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North Korean pirates loot Japanese villages and steal washing machines, motorbikes and solar panels to sell back home

DESPERATE North Korean fisherman are turning pirate to plunder isolated island homes to get their hands on goods they can’t get afford in the rogue state. The revelations were made when the Japanese Coast Guard swooped on a stranded boat near an uninhabited islet off Hokkaido. As the authorities closed in on the vessel, the […]

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DESPERATE North Korean fisherman are turning pirate to plunder isolated island homes to get their hands on goods they can’t get afford in the rogue state.

The revelations were made when the Japanese Coast Guard swooped on a stranded boat near an uninhabited islet off Hokkaido.

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The Japanese Coast Guard swoops on the stranded North Korean boat[/caption]

As the authorities closed in on the vessel, the 10 North Korean seaman on board were spotted dumping their booty overboard.

According to sources, a TV, solar panels, motorbike, refrigerator, rice cooker and power generator were found missing from a ransacked hut the fisherman had visited.

Authorities found a TV and several other appliances on the boat while the Coast Guard was trying to retrieve what was cast overboard.

The Guard said solar panels used to power a lighthouse on the islet are also missing.

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A boat containing the remains of eight bodies discovered on a beach last Monday
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The North Koreans have said they left the northeastern port of Chongjin in September to fish for squid in the Sea of Japan before their steering wheel failed around a month ago.

They also said they temporarily took shelter on the islet due to bad weather, the Coast Guard said.

In Hokkaido on Sunday, the wooden boat was towed into a port outside Hakodate for inspection by the police and Coast Guard. The officials are also questioning the crewmen.

In Tokyo, the government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, said he would like to “refrain from prejudgment on the matter because the investigations is ongoing.”

A string of unidentified wooden boats of apparent North Korean origin have washed up along the Sea of Japan coast this year.

On Monday, four bodies suspected of being from North Korea were found along the northern coastline, local authorities said.

Three of them, believed to be male, were discovered in Yamagata Prefecture and were partially reduced to bone, with the other found floating near a fishing port.

According to investigative sources, police found what appeared to be one or more North Korean badges with the bodies.

They are investigating potential links to a capsized boat found Saturday in neighbouring Akita.

In Akita Prefecture, a skeleton and what appeared to be pieces of wood from a damaged boat were discovered on Monday as well.

Eight North Korean men were taken into protective custody after a wooden boat was found along the Akita shoreline on Nov. 23.

The remains of eight people were later found on an unmanned ‘ghost ship’ in Japan in the latest of a string of shocking seashore discoveries.

Some of the cadavers were reduced to bone when officials found the crewless 23ft wooden boat washed up on a beach in the northern Akita territory on Monday.

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23 stone woman died in her bathtub ‘after her cruel boyfriend deliberately left her stuck there for 10 days’

A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days. The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The woman, who tipped the […]

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A 23-stone woman has died after her husband allegedly left her stuck in their bathtub for ten days.

The man named only as Guenter S, 58, is accused of not helping Simone W after she became wedged into the bath at their home in Beckum, in North Rhine Westphalia, Germany.

A 23 stone woman died after her husband, pictured in court, left her stuck in the bathtub for ten days
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The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs) could not get out, but rather than call for help or attempt to get her out himself, he is accused of just providing her with snacks, drinks and her medication for more than a week.

When he finally called the emergency services for help 10 days later, they arrived only to rule that she had died two days previously.

Police confirmed they have arrested the man on a charge of ‘abandonment resulting in death’, with a spokesperson confirming they believe the woman would have been calling for help.

Public prosecutor, Ralf Hinkelmann, 45, said the defendant “left the victim helpless, ignoring her cries for help.”

The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs), could not get out of the bath (stock photo)
The woman, who tipped the scales at 148kg (326 lbs), could not get out of the bath (stock photo)
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But the defendant refutes the claim, with it reported in local media that he said: “She did not let herself be helped, mind your own frigging business.”

The incident happened on 14th June 2017. Guenter heard a bang from the bathroom, and found his wife fallen in the bath lying down.

The man, who claimed she refused his help, said: “She had hit the shelf on the head in the fall, shards were lying all around.”

Furious, Guenter had then brought her her tablet and mobile phone into the room, saying: “If you need help, get it yourself. You don’t want it from me anyway.”

Simone had allegedly refused help for days, making the bathtub “comfortable”, playing on her tablet in warm water, while her husband brought her coffee in the morning and bought her newspapers.

By the time the defendant called emergency services on 27th June, his wife had already been dead for at least two days. It is believed she died of pneumonia.

The case is due to continue in January.

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The Queen’s beaming smile as Christmas shoppers wave to her outside the Royal Family’s favourite hotel

ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel. She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of  “We Love You Ma’am!” Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas […]

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ROYAL watchers gave the Queen a festive cheer as she was spotted paying a visit to her family’s favourite London hotel.

She emerged clutching what looked like a present from The Goring in Belgravia to be greeted by cries of  “We Love You Ma’am!”

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The Queen leaves the Goring Hotel in London for Christmas Lunch[/caption]

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Hotel MD David Morgan-Hewitt – known as Big Dave – says goodbye[/caption]

Wearing a magenta-coloured skirt and jacket she waved to the Christmas shoppers that had gathered to see her as she arrived and then later left the luxury establishment.

Her Maj appeared to be clutching a Christmas gift as she was waved off by David Morgan-Hewitt, affectionately known as ‘Big Dave’, managing director of the five-star luxury hotel.

According to The Goring website, Mr Morgan-Hewitt has “overseen some of the hotel’s greatest and exciting periods of transformation” in his 26 years at hotel.

Last year, the Queen chose the hotel as the setting for a private lunch with some of her senior servants and advisers when a drunk man had to be escorted from the building.

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The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011[/caption]

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Mr Morgan-Hewitt has overseen some ‘exciting periods of transformation’ in his 26 years at hotel[/caption]

It’s believed the Queen had been lunching at the hotel again today.

The hotel was chosen by the Middleton family as their base for the Royal wedding in 2011.

Earlier today it was reported the Queen is angry with the Metropolitan Police over her security detail.

The Queen keeps reportedly being assigned different police guards, rather than just the one.

The top Royals are assigned dedicated personal protection officers who accompany them on their travels.

But the Monarch is reportedly being given different ones, meaning she doesn’t know them.

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Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour Muslim group headed by activist who claimed ‘Israel has no right to exist’

JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”. Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”. […]

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JEREMY Corbyn was on hand to help launch the new Labour Muslim Network last night – but the group is headed by an activist who claimed “Israel has no right to exist”.

Ali Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were “stingy” and said Israel is “a land built on ethnic cleansing”.

Jeremy Corbyn launched Labour Muslim group headed by activist who claimed ‘Israel has no right to exist’
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Mr Miliani has previously had to apologise after suggesting Jewish people were stingy and said Israel is ‘a land built on ethnic cleansing’
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The vice president of the National Union of Students posted on Twitter pictures of himself with Mr Corbyn in Parliament last night, along with the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Rupa Huq.

The new group advertises itself as “an inclusive organisation supporting British Muslims’ engagement in the political process and with Labour, based on our shared values of social justice and equality”.

A host of other MPs were in attendance, including Karen Lee, Kate Green, Karen Buck, Naz Shah, Tam Dhesi, Afzal Khan and Wes Streeting.

But Mr Milani, whilst a student at Brunel University, posted a tweet which read: “Nah u won’t mate it will cost you a pound #jew.”

John McDonnell was also on hand to help launch the new group
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It was revealed earlier this year as he ran for his NUS role that he had also sent a message stating that “Israel has no right to exist”.

He also said: “Israel is a land built on ethnic cleansing and colonialism.

“Oppression is something your people should know about.”

And he also responded to a tweet by Piers Morgan by calling him “a Zionist”.

After facing uproar from other students he told the Tab university news site: “I have apologised unreservedly for these comments before and I do so again.

“They do not reflect how I see the world today.

“These tweets are from an incredibly long time ago – when I was 16 to 17 years old. It’s unacceptable, I know that now. Education taught me that.”

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