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Found 53 results

  1. Tsunami in the Caribbean

    7.6 earthquake just struck off Honduras. Tsunami warning in effect for the entire Caribbean.
  2. Zimbabwe - Coup d'etat?

    Surprised at the lack of VT comment on the is it/isn't it coup in Zimbabwe over the last day or so. Too difficult to support and too difficult to oppose. Is this the topic that finally has all VT'ers falling into line with Foreign Office policy, just ignore it and hope it all works out ok in the end?
  3. The Paradise Papers

    Thought this might deserve it's own topic. A massive investigation by the Guardian and other papers and news sites about tax evasion and off shore holding companies where tons of big companies and rich and famous people have used the loopholes and "creative" tax planning to avoid paying taxes. Some of the names on the list are pretty extraordinary, among them Bono and Trump's secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/paradise-papers
  4. KKK sympathizer shoots a bunch of people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 10ish dead.
  5. Multiple casualty incident in NYC

    EDIT 2130 GMT - the Mayor has now declared the incident a terrorist attack. So far 8 people are reported killed, with multiple casualties. Reports emerging that a truck has struck several people, notably cyclists, in Manhattan. At the same time shots have been fired and NYPD are reporting at least two people are dead. I've inadvertently just clicked on a tweet that was showing footage of the aftermath, and it doesn't look like a regular car accident... The below was the first news I saw. Don't click the link, as a few tweets below is the footage.
  6. Saudi Arabia

    I'm assuming this is a crown prince production-
  7. Nuneaton 'hostage situation'

    Man with sawn-off shotgun takes hostages at Nuneaton bowling alley Warwickshire Police have confirmed they are dealing with an 'ongoing incident' at Bermuda Park, and called for people to steer clear. Witnesses have claimed that man is armed with a sawn-off shotgun. One man has tweeted: "Odeon Cinema in Nuneaton, Warwickshire on lockdown man inside has taken hostages. Police have closed the area." According to eye-witness Dean Rogers, access to the site has been blocked by police and there are up to 30 armed officers at the scene. All roads into Bermuda Park have been blocked by police, according to reports on Twitter. The neighbouring soft play centre is on lockdown as well. Another eye-witness Geoff Barkeley was at the cinema watching Blade Runner along with his family when the lights went out and staff moved the audience to another screen. Warwickshire Police tweeted: “Officers are currently dealing with an ongoing incident at Bermuda Park, #Nuneaton. Please avoid the area.” Another witness said on Twitter that a both a police helicopter and air ambulance were circling in the air above the venue. Visitor Lloyd Weightman, who was with his two sons, told the Coventry Telegraph he saw a man with a shotgun at the bowling alley, who told him to "get the f*** out". Bermuda Park is an out of town leisure park with an Odean cinema, children’s soft play centre, Nuffield Health gym, Holiday Inn hotel and pubs and restaurants. The park is two miles south of Nuneaton town centre just a stones throw from the M6 in the Midlands. One witness to events wrote on Twitter: “I can see the police helicopter yeah I think they've locked people in the Odeon cinema I was on about going there today to watch the new Snowman thriller film ! Heard guys taken hostages in the bowling place and police have blocked all roads from Bedworth into Nuneaton.” Twitter user Laura tweeted: "All roads into bermuda are blocked by police. Just happened as we drove past 5 mins ago. Helicopter above." Gary Cockerill tweeted: "Apparently man armed with sawn off taken hostages in bowling alley". Replying to Warwickshire Police's post about the "ongoing incident" on Twitter, Paul Edgington said: "I'm stuck in the cinema. Are we safe? How long are we expected to be locked down?" http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/869684/nuneaton-bowling-alley-odeon-hostages-shotgun-gun-warwickshire
  8. Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein. What a spectacular fall from grace. I'm guessing there are dozens more victims, maybe more than that. Hard to believe some of these "startled" movie stars though, I'm sure they heard stories. Ultimately it was a woman no longer attached to the industry to raise the alarm on him.
  9. Incident in South Kensington

    Several people have been injured after a car reportedly mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians in a busy tourist area in west London. Police descended on an area outside the Natural History Museum in South Kensington on Saturday. Scotland Yard said officers were called to reports of a collision at 2.20pm in Exhibition Road. A man was arrested at the scene, police said. A Met Police spokesman said: "It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured. "Officers are on scene, and the London Ambulance Service have been called. "A man has been arrested at the scene. "Enquiries to establish the circumstances and motive are underway." https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/south-kensington-police-descend-on-area-outside-natural-history-museum-after-car-hits-pedestrians-a3652986.html
  10. Monarch Airlines

    Hope noone on here is affected. Someone i know flew out for their wedding yesterday, with 26 of their mates/family due to fly out over the next few days before the wedding on Sunday. Worst nightmare. Quite surprised i havent seen a news article yet mentioning the amount of people who will lose their jobs over this. Losing a holiday seems a small inconvenience compared to presumably thousands losing their jobs in the run up to christmas.
  11. London Terror Attack

    Earlier explosion at Parsons Green tube station has been declared by the MET as a terror related incident.
  12. Dubai on fire again...

    Unfortunately named torch tower is in flames again. (Same tower that was on fire in 2015) More coverage on all news outlets/paper websites <br />
  13. What the ____? This is sickening, the poor girl... at our train station and vicinity of VP. I hope these ______ are caught and "more". http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/detectives-hunt-two-rapists-after-13395432 Detectives are hunting two rapists after a 15-year-old girl was attacked by a man in a car - moments after she had been raped by a different man inside Witton train station Officers from British Transport Police and West Midlands Police have launched a joint investigation after the teenager was attacked twice between 7pm on Tuesday (July 25) and 2am on Wednesday (July 26). The first sexual assault happened at Witton station. The 15-year-old girl was out with a friend and they walked into Witton station together. A man then approached the victim and led her to a secluded part of the station, where she was raped. Shortly after the attack, the victim walked away from the area and flagged down a passing vehicle to ask for help. She got in the car and was then assaulted a second time by what is believed to be a second offender. edit- can't see this on BBC site but the Daily Fail has more http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4736452/Girl-15-raped-TWICE-two-different-men-day.html#article-4736452 Police say teen first attacked at Witton railway station in Birmingham on Tuesday Girl then flagged down vehicle outside the station and was raped a second time First attacker described as Asian with light skin, brown eyes, skinny and 6ft tall Second also Asian, in early 20s, 5ft 7ins tall, of large build with a cropped beard
  14. Channel 4 relocation

    Can see nobody discussing this. Can Brum get Channel 4? Do people want Channel 4?
  15. So apparently someone has gone berserk with a chainsaw in the streets of Schaffhausen Switzerland. Anyone got any more details? http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swiss-attack-schaffhausen-injured-man-suspect-police-serious-northern-a7856921.html
  16. Newcastle incident

    Apparently some woman has now driven into people coming out of Eid celebrations in Newcastle. Could be an accident. 7 people injured, 2 seriously. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/local-news/pedestrians-collision-newcastle-westgate-road-13235613
  17. Finsbury Park Incident

    Didn't know where to put this as I don't think it's ISIS, but apparently a van has just plowed through 10 people in Finsbury Park.
  18. The Great Tower Block Fire of London

    Pretty bad situation unfolding in London this morning which a huge tower block ablaze and at risk of collapse... Pictures look horrific, given the time it's happened itslikely most people were in bed. Hope they got out before it took hold.
  19. Notre Dame (Paris)

    CNN reporting an incident at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Police have tweeted for civilians to stay away from the area.
  20. London Bridge Incident

    BBC news reporting white van mounted pavement hitting at least six pedestrians. Police boats currently searching the river for missing pedestrians. Sky news reporting possible stabbing attack but BBC making no mention of it so fingers crossed that's just speculation. Here's hoping it's nothing terror related,that horrible deja vu from Westminster bridge at the moment.
  21. Philippines

    So...not only is their president a homicidal maniac, but the lid they had on their jihadist population has been blown right off with the Manila attack. Troubling to see a new ISIS type front open up in Asia. Indonesia and Malaysia will be watching this very closely I think. USA has a military base there too. Tense times.
  22. Cyber Warfare / Cyber Crime

    With news still emerging of a "ransomware" attack on the systems of the NHS, and something similar happening to Telefonica and other Spanish companies today, it seems that cyber-related issues are becoming a growing problem. Whilst the above cases could have occurred accidentally rather than being targeted, if you look at the suggestions around Russian interference in the US election, the ability of some companies to make realistic social media "bots" who will push particular rhetoric (it's been claimed this may have influenced the results of the EU referendum and the US vote) and WikiLeaks - is cyber warfare now becoming a major player in global politics / life in general? Or is it just the latest media focus?
  23. Bomb attack on Dortmund team bus

    Seems like there have been three explosions around the Dortmund team bus, with Marc Bartra injured and taken to hospital. The club have tweeted that it's a bomb. The match has been postponed until tomorrow night. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39572434