Hope Olusegun Aroke was convicted of fraud four years ago and was held at a maximum security prison in Lagos after his conviction, according to Nigeria’s economic and financial crimes commission.
While in prison, he worked with accomplices to commit fraud that targeted victims in various nations, the commission said in a statement Tuesday. During that time, he was taken to the hospital for an undisclosed illness and instead of returning to prison, he ended up in hotels, where he’d meet his wife and children, and attend social functions, authorities said.
Hope Olusegun Aroke

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to internet and mobile phone in the correctional center where he is supposed to be serving his jail term,” the commission said. “The circumstance of his admission into the hospital and those who aided his movement from the hospital to hotels and other social engagements is already being investigated.”
Wilson Uwujaren, a spokesman for the economic and financial crimes commission, declined to provide details on how Aroke was able to attend social events and get perks as an inmate. He said he cannot say whether he paid off prison officials in exchange for the brief freedom.
“All that is under investigation, I cannot speculate,” Uwujaren said when CNN reached him by phone.
To conduct his transactions, Aroke used a fake name, Akinwunmi Sorinmade, to open two accounts, authorities said. He also bought homes in posh neighborhoods and a series of luxury cars registered in his wife’s name, authorities said.
Americans lost $143 million in online romance scams last year. That's way more than any other reported fraud

Americans lost $143 million in online romance scams last year. That's way more than any other reported fraud

“The convict was also in possession of his wife’s bank account token in prison, which he used to freely transfer funds,” the commission said.
Aroke was arrested in 2012 for internet fraud after a return from Malaysia. At the time, he told his victims that he was a computer science student at a university in Kuala Lumpur, but he was the “arrow head of an intricate web of internet fraud scheme that traverse two continents,” the commission said.
He was convicted and imprisoned three years later on two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, check cloning, wire transfer and forgery.
In the latest scam, he targeted victims in various countries, Uwujaren said. He declined to provide details on what countries, citing an ongoing investigation.
“The cause of the crash is under investigation, however preliminary reports do not indicate it was caused by enemy fire,” the office said.
The names of the service members who were killed have not been released.
At least 19 Americans have been killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019.
This is a developing story. More details to come.

(CNN) — When 27-year-old Tetsuya Inoue began running Asahi Ryokan — the Fukuoka, Japan hotel owned by his grandmother last year — he wondered how he could improve business in the new economy.

After a British YouTuber passing through livestreamed much of his stay at the inn, Inoue had an idea — what if he could use the internet to bring in a new audience and a new revenue stream?

Now, guests coming to Asahi Ryokan have the option to pay just ¥100 (about $1) per night to stay in room number eight — if they agree to have their entire stay livestreamed.

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Room number 8 costs just ¥100 (about $1) per night — perfect for the traveling exhibitionist.

Courtesy Asahi Ryokan

That said, there are restrictions around how the livestreaming works. Inoue explains to CNN Travel that the feed is video-only, so guests will have privacy in their conversations or phone calls. His YouTube channel is called One Dollar Hotel.

Guests are permitted to turn the lights off, and the bathroom area is out of camera range.

“This is a very old ryokan and I was looking into a new business model,” Inoue says. “Our hotel is on the cheaper side, so we need some added value, something special that everyone will talk about.”

Before Inoue’s creative idea, room number eight was the least popular. Now, many young guests who are looking to save money while traveling in Japan have been open to the $1 hotel room concept.

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A sign in the livestreamed room warns guests about dos and don’ts of their stay.

Courtesy Asahi Ryokan

“Young people nowadays don’t care much about the privacy,” Inoue adds. “Some of them say it’s OK to be [watched] for just one day.”

And while the $1 rooms are clearly a loss leader, Inoue is thinking beyond the cost of a single night’s stay. The YouTube channel has already passed 1,000 subscribers and once it accumulates more than 4,000 view hours, he will be able to put ads on the channel and monetize it.

On days when room number eight is vacant, Inoue will post a livestream of himself working in the ryokan’s office. Signs in Japanese and English are posted in front of the camera to let viewers know when he’s out of the room.

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Hotel manager Tetsuya Inoue appears on the live feed himself during coverage gaps.

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So, besides the opportunity to have thousands of strangers watch your REM cycle on the internet, what’s the incentive to head to Fukuoka?

The pretty seaside city is known for its incredible food. In addition to local, freshly-caught seafood, Fukuoka is also the birthplace of the popular Ichiran chain, home of yummy pork tonkotsu ramen. Also, the acclaimed Fukuoka Art Museum reopened in early 2019 following three years of renovations.

Asahi Ryokan, 2-6-2 Kiyokawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, +81 090 5212 3216

Do you remember that episode of “Friends” when Joey and Chandler got robbed and were left with nothing but a canoe in their living room? Or the time Chandler accidentally said “I love you” to Monica while her head was buried in a turkey?

Now, fans of the hit ’90s sitcom can buy and own the original canoe and turkey, as well as other iconic props and costumes from the show.

As part of “Friends” 25th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Television and movie-themed auction house Prop Store are selling a number of original and reproduced “Friends” items. Proceeds will go to the Trevor Project, a LGBTQ advocacy and suicide prevention organization.
The cast of "Friends."

The cast of “Friends.” Credit: Warner Bros. Television/Getty Images

The auction, scheduled for next month, includes replicas of the Central Perk couch and Ross’ Holiday Armadillo costume.

There are at least a dozen items on sale, with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, according to a press release from Warner Bros.

“Prop Store is thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. to auction some incredible material from all 10 seasons of ‘Friends,'” said Prop Store COO Brandon Alinger in the press release. “The series gave us so many laughs during its original run and continues to entertain and inspire fans around the world.”

This turkey replica will be sold at an auction for "Friends" props and costumes.

This turkey replica will be sold at an auction for “Friends” props and costumes. Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Online bidding begins on December 3 — which is also known as “Giving Tuesday” in the US. Since 2012, people have raised funds and donated to charitable causes, as a way to counter the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Bidding ends on December 17.

Prop Store is known for selling props and production materials from widely beloved shows and movies. Earlier this summer, it held a massive auction that included Jack Nicholson’s axe from “The Shining,” Michael Keaton’s complete Batsuit from 1989’s “Batman” and Samuel L. Jackson’s lightsaber from “Star Wars.”

There have been several other anniversary events celebrating “Friends” in recent months, including nationwide cinema screenings of episodes and pop-up experiences.
China’s largest e-commerce company is expected to price its shares at 176 Hong Kong dollars ($22.50) each, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Business. That’s a roughly 3% discount to Alibaba (BABA) stock’s closing price in New York, where it has traded since 2014.
The price falls short of the 188 Hong Kong dollars Alibaba had set as a ceiling last week, but it will still raise up to $12.9 billion, making it by far the largest public offering of the year.
“Secondary listings are an art form, not an exact science,” said Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst for Asia Pacific at Oanda.
Alibaba wants to make sure its Hong Kong listing generates a lot of interest, so “they’re pricing at a level where I’m 100% sure those shares are going to be a lot higher on the day,” he added.
The company declined to comment.
Alibaba's homecoming is about pleasing China and buying trade war insurance

Alibaba stopped taking orders from retail investors a half day earlier than planned, after seeing stronger-than-expected demand for the secondary listing.
The enthusiasm is a vote of confidence in the Asian financial hub, which has been rocked by months of civil unrest. The Hang Seng Index (HSI) fell 4.8% last week as the city grappled with escalating levels of violence. So far this week, the index has gained around 2.2% despite a further escalation in violence centered around the siege of a university.
The company founded by billionaire entrepreneur Jack Ma raised $25 billion in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange that shattered records as the largest IPO in history.
Singles Day sales for Alibaba top $38 billion, breaking last year's record

Singles Day sales for Alibaba top $38 billion, breaking last year's record

In the secondary listing, eight Hong Kong shares will be equal to one of Alibaba’s New York-listed shares, the company said in a US regulatory filing last week.
The listing will surpass AB InBev’s (BUD) roughly $5 billion IPO of its Asia business in Hong Kong earlier this year as well as Uber’s (UBER) $8.1 billion debut in New York, the year’s biggest so far. It could also cement the Hong Kong stock exchange’s status as this year’s largest venue for public offerings.
The offering is the latest sign that investors and companies have not been scared away by months of protests in Hong Kong, which recently sank into its first recession in a decade.
Alibaba is scheduled to list shares on November 26.
The shutoffs will begin as early as 6 a.m. local time and as late as 4 p.m., and will affect Northern California areas of the Sierra Foothills, the North Bay and the North Valley.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. expects high winds and dry conditions over the next 24 hours, leading to increased fire risk. The public safety power shutoff will affect 18 counties, it said.
“PG&E will safely restore power in stages as quickly as possible, with the goal of restoring the most customers by end of day Thursday, based on the current weather conditions,” the company said.
“Forecasts indicate the period of peak winds should end mid-morning on Thursday. Once the high winds subside, PG&E will inspect the de-energized lines to ensure they were not damaged during the wind event, and then restore power.”
The utility’s meteorologists are monitoring and anticipate sustained winds of up to 25 mph and gusts ranging from 30mph -50 mph. Fire weather watches have been issued in the service area because vegetation is extremely dry and temperatures are 5-15 degrees above average, the company said Sunday.
The utility is under constant criticism for cutting power to thousands of people several times in the past weeks. The practice known as Public Safety Preventative Shutoffs intentionally cuts electricity to avoid causing fires during high winds and dry conditions.
Last year’s devastating Camp Fire that killed 85 people and destroyed thousands of structures was started by electrical lines owned by PG&E. The company filed for bankruptcy in January as it came under pressure from billions of dollars in claims tied to deadly wildfires.
To avoid being blamed for another wildfire, some utilities have decided to cut power during high winds when the fire risk is elevated. In addition to PG&E, utility company Southern California Edison has also turned off power in the past in affected areas.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the state could take over the utility if it does not pull itself out of bankruptcy by the middle of next year.
“PG&E as we know it may or may not be able to figure this out. If they cannot, we are not going to sit around and be passive,” Newsom said. “If Pacific Gas and Electric is unable to secure its own fate and future … then the state will prepare itself as backup for a scenario where we do that job for them.”
Of course, most people didn’t watch every single minute of the televised testimony. Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post wrote on Twitter, “I watched all 10 hours of impeachment testimony and I can’t imagine that made sense to anyone who hasn’t followed it religiously.”
Jaffe said he has followed it religiously, and until House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff’s closing remarks at 8:25pm “it felt like an incomprehensible fog of meetings, texts, dates and times.”
Charlie Warzel of The New York Times made a similar point — he said these recaps by John Heilemann and John Battelle’s new venture The Recount “are very well done” — Warzel said “I keep thinking that, given the length and depth of the impeachment hearings, the recapping will probably be more crucial than the live coverage for non-news obsessives to formulate their opinions on it all.

How C-SPAN is keeping up with all the action

“This is a long day,” C-SPAN’s Jon Kelley said on Tuesday, “but we staff accordingly since it is the high profile event” of the moment.
C-SPAN is the “pool,” providing seven camera angles for all the networks and other news outlets that want access to the footage.
“We staffed this hearing with 6 times the staff we would use for a regular hearing (24 people vs. 4 people),” Kelley said via email. “In addition, we have great experience on our crew covering this and they know how to get the shots and tell the story. Many of the people on our crew have been here for 20, 25, 30 or more years of the 40 years C-SPAN has been in existence. They are simply the best at covering these high profile hearings.”
Kelley said one of the day’s only hiccups was out of his control: “One of our small cameras focused on the witness table got bumped by a still photog,” he said, “and we had to wait until the break to fix it.”

‘Co-conspirators of Trump’s crime’

I asked CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju for his top takeaway from the day. Here’s what he wrote: “The House Intelligence Committee used to be one of the most bipartisan in Congress. That was before Trump became president. Starting with Devin Nunes briefing Trump during the Russia probe in 2017, which led to his decision to step aside from running his panel’s inquiry last Congress, relations have grown increasingly tense to the point where private shouting matches are not uncommon.”
“Sometimes,” Raju continued, “they spill out into the public, like last week when Rep. Mike Conaway — a mild-mannered Republican who used to be friendly with Chairman Adam Schiff — berated him as the first impeachment hearing closed because Schiff didn’t want to entertain debate over issuing a subpoena to the whistleblower. ‘What are you afraid of?’ Conaway asked as Schiff left the room. But Democrats are tired of GOP antics, pretending to be ignorant about the rules about the hearings’ procedures, painting themselves like victims, going after the whistleblower and falsely accusing Schiff of coordinating the whistleblower’s complaint. As one Democrat told me, his colleagues see Republicans on the committee as ‘co-conspirators of Trump’s crime…'”

Red Bull, energy bars, chips for reporters

“Politico sent a care package to our Congress team this week,” reporter Melanie Zanona told me. It included Keurig pods, Red Bull, energy bars, and chips.
“A few of us took a much-needed break from impeachment hearings today to go watch the John Boehner portrait unveiling,” she said, “which was a very bipartisan, feel-good moment that felt like a bygone era.” Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy, Chuck Schumer, and former speakers Paul Ryan and Newt Gingrich were all in attendance…

Meme of the day

It had to be McClatchy’s Emma Dumain chugging a massive cup of coffee during the morning session.
So Slate’s Heather Schwedel interviewed her… Check it out here…
Turns out Dumain had the exact same kind of morning I did: “We have a 19-month-old, and she got up a little bit before 6… I went into her room and tried to get her back to sleep on me. We kind of went in and out of sleep for another 45 minutes.” Yep…
“It was a very disorienting morning where I didn’t have my coffee at home,” Dumain said. “Usually by 9 a.m. on a weekday, I’m onto my second cup, and there’s a lot less urgency to gulp it down. That’s kind of the story I want to put out there: I’m just a tired workin’ mom trying to do it all.”

Keep it simple for viewers!

Oliver Darcy emails: Observing coverage of the impeachment hearings, I’ve noticed a tendency among some chyron and headline writers at various news organizations to assume that viewers and readers know who the key players are. BUT I would suggest that is perhaps not the case. While the public might be familiar with the contours of the Ukraine scandal, I would wager that most people are not familiar with each and every witness.
When writing chyrons and headlines, my humble suggestion would be to keep it simple. Refer to Tim Morrison as a former White House aide. Refer to Jennifer Williams as a former Pence aide. Viewers who casually tune in will probably be more concerned with the witness’ position and how they fit into the story versus their name…

Schiff’s poor timing?

NBC’s Garrett Haake tweeted: Adam Schiff “is as angry/worked up giving his closing statement as I can recall ever seeing him. Says Republicans aren’t upset about POTUS conduct — they’re upset that he got caught.”
I was struck by his closing statement too… and by the timing. Schiff was only speaking to the news junkies who were watching on cable. The broadcast networks had cut away from the hearings hours earlier. Perhaps his remarks would have been more effective at 9am?

Sondland speaks on Wednesday

“I think there is an enormous amount of anticipation going into Gordon Sondland’s testimony,” Carrie Cordero said on CNN Tuesday night, “because he was in touch with the president AND he was working with Rudy Giuliani AND he was working with the State Department.”
Sondland is all by himself at 9am. Then Laura Cooper and David Hale will testify starting at 2:30pm.
Here’s Marshall Cohen with WHAT TO WATCH FOR on Wednesday:
— Sondland’s turn in the hot seat
— Reckoning with “Biden” versus “Burisma”
— Did Trump undermine US policy for political gain?
— A closer look at US military aid for Ukraine.
India would be a nation where people of all religions had equal rights, privileges and obligations, Jawaharlal Nehru said in his now-iconic speech to the country’s parliament on August 14, 1947.
Now, over 70 years later, there are signs that Nehru’s hopes for the nation face perhaps their greatest threat.
On November 9, India’s top court gave Hindus permission to build a temple on a disputed centuries-old holy site in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which holds significance for both Hindus and Muslims.
India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru outlined a vision for a secular India.

Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of Lord Ram, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism. However, Muslims have also prayed there for centuries.
The ruling on the Ayodhya site was seen as a blow to Muslims. It also came at a time when Muslims increasingly see themselves as second-class citizens in the predominantly Hindu country.
India has a long history of sectarian violence, but over the past few years, there has been a rise in suspected hate crimes against Muslims, who make up roughly 200 million of the country’s 1.3 billion population.
In August, the Indian government stripped the majority-Muslim state of Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomous status, essentially giving New Delhi more control over the region’s affairs. That same month, nearly two million people in India’s northeast Assam state were left off a controversial new National Register of Citizens, which critics feared could be used to justify religious discrimination against Muslims in the state.
All of this comes under the shadow of the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a self-proclaimed Hindu nationalist who has spoken out repeatedly against India’s secularism.
Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has roots in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing organization founded in 1925 that promotes the vision of a Hindu nation.
So when the BJP was reelected in May, Indian Muslims worried that the fabric of society could change. Modi dismissed their fears as “imaginary” — but less than six months into his second term, there are signs things could get worse for India’s Muslims.
A Kashmiri Muslim woman raises her veil in the air to pray in Srinagar, India, on November 10, 2019.

A Kashmiri Muslim woman raises her veil in the air to pray in Srinagar, India, on November 10, 2019.

A secular nation

Although Hindu nationalism has come to prominence under Modi, it has been brewing for decades.
When India gained independence from Britain in 1947, Nehru, the architect of modern India, helped construct a constitution that protected the “liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship” — and the “equality of status.”
Modi says India's minorities are living in world of imaginary fear. Muslims disagree

Modi says India's minorities are living in world of imaginary fear. Muslims disagree

“Nehru was very cognizant of the fact that India was a diverse society and the only thing that could work was secularism,” Sanjay Kapoor, a political commentator and editor of independent political magazine Hardnews, told CNN.
In the years that followed, the notion of secularism became more abstract. Political parties — including Nehru’s own Indian National Congress (INC) party — began to pander to voters along religious divides.
In the 1980s, Nehru’s daughter, Indira Gandhi, and eldest grandson Rajiv Gandhi, both served as Prime Minister and continued to promote his vision of a secular India. However, Indira Gandhi also imposed authoritarian policies that prompted a backlash from voters and kindled growing support for the Hindu-nationalist BJP.
It was the issue of Ayodhya that first helped the BJP to gain significant electoral ground.
The disputed religious site was an old matter of contention that had only ever received local attention — but the BJP seized on it to help secure over half the seats in Uttar Pradesh’s 1991 state elections.
Men pay tribute to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in Amritsar on October 30, 2019.

Men pay tribute to former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in Amritsar on October 30, 2019.

Rise of nationalism

At the time, political observers accused the BJP of fanning religious divisions and empowering Hindu nationalists. Those criticisms are still being leveled at Modi’s party today.
In 1992, only a year after the BJP’s election victory, right-wing Hindu mobs demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, triggering nationwide riots that left more than 2,000 people dead. It was some of the worst communal violence since India’s independence.
To some, this was a moment that changed Indian politics. Kapoor, the editor, recalls how some of his fellow journalists saw the destruction of the mosque — and the ensuing riots — as the end of secular India.
After a slew of corruption scandals in the 2000s, the INC lost support, opening the gates for the BJP to come to power.
In 2014, Modi and the BJP swept to victory in national polls, becoming the first party to win a parliamentary majority in 30 years. It was a move toward nationalism, even before right-wing politics took hold in the United Kingdom with Brexit, and Donald Trump’s “America’s First” campaign in the United States.
To those tired of what they saw as cronyism and political dynasties, Modi’s promise of economic reforms while restoring traditional Indian values appealed.
But India’s new leader also promoted religious nationalism.
In Modi’s first term, Hindu vigilante groups killed dozens of people — many of them Muslims — allegedly for slaughtering or transporting cows, which are considered sacred by many Hindus. Critics said the presence of a Hindu nationalist government in Delhi encouraged hardline supporters to commit violent acts against Muslims and other minority groups. A charge the BJP has vehemently denied.

A bleak future

When Modi came to power, he had three key election promises. He would overturn the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, build a temple to the Hindu god Ram at Ayodhya, and impose a uniform civil code that would create one law for all, regardless of their religion.
Modi declares victory in India elections as opposition Congress Party concedes

Modi declares victory in India elections as opposition Congress Party concedes

Six months after being reelected in his second term, Modi has already made headway in achieving two of his aims.
In August, he withdrew Article 370, a constitutional provision that granted Jammu and Kashmir relative autonomy and protected the rights to employment, property ownership and state aid for its permanent residents. The government also imposed a communications blackout in the area.
People in Jammu and Kashmir — which has been downgraded to a union territory — fear that Modi’s move will encourage migration to the Muslim-dominated area, which could alter its demographics.
The Supreme Court’s ruling that the Ram Temple can be built at Ayodhya has also prompted a backlash from Muslim communities.
Activists stage a candle light vigil urging people belonging to all religious communities to maintain peace and harmony before the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, in Bangalore on November 7, 2019.

Activists stage a candle light vigil urging people belonging to all religious communities to maintain peace and harmony before the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, in Bangalore on November 7, 2019.

Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of Muslim political party AIMIM, said the judgment was a “victory of faith over facts” which the BJP would use to achieve its “poisonous agenda.”
“A resounding message has been sent to more that 200 million Muslims in the country that they must bear every humiliation and injustice with the silence expected of an inferior citizenry,” he said in a tweet.
Now, some wonder how long it will be until a uniform civil code is imposed.
Currently, India has separate marriage, property and adoption rules for people from different religions — but a code would wipe those out. That particularly worries the Muslim community, as it could mean that Sharia law no longer governs their marriage, inheritance and succession rights.
Hindus allowed to build on disputed holy site, India's Supreme Court rules

Hindus allowed to build on disputed holy site, India's Supreme Court rules

Analysts worry that India’s attempt at marrying a pluralist society with a secularist system of governance will continue to be chipped away at as the ideas proposed by Hindu nationalists gain mainstream credence and support from citizens and public institutions.
“There is something deeper at play here that is not only the outcome of electoral strategy,” Gilles Verniers, assistant professor of political science at India’s Ashoka University, told CNN.
“There is a deeper, structural, societal transformation taking place.”
Verniers said Modi’s BJP was creating a nation where citizens of different religions were increasingly second-class citizens.
The editor Kapoor’s concerns are broader — he is worried about the health of the world’s biggest democracy.
“I think it’s bad for democracy. Especially the secular democracy we were brought up on, we were told it would be fair to minorities, fair to everybody,” he said. “(The government) has a clear idea about where they want to take India and it has nothing to do with secularism.”
The 2019 Global Terrorism Index found that the militant group took significantly more lives than ISIS did last year. Although the overall number of deaths by terrorism declined in 2018, according to the report, 71 countries recorded at least one death by terrorism. Afghanistan was most affected, with more than 7,000 deaths.
The index also identified a sharp rise in far-right terrorism globally, particularly in Europe and North America.
The report was produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace, a nonpartisan think tank that develops metrics to study peace and its economic impact. It pulls its data from the Global Terrorism Database of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. The database includes the deaths of assailants in its fatality numbers.

Sharp rise in deaths by the Taliban

According to Steve Killelea, the executive chairman of the Institute for Economics & Peace, the Taliban “now account for 38 per cent of all terrorist deaths globally,” which he believes “underscores the difficulty with the current conflict” in Afghanistan. They were responsible for 6,103 deaths in 2018, a 71% increase over the previous year, according to the index, and the number of attacks rose to 972, a 39% increase from the prior year. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in 2018 — the days-long August assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni, in which at least 466 people, including 326 assailants, were killed, according to the database.
“In 2018, the Taliban’s main targets were military and police personnel, which accounted for 53 per cent of attacks and 59 per cent of all deaths,” the report noted. “In 2018, over 3,600 military and police personnel were killed in attacks attributed to the Taliban.”
The US began peace negotiations with the Taliban, led by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, in late 2018. President Donald Trump called off those formal talks in early September 2019 after a Taliban-claimed attack in Kabul that killed a dozen people, including an American soldier.

‘Dramatic decline’ in ISIS activity

The report found ISIS to be responsible for 1,328 deaths in 2018 — a sharp drop from the years prior. It was the first time since 2014 that ISIS was not the deadliest group, the report said.
“The dramatic decline in (ISIS) activity over the past two years has mainly been driven by the success of local forces and a US-led international coalition, which have militarily defeated the group in Syria and Iraq,” it noted.
Trump has touted the gains made against ISIS under his administration. However, US officials have warned that despite the loss of the ISIS caliphate, the terrorist organization remains a threat.

320% increase in ‘far-right’ terrorism

The 2019 Global Terrorism Index also identified a drastic rise in far-right terrrorism but noted that it “remains a small fraction of total terrorism worldwide.” It defines “far-right” as “a political ideology that is centred on one or more of the following elements: strident nationalism (usually racial or exclusivist in some fashion), fascism, racism, anti-Semitism, anti-immigration, chauvinism, nativism, and xenophobia.”
The report included attacks that took place through September 2019, including the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque attacks and the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
“Far-right terrorism is really a Western phenomenon, a Western democracy phenomenon,” Killelea told CNN. “We found that over the last five years, the number of incidents has increased by 320%.”
The report found that these far-right terrorists had the biggest impact on the United States.
“In the US in 2018, there were no recorded attacks by a known terrorist group. Out of 57 events, 28 were committed by far-right extremists, 27 by unknown perpetrators, and two by jihadi-inspired extremists,” it said.
She died in the emergency room, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.
The 21 year-old Reston, Virginia, woman’s death last week led the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to search an Ashburn, Virginia, area home in connection with the investigation into her overdose, Kraig Troxell, a sheriff’s office spokesman told CNN.
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that pills, marijuana and foil with some kind of residue were found at the Ashburn home, which belongs to Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson. The search warrant, which was made public on Tuesday, does not say who the drugs belonged to or where they were found in Nicholson’s home.
CNN was unable to independently obtain the search warrant on Tuesday.
Authorities are trying to determine Crabbe’s whereabouts before she died. Nicholson is cooperating with the investigation, his attorney told CNN.
“Mr. Nicholson has no knowledge of the narcotics that were found. They would have belonged either to the victim or a guest of the home. Mr. Nicholson did not provide her with narcotics,” Mark Dycio said in a phone interview on Tuesday.
Dycio said the focus shouldn’t be on where Crabbe died but instead on “the drug epidemic ravaging this country.”
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said two men brought Crabbe to the Inova Emergency Room-Ashburn HealthPlex in Ashburn and immediately left the area.
Surveillance cameras at the healthcare facility captured Nicholson and another man arriving early Thursday morning in a black Nissan Armada, The Washington Post reported, citing the search warrant.
Dycio told CNN that Nicholson stayed with Crabbe the entire time she was at the hospital.
Nicholson declined to talk to reporters at the team practice the day after Crabbe’s death.
The Washington Redskins said then the team was “aware of the tragic event,” and had alerted the league office. The team said it is cooperating with authorities.
A Redskins spokesperson declined to comment further Tuesday.
Days after Crabbe’s death, her family and friends held a vigil to honor her memory.
“Love you, Julia,” they said out loud, holding candles in the air, CNN affiliate WJLA reported.
“It just saddens and breaks my heart that I’m not going to be able to see her get married, and have kids, and live a beautiful life,” Crabbe’s aunt, Kim, told the station. “She was just at the beginning of … the journey of her life.”
Another relative told the station the family is confused about what happened.
“I think that we’re confused because it’s incomplete. The story’s incomplete,” Trent Ellis, a cousin, told WJLA.