Thursday 14 December 2017

Abbas wants talks with rivals Hamas

The Palestinian president yesterday offered to go to the Gaza Strip for unity talks with his Hamas rivals, a day after Israel intercepted an arms shipment it said was sent by Iran to the militant group.

Mahmoud Abbas's gesture to Hamas suggests he has given up on reaching peace with Israel. Mr Abbas's unity plan includes parliamentary and presidential elections within six months.

Doctor trafficked 'slave' into britain

A retired doctor was given a nine-month suspended sentence for forcing a middle-aged woman to be her £10-a-month (€11.50) "slave". Saeeda Khan (68) trafficked Tanzanian Mwanahanisi Mruke into Britain, then forced her to sleep on the kitchen floor of her suburban London home for three years.

Within a year, Khan ceased to pay her altogether. She was also ordered to pay the victim £25,000 (€29,000) compensation.

Muhammad Ali writes to Iran

Former world boxing champion Muhammad Ali has appealed to Iran to release two American hikers held since 2009 on spy charges. Ali, arguably the most prominent US Muslim, yesterday released the letter he wrote to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

It asks him to release Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, who were arrested while hiking in northern Iraq near the Iranian border.

Hacker invites 200,000 to party

Police are bracing themselves for a mass invasion of a family's home after 200,000 people replied to a party invitation put on a teenage girl's hacked Facebook page.

A 17-year-old boy who posted an open invitation to the girl's 16th birthday party in Australia has been arrested.

'Regulate' singer Nate Dogg (41) dies

US singer Nate Dogg died yesterday of complications from multiple strokes, aged 41. His near-monotone crooning anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of west coast hip-hop.

Though not a rapper, his voice was featured on hits including Warren G's 'Regulate', 50 Cent's '21 Questions', Dr Dre's 'The Next Episode' and countless others.

Irish Independent

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