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Suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing arrested

first_imgAhmed al-Mughassil , described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah, is suspected of leading the attack that killed 19 U.S. service personnel and wounded almost 500 people. The June 25, 1996, bombing at Khobar Towers, a military housing complex, was the deadliest terror attack targeting U.S. forces since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen.Saudi paper Asharq Alawsat, which first reported the development, said he was arrested in Beirut and transferred to Riyadh.The Saudi Interior Ministry had no immediate comment. The U.S. official spoke on grounds of anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.Al-Mughassil, also known as Abu Omran, is one of 13 people named in a 2001 indictment in Alexandria, Virginia, in connection with the bombing. Charges include murder of federal employees and bombing resulting in death. None of the 13 has yet been brought to court to face charges, according to court documents.The lead prosecutor listed in court records from 2001 is James Comey, now the FBI director.In the Khobar attack, terrorists parked a fuel trailer truck just outside the shallow perimeter of the apartment complex, 85 feet away from one of the eight-story buildings. The blast demolished one side of the building, leaving a massive crater.The U.S. later moved its Air Force contingent to the Prince Sultan Air Base, a vast compound in a remote stretch of desert south of the Saudi capital, Riyadh.A U.S. federal grand jury indictment named 13 Saudis and one Lebanese man for the bombing, saying they were part of the Saudi Hezbollah terrorist group. That group was founded by members of the desert kingdom’s Shiite minority who fled into exile in the 1980s to escape what they said was persecution by the kingdom’s Sunni majority.The 2001 indictment placed heavy blame on Iran for nurturing the attack but stopped short of mentioning any Iranians by name or linking them directly to Khobar. However, in 2006, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled the Iranian government financed the bombing, ordering it to pay $254 million to the attack’s victims. Iran repeatedly has denied being involved.last_img read more

Wednesday Group, Dreamchaser rule inaugural PBS

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Organizer Destine Javelona said the league resumes on Oct. 14. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kanter believes Westbrook will stay in OKC OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Makati-based teams Wednesday Group and Dreamchaser Basketball hacked out thrilling victories on Saturday to rule their respective divisions in the inaugural Premium Basketball Showcase held at Kerry Sports at Shangri-La at the Fort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Shooting guard Roy Cayanan scattered 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Wednesday overcame Goto Pilipinas, 79-77, to claim the Spartan division crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogForward Jake Diwa and burly center JR Casulla also shone for Wednesday, which stunned R. Lapids, 74-73, in the semifinals of the division limited to recreational players.Earlier, center JM Agustin took charge with 19 points and 13 rebounds to lift Dreamchaser to a 66-62 triumph over erstwhile unbeaten Compadres-Wilmer in the 18-Under finals of the tournament backed by PMT Clothing, Basketball TV and Nike Park. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Shoot to Kill?

first_imgTo prevent theft of navigational equipment, the RIA advised the public to keep away and not to unlawfully interfere with the aerodrome at any time as these measures will be strictly applied to the letter.Airport statement ‘ordering’ AFL to use lethal force against theft of RIA equipment receives public condemnationLiberians, especially those on social media, were shocked when a public announcement emanating from the management of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) ordering officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to shoot on sight or, in other words, shoot to kill (S2K) anyone trespassing on the premises of the Roberts International Airport (RIA), reached the public-sphere on Wednesday.Justifying its decision, the LAA said it observed, with grave concern, that criminals are bent on entering and are attempting to steal very important equipment from the RIA. This, the announcement noted, would have crippling effects on the operations of the Airport.The announcement, signed by LAA, noted: “The Management of the Liberia Airport  Authority (LAA) in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) wishes to inform the general public that additional security have been put in place at the RIA.”  This, according to the LAA, is to secure the premises of the Airport, especially the aerodrome or the airside, from theft and unlawful interferences.The new measures include stringent patrols by officers of the AFL at every entry point of the aerodrome or airside at RIA; authorization to the AFL to shoot on sight anyone who attempts to steal any of the navigational equipment within the premises of the RIA. In view of these new security measures, the RIA advised the public to keep away and not to unlawfully interfere with the aerodrome at any time as these measures will be strictly applied to the letter.The AFL responded, saying that it was taken aback by the announcement as it had no connection to such a pronouncement. AFL Chief of Staff, Major General Prince C. Johnson, III, promptly distanced the army from the LAA’s statement. He said though the AFL is there to protect the RIA, the AFL “does not take orders from the Airport Authority” and has reached no agreement with the LAA in such regard.When contacted to ascertain the authenticity of the announcement that went viral on social media, LAA General Manager, Will Bako Freeman, confirmed that the document was a product of his entity. He however admitted that “because the current one is causing a lot of confusion in the public,” since it was released, the LAA is working with the AFL and other stakeholders to rephrase the announcement.Freeman however indicated that the document did not say AFL officers should shoot people. “This is a misunderstanding of the content of the document. We want that disregarded because we are working on another one to be released tomorrow [today],” he told the Daily Observer yesterday.AFL Chief of Staff confirmed that a revision of the statement was underway, with the involvement of the Assistant Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of National Defense, Sam Collins. Said revision is expected today, March 22.Meanwhile, the LAA’s measure has received a barrage of condemnation, not just from the public but also some veterans of the security sector.A retired security veteran who worked with the government of Liberia for over 30 years noted that there exists no such order as “S2K” and that law enforcement agencies can only fire if they’re being fired upon. In some cases, he noted, law enforcement agencies’ hands are tied by national human rights laws or commission, as well as global instruments that we, as a country, are signatories to.“Everyone is entitled to be taken to court and arrested on specific grounds if it is deemed that s/he has committed a crime,” the veteran noted, adding: “If a group of people rioting using sticks and stones, the police or any paramilitary group can only suppress the agitation using non-lethal weapons.”Quoting universal police security law, he said “even if a group deemed to be terrorists and armed AK-47s are in front of a police team—The police still have to make sure they use non lethal methods unless fired upon by them.“Using lethal force in only self-defense or to avoid a grave public killing, an officer takes the liability on him the moment he puts his hand on the trigger. If the situation is worth a long investigation then he will fire to protect himself and those around him.“Once you fire even one round in the air or at a person, you are liable for an inquiry. The moment he shoots, the control room is to be notified and also the chief of police of that area.  They will investigate the issue, and determine under what circumstances the rounds were fired.Needless to say if you’re not a cop, you will be jailed and investigated,” the veteran, who requested not to be named, explained.A top UNMIL official, expressing surprise at the LAA’s announcement on social media, asked, “Is it ever OK to defend a policy or measure that can mean the loss of human life in order to protect material things?“It makes unclear the more truthful and important dimensions of S2K policies, mistakenly implying that loss of human life is effective at protecting equipment. It also neglects the negative consequences, which extend beyond ‘externalities’ and into the realm of unethical policy,” he said.It can be recalled that the last time officers of the AFL were given an S2K order was during the height of the Ebola outbreak in the country. They were instructed to exercise such order along the border between Sierra Leone and Liberia, in the case of any forced or illegal entry into the country at the time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Unauthorised money changers to face the law – BOG warns

first_imgThe Bank of Guyana has put unauthorised money changers on notice that if they continue to ply their illicit trade and are caught, they will face the full extent of prosecution under the Dealers in Foreign Currency (Licensing) Act 1989.According to the bank in a statement on Wednesday, only authorised dealers such as banks and non-bank cambios licensed under the Dealers in Foreign CurrencyBank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobind GangaAct are authorised to conduct buying and selling of foreign exchange.“The Dealers in Foreign Currency Act (Licensing) Act 1989 states that foreign currency can only be bought and sold from a licensed authorised dealer. Section 17 (1) of the Act states that any person who sells to any person other than a licensee or authorised dealer, any foreign currency shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine and imprisonment for one year.”The bank reminded that section 17 (2) of the Act states that “any person not being an authorised dealer who buys or sells any foreign currency shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine and imprisonment for three years.”Bank of Guyana stated it notes with concern that foreign exchange activities are being conducted outside of the official legal system and emphasises that any person caught contravening the Dealers in Foreign Currency (Licensing) Act 1989 will be prosecuted.Money changers, for the most part, are involved in a risky business that has already seen a number of them become targets of bandits. And during those incidents, the attention that was brought to bear on them was a sympathetic one.But a not so benign spotlight was recently shone on money changers, after shortages of foreign currency saw them hiking their rates. For instance, money changers around the city had raised their rates for the US dollar to G$220, although the rate was hovering at G$210.Both Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Governor of the Central Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, had maintained that there is no shortage of foreign currencies in Guyana. This is despite a number of complaints from customers of being turned away.Dr Ganga had said that despite stern warnings from authorities, businesses are suspected to be hoarding foreign currencies and commercial banks and cambios are claiming shortages in order to cause customers to resort to paying exorbitant rates for foreign currencies, even purchasing elsewhere in light of the contrived scarcity.And Jordan had announced that the Central Bank has no record of shortages at commercial banks. “The Governor has assured me that he doesn’t know anything about that, because the banks haven’t approached him for foreign exchange,” Jordan stated on the radio programme.Usually, when commercial banks experience a shortage, they turn to the Bank of Guyana to purchase the currency to meet the demands.Jordan recently announced that the foreign exchange reserves at the Bank of Guyana are in excess of US$600 million, but commercial banks and cambios across the country continue to turn away customers, claiming a shortage of the US dollar; and based on the findings of this newspaper’s investigations, popular cambios are turning away regular patrons who are interested in purchasing foreign currencies.This had resulted in businesspersons and the average Guyanese being forced to buy foreign currencies at exploitative rates.last_img read more

Mourinho says Chelsea deserve to top Premier League but issues title warning

first_img1 Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea fully deserve to lead the Premier League – but has warned his side there is plenty of work to be done to secure the title.The Blues have spent the entire season either top or joint top of the table and are seven points ahead of their nearest rival, Arsenal, with eight matches remaining.Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip to QPR, Mourinho lauded his side’s consistency, although he did so with a hint of caution.“To be top of the league since day one shows consistency, stability, confidence and a brave approach to every game,” he said.“We are there, we deserve to be there, but every game is difficult. And we still have eight matches to play.”Mourinho knows the Premier League – a championship more competitive than Italy’s Serie A or Spain’s Primera Division, in his opinion – can throw up twists and turns in the closing weeks.The Blues boss was not surprised to see holders Manchester City slip up at Crystal Palace last Monday to all but end their title hopes.Mourinho added: “This is the Premier League. In other competitions it’s difficult to believe that the top team can lose four, five, six, seven matches.“In almost every country it’s very difficult for a top team to lose so many matches.“Here, yes. It’s possible. I’m not surprised. It’s happening to everybody. Everybody loses matches, everybody loses points.” Jose Mourinho last_img read more

Reiner quits

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Actor/director/producer Rob Reiner resigned Wednesday as head of the First 5 California Children and Families Commission, and a Los Angeles-based social service agency executive, who resides in La Mirada, was named to take his place. Reiner had recently rebuffed calls for his resignation, shrugging off allegations that he had used his position to improperly push for passage of a universal-preschool measure on the June ballot. “For seven years I have volunteered as the chairperson of First 5 California, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished,” Reiner wrote in a resignation letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “We have touched the lives of over 3.4 million children across the state from providing health insurance to preschool to parent education information to prenatal services.” Reiner – who rose to fame playing Mike “Meathead” Stivic on “All in the Family” and went on to direct films such as “This is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “A Few Good Men”- chaired the commission from its inception in 1999. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventHe recently came under fire over allegations that the commission, which is funded by state tobacco tax revenues, spent $23 million to promote preschool at the same time Reiner was pushing for passage of Proposition 82, the universal-preschool ballot measure. Reiner has denied any wrongdoing. The First 5 Commission is charged with promoting and improving early childhood development programs throughout the state. To replace Reiner, Schwarzenegger appointed Hector Ramirez, vice president and chief operating officer of Para Los Ni os. “Hector has a long-standing passion for helping children and a demonstrated commitment to giving disadvantaged parents and families the support they so desperately need,” Schwarzenegger said.last_img read more

Man found shot repeatedly in rural area

first_imgLLANO – Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the slaying of a man found shot to death at a group of house trailers in a sparsely populated area. The man, identified as 55-year-old Mihran Totouzoglou, appeared to have been shot several times, sheriff’s officials said. The body was discovered before noon Thursday by neighbors who came by to visit, officials said. The slaying occurred in the 19000 block of Avenue S, which in that area is a dirt road, about four miles southeast of Lake Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

John Terry reveals he could retire after leaving Chelsea this summer

first_imgJohn Terry says he could retire when his Chelsea career comes to an end this summer.Terry made his 716th Chelsea appearance and likely his penultimate one at Stamford Bridge, scoring his 67th goal as the Premier League champions beat Watford 4-3 on Monday night.The 36-year-old defender will leave Chelsea this summer after 22 years and will also be expected to play on Sunday against Sunderland when he will lift a fifth championship title and 15th major honour.A 16th will be sought in the May 27 FA Cup final with Arsenal, when Antonio Conte will bid to end his first season as head coach with the double.Former England captain Terry is likely to receive numerous offers to play on, but he is contemplating quitting altogether when he leaves the club where he has spent his entire career.“I’ve still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from from football,” Terry told Sky Sports 1.“I never wanted to be that player that was kind of hanging about, stopping the younger players from coming through.“It depends, if the right offer comes along I will sit down and consider it with my family – whether that’s here, abroad, or wherever that may be.“Genuinely I haven’t made any decisions of yet and I’m evaluating all my options at the moment.” John Terry will leave Chelsea at the end of this season 1last_img read more

King edges Hesperia for REV tourney title

first_img “Their outside hitter (Suddeth) pretty much kept them in the game,” Krieger said. “Hesperia was very scrappy, and played very good defense, but our mental lapses played a part,” Saldivar said. Host Redlands East Valley took third place by defeating Yucaipa 25-16. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDLANDS – Hes peria put on a determined effort, but it was not enough to over come the strength of Riverside County powerhouse Martin Lu ther King as the Scorpions fell 25-23, 26-24 in the title match of the 15-team Redlands East Val ley High School Volleyball Classic on Saturday. King looked like it would make quick work of Hesperia after taking a 21-14 lead in the first game, but Penina Suddeth and Brittany Westplat led the Scor pions on a 9-3 rally to make it 24-23. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we would have gotten a bet ter start earlier in that first game, it would have been interesting.” Hesperia advanced to the finals after upsetting the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Yucaipa, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13. “We got lackadaisical after beating Yucaipa,” Lopez said. King (12-4) took the trophy by finally wearing down Hesperia and its 21-20 lead with a 6-3 finish. Noel Rosborough led King with 10 kills and all-River side County setter Holly Ander son had 29 assists. Stephanie Saldivar led the two-time de fending Ivy League champion Wolves with seven digs. “Things they were doing were things we should have been stopping,” said King coach Gene Krieger, referring to the center dump. “Hesperia im pressed me, but there was no one in the tournament who could hit the ball like Rosborough or Ju lian Paul. If we make a good pass, there is hardly anyone (who) stops our middle play.” Suddeth led Hesperia with 13 kills and Alyssa Auck added five kills and 18 assists. Westplat finished with six kills. center_img Hesperia (13-2) lost the first game when the referee awarded King the winning point on a net infraction. “We realized how bad we want ed it after they took the big lead,” said Hesperia coach Omar Lopez, who called a key timeout after his team trailed by eight points. last_img read more

Ugandan referees handed roles ahead of upcoming CAF Champions League preliminary round

first_img Tags: CAF Champions Leaguetop Ali Sabila will be one of the Ugandan referees on duty. (PHOTO/Courtsey)Several Ugandan referees have been handed duties ahead of the upcoming CAF Champions League 2019/2020.Africa’s ultimate football showpiece starts next weekend with 29 matches to be played in the preliminary round.Among the 29 games, three will see a host of Ugandan officials on duty.The match between Zanzibar champions KMKM Sc and Angola’s Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto which will be played on August 1oth at the Amaan Stadium, will be handled by Ali Sabila.Sabila will be assisted by Mark Ssonko and Isa Masembe as the first and second assistant referees respectively with Mashood Ssali the fourth official.William Oloya has been handed the task to officiate the clash between Fomboni Football Club de Moheli of Comoros and Seychelles’ COTE D’OR FC.The game that will be played at the Stade de Moroni will see Ronald Katenya and Dick Okello as the first and second assistant referees. Mashood Saali will once again be the fourth official.The other match between Atlabara FC of South Sudan and Egyptian giants Al Ahly which will be played at the Juba Stadium will be handled by Brian Miiro Nsubuga as the center referee.Miiro (left) will be in charge of Atlabara FC vs Al Ahly.Lee Okello and Musa Ngobi will be the first and second assistant referees respectively with Alex Muhabi the fourth official.Ugandan side KCCA FC will also be in action away to Namibian champions African Stars on the same weekend.Ugandan referees on duty-Match – KMKM SC (Zanzibar) Vs Club Desportivo 1 de Agosto (Angola)Tournament: CAF Champions League 2019/20Venue: Zanzibar City- Amaan Stadium – (Zanzibar)Date: 10th, August 2019Center Referee – Chelanget Ali SabilaAssistant Referee 1 – Mark SsonkoAssistant Referee 2 – Isa MasembeFourth Official –  Mashood Ssali-Match – Fomboni Football Club de Moheli (Comoros) Vs COTE D’OR FC (Seychelles)Tournament: CAF Champions League 2019/20Venue: Moroni – Stade de Moroni (Comoros)Date: 11th, August 2019Center Referee – William OloyaAssistant Referee 1 – Ronald KatenyaAssistant Referee 2 – Dick OkelloFourth Official – Mashood Ssali-Match – Atlabara FC (South Sudan) Vs Al Ahly Sporting Club (Egypt)Tournament: CAF Champions League 2019/20Venue: Juba – Juba Stadium (South Sudan)Date: 11th, August 2019Center Referee – Brian Nsubuga MiiroAssistant Referee 1 – Lee OkelloAssistant Referee 2 – Balikoowa Musa NgobiFourth Official – Alex MuhabiComments last_img read more