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Wild boar that stole German nudist’s clothes could be killed in part of cull

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A wild boar that went viral after stealing a nudist’s laptop by a lake in German capital Berlin last week could be caught up in a local cull.

Photos of the female boar and her two young were shared thousands of times on social media after a naked sunbather was snapped unashamedly chasing after them to retrieve his laptop bag.

But a spokesman for the Berlin state forestry office told news agency DPA on Friday that the boar and her babies could be culled when the hunting season begins in October.

The unnamed man had been sunbathing at Teufelssee, a lake west of Berlin, on Wednesday evening before becoming embroiled in the unexpected encounter. A spokesman for the Berlin state forestry office told news agency DPA on Friday that the boar and her babies could be culled when the hunting season begins in October.

The unnamed man had been sunbathing at Teufelssee, a lake west of Berlin, on Wednesday evening before becoming embroiled in the unexpected encounter. A spokesman for the Berlin state forestry office told news agency DPA on Friday that the boar and her babies could be culled when the hunting season begins in October.

The unnamed man had been sunbathing at Teufelssee, a lake west of Berlin, on Wednesday evening before becoming embroiled in the unexpected encounter. A spokesman for the Berlin state forestry office told news agency DPA on Friday that the boar and her babies could be culled when the hunting season begins in October.

They would not be shot immediately because it is the wrong time of the year and also because the piglets are still too small, the spokesman said – but the agency will be keeping an eye on them.

The area around the lake is popular with hunters and it is possible they could be targeted later in the year, he added.

Dozens of bemused families watched the pursuit before the man was eventually able to retrieve his belongings

Dozens of bemused families watched the pursuit before the man was eventually able to retrieve his belongings

Dozens of bemused families watched the pursuit before the man was eventually able to retrieve his belongings

The naturist ran naked through a park in order to chase down the wild boar that had stolen his laptop

The naturist ran naked through a park in order to chase down the wild boar that had stolen his laptop

The naturist ran naked through a park in order to chase down the wild boar that had stolen his laptop

Wild boars are regularly culled by licensed hunters in Berlin and the rest of Germany to keep numbers down and to fend off diseases such as African swine fever.

Every year, 1,000 to 2,000 wild boars are shot in Berlin.

They often venture into residential areas looking for food, as appeared to be the case during the incident last week, and have been known to attack humans.

‘Many of us were scared but the wild boars seemed to be peaceful,’ Adele Landauer, the Berlin-based life coach who took the pictures, wrote as she shared them on Instagram last week.

‘After they ate a pizza from a backpack of a man who was taking a swim in the lake they were looking for a dessert. They found this yellow bag and decided to take it away.’

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British mother who fought Sharia courts in Dubai to see her son faces losing her home

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A British mother who fought the Sharia courts in Dubai for access to her son faces having to sell her home – after a UK judge ordered her to pay nearly £100,000 towards her ex-husband’s legal costs.

Afsana Lachaux, a former policy aide to Gordon Brown who now works for The Princes Trust, has spent eight years battling for custody of Louis, her youngest child, after the Emirate state granted a divorce and branded her an unfit mother. 

She currently sees him for six hours a year in an approved contact centre.

But despite the Court of Appeal in France ruling that the divorce was invalid and ‘manifestly discriminatory’, the Dubai decision has been upheld by the British family courts.

In a ruling described as ‘unconscionable’ by a member of her legal team, devastated Ms Lachaux has now been ordered to pay her former partner Bruno’s legal costs of £93,867.96 – and may face bankruptcy if she does not pay it in full.

Afsana Lachaux, a former policy aide to Gordon Brown who now works for The Princes Trust, has spent eight years battling for custody of Louis, her youngest child, (pictured together) after the Emirate state granted a divorce and branded her an unfit mother

Afsana Lachaux, a former policy aide to Gordon Brown who now works for The Princes Trust, has spent eight years battling for custody of Louis, her youngest child, (pictured together) after the Emirate state granted a divorce and branded her an unfit mother

Afsana Lachaux, a former policy aide to Gordon Brown who now works for The Princes Trust, has spent eight years battling for custody of Louis, her youngest child, (pictured together) after the Emirate state granted a divorce and branded her an unfit mother

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Afsana, 52, said the decision made her feel like she was ‘drowning every day’ and the only option was to sell her house.

‘I’ve lost my child, I’ve lost my career and now I could lose my home,’ she said.

‘I could lose my home and I am terrified.’

Ms Lachaux’s ordeal began in 2012 when she was living in Dubai with her then-husband, French aerospace engineer Bruno Lachaux, and one-year-old Louis.

The couple had married in London but their relationship had broken down. Their subsequent divorce in Dubai was based on its sharia legal system.

Official translations from the proceedings stated she had not ‘obeyed her husband’ and was a negligent mother because Louis had eczema and she had struggled to breastfeed. 

Ms Lachaux (pictured holding a sign reading Bring Louis Home) began her ordeal in 2012 when she was living in Dubai with her then-husband, French aerospace engineer Bruno Lachaux, and one-year-old Louis

Ms Lachaux (pictured holding a sign reading Bring Louis Home) began her ordeal in 2012 when she was living in Dubai with her then-husband, French aerospace engineer Bruno Lachaux, and one-year-old Louis

Ms Lachaux (pictured holding a sign reading Bring Louis Home) began her ordeal in 2012 when she was living in Dubai with her then-husband, French aerospace engineer Bruno Lachaux, and one-year-old Louis

Ms Lachaux's currently sees her youngest child (pictured together) for six hours a year in an approved contact centre

Ms Lachaux's currently sees her youngest child (pictured together) for six hours a year in an approved contact centre

Ms Lachaux’s currently sees her youngest child (pictured together) for six hours a year in an approved contact centre

Despite French Courts’ ruling, however the British family courts concluded that overall the Dubai proceedings had been fair and the decision to award Bruno sole custody would probably have been the same in the UK.

‘I was in a very dark place at that time. It felt like my son had been ripped from my womb,’ she recalls.

The divorce had to be ratified back in Bruno’s home country of France and, last year, its Supreme Court ruled it was invalid and ‘manifestly discriminatory’ as it applied non-reciprocal grounds for divorce imposed by Emirati law on women only.

The ruling encouraged Ms Lachaux, who has two older sons from a previous marriage, to seek a similar judgement in the UK, hoping that it could result in her gaining greater access to Louis.

But Justice Nicholas Mostyn instead backed the legal outcome in Dubai, and the Court of Appeal in London agreed.

Justice Mostyn made severe criticisms of both parties in the case but, in a highly unusual move in a case involving access to children, he also ruled that Afsana would have to pay her ex-husband’s legal costs – with eight per cent interest added every day.

Ms Lachaux, who was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work campaigning for justice and the protection of women, is now on anti-depressants and sleeping pills to help her cope with the strain

Ms Lachaux, who was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work campaigning for justice and the protection of women, is now on anti-depressants and sleeping pills to help her cope with the strain

Ms Lachaux, who was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work campaigning for justice and the protection of women, is now on anti-depressants and sleeping pills to help her cope with the strain

She has launched a crowdfunding campaign to meet the court demand, and is determined to raise awareness of the way British courts treat people with mental health issues (pictured previously with her son)

She has launched a crowdfunding campaign to meet the court demand, and is determined to raise awareness of the way British courts treat people with mental health issues (pictured previously with her son)

She has launched a crowdfunding campaign to meet the court demand, and is determined to raise awareness of the way British courts treat people with mental health issues (pictured previously with her son)

It came even though Ms Lachaux’s legal team argued that such an award was unreasonable given she then had no job and had been suffering from PTSD.

‘The judge found I had a mental health illness, found I’d been traumatised and knew I had no money. How is that right?,’ she said.

Human rights lawyer David Haigh, a campaigner for human rights in the UAE who has been helping her with her case, said: ‘The costs imposed upon her by the Family Court – and remember, we’re talking about the Family Court – are just extortionate.

‘In upholding the Dubai judgement, the courts here weren’t even required to conduct a full hearing.

‘To expect her to pay fees totalling nearly £100,000 is unconscionable and the damage that it’s done to her and her family is profound.’

Ms Lachaux, who was awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work campaigning for justice and the protection of women, is now on anti-depressants and sleeping pills to help her cope with the strain. 

She has launched a crowdfunding campaign to meet the court demand, and is determined to raise awareness of the way British courts treat people with mental health issues.

‘I also want to shine a light on the judicial system and how they treat ordinary mums,’ she said.

‘The judges have to be held accountable. There’s no understanding of the daily reality of women like myself.

‘If payday loan sharks and finance companies and credit card companies aren’t allowed to punish people with mental health in this way, why is the court allowed to do that?

‘The law says ability to pay isn’t an excuse and I’m still trying to challenge that.’

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Secret Service intercepts package to Trump containing deadly poison RICIN 

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A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week.

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery. Two law enforcement sources told CNN that two tests were done to confirm the presence of ricin.

The envelope to the White House was caught at the final offsite processing facility where mail is screened before being sent to the White House mail room. 

Investigators believe that it was sent from Canada, a law enforcement official told the New York Times

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

The Secret Service has intercepted a package addressed to Trump containing deadly ricin

Ricin is a highly potent toxin derived from castor beans, and is extremely lethal if inhaled or injected, but less so if ingested. Inhaling a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be lethal to adults. 

‘The F.B.I. and our U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service partners are investigating a suspicious letter received at a U.S. government mail facility,’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement to the Times. ‘At this time, there is no known threat to public safety.’ 

Deadly ricin has previously been used to target American politicians through the mail.

In 2014, actress Shannon Richardson, who appeared on The Walking Dead, was convicted of sending envelopes containing ricin addressed to then President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

She was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

All packages addressed to the White House are sorted and screened at a secure offsite facility prior to delivery

Ricin was also featured in a multi-season plot arc in the television series Breaking Bad, which inspired several real-life criminal schemes involving the poison.

In 2014, Georgetown University student Daniel Milzman pleaded guilty to a federal charge after a bag of ricin was found in his dorm room. 

Prosecutors say he had planned to use it on another student he had formerly been in a relationship with. He was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. 

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Pope Francis reassures LGBT people that God loves them. Many felt the church did not accept them

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Parents concerned that religion has ignored their LGBT children have been told by Pope Francis that God loved their children as they are.

He spoke to the parents of 40 LGBT children from the Italian association, Tenda di Gionata (Jonathan’s Tent). 

Members of Jonathan’s Tent welcomes LGBT Christians, their families and pastoral workers and it provides them with support and information.

It was founded in 2018 by a group of people inspired by a Catholic priest, the late Reverend David Esposito, of the Diocese of Fermo, in the Marches region of Italy.

Mara Grassi, vice president of the association, along with her husband Agostino Usai presented the Pope with a booklet entitled Genitori Fortunati (Fortunate Parents).

Pope Francis has reassured the parents of LGBT children that God loved them

Pope Francis has reassured the parents of LGBT children that God loved them

Pope Francis has reassured the parents of LGBT children that God loved them

The booklet documented the experiences of the parents of LGBT children with the church.

It stated that many of the experiences were difficult and that, despite seeking to be accepted by the church, they were too often seen as undesirables. 

Mara told Pope Francis: ‘We wish to create a bridge to the church so that the church too can change its way of looking at our children, no longer excluding them but fully welcoming them.’

The Pope met the parents’ group following the public audience in the Renaissance courtyard of San Damaso in the Vatican.

Speaking to Avvenire, the daily paper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, she said: ‘our association aims to foster dialogue between the church and the families of LGBT (people). 

‘We consider ourselves fortunate because we had to change the way that we had always looked at our children.

‘We found a new way of looking that enabled us to see in them the beauty and love of God.’ 

Members of the Jonathan's Tent group met the Pope to discuss religion and LGBT people

Members of the Jonathan's Tent group met the Pope to discuss religion and LGBT people

Members of the Jonathan’s Tent group met the Pope to discuss religion and LGBT people

Mara revealed that she is the mother of four children, the oldest who is gay, and that she did not feel that the church accepted him.

She said: ‘After I came to know that my son was homosexual, I suffered a lot because the rules of the church made me think that he was excluded from the love of God.’ 

The group gave the Pope a rainbow coloured T-shirt with the words ‘In Love There Is No Fear’ on it.

He told them: ‘The church does not exclude them because she loves them deeply. 

‘God loves our children because they are all children of God. The church loves our children as they are.’

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