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Killer warned British tabloid he would escalate torture of ‘pussys’ to murder of humans
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PHUKET: A Canadian bi-sexual suspected of killing a man and mailing parts of his victim’s body to the headquarters of political parties in Ottawa is believed to have sent an email warning to a British tabloid, the publication reported on Friday.

After The Sun newspaper published a story about 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta in December last year, he showed up unannounced at the tabloid’s office in London to deny he was responsible for a video which showed kittens being suffocated inside a vacuum sealed bag and a more recent video showing a kitten being fed to a python.

However, just days after Magnotta’s visit, The Sun received a mysterious e-mail on December 10. The email was written under the name John Kilbride, a possible reference to a 12-year-old British boy who was brutally murdered by serial killer Ian Brady in November 1963.

“Well, I have to say goodbye for now, but don’t worry; in the near future you will be hearing from me again,” the email, riddled with typos, said. “This time, however, the victims won’t be small animals. I will, however, send you a copy of the new video I’m going to be making. You see, killing is different than smoking … with smoking you can actually quit.”

The writer, who is believed to be Magnotta, goes on and further hints at taking his killings to a new level. “Once you kill and taste blood it’s impossible to stop. The urge is just too strong not to continue,” the email said. “Next time you hear from me it will be in a movie I am producing, that will have some humans in it – not just pussys. 🙂 The things I have seen and the things I have done, you can only imagine.”

The writer of the email also indicates his interest in one of the tabloid’s male journalists. “You have some very sexy journilists [sic] at your paper 🙂 I have one I’m very keen on now. He was very sexy,” the writer says. Magnotta, who is bisexual, previously worked as a low-budget pornographic actor.

The email also indicates the person derives pleasure from taunting people. “You know, the fun part of all this is watching millions of people get angry and frustrated because they can’t catch me. That’s why I love this. I love the risk factor. It’s so [much] fun watching people work so hard gathering all the evidence, then not being able to name me or catch me,” the person writes. “You see, I always win; I always hold the trump card, and I will continue to make more movies.”

He concludes the email with: “Well, it was fun f[explicit] around with everyone, so have a merry christmas [sic] and a happy new years [sic]. I know I will. 🙂 Getting away with all this, now that’s genius. Signed, Yours Truly. (Or is it?)”

Believing the chilling message was written by Magnotta, The Sun reported both the e-mail and the kitten videos to Scotland Yard, which briefly investigated the complaint. “An allegation of malicious communication in the form of an email was made by a man to the Metropolitan Police,” a Scotland Yard spokesperson said on Friday.

The spokesperson confirmed Scotland Yard launched an investigation, but it was dropped because both the email and the videos did not originate from the United Kingdom. “An investigation by Islington Police established the origin of the email to be the Netherlands,” the spokesperson said. “Therefore, no crime could be proven to have been committed within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police.”

But the spokesperson said British police did not liaise with authorities abroad, including police in Canada who may have been interested in knowing about the contents of the email. “It had not been possible to glean information regarding any specific locations within ”North America” (US or Canada) or the Netherlands, and as such there was no specific local Force to pass any intelligence to,” the spokesperson added.

In regards to the videos showing kittens being killed, Islington police found they were also outside their jurisdiction as they were posted from somewhere in North America. “Therefore, no crime could be proven to have been committed within the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan Police. During the initial stages of the investigation, officers liaised with the RSPCA,” the spokesperson added, referring to the UK’s leading animal welfare charity.

Also on Friday, Montreal police identified the murder victim as 33-year-old Lin Jun, a Chinese student who studied at Concordia University. He was last seen on May 24 but was not reported missing until Tuesday, the day two packages containing body parts were found in Ottawa and a suitcase containing a torso was found in Montreal.

Montreal police spokesman Commander Ian Lafrenière said investigators into the murder and mayhem believe Magnotta knew Lin, although it is unclear if they were friends or romantically involved. He said several body parts remain missing, but declined to say which. A severed foot and hand were found in the packages, and additional parts were recovered at Magnotta’s house.

Meanwhile, Lafrenière said Magnotta is believed to have taken a flight from Montreal’s Trudeau airport to the French capital of Paris on Saturday. However, police are unsure if he remains in Paris or has since fled to another country.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Japan may stop assistance projects to Myanmar in response to coup

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Japan may stop assistance projects to Myanmar in response to the military coup, which has received major international backlash. As a major donor to Myanmar, Japan joins other advanced nations in condemning the coup which has seen security forces using violence against peaceful protesters.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi was quoted as saying in a phone call that “Japan will strongly urge the Myanmar military to release Suu Kyi and other detained individuals, and to swiftly restore democratic government.”

But it may not impose sanctions like the rest of the other developed countries as its longtime ties with the armed forces, ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy and investment promoting policy in the country may serve as a barrier in doing so. Britan and the United States have imposed sanctions in recent days which include the US freezing military funds.

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official says stopping its support of building projects would give China a chance to move in, increasing its clout in Myanmar. Around 450 Japanese companies operate in Myanmar with Japan being the 5th largest investor in the Southeast nation. Singapore has the most companies, followed by China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The Foreign Ministry says Japan spent about US $1.8 billion in official development assistance in the fiscal year of 2019, making it the largest among the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But it is unknown what China has poured into it as it has refused to disclose its expenditures.

The Japanese government plans to continue coronavirus emergency assistance to Myanmar through international organisations and non-governmental organisations. The World Bank, however, has stopped payments to projects in the nation indefinitely, after the coup on February 1, which disrupted the democratic elections last November and saw the arrest of top leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party, the National League for Democracy, won the elections in a landslide victory.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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In a landmark decision, Australia is now requiring global digital giants, such as Facebook and Google, to pay for using local news content on their websites. The move sets a precedent that many global companies have been anticipating.

The law passed yesterday after Facebook and Google reached an agreement to pay local Australian news organisations for using their stories on their websites. 1 week ago, Australians woke up to a blackout after Facebook temporarily banned local news, which included emergency notifications. The blackout was in response to the legislation being put forth for approval, with Facebook spokespeople saying it seemed to be their only choice at the time.

The new law sets the stage for other countries worldwide to gain more revenue for local media companies by making such social media giants pay to use content. Google’s “Showcase” product will now feature paid local news with Facebook showing such paid news under its “News” category.

Companies like Google and Facebook pushed back against the legislation, saying such a law could threaten their companies’ business models, with Google saying it could make their search engine website “unworkable.”

But local news organisations have rebuked the reasoning, citing that social media giants claim a large percentage of online advertisin, leaving local news companies out of the revenue game. Citing that news is gathered by reporting and fieldwork, the companies say it is unfair for social media companies to profit largely off of the work of local, smaller companies.

The law, called the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, aims to protect such local companies and to sustain public interest journalism. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs over the past decade as local media outlets have seen the bulk of their advertising revenues flow to digital companies’ sites after using their content.

Australia’s competition watchdog says that for every $100 invested by Australian advertisers, $49 is sent to Google and $24 to Facebook. Now, both online businesses say they will each invest around US $1 billion in local news content globally in the next 3 years. Facebook and Google now have 2 more months to reach solid agreements before being subjected to binding arbritations.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Who knew that finding 2 french bulldogs would earn US $500,000? That is the case for the lucky person that finds Lady Gaga’s equally lucky stolen dogs. The dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen in Los Angeles, California while out on a walk with their dog walker.

But that’s not all. The employee in charge of keeping the dogs healthy was shot and wounded by a gunman who left the scene in a car, but not before allegedly shooting another man in this 30s. That man was hospitalised according to LA police.

Asia, Gaga’s 3rd dog was luckily found by police at the scene and was taken home by the singer’s staff. It isn’t clear if the frenchies were targeted due to their owner’s famous status or if they were taken simply because they were an expensive pedigree breed that can be sold for thousands of dollars.

Gaga, however, has offered the hefty reward for their return with “no questions asked.”

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