WATCH: South African man quarantined in Jerusalem's Al-Asqa mosque after walking for two years
A South African man is stranded in Jerusalem after beginning a journey there from his home city of Cape Town in South Africa on foot two years ago.Shahid bin Yusuf Takala has been living at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque, the third most holy site in Islam, for the past ten months, Arabi 21reported.However, he described this as a "great blessing"."Praise be to God," he said. "I have the opportunity every day to perform the five daily prayers in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.""I feel that it's an honour from God and a privilege for me to pray the five daily prayers from dawn until night at Al-Aqsa," he...
Hong Kong protester jailed for 21 months for throwing eggs at police HQ
A man who threw eggs at Hong Kong’s police headquarters during last year’s protests has been sentenced to 21 months in jail.Pun Ho-Chiu, 31, nicknamed “The Painter,” was convicted of property damage, unauthorised assembly and seven charges of assault on police officers.Pun took part in a demonstration outside the Wan Chai police headquarters in June last year, one of dozens of mass protests against a planned extradition bill.Magistrate Winnie Lau Yee-wan, who sentenced Pun on Thursday, acknowledged that eggs were not “weapons of mass destruction” and no officers were physically harmed. But she...
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‘Iran has become Mossad’s street corner’: Iran marks death of nuke chief
Iranians responded with awe and surprise as a key Iranian nuclear scientist was gunned down east of Tehran. Farsi social media was full of tweets about the surprising shooting of one of the key men behind the nuclear program in Iran. “It seems that Tehran has become a Mossad street corner,” wrote one man on Twitter.Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was a man who “avoided the limelight,” said the Guardian. Yet he was in the limelight and when he was killed the gunmen not only shot up one vehicle, but appeared to blow up a second, perhaps a security detail travelling with him. He was not so secretive. He was w...
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Dubai Police help man of determination realise his dream to learn diving
Dubai: Dubai Police have fulfilled the wish of a young man of determination to experience diving by training him to dive.Musa Murad, who had sustained a disability, was at Ajman Club for Disabled when a delegation from Dubai Police was visiting the centre. He told the officers that he always wished to experience diving. Col Saeed Al-Madhani, Director of the Ports Police Station, said that fulfilment of Murad’s wish was part of the force’s desire to spread happiness and positivity among various segments of society, especially people of determination.Lieutenant Colonel Ali Abdullah Al Naqbi, hea...
Quebec mosque shooter's 40-year sentence cut almost in half on appeal
A man who shot dead six worshippers at a Quebec mosque in 2017 had his sentence reduced to 25 years in prison Thursday when a Canadian court ruled it was unconstitutional for him to serve consecutive life sentences.Alexandre Bissonnette, who turns 31 next week, was sentenced in 2019 to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.In a unanimous decision, the Quebec Court of Appeal said a provision of the Criminal Code introduced in 2011 that allows judges to impose consecutive life sentences for multiple murders violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The three-judge ...
Driver released after car stunt causes stir outside Merkel's office
A man who drove his car into the gate outside German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office has been released from custody, police said on Thursday.A spokesperson said there were no grounds to keep him under arrest or to have him detained at a psychiatric facility.An investigation into the Wednesday incident, which caused a lot of commotion outside Merkel's chancellery, but no serious damage or injuries, is being carried out by a special police department tasked with probing politically motivated crimes.The 54-year-old man struck the gate at a low speed. The words, "You damned children and old peop...
Cyprus records one more death of COVID19 and 220 additional confirmed cases
The Ministry of Health announced on Thursday the death of a man aged 84, with underlying conditions, due to COVID19, thus bringing the total number of deaths since the outbreak of the pandemic to 48, 32 men and 16 women with median age 75. The man was being treated at the Famagusta General Hospital.In addition, the Ministry said that a total of 12,099 tests were carried out on Thursday, while 220 cases were confirmed, 45 of which were positive results of antigen rapid tests done in previous days. It is noted that one antigen positive result was not verified with the PCR method.Based on the dat...
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Jack Wilshere dreaming of Arsenal return
Jack Wilshere admits it would be a dream to return to Arsenal.The Englishman, 28, remains a free agent after leaving West Ham United.When asked on the possibility of a return to the Gunners by ITV Football Football Show, Wilshere said: "Listen, you never know. I'm an Arsenal man. There's nothing, I've not spoken to anyone or anything but that would be the dream."I'm not stupid to know that there's probably no chance of it happening but I'm an Arsenal man, I love the club and want to see the club do well.""I've heard he's really good, a lot of people who were there when I was there have left, b...
Maradona was the most gifted and most troubled of footballers
It is hard to say that a team won a World Cup just because of one man, but in the case of Argentina in 1986 it is probably true. Diego Armando Maradona was a footballing great and many fans will argue he should count as the best ever.His death at the age of 60, after a life dogged by drugs and problems with his weight, will be mourned by the entire football world.Born on October 30, 1960 in Lanus, on the outskirts of BuenosAires, he was the fifth of eight children and made his senior league debut for Argentinos Juniors just 10 days short of his 16th birthday.Maradona became Argentina's younges...
A helpful bystander? The second man in fatal restraint of Rashan Charles
Until the early hours of Saturday 22 July 2017, Rashan Charles was a fit and healthy young man. He walked quickly into a convenience store on Kingsland Road, Hackney, followed by a Metropolitan Police officer who apprehended and restrained him. Within minutes Rashan lay dead on the floor.Rashan was 20 years old. He was my great-nephew, my sister’s grandson.Within hours of Rashan’s death someone posted video footage from the store’s CCTV cameras.*I watched that footage, watched the police officer pursue Rashan, take him down with a combat throw. I watched Rashan die.Rashan appeared fit and heal...