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Are Carlee Russell’s Kidnapping Allegations Another Jussie Smollett

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Police in the city of Hoover are now saying they do not think Carlee Russell was kidnapped last Thursday after reported seeing a toddler walking along the motorway. Now Carlee Russell in being accused of being the new Jussie Smollett.

In a 30-minute press conference on Wednesday, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis stated that he does not think a crime was committed and provided fresh evidence challenging Russell’s claim that she was kidnapped. This new information includes several revealing Google searches Russell made on her mobile in the days and hours before she vanished.

According to Russell, some recent searches on his phone were for “How to steal money from a register without getting caught,” “one-way bus ticket from Birmingham to Nashville,” “Amber Alert information,” and the movie “Taken,” which is a movie about an international kidnapping.

Derzis declared that the probe was still ongoing. However, “we owe it to our citizens [to share] the facts that we have uncovered due to the public interest and, in some cases, public fear that this story has generated.”

“It’s highly unusual the day someone is kidnapped that they Google the movie ‘Taken,’ about an abduction,” he continued. “I find it to be very strange.”

Mayor Frank Brocato and Hoover Police Capt. Keith Czeskleba stood by Derzis as he described how investigators pieced together Russell’s disappearance, including by listening to the 911 call Russell made to the authorities.

Russell reported seeing a white man youngster, maybe 3 or 4 years old, wandering along the motorway during the call.

Derzis claimed that camera footage reveals that the car rolled at least 600 yards, or six football fields, on the motorway shoulder before coming to a complete stop. The dispatcher had requested her to keep an eye on the child.

“Carlee’s 911 call remains the only call about a child on the interstate,” he stated before going on to say, “To think that a toddler, barefoot, that is 3 or 4, travel six football fields without crying or getting into the road, it’s very hard for me to understand.”

The police chief added that Russell had stopped at Target for granola bars and Cheez-It snacks before leaving for the evening and had taken a bathrobe and toilet paper from her spa job, but none of these items were discovered when officers arrived to find her car.

Derzis claimed Russell, a 25-year-old nursing student, claimed in the one interview with police so far that when she stepped out of her car to check on the toddler, a white male with orange hair seized her and forced her to cross a nearby fence and get into a car. She claimed that before she realised it, she had inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler truck with a female accomplice.

Kidnapped Carlee Russell Accused of Being Another Jussie Smollett

Carlee Russell admitted to escaping once, but that she had first been apprehended and taken to a chamber where she was given cheese crackers.

She managed to escape once more at some point later, this time while in a car, according to Russell, who then escaped through the woods to her house in the western area of Hoover.

The chief stated once more that the department would like to speak with Russell once more to better understand what happened, but the family has claimed that Russell is not mentally capable of speaking at this time.

As soon as she is prepared, we may speak, he added.

In an interview with Yahoo News before the press conference, former criminal defence attorney and civil litigator Eric Guster of Birmingham said he had concerns about the tale from the start.

“On Thursday, I was afraid. They are stealing [this woman] off the side of the road 20 minutes from my house, I thought to myself. Then on Friday, it dawned on him, “This doesn’t make any sense. It was a fraud by Friday afternoon, I realised. I was aware it was a lie.

Guster, a legal analyst who has been discussing the case on Facebook Live since Monday, now thinks charges may be forthcoming.

I anticipate a tsunami of charges from them, he continued. To prove to the rest of the world that Hoover is a secure location, “I expect them to probably have all the videos and show all of her movements and how she made this up.”

According to the most recent census, Hoover, an affluent suburb, is home to roughly 92,000 people. About 19% of that population is Black, while 70% are white. The average household makes just around $100,000. However, according to Guster, there have always been strained racial relations in the neighbourhood, notably in the wake of the 2018 police killing of Black man Emantic Bradford Jr., age 21.

Guster stated, “They were taking the attacks on their police department very personally, and they’re going to come down hard on her.”


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India, At UN, Is Mum About Dispute With Canada Over Sikh Separatist Leader’s Killing

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UNITED NATIONS — As he addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader. However, he indirectly criticized how other nations respond to “terrorism.”

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar devoted most of his speech to praising India’s rising global stature and aspirations for leadership, highlighting its recent tenure as chair of the Group of 20 industrialized nations and presiding over a substantial summit meeting last month.

However, he also stated that the international community must not “allow political expediency to determine responses to terrorism, extremism, and violence.”

India has frequently attacked Pakistan at the United Nations over what New Delhi perceives as Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism. This time, however, the remark could be interpreted as an attack on Canada, whose representative is scheduled to speak at the United Nations later on Tuesday.

As a result of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement last week that India may have been involved in the June murder of a Canadian citizen in a Vancouver suburb, relations between the two countries have reached their lowest point in years.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was murdered by masked assailants, but Canada has not yet provided any public evidence of Indian involvement in the murder. India had designated him as a terrorist because he led the remnants of a once-powerful movement to establish an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan.


India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader.

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the allegation as “absurd” and accused Canada of harboring “terrorists and extremists.” It also asserted that the allegations were politically motivated, indicating that Trudeau sought domestic support from the Sikh diaspora.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to divert attention away from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have found refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry said in a statement released last week.

However, they have long accused Canada of allowing Sikh separatists, including Nijjar, unfettered reign.

Even though the active insurgency ended decades ago, the Modi administration has warned that Sikh separatists are attempting a comeback. New Delhi has urged nations such as Canada, where Sikhs account for more than 2% of the population, to do more to prevent a separatist revival.

After the G20 summit, Canada’s allegation obscured India’s diplomatic moment. Jaishankar sought to refocus attention on his country’s ambitions in the international arena, noting that India is the world’s most populous nation and a growing economic superpower.

“When we aspire to be a leading power, it is not for self-promotion, but to assume more responsibility and make more contributions,” he explained. “The goals we have set for ourselves will distinguish us from those who rose before us.”


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Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.

Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.

According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.


Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.

Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.

Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.

Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”

Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.

In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.


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Toymaker Lego Will Stick To Its Quest To Find Sustainable Materials Despite Failed Recycle Attempt In 2023

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Lego stated on Monday that it remains committed to its quest to find sustainable materials to reduce carbon emissions despite the failure of an experiment to use recycled bottles. Lego is the world’s largest toy manufacturer.

After more than two years of testing, Lego “decided not to proceed” with producing its trademark colorful bricks from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles because “the material did not reduce carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

Two years ago, the private company that manufactures bricks from oil-derived plastic began researching a potential transition to recycled plastic bottles made of PET plastic, which does not degrade in quality when recycled.

The company stated that it had invested “more than $1.2 billion in sustainability initiatives” to transition to more sustainable materials and reduce carbon emissions by 37% by 2032.

The company reported that it was “currently testing and developing Lego bricks made from a range of alternative sustainable materials, including other recycled plastics and plastics made from alternative sources such as e-methanol.”


Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

E-methanol, also known as green methanol, is composed of residual carbon dioxide and hydrogen and is produced by splitting water molecules using renewable energy.

The company said it would continue to use bio-polypropylene, the sustainable and biological variant of polyethylene — a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires — for elements in Lego sets such as leaves, trees and other accessories.

Long-term, “we believe that this will encourage increased production of more sustainable raw materials, such as recycled oils, and help support our transition to sustainable materials,” the report stated.

The company was founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932. The name comprises the Danish words leg and godt, meaning “play well.” The brand name was created without knowledge of the Latin Lego, meaning “I assemble.”


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