the international event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shia Iran. For months, Mr Netanyahu has touted what he describes as unprecedented levels of behind-the-scenes cooperation. Among Israel's main concerns is Lebanon, where the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah is part of a coalition government. Telegraph view: The theatre of war Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006. Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah and has accused Tehran of planning to build missile factories in Lebanon.


R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent

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In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0

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Republican politician raffles AR-15 rifle days after Florida school shooting

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Robert Mueller Has Trump Cornered

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Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

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Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

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11 Cherry Cobblers That'll Convince You To Switch It Up From Pie

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The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

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Sheet Pan Chicken Recipes For Everyone Who Hates Doing Cleanup

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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

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Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — Ever

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Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

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Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

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'Black Panther' Actress Letitia Wright Hopes Shuri Inspires More Girls To Pursue STEM

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Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

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Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic Halfpipe

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Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops

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Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency

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Teenagers stage 'lie-in' outside White House in support of Parkland shooting victims

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Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb For Souvenir

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Officials: Man found at bottom of 492-foot cliff in Daly City was trying to rescue dog

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Congressional Candidate Defends AR-15 Giveaway After School Shooting

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Rep. Tom Rooney Is the Latest Republican Who Isn't Seeking Reelection in 2018

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Duterte slammed for barring Philippine news site from his events

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year

Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this yearMount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted once again shooting plumes of smoke and hot ash over 23,000 feet into the air. The volcano had not been active for four centuries until 2010 and since then it has displaced 30,000 people.  Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after its biggest eruption this year. Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. Credit: TIBTA PANGIN/Source: AFP Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,181 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top had reached 23,872 feet, according to a ground observer. An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018 Credit:  ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP Sinabung is about 47 miles southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan. Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in Aceh province had been closed, but the wind direction allowed the airport of Kualanamu, Meulaboh and Silangit to remain open. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks. "In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres," he said in a statement. School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 Credit: Sarianto/AP No casualties were reported. The agency urged the public to stay out of a 4-mile exclusion zone around the crater, and watch for further warnings, which could cover floods. The 8,071-ft tall volcano is among Indonesia's most active. When Sinabung erupted in 2014, more than a dozen people were killed and thousands were evacuated. 


Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

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Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida Funerals

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Warren Jeffs: Child bride reveals horrors of life under fundamentalist Mormon sect leader

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Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.

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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

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Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

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Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

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The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tinsA drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”


Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech

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Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

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A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

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Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting

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Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’

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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

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In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks Iran issued a fiery warning to Israel on Monday threatening to raze Tel Aviv if Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on his recent threat to act against it. "About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” said Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. With tensions increasing in the Middle East over Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen and as US President Donald Trump presses for a tougher approach on Tehran, Israel is seeking wider support to contain its regional nemesis. The two countries traded harsh words during the Munich Security Conference at the weekend. Mr Netanyahu brandished a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month and said: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.” He also urged his audience to help contain Iran and made his point with a map which he said illustrated Iran’s growing influence across the Middle East. But Mr Rezaie played down the remarks as a theatrical move and a childish game, according to Fars, and added: "The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat." At a glance | Islamic Republic of Iran The tough words on both sides at the international event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shia Iran. For months, Mr Netanyahu has touted what he describes as unprecedented levels of behind-the-scenes cooperation. Among Israel's main concerns is Lebanon, where the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah is part of a coalition government. Telegraph view: The theatre of war Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006. Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah and has accused Tehran of planning to build missile factories in Lebanon.


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In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0

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Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

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The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

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Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — Ever

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Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

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Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

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Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

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Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year

Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this yearMount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted once again shooting plumes of smoke and hot ash over 23,000 feet into the air. The volcano had not been active for four centuries until 2010 and since then it has displaced 30,000 people.  Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after its biggest eruption this year. Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. Credit: TIBTA PANGIN/Source: AFP Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,181 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top had reached 23,872 feet, according to a ground observer. An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018 Credit:  ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP Sinabung is about 47 miles southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan. Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in Aceh province had been closed, but the wind direction allowed the airport of Kualanamu, Meulaboh and Silangit to remain open. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks. "In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres," he said in a statement. School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 Credit: Sarianto/AP No casualties were reported. The agency urged the public to stay out of a 4-mile exclusion zone around the crater, and watch for further warnings, which could cover floods. The 8,071-ft tall volcano is among Indonesia's most active. When Sinabung erupted in 2014, more than a dozen people were killed and thousands were evacuated. 


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Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

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Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

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Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

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The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tinsA drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”


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Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

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A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

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Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’

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France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

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In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0

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Robert Mueller Has Trump Cornered

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Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year

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Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

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Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

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The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

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US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

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Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

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In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

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In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0

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Robert Mueller Has Trump Cornered

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Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

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Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

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Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

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Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

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'Black Panther' Actress Letitia Wright Hopes Shuri Inspires More Girls To Pursue STEM

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Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

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Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic Halfpipe

Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic HalfpipeThere was a scary moment during the halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday when a Swiss skier crashed into the wall hard enough to knock the skis off his feet.


Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops

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Syria's Child Death Toll Prompts Scathing 1-Sentence Statement From UN Agency

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Teenagers stage 'lie-in' outside White House in support of Parkland shooting victims

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Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb For Souvenir

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Officials: Man found at bottom of 492-foot cliff in Daly City was trying to rescue dog

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Congressional Candidate Defends AR-15 Giveaway After School Shooting

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Rep. Tom Rooney Is the Latest Republican Who Isn't Seeking Reelection in 2018

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Duterte slammed for barring Philippine news site from his events

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Chris Cornell's Widow Says Singer Would 'Never Have Ever Left This World'

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Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this year

Day turns into night as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews towering ash cloud in biggest eruption this yearMount Sinabung in Indonesia has erupted once again shooting plumes of smoke and hot ash over 23,000 feet into the air. The volcano had not been active for four centuries until 2010 and since then it has displaced 30,000 people.  Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after its biggest eruption this year. Mount Sinabung erupts thick volcanic ash in Karo on Sumatra island on February 19, 2018. Credit: TIBTA PANGIN/Source: AFP Areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1,181 miles northwest of the capital, Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years because of frequent volcanic activity. The Bureau of Meteorology's Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC), in Australia's northern city of Darwin, issued maps on Monday showing an ash cloud heading in three directions from Sinabung, to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Indonesia also upgraded its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, and said the ash-cloud top had reached 23,872 feet, according to a ground observer. An Indonesian man takes picture of Mount Sinabung volcano as it spews thick volcanic ash into the air in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018 Credit:  ENDRO RUSHARYANTO/AFP Sinabung is about 47 miles southwest of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan. Nur Isnin Istianto, head of the regional airport authority, said Kutacane airport in Aceh province had been closed, but the wind direction allowed the airport of Kualanamu, Meulaboh and Silangit to remain open. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Agency, said the eruption began on Monday morning, accompanied by multiple earthquakes and showering surrounding villages with small rocks. "In five districts it became dark with a visibility of about 5 metres," he said in a statement. School children walk as Mount Sinabung erupts in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 Credit: Sarianto/AP No casualties were reported. The agency urged the public to stay out of a 4-mile exclusion zone around the crater, and watch for further warnings, which could cover floods. The 8,071-ft tall volcano is among Indonesia's most active. When Sinabung erupted in 2014, more than a dozen people were killed and thousands were evacuated. 


Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the ground

Aurora borealis turns the sky greener than the groundThese Northern Lights “rainbows” have turned the sky greener than the Earth below. Vitaly Istomin, 26, spent several nights in freezing conditions under the stars in northern Russia’s Khibiny Mountains to capture the aurora’s “rainbows.” (Caters News)


Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida Funerals

New York Daily News Rips Donald Trump For Visiting Golf Course During Florida FuneralsThe New York Daily News tore into President Donald Trump for visiting his Florida golf course while funerals for the Parkland school massacre victims were taking place “just miles away.”


Warren Jeffs: Child bride reveals horrors of life under fundamentalist Mormon sect leader

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Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.

Clarence Thomas Sexually Harassed Me. Yes, He Should Be Impeached.The impeachment of Clarence Thomas is a pipe dream.


Dallas Politician Tells NRA To Get Lost Unless It's Ready To Talk Reform

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Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains

Hazardous effort to recover bodies from plane crash in Iran mountains"Deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash have made it impossible for helicopters to land," Ghafoor Rastinrooz, director of the regional medical centre, told official news agency IRNA. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 disappeared from radar as it flew over the Zagros mountain range on Sunday morning, around 45 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a domestic flight.


Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for Pakistan

Seized, but not ceased: Banned charities pose challenge for PakistanBy Asif Shahzad and Mubasher Bukhari RAWALPINDI/MURIDKE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan's government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4x4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers. Islamabad hopes that by seizing control of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) charities, which the United States says are terrorist fronts, it can stave off being included this week on a global watchlist of country's deemed to be doing too little to curb militant financing.


The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire end

The Latest: Most evacuations over California wildfire endBISHOP, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in central California (all times local):


US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tins

US manufacturer recalls dog food after execution drug found in tinsA drug used to execute American prisoners and to put animals to sleep has been discovered in canned dog food in the US, triggering an emergency recall. The Food and Drug Administration said it found low levels of pentobarbital in tins of Gravy Train dog food produced by JM Smucker. The drug is most commonly used by vets as a sedative or anaesthetic and to euthanise pets. At high doses in humans it cause respiratory arrest and has been used to carry out executions often as the first step – inducing unconsciousness - in a three-drug protocol. It was one of the drugs used by Marilyn Monroe when she took her own life. The brand affected Credit: JM Smucker The recall followed an investigation by WJLA, a TV station in Washington, which found pentobarbital in almost two thirds of cans it tested. The FDA said: "Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death.” It concluded that the small amounts detected posed little risk to dogs. "However, any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—simply put, pentobarbital should not be in pet food," it said. The FDA said the low levels presented little risk Smucker said it had identified the problem at a single supplier, from a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards,” said Barry Dunaway, president of the companies pet foods division. “Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love.”


Chelsea Clinton Throws Subtle Shade At Donald Trump Jr. Over India Foreign Policy Speech

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Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flag

Missouri antique shop harassed over pro-police flagBusiness faces backlash for putting up a pro-police flag. Owner shares her story about supporting the police.


A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

A U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in TexasInvestigators are treating the case as a homicide


Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School Shooting

Florida Students March To Stoneman Douglas High To Show Solidarity Over School ShootingHundreds of students walked out of classes at a Florida high school on Tuesday morning and were marching nearly 11 miles to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooting left 17 students and staff members dead last week.


Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’

Anderson Cooper Shreds Trump: ‘He Went To Play Golf While They Held Funerals’CNN’s Anderson Cooper took Donald Trump to task on Monday for a weekend in which the president fired off angry messages on Twitter about Democrats, the Russia investigation, Oprah Winfrey and more.


France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmers

France to let wolf packs grow despite angry farmersThe French government announced Monday it will allow the wolf population to grow 40 percent despite pressure from farmers in mountain regions who are worried about their sheep flocks. A new strategy unveiled by the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron will enable the number of wolves to increase from an estimated 360 now to 500 by 2023. Hunting wiped out the grey wolf in France during the 1930s and they only returned in 1992 via Italy -- currently home to around 2,000 wolves -- before spreading into Switzerland and Germany.


Ethiopia says state of emergency will last six months

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Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth control

Idaho senator shouts at students lobbying for birth controlBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican state senator who shouted at University of Idaho students in the Capitol to lobby for a birth control bill on Monday now faces an ethics complaint after a tweet from an account presenting as the lawmaker's directed students to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic colleague.


In honor of Rihanna's birthday, we're sharing our favorite Fenty Beauty products

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Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks 

Iranian official threatens to flatten Tel Aviv if Israel attacks Iran issued a fiery warning to Israel on Monday threatening to raze Tel Aviv if Benjamin Netanyahu followed through on his recent threat to act against it. "About Netanyahu's unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground and will not give any opportunity to Netanyahu to flee,” said Mohsen Rezaie, Iran’s expediency council secretary, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. With tensions increasing in the Middle East over Iran’s role in Syria and Yemen and as US President Donald Trump presses for a tougher approach on Tehran, Israel is seeking wider support to contain its regional nemesis. The two countries traded harsh words during the Munich Security Conference at the weekend. Mr Netanyahu brandished a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli airspace earlier this month and said: "Israel will not allow the regime to put a noose of terror around our neck. "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself.” He also urged his audience to help contain Iran and made his point with a map which he said illustrated Iran’s growing influence across the Middle East. But Mr Rezaie played down the remarks as a theatrical move and a childish game, according to Fars, and added: "The US and Israeli leaders don’t know Iran and don’t understand the power of resistance and therefore, they continuously face defeat." At a glance | Islamic Republic of Iran The tough words on both sides at the international event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shia Iran. For months, Mr Netanyahu has touted what he describes as unprecedented levels of behind-the-scenes cooperation. Among Israel's main concerns is Lebanon, where the heavily armed Iran-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah is part of a coalition government. Telegraph view: The theatre of war Israel last fought a war against Hezbollah in 2006. Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah and has accused Tehran of planning to build missile factories in Lebanon.


R. Kelly Evicted From Atlanta Homes For Unpaid Rent

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In photos: Take a tour of chef René Redzepi's Noma 2.0

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Republican politician raffles AR-15 rifle days after Florida school shooting

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Robert Mueller Has Trump Cornered

Robert Mueller Has Trump CorneredSpecial counsel Robert Mueller is methodically, brilliantly filling in pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.


Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrency

Venezuela begins selling oil-backed cryptocurrencyVenezuela formally launched its new oil-backed cryptocurrency on Tuesday in an unconventional bid to haul itself out of a deepening economic crisis. The leftist Caracas government put 38.4 million units of the world's first state-backed digital currency, the Petro, on private pre-sale from the early hours. The Latin American country has the world's largest proven oil reserves but is facing a crippling economic and political crisis.


Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 years

Depraved UK academic who blackmailed victims into sending abuse photos jailed for 32 yearsA British academic who blackmailed victims into sending him increasingly depraved images which he shared on dark web forums was jailed for 32 years on Monday after admitting 137 offences which included encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy. Dr Matthew Falder, 29, a geophysicist employed as a researcher at Birmingham University in central England, duped victims by masquerading as a depressed female artist on forums and mainstream online advertising websites. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), said he approached more than 300 people worldwide, with 45 victims represented in the charges against him.


11 Cherry Cobblers That'll Convince You To Switch It Up From Pie

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The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

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Sheet Pan Chicken Recipes For Everyone Who Hates Doing Cleanup

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What Does the Second Amendment Say? A History of the Oft-Debated Constitutional Article

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FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean

FBI charge British engineer with murdering wife on yacht in Caribbean  A British engineer has been charged by the FBI with murdering his wife after she disappeared at sea as they cruised around the Caribbean on a belated honeymoon. Lewis Bennett, 41, who holds dual British and Australian citizenship and is originally from Poole, Dorset, was accused of second-degree murder over the death of Isabella Hellmann, 41, on May 15 last year. He was charged in a Miami court where, according to local television station WPTV, he was also sentenced to seven months in jail for transporting valuable rare coins. After his wife's disappearance Bennett told investigators she was lost at sea when their 37ft catamaran, Surf into Summer, was struck by an unknown object near the Bahamas. According to to the FBI Bennett said he had gone below deck and left Ms Hellmann above to keep watch. He described being woken up at 1am by a jolt and the vessel was taking on water. Bennett told investigators he could not find his wife and had to abandon ship on a life raft. In an affidavit FBI special agent James Kelley said the bureau now believed Bennett "knowingly and unlawfully killed" Ms Hellmann. The FBI affidavit ​claimed ​Bennett​ ​​had damaged the inside of the boat causing it to flood. Isabella Hellman and her British husband Lewis Bennett. She went missing during a honeymoon sailing trip. When Ms Hellmann disappeared the couple, who had a daughter now aged 17 months, were sailing back from Havana, Cuba to their home in Delray Beach, Florida. The daughter was not on the boat. Bennett made an SOS call in the early hours and was later spotted by a US Coast Guard helicopter. He was rescued alone from the life raft. The search for Ms Hellmann was called off three days later and her body was never found. When Bennett was rescued nine plastic tubes of silver coins were found in the life raft. They included 158 English “Year of the Horse” one-ounce silver coins and 77 Canadian Maple Leaf coins, worth about £3,200. The coins were among a batch that had been reported stolen from another boat in St Martin the previous year. Bennett had been a crew member on that boat. According to the owner of the boat the total value of the coins stolen in 2016 was around $100,000. After he was rescued Bennett said of his wife: "She is my soulmate. I thought we were going to be together forever. "I understand why they have to investigate and that is fair enough. I have got nothing to hide. They have to do what they have to do.”​


Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — Ever

Shepard Smith Flames Trump For Not Condemning Russia — EverPresident Donald Trump blasted the FBI, his own Justice Department and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, the previous Congress, Democrats, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey in a Twitter tirade in the wake of indictments against 13 Russians in the investigation of interference in the 2016 presidential election.


Pit bull dog 'protects child from burglar' in Nebraska

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Seas to rise about a meter even if climate goals are met - study

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Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

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'Black Panther' Actress Letitia Wright Hopes Shuri Inspires More Girls To Pursue STEM

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Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

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Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic Halfpipe

Swiss Skier Joel Gisler Plunges 15 Feet In Brutal Crash During Olympic HalfpipeThere was a scary moment during the halfpipe event at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday when a Swiss skier crashed into the wall hard enough to knock the skis off his feet.


Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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Man Assaults Gas Station Cashier With Hot Dogs After Refusing to Let Him Buy Beer: Cops

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