Israeli soldiers seen on video singing Shabbat songs before capturing Iranian weapons ship

Israeli soldier making Kiddush aboard ship 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A video was released showing how Israeli soldiers were enjoying a Shabbat dinner with songs and Kiddush before they raided an Iranian weapons ship, according to a video uploaded to YouTube by the idfnadesk.

As Shabbat began last week, several hundred soldiers were on their way to stop an Iranian arms shipment from reaching the Gaza Strip.

In the middle of the sea, the soldiers sang the traditional "Shalom Aleichem" song, which means "peace be with you." On the video, one soldier is seen making kiddush on a cup of wine.

Days later, their successful mission brought peace to the nation of Israel. As we reported earlier, the Israeli Navy has successfully raided and seized an Iranian weapons ship intended to deliver weapons to terrorists, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Early this morning Israeli Naval Commandos boarded a cargo ship carrying weapons off the coast of Sudan in the Red Sea, preventing an attempt to smuggle an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.

The ship was flying a Panama flag, but is thought to be Iranian. The shipment of weapons originated in Syria, from where it was flown to Iran, and from there the weapons were shipped out to Sudan. Its final destination was destined to the Gaza Strip.

The weapons were disguised as sacks of cement. The IDF has indicated that the shipment is clearly an Iranian operation. The ship initially tried evasive maneuvers by sailing towards Iraq. Due to the combination of in-depth intelligence and enhanced operational capabilities the operation was a success.

The ship was carrying long range missiles, including M-302 missiles which have a 200 KM range, and numerous other advanced weapons.

Hamas commander dead after bomb accidentally explodes in his hand

Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul with his children 
By: Anika Rao

A Hamas military commander is dead after a bomb accidentally exploded in his hand, a Gaza Strip government spokesperson said in a statement.

The military wing of Hamas, said that the field commander was killed in the Hashashin neighborhood in Rafah.

Nine people were also injured as a result of the explosion.
The commander was identified as 30-year-old Ibrahim Nagib al-Ghoul.

A spokesperson for the Gaza Strip Ministry of Health said that most of the nine people injured in the blast suffered serious injuries. Five victims were taken to Abu Yousef al-Najjar hospital, while the other four were transferred to the European Gaza Hospital.

Doctor ordered to pay $3,500 fine for putting up ‘Jews not Welcome’ sign

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By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A doctor was arrested, charged and convicted of inciting racial hatred after putting up a racist sign on his office, prosecutors in Greece said.

Now, the doctor has been sentenced to a suspended sentence on Friday.

Kastaniotis Costas, 57, was also convicted of weapons possession and was ordered to pay about $3,500 in fines by a court in the northern city of Thessaloniki. He was also sentenced to 12 months for violating laws against racism and four months for illegal possession of weapons, both suspended for three years.

As we reported earlier, a doctor was arrested and charged with inciting hatred after posting a “Jews Not Welcome” note on his office door, police in Greece said. Thessaloniki Police said that a 57-year-old neurologist has been charged with inciting racial hatred and weapons possession.

The doctor has acknowledged that he is a member of the extreme right Golden Dawn party. The police arrested the man after they received a tip that the doctor had put a sign outside his office saying: “Jews Not Welcome.”

The sign was written in German, police said. Police recovered twelve knives and three daggers, two with inscriptions of Nazi symbols, and pills without a prescription, while raiding the doctor's home.

Hotel employee gets 1 year jail for spitting at Torah scroll

Torah scroll illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested, charged and convicted of civil rights violations after being accused of spitting at a Torah Scroll, prosecutors in Tennessee said.

Now, the Jackson hotel security guard has been sentenced to one year in prison for civil rights violations after defacing the Torah scroll and Jewish prayer books.

25-year-old Justin Shawn Baker pleaded guilty as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors. He admitted to spitting at the Torah scroll and writing bad words and phrases including "Hail Satan" on a holy book.

The defendant was also ordered to pay about $10,000 in restitution to the Margolin Hebrew Academy. As we reported earlier, Justin Shawn Baker, 25, of Jackson, pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of students and faculty of Margolin Hebrew Academy, after defacing a Torah scroll and books of religious prayers.

According to information contained in the indictment and the facts revealed during the plea bargain hearing on Monday, on January 12, 2013 students and faculty of Margolin Hebrew Academy, were staying overnight at the Doubletree Hotel in Jackson, on their way to Gatlinburg.

Once there, a meeting room at the hotel was used to conduct a Shabbat evening and morning prayer service.

A Torah scroll, religious books, and musical instruments were stored in the meeting room overnight with the intention of continuing services the next morning.

Baker admitted that while working as a security guard at the hotel, he discovered the religious items in the room, and defaced the Torah scroll, prayer books, and musical instruments with obscene words, anti-Semitic phrases, and satanic writings.

He also admitted that he spit on the Torah scroll. Photographic evidence presented at the hearing confirmed that the Torah scroll was defaced with swear words and phrases including “Hail Satan.”

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll collector arrested after stealing cash by registering trucks as cars

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge 
By: Anika Rao

A toll collector was arrested and charged with theft after he allegedly stole cash by registering trucks as cars, and pocketed the difference, police in New York said.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that 22-year-old Anthony Peleg, was arrested on Thursday, after taking about $3,500 for himself.

Peleg stole the money in just 16 days. Drivers of cars using the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge have to pay $15 - but truck drivers have to pay between $30 and $58 - depending on the number of axles they have.

Peleg was hired for a period of one year as a temporary toll collector, but was quickly fired after not showing up for work. Peleg was charged with grand theft and falsifying business records.

Archaeologists find 3,500-year-old statue of Pharaoh's daughter in Egypt

Princess Iset statue 
By: Hydar Tomar

A three thousand five hundred year old statue of Pharaoh’s daughter was recently discovered in Egypt.

Archaeologists have announced that they have discovered the daughter of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in the town of Luxor.

The statue of Princess Iset, measures 170 centimeters high and 52 centimeters wide. The statue is part of a 14 meter high sculpture of Amenhotep III that was found at the entrance of a temple.

The sculpture shows the ruler on his throne, with his hands on his knees. His daughter stands between his legs, with a wig and a long robe. She also holds a necklace in her right hand.

It is the first time that a sculpture has been found depicting the princess alone with her father, the others show her with both parents and her brothers.

Twin sisters who share one boyfriend spend $200,000 on plastic surgery to look the same

Anna and Lucy DeCinque 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) Two sisters who live their life as one, decided to have plastic surgery to look exactly the same.

Anna and Lucy DeCinque, 28, grew up together. They were never apart, and they want their lives to stay that way.

The women of Perth, Australia, work at the same place and dress the same. They work at a nursing home where they care for elderly people.

However, the most bizarre thing is that the women share a bed and have been dating the same guy for the past year.

“We have the same taste in everything, so obviously we will like the same guy too. Each date had to be a double date. It is always the double or nothing,” the twins explained.

The women have always looked somewhat the same. Their mother was always able to tell them apart, but their father would have to ask "Which one are you?"

However, that was not good enough for the sisters. They wanted to look exactly the same, and they spent a fortune on cosmetic surgery to reach that goal.

They had procedures, which included breast implants, lip fillers, fake eyebrows and fake eyelashes. So far, they have shelled out almost $250,000 for the procedures.

Man jailed for sexual assault after poking hole in condom that caused his girlfriend to get pregnant

Condom illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man will spend time in jail after he deliberately made a hole in a condom while having consensual sex.

The Canadian Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man, who deliberately broke the condom while having sex with his girlfriend.

Craig Jaret Hutchinson of Nova Scotia, will spend the 18 months in prison for manipulating a condom, which resulted in his girlfriend getting pregnant.

Hutchinson wanted to save his relationship with his girlfriend, thinking he could do so by getting her pregnant.

His girlfriend did indeed get pregnant. In a series of text messages, Hutchinson told her what he had done. The woman then called the police and had an abortion.

He was charged with one count of sexual assault. The issue in court was whether he sexually assaulted the woman by having unprotected sex, to which she never agreed.

In 7 to 0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Hutchinson deprived the woman of her ability to consent to unprotected sex. “The defendant sabotaged the condom, which constituted a fraud. A person has the right to consent to how they want to be touched,” the judges said in their ruling.

Man shoves his poop into bank cash machine as part of protest

ATM illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

Police arrested a man after he shoved poop into a bank ATM, police in France said.

Managers at five different banks in the city of Brest, called police after they found that someone had made a foul deposit.

The man was apparently upset with the bank, but rather than taking up the issue with managers, he messed up the ATMs.

Police found that the man had forced fecal matter into a
total of 17 machines. After reviewing surveillance videos, officers arrested the 53-year-old suspect.

He admitted to police that he collected human fecal matter and shoved it into the ATMs. The suspect was arrested and charged with vandalism.

Police said that the suspect had been collecting feces for a couple of days, before he placed it into the 17 machines with a spatula. This is not the first time that the same man was accused of bizarre behavior.

In the past, the suspect was accused of urinating on computers at a French post office.

Middle school teacher accidentally shows video of herself performing sex acts to students

Classroom illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A woman was left red-faced after her students saw a sex video of her.

The middle school students of Little Rock, Arkansas, had an unexpected sex education class when their teacher accidentally showed them a sex video.

The video reportedly showed the teacher performing sex with her ​​fiance. The teacher was unsure how the video became part of her lesson.

The teacher, whose name has not been revealed, taught at the Forest Heights Middle School on Wednesday, when the incident happened. Her embarrassment did not end with her students.

The teacher called the parents of her students and told them about her embarrassing mistake. She apologized to the parents.

Nicolar Tolerson, whose son saw the video, is very bothered by the incident. He said that his son came home from school and told him about his teacher’s sex video, which they got to watch at school.

Tolerson said that he accepted the teacher’s apology, but he wants the teacher to be held accountable for her disturbing actions.

School officials insisted they were not taking this matter lightly. They said that they are trying to found out how it happened, and are working to find the appropriate disciplinary action.

Man divorces his rich wife because he doesn't like a wealthy lifestyle

Xiu Li and Tony Hawken 
By: Aarav Sen

A man said that he is divorcing his super rich and good-looking wife because of her wealth.

Tony Hawken, 57, of the United Kingdom, is divorcing his wife after being together for 21 years.

Hawken and his wife Xiu Li, 51, have a 17-year-old son together. Hawken, who worked as a math teacher, is used to living a simple life and said that he is sick of being rich.

The couple became rich when Li came up with the idea of building malls in unused Chinese bomb shelters. This earned her an estimated $1.2 billion.

The couple traded their house in South Norwood, London, and bought a $2.5 million house in Surrey. Li quickly settled into a luxury lifestyle.

However, Hawken said that he was uncomfortable with this lifestyle. Despite his sudden wealth he continued to shop at cheaper stores and eat at his favorite local restaurant.

Hawken was always frugal with his money as it was the way he was raised. He decided to divorce his wife and continue to live a simple lifestyle.

After their divorce settlement, Hawken will walk away with only $1.6 million. Although it is very little in comparison to his wife’s fortune, Hawken said that it will be enough for him.

Hawken said that he will no longer have to work because the money will be enough for his lifestyle. Although he no longer works as a school teacher, Hawken volunteers his time to tutor underprivileged kids.

Man slapped with $800 lawsuit after buying $42 in Girl Scout cookies

Girl Scout cookies illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A Colorado man thought that he was doing a good deed by buying some Girl Scout cookies, but it turned into a nightmare.

The incident began when Tad Osborn of Fort Collins, bought $42 worth of cookies and made the payment by check.

Last summer, Osborn received a notice from a collection agency stating that his check had bounced and the cookies, along with the fees, would cost him $82. When Osborn received the notice, it said that the check did not go through because his bank account was closed.

Osborn however, claims that he never received a notice about the bounced check from his bank, and said that his bank account was not closed. A spokesperson for the local Girl Scout said that several attempts were made to locate Osborn at his home, but no one answered the door.

Now, Osborn is being sued for attorney fees and court filings, which have risen to more than $740. Osborn said that he also had to pay $96 to a Larimer County Court to avoid an automatic default in the case, so the total amount now stands at $836.

Judge overturns man’s rape conviction because the woman ‘did not act like a victim’

Anti rape protest illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

People were outraged after a judge overturned a rape conviction.

The Georgia appeals court judge ordered a new trial for a man convicted of rape, saying the woman who accused him of the crime, did not “behave like a victim.”

William Jeffrey Dumas, was found guilty of repeatedly raping the 24-year-old woman, who has Down syndrome. His semen was found on the victim’s bed.

Dumas appealed the case and won a retrial. Appeals Court Judge Christopher McFadden wrote that the victim did not show "visible distress" when she reported the rape. The judge also said that Dumas did not behave like someone who had just committed a series of violent crimes.

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard, who prosecuted the case, was “disgusted” by to the judge's decision. He said that the victim had a hard time testifying at the first trail as she did not want to be in the same room as Dumas.

The prosecutor said that it was hard for him to tell the victim that although a jury had convicted her assailant the judge gave the guy a new trial. Her parents were also outraged with the judges decision and they want justice.

Worker at thrift store dies from gun that was left inside a donated sock

Clothing illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A woman was killed by a gun that was left inside a sock that was brought to a thrift shop where she worked.

The gun was found inside the sock, which was donated to the thrift store in Chicago, Illinois.

The gun accidentally went off on Friday morning, killing the longtime employee, 54-year-old Carmen Dominguez,
a mother of two. Dominguez and another store employee at the Unique Thrift Store in the 9300 block of South Ashland, sorted donated clothing at 10:00 a.m., when the gun went off, police said.

A male employee told police that he found a sock with something inside, and he emptied it into his hand. He found a .22 caliber gun, which accidentally went off in his hand.

Dominguez, was shot in the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead. Dominguez worked at the thrift store for over 25 years.

Dominguez was married and had two children, a 17-year-old girl and a 30-year-old son. “She was a family oriented person. She was always there for us. She was a good person,” Anel Mendoza, Dominguez’s niece said.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. According to the initial investigation, police believe that the shooting was an accident.

Boy, 15, shoots his girlfriend and himself after she broke up with him

Matthew Bolton and Ana Greer in happier times 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A young teenager had a hard time dealing with rejection and a broken heart.

A teenage romance turned into a tragedy when the teenager of Arizona, shot and killed his former girlfriend before ending his own life.

Matthew Bolton, 15, and Anastasia “Ana” Greer, were both students at the Sandra Day O'Connor High School. They were in love and have been together until Greer broke up with him.

Police said that Bolton of Phoenix, did not go to school the day of the murder-suicide. It is unclear how he got the weapon, which was found on a sidewalk near the bodies when police arrived.

Officers responded to a 911 call of a shooting around 12:00 p.m., and two teenagers were found dead in the front lawn of a house of gunshot wounds. Investigators said that Bolton got a ride to meet the girl in front of a friend’s house.

Once there, Bolton was seen running after his former girlfriend before shooting her in the chest. Bolton then turned the gun on himself. May they rest in peace.

Man, 30, commits suicide because his wound did not heal

Pills illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A man is dead after he hanged himself because his wound would not heal, police in Nigeria said.

Bayelsa State Police said that 30-year-old Romeo Colour, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his bedroom.

According to the initial police investigation, Colour attempted suicide several times in the past. However, he was talked out of taking his own life by neighbors and family members.

On Saturday, Colour closed all the doors and windows of his home, and used his bed sheets to hang himself. The mother of the victim, Ebierie Colour, said that her son began contemplating suicide after an injury he sustained while working at a construction site failed to heal.

Last November, a Irobot Roomba 760 robot in Hinterstoder, Austria, that was designed to clean people’s houses, was reportedly “fed up” with having to clean the same house every day, and decided to end it all.

The robot somehow reactivated itself, made ​​its way to the counter and pushed a pot aside. It walked onto the stove top, got burned, and that was the end of it, according to firefighter Helmut Kniewasser.

"It very quickly began to melt and it became stuck to the stove top. It then caught on fire. By the time we arrived it was a pile of ashes,” Kniewasser said.

The whole building was evacuated, and there was a lot of smoke damage mainly in the apartment in which the robot had “committed suicide.” The 44-year-old homeowner, who was not at home at the time of the incident, is still puzzled as to how the robot activated itself, and how it ended up on the hot stove.

"I don’t know about the allegations of the robot committing suicide, but the homeowner insists that the device was switched off,” Kniewasser said. “It's a mystery how it came to be activated and ended up making its way to the hot plate,” he added.

It took an hour to clean up and make the building safe before residents were allowed back inside.

Man kills his father because he refused to approve his engagement to girlfriend

Engagement ring illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man is dead after being beaten by his own son because he refused to approve an engagement, police in Nigeria said.

Taraba State Police said that a 32-year-old man, identified as Babangida Sule, fatally stabbed his father, Marwa Sule, on Wednesday.

According to the initial police investigation, Babangida killed and dismembered his father using a sharp machete. When police arrived at the scene, the son already fled from the house.

A vigilante group organized a search for the suspect, and they found him hiding near a river behind some bushes. They held him down until police arrived at the scene.

Police said that several years ago, the suspect beat his father to near death during an argument. At that time, the father refused to press charges against his son.

The suspect will be brought before a magistrate’s court judge for a bail hearing, while charges are still pending.

Father kills his daughter and attacks pastor because she converted to Christianity

Church illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A woman is dead after being attacked by her father with a machete because she converted to Christianity, police in Nigeria said.

Oyo State Police said that they have arrested the man suspected of killing his daughter, identified as Kausara Isiaka.

Besides attacking his daughter the man also inflicted wounds on Reverend Daniel Oladimeji. According to the initial police investigation, the suspect broke into the offices of the church and attacked four people, Mary Oladimeji, his daughter Kausara Isiaka, Aanu and the church leader.

The suspect asked his daughter to reconsider her actions, before he started making threats. Police said that the girl sought refuge in the church after receiving threats.

The suspect will be brought before a magistrate's court judge for a bail hearing, while charged are still pending.

Man, 22, fatally shoots himself while handcuffed in back of police car

Handgun illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

A man is dead after shooting himself in back of a police car, police in Louisiana said.

Iberia Parish Police said that 22-year-old Victor White III was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to the initial police investigation, the incident began on Sunday night about 11:22 p.m., when local sheriff deputies were responding to a report of a fight in the 300 block of Lewis Street. While searching White, officers found him to be in possession of illegal narcotics.

White was arrested, handcuffed behind his back and transported to the sheriff's office for processing. When they arrived at the sheriff’s office, White stopped cooperating and refused to exit the vehicle.

As one of the deputies requested assistance from other members, White produced a pistol and fired one round, hitting his back. White was taken to a local hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Florida man found dead in Mexico after being involved in fight at gay bar

Craig Taylor 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A Florida man was found dead at the side of a road in Mexico, after being involved in a fight at a local gay bar, police in Mexico said.

Craig Taylor was found dead on Sunday morning, at the side of the road in Cancun, after a dispute over a bill.

The 22 year old was traveling with his brother and two friends. The incident began when the group went to a local gay bar named 11:11.

According to the initial police investigation, Taylor complained to employees at the bar that the bill was too high, and he later accused a waitress of stealing his credit card.

After the dispute broke out they all fled the scene, but Taylor was found strangled to death the next day. Taylor was found wearing a bracelet that showed he had entered the bar.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident so far, but none have been charged with the murder. Taylor lived in Kissimmee.

Man tells court spirit told him to rape his daughter if he wants his job back

Attacked woman illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

A man who was arrested and charged with raping his daughter told a court that a spirit told him to do so.

42-year-old Pedro Anegbe of Lagos, Nigeria, told a judge that he raped his 15-year-old daughter twice to get a job.

He said that the voice commanded him to rape the girl shortly after he lost his job and was idle at home. Anegbe was charged with two counts of rape for raping his 15-year-old daughter at his home, which is located on Ifelodun Street.

As we reported earlier, a man was arrested and charged with child rape for raping his own daughter, police in Nigeria said. Lagos Police said that when they arrested the man he told them that he raped his daughter because he wanted to be successful.

Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Pedro Anegbe. He was remanded into the Ikoyi prison after being charged with raping his 15-year-old daughter. According to the initial police investigation, the rape occurred 2:30 p.m., at his home. The defendant, his wife and the victim live together.

The defendant told investigators that he heard a voice instructing him to have sex with his daughter if he wants to succeed in life. Police said that this was not the first time that the suspect slept with his daughter.

The man raped his daughter when she was just 6 years old. His wife caught him, but she did not call police after he promised never to do it again.

Dead woman found in her car after laying there for 6 years

Car in garage illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A dead woman has been discovered in her car after laying there for six years, police in Michigan said.

Pontiac Police said that the body of the woman was degraded in the back of her car in a garage.

No one noticed that she was dead because her bills were paid by direct debit from her checking account and the grass of her property was cut regularly by a neighbor for six years. The woman was found in her Jeep Liberty after her bank account ran out of money and someone was sent to the home to check why the mortgage payments had stopped.

The woman was identified as 49-year-old Pia Davida Farrenkopf. She was found wearing a thick jacket and jeans, which led investigators to believe that she died in the winter.

Police said that suicide by carbon monoxide is the likely cause of death.