South Asia Tribune
Thursday 19 January 2012
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UK deputy PM:Settlements are vandalism
British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that Israeli settlementsin the West Bank are “deliberate vandalism,” underlining the UK government’s hardening line,British The Jewish Chronicle’s website reported Monday.Speaking alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit to the UK,Clegg condemned continuoussettlement building in the“strongest possible terms.” Abbas welcomed the ofﬁcialremarks, according to the report.He was in London ahead of negotiations between Israeli andPalestinian delegations in Amman,Jordan.The UK has been consistently critical regarding Israeli settlementplans, including those in areasof east Jerusalem past the GreenLine.
Clegg speaks alongside PA President Abbasprior to Israeli-Palestinian talks in Amman.
Birmingham double murder
ofﬁcer. Post-mortem examinations revealed both died as a result of blunt-force trauma tothe head, each sustaining a number of blows.
A police spok
eswoman said: “Specialistforensic investigators remain at the addresscarrying out thorough examinations anddetectives and local neighbourhood ofﬁcerscontinue to conduct local inquiries.”Detectives have said they are looking into anumber of lines of inquiry, including a rise in burglaries and gold thefts in the area.Det Supt Richard Baker, who is leading a teamof more than 60 ofﬁcers assigned to the case,has said a possible link between Jason Kolar’sposition with the force and his parents’ death was “not a signiﬁcant line of inquiry”.Crimestoppers said the double murder was a“vile crime” and has put up a £10,000 rewardfor information leading to the arrest andconviction of those responsible.
ﬁlming the faces of all those in
the room. He shouted ‘listen up all of you, I am recording this, I have yourfaces on ﬁlm now, and I know wheresome of you live’, at that moment heaggressively pushed the phone insomeone’s face and then said ‘and if Ihear that anything is said against theholy Prophet Mohammed, I will hunt you down.’ He then left the room.The incident took place on Monday evening at a meeting organised by the Atheism, Secularism andHumanism Society at Queen Mary University in London. Enquiries by Tower Hamlets police are ongoing. A Scotland Yard spokesperson said:“Police were called at approximately 19:00 on Monday 16 January to a building on Mile End Road followinga report of a man being threatened by another man. Ofﬁcers attendedand the victim was spoken to.”
Threats of violence force cancellation of university talk on sharia
A retired doctor accused of trafﬁcking an African woman into the UK to work as her slave formore than three years has been acquitted after aretrial. Saeeda Khan, 69, was said to have treatedMwanahamisi Mruke ‘like an animal’, forcing herto sleep on the ﬂoor at her £500,000 home inHarrow, northwest London.She was said to have paid her £10 a month to work from 5am to midnight and deprived of property.Prosecutor Caroline Haughey claimed Khan hadtreated Ms Mruke, 48, as a ‘piece of property’after bringing her to Britain from Tanzania.
Khan:retired medic cleared of modern day slavery charge
A trainee electrician accused of savagely beatinga TV executive and leaving him to die in the bootof a burning car today (Weds) insisted he had ‘nomotive’ to kill him. Harinder Shoker, 20, told jurorshe was ‘close friends’ with victim Gagandip Singh but admitted he was concerned about his attitudetowards women. The 21-year-old sexually assaultedco-accused medical student Mundil Mahil aroundsix months before his death on February 26 last year, the Old Bailey heard. His body was found inthe burning remains of a Mercedes in Blackheath,southeast London, just hours after he was allegedly attacked by Shoker, also known as Ravi, and DarrenPeters, also 20, at Mahil’s Brighton home.
Shoker: electrician accusedof burning car murder
Two soldiers arrested over claims they abused boy and girl and showed ﬁlm tocolleagues, Sun newspaper reportsMilitary police have launched aninvestigation into claims that Britishsoldiers abused two children duringtheir tour of duty in Afghanistan.The Ministry of Defence conﬁrmed aninquiry had begun into two soldiersfrom the Mercian Battle Group, whichis serving a six-month stint in thecountry.The Sun newspaper reported that themen, who were from lower ranks, had been arrested for allegedly abusing a boy and a girl, who were aged about 10.The soldiers are said to have ﬁlmedseparate incidents then showed thefootage to other servicemen on theirlaptop computers.Colleagues complained about their behaviour and the pair were arrestedand several laptops seized, the Sunsaid.It reported one source as saying whatthe military had to “establish is whether we are looking at sexual predatory behaviour or totally ill-judged larkingabout”.It is believed to be the ﬁrst time Britishsoldiers in Afghanistan have beenaccused of this kind of abuse.The MoD said the matter was beingtaken “extremely seriously”.“We are aware that an allegation has beenmade concerning alleged inappropriate behaviour by two servicemen in Afghanistan,” the MoD said. He added,“We take any such allegation extremely seriously. It would be inappropriate tocomment further while an investigationis ongoing.”
The allegations came just days after videofootage emerged apparently showing US Marinesurinating on the bodies of dead Taliban ﬁghters.
Ofﬁcial ﬁgures have revealed thatthe unemployment rate in Britainis set to hit new records in 2012, with public sector civil servantsexpected to be hit the hardest.Britain’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development(CIPD) has warned that anadditional 120,000 British workers will lose their jobs in 2012 bringingthe number of the British jobless toa record high of 2.85 million.The unemployment rate in theUK is already at a 17-year high of 8.3% with 2.64 million people outof work and is expected to reach8.8% in 2012.Moreover, the CIPD has predictedthat UK’s unemployment rate may hit 2.9 million in 2013 and may notfall below 2.5 million by the end of the current decade.“Unemployment in the coming year will be rising from a muchhigher starting point, so the UK jobs market in 2012 will be weakerthan at any time since the recessionof the early 1990s,” said JohnPhilpott, chief economic adviser atthe CIPD.Furthermore, the CIPD warnedagainst the continuation of “severe”pay restraint and productivity stagnation, depicting a gloomierpicture for Britain’s workforce than what they went through during therecession of 2008-9.Shadow work and pensionsminister Ian Austin also criticizedthe British government saying “as we go into 2012 it is crystal clearthat this government is failing toget people off beneﬁts and into work.”
‘UK unemploymentset to hit new records’
UK troops arrested over Afghanistan child abuse claims
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