Was it a drug-smuggling ring or a shipment of a top secret ingredient? Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in southern France this week discovered $56 million of cocaine in a shipment.
Officials are saying the massive amount of cocaine was found in a shipment of orange juice concentrate. The packaging for the white stuff was surprisingly similar to that of an “ingredient” used in the processing of Coca-Cola, rather than that of a clandestine drug shipment.
The factory, which is in the town of Signes, near the Mediterranean coast, produces concentrates for various drinks. Continue reading
The French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits worn by some Muslim women from its beaches, citing concerns about public order.
In case you’ve been out of the fashion loop lately, the burkini, is a head to toe swimsuit designed to be in compliance with the Quran modest dress code for Muslin women. It’s basically like a wetsuit but lighter for mobility and with the standard hijab you see Muslim women wear.
No matter the purpose, the message is being interpreted the same, as a symbol for terrorism. As of today 3 French cities have banned burkinis from being worn in public and at beaches. Continue reading
Barack and Michelle Obama have allowed their youngest daughter, Sasha, to get a summer job at a fast food restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard.
As The Boston Herald first reported, Sasha will be working the take-out window at Nancy’s, a popular seafood joint. Her name tag will display her full name, Natasha.
Sasha has been learning the ropes of the service industry at the Oak Bluffs eatery this week, working a cash register, busing tables and prepping the restaurant before it opens for lunch. Continue reading
Right before he is set to appear at the Fox News Republican debate, Marco Rubio has quietly cancelled two of his scheduled campaign stops. The move has created suspicion on social media that the senator may be quitting the presidential race.
Rubio was set to appear in Baton Rouge, La., and Lexington, Ky., but cancelled both events giving venues and supporters alike, short notice. The campaign gave no reason for the cancellations.
People are still able to register for the events over Eventbrite. What’s more, the campaign offered no reason for the cancellation with the venues. Continue reading
Terror has again struck the nation of Africa, just one week after the ISIS took credit for a series of attacks along the Red Sea.
Friday, gunman associated with Al Qaeda stormed a posh hotel frequented by Westerners in the west African capital of Burkina Faso, killing at least 20. A hostage situation is now playing out with U.S. and French troops aiding in the rescue.
According to the reports, masked assailants forced their way into the Ouagadougou hotel, as car bombs detonated outside, and began to take individuals inside the hotel hostage. Multiple sources have reported that 20 individuals, whose identities and nationalities have not been identified, were killed during the incident and that a shoot-out between security forces and the attackers ensued in an attempt to retrieve hostages. h/t inquisitr
Witnesses have since claimed that four to six “light-skinned” attackers wearing turbans were holding individuals hostage inside the Splendid Hotel in the Burkina Faso capital.
Reports are saying that a group of armed men stormed a building and took hostages in the northern French town of Roubaix.
Local reports say the incident took place at around 19:00 local French time.
Witnesses reported gunshots being fired. Media reports say the area has been closed off by police. Continue reading
A man in Paris cleaning the sidewalk found explosive belt containing the same bolts and explosives used by the Paris attackers on Monday. The belt was located in a pile of trash in the southern suburb of Montrouge.
According to Paris officials, the belt that was stumbled upon near the same spot that fugitive Saleh Abdeslam‘s cell phone was said to be on the day of the attacks that killed 130 people.
The three police officials who gave information to the Associated Press about the belt could not be named because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. Investigators are currently running tests on the belt to seek further comparisons to the ones used in the attacks. Abdeslam remains on the run despite numerous raids across France and Belgium aimed at arresting him and sussing out other suspects in the plotting of the attacks. The discovery comes as officials in Brussels, Beligum, where Abdeslam and his brother, who also participated in the attacks, used to live, are maintaining a heightened terror alert level following a series of raids over the weekend. h/t mashable
City officials announced that subways and schools would reopen on Wednesday and the terror threat level would be reassessed early next week.
Eagles of Death Metal sat down for an interview for the first time since a terrorist attack during their concert in Paris on Nov. 13.
Frontman Jesse Hughes spoke about the horrible incident which occurred while they performed at Paris’ Bataclan theatre. The attack was perpetrated by three ISIS terrorists who opened fire at the crowd of approximately one thousand music lovers.
“Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them except for a kid who was hiding under my leather jacket Continue reading
Animal lovers and law enforcement worldwide are mourning the loss of Diesel, the police dog who was killed during the anti-terrorism raids in a Paris suburb.
French authorities say Diesel was killed by ISIS terrorists in the Saint-Denis raids. Police were targeting the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks and as a result, raided Saint-Denis apartments.
Officials say Diesel was one of many assault and explosives search dogs used in raids and these animals are “indispensable” when it comes to the operations of these raids. Continue reading
As heard on the video below, heavy gunfire was exchanged in a Paris suburb as police conducted an anti-terror raid.
A CNN affiliate reported that police had been injured in raid executed in Saint-Denis.