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Black man forced into a coffin by white South African farmers who threatened to burn him alive breaks down in tears as captors are jailed for 19 and 16 years for attempted murder
Two white farmers, who forced a terrified black man they caught on their land into a coffin and threatened to throw in a snake and burn him alive, were sent to prison today for attempted murder.
Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson were also sentenced for kidnapping, assault with GBH and intimidation in a trial that highlighted the deep racial divisions in South Africa.
The pair were sentenced to a combined 35 years after a court (click on the image to read the full article).
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JFK Files: J. Edgar Hoover Said Public Must Believe Lee Harvey Oswald Acted Alone
“There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dictated that line in a memo he issued on Nov. 24, 1963, the day Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald as the gunman was being transported to the Dallas County Jail after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The memo is one of at least 52 records never previously made public that were included in the release Thursday of about 2,800 unredacted government documents related to Kennedy’s murder in (click on the image to read the full article).
Puerto Rico's uncounted hurricane deaths
Arecibo, Puerto Rico (CNN)You won’t hear about her death from officials investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but you should know her name and her story.
She was Isabel Rivera González.
Rivera was 80. She loved to dance, and was known in this hilly enclave of Puerto Rico for her Saturday-night merengue moves. In family photos displayed at her funeral last week, she was shown (click on the image to read the full article).
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Man who viciously beat his ex-wife is spared jail because judge says her infidelity 'dishonored' him
(CNN)There’s outrage in Portugal after an appeals court there ruled that a man shouldn’t have to serve jail time in the savage beating of his ex-wife, because her infidelity brought “dishonor” to him.
The beating happened in June 2015, when the man and his former wife’s ex-lover joined forces to attack her with (click on the image to read the full article)
Driver arrested after attempting to plow through protestors in California
The driver of a car who tried to plow through a group of immigration protestors in California was arrested and held briefly after a chaotic scene in the middle of a street on Thursday afternoon.
A group of protestors had assembled in Brea, California outside the office of U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., to protest immigration rights when a driver (click on the image to read the full article).
The war against Pope Francis
Pope Francis is one of the most hated men in the world today. Those who hate him most are not atheists, or protestants, or Muslims, but some of his own followers. Outside the church he is hugely popular as a figure of almost ostentatious modesty and humility. From the moment that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became (click on the image to read the full article).
'I thought it was the end of the world': Enormous glowing ball over northern Siberia sparks UFO fears (but the Russian rocket test was to blame) Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5023505/Huge-glowing-ball-northern-Siberia-sparks-UFO-fears.html#ixzz4wj4iYPrY Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Russia has been hit by a wave of reports of a giant UFO in the sky last night with spectacular pictures of an enormous glowing ball illuminating northern Siberia.
Social media erupted with claims of ‘aliens arriving’ and locals in far flung parts of the country told of ‘shivers down their spines’.
While the source of the light has not been confirmed, some have suggested that it was the trace of a rocket launched by the Russian military that…(Click on the image to read the full article).
iPhone X sells out within minutes overnight
Today marked the kick-off for iPhone X preorders, Apple’s much anticipated 10th-anniversary edition of its iPhone.
Preorders opened at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and 3:01 a.m. ET for those Apple devotees who wanted to be some of the first to get their hands on the phone that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook called the “biggest leap forward since the original iPhone” at its Sept. 12 launch event.
While the iPhone X was gone online in minutes, the (click on the image to read the full article).
This mystery object may be our first visitor from another solar system
(CNN)Astronomers around the world are trying to track down a small, fast-moving object that is zipping through our solar system.
Is a comet? An asteroid? NASA’s not sure. The space agency doesn’t even know where it came from, but it’s not behaving like the local space rocks and that means it may not be from our solar system.
If that’s confirmed, NASA says “it would be the first
The Fascinating Reason Witches Are Commonly Depicted Flying On Broomsticks
We’ve heard this one. To get high, of course! But seriously, it’s thought the idea of witches flying around on broomsticks came from the practice of concocting “witches flying ointment” (read hallucinogens) and then using a broomstick to administer the drug to certain sensitive regions, thereby (click on the image to read the full article).
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Two women and their dogs rescued after 5 months adrift in the Pacific
(CNN)Two women from Hawaii who were lost at sea for nearly five months have been rescued by the US Navy.
Jennifer Appel, Tasha Fuiava and their two dogs were found Wednesday, drifting about 900 miles southeast of Japan, a Navy statement said.
In a call with the media Thursday, Appel described the situation prior to the rescue as (click on the image to read the full article).
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Catalonia declares independence as Spain prepares to impose direct rule
Catalonia declared independence from Spain less than an hour before a vote in the country’s Senate gave Madrid the power to seize the region’s autonomous powers.
The vote in the regional parliament followed a tense week of last-ditch negotiations between Madrid and Barecelona. Seventy of (click on the image to read the full article).