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Police officers move floral tributes from outside the Houses of Parliament
to Parliament Square following Wednesday’s attack on Westminster. A
fourth person has died after Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on
Westminster Bridge before going on to fatally stab police constable Keith
London attacker unmasked as Kent-born violent criminal
Khalid Masood ’s death as a
crazed extremist gunned down
on Parliament ’s cobbles after
slaughtering a policeman and three
other innocent people was a far cry
from his quiet Kent roots.
The keen schoolboy footballer
grew into a troubled adult in and
out of prison for a string of violent
crimes, including slashing a man
with a knife after a boozy pub row
with “racial overtones”.
Questions remain over where the
man born as Adrian Russell Elms
to a single mother in Dartford on
Christmas Day 1964 was radicalised.
Reports suggest it could have been
during one of his stints behind bars,
while others point to time allegedly
spent working in Saudi Arabia,
home to some of the most virulent
The 52-year-old ’s family moved
around during his youth.
His mother Janet Elms is believed
to have married Phillip Ajao in
1966, and the killer called himself
Adrian Russell Ajao as one of his
many identities over the years.
A childhood classmate of Masood
described him as a popular pupil
who “ liked to party”.
Stuart Knight was in the same class
as the then Adrian Ajao at Huntleys
Secondary School for Boys in
Tunbridge Wells for five years before
they left in 1981.
“He was a very nice guy, down
to earth, liked by everyone around
him,” Knight said.
“There was nothing unassuming
about him, he was a very good
sportsman, his mother was a
Christian, he was an all-round nice
On hearing the news of his former
classmate’s actions in London,
Knight added: “I am really shocked. I
spent five years in his class at school,
for him it’s totally out of character.
“I am in shock. I’m surprised he
turned and did what he did.”
Masood ’s criminal career dated
back to 1983 and included
convictions for assault, grevioous
bodily harm and possession of an
This led him to spend time behind
bars at Lewes Prison in East Sussex,
Wayland Prison in Norfolk and Ford
open prison in West Sussex.
One of his jail terms was a two-
year stint for a fight in 2000 outside
the Crown and Thistle in Northiam,
near Rye in East Sussex that left a
man needing 20 stitches in his face.
The report of the court case in the
Brighton Argus said that Masood,
who stood trial at Hove Crown
Court as Adrian Elms, moved to
the village “to give his family and
himself a better and more tranquil
way of life”.
Adrian Baker, 51, who has lived
in Northiam for 25 years, said Elms
was known as a “troubled ” character.
“I’m gobsmacked. He didn’t appear
to be very religious. He would go
into the local pubs,” Baker said.
The Telegraph reported Masood
was jailed again three years later for
stabbing another man.
He would later mask his life of
crime with a CV which claimed he
was an experienced English teacher
who had worked across the world.
The document, seen by The
Sun, lists Masood as a university-
educated English teacher with
experience working in places such as
Saudi Arabia and Luton.
It is understood he never worked as
a teacher in any of England’s State
At some point
radicalisation he came to the
attention of MI5, but only as a
peripheral figure according to Prime
Minister Theresa May.
The killer most recently appeared
to be based in the West Midlands,
but also spent time in London,
Sussex and Luton.
After his armed onslaught on
Wednesday, police searched a
three-storey townhouse in the
Winson Green area of Birmingham
and neighbours said Masood lived
there for about seven months, until
December last year.
Masood is also thought to have
lived in London, with a man of his
name registered to an address in a
terraced street in West Ham. —
The United Nations’ top human
rights body agreed overnight
to widen its investigation into
widespread violations in North
Korea with a view to documenting
alleged crimes against humanity for
North Korea said it “categorically
and totally” rejected the resolution
adopted by the UN Human Rights
Council. The text was “a product
of the United States hostile policy
towards the DPRK (Democratic
People’s Republic of Korea) from A
to Z,” its envoy said after boycotting
The 47-member State forum
adopted a resolution, brought by
Japan and the European Union and
backed by the US, on the final day
of its four-week session without a
vote. It called for North Korea to
co-operate and allow access for UN
investigators, which the reclusive
state has never done.
International pressure is building
on the country ruled by Kim Jong
Un over its nuclear tests — it was
reported on Thursday North Korea
was in the final stages of launching
another one, possibly within days.
The US has imposed fresh sanctions
on foreign companies or individuals
for violating export controls on
North Korea, as well as Iran and
Syria, the State Department said.
The UN human rights office
in Seoul would be strengthened
for two years with international
criminal justice experts to establish a
central repository for testimony and
evidence “with a view to developing
possible strategies to be used in any
future accountability process”.
The Seoul office’s current six-
strong staff record testimony from
inter views with dozens of North
Korean defectors each week, a UN
“This not only brings North
Koreans one step closer to justice
for human rights crimes they have
suffered, but should also make
North Korean government officials
think twice before inflicting more
abuse,” John Fisher from Human
Rights Watch said in a statement.
A UN commission of inquiry,
in a landmark 2014 report based
on inter views and hearings with
violations — including large prison
camps, star vation and executions —
that it said should be brought to the
International Criminal Court.
“The ‘resolution’ is nothing more
than a document for interference
in internal affairs of sovereign states
and represents the culmination of
politicisation, selectivity and double
standards of human rights,” Mun
Jong Chol, a counsellor at North
Korea’s mission to the UN in
Geneva, told reporters.
It was a fraudulent document full
of “lies, fabrications and plots”, Mun
Canadian schools, Girl
Guides cancel trips to US
Canada’s largest school board and
its national Girl Guides organisation
have suspended new trips to the United
States, citing uncertainty around who is
allowed into the country.
Toronto District School Board, which
oversees more than 250,000 students,
decided to suspend US trips for students
at its schools, spokesman Ryan Bird
said. Twenty-five previously approved
trips will go forward.
The board has been following President
Donald Trump’s executive orders
banning citizens of some Muslim-
majority countries, Bird said. Both the
first and second versions of these travel
bans have been blocked by the courts.
“Since the uncertainty around
the second order and if it will be
implemented continues to be there, we
decided we had to make a decision,” Bird
wrote in an e-mail. “Not to mention, we
were getting a number of questions from
students, parents and staff wondering
about the status of US trips. ”
Bird could not say how many students
would have been affected by the ban but
“it ’s fair to say that we have students
from all of the countries mentioned in
the executive order.”
Girl Guides of Canada took a similar
step earlier this month.
“O ur operational decision to limit US
travel at this time was a difficult one
to make, but one based solely on
ensuring all girls and women in guiding
can fully participate in our guiding
trips, no matter the destination,” the
organisation wrote in a statement on its
“This decision was not made lightly.
Our primary goal was to reduce the
risk of our members encountering
difficulties at the border and ensuring
that no girl is left behind. ”
Other school boards and youth
organisations are considering similar
moves. The Ottawa-Carleton school
board in Canada’s capital asked parents
for their feedback on such a suspension.
“The parents did not want the trips to
be cancelled,” spokeswoman Sharlene
Hunter wrote in an e-mail. —
Three men have gone on trial
for the alleged rape of a Swedish
woman broadcast live on Facebook
earlier this year.
21 — were charged with rape and,
if convicted, should be deported to
Afghanistan, prosecutors told the
Uppsala district court, north of
Stockholm. A 24-year-old Swedish
national was charged with being an
accessory to rape and for slander as
he filmed the attack with a phone
and made derogatory statements
about the victim.
The trio — who denied the
charges — were arrested after police
were alerted to the January 22 crime
that was filmed and livestreamed
for a private group on Facebook.
The prosecution said the woman, in
her 30s, had been in an “extremely
vulnerable” position.” — DPA
Three on trial for livestream rape
Third explosives incident
in a week
A man carrying a bomb blew himself
up in front of a police checkpoint near
overnight, the third incident involving
explosives in the capital in a week.
No group immediately claimed
responsibility for the blast, though it
was reported on Islamic State’s news
agency Amaq, according to the SITE
monitoring ser vice.
It came six days after police shot and
killed a suspected militant who tried
to cross a security checkpoint on a
motorcycle armed with explosives in
Dhaka’s Khilgaon area.
A day before that, a suicide bomber
blew himself up at a security forces base,
again near Dhaka’s airport, injuring two
Al Qaeda and Islamic State have
made competing claims over killings
of foreigners, liberals and members of
religious minorities in Bangladesh, a
mostly Muslim country of 160 million
Authorities have consistently ruled out
the presence of such groups, blaming
domestic militants instead.
Police initially described this Friday’s
explosion as a suicide attack. But Dhaka
city police chief Asaduzzaman Mia later
cast doubt on that account saying the
man had been carrying the bomb which
exploded as he tried to hide it from
Indian police said overnight they
were launching an investigation into a
Hindu-nationalist lawmaker a day after
he acknowledged hitting an Air India
official 25 times with his sandals in a
row over a business class seat.
The State carrier and other airlines
said they would bar Ravindra Gaikwad
from flying after the fracas which has
triggered a debate on the behaviour of
members of the political elite, and calls
for a no-fly list for unruly passengers.
Gaikwad, from the Shiv Sena party,
allies of India’s ruling BJP, did not
apologise for the confrontation and said
he had been badly treated.
“ I hit him 25 times with my sandals ...
I hit an Air India employee. Let them
complain,” he said. “I won’t apologise.
It’s their fault ... For what? When I
have not made any mistake, why should
I repent?,” Gaikwad said.
He said his office had booked a
business class seat for him on a Pune-
Delhi flight, and he was angry when he
failed to get one.
He refused to leave his seat in protest
after the plane landed and said he hit an
Air India official who came on board to
try to persuade him to move.
Air India said that service did not
have any business class seats and
Gaikwad’s refusal to leave had delayed
Delhi Police said they had registered
a preliminary case against Gaikwad
Indian lawmaker in airline
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1. Who wears the “fisherman’s ring”?
2. Which British Ford became numerous on New Zealand roads from
1951, through models Mark I to Mark IV?
3. What is the name of the poker hand containing three of a kind and a
4. Which film featured the song that was Whitney Houston’s biggest hit of
5. What is a collector of matchboxes or matchbook labels - phillumenist,
deltiologist or rabdophilist?
6. What colour is the cross on the national flag of Switzerland?
7. Which year is represented by the seven Roman numerals listed in
8. Where was Kiwi shoe polish first developed - Australia, New Zealand or
9. Which city is South America’s largest?
10. Which New Zealand city has the Sarjeant Gallery?
ANSWERS: 1 The Pope, 2 Zephyr, 3 Full house, 4 The Bodyguard (“I Will Always Love
You”), 5 Phillumenist, 6 White, 7 1666 (MDCLXVI), 8 Australia, 9 São Paulo, 10 Wanganui.
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