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London Mayor Sadiq Khan must be ‘more vocal’ on knife crime, victim’s cousin says in dramatic TV confrontation

A British weatherman whose cousin was stabbed to death in London earlier this year took center stage Wednesday when he told Mayor Sadiq Khan in national TV that he must be “more vocal on the issue of knife crime.”

The dramatic moment took place during ITV’s Good Morning Britain program, where the mayor clashed with hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid about his policing priorities and the London Bridge terrorist. Topics ranged from why terror attacker Usman Khan was released early from prison to why London has been unable to adequately combat the stabbing scourge that’s plagued the city for years.

At one point weatherman Alex Beresford joined the conversation and described the pain he’s felt since the March murder of his 29-year-old cousin, Nathaniel Armstrong. He criticized Khan, who listened intently, for not being outspoken enough about the problem.

“I feel like you could be more vocal on the issue of knife crime,” Beresford said. “It’s not just about saying all the right things, it’s about doing the right things as well.”

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaks during a vigil at Guildhall Yard in London on Monday to remember the London Bridge stabbing victims and honor members of the emergency services and bystanders who fought the attacker. (AP)

UK KNIFE CRIME SPURS LONDON POLICE TO DISTRIBUTE BLEED CONTROL KITS TO BARS, NIGHTCLUBS

He added: “We have got young kids walking around with knives, carrying them out of fear. That’s not an excuse to carry a knife but it is a reason for it. And it is because our communities are completely infested with several different things — there are so many disadvantages going on that need to be addressed.”

When asked by another host about Nathaniel’s death, Beresford said “words can’t describe what it’s like to lose one of your cousins to knife crime.”

“And unfortunately Nathaniel isn’t the only person that I know that has lost his life to knife crime,” he said. “It cuts you so deep inside, literally.”

Later in the segment, Khan told Beresford, “I’m as frustrated as you, man” and said the issue is “one thing that keeps me up at night,” according to The Sun.

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Armstrong was attacked in West London on March 16. The man accused of stabbing him during an argument was set to face trial in November, but had his murder charges tossed in June after prosecutors said there wasn’t a realistic chance of a conviction, according to the BBC.

As of Wednesday, the number of knife crime deaths in London this year is at 127, slightly below last year’s total of 139, The Sun reported.

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Fired Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson speaks out, claims he did not mislead mayor or public

The Chicago police chief fired this week for committing a “series of ethical lapses” is now fighting back claims that he intentionally misled the city’s mayor and the public following an Oct. 17 incident in which he was found asleep in his car.

In his first public comments since his dismissal Monday by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Eddie Johnson said in a statement that he made a “poor decision and had a lapse of judgment” that October night, which “was a mistake and I know that.”

Yet he added that he has “no interest in fighting a battle” for his reputation with those who “want to question it now.”

“One thing I want everyone to know is this: I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago,” read the statement issued by his attorney and obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has been fired by the city’s mayor. (AP)

EDDIE JOHNSON ‘WAS INTENTIONALLY DISHONEST WITH ME,’ CHICAGO’S MAYOR SAYS

Johnson’s remarks come after both the Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported that he was seen having drinks with a woman who wasn’t his wife in the hours leading up to the Oct. 17 incident.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Johnson was drinking for hours with a female member of his security detail at a downtown restaurant and the Chicago Tribune  claimed an inspector general’s investigation includes video footage showing the former chief drinking for hours with a woman at a Chicago Board of Trade building restaurant. Both newspapers cited unidentified sources as making the claims.

Chicago police sources told Fox News in late October that Johnson’s time as superintendent was expected to suddenly end, either in early retirement or termination, in large part because of what was being referred to as a “drunk driving” incident.

Before he was fired, Johnson was set to retire at the end of the month, after three decades with the Chicago Police Department.

In announcing her decision Monday, Mayor Lightfoot said an inspector general’s report – that hasn’t been released to the public – revealed he misled her and others about the circumstances of that evening and showed “flawed decision-making.”

She declined specifics, citing an ongoing investigation, adding that her decision not to share details was out of deference to his family.

“While at some point the inspector general’s report may become public and those details may be revealed, I don’t feel like it is appropriate or fair to Mr. Johnson’s wife or children to do so at this time,” Lightfoot said at a City Hall news conference.

EDDIE JOHNSON RETIRING AFTER THREE YEARS AT THE HELM

The 59-year-old also has publicly blamed an issue with his medication for the Oct. 17 incident, saying he felt lightheaded while driving home and pulled over and fell asleep. He also told Lightfoot he’d had “a couple of drinks with dinner” earlier that night. Johnson has been hospitalized during his three-year superintendent tenure for a blood clot and a kidney transplant.

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who was named as an interim replacement, took over Johnson’s position Monday and spent the day meeting with department officials.

“This is not at all how I envisioned the transition but, and I think this is very important, this will not deter the transition,” Beck said Tuesday at a news conference on an illegal gun operation. “You know, Superintendent Johnson and I will talk. We have talked. He has the best interests of the city and CPD at heart as do I.”

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He said he and Johnson are friends, but everyone has to be accountable.

“None of us are perfect. Everybody makes mistakes,” Beck said. “But we have to live with that. We have to live with our errors.”

Fox News’ Matt Finn and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Israeli PM Netanyahu must now decide whether to ask legislators for immunity in corruption case

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has 30 days to ask his country’s legislators for immunity on corruption charges after a copy of his indictment was handed over to the Knesset on Monday, starting the clock on what’s likely to be a lengthy legal battle with immense global implications.

A three-judge panel is gearing up to hear the unprecedented case in Jerusalem district court, while Israel’s attorney general is expected to call more than 300 witnesses — including billionaires James Packer and Sheldon Adelson.

If Netanyahu asks Israel’s legislative body for immunity, however, the trial could be put on hold for months, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Israel’s attorney general Avichai Mandelblit announced last week that Netanyahu is not required to leave office following his indictment, even though several political leaders in the country called on the premier to resign.

In a statement released Monday, Mandelblit said Netanyahu can remain interim prime minister despite the fraud, breach of trust and bribery allegations, giving a small boost to the embattled leader.

Israeli law requires other public officials, including Cabinet ministers, to resign if charged with a crime but doesn’t explicitly state a prime minister has to leave office in those situations.

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The allegations against Netanyahu include claims he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favors with a newspaper publisher and used his influence to help a wealthy telecom magnate in exchange for favorable coverage on a popular news site.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, has dismissed the charges against him as an “attempted coup” and is framing his legal battle as a witch hunt involving political rivals, the media, police and prosecutors, all pressuring a “weak” attorney general.

Fox News’ Yonat Friling, Talia Kaplan and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California grandmother, two grandchildren vanish; car is tracked to Bay Area

A 75-year-old grandmother has vanished in California along with her two young grandchildren.

Sandra Young, of Fairfield, was last heard from Sunday after calling her sister, the city’s police department says. Nephew Lavonce Block told KCRA that Young – who has been taking care of Jayden Hill, 9, and Katalyhah Hill, 7, since their parents died in a car crash several years ago – planned to stop by her sister’s home in Vallejo to pick up a turkey. Yet she never appeared.

“That’s not normal behavior for her,” Block said. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

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Sandra Young and her grandchildren, Katalyhah and Jayden Hill, have not been seen after the 75-year-old called her sister on Sunday, police say. (Fairfield Police Department)

MISSING SAILBOAT WITH 3 PEOPLE FROM MAINE FOUND SAFE

The Fairfield Police Department says Young and the children are “considered to be at risk due to their age as well as Ms. Young’s medical conditions.”

The vehicle she was driving – a green 2004 Acura TL with California license plate 5HLM514 – was spotted driving eastbound on I-80 in Hercules at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, the California Highway Patrol said.

It also has “popped up around the Alamo, Danville and Walnut Creek area,” Fairfield Police Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen told FOX40.

“We’re hoping that it’s still with them and they’re with it,” he added.

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Family members that spoke to KGO say the vehicle was tracked heading over the Carquinez Bridge six times on Tuesday – and that the grandmother doesn’t have a cell phone, making it harder to confirm her whereabouts and those of the children.

“If they were somewhere right now to where they could be like, ‘Hey, my grandma needs help right now,’ I feel like they would do that,” Young’s neighbor, Willinique Lewis, told FOX40. “So, that’s why I feel like it’s kind of odd, you know. Something’s not right.”

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Black Friday no more in France? Climate activists, worried about emissions, push ‘Block Friday’ boycott

French environmentalists fed up with “harmful capitalism” and the “traffic jams, pollution, and gas emissions” that Black Friday generates – which they say is contributing to climate change – are calling for the public to “Block Friday” this year.

A series of demonstrations opposing the annual post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy are scheduled in France for Friday and Saturday as lawmakers there advanced an amendment that would ban the discounts – arguing that they cause “resource waste” and “overconsumption.”

“We cannot both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and call for a consumer frenzy,” France Ecological Transition Minister Elizabeth Borne, a backer of the measure, was heard telling the BFM Business television show, according to The Local. “Above all, we must consume better.”

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Protesters block the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion activist group on Oct. 5. (Getty Images/AFP)

During an interview on Europe 1 radio Thursday, she also criticized the commercial event for creating “traffic jams, pollution and gas emissions.”

UN REPORT: WORLD ALREADY FAR BEHIND PROGRESS NEEDED TO REACH PARIS CLIMATE GOALS

The amendment prohibiting Black Friday, which was passed by a legislative committee Monday, has been condemned by the country’s e-commerce union, the Associated Press reports. It was put forward by France’s former environment minister, Delphine Batho, and will be debated in the National Assembly next month.

In France, shoppers are anticipated to spend around $6.5 billion this year between Black Friday and Dec. 1, the Local reported, citing a study from the coupon company RetailMeNot.

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A man walks past a sign advertising Black Friday sales on a retail shop window in Paris, France, in 2017. (Reuters/Getty Images)

But climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion group – who have made international headlines for snarling traffic in cities such as London — plan to get in their way.

“Friday, November 29th, it’s Block Friday: a day when Extinction Rebellion joins the youth call for the climate,” its French chapter announced in a Facebook post. “Together, we stand to occupy in a festive way or block ‘Temples’ of consumption in more than 20 cities in France.”

BEWARE OF BLACK FRIDAY EMAIL SCAMS, EXPERTS SAY

The post also called Black Friday “a symbol of the most harmful capitalism” and warned that “consumerism will end up / destroy everything if we don’t act before.”

“One word of order: prevent them from making profit on what does not belong to them: the living,” it concluded.

Earlier this month, more than 200 French brands announced their intentions to boycott Black Friday in a bid to foster more “reasonable consumption” amongst the country’s shoppers, The Local reported.

“During the Black Friday period, some brands are selling their collections at completely ridiculous prices,” Nicolas Rohr, whose shoe and clothing company Faguo plants a tree for each item sold, told the website.

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“From the consumer’s point of view, this may be an opportunity to get a good deal but Black Friday makes jobs precarious by not paying manufacturers, brands and stores the right amount,” he added. “It also contributes to climate change by encouraging overproduction.”

Borne told Europe 1 she would support Black Friday if it helped small French businesses, but said it mostly benefits large online retailers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US customs officers seize more than 20,000 fake Oral-B toothbrush heads

There’s a counterfeit market for everything apparently.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Philadelphia say they have seized more than 20,000 fake Oral-B toothbrush heads that were bound for an address in Delran, N.J.

The products were found inside an air cargo shipment on Oct. 1 and had been flagged “due to poor packaging and questionable quality,” the agency said.

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One of the fake Oral-B toothbrush heads seized by federal investigators. (CBP)

BORDER PATROL SEIZES 11 COUNTERFEIT SUPER BOWL, WORLD SERIES RINGS

“Counterfeit brush heads are manufactured in unsanitary facilities with substandard materials that may sicken users or cause bleeding to a user’s gums or mouth, and structural defects may cause the brush head to detach and potentially choke users,” it added in a statement.

CBP says if the products were authentic, the combined retail value would be $95,600.

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The shipment contained 1,200 10-packs and 2,800 3-packs of the fake toothbrush heads.

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Seven Islamist militants to be hanged for roles in Bangladesh terror attack that left American, 21 others dead

Seven Islamist militants are set to be hanged in Bangladesh for their roles in a 2016 terror attack that left 22 people, including one American, dead.

The siege on a café in Dhaka was carried out by five men who shot and hacked diners to death with machetes while taking others hostage. Following a 12-hour standoff, Bangladesh’s army stormed in and killed all five assailants. Thirteen hostages were rescued, but 22 people died during the attack, including an American, nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, according to the BBC.

“The court gave them the highest punishment,” Golam Sarwar Khan, a prosecutor, is reported to have said to the media Wednesday after the sentences were announced.

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Police escort a member of a banned militant group after he was sentenced to death for an attack on a cafe that killed more than 20 people in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2016. (AP)

AT LEAST SEVEN KILLED IN BANGLADESH GAS EXPLOSION

Bangladesh has accused a local militant group of being behind the attack and those on trial were suspected of supplying the attackers with machetes and assault rifles, in addition to helping them plan the siege, the BBC reported.

The lawyer of those sentenced to death said he would appeal their punishment. Some of the men, the AFP said, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as they were led to a police van outside of the courtroom Wednesday.

Eight other militants connected to the attack reportedly were killed in government raids in the months afterward.

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Members of the militant group shout slogans from inside a police van after their sentence was announced Wednesday. (AP)

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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2016 called the café attack “an extremely heinous act.”

“What kind of Muslims are these people? They don’t have any religion,” she said during a televised address, according to the BBC.

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Spanish police seize 6,000 pounds of cocaine during first-ever ‘narco-submarine’ capture, reports say

Spanish police have seized more than 6,000 pounds of cocaine from what is believed to be the first-ever “narco-submarine” caught trying to enter European waters, reports say.

The 65-foot vessel, which in itself is estimated to cost $3 million to build, was tracked down Sunday off the coast of Pontevedra, according to El Pais. Investigators are now hoping to crane-lift the sub onto the dock at the Port of Aldán so that they can get inside more easily, an official from the government’s office in the province said Tuesday.

Spanish authorities said it was the first time a submarine had been found to be used in drug trafficking in the country – and that they had been monitoring the vessel´s movements in recent days in coordination with international police.

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Spanish civil guard tow a sunken submarine believed to be carrying tons of cocaine in Aldan harbor, northwest Spain, on Tuesday. (AP/Europa Press)

COAST GUARD CUTTER’S CREW MAKES MASSIVE 4,600-POUND COCAINE BUST

The submarine is believed to have departed from Colombia, according to El Pais. Following its capture, two Ecuadoreans on board were taken into custody, but a third person that escaped remains on the lam, the newspaper added.

The submarine sank as police tried to intercept it Sunday, yet it wasn’t clear if the crew sank it on purpose.

Sources that spoke to El Pais said the vessel was carrying around 6,600 pounds of cocaine and the criminal organizations affiliated with it must be “big, since just the submarine itself must have cost around €2.5 million ($2.75 million).” The sources also said they believe the submarine was built in the South American country of Guyana and has been in operation “for years.”

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The Spanish region of Galicia, where the ship was intercepted, is reported to have a long history with drug smuggling as its winding coastline provides plenty of areas for traffickers to discreetly move in and out of.

In 2006, investigators found an abandoned homemade submarine there, The Telegraph reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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British police make another arrest after migrants found dead inside refrigerated truck

A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland has become the latest person to be arrested following the grim discovery of dozens of bodies inside a refrigerated container truck in Britain.

Essex Police say the man was taken into custody Friday along a highway northwest of London on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

The bodies of 31 men and eight women – all from Vietnam — were found Oct. 23 in the English town of Grays. Police said the victims were aged 15 to 44 and are believed to have paid human traffickers for their clandestine transit into England.

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Police escort the truck that was found to contain the bodies away from an industrial area in Thurrock, south England. (AP)

ESSEX TRUCK DEATH VICTIMS INCLUDE 10 TEENAGERS, TWO AS YOUNG AS 15: BRITISH POLICE

British police have already charged 25-year-old Maurice Robinson, a truck driver also from Northern Ireland, with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

In Ireland, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison faces U.K. extradition proceedings on charges of manslaughter. Several other people have been arrested in Vietnam.

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Ronan Hughes, 40, and his 34-year-old brother Christopher Hughes are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, Essex Police said Tuesday. (Essex Police)

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Investigators are also still searching for two brothers from Northern Ireland: Ronan Hughes, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, who are both wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking, according to Essex Police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hong Kong standoff nearing end as more protesters surrender to police

The standoff between police and anti-government protesters inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University appeared to inch closer to an end Thursday as more than 20 demonstrators left their positions to surrender to authorities.

Ten of the protesters, the Associated Press reported, walked out together and were escorted to a police post outside the campus, while three were carried out on stretchers and four taken in wheelchairs. Five other students, believed to be minors, came out with their parents and were allowed to leave after police took their details.

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Protesters use clothes and helmets to form “SOS” at Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Thursday. (AP)

It is unclear how many protesters are left behind. They are the holdouts from a much larger group that occupied the campus after battling police over the weekend with gasoline bombs and bows and arrows. Some 1,000 protesters have either surrendered or been stopped while trying to flee.

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Hong Kong’s largest political party on Thursday slammed the flareup in violence over the past week, urging some 4.1 million voters to use the ballot box this Sunday to reject the “black force” that has thrown the semiautonomous Chinese territory into unprecedented turmoil since June.

“The black force say they want to fight for freedom but now people cannot even express their views freely. We have even been stripped of our right to go to school and work,” said Starry Lee, who heads the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Lee and some candidates kicked black footballs at a campaign event in a symbolic banishing of the black-clad protesters.

“If everyone comes out to vote, Hong Kong can be restored and violence can be stopped,” she said.

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The party is contesting 181 of the 452 district council seats, a low-level neighborhood election held every four years and dominated by the pro-establishment camp. For the first time, all the seats will be contested. Public anger against the government and police could give a victory to the pro-democracy bloc that would bolster the legitimacy of the protest movement.

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A protester on a stretcher leaves the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Thursday. (AP)

More than 5,000 people have been arrested since the protests started in June over a now-abandoned extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. The protests have since swelled into an anti-China movement as many fear a loss of freedoms guaranteed to the former British colony when it returned to Chinese control in 1997.

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A 12-year-old became the youngest protester to be convicted Thursday after pleading guilty to spraying graffiti outside a police station and subway exit last month, the South China Morning Post reported. A lawyer for the student reportedly said he was remorseful and acted on impulse. The court will sentence him on Dec. 19.

Pressure has ratcheted up on Hong Kong as the U.S. Congress approved legislation late Wednesday to sanction officials who carry out human rights abuses and require an annual review of the favorable trade status that Washington grants Hong Kong. Another bill bans export of tear gas and other non-lethal tools to Hong Kong.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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