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Police find clandestine ecstasy lab next to base storing US nuclear weapons
police have raided an illegal lab producing the drug ecstasy outside a US airbase where part of America's nuclear arsenal in Europe is stored.A prosecutor's office statement said the secret site had been found within the perimeter of the Kleine Brogel base in the province of Limburg.Investigators said on Tuesday (June 28) that the lab was found to be producing MDMA, a synthetic recreational drug commonly known as ecstasy. READ MORE: Dangerous 'fake ecstasy' that causes hallucinations and memory loss floods UK clubs The Belgian defence ministry clarified that the raid had taken place “on former military land, near the base”. In 2019, a Green MP told Parliament that US forces had 10 to 20 warheads stored at the base.Prosecutors said local police had discovered the drug lab on June 22 and that it had been dismantled by specialist officers.It has been reported that two suspects – not military personnel – were arrested during the raid.According to authorities, a "neighbouring house" adjacent to the base's premises was involved in the operation as well.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.Reports say the Kleine Brogel airbase is often a target of Belgian anti-nuclear and anti-Nato protesters.MDMA is an illegal substance that gained popularity in the 1980s with people using it at parties and festivals, according to experts.
R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison after sex trafficking conviction
30 years, after being convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering charges.He faced life behind bars for masterminding an elaborate scheme to entice and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.Following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, Kelly, 55, was found guilty on all nine counts against him, including multiple counts of racketeering, with the charges relating to bribery and forced labour, by a jury in September last year.Kelly – who denied all charges – was also found in violation of an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.The musician was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a US federal court in New York for masterminding an scheme to sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.Kelly did not appear to react as the sentence was passed, with judge Ann Donnelly saying during sentencing that he had used his ‘minions’ to ‘lure young fans into your orbit’.She added that he had taught his victims ‘that love is enslavement and violence’.Judge Donnelly told Kelly: ‘Sentencing another human being is probably the most difficult thing a judge has to do.‘It is fair to say, Mr Kelly, that you are a person that had some great advantage, you had worldwide fame and celebrity, untold money.“Using your status and celebrity… you had a system of people that you used to lure young fans into your orbit.‘Having your minions troll for young people at the mall… handing out your phone number… for the opportunity to meet R Kelly.‘You fancied yourself a genius that can do “whatever I want because of what I give to the world.”‘Judge Donnelly added that there were parts of his victims’ testimony that she would ‘never forget’.Before the sentencing, Kelly was branded the ‘pied piper of R&B’ as he came
Mars rovers 'could be less than 7ft away from finding proof of aliens', say NASA
NASA boffins say that Mars rovers could unearth evidence of alien life if they dig seven feet down into the Red Planet.The hunt for extra-terrestrials involves discovering certain amino acids on Mars, which in turn are a component to build proteins.However, new research by the US space agency published in the journal Astrobiology suggests cosmic rays are destroying this evidence on Mars faster than we realised.READ MORE: NASA baffled after 'mystery spacecraft' smashes into the Moon leaving odd craterAlexander Pavlov, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said: "Current Mars rover missions drill down to about two inches."At those depths, it would take only 20million years to destroy amino acids completely."The addition of perchlorates and water increases the rate of amino acid destruction even further." Although it sounds like a long time, 20m years is just a blip when hunting for proof of ancient life from billions of years ago, when Mars was much more like Earth.NASA now reckons that the rovers will need to dig around 6.6ft deep to make a breakthrough and find amino acids that haven't been degraded by ionising radiation from space.Pavlov, who was the lead author of the study, continued: "Missions with shallow drill sampling have to seek recently exposed outcrops — e.g., recent microcraters with ages less than 10m years or the material ejected from such craters."There is evidence to suggest that, billions of years ago, Mars had a thick atmosphere and global magnetic field shields like Earth.This atmosphere would have allowed for liquid on the Red Planet. It also would have blocked cosmic rays from reaching the surface.
Barbra Streisand brands US Supreme Court the 'American Taliban' over Roe v Wade vote
Famous faces from across all industries have expressed their dismay over the overturning of Roe v Wade.F1 driver Lewis Hamilton hit out at a US judge in a furious statement following the decision.The Mercedes star said he had been left “disgusted” by last week's ruling.In an Instagram post shared on Friday, Lewis said: “Disgusted by the decision made by the Supreme Court in the US today.“I don’t understand why some in power pushed and continue to push to strip rights away from millions of people.“This decision will impact the most vulnerable among us.“Women, people of colour, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and so on.”Singers Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen protested the decision during Olivia’s Saturday set at Glastonbury.The Driver's License hitmaker was joined by Lily Allen for a rendition of Lily’s 2009 hit F**k You.Prefacing the song, Olivia dedicated it to the US Supreme Court as Lily walked on stage.Olivia said: “I’m devastated and terrified [by the ruling] and so many women and girls are going to die because of this.“And I wanted to dedicate this next song to the five members of the Supreme Court, who showed us at the end of the day they truly don’t give a s*** about freedom.”Olivia was not the only artist at the festival to hit out at the Supreme Court over the ruling.Singer Phoebe Bridgers led the crowd in chants of “f**k the Supreme Court” on Friday.Meanwhile, during her headline set, Billie Eilish said: “Today is a really dark day for women in the US.”Before performing her song Your Power, she added: “I’m just gonna say that because I can’t bear to think about it any longer in this moment.”
Travis Barker's daughter makes plea as reason for his scary hospital dash is announced
Kardashian, pictured by his side.His condition was deemed serious enough that he was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center via an ambulance shortly after.American news outlet, TMZ have claimed a number of sources have come forward, connected to the family, to confirm he has been hospitalised as a result of pancreatitis.Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed over a short period of time and is a rare potential complication following a colonoscopy.It causes symptoms such as intense stomach pain, vomiting and fever.Fans have questioned whether the drummer's hospital dash had anything to do with one of his latest Twitter posts.Hours before his hospital visit, he tweeted: "God save me."However, this could have just been an intentional reference to a song by his close friend, Machine Gun Kelly.Travis' son, Landon Asher Barker, 18, was performing onstage in New York with Machine Gun Kelly.Landon shared a rendition of the group's song 'Die In California' afterwards on Instagram.Meanwhile, fans have shared thoughts and prayers for Travis' recovery.The Blink 182 favourite's last Instagram post before his hospital dash features him pouting at a puppy in his arms, with the caption: "I love dogs more than people."Kourtney could be seen hurrying along beside the paramedics in photos obtained by TMZ.This was as her husband was lifted from the ambulance via a gurney and rushed into the Cedars Sinai Medical Centre.The casually dressed star was wearing a black tracksuit with a hood pulled up over her head.Neither Kourtney nor Travis have taken to social media since the contacted representatives for Kourtney and Travis for comment.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country consisting of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), it is the world's third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Most of the country is located in central North America between Canada and Mexico. With an estimated population of over 328 million, the U.S. is the third most populous country in the world (after China and India). The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City.