(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Court Report: David & Louise Turpin: Plead guilty on Friday to 14-criminal charges of including ‘ torture and abuse ‘ including shackling children in isolation for 17yrs in filthy conditions and could face 25yrs in prison #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: The desperate cry for help came from a girl who had lived in such isolation for 17 years that she didn’t know her address, the month of the year or what the word medication meant: But after jumping out a window from the filthy home where she lived with her parents and 12 siblings, she knew enough to punch the digits 9-1-1 into a barely workable cellphone and then began describing years of horrific abuse to a police dispatcher: The brave girl’s call that freed her siblings — some who had been chained to their beds — led to the opposite fate for their parents, David and Louise Turpin, who face 25 years to life in prison when sentenced Friday.

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The couple pleaded guilty in Riverside County Superior Court in February to torture and other abuse and neglect so severe it stunted their children’s growth, led to muscle wasting and left two girls unable to bear children: Before the 17-year-old escaped from the home in a middle-class section of the city of Perris, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, the Turpins had lived largely out of view.David Turpin, 57, had been an engineer for Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Louise Turpin, 50, was listed as a housewife in a 2011 bankruptcy filing.

Their home was neatly kept and neighbors rarely saw the kids outside the home.When deputies arrived, they were shocked by what they discovered: A 22-year-old son was chained to a bed and two girls had just been set free from their shackles. The house was covered in filth and the stench of human waste was overwhelming.

Deputies testified that the children said they were only allowed to shower once a year. They were mainly kept in their rooms except for meals, which had been reduced from three to one per day, a combination of lunch and dinner: The 17-year-old complained that she could no longer stomach peanut butter sandwiches — they made her gag.

The Turpin offspring weren’t allowed to play like normal children: Other than an occasional family trip to Las Vegas or Disneyland, they rarely left the home. They slept during the day and were active a few hours at night.

Although the couple filed paperwork with the state to homeschool their children, learning was limited: The oldest daughter only completed third grade.“We don’t really do school. I haven’t finished first grade,” the 17-year-old said, according to Deputy Manuel Campos……………Children said they were beaten, caged and shackled to beds if they didn’t obey their parents.Investigators found that the toddler had not been abused, but all of the children were hospitalized after they were discovered.

The seven adult children were living together and attending school in February when their parents pleaded guilty: Attorney Jack Osborn, who represents them, declined to comment on them Thursday………………..It’s not clear if any children will attend the sentencing, but they will be offered a chance to speak or can offer written statements to be read in court.Defense attorneys would not say if their clients will address the court.

The couple pleaded guilty to 14 criminal charges: Prosecutors said the deal would likely keep them in prison for the rest of their lives and spare the children from testifying………………“The defendants ruined lives, so I think it’s just and fair that the sentence be equivalent to first-degree murder,” District Attorney Mike Hestrin said at the time of the plea.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: April.20: 2019:

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(LONDONDERRY, N.I.) LATEST: Two men aged 18 & 19 have been arrested in connection with the killing of N.I. journalist Lyra McKee during a riot on Thursday, police said that is believed to be a terrorist attack and maybe connected to her writing a book on disappearance of young people during decades of violence and maybe connected #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting dead of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Londonderry, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced on Saturday BBC News reported: https://bbc.in/2ZjZkJT “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement: McKee, an award-winning 29-year-old journalist who was writing a book on the disappearance of young people during decades of violence in Northern Ireland, was shot dead as she watched Irish nationalist youths attack police following a raid: “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement.

PSNI Report: “Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April: They have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite.” https://twitter.com/psnidcsdistrict/status/1119494759700160512?s=21

Northern Ireland’s political parties, which are broadly split between Irish nationalists aspiring to unite the British region with Ireland and unionists who want it to remain British, united to condemn the attack: In a joint statement, six parties said they were “united in rejecting those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Hundreds gathered in cities across Northern Ireland on Friday to hold vigils for McKee, who was also known as an activist for lesbian and gay rights:

“We cannot let go of the last 21 years of hard-won peace and progress,” Clinton, a key player in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement peace accord, said on Twitter: The 1998 deal largely ended three decades of violence in the region, in which over 3,600 died, but several smaller militant groups remain active and launch occasional attacks.

Police said they believed the shooting was likely carried out by the small New IRA group of “dissident” Irish nationalist militants opposed to the Good Friday deal: The group was blamed by police for planting a car bomb outside a courthouse in Londonderry in January: Police said Thursday’s rioting began after a raid aimed at preventing attacks during Easter weekend:

Saoradh, a political party with links to dissident militants, said in a statement on Friday that it understood McKee was killed accidentally by a “Republican volunteer.” McKee was watching with a crowd of bystanders as local youths attacked police with petrol bombs and set cars on fire, video footage showed. Police said McKee was hit when a gunman opened fire in the direction of police.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: April.20: Reporting by Conor Humphries and Amanda Ferguson; Editing by Toby Chopra

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(BANKOK, Thailand.) JUST IN: Thai navy on Saturday boarded the floating cabin of a fugitive U.S. bitcoin trader and his Thai girlfriend, both prominent members of the “seasteading” movement who possibly face the death sentence for setting up their offshore home to avoid government control & taxation as part of a new movement in tech societies to build floating communities #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: Thai authorities have revoked the visa of American citizen Chad Elwartowski and have charged him and his partner, Supranee Thepdet, with violating Thai sovereignty by raising a small cabin on top of a weighted spar 14 nautical miles off the west-coast of Thai island of Phuket: The cabin has been promoted as “the world’s first seastead” by the group Ocean Builders, part of a movement in tech and libertarian circles to build floating communities beyond the bounds of nations as a way to explore alternative societies and governments.

“I was free for a moment. Probably the freest person in the world,” Elwartowski posted on his Facebook on April 13, days before the Thai navy raided his floating home: Elwartowski, 46, and Supranee, whose Facebook page describes her as a “Bitcoin expert, Trader, Chef, seastead Pioneer”, apparently fled after a surveillance plane flew over the cabin the previous day.

The Royal Thai Navy task force had planned on Saturday to seize the structure and tow it back to shore for use as evidence, but by the afternoon it was still studying how to move it without destroying it, the navy said: In a video posted last month detailing the raising of the floating home, Elwartowski said 20 more similar houses would be up for sale to form a community.

Elwartowski and Ocean Builders say the spar was in international waters and beyond Thailand’s jurisdiction: Thai authorities say the structure is in its 200-mile exclusive economic zone and therefore a violation of its sovereignty…………..A Thai navy task force was sent out on Saturday to tow in the structure which will be handed over to Phuket’s police to be kept as an exhibit for the legal action, the navy said in an official statement.

The navy said they have evidence that the floating home was built in a private boatyard in Phuket and said the couple wanted to establish a “permanent settlement at sea beyond the sovereignty of nations by using a legal loophole” It said the action “reveals the intention of disobeying the laws of Thailand as a littoral state and could lead to a creation of a new state within Thailand’s territorial waters… undermining Thailand’s national security as well as economic and social interests of maritime nations.”

In an email reply to Reuters, Elwartowski referred all questions to the Seasteading Institute and pointed to online statements from the Ocean Builders website: Elwartowski and Supranee are members of Ocean Builders, which has denied allegations that they were planning to set up an independent state or “micro nation”, according to its online statement.

The group said that the pair, both active bitcoin investors, did not build, invest in or design the floating home themselves but were “volunteers excited about the prospect of living free”, documenting their lives as “pioneer seasteaders” off the coast of Phuket:

The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok told Reuters that Elwartowski had engaged a lawyer and was being provided with appropriate assistance:

According to Ocean Builders, the concept of “seasteading” has been discussed for years but the cabin Elwartowski and Supranee lived on was the first attempt at living in what it described as international waters: Other groups, such as the Seasteading Institute, which was originally backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, have sought to build floating cities with the cooperation of host nations.

Modern seasteading began around 2008 when Patri Friedman began highlighting his idea in Silicon Valley to build seastead communities where you could essentially “vote with your home” This would allow for more experimentation in governance structures and advance governance in the same way that cell phones progress due to consumers having the ability to choose their cell phone.

Initially Patri teamed up with Peter Thiel to found The Seasteading Institute (TSI).
With Mr. Thiel’s initial donation TSI began exploring ways to make seasteading happen. They did many studies, held contests for various designs and branched off different projects. The plans have usually revolved around building large cities which were very costly and were never able to obtain the financing necessary to get off the ground.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Published: April.20: 2019: Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa and Panu Wongcha-um. Editing by Kay Johnson and Nick Macfie

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) JUST IN: An explosion hit the center of the capital on Saturday after unidentified attackers appeared to have entered a multi-storey building housing the communications ministry where they were battling security forces, officials said #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: Gunfire could be clearly heard by witnesses in the city center, but the area around the site was cordoned off by security forces: Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed there had been gunfire around the ministry of communications and information technology but provided no further details.

The attack followed several months of relative calm in Kabul, which coincided with talks between U.S. and Taliban officials aimed at opening the way for formal peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan:

One security official, who declined to be identified by name, said the initial blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomb at the entry to the ministry: There was no confirmation from Afghan police, and no militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

A witness quoted by the Tolo News television channel said attackers appeared to be fighting security forces on the first floor of the ministry headquarters: The explosion, in one of the main commercial areas of the city, was also close to the heavily fortified Serena Hotel, one of the very few Kabul hotels still used by foreign visitors.

The attack, just days after a planned meeting between Taliban officials and Afghan politicians and civil society representatives in Qatar was cancelled, underlined the hurdles facing efforts to reach a peace settlement: While heavy fighting has carried on across Afghanistan and Taliban militants have announced their now customary spring offensive, there had been no large-scale attacks on civilian targets in Kabul in recent weeks.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: April.20: 2019: ToloNews.Com/Reuters.Com/ Reporting by Abdul Qadir Sediqi, Rupam Jain, James Mackenzie; Editing by Nick Macfie and Kenneth Maxwell

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(MEXICO CITY) JUST IN: Unidentified gunmen shot dead 13 people at a bar in the city of Minatitlan in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said on Friday, in one of the worst slayings to hit Mexico since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.20: The unidentified assailants opened fire on Friday night after coming to look for a man at a bar in the southeast of Minatitlan, a spokesman for the government of Veracruz said: Seven men, five women and a child died in the shooting, which occurred close to Minatitlan’s oil refinery, one of six run by state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex): Four other people were injured, the state government said in a statement: The motive for the killings was unclear, the spokesman said.

The man the gunmen were seeking was identified as the owner of a bar in the city, the state government said: The attack took place during a family celebration…………It was not immediately clear if the man owned the bar where the attack occurred, nor whether he was present at the time…………….Hugo Gutierrez, the head of public security in the state, said on Twitter that an operation had been launched to capture the people responsible for the killings.

The oil-rich state of Veracruz has been convulsed by gang violence and political corruption scandals for several years: The president was due to visit Veracruz on Sunday, according to an official schedule published before the attack took place.

#AceNewsDesk report …………….Reuters.Com/ Published: April.20: Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell

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(FLINT, Mich.) Court Report: A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing an airport police officer was sentenced Thursday to life in prison: U.S. prosecutors said Amor Ftouhi drove 1,000 miles from Montr eal to the airport in Flint where he yelled “God is great” in Arabic and repeatedly stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville in 2017 #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: Investigators said Ftouhi wanted to stab Neville, take his gun and start shooting people in the airport: He legally drove into the U.S. at Champlain, New York, and arrived in Flint five days later. He tried but failed to buy a gun at a gun show and instead bought a large knife: During Thursday’s sentencing, Ftouhi told the judge that he “regretted he did not get a machine gun” and regretted he did not “kill that cop.” ……….He also asked for a life sentence and said he had jihad in his heart and blood and didn’t kill enough people………….“Prosecutors have said he told investigators his ‘mission was to kill and be killed.”

“Man convicted of terrorism at Flint airport gets life, says he regretted not killing more people,” Fox2 Detroit, April 18, 2019:

Ftouhi is a native of Tunisia who moved to Canada in 2007: He had a degree in sociology, worked in insurance and had no indications of being radicalised until the attack in Flint…………….Prosecutors have said he told investigators his “mission was to kill and be killed.”

His defense lawyer, Joan Morgan, said Ftouhi wasn’t attempting to create mass casualties and wanted to be killed so his family could collect life insurance and so he could become a martyr….

Neville, who was on duty at the airport, when he was approached from behind by Ftouhi and had his throat slashed….

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: April.19: 2019:

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(DR CONGO) #IslamicState on Thurs.Apr.18: claimed that it killed Congolese soldiers in an attack in Kamango near the border between DRC & Uganda: A message posted by its Amaq propaganda agency said there were Congole se army “dead and wounded” following an attack by ISIS fighters in the town of Kamango near the border #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Apr.19: The caliphate is gone from Iraq and Syria, but the caliphate remain a global threat: In a statement, ISIS said “soldiers of the Caliphate” had attacked an army base in the village of Bovata, roughly 5 km (3 miles) from Komango in Beni region, “where they clashed with small and medium weapons.” Three Congolese army soldiers were killed and five others injured, the group claimed: If confirmed, it would be the first attack in DR Congo that ISIS central has acknowledged.

“ISIS claims first attack in DR Congo, saying it killed soldiers near Uganda border,” by Joanne Stocker, The Defense Post, April 18, 2019:

Citing U.N. peacekeeping and civil society sources, Reuters reported that two Congolese soldiers and a civilian were killed in clashes in Bovata on Tuesday: The sources said witnesses had blamed the Allied Democratic Forces for the attack.

ISIS ascribed the attack to “Central Africa Province,” the first time the group has named an affiliate in the region: As in some other areas, Islamic State did not have an official wilayat, or province, in DR Congo, but had tentative links to the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan-led militant group founded in 1995 with the stated goal of overthrowing the Ugandan government and creating an Islamic state.

Some time after 2012: ADF adopted the Madina at Tauheed Wau Mujahedeen (MTM) – the City of Monotheism and Holy warriors, according to the Congo Research Group, which has argued the ADF has been “making a tentative attempt to align itself with other militant Islamist groups.”…

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: April.19: 2019:

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