Drone Crash Ignites a Forest Fire

A drone owner has been charged with starting a forest fire after crashing the drone in Arizona. Due to the crash, a forest fire began in Coconino National Forest in Kendrick park near Flagstaff. The fire destroyed 300 acres of land, with thirty firefighters the fire was contained and extinguished within the day. The smoke from the fire created a large hazard for those driving through the area, increasing the chance of an accident massively.

If guilty, the owner could face a fine, community service or even a jail sentence. A similar event occurred when a homeless man’s cooking fire set the grass alight and destroyed over 282 acres of land. Due to the damage, the man received a fine of $12,000 and a twelve-month jail sentence.

Drones have previously caused problems with the emergency services, they have prevented them from doing their job as it would be dangerous for them to do so.

North Korea Talks To End Silence

Over the last three years, a European Parliament has been conducting secret talks with Pyongyang to try and convince North Korea to end its Nuclear Program.

Mr Deva, the leader of the group, said him and the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Korean Peninsula had been ‘relentlessly advocating the case for dialogue without preconditions’ to end the standoff with the North. Nirj Deva has met senior North Korean officials, including ministers, fourteen time and there are plans to meet again in Brussels.

Europe is not the only one advancing on ending tensions in North Korea, as last week, Trump accepted an invitation to speak to leader Kim Jong Un. The first significant move came on Thursday when North Korea’s foreign minister was on his way to Sweden for two days of talks. The Swedish counterpart will ‘address the security situation’, the Swedish government represent US interests.

China’s president was ‘delighted’ with the advancements and shared a Chinese proverb; “once hard ice melts, spring comes and flowers bloom.” President Xi Jinping has been supporting South Korean President Moon Jae-in with the efforts to build dialogue and strengthen the relationship.

Japan is more doubting of the talks and said in a meeting on Tuesday with South Korea’s National Intelligence Service Chief and Japanese Prime Minister ,Shinzo Abe, that it was ‘extremely important’ that North Korea ‘takes concrete action which realize their words’ referring to denuclearization.

While we wait for the word of Kim Jong Un, Trump cannot refrain himself from speaking out on social media and to the press, an issue that is often a problem to his allies. His twitter has spilled more than needed, and at times disrupted peace between leaders.


The “cold-blooded execution” in Aldi

Neville Hord has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for stabbing the daughter of his former partner to death in a “cold-blooded public execution” in an Aldi store. The judge had said that he is very unlikely to be released.

The daughter worked at the Aldi in skipton where the incident took place. The motive of the killing was revenge because of family issues.

He admitted murdering his daughter Jodie in front of shoppers in an attack that ,the judge said, was planned to cause “the maximum pain, horror, shock and trauma”. Some of the witnesses of this trajedy were children.

Some detectives had descovered that during his planning of the attack, Neville had planted a GPS tracker to his daughters car and also had plans on buying a gun. He had a knife, crossbow and axe on the day it took place.

A statement read to the court, Willsher’s husband, Malcolm, said his life and that of his five-year-old daughter, Megan, had been ripped apart. He said mother and daughter had an “unbreakable bond” and Megan had told him: “I hate you Daddy for not bringing Mummy back.”

Teen Jailed for Acid attacks and Robbery.

Derryck John was just 16 when he hurled corrosive liquid at six drivers across North and East London, in just over an hour on the 13th July 2017- today he is now being called “despicable and cowardly” by the judge for his dangerous spree.

John, who is now 17, admitted six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to “disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm”, two counts of robbery and four counts of attempted robbery. He has been jailed for ten and half years.

Judge Noel Lucas QC told him: “You and your accomplice chose to attack members of the public who were going about their lawful business.”

He stole two mopeds and attempted to steal a further four after using an Evian bottle to spray riders in the face during a terrifying acid rampage.


The Mars Space Race

The Russian/American space race is back as earlier today, President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin released a statement saying that Russia is going to launch a Mars Colonisation mission in 2019.

This will beat NASA and SpaceX with a $1.5 billion mission set for 2020.

Not much is known yet about the details however it is known that Vladimir Putin plans to send an unmanned exploration shuttle first before any colonisation attempts are made.

Written by Harry

Russian Spy Poisoning, Threats from the UK?

The UK are to expel 23 Russian diplomats after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury.

The PM stated that the diplomats have one week to leave and were identified as ‘undeclared intelligence officers.’

The UK told the united nations that the Russians had used a “weapon so horrific that it is banned in war.”

Russia denies all allegations of attempted murder and says they will respond appropriately.

Sergi Skripal, 66 and Yulia Skripal, 33 are in a critical condition after the Russian nerve attack. They were found slumped on a bench near the Maltings shopping centre, Salisbury on 4th March 2018.

A police officer is also critically ill after caring for the two. The officer now remains in hospital, while another is being treated as an outpatient.

The chemical used in the horrific attack has been identified as being part of a group of nerve agents developed in Russia known as ‘Novichok.’

How did it start?

It first started when Yulia Skripal flew to London’s Heathrow Airport on a flight from Russia at about 14:40 GMT on the 3rd March 2018.

Then on the 4th of March, at roughly 13:40 GMT, Mr Skripal and his daughter (Yulia) arrived at the Sainsbury’s upper lever car park in Salisbury city centre.

Police say that the pair went to the Bishop’s Mill pub before going to Zizzi restaurant from 14:20-15:35. Victims of the attack include 38 members of the public who have been treated in hospital, of the 38, 34 have been discharged.

Everyone has been discharged but Mr Skripal, Yulia Skripal and Detective Sgt Bailey remain in hospital with one outpatient being monitored but not showing any signs of exposure.

The investigation still continues.

by Luke

Image by Ben

Deadly urge for fame makes YouTubers do crazy things.

Monalisa Perez, a mother of two from the USA, has to serve a 180-day jail term for an attempted viral youtube stunt gone wrong. Her boyfriend Pedro Ruiz thought of the stunt to fire a gun at him from a foot away while he held a 1.5-inch thick book which he thought would shield him. However, the bullet pierced through the book fatally injuring Ruiz. She now faces 10 days in prison, 10 days out for 6 months amounting to 90 days in jail. The last 90 days can be served in home confinement.

She has also been banned from owning firearms and can’t make financial gain from the case. The Norman County Attorney James Brue said, “the reality [is] that this foolish stunt was dreamed up, planned and executed by Pedro Ruiz, and the defendant wrongfully and tragically relied on his assurances that the stunt was safe.”

But, this isn’t the first time a YouTuber has done something outrageous for views. A couple of months ago, Logan Paul went into the Japanese suicide forest and took videos of a dead body for all to see.

There was a huge backlash from the internet as many thought that this was disrespectful, he then took down the video.

By Madison and Simmone – Correspondents for the General News section.