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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran says US unilateral sanctions to violate basic human rights
2018-10-16
[PRESSTV] Iran’s envoy to the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
has slammed Washington’s ’morally wrong’ measures against other countries, saying that unilateral sanctions amount to collective punishment and violate basic human rights
...which are usually entirely different from personal liberty...
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Gholamali Khoshroo on Monday regretted that the US "is addicted to sanctions" and sees it "as a tool in its toolbox in pursuance of its own national interests."

"The morally wrong and ethically unjustified unilateral measures not only defy the rule of law at the international level but also infringe upon the right to development and lead to the violation of basic human rights," Khoshroo said.

He made the remarks in an address to the Sixth Committee of the 73st Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 'Report of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization'.

The Iranian envoy further noted that Tehran welcomes a report by the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, particularly where it says unilateral sanctions, aggravated by secondary sanctions seeking the "economic isolation" of the target country, amount to discrimination against the innocent population of the country concerned."

"Coercive measures often lead to collective punishment of innocent civilians and violation of human rights," he noted, blasting the US’ measures against the Islamic Theocratic Republic, which have hit innocent civilians on the contrary to what American officials claim.

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India-Pakistan
Maldives Leader Blames Defeat on 'Disappearing Ink'
2018-10-16
[An Nahar] Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen says disappearing ink and specially treated ballot papers were to blame for his heavy election defeat last month.

The strongman leader of the honeymoon island nation had been expected to romp home in the September 23 poll, with opposition leaders placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
or exiled, and warnings that he would try to fix the vote.

But in a surprise turn of events, a little-known united opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, was declared the winner, sparking celebrations across the tropical holiday destination.

Yameen initially said he accepted defeat, and was ready to step down when his term ends on November 17. But last week he launched a Supreme Court challenge, seeking to annul the result.

At a hearing on Sunday which resumed Monday, Yameen's lawyer Mohammed Saleem accused the printer of coating ballot papers with an unnamed substance to make votes marked in Yameen's box vanish.

Saleem said a "special pen with disappearing ink" had been given to people who were going to vote for his client, a news hound at the hearing said.

A lawyer for the Elections Commission, which Yameen accused of colluding with the printer to ensure his defeat, on Sunday denied any wrongdoing, including using any special ink.

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Down Under
Australian ministers under fire for backing 'okay to be white' vote
2018-10-16
[PULSE.NG] Australia's indigenous affairs minister and several of his colleagues faced calls to resign Monday, after they backed a failed parliamentary motion tabled by a controversial senator that declared: "It is okay to be white."

Several government ministers -- including those for trade, communications and indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion -- backed a resolution drafted by populist firebrand
...firebrands are noted more for audio volume and the quantity of spittle generated than for any actual logic in their arguments...
senator Pauline Hanson which railed against what it described as "the deplorable rise of anti-white racism".

Luke Pearson, the founder of influential anti-racism group, IndigenousX, echoed a string of calls for Scullion to resign after the vote.

"The minister for Indigenous Affairs, voting in support of what is widely known to be a white supremacist slogan, 'It's okay to be white', makes his position as minister entirely untenable. He needs to resign," Pearson wrote.

Scullion, a white senator for the Northern Territory, has held the Indigenous Affairs portfolio since 2013.

During parliamentary debate Hanson defended trying to codify what opponents see as race baiting.

"Such a simple sentence should go without saying," Hanson told the chamber, before her motion was defeated 31 votes to 28. "But I suspect many members in this place would struggle to say it."
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Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram kills Red Cross staff, says Leah Sharibu is their slave for life
2018-10-16
[PULSE.NG] A faction of Boko haram known as the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
West Africa Province (ISWAP) has executed Hauwa Leman, an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC).

The ICRC staff was kidnapped in March 2018, alongside others at the Rann camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno by the terrorists.

The group had earlier warned that they would execute Leman if they don’t hear from the Federal Government.

In a statement which they issued in September 2019, after killing another ICRC staff, Saifura Ahmed, they said "We contacted the government through writing and also sent audio messages but the government have ignored us. So, here is a message of blood.

"The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu."

SLAVE FOR LIFE
According to The Cable, the holy warriors said that they will keep Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl who refused to denounce Christianity, as a slave for life.

The Red Thingy had earlier issued a statement on Sunday, October 14, 2018, calling on the Federal Government to work towards the release of t heir staff.

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Afghanistan
Taliban’s deputy shadow governor dies of critical wounds in Herat
2018-10-16
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The deputy shadow governor of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group for western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province Manan Lewanay has died of critical wounds he sustained during the operations of the Afghan police forces.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Lewanay died of his wounds earlier today, days after he was critically maimed during operations of the police forces.

The statement further added that Lewanay was maimed in Rezak area of Obe district during the operations few days earlier.

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkey allegedly asks for more time to persuade jihadists to leave Idlib buffer zone: Al-Watan
2018-10-16
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
has allegedly called on the Syrian government to allow them more time to persuade the jihadist rebels to leave the Idlib buffer zone.

According to the Syrian daily al-Watan, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham
and their allies have never retreated from the established demilitarized zone in northwestern Syria.

The daily further stated that Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, Hurras al-Deen and the Turkestan Islamic Party have reinforced their positions and hidden their heavy weapons, adding that the jihadist groups have decided to remain in the demilitarized zone in northeastern Lattakia, northwestern Hama, and southeastern, northern and southern Idlib.

The paper said that Ottoman Turkish intelligence has thus far been unsuccessful in persuading Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham to leave its positions in the demilitarized zone, adding that Ankara has called on Damascus via Moscow to delay any military operation and give them more time to do their undertakings with regard to the expulsion of the jihadists form the zone.

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India-Pakistan
Judicial commission to record Musharraf's statement in treason case
2018-10-16
[DAWN] After former military dictator retired Gen Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
─ who has been out of the country since March 2016 ─ declined to record his statement in a treason case via video link, a special court on Monday ordered the formation of a judicial commission that will go abroad to record his statement in accordance with Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The former president's lawyer told a special court bench comprising Justice Yawar Ali, Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Nazar Akbar seized with a high treason case initiated against Musharraf for suspending the Constitution on Nov 3, 2007 ─ an offence for which he was indicted on March 31, 2014 ─ that his client was was unable to record his statement via video link since he is indisposed.

Justice Ali asked the lawyer whether Musharraf had been diagnosed with cancer, to which the counsel responded that the former military ruler had been diagnosed with heart problems.

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India-Pakistan
LHC issues notice to Punjab home secy on public hanging appeal by Zainab's father
2018-10-16
[DAWN] Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

home secretary to appear before the bench tomorrow [Tuesday] for the hearing on the appeal regarding public hanging of Imran Ali.

A two-member bench, comprising Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmed and Justice Shehbaz Rizvi, was hearing the petition of Amin Ansari ‐ father of seven-year-old Zainab who was raped and murdered in Kasur ‐ for the public hanging of his daughter's killer.

"The convict is a serial killer and will be hanged day after tomorrow [Wednesday]," said Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry in court.

The bench issued a notice to the Punjab home secretary to appear in court tomorrow.

In a writ petition filed on Saturday, Ansari submitted that all appeals of the convict had been dismissed by available legal forums ‐ the high court, Supreme Court and president of Pakistain. He said the trial court had also issued death warrants of the convict for Oct 17.

He had stated that Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowered the government to hang a convict publicly, complaining that the government was not complying with the law available on the subject.

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India-Pakistan
Two acquitted in killing of Benazir murder case former lead prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar
2018-10-16
[DAWN] Two accused of the 2013 slaying of Chaudhry Zulfikar, the lead Federal Investigation Agency prosecutor in the Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
murder case, were acquitted by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday.

ATC Judge Shariq Arjumand read out the short order, saying that brothers Hammad and Adnan Adil were acquitted due to a lack of evidence against them.

Zulfikar was killed as he made his way to court on the morning of May 3, 2013, to appear in hearing of the Benazir murder case. He was driving himself and was escorted by an armed guard sitting on the passenger seat. As he prepared to take make a turn, the assassins drove alongside the car and sprayed it with a hail of bullets. They pumped 10 bullets into Zulfikar’s chest and also injured the guard who was shot in the back.

Zulfikar then lost control of the car which careened up an adjacent green belt and ran over a female bystander before smashing into a tree. As he lay dying at the steering wheel, the security guard Farman Ali managed to return fire with an AK-47.

He was able to hit two of the fleeing assassins, killing one (Harris) and gravely injuring the other (Abdullah). A third assassin (Tanveer) trailing in a car behind, was able to collect the body of his accomplice and the other injured button men and escape.

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India-Pakistan
Prophet Mohammed slippers missing for 16 years
2018-10-16
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Shocked by the case of Prophet Mohammad’s slippers missing from Pakistain’s iconic royal mosque for 16 years and angered by inability of country’s law enforcement agencies to recover them, Chief Justice of Pakistain’s Supreme Court has formed a Joint Interrogation Team (JIT) to probe into the case.

"Chief Justice of Supreme Court has formed a JIT comprising of officials from Pakistain’s Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
(ISI), Military Intelligence and senior police officials to probe missing slippers of Prophet Mohammad (PTUI!)," a press statement issued from Supreme Court stated on Sunday.

"We can’t even protect Prophet Muhammad’s slippers. What a shame," Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked on Sunday. A pair of slippers, believed to have been used by Prophet Mohammad (PTUI!), had gone missing from Pakistain’s Badshahi Mosque (royal mosque) on July 30, 2002.

Apparently, thieves picked up the sacred relic from a glass case inside the Pakistain’s Badshahi Mosque, which was built in 1673 during the Moghul period, where it had been on display. Dozens of pilgrims and visitors used to visit the site every day.

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Arabia
Children injured in Houthi mortar attack on civilian neighborhood, Hodeidah
2018-10-16
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Civilians, including children, were seriously injured following a Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
mortar attack on their neighborhood in Hodeidah, Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
on Monday, according to Saba News Agency.

Eye witnesses said that the Houthi attack caused the destruction of several houses and the injury of dozens of the neighborhood’s residents, including children.

The reported serious injuries were in the victims’ heads and other different parts of their bodies.
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Arabia
Seven jailed in Bahrain over last year’s oil pipeline blast
2018-10-16
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A Bahrain court sentenced seven citizens to prison terms Monday, stripping six of their nationality after finding the group guilty of attacking an oil pipeline last year.

According to the official Bahrain News Agency (BNA), five of the defendants were handed life sentences, one was given 10 years behind bars and another five years.

The charges included forming a "terrorist group" and "training in the use of weapons and explosives", BNA said.

The November 2017 blast cut off the pipeline linking Bahrain’s Bapco refinery with oil giant Aramco’s main pumping station in neighboring Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s Dhahran province.

Manama in February accused Iran of training and arming at least two of those involved in the kaboom.
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