[NYPOST] NYPD detectives identified the mystery man who sparked terror by leaving a pair of rice cookers in a subway long before their bomb-squad counterparts even realized the devices were harmless ‐ thanks to controversial face-scanning technology.
It was about 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 16 when police began receiving reports of the suspicious devices in the Fulton Street subway station.
Cops were unsure whether the devices were some slob’s garbage or part of a terror plot akin to that of 2016 Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahami, and the station was cleared out as a precaution.
But within minutes, Det. Marcello Gianquinto ‐ one of 10 detectives in the NYPD’s Facial Identification Section ‐ had pulled still images of a suspect from subway security footage, color-corrected the snaps and was using a computer system to compare them to mug shots in the NYPD’s arrest database.
[SUDANTRIBUNE] The National Congress Party (NCP) of ousted President Omer al-Bashir announced its support for the newly appointed Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok who will lead Sudan’s transitional government.
An NCP leading figure who asked not to be named told the Turkish Anadolu Agency on Friday that "Hamdok had been contacted by senior leaders of the party," without disclosing the names of those leaders.
"The NCP leaders expressed their welcome Hamdok for taking office and confirmed their support for his government in the interest of stability and development of the country during the transitional period," the NCP official added.
Hamdok who was sworn-in on Wednesday 21 August has to form his 20-minister government before 28 August.
Some newspapers known for their links with the former regime reported that Ibrahim Ghandour, a former foreign minister and deputy NCP chairman was appointed as an interim leader of the Islamist party.
The military council that ruled the country for 4 months didn’t dissolve the party of ban its activities but confiscated its funds and assets pointing it belongs to the Sudanese people.
[Libya Observer] The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said rumors about possibility of an agreement between Misrata leaderships and Khalifa Haftar ...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all... in order to keep the city out of the ongoing conflict in Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... are just "daydreams of some delusional people."
Bashagha told German News Agency that Misrata which provided lots of sacrifices for February revolution and war on ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... in Sirte has only the aim of a civilian state, a goal that won't be materialized with Haftar's agenda that aims for the family and dictatorship rule.
"Burkan al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation forces are well prepared for foiling any attacks by Haftar's forces and for going further than just the defense against his forces' attacks. Our government won't exclude any party - religious or otherwise - as long as they commit themselves to the democratic political rules and remain away from using force to seize power." Bashagha remarked.
He added that talks about the Presidential Council's government being under the rule of a certain Islamist political group are just media fabrications as some media outlets have stretched the role of Moslem Brüderbund Group and made it a pretext for many failures on their part.
Bashagha indicated that his government respects all parties that believe in peaceful circulation of power, adding that Skhirat Agreement of 2015 that formed the Government of National Accord says that it should fight all groups listed internationally as terrorist, and the government fought them all in Sirte.
Media outlets loyal to Haftar said recently that Misrata leaderships agreed on a dialogue with Haftar and will be withdrawing their fighters from southern Tripoli frontlines and other areas, which was denied by officials from the city.
[Dhaka Tribune] Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and his family betrayed the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the country as well.
“We know the assassins of the 1975 carnage. We also know those who patronized the killers and helped them to go abroad: Ziaur Rahman and his family betrayed Bangabandhu and the country,” he said, addressing a discussion in the capital on Sunday.
North South University organized the meeting on its campus, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day.
Speaking as chief guest, Quader said that after betraying Bangabandhu and the country, Zia himself became a victim of treachery.
Obaidul Quader said if Zia had not patronized the killers of Bangabandhu, another killing would not have taken place in 1981 and he would not have been killed.
Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, said: “Awami League men did not kill Zia. He was killed by his close ones.”
The 15 August carnage and the 21 August killings are interlinked, he said, adding that the Harkat-ul-Jihad leader confessed that as per the instruction of Hawa Bhaban, the outlaw group carried out the grenade attack on an Awami League rally on Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21 in 2004, with a primary target of killing, then opposition leader, Sheikh Hasina.
[Dhaka Tribune] The Home Ministry has started listing the name of the collaborators who received payment from the Pakistain government during the Liberation War in 1971.
The enlistment of collaborators, or razakars, follows the letter issued by the Liberation War Affairs Ministry earlier this year, said Shajahan Khan, chairman of the ministry’s Parliamentary Standing Committee.
The issue was revealed on Sunday during the Liberation War Affairs Ministry’s Parliamentary committee meeting.
Briefing the media after the meeting, Shajahan said: "Letters have been sent to the deputy commissioners (DCs).
"The DC has been told to prepare the rajakar’s list using their respective district’s archive and publish it in the gazette," he added.
Asked when the list would be prepared, he said: "It depends on the DCs."
Earlier in May, the House panel said a Demi-Official (DO) letter had been sent to the Home Ministry and deputy commissioners to archive the list of razakars, Al Badr, al-Shams and the anti-liberation forces.
The committee also recommended including those members in the list who were given the parliamentary seats of the elected Awami League leaders in 1970.
[PULSE.NG] Tariq Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar charged in La Belle France with raping two women, has also been accused of taking part in the gang rape of a journalist, French judicial sources said Sunday.
The sources confirmed reports on Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... 1 radio and in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper that a woman in her 50s had accused Ramadan, 56, of raping her along with a member of his staff when she went to interview the academic at a hotel in Lyon in May 2014.
The woman, who filed a criminal complaint in May 2019, also accused Ramadan of issuing "threats or acts of intimidation" aimed at dissuading her from reporting the alleged attack to the police, the judicial sources added.
Ramadan, a married father of four whose grandfather founded Egypt's Moslem Brüderbund, was a professor at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when rape allegations surfaced at the height of the "Me Too" movement in late 2017.
He has denied charges he raped a disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist activist in 2012.
He was taken into custody in February 2018 and held for nine months before being granted bail.
Authorities in Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... are also investigating him after receiving a rape complaint in that country.
His lawyer, Emmanuel Marsigny, refused to comment Sunday on the latest allegations against him in La Belle France.
The woman behind the latest complaint told police that Ramadan and a male assistant repeatedly raped her in Ramadan's room at the Sofitel hotel in Lyon.
She described the alleged attack as being of "untold violence" and claimed that when she threatened to report them to the police Ramadan replied: "You don't know how powerful I am."
Tariq may hold the record for Muslim countries that have denied him entry (8 I think). Interestingly, all but one of those denials has been because he criticized Islamic doctrine, not because of the rapey stuff
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Emmanuel Marsigny represents both French and international high-profile clients - natural and legal persons (states, heads of state and government, politicians, CEOs of publicly traded companies) – and assists them in the context of French and foreign proceedings.
For the past 25 years, Emmanuel Marsigny has taken part in many prominent criminal cases, including the politico-financial ELF case; the Angolagate case; the so-called "ill-gotten gains" case; the politico-financial case surrounding the sale of the Compiègne horse-race track; and the high-profile cases relating to fake jobs at Paris City Hall, the Concorde crash, the Concorde gambling circle and the Brétigny train crash, as well as many others. Before founding Marsigny Avocats he was a partner at Metzner Associes, a firm that he co-founded in 1998.
Amir Tohid Fazel, an Iranian journalist who was accompanying Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on his Scandinavian tour, is refusing to return to Iran and is said to be seeking asylum in Sweden, according to Iranian hardliner newspaper Kayhan. https://t.co/DZRhcWuzs1
[Jpost] Five generals from the Ottoman Turkish army have handed in resignations in the wake of a military council meeting earlier this month, opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet said on Sunday.
The Supreme Military Council (YAS), chaired by President Tayyip Erdogan, convened to discuss promotions, dismissals and placements of the high-ranking military personnel on Aug 1.
The resignations by one major general and four brigadier generals were submitted as a reaction to council decisions which were described by retired military officers as an attempt to make the Ottoman Turkish army smaller, the unsourced Cumhuriyet report said.
There was no immediate comment from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... 's defense ministry.
Two of the generals were known to be the army officers responsible for Syria's Idlib region where Turkey has a military presence, Cumhuriyet said.
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May be a case of hand them in while you still have hands.....
[DAWN] The Supreme Court has held that testimony of a police witness in a case falls under credible evidence and subject to the same standard of proof and principles of scrutiny as applicable to any other category of witnesses.
"Police officials are as good witnesses as any other and their evidence is subject to same standard of proof and principles of scrutiny as applicable to any other category of witnesses," said Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed while rejecting an appeal of Qari Mohammad Ishaq Ghazi against a Lahore High Court order.
The LHC in its ruling had upheld the trial court’s decision against Qari Ishaq for possessing pamphlets, fraught with incendiary contents aimed at inciting hatred towards a particular sect. He was arrested by police contingent in Okara and was later sentenced to five years imprisonment with a fine of Rs100,000 under Section 9 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.
In the SC judgement, Justice Ahmed wrote the police officials, being functionaries of the state, were no less credible witnesses to drive home the charge in a milieu of pervasive apathy towards civic responsibilities. The verdict stated people preferred to recuse behind safety instead of coming forward in aid of justice.
[DAWN] Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that while war was not a choice Islamabad would willingly make, Pakistain was ready to retaliate if it is imposed.
Speaking to news hounds in Lahore, Chaudhry said that Pakistain had made all efforts to take relations with India towards normalisation but they had not been reciprocated.
Recalling that Prime Minister Imran Khan ...aka The Great Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five... had once promised that Pakistain will take two steps towards peace if India takes one, Chaudhry warned: "We have stated that if you [India] work towards peace, we will reciprocate. But if you want to wage war, we will fight back till the end."
At the Kartarpur Corridor groundbreaking ceremony, the premier had said that one is supposed to learn from history, not live in it, Chaudhry recalled.
When asked about the role of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Moslem bloc in the Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... dispute, Chaudhry said: "There is no Moslem bloc now. [...] All Moslem countries are embroiled in conflict. [Of the] countries that are stable, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... is standing by us; the rest will take decisions according to their own interests.
"No doubt, there is disappointment in Pakistain over the award recently conferred upon [Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi] by the UAE. We consider UAE as a friend to Pakistain and it must not be forgotten that Pakistain had a huge role in making Dubai what it is today."
Steve, they're still going on about Kashmir. It's a very bitter loss to them. All the Jamaats and alliances with militant factions that support their own fragile democracy depended on the promise of delivering Kashmir as a new haven and opening into the sub-continent. And to China they promised dominance of the entire Karakorum range.
A cash cow and a bugbear at the same time, they know it's gone forever now. But they've got to play to their own galleries. Their inflow of cash to their non-state actors solicited from Qatar, UAE, Iran, by top ISI brass - islamist donations for the liberation of Kashmir. All gone.
[Al Jazeera] Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a prominent separatist leader in Indian-administered Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... , has called on residents of the region to peacefully resist Indian rule in the disputed territory.
"It is our heartfelt appeal to the people of Jammu and Kashmir that we must continue to resist at this critical juncture ... We all can, and must, act according to our abilities; through action or word. People should organise peaceful protests and demonstrations in their areas of residence," the 89-year-old leader said in a statement.
Geelani, who has been held at his home since India's decision to revoke Kashmir's special status, also urged Pakistain to act decisively.
[Rudaw] A spokesperson for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied claims that Ottoman Turkish troops will be allowed permanent posts in the proposed northern Syria buffer zone, adding that there will also be no Syrian proxies of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... or observation points in the area.
Mustafa Bali told Rojava Information Center, a monitor with ties to the SDF, that Ottoman Turkish forces will enter the zone - but once they "complete the patrol, [they] will return to their country."
Patrols will be conducted "perhaps once every fortnight, or once a month" over the duration of the buffer zone agreement, he added.
Bali’s statement follows a claim by two unnamed Ottoman Turkish officials - not wanting to be identified for fear of repercussions - who told Bloomberg on Sunday that the US has agreed to the deployment of two Ottoman Turkish soldiers for every American soldier.
Turkey has 12 observation points in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, following an agreement with Russia - the main backer of the Syrian regime.
However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... Bali said the construction of observation points would not take place on SDF-controlled territory.
"Observation points will be built, but on Ottoman Turkish soil. A system like they have in Idlib is unacceptable," he said.
US and Ottoman Turkish military officials agreed on the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria, to be developed into a "peace corridor" for the return of 3.6 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, on August 7.
They also agreed to establish a joint operation center in the province of Sanliurfa, on the Ottoman Turkish border with Syria, which began operating at "full capacity" on Saturday, according to Ottoman Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, reported the state-owned Anadolu Agency. The first helicopter carrying Ottoman Turkish and US commanders flew over the East of Euphrates on Saturday.
"In addition, the destruction of terrorist emplacements and fortifications began," Akar added.
The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a tweet a day earlier that the SDF "destroyed military fortifications" on Thursday "to support implementation of the security mechanism framework."
The depth and length of the buffer zone was a point of contention between the US, Turkey and the SDF. Turkey demanded a 30-40 kilometre-deep safe zone while both the US and the SDF proposed one of up to 14 kilometers.
However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... Mazloum Abdi, commander of the SDF, said on August 16 that they had later demanded a longer and deeper safe zone.
"If there is an agreement, it should cover all areas of northeast Syria," Abdi said in an interview with the SDF-affiliated Hawar News.
The two unnamed officials, who spoke to Bloomberg said that the US and Turkey have agreed on a 125km long, 15 km deep zone in Serekaniye [Ain al-Issa] and Tel-Abyad ‐ two mostly Arab regions under the control of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES), otherwise known as Rojava.
They also claimed that Turkey has already deployed 10 brigades to its borders with the SDF, in the first phase of a campaign to drive out all Kurdish fighters in Syria.
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[DAWN] A senior Revolutionary Guards commander denied on Sunday that Iranian targets had been hit in Israeli air strikes in Syria, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported.
An Israeli military spokesperson had said on Saturday that an Israeli aircraft on Saturday struck Iranian forces near Damascus that had been planning to launch “killer drones” at targets in Israel.
“This is a lie and not true. [...] Israel and the United States do not have the power to attack Iran's various centres, and our (military) advisory centres have not been harmed,” said Revolutionary Guards Maj Gen Mohsen Rezaei, who is also the secretary of a powerful state body, ILNA reported.
Israeli air strikes near the Syrian capital overnight killed two fighters of the Lebanese group Hizbullah, an Iranian combatant and two unidentified fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said Sunday.
The Observatory said the Israeli raids targeted "Iranian and Hizbullah posts" in the southeast of Damascus.
[DAWN] Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern La Belle France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.
Zarif's presence had not been announced and represented an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe spiralling tensions between Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... and the United States.
He was not expected to hold face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump ...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons...... but the presence of the two men in the same place sparked hopes of a detente.
"Zarif... has arrived in Biarritz... to continue talks regarding the recent measures between the presidents of Iran and La Belle France," Iranian foreign ministry front man Abbas Mousavi tweeted, after flight tracking sites spotted that Zarif's plane had landed in Biarritz.
The French presidency confirmed his arrival but emphasised no talks were planned with the American side.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump had in the past said that if Iran "wants to sit down and negotiate he will not set preconditions," adding he would not make any more comments about "who's here" at the G7.
Macron held talks with Zarif in Gay Paree on the eve of the G7 summit and has been leading efforts to bring Tehran and Washington back to the negotiating table.
Trump's policy of applying "maximum pressure" on Tehran via crippling sanctions has been criticised by Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an powers and is seen as raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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