Pamplona gang rape victim: “Don’t leave me alone, please”

An 18-year-old woman who has never had group sex before – who has never performed the sort of sexual practices described in the prosecutor’s report – decides to quickly find a place where she can have an orgy with a group of men she met in the street seven minutes ago, and about whom she knows nothing: not even their names or even how many of them there are. She then has sexual relations with all five of them, saying next to nothing at all, and all of this without the use of a condom.

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Northamptonshire may close up to 28 of its 36 libraries

UK on the down-low slide into nothingham!


Authors including Alan Moore and Philip Pullman join readers condemning move being considered as a way to make £115m in savings

Proposals to axe more than half of Northamptonshire’s public libraries have been denounced by readers and authors. Up to 28 of the county’s 36 libraries could be closed if the plans get the go-ahead. The move has been branded “monstrous” by Watchmen creator Alan Moore.

Northamptonshire county council, which needs to claw back £115m in savings over the next four years, has launched a consultation on the future of its library service. Three options have been put forward: two would shut the doors of 21 libraries; the third would close 28, leaving only eight branches open.

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Pope Francis’s failure to say the word ‘Rohingya’ shows he is no peacemaker | Joanna Moorhead

GAB Gimme a break – what a knee-jerk write off of an attempt to make things better.


The pontiff felt he had no option but to back out of denouncing persecution in Myanmar because of implications for local Catholics

White is the colour of peace, and no one on the world stage wears it bigger than the pope. Francis is never seen in anything else: his cassock, skull-cap, cape all dove-coloured.

It underlines his role in the global spotlight, so it’s understandable that many people in the world today are disappointed that he failed, in his keynote address in Myanmar, to use the politically and emotionally charged word “Rohingya” to stress his criticism of the crackdown on the Muslim community of the country. In the past, Francis has used the term, denouncing “the persecution of our Rohingya brothers”, who he said were being “tortured and killed, simply because they uphold their Muslim faith”.

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Puerto Rico: urgently needed tarps delayed by failed $30m Fema contract

Another busted GOP fundraising failure!


Fema paid a newly created Florida company for tarps to help the thousands of people left homeless after Hurricane Maria, but the company couldn’t deliver

After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30m in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs.

Related: Whitefish energy company halts work to restore Puerto Rico’s power over unpaid bill

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Rex Tillerson: state department can be cut as we will soon solve global conflicts

Why would anyone want to sound this stupid?


The secretary of state defended the Trump administration’s plan to slash US diplomacy by 31% despite North Korean missile test and Afghanistan escalation

Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s proposal to slash the state department and foreign aid budget is in part based on an expectation it will be able to resolve some of the global conflicts that have been absorbing costly diplomatic and humanitarian support.

But in a vivid display of the most urgent diplomatic challenge facing the US, Tillerson was speaking as North Korea carried out a new ballistic missile test – the first since it fired a missile over Japan in mid-September.

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