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Five Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Relative Calm Reported At Prison In Southern Russia After Riot By Hundreds Of Inmates

Relative calm is being reported at a prison in the south of Russia on October 16, a day after a riot there by hundreds of prisoners.

The unrest was reported at the Correctional Colony No. 1 in Vladikavkaz, the regional capital of North Ossetia.

No one was injured in the riot, the human rights ombudsman in the Republic of South Ossetia, Tamerlan Tsgoyev, was quoted as saying by TASS on October 16. He added that prison authorities would meet with some of the prisoners to discuss their grievances.

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It’s still unclear what triggered the unrest.

https://www.rferl.org/a/31512310.html


2. Four Russians found dead at Albanian resort

Four Russian tourists have been found dead at a beach resort in western Albania, police have said.

Albanian police issued a statement on Saturday saying the tourists were found asphyxiated in a hotel sauna in the village of Qerret late on Friday.

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The Russian tourists, aged between 31 and 60 years old, were part of a group that had been staying for a week at the five-star resort.

Investigators think the people who died may be members of the same family because of their surnames.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/16/four-russian-tourists-found-dead-albanian-beach-resort


3. France pays tribute to beheaded teacher Samuel Paty one year on

France paid tribute on Saturday to slain history teacher Samuel Paty on the one year anniversary of his death.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said Paty was a "servant of the Republic" at a Saturday tribute to the teacher at the Ministry of Education in Paris.

The 47-year-old history and geography teacher was beheaded last year by an 18-year-old Chechen refugee who said the attack was revenge because the teacher had shown his class cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Paty taught at a school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/16/france-pays-tribute-to-beheaded-teacher-samuel-paty-one-year-on


4. Source Of Russian Prison-Abuse Videos Flees To France To Seek Asylum

The source of a massive leak of information, including videos, of alleged torture and sexual assaults in Russia's penitentiary system has fled to France, where he plans to seek political asylum.

The news was confirmed on October 16 by Vladimir Osechkin, a prominent Russian human rights defender, who runs the anti-torture project Gulagu.net, which has released much of the video.

Osechkin had described his source for the massive leak only as a Belarusian IT engineer who had been incarcerated in a prison in Saratov where he faced abuse, calling him only "Syarhey."

According to Gulagu.net, Syarhey arrived at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris on October 16 on a flight from an unspecified country in northern Africa. It said he had immediately turned to police at the airport in the French capital for help on seeking asylum.

https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-prison-torture-asylum/31513103.html


5. ‘Sensational’: skeleton buried in Vesuvius eruption found at Herculaneum

The partially mutilated remains of a man buried by the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius at Herculaneum, the ancient Roman town close to Pompeii, have been discovered in what Italy’s culture minister described as a “sensational” find.

Archaeologists said the man, believed to have been aged between 40 and 45, was killed just steps away from the sea as he tried to flee the eruption.

His skeleton was found on what would have been the ancient town’s beach with the head pointing back in the direction of the sea, and surrounded by carbonised wood, including a roof beam, that might have crushed his skull, the Italian news agency, Ansa, reported.

“The last moments here were instantaneous, but terrible,” Francesco Sirano, the director of Herculaneum archaeological park, told Ansa.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/oct/15/sensational-skeleton-buried-in-vesuvius-eruption-found-at-herculaneum

New Zealand council ends contract with wizard after two decades of service

The official Wizard of New Zealand, perhaps the only state-appointed wizard in the world, has been cast from the public payroll, spelling the end to a 23-year legacy.

The Wizard, whose real name is Ian Brackenbury Channell, 88, had been contracted to Christchurch city council for the past two decades to promote the city through “acts of wizardry and other wizard-like services”, at a cost of $16,000 a year. He has been paid a total of $368,000.

The Wizard, who was born in England, began performing acts of wizardry and entertainment in public spaces shortly after arriving in New Zealand in 1976. When the council originally tried to stop him, the public protested. In 1982, the New Zealand Art Gallery Directors Association said he had become a living work of art, and then, in 1990, the prime minister at the time, Mike Moore, asked that he consider becoming the Wizard of New Zealand.

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The city is embarking on new tourism and promotional direction that will reflect its diverse communities and “showcase a vibrant, diverse, modern city that is attractive to residents, domestic and international visitors, new businesses, and skilled migrant workers”, she said.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/15/new-zealand-council-ends-contract-with-wizard-after-two-decades-of-service

Defectors tell court they were promised 'paradise on Earth' in North Korea

Before reading (or mocking these people w/o some understanding). As the article mentions, after WW 2, Koreans living in Japan were stripped of Japanese citizenship and the Japanese government spent many years trying to kick Koreans out of Japan (the government encouraged them to go to North Korea). Also, for the better part of 2 and a half decades after WW 2, North Korea (which had been the heart of the Japanese industrial base) was one of the wealthiest countries in east Asia (often 2nd only to Japan)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/14/defectors-tell-court-promised-paradise-on-earth-north-korea

Five people who say they were lured to North Korea decades ago as part of a resettlement programme have told a court in Japan they were promised a “paradise on Earth” but were instead denied basic human rights.

The plaintiffs – four ethnic Korean residents of Japan and a Japanese woman who went to the North with her Korean husband and their daughter – are seeking 100m yen (£644,000) in damages from the regime of Kim Jong-un.

While no one believes Kim will pay compensation if ordered to do so, the case is expected to highlight the plight of tens of thousands of people – mainly Koreans and their Japanese spouses – who went to live in the North as part of a programme operated by the countries’ Red Cross societies and funded by Pyongyang.

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Most of the settlers were among hundreds of thousands of Koreans who had worked in mines and factories in Japan, many against their will, during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, and 1,830 Japanese women who had married Korean men.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/14/defectors-tell-court-promised-paradise-on-earth-north-korea

May be hard to argue which WH pet was the best, but the best name is easy (IMO)

The Coolidge's had a raccoon, JFK a horse, van Buren tiger cubs, John Q an alligator and Andrew Jackson a foul-mouthed parrot and you could argue which pet was best among those and the other pets owned by almost every president.
But John Adams wins the prize for the best named pet -- his dog, Satan.
Yes, one of our founding fathers named his dog after the Lord of the Underworld.
There is no surviving record as to why he named the dog Satan. My take... Adams was a Satan worshiper (j/k), maybe a troll (hey reverend how you like my dog Satan?)

This is a North Carolina State representative, Jeff McNeely at a news conference on Thurs

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He claimed at a Thursday news conference that they are acting on behalf of constituents who believe fraud and “machine tampering” took place in the 2020 election. McNeely said the group plans to conduct their inspections by “randomly pick[ing]” counties from across the state and then examining voting machines used in the presidential election to see if they have a modem that can connect to the internet.

I hear that there are constituents that want an investigation on how he gets dressed in the morning. Looking at that jacket, the only thing I can think is the 60s are looking for him to get that nightclub singer jacket back

Brazil police find 3 mln euro Nazi haul at home of suspected pedophile

Police in Rio de Janeiro said on Wednesday they had found a haul of Nazi memorabilia and weapons worth an estimated 3 million euros at the home of a Brazilian man suspected of raping a minor.

Rio's civil police said they found more than 1,000 items at the home of the 58-year-old unnamed suspect, including Nazi uniforms, periodicals, paintings, Nazi insignia, images of Adolf Hitler, flags and medals of the Third Reich. They also found guns and ammunition from the era.

The haul was discovered after police went to the man's home to serve an arrest warrant on suspicions he had raped a minor and abused other children in his condominium in the west of the city. The suspect was also charged with illegal possession of a weapon and racial discrimination.

"He is a smart guy and articulate, but he's a Holocaust denier, he's homophobic, he's a pedophile and he says he hunts homosexuals," Luis Armond, the lead detective on the case, told Reuters. "I'm no doctor, but he seems to me an insane psychopath."

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazil-police-find-3-mln-euro-nazi-haul-home-suspected-pedophile-2021-10-06/

An Autocrat, a Tyrant and a Fool walk into a bar

Everyone says, "Hi, Donald Trump."

wasn't sure whether this could be posted in GD, so I'm playing it safe

Fumio Kishida is set to call snap election for October 31

Our new PM is wasting no time. According to NHK, he is expected to dissolve the Diet (Parliament) on Oct 14
Barring something catastrophic happening, he will officially be elected PM on the 31st -- he is Japan's 100th PM
His new cabinet will have only 3 women in it, which is not good.
But, while he did make room for one of the women that challenged him, he left the horrid Sanae Takaichi out of his cabinet.
Sanae Takaichi is an extreme right wing politician. she has ties to the Japanese Neo-Fascists.
Motegi will remain Foreign Minister and Kishi will remain Defense Chief which will make the U.S. happy
About 30% of all cabinet posts went to people who have never held a cabinet position

Girl, 15, dies of Covid on day she was due to get vaccine

A 15-year-old girl who tested positive for Covid-19 has died on the day she was due to have her vaccine, her family said.

Jorja Halliday, from Portsmouth, died at the Queen Alexandra hospital on Tuesday, having tested positive for the virus four days earlier.

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She said that Jorja, who did not have any underlying health conditions, had developed flu-like symptoms before she took the PCR test that gave a positive result, leading to her isolating at their home.

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“I was with her the whole time. They tried to put her on a ventilator to give her body a chance to recover. Her heart rate didn’t stabilise. Her heart couldn’t take the strain. They worked as well as I think they could medically, but were unable to save her.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/02/portsmouth-teenager-dies-of-covid-on-day-she-was-due-to-get-vaccine

The Other Babyn Yars: Remembering Where Else Ukraine's Jews Were Massacred

Seven months after 34,000 Ukrainian Jews were shot, their bodies dumped into a ravine known as Babyn Yar, a group of 20 people marched to the outskirts of a village southwest of the capital, Kyiv. Nazi soldiers ordered them to widen two dug-out silos.

The following day, one of those villagers, Tikhon Lysak, later recalled, police drove more than 700 men, women, and children to the pits on the outskirts of Lypovets. They were ordered to undress and enter the pit and lie down in groups of 20 to 30, Lysak said, according to a typewritten record of his account that has faded with the decades. Then the "German executioners shot them in bursts with machine guns.

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The map of modern Ukraine is littered with hundreds of sites of lesser-known but no-less-deadly contributions to the Nazi Holocaust. Like Lypovets, where, Lysak remembers, a second group of Jews was driven to the pit containing the bodies of the dead as well as the still living. Then it was covered with dirt, he said, according to the record of his account..

"The earth above the grave shook for several hours," Lysak said. Those buried alive were still moving.

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In the central city of Vinnitsya, 15,000 Jews were killed, among them a man whose impending death at the edge of a mass grave was infamously documented in July 1941 with a photograph bearing the hand-scribbled message "the last Jew in Vinnitsya." In the nearby town of Khmilnyk, 8,000 were killed, and in Proskurov (today Khmelniktskyy), 7,000.


https://www.rferl.org/a/babyn-yars-ukrainian-jews/31486189.html
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