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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
Eleven members of a Lincolnshire family have been convicted of a series of modern slavery offences after forcing at least 18 victims – including homeless people and some with learning disabilities – to work for little or no pay and live in squalid conditions for up to 26 years.

The members of the Rooney family, who were based on Traveller sites in Lincoln, targeted vulnerable people, including some with alcohol or drug addiction, and deliberately looked for potential captives on the streets, Nottingham crown court heard.

The impact of the forced labour on the mental and physical health of the victims had been severe, prosecutors said, with some being malnourished, subjected to beatings and threatened, and one of the victims was found to have been working for the family for 26 years.

The Rooneys lured in their captives with offers of work and accommodation but once they accepted they were allocated dilapidated caravans mostly with no heating, water or toilet facilities, prosecutors said.

The convictions in four trials – which can now be reported after restrictions were lifted by a judge – were revealed a day after the National Crime Agency (NCA) said modern slavery and human trafficking was far more prevalent than previously thought, with potentially tens of thousands of victims in the UK.

The 11 gang members in the Lincolnshire case, convicted of fraud and slavery charges, used the money they made from their workers to pay for holidays to Barbados, cosmetic surgery and coaching at a Manchester United football school. theguardian.com
Eighteen people have been convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex.

The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a "cynical organisation", a court heard.

The 17 men and one woman were convicted of rape, supplying drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

Over the course of four trials which involved 26 defendants facing a total of more than 100 charges and 22 victims, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014.

Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.

Of the 26, three people have been jailed, and the rest will be sentenced next month. bbc.com
German teen Linda Wenzel was captured in the war-torn city by Iraqi troops after running away from home to join ISIS last summer.

It's believed the young girl is being held for questioning over terrorism offences and could face the death penalty in Iraq for membership in IS.

She was caught in a tunnel system in Mosul with other women, some of whom wore suicide vests and had automatic weapons.

German broadcasters NDR and WDR and newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung said they had interviewed Linda in the infirmary of a military complex in Baghdad and she told them she wanted to leave.

Linda fled her home near Dresden a year ago, flying from Frankfurt to Turkey before making her way to Syria.

She was said to have fallen in with ISIS offshoot groups through speaking to extremists via internet chat rooms before being smuggled into Iraq. mirror.co.uk
The police in Anambra, Nigeria, confirmed on Sunday that a gunman killed eight worshippers and injured 18 others in an early morning attack on St. Philip Catholic Church, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that the remains f the dead had been deposited at Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi.

Umar also said that the injured were taken to the hospital.

He said that preliminary investigations by the police revealed that the attack was carried out by a native of the area.

"From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried the attack must be an indigene of the area."

"We gathered that worshippers for 6 o’clock Sunday mass at St. Philip Ozobulu were in the service when a gunman dressed in black attire covering his face with a cap entered the church and moved straight to a particular direction and opened fire." guardian.ng