‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer’s lookalike skips court appearance, warrant issued

No one told him life was gonna be this way. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a British theft suspect — whose image went viral on social media due to the man's resemblance to “Friends” star David Schwimmer — after he failed to show up for a court appearance. Abdulah Husseni, 36, failed to appear … Continue reading “‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer’s lookalike skips court appearance, warrant issued”

No one told him life was gonna be this way.

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for a British theft suspect — whose image went viral on social media due to the man's resemblance to “Friends” star David Schwimmer — after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Abdulah Husseni, 36, failed to appear in court in Blackpool on Tuesday to face charges of theft and fraud. He was arrested in Southall in November on suspicion of theft.

The man’s face became world famous after police published surveillance footage of a man carrying what appeared to be a case of beer from a restaurant in Blackpool. He was wanted for allegedly stealing a jacket, wallet and cellphone from a restaurant.

Fans of the 1994-2004 sitcom said they knew exactly who the alleged thief was – Ross Geller, the fictional character played by Schwimmer. Many Twitter users began making “Friends”-related jokes — especially revolving around the show's catchy theme song, "I'll Be There For You."

“I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year,” one fan wrote in one of the 101,000 comments that were left on the post, according to the BBC.

Police later confirmed Schwimmer was off the hook…but not before the 52-year-old actor took to Twitter in an attempt to “clear” himself.

“Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation,” he wrote below a video of him getting beer from a grocery store, a la the British suspect.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Neo-Nazi couple who named baby after Hitler sentenced to prison for being part of terrorist group

A British neo-Nazi couple who named their son after Adolf Hitler was sentenced Tuesday to several years in prison for being part of a terrorist group.

Adam Thomas, 22, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, while Claudia Patatas, 38, was jailed for five years, Sky News reported.

Thomas and Patatas were found guilty for being members of National Action, a far-right neo-Nazi organization in the United Kingdom that was banned in 2016. Judge Melbourne Inman QC, who handed down the sentence, said the group had “horrific aims.”

"Its aims and objectives are the overthrow of democracy in this country by serious violence and murder, and the imposition of a Nazi-style state which would eradicate whole sections of society by such violence and mass murder," the judge said.


Thomas and Patatas led a not-so-secret double life, one working as an Amazon security guard and the other as a wedding photographer, while preaching neo-Nazi beliefs, prosecutors said. The couple gave their son the middle name “Adolf” in “admiration of the German dictator who slaughtered millions of Jews during World War II.

Their home contained swastika-covered cushions and a swastika-shaped pastry cutter, along with machetes, knives and crossbows near a baby crib, the BBC reported.

The couple also posed for photos that showed them holding their son while displaying a flag with a swastika on it. Thomas was seen in another picture cradling his son while wearing the white robe of the Ku Klux Klan.

Prosecutors said the couple wanted to “bring back concentration camps” and that Thomas once told another National Action member that “all Jews must be put to death” and “all non-whites [were] intolerable.” Thomas was also found guilty of having the book Anarchist’s Cookbook — considered a terrorist manual that had instructions to make “viable bombs,” Sky News reported.

Thomas and Patatas were among six people sentenced Tuesday. Daniel Bogunovic, 27, was also found guilty and sentenced to six years and four months in prison. Three other people previously pleaded guilty to being in the organization.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

The Latest: Man convicted over ‘anti-migrant’ weapons

PARIS – The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A German court has convicted a man of unauthorized dealing in firearms over the sale in 2016 of weapons that he advertised as being usable to "shoot down asylum-seekers."

The Berlin state court sentenced the 35-year-old, identified only as Mario R. because of German privacy rules, to two years and 10 months in prison and confiscated 99,100 euros ($112,287) in proceeds.

The court said Tuesday the defendant sold the firearms, which could only fire rubber bullets but an expert deemed potentially deadly, online from Hungary between May and November 2016. The weapons were legal in Hungary but required a permit in Germany.

Large numbers of migrants arrived in Germany in 2015 and 2016. The court found that the defendant "exploited the mood in Germany in a particularly perfidious way."


2:05 p.m.

French officials say that nine migrants, including a woman and child, have been rescued off the coast of Dunkirk after two distress calls from their small boat as they tried to sneak to Britain.

French maritime authorities in charge of the English Channel area said the migrants were located early Tuesday after a three-hour air and sea search.

A statement said the small boat was located 30 kilometers (about 20 miles) northwest of Dunkirk.

The large search party included a helicopter and three ships, and was later joined by two more helicopters from Belgium and Britain who searched the northern area of the English Channel.

Since fall, migrants have increasingly resorted to unguided sea crossings to reach Britain. Rescuers intercepted 18 migrants in two boats on Nov. 22.


10:45 a.m.

Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation.

The party, known as AfD, argued that Merkel's decision not to refuse migrants' entry at Germany's borders violated parliament's right to participate and other principles.

But the Federal Constitutional Court said Tuesday that the three complaints didn't meet prerequisites for a constitutional hearing because the AfD "failed to sufficiently substantiate that the federal government's decisions on this matter violated or directly threatened its rights."

It also noted that while the AfD argued parliament should have been enlisted to draft a "migration management act," the party also stated its "unwillingness to participate in the introduction of a corresponding bill."

Jose Mourinho fired by Man United after 2½ years

MANCHESTER, England – Jose Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday, two days after English soccer's biggest club reached a new low in its disappointing season by losing to Liverpool in the Premier League.

Assistant coach Michael Carrick will take charge of the team on an interim basis. United said it will appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season, but didn't say who it will be.

United made its move with the team in sixth place in the league, 19 points behind first-place Liverpool and 11 points off fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification. It is United's worst 17-game start to a league campaign since the 1990-91 season, and the team currently has a goal difference of zero.

Mourinho started his 2½-year tenure at United by winning two titles in his first season — the English League Cup and the Europa League — but failed to win a trophy in his second season and was criticized for the team's pragmatic playing style and his treatment of some players.

His relationship with Paul Pogba, the club's record signing, appeared broken after leaving the France midfielder out of the team for its last three league games.

Mourinho had also been unhappy that United's board failed to back his wish to sign a central defender in the offseason. United has already conceded more goals in the league than it did in all of last season.

Mourinho's final match in charge was the 3-1 loss at Anfield, after which he said his players were brittle and couldn't cope with the intensity and physicality of Liverpool — historically United's biggest rival.

Mourinho lasted the same length of time at United as he did in his previous job at Chelsea, when he was also fired just before Christmas in his third season. He signed a new contract in January until June 2020 and will reportedly receive compensation of 24 million pounds ($30 million).

In his six major coaching stints — at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and United — Mourinho has only lasted more than three years once. That was in his first spell at Chelsea.

United reached the last 16 in the Champions League, where it will play Paris Saint-Germain over two legs in February and March.


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The Latest: Pogba posts cryptic message after Mourinho exit

MANCHESTER, England – The Latest on Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Manchester United's most expensive player posted a cryptic message online about Jose Mourinho's firing — then swiftly deleted it.

Paul Pogba wrote on Instagram "Caption this!" alongside a picture of him smirking quizzically into the camera.

The breakdown of Pogba's relationship with Mourinho has mirrored United's decline this season.

One of the world's most talented midfielders, Pogba didn't even get off the bench in one of the biggest matches of the season against Liverpool on Sunday when United lost 3-1.

Pogba was one of Mourinho's first signings, returning to United in 2016 for 105 million euros (then $116 million).

10:55 a.m.

Michael Carrick is in temporary charge as Manchester United searches for a caretaker manager until the end of the season.

Carrick joined the United coaching staff after retiring from playing in May.

After Jose Mourinho's firing on Tuesday, United says it is conducting a "thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager" — signaling they won't be in charge until next season.

Mourinho's successor might not be leading a team in the Champions League next season, with United 11 points behind fourth-place Chelsea approaching the midpoint of the Premier League.

9:55 a.m.

Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect.

The decision was announced on Tuesday, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.

Mourinho lasted 2 1/2 years at United and won two titles, the English League Cup and the Europa League in his first season.


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May slams Tony Blair’s new Brexit vote call

British Prime Minister Theresa May slammed one of her predecessors for his comments about a potential new vote as the fate of Brexit remains uncertain.

May, who recently survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament, said Tony Blair was "undermining" Brexit talks by calling for a second referendum.

According to the BBC, Blair said British lawmakers might back another vote if "none of the other options work."

"Far from being anti-democratic, it would be the opposite, as indeed many senior figures in her party from past and present have been saying," he said.

Last week, a group of Labour ministers of Parliament met with David Lidington, who works for May, to argue that another public vote is necessary.

However, the British government is against another vote, having long said that the public made a clear choice to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

The BBC's politics correspondent noted the "anger" in May's rare rebuke of Blair.


"For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served," May said.

She added: "We cannot, as he would, abdicate responsibility for this decision.

On Sunday, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that Britain will have to delay its departure from the EU or rescind its exit notification "for the moment" if the country wants to draft an "entirely new" Brexit proposal.

May's chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, batted down reports that he told colleagues another referendum was needed, saying on Twitter:

"Happy to confirm I am not planning a 2nd referendum with political opponents (or anyone else, to anticipate the next question)."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that motorists could face charges of 5.50 euros ($6) to drive in France, Spain and elsewhere under a No Deal Brexit plan being drawn up.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

Visitors evacuated, animals moved after fire at British zoo

LONDON – A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames.

Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the building's inflatable roof. The zoo, which is near Chester, south of the English city of Liverpool, did not give a cause for the fire.

The zoo said it worked with emergency services to bring the situation under control.

"Critically endangered Sumatran orangutans and other mammals are all accounted for," the zoo said on Twitter. "We are working hard to account for all other species."

The zoo describes the Monsoon Forest exhibit as the largest indoor zoo exhibit ever built in Britain, offering a chance to explore a sub-tropical world filled with creatures ranging from small insects to crocodiles. It also contains exotic plants and palm trees in a climate that mimics Southeast Asia and has raised walkways and underwater viewing areas.

The enclosure, which opened in 2015, was part of a 40 million pound development at the zoo.

"We were very worried for the people and animals that would have been in the building," said David Clough, who lives across the road from the structure. "Orangutans and gibbons are our nearest neighbors there, but there are many other animals, including free-flying birds."

The zoo, which opened in 1931, has some 15,000 animals, CEO Mark Pilgrim said on its website. It cares for some 500 different species, about half of which are endangered, and supports and conducts 70 conservation projects at home and abroad.

One ‘nebulous’ word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks

BRUSSELS – As if the Brexit negotiations aren't tense enough, a "nebulous" linguistic fog briefly spread across the European Union summit on Friday.

One word sent sparks flying between two of the biggest protagonists, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU leaders have rebuffed May's request to sweeten the divorce agreement and help her win over a hostile U.K. Parliament, and Juncker complained to reporters Thursday about a political climate which was sometimes "nebulous, imprecise."

Juncker thought little more of it — until a clearly angry May confronted him at the summit table Friday.

The heated exchange was captured on video with no sound, but lip-readers reported that May said: "What did you call me? You called me nebulous." Juncker was seen shaking his head, apparently replying: "No I didn't."

Talks have been on a knife's edge for months for a divorce which both sides see as a defining moment in their history, with possibly hundreds of billions at stake depending on the outcome. So every word counts, however nebulous.

Juncker later explained that he was talking about the overall debate in Britain, where it is often hard to tell who is on which side, not referring to May personally.

May acknowledged Friday that she had a "robust" exchange with Juncker, but added: "That is the sort of discussion you are able to have when you've developed a working relationship and you work well together."

"What came out of that was his clarity that actually … he had been talking about a general level of debate," she said.

Juncker was relieved. "I did not refer to her," he said. "I didn't, by the way, know that this word does exist in English."

It was time to kiss and make up. "In the course of the morning, after having checked what I said yesterday night, she was kissing me," Juncker said.

Parrot uses owner’s Amazon Alexa to order shopping, play music

A parrot has fallen in love with his owner’s Amazon Alexa — but keeps using it to order shopping.

So far Rocco the African Grey, from Didcot, Oxfordshire, U.K., has demanded treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream.

He has also ordered a kite, light bulbs and even a kettle.


Rocco likes to dance too and tells the voice-activated device to play favorite tunes. Sometimes they are slow numbers, but he generally prefers rock.

So far Rocco the African Grey, from Didcot, U.K., has demanded treats such as strawberries, watermelon, raisins, broccoli and ice cream. (file picture) (Fox News)

Marion Wischnewski, of the National Animal Welfare Trust, based in Berkshire, U.K., said: “Often I come home from being out all day and find romantic music playing.

“And he loves a boogie with Alexa. But it has to be something fast, like his favorite Kings of Leon.


“Rocco and Alexa chat away to each other all day. Then I have to check the shopping list and cancel all the items he’s ordered.”

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Fall from Scottish town’s Christmas tree kills man, officials say

A man fell to his death Friday morning while trying to climb a Scottish town’s 20-foot tall Christmas tree, authorities said.

The man, who was in his 50s but otherwise not identified, was discovered injured outside the Kirkcaldy Town House in Kirkcaldy by patrons who were leaving Kitty’s nightclub, located near the tree, The Courier reported.

Bystanders tried to render aid to the man, but he was reportedly unresponsive.


First responders transported the man to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, but he later died, the BBC reported. Police cordoned off the area around the tree and are investigating.

"The death is being treated as non-suspicious and inquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances. A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal,” a police spokesperson said.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.