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Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


Taiwan says Kenyan police used tear gas to put Taiwanese on plane to China

AFROASIA NEWS ONLINE – Kenyan police broke through a police station wall and threw tear gas to force a second group of Taiwanese on to a plane bound for China on Tuesday, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said, in a bizarre diplomatic row in which Taiwan has accused China of abduction. But a senior Kenyan official said the “people” were in Kenya illegally and were being sent back to where they had come from. Taiwan on Monday accused China, which regards the self-ruled island as a breakaway province, of kidnapping eight ofRead More

Investigators visit Panama Papers law firm’s office

PANAMA CITY — Panamanian prosecutors visited the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm Monday to look into its allegations that a computer hacker was behind the leak of a trove of financial documents about tax havens the firm set up to benefit influential people around the globe. Public ministry spokeswoman Sandra Sotillo said the visit to the offices of Mossack Fonseca was made by investigators from the intellectual property prosecutor’s office. The firm filed a complaint charging the security breach shortly before media reports appeared last week using theRead More

2 more suspects charged in Brussels bombings

BRUSSELS — Belgian authorities have charged two more men with offenses related to the Brussels bombings. The Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that the suspects, identified only as Smail F. and Ibrahim F., were involved in renting an apartment in the Etterbeek area of Brussels that served as a hideout for the bomber who attacked the Brussels subway as well as a suspected accomplice. Sixteen victims died in the March 22 attack, the same day a pair of suicide bombers also killed 16 victims at Brussels airport. An investigatingRead More

Navy flyer explains how castaways were seen on deserted isle

HONOLULU — The U.S. Navy officer in charge of a flight crew that located three castaways on a remote Pacific island said Monday he has never seen or heard of another rescue quite like it. The stranded men, who were reported missing last Tuesday after a wave overtook their skiff, were found on a tiny Micronesian island on Thursday, officials said. The three had spelled out the word “help” with palm fronds after they swam to the deserted island when their boat capsized. “I’ve never seen anything like that, norRead More

Obama’s executive orders you never hear about

WASHINGTON — President Obama, often criticized by Republicans for constitutional overreach for his use of executive orders to get around Congress, signed the 254th executive order of his presidency Friday — allowing the Peace Corps to change its logo. In his seven years in office, he’s also used executive orders to change the name of the National Security Staff to the National Security Council staff, to allow the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to also consider the role of nutrition, and to prohibit government employees from texting while driving. And, showing that executive orders can attendRead More

UC Berkeley sexual harassment scandal deepens amid campus protests

A sexual harassment scandal at the prestigious University of California Berkeley expanded Monday with the filing of multiple high-profile legal complaints and emotional protests on campus demanding that the administration stop protecting professors found guilty of misconduct against students. Graduate students Kathleen Gutierrez and Erin Bennett filed discrimination complaints with California’s department of fair employment and housing against the university and assistant professor Blake Wentworth, marking a significant development in a controversy that has roiled the renowned public university for months. Their planned complaint was first reported by the GuardianRead More

A killer, a friend: Tsarnaev’s classmates to premiere film

BOSTON (AP) — Among the many people forced to come to terms with the death and destruction caused by the Boston Marathon bombings were the teenage friends of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Three years later, two of Tsarnaev’s friends from high school are getting ready to premiere a short film they made to capture the range of emotions they felt after learning the 19-year-old had played a major role in an attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. The 12-minute film, called “Jahar,” for Tsarnaev’s Americanized nickname, isRead More

Israel to free 12-year-old Palestinian girl held in prison

JERUSALEM — A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who was imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement will be released early, Israel’s prison service said Monday, capping a saga that drew attention to the dual legal system in the West Bank. The case has put Israel’s military justice system in a tough spot as it deals with a girl who has pleaded guilty to a crime, yet has not even completed the seventh grade. She is believed to be the youngest female Palestinian ever sentRead More