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Finns respond with rakish commentary over Trump's comments

People in Finland are raking President Donald Trump over the coals after his comments that the Scandinavian people regularly rake their country’ forests to prevent fire, Time reported.

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Trump praised what he called Finland’s method for preventing catastrophic wildfires while he was viewing areas in California devastated by the worst fires in state history, the magazine reported.

Trump, after speaking with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, said the Finns spend “a lot of time on raking and cleaning,’’ the BBC reported.

Trump reiterated his claim that poor forest management was to blame for the California wildfires, the BBC reported.

"You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it's a whole different story," Trump said. "I was with the president of Finland, and he said: 'We have a much different (sic) … We're a forest nation.' And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don't have any problem.”

Niinisto told a Finnish daily he could not remember talking about raking when the two met, the BBC reported.

Finland is an environmentally conscious country, but its citizens do not rake their forests to stop fires, The New York Times reported. Instead, officials rely on an early warning system, aerial surveillance and forest roads to keep wildfires in check, the newspaper reported.

Trump’s comments opened the gate for comments on social media, and people in Finland went outside in large numbers to rake leaves while mocking the president.

See some of the jokes tagged with the hashtags “”#RakeNews,” “rake America great again,” and “#Haravointi,” Time reported.

Man stung by stingray dies off Tasmania coast

A 42-year old man died from cardiac arrest Saturday off the coast of Tasmania, apparently after being stung by a stingray, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

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The man was swimming east of Hobart, the television station reported. Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, the BBC reported.

While stingrays are not considered dangerous and attacks are rare, one killed Australian conservationist and television star Steve Irwin in 2006, according to the BBC.

The victim, who was not named, “was removed from the water by friends prior to the arrival of emergency services,” The Guardian reported, citing a statement from Tasmanian police. “It was reported he was unaccompanied in the water at the time of sustaining a puncture wound to his lower abdomen.” 

The Australian Museum lists the smooth stingray species as "not aggressive and is often observed by divers," the ABC reported.

"It usually has one venomous spine (the sting) halfway along the tail which is capable of inflicting severe or potentially fatal wounds. This species is sometimes observed raising its tail above its back like a scorpion," the network reported, citing the museum’s website.

Rolling Stones announce U.S. portion of 2019 'No Filter' tour

The Rolling Stones are bringing their No Filter tour to the United States with a 13-date schedule at stadiums beginning April 20, the band said on its website Monday.

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The tour will open at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and will end June 21 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, according to the website.

There will be a presale on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. through the band’s site at Tickets for the general public will go on sale Nov. 30 at 10 a.m., the band said.

The tour also will make stops in Jacksonville, Florida; Seattle; Foxborough, Massachusetts; Houston; Glendale, Arizona; Pasadena and Santa Clara, California; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“It’s a thrill when we play stadiums in the states,” lead singer Mick Jagger said in a statement. “The energy is always amazing.”

“I’ve always loved playing in the states,” lead guitarist Keith Richards said in a statement. “It’s a great crowd.”

This will be the iconic rock ’n’ roll band’s first extended U.S. tour since 2015’s Zip Code tour, Rolling Stone reported.

Leonid Meteor Shower 2018: 9 must-see photos of the celestial light show

The annual Leonid meteor shower peaked this weekend, offering a stunning natural light show.

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Skygazers took to social media to share their photos of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Llyn Padarn, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @gareth_mon_photography, Instagram

2. South Stack, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @bigolivesphoto, Instagram

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Photo by @lestertsaiphotography, Instagram

4. Coleman, Alberta, Canada

Photo by @bound_for_mountain, Instagram

5. Blauen, Germany

Photo by Stephane Vetter, Facebook

6. Lone Mountain, Big Sky Resort, Montana

Photo by @davepecunies, Instagram

7. The Rumps, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Photo by @chrisfletcherphotography, Instagram

8. Oregon

Photo by @thezachhayes, Instagram

9. Llyn y Dywarchen, Snowdonia, Wales, United Kingdom

Photo by @_belial, Instagram

Record setter: David Hockney painting sells for $90.3M

A painting by David Hockney fetched $90.3 million Thursday night, a record price for a living artist’s work, The New York Times reported. 

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Hockney’s 1972 painting, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” sold in nine minutes at Christie’s, The Guardian reported.

The British artist’s work topped the previous record of $58.4 million, set in 2013 for one of Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog” sculptures, the Times reported.

The high bid for the 81-year-old artist’s work was $80 million but soared to $90,312,500 after the buyer’s premium, the Guardian reported.

Bidding quickly reached $70 million among three people in the room and five others calling in, the Times reported. The bidding was decided between two of the telephone callers, the newspaper reported.

“We rarely can say, ‘This is the one opportunity to buy the best painting from the artist.’ This is it,” Ana Maria Celis, vice president of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, told the Guardian before the auction in Manhattan.

The buyer was not identified.

Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported. In response, the man declared his gender “to be a woman” so left-wingers could no longer attack him over his views, according to a video of his speech that was shared  on social media.

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National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan, 61, made a motion Monday to prohibit pro-choice activists from disrupting the annual Day of the Unborn Child on March 25. The day was established by Pope John Paul II to provide a "position option in favor of life,” 9 News reported.

Green Party senator Larissa Waters criticized the motion, telling O'Sullivan he would never understand women's choices.

"Senator O'Sullivan needs to get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries and those of the 10,000 Queensland women who have an abortion each year," Waters told Parliament.

Both senators represent Queensland.

“She attacked me for my religious basis ... using words like rosary beads, because I had the audacity to raise issues around late-term abortions,” O’Sullivan told Parliament. “I am going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me.”

Waters later withdrew her remark after another senator said it reflected on O’Sullivan’s religion, 9 News reported.

O’Sullivan’s motion failed by a 32-12 mark, with 32 abstentions.

Photos: Trump, world leaders mark 100 years since World War I armistice

World leaders gathered by the dozens Sunday to mark the end of World War I 100 years ago, turning Paris into the epicenter of global commemorations.

Topless protester runs toward Trump motorcade before World War I armistice commemoration

A topless protester approached President Donald Trump's motorcade Sunday morning as dozens of world leaders gathered in Paris to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the World War I armistice.

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According to The Associated Press, the woman, a member of the Paris-based feminist group Femen, ran past security and into the street, yelling, "Fake peace maker!" at the cars. Police apprehended her just a few yards away from the motorcade, Reuters reported.

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Femen "frequently carries out shock protests against sexism, racism, homophobia and other social and political issues," Reuters reported

Read more here or here.

2 dead, including assailant, in Melbourne stabbing incident police say is terrorism-related 

Three people were stabbed, one fatally, at a Melbourne shopping district Friday afternoon before a man wielding a knife was shot and killed by police as a car went up in flames nearby, reported. Police said they are now treating the attack in the Bourke Street district as an act of terrorism, reported.

Victoria Police confirmed that one person was dead at the scene, The Guardian reported. 

Two people were taken to a hospital, police spokesman David Clayton said in a news conference.

In a news conference Friday night, Victoria police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the alleged attacker was known to state and federal police. Ashton also confirmed the man, who was from Somalia, had died Friday after being shot in the chest by police.

“We are now treating this as a terrorism incident,” Ashton said.

The incident began when the man drove a 4WD into the city and it was set on fire, reported.

69-year-old man wants to legally be 49

Age is just a number. A positivity coach in the Netherlands says that while his may technically be 69 years old, he doesn’t live like someone pushing 70, so he is asking a court to allow him to legally change his age. 

Yes you read that right. 

Emile Ratelband wants the courts to allow him to shave 20 years off his legal birthday, The Associated Press reported.

Ratelband is citing that other personal transformations are allowing him to consider changing his age legally. 

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“With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself,” Ratelband said.

He says it is in an effort to combat age discrimination -- in the business world and especially on dating websites.

“So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it’s impossible,” Ratelband told the AP. “If I go on Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69 when women are there.”

Ratelband said that he doesn’t want to lie but wants to be himself. 

He also said that if the courts agree to allow him to adjust his age, he’d forfeit his monthly pension of about $1,370 a month, saving his country about $343,000 by Ratelband’s accounts.

The ruling could come in about four weeks, the AP reported.

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