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According to Europol Chief Rob Wainwright, the threat of terrorism has become “extremely difficult.” However, he said the police’s resolve to combat and prevent terrorism is still high.

“We are dealing with a very serious threat spread around many European countries and propagated by thousands of suspects radicalised on the internet and through conflict experience in Syria and Iraq.

“It is clearly an urgent and serious challenge we face now.

“The scale of the problem has increased over the last 10 years. But over the last ten years the sophistication of the police response has increased too.

“The public can be reassured by the determined response by the security authorities.

“Across Europe, we are engaged in quickly exchanging intelligence. Significant amounts of work are being done.

“Stopping everything is very difficult, containing the threat wholly is very difficult but I am sure we will prevail.”

His statement comes after last week’s attack on Paris’ Charlie Hebdo offices, which killed 12 famed cartoonists including its editor.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama said that Britain and America will join forces to counter the “poisonous and fanatical ideology” of extremists.

Cameron said: “Frankly, we’ve been in this struggle against extremist Islamist terrorism for well over a decade-and-a-half so we know what it takes to win, and it’s going to take a lot of perseverance.”


Sixty-two-years-old actor Michael Keaton will play as Birdman. Birdman, a down-on-his-knees Hollywood star about to lose himself to dementia, intends to produce his own script and act in his own film as he is desperate to prove he’s more than just the superhero he once played.

Along with Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis will be joining him.

Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had made 21 Grams and Babel, is a satirical depiction of the film industry’s lustful wanting of blockbuster comic book sequels.

The film is humorous as it is thought-provoking and touching. It also shows the human frailty behind being a celebrity and the fickle-fame-and-fortune stories many actors could relate to.

Keaton said that it was difficult to act in the movie as it is difficult to enjoy while it was acted. But one can enjoy the end result of each shot.

He was made to run around the side of the theatre and through Times Square to get back in the front wearing just underpants in one shot.

“It was really weirdly fun,” he adds of filming the scene. “It’s fun to play a guy who’s this screwed up. To literally get naked, I guess, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it so much. You get naked emotionally and then you get almost naked physically.”


After a hacker group attacked Sony Pictures and revealed all of its internal communications and information, US security agencies are now investigating their new threat against people who would watch the film “The Interview.”

According to the hackers, anyone who would watch the controversial comedy regarding the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un would face a “bitter fate.” They also warned that people living near cinemas showing the film must leave their homes.

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS):  ”At this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres within the United States.”

NYPD’s Top Counterterrorism official John Miller said ”Having read through the threat material myself, it’s actually not crystal clear whether it’s a cyber-response that they are threatening or whether it’s a physical attack.

“That’s why we’re continuing to evaluate the language of it, and also the source of it. I think our primary posture is going to be is going to have a police presence and a response capability that will reassure people who may have heard about this and have concerns.”

The hacker group calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ had published Sony Pictures’s emails in a public domain. Sony is the main publisher of the film.

North Korean denied any involvement in the attack but had praised the efforts of the supporters.


The Egyptian High Court had sentenced 185 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for attacking a police station in Cairo last year. Twelve policemen had been killed in the skirmish.

The Kerdasa police station was attacked on August 14, 2013 after Egyptian security forces cleared protest camps in Kairo. The security forces had killed hundreds of protesters in the most brutal crackdown in the country’s history.

More than 151 supporters are still in custody and many others were tried in absentia.

The sentence is still preliminary and is subject to a series of appeals. The top religious authority of Egypt is also subject to approve the sentence.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President and former Military head Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, had curbed some freedoms won during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. However, Egyptian citizens are willing to tolerate the curbs believing them as necessary to restore stability and growth into Egypt’s poor economic performance due to the uprising against ousted President Mohammed Morsy.

No supporter has been executed so far.


Benedict Cumberbatch’s humble announcement of his marriage to Sophie Hunter in The Times newspaper had been received positively by the UK public, but not its women. The Sherlock Holmes star, who had always been unassuming and modest despite his immense fame worldwide, said that he was very happy to make the “most important heart happier” after being asked about what he felt breaking thousands of ladies’ hearts.

Benedict sets himself apart as the “real gentleman” in the sea of the modern day brash males. According to UK media, this is a result of the loving upbringing he received in his family, with his mother playing a huge role in his treatment of women.

His parents are as much in love today as they were 42 years ago.

Wanda Ventham, his mother, now at 79, was once a household name in British television. She was an extremely talented actress in her own time with a long list of TV shows and films.

Cumberbatch’s mother also had some raunchy roles, which he said he was embarrassed to talk about. His mother questioned him of his sexual orientation because of his sensitivity to the films.

However, it was Wanda and Benedict’s father that had urged him to pursue a career in being a film actor and performance art.


According to Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, being “a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit” does not fit the description of businesses. Her group, called The B-Team, works with different organisations to help push forward a better way to do business. They have identified that the well-being of employees are also crucial for business success.


Huffington’s Well-Being Committee discusses employment stories from these different organisations. These stories range from which plans work and not, coming up with innovative ideas, how to progressively scale a business and ensure a uniform effort.


The author identified that globally, businesses are becoming aware that the health of their long-term bottom line is aligned with the health of their employees’ motivation.


Business all over the world had introduced stress-reducing programs and better workload adjustments to allow employees a better breather than what they are used to.


Stressed employees are likely to have loss of productivity by acquiring stress-related conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. A Harvard study that Huffington pointed out indicated that the more a company focuses on employee wellness programs, the better profits the company makes.


Hong Kong protesters watched government and student protest leaders formally discuss the issue surrounding Hong Kong’s upcoming election candidates. The failure of the talks to break a deadlock had many protesters set a schedule for more protest to push for greater democracy in the financial hub.

The Hong Kong protests nearing its first month, has widened the gap between the protesters and the government. The government has labelled the Hong Kong protest activities as illegal. They also went to say the protester’s demands for open nominations were impossible under the laws of the former British colony.

Some protest leaders had called to march to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying to protest directly outside his house and ask him to step down. They also thought of expanding their movement to different places to lobby against the government to face and answer their demands.

While Hong Kong has the full right to assume universal suffrage under the “one country, two systems” rule under the Chinese, Beijing is concerned that allowing Hong Kong to have democracy will other groups in mainland China to imitate such demands.

Meanwhile, the protests were rarely violent as protesters were respectful of authorities. Student protesters said they had yet to decide to engage in further talks with the government. Yvonne Leung, one of the student leaders, said that the government did not give a concrete reply and just elaborated on some processes that people do not need to know.


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 3,300 people has been killed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa as the virus continues to spread.

The WHO said that 3,338 in total had died of confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola on September 28. Around 7,148 cases have been reported in the area alone. The disease remains isolated in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. They also confirmed that Guinea’s situation had stabilised, yet the situation is growing worse in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In America, a patient arriving in Texas from Liberia had shown symptoms of the disease by September 28. The patient is currently being treated and monitored at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

While he is not the first to be treated for Ebola in the United States, he is the first to develop the symptoms while inside th country. The US has launched an intensive medical and public-health effort for the patient and is looking to quarantine people who the patient had come in contact with.

Health workers are the common foreign national victims of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the WHO is increasingly becoming concerned. About 377 health workers have been infected as of September 28 with 216 casualties.


For centuries people have searched for the secret to eternal youth without much success, but now, thanks to a team of biologists at UCLA we could be closer to the solution than ever before.

During lab studies the biologists discovered a little known gene in fruit flies that could be used in humans to slow aging and allow them to live for longer.

The gene is called AMPK, and once activated in fruit flies it increases their life by around a third, while at the same time keeping them healthy right until their demise. Needless to say, if this AMPK gene could be transferred to humans in the near future, then it would probably become normal to see people at the age of 90 still hitting the gym and enjoy life to the fullest.

Dave Walker, a professor at UCLA, said “this research brings us closer to understanding aging at a cellular levels and has implications for delaying the onset and slowing the progression of many of the major diseases of aging.”

It certainly seems that the anti-aging industry is currently booming. People now have more disposable income than ever before, which means products such as wrinkle creams and supplements bring billions of dollars every year into the economy.

Not only that, but people are also becoming more educated about topics such as diet and fitness, which means they are in a better position to look after their bodies and add years to their life.

One of the most popular anti-aging products in America and Europe is the phytoceramide supplement. In a nutshell, the supplement is made from sweet potatoes and rice powder, and when taken on a regular basis it supplies the body with a potent force that results in healthier looking skin, reduced wrinkles, and increased elasticity around the eye and lip areas.

According to respected authorities such as Dr Oz, and celebrities like Oprah and Paris Hilton, the best phytoceramide supplements can be bought from trusted websites such as Amazon.

On this kind of website you will find many different sellers offering Phytoceramides made from only the finest ingredients that is approved by the FDA, while still coming in at a price to suit all budgets.

Make no mistake about it, the Phytoceramide supplement is a viable solution until the “fruit fly gene” is used in humans on a large scale. Who knows exactly how long that could be…maybe 10, 25, or even 50 years? One thing is for sure though, the biologists at UCLA are doing great work.

The United States and its Arabian Allies had confirmed 14 target hits in the first series of air strikes against the Islamic State or (IS). The US had also confirmed having hit the Khorasan Group, another terrorist group plotting against Western countries and the United States.

Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar had joined the US in attacking IS targets inside Syria. Jordan confirmed that it destroyed a number of targets against the Khorasan group.

The Syrian regime had been informed of the US air strikes inside Syria, according to its Foreign Minister.

Raqqa, inside Syria, is the headquarters of the IS. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the air strikes had hit checkpoints in Raqqa city and other areas. They also estimate a great number of IS numbers killed in the air strike.

Pentagon’s Spokesperson Rear Admiral John Kirby said that the US operations are still “ongoing,” sparing details of their operations, but said that the US is using its jet fighters, bomber jets and Tomahawk missiles.

Targets included barracks, training camps, communication towers, explosives and munitions manufacturing centres, supply trucks, armed vehicles and command centres.

Syrian Opposition Coalition had al-Bahra said that the air strikes were necessary, but they insist that allied countries take care to avoid civilian casualties.