Lindsay urges world to do more for refugees

Lindsay Lohan
Updated 01 January 2017
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Lindsay urges world to do more for refugees

DUBAI: Hollywood star Lindsay Lohan is all praise for Turkey’s refugee efforts, and urged more countries to join in helping those fleeing war-torn Syria.
“What they’ve done in Turkey for the Syrian refugees is phenomenal,” Lohan told Becky Anderson from CNN’s Connect the World program shot at the cable-news network’s Abu Dhabi bureau in the United Arab Emirates.
She noted that Turkey is doing so much for the refugees as other countries stand idly by, as many people in the US and Britain only hear about the refugees in the news and think that’s the whole story. For instance, she said that there are orphaned Syrian refugee children living in abandoned buildings in Athens, but nobody really does anything about it.
She urged more countries to join the humanitarian efforts to provide sustainable assistance to the refugees.
Lohan said that she is planning to go back to Turkey for Syrian refugees in January.
The actress told CNN, “Losing half of my finger and getting it back was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me,” adding, “If that didn’t happen to me, if I didn’t lose a part of myself essentially — and I weirdly think about this when I meditate — I wouldn’t have stayed in Turkey. I wouldn’t have stayed there, and I wouldn’t have understood what it feels like to lose a limb.”
Asked if the Middle East has become a new home for her, Lohan said, “The Middle East has been wonderful to me throughout my life,” adding that she found a “spiritual belief” and “a respect for culture” in Turkey.


Promised $9 million online, US teen killed ‘best friend’: police

Suspect Rhett McKenzie Nelson talks to an attorney as he appears in Los Angeles Superior court, Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (AP)
Updated 19 June 2019
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Promised $9 million online, US teen killed ‘best friend’: police

  • Court documents say Schilmiller admitted to attempting to blackmail Brehmer after the murder into sexually assaulting young girls

LOS ANGELES: An American teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her “best friend” after a man she met online offered her $9 million to commit the crime.
According to investigators, Denali Brehmer, an 18-year-old from Alaska, was recruited to kill her friend by a man a few years her elder, 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana.
The pair had previously hooked up online, with Schilmiller assuming a fake identity and posing as a millionaire named “Tyler.”
Court documents say that during the course of their online relationship, they discussed a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska.
Schilmiller promised Brehmer $9 million or more to send him videos or photographs of the macabre attack.
Brehmer then proceeded to recruit four friends and the group settled on Cynthia Hoffman — described as one of Brehmer’s best friends — as their victim.
On June 2, authorities say 19-year-old Hoffman was lured to a hiking trail northeast of Anchorage where she was bound with duct tape and shot once in the back of the head before being pushed into a river.
Her body was discovered on June 4.
Local news reports said Hoffman’s father has described his daughter as having a learning disability and the mindset of a 12-year-old.
Police say the victim was driven to Thunderbird Falls by Brehmer and Kayden McIntosh, a 16-year-old boy, under the guise of going on a riverside hike.
McIntosh allegedly shot Hoffman with Brehmer’s gun and dumped her body in the water.
Authorities say Brehmer communicated with Schilmiller throughout the murder, sending him “Snapchat photographs and videos of Hoffman tied up and of the body afterward.”
Both Brehmer and McIntosh have been arrested and charged in relation to the murder. Schilmiller has also been arrested along with three others accused of assisting in the planning or execution of the killing.
A grand jury last Friday indicted all six defendants for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, two counts of second-degree murder and other charges.
Schilmiller and Brehmer were also indicted on Tuesday on federal child pornography and child exploitation charges.
Police said that a search on Brehmer’s phone during their investigation into Hoffman’s death revealed that the teen — at Schilmiller’s direction — had produced videos depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a minor and sent them to Schilmiller.
Court documents say Schilmiller admitted to attempting to blackmail Brehmer after the murder into sexually assaulting young girls.
Both face up to life in prison on the child pornography charges.
They also face up to 99 years in prison for each of the murder charges, the conspiracy to commit murder charge, and the solicitation to commit murder charge.