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Nanny Accused Of Decapitating Child Didn't Act Alone, Say Russian Prosecutors

Source: Huffington Post

MOSCOW — A nanny from Uzbekistan who is accused of killing and decapitating a 4-year-old girl in Moscow was not acting on her own, Russian prosecutors told the court Wednesday.

The 38-year-old woman was spotted outside a Moscow subway station on Monday brandishing the child's head — a horrific scene that was not covered on Russian state television.

Before a Moscow court approved Gulchekhra Bobokulova's arrest for two months, prosecutors told the court they believe there are individuals who "incited'' her to carry out the slaying and they are still at large. The suspect is expected to be charged with murder later this week.

Investigators, however, said earlier that the suspect, who is married, appeared to be mentally unstable.

The motive for the slaying is not known. Bobokulova was the child's nanny, and the child's parents are a middle-class couple, seemingly without government connections or influence.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/02/nanny-moscow-decapitating-child_n_9365798.html

Thousands attend funeral of Pakistani man who killed governor Salman Taseer

Source: Time of India

AWALPINDI: Tens of thousands of Pakistanis chanting anti-government slogans on Tuesday attended the funeral of a police officer executed the day before for assassinating a secular governor in 2011 over accusations of blasphemy.

As a precaution against violence, authorities closed all schools and stepped up security in Islamabad and the adjacent city of Rawalpindi, where the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri was held. Roads around key government buildings and diplomatic compounds were also closed off, said police official Ashfaq Tarar.

Qadri's supporters threw rose petals at the ambulance carrying his coffin through Rawalpindi and he was given a martyr's funeral before being buried in Islamabad. Earlier, authorities put a gag order on local media covering the funeral, warning outlets in a letter that they would face closure if their reporting "glorifies extremism."

In response to the gag order, some stick-wielding supporters beat up a local media crew in Rawalpindi, breaking at least one video camera.

Footage posted on social media showed Qadri's supporters jeering Pakistan's information minister Pervaiz Rashid at the Karachi airport. One threw a shoe at the minister, who ducked to avoid it.

Qadri's hanging on Monday triggered street protests in several Pakistani cities. A number of prominent religious leaders, politicians and militant groups in Pakistan had defended his actions.
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He was executed for killing secular governor Salman Taseer, who had called for reforms of the country's harsh blasphemy laws. Qadri said he killed Taseer because the governor had allegedly committed blasphemy by campaigning to change the laws and by supporting a jailed Christian woman accused of desecrating Islam's holy book, the Quran.

Pakistan's blasphemy laws allow for anyone convicted of insulting Islam or the Prophet Muhammad to be sentenced to death, though people often take the law into their own hands.

The January 2011 assassination horrified Pakistan's relatively small liberal elite. However, many Pakistanis, including some in the religious establishment and in legal circles, praised Qadri.

Tens of thousands of Qadri's supporters walked for miles to reach the funeral venue as police had blocked most of the roads for traffic, said police official Mohsin Abbas.

Many chanted in support of Qadri while others carried posters with photographs of the former officer.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Thousands-attend-funeral-of-man-who-killed-governor-Salman-Taseer/articleshow/51219999.cms

Hillary's Email Problem

This email problem has been overblown to hurt Hillary - mostly by the desparate republicans who probably held a focus session and decided that this was a way to bring her popularity down.

How do I know this?

Logically, what is the accusation? She had a private email server set up? Most other politicians have done the same thing. Her emails are around if anyone wants to retrieve them - as evidenced by the fact that the emails are being found (this is like the bullshit bush arguments that Hussein was very powerful but we could destroy him in a day).

Nothing has been reported about any wrongdoing in the emails themselves. If she wanted to do something, I think she was rich enough (you know from her speaking fees) to buy her own private smart phone.


(reposting in the proper forum)

Hillary's email problem

This email problem has been overblown to hurt Hillary - mostly by the desparate republicans who probably held a focus session and decided that this was a way to bring her popularity down.

How do I know this?

Logically, what is the accusation? She had a private email server set up? Most other politicians have done the same thing. Her emails are around if anyone wants to retrieve them - as evidenced by the fact that the emails are being found (this is like the bullshit bush arguments that Hussein was very powerful but we could destroy him in a day).

Nothing has been reported about any wrongdoing in the emails themselves. If she wanted to do something, I think she was rich enough (you know from her speaking fees) to buy her own private smart phone.

British Muslim girls being forced into marriage via internet

Source: The Times of India

ONDON: Minor Muslim girls in the UK as young as 11 are being forced to marry men living abroad via the internet notwithstanding a ban on forced marriage in the country.

Imams in the UK and abroad have been conducting ceremonies using Skype -- so girls can be married remotely before "being put on a plane and consummating the marriage at the earliest opportunity", according to Freedom, a charity.

The marriage is often conducted with the promise of a visa to the UK for their new husband, it said.

"The reason is to curb the behaviour of their children when they become 'too western'," charity founder Aneeta Prem was quoted as saying by 'The Sunday Times'.

"Once married, there is enormous pressure to get a spouse visa. The hope is the girl will visit (country of husband's origin) and fall pregnant to make the union seem more legitimate before bringing the partner back," she said.

In one case, an 11-year-old home-educated girl from London was married on Skype to a 25-year-old man in Bangladesh.

She contacted Freedom in November after reading a book about forced marriage that her older brother was given at school.

"She hadn't understood at the time but later realised the Skype call was a marriage ceremony. The plan was for her to meet her 'husband' at a later date and hopefully fall pregnant.

In the meantime, she was at home learning to cook and clean," said Prem, the author of 'But It's Not Fair' - an account of forced marriage.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/British-Muslim-girls-being-forced-into-marriage-via-internet/articleshow/51179212.cms

Al-Shabab suicide bomber and gunmen storm Mogadishu hotel, killing at least 9

Source: The National Post

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Al-Shabab gunmen forced their way into a hotel in the Somali capital on Friday night, exchanging fire with hotel guards and leaving 14 dead before government security forces ended the attack, a police official said. Five militants and at least nine civilians were reported killed.

A suicide bomber rammed his car into the SYL hotel’s entrance in Mogadishu and blew it up, allowing gunmen to materialize and fight their way past hotel guards at the first security barrier, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. Four gunmen and the suicide bomber were killed, he said, adding that the attackers did not get past the last security checkpoint.

In addition, at least nine dead bodies of civilians could be seen outside the hotel, Hussein said.

The Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.


Read more: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/suicide-bomber-and-gunmen-from-al-shabab-storm-mogadishu-hotel-across-from-presidential-palace

Pak military trains IS in Afghanistan: Ex-IS man

Source: Times of India

KABUL: Pakistan's military provides weapons and training to ISIS militants in Afghanistan and instructs them to kill the "infidel" Afghan forces, according to the terror group's fighters who laid down their arms.

They also said that Pakistani military provides light and heavy weapons to ISIS fighters in Afghanistan.

"Pakistani military gave us weapons and used to tell us that Afghan forces are infidels and you must kill them," Zaitoon, a former ISIS fighter who laid down his arms and joined the peace talks, was quoted as saying by the TOLO news on Wednesday.



Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-military-trains-IS-in-Afghanistan-Ex-IS-man/articleshow/51140969.cms

Bernie Supporter Fabricates Chicago Teacher Endorsement

There is a top of the rec list diary touting Bernie receiving the endorsement of Chicago Teachers yesterday. From what I can determine, this is at best a deception and most likely a very dirty political trick. In Chicago, an organization called CORE, the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators formed as a group within the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) to wrest power from the then Union leaders. They succeeded and placed Karen Lewis as the head of the union. The CTU has not made an independent endorsement in the Democratic Primary, but is part of the AFT which endorsed Clinton last fall

Since the objective of gaining control of the CTU was accomplished some years ago, CORE has evolved into a sleepy advocacy organization for CTU and CPU policies. Anyone is allowed to join. On Feb 22 they held a regular monthly meeting. Some 80 people showed up. At the end of the meeting apparently some Sanders supporters demanded a vote on political endorsement in the primary. One of those present filed a story at an online newspaper announcing a vote had been held and the majority voted to endorse Bernie Sanders. The organization does not report this on its website or twitter feed.

At best this appears to be an effort by a handful of Bernie Supporters to manipulate a legitimate organization into making an improper endorsement. At worst, the “vote” was out of order or never happened and this is an outright fraud. No nonprofit organization would ever make such an endorsement without polling its members or scheduling the vote in advance, in the course of ordinary business at a monthly meeting,

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/23/1489982/-Bernie-Supporter-Fabricates-Chicago-Teacher-Endorsement

As soldiers fought terrorists, mosques nearby hailed mujahid

Source: Time of India

A large swathe around the Pampore encounter site resounded with praise for 'mujahid' (holy warriors) from loudspeakers as Indian security forces fought terrorists holed up in a building for three days.

Mosques in localities like Frestabal, Drangbal, Kadlabal and Sempora played recordings throughout Monday eulogising the terrorists. Slogans like ' Jaago, jaago subah hui' besides pro-Pakistan ( Jivey, jivey Pakistan!) and pro-Azadi (' Hum kya chahatey: azadi') blared from the mosques' loudspeakers.




Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/As-soldiers-fought-terrorists-mosques-nearby-hailed-mujahid/articleshow/51098979.cms?utm_source=TOInewHP_TILwidget&utm_medium=ABtest&utm_campaign=TOInewHP

ISIS 'beheads teenage boys for listening to pop music and missing Friday prayers'

Source: Times of India

The ISIS jihadist group has reportedly beheaded a teenage boy for listening to pop music and shot dead two others for missing Friday prayers, as part of a crackdown on personal freedoms in the group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.

The incidents, reported by Kurdish media, come with enemy forces lined up within miles of Mosul and with the group having suffered repeated military setbacks across Iraq.

According to ARA News, a 15-year-old boy named Ayham Hussein was caught during a patrol by Isis fighters, listening to music in his father's grocery store.

A spokesman for the Kurdish Nineveh media center was quoted by ARA News as saying the boy was listening to "Western music". "He was referred to the Sharia Court, which issued a decision to execute him."

The boy was reportedly publicly beheaded, before his body was handed to his family on Tuesday evening.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISIS-beheads-teenage-boys-for-listening-to-pop-music-and-missing-Friday-prayers/articleshow/51051116.cms
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