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Day: June 9, 2015

Jihadists slave markets sell girls at any price: UN envoy
Arab world, ENGLISH

Jihadists slave markets sell girls at any price: UN envoy

    Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets for as little as a pack of cigarettes, the UN envoy on sexual violence said Monday. Zainab Bangura visited Iraq and Syria in April, and has since been working on an action plan to address the horrific sexual violence being waged by IS fighters. This is a war that is being fought on the bodies of women, Bangura told AFP in an interview. The UN envoy spoke to women and girls who had escaped from captivity in IS-controlled areas, met with local religious and political leaders and visited refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Jihadists continue to run slave markets for girls abducted during fresh offensives, but there are no figures on the numbers enslaved by the fighters. ...
Flat goes on sale for £75million in upmarket Knightsbridge area of West London
ENGLISH, London

Flat goes on sale for £75million in upmarket Knightsbridge area of West London

    A stone’s throw away from the Harrods department store and with a Rolex luxury watch shop underneath, the 9000sq ft flat is situated in the upmarket Knightsbridge area of the capital and has views over Hyde Park. Split across two wings by a 50m hallway, the so-called city wing contains the bedrooms, while the park wing contains living and entertaining spaces, according to the Savills estate agent which is managing the property. With such a staggering high asking price, a waste paper bin would take up the equivalent of £8,333 worth of space, the Mirror reported. The most expensive and the cheapest locations to rent in the UK. Meanwhile, the stamp duty on the property amounts to almost £9million. And as would be expected for a house with such a high guide price, resid...
Saudi Arabia rejects BD proposal to increase Hajj pil-grims quota
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia rejects BD proposal to increase Hajj pil-grims quota

    Saudia Arabia has rejected Bangladesh’s proposal to increase the quota of Hajj pilgrims. The religious affairs ministry, however, said in a statement on Tuesday that they were continuing their efforts to increase the quota fixed by the Saudi government last year. A total of 101,758 pilgrims from Bangladesh will be able to perform Hajj this year. But online applications of aspirants exceeded the quota by around 30,000. So, Dhaka had written to Riyadh to accommodate another 25,000 pilgrims. The ministry has asked ‘qualified’ aspirants to complete all formalities by June 18. On Dec 8 last year, the Cabinet approved Hajj packages for 2015. The government will give opportunity to 10,000 Bangladeshi pilgrims to perform Hajj in 2015. The cost of government packages will be be...
Lukey Maxwell murder: Rapper Chipmunk leads tributes to friend stabbed to death in Tottenham street
London

Lukey Maxwell murder: Rapper Chipmunk leads tributes to friend stabbed to death in Tottenham street

    Tributes have been paid to an aspiring young musician who was stabbed to death in the street in north London. Lukey Maxwell, 22 from Tottenham, was stabbed in the back in Northumberland Park, N17, in the early hours of Friday morning, police said. Mobo Award-winning rapper Chipmunk has paid tribute to his late friend on Twitter. Chipmunk, whose real name is Jahmaal Fyffe, wrote: Can't sleep or think straight. This one doesn't seem real. Friend: number one selling pop star and rapper ChipmunkHe later tweeted: Praying for their loved one's strength. RIP Lukey man. He always vouched for me. Another Twitter user, Malachi, tweeted: You know that's a clean hearted man when the whole of Tottenham and more are sending condolences. Rest up Lukey. Maxwell was found collapsed in ...