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A spy stole ISIS leader Baghdadi's underwear for DNA test, Kurds say


A spy for Kurdish forces in Syria stole Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's underwear in order to obtain a DNA sample of the ISIS leader and help lead the US military to his location, Kurdish officials have claimed. Officials from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) described how they tracked the elusive Baghdadi from one end of Syria to the other in the months leading up to this weekend's operation which left the world's most wanted terrorist dead. "Through our own sources, we managed to confirm that Al Baghdadi had moved from Al Dashisha area in [Deir Ezzor] to Idlib. Since 15 May, we have been แจกเครดิตฟรี working together with the CIA to track Al Baghdadi and monitor him closely," Polat Can, a senior adviser for the SDF, tweeted on Monday. "One of our sources was able to reach the house where Al Baghdadi was hiding. Al Baghdadi changed his places of residence very often. He was about to move to a new place in Jerablus. Our own source, who had been able to reach Al Baghdadi, brought Al Baghdadi's underwear to conduct a DNA test and make sure (100%) that the person in question was Al Baghdadi himself." Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the SDF, confirmed Can's account, telling CNN that an informant had obtained Baghdadi's underwear and a blood sample that was used for the DNA test which confirmed his identity before the raid took place. CNN could not confirm the Kurds' claim, but their cooperation เล่นบาคาร่าออนไลน์ with the US in the runup to the Baghdadi raid took place as the Trump administration was abandoning the SDF in northern Syria. Baghdadi "blew himself up" after he was cornered by US forces during a daring, two-hour nighttime assault on his compound in Idlib, northern Syria on Saturday, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday. A senior State Department official told reporters Monday that the SDF "played a key role" in the Baghdadi raid, and that the US has been "in close touch" with SDF Commander Gen. Mazloum Abdi "about all aspects of what we're doing." "He, his people, and his intelligence sources, played a key role in all of this," the official said. "It's a very, very important role. Nobody should underestimate how key the SDF was in all of this

The latest victims of overtourism? Huskies


The nights are drawing in and temperatures are dropping in the Northern Hemisphere. And in Finnish Lapland, that means one thing: tourists are on the way, and they want husky rides. That's becoming a problem. In 2016, the top tourist activity in Finnish Lapland was snowmobiling. Three years on, it's husky sledding. Around 4,000 huskies work in the tourism industry -- compared with just 660 reindeer. But the sudden rise in husky rides is leading experts to warn that there are hidden costs to the popular travel activity, from animals รูปแบบการแทงยอดนิยม flown in temporarily from Southern Europe, to poor animal welfare standards and dogs being put down when they reach retirement age. What's more, the short season means that dogs are essentially out of work for eight months of the year. And with demand exploding, farms cannot afford to breed more dogs, leading to "pop-up" groups flying in from other countries, who are not monitored for welfare standards as the local breeders are. As with many issues currently arising from tourism, the problem is the increasing demand, says José-Carlos García-Rosell, senior lecturer in responsible tourism business at the University of Lapland, and project leader at Animal Tourism Finland, which monitors animal welfare. "Snowmobile tours had been the most popular tourist activity since the mid 1980s, but two years ago, husky rides became top," he tells CNN. "Now, both the number of tourists is growing and the popularity of husky tours is growing -- it's something they expect to do when coming to Lapland. "Conditions [for the animals] tend to be good, here, but they could always be better." Every single person who travels to Lapland with Finnish tour operator Skafur-Tour takes a husky ride, according to founder Riitta Kiukas. People can book their trips months in advance. "It's now impossible to book for the 2019-20 season," she told CNN in early October. But because tourist numbers to Lapland are concentrated over just a few months of the year, huskies are in high demand from December สูตรการพนันบอล to February -- and local suppliers cannot keep up. To fill the gap, says García-Rosell, husky hobbyists -- people who train the dogs to race, but don't devote their lives to breeding the dogs -- fly up to Lapland to run "pop-up" husky safaris during the winter months, often moving around the region.

Baghdadi is gone, but ISIS isn't dead yet and could be poised for a resurgence


The head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is dead. The man who led the state that called itself Islamic -- first capturing Raqqa in Syria and then leading a blitzkrieg through Iraq, rampaging through Mosul, Tikrit, to the gates of Baghdad -- is no more. ISIS established a horrifying standard of brutality, re-establishing slavery, practicing what amounted to genocide against the Yazidis, carrying out mass executions and beheadings -- all caught on camera -- and demolishing religious sites and antiquities. The United States, with the help of its coalition allies, Iraq and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), destroyed the Islamic State and killed Baghdadi. ISIS, however, is far from finished. It operates in West Africa, Libya, Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Afghanistan and the Philippines, and has followers in Europe and elsewhere. That, in addition to as many as 18,000 fighters still on the loose between Syria and Iraq, according แทงบอลออนไลน์789 to a report issued by the Pentagon's Inspector General in August. There is no reason to conclude that the threat from ISIS' far-flung network of affiliates and sympathizers has disappeared with the passing of Baghdadi. He may have excelled in his evil mission, but he was at the top of a pyramid of power and others will come forward to claim his mantle of leadership and perhaps learn from his demise. Baghdadi never had a cult of personality. He did stress that he was a descendent of the Prophet Muhammad to burnish his Islamic credentials, but he never rose to the level of al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden, who was recognizable the world over. Bin Laden first came to fame during the 1980s, when he led the so-called Arab mujahideen in the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. In the 1990s, from Sudan and then Afghanistan, he gave interviews to the Western media, including CNN, and even แทงบอล789 after the 9/11 attacks on the United States he issued statements and put out videos. As khalifa, or caliph, of the Islamic State, Baghdadi never granted an interview to anyone. Yet in the end the Americans found him, and killed him, "whimpering, screaming and crying," according to US President Donald Trump. ISIS is not going to disappear. It may morph into something else, just as Osama bin Laden's Arab mujahideen morphed into al Qaeda, which gave birth to al Qaeda in Iraq, which transformed into ISIS.

Lebanon is at a crossroads between a new start or a return to unrest


Beirut, Lebanon Daylight filters through a large gap at the back of an abandoned cinema in central Beirut. The silhouetted figures of protesters gather on the steps to listen to a political talk by Charbel Nahas. For days, the two-time former minister and progressive party leader has attracted large crowds, as he shares his ideas for a political transition to a non-sectarian government. Today, he takes center stage in the crumbling amphitheater. "The regime has already fallen!" says Nahas in a เกมส์ยิงปลา pantip rousing 20-minute speech. "I want you all to look around you and see that the state hasn't always been this bad, and it will change." The protesters cheer. Calls for "revolution" bounce off the walls of the structure, known as The Egg. The moustachioed Nahas stands against the backdrop of graffiti that says: "Black. Poor. Black. Gay. Trans." It's a scene that is emblematic of Lebanon's so-called October Revolution -- people from across Lebanon's deep socioeconomic divide banding together in the country's dwindling public spaces to protest the country's financial crisis and political elite. The working class and educated middle class have been reclaiming empty property long shut off to the public. Same-sex couples have been marching เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์ next to more conservative women in headscarves. Street vendors and university students have been joining hands to dance the traditional Dabke. But the country is standing at a political crossroads, activists and analysts say. Prominent figures in the protests say the political elite have two options: continue to preside over further chaos and face imminent economic (and even state) collapse, or undergo a peaceful transition from sectarian leadership to civil governance to rescue the country.

Deadly protests roil Ethiopia as Nobel winner's backers and critics clash


At least 67 people have been killed and more than 200 injured in protests in Ethiopia over the last few days, the police commissioner for the Oromia region told CNN on Saturday. Nineteen people were killed in direct clashes with security forces, Kefyalew Tefera said, while the others were killed in clashes between สล็อตออนไลน์ มือถือ supporters of Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed and supporters of Jawar Mohammed, an independent media owner and a prominent critic of the premier. The ongoing protests in the Oromia region -- which includes part of the capital, Addis Ababa -- erupted after a Facebook post by Mohammed. In the post, Mohammed, who has more than 1.75 million social media followers, alleged that police were conspiring to attack him at his home after เล่นสล็อต เว็บไหนดี pantip government officials told his security detail to leave his side. Police officials have denied his claim. Abiy is the country's first leader to come from the Oromo group, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia. Earlier this month, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the 20-year war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Mohammed, who belongs to the same ethnic group, accused Abiy of acting like a dictator in the major institutional reforms and policies that he has implemented since coming to power in April 2018.

Hong Kong China and India desperately want to improve their trade relationship. But it seems whenever the countries' leaders meet, the Himalayas get in the way.


When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2018, it came after a tense, months-long military standoff over Doklam, a disputed region in the "trijunction" between India, China and Bhutan, high in the Himalayas. That standoff at times appeared poised to spill over to outright conflict, a repeat of the brief border war the two countries fought in 1962. As Xi lands in the coastal city of Chennai เว็บพนันบอล ต่างประเทศ Friday for a two-day visit to India, it's the Kashmir Valley at the northwestern tip of the mountain range that's poised to spoil efforts to improve Sino-Indian ties. At least this time, Beijing isn't directly involved in the conflict. While it claims parts of eastern Kashmir as its territory, tensions were recently raised when New Delhi scrapped the special status of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, ending its autonomy and setting the stage for mass Hindu migration to the Muslim-majority area. Both India and rival Pakistan claim sovereignty over all of Kashmir, and Islamabad swiftly declared the move -- which was followed by a major crackdown by Indian security services -- as illegal. Beijing is a longtime ally of Islamabad, and New Delhi is keen to keep China out of the dispute. According to the Hindustan Times, Indian officials said the recent change in status for Jammu and Kashmir "won't be up for discussion" when Xi and Modi meet this week, with talks expected to focus on trade issues. On Wednesday, however, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan threw a spanner into the works with a visit to Beijing, where he met with Xi in สล็อตออนไลน์ an apparent attempt to shore up support ahead of the Modi summit. Following talks, Xi said that "China supports Pakistan to safeguard its own legitimate rights and hopes that the relevant parties can solve their disputes through peaceful dialogue." In response, Indian foreign affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said New Delhi's position "has been consistent and clear that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India. China is well aware of our position. It is not for other countries to comment on the internal affairs of India."

West is paying the price for supporting Hong Kong riots, Chinese state media says


Hong Kong The Chinese government and state-run media have accused Western countries of hypocrisy in their attitude to violent FUN88 protests in Spain, Chile and Hong Kong over the past week. Some articles even allege that demonstrations in Europe and South America are the direct result of Western tolerance of Hong Kong unrest, now in its 20th week. Speaking to reporters on Monday night, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman UFA88 Hua Chunying said that the response by Western countries to the protests showed "democracy and human rights are only a pretentious cover for Western interference in Hong Kong affairs." "More and more people have come to realize that 'human rights', 'democracy' and 'beautiful sights' preached by some Western politicians are just illusory as a mirage in the desert," she said. In a commentary published in the state-run Beijing News on Sunday, former Chinese diplomat Wang Zhen wrote "the disastrous impact of a 'chaotic Hong Kong' has begun to influence the Western world." Over the past week, protesters have clashed with authorities in all three W88 locations for different reasons, but Chinese state media alleged that demonstrators in Chile and Spain were taking their cues from Hong Kong. Hong Kong's protests have become increasingly destructive in the past month, with widespread vandalism and trashing of stores seen as pro-Beijing during demonstrations. On Sunday a march in the popular shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui quickly deteriorated into violence as petrol bombs were thrown and fires were lit in subway stations and outside shops. According to Wang, protesters in Spain had begun to adopt Hong Kong tactics, including UFA888 the "Be Water" slogan to avoid police. Protesters have been gathering on the streets of Barcelona to call for Catalonia independence after pro-independence politicians were imprisoned with lengthy sentences. More than 200 police officers have been injured and 171 vehicles damaged since the protests began last week.

Blood smuggling in China: Why pregnant women are breaking the law to find out their babies' sex


Hong Kong Custom officers stopped the middle-aged woman because of her strange, lumbering gait. They searched her and found vials of blood stashed in her bra, according to an official statement. Each one was labeled with a pregnant เกมส์ยิงปลา pantip woman's name from China. The passenger was crossing Futian port's inspection hall, a border post separating the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen from Hong Kong, on a sweltering Friday in July 2017. Four days later, they intercepted another woman, carrying what appeared to be a heavy backpack, according to the statement. Again, it was full of เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์ vials with pregnant women's blood. There were 203 of them, wrapped in plastic bags. Because of the heat, the blood had started to decay. Hong Kong officials say the women were mules who admitted they had been paid 100 to 300 RMB ($14 to $42) to carry the sensitive material over the border. More recently, in February 2019, a 12-year-old girl was stopped at Luohu port, another entry point into Hong Kong, with 142 blood samples hidden in her backpack. "Cross-border students basically don't bring anything other than books, stationery แทงบอลออนไลน์789 and snacks, so their schoolbags usually look lean. But we saw that hers looked so full that it might burst, so we scanned her bag," said a Luohu port staff member quoted by China's state-run People's Daily. Blood smuggling to Hong Kong from mainland China, where sex testing is forbidden, has increased sharply over the past three years. The samples แทงบอล789 are sent to Hong Kong clinics to be tested for fetal DNA, which allows the future parents to find out the sex of their child. Demand for China is strong. Despite the partial lifting of the one-child policy, many Chinese couples are opting to only have one baby, and when they do they want it to be a boy.

Chile's president declares state of emergency after riots over metro fare hike


Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declared a state of emergency in a televised address to the nation on Friday after days of violent protests in the country's capital. Hundreds have taken to the streets of Santiago and surrounding cities in recent days to protest against the rising cost of public transport, vandalizing metro เว็บพนันบอล ดีที่สุด stations and even setting an electrical company building on fire. "The objective of this state of emergency is very simple, but very profound," Piñera said, "it's to ensure public order, bring peace to Santiago and เว็บคาสิโนออนไลน์ protect public and private property." Piñera condemned this week's violence and looting, saying that because of currency exchange fluctuations, it was necessary to raise the price of public transport. But he added that he sympathized with those who were bearing the cost of the rises. "In the coming days, our government will call for a dialogue ... to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the increase in fares," Pinera said in the คาสิโนออนไลน์มือถือ broadcast address, according to Reuters. The President said that under special state security laws, those who caused the damage across the city would be prosecuted, the news agency added. At least 180 people were detained and 57 police officers were injured in Friday's protests, according to the Chilean Police Director General, Mario Rozas. Rozas said civilians were also injured สมัครคาสิโนออนไลน์ during the protests, but he did not give a number. During the same news conference, the mayor of Santiago's metropolitan area, Karla Rubilar Barahona said that the destruction of the metro stations was "massive."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a white horse on snowy, symbolic mountain


Seoul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has taken a scenic -- and politically significant -- ride on a white horse on a snowy mountain that's considered sacred to many Koreans. Photos released by North Korean state media KCNA Wednesday show the leader on the back of a white steed, cantering พนันออนไลน์ past trees and over mountain planes dusted with snow. But it was no ordinary horseback mountain ride -- according to KCNA, Kim was taking in the first snow on Mount Paektu, one of the country's most important cultural and geological sites. Paektu, a still-active volcano, is the highest point on the Korean Peninsula. According to legend, it's the birthplace of Dangun, the พนันบอลเล่นยังไง mythical founder of the first Korean kingdom some 4,000 years ago. During peace talks last year, Kim took South Korean President Moon Jae-in to the symbolic mountain making Moon the first South สมัครแทงบอล Korean president to visit the peak. This latest ride comes amid tensions on the peninsula. North Korea test fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile earlier this month -- its 11th launch since May. Before the recent launches, North Korea had refrained from missile tests for more than a year. The mountain is an important propaganda piece for North Korea, as the Kim dynasty has absorbed its mythology into the family's own lore and deification. North Korean society prizes racial purity and state propaganda glorifies the Kim family for their "Mount Paektu bloodline," which is said to be a noble and heroic lineage tied to the ancient legendary แทงบอลไม่มีขั้นต่ำ kings of the Korean Peninsula. Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founder and Kim Jong Un's grandfather, purportedly used the mountain as a hideout when fighting Japanese occupation. State media often refers to the eldest Kim in reference to the mountain, using titles like the "legendary hero of Paektu." North Korea claims Kim Jong Il, the current leader's late father, was born there. However, many historians and scholars believe the story was fabricated for propaganda purposes.