A Slew of Stories Breaking This Morning! (October 17, 2016) - P.O.W. Report

Monday, October 17, 2016

A Slew of Stories Breaking This Morning! (October 17, 2016)

Julian Assange's Internet was Cut off suddenly by a "state party"

This lead to a massive flurry on social media cause #FreeAssange to become the second highest trending tag on Twitter. 

Russian Today (RT) Bank Accounts Are Frozen in the UK

The UK has frozen all bank accounts owned by Russia’s state-run broadcaster, Russia Today (RT), its editor-in-chief has claimed.

Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!”

RT has previously been sanctioned by Ofcom for biased reporting on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. [Source]

Fairbanks, Alaska Officer Shot in the Head and his Cruiser Stolen

Police in Fairbanks, Alaska, were looking for a suspect who they said shot one of their officers early Sunday, then briefly stole the officer’s patrol car.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, police went to investigate a report of shots fired. Moments later, Sgt. Allen Brandt radioed police dispatch to report that he had been shot, The Associated Press reported. The suspect drove off in Brandt's patrol car, which was found a few blocks away. [Watch the Video Here]

Germany explosion: Several missing and injured after huge blast at world's largest chemical producer

Several people are missing and others seriously injured after a huge explosion at a chemical factory in Germany.

Footage showed flames rising hundreds of feet into the air from BASF's headquarters in Ludwigshafen on Monday.

The company said work on a pipeline was believed to be the cause of the blast at around 11.30am local time (10.30am BST).

"Work on a pipeline led to an explosion with secondary fires," a spokesperson for BASF said.

The chemical complex is the headquarters of BASF, the world's largest chemical producer, which employs 33,000 people at its factory in Ludwigshafen alone. [Full Story and video]

Mosul Bloodbath begins: Iraqi forces pound ISIS with shells, bullets and bombs

The long-awaited military operation to recapture the terror group's capital in Iraq began this morning, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi announced last night.

An offensive to retake the city – Iraq's second largest after capital Baghdad and the biggest under ISIS control – has been planned for months.

Today, the bloodbath began and forces started relentlessly shelling and bombing the city.

Gruesome footage has emerged showing bodies of teenage jihadis lying in the street, as well as bombs pounding the city. [Full Source]

Sweden Legalises Flying The Islamic State Battle Flag

Swedish prosecutors have effectively legalised the display and use of the Islamic State (ISIS) battle flag by refusing to prosecute a Muslim male who used an image of it as his Facebook profile.
An unidentified 23-year-old was the subject of a complaint to police after he set an image of the ISIS flag as his profile picture. Swedish police passed the case onto the prosecutor who after deliberation decided to not pursue it.

Whether the Islamic State flag is a symbol of hatred akin to the German National Socialist Swastika has never been tried in court — and may now never be after the decision by prosecutor Gisela Sjövall.

The decision rests upon the wording of Swedish law, which is designed to protect minorities from racial or other hatred. Because Ms. Sjövall believes the Islamic State hates everyone, no particular minority group has been offended and therefore no offence has been committed.

[Full Source]

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