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Pablo Escobar’s ex-hitman brother claims HE owns the rights to the word ‘Narcos’ – as he warns producers to hire his former henchmen as security

THE brother of the legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar claims he owns the rights to the word “Narcos” as he warned producers of the Netflix series to hire his former henchmen as security. Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, who worked as “chief of the hitmen” of the drug gang in Columbia, has demanded compensation from […]

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THE brother of the legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar claims he owns the rights to the word “Narcos” as he warned producers of the Netflix series to hire his former henchmen as security.

Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, who worked as “chief of the hitmen” of the drug gang in Columbia, has demanded compensation from the entertainment company for the rights to his family’s story.

Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria says his family owns the rights of the Narcos brand
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Gaviria, who also ran the books for his brother’s multibillion-dollar Medellin Cartel operation, is suing Netflix for allegedly unfairly exploiting his brother’s name for entertainment purposes.

Speaking about his lawsuit, Gaviria told Hollywood Reporter: “Netflix are scared. They sent us a long letter to threaten us. Right now, we are in discussions with them through our attorneys Browne George Ross LLP to obtain our one billion payment.

“If we don’t receive it, we will close their little show.

“You see, we own all the trademarks to all of our names and also for the Narcos brand. I don’t play around with these people in Silicon Valley. They have their phones and nice products.

“But they don’t know life and would never dare to survive in the jungle of Medellin or Colombia. I have done that. Their mothers should have left them in the womb.

“That is what we tell people like this if they come to Colombia.”

Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, pictured, ran his brother’s multi-billion-dollar Colombian drug operation and was also in charge of its assassination squad
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Pablo Escobar in 1993
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Gaviria, pictured, said Netflix should hire hitmen as security for the cast and crew
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He also advised Netflix to hire hitmen as security for the cast and crew following the murder of one of the show’s location managers in central Mexico last week.

Gaviria said: “You have to eliminate all threats. If you have the intellect, you don’t need to use weapons.

“If not, you have to. In this case, Netflix should provide hitmen to their people as security.”

Carlos Muñoz Portal was fatally shot in central Mexico
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Location scout for Netflix's 'Narcos' Carlos Muñoz Portal shot dead in Mexico
His body was reportedly riddled with bullets
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Carlos was in Mexico looking for locations for Narcos season four
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His comments came after Carlos Muñoz Portal, an industry veteren, was fatally shot in while scouting filming locations for the crime hit series.

The 37-year-old was found dead in his car in the town of Temascalapa.

His body was said to have been riddled with bullets.

No arrests have yet been made in connection with the murder.

Narcos documents the rise and fall of Kingpin Pablo Escobar

Narcos tells the story of drug lord Pablo Escobar in Colombia. It documents his rise and fall during the 1980s.

Many American companies have moved their filming from Mexico to Australia, Colombia, South Africa, Canada and Cuba because of the violence in the South American country.

New trailer drops for season 3 of Netflix drug cartel drama Narcos
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Brexit is a dangerous game – Theresa May must play that ace and walk to trump EU

HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May. The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price. But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort. […]

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HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May.

The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price.

Britain’s threat to walk away with a ‘no deal’ is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it

But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort.

Before getting carried away with this so-called “breakthrough”, we need to know if it was a genuine gesture of goodwill — or another ploy to cast Britain as the ungrateful neighbour from hell.

EU leaders are not being kind. They are acting, rightly, in their own self-interest.

They have no intention of allowing this country to leave their club on favourable terms.

Warm words and fixed grins from EU leaders fail to erase the thought that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort at the EU summit
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We must be made to pay — and not just in the sackloads of cash demanded as ransom.

If our 27 ex-partners seem to be adopting a more realistic stance, it is because the UK appears determined, if pushed, to leave with No Deal.

The threat to walk is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it.

The last thing Britain must do now, in the face of a rather unconvincing new charm offensive, is to drop its guard and go wobbly.

We must know if Theresa May’s ‘breakthrough’ was a genuine gesture of goodwill
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EU leaders have no intention of offering serious concessions, let alone a white flag of surrender.

But they do know a clean Brexit would be disastrous for the European Dream.

First, they wouldn’t get a brass farthing from the British taxpayer — a truly catastrophic loss of revenue for an already spluttering political experiment.

Second, whatever turbulence we face, few seriously doubt unfettered Britain will flourish while the EU struggles on with stubborn unions and an army of unemployed young people. Others might want what we are having.

Luckily, Theresa May has some invaluable advice from the only person with recent first-hand experience of EU bully-boy tactics.

Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis published the punishment Brussels dished out to bankrupt Greece
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Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has published a scathing blow-by-blow account of the punishment beating dished out to bankrupt Greece for daring to stand up to Brussels.

Adults In The Room should be compulsory reading for ALL Cabinet ministers. It bleakly warns against any hope of compromise from Germany and France.

“They must realise you are prepared to walk out of the negotiations, whatever their threats,” says Varoufakis, “for if you are not, there is no point in entering the negotiating room in the first place.”

Having ignored his crucial advice in 2015, Greece today is condemned to spend eternity in what he describes as “debtors’ prison”.

Varoufakis’ account echoes the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Brexit leader Boris Johnson
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Varoufakis unveils the treachery, deceit and black propaganda deployed by Brussels — like the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Mrs May and Brexit leader Boris Johnson.

The EU will stop at nothing to save their sacred Grand Project, he says.

Last week’s good cop/bad cop routine by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another negotiating tactic.

“I warned Theresa May she is going to get the EU run-around,” Varoufakis said last week.

“That runaround is now proceeding apace.”

The good cop/bad cop routine employed Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another EU negotiating tactic
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Their first priority is to wreck plans for No Deal.

Having appeared to give ground, they will now string out negotiations only to pull the plug when it is too late for Britain to prepare for a viable clean break.

Remainers backed by Jeremy Corbyn would then campaign for Britain to cancel Article 50 and grovel to be allowed back in.

It is a dangerous game. Would Boris, Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?

Would Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?
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Would Tory Remainiacs like Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan be prepared to bring down their own government and let Corbyn’s Trots into power?

Chancellor Phil Hammond thinks it is a waste of Treasury money to prepare for something that might not happen. He might as well ask: “What is the point of our armed forces?”

We are engaged in mortal combat. Britain’s economic and political future is at stake.

It is reassuring to know Brexit Secretary David Davis has read and absorbed Varoufakis’s instruction manual — and never leaves home without it.

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‘Killer’ clowns ‘leaving kids terrified by lurking outside schools’

FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week. Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars. Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters. Matthew […]

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FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week.

Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars.

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The ‘killer clown’ craze swept the globe last year ahead of Halloween and there are fears it will return[/caption]

Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters.

Matthew Clark, headteacher at Tymberwood Academy, said the school was taking it seriously and wrote on Facebook: “We want to make you aware of an incident at lunchtime today.

“Some of our pupils, playing on the lower part of the KS2 playground, may have witnessed some older local children, wearing Halloween clown masks, running along the alleyway and acting inappropriately.”

Shoppers and cars were targeted in Canterbury and multiple people reported a masked person chasing people in Liskeard, Cornwall.

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Witnesses said they saw a man in a clown mask chasing cars down the road and shouting at people, as one woman said the man scared her six-year-old child.

These sightings have prompted fears the craze which swept the globe this time last year could be coming back.

People all over the world donned masks and were known as “killer clowns” as they scared others through pranks.

Last year Thames Valley Police were called to 14 reports of people being intimidated or frightened by people dressed as clowns over the course of two days.

Some of those who dressed up ended up in court as the craze escalated and saw people attacked and severely frightened.

The disturbing craze returned in September 2017 when a spooky jester was reportedly jumping out on people in an Essex park.

Advice from police in the UK about what to do if you encounter a clown is to remain calm and call the authorities.


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Robert Mugabe dropped as goodwill ambassador by World Health Organisation after just ONE DAY

ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa. Critics have accused […]

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ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa.

Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the WHO
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Critics have accused the Zimbabwean President of running his country’s healthcare system into the ground while he regularly flies abroad for his own medical treatment.

Opposition leaders from the impoverished nation blasted Mugabe’s appointment, claiming his government has left hospitals so short of cash and supplies that patients are often required to buy their own drugs before surgery.

The surprise decision was also slammed by the UK Government, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and groups including UN Watch and the World Heart Federation.

Dr Tedros, the first African to lead the WHO, said he was “honoured” that Mugabe was joining the organisation and described Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide healthcare to all”.

The despot was named as the WHO's goodwill ambassador just yesterday
The despot was named as the WHO’s goodwill ambassador on Saturday
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In an embarrassing climbdown a day later, the WHO head revealed Mugabe has been dropped from the role.

He said: “I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs (Noncommunicable diseases) in Africa.

“As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised.

“I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.”

Dr Tedros said he is firmly committed to ensuring that “everyone has access to the health care they need”.

Salani Mutseyami, a spokeswoman for the campaign groups Zimbabwe Vigil and Restoration of Human Rights, said Mugabe’s appointment was “absolutely absurd”.

She added: “It shows the lack of interest that the UN might have towards what is really going on in Zimbabwe.

“If the leader has to jet off to another country to get medical attention that shows you he cannot get that in Zimbabwe.

“The whole health system is in tatters. So I don’t know what political games are being played by the United Nations when they give such a man a platform.”

 

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