SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ State Prosecutors in Pistorius Case Fail to Prove Pre-Meditated Murder ‘


#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA(Pretoria) – September 11 – State prosecutors have failed to prove that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the South African judge handling the case said Thursday as part of an ongoing verdict being delivered in a courtroom in Pretoria USA Today reported. 

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Judge Thokozile Masipa, not a jury, is deciding the verdict.

During the trial, prosecutors said the shooting took place on Feb. 14, 2013, after the couple had an argument.

If Pistorius has been found guilty of premeditated murder he could have received 25 years in jail.

However, Pistorius, 27, denied any argument took place. He claimed he thought Steenkamp was in bed and that he accidentally shot her through the bathroom door, mistakenly believing there was an intruder in his home.

At his bail hearing last year, Pistorius said in a statement read by his lawyer that after he realized he had shot Steenkamp, he pulled on his prosthetic legs and tried to kick down the toilet door before finally giving up and bashing it in with a cricket bat. Inside, he said he found Steenkamp, 29, slumped over but still alive. He said he lifted her bloodied body and carried her downstairs to seek medical help.

Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner, competed at the 2012 Olympics on specially designed prosthetic legs.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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IRAQ: ' US Military Launch Air-Strikes Around Haditha Dam '


#AceBreakingNews – IRAQ (Haditha Dam) – September 07 – The U.S. military said Sunday it launched air-strikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq, targeting Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam.

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The strikes represented a broadening of the U.S. campaign against the Islamic State militants, moving the military operations closer to the border of Syria, where the group also had operated.

 

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UNITED STATES: ‘ Georgia Father Indicted For Murder in Hot Car ‘


#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Cobb County) – September 04 – The Georgia father whose 22-month-old son died after being left in a hot car has been indicted for murder by a Cobb County, Ga., grand jury, his attorney said Thursday.

In the indictments delivered to a judge Thursday morning, Justin Ross Harris faces eight counts: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, cruelty to children in the first degree, cruelty to children in the second degree, criminal attempt to commit felony exploitation of children, and two counts of dissemination of harmful material to minors.

Harris, 33, was arrested after his son Cooper was found dead in the back seat of Harris’ hot car on June 18.

He claimed he forgot to drop his son off at daycare the morning the boy died.

During a probable cause hearing in July, it was revealed that Harris sexted several women the day Cooper was in the SUV parked outside his father’s Home Depot office. Home Depot has since terminated Harris.

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GAZA CITY: ‘ Israeli Military Say’s in UN-Confirmed Reports Three Rockets Have broken the Temporary Cease-Fire ‘


#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – JERUSALEM – The Israeli military says three rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip, breaking a temporary cease-fire amid negotiations over the war between Israel and Hamas AP reported.

The military says three rockets landed in open fields Tuesday near the southern city of Beersheba.

Israel launched the war on July 8 to stop incessant rocket fire from Gaza. Currently, Egypt is trying to broker a longer cease-fire to end the war.

In more than a month of fighting, nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been killed, the majority of them civilians.

Israel lost 67 people, all but three of them soldiers.

By Mohammed Daraghmeh @ The Associated Press

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GAZA CITY: ‘ Israel Calls Up Reservists As Temporary Truce Nears End ‘


#AceBreakingNews – GAZA CITY – August 13 – Latest – Hours Before Truce Ends Israel Reinforces Troops with Reservists Called Up.

Latest updates [Wednesday]:

6:06 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked the United Nation’s committee of inquiry into Operation Protective Edge in Gaza on Wednesday, at the end of his meeting with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in Israel for an official visit.

“The UN Human Rights Council gives legitimacy to murderous terror organizations like Hamas and the Islamic State. Instead of checking Hamas’ attacks on Israeli civilians and the use it makes of Gaza’s residents as human shields, instead of checking the massacre carried out by (President) Assad in Syria, or the massacre of Kurds by Islamic State members, the UN has decided to come and check Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East, a democracy that is acting in a legitimate manner to protect its citizens from murderous terror,” he said.

“The committee’s report has already been written, the head of the committee has already decided that Hamas is not a terror organization and so there is nothing for them to investigate there. First, they should visit Damascus, Baghdad, Tripoli, they should go to see the Islamic State, they should go to see the Syrian army, they should go and see Hamas. There, not here, they will find war crimes.” (Barak Ravid)

5:20 P.M. The Israel Defense Forces calls up additional reserve soldiers and reinforces troops along the border with the Gaza Strip (Gili Cohen)

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CDC: ‘ Live Report on Ebola Virus Epidemic ‘


#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – August 06 – The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations holds a 2 p.m. hearing on the Ebola virus, which has reportedly killed more than 900 people.


Witnesses include: Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, the assistant administrator for global health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and representatives from the State Department, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM.

By Jim Reiger @ The Roll Call

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LIBOR SCANDAL: ‘ Lloyd’s Banking Group Agrees to Pay Fines Totalling $370 Million to US and British Authorities for Manipulation and False Reporting ‘


#AceBreakingNews – BRITAIN – July 28 – Britain’s Lloyds Banking Group has agreed to pay fines totalling $370 million to U.S. and British authorities investigating its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and manipulating fees for a government lending scheme.


​’ Helping Lloyd’s Banking Group Prosper’

The settlement is the seventh joint penalty handed out by U.S. and British regulators in connection with the attempted manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and other similar benchmarks, which are used to price around $450 trillion of financial products worldwide.


​Lloyds’ settlement follows British rivals Barclays and Royal Bank ofScotland, which agreed to pay fines of $453 million and $612 million respectively in 2012 and 2013.

The penalties comprise a fine of 105 million pounds ($178 million) by Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority, $105 million by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and an $86 million fine by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The FCA said the total UK fine of 105 million pounds include 70 million pounds for attempting to manipulate fees payable to the Bank of England for the firm’s participation in the special liquidity scheme, a taxpayer backed government scheme to support British banks during the financial crisis.

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