AceWorldNews – LATEST – Dec.03 – An Iraqi official said Wednesday that the woman detained earlier this week by Lebanon’s army was not the wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but instead the sister of a man convicted of bombings in southern Iraq.
“The one detained by Lebanese authorities was Saja Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi, sister of Omar Abdul Hamid al-Dulaimi who is detained by authorities and sentenced to death for his participation in … explosions,” ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters.
Lebanese security officials said on Tuesday that they had detained the unidentified woman who had been traveling without a passport.
The officials also said that they had detained al-Baghdadi’s son.
#AceNewsServices – RIYADH – Nov.18 – A special criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced to death three members of a terror cell for killing 20 people and injuring 35 others at the Oasis Residential compound in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province, and the Al-Mohayya complex in Riyadh in separate attacks.
Five were each handed 30-year jail terms.
The victims of the terror attacks included BBC photographer Simon Cumbers. His colleague Frank Gardner was critically wounded and is now wheelchair-bound.
There were also Saudi civilians and policemen among the victims.
The first defendant, N. Boqami, chief of Cell 86, said Al-Qaeda had assigned him and others to storm the Oasis complex in 2004.
They had been told that US forces had kidnapped and detained several Sunni Iraqi women during the 2003 invasion.
However, he denied all other 27 charges against him, including storming into a facility of the APICORP and the Oasis compound carrying grenades, assault rifles and revolvers on May 29 and holding 45 hostages.
The state contends that he was accompanied by Al-Qaeda members Turki Al-Motairi and Abdullah Al-Sobaie during the operation.
The charge sheet accused them of killing 10 people of various nationalities including two industrial security officers and a cop. It was also claimed that they were party to the assault and murder of 12 and injuring 20 security officers in an encounter at the Waha compound.
The state also accused Boqami of ascribing to the takfiri ideology — to declare other Muslims non-believers — questioning the Holy Qur’an, Sunnah and the creed of the early Muslim ummah.
Source: Arab News – BBC World News
#AceNewsServices – GAZA – Nov.13 – Muhammad Salih Taha, a co-founder of the Hamas movement, died in Gaza late Tuesday after a long struggle with illness, medics said.
Palestinian medical sources told reporters that Taha was taken from his home in al-Bureij refugee camp to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah, where doctors announced his death upon arrival.
Taha, often called Abu Ayman, was deported by Israel to Marj al-Zuhur in southern Lebanon in 1992 along with about 400 Palestinians from the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas inside Israel.
The Hamas leader later served as mayor of al-Bureij camp for four years.
His son Yasser was assassinated in an Israeli air-strike in June 2003.
#AceWorldNews – JERUSALEM – Nov.07 – An Israeli man who was injured after a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians died on Friday, Reuters reported, citing a hospital official.
A man of about 20 died at Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem of his injuries, according to the spokeswoman.
This takes to three the death toll in the incident, including the assailant shot dead at the scene.
The militant Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack at a light rail stop in Jerusalem.
#AceNewsServices PAKISTAN September 27 Discussions are questioning whether CIA drone attacks in Pakistan are responsible for unlawful killings, some of which may amount to war crimes.
For years now Pakistanis have expressed their outrage at the US drone strikes in Pakistan, which they claim cause indiscriminate deaths and injuries.
The Pakistan government also continues to express criticism, saying it injects mass hatred in the population, is a violation of sovereignty and fuels terrorism.
The unmanned aircraft attack from the sky. The US government adopted this method to kill and target terror suspects.
They say the use of drones is vital to defend itself against terrorist threats as drone warfare is successful in the US pursuit of al- Qaeda and the Taliban.
This legal expert explains why they are problematic. Although the Pakistan government supports the concerns expressed by the international community on America’s drone campaign, many insiders believe they play a dubious game.
They say that while Islamabad publicly condemns drone strikes, it is secretly complicit with the US government.
Two police officers suspected of gang-raping and killing teenage sisters before hanging their bodies from a mango tree have been arrested in India. A third man was also held, according to reports, after the discovery of two bodies renewed public outrage over sexual violence in the country. Villagers in Katra found the bodies hours after the girls, aged 14 and 15, disappeared from fields they used because their homes had no toilet. Hundreds of people spent Wednesday in silent protest over alleged police inaction in the case. Indian TV channels filmed villagers sitting under the girls’ hanging bodies, preventing authorities from removing them until the suspects were arrested. Police responded by making three arrests – and four more suspects are being sought.
Autopsies confirmed the girls were gang-raped and strangled before being hanged, police Superintendent Atul Saxena reportedly told AP.
A police station chief has been suspended, according to the news agency, after allegedly ignoring a complaint the girls were missing. India tightened its rape laws last year – introducing the death penalty for gang rape – following the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in New Delhi. The case sparked nationwide protests. A rape is committed every 22 minutes in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people – and activists say many more cases go unreported because of a culture of tolerance.
#AceWorldNews – NEW DELHI – April 10 – (TOI) -Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday opposed the new anti-rape law and said that his party would change the law that entails death for rape.
Addressing a rally in Moradabad, Mulayam said, “rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes.”
Questioning the death sentence to three men who were convicted of two gang-rapes in Mumbai last week, Mulayam said, “Should rape cases be punished with hanging? They are boys, they make mistakes.”
The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.
Mulayam’s comments evoked strong reactions with other parties slamming him for his insensitive comments.
The Samajwadi Party believes in creating a socialist society, which works on the principle of equality and the party has a secular and democratic outlook. The Samajwadi Party believes in continuously working towards the upliftment of weaker sections of society and it stands against communal forces.
#AceWorldNews – MUMBAI – April 04 – Three men were sentenced to death on Friday for two gang rapes last year in Mumbai, Reuters reported.
They included an attack on a photojournalist that sparked protests in the city.
A Mumbai court sentenced Vijay Jadhav, Kasim Bengali and Mohammed Salim Ansari to death, the first time capital punishment has been given for rape not involving the death of the victim.
#AceWorldNews – JAPAN – March 27 – The world’s longest-serving death row inmate was freed Thursday by a Japanese court, AP reported.
The Shizuoka District Court found investigators had likely fabricated evidence in the murder case that put the former pro boxer behind bars for nearly half a century.
The court suspended the death sentence and ordered a retrial for 78-year-old Iwao Hakamada, who had been convicted in the 1966 murder of a family and was sentenced to death in 1968.
More than 45 of his 48 years in prison have been on death row.
#AceWorldNews – QATAR – March 27 – Qatari court on Thursday condemned a US couple from Los Angeles to three years in prison for causing the death of their adopted eight-year-old daughter, AFP said.
Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January 2013 after their daughter Gloria, from Ghana, died.
They were accused of causing her death in order to sell her organs.
The judge did not specify the exact charges for which the Huangs were sentenced.
They have two weeks to appeal.
#AceWorldNews says that a court in Bahrain on Wednesday sentenced a Shiite protester to death and jailed six others for life after they were convicted of killing a policeman a year ago, AFP reported.
Two others were sentenced to five and six years in prison respectively on similar charges.
Police officer, Mohammad Atef, died on February 14, 2013, after he was hit by a petrol bomb during clashes with protesters in a village near the capital.
#AceEnvironmentNews says `Over 400 Dead Dolphins Found in Peru in January’
Jaime de la Cruz, a technician from Peru’s IMARPE marine life agency, said Monday that the dead dolphins were found at various times in January.
The latest discovery took place in the last week of January, when some 220 dead dolphins were found in the Lambayeque region on the northern coast.
The latest dolphin deaths were discovered in the same area where more than 870 dolphins were encountered in 2012.
Peruvian authorities never established the cause of the 2012 deaths, as results of autopsies were inconclusive.
Speculations have ranged from bio-toxins in the sea to seismic testing to an unknown ailment.
Yuri Hooker, director of the marine biology unit at Cayetano Heredia University, said determining the cause is “complicated” in Peru since government laboratories lack a wide range of chemical reagents used to determine the dolphin’s death.
According to Hooker, the Peruvian government laboratories only have three or four of the world’s 100 or so chemical reagents.
Hooker also said dolphin deaths in other parts of the world are usually caused by environmental contamination, when they eat fish or other smaller species filled with toxins. Another cause for dolphins to die is ingestion of discarded plastic floating in the sea.
#AceNewsServices says `Saudi Toll Rises to 59 After New MERS Death’
A new MERS death was announced in Saudi Arabia Wednesday, which brings to 59 the number of people who have died from the coronavirus in the country. The Saudi national, aged 60, who had suffered from a chronic form of the disease, died in hospital in the Riyadh region, AFP reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. The ministry has registered additional cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, bringing the total number to 143, including the fatalities.
- WHO says 4 new Saudi cases of MERS virus, one fatal(reuters.com)
#AceWorldNews says Philippines flood death toll rises to 56 as the death toll from flooding in the southern Philippines according to a National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report.
A further 10 people are reported missing with 83 wounded. More than 180 thousand have been left homeless as a result of two weeks of torrential rains.
This tropical depression dubbed Lingling is the year’s first and has caused floods and landslides on the island of Mindanao.
#AceWorldNews says that Doctors have confirmed the death of at least two people in clashes between pro- Muslim Brotherhood activists and security forces in Egypt. Witnesses on the ground report at least 6 deaths. Dozens of others have been wounded as violence erupted in Suez, Fayoum and Cairo with protesters throwing gasoline bombs, firing bird-shot and hurling rocks, while police responded with tear gas. Authorities reported the arrest of 125 demonstrators. The unrest took place a day after a referendum on a new constitution.
#AceWorldNews says a former British military intelligence officer denied at a public inquiry Thursday that he had made death threats and fired shots while questioning Iraqi detainees in 2004, Reuters reported. The man, referred to as “M004,” said the methods were used to disorient detainees, but denied beating or physically threatening the Iraqis. He was giving evidence at the long-running Al-Sweady inquiry into events during and after a battle in southern Iraq on May 14, 2004.