Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.
British police fears topless model is planning to travel to Syria and become ISIS jihadi bride
In today’s perhaps most unlikely news, anti-terrorist police in Britain have revealed fears that a former glamour model who has secretly embraced Islam is being groomed online by ISIS to become a jihadist bride. Kimberley Miners, who has posed topless for a number of UK tabloid newspapers, is reportedly using Facebook to communicate with a British fighter in Syria who is urging women to leave the UK and join the ISIS “caliphate.” The 27-year-old is also said to have posted images of Muslim women brandishing rifles and other weapons. – The Sunday Times
Angela Merkel’s party is beaten by far-right populists in German elections
Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU party has been beaten into third place by a far-right anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party in elections in a north-eastern state. The Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party – whose leader, Frauke Petry, has been called “Adolfina” and praised by Donald Trump – took just under 21% of the vote behind the centre-left SPD’s 30%. The German chancellor’s CDU was backed by only 19% of voters, its worst ever result in the state. The election was seen as a significant test ahead of next year’s general election and had centred around Merkel’s refugee policy. – The New York Times
Eastern gorilla becomes critically endangered due to illegal hunting
In yet another astonishingly idiotic feat, humanity has moved a step closer to wiping out our closest evolutionary relatives as four of the six great ape species are now listed as critically endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added the eastern gorilla, the largest living primate, to its “red list” after the species suffered a 70% population collapse over the past 20 years, primarily due to illegal hunting. – The Guardian
Undercover newspaper sting accuses British MP Keith Vaz of paying for male escorts
Married MP Keith Vaz, one of the most influential politicians in Britain who is currently overseeing the biggest shake-up of Britain’s prostitution laws in a generation, has been accused of paying young male escorts for sex by British newspaper The Sunday Mirror. The newspaper’s undercover sting operation reports that Vaz met two Eastern European prostitutes eight days ago, and includes a video purportedly showing the father of two discussing drugs and unprotected sex. Vaz is set to step down as Commons committee chair, at least temporarily. – The Sunday Mirror
Rafael Nadal is dumped out of the US Open by Lucas Pouille in shock five-set defeat
Newcomer Lucas Pouille stunned a red-faced Rafael Nadal with a brilliant five-set victory to make it through to the US Open quarter-finals. The Spanish legend had twice come from a set down and, ahead by a break in the decider, looked set to seal his place in the next round. Pouille raised his game for one final time, breaking back before edging out Nadal in the tie-break. The 22-year-old Frenchman said after the match ““It’s my first match on the center court, against Rafa, I couldn’t dream better than this.” He will face fellow countryman Gael Monfils in the last eight. – Washington Post
Anti-Beijing activists gain foothold in Hong Kong election
Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured onto the streets of Hong Kong to call for political change, a new generation of pro-democracy activists have won seats on the former British colony’s Legislative Council (LegCo). The young leaders want greater autonomy and changes to the way Hong Kong is governed by China. Voter turnout reached a record high of 58% (2.2 million). Nathan Law, one of at least four new young leaders elected and whose party has called for a referendum on independence, told reporters after his victory, “I think it is a miracle.” – BBC News
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