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October 20, 201960

Singapore has jailed its first suspect for terror financing amid a steady stream of arrests related to support for Islamic extremism.

The Singaporean authorities have warned that the crowded island republic is a prime target for an attack.

IT specialist Ahmed Hussein Abdul Kadir Sheik Uduman received a sentence of 2½ years.

Providing property and services for terrorist purposes can bring jail terms of up to 10 years and fined up to S$500,000.

In 2016, Ahmed donated US$840 to Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal, a Jamaica-based Islamist cleric.

He admitted making two donations to the imam after listening to Faisal’s speeches on YouTube in 2013.

Prosecutors say Ahmed knew Faisal was a supporter of jihad “including the use of violence against ‘intruders’ who were described as ‘non-Muslims attacking a Muslim area or location’”.

The authorities said Ahmed wanted to undertake violence in Syria in support of Islamic State.

Faisal claimed Muslims are obligated to establish a Muslim caliphate and praised Isis for its violence.

He was jailed for nine years in the UK in 2003 after calling for the murders of non-Muslims and was deported to his native Jamaica after four years in prison.

He is under constant monitoring by the Jamaican Special Branch and

is banned by the Islamic Council of Jamaica from preaching in mosques.

Ahmed, 35, was in touch with the preacher through email, Facebook and WhatsApp. In July 2016, Ahmed donated to Faisal through a middleman called “Patrick Gray” who was fundraising for the preacher. Later that year he transferred US$62 to Faisal’s wife.

Singapore’s Internal Security Department arrested Ahmed under the Internal Security Act.

Prosecutor Chong Yonghui called for a sentence to be issued as a deterrent. “The present facts highlight starkly the dangers of terrorist propaganda and its insidious far-reaching effects.

“It cannot be overstated that the funding of terrorist propaganda which preaches violent religious ideology must be clamped down upon unequivocally,” Chong said.

“In so doing, Singapore continues to fulfil her duty as a member of the global community in the unending fight against terrorism.”

A custodial sentence sent “a strong message to other like-minded individuals that supporting terrorist propaganda through financial means will attract uncompromising punishment”, Chong added.

Ahmed chose to have no legal representation. He told the court he would live as a good citizen after his release.

The IT engineer has an infant son and a mother with dementia.

In September three Indonesian domestic helpers were given detention orders under the Internal Security Act due to suspicion that they had financed terrorism. In June, a 40-year-old Singaporean who reportedly planned to join Isis in Syria was arrested under the act. Two more Singaporeans were arrested in July under the same charges.

(Asean Economist)


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October 20, 2019240

The much anticipated match up between league leaders Liverpool and Manchester United ended in a one all draw.

Goals by Marcus Rashfold on the 36th minute and Adam Lallana on the 85th minute ended Liverpool’s endless streak, one short record 18.

Liverpool’s winning run ends at 17, one short of the record, but they will be happy enough after Adam Lallana’s late equaliser put them six points clear at the top.

Although it was a scruffy game of few chances, there was always something going on and it was fascinating tactically. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set United up expertly in the first half, with a 3-4-1-2 formation and split strikers, but they ran out of steam in the second. And although Liverpool were nowhere near their awesome best, they deserved a draw for their persistence and territorial dominance.

There was VAR controversy, inevitably, and a soupçon of needle. United look deflated because of the late equaliser. When the dust settles, they will reflect on a pretty good day. Marcus Rashford.

 


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October 20, 201930

Apple has taken over the crown of world’s most valuable company from Microsoft as its market capitalization on Friday morning was valued at about $1.065 trillion, edging past Microsoft’s $1.063 trillion.

Microsoft has held the market-value crown since April 25, when it beat estimates for quarterly earnings and breached the $1 trillion threshold for the first time, businessinsider.com reported.

The Cupertino, California-based company’s stock has surged in recent weeks as numerous analysts predict better-than-expected iPhone 11 sales.

Many firms anticipated consumers would skip out on Apple’s latest phone lineup to wait for rumoured 5G iPhones to release in 2020.

Further, Microsoft was caught in broad stock sell-off, falling as much as 2.2% on Friday. Apple was largely spared, declining just 0.4% at its intraday low.

Meanwhile, Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world’s most valuable brand name Friday and placed Microsoft in fourth place.

Google and Amazon took second and third place, respectively. The brand consultancy firm based its rankings on current brand strength, value added to the company by the brand, and future plans for the brand.

The report marked Apple’s seventh consecutive year at Interbrand’s top spot.


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October 20, 201924100

Popular Australian Muslim Scholar Imam Tawhidi, has said Nigeria is being led by a terrorist government.

Killings of Nigerians including soldiers and other security agencies have increased since the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari, who once boasted to islamise Nigeria. He’s regarded as an extreme muslim apologist.

A fulani himself, fulani hersdmen have killed many Nigerians, abducted many and destroyed farmlands with no government action, a situation many ascribe to the government protecting its own.

According to the scholar, Nigeria now has the most corrupt country in Africa, run by a terrorist government that habours terrorists.

Tawhidi, who enjoys huge following on social media and writes against Islamic terrorism wrote,

 

“We have ignored Nigeria in the discussion about terrorism. Nigeria is the most corrupt country in Africa.

“It is home to a terrorist government that harbours terrorists just like the government of Pakistan.

“Boko Haram were given the green light in their early stages. We Remember.
Now all of a sudden Nigeria wants to lead the war against terror.

“Indeed, ‘my enemy is also my sword, I shall use him to kill with and then break the sword’.”


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October 17, 2019430

Footage of an Irishman’s unusual final prank, which he played after his own death, has gone viral on social media.

A video recorded on Oct. 12 at the funeral of Irish military veteran Shay Bradley, a father of four and grandfather of eight, shows a crowd of mourners gathered in Bohernabreena Cemetery in southern Dublin to bury their loved one.

As bagpipes begin to play, knocking can be heard erupting from the grave, where Bradley’s casket has already been lowered.

“Hello? Hello! Hello?” a recording of Bradley’s voice calls out from six feet under. “Let me out! Where the f*** am I? Hello!?”

“Let me out, it’s f****** dark in here. Is that the priest I can hear?” the recording continues, as the teary-eyed crowd roars with laughter. “Let me out!”

He then ends his final bit by serenading the crowd with his own version of Neil Diamond’s “Hello Again.”

“Hello again, hello. I just called to say … goodbye,” Bradley’s voice sings, through exaggerated sobs.

His daughter, Andrea Bradley, took to Facebook Sunday to share footage of the prank, which she described as her father’s “dying wish.”

“Always the pranksters, ya got them good Poppabear, and gave us all a laugh just when we needed it!” she wrote. “I will love you forever.”

er’s humorous ceremony went viral, Andrea thanked her Facebook viewers around the world, who expressed joy over his undying sense of humor.

“Myself and my Family are overwhelmed with the Amazing response and comments we have received regarding my dad’s funeral, he truly is a legend and was the most amazing man!” she wrote. “He would be overjoyed to know how many smiles and laughs he has given to everyone. Thank you all.”

 


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October 17, 2019360

Gruesome, unfair or whatever you term it, a husband who saw his wife being sexually attacked and cut off his penis is facing a longer jail term than the alleged rapist.

Reports say the husband chopped off the penis of his wife’s rapist after seeing her being attacked yards from their home in Ukraine.

The 27-year-old husband was on his way home when he saw the horrific episode in Shevchenkovo, a village in the eastern Kharkiv region, Daily Mail reports.

Dmitry Ivchenko, 25, attacked the woman from behind and dragged her into a bush to carry out the rape before he was halted by her husband

Reports say his wife had left friends at a restaurant at around 1am and was heading to her home just 1,000ft away.

She was walking near her apartment block when a 25-year-old rapist, Dmitry Ivchenko, attacked her from behind.

Ivchenko covered her mouth with his hand to prevent her from screaming and dragged her into bushes, police said.

The victim’s husband left the party ten minutes later. When he reached their apartment block, he heard noise coming from the bushes.

He came closer to find out what was going on and saw Ivchenko squeezing his wife’s throat while raping her.

The husband then attacked the rapist by punching him on the head before grabbing his Swiss army knife and chopping Ivchenko’s penis off.

The husband’s attorney Dmitry Spaskin said to local media: ‘The husband lost the ability to control his actions. He did not understand what he was doing.’

The rapist’s screams and the victim’s sobbing woke up all the residents in the area who rushed to the scene.

Her mother immediately reported Ivchenko to the police while others called an ambulance for him.

Mr Spaskin said: ‘After the incident, [the husband] was in a state of shock and just walked away.

‘He walked about 13 kilometres and reached a neighbouring village. There he met an acquaintance and asked to drive him to a police station.

‘On October 13, at 7am, he handed himself into police and confessed in full.’

The husband was charged with causing grievous bodily harm and put under house arrest.

He said to local media: ‘I cannot explain what happened to me at that moment.’

The rapist was hospitalised to Shevchenko District Hospital and underwent surgery.

Sergey Mitrakov, the head of the hospital’s surgical unit said: ‘The patient needs a long-lasting treatment.’

Doctors have not speculated on the chances to reattach the penis and if the rapist will regain full functionality of the organ.

Police have launched a criminal case for rape against the rapist and he remains in hospital under police surveillance.

Snizhana Vodolazska, a spokeswoman for Kupiansk Region Police Department said: ‘The suspect caught up with his victim near her apartment block and raped her.’

It is known that Ivchenko is not married and unemployed.

Prosecutor Tetiana Vasileva commented: ‘The rapist said that he was dumped by his girlfriend a week ago. On the day of the incident, he drank a litre of vodka. He is refusing to say more so far.’

The female residents of the village have voiced their support for the husband.

Hanna Khaustova said: ‘Ivchenko tried to hit on me but I told him to stop. Then he said, “You will regret it”.

‘I believe any girl from our village could have become his victim. If he had not done it the rapist would have continued to assault girls.’

The husband faces up to eight years in prison if found guilty while the rapist Dmitry Ivchenko faces up to five years.

The rapist’s victim requires counselling and a long period of psychological recovery, according to local media.


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October 14, 201960

President Trump on Monday said he will impose sanctions against current and former Turkish officials and cease trade negotiations with Ankara in response to the NATO ally’s attack on U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria.

Mr. Trump also said he will increase steel tariffs on Turkey back to 50%, the level prior to a reduction in May, in response to reported atrocities in the region.

“The United States will aggressively use economic sanctions to target those who enable, facilitate and finance these heinous acts in Syria,” Mr. Trump said in a written statement. “I am fully prepared to swiftly destroy Turkey’s economy if Turkish leaders continue down this dangerous and destructive path.”

Mr. Trump is tightening the economic screws on Turkey after days of criticism over his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the TurkeySyria border. He was accused of abandoning fighters who helped the U.S. rout the Islamic State.

The president says the U.S. doesn’t have a stake in the fight anymore, though he’s accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “precipitating a humanitarian crisis and setting conditions for possible war crimes.”

Mr. Trump also said the U.S. did its job in fighting ISIS militants, and that Turkeymust not “put those gains in jeopardy.”

He said he will continue to withdraw soldiers from northeast Syria but redeploy them to avoid creating a vacuum in the region that could allow the Islamic State to flourish again.

He said a “small footprint” of soldiers will remain at the al-Tanf Garrison in southern Syria. (Washington Times)


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October 14, 201990

A Democratic city clerk in Michigan who had been honored by the state party for her work was charged this week with multiple felonies related to charges of altering absentee ballots.

Sherikia Hawkins was arraigned Monday in Southfield, Michigan, on six counts related to the 2018 election including forging public documents and misconduct in office and was released on $15,000 bond, according to National Review Online.

“The alleged misconduct was discovered after the Oakland County Clerk’s Office noticed that 193 voter files had been changed to reflect that the voters failed to include a valid signature or return date, when all of the implicated voters had in fact included both items. The county clerk’s office later discovered the original voter files in the trash at the election-division office,” National Review wrote.

Ms. Hawkins is on paid administrative leave from her post as city clerk for the Detroit suburb until the trial reaches a conclusion.

“The Michigan Democratic party honored Hawkins this year with the prestigious Dingell/Levin award at its annual Legacy Dinner in Detroit, and she was included in the Michigan Chronicle’s ‘40 under 40’ list in 2017,” NRO writer Jack Crowe wrote.

Citing her LinkedIn profile, NRO noted that Ms. Hawkins had served as city clerk in nearby Pontiac in 2010 when Democrat Gary Peters, now a U.S. senator, narrowly won a House race over Republican Rocky Raczkowski. During that Tea Party wave election, Mr. Peters won the 9th Congressional District seat by less than 6,500 votes, or 2.4 percentage points.

Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel and secretary of state Jocelyn Benson said in a public statement regarding the charges against Ms. Hawkins that no election outcomes were affected by the purported ballot-tampering.

Both women are Democrats. (Washington Times)


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October 11, 201930

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.

In a tweet, the Norwegian Nobel Prize announced, “Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been awarded this year’s #NobelPeacePrize for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”

It pointed out that, “The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.

“In close cooperation with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea, this year’s Peace Laureate Abiy Ahmed quickly worked out the principles of a peace agreement to end the long “no peace, no war” stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In Ethiopia, even if much work remains, Peace Laureate Abiy Ahmed has initiated important reforms that give many citizens hope for a better life and a brighter future. As Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has sought to promote reconciliation, solidarity and social justice.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee believes it is now that Abiy Ahmed’s efforts deserve recognition and need encouragement. The committee hopes that the 2019 #NobelPeacePrize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation.”

 


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October 7, 201960

Nasir Danu, an arrowhead in what is now known as the President Mohammadu Buhari’s Oil Mafia group was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, UK, few days ago with a fake Malta Passport and more than £200,000.00 in cash, sources confirmed at the airport in England.

According to sources at the Heathrow airport, Danu had arrived the busy UK airport and queued up on the line with passengers holding EU passports.

Once he was called by the immigration personnel and his passport ran on the scanning machine, the passport could not be scanned as the security features on the passport returned invalid.

“The genuine document has been unlawfully altered in some ways. They substituted some pages, substituted a photograph and altered the personal details, replacing them with Danu,” sources alleged.

According to sources, Danu was immediately pulled over in a room at the airport while his carry-on bag was searched and a cash amount of over £200,000.00 found inside his bag.

Upon cross-examination, according to a source, Danu told investigators that he paid $30,000.00 to an agent who helped him procure the Malta International Passport.

He also told investigators that he was carrying the cash to deliver to someone in UK. But the name of the intended recipient of the huge cash calculated to worth over N90million at the current exchange rate is not clear yet.

It is not immediately known if the huge cash was meant for the first lady, Aisha Buhari, who has been in London for almost three months now.

Danu also enjoys close ties with the First Lady, Aisha Buhari. He is the link man between the President’s wife and many oil contractors who seek favour from the first lady.

Danu donated the N56million Power-bike Yusuf Buhari, son of Nigeria’s President, had an accident with. He has been awarded billions in contracts from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the NNPC and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMAS, through shady deals.

It’s not clear why Danu preferred using a Malta international passport as against his Nigerian passport. He, however, told investigators at the airport that he was coming from Nigeria aboard a British Airways flight from Abuja.

He was deported back, cash seized and allegedly banned from entering the United Kingdom.

The tiny nation of Malta recently came under fire when it announced plans to allow wealthy foreigners to obtain a passport for a 650,000 euro investment with no residency requirement, which would have made it the cheapest European Union (EU) nation in which to purchase citizenship, according to a report by the BBC.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat estimated about 45 people would apply in the first year, resulting in 30m euros (£24m; $41m) in revenues.

After pressure from EU officials, officials changed the rule to require potential passport holders to reside in Malta for a year and raised the investment to 1.15m euros.

By taking up Malta citizenship either by naturalization or through investment, you get the freedom of travel to 182 countries, so no more visa hassles.

Meanwhile, Danu’s Casiva Limited was recently awarded the 2019/2020 contracts for the exchange of crude oil for imported petroleum products by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Danu, was the Director of Logistics for the Buhari Campaign Organisation.

He is also the Chairman of HLSI Systems & Technology LTD, Nigeria, an alleged Israeli company, HLSI Security Systems and Technologies Limited that got a contract for the sum of $195million (N70billion) for the rental of security boats known as Fast Security Intervention Vessel, FSIV.



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