From seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Russian Siberian city of Surgut, local criminal investigators said on Saturday, adding that the attacker had been shot dead by police. The militant Islamic State group, monitored in Cairo, said one of its fighters had carried out the attack, though a Russian law enforcement spokeswoman would not comment on whether police regarded the incident as terrorism related. “A man was moving along the main streets stabbing people”, the local law enforcement committee in Surgut said in a statement on its website. No-one was killed in the attack. The attacker, who was born in 1994, had been killed, it said. It did not identify him by name. “The committee is investigating attempted murder”, its spokeswoman told Reuters by phone. “The attacker responsible for the stabbing incident in Surgut in Russia is a fighter of the Islamic State”, the group said through the...
A Malian Islamist police chief who cut off people’s hands as part of a harsh form of Islamic law during an occupation of the north in 2012-13 by jihadi rebels was handed a 10-year jail term, his lawyer said on Saturday. The trial, which opened on Friday, was the first by a national Malian court for crimes by Islamists when they took over the desert north after an uprising by northern ethnic Tuareg separatists. Aliou Mahamane Toure was head of police in the northern city of Gao during the 10-month regime. His lawyer Oumar Abocar Sidibe told Reuters the court had arrived at the decision late on Friday. “We intend to appeal,” he said, on the grounds that other Islamists who had committed atrocities had gone free. But he said that Toure “benefited from mitigating circumstances, as he could otherwise have gotten the death penalty and the prosecution had asked for life imprisonment.” Mali...
More than 5 million people have been stranded in Bangladesh as monsoon flooding submerged more than one-third of the South Asian country and left at least 82 people dead, officials said on Friday. Many of the victims drowned while others died of snake bite and electrocution, disaster management official Al Mamun said. Mamun also said 27 out of 64 administrative districts, accounting for more than 35 per cent of the country’s landmass, had been inundated since the rain-triggered flood turned severe last week. “Numerous homesteads and farmlands in the North and North-East regions have been washed away by the rush of water from rivers in neighbouring India,’’ Mamun said. ‘’The number of flood-hit people is 5.14 million.’’ He said more than 650,000 hectares of croplands had been submerged,referring to an initial report by the government’s Agriculture Extension Department. The Relief and Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury, said that government had distributed adequate quantity of...
Americans’ debt level notched another record-high in the second-quarter on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit-card-debt where delinquencies jumped. The media reported on Wednesday that total U.S. household debt was 12.84 trillion dollars in the three months to June, up 552 billion dollars from a year ago, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report published on Tuesday. The proportion of overall debt that was delinquent, at 4.8 per cent was on par with the previous quarter. However, a red flag was raised over the transitions of credit card balances into delinquency which the New York Fed said “ticked up notably.” Loosening lending standards have allowed borrowers with lower credit scores to access credit cards, Andrew Haughwout, an in-house economist, said in the report. “The current state of credit card delinquency flows can be an early indicator of future trends and we will closely monitor the degree to...
The Commerce Ministry of China on Monday issued an order banning imports of coal, iron-ore, lead-concentrates and ore, lead and sea-food from North Korea, effective from Tuesday. This is as Beijing moves to implement United Nations sanctions announced earlier this month. The UN sanctions must be implemented 30 days after the resolution was approved in a vote on Aug. 6. Chinese government however warned the administration of Donald Trump not to split the international coalition over North Korea by provoking a trade war between China and the United States. This is even as Trump is expected to sign an executive memorandum Monday afternoon instructing his top trade negotiator to launch an investigation into Chinese intellectual property violations, a move that could eventually result in severe trade penalties. The move by the U.S. is seen by the Chinese as an attempt to put pressure on Beijing to act more strongly against North Korea and an attempt...
Kenyans queued in large numbers to vote yesterday in an electoral showdown between the country’s foremost political dynasties, as the two sides traded barbs about the fairness of the ballot. Shrouded in fears of violence, the vote pits President Uhuru Kenyatta, the 55-year-old businessman son of Kenya’s founding president, against Raila Odinga, a 72-year-old former political prisoner and son of Kenya’s first vice-president. The rivals are facing each other for the second time, with opinion polls putting them neck-and-neck after two months of campaigning marked by fiery rhetoric but public speeches largely free of the ethnic hate that has sullied previous contests. Were Odinga to win, it would upend the political dominance of the Kikuyu ethnic group, which has supplied three of Kenya’s four presidents since independence from Britain in 1963. The razor-thin polling has increased the chances of glitches - innocent or otherwise - giving grounds for the loser to complain about...
Emmanuel Macron will host other major European leaders this month for talks on migration, the economy and defense part of a broader diplomatic offensive by the French president. His popularity waning at home, Macron will hold talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Spain’s Mariano Rajoy and Italy’s Paolo Gentiloni on Aug 28, a French official said yesterday. Sources in the three other countries confirmed the meeting. Macron is also due to meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on August 31. He will also visit Austria, Romania and Bulgaria from August 23-25, when he will press for better protection for French workers from what they see as unfair labor competition from the EU’s poorer states. Since a landslide presidential election victory in May and a successful parliamentary campaign in June, Macron’s popularity ratings have started to slide, impacted by tough debates in parliament over labor reform and a public ethics law, a standoff with the...
One of Usher's accusers, Quantasia Sharpton, proclaimed exactly one week before filing her STD lawsuit against the singer, she was hard up for cash. Quantasia, who also goes by Angel Valentino on social media, said last week, "I need some money." The Facebook post came exactly one week before her news conference with celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, announcing the lawsuit against Usher.Also, early Monday morning ... she wrote, "Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl." Seems Quantasia was well aware coming forward to make the herpes allegation against Usher would put her squarely in the spotlight. It's interesting since the other 2 people on the lawsuit filed anonymously, as Jane and John Doe. As for why she uses aliases online ... Quantasia says, "I go by Angel cause my name is clearly ghetto and hard to pronounce." SOURCE: TMZ
London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Monday called on Google and its video-sharing service YouTube to establish stricter rules regarding violent content posted online. According to statement from the mayor’s office, Khan also urged Google to remove a number of videos that encourage knife crime and gang violence. “Internet giants have policies in place around violent content, but they do not go far enough. “Google, YouTube and other platforms have a responsibility to the millions of young people using their sites every day, and it is vital that they toughen up their guidelines, remove breaches immediately and work with partners to help ensure such horrific videos do not reappear. “Lives could depend on it,” Khan was quoted as saying by the statement. According to the statement, Khan referred to four videos that show rival gangs brandishing weapons to violent music as they threaten to kill one another. The Metropolitan Police (MET) had been demanding the removal...
Poland’s ruling party is taking a defiant stand against the European Union, refusing to back down despite the threat of EU sanctions. Owing to these raging tensions, some pundits have opined that the world may experience Polexit after Brexit. The weighty poser; is what becomes of the EU if Poland exits the Union? Brussels is threatening to strip away Poland’s right to vote on EU matters, unless the ruling party drops controversial plans to exert more control over the judiciary. Last week EU Commission President Jean–Claude Juncker warned that he was prepared to impose the voting ban through Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty. He said: “If the Polish government goes ahead with undermining the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Poland, we will have no other choice than to trigger Article 7.” But Professor Piotr Wawrzyk, of the University of Warsaw, has argued that the EU is issuing...