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Man undergoes surgery to alleviate erection that lasted for 36 hours: ‘They said my penis would die’

A 41-year-old United Kingdom man is getting very candid about an experience that nearly cost him his manhood.

Elliott Rossiter, of Bristol, England, told South West News Service (SWNS), a British news agency, that he was visiting friends in France when he suddenly developed an erection. But he was not aroused at the time, he said.

“We were all just sat around and it just came on. I tried to get rid of it but couldn’t,” he told SWNS of the “embarrassing” moment.

“It wasn’t sexual in any way at all and I wasn’t feeling aroused.”

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After 19 hours with no relief, a friend took him to a local clinic. His penis was injected with anti-inflammatory and steroid medications, according to SWNS. But Rossiter remained rigid.

“I could barely walk, I was doubled over [in pain],” he said. “It was absolute agony.”

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Elliott Rossiter had a 36-hour erection, which required surgery to relieve. (SWNS)

“I was terrified,” he added. “I thought it would never go away. I have never experienced anything like it. It was bigger than a usual erection and wouldn’t stop throbbing.”

“I couldn’t let any clothes touch it. That’s how painful it was.”

Rossiter was then rushed to a local hospital. Doctors there diagnosed him with priapism, or the “prolonged erection of the penis,” as the Mayo Clinic describes it. The condition is often unrelated to sex or arousal. Rossiter required surgery to alleviate the condition.

“They basically said my penis would die if I didn’t have an operation,” he told SWNS. “The blood had just collected in my penis and wasn’t draining away. I was very scared.”

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“I have never experienced anything like it and I don’t want to ever again,” he said. (SWNS)

If left untreated, penile tissue can be seriously damaged or even destroyed, according to Medical News Today.

Doctors cut a small hole at the base of Rossiter’s penis to drain the blood inside. The surgery was successful. Though Rossiter was left with two small scars as a result, his manhood was saved.

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There are three main types of priapism — ischemic, recurrent and non-ischemic. Most cases are ischemic, which occurs when “blood is not able to leave the penis after an erection,” according to Medical News Today. Causes of the condition vary, but certain medications — such as antidepressants, blood thinners, medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and those used to treat erectile dysfunction, among others — can lead to priapism. Illicit drugs, such as cocaine and ecstasy, can also cause it.

At the time Rossiter developed priapism, he was overcoming an addiction to pain medications that he first started using following a skiing accident, he said. However, the exact cause of Rossiter’s case of priapism is unclear.

“I have never experienced anything like it and I don’t want to ever again,” Rossiter said.

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Husband locks chocolate in fridge safe to keep wife from eating it: ‘This is break-up material’

Never steal another man’s chocolate, even if you’re his wife.

A woman from the United Kingdom learned this the hard way when she opened her fridge and found a safe. And protected inside the locked, yet see-through container was the object of her desire: her husband’s precious chocolate.

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A wife couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw a safe in her fridge protecting her husband’s chocolate from her. (Mercury Press/Caters)

Stacey Lowe shared the photos to Facebook, where she vented her frustrations.

“So this is what it has come to! You buy a house together, have a child together, get engaged, are planning a wedding and doing your house up and this happens! Dave goes and buys a f—ing fridge safe because he’s an a–h— and doesn’t want to share his chocolate with me anymore! Anyone want him? Surely this is breakup material right?!”

She later updated her post with a link to purchase similar fridge safes, saying, “Think I need to invest in one for myself now, two can play that game!” It’s unclear what food she plans on locking in her safe, however.

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“I laughed at first, but then told him it’s like torture because I can see what is in there,” Lowe told The Sun. “It’s like showing me what I can’t have. He’s saying he’s going to get another one for the cupboard now for his crisps and sweets.”

“We are both foodies but I can’t resist chocolate,” she continued.

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She claims that she never expected the post to get as much attention as it did.

“I put it up for family and friends to have a giggle as everyone knows I’m a chocoholic,” she explained, “as soon as I eat mine, I end up eating his in the early hours of the morning when I go and get the baby a bottle.”

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According to The Sun, Lowe isn’t going to be deterred by the safe and plans to keep guessing the code until she cracks it.

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Iran warns of retaliation against US actions as Trump asks for increased sanctions amid Saudi tensions

Iran on Wednesday warned that it would “immediately” retaliate against the United States if Tehran is targeted over a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.

The threat, which was sent via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, also condemned remarks made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other high-ranking U.S. officials suggesting Iran was behind the move.

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“Iran’s response will be prompt and strong, and it may include broader areas than the source of attacks,” Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.

Tehran’s Far News Agency added that any response would be “rapid and crushing.”

The warning came shortly before President Trump tweeted that he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially increase sanctions” imposed on Iran, amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Trump has not publicly stated that Iran was behind the weekend attack that knocked out almost half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity but others in his administration have.

Meanwhile, Saudi officials alleged on Wednesday that Iranian cruise missiles and drones were behind the attack on Sunday, showing journalists remains of the weapons. However, they stopped short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault.

Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said the attack “came from the north,” without saying specifically where it originated. Iraq and Iran are to the north of Saudi Arabia across the Persian Gulf.

“The attack could not have originated from Yemen,” he said, disputing the claim by Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels that they launched the weapons.

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Remains of what was described as a misfired Iranian cruise missile used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, is displayed during a press conference by Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

They said the cruise missile, which had what appeared to be a jet engine attached to it, was a land-attack cruise missile that failed to explode.

“Almost certainly it’s Iranian-backed,” Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, told the BBC. “We are trying not to react too quickly because the last thing we need is more conflict in the region.”

Cmdr. Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, declined to comment on the Saudi announcement, saying it “would be inappropriate to comment on the status of individual nations and the nature of any potential support.”

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Journalists film what Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki said was evidence of Iranian weaponry used in the attack targeted Saudi Aramco’s facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, during a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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Iran’s state-run news agency also reported that the country’s president and the foreign minister may not be able to attend next week’s high-level meetings at the United Nations because the U.S. has yet to issue them valid visas.

As the host of the U.N.’s headquarters, the U.S. is mandated to offer world leaders and diplomats visas to attend meetings there. But as tensions have risen, the U.S. has put increasing restrictions on Iranians like Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Since becoming Iran’s president in 2013, Hassan Rouhani has spoken each year at the General Assembly.

The U.N. meeting had been viewed as an opportunity for direct talks between Rouhani and Trump amid of a summer of heightened tensions and attacks in the wake of America’s unilateral withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers a year ago.

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However, the likelihood of such talks decreased dramatically following the Saudi oil attack, U.S. accusations that Iran was behind it and hardening comments from Iran. Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack was in response to the Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and killed tens of thousands of people.

Iran sent a note through Swiss diplomats in Tehran on Monday, reiterating that Tehran denies being involved in the Saudi attack, IRNA reported. The Swiss have looked after American interests in Tehran for decades.

Pompeo is traveling to Saudi Arabia for meetings after Saturday’s attack, which hit a Saudi oil field and the world’s largest crude oil processing plant.

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The coalition aims to secure the broader Persian Gulf region. It includes surveillance of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a fifth of the world’s oil travels, and the Bab el-Mandeb, another narrow strait that connects the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden off Yemen and East Africa.

The U.S. blames Iran for the apparent limpet mine explosions on four vessels in May and another two in June sailing in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, something Iran denies being behind. Iran also seized a British-flagged oil tanker and another based in the United Arab Emirates after the British seized a tanker carrying Iranian oil.

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In Tehran, Rouhani told his Cabinet that Saudi Arabia should see the weekend attack as a warning to end its war in Yemen, where it has fought the Houthi rebels since 2015 and sought to restore the internationally recognized government.

Rouhani said Yemenis “did not hit hospitals, they did not hit schools or the Sanaa bazaar,” referring to the Saudi-led coalition’s widely criticized airstrikes on civilian targets.

He added that Iran does not want conflict in the region, but it was the Saudi-led coalition that “waged the war in the region and ruined Yemen.” Saying the Houthis were responsible for the drone strikes, he said: “They attacked an industrial center to warn you. Learn the lesson from the warning.”

Iran’s defense minister, Gen. Amir Hatami, also denied his country launched the attack, saying the Houthis had the capability to launch the assault.

Wednesday’s announcements come after Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said late Tuesday that more than half of the country’s daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered. He said production capacity at the targeted plants would be fully restored by the end of the month, in part by drawing from Saudi reserves of crude oil.

Pompeo was due to land in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, where he was scheduled to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pompeo will later travel to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to meet with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Both nations are U.S. allies and have been fighting against the Houthis in Yemen.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that U.S. military experts were in Saudi Arabia working with their counterparts to “do the forensics on the attack” — gleaning evidence that could help build a convincing case for where the weapons originated.

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A Saudi military officer walks by what was described asa the remains of Iranian cruise missiles and drones used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, during a press conference by military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. Though Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the assault, the U.S. alleges Iran was behind it. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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On Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced experts from his nation would be traveling to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom shed light “on the origin and methods” of the attacks. France has been trying to find a diplomatic solution to the tensions between Iran and the U.S., so any conclusion they draw could be used as a third-party assessment of what happened.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Boris Johnson compares Britain to the Incredible Hulk amidst Brexit battle

Using a comic book analogy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened Britain to the big green and routinely angry superhero The Incredible Hulk when discussing his efforts to have the country leave the European Union (EU) with or without a deal on Oct. 31.

“Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be — and that is the case for this country. We will come out on October 31,” Johnson said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

“The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets,” he added.

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Using a comic book analogy, Prime Minister Boris Johnson likened the UK to the big green and routinely angry superhero, The Incredible Hulk, when discussing his efforts to have the country leave the European Union (EU) with or without a deal on Oct. 31. (AP – Johnson / Sony – Hulk)

Members of Parliament (MP) recently passed a vote ordering Johnson to delay Brexit instead of taking the country out of the EU in an effort to quell the immediate economic impact. They’ve repeatedly rejected the exit deal Theresa May, the previous prime minister, negotiated before her exit while refusing to leave without a deal this month, according to Reuters.

Johnson compared the Brexit situation in England to frustrations boiling inside Bruce Banner, the mild-mannered scientist who transforms into the Hulk when he gets angry.

“Banner might be bound in manacles, but when provoked he would explode out of them,” Johnson said in the interview.

His comic book comparisons drew backlash online with Member of European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, who remarked on Twitter: “Even to Trumpian standards the Hulk comparison is infantile.”

“Is the EU supposed to be scared by this? The British public impressed? Is this Boris Johnson whistling in the dark?” Verhofstadt added.

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The Prime Minister says he wants to negotiate a new deal that doesn’t include a ‘backstop’ which could tie the country to EU rules after it leaves to avoid border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland. It’s been a key factor in negotiations between the UK and the EU and Johnson says discussions with European leaders about ditching the ‘backstop’ have shown “real signs of movement.”

“There’s a very, very good conversation going on about how to address the issues of the Northern Irish border. A huge amount of progress is being made,” Johnson told the Mail on Sunday.

He is scheduled to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Luxembourg where he remains confident in getting a Brexit deal done, saying that “we will get there” and a “huge amount of progress is being made.”

“I will be talking to Jean-Claude about how we’re going to do it. I’m very confident,” Johnson said.

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Johnson denied lying to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday over advice he gave her about the bill suspending Parliament, saying, “the Supreme Court has to decide.” Johnson had reportedly advised the queen to suspend Parliament until Oct. 14 because the government needed to launch a new domestic agenda next month.

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Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘profound shame’ for British massacre in India

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The Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury apologized in a public way — by falling down on the floor –for the “terrible atrocity” by British colonial forces 100 years ago in a massacre of hundreds of Indians peacefully demonstrating for independence.

Addressing the attack in northwest India, Archbishop Justin Welby tweeted: “I feel a deep sense of grief, humility and profound shame having visited the site of the horrific Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar today. Here, a great number of Sikhs – as well as Hindus, Muslims and Christians – were shot dead by British troops in 1919.”

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More than 300 Indians were killed and over 1,200 injured on April 13, 1919, when the British Indian Army opened fire on a crowd at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, which is near the city’s Golden Temple, the holiest site to the Sikh faith.

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Welby, who has been archbishop since 2013, noted that he was not speaking on behalf of the British government, but instead was making a personal apology.

When asked if he would seek an apology from the British government, Welby reportedly said: “I think I have been very clear about what I feel and that will be broadcast in England.”

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Former British Prime Minister Theresa May stopped short of a formal apology in April when she called the killings a “shameful scar” in British-Indian history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Genderless’ penguin to be raised by same-sex couple at London aquarium

A baby penguin being raised by a same-sex penguin couple at an aquarium in the U.K. will be brought up without a gender — the first in aquarium history.

The young gentoo penguin, which has not yet been named, “will be the first of its kind in the history of the famous London aquarium not to be characterized as male or female,” according to Sea Life London.

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Newborn penguins typically have a name that relates to its gender at birth, the aquarium said in a press release obtained by Fox News. But aquarists “decided it was more natural for the chick to grow and develop into a mature adult as genderless which is normal in the wild until they mature.”

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A gentoo penguin chick at the Sea Life London Aquarium will be raised without a gender. (Sea Life London Aquarium)

In the meantime, the penguin has been tagged with a purple band.

It’s “completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities as they grow into mature adults,” according to Graham McGrath, general manager of the aquarium.

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The penguin, pictured here with its purple armband, has not yet been named, according to the aquarium.  (Sea Life London Aquarium)

“What makes us really proud at the aquarium is the success of SEA LIFE London’s Gentoo breeding program and the amazing job of same-sex penguins Rocky and Marama who took the chick under their wing and raised it as their own,” McGrath said.

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Rocky and Marama made headlines earlier this year when they adopted the genderless chick. The aquarium told Insider in July the penguin couple has “an “incredibly strong bond” and adopted the egg together.

Described as “highly nurturing,” gentoo penguins have been considered “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 2007.

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Pilot strike prompts British Airways to cancel ‘nearly 100 percent’ of flights: ‘Please do not go to the airport’

“If your flight is canceled, please do not go to the airport.”

This is obviously sage advice for any traveler, but it’s a bit more urgent for anyone flying British Airways.

The airline, which issued the statement to The Telegraph, has canceled nearly “100 percent” of flights for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10 amid a dispute with the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), which scheduled a strike for Monday and Tuesday.

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A screen at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 displays a message from British Airways, which writes that it is “deeply sorry” about the cancelations. (Matt Dunham/AP)

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“We understand the frustration and disruption BALPA’s strike action has caused our customers. After many months of trying to resolve the pay dispute, we are extremely sorry that it has come to this,” the airline wrote in a statement to Fox News. “We remain ready and willing to return to talks with BALPA.”

BALPA announced on Aug. 23 that its pilots would be striking on Sept. 9, 10 and 27 following a pay dispute with the airline, which they claimed would “not accept” any of “a number” of solutions that would have avoided a strike.

The pilots union, which represents over 10,000 U.K. pilots across more than 20 companies, had accused the airline of profiting at the cost of its pilots’ sacrifices, which BALPA says included pay cuts, reduced leave, and “closing the final salary pension scheme.”

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In another statement released Monday, BALPA claims British Airways ignored two recent offers to meet for talks, on both Wednesday and Friday.

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BALPA claims the cost of British Airways canceling nearly all of its flights for a single day is approximately eight times what it would cost to settle the dispute. (Matt Dunham/AP)

Meanwhile, the cost of the canceled service is said to be costing British Airways 40 million pounds per day, the Telegraph reported. BALPA further argues that this figure is several times what it would cost the carrier to settle the dispute.

“The flag carrier is making around [2 billion pounds] profit and the cost of BALPA’s latest proposal is less than [5 million pounds] more than British Airways previously offered. Meanwhile one day of strike action costs around [40 million] pounds.” BALPA noted.

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“This strike will have cost the company considerably more than the investment needed to settle this dispute,” the union wrote. “It is time to get back to the negotiating table and put together a serious offer that will end this dispute.”

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Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, which handles British Airways flights, stands virtually empty of passengers as staff on Monday morning. (Matt Dunham/AP)

British Airways, with major hubs at both London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, confirmed to Fox News that the cancellations to its flights were preemptive.

“Unfortunately, with no detail from BALPA on which pilots would strike, we had no way of predicting how many would come to work or which aircraft they are qualified to fly, so we had no option but to cancel nearly 100 percent our flights,” the airline said in a statement.

The airline also claims that, since news of the strike was announced weeks ago, the “vast majority” of British Airways passengers had rebooked, or been refunded for their travel, ahead of the strike.

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British Airways has posted further information for concerned passengers on its website.

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Man jailed for placing spy cameras in James Bond studio toilets

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for secretly placing spy cameras in the female toilets of the studio where the new James Bond movie is being made.

Peter Hartley, 50, was given a 16-month sentence on Friday for using miniature motion- and vibration-sensing cameras to spy on women who were using the bathroom at Pinewood Studios, which is west of London. Hartley, who worked in maintenance, installed the cameras behind a grill in one of the women’s lavatories, and prosecutors say he taped over the camera’s LED light so it wouldn’t be detected.

He was originally charged with voyeurism after a freelancer working on the new Bond film, “No Time to Die,” reportedly saw a beam of light reflecting off the hidden camera’s lens. The woman subsequently removed the grill with a screwdriver and uncovered the camera, according to the Guardian.

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When asked why he planted the device in the studio toilets, he told police, “I suppose sexual gratification is the main reason, as I’ve learned from my past whenever something bad or stressful happens I act out.”

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Hartley completed a sex offender rehab program just eight months before his act was discovered in June. He was jailed at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday for 16 months and placed on a sex offender register for 10 years.

“I don’t believe he has any remorse,” said the victim. “This was a deliberate act, using high-definition, wide-angle and vibration-triggered equipment. He knew exactly what he was doing and must have seen the damage [to previous victims] last time.”

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Hartley had a history of similar voyeuristic offenses dating back to 2008. He was convicted of placing cameras in a council building in 2009 and in a changing room in 2016. In total, he has three convictions for eight offenses.

The victim who discovered his voyeurism at Pinewood Studios said she’s experienced anxiety and needed mental health treatment. Judge Francis Sheridan said the woman has been “devastated” by Hartley.

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“I am not eating or sleeping properly, and I don’t feel safe anywhere,” the woman said. “I check the whole house for cameras. I don’t doubt that I will check every bathroom I go into for the rest of my life.”

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Boris Johnson’s brother quits Parliament over Brexit impasse as prime minister accuses opposition of ‘cowardly insult to democracy’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a new blow when his brother, Jo Johnson, quit Parliament over the ongoing divide over the Brexit impasse.

Jo Johnson announced Thursday morning that he was stepping down from Parliament because he was “torn between family loyalty and the national interest.”

“It’s an unresolved tension & time for others take on my roles as MP & Minister,” he tweeted, saying he was also quitting as an education minister.

Jo Johnson has long opposed leaving the European Union, voting against it in the 2016 referendum campaign. He later said the country should not quit the bloc without a divorce deal – something his brother appears adamant to pass.

His resignation from Parliament came as the prime minister went on the attack Thursday after lawmakers opposed his push for a new election in October and advance his plans to prevent the country from leaving the EU.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons in London after MPs voted in favor of allowing a cross-party alliance to take control of the Commons agenda on Wednesday in a bid to block a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31. (AP/House of Commons)

The prime minister, who is determined to secure a general election as a way out of Britain’s years-long Brexit impasse, is set to argue in a speech later today that politicians must “go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want.”

He had asked Parliament Wednesday to back an Oct. 15 election, after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the EU on Oct. 31, even if there is no withdrawal agreement to pave the way. But lawmakers turned down his motion.

The prime minister needed the support of two-thirds of the 650 lawmakers in the House of Commons to trigger an election — a total of 434 — but got just 298, with 56 voting ‘no’ and the rest abstaining.

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He slammed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn following the vote, calling the main opposition figure’s refusal to endorse an election a “cowardly insult to democracy.”

Corbyn, in response, said Labour would only vote for an early election if the prospect of a no-deal Brexit was taken off the table.

“Let the bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election,” he said.

Labour economy spokesman John McDonnell said the party wanted an election but was still deciding on whether to seek one before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline or to wait until Parliament had secured a delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc.

“The problem that we have got is that we cannot at the moment have any confidence in Boris Johnson abiding by any commitment or deal that we could construct,” he told the BBC.

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Johnson’s failure to secure a quick ballot was the embattled leader’s third Parliamentary defeat in two days. Just six weeks after taking office with a vow to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock — which ensnared and eventually brought down his predecessor, Theresa May — Johnson’s plans to lead the U.K. out of the EU are in turmoil.

Johnson became prime minister in July by promising to complete Brexit and break the impasse that has paralyzed the country’s politics since voters decided in June 2016 to leave the bloc. But he is caught between the EU, which refuses to renegotiate the deal it stuck with May, and a majority of British lawmakers opposed to leaving without an agreement. Most economists, the Associated Press says, believe a no-deal Brexit would cause severe economic disruption and plunge the U.K. into recession.

Opposition lawmakers, supported by rebels in Johnson’s Conservative Party, are attempting to pass a bill that would block a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, compelling the prime minister to seek a three-month delay to Britain’s departure if no exit deal has been agreed by late October.

Johnson has accused the opposition of trying to “overturn the biggest democratic vote in our history,” referring to the outcome of the 2016 referendum to leave the EU.

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The bill was approved by the House of Commons on Wednesday, but faced trouble in Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, where pro-Brexit members planned to defeat it by filibustering — talking until time ran out.

But early Thursday, the Lords agreed to allow the bill to pass through the chamber by Friday, allowing it to become law early next week. Johnson plans to suspend Parliament at some point next week until Oct. 14.

The government said Thursday that it will try again next week to trigger an election. Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg says a vote will be held Monday on a motion calling for a snap poll.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Scottish court says Johnson can suspend Parliament

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A Scottish court says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson‘s planned suspension of Parliament is lawful.

The closely watched decision was revealed Wednesday. It is the first of several challenges to Johnson’s maneuver that gives lawmakers little time to prevent Britain from crashing out of the European Union without an agreement on Oct. 31.

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Transparency campaigner Gina Miller, who won a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2017 that stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament, has another legal challenge in the works.

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A human rights campaigner has also sued in Northern Ireland, arguing that the historic Good Friday accord that brought peace is in jeopardy because of Johnson’s actions.

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