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Paris terrorist found guilty over 2015 attack

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The only surviving member of the terrorist group that was responsible for the Paris 2015 attacks has been found guilty. 

Salah Abdeslam was given life without parole, the harshest possible sentence for a convicted felon in France. 

Salah Abdeslam, the leading suspect and the only surviving member of the nine who terrorised Paris on November 13, 2015.

The devastating attacks left 130 people dead and almost 500 wounded, with the ISIS group targeting bars, restaurants, a concert hall and outside the famed Stade De France.

The 32-year-old was found guilty of all five counts and is just the fifth person in French history to be sentenced to life without parole since it was legalised in 1994. 

 The court found that his explosives vest malfunctioned, dismissing his argument that he ditched the vest because he decided not to follow through with his attack.

The individual was one of 20 people on trial for the attacks, but is the sole defendant accused of physically carrying out the attacks. 

Presiding judge Jean-Louis Peries read the verdicts in a courthouse surrounded by unprecedented security, wrapping up a nine-month trial.

Reporters gather outside the special courtroom built for the 2015 attacks trial in Paris.

For months, the packed main chamber and 12 overflow rooms in the 13th century Justice Palace heard the harrowing accounts by the victims, along with testimony from Abdeslam.

Salah Abdeslam remained emotionless as his sentence was handed down.

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Hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton John

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We have lost a true Hollywood and “our girl” – the Australian icon

Olivia Newton John has passed away at the age of 73

She was an icon for so many battling cancer, as she had done for such a long time.

In a post on Facebook, her family says:

Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund

Olivia rose to stardom for her remarkable performance in hit musical “Grease” where she co-starred alongside Actor John Travolta, in 1978.

She was just 29 years of age, playing the role of an innocent teen in love with the bad boy.

Tributes are pouring in for Olivia Newton John.

Travolta has released a statement in tribute to the late icon.

“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better…Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!”

John Travolta tribute to Olivia Newton-John on Instagram

What a duo they were, and what a legacy she leaves behind.

Daughter remembers her Newton-John as “best friend”

Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi shared this beautiful childhood image with her late mother, with no words.

Only three days before Lattanzi had shared a recent image with her mother captioned “I worship this woman. My mother. My best friend.”

Fellow entertainers and leaders the world over have also paid tribute to the beloved star.

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Why did the FBI raid Trump’s home?

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Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach has been raided by the FBI

In a statement,Trump says the property was ‘under siege’ adding nothing like this has ever happened to a former President of the United States before.

Sources close to the matter say it’s all part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, which may have been taken to Florida.

The search is a clear indication authorities are moving in on their January 6 Capitol riot investigation.

Trump says the unannounced raid comes despite him working cooperatively with the relevant law enforcement agencies.

It follows the January 6 Congressional committee probing last year’s attack on the Capitol, gathering evidence in a series of explosive hearings.

Many witnesses have accused Trump of knowingly inciting the incident as part of a deliberate plot to overthrow the 2020 election.

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Violence ends with a ceasefire in Gaza

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A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants could be the beginning of the end for violence in Gaza

Weapons from both sides were fired minutes before an overnight ceasefire came into effect in Gaza.

The Egypt-brokered deal saw no further violence reported overnight.

At least 44 people have died since the conflict erupted again in May last year.

“Our fight is not with the people of Gaza. Islamic Jihad is an Iranian proxy that wants to destroy the State of Israel and kill innocent Israelis. The head of Islamic Jihad is in Tehran as we speak. We will do whatever it takes to defend our people.”

YAIR Lapid, PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL

Meanwhile, the U.S. and United Nations continue to urge both sides to observe the ceasefire and work towards peace.

U.S. President Joe Biden said all parties need “to fully implement [it] and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza”.

President Biden is also urging for an investigation into the deaths of civilians.

The leader of the Islamic Jihad’s operations in southern Gaza, Khaled Mansour, was killed over the weekend. Israel believes he is responsible for several acts of terror against Israelis.

“We appreciate the Egyptian efforts that had been exerted to end the Israeli aggression against our people,” a spokesperson for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said.

However, Israeli officials believe they have “the right to respond strongly” if the ceasefire is violated.

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