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World Photos of the Week: Shanghai Fog, Malta Moon, Storm Ciara

10:10  14 february  2020
10:10  14 february  2020 Source:   theatlantic.com

Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky

  Snow Moon stuns as one of the largest full moons of 2020 lights up the sky Skygazers are enjoying the spectacular February full moon, or snow moon, this weekend. © FoxNews.com Everything you need to know about the celestial event. The Snow Moon is one of the largest full moons of 2020 and will light up the sky on Saturday and Sunday. WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?In New York City, photographers brazed the cold on the waterfront at Red Hook, Brooklyn, early Saturday morning to capture images of the almost-full moon behind the Statue of Liberty.The February full moon will reach its peak at 2:33 a.m. ET on Sunday, according to NASA.

Storm Ciara continues to batter Europe. Photograph : Laurent Darbellay/EPA. New York, US. Models pose backstage before the Blonds’ fashion week show at Spring Studios. Istanbul, Turkey. The snow moon , the first full moon of February, is one of the biggest of the year.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three officials with a Philippines-based church in Los Angeles have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, crime scene tape is seen closing off an area around the grounds of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Three officials with the Philippines-based church have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, crime scene tape is seen closing off an area around the grounds of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles. Three officials with the Philippines-based church have been charged as part of an alleged scheme to trick followers into becoming fundraisers and arrange sham marriages to keep them in the U.S. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Federal agents arrested the local leaders of Kingdom of Jesus Christ church during a raid last month. They were each charged Wednesday. Conspiring to commit forced labor trafficking and immigration and marriage fraud were some of the charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Trains, flights, ferries cancelled as high winds batter UK

  Trains, flights, ferries cancelled as high winds batter UK LONDON (AP) — Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and weather warnings issued across the United Kingdom and in northern Europe as a storm with winds expected to reach hurricane levels batters the region. Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, was expected to bring winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) as well as heavy rains. Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, was expected to bring winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) as well as heavy rains. The agency has issued 22 emergency flood warnings and 149 flood watch alerts.

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Moonrise and moonset time, Moon direction, and Moon phase in Shanghai – Shanghai Municipality – China for February 2020. When and where does the Moon rise and set?

Guia Cabactulan, 59, was the church’s top official in the United States, according to the indictment. Marissa Duenas, 41, allegedly handled immigration matters as the “human resources leader” and investigators believe Amanda Estopare, 48, tracked fundraising and funneled money to the church’s leadership in the Philippines, the newspaper reported Thursday.

A magistrate judge had ordered all three women detained after their arrests last month. Attorneys for Cabactulan and Duenas didn’t immediately respond to requests from the Times for comment. It was unclear from court records if Estopare had retained a lawyer.

Man City-West Ham postponed due to Storm Ciara

  Man City-West Ham postponed due to Storm Ciara Manchester City's Sunday morning match with West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium has been postponed due to Storm Ciara concerns.Manchester City’s match with West Ham United has been postponed due to Storm Ciara.

Shanghai Moon is *the* place to go on a Friday night in the Medford area. It's always bumpin', and for good reason - the entertainment! I used to live walking distance from Shanghai and would go at least once a week . Now I live about 15 minutes away but drive there almost just as frequently.

The Shanghai Moon is a Lydia Chin/Bill Smith mystery novel by S. J. Rozan. It was published in 2009 by Minotaur Books. In 2010 it was published by Ebury Press in the UK as Trail of Blood. Set partially in New York City and partially in the Shanghai Ghetto

Israelito Torreon, an attorney for the church in the Philippines, previously denied all accusations. Torreon said the U.S. charges stemmed from a campaign, waged by disgruntled ex-members, “to exact revenge” and drag the church and its leader, Apollo Quiboloy, “into a quagmire of shame, blatant humiliation and defeat.”

Quiboloy was neither charged nor identified by name in court documents; prosecutors and agents have referred only to the church’s “leader,” the Times said.

Workers who say they managed to escape from the church told the FBI that they had been sent across the U.S. to work long hours soliciting donations for the church’s charity and were beaten and psychologically abused if they didn't make daily quotas, according to an affidavit filed last month in support of the charges. Some described having to live in cars at truck stops.

The immigrants essentially became full-time workers, sometimes referred to as “miracle workers,” in a crusade to raise money for the nonprofit Children’s Joy Foundation USA, which was supposed to benefit poor children in their homeland. But the complaint said most of the money raised was used to finance church operations and fund the leaders' lavish lifestyles.

The church claims a membership of 6 million people and backed the 2016 candidacy of President Rodrigo Duterte, a close friend of Quiboloy.

Between 2014 and the middle of last year, $20 million was sent to the church in the Philippines, the FBI said.

Investigators documented 82 sham marriages over a 20-year period between top fundraisers and church members who were U.S. citizens.

Army deployed as storm Dennis hits UK .
The British army was drafted in on Saturday as Storm Dennis descended on the country, with high winds and heavy rain threatening travel chaos and widespread flooding. British Airways and easyJet confirmed they had grounded flights, while two bodies were pulled from rough seas off the south England coast on Saturday as the storm barrelled in. One of the men is assumed to have been the subject of a search triggered when an LPG tanker reported that one of its crew was unaccounted for.© Oli SCARFF Members of the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment erect flood barricades in Ilkley, West Yorkshire on Saturday He had been last seen several hours previously.

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