Footage shows arrest of suspected killer of Syrian opposition figure

Monday, 2 October 2017

Footage broadcasted on Turkish television has emerged showing moments from the arrest of Ahmad Barakat, Syrian opposition figure Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala’s suspected murderer. The two women were found stabbed to death in their apartment in Istanbul last month. In the video, the man can be seen handcuffed and escorted by two security men dressed as regular citizens. Ahmad Barakat, 22, who was revealed to be Orouba’s relative, was arrested by Turkish authorities after ...

Relative killed Syrian opposition figure, daughter and walked in their funeral

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Syrian opposition figure Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala, who were founded murdered last month in Istanbul, were killed by their relative identified as Ahmad Barakat. Ahmad Barakat was arrested by Turkish authorities after surveillance cameras caught suspicious activity of him in a street near the victims’ house, the Turkish Hurriyet daily reported on Saturday. The daily Yenisafak which is close to Turkish security sources published a photo of the suspect in handcuffs. According to ...

Syrian opposition figure, daughter murdered in Istanbul

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Syrian opposition figure and her daughter were found murdered in their Istanbul apartment on Thursday night. Orouba Barakat and her daughter Hala were stabbed to death. Turkish police found their bodies in their apartment in Istanbul’s area of Uskudar. The police, however, has not issued any information about the murder yet. Orouba’s sister Shaza wrote on Facebook: “The hand of tyranny and injustice assassinated my sister Doctor Orouba and her daughter Hala in their ...

Social media bursts with outrage as Indian woman journalist gunned down

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

An Indian journalist was gunned down outside her home the southern city of Bangalore – the latest in a string of deadly attacks targeting journalists or outspoken critics of religious superstition and extreme Hindu politics. The assailants fled on a motorcycle after spraying a hail of bullets at Gauri Lankesh on Tuesday night as she was leaving her car outside her home in the Karnataka state capital. Police said they were searching for leads, but that it was too early to say who killed her ...

Former model commits suicide after ‘killing Turkish TV host’ in Istanbul hotel

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Turkish TV host Vatan Şaşmaz is believed to have been killed by a former model in an Istanbul hotel room earlier this week. Filiz Aker, reportedly fired four shots at Şaşmaz in his back before committing suicide with a single bullet in her head at the Conrad Hotel. “Aker had reportedly been having dinner at the hotel with her niece Dora Ercan at around 5 p.m. and later went to her room after receiving a text message,” Hurriyet Daily News reported. “After Ercan inquired about ...

How suicide, murder and war created a ‘lost generation’ of Middle East men

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Suicide and murder take 10 times as many lives as war does in the Middle East and nearby regions, creating a “lost generation,” particularly among men, researchers said Monday. These violent acts accounted for 1.4 million deaths in 2015 in the Eastern Mediterranean region, which includes 22 nations such as Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates, said the report in the International Journal of Public Health. Wars in the Eastern ...

Kuwait arrests Egyptian who stabbed Lebanese wife in front of his children

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Police were able to arrest an Egyptian man who stabbed his Lebanese wife at least seven times in front of his children in the North Nugra Complex in Kuwait. A video of police and citizens catching the man while he tried to flee the crime scene was widely shared on social media in the past few days. The Egyptian man, reportedly a teacher, stabbed his Lebanese wife at their house in front of their two children. A motive for the attack has not yet been concluded. The incident left their two boys ...

Murdered New York cop’s baby born 2.5 years after his death

Thursday, 27 July 2017

New York police detective WenJian Liu was ambushed and killed two and a half years ago in a murder that shocked the city. This week, his widow gave birth to his baby daughter. Angelina was born Tuesday at Weill Cornell Hospital. Her mother, Sanny Liu, asked doctors to freeze her husband’s sperm the night he died so that she could one day fulfil their dream of having children. Liu, 32, and partner Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot dead as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn on December 20, 2014. ...

Israeli-Christian man stabs daughter to death for dating a Muslim

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Israeli-Christian Sami Karra, 58, has been arrested for stabbing his 17-year-old daughter Henriette Karra for being in a relationship with a Muslim man, authorities reported. According to the prosecutors, Henriette was killed in her home in Ramle a day after her high school graduation. A criminal indictment filed in Israeli district court this week revealed that Henriette was in a relationship with a Muslim man against her parents’ will, reported CNN. Due to constant threats and abuse from ...

UAE journalists in shock after British editor arrested over wife’s murder

Monday, 10 July 2017

Friends and colleagues of Francis Matthew, Editor-at-Large of the Dubai-based Gulf News, have expressed immense shock at the news of him reportedly being under arrest in the UAE for his wife’s murder. A source from Dubai Police investigations' unit confirmed the Jane Matthew, 62, was killed on July 4 after being assaulted 'with a heavy object' while she was asleep. Someone who works in Gulf News and knew Matthew told Al Arabiya that he was “absolutely the last person I can think of ...

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