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A gunman who stormed Canada’s
parliament after killing a soldier at
a nearby war memorial was a petty
criminal fighting a drug addiction and
was estranged from his family, reports
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, had
moved across the country to western-
most British Columbia province to
try to start over following a drug
conviction in Montreal.
Disillusioned and addicted to crack
cocaine, he was drawn to Islam a decade
ago as he tried to turn his life around,
Canadian media reported yesterday,
but ended up driving Muslims away
as he became increasingly radicalised.
The Globe and Mail newspaper said
he would preach to non-Muslims one
day and smoke crack cocaine the next.
Meanwhile, he denounced a
Vancouver-area mosque’s outreach
attempts, complaining that too many
infidels were visiting.
At one point in Vancouver, he tried
to turn himself in for armed robbery
but a police officer could not find
any record of the alleged 10-year-old
crime, so refused to arrest him, the
Vancouver Sun reported.
Instead he was taken to a local
obser vation but
psychiatrists quickly cleared him of
any mental illness, so he was driven to
a detox centre.
They refused him because he was not
Soon after ward he was arrested for
robbing a fast food restaurant and
asked to be kept in jail, hoping there
he would get help.
But he would be sentenced to only
one day in jail (in addition to 66 days
in pretrial lockup).
“ I’m a crack addict, and at the
same time, I’m a religious person,”
Zehaf-Bibeau told the judge in 2012,
according to a court audio transcript
cited by the Vancouver Sun.
“I want to sacrifice freedom and
good things for a year maybe, and
when I come out, I’ll appreciate things
in life more and be clean, or maybe
get therapy if you guys can — like a
Canadian shooter struggled with addiction
Sweden says it appears that
at least one foreign vessel had
likely operated in waters near
its capital in recent days, calling
such activity “unacceptable”.
“O ur assessment is that there
was at least one (vessel),” Rear
Admiral Anders Grenstad told
reporters in Stockholm, hours
after the week-long operation
for what media speculated was
a Russian submarine was called
“It’s the assessment of the
defence forces that probably
foreign under water activity
has taken place in Stockholm’s
inner archipelago,” he said,
calling any foreign activity
within Swedish territory
“It may have been a small
vessel,” he said.
Reports last week of a “man-
made object ” in waters near the
Swedish capital set off a search
operation involving battleships,
minesweepers, helicopters and
more than 200 troops scouring
an area about 30 to 60km from
Russia has denied it was
the source of the suspicious
under water activity, blaming a
Dutch submarine for triggering
the hunt, a claim rejected by the
“ I don’t want to comment on
what Russia says. I have not
pointed fingers at any nation,”
He said it could be ruled out that
a large conventional submarine had
been active in the archipelago, but
did not elaborate.
Some analysts have said that
any foreign power trying to
carry out intelligence work near
Sweden’s capital would probably
rely on small submarines, possible
minisubs with crews of perhaps
just one or two. Grenstad
suggested the Swedish military
had been in touch with foreign
counterparts during the search.
“ We have a contact network,
or we have received advice and
support for what we’re doing
now. But this operation has been
entirely Swedish,” he said.
This amateur photo made available on October 19 by the Swedish
Defence Ministry shows an object in the sea near Stockholm
Sweden calls off
The golden palace that the Emperor
Nero built as a monument to himself
after half of ancient Rome was
consumed by fire is reopening to the
public even though its renovation is
not finished yet.
The main palace of the ‘Domus
Aurea’ or ‘House of Gold’ complex,
which once included an artificial lake
where the Colosseum now stands, was
closed in 2005 for emergency repairs
and briefly reopened in 2007.
From tomorrow, visitors can come
for a tour of the almost 2000-year-old
site, where they will be kitted out with
protective helmets and guided by an
The Domus Aurea is the second of
Rome’s monuments this year to be
showcased during renovation. A bridge
was put up around the Trevi Fountain
to let tourists get closer while its
marble facade has a 2.2 million euro
thousands of years
worth of decaying art
and architecture is
a perennial problem
in Italy. The Domus
Aurea is particularly
hard to maintain
because the later
emperor Trajan filled
it with rubble and
built his own baths
The Domus Aurea,
so named because of
the gold leaf covering
some of its walls,
was said to have
contained a 36.6m
statue of Nero. It was
rediscovered in the 15th century.
Renaissance painters including
Raphael and Michelangelo lowered
themselves on ropes through holes
in the ceiling to study the palace’s
frescoes, which are now at risk from
humidity levels that reach 90%.
Painted walls and a painted roof are pictured inside the Domus Aurea (House of Gold)
complex in Rome.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made her first foray
into the world of social media today when she
sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.
“ It is a pleasure to open the Information Age
exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I
hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R,” the
88-year-old monarch tweeted at the opening of a
new gallery at London’s Science Museum.
The message, sent at 10.35am British time, had
already been re-tweeted more than 4000 times
less than 45 minutes later.
@BritishMonarchy, which is run by royal aides,
has issued almost 19,000 messages since its
inception in 2009.
Gunman shoots seven at US school Queen sends tweet
A student has opened fire at a
United States school, injuring
as many as seven people before
killing himself, police and reports
Live tv pictures showed swarms
of police and emergency workers
descending on the Marysville-
Pilchuck High School in the
western state of Washington.
The shooting occurred in the
school cafeteria, according to
“ I was eating ... I heard four
gunshots and it was behind me. I
saw a gun pointed at a table... then
I ran out of the exit,” one student in
the cafeteria, named only as Alex,
told KIRO TV news.
Marysville police spokesman
Robb Lamoureux told reporters:
“ We are confident that there was
only one shooter and the shooter is
Television footage also showed
schoolchildren coming out of the
sprawling campus in Marysville,
55km north of Seattle, which has
some 2500 students. P
arents appeared to be gathering at
a nearby church.
“O ur son just called to let us
know that his kids are okay —
his son was about 15m from the
shooter — a student that he
knows,” grandfather Tom Hopper
told KIRO TV.
Three of those injured were
rushed to hospital, including one
with a head wound, according to
the Seattle Times, which said police
were searching room to room until
the campus could be declared safe.
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