Federal Agents Say They Have Enough Evidence to Charge Hunter Biden

Federal agents investigating Hunter Biden believe they have gathered enough evidence to charge the first son with tax crimes as well as a false statement related to a gun purchase, according to a new report.

The final decision on whether to charge the 52-year-old will be made by Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, who was appointed to the post by former President Donald Trump.

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the investigation, reported that agents had determined months ago that they had assembled a viable criminal case against Hunter Biden. The newspaper reported that the investigation, which started by focusing on Hunter’s overseas business dealings, has shifted to whether he reported all his income from overseas transactions — as well as whether he lied about his history of substance abuse on a firearm purchase form in 2018.

Hunter Biden himself announced in December 2020 that his “tax affairs” were being investigated by federal authorities in Delaware, and said he was “confident that a professional and objective review of these matters will demonstrate that I handled my affairs legally and appropriately.”

At some point after that announcement, the first son paid off a tax bill totaling around $2 million.

Joe Biden has repeatedly insisted he has “never spoken” with his son Hunter about “his overseas business dealings.” However, a survey of the elder Biden’s activities while vice president suggests a different story.

In 2015, for example, Joe and Hunter Biden attended a DC dinner where the guest list included Russian billionaire Yelena Baturina and her husband, former Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov, according to records from a laptop that formerly belonged to Hunter Biden.

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At Least 38 Dead After Man Attacks Thai Day Care Center

Thirty-eight people, including 24 children and a pregnant teacher, were died in northeastern Thailand on Thursday after a former police officer who had just appeared in court on drug charges went on a shooting and stabbing spree at a day care center, police said.

As he fled the scene of the massacre, the attacker drove into people and shot bystanders before traveling home where he killed his wife and their child, police said.

The suspect used a 9mm handgun but mainly attacked the children with a knife, a police press conference confirmed later Thursday.

Paisal Luesomboon, a police spokesperson, told the ThaiPBS TV channel that witnesses saw the attacker use a knife and a gun.

“He started shooting, slashing, killing children at the Utai Sawan day care center,” he said.

At least 12 people were wounded, eight of them seriously, and were receiving medical treatment, the office of Police Gen. Surachete Hakparn said.

Among those who died in Uthai Sawan, which is 310 miles northeast of Bangkok in the province of Nong Bua Lamphu, were 19 boys and three girls, police said.

The suspect, whom police named as 34-year-old Panya Khamrab, had served at Na Wang Police Station in Nong Bua Bamphu province until he was arrested with methamphetamines last year, officials said.

Khamrab took his own life after the rampage, the officer in charge of the case, Col. Jackrapat Wijitwaitaya, told NBC News.

The suspect had appeared in court hours earlier Thursday on a drug charge that saw him fired from the police last year.

Khamrab entered the center at lunchtime when about 30 children were present, local official Jidapa Boonsom told Reuters. One teacher who was shot dead was eight months pregnant, she said.

Pictures circulating on social media, which have not been verified by NBC News, show children’s bodies lying in a room with alphabet posters and colorful learning material on the walls.

Police urged people to not share graphic pictures and videos of the scene.

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has also ordered Lt. Gen. Yanyong Wech-Osoth, the commander in chief of the police, to fly to Nong Bua Lamphu to help with the investigation.

Mass shootings are rare in Thailand, but not unknown.

In 2020, a soldier who was angry over a property deal gone sour killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations.

Jon Ungphakorn, a former Thai senator, wrote on Facebook that Thailand should have “strict gun control and restrictions like Japan, England and many European countries,” but added that this would require a citizen-led government to be realized

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25 Wedding Guests Killed After Bus Tumbles Down Gorge

A bus carrying a marriage party crashed and killed at least 25 people when it plunged down a steep gorge in India today.

A group of 45 to 50 people were celebrating a wedding as they rode the bus near Timari village in India’s Uttarakhand region.

The region’s chief minister said officials are overseeing a search and rescue operation.

It’s thought the death toll could rise further as some passengers were admitted to hospital in critical condition.

“State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been mobilised and rushed to the accident spot”, said chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami.

He added: “We are trying our best to rescue the people and take them to the hospital at the earliest. Local villagers are helping in the effort.”

Speaking with the Times of India, unidentified officials said rescuers are struggling with the difficult terrain around the site of the crash.

Just last month, another gorge crash saw at least 16 young children slain after their schoolbus plunged into a ravine.

Another 20 were left injured after the bus – which was reportedly packed way beyond capacity – launched off a hillside and tumbled 100ft down a ravine in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state.

The death toll rose over the course of the day after multiple victims were admitted to hospital in critical condition, police said.

The majority of the victims were students of a government school in the northern region.

Two young lads aged five and 14, two teen girls, and a woman were among those who tragically died at about 8.30am Wednesday.

The minibus veered off the road when the driver lost control of the wheel, reports claimed.

It’s also been claimed the bus was carrying far too many passengers when it rolled down the Himalayan ravine.

Man Rescues Toddler Hanging from 7th Floor of Building

A man in Kazakhstan has been dubbed a “hero” after saving an unsupervised 3-year-old found dangling from an 8th-floor window.

A 2014 study led by Patricia G. Schnitzer of the University of Missouri in Columbia found that young children are “more likely to get hurt when they are not fully supervised by adults, and especially when they are out of arm’s reach,” said Reuters.

Speaking to the news agency, Amy Damashek, a psychologist at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, said, “Kids are going to still get some minor bumps and bruises and things like that, but what we really want to prevent are those more serious injuries. If you’re not right there with young kids, they’re so mobile and curious that they’re going to find a way to get into things.”

Such was the case for the toddler in Kazakhstan.

In a Facebook post last week, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations said that Shontakbaev Sabit was on his way to work on May 11 when he saw the screaming toddler hanging from the window’s ledge.

According to The Independent, emergency services had already been alerted to the situation by the time Sabit saw what was happening. However, he chose to save the toddler himself.

Shocking footage obtained by The Independent shows Sabit climbing out of a 7th-floor window located directly beneath the toddler.

The vertical windows are hinged at the top of the frame, pushing out only at the bottom, so the man had to squeeze through the bottom opening and around the window pane, using his right leg to stand on the ledge and hooking his left leg awkwardly around the open windowpane.

Once he stabilizes himself, he reaches out and grabs the toddler’s legs, who is wearing a footed onesie and holding on to just the ledge of the window about three feet above him. He wiggles her legs a few times to encourage her to let go, she does, and he pulls her into his arms.

He holds the toddler in his arms for a few moments before passing her to his friend, who is sitting inside the 7th-floor apartment, holding Sabit’s leg.

In honor of his “bravery,” the Ministry of Emergency Situations presented Sabit with a medal and dubbed him a “hero.”

“The hero has been awarded,” read the ministry’s Facebook post.

The ministry also stated that “no one was with the girl” at the time of the incident, said The Independent. So, it issued a warning to all parents, reminding them to “never” leave their children unsupervised.Do not leave windows open if there is a small child at home, because you could be distracted for a second, and this could end your child’s life or disable them forever.

Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Emergency Situations

“Dear parents, this was a happy occasion when the child was rescued safely, but there are many other incidents with a tragic outcome,” the ministry said via The Independent. “Never leave children unsupervised by adults! Do not leave windows open if there is a small child at home, because you could be distracted for a second, and this could end your child’s life or disable them forever.”

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Three Dead After Plane Crashes into Home, Sleeping Residents Spared by Inches

 In a deadly and miraculous incident, a small airplane crashed into a northern Minnesota home while the occupants of the house were sleeping at night. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in the death of the three flyers on the plane. Two men and a woman, all in their 30s, were killed after the aircraft crashed into the Hermantown, Minnesota home, police said.

Duluth International Airport reported to the police that Cessna 172 had disappeared from radar shortly before midnight on October 1 and later, authorities were able to locate the wreckage after the small aircraft hit the second floor of a home. The occupants of the house reportedly said they were sleeping inches away from the crash and luckily were unharmed in the accident.

A large hole was left in the roof and side of the building and the plane eventually crashed in the backyard of their home, according to reports. The victims were identified as Tyler Fretland, 32, and siblings Alyssa Schmidt, 32, and Matthew Schmidt, 31. Fretland was the pilot of the plane, reported officials. The residents of the home said they are shocked and are still coming to grips with the incident. “I don’t think we’ve come to grips with it just yet,” said homeowner Jason Hoffman. “It kind of comes and goes, a little bit of shock,” he added.

Aftermath of crash

Hoffman further said that the plane crashed into his backyard, missing him and his wife, who were sleeping, by a few inches. “Every time I think about the folks that passed away, it’s gut-wrenching,” he said.

“Thinking about all the ‘what if’ can drive you mad,” Hoffman added. “So, my wife and I, we just have to accept what happened, and we’re fortunate.” Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the scene of the crash.

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Lee County Sheriff is Finding Hundreds of Dead Floridians in Hurricane Aftermath

On Sunday, a Lee County man was working on clearing debris from his home when CNN’s Jim Acosta approached him to ask how they fared through Hurricane Ian.

The man showed Acosta the damage to the home, the most significant parts were at the back of the home because the house is on a canal.

But it was the comments that the man made about deaths in the area that was the most shocking.

“Four doors down, their son’s best friend is a Lee County sheriff, and they’re finding hundreds of bodies now,” the man told CNN. Acosta noted it’s the same information that they are hearing too. “It is not like 20s. It is hundreds of bodies that they’re getting in and looking.”

Thus far, the death toll is 74 people and Acosta noted that the numbers are expected to increase dramatically. CNN also asked the Lee County Sheriff at a briefing about the death count and they dismissed the accusations that the evacuations of Ft. Meyers and Lee County didn’t happen soon enough.

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ISIS Fighters Eaten by Lions After Retreating from Battle

A number of ISIS-linked jihadists have been mauled to death by wild animals including lions while hiding out during a battle in Mozambique.

Ongoing conflict in the Cabo Delgado Province of the country has resulted from an Islamist insurgency, with violence intensifying since 2017 over the region’s gas reserves.

The Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Project, led by French firm TotalEnergies, started after a discovery of the reserves in 2010, which was forecasted to bring in over $100 billion to the country.

But the plans have been put on hold as the terrorist group – named ISIS-Mozambique – launched an attack on the region.

Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the conflict. Credit: Rob Fenenga/Alamy Stock Photo
Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the conflict. Credit: Rob Fenenga/Alamy Stock Photo

According to the European Union, the conflict has resulted in approximately 4,000 deaths, 950,000 displacements and 1.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Since the start of the violent extremist insurgency, people’s homes have been burned to the ground as the jihadists rampaged through villages.

In 2021, the government has deployed troops from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help in a military offensive against terrorist forces.

Africa’s Institute for Security Studies reports that significant territory has been reclaimed in parts of Cabo Delgado while a ‘semblance of calm has returned in key locations for liquefied natural gas projects’.

Though the conflict continues, the military crackdown has also led to a rising death toll of the ISIS affiliates – and not just from bullet wounds.

In the Quissanga District, 16 insurgents were buried, with Bernardino Rafael – Police Commander of the Republic of Mozambique – explaining that while some of the deaths were from local forces, others were down to surrounding wildlife.

Speaking to residents in the northern district, Rafael was quoted by The Times as saying: “Some of them died having been hit by bullets from our forces and others due to attacks by animals like snakes, buffalos, lions and even crocodiles.”

BBC World Africa reports that he also said during the presentation on Wednesday, September 28: “They are dying from gunshot wounds… Many of them [were] wounded by our weapons. But even animals also contribute to the death of the Islamist insurgents.”

Some died from the wounds they suffered, while others were eaten by predatory animals. It’s a small win but a win nonetheless in the fight to reclaim the region and restore peace in Cabo Delgado.

Prince Harry Said ‘Nasty Things’ About Camilla Causing Rift with Father King Charles

God save the queen consort.

Although she’s often seen as a royal nest-wrecker, some experts believe that the current queen consort doesn’t get a fair shake. Divisive royal biographer Angela Levin claims that Camilla Rosemary Shand was treated unfairly by both Prince Harry and the Netflix series “The Crown.”

The royal scribe dropped the alleged bombshell on the UK morning show “Lorraine” following the release of her biography “Camilla, From Outcast to Queen Consort,” the Daily Mail reported.

Levin said that she penned the book to clear the air regarding King Charles III’s paramour, who she thought had been unfairly maligned in the past.

“I decided I had to rebalance things,” explained Levin. “One was ‘The Crown’ which was really cruel to her and the other was Prince Harry who had said some really nasty things about her too.”

The biographer didn’t specify what Prince Harry’s specific statements were. However, the former Duke of Sussex is supposedly “no fan” of Camilla, who had a long-running affair with his father King Charlies III while he was still married to Harry and William’s mother Princess Diana. Since then, Camilla, who married the now-monarch in 2005, has been portrayed in a poor light by the public and blamed for Diana and King Charles’ splitting up.

The queen consort was notably portrayed in a manner critics deemed unsympathetic in Season 4 of “The Crown,” which explores the love triangle between Camilla, then- Prince Charles and Princess Diana — although Camilla was reportedly okay with the depiction.

"I decided I had to rebalance things," declared Levin. "One was The Crown which was really cruel to her and the other was Prince Harry who had said some really nasty things about her too."
“I decided I had to rebalance things,” explained Levin. “One was ‘The Crown’ which was really cruel to her and the other was Prince Harry who had said some really nasty things about her too.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Levin — who spent three months with Camilla to write a long piece in 2015 — mentioned that the queen consort had invited her to meet the queen in a bid to demonstrate that “despite rumors the pair had a close bond.”

During the visit, the then-Duchess had said she had a “surprise for her,” Levin said.

“I got the call to meet the Duchess and of course, I dropped everything,” said the documenter, who then went to Buckingham Palace where “Camilla was there with the Queen.”

“They took me to the stables where an 80-year-old horse expert was,” she continued. “He was supposedly meant to have the ability to make a horse that has never been ridden before ridable after 20 minutes without a saddle or anything, which I thought was not on but there you go.”

Twitter users are bashing the royal family for treating Harry like a "second class citizen" in the wake of the Queen's death.
The family united for the Queen’s funeral.

“The idea of it, they were talking non-stop and laughing,” recalled Levin, adding that the encounter totally shattered preconceptions of Camille’s relationship with the queen.

“I thought after this was so clever and such a kind thing to do,” she said. “She didn’t have to say anything inappropriate as there were rumors they didn’t get on. Without saying a word Camilla showed me that her and the Queen shared a close bond — which was obvious through their shared love of horses.”

Levin also lauded the queen consort for her behind-the-scenes charity work, explaining that this makes her “ideal for Charles,” explaining: “Camilla doesn’t light to be in the spotlight, she’s right in the middle which is ideal for Charles because he won’t get jealous like with his first wife, but who does a tremendous amount of work behind the curtain – she doesn’t need praise for herself.”

“The more you get to know her,” she gushed, “the more you like her.”

129 Killed in Stampede at Soccer Match

At least 129 people were killed and around 180 injured at a soccer match in Indonesia after a crowd stampede during a riot, police said on Sunday, in what appears to be one of the world’s worst stadium disasters.

After the match in East Java province between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya ended on Saturday night, supporters from the losing team invaded the pitch and police had fired tear gas, triggering a stampede and cases of suffocation, East Java police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

Video footage from local news channels showed people rushing onto the pitch in the stadium in Malang and images of body bags.

There have been previous outbreaks of trouble at matches in Indonesia, with a strong rivalry between clubs sometimes leading to violence among supporters.

Zainudin Amali, Indonesia’s sports minister, told KompasTV the ministry would re-evaluate safety at football matches, including considering not allowing spectators in stadiums.

The Indonesian top league BRI Liga 1 has suspended games for a week following the match that Persebaya won 3-2 and an investigation had been launched, the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) said.

Among global stadium disasters, 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in Britain in April 1989, when an overcrowded and fenced-in enclosure collapsed at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield.

Indonesia is to host the FIFA under-20 World Cup in May and June next year. They are also one of three countries bidding to stage next year’s Asian Cup, the continent’s equivalent of the Euros, after China pulled out as hosts.

Jimmy Carter Celebrates 98th Birthday

Jimmy Carter, already the longest-living U.S. president in history, will celebrate his 98th birthday Saturday with family and friends in Plains, the tiny Georgia town where he and his wife, 95-year-old Rosalynn, were born in the years between World War I and the Great Depression.

The 39th president’s latest milestone comes as The Carter Center, which the Carters established together after their one White House term, marks 40 years of promoting democracy and conflict resolution, monitoring elections, and advancing public health in the developing world.

Jason Carter, the former president’s grandson now leading the Carter Center board, described his grandfather, an outspoken Christian, as content with his life and legacy.

“He is looking at his 98th birthday with faith in God’s plan for him,” the younger Carter, 47, said, “and that’s just a beautiful blessing for all of us to know, personally, that he is at peace and happy with where he has been and where he’s going.”

Carter Center leaders said the former president, who survived a cancer diagnosis in 2015 and a serious fall at home in 2019, already has enjoyed reading congratulatory messages sent by well-wishers around the world via social media and the center’s website. But Jason Carter said his grandfather is mostly looking forward to a simple day that includes watching his favorite Major League Baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, on television.

“He’s still 100% with it, even though daily life things are a lot harder now,” Jason Carter said. “But one thing I guarantee. He will watch all the Braves games this weekend.”

James Earl Carter Jr. won the 1976 presidential election after beginning the campaign as a little-known one-term Georgia governor. His surprise performance in the Iowa caucuses established the small, Midwestern state as an epicenter of presidential politics. Carter went on to defeat President Gerald Ford in the general election, largely on the strength of sweeping the South before his native region shifted heavily to Republicans.

A Naval Academy alumnus, Navy officer and peanut farmer, Carter won in no small part because of his promise never to lie to an electorate weary over the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal that resulted in Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency in 1974. Four years later, unable to tame inflation and salve voter anger over American hostages held in Iran, Carter lost 44 states to Ronald Reagan. He returned home to Georgia in 1981 at the age of 56.

The former first couple almost immediately began planning The Carter Center. It opened in Atlanta in 1982 as a first-of-its-kind effort for a former president. The stated mission: to advance peace, human rights and public health causes around the world. Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. He traveled internationally into his 80s and 90s, and he did not retire officially from the board until 2020.

Since opening, the center has monitored elections in 113 countries, said CEO Paige Alexander, and Carter has acted individually as a mediator in many countries, as well. Carter Center efforts have nearly eradicated the guinea worm, a parasite spread through unclean drinking water and painful to humans. Rosalynn Carter has steered programs designed to reduce stigma attached to mental health conditions.

“He’s enjoying his retirement,” said Alexander, who assumed her role in 2020, about the time Jason Carter took over for his grandfather. But “he spends a lot of time thinking about the projects that he started and the projects that we’re continuing.”

Alexander cited the guinea worm eradication effort as a highlight. Carter set the goal in 1986, when there were about 3.5 million cases annually across 21 countries, with a concentration in sub-Saharan Africa. So far this year, Alexander said, there are six known cases in two countries.

In 2019, Carter used his final annual message at the center to lament that his post-presidency had been largely silent on climate change. Jason Carter said the center’s leadership is still exploring ways to combat the climate crisis. But he offered no timetable. “We won’t duplicate other effective efforts,” Carter said, explaining that one of the center’s strategic principles is to prioritize causes and places that no other advocacy organizations have engaged.

On elections and democracy, perhaps the most unpredictable turn is that Jimmy Carter has lived to see the center turn its efforts to the home front. The center now has programs to combat mistrust in the democratic process in the United States. Carter Center personnel monitored Georgia’s recount of U.S. presidential ballots in the state in 2020 after then-President Donald Trump argued the outcome was rigged. Multiple recounts in Georgia and other states affirmed the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory.

“Certainly, we never thought we would end up coming home to do democracy and conflict resolution around our elections,” Jason Carter said. “(But) we couldn’t go be this incredible democracy and human rights organization overseas without ensuring that we were adding our voice and our expertise … in the U.S.”

Ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, the center has asked candidates — regardless of party — to sign onto a set of fair election principles, including committing to the peaceful transfer of power. Among those who have signed commitments: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.

Carter himself has mostly retreated from politics. For years after his 1980 defeat, Democrats steered clear of him. He enjoyed a resurgence in recent election cycles, drawing visits from several 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls and, in 2021, from President Joe Biden, who in 1976 was the first U.S. senator to endorse Carter’s presidential bid. With inflation now at its highest levels since the late 1970s and early 1980s, some Republicans are bringing up Carter again as an attack line on Biden and Democrats.

Jason Carter said the former president reads and watches the news daily, and sometimes accepts calls or visits from political figures. But, he added, the former president isn’t expected to appear publicly to endorse any candidates ahead of November.

“His people that he feels sort of the closest connection with now are the folks in Plains, at his church and other places,” Jason Carter said. “But, you know, his partner No. 1, 2 and 3 is my grandma, right? He has outlived friends and so many of his advisers and the people that he accomplished so much with in the past, but they’ve never been lonely because they’ve always had each other.”

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