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Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:21 AM
TRBUSNICA, Serbia — Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.
The exercise, dubbed "Drina 2016," was held Sunday at the border between Serbia and Bosnia simulating an extremist attack and a bus hijacking. Several thousand people watched the drill.
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says that the exercise has shown that borders shouldn't exist when it comes to fighting terrorism.
Joint security drills by Serbian and Bosnian Serb troops remain a sensitive issue because Serbia backed Bosnian Serbs in their fight against Bosnia's Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 war.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
— People are mourning the loss of influential evangelist Billy Graham after news of his death broke early Wednesday. He was 99.
Born William Franklin Graham in North Carolina, the religious leader was known as “America’s pastor.” He also had a huge global following through his radio and television ministry, reaching millions.
Throughout his career, which spanned more than 70 years, he developed relationships with politicians and activists, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama.
As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to write condolences. Several said they were sad to hear about his passing.
Sad to hear about the homegoing of Rev. Billy Graham. We will be praying for his family, but we as Believers know that the moment he closed his eyes here on earth, he opened them in the portals of Glory. @Franklin_Graham— Gabriel Swaggart (@GabeSwaggart) February 21, 2018
Sad news... Reverend Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99. #RIP— Buck Lanford (@BuckFOX5) February 21, 2018
I was sad to learn of the passing of Billy Graham at age 99. He was a godly man who preached the Gospel faithfully. May each one of us be faithful to the end. #John3:16— Michael A Youssef (@MichaelAYoussef) February 21, 2018
Some praised him for his dedication and passion, while also reflecting on the lives he affected. Many called him “kind” and “amazing.”
Reverend Billy Graham...a great man....he prayed with and for everyone. He was very kind and very humble. pic.twitter.com/K2mLJbrcdB— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 21, 2018
I am reminded of my childhood with my baptist grandmother watching dubbed Billy Graham sermons. He was kind of a rockstar. RIP— De las Mercedes (@fdlm) February 21, 2018
Rev. Billy Graham was an amazing man of God who truly affected the world for Jesus. What a man with a passion for wanting to know Jesus and tell everyone else about Him. https://t.co/nNRbJa5Ae4— Joseph Martin (@jjmart7) February 21, 2018
I thank God for the integrity and faithful walk that Billy Graham modeled for us. Appreciated his passion for seeing people come to know Jesus.— Mike Leake (@mikeleake) February 21, 2018
Others chimed in with their favorite quotes from Graham.
I am not going to Heaven because I have preached to great crowds or read the Bible many times. I'm going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: 'Lord, remember me.' - Billy Graham pic.twitter.com/zYAxDq6osG— Building 429 (@building429) February 21, 2018
“(When I’m gone) I want to hear 1 person say something nice about me...& that’s the Lord—‘Well done, good & faithful servant!’”— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) February 21, 2018
Billy heard those words this morning & so will 3 million others b/c of his life
"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God." Billy Graham— David Platt (@plattdavid) February 21, 2018
While a few criticized some of his preachings and political ideas, they still expressed their respect for him.
While I can't say I agree with all of his Billy Graham's views (mostly political), unlike most of so called evangelicals today, he actually lived his life like Jesus teaches you to. I just wish his movement wasn't taken over by men who used it for profit over teachings— Jose Mendez (@mikenicetwin89) February 21, 2018
Billy Graham died today at the ripe old age of 99.— Greg Leichty (@CuriousGreg) February 21, 2018
I sometimes didn't agree with him, but I always respected him.
Ive been critical of many evangelicals...to the point of hate...but never billy Graham wansnt perfect but always preached faith over politics...gods love over hate...RIP good man...may your followers learn a lesson in humanity and peace before it is too late https://t.co/1c9dkn167n— The Starkman (@Starkman88) February 21, 2018
I know there’s a negative stigma attached to televangelists, but I always had a favorable opinion of Billy Graham. RIP, sir.— Marcus (@ShyMarcus) February 21, 2018
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 11:44 AM
CARTEGENA, Colombia — A Capuchin monkey and a dog have made an unlikely pair in Colombia.
Now the two are the best of unusual friends, Sky News reported.
But their friendship may soon be forced to come to an end.
The monkey becomes upset when anyone gets near them, so the Environmental and Ecological Protection Police took the dog and monkey and could separate them, returning the monkey to the wild, the Independent reported. But there could be a hiccup to their plan. The Independent reported that the Capuchins in the wild may not welcome the monkey into their group.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 11:30 AM
ALBERTA, Canada — A couple in Canada can now start rebuilding their lives after they were big winners in the Atlantic Lottery.
Bill Pendergast and his wife accepted a $1 million check this month, nearly two years after their home and all their belongings were destroyed in a wildfire.
The May 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire destroyed their home, along with about 10 percent of the Alberta, Canada, town, the BBC reported.
Pendergast was recently visiting his sick father in Newfoundland, who ask him to get a soda at a store, the BBC reported. He bought a ticket at the local gas station on a whim. The next morning, he found out he was a new millionaire, CNN reported. He then called his wife, who hopped on a plane to Newfoundland to help her husband cash in on his newfound money, CNN reported.
The money, the couple said, will be used mostly to help put the pieces back together, including finishing construction on their new home, CBC reported.
“Our rebuild should be finished in the next two to four months, so this is going to go a long way towards that,” Pendergast told CBC.
The family, including the couple’s five sons, is also going to take a family vacation, CBC reported.
But there is one thing the lucky winner always wanted that will now become a reality.
“I have always wanted a Mustang, and I will finally have one, I’m 100% sure of that,” Pendergast told CNN.
Published: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
Updated: Monday, February 12, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
LONDON — All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled Monday after a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) unexploded World War II-era bomb was found nearby in the River Thames.
The Metropolitan Police service cleared an area within 214 meters (700 feet) of the bomb, including several residential streets, as officers worked with specialists from the Royal Navy to remove the device.
Police said the bomb was discovered Sunday at the George V Dock during pre-planned work at City Airport. They described it as a 1.5-meter (5-foot) shell that was lying in a bed of dense silt.
"The first stage of the removal operation is to free the shell from the silt so that it can be floated for removal," police said in a statement.
Local officials offered emergency accommodations to residents and said work to remove the bomb would continue into Tuesday.
Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said he recognizes that passengers will be inconvenienced but said the airport is cooperating fully with authorities "to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."