Wednesday 24 May 2017

Islamic threat

Police in Frankfurt ordered the cancellation of a professional cycling race hours before it was due to begin yesterday because of concerns about an Islamist terror attack. A married couple living nearby were arrested after police found a pipe bomb, assault rifle and ammunition for a bazooka inside their home.

The arrested couple have been identified only as Halil D (35) and Senay D (34) under strict German privacy laws.

Amazon in space

Blue Origin, a start-up space company owned by Amazon.com chief Jeff Bezos, has launched an experimental suborbital spaceship from Texas, the first in a series of test flights to develop spaceflight services, the company said.

The New Shepard vehicle blasted off on Wednesday from Blue Origin's test facility near Van Horn, Texas, and rose to an altitude of 58 miles (93 km) before the capsule separated and parachuted back to Earth.

Spell in prison

A Nigerian man who federal prosecutors say portrayed himself as a "witch doctor" has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for collecting money from cocaine traffickers looking to get his supernatural protection from authorities.

Christopher Omigie was sentenced in Beaumont, Texas. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

No police Snooping

A Texas state trooper who said he was reprimanded after posing for a photograph with rapper Snoop Dogg filed a civil suit on Wednesday over the punishment he felt was unjust.

The Department of Public Safety told Trooper Billy Spears, who was off duty but working in uniform as security at a music festival, that he posed "with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges" and it reflected poorly on the agency, according to the suit.

Death is no escape

A Greek court has convicted a dead man of stealing electricity from a power company, giving him a six-month suspended jail sentence.

Defence lawyer Christos Bakelas told the Thessaloniki court that his client was deceased, and asked to have the trial deferred until he could deliver a death certificate. But the court refused.

Irish Independent

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