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ISIS supporter admits beheading Scandinavian hiker in Morocco: ‘I regret it’

An ISIS supporter suspected of leading a jihadist cell has told a court he regrets beheading one of two Scandinavian backpackers found murdered in their tent in Morocco.

Abdessamad Ejjoud, 25, made the admission Thursday in Morocco where he is on trial for the murders of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, of Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway.

“I beheaded one of them…I regret it,” he was quoted as saying, the BBC reported.

TRIAL OPENS FOR 24 ACCUSED IN KILLING, BEHEADING OF SCANDINAVIAN HIKERS IN MOROCCO

“After failing to join the Islamic State, we decided to do jihad at home,” the 33-year-old carpenter said, according to Sky News.

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Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and Maren Ueland, 28, were killed in ISIS-inspired attacks while backpacking in Morocco.

The two women, roommates at Norway’s Bo University, were on a Christmas camping trip in Morocco when they were killed Dec. 17.

DENMARK CHARGES 14 PEOPLE – INCLUDING 13-YEAR-OLD – OVER SHARING OF BACKPACKER BEHEADING VIDEO

A video of the beheading was shared widely on social media by ISIS supporters.

In Denmark, charges have been brought against 14 people who shared the video.

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Abdessamad Ejjoud told a Moroccan court Thursday: “I beheaded one of them… I regret it.”

Ejjoud and 23 others are on trial in connection with the killings.

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Defendants Youness Ouziyad admitted the murders while Rachid Afatti said he failed the killing, Sky News reported.

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The week in pictures, May 25 – May 31

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The eight co-champions of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee, from left, Shruthika Padhy, 13, of Cherry Hill, N.J., Erin Howard, 14, of Huntsville, Ala., Rishik Gandhasri, 13, of San Jose, Calif., Christopher Serrao, 13, of Whitehouse Station, N.J., Saketh Sundar, 13, of Clarksville, Md., Sohum Sukhatankar, 13, of Dallas, Texas, Rohan Raja, 13, of Irving, Texas, and Abhijay Kodali, 12, of Flower Mound, Texas, hold the trophy at the end of the competition in Oxon Hill, Maryland, May 31, 2019. 

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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Spain calls on UN to revise report on jailed Catalans

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Spain’s caretaker government is calling on the United Nations to revise an expert panel’s conclusion calling for the release of three jailed Catalan officials on trial for pushing for independence in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaá said Friday the opinion issued this week by the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention contained “mistakes and distortions.”

Spain also claims there is a conflict of interest on the panel because two of its five members have links to the British lawyer representing the Catalan separatists, Ben Emmerson.

The experts in the working group are appointed by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council based in Geneva, but their opinions are independent and aimed at pressuring governments, which have often ignored them.

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Spain calls on UN to revise report on jailed Catalans

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Spain’s caretaker government is calling on the United Nations to revise an expert panel’s conclusion calling for the release of three jailed Catalan officials on trial for pushing for independence in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaá said Friday the opinion issued this week by the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention contained “mistakes and distortions.”

Spain also claims there is a conflict of interest on the panel because two of its five members have links to the British lawyer representing the Catalan separatists, Ben Emmerson.

The experts in the working group are appointed by the U.N.’s Human Rights Council based in Geneva, but their opinions are independent and aimed at pressuring governments, which have often ignored them.

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California woman who broke Everest climbing record saw four bodies during expedition, says rules must change to stop deaths

A California climber who managed to climb Mount Everest and back down again in just two weeks is calling on Nepal to change the rules amid a series of deaths on the mountain, revealing she saw four bodies during her journey.

Roxanne Vogel, 33, conquered the mountain in record time last week, way ahead of other climbers who often take about two months. She prepared for the challenge over three years, which included working and sleeping in simulated high-altitude environments.

MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS SEEN CRUSHED TOGETHER IN NEW VIDEO AS NEPAL DEBATES LIMITING PERMITS

“This was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life and I thought I’d adequately tried to prepare for it mentally, but there’s nothing you can do to prepare for it,” Vogel told the Washington Post. “I still haven’t wrapped my head around it completely yet. It’s life-changing, I suppose.”

Vogel’s record came amid growing controversy over the unprecedented traffic and deaths on the mountain, with the Nepalese authorities issuing hundreds of passes without any minimum requirements.

Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest – including nine in Nepal – likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.

Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.

EXPERT CLIMBER SAYS OVERCROWDING, INEXPERIENCE CAUSED INCREASE IN MOUNT EVEREST DEATHS

Vogel now says the Nepalese government ought to do more to ensure that those who are attempting to make the Mt. Everest journey are fully prepared.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye-opening,” she told ABC 7 News.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye opening.” 

— Roxanne Vogel

Nepal should also require all climbers to have health checks and a minimum amount of climbing experience, Vogel said, expressing shock that some people would pick the tallest mountain in the world as their first climbing experience.

“It also goes to show that there are other ways to climb the mountain, or doing an accelerated itinerary, it doesn’t have to be what you saw on the south this year.”

A video filmed by Rohtash Khileri and posted to Instagram shows dozens of climbers as they wait in line before making their way towards the 29,035-foot peak. “Waiting for climbing up,” he wrote on the video that’s attracted tens of thousands of views.

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In this May 22, 2019 photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal.  (AP)

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers have described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the “death zone,” the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 26,240 feet to the 29,035-foot peak.

While government officials have said there were no plans to cap permits, another official had a different response to the New York Times on Wednesday.

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“Certainly there will be some change in the expedition sector,” Mira Acharya, a senior official with Nepal’s tourism department, told the newspaper. “We are discussing reforming some issues, including setting criteria for every Everest hopeful.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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California woman who broke Everest climbing record saw four bodies during expedition, says rules must change to stop deaths

A California climber who managed to climb Mount Everest and back down again in just two weeks is calling on Nepal to change the rules amid a series of deaths on the mountain, revealing she saw four bodies during her journey.

Roxanne Vogel, 33, conquered the mountain in record time last week, way ahead of other climbers who often take about two months. She prepared for the challenge over three years, which included working and sleeping in simulated high-altitude environments.

MOUNT EVEREST CLIMBERS SEEN CRUSHED TOGETHER IN NEW VIDEO AS NEPAL DEBATES LIMITING PERMITS

“This was definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my whole life and I thought I’d adequately tried to prepare for it mentally, but there’s nothing you can do to prepare for it,” Vogel told the Washington Post. “I still haven’t wrapped my head around it completely yet. It’s life-changing, I suppose.”

Vogel’s record came amid growing controversy over the unprecedented traffic and deaths on the mountain, with the Nepalese authorities issuing hundreds of passes without any minimum requirements.

Eleven people have died so far this year on Mount Everest – including nine in Nepal – likely due to altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can lead to headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion.

Nepal has issued permits to 381 people to climb Everest, which the government says is the greatest number ever.

EXPERT CLIMBER SAYS OVERCROWDING, INEXPERIENCE CAUSED INCREASE IN MOUNT EVEREST DEATHS

Vogel now says the Nepalese government ought to do more to ensure that those who are attempting to make the Mt. Everest journey are fully prepared.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye-opening,” she told ABC 7 News.

“On my summit day, I saw four bodies. They would be within a few feet of me. So you have to stop and stand there and be next to the body doing what you’re doing and it’s really eye opening.” 

— Roxanne Vogel

Nepal should also require all climbers to have health checks and a minimum amount of climbing experience, Vogel said, expressing shock that some people would pick the tallest mountain in the world as their first climbing experience.

“It also goes to show that there are other ways to climb the mountain, or doing an accelerated itinerary, it doesn’t have to be what you saw on the south this year.”

A video filmed by Rohtash Khileri and posted to Instagram shows dozens of climbers as they wait in line before making their way towards the 29,035-foot peak. “Waiting for climbing up,” he wrote on the video that’s attracted tens of thousands of views.

Westlake Legal Group AP19149506626727 California woman who broke Everest climbing record saw four bodies during expedition, says rules must change to stop deaths Lukas Mikelionis fox-news/world/world-regions/asia fox-news/world/mount-everest fox news fnc/world fnc article 4f982a3d-aada-5015-a18d-0f2a9a8e59fb

In this May 22, 2019 photo, a long queue of mountain climbers line a path on Mount Everest just below camp four, in Nepal.  (AP)

Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid causing respiratory failure. Mountaineers have described traffic jams caused by exhausted rookies in the “death zone,” the final phase of the ascent from Camp Four at 26,240 feet to the 29,035-foot peak.

While government officials have said there were no plans to cap permits, another official had a different response to the New York Times on Wednesday.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

“Certainly there will be some change in the expedition sector,” Mira Acharya, a senior official with Nepal’s tourism department, told the newspaper. “We are discussing reforming some issues, including setting criteria for every Everest hopeful.”

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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Poland’s leaders campaign to save wild cows from slaughter

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Poland’s ruling party leader and the president have weighed in to save the lives of a herd of some 180 cows and bulls that went feral after years of neglect and were ordered slaughtered.

Poland’s most powerful politician, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said this week the herd in the rural community of Deszczno should be saved for humanitarian reasons. Famed Cat-lover Kaczynski said he wants Poles to know that many politicians are friends to animals.

President Andrzej Duda also tweeted to say the herd should be saved.

In response, Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski said the animals will be examined and put under the care of a state-owned farm.

The deputy governor in Deszczno, Aleksander Szperka, said Friday he is waiting for the herd — which remains on fenced-off land — to be taken away.

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US-China trade war unlikely to end soon, ex-Chinese central bank chief says

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The deadlock over trade between the U.S. and China is unlikely to end during next month’s G20 summit in Japan, with a former Chinese central bank chief blaming President Trump for the lack of breakthrough.

Both countries have been engaged in a trade war amid Trump’s call for fair trading practices that don’t take advantage of the U.S. economy.

SIMON LESTER: TRUMP IS WRONG TO BE ‘TOUGH’ ON TRADE WITH CHINA

Earlier this month, he pushed up tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.

In retaliation, China increased tariffs on thousands of American products worth about $60 billion. A 25 percent tariff was levied on a few thousand other products, including soy oil, peanut oil, petrochemicals, frozen minerals and others.

Trump said Thursday that the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are making an impact on the Asian nation’s economy and will effectively force its leaders in Beijing to agree to a trade deal.

“I think we’re doing very well with China. We’ll see what happens. But I can tell you China very much wants to make a deal because the companies are leaving China to avoid the tariff,” Trump said.

WHY THE US-CHINA TRADE WAR COULD SETTLE THE 2020 ELECTION IN 2019

Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China, said Friday that while China’s President Xi Jinping and Trump will likely meet next month in Japan, it remains improbable that the trade war will end.

“Leaders of China and the U.S. will meet late next month in Japan and I hope there will be positive news [from the meeting],” He said, the South China Morning Post reported.

“However, [any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump,” he added.

“[Any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump.”

— Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China

A meeting between Xi and Trump at the G20 summit is also expected, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

He said Thursday during a visit to Canada that the meeting won’t just focus on trade but also on the issue of detained Canadians in China. “I expect the issue will come up again at the G20,” Pence said.

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“We’re going to continue to urge China to release the Canadian citizens even while we deal with the larger economic and structural issues,” Pence added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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India’s prime minister names Cabinet after decisive election

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India’s newly sworn in Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named a Cabinet of ministers, handing the powerful home affairs portfolio to the president of his Hindu nationalist party credited with delivering him a thunderous reelection.

BJP president Amit Shah was named the home minister and Modi’s first-term defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, was named finance minister in 24 Cabinet posts allocated Friday.

Modi was sworn in for his second term as India’s prime minister on Thursday.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 seats in the 542-member lower house of Parliament, giving the party a decisive mandate.

But Modi faces immense challenges including a slowing economy, high rates of joblessness and low agricultural prices that have hurt farmers.

The country of 1.3 billion people seeks swift economic change.

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Pope visits Romania 20 years after John Paul’s historic trip

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Pope Francis is heading to Romania for a three-day, cross-country pilgrimage that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country.

Francis’ visit starting Friday comes on the heels of the European Parliament elections that hollowed out the political middle in the bloc, and Francis is expected to speak about issues confronting the continent during the trip.

Key moments are Francis’ Mass for the largely Hungarian-speaking Roman Catholic faithful at the country’s most famous Marian shrine, Sumuleu Ciuc, in eastern Transylvania.

He will also beatify seven Greek-Catholic bishops who were martyred during communist rule, when Catholics were brutally persecuted.

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