Verdict looms in killing of Lebanon ex-PM Hariri
The Hague (AFP) - A UN-backed tribunal will give its verdict Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, but questions will remain over a long and costly trial whose suspects remain at large.Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people.The judgment harks back to an event that changed the face of the Middle East, with Hariri's assassination triggering a wave of demonstrations that pushed Syrian f...
Philippines arrests former MP over wife's killing
Manila (AFP) - A former Philippine congressman and religious cult leader was arrested Thursday over his wife's killing and corrupt practices, police said, ending a years-long manhunt.Ruben Ecleo, 60, was head of a group called the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association when his wife's remains were found in a bin bag at the bottom of a ravine on the central island of Cebu in 2002.He was arrested months later in a police raid on his home on the island of Dinagat, during which 17 people were killed.Ecleo was bailed in 2004 and won a House of Representatives seat in 2010 -- held up as an e...
Egypt executes 7 over killing of policeman in 2013
Egypt hasexecuted seven peopleover the killing of a police officer in the northeastern city of Ismailiya in 2013, asecurity officialsaid on Tuesday."The prison service on Tuesday carried out the sentence of death by hanging against seven people convicted of killing Captain Ahmad Abu Douma," the security official told AFP.Their bodies had been handed to their families, he added.Abu Douma had been on patrol in Ismailiya, close to the Suez Canal, when he came under fire by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike and in a car, who seized his weapon.An appeals court had in November 2018 rejected an appe...
Thousands protest against Myanmar army after woman's killing
Hpa-an (Myanmar) (AFP) - Several thousand protesters marched in southeast Myanmar on Tuesday to demand the military's withdrawal from the area and an end to rights abuses after soldiers allegedly killed an unarmed woman from the Karen ethnic group.In a rare acknowledgement of wrongdoing, the military confirmed that two soldiers had been arrested for the shooting of Naw Mu Naw, 40, and robbery of her gold jewellery in Dwe Lo township in Karen state on July 16.The court-martial of the arrested men was already underway, military spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP on Tuesday.But the killing has reigni...
Report: Israel told Hezbollah killing of fighter in Syria was a mistake
Israel did inform Hezbollah that the killing of one of the group’s fighters in Syria last week was a mistake, Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen news channel reported on Saturday.The message, which was transmitted between the parties by the United Nations, reportedly stated Israeli forces were unaware Hezbollah fighters were stationed in the area and warned against a response.Hezbollah, according to Al-Mayadeen, admitted receiving the message but denied Israel had warned against retaliation.Instead, Naim Qassem, deputy secretary general of Hezbollah, reportedly told Al-Mayadeen, the group were planning to ...
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We hope to finally repeal mandatory minimum sentences this summer | Opinion
By Sandra Cunningham and Nellie PouWhile the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked outrage throughout the country and spurred a national discussion on police reform and the future of policing, New Jersey has been at the forefront of criminal justice reform for more than a decade and is poised to take the next step.This summer, the Legislature will take up a package of reforms to New Jersey’s criminal sentencing laws that will finally repeal mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent crimes, including drug offenses, that have disproportionately af...
Man charged in Salem City double killing that was caught on video
Authorities have charged a South Jersey resident in the broad daylight shooting deaths of two men on a Salem City street.James T. Bundy, 32, of Quinton Township, was standing on Olive Street shortly after 5 p.m. on July 12 speaking with two people sitting in a car when he allegedly pulled a gun and fired into the vehicle, according to police.Lee A. Williams Jr., 29, of Carneys Point Township, fell from the passenger side of the car into the street, while the wounded driver, Jerry D. Taylor, 25, of Salem, drove off and smashed into a parked vehicle down the street.The shooting was captured by a...
Ex-cop in 2016 killing of police intern arrested after 2 years
A former policeman who had been accused of involvement in the killing of a police intern in 2016 was arrested on Wednesday (July 22) at Hinaplanon village here.Maj. Rixell Torayno, chief of Iligan City police station 1, said the suspect, Creighen Padayhag, a resident of Tipanoy village, was caught in his apartment at Hinaplanon after more than two years of hiding.Padayhag has an arrest warrant issued on Jan. 22, 2018 by Judge Leonor Quiṅones, of Iligan City Regional Trial Court Branch 6.Torayno said Padayhag initially showed resistance when police arrived to serve the arrest warrant, but he ev...
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Buhari condemns killing of five humanitarian workers
President Muhmmadu Buhari has reassured his administration would continue to work to wipe out all remaining vestiges of the terror group, Boko Haram.The President stated this in his reaction to the murder of five humanitarian workers by the terror group in Borno on Wednesday.According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said security agencies would work with organisations in the state to prevent future occurrence of such kidnapping.“President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the recent murder of five staff of humanitarian agencies in Borno...
How Lebanon saw the 1984 killing of Middle East scholar and AUB President Malcolm Kerr
BEIRUT: On Jan. 18, 1984, Dr. Malcolm Kerr, president of the American University of Beirut (AUB), stepped into a hallway leading to his office on the sprawling campus in the Lebanese capital. It was a rainy Wednesday morning. The civil war had been raging in the country for nine years.Suddenly two armed men appeared, as if from nowhere, and opened fire on 52-year-old Kerr. He was shot twice in the back of the head and died instantly. The killers fled and were never identified.In a telephone call to news agency AFP, the Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO), a Shiite militia backed by Iran, claimed ...