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Fans in Nizhny Novgorod in western Russia have been basking in sunshine on the banks of the Volga river since the World Cup began.
But the lovely weather was put on ice today when the heavens opened and a thunderstorm flooded the medieval city.


Absolute hero rescues women from flash flood in World Cup city
Here he is rescuing the woman from her flooded car (Picture: Reuters)
 
A woman is rescued from her flooded car at the street in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
The hero offers his services (Picture: Reuters)
 
A woman is rescued from her flooded car at the street in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
And she accepts! (Picture: Reuters)
 
 
A woman is rescued from her flooded car at the street in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
He then carries her to safety, making sure she’s above water the whole time (Picture: Reuters)
It only took half an hour for the heavy rain to quickly build up rivers of water, bringing traffic to a standstill and stranding motorists.
But one man, dressed in a smart shirt and tie, leapt into action to rescue two women from their cars.
Pictures show him wading in the waist-high water, dragging them out of their car windows one by one, and carrying them to safety.

A woman is rescued from a car after a flash flood in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
He then finds another woman in need of help (Picture: Reuters)
 
 
A woman is rescued from her flooded car at the street in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
And proceeds to carry her to drier ground (Picture: Reuters)
 
 
A woman is rescued from a car after a flash flood in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
What a guy (Picture: Reuters)
 
Due to the presence of a less-than-perfect drainage system, the water quickly rose to dangerous levels.
While the flooding briefly dampened spirits at a hilltop fan zone, the sun soon came out again, calm returned, and locals simply shook their heads.
‘It’s not the first time – we’re used to it,’ said one shopkeeper, watching motorists open their bonnets to let their engines dry out.

Five injured after gunman opens fire on crowd celebrating World Cup win in Sweden


Five people were injured after a gunman opened fire on a crowd celebrating Sweden’s World Cup win against Korea on Monday evening.
The man reportedly fired an automatic weapon at the crowd, who were celebrating Sweden’s 1-0 victory against Korea, at about 6.15pm.
Witnesses reported hearing around 12 to 15 shots fired near a police station in Drottninggatan, near Malmö.
Jonatan Burhoff told Aftonbladet he saw wounded people being carried to private cars that drove off ‘as fast as possible’.
The injured were taken to hospital following the attack and their condition remains unknown.

Fredrik Bratt, a police spokesman, said the incident is not thought to be terrorism-related and added: ‘It is probably a shooting between criminal individuals’.

Heart-breaking images of little girl ‘beaten by father’ and left chained to toilet 
These heart-breaking images show a four-year-old girl who has been so badly beaten by her father than she can barely open her eyes.
The youngster was also chained up in a toilet and forced to do laundry in a tragic case that has been likened to the story of Cinderella.
The little girl was found in near darkness with both hands inside a plastic wash basin, scrubbing her father’s clothes.

Pics shows: The girl found locked inside a toilet forced to do laundry; A four-year-old girl beaten so badly she could barely open her eyes has been rescued from her father who chained her up in a toilet to do laundry like Cinderella. The girl from the county-level city of Qingzhen in Guiyang, capital of China's south-western Guizhou province, was found in near darkness with both hands inside a plastic wash basin, scrubbing her abusive dad???s clothes. Heartbreaking images taken by a visiting relative revealed the shocking extent of the girl???s injuries, which included a badly bruised and swollen face, as well as what appeared to be old burn marks left by cigarettes on her back. Scabs on her arms also suggested long-term abuse at the hands of her dad, surnamed Liu, who works at a digger driver. The unnamed relative revealed: "[Her father] regularly chains her up in the toilet before leaving the house at 6 or 7am, only returning at 10 or 11pm to feed her." The father is also said to be an alcoholic. Local authorities said they arrived without an hour of receiving reports. The dad has been arrested and the girl is currently receiving treatment in hospital. The shocking images have gone viral on social media after being picked up by Chinese state media. More than 11,000 comments have been left by concerned netizens, who have also shared the snaps more than 8,300 times.
The little girl was forced to scrub her father’s clothes. (Picture: Asiawire)
 
The shocking pictures were taken by a visiting relative and show her face badly bruised and swollen. There also appear to be burn marks left by cigarettes on her back.
The unnamed relative said: ‘[Her father] regularly chains her up in the toilet before leaving the house at 6 or 7am, only returning at 10 or 11pm to feed her.’

Pics shows: The girl found locked inside a toilet forced to do laundry; A four-year-old girl beaten so badly she could barely open her eyes has been rescued from her father who chained her up in a toilet to do laundry like Cinderella. The girl from the county-level city of Qingzhen in Guiyang, capital of China's south-western Guizhou province, was found in near darkness with both hands inside a plastic wash basin, scrubbing her abusive dad???s clothes. Heartbreaking images taken by a visiting relative revealed the shocking extent of the girl???s injuries, which included a badly bruised and swollen face, as well as what appeared to be old burn marks left by cigarettes on her back. Scabs on her arms also suggested long-term abuse at the hands of her dad, surnamed Liu, who works at a digger driver. The unnamed relative revealed: "[Her father] regularly chains her up in the toilet before leaving the house at 6 or 7am, only returning at 10 or 11pm to feed her." The father is also said to be an alcoholic. Local authorities said they arrived without an hour of receiving reports. The dad has been arrested and the girl is currently receiving treatment in hospital. The shocking images have gone viral on social media after being picked up by Chinese state media. More than 11,000 comments have been left by concerned netizens, who have also shared the snaps more than 8,300 times.
The girl had cigarette burns to her back. (Picture: Asiawire)
 
They said the father was an alcoholic. Within an hour of receiving a report of abuse, the local authorities went to the house in Qingzhen in Guiyang, capital of China’s south-western Guizhou province.
The father, who is believed to work as a digger driver, has been arrested and the girl is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Trump's administration uses the Bible to justify taking 2,000 children away from families


Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families under a controversial immigration crackdown.
Within the last six weeks 1,995 minors have been removed including breastfeeding infants and other young babies.
The new figures were announced just days after the Trump administration used quotes from the Bible to justify taking the youngsters.
Donald Trump’s administration is pursuing a controversial ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for anyone caught entering the US illegally.
Between April 19 and May 31, 1,940 adults had their children removed while they awaited prosecution.
In many circumstances, the adults have been told their children were being taken to be bathed or cleaned up but then the adults don’t see them again.
Nearly 2,000 children have now been separated from their families under controversial anti-immigration policy.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has used the Bible to justify the move. (Picture: Getty)
 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited a passage in the Bible to justify the move.
‘I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.’
He added: ‘Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.’
Trump’s press secretary Sarah Sanders was pressed about where in the Bible it states it is morally acceptable to take children from their mothers.
She replied she wasn’t aware of the full context of the quote from Sessions but ‘I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is repeated throughout the Bible.’
Once taken from their families, the children become the charges of the Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families or specifically, the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Trump’s administration say they want to reunite the families as much as possible after the court proceedings however it puts the responsibility largely on the parents to locate their children and attempt to get them returned.
The US Government has come under fire for its treatment of the families who are coming across the US-Mexico border.
Yesterday Trump continued to blame the opposition Democrats for the law that is separating parents from their children.
He said: ‘I hate to see separation of parents and children. I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law.’
However there is no actual law that mandates the removal of children from adults awaiting prosecution.
The adoption of the ‘zero tolerance’ policy is behind the separation of families.
Until it was enacted in April, people detained for immigration offences were referred for civil deportation proceedings and kept together. Now the parents are charged and processed under the criminal system which means children can be removed.
Protesters denounce Trump’s policy of separating children from parents. (Picture: Getty)

Man crushed to death by his mother's coffin when it fell from funeral tower


An Indonesian was killed when his mother’s coffin fell from a funeral tower and crushed him during a service on the island of Sulawesi, police said Sunday.
Samen Kondorura, 40, died Friday when pallbearers lost their footing while carrying the coffin up a bamboo ladder in the Parinding valley in North Toraja district, local police said.
The casket fell as the group hoisted it onto a lakkian, an ornately carved tower where the deceased is placed before elaborate traditional funeral rites.
‘As the mother’s coffin was being raised to the lakkian, suddenly the ladder shifted and collapsed, the coffin fell and hit the victim,’ Julianto Sirait, chief commissioner of the Tana Toraja resort police, said

Man crushed to death by his mother's coffin when it fell from funeral tower
He was carrying his mother’s coffin to the top of the tower when it gave way (Picture: Kabar News)
 
Video from the scene, which has gone viral online, shows the ladder slip just as the casket enters the tower, sending the men tumbling several metres to the ground where the victim is struck by the coffin.
Horrified onlookers rush to the men’s aid but Kondorura died later in hospital.
Sirait said the accident happened because the ladder was not properly reinforced but the family has declined to press charges.
The body of Kondorura is now resting alongside his mother Berta, he added.
When ethnic Torajans die, local residents hold elaborate funerals that can last for days and involve music, dance and the sacrifice of water buffalo.

Migrants that were on board the Aquarius rescue ship couldn’t hide their joy as they finally reached dry land in Spain on Sunday.
People started singing and dancing at the Spanish port of Valencia as three ships carrying 630 people docked.
It including more than 100 unaccompanied children and seven pregnant women, who had been stuck off the coast of Sicily since last Saturday, when Italy refused them permission.
Banners with ‘welcome home’ written in multiple languages were waved by humanitarian workers and locals who celebrated their arrival.
As many as 1,000 Red Cross workers, 450 national police and civil guards and 400 translators were on hand at the port.

epa06815477 A handout picture made available by 'Doctors Without Borders' shows migrants rejoicing in their last moments on board the 'Aquarius' rescue vessel before disembarking in Valencia, Spain, 17 June 2018. The 'Aquarius' rescue vessel of the European maritime-humanitarian organization 'SOS Mediterranee' carrying some 630 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast has been heading to Spain after both, Malta and Italy, refused the ship to enter either countries. EPA/MSF HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
Migrants were rejoicing in their last moments on board the Aquarius rescue vessel before disembarking in Valencia (Picture: EPA)
 
Migrants disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship after arriving to port in Valencia, Spain, June 17, 2018. Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Tears of joy as people finally reached Spain after nine days stuck off coast (Picture: REUTERS)
 
A crew member hugs a migrant child aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain, June 17, 2018. Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A crew member hugs a migrant child aboard the Aquarius rescue ship before disembarking in the port of Valencia, Spain (Picture: REUTERS)
 
Their arrival sparked tears of joy with many hopeful about the prospect of a new life in Spain, where the migrants, mainly from Africa, can apply for asylum.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez allowed the boats to dock to ‘avoid a humanitarian disaster’.
President Emmanuel Macron will also accommodating some of the migrants who pass asylum tests.
The Aquarius, run by SOS Mediterrane and Medecins Sans Froniteres, was rejected by Italian officials who demanded Malta to take them in instead.


The Italian navy ship Orione enters the port of Valencia on June 17, 2018. The Aquarius rescue ship with more than 600 people on board, has been the heart of a major migration row between European Union member states. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENAPAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images
More than 600 people finally made it to dry land (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
 
This handout picture relased from French non-governmental organisations Medecins Sans Frontiers - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee on June 17, 2018 shows migrants disembarking from the rescue vessel Aquarius upon arrival in Valencia, Spain. The 630 migrants whose rescue sparked a major migration row in Europe arrived onboard the Aquarius, Italian navy boat Orione and Italian coastguard boat Datillo in the Spanish port after a turbulent week that saw Italy and Malta turn them away. / AFP PHOTO / SOS MEDITERRANEE / Karpov / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SOS MEDITERRANEE / KARPOV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS KARPOV/AFP/Getty Images
People waved and smiled as they left the rescue vessel (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
 
epa06815476 A handout picture made available by 'Doctors Without Borders' shows the last moments on board the 'Aquarius' rescue vessel before disembarking in Valencia, Spain, 17 June 2018. The 'Aquarius' rescue vessel of the European maritime-humanitarian organization 'SOS Mediterranee' carrying some 630 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast has been heading to Spain after both, Malta and Italy, refused the ship to enter either countries. EPA/MSF HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES
The boat included more than 100 unaccompanied children (Picture: EPA)
 
 
But Maltese authorities also refused, causing Spain to step in.
Elhadj A Sy of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said on Sunday that Spain had ‘opened its arms at a time when many reject and are not showing solidarity.’
He added: ‘There are 66 million people right now seeing refuge and some of them are coming of course to Europe like they are going to other places because they are looking for support, they are looking for solidarity.
‘Those are values Europe is promoting. And we also expect from Europe to put those values into practice like we are seeing here today.’
At least 792 migrants have died crossing the Mediterranean so far this year, according to the United Nations.
Through the first five months of 2018, a total of 35,455 migrants reached European shores, with 11,792 of them arriving in Spain.

Millions of Muslims gather to celebrate Eid-ul Fitr across the world
Worshippers pray during the first day celebration of Eid al Fitr at Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Picture: Reuters)
 
Millions of Muslims across the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr this weekend to mark the end of Ramadan.
Eid-al-Fitr is one of two major festivals in the Islamic faith and literally means ‘the feast of the breaking of the fast’.
It marks the end of Ramadan holy month, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.
The festival began last night and can continue for up to three days, with Muslims greeting each other by saying Eid Mubarak.
Children are given presents and money to celebrate the occasion and everyone typically wears new clothes.
In Muslim countries, cities are lit up with lights to celebrate the end of the holy month.

Here’s how Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated around the world:

Muslims try to catch balloons distributed for free after Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan outside al-Seddik mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Muslims try to catch balloons distributed for free after Eid al-Fitr prayers outside al-Seddik mosque in Cairo, Egypt (Picture: AP)
 
ACEH, INDONESIA - JUNE 15 : Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, Aceh, Indonesia on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Junaidi Hanafiah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Baiturrahman Grand Mosque, Aceh, Indonesia (Picture: Getty)
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 15: Filipino Muslims flock to a public park to attend prayers and celebrate Eid al-Fitr on June 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families with massive feasts to mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. (Photo by Jes Aznar/Getty Images)
Filipino Muslims flock to a public park to attend prayers and celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Manila, Philippines (Picture: Getty)
Russia's Muslims pray at the central Mosque in Moscow on June 15, 2018, during the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOVVASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images
Russia’s Muslims pray at the central Mosque in Moscow (Picture: Getty)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Heydar Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Resul Rehimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Heydar Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)
LHOKSEUMAWE, INDONESIA - JUNE 15: The Acehnese Muslims is seen during Eid al-Fitr prayer at Islamic Center Mosque of Lhokseumawe on June 15, 2018 in Lhokseumawe, Indonesia. Muslims around the world mark the three-day festival of Eid celebrated with prayers, readings from the Qur'an, and meetings with family and friends at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. PHOTOGRAPH BY Fachrul Reza / Barcroft Images
The Acehnese Muslims are seen during Eid al-Fitr prayer at Islamic Center Mosque of Lhokseumawe  in Lhokseumawe, Indonesia (Picture: Barcroft Images)
Worshippers pray during the first day celebration of Eid al Fitr at Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir
A sea of worshippers at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Picture: Reuters)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 15: Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran on June 15, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran (Picture: Getty Images)
Turkey's Muslims offer prayers during the first day of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, early Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
Turkey’s Muslims offer prayers at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul (Picture: AP)
epa06808945 Iranian men take part in an Eid-al Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 15 June 2018. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it will be observed on 15th or 16th of June depending on the lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam. EPA/STRINGER
Iranian men take part in an Eid-al Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran (Picture: EPA)
epa06808943 Iranian women take part in an Eid-al Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 15 June 2018. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it will be observed on 15th or 16th of June depending on the lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam. EPA/STRINGER
Iranian women take part in an Eid-al Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran (Picture: EPA)
epa06808946 Iranian women take part in an Eid-al Fitr prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, 15 June 2018. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it will be observed on 15th or 16th of June depending on the lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam. EPA/STRINGER
Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan (Picture: EPA)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JUNE 15: Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Muhammed Enes Yildirim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Thousands gather at the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Picture: Getty)
epa06808999 Saudi and foreign Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at the al-Masmak grand mosque of the Prince Turki bin Abdullah palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 15 June 2018. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it will be observed on 15th or 16th of June depending on the lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam. EPA/AHMED YOSRI
Saudi and foreign Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at the al-Masmak grand mosque of the Prince Turki bin Abdullah palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Picture: EPA)
Palestinian Muslims perform the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer near the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Islam's third most holy site, in the Old City of Jerusalem on June 15, 2018. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian Muslims perform the morning Eid al-Fitr prayer near the Dome of Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem (Picture: AFP
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - JUNE 15: Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Heydar Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Resul Rehimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Heydar Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)
Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in western Tehran on June 18, 2018. Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENAREATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images
Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in western Tehran (Picture: Getty)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 15: Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at square and streets surrounding the Moscow Central Mosque in Moscow, Russia on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at square and streets surrounding the Moscow Central Mosque in Moscow, Russia (Picture: Getty)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 15: Muslims gather to perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at square and streets surrounding the Moscow Central Mosque in Moscow, Russia on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
The festival began last night and can continue for up to three days (Picture: Getty)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 15: Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran on June 15, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran (Picture: Getty)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 15: Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran on June 15, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Muslims celebrate with gifts and new clothes (Picture: Reuters)
Albanian Muslims take a picture before morning prayers during the first day celebration of Eid al Fitr in Tirana, Albania June 15, 2018 REUTERS/Florion Goga
Albanian Muslims take a picture before morning prayers during the first day celebration of Eid al Fitr in Tirana, Albania (Picture: Reuters)
Albanian Muslims celebrate Eid al Fitr, the end of the holy month of Ramadan with prayers, in Tirana, Albania June 15, 2018 REUTERS/Florion Goga
Muslims greet each other by saying Eid Mubarak (Picture: Reuters)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 15: Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran on June 15, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran (Picture: Getty)
EDIRNE, TURKEY - JUNE 15: Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Hakan Mehmet Sahin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
In Muslim countries, cities are lit up with lights to celebrate the end of the holy month. (Picture: Getty)
TEHRAN, IRAN - JUNE 15: Iranian Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr Prayer at Shah Abdol Azim Shrine in Tehran, Iran on June 15, 2018. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Women gather to pray in Tehran, Iran (Picture: Getty)
Muslims perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia June 15, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Didik Suhartono/ via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA.
Muslims perform prayers for Eid al-Fitr in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia (Picture: Reuters)
CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 15: Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo, Egypt on June 15, 2018. Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims around the world that marks the end of Ramadan, Islamic holy month of fasting. (Photo by Ahmed Al Sayed/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Huge gathering of 140,000 Muslims in Birmingham at biggest Eid celebration in Europe
Families – some who had travelled from as far as the USA – got to their knees in unison for morning prayers at 9am for the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’. (Picture: SWNS)
 
The largest Eid celebration in Europe took place in a UK park today with over 140,000 Muslims gathering to mark the end of Ramadan.
Record numbers of Islamic worshippers from across the globe flocked to Small Heath Park, in Birmingham, following the religious month of dawn to dusk fasting.
Organisers said over 140,000 people attended the event – almost twice the capacity of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium which will host the World Cup final next month.
Families – some who had travelled from as far as the USA – got to their knees in unison for morning prayers at 9am for the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’.
They then descended on the numerous food stalls and activities available – which included fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting.

Europe?s largest Eid celebration is being held in Small Heath Park, Birmingham today, Friday 15th June, 2018 with an estimated 150,000 people expected to take part in the day?s festivities. See NTI story NTIEID. Now in its eighth year, the festival has seen growing numbers since its inception in 2011 with 106,000 people taking part in 2017. With an emphasis on community and family, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday which concludes the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.
The largest Eid celebrations in Europe took place in a UK park today with over 140,000 Muslims gathering to mark the end of Ramadan. (Picture: SWNS)
 
Thousands of people attend Birmingham's Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan, at Small Heath Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 15, 2018. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Record numbers of Islamic worshippers from across the globe flocked to Small Heath Park, in Birmingham, following the religious month of dawn to dusk fasting. (Picture: PA)
 
Thousands of people attend Birmingham's Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan, at Small Heath Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 15, 2018. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Organisers said over 140,000 people attended the event – almost twice the capacity of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium which will host the World Cup final next month. (Picture: PA)
 
Thousands of people attend Birmingham's Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan, at Small Heath Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 15, 2018. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
They then descended on the numerous food stalls and activities available – which included fairground rides, miniature golf and laser clay pigeon shooting. (Picture: PA)
The event, hosted by Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre, is now in its seventh year and has seen growing numbers since 2012, where 12,000 people attended.
On the 27th night of Ramadan, the mosque raised over £400,000 for the Saving Syria Project and £1 million across the entire month of Ramadan.
A spokesperson for Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre, said: ‘This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity.

Europe?s largest Eid celebration is being held in Small Heath Park, Birmingham today, Friday 15th June, 2018 with an estimated 150,000 people expected to take part in the day?s festivities. See NTI story NTIEID. Now in its eighth year, the festival has seen growing numbers since its inception in 2011 with 106,000 people taking part in 2017. With an emphasis on community and family, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday which concludes the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.
The event, hosted by Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre, is now in its seventh year and has seen growing numbers since 2012, where 12,000 people attended. (Picture: SWNS)
 
Europe?s largest Eid celebration is being held in Small Heath Park, Birmingham today, Friday 15th June, 2018 with an estimated 150,000 people expected to take part in the day?s festivities. See NTI story NTIEID. Now in its eighth year, the festival has seen growing numbers since its inception in 2011 with 106,000 people taking part in 2017. With an emphasis on community and family, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday which concludes the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.
On the 27th night of Ramadan, the mosque raised over £400,000 for the Saving Syria Project and £1 million across the entire month of Ramadan. (Picture: SWNS)
 
Thousands of people attend Birmingham's Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan, at Small Heath Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 15, 2018. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A spokesperson for Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre, said: ‘This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity.’ (Picture: PA)
 
Around 140,000 muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
‘We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.’ (Picture: Reuters)
 
 
Europe?s largest Eid celebration is being held in Small Heath Park, Birmingham today, Friday 15th June, 2018 with an estimated 150,000 people expected to take part in the day?s festivities. See NTI story NTIEID. Now in its eighth year, the festival has seen growing numbers since its inception in 2011 with 106,000 people taking part in 2017. With an emphasis on community and family, Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday which concludes the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan.
‘We’ve been working for months with five local Mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.’ (Picture: SWNS)
 
‘We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Celebrate Eid.
‘We’ve been working for months with five local Mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.’
Religious Eid is a single day that signals the end of Ramadan and the start of the next month, Shawwal.

Around 140,000 muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Religious Eid is a single day that signals the end of Ramadan and the start of the next month, Shawwal. (Picture: Reuters)
 
Muslims gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, where Muslims focus on personal reflection and prayer through three types of worship: charity, prayer and fasting. (Picture: Reuters)
 
Muslims gather for Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
It is followed by another two days of festivity for the global Muslim community, which numbers over 1.6 billion. (Picture: Reuters)
 
Around 140,000 muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Thousands gathered in Small Heath Park in Birmingham (Picture: Reuters)
 
Around 140,000 muslims attend Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, in Small Heath Park in Birmingham, Britain, June 15, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Young children stand as prayers take place (Picture: Reuters)
 
A man and boy attend Birmingham's Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan, at Small Heath Park, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday June 15, 2018. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A man and boy attend Birmingham’s Eid celebration of the end of Ramadan (Picture: PA)
 
Ramadan is the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, where Muslims focus on personal reflection and prayer through three types of worship: charity, prayer and fasting.
It is followed by another two days of festivity for the global Muslim community, which numbers

Holland to vote on banning the burka in public spaces


Holland is set to vote on controversial plans to ban women wearing burkas in public places next week.
The ban would mean anyone caught covering their face in government buildings, on public transport and in schools and hospitals in the Netherlands could face fines of up to £350.
It would also apply to non-religious ski-masks and full-face helmets.
The proposals are likely to have a clear majority in the upper house of parliament when senators vote next week.
The plans were first put forward 13 years and were backed by the country’s lower house of parliament two years ago.

A woman wearing a burqa walks past the Palace of Justice in The Hague on December 1, 2014. The Dutch cabinet approved on May 22, 2015 a partial ban on wearing the face-covering Islamic veil, including in schools, hospitals and on public transport. AFP PHOTO / ANP PHOTO / FILER JERRY LAMPEN netherlands out (Photo credit should read JERRY LAMPEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The ban would mean anyone caught covering their face in government buildings, on public transport and in schools and hospitals in the Netherlands could face fines of up to £350 (Picture: Getty)
 
They were debated by The Dutch Senate on Tuesday and a vote is now scheduled for June 19.
Last week, Denmark became the latest European country to ban the full-face veil in public spaces in a move that has been criticised by human rights campaigners as a ‘violation of women’s rights’.
The law, which was passed by 75 votes to 30 in the Danish parliament, said: ‘Anyone who wears a garment that hides the face in public will be punished with a fine.’
It was also backed by the Social Democrats and the far-right Danish People’s Party and will come into force on August 1.

Two women stand next to women wearing niqab as they visit the Senate on November 23, 2016 in the Hague, the Netherlands. Dutch MPs on November 29, 2016 voted by a large majority to approve a ban on wearing the Islamic full-face burqa in some public places such as schools and hospitals. The legislation must now go before the Senate for approval before becoming law. It follows similar bans imposed in France and Belgium. / AFP / ANP / STR / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Anyone who is caught wearing a full-face veil in public will be handed a fine of 1,000 kroner (134 euros). Repeated violations will be fined up to 10,000 kroner.

Amnesty International’s Europe director said in a statement following the vote: ‘Whilst some specific restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion.
‘If the intention of this law was to protect women’s rights, it fails abjectly. Instead, the law criminalises women for their choice of clothing and in so doing flies in the face of those freedoms Denmark purports to uphold.’
But people who support the vote say the ban will enable better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society.

Full text of the Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un signed statement from Singapore summit


The joint statement that has been signed today by Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un at the summit in Singapore has been revealed.
It was signed by the two leaders in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Capella Hotel where their historic first meeting took place.
Donald Trump has since confirmed that he would be happy to welcome Kim Jong-Un to the White House after a positive first encounter.
Some of the agreements in the statement include America and North Korea combining their efforts ‘to build a lasting and stable peace regime’.
It also highlights plans for North Korea ‘to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula’.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un statement

Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building cam promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
  2. The United States and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
  3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in the joint statement fully and expeditiously.
The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and the security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
DONALD J. TRUMP
President of the United States of America
KIM JONG UN
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
June 12, 2018
Sentosa Island
Singapore

Donald Trump has invited Kim Jong Un to the White House after the two leaders signed a document to cement their new friendship.

Speaking after they signed the paper – whose contents will be revealed imminently, Trump said ‘Absolutely I will’ when asked by a reporter if Kim was invited to his Washington home.
Kim did not respond to the same question seconds later – but smiled warmly and shook hands with the president, suggesting that he will indeed take up the invite.
The men both put pen to paper at the Capella Hotel in Singapore early Tuesday after hours of talks aimed at getting North Korea to ditch its nuclear weapons, and end its conflict with South Korea.
Speaking as he signed the paper, Trump said: ‘We are signing a very important pretty, comprehensive document. We have had a pretty great term together, a great relationship.
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un sign documents that acknowledge the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Donald Trump and Kim Jong un sign a document after their historic summit in Singapore Tuesday (Picture: Reuters)
 
 
Referring to the North Korean leader as ‘Chairman Kim,’ he continued: ‘We are both vbery honored to sign the document, thank you.
‘The letter we are signing is very comprehensive. i think both sides are going to be very impressed with the result.’
Kim responded with his own warm wishes moments later.
Speaking through a translator, he said: ‘Today we had a historic meeting and decided to leave the past behind and we are about to sign the historic document.
‘The world will see a major change. I would like to express my gratitude to President Trump to make this meeting happen. Thank you.’


North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Trump gave Kim a smile and one of many handshakes exchanged during the summit after they’d both signed a docment whose contents the US president called ‘very comprehensive’ (Picture: Getty)
 
 
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) after taking part in a signing ceremony at the end of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Anthony WALLACEANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images
There was yet another handshake as Trump and Kim posted for a final time on the steps of Singapore’s Capella Hotel (Picture: Getty)
 
 
Afterwards, Trump and Kim bade each other farewell with Trump calling Kim a ‘very talented man,’ who he said ‘loves his country very much’ – and added that he expected them to meet ‘many more times.’
Speaking after he and Kim had a private meeting together, as well as bipartisan talks and a working lunch with aides, Trump insisted that America and North Korea could now put their fraught past behind them.
He said: ‘I think its going to be a very much different situation that it was in the past.
‘We both want to do somnething – we have developed a special bond.
‘We are going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.

US President Donald Trump holds up a document signed by him and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un became on June 12 the first sitting US and North Korean leaders to meet, shake hands and negotiate to end a decades-old nuclear stand-off. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
President Trump showed off he and Kim’s signatures moments after they signed a document to conclude their meetings (Picture: Getty)
 
‘It worked out far better for both of us than any of us could have expected.
‘This is going to lead to more and more and more. It’s a very great honor to be with you.’
The contents of the document are expected to offer a path to denuclearization for North Korea.
In return for dumping its nukes – and ceasing the Korean War, which has been going since 1945 – the US has offered to drop sanctions against North Korea, and help the impoverished nation build its economy.
Speaking to journalists after the conclusion of the historic summit, Trump said: ‘I think without Otto this would not have happened.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un walk from their lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
It was hoped that the summit could bring about peace with North Korea (Picture: AP)
 
U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un walk from their lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Kim appeared to be in good spirits as they walked together after lunch (Picture: AP)
 
‘It was a terrible thing, it was brutal, but a lot of people started to focus on what was going on.
‘I really think Otto was someone who did not die in vain.’
The president also praised his counterpart and said the US is ‘prepared to start a new history’ with North Korea.

He also said that the two men discussed North Korea’s human rights record.
He later added: ‘We did discuss it today, strongly. We will be doing something on it. It’s rough. It’s rough in a lot of places, by the way.’
Trump said Kim has ‘an opportunity like no other’, and that after they signed an agreement, Kim vowed to destroy a North Korean missile testing site
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