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Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan’s lawyers request release, claim health reasons

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Rape-accused Tariq Ramadan's lawyers have claimed that the Swiss Islamist scholar was suffering from multiple sclerosis and have therefore requested his release under bail. But an appeals court in Paris which was examining his appeal against his detention on remand ordered an independent medical report on his health situation. The court refused as well to issue him a special visit permit, according to French outlets quoting his lawyers, outside what the law grants him with in regards to his ...

Drone footage displays dramatic extent of Rohingyas crisis

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Nearly 700,000 ethnic Rohingyas have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, provoking the greatest ongoing humanitarian crisis in the world. More than one million people now crowd an area in southeast Bangladesh, most of them living in difficult conditions and dependent on relief aid. Footage filmed from a drone by UNHCR site planner Philipp Hubner displays the dramatic extent of the crisis. Rohingya genocide: Where is the world’s conscience?  

Pakistan court sentences Zainab’s killer to death on four counts

Saturday, 17 February 2018

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has found Imran Ali guilty in the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin, and have ruled on Saturday to sentence him to the death penalty on four counts, reported Dawn news. The four counts are: Kidnap, rape, murder and “commiting an act of terrorism.” Ali's arrest brought to light seven more killings and many Pakistanis have demanded he be publicly executed. Ali is also facing several fines worth nearly 2 million rupees, about $31,000, for ...

Trump visits Florida hospital to pay respects after shooting

Saturday, 17 February 2018

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited a Florida hospital Friday to offer their respects to the victims of a mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at a nearby high school.The first couple visited Broward Health North Hospital, where a white house official said they would thank medical staff “for their life-saving assistance.”The pair are also expected to visit the Broward County sheriff's office “to meet with the law enforcement officials whose bravery ...

Ethiopia declares state of emergency after PM resigns

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Ethiopia on Friday declared a state of emergency one day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation, state media reported."A state of emergency has been declared as of now," the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) said, citing a decision by the council of ministers.A statement read by an anchor on the state mouthpiece gave no timeline for the decree, the country's second since 2016.The decision capped a tumultuous week in which some of Ethiopia's most ...

US election meddling: 13 Russians charged in Mueller investigation

Friday, 16 February 2018

Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, federal prosecutors announced Friday. The indictment , brought by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, alleges that Russians used bogus social media postings and advertisements fraudulently purchased in the name of Americans to sway political opinion during the race between Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent. The ...

Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince send condolences to Trump over Florida shooting

Friday, 16 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, have sent their condolences to US President Donald Trump in light of the shooting in Florida which left several dead. On Wednesday, a 19-year-old killed 17 students at Florida a high school he had been previously expelled from. In a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman and the Crown Prince said: “It was with deep pain to have found out about the shooting incident which took place in the State ...

US blames Russia for ‘largest cyber attack in history’

Friday, 16 February 2018

The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating ‘NotPetya’ cyber attack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe. The attack in June of 2017 “spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia and the Americas,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement ...

Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against US forces would go on. A more aggressive US strategy in Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes introduced by President Donald Trump in August has pushed the Taliban back from several district centers and two provincial capitals. But the militants control large ...

First pictures emerge of 19-year-old Florida high school shooting suspect

Thursday, 15 February 2018

US media outlets published the first pictures of the 19-year-old gunman who allegedly opened fire on Wednesday at a Florida high school he had previously been expelled from, killing 17 people. The violence had erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 72 km north of Miami. Live television footage showed students streaming out of the building as dozens of police and emergency services personnel swarmed the area. The gunman was identified as ...

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