Saturday, November 27

Day: February 9, 2016

Saudi billionaire denied diplomatic immunity in UK maintenance battle
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi billionaire denied diplomatic immunity in UK maintenance battle

    A Saudi billionaire’s plea of diplomatic immunity, exploited to avoid his former wife’s claim for maintenance, has been branded as “spurious” and struck down by the high court. Christina Estrada, a one-time Pirelli calendar girl, is seeking a multimillion-pound share of Sheikh Walid Juffali’s estimated £4bn fortune after 13 years of marriage and the birth of a daughter. Juffali, 60, said he had already provided them with a generous settlement, and his diplomatic status shielded him from financial claims in the courts. But Mr Justice Hayden, sitting in the family division of the high court in London, described the diplomatic immunity defence as “spurious” and refused to dismiss Estrada’s claim. Juffali’s legal team indicated he would appeal. The businessman said he acquired...
49% Bangladeshi school pupils face cyberbullying
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

49% Bangladeshi school pupils face cyberbullying

    A global mobile phone giant has found in a new region-wide survey that 49 percent of school students in Bangladesh have been victims of cyber bullying in a way or the other, revealing that young people are increasingly becoming vulnerable to such harassment. According to the Safe Internet Study, conducted by Telenor Group, the students said they are either “being bullied or disturbed online” or “being bullied by the same person both online and offline” or they have actually engaged in the act of bullying others online per the anonymity of the internet. To better understand online behaviors, Telenor Group today released the results of its Safe Internet study, which examined internet safety knowledge among students across three of its markets in the region: Bangladesh, Thai-...
Boko Haram’s War on Women
Arab world, ENGLISH

Boko Haram’s War on Women

    A displaced woman walks through Wuro Ahi IDP settlement, a host community outside of Fufore to the east of Yola. “They have a look in their eyes—they look like they are possessed,” says Amira, a Nigerian woman held captive by Boko Haram fighters for several years. “They would even drink the blood of the people they killed,” she adds, using her hands to tip an imaginary bowl of blood to her mouth. Amira is in her mid-50s, and the signs of a life of hard agricultural labor show across her face and hands. (She asked Newsweek to identify her only by the pseudonym Amira because she fears reprisals.) She is dressed in clean but worn clothes, a long skirt and a head wrap. Leaning forward in her plastic lawn chair in the modest administrative office of a camp for internally displa...
Ex-Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies
Asia, ENGLISH

Ex-Nepal PM Sushil Koirala dies

    Sushil Koirala, a former Nepalese prime minister and leader of nation's largest political party, has died in Kathmandu. He was 78. His doctor, Karbir Nath Yogi, said Tuesday that Koirala died due to complications from pneumonia and respiratory failure. Koirala was a key figure in adoption of Nepal's new constitution last September. After ethnic Madhesis later blocked border points with India and imposed a general strike in south Nepal to protest against the constitution, Koirala attempted to resolve the issue by negotiating with the protesters. Koirala spent his life in politics fighting for democracy in Nepal and led protests in 2006 that ended a centuries-old monarchy system and turned Nepal into a republic. His politics meant he was always in trouble with the country's k...
At least eight dead, 150 injured in Bavaria train crash in southern Germany
ENGLISH, Europe

At least eight dead, 150 injured in Bavaria train crash in southern Germany

    Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday morning in a remote area in southern Germany, killing at least nine people and injuring some 150, some of whom had to be cut out of the wreckage and transported across a river for medical care, police said. The two regional trains crashed before 7 a.m. on the single line that runs near Bad Aibling, in Bavaria, and that several wagons overturned, police spokesman Stefan Sonntag told The Associated Press. Fifty of those hurt have serious injuries, he added. It took hours to reach some of the injured in the wreckage and authorities were still working at midday to remove the final body from the train. "Once that is done then the investigators can begin their work," federal police spokesman Rainer Scharf told the AP from the scene. Th...