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How the Migrant Chaos in Calais Became a Political Crisis

French and British politicians blame each other for the chaos caused by migrants trying to cross the English Channel

In the port city of Calais in northern France, tensions are running high. At night, groups of desperate migrants try to cross through the 31-mile tunnel under the English Channel by vaulting over fencing, stowing away on trucks and hiding on shuttles headed for England. Most have fled persecution and violence beyond Europe’s borders but they now play a deadly game of cat and mouse with guards and riot police. On Sunday night, a French police union reported another 1,700 intrusions by migrants into the railway terminal; they said some 700 people were restrained or physically removed from the area.

On the other side of the narrow strait separating France from England, the British government is also in crisis mode. Amid a recent surge in migrant deaths at Calais – at least nine people have died since June from electrocutions, falls or being crushed by lorries as they try to cross the English Channel – the crisis has evolved into a political blame game.

Though British Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to “point fingers of blame” at the French, senior members of his Conservative Party have accused France of willingly allowing people to break into the Channel Tunnel site and called for them to invest more in security. Meanwhile, French politicians and aid organizations voice their frustration with Britain’s reliance on Calais to reinforce border security.

“The British government needs to be much, much less hypocritical in the way it views the situation. England takes very few refugees compared to other countries in Europe. We must push the British government to take its share of responsibility,” says Emmanuel Agius, the deputy mayor of Calais. Speaking to TIME in his office in the impressive redbrick town hall that dominates Calais’ main square, Agius is visibly wearied by Calais’ struggle to deal with migrants over the past twelve years since British officials began carrying out border checks in the French port, rather than on British soil.

Read more: Inside Calais’s migrant crisis

“The town of Calais is suffocating because of these 3,000 migrants,” he says. Despite the fact that the migrants live in camps on the edge of Calais, Agius says their presence has a significant impact on tourism and the economic development on the town and its 75,000 residents. “More and more tourists and investors are asking themselves why they would want to stay in Calais,” he says. “The municipality has struggled with the same problem for twelve years, trying to make sure the town prospers and is attractive to tourists. Every day, the town’s image is dragged down a little.”

Calais’ local politicians say the city cannot afford to be neglected. Some 10 million passengers pass through the ferry port each year and an additional 21 million people travel through the undersea Channel Tunnel on high-speed trains.

Businesses in both France and the U.K. have suffered the effect of police measures imposed to manage disruption from the migrants’ incursions combined with industrial action by French workers. Until Saturday evening one of Britain’s main highways was blocked with more than 4,500 vehicles queuing to cross to France. Britain’s Freight Transport Association estimated the cost to the U.K. economy could be as much as $390 million a day because of delays and spoiled goods. A similar number of trucks also waited on the French side.

Prime Minister David Cameron held an emergency meeting of his crisis response committee on Friday, promising that extra resources would be sent to France. Britain has pledged another $11 million for resources and surveillance equipment in Calais. Yet Agius, Calais’ deputy mayor, says that such an approach is unlikely to work, telling TIME that “all the barriers in the world, unfortunately, will not address the problem.”

Calais’ migrants agree. Fight the border! declares graffiti near the Calais port. On one road sign, the arrow pointing left towards the English Channel glittering in the distance has been altered to read JUSTICE. Agius says the eventual solution is in the hands of European leaders who need to work together to reallocate migrants and to intervene at the root cause of the problem. In the meantime, migrants will continue to come to Calais in pursuit of their dream to reach Britain and risk their lives in the endeavor.

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Migrants Wait With Hope and Resignation at French Camp Called ‘the Jungle’

“It is not a good life here"

When dawn breaks in Calais, France, Nabeel Edris’ hopes are momentarily dampened. Another night has passed, and the 29-year-old Eritrean has still not managed to reach England. As the sun rises, he begins his three-hour walk back to the dusty scrubland on the outskirts of Calais, to the makeshift camps known as “the Jungle” to its 3,000 residents. Edris has already ended up staying much longer than he imagined, but he refuses to call it home.

A brother, a son, a student, a citizen — Edris had once been many things to many people. But like everyone else in the Jungle, he now holds only the deracinated, dispossessed status of the migrant. “It is not a good life here, it is not good at all,” he says, picking at a yellowing wound on his shin, the souvenir of an attempt to scale the barbed-wire fencing that surrounds the port. Edris left his family behind in the Eritrean capital of Asmara nearly a year ago, fleeing the country’s compulsory lifelong military service. Eritrea’s repressive government scores lower on political and press-freedom rankings than even North Korea. Edris has crossed the sweltering expanse of the Sahara, made a perilous sea journey across the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, and arrived in the French port city of Calais in the freezing depths of winter. But more than six months on, his quest is not over.

Edris shares the determination of countless migrants in Calais, who are desperate to escape the squalid conditions of the Jungle. Fueled by the belief that a better life awaits them on the other side of the Channel, they see their situation as temporary. They are drawn to England because they speak the language, have relatives and friends who have settled there or believe the job market will be better than in France.

Others feel differently. Many end up applying for asylum in France, giving themselves a time frame by which they will give up trying to reach England. Some continue to live in the Jungle while they endure the long wait for papers to be processed.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesSudanese men build a wooden structure at a make shift camp near the port of Calais in Calais, France, on July 31, 2015.

As a result, the Jungle is becoming a more permanent fixture in the Calais landscape. It sprung up without approval, but it has evolved into a shanty town of sorts — albeit one that falls far below international humanitarian standards. Though France is the world’s sixth biggest economy, the Jungle on the northern edge of Calais would not pass for a refugee camp in a developing nation. Guidelines from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees recommend a maximum of 20 people using one toilet, but in the Jungle, 300 migrants share a single toilet. Piles of garbage attract rats and flies, and the air is thick with the stench of sewage and rotting food.

However, locals who volunteer in the Jungle say conditions are slowly improving. In January the French government opened the Jules Ferry refugee center, built on a former children’s summer camp, with space for 120 women and children to sleep. In response to criticism from the U.N. and aid groups, the French government has begun a $550,000 project to improve the basic infrastructure in the camp. In the past month, streetlights have gone up and faucets providing cold water have been installed. Volunteers say that the camp is bigger than ever before, but also better organized.

“The government is more present on the ground here in Calais, and works more with the charities now,” said Carolyn Wiggins, 54, a longtime volunteer with the city’s migrant associations over the 11 years she has lived in Calais. In the past 18 months, she and her husband, Michel, have joined about 20 volunteers as part of the French aid organization SALAM. Five days a week, the couple help to serve 2,000 evening meals at the Jules Ferry center, where they have noticed a significant uptick in the number of people requiring food. They also collect supplies from the local foodbank, including vegetables, fruit and bread, and distribute them at the encampments twice a week.

The medical charity Médecins du Monde has also opened a makeshift hospital in wooden sheds where staff volunteers offer upwards of 40 consultations a day. Its director of operations, Jean-François Corty, told TIME that as well as infections caused by the filthy state of the camp, the staff are seeing more and more broken bones as migrants make even riskier attempts to stow away on Britain-bound vehicles.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesA tent at a make shift camp near the port of Calais in Calais, France, on July 31, 2015.

Of course, not all the wounds are visible. In every tent is a story of personal horror, and the psychological effects of the journeys endured by the refugees are all too evident. Mustafa, 27, was training to be a doctor in Khartoum, Sudan, before he fled his country’s political turmoil. He is still traumatized by the image of a 15-year-old Syrian girl who died of diabetic shock during their difficult eight-day voyage across the sea from Egypt to Italy. “The boat owner told her father that it was a five-star boat with a doctor, and so he paid $50,000 for the family to cross,” he said softly, adding that the smuggler made the family throw the girl’s body off the boat when she died. “I still see her, I see her in front of my eyes.”

The women of the Jungle are haunted too, by their vulnerability in a camp where 90% of residents are men. Corty of Médecins du Monde said there has been a sharp increase in women and children in the camp since last summer, but the Jules Ferry center has been full for a long time. Those not lucky enough to get a bed there must sleep in the Jungle. “I am always scared, always scared to sleep,” said a 22-year-old Eritrean woman who gave her name only as Fiyori.

Yet for the most part, people in the Jungle prefer to exchange jokes rather than stories of woe. Many of the migrants wearily accept that they will be in Calais longer than they would like: “Bored of Borders,” reads a sign outside one tent. In the Jungle, you can now get your hair cut, get your bike fixed and even pray in an improvised mosque or church. Some of the more enterprising residents walk to the supermarkets in the center of Calais, stocking up on baguettes, potato chips and canned goods to hawk for a profit back in the Jungle. There are over a dozen pop-up shops, selling everything from cell phone SIM cards and cigarettes to whiskey, Red Bull and Coca-Cola.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesMen buy from a shop run by Afghanis at a make shift camp near the port of Calais in Calais, France, on July 31, 2015.

There are reports of occasional alcohol-fueled scuffles when frustrations spill over but most people in the camp aren’t looking for more trouble. A Nigerian refugee recently set up a makeshift school where volunteers teach French and drawing and play games with the children. At night, people dance to Michael Jackson songs under a disco ball in a makeshift club.

In the Jungle, life goes on even as most of the residents vow to continue their attempts to reach England. Mahmoud, a 22-year-old Sudanese whose entire family was killed by Janjaweed militia, said he will keep trying to cross until he makes it — or dies trying. Friends and family have arrived in England successfully, escaping the squalor that he has endured for 15 months. He refuses to build a more permanent shelter, sleeping under a black plastic tarpaulin propped up by wooden sticks. Scrawled across the outside in white letters are the words: Ceci n’est pas une solution d’hébergement. This is not a housing solution.

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Inside Calais’s Deadly Migrant Crisis

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Rob Stothard—Getty Images Gendarmerie attempt to prevent people from entering the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles in Calais, France, on July 30, 2015.

The desperate conditions that are driving migrants to risk their lives to make it to the U.K.

It was late on Thursday night in the French port city of Calais when the mood shifted. In a field awash with silvery moonlight, some 50 illegal migrants—mainly Syrians—sat down and turned their backs on the 20 French policemen who had formed a barricade across the field to prevent them from returning towards the entrance of the railway terminal linking England and France. There had been scuffles earlier that night when groups of migrants had faced off against the local gendarmerie as they tried to get near to the fencing surrounding the tunnel. But this was something different: a peaceful demonstration against the riot police that had been dispatched to this city to bolster security.

“Let us cross,” a voice in the crowd cried. “We are Syrians. We have a war in our country. Why all of this police just for us? We are just trying to cross for a safe place.”

The voice belonged to a 27-year old man who gave his name only as Adam. He had arrived in Calais four months ago, fleeing the sectarian conflict raging in his hometown of Idlib in northern Syria, part of a civil war that has caused some 4 million Syrians to escape their country. His pleas went unheard – the police continued to usher the migrants away from the railway complex – but Adam gave voice to the anguish felt by the growing number of migrants attempting to cross into the U.K. every night from France, men and women who have traveled thousands of miles in search of safety and prosperity.

2015 has been the year of the migrant in Europe, which has struggled to absorb the 137,000 asylum-seekers who have arrived on its shores in the first half of 2015 alone—an 83% increase from the same period last year. So far that impact has largely been borne by the countries of southern Europe, whose proximity to the Middle East and Africa has made them de facto destinations for migrants attempting to cross into the Mediterranean.

But though Calais’s 3,000 migrants may represent only a fraction of those seeking asylum in Europe, the city – already struggling with an unemployment rate of 13%, well above the national average – says it can no longer cope with the additional economic and security challenges of hosting so many migrants. A sharp surge in violence in the French port has now brought the crisis into the very heart of the continent.

In Calais, the dream of a better future literally shimmers on the horizon. The strait between England and the European continent is at its narrowest here, and on a clear day the white cliffs of Dover can be seen just 21 miles away. For those like Adam, who have left behind everything and traveled thousands of miles to flee conflict and persecution back home, that last distance seems like nothing. Indeed, migrants have been trying to cross into the U.K. from Calais ever since the Kosovo War in the late 1990s. Many speak English or have relatives in the U.K., where they believe jobs are more plentiful than in continental Europe. In the past, migrants often tried to leave by stowing away in lorries that crossed the sea by ferry. With increased security around the port, the focus has shifted recently to the undersea Channel Tunnel, where migrants try to hide on international freight trains and Eurotunnel Shuttles carrying vehicles.

These days, those living in ‘The Jungle’, as the squalid encampments on the edge of Calais are known, come from conflicts that rage beyond Europe’s borders. With the world witnessing the worst refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War, these makeshift camps are a snapshot of a global phenomenon, housing large numbers of Syrians, Sudanese, Eritreans and Afghans who have been forcibly displaced by violence back home.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesA man sits outside tents in at a make shift camp near the port of Calais in Calais, France, on July 31, 2015.

As the number of migrants has grown, the final leg of the journey to the U.K. has become increasingly perilous. British border controls were effectively moved to Calais as part of deals in 1994 and 2003 with France that meant immigration checkpoints take place before departure (by train or ferry) rather than upon disembarkation. As British Prime Minister David Cameron noted Thursday, the agreement means Britain’s natural sea border is strengthened by having border controls on the French side – though now senior French politicians are questioning the effectiveness of such a system, which they say places too much of a burden on France.

Years after those deals were made, Calais has come to resemble a fortress, with towering chain-link fences and coils of barbed wire running for miles around the port and Eurotunnel complex.

Ruben Andersson, a migration expert at the London School of Economics, says the increased fortification of land borders in Calais is a “disproportionate” response that fails to acknowledge the negative effects of similar policies at borders in other parts of the world—and which has failed to stop the migrants. “What we’ve seen in Calais over many years is that the more you fortify a border, all you do is displace routes across relatively safe borders to much riskier crossings,” he says.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesPeople help a young man squeeze through a gap in a fence near the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles in Calais, France, on July 30, 2015.

As the British and French authorities crack down on the more direct routes to reach England, migrants in Calais are trying more dangerous methods. Over the past six weeks, at least nine people have died in attempts to reach England, falling from trains as they tried to hang on, killed by lorries on the motorway, and even drowning in a canal at the tunnel entrance. That compares to a total of 15 migrant deaths for all of 2014.

More than 39,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were prevented in 2014 to 2015 – more than double the previous year. British Home Secretary Theresa May said that between June 21 and July 11, the French and British authorities successfully blocked over 8,000 attempts by illegal migrants to enter ports in France. Eurotunnel, the company that runs the shuttles through the Channel Tunnel, said that since January it had prevented 37,000 attempts, describing “nightly incursions” of hundreds of migrants trying to storm security forces at once, in the hope that a lucky few will make it to the other side.

On the night of July 28 alone, a few hundred migrants made over 2,000 attempts to breach the entrance of the Channel Tunnel, the railway line that links France and England. One young Sudanese man died, most likely crushed by a truck exiting one of the shuttles.

Later that week, Cameron promised that Britain would not become a “safe haven” for illegal immigrants, pledging more fencing and sniffer dogs to crack down on illegal border crossings. Accused of being lax by British politicians, France quickly dispatched 150 extra riot police to Calais. As dusk fell on July 30, the police began patrolling the 14-mile perimeter of the Eurotunnel complex, blocking roads previously open to the public.

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Rob Stothard—Getty ImagesMen walk through a field near the Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles in Calais, France, on July 30, 2015.

But the residents of ‘The Jungle’ were unfazed. That evening a steady parade of more than a hundred people could be seen walking across the city’s bridges and fields, silhouetted against the sunset as they headed towards the railway terminal. They told hopeful stories of friends and family who had reached England. Rumors floated in the crowd that in one night recently, as many as 60 migrants had made it to Dover in the U.K. (The British government has acknowledged that some successfully make it across to the U.K., but has declined to confirm exact numbers.) The real possibility of death did little to discourage migrants who had already faced worse.

“Back home, you could wake up in the morning and go to work and die. You could die every day, any day,” says Tahir Dlil, a 26-year-old radiology graduate who fled the turmoil in Sudan a year ago and has been in Calais for more than four months. “Would we have come if there was peace? Why would we want to live like animals in the jungle? No. We just want to live, to work, that’s all.”

While some of his friends have sought asylum in France, Dlil is confident his year-long quest will eventually end in England. He spends his nights making the nine-mile walk from the camp to the railway terminal, displaying cuts from barbed wire and bruises from clashes with the police. When asked how he usually spends his days in Calais, he breaks into a wide smile.

“England,” he grins. “I dream about England all day.”

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Everything We Know About the Chattanooga Gunman

The 24-year-old engineering graduate opened fire at two military facilities in Chattanooga killing four marines

The FBI has identified Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, as the gunman who killed four Marines and wounded three others in attacks on military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Thursday. The gunman was shot dead by police the same morning.

Officials said Abdulazeez was not on any terror watch lists, although he was arrested on April 21 for driving under the influence according to a Hamilton County Jail booking report. U.S. attorney Bill Killian told reporters that officials were treating the attacks as an act of “domestic terrorism.”

Although the investigation is still at an early stage, Abdulazeez appears to be a “lone wolf” acting without clear links to terrorist groups. Experts say lone wolves are likely to suffer from social isolation and mental health problems, but those who knew Abdulazeez have described him as “a good kid”, a handsome, outgoing, polite young man.

Here’s what we know so far about Abdulazeez:

– He was of Jordanian descent and was born in Kuwait in 1990, according to a federal official quoted in the New York Times. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen after moving to the country with his mother, who is from Kuwait, and father Youssuf Abdulazeez, who is Palestinian, reported the SITE Intelligence Group.

– The family moved to a two-storey house in the middle-class, suburban neighborhood of Hixson, Tennessee, a short distance from Chattanooga. Hixson police are currently searching the house for evidence. Neighbors told reporters Abdulazeez and his siblings were well-behaved and polite.

–The New York Times cited unnamed law officials saying Abdulazeez’s father was briefly subject to investigations some years ago in relation to possible ties to a foreign terrorist group but his name was later removed from a terror watch list.

—Counterterrorism officials are investigating a trip Abdulazeez took to Jordan in 2014 that lasted seven months, people familiar with the investigation told the Wall Street Journal. Officials are examining whether anything that occurred on the trip contributed to Abdulazeez’s act of violence.

– Abdulazeez graduated from Red Bank High School, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The young man’s senior yearbook page read: “My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do? –Hijabman”

– Karan Wagner, who attended high school with Abdulazeez, called him friendly, funny and kind and added that his family seemed normal. “I never would have thought it would would be him,” she told the Chattanooga Free Press. “They were your average Chattanooga family.”

– Another high-school friend agreed. Terry Jones, a 25-year-old engineer from Knoxville, described Abdulazeez a sociable, smart and having a sharp sense of humour. He also noted that Abdulazeez was deeply religious, observing prayers five times a day and fasting during Ramadan. “He had a really easy-to-get-along-with personality,” said Jones to the LA Times. “He was kind of the funny guy in … class.” Jones never knew Abdulazeez to drink, smoke or do drugs.

– Muscular and over six feet tall, Abdulazeez wrestled during his last two years of high school. His wrestling coach, Kevin Emily, told the LA Times that he was popular, humble and had many friends. “He always did what I asked him to do; he never gave me any problems,” said Emily, “All the guys seemed to like him. He was not an outsider.”

– Abdulazeez was also an amateur mixed martial arts fighter. Chet Blalock, owner of Blalock International Mixed Martial Arts Academy, told the Times that some of his students trained with Abdulazeez. “He was a tough guy, he wouldn’t tap out; he elected to pass out,” said Blalock. A clip online shows Abdulazeez defeating Timmy Hall in a 2009 fight.

– According to a resumé posted online, Abdulazeez graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in 2012 and was searching for work as an electrical engineer as recently as March, when the resumé was updated.

– Little is known about Abdulazeez’s motives and if or when he became radicalized. He does, however, appear to have shown more signs of religiosity in recent months. Dr. Azhar S. Sheikh, a founding board member of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga, told the Times that Abdulazeez began to regularly attend Friday prayers at the mosque a couple of months ago, but showed no signs of extremism.

– According to the SITE Intelligence Group, Abdulazeez maintained a blog containing two posts focused on Islam, both published July 13. The first used the metaphor of a prison to demonstrate the need of studying one’s faith in order to be rewarded after death and quoted a hadith calling the world “a prison for the believer and a paradise for the unbeliever.”

“Don’t let the society we live in deviate you from the task at hand,” the author M.Y. Abdulazeez wrote, adding: “This life is short and bitter and the opportunity to submit to Allah may pass you by.”

The blog also urged Muslims to not listen to “other prisoners”, including so-called ‘scholars’ or even your own family members. It may be a reference to the Muslim clerics who speak out against militant violence and relatives who may have tried to intervene in Abdulazeez’s life.

– The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was “enhancing the security posture at certain federal facilities, out of an abundance of caution.”

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ISIS Claims Responsibility for Rocket Attack on Egyptian Navy Ship

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Eyad Baba—AP An Egyptian navy vessel hoses down another, which caught fire on the Mediterranean Sea after an exchange of gunshots with militants on July 16, 2015.

Egypt's Sinai Province has seen a recent upsurge in militant violence

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has claimed its first naval attack on an Egyptian frigate in the Mediterranean, according to reports Thursday from SITE Intel Group. The Sinai branch of ISIS said they destroyed the naval ship with a guided missile.

The Egyptian military said in an early statement that a navy vessel had caught fire just off the coast of Sinai following a clash with militants. In a Facebook post, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir said there were no fatalities among the vessel’s crew in the shootout with “terrorists.”

However, photos posted by ISIS on Twitter appear to show the frigate being hit by a rocket.

According to AP, security officials said the vessel routinely patrols Egyptian territorial waters, sometimes used to transport army and public personnel to mainland Egypt.

Egypt’s ISIS affiliate killed at least 17 soldiers in a July 1 attack in the Sinai peninsula. The same group attempted to attack a military post on a highway between Cairo and Suezon Wednesday. ISIS said via Twitter it succeeded in killing several soldiers but Egypt’s military denied the claim, saying it foiled the attack.

Last week ISIS claimed a bomb attack in front of Cairo’s Italian consulate that killed one person. Militant violence has surged in Egypt since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

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El Chapo May Have Made His Escape With the Help of a Sparrow

He may have used it to test for toxic underground gases

The Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman may have had the help of a little birdie when he escaped a high-security prison on July 11 via a mile-long tunnel that connected Guzman’s shower area to a construction site in a nearby farm field. According to Mexican newspaper Reforma, government officials searching Guzman’s cell in the high-security Altiplano prison discovered a dead sparrow in his trash can. El Pais also reported that there was a small, dirty nest in a little window of the cell.

Reportedly nicknamed “Chapito” by the officials, the bird may have been used to test for toxic substances in the tunnel – much in the same way that coal miners once carried canaries with them to detect dangerous gases underground. Other investigators said it could have been Guzman sending a subliminal message symbolizing his own flight.

Reforma also reported that the Sinaloa cartel boss also left a small LCD television turned on at high-volume inside his cell to distract guards from suspecting his absence.

Mexican authorities have 10,000 agents on high-alert as they try to recapture Guzman, but have not yet responded to U.S. offers of assistance.

[Reforma]

 

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Fifty Shades Star Jamie Dornan Discusses His Role as Nazi-Killing Hero in Anthropoid

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Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images Jamie Dornan attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square in London on Feb. 12, 2015.

"This is murder in a sense, but it’s for a greater good”

Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Grey fame has called his new role playing a Czech agent sent to kill a top Nazi general as “murder for the greater good”, Variety reports.

British director Sean Ellis joined Dornan at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Thursday to present the new film Anthropoid, which starts filming on location in Prague in September.

Dornan plays Jan Kubis, one of two Czechoslovak resistance fighters who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust, in the killing – codenamed Operation Anthropoid.

“These were just normal guys who were fighting for something they fiercely believed in,” Dornan said at a press conference.

Dornan said Kubis’s motives resonated with him more personally than previous ones, particularly serial killer Paul Spector in crime show The Fall. “He’s a man with a mission to carry out, and it’s a mission for the right reasons. It’s not someone like Spector who is murdering people just for no good reason… This is murder in a sense, but it’s for a greater good,” he said.

Dornan is also starring in war thriller ‘Jadotville’ which is premiering on Netflix in 2016.

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