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Day: February 28, 2017

Police chief calls for counselling and rehab for lower level paedophiles
ENGLISH, London

Police chief calls for counselling and rehab for lower level paedophiles

    The National Police Chiefs Council lead for child protection A leading child protection officer has suggested paedophiles who view indecent images should not be given criminal sanctions unless they pose a physical threat to children, according to The Times. Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs' Council lead for child protection, is reported to have said. Offenders who view online images should avoid jail only if they have been risk-assessed and shown to not have the potential to be in contact with children, he is reported to have told the newspaper. The Times quoted Mr Ba...
Heathrow Airport tops country for incredibly dangerous laser attacks on aircraft
ENGLISH, London

Heathrow Airport tops country for incredibly dangerous laser attacks on aircraft

    Aircraft using Heathrow Airport saw almost twice as many incredibly dangerous laser attacks than any other UK airport last year, new figures show. Pilots taking off or landing at the west London hub suffered 151 incidents in 2016. This is up from 121 during the previous year, an increase of a quarter, according to aviation regulator the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The second most targeted airport was Glasgow Airport, which saw laser attacks almost double to 83 in 2016. Former RAF and British Airways pilot Steve Landells warned that shining a laser at an aircraft is "incredibly dangerous". Mr Landells, flight safety specialist at pilots' association Balpa, said: "The power of these devices is increasing and we're concerned that, if left to escalate without significant i...
Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials
Asia, ENGLISH

Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials

    North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday. The comments by the National Intelligence Service in a private briefing to lawmakers come as Malaysia investigates the poisoning death of Kim's estranged elder half brother, Kim Jong Nam. That investigation is still going on, but South Korea says it believes Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination, which took place Feb. 13 at Kuala Lumpur's airport. The spy agency told lawmakers that five North Korean officials in the department of recently purged state security chief Kim Won Hong were executed by anti-aircraft guns because of the false reports to Kim, South Korean lawmaker Lee Cheol Woo said. It'...
News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News brief from Bangladesh High Commission London

The Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give formal recognition to the Republic of Kosovo as an independent and sovereign state by Bangladesh. The approval came from the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Bangladesh would be the 114th country to have given formal recognition to Kosovo. The Cabinet also approved the draft of the Jubo Niti (Youth Policy), 2017 and drafts of two acts, the Marine Fisheries Act, 2017 and the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Development Institute Act, 2017, and two agreements for avoiding double taxation and tax evasion. Parliament yesterday passed the child marriage prevention law with a provision allowing it in 'special circumstances'...
Last letters From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State martyrs: I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise
Arab world, ENGLISH

Last letters From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State martyrs: I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise

    Teenage militant Alaa abd al-Akeedi’s final letter to his family appears on official Islamic State stationery in Erbil, Iraq, February 26, 2017. Picture taken February 26, 2017. Photo: Reuters ‘My dear family, please forgive me,’ reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul. ‘Don’t be sad and don’t wear the black clothes (of mourning). I asked to get married and you did not marry me off. So, by God, I will marry the 72 virgins in paradise.’ They were schoolboy Alaa Abd al-Akeedi’s parting words before he set off from the compound to end his life in a suicide bomb attack against Iraqi security forces last year. The letter was written on an Islamic State form marked ‘Soldiers’ Department, Martyrs’ Brigade’ a...