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A man who was decked by a coward punch while on a night out in Sydney, and said he feared for his life, was rescued by a trio of unlikely saviours.

Ivan Flinn, 34, from Surry Hills, said that during the attack earlier this month he hoped someone would come to his rescue, and help did arrive but not in the form he expected.

“I am a bit religious and I really thought I was going to die, I was praying for a hero and I got three angels,” he said.

Those “angels” were three drag queens by the names of Coco Jumbo, Ivy Leaguee and Vybe, who stepped in after a night performing on the stages in Sydney’s neighbourhood of Darlinghurst, known for its large gay population and venues.

Luke Karakia, who performs under the name Ivy Leaguee, ended up getting injured scuffling in the middle of the road with one of the alleged attackers, but nevertheless, his frocked-up alter ego didn’t think twice before stepping in.

Mr Flinn is so grateful to the three for racing in to his rescue he’s helped raise $1000 to help them pay for their wigs and high heels that were damaged in the fracas. news.com.au
A suspected Rwandan 1994 genocide mastermind Jean Twagiramungu has been extradited from Germany on Friday and handed over to Rwandan authorities for prosecution.

He was arrested two years ago in Frankfurt and has since battled extradition in courts which finally proved unsuccessful.

Twagiramungu is the first genocide suspect extradited from Germany.

In November 2016, two suspects – Jean-Claude Iyamuremye and Jean-Baptiste Mugimba – living in the Netherlands were extradited after several judicial proceedings to try them in the Hague.

They lost their case at the Hague Court of Appeal and were extradited per the request of Rwandan authorities.

The two suspects lived in the Netherlands with their wives and children after the genocide in 1994 which saw some 800,000 people, mostly from Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, killed. africanews.com
Police in Germany are on the lookout for a thief with a massive sweet tooth.

According to reports, over 20 tons of Nutella and chocolate eggs were stolen from a refrigerated trailer in the town of Neustadt.

The sugary heist reportedly took place some time between Aug. 12 and 13 and the thief — or thieves — would have needed their own truck to carry away that much chocolate, authorities say. 

German police are looking to see if the heist may be connected to the theft of an empty tractor trailer in the town Weimar around the same time.

“It’s not even clear if they were after the sweets or after the trailer — at this point we don’t know what their motive was,” police spokesman Martin Ahlich said, per CBS affiliate KYTX. cbslocal.com
A man has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds of methamphetamine into the US from Mexico.

Jorge Edwin Rivera, 25,  told the US authorities that he was paid to deliver the drugs to an accomplice at a filling station in San Diego.

Rivera, who is a US citizen, admitted smuggling the drugs five or six times since March.

Border agents spotted the flying drone on August 8 and tracked it back to Rivera who was about 2,000 yards from the border.

He was found with the methamphetamine in a lunchbox and a drone was hidden in a nearby bush.

Rivera has been remanded in custody and his next hearing is scheduled for September 7. telegraph.co.uk
Hezbollah denounced on Friday the horrible crime carried out by Takfiri ISIL group in Spain’s Barcelona.

In a statement released by the party’s Media Relations office, Hezbollah said: “This new crime is another proof of the criminal trend which this terrorist organization have been propagating among its members.”

“This ideology is based on hatred,” the statement said, noting that the terrorist group is killing people and destroying their properties under pretexts that can be accepted neither by a reason nor by a religion.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah stressed that targeting peaceful civilians is a part of satanic scheme carried out by these criminals, and aimed at defaming principles of Jihad and Islam.

“As terrorist attacks are spreading worldwide; it becomes a duty to wipe out this organization and undermine its destructive ideas,” the statement said. almanar.com.lb
A British Columbia woman was issued a lifetime ban at the US border after officials found an email with her doctor about a fentanyl overdose she survived a year ago.

Chelsea, 28, whose last name is being withheld due to fears that it could affect future employment, answered a series of questions about drug use while attempting to cross the Washington-British Columbia border.

She said her phone, which didn't have a password, was searched for about two hours.

During questioning after her phone was searched, she admitted to using illegal drugs before, including cocaine.

At the US border, the searching of electronic devices, including smartphones, is allowed as part of inspection.

Warrantless searches on phones are also allowed at the Canadian border—a practice defense lawyers are trying to end. vice.com
Authorities in the nation's capital are searching for a vandal after the Lincoln Memorial was spray painted with explicit graffiti early Tuesday.

The National Park Service said it was working to remove the graffiti after it was discovered at about 4:30 a.m., FOX 5 DC reported. 

The graffiti, which was done in red spray paint on a column, appears to say “F*** law." 

Silver spray paint was also found on a Smithsonian wayfinding sign on Constitution Avenue, according to the park service. foxnews.com
Twenty people have been killed and a number wounded in a terror attack in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says.

Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses said. Foreign nationals are among the dead, but details are still emerging.

The attack is now over, authorities say, with the two assailants also killed by security forces.

A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe killed 30 people in January last year.

There are fears that the latest attack is the work of one of the affiliates of al-Qaeda that are active in the Sahel region, the BBC's Alex Duval Smith reports. bbc.com
Believe it or not, there's a crowdsourced, open source non-profit attempting to build a sea-launched suborbital rocket, called Copenhagen Suborbitals, and it even had access to a submarine.

A club associated with the venture completed the sub in 2008, designed by Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor who is co-founder of the group.

That submarine is now at the bottom of the sea, and Madsen is being held by Danish authorities on suspicion of "unlawful killing"—a precursor charge to manslaughter or murder.

Swedish journalist took a trip with Madsen on the sub this week.

Madsen was seen departing with her around 7pm local time on August 10 from Refshale Island (Refshaleøen), an industrial area east of Copenhagen.

But he never made it back to the harbor, and according to the police report, "At 11.00 the submarine suddenly sank and the owner was subsequently rescued on a private motorboat sailing [near] him in port." arstechnica.com
An experienced beekeeper is suspected of stealing 40,000 bees from Anglesey in one of Britain’s biggest bee rustling cases in years.

Only someone with a bee suit and veil could have pulled off the heist on Paul Williams’s hive in Rhydwyn “without getting stung to smithereens”, police said.

The miserably rainy summer could have ruined the thief’s own honey production and driven them to carry out the theft, one expert has suggested.

Poor weather, combined with the increased popularity of beekeeping, has also pushed up the price of a “nucleus” – a set of wooden frames plus a family of bees and a queen – from £50 to at least £200, according to Diane Roberts of the British Beekeepers Association.

Bees do not like rain, she said. “When it is rainy the bees don’t fly every day, or they can only go out for a couple of hours when there is a break between showers."

It is not the first bee heist on Anglesey. In the summer of 2015, 45,000 bees were stolen from the same farm near Cemaes Bay in two separate raids. theguardian.com