Monday 19 February 2018

Six killed in shootout

Six suspected members of a criminal gang have died in a shootout with Jamaican police near the tourist zone of Montego Bay.

Police returned fire when they were met with gunshots as they tried to stop a car at a highway checkpoint on Saturday night in the town of Adelphi, about 15km east of central Montego Bay.

Authorities said one officer was wounded and six suspects killed.

They blamed the gang for several murders around Montego Bay.

Strip case rejected

Egyptian prosecutors have thrown out a case brought by an elderly Christian woman against several members of a Muslim mob who stripped off her clothes and paraded her naked on the streets.

Last May's assault in the central Minya province began after rumours spread that the son of the 70-year-old woman had an affair with a Muslim woman - a taboo in majority Muslim and conservative Egypt.

The prosecutors cited lack of sufficient evidence.

The woman, Souad Thabet, said in an interview that she had been unable to return home to this day because of threats by Muslim extremists in the village.

Bombers executed

Bahrain carried out its first executions since an Arab Spring uprising rocked the country in 2011, putting to death three men found guilty of a deadly bomb attack on police.

The executions of the Shiite men drew swift condemnation from human rights groups and sparked intense protests by opponents of the Sunni-ruled government, who see the charges as politically motivated. Activists allege that testimony used against the condemned men was obtained through torture.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in several predominantly Shiite communities to protest at the executions.

Fake news tackled

Facebook is to update its social media platforms in Germany within weeks to reduce the dissemination of fake news.

"Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook," the US technology giant said.

"We will put these updates in place in Germany in the coming weeks."

German Justice Minister Heiko Mass has repeatedly called on Facebook to respect laws against defamation in Germany that are stricter than those in the US.

Irish Independent

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