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Day: July 26, 2016

Bradford woman’s death in Pakistan investigated after honour killing claims
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Bradford woman’s death in Pakistan investigated after honour killing claims

    Police are investigating the death of a British woman in Pakistan after her husband claimed she was the victim of an honour killing for marrying a man from outside the family allegedly against her parents’ wishes. Samia Shahid, a 28-year-old Bradford, died on Wednesday while visiting relatives in Pandori village near Mangla Dam in northern Punjab, the Foreign Office has confirmed. Shahid’s local MP, Naz Shah, has demanded that authorities in Pakistan exhume her body and commission an independent autopsy. The police officer running the investigation in Pakistan told the Guardian he had sent samples from the body to the country’s top forensics lab in Lahore on Tuesday. Mohammad Aqeel Abbas, the station house officer for Jhelum district who is investigating the case, said a p...
Syrian refugees resettled on remote Scottish island of Bute complain their new home is full of old people waiting to die
Arab world, ENGLISH

Syrian refugees resettled on remote Scottish island of Bute complain their new home is full of old people waiting to die

    A scheme designed to offer Syrian refugees a fresh start away from their war-torn homeland has backfired after two families said the Scottish island they were sent to is "full of old people waiting to die" and they would rather be in Glasgow or Manchester. The refugees praised the people of Scotland and said they had been made welcome on the Isle of Bute, but also complained that they were unable to find work and said they felt ashamed that they had to rely on charity. Abd, a 42-year-old father of four, said: “I feel like I have one option now, to die here. Only die here, nothing else.” The families said they felt isolated, were struggling to learn English and there was nothing to do on the island in the Firth of Clyde. Some of the refugees said that they spent most of the...
Chinese Gen Guo Boxiong sentenced to life for corruption
Asia, ENGLISH

Chinese Gen Guo Boxiong sentenced to life for corruption

    A retired high-ranking military officer in China has been sentenced to life in jail by a military court for corruption, state media report. Guo Boxiong, 74, was accused of using his influence to seek promotions for others and of accepting bribes. He was stripped of his rank of general and his personal assets have been seized, Xinhua news agency reports. President Xi Jinping has led a major anti-corruption campaign since taking office nearly four years ago. Hundreds of thousands of officials have been disciplined as part of the drive. From 2002 until 2012, Guo served as vice-chairman of China's Central Military Commission, which is in charge of the People's Liberation Army - the world's biggest armed forces. During that time he had also been a member of the 25-person Politb...
Militants shouted Allahu Akbar with black flags: 14 killed in overnight raid in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Militants shouted Allahu Akbar with black flags: 14 killed in overnight raid in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur

    The militants shouted “Allahu Akbar” before they attacked the law enforcers during a special drive of the joint forces in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur today. Police found Allahu Akbar inscribed black flags from the den, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said while addressing a press briefing at his office. Nine militants were left dead during the raid and one was caught alive. Police recovered 13 handmade grenades, one sword, one pistol, seven magazines and bullets from the den, the DMP commissioner said. The militants had rented the apartment on June 20 and had gathered there to carry out terror attacks, he claimed. One police man was slightly injured in the operation, Mia said. The militants were aged about 20, wore jeans and sneakers and were highly educ...
Mogadishu Blast: Bomb Rocks African Union Base Near Airport
Arab world, ENGLISH

Mogadishu Blast: Bomb Rocks African Union Base Near Airport

    Explosions rocked a peacekeeping base and the airport in Somalia's capital, police and local residents said Tuesday. Details of the number of blasts and casualties in Mogadishu were not immediately clear. A suicide car bomb was detonated close to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base near the airport, police told Reuters. The base is in the "green zone" of Mogadishu, which also contains the United Nations offices as well as foreign embassies. Somali soldiers stand near the wreckage of a car bomb outside the UN's office in Mogadishu. Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP Police captain Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that a suicide bomber had targeted the U.N.'s Mine Action Service office in the area, killing three people. A huge cloud of smoke was visible over the ...