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Activists are gathering in Chechnya following reports of mass arrests, torture and murder of LGBT people in the Russian republic.

A complaint has been filed by activists in the gay and trans communities who are demanding that Russian authorities open a criminal investigation into the reported homophobic campaign by security forces.

The LGBT Network, a St Petersburg-based organisation, stated that it submitted the complaint to the Investigative Committee, which is the equivalent of MI5 or the FBI.

As a result, LGBT+ activists are gathering this Monday, February 4 at 6:30pm outside the Russian Embassy to show their solidarity with the Chechen gay community.

The The LGBT Network are demanding that the alleged detention or at least 14 people and death of one person be investigated, as well as probing claims of torture.

The group are attempting to compel Russian authorities to act on the reported new wave of persecution targeting Chechnya's gay community, Chechnya is predominantly Muslin, and is ruled by the dictatorial leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

In 2017, the campaign of hatred saw dozens of gay men rounded up and tragically tortured. Chechen authorities shockingly asserted that homosexuality doesn't exist in Chechnya, thereby denying the claims.

Director of the LGBT Network, Igor Kochetkov, told ABC News that the 14 cases in the complaint only applies to one police station in the capital, but there are others being detained all over the country.

The director said; "We believe several dozen people are detained, no lower than 40." His organisation helped dozens of gay men escape the country in 2017, and aided them in their search for asylum abroad.

Police are reportedly seizing the victims' passports when they are detained in order to stop them from fleeing, according to Kochetkov. Unlike two years ago, this time women are also being detained.

The Investigative Committee have declined to open a criminal case and rejected any appeals against the decision. 

In response, Irish groups such as; Amnesty International, BeLonG to Youth Services, Dublin Bears Events, Dublin LGBTQ Pride, FLAC, GCN, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, Outhouse, ShoutOut, The Rainbow Project, USI, This is Me, the National LGBT Foundation and NUI Maynooth have pledged solidarity with the LGBT+ community in Chechnya.

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Groups and activists will gather this coming Monday in protest of the alleged treatment of gay Chechan people.

They wrote on their event page; "Since December, violence and persecution against those perceived as being members of the LGBT+ community in Chechnya has escalated. The Russian LGBT+ Network has reported that up to 40 people have been illegally detained, while a further two have died as a result of torture."

"We are calling on the Irish government to officially respond to the human rights violations being perpetrated in the region," it continues. They are also making a list of requests for the Irish government and the United Nations.

"We condemn the escalating violence against LGBT+ people and urge An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to publicly condemn the anti-LGBT+ crackdown. The Irish Government must raise this issue at the highest possible level with Russian leaders and call for an immediate end to this harrowing persecution."

They also make demands for asylum seekers to receive protection;

"The Irish government needs to live up to its international protection obligations to recognise and protect Chechen refugees who reach Ireland, as well as using its full consular influence, facilities and resources to support The Russian LGBT+ Network in its vital work in Russia and the region at this time in affording safe options to those at risk."

"We call for the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the human rights situation in the Chechen Republic."

They concluded with a rousing statement; "The Irish LGBT+ community will not let this matter rest or fall out of the news cycle. We will continue to stand with the LGBT+ community in Chechnya and demand that the Russian authorities put an end to the violence and bring those responsible to justice."

The protest takes place this Monday February 4 at 6:30pm in Rathgar, outside the Russian Embassy. We'll see you there.

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The former partner of deceased rapper XXXTenacion has given birth to his son, just seven months after his murder.

Jenesis Sanchez and the artist's mother, Cleopatra Bernard, have issued a joint statement saying that they are "thrilled" at the newborn's arrival. 

“We’re happy to confirm that Baby and Mother are healthy,” the statement says. The little boy has been named Gekyume Onfroy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Only days after the death of XXXTenacion, real name Jahseh Onfroy, the pregnancy was revealed in June of last year. The 20-year-old was shot and killed in Florida in his car.

According to the statement, the name Gekyume was “specifically” chosen by the late musician ”for his first born son”. 

The family say the name “means ‘different state’ or ‘next’ universe of thought,” adding that they are “honoured to fulfil his wish”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A posthumous XXXTentacion record was released last year entitled Skins, and featured prominent artists such as Kanye West.

The controversial rapper was facing a shocking 15 felony charges when he died, and was accused of multiple counts of domestic abuse, including an incident of physically assaulting a pregnant woman.

The rapper had been charged with the aggravated battery of a pregnant victim, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness tampering, and was due in court the week after his death.

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Fans of the hit BBC show Peaky Blinders are currently being driven mad waiting for the latest series, and the official Instagram page for the TV series has shared an image which hints at bloodshed for the gang.

The snap gives a major hint for the notorious Birmingham gang, who live in a morally grey world of assassination, gang warfare and family crimes.

The show is known for not holding back when it comes to killing off our favourite characters, and the caption of the post has fans worried that yet another death is coming for the Shelby clan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The caption reads; "First day back on set for #PeakyBlinders Series 5. You're sure of a big surprise."

The image shows a blood-spattered clapper-board above a gun in a woodland setting, and boy are we concerned. 

Season four finished off with the Changretta threat being sufficiently dealt with, but creator Steven Knight most definitely has more enemies in store for Tommy Shelby to handle.

The latest clips during the BBC trailer shows a crucifixion shot at the beginning;

We simply can't wait for Peaky Blinders to return, but can we handle the drama? Every character has blood on their hands, we have no idea who the 'good guys' are, because human nature isn't black and white.

The Shelbys float between light and dark, and their friends and foes switch sides constantly.

Though Tommy Shelby is an honourable man when it comes to his family, who knows what he's capable of in terms of violence against those who cross him.

After the latest Instagram post, fans are now foreseeing a major death in the series. What do you think their hint means?

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A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old woman in Donegal last night.

Gardaí sealed off the area in Forest Park in the village of Killygordon after being called to the scene.

Local reports on Friday morning stating that a person had been fatally wounded.

Sources then said the victim had died following the incident, with the body remaining at the scene.

Gardaí have since confirmed that a full investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding the death of the young woman.

A man in his 20s has been detained in Letterkenny Garda Station.

Three ambulances allegedly arrived at the house in the east of the county in the early hours of this morning, with children and other occupants leaving the house shortly afterwards.

A statement released by the Gardaí at 11:45am has stated;

“Gardaí are investigating the circumstances of the death of a woman in her 20s this morning the 4th of January 2019 at Forest Park, Killygordan, Co. Donegal. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

"The Office of the State Pathologist has been notified and the body remains at the scene pending an examination. The Garda Technical Bureau has been notified and will be carrying out a technical examination at the scene today.

"A man in his 20s has been arrested and is detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 in Letterkenny Garda Station. Investigations are ongoing.”

Patrick McGowan, who is the local county councillor in Killygordon, commented that; “All we know is that there has been a very serious incident and everyone in the locality is shocked."

“All we know is that somebody has been seriously hurt and Gardaí are awaiting the forensics team to arrive.”

He stated that locals are awaiting more information on the incident.

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For those of you who still need to catch up on your Netflix shows, don't miss the chilling new stalker series YOU.

The show stars Penn Badgley as a bookstore manager named Joe Goldbery, who meets an unsuspecting aspiring poet, Guinevere Beck, and gets a LITTLE too attached. To say the least.

He stalks the hell out of her, basically. Think Gossip Girl's Dan Humphries but way more creepy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's now been announced super on the down-low on the You Instagram account that the thriller hit is getting a second series.

Since it was released, the show has been talked about non-stop online, both for the crazy plot and the chilling acting skills of Mr Badgley.

Anyone who has seen season one probably aren't surprised at the announcement, as it ends on a major cliffhanger.

YOU is based on the book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pretty much everyone who has watched the show are debating deleting their social media accounts, as Joe stalks Beck entirely from her Instagram and Facebook accounts. 

He finds out LITERALLY everything about her from a single click; where she lives, her place of work, aspects of her personality, her interests, her book loves, you name it.

Once he gets his hands on her phone, he can access her emails, group chats and messages. Which is basically someone's entire life, these days.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) also stars alongside Badgley and Elizabeth Lail, who plays Beck.

Listening to Joe narrate the entire show displays the weirdness and bizarre thought processes of stalkers.

Trust us, you won't be able to stop watching.

You'll also be looking over your shoulder a lot more…

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The tragic death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane in New Zealand has shaken the country, following her disappearance from a hostel in Auckland on December 1.

She was later recovered in the Waitakere Ranges area one week later, and a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged.

He is scheduled to appear in the high court in January 2019.

Grace's heartbroken father, David Millane, attended a Māori blessing ceremony close to where backpacker was discovered yesterday, and has since praised the compassion shown by the New Zealanders.

David is taking his beloved little girl home in the next few days, but thanked the New Zealand police for a “concise, stringent and thorough investigation”, as well as the local media for showing respect and courtesy "at all times."

He also gave thanks to locals who took his daughter into their hearts, saying; “From that very first moment we have been astounded by the level of concern, sympathy and selfless help from every person we have met.”

“We would like to thank the people of New Zealand for their outpouring of love, numerous messages, tributes and compassion."

He continued in the statement, speaking on behalf of the Millane family;

“Grace was not born here and only managed to stay a few weeks, but you have taken her to your hearts and in some small way she will forever be a Kiwi.”

“We all hope that what has happened to Grace will not deter even one person from venturing out into the world,” he added.

Grace's father and uncle visited the Auckland bushland area near where she was found to receive a Māori blessing, which he described as a privilege, and a 'lovely and peaceful experience'.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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David Millane shared a hongi (nose press) with a local uniformed police officer in Auckland, a New Zealand traditional gesture.

Candlelight vigils were planned for Grace in every city in New Zealand on Wednesday, many of which were organised by women’s refuges and anti-violence organisations and activists.

Grace's family are organising her funeral in her hometown of Wickford, Essex. 

Our deepest condolences go out to Grace's loving family during this incredibly difficult time.

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Club Valentine and The Grand Social are bringing you one of the most unique sesh spots of the year, you'd be mad to miss it.

There's something maddenly satisfying about solving a case, figuring out a secret and immersing yourself in another world of drama and disguise.

"The year is 1950 and the circus has come to town. However, dark secrets are hidden beneath this big top, and not even the kookiest of clowns or the cottonest of candies can keep them hidden."

Ooohhhh, spooky. Club Valentine are debuting their Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery Extravaganza, where YOU lat witness to a murder most foul, YOU get to interview their cast of crazy characters, and YOU can piece together their twisted tale of treachery and torment.

"Enjoy the festivities while you can, because one member of this travelling troupe is about to learn that showbiz can be MURDER…"

If you're an avid murder mystery fan, this event is definitely for you. Comedy plus a decent night out plus a staged murder? HELL YEAH.

Some of the characters look hilarious, check out the full list on their Instagram

Why not go along and see if you can catch the murderer? They've got some absolutely unreal prizes, it's ideal if you and your pals are looking for a night out with a major twist – think The Hangover but with Miss Marple vibes.

Will you be a Sherlock or a Watson? Agatha Christie or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? There's only one way to find out, fam.

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Tues Nov 6, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, D01 C3N0, Ireland

Feature image: Barnham Broom

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While it might be a bit of a morbid hobby, watching true crime documentaries is a pretty popular pastime – and there is no better way to pass the time on Halloween. 

YouTube is full of some of the best murder films, from the old and grainy, to the most recent and cutting edge.

Here are a few to add to your true crime repertoire: 

8. I don't like Mondays

This documentary covers the notorious case of teenage killer Brenda Spencer, who was behind the tragic Cleveland Elementary School shooting in 1979.

The then 16-year-old was found guilty of the murder of two people in the shooting, and of the wounding of nine. 

When asked why she committed the heinous crime, she simply replied "I don't like Mondays," which inspired the song I Don't Like Mondays by Irish band The Boomtown Rats.

7. The Case Of: Jonbenét Ramsey

This two-part documentary covers the mysterious murder of child beauty pageant winner JonBenet Ramsey.

The exploratory documentary features multiple interviews and explores various possibilities in the infamous whodunit. 

6. The Secrets of the Austrian Cellar

This harrowing and eery documentary covers the crimes of uber-creep Joseph Fritzl, who kept his own daughter locked away in an underground cellar for 24 years.

During this time, he committed a range of horrendous crimes against her and ended up fathering seven children with her. 

This disturbing documentary is a tough watch. 

5. Jonestown

Jonestown was the nickname for a compound called the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project formed by the Peoples Temple, an American cult which was around in the 1970s.

The cult gained notoriety in 1978 when 918 members were mass murdered and committed mass suicide on the same day by cyanide poisoning.

4. The Smiley Face Killers 

The smiley face murder theory is a theory which connects a number of unsolved murders in the USA.

All of the victims bodies were found near the symbol of a smiley face, and this documentary explores the theory in full, and looks at the various murders. 

3. Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows

This chilling film documents the story of teenager Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after being cyber bullied.

The teen was blackmailed by an online predator, and this documentary follows the hunt to find the man responsible. 

2. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father

This 2008 documentary covers the heart breaking tale of Andrew Bagby, was murdered by girlfriend Shirley Jane Turner after ending their relationship. 

Shirley announced that she was pregnant soon after her arrest, and Andrew's parents quickly filed for custody of the child, a boy named Zachary.

Enraged at Andrew's parent's attempt to gain custody, Shirley killed herself and Zachary by drowning while out on bail. 

1. When Girls Kill

This documentary covers a series of crimes committed by teenage girls. 

The harrowing tales give some insight into the minds of child killers.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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One of the two male juveniles arrested on May 24 in the investigation into Ana Kriegel's murder appeared before Dublin District Children’s Court, Smithfield yesterday.

The 14-year-old girl was found murdered in a derelict farmhouse in the Lucan area last week.

Gardaí have been looking at CCTV footage from the area and DNA evidence in their investigation.

On May 25, the 13-year-old boy was charged in connection with the investigation.

Additional reports say he has been charged with murder.

The teen will not be identified considering his age.

He appeared before Dublin District Children's Court at 6pm on Friday.

The second boy was released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a young man in Beaumont Hospital last night.

The 20-year-old had been found with serious head injuries on the Old Blessington Road in Tallaght, at around 3am on the morning of November 1.

The victim was initially taken to Tallaght Hospital but was later transferred to Beaumont where he remained in intensive care until he lost his fight for life on Monday.

A post-mortem has been carried out and Gardaí have upgraded their inquiry from an assault investigation to a murder investigation.

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently being held at Tallaght Garda Station.

Investigations are ongoing.

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A knife has been found which is linked to the murder of 37-year-old Anne Colomines in her apartment in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Anne is believed to have been a stabbing victim. 

Gardaí are treating the crime as a domestic incident at this time, according to RTE. 

Anne's 35-year-old partner was also found at the scene with severe injuries. 

He is currently being treated in hospital for his wounds. 

Gardai were alerted about a disturbance at the apartment on Dorset Street at around midnight on Tuesday night.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses or anyone with any information to contact Mountjoy Garda Station on 01 6668600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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Danielle McLaughlin was found murdered on a beach on March 14 of this year, while on her travels in Goa.

Her family have confirmed that the murder case is now being 'fast-tracked' due to new postmortem results. 

The second postmortem was carried out in Ireland by Chief State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy.

It reportedly confirms the results of the first postmortem, which was carried out in India. 

A local man, Vikat Bhagat, has been charged with the rape and murder of Danielle. 

Danielle's family have released a statement on the case:

'Danielle’s family have dealt with a lot of documents and information in relation to Danielle’s case over the last number of weeks and months,' according to Donegal Now.

'They are still trying to cope with and come to terms with the tragedy that has occurred.'

'Danielle’s family remain hopeful that the truth in relation to Danielle’s untimely death will be made known and that justice in her memory will be done.'

 

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