October 30, 2019

Grenfell report says there were ‘systemic failings’ in emergency response to blaze

Paul Williamson/iStock(LONDON) -- A long-awaited report into the Grenfell Tower fire has claimed that there were “systemic failings” in the response of emergency services to the blaze and “many more lives” could have been saved. An inquiry led by lawmaker Sir Martin Moore-Bick concluded that the decision to evacuate the tower block should have been made earlier, but that the firefighters who attended the scene “deserve the gratitude of the local community and London as a whole.” “The bravery a..
October 30, 2019

‘It is going to become worse’: ISIS prisoner predicts attack on Europe after al-Baghdadi death

Jamie Baker/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The leader of the Islamic State may be dead, but the world is not a safer place according to one former ISIS member. Muhammed Hasik is an Islamic State fighter in prison in northern Iraq. In an interview with ABC News’ Senior Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell, Hasik offered a rare and chilling insight into the mind of an ISIS operative. Offering no remorse for his actions, Hasik said that he believed an attack on mainland Europe was forthcoming, and dismissed t..
October 29, 2019

84-year-old arrested in connection with a mosque attack in Bayonne, France

Milan Chudoba/iStock(BAYONNE, France) -- An 84-year-old man who has been accused of setting fire to the main entrance of a mosque in the town of Bayonne and is alleged to have shot two people, wanted to “avenge the destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral” which he claimed was done by Muslims, said prosecutor Marc Mariee at a press conference on Tuesday. In the hours following the start of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire of April 15, several websites spread rumors that some Muslims were claiming respon..
October 29, 2019

Miss France contest opens to transgender contestants

Inimma-IS/iStock(PARIS) -- The rules of the Miss France contest no longer prevent transgender people from participating, the director of the Miss France pageant, Sylvie Tellier, said in a recent interview. But, she added, she does not believe France is ready for a transgender Miss France. In an interview with local newspaper Le Parisien in French, Tellier confirmed contestants will no longer need to fill the requirement of being assigned female at birth. Instead, the rules require being a woman ..