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Helicopters in huge manhunt in Germany for camouflage-wearing crossbow maniac

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Special forces and helicopters have been deployed by German authorities as part of a huge manhunt for a camouflage-wearing crossbow maniac who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday.

Police are combing through rough forested terrain with the support of sniffer dogs and helicopters near the southwestern city of Offenburg.

Authorities took the unusual step of naming the suspect as Yves Etienne Rausch, 31, warning that he is carrying several firearms and known to be violent. 

German authorities have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday

German authorities have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday

German authorities have deployed hundreds of police in the hunt for a 31-year-old man who disarmed four officers at gunpoint, officials said Monday

Police conducted an ID check on Rausch near the Black Forest town of Oppenau early Sunday.

He initially cooperated before suddenly pulling a gun on officers, threatening them and forcing them to hand over their service weapons. 

Nobody was injured in the incident close to Germany‘s border with France.

Rausch is described as being around 5-foot, 7-inches tall, bald, with a goatee beard and wearing camouflage clothing and possibly glasses. 

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Italy’s president tells PM his country ‘loves freedom, but care about seriousness’ after PM comments

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Italy‘s president has told Boris Johnson his country also loves freedom but behaved responsibly after the PM commented on their handling of the coronavirus.

Sergio Mattarella was replying to Mr Johnson’s claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a ‘freedom-loving country’.

Asked in Parliament if ‘the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us’ is because their contact tracing systems work better, he said there was ‘a very important difference… our country is a freedom-loving country’.

He claimed that made it very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines.

Asked about the comment, Mattarella said: ‘We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness’.

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson's claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a 'freedom-loving country'

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson's claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a 'freedom-loving country'

Sergio Mattarella (pictured) was replying to Mr Johnson’s claim on Tuesday that infections were higher in Britain than Italy or Germany because it was a ‘freedom-loving country’

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if 'the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us' is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was 'a very important difference... our country is a freedom-loving country'

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if 'the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us' is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was 'a very important difference... our country is a freedom-loving country'

Asked in Parliament (pictured) if ‘the reason Germany and Italy have far lower Covid rates than us’ is because their contact tracing systems work better, Mr Johnson said there was ‘a very important difference… our country is a freedom-loving country’

The president was asked about Mr Johnson during a private conversation, but his words were swiftly reported in the local media and his office confirmed the remarks.

Britain this week imposed fresh restrictions to try to stamp out a fast-spreading second wave of Covid-19 in the country.

Government scientists warned there could be 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October without fresh curbs.

Italy, which was the first country in Europe to be hit by the contagion in February, has seen new cases tick higher in recent weeks – but has managed to avoid a surge.

The UK has the highest official Covid-19 death toll in Europe of some 41,862. Italy is the second-worst affected with 35,758 deaths recorded to date. 

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The fallout comes as the UK’s ‘safe to travel’ list was reduced to nine – including Gibraltar, San Marino and Lichtenstein – after more destinations were red-flagged.

Restrictions were imposed on arrivals from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao this weekend.

It means travellers returning from those destinations to England will face 14 days in quarantine when they get back.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced last night Denmark is one of four countries being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government's travel quarantine 'red list'

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps yesterday announced Denmark, Slovakia, Iceland and Curacao are being added to the Government’s travel quarantine ‘red list’

The new rules will come into force at 4am on Saturday morning and mean Brits can travel to just seven countries without restrictions on either border.

Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Greece, Gibraltar, Lichtenstein and San Marino are the only countries Brits can travel to without facing quarantine or tests both ways. 

Mr Shapps also said that no countries will be removed from the ‘red list’ this week. 

Other countries on the UK’s ‘green list’ – including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Finland and the Seychelles – are either closed to travellers, require up to 14 days quarantine or only allow travellers with a negative Covid test in the last 72 hours.

The devolved administrations often update their own lists following the UK Government’s announcement of its weekly changes for England.

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Partying Britons feed orangutan a can of energy drink as they drive through the streets of Dubai

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Partying Britons have fed an orangutan a can of energy drink and a McDonald’s while driving it through the streets of Dubai in horrifying footage slammed by animal rights activists.

The ape was filmed washing down a banana with a can of Monster on Wednesday night by a group of young men, believed to be from Birmingham, who are visiting the UAE. 

At one point the little orangutan appeared to reciprocate a fist bump proffered by one of the men, prompting an outburst of shrieks as rap music thumped through the vehicle.

The holidaying Britons have been accused of animal cruelty by viewers and many have cautioned them against feeding a wild animal such a potent caffeinated drink.

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai.

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai.

The young orangutan sipping on Monster energy

The young orangutan sipping on Monster energy

The ape was videoed washing down a banana with a can of Monster energy drink as a group of British men, believed to be from Birmingham, drove him through the streets of Dubai

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The little orangutan being led into the back of the Mercedes in Dubai earlier this week

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The orangutan in the Mercedes

The orangutan in the Mercedes

The orangutan polished off the sugary drink before sitting on the back seat as rap music thumped through the vehicle

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai

One tweeted: 'He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!'

One tweeted: 'He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!'

One tweeted: ‘He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!’

Another conceded: 'This ain't right but it's funny af'

Another conceded: 'This ain't right but it's funny af'

Another conceded: ‘This ain’t right but it’s funny af’

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

Others cautioned against giving a wild animal an energy drink

One tweeted: ‘He gone bite all they fingers off the moment they go to sleep. Leave these animals alone!!’ 

Another said: ‘This ain’t right but it’s funny.’

Indeed, most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, ‘this the biggest flex this year,’ said one. 

Orangutans are generally the most sedate of the apes and in this case fortunately, the animal does not appear to have been agitated.

However, zoo keepers would warn against joking around with a full-sized orangutan because, leaving aside any ethical considerations, they are incredibly strong and have been known to bite.  

The footage was uploaded by a Birmingham-based man identified only as Abdi who has been enjoying a lavish holiday in Dubai.

His Instagram account reveals that he flew out from Heathrow in First Class just four days ago and has been staying at the five-star Five Palm Jumeirah hotel.

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Another perspective was offered by this Instagram user who said it was better than being locked in a cage

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, 'this the biggest flex this year,' said one

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, 'this the biggest flex this year,' said one

Most viewers did choose to see the funny side of the footage, while others seemed to think it was worthy of respect, ‘this the biggest flex this year,’ said one

Abdi and his entourage have been renting luxurious cars including Fearraris and Lamborghinis, as well as getting up close with exotic animals such as tiger and leopard cubs.

The United Arab Emirates’ liberal attitudes to the ownership of exotic animals has drawn criticism in the past.

The Middle Eastern country outlawed private ownership in 2017, although it is unclear if the Britons were given the animals by a licensed keeper.

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Captain Tom supports Lloyd Scott as he plans to climb the Three Peaks in a deep-sea diving suit

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Captain Sir Tom Moore has lent his support to Lloyd Scott as he plans to climb the Three Peaks wearing a 130lb deep-sea diving suit.

Mr Scott, 58, will be climbing Britain’s three tallest mountains over an eight-day period next month.

It comes 18 years after he earned the world record for slowest time to complete a marathon while wearing the same suit – with a time of five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds.

The ascent of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon will be Mr Scott’s final charity challenge, after raising over £5 million across 30 years for charitable causes.

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Lloyd Scott, left wearing a deep-sea diving suit, raced Captain Sir Tom Moore during a visit to his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott's final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott's final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom and Mr Scott chatted during the visit ahead of Mr Scott’s final fundraising challenge next month

Captain Tom met Mr Scott at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedford, and even won a short race against the veteran fundraiser in his diving suit.

Mr Scott told MailOnline: ‘It’s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom. It’s a real thrill.

‘It was kind of coming up with something to say that hasn’t been said. For me the biggest accolade that I could think of was that he brought the very best out of humanity.

‘To have someone like him supporting and endorsing my challenge, it was very special.

‘We had a race. He’s such a gentleman, he didn’t want to go in front of me.

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit's helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit's helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured as the suit’s helmet was placed over his head) raced a marathon in the suit in 2002. He earned the world record for slowest marathon after five days, eight hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: 'It¿s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom'

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: 'It¿s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom'

Mr Scott (pictured in the suit with Captain Tom) told MailOnline: ‘It’s been fantastic to meet Captain Tom’

‘Everyone’s had a very difficult time this year. With my specific brand of fundraising, if I could put a smile on the face of the nation it might lift peoples spirits.’ 

Mr Scott’s first charity challenge was the 1987 London Marathon, which he completed after being diagnosed with leukaemia. 

He has since completed an Everest marathon, an underwater marathon, and cycled a Penny Farthing across Australia.

‘I needed the finality of saying an event was my last and I was going out on top,’ Mr Scott said.

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Former cricketer David Gower speaks to Captain Tom at the launch event for the Lloyd Scott Three Peaks Challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

Social distancing was maintained as former cricketer Mr Gower spoke to Mr Scott about his upcoming challenge

‘The last I had done was the Malden mud race in 2014. It took seven guys tying a rope around me to get me over the line, so I wasn’t going out on that.’

Mr Scott will start the 23-mile challenge, involving an ascent of 3,064 metres, on October 4.

‘Knowing that my family can be there at the end, and that both my boys and brother can come along means so much,’ he said.

‘Sadly, my dad passed away in February, but I’ll have his red fleece that he wore on all his adventures with me.’

Mr Scott will be raising money for The Lord’s Taverners, a youth cricket and disability sports charity, which he has been a member of for 15 years.

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

The pair enjoyed a distanced conversation with Captain Tom. Mr Scott said his next challenge would be his last

‘When I had leukaemia, there was a period where I couldn’t play any sport. It’s only when you have something, and it’s taken away from you and that you realise how important it is,’ he said.

‘The thought of children out there that may not experience the thrill, excitement, enjoyment of sport really resonates with me. I couldn’t think of anyone I wanted to do this for more.’

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Sir Tom will not be joining Mr Scott at any stage of the challenge. 

To see donations to The Lord’s Taverners, visit: donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/lloydscotts3peakschallenge

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