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Saudi Arabia: Hail woman found brutally raped and murdered

Saudi|Crime|: Dubai: Two Saudi men have been arrested on suspicion of the kidnap, rape and murder of a young woman who went missing from her family’s home in Hail city on September 3, local media reported on Tuesday. The Hail Police were called to a traditional house in Hail, in northwestern Saudi Arabia, where 19-year-old Latifa Mohammed Al Enazi was found dead. The house is owned by one of the suspects. See more Saudi-backed Lucid Air is the world's fastest-charging electric vehicle Saudi archipelago Farasan in bid to enter UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere list In Pictures: Scaled back Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia “Policemen, ambulances and forensic experts rushed to the scene where the woman was found dead, with blood and bruises all over her body,” Captain Tariq Al Nassar, Media spokesperson for Hail Police, said. The victim’s grieving family appealed for public help in finding her when she went missing earlier this month, as she was seriously ill with cancer. Immediately after officers announced the news of the death, the victim’s mother appeared in a video on social media appealing to King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the Prince of Hail to form a committee to probe the killing of her daughter, known by local media as the “Hail Missing Woman”. The heartbroken mother said: “I appeal to King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the Crown Prince and the Prince of Hail, I am the mother of Latifa Mohammed Al Enazi, who was murdered in Hail. My daughter was kidnapped, raped and murdered, I want her killers to be prosecuted and brought to justice.” She accused the Hail regional police of covering up the crime because they belong to the same tribe as the murderer, demanding an investigation by an independent committee. The mother’s video went viral on social media as users reacted with emphasis on the just judiciary system in Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The officers and experts who examined the crime scene found marks on the woman’s body, indicating she was brutally assaulted. Investigations are still underway with the suspects, believed to be in their 30s. Read more Saudi health authorities to participate in trials of COVID-19 vaccines Jailing for showing disrespect to Saudi flag Saudi Arabia reports 552 new coronavirus cases, 30 deaths Captain Al Nassar said: “The competent authorities on Sunday arrested two Saudi men, in their 30s, immediately after receiving a report on the presence of a young woman, who was in coma, with traces of blood and injuries all over her body, in a traditional house owned by one of the suspects.” The forensic medicine experts who examined the woman found her already dead, with evidence that a crime had taken place, he added. Legal action has been taken to refer them to the Public Prosecution. They have been detained pending further investigation and trial.

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Video of biker in Colombia saving toddler rolling down steep road goes viral

World|Offbeat|Americas|: A video of a man jumping off his motorcycle to save a baby rolling down a steep road in a walker taken on September 14 has gone viral online and is earning the ‘hero’ praise internationally. According to news reports, the clip was taken in the Rincon de la Estrella neighbourhood of the city of Florencia in Colombia. See more 7 of our favourite Bollywood throwback pictures 7 Easy ways to reduce your toddler's sugar intake 10 tips for teaching your toddler to talk Photos: Animal baby boom at Palestinian zoo after people disappear In the widely shared clip, the man is seen riding his motorcycle when he notices the toddler rolling down a steep slope at high speed while still secured to his or her walker. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shows the motorcyclist stopping his bike in the middle of the road, throwing his bag away and running to catch the baby. Seconds after he managed to stop the speeding walker and saved the toddler, a woman is seen running towards the two and the man hands her the baby. The biker is then seen holding the walker and helping the woman as the clip ends. See more Singapore artist channels 'creepy-cute' with baby heads in sushi rolls Photo essay: At home with couple who saved baby kangaroos from the bushfires Photos: 'Baby dragons' go on display in Slovenia How to throw a virtual baby shower in times of COVID-19 On Twitter, one of the posts of the video has garnered over 1.7 million views. Social media users appreciated the man’s quick thinking skills and called him a ‘hero’. Tweep @Bramsraja wrote: “He didn't care about his bike. He didn't care about his bag. He even didn't care about whether the vehicles are coming in [from the] other end or not. He just cares about the baby. To save the baby. Massive. Great heart.” Twitter user @whitecrescent posted: “Great presence of mind. Most of us would have taken some time to know what's happening.” According to a news website, the baby was not hurt in the incident.

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US pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai set for completion in November, says ambassador

UAE|: Dubai: The US pavilion at Expo 2020 is set for completion in November this year, US Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta confirmed during an online Press briefing on Tuesday. Rakolta said: “The construction of the pavilion is progressing according to our schedule. We look forward to building completion sometime around November 15.” See More News in pictures: UK COVID restrictions, Tesla in Singapore?, man killed over Dh15 in India, Vatican-China deal, prisoner digs tunnel and escapes, race to save whales in Australia… Coronavirus dampens seasonal cheer in China's Christmas production hub In Pictures: Learn how to make a sofa or a bed at a traditional furniture factory in Sharjah When asked by Gulf News regarding the cost of the pavilion, Rakolta noted the UAE government has contributed US$60 million (Dh221M)) in the initial phase of the construction of the US Pavilion and the remaining amount needed for the building completion will be raised by various American organisations. However, he did not reveal the total cost of the pavilion. Expo is top priority “Expo is one of our top priorities. We look forward to the very best of American participation. It gives us an opportunity to celebrate the UAE’s golden jubilee and many achievements of this nation,” Rakolta underscored. US Ambassador to the UAE John Rakolta speaking during an online press briefing on Tuesday The ambassador who just returned from Washington after witnessing the signing of historic Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, said the Israeli participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will show “the inclusiveness of not only the UAE but of the entire region as well, and how the country is moving towards a more inclusive society.” “Expo 2020 will bring all kinds of additional benefits — the biggest ones, of course, in trade and investments, tourism, job opportunities, and peace,” the American ambassador added. Life, Liberty and Pursuit of the Future The main theme of the US pavilion, according to Rakolta, is ‘Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of the Future’ in line with the “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” theme of Expo 2020 Dubai. He said the US pavilion will showcase a cultural programme, bringing in artists and performers from across the US. “They will represent their territories and regions as America’s Cultural Ambassadors at the Expo, Rakolta said, adding that the cultural programmes will display “the geographic and cultural richness of the United States and its territories.” US pavilion The US pavilion, which will be located in Al Forsan (North Park), will showcase American freedom, ideals, enterprise, and innovation. Space and technology will also be a key component at the US pavilion with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) memorabilia and replica of American-made space rocket adorning the exterior of the pavilion.

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Dubai expat embezzles Dh235,000 from woman with false promise of marriage

Crime|: Dubai: A Dubai expatriate illegally obtained more than Dh235,000 from a woman with false promise of marriage, the Dubai Court of First Instance heard on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Yemeni defendant lured the Emirati woman into sending him money with a promise to marry her, until she reported him to Al Barsha Police Station. See more COVID-19: In photos, From open-air gyms to walking in the park, see how UAE residents stay fit UAE-Israel peace deal signing ceremony in pictures News in pictures: Amazon to hire 100,000 people, Kerala gold smuggling, Sally to hit Mexico, Russia vaccine, UAE mid-day break, Delhi COVID tests… The 32-year-old Emirati victim testified that she had met the defendant through an arranged marriage website and he offered to marry her in April 2019. “He told me that he was an Emirati and gave me a different name. After some time, our relationship developed and we exchanged numbers as I trusted him,” said the woman in records. The defendant then asked for money from the victim to help him clear his rent. She wrote cheques to him until he threatened to contact her brother and tell him about their relationship. He blackmailed her using her private picture that she had sent him. “I sent him money and cheques as I was afraid of him. He used to call me around my salary date. I had sent him about Dh235,000 in total. I used to transfer amounts between Dh1,000 and Dh2,000 to his bank account,” she added. She alleged that 11 cheques issued by her were bounced by him and the bounced cheques were presented at Ajman Court. “He threatened to inform my brother about our relationship. Finally, I reported the incident to police.” Dubai Police summoned the defendant for questioning. He claimed the cheques were a payment for an amount of Dh50,000 that he had lent the victim. He said during interrogation that she had told him to buy clothes for Dh190,000 and sent the cheques as guarantee. Read more UAE ranks first globally in number of COVID-19 tests conducted per day Woman in Dubai commits suicide by putting her face in a water pot Hospital in Ajman introduces music as therapy for long term care patients Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the defendant with illegally obtaining money, issuing threats and insulting the victim via WhatsApp. The trial is scheduled to resume on October 13 to hear the defence.

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UAE ranks first globally in number of COVID-19 tests conducted per day

Health|: Abu Dhabi: In a media briefing on Tuesday, UAE authorities said that UAE had ranked first globally in the number of COVID-19 tests conducted per 100,000 of the resident population. UAE conducted 2,018,274 tests in August to detect new coronavirus cases. The UAE also ranked highest in number of tests daily (per 100,000 people) in July at an average of 47,857 coronavirus tests daily which translates to 483.9 tests a day per 100,000 people in the country. This was the highest in the world. See more Dubai’s five-year Retirement Visa: It just got easier to apply COVID-19: Wedding, funeral protocols that need to be followed in the UAE COVID-19: The guidelines you need to follow for desert safari, camping in Abu Dhabi UAE: Can my employer enforce a non-compete clause against me? Dr Omar Al Hammadi, spokesperson for the UAE government, revealed these statistics on Tuesday adding that August surpassed July by 36 per cent in terms of number of coronavirus tests. More than 2 million tests in August also saw UAE at the eight position globally in total number of tests conducted by any country in a month. In terms of confirmed cases, on average, 305 cases were recorded each day in August - which translates to 3.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. August also saw a 21 per cent drop in confirmed cases when compared to July, Hammadi confirmed. The death rate was 0.01 per cent in 100,000 people. The number of deaths decreased by 5.7 per centy between July and August. When compared to tests conducted, confirmed positive cases were just 0.47 per cent in August and 0.81 per cent in July. COVID-19 cases in the UAE Dr Hammadi also spoke about COVID-19 cases in the UAE. Incubation period for cases recorded ranged from 2 to 14 days, most people showing symptoms 5 days after contracting the virus. He added that symptoms seemed to be delayed in elderly individuals or those with chronic illnesses. Hammadi asserted that diabetes medications have no proven complications when coupled with COVID-19. He added that stopping or reducing medicines, insulin or other treatments without a doctor's advice could have serious complications for those who have the disease. He said, "People with diabetes, people with type 1 diabetes and those with gestational diabetes are more likely to have complications associated with COVID-19."

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UAE: New COVID-19 cases dropped in August

Health|: Abu Dhabi: In a media briefing on Tuesday, UAE authorities said that UAE had ranked first globally in the number of COVID-19 tests conducted per 100,000 of the resident population. UAE conducted 2,018,274 tests in August to detect new coronavirus cases. The UAE also ranked highest in number of tests daily (per 100,000 people) in July at an average of 47,857 coronavirus tests daily which translates to 483.9 tests a day per 100,000 people in the country. This was the highest in the world. See more Dubai’s five-year Retirement Visa: It just got easier to apply COVID-19: Wedding, funeral protocols that need to be followed in the UAE COVID-19: The guidelines you need to follow for desert safari, camping in Abu Dhabi UAE: Can my employer enforce a non-compete clause against me? Dr Omar Al Hammadi, spokesperson for the UAE government, revealed these statistics on Tuesday adding that August surpassed July by 36 per cent in terms of number of coronavirus tests. More than 2 million tests in August also saw UAE at the eight position globally in total number of tests conducted by any country in a month. In terms of confirmed cases, on average, 305 cases were recorded each day in August - which translates to 3.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. August also saw a 21 per cent drop in confirmed cases when compared to July, Hammadi confirmed. The death rate was 0.01 per cent in 100,000 people. The number of deaths decreased by 5.7 per centy between July and August. When compared to tests conducted, confirmed positive cases were just 0.47 per cent in August and 0.81 per cent in July. COVID-19 cases in the UAE Dr Hammadi also spoke about COVID-19 cases in the UAE. Incubation period for cases recorded ranged from 2 to 14 days, most people showing symptoms 5 days after contracting the virus. He added that symptoms seemed to be delayed in elderly individuals or those with chronic illnesses. Hammadi asserted that diabetes medications have no proven complications when coupled with COVID-19. He added that stopping or reducing medicines, insulin or other treatments without a doctor's advice could have serious complications for those who have the disease. He said, "People with diabetes, people with type 1 diabetes and those with gestational diabetes are more likely to have complications associated with COVID-19."

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Khao Yai National Park in Thailand will ship your trash back to you

Asia|World|: A national park in Thailand has a solution for littering tourists, they send the rubbish right back to them. The park management ships the trash to people’s homes as a reminder that when out in Nature, you must clean up after yourself. See more ChinaJoy: Gamers and cosplayers flock to Asia's biggest game event Thailand's reopening is 'same-same but different' COVID-19: Thailand's unemployed elephants migrate to home village Thailand: Michelin-star volunteers feed residents hit by COVID-19 pandemic Authorities at the popular Khao Yai National Park near Bangkok will start sending rubbish back to litterers, Thailand's environment minister said, according to media reports. Offenders will also be registered with the police. Visitors have to register with their addresses, making it easy for rangers to track them down if they leave rubbish behind. Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa posted pictures of litter collected in cardboard parcels ready to be shipped on his Facebook account. "Your trash - we'll send it back to you," the post read, reminding people that littering in a national park is an offence and punishable with up to five years in jail and hefty fines in the country. Along with empty plastic bottles, cans and chips wrappers, the box in the Facebook post contains a note saying: "You forgot these things at Khao Yai National Park." Park authorities say the rubbish left behind can be particularly dangerous for animals who may try to eat it, reported the BBC. See more Trees, birds, ponds: Mexico City's ancient lake reclaims scrapped airport Inside the 'Frost Magical Ice of Siam' park outside Pattaya Three rare Barbary lion cubs born in Czech zoo park India's largest crocodile park strapped for cash after COVID-19 lockdowns Appreciating the tactic, tweep @LicypriyaK wrote: “In this Khao Yai National Park of Thailand, if you dropped any litter inside the park then the authorities will mail your trash to your house with a letter ‘You forgot these’. We need such a system in every country.” Established in 1962 as Thailand's first national park, Khao Yai National Park is the third largest national park in the country. It covers more than 2,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland.

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Pakistan: Police official allegedly raped woman who called him to complain against harassment

A case has been registered against a police official for allegedly raping a woman on September 21 at her home in the city of Gujranawala in Pakistan. According to the victim’s father, Assistant sub-inspector of police (ASI) Mubashir was called to their home for an investigation into her complaint against a few men who were harassing her. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan Local media reported that the woman said that the men tried to assault her during an altercation. As a result, ASI Mubashir was appointed as the inquiry officer. The altercation took place on September 9 in the Bismillah Colony area. The woman was later rushed to a hospital for medical treatment. However, when the police official was called to her home for further investigation, he allegedly raped her. Local news outlets also reported that the victim has alleged that initially senior police officers worked to keep Mubashir’s name out of the case and the woman was pressured to change her statement against the cop. However, now the woman has submitted a petition against the inquiry officer to the Chief Police Officer (CPO) of Gujranwala, Rai Babar, and he has directed officials to conduct an inquiry. The incident has sparked outrage on social media, as netizens continue to advocate for women’s rights and safety in Pakistan. Sharing a clip of the victim recalling the incident circulating on social media, Twitter user @broader_the wrote: “Are these our people who pledge to protect us?” See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Referring to a recent rape case in Pakistan, in which two men raped a woman at gunpoint while she was waiting for help on a motorway after her car stopped working in Punjab, user @maaaahammm tweeted: “Police officer named Mubashir sexually assaulted a woman during an inquiry in Gujranwala. This is so disturbing, just want (Capital City Police Officer) CCPO Lahore to tell us which route the lady should've taken?” @maaaahammm was referring to CCPO Umar Sheikh’s comments during several television interviews about the incident in which he suggested that the woman should have taken another way to her destination amongst other remarks deemed problematic.

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India: Kerala woman offers ‘Mother’s Body Organs For Sale’ to pay the medical bills of her children

India|: Last week, a woman from the South Indian state of Kerala has offered to sell all her organs to meet the medical expenses of her children. The 44-year-old woman, Santhi, placed a signboard in front of the shack in which she stayed with her five children in Kochi, stating that ‘Mother’s body organs for sale (including the heart) to pay for her children medical care and pay off debts.’ Reportedly, her eldest son, who was the sole breadwinner of the family, was involved in an accident in July last year and has undergone brain surgery. Her second son has been mentally ill since his birth while her 11-year-old daughter also has been suffering from a neurological ailment because of a road accident. Meanwhile, her third son lost his job with the onset of COVID-19, and one child is still in school, reportedly. Talking to the Indian media sources, Shanti said: “We have been staying here at a rented house for long. The situation has come to such a pathetic state that we are unable to pay our rent. Three of my children have serious health complications and are unable to work. We have sought the help of kind-hearted people to settle debts of around Rs20,00,000 (Dh91,983). All doors have been closed on our faces, and we can’t go on more like this.” Santhi said that she was abandoned by her husband when she was pregnant with her youngest child. Initially, she used to work as a driving teacher, but after her daughter became unwell, she stopped going to work to take care of her. As her protest attracted the local media attention, the family was shifted to a shelter home, and the state government promised to take care of the treatment of the children. Health Minister K K Shailaja also assured her that she would look into the hospital expenses.

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Pakistan: Shirtless gang of robbers apply oil on themselves to escape arrest

A gang of half-naked robbers has instilled fear in residents of the city of Khushab in Pakistan’s Punjab province after they burglarised at least five houses in one night. According to local media reports, police said five half-naked dacoits have robbed houses in the city’s Azeem Town, Gulshir Town, Shehzad Town, and Canal Rest House areas on the night of September 21. See more Pictures: Heavy rains in Pakistan kill 90, disrupt life in Karachi UAE aid to Pakistan, free COVID testing, UAE-Israel ties, US defiance, India parliament, Lebanon government, issues in Europe, here are the top news in pictures today Embassies and consulates in the UAE – all you need to know Photos: Dozens dead as record rains lash Pakistan The culprits also had a tactic to escape arrest, the police said: “The gang applied mustard oil on their bodies to evade police arrest.” In closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shared on social media, the shirtless culprits can be seen holding weapons and firing in the air after committing the crime. See more Pictures: Pakistan reopens restaurants, cinemas and gyms as COVID-19 counts drop Photos: Heavy monsoon rains flood roads in Lahore In pictures: Floods and Monsoon rains affect several regions of Pakistan UAE: Emirates Polio Campaign vaccinates 722,500 kids in Pakistan Police further said that cases have been registered against the accused and that they will be arrested soon, as investigations are underway.

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Raveena Tandon welcomes ‘clean up’ after Bollywood drug probe intensifies

BollyWood|: At a point when the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is actively probing a drug nexus in Bollywood, actress Raveena Tandon on Tuesday welcomed a ‘clean up’. The 45-year-old star took to Twitter and urged that the dealers and suppliers must be punished. She tweeted: “It was high time for clean up to happen. Very welcome! Will help our young/future generations. Start from here, surely, proceed to all sectors. Uproot it from its core. Punish the Guilty, users, the dealers/suppliers. The profiting Big Guys on the take, who give it a blind eye and ruin people.” See also Amitabh Bachchan on 'KBC' set with full COVID-19 precautions Bollywood: On filmmaker Anurag Kashyap's birthday, here are 7 movies of his to watch From Mawra Hocane to Sajal Aly, here's how Pakistani celebrities spent their week 'Bill & Ted Face the Music': All you need to know about the Keanu Reeves comedy Earlier in the day, NCB, which is probing the drug case linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death investigation, summoned Bollywood talent agency KWAN Agency’s CEO Dhruv Chitgopekar, Head Talent Manager Jaya Saha and Karishma to join the ongoing investigation. Karishma handles Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s account. Karishma handles Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone’s account. The NCB has also summoned Shruti Modi, former business manager of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, to join the investigation as well. All four people have been asked to be present at the NCB office in Mumbai on Tuesday. All four people have been asked to be present at the NCB office in Mumbai on Tuesday. Previously, the NCB had detained five persons in connection with three separate drug busts, one of which is linked with the drugs case related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, NCB official said on September 18.

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India: Teen rapes 18-month-old girl in Damoh, held from Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur

An 18-month old girl was allegedly raped at her home by a teen relative who was later caught, nearly 110 kilometres away from where the incident happened in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on Saturday. The toddler’s mother approached police after the incident, following which the 19-year-old was held under the Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO) 2012. The Act was established to protect children against offences like sexual abuse, sexual harassment and pornography. See more: From the editors: A plea for flexibility in UAE rental contracts From the editors: UAE gets a wake-up call as COVID-19 numbers spike, have we become numb to others' plight? Top news in pictures: India’s MX TakaTak soars, typhoon ravages Korea, US-China trade row, biggest airshow cancelled, oil declines, Akshay’s new look, Russia ‘poisoning’ case Top news in pictures: TikTok's 'suicide clip', Pakistan deaths, Navalny poisoning, India-China issue, Trump like a 'mob boss', Taj Mahal to reopen... According to Indian media reports, Additional Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar Singh said: “The incident happened at night when the infant’s mother had gone out to buy vegetables, and the father had not returned home from work. “When the woman came home, she found the infant in a distressed condition and rushed her to hospital. Reportedly, the child is out of danger.” Police said the accused was held from a village in Jabalpur’s Katangi area in Madhya Pradesh. In another incident, a man was arrested on Friday in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district for allegedly killing his 22-month-old daughter as she was unwell for a long time, a senior official said. Read more: Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) exams held amid stringent precautions in India What's happening in India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Europe? News in pictures from East to West today India's Telangana starts alternative e-education Cartoons: Trump’s re-election bid to India’s spluttering economy Superintendent of Police identified the accused as 39-year-old Sudarshan Valmik, a resident of Bhairav Nagar, who was arrested earlier in a rape case. “Police investigations found Valmik was an accused in a rape case filed earlier in Bhedaghat police station. He also threatened his pregnant wife not to reveal how the child died. He was booked for abduction, murder and causing disappearance of evidence," the official informed.