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Video shows fatal restraint of Cornelius Fredericks, 16, in Michigan foster facility

At least six staff members at a Michigan youth facility restrained a Black teenager until he lost consciousness, security camera video of the fatal incident released Tuesday shows.

Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died in a hospital two days after staff members at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, which houses children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, tackled Cornelius and restrained him for 12 minutes, allegedly for throwing a sandwich. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

The video, which does not include audio, shows that immediately after Cornelius threw the sandwich at another teen in the cafeteria on April 29, a staff member took him out of his seat and onto the floor. For the next several minutes, at least six staff members held Cornelius on the ground, the video shows. After releasing him, staff members are seen trying to resuscitate him before the video clip ends.

Last month, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor charged staff members Zachary Raul Solis, 28, and Michael Joshua Mosley, 47, with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse for their part in the restraint. The prosecutor also charged Heather Newton McLogan, 48, a nurse, with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse, alleging that she failed to seek timely medical care; she did not call 911 until 12 minutes after the restraint ended.

The three staff members who were charged have not yet entered pleas, but their attorneys have indicated that they intend to fight the prosecutions.

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Cornelius’ family filed a civil lawsuit against Lakeside Academy and Sequel Youth and Family Services, which operates the facility, on June 22, seeking damages. The family’s attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, said he obtained security video of the restraint from the prosecutor’s office.

At least three of the male staff members who “improperly restrained” Cornelius were over 6 feet tall and weighed 215 pounds or more, according to a June 17 state investigation report, which concluded that Lakeside Academy failed to follow state licensing rules on restraints.

Staff members told state investigators that Cornelius threatened to attack them when they released him from the restraint. However, the family’s lawsuit says that Cornelius was already struggling and that he said “I can’t breathe” while he was restrained. After releasing Cornelius, staff members tried to sit him up, but his body fell back limp, the video shows. Cornelius urinated on himself during the restraint, Fieger said Tuesday.

“Unless you shine a light on insects and maggots, they proliferate,” Fieger told reporters on a teleconference call Tuesday. “Certainly this type of behavior is not human. It can only be akin to a subhuman-type species that would inflict this behavior on children.”

Sequel fired 10 employees of Lakeside Academy, including the three facing criminal charges.

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In a statement, Sequel called Cornelius’ death “senseless and tragic” and said, “The actions taken by the staff members in that video do not adhere to the Sequel and Lakeside Academy policies and procedures.” The statement added that Lakeside Academy staff members were trained in the company’s de-escalation techniques and that restraints should be used only when children are threats to themselves or others. A restraint “is not an appropriate first response,” Sequel said.

Sequel declined to comment on the litigation.

No one answered the phone Tuesday at Lakeside Academy. All residents were removed from the facility following Cornelius’ death.

Kiana Garrity, an attorney for Mosley, said the video does not show that Cornelius made threats against his peers before throwing food. “They did not restrain him for throwing food as alleged,” Garrity said. “That’s a made-up narrative by Lakeside. They’re lying through their teeth to cover their policies.”

Donald Sappanos, an attorney for Solis, said all three staff members would be acquitted because they followed the rules in the employee handbook.

Anastase Markou, McLogan’s lawyer, said his client is the only one who called 911 and that she is being blamed because she waited too long. “She’s been accused of not doing something based on some form of legal duty, which I’m still trying to decide what legal duty she had,” Markou said.

McLogan told state investigators that she initially thought Cornelius was “faking” his loss of consciousness. Video shows McLogan performing CPR on Cornelius before paramedics arrived.

The restraint lasted 12 minutes, a state investigation found, but the video shows only 8 minutes of it. Fieger said he does not know why the video is incomplete and contains jump cuts, but his office is having a digital forensic examiner review the file. Fieger said he had to get a copy of the video from the prosecutor’s office because Sequel would release it only if he agreed not to share it with the public.

“They’re very worried about their financial impact,” Fieger said. “I’ve seen zero concern from them in terms of the abuse of children.”

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Sequel did not respond to Fieger’s statement about the video.

When paramedics arrived, they gave Cornelius several doses of epinephrine, and he regained a pulse. But his condition declined after he was taken to a hospital, and he died May 1, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The video shows that many other youths watched staff members restrain Cornelius while they continued to eat their lunches for several minutes, until staff members began directing them to leave the room.

Cornelius was placed at Lakeside Academy as a ward of the state after his mother died and the state deemed his father unable to care for him. Unlike some of the other children housed there, he was not involved in the juvenile justice system.

An NBC News investigation last year found that multiple children have complained that staff members at Sequel-run facilities in other states used inappropriate physical restraints to control children, in some cases resulting in loss of consciousness. A former staffer at a Sequel facility in Iowa told NBC News that she saw staff members use improper and physically abusive restraints on children throughout the approximately seven months she worked there.

Sequel said last year that it would begin using a trauma-informed approach to crisis management that minimizes the use of restraint at all of its facilities nationwide.

Following Cornelius’ death, the company said in a statement, “We have accelerated the work that was already underway across our organization to move to a restraint-free model of care at every Sequel program.”

The Department of Health and Human Services moved to revoke Lakeside Academy’s license following Cornelius’ death. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has asked the department to ensure that Sequel no longer works with the state.

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Justin Trudeau ‘shocked’ by video of indigenous chief being punched by police in Canada

Justin Trudeau has called for an independent investigation after a “shocking” video showing the arrest of an indigenous chief by federal police in Canada.

The video, filmed and released by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, shows an officer rushing at Chief Allan Adam on March 10 during an encounter over an expired licence plate. The officer tackles Mr Adam and punches him in the face.

“We’ve all now seen the shocking video of Chief Adam’s arrest and we must get to the bottom of this,” the Canadian Prime Minister told a daily briefing.

“Like many people I have serious questions about what happened,” Mr Trudeau said. “The independent investigation must be transparent and be carried out so that we get answers.”

In the dashcam video (below) broadcast by several Canadian media, Mr Adam has a heated exchange with a police officer outside a casino in the province of Alberta.

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U.N. Warns Cybercrime Up 600% During COVID-19 Pandemic (VIDEO)

As the world relies more and more on the internet during the pandemic, crime is increasing online.

The United Nations warned on Friday that cybercrime is up 600% during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu says the pandemic has caused an increase of technological innovation. And as the world relies more on the internet, online crime is also rising.

It’s estimated there’s an attack every 39 seconds. Many have been against health care and medical research facilities. 

Earlier this month, an announcement from U.S. and U.K. officials warned that hackers are targeting organizations with phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords.

Some attacks have been blamed on military intelligence. In March, the U.S. and others blamed Russian agents for cyberattacks against sites in the nation of Georgia. 

In April, the U.N. released data showing that one-third of nations lack laws to protect citizens’ online privacy. Nakamitzu said the U.N. is working to combat cybercrime by developing 11 voluntary norms for responsible state behavior related to technology.

Additional reporting by Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press.

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Keith Lemon shares sweet video of Caroline Flack

Keith found a video of Caroline Flack on his phone this week

Keith Lemon has shared a sweet video he’s found of his friend Caroline Flack, months after her tragic death.

The Celebrity Juice host found a clip on his phone on Thursday of Caroline – who died on 15 February – debating whether she should be wearing her hair up or down before an appearance.

It’s a simple exchange, but fans were quick to share in Keith’s mourning as they commented on how much they, too, miss the bubbly TV personality.

Keith began the video by introducing us to the scene: ‘Right now I’m in Caroline Flack’s dressing room.’

As the camera moved to the former Love Island presenter, she said: ‘I’m looking in the mirror because I’m trying to work out what to do with my hair.’

‘It looks nice!’ Keith enthused as Caroline asked: ‘Up or down?’

As Keith says ‘both’ Caroline pressed: ‘What do you think looks better?’

He continued: ‘What did you have it down yesterday….have it up then?’ as someone adds in the background: ‘Up’s nice.’

Caroline was wondering what to do with her hair (Picture: Instagram)

He captioned the clip on Instagram: ‘Found this on my phone this morning. Up or down always looked nice. Miss Caroline’s posts on insta. Miss her more in real life. X’

Fans reacted to the piece with an abundance of love, as one referenced Caroline’s Bo’ Selecta! character: ‘Adorable! RIP Bubbles.’

Another shared a sweet sentiment by adding: ‘Will always Love her 💕 👼’

Loving the discovery, one fan commented: ‘Awwww lovely Caroline. So sad. Lovely little surprise find there.’

Keith and Caroline were tight – after she was launched into homes around the world via his show Bo’ Selecta! in 2002 – with the comedian, real name Leigh Francis, launching a line of tees with ‘Be Kind’ printed on the front to crackdown on social media trolls after Caroline died by suicide earlier this year.

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The t-shirt design features an image of Caroline by photographer Rachell Smith, who snapped the presenter for a Cosmopolitan magazine feature in 2019.

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Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton joins TikTok social media video app – Edmonton

One of the oldest institutions has turned to one of the newest social media sites to help spread the Good Word.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton decided to join TikTok after noticing a drop in engagement on other social media sites like Instagram.

It is one of the first religious organizations to use the platform in Canada. Officials told Global News the decision was not an easy one, but that it is a natural step.

“Evangelization, you know, in different mediums is not a new thing,” social media strategist Lincoln Ho explained of the decision.

The app is one of the fastest-growing social networking sites in the world, accumulating 500 million active users worldwide since launching in 2016.

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In fact, it beat out a few of its more seasoned competitors, like Twitter and Snapchat, which boast about 330 million and 203 million active users, respectively.

The mobile TikTok app allows users to shoot and edit short videos set to music and has been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times.

The videos range in length from 15 to 60 seconds, and feature an array of content from comedy sketches and dance challenges to lip-syncing celebrities and pranks.

Many of the videos are adaptations of other trends on the platform. For the Archdiocese, the first video posted was meant to promote their Day of Confessions.

It showed St. Joseph’s Basilica pastoral counsel Scott Jenken walk into a confessional wearing jeans before coming out in robes.

Pastoral Counsel Scott Jenken can be seen in a TIk Tok video posted by The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Pastoral Counsel Scott Jenken can be seen in a TIk Tok video posted by The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.

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“I was serving for the Archbishop Sunday and my good friend Lincoln had approached me and said, ‘Scott, you’re going to do this.’ And I said, ‘Oh. Okay,’” Jenken explained.

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The video has only been viewed a modest 300 times (as of Monday morning) but Jenken said it’s made its way to parishioners.

“I have heard a few people come and say, ‘I saw you on that TikTok’ and I thought, ‘Oh! Goodness!’”

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While they’re happy to share the message with Catholics, the idea is to also break through to those who aren’t frequent attendees.

“You never really know who you’re going to reach with this and so you might capture someone’s attention who says, ‘Hey, I should go and maybe do confession,’” Jenken said.

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Ho plans to use the videos to do just that. He has already created others including a video based on a so-called Paper Towel Challenge spreading on the app.

It sees users write on two sides of a paper towel then put it on water, revealing two messages.


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That kind of creativity doesn’t come easily.

“A TikTok actually takes way more planning than other ones that I’ve done.”

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But Ho believes it is worth the effort.

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Using social media to evangelize is not unprecedented — Pope Francis joined Twitter in 2012. In that time, he has amassed more than 18 million followers.

It’s why the Archdiocese of Edmonton believes he would be on board with their latest venture.

“I think he’d approve, certainly,” Jenken said.

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TikTok and its parent company, Chinese technology company Bytedance, are not without controversy.

In early December 2019, TikTok admitted to suppressing the content of users it deemed ‘susceptible to bullying’, namely people with disabilities or those in the LGBTQ2+ community.

It also faced public scrutiny over allegations that the platform removed politically-sensitive content for users in China.

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‘KFC couple’ gets dream wedding after viral proposal video

The internet provides.

The couple who got engaged at a South African KFC in November got hitched on Tuesday — in a luxurious ceremony sponsored by companies who found their proposal finger-lickin’ romantic.

Hector Mkansi, 37, and Nonhlanhla Soldaat, 28, went viral after a video of their engagement was caught on camera and widely circulated in hopes of identifying the couple. After the pair were found, one of Mkansi’s friends put in a request to the world wide web: His buddy’s budget was tight, but he hoped to hold a small ceremony and needed help to fund the venue, dress, suit, cake and food.

Quickly, corporations from Coca-Cola to Audi South Africa stepped in to help.

Just over a month later, the pair said their vows on New Year’s Eve. A video from the ceremony tweeted by KFC South Africa shows the happy newlyweds walking hand-in-hand as guests shower them with flowers. Another video shows the bride and groom after an outfit change, dancing with guests to joyous cheers. A South African news organization even livestreamed the entire wedding on YouTube, referring to the newlyweds as “South Africa’s favorite couple.”

The wedding was actually the couple’s second set of nuptials. Two years after meeting at a funeral in 2010, they held a small ceremony in 2012, but Mkansi felt his wife deserved better.

“We are still in disbelief,” Mkansi tells CNN. “We couldn’t be more grateful to God and every single person that has shared in our little love story.”

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Metro Video Game Awards – The Best of 2019

Resident Evil 2 – award-winning horror (pic: Capcom)

Nods for the best graphics, storytelling, soundtrack, and more are all up for contention in the annual Metro video game awards.

2019 might not be going down in history as a standout year for video games but it hasn’t been any kind of disaster either, with plenty of difficult decisions required for our Top 20 of the year. By comparison, our yearly awards aren’t designed to celebrate the entirety of a game, but one particular element that they do very well – even if it’s at the expense of others. Although this year all the winners are great games in their own right. Well, except for the winner of the worst game of the year award…


Best Visuals

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

This has always been an award for artistic, rather than technical achievement, which is why it’s often won by indie games that try to do something other than the usual photorealistic replication of the real world. But technical competence is important, and in both senses Luigi’s Mansion 3 manages to be the best looking game on the Switch. In fact, it’s so far beyond things like Pokémon and Fire Emblem it feels like it’s on a different system, with gloriously emotive cartoon animation and some great lighting effects.

It also features some of the most destructible scenery of any game this generation, which is odd as most of it doesn’t have much gameplay purpose. But describing Luigi’s Mansion 3 as an interactive animated movie really doesn’t feel like hyperbole, and shows just what can be done with the right artistic and technical expertise on even modestly powered hardware.

Runner-up: Resident Evil 2 (XO/PS4/PC)


Best Innovation

Baba Is You (NS/PC)

We’ve given this award to both hardware and software in the past but, again, it’s most commonly indie games that win – and none more deservedly so than Baba Is You. Its premise is that you can manipulate the game world by switching around the little three-part sentences that describe each stage. Change Rock is Push to Rock is You and suddenly you are the rock, or take out the stop from Wall Is Stop and suddenly you can walk through it.

You’re not just changing the world but the internal logic of the game, in a way that’s reminiscent of basic programming but feels much more organic and gamified than other attempts at the same idea. It all works brilliantly well and helps create one of the best games of the year.

Runner-up: John Wick Hex (PC)



Remake of the year

Resident Evil 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

Thank goodness we already had this award category from previous years, or it would look like we invented it just to lavish more praise on Resident Evil 2. Not that it doesn’t deserve it. The Resident Evil 1 remake from 2002 is still one of the best ever but this reimagining of the PS1 sequel with an over-the-shoulder Resident Evil 4 style view works perfectly.

The graphics are phenomenal but what’s most impressive about it, and runner-up Link’s Awakening, is that the underling level design, structure, and even some of the puzzles are still exactly the same as they were in 1998. As a result of this anticipation for Resident Evil 3 is already off the scale – and frankly any other Capcom classic of the era (we are so hoping for Dino Crisis).

Runner-up: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)


Best Music

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

A relatively serious combat flight sim might not seem the obvious place to find the soundtrack of the year but the one for Ace Combat 7 is absolutely superb. In terms of not only the overall quality but how well it fits the setting and themes of individual missions. It also wins on sheer quantity, with over 100 separate tracks that genuinely seem to get better the further you get into the game.

Calm and precise when you’re in the tutorials, the music builds in tempo the bigger and more desperate the combat gets. And although you also wouldn’t expect a flight sim to have boss fights, Ace Combat 7 absolutely does and the music for them is especially glorious. With one of the best VR modes ever seen the whole game is sadly underrated and desperately deserving of more recognition.

Runner-up: Sayonara Wild Hearts (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and iOS)


Best Storytelling

A Plague Tale: Innocence (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

2019 has not been a banner year for storytelling in games but there have still been some standouts, including Life Is Strange 2, Sunless Sea, Knights And Bikes, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. None of them are high profile but A Plague Tale did do much better than expected and was rightly nominated at The Game Awards. As the title hints it’s set during the time of the Black Death, but the atmosphere is more Lovecraftian than purely historical, with Medieval France overrun with almost demonic-like rats.

The story and graphics are highly compelling but it’s the portrayal of the game’s child protagonists, particularly the sweet-natured Hugo, which is the highlight. The game is full of horrors, both man-made and otherwise, but it’s its ability to show the goodness in humanity, as well as the bad, that elevates it above the cynical norm.

Runner-up: Knights And Bikes (PS4/PC)


Worst game

Turok: Escape From Lost Valley (PC)

We do feel slightly guilty about this award ‘winner’, as it’s an indie game and no doubt subject to a tiny budget and equally small development team. But Universal Studios were involved as a publisher, so there must’ve been some amount of budget sloshing around, and it’s also hard to feel quite so forgiving when the Turok: Dinosaur Hunter franchise is being dragged through the dirt once again.

The game looks like a cute little adventure game but it’s actually a painfully difficult arcade title, with controls and a camera angle that make the precise movement and reactions required absolutely impossible. The whole thing seems to have been designed to look cute and absolutely nothing else, and you’d certainly gain more entertainment starring at the screenshots than you would playing it.

Runner-up: Contra: Rogue Ops (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC)


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President Trump, Melania Trump share holiday video: ‘We wish everyone a joyous and merry Christmas’

President Trump has mostly taken the day off of Twitter on Christmas, with the exception of posting holiday greetings from his family.

Wednesday morning, the president simply tweeted, “MERRY CHRISTMAS,” then followed that up by retweeting a video message from first lady Melania Trump and him.

“The president and I want to wish each and every American a very merry Christmas,” Melania Trump said at the beginning of the video, which was first posted by her account.


“At this sacred time of year, Christians celebrate the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and rejoice in his love for every person,” the president continued. “We give thanks for the millions of Americans who come together to care for others with compassion and bring the warmth and bliss of this holy season to our families, our friends, our neighbors, and to those in need.”

The message concluded with a prayerful message of thanks to U.S. military and law enforcement.

“As we gather with loved ones this holiday, Americans across this land are grateful for all the men and women in uniform who keep us safe: our military, our police and everyone in law enforcement,” Mrs. Trump said.

The president closed, stating, “We say a special prayer for those military service members stationed far from home, and we renew our hope for peace among nations and joy to the world. On behalf of the entire Trump family, we wish everyone a joyous and merry Christmas and a very happy, happy new year.”

The president also retweeted a Christmas greeting from the White House’s official Twitter account.

The first family has been spending the holiday at the president’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla. They attended a music-filled Christmas Eve service at a Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated church before celebrating with dinner in the ballroom of his private club. They were expected to remain out of sight Wednesday.


On Tuesday evening, the first lady answered calls from children across the country as part of North American Aerospace Defense Command’s “Operation NORAD Tracks Santa” program. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Mrs. Trump spoke with several children and heard items on their Christmas lists.

Grisham said Mrs. Trump “reminded the kids to put milk and cookies out for Santa, and wished each child and their families a very merry Christmas.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New Zealand volcano video: Horrific footage shows moment of eruption on White Island | World | News

A New Zealand volcano on White Island, off the northern coast of the Northern Island, erupted on Monday morning. At least 100 people are believed to have been in the area when the eruption took place and officials confirmed at least one person died when the country’s most active cone volcano spewed a billowing cloud of ashes into the sky. A horrific video shared online after the eruption appears to have captured a group of people standing on a rock inside the crater as the first signs of the eruption appears under the guise of a cloud of smoke. 

The video, which appears to have been filmed from a boat circumnavigating White Island, also captured the aftermath of the eruption, showing a huge black cloud entirely engulfing the island. 

New Zealand police have advised people the volcanic ash could pose a major health threat to the public.

Roads have been closed around the town of Whakatāne, the closest town to White Island, as the local hospital has been turned into an emergency operation centre to help authorities cope with the emergency.

New Zeland Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed during a press conference around 100 people were believed to be on White Island when the volcano erupted.

Ms Ardern said: “Police were alerted at 2.17pm.

“At this stage, and please do keep in mind this is an evolving situation, we believe around 100 people were on or around the island at the time and some of those are at this stage unaccounted for.

“I want to share this is evolving at this stage, at this stage, it does appear to be a very significant issue, particularly the scale of those affected.”

The White Island stratovolcano last erupted in 2016 according to New Zealand science agency GeoNat, which recorded a “short-lived” burst that caused no harm as it happened overnight.

Australian geologist Professor Richard Arculus from the Australian National university suggested the volcano on White Island had been “showing signs of unrest for the past few weeks.”

Speaking to The Guardian, Prof Arculus added: “The eruption this afternoon was a short-lived explosive event.

“In addition to gases, fragmented rock particles (ash) rose approximately 4,000m above the vent.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his country’s support to neighbouring New Zealand at this time of emergency.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Morrison said: “A terrible tragedy is unfolding in NZ after the volcano eruption on Whakaari/White Island. Australians have been caught up in this terrible event and we are working to determine their wellbeing.

“I have been in touch with @jacindaardern to offer our full support with whatever they need and our authorities are working closely together. I will be staying in direct contact as events continue to unfold.

“We will provide updates once they are confirmed and are available.”

White Island, also known as Whakaari, is located in the Bay of Plenty, approximately 30 miles from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.

The island is roughly circular, about 1.2 miles in diameter, and rises to a height of 1,053 ft above sea level. White Island covers an area of approximately 800 acres.

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Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ over video that shows world leaders joking about U.S. president

LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders have been caught on camera apparently talking candidly on Tuesday night about U.S. President Donald Trump,

Hours later, the backlash materialized.

“Well, he’s two-faced,” the president said Wednesday when asked about the video. After a long pause, he added, “He’s a nice guy. I find him to be a very nice guy.”

Trump, who was taking questions from reporters before a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, attributed Trudeau’s frustration to the president’s pressure campaign to increase Canada’s military spending to 2% of its economic output.

“He should be paying more than he’s paying,” Trump said. “I called him out on that and I’m sure he wasn’t happy about it, but that’s the way it is.”

Trump later said on Twitter he would leave the NATO summit early and skip a closing news conference.

Britain’s Princess Royal Anne talks to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a reception on December 3, 2019.

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At a news conference Wednesday, Trudeau explained he was talking to Macron and Johnson in the video about Trump’s announcement earlier in the day that the next G7 summit in June would be held at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, rather than the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami.

“Last night, I made a reference to the fact there was an unscheduled press conference before my meeting with president Trump, I was happy to take part in it but it was certainly notable,” Trudeau told reporters.

“We were all surprised and I think pleased to learn that the next G7 will be at Camp David, I think that was an unscheduled announcement and … I think every different leader has teams who every now and then their jaws drop at unscheduled surprises, like that video itself for example,”

Trudeau said he did not believe the video would come back to haunt Canada.

“The relationship with the United States is extremely strong and I have a very good relationship with the president and his team,” he said.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, departsafter speaking to reporters at the NATO summit on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

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The video was shot by the British host’s pool camera during a reception at Buckingham Palace held Tuesday night in London, where leaders from NATO’s 29 countries are marking the 70th anniversary of the military alliance with two days of meetings and discussions.

Snippets of the conversation involving Trudeau, Princess Anne, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands rose above the din and were captured in the short video.

“Is that why you were late?” a smiling Johnson asks Macron in the 25-second clip.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau chimes in.

The leaders do not use Trump’s name, but hours before the reception, Trump had turned what were “expected to be brief photo opportunities” with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Macron and Trudeau into what The Washington Post described as “his own personal daytime cable show”.

In his meeting with Trudeau, Trump questioned the Canadian prime minister about how much his country spends on its own defence. Canada does not meet NATO’s target for member countries to spend 2% of their gross domestic product on their militaries.

“What are you at? What is your number?” Trump asked.

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greet each other at the NATO summit at the Grove Hotel on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.

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Trudeau tried to evade answering directly, saying: “The number we talk about is a 70% increase over these past years. We are increasing significantly our defence spending from previous governments that cut it.”

But Trump followed up. “Okay, where are you now, in terms of your number?”

After some discussion with an aide, Trudeau answered: “1.4.”

Trump said on Wednesday that he had called out Trudeau for failing to meet the 2% target for national output on defence.

By early Wednesday, the Tuesday video had been watched nearly 5 million times.

Others quickly noticed that a member of the royal family was also involved in the exchange, identifying Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, by her distinctive hair.

Earlier in the evening, Anne was seen in another viral video appearing to shrug off a “scolding” from the Queen for not joining the royal receiving line to greet the president and first lady.

Trump on Tuesday did not publicly address the Trudeau video, only tweeting early Wednesday morning that he “enjoyed” his post-reception meeting with Johnson at 10 Downing Street, where the pair “talked about numerous subjects including @NATO and Trade.”

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The Canadian Prime Minister’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

By Tuesday afternoon, Johnson claimed at a news conference that he had not been party to any discussion about Trump.

“That’s complete nonsense, and I don’t know where that has come from,” he said. “I really don’t know what is being referred to there.”

When Trudeau arrived at the summit early Wednesday, he walked briskly by reporters and did not answer shouted questions regarding his remarks allegedly about Trump.

Later, as leaders sat down for their meeting, Trudeau could be seen going over to Trump and shaking his hand politely. The two men said something quickly to each other, then Trudeau walked away.

The video had prompted concerns about how the mercurial U.S. president would react.

“By this point in his tenure, the prime minister should realize that events with pool cameras need to be approached and managed as on-the-record events,” Andrew MacDougall, former director of communications for prime minister Stephen Harper, wrote on Twitter.

“Hopefully this gaffe doesn’t wind the president up at a sensitive time for NAFTA and the Meng (Wanzhou)/Huawei file.”

Trump has long bridled at the idea of other world leaders poking fun at the United States.

“The world is laughing at us,” he said frequently during his 2016 presidential campaign, criticizing the leadership of President Barack Obama.

In June 2017, when he announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, Trump said that “we don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won’t be. They won’t be.”

In 2018, after laughter broke out at the United Nations General Assembly when Trump claimed his administration had “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” the president insisted that he was not the target.

“They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me,” he said.

While Trudeau has spent much of the past three years trying to establish a good relationship with Trump, the U.S. president has not shied away from lashing out any perceived slight from fellow world leaders.

The U.S. president also previously attacked Trudeau following the G7 summit in Quebec City in June 2018, describing the latter as “so meek and mild” amid a trade row over Canadian dairy and American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Chris Rands, a producer at the CBC’s Parliamentary news bureau in Ottawa, said he had first unearthed the video while searching for images of Trudeau in footage from Buckingham Palace.

Rands added that based on his listening, Trudeau was discussing Trump’s surprise announcement that a Group of 7 summit meeting next June would be held at CampDavid rather than the Trump National Doral golf resort in Miami.

Meanwhile, social media was flooded with reactions.

Some viewers were shocked to witness the leaders seeming to act like “mean girls,” as one person put it.

“Oh my God,” a Twitter user wrote. “This is quite something,” another person opined.

With files from The Canadian Press, Washington Post, New York Times and Bloomberg News

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