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Day: October 20, 2016

Bangladeshi Imam guilty of sex crimes left UK with false passport
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Bangladeshi Imam guilty of sex crimes left UK with false passport

    A CRADLEY Heath religious leader who carried out sex attacks on two young girls at his Dudley mosque has fled the country using a false passport. Hafiz Rahman who was convicted by a jury on five specimen charges of indecent assault has flown to Bangladesh to avoid being slapped behind bars. Judge Nicholas Cartwright, who issued a warrant for his arrest, was told Rahman had bought a ticket through an agency for Bangladesh on Friday and he had illegally left the United Kingdom just 24 hours later. The officer said Rahman who had denied committing the offences 30 years ago had been allowed to keep his freedom because at the time he had not breached the conditions of his bail. Tariq Shakoor, who defended Rahman during the course of his trial, said an investigation would have t...
Donald Trump refused to concede the US presidential election
America, ENGLISH

Donald Trump refused to concede the US presidential election

    In refusing to say whether he would accept the result of the presidential election Donald Trump plunged America into uncharted territory. For 240 years, no matter how bitter the campaign, the vanquished candidate has always swallowed their pride and publicly conceded. It is one of the basic foundations of American democracy . But, asked if he would abide by tradition, Mr Trump said: I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense. He said the media had "poisoned the minds of the voters" and the election would be "rigged" and riddled with fraud. A refusal by Mr Trump to accept defeat would effectively give licence to his supporters to cause unrest should he lose. Already, some of his most fervent followers are ready to do that. One Trump supporter in Cincinnati told ...
Freedom of expression means the freedom to offend
ENGLISH, Life Style

Freedom of expression means the freedom to offend

    She also accused the Sun of hypocrisy over free speech. I was contacted privately by individuals who work at the Sun and at News UK to say that they were embarrassed and that they were ashamed that Kelvin MacKenzie was allowed to peddle such hatred, she said. “But they had to do it in private, because while the Sun talks about freedom of speech I don’t think it would be very happy to extend that privilege to its journalists who might want to publicly criticise its position in this scandal. In a civilised society, we accept that freedom of speech has limits and you cannot just use your powerful platform to publicly attack someone and effectively incite hatred against them and smear them as a terrorist sympathiser, which is what Kelvin MacKenzie did. I do wear the headscarf ...
Channel 4 presenter says hijab ruling means it’s open season on Muslims
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Channel 4 presenter says hijab ruling means it’s open season on Muslims

    Newsreader Fatima Manji makes stinging attack on press regulator Ipso after it clears Kelvin MacKenzie of breaking code. Fatima Manji. Ipso ruled that in the context of the Nice attack, MacKenzie had a right to question her headdress under free speech. The Channel 4 News presenter Fatima Manji has accused the press regulator of giving a green light to newspapers to attack Muslims after it cleared Kelvin MacKenzie over his criticism of her wearing a hijab while reporting on the Nice terror attacks. She said the “frightening” decision by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) in effect condoned abuse. In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Manji said: “I am happy for people to ridicule me or offend me. I’m not happy for people to incite hatred against...
There will be no second referendum: Theresa May to tell EU
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

There will be no second referendum: Theresa May to tell EU

    Theresa May is to warn her 27 fellow European Union leaders over a working dinner in Brussels that Britain’s decision to leave is irreversible and there can be no second referendum. Thursday’s meeting of the European council will be the prime minister’s first opportunity to address the leaders of all the other member states since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June. Donald Tusk, the European council president, has insisted Britain’s future relationship with the EU will not be on the formal agenda for the two-day meeting, but he will give May the opportunity to set out the “current state of affairs in the country” over coffee at the end of the meal. A No 10 source said she would tell her fellow EU leaders: “The British people have made a decision and it’s right...