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Sunday
Jun262016

10 Hurt When Roller Coaster Crashes Near Children's Attraction at Scottish Theme Park

iStock/Thinkstock(MOTHERWELL, Scotland) -- An inverted roller coaster at a Scottish theme park derailed, hit the ride's support and crashed to the ground, injuring 10 people, including eight children, police said.

The incident occurred this morning at M&D's theme park in Motherwell, about a half-hour from Glasglow, according to the Lanarkshire, Scotland, police. The Tsunami inverted roller-coaster ride, involving five gondolas in a train, detached from its rails, collided with the ride's main structure and hit the ground, police said.

"On arrival it became clear a series of five gondolas connected on a train on the Tsunami ride have detached from the rails, struck the superstructure and then struck the ground," Chief Inspector David Bruce of Police Scotland said. "They [the gondolas] fell less than 20 feet. It would appear that they have been coming round a bend and at that point it has detached."

He could not confirm the speed the cars were going when they derailed, but confirmed that they "hadn't struck anything on the ground."

Police said two of the injured were struck on the ground. The 10 people were all being treated a local hospitals, but details of their injuries were not available, police said. Police had earlier reported 11 people were injured.

A spokesperson for M&D's said in a statement that "a serious incident occurred at M&D's today involving the tsunami rollercoaster. We have all emergency services on site to assist. The theme park is closed until further notice."

The "Tsunami" is the only inverted roller coaster in Scotland and can reach speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour as it goes through corkscrew twists, according to the theme park website. Children under 10 are not allowed on the ride, the website says.

One woman who said she had gotten off the ride when the accident happened said the scene was "like something out of a horror film."

"My heart goes out to everyone on it," Katie Burns said in a posting on Facebook. "A full load came off the track but and on the pavement, like a horror film worse thing ever heard and seen, can't get over this."

Another woman who was there said she was "in shock" at what she saw.

 

 

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Sunday
Jun262016

British Ambassador on Brexit: 'We're Not Going to Disappear from the World Stage'

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) --  British Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch was clear Sunday about England's position following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union: "We're not going to disappear from the world stage. We will still be important players and America's closest ally,” he said.

"There's going to be a period of uncertainty while we work out this new relationship with Europe," Darroch said on This Week. "But we are a strong country, a stable country. We will work it out in our usual pragmatic way. We will come through this and we will end up as important a player on the international scene as we have been."

He also gave assurances that “the special relationship” between the United States and England “will endure and will be as strong as ever."

The final vote on the Brexit referendum was split 51.9 percent “leave” to 48.1 percent “remain,” leaving many questioning the finality of the decision. In fact, by midday Sunday more than 3 million people had signed a petition asking for a new referendum. Darroch, however, described the Brexit decision as “irrevocable.”

The vote to exit the European Union also led Prime Minister David Cameron to announce his resignation. According to the ambassador, the “expectation” is that England's Conservative Party will elect a new leader by the end of September.

"The prime minister made it clear throughout that this was a once-in-a-generation vote and the result was final,” Darroch said. “The task for us now is to pull together and work out the new relationship with Europe."

Darroch served as Prime Minister Cameron’s national security adviser for four years prior to accepting his current position in the United States.

"I'm sad that he's resigning," Darroch said. “I understand why he has chosen to go in these circumstances."

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Sunday
Jun262016

Italy's Second Most Wanted Mafia Boss Arrested After 20 Years in Hiding

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- After 20 years on the lam, one of Italy's top mob bosses has been arrested.

Italian authorities found Ernesto Fazzalari, a leading figure of the powerful mafia clan the 'Ndrangheta, asleep with a female companion in a small apartment in Calabria.

Fazzalari, 46, was fleeing a life sentence for murder. Authorities said he remained a powerful clan leader of the 'Ndrangheta, believed to control most of the cocaine trade in Europe, while in hiding.

He first fled in 1996, and in 1999 he was convicted in absentia of murder and other crimes.

Fazzalari was Italy's second most wanted mob boss, but the search continues for Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, one of the most wanted criminals in the world.

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Sunday
Jun262016

Female 'Knights' to Compete for the First Time Ever at English Heritage Jousting Tournaments in UK 

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) --  For the first time ever, female "knights" will be joining jousting competitions at castles in the U.K. this summer, according to English Heritage, a registered nonprofit that manages over 400 historic sites in the U.K. and routinely hosts jousting events.

"Horsewoman extraordinaire" Nicky Willis will be the first woman to take the reins at the English Heritage's annual Grand Medieval Joust at Kenilworth Castle this Saturday, the nonprofit told ABC News in a statement.

Willis will be pitting her skills against three leading male knights, including Russian champion Dimitry Shabachenko, the nonprofit said.

 "I have heard how much fun it is to joust at Kenilworth and can’t wait to be part of the action this year," Willis said in a news release. "Kenilworth is famed for some of the most elaborate tournaments in Medieval England -- as well playing host to one of England’s strongest women, Queen Elizabeth I – so it’s the perfect place to sort the women from the boys!"

Historically, women weren't allowed in the "elite band" of knights who took part in jousting tournaments, according to English Heritage's head of events, Emily Sewell.

But "[n]ow they are," Sewell said in a news release. "[I]n order to bring our visitors the opportunity to witness some of the most accomplished knights on the circuit, it made complete sense to invite the leading female jousters to join us this summer."

Female jouster Alix van Zijl will later compete in tournaments at Carisbrooke Castle and Bolsover Castle this August, according to English Heritage.

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Saturday
Jun252016

More Than 2 Million Sign Petition Calling for Second 'Brexit' Vote

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- More than 2 million Britons and U.K. residents have signed a petition calling for a redo of the European Union referendum, just days after the United Kingdom voted to leave the bloc.

The petition, which was posted before Thursday’s vote, said the government should hold another referendum on E.U. membership if the votes for the "Leave" or "Remain" side are less than 60 percent in a turnout of fewer than 75 percent of eligible voters.

The referendum Thursday saw a turnout of 72 percent of eligible voters, with 52 percent -- or more than 17 million people -- backing a British exit, or "Brexit," and 48 percent voting to remain an E.U. member state.

The financial markets quickly reacted lower to the results and the U.S. stock markets closed at three month lows on Friday.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced his resignation Friday after leading the failed "Remain" campaign, had said there wouldn’t be a second vote. But since the unprecedented outcome, the petition, which only British citizens or U.K. residents can sign, has garnered 2,149,429 signatures by 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Parliament must consider a debate on any petition posted on its website that garners more than 100,000 signatures. The government has to respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures.

The petition’s website showed a map indicating that most signatures were from people based in areas where support for the "Remain" side was strongest, including London.

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Saturday
Jun252016

Two Terror Suspects Arrested After Planning Euro 2016 Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- Anti-terror raids in Belgium had police arrest two men who were planning to attack a Euro 2016 match.

Belgian Police took in the two men for questioning after overnight raids in Verviers and Tournai. They were later arrested and charged for "participation to the activities of a terrorist group," according to the Belgium Federal Prosecutor's Office.

ABC News confirmed with Belgian Police that the two men were targeting the Hungary-Belgium Euro 2016 match scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. local time.

The two men were charged as perpetrator or co-perpetrator, according to the prosecutor's office.

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Saturday
Jun252016

Navy Officer Who Commanded Sailors Detained by Iran Relieved of Duty

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Navy has relieved from duty another commanding officer that oversaw the 10 sailors who, this past January, were detained by Iran for 15 hours after the two boats they were aboard strayed into Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

Captain Kyle S. Moses, who commanded the Bahrain-based Task Force 56, was relieved of his duties Friday by Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).

"Capt. Moses was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," reads a Navy statement. "He has been temporarily reassigned to the NAVCENT staff."

The two Riverine boats seized on Jan. 12 by Iranian vessels near Farsi Island had been operating as part of Task Force 56, which is responsible for expeditionary vessels operating in the Middle East. Riverine boats are designed to operate in harbor waters and shallow water areas.

The two Riverine boats were traveling from Kuwait to Bahrain when faulty navigational gear led them to stray into Iranian territorial waters near Farsi Island.

The Navy said Donegan took the action after a final review of the investigation into the circumstances that led to the sailors' detention.

"Several weeks ago, I had initially taken what I felt was appropriate administrative and corrective action involving Capt. Moses based on the preliminary results of the investigation, which I began immediately after we recovered our Sailors," said Donegan in the Navy statement. "However, after thoroughly examining the findings of the final, comprehensive investigation, I determined that this additional action was necessary."

Moses is the second officer to be relieved of command following the incident. In mid May, Commander Eric Rasch was relieved of his command of the San Diego-based Riverine Squadron that oversaw the training and equipping of the detained sailors prior to their deployment to the Persian Gulf. A Navy statement at the time said "Rasch was relieved due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command."

Defense officials say Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, plans to release the findings of the completed investigation next Thursday at a Pentagon news conference.

Additional personnel involved in the incident could face possible administrative action for the navigational mistakes that led to the incident as well as their behavior throughout the incident, according to defense officials.

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Saturday
Jun252016

The 'World's Ugliest Dog' Is Crowned: Meet Sweepee Rambo

Annie Pong(PETALUMA, Calif.) --  "The World's Ugliest Dog" has been crowned.

Sweepee Rambo, a blind Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix was anointed the title Friday at The World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California.

Dogs from around the globe competed for the title at the annual contest, which honors "homely hounds."

The 17-year-old pooch's owner, Jason Wurtz of Encino, California, tells ABC News that the canine was a gift to his ex-wife, but following the couple's split, he took possession of the dog since she thought Sweepee Rambo was -- you guessed it -- ugly.

Sweepee Rambo has been in the competition three times, but finally won top honors.

“We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family,” Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, said in a statement.

Other competitors in this year’s competition are Zsa-Zsa, a 7-year-old English bulldog rescued from a puppy mill, and Himisaboo, a dog whose hairstyle is drawing comparisons to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Friday
Jun242016

British PM David Cameron Announces He Is Resigning, Says UK Needs 'Fresh Leadership'

BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday morning that he will step down as prime minister in the fall, saying the country needs "fresh leadership."

His announcement follows UK voters' historic referendum decision to leave the European Union.

He said he will continue as prime minister with his cabinet for the next three months, and will step down in time for the Conservative party's conference.

"I love this country and feel honored to have served it," Cameron said. "Will of British people must be respected."

He added, "The British people have spoken....This was not a decision taken lightly. There can be no doubt about the result. I will reassure the markets that British economy is strong. This will require strong leadership. I’ve been proud to be prime minister for six years."


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BELOW, CAMERON'S FULL SPEECH

Good morning everyone, the country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.

Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.

We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.

We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we've governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.

The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.

I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences to speak in what they believe was the national interest and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign for the spirited and passionate case that they made.

The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered. It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.

So there can be no doubt about the result.

Across the world people have been watching the choice that Britain has made. I would reassure those markets and investors that Britain's economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.

There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.

We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union. This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced. But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.

I'm very proud and very honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.

I believe we've made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history, with reforms to welfare and education, increasing people's life chances, building a bigger and stronger society, keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who love each other to get married whatever their sexuality, but above all restoring Britain's economic strength.

And I'm grateful to everyone who's helped to make that happen. I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions, not duck them.

That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years, to bring our economy back from the brink.

It's why we delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland. And it's why I made the pledge to renegotiate Britain's position in the European Union and to hold the referendum on our membership and have carried those things out.

I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel - head, heart and soul.

I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone - not the future of any single politician including myself.

But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.

I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it's in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.

There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative Party conference in October.

Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.

The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making a statement about the steps that the Bank and the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.

We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen's Speech.

And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps that I am taking.

A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new prime minister and I think it's right that this new prime minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.

I will attend the European Council next week to explain the decision the British people have taken and my own decision.

The British people have made a choice, that not only needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument - myself included - should help to make it work.

Britain is a special country - we have so many great advantages – a parliamentary democracy where we resolve great issues about our future through peaceful debate, a great trading nation with our science and arts, our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over.

And while we are not perfect I do believe we can be a model for the multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, that people can come and make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.

Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am the first to praise our incredible strengths.

I said before that Britain can survive outside the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.

Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way and I will do everything I can to help.

I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.

Thank you very much.

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Friday
Jun242016

Why Brexit Could Lead to Breakup of UK

iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Brexit could now threaten the unity of the United Kingdom as Scotland and Northern Ireland raise the prospect of holding their own referendums to leave the U.K.

The option of an independence referendum for Scotland is "on the table,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Friday, speaking shortly after results of a referendum signaled that the U.K. had voted to leave the European Union.

Scotland was firmly in the “Remain” camp with 62 percent who voted to stay, against 38 percent for leaving the U.K. While Scots voted to remain in the U.K. in a 2014 referendum, Thursday’s vote could prompt them to at least call for another vote.

Sturgeon said it was "democratically unacceptable" for Scotland to be taken out of the E.U. and insured she would take "all possible steps and explore all options."

In Northern Ireland, where 56 percent voted to remain in the E.U., the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has also called for a vote on a United Ireland.

In a statement, the Irish government said the result had "very significant implications for Ireland, as well as for Britain and for the European Union.”

Spain has also said it will seek co-sovereignty of Britain's small Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar. The territory voted 96 percent to stay in the E.U. and is wholly reliant on Spain for trade and access.

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