Month: October 2018

Mauritania: Rape victims jailed for getting pregnant

Khady knew the man who waited outside her house one evening, followed her down a dark street and put his hand over her mouth. She had refused his offer of marriage several months before. The assault that followed is a blur. The 26-year-old fell pregnant, and five months later she was jailed for breaking Mauritania’s law banning sex outside of marriage. “They said I was guilty. I don’t know why,” she said at a center for victims of rape in the capital, Nouakchott. “I thought if I told the police what happened, they would put him in prison,” Khady, whose...

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PDP sowing division, chaos – Presidency blasts

The Presidency warned Monday that the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) facing an imminent defeat in the February polls, has embarked on various moves to “sow division and chaos’, in the country. “They are attacking the courts and the police, they are molesting INEC commissioners. They are theatrical in spreading falsehoods against persons including the President”, said Garba Shehu, SSA to the President. What provoked the latest reaction from the Presidency was PDP’s decision to ask the court make a declaration on President Buhari’s West African School Certificate. Garba Shehu said the move was unwarranted and a waste of time as...

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Trial begins of German nurse Hoegel, who killed over 100 patients

Former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of killing more than 100 patients in his care, will go on trial Tuesday in the biggest serial killing trial in Germany’s post-war history. Hoegel, 41, also called Angel of Death, has already spent nearly a decade in prison for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment. He is to face questioning before dozens of victims’ anguished loved ones who still hope to learn the full scope of his murder spree. The trial in Oldenburg, northern...

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Vietnam: Fire, explosion kills 4,000

A total of 3,776 fires and explosions broke out across Vietnam in the first 10 months of this year, killing 91 people and injuring 235 others. The fires and explosions also caused property losses of some 69.5 million U.S. dollars, the country’s Fire Prevention and Fight Department said on Monday. In October alone, Vietnam faced 368 fires and explosions which claimed nine human lives, injured 11 people, and left losses of 4.5 million U.S. dollars. In the first 10 months of 2017, the Southeast Asian country suffered 3,464 fires and explosions, which left 85 people dead and 220 others...

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Bangladesh court jails ex-PM Zia 7 years for corruption

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to seven years in jail after finding her guilty of misusing her power to collect money for a charity fund named after her late husband. Her supporters see the multiple criminal cases against Zia and her party as attempts to weaken the opposition ahead of elections expected in December. But the government says they have specific charges against those accused. The 73-year-old Zia was absent from the filled courtroom in Dhaka and her lawyers also skipped the proceedings, saying they would not get justice. The Supreme Court earlier...

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