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Islamic radical jailed
for record term
Bosnia's state court sentenced an Islamist
radical to 45 years in prison overnight for
a 2010 bomb attack on a police station
in which an o cer was killed and several
It was the longest sentence handed down
in postwar Bosnia for an o ence other than
a war crime.
Haris Causevic planned, organised and
carried out a terrorist act in the central
town of Bugojno on June 27 2010, aiming
to intimidate the population, coerce the
authorities and destabilise the country, said
presiding judge Goran Radevic.
" e Council of Judges has decided to jail
Haris Causevic to a maximum prison term of
45 years to express the public condemnation
of the act he committed," Radevic said.
"Causevic was mentally sound, he had
wanted to commit a crime and was persistent
in that endeavour," the judge said.
" e attack was carried out in a speci cally
cruel and ruthless way, and he showed no
empathy for those hurt by it."
Naser Palislamovic, accused along with
Causevic over the attack, was acquitted due
to lack of evidence.
Neither man attended the announcing of
ey had boycotted earlier hearings, saying
they recognised only "God's court".
Causevic planted an improvised explosive
device by the back wall of the police station
which was detonated by a slow fuse in the
early hours. He was caught running away.
Causevic had amassed a great quantity of
weapons and ammunition over the years,
with the goal of committing terrorism,
Six men were originally charged with the
bombing, three of them under terrorism
laws. ree others were accused of assisting
the attack but their trial has been delayed.
One of the three accused of terrorism made
a deal with the prosecution to testify against
Causevic and was sentenced to 14 years in
prison in 2012.
All six men were members of the strict
Wahhabi branch of Islam, which gained a
foothold in Bosnia after its 1992-95 war.
Causevic belonged to a group which aimed
to turn secular Bosnia into a state governed
by sharia law, Radevic said.
In 2008, he planned to kidnap a police
o cer or his child to exchange for an
Islamist friend who at the time was detained
under terrorism charges.
He gave up after the friend told him he
would soon be released, the judge added.
Causevic's lawyers said they would appeal
against the ruling.
e Bugojno bombing was one of the most
serious security incidents in Bosnia since the
Last month, Bosnia's appeals court jailed
for 15 years an Islamist gunman who red on
the US embassy in 2011, seriously wounding
a police o cer. --- Reuters
London No 59 bus which crashed on the Kennington Road overnight. e incident occurred around 10.50am on the Kennington
Road while the bus was heading to King's Cross. Reports suggest 19 people have been injured with two in a critical condition.
PICTURE: Getty Images
19 injured in bus crash
A United States general recently lost
his job in charge of nuclear missiles
after he went on a drunken bender
in Russia, where he insulted his hosts
and cavorted with "suspect" women,
o cials say.
Air Force Major General Michael
Carey was sacked in October as
commander of the military's land-
based intercontinental ballistic missiles,
over what o cials at the time called
Now the details of that misbehaviour
have been revealed in embarrassing
detail by the Air Force inspector
general, which released the results of its
investigation into Carey's conduct in a
July trip to Russia.
e two-star general was drunk
through much of his o cial four-day
visit to Russia, and his "inappropriate
behaviour" prompted a woman
Pentagon employee to le a complaint,
the report said.
Carey "acted in a manner that
exceeded the limits of accepted
standards of good conduct" during the
trip that included a nuclear security
exercise and meetings with Russian
o cials, according to the investigation.
e general began drinking during
a stop in Zurich and kept drinking
over three days in Moscow, showing
up late for motorcades to meet
Russian representatives, interrupting
tour guides, slurring his speech and
returning to his hotel room in the early
morning hours, the report said.
During the stopover in Zurich,
Carey --- apparently intoxicated ---
spoke loudly in a public area about his
importance as commander of a nuclear
force and "that he saves the world from
war every day," investigators said.
Once in Moscow at a Marriott hotel,
the general said over drinks that his
unit "had the worst morale and that
the leadership was no t supporting
him," it said. He and other delegation
members had drinks with two foreign
women two nights in a row, with Carey
dancing with one of them.
e general later told investigators
that the two women were "suspect" as
"it seemed odd" that they were always
showing up at the same location as the
Apart from being sacked from his job
as commander of the 20th Air Force,
Carey received a "letter of counselling"
for his actions, an Air Force o cial,
speaking on condition of anonymity,
said. e episode marks the latest
setback for the US military's nuclear
forces, which has faced reports of
persistent morale problems and mixed
results from inspections.
In his former job as commander of the
20th Air Force, Carey was responsible
for 450 Minuteman missiles across ve
states and 9600 troops that maintain
the weapons. Carey is now assigned as
a special assistant to the commander of
Air Force Space Command and is no
longer overseeing nuclear missiles.
US general sacked after drunken bender
Spain's centre-right government moved to
make it harder for women to get an abortion
overnight, restricting a law that had allowed
the procedure on request within a 14 week
term, in a bid to rally core conservative
e proposed new rules will make Spain
one of the most restrictive European
countries on abortion and goes against the
regional trend of greater ease of access, after
Ireland legalised abortion under limited
circumstances this year.
e draft law allows abortion only in the
case of rape or if the pregnancy poses a
serious physical or mental health risk to the
mother. It eliminates the option of abortion
on request in the case of malformation of the
In this case women would also have to
argue that the pregnancy poses a physical or
mental health risk.
e ruling People's Party (PP) has an
absolute majority in parliament, where the
bill is expected to pass easily.
e majority of European countries o er
abortion on request, according to the World
Health Organisation (WHO), with 88%
allowing the termination of pregnancies if
the foetus is thought to be impaired or in
cases of rape or incest.
Abortion is illegal on any grounds in Malta
and Andorra and severely limited in Poland.
e PP made reforming the abortion law
an electoral promise in its 2011 campaign,
and Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon
is one of the more right-wing ministers who
has often sided with the Catholic Church.
"We can't allow the life of the unborn baby
to depend exclusively on the decision of the
mother," Ruiz-Gallardon told reporters.
But pro-abortion activists and abortion
clinics voiced dismay at what they saw as a
" is is the worst possibe option we had
considered," Francisca Garcia, head of
abortion clinic association ACAI, said. "It
places Spain among the most restrictive
countries (in Europe)."
Traditional PP voters have been alienated
by tax hikes to plug a budget de cit, the
release of Basque separatist prisoners under
European human rights law and increased
fervour for independence from Spain by the
region of Catalonia.
Support for the PP has plunged since it
won a landslide victory in 2011 elections, as
the government cuts spending on education
and health to battle a debt crisis, although
it still maintains a lead over the Socialist
e move to restrict abortion will appeal
to core PP supporters at a time when the
government cannot carry out economic
policies such as lowering taxes, as a result
of its struggle to hit strict budget targets
imposed by Brussels.
Spain's leading opposition Socialist party
has said it will ght the new law. --- Reuters
Bill makes Spain among Europe's
most restrictive on abortion Nigella's reputation battered
Tv cook Nigella Lawson's reputation has
taken a battering after a jury found two
former PAs to the celebrity not guilty of
After just over a day of deliberations, the
jury at Isleworth Crown Court found Italian
sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo
innocent of a charge they misused company
credit cards belonging to Lawson and
husband Charles Saatchi.
Lawson said she is "disappointed but
unsurprised" by the acquittal.
"Over the three-week trial the jury was
faced with a ridiculous sideshow of false
allegations about drug use which made focus
on the actual criminal trial impossible," she
e pair had been accused of living he
high life spending more than $1.3 million
of company money on themselves including
overseas strips and luxury goods.
But they claimed Nigella Lawson was
"o her head" on drugs including cocaine,
cannabis and prescription drugs she couldn't
recall authorising the women to spend on
themselves on the cards.
It was also claimed, and the seven man ve
woman jury presumably accepted, Lawson
turned a blind eye to the spending by the
women as a form of compensation for them
not telling anybody about her "dirty secret"
of drug use. Speci cally she did not want her
husband Saatchi to know.
Lawson had told the court she only took
cocaine seven times in the past 10 years, six
times she said to cope with di cult times
including watching her rst husband john
Diamond died from cancer.
Both defendants however said they saw
evidence of her drug use on a daily basis
including white powder traces on rolled up
money notes and on her face to the extent
at what point they described her as a geisha.
Neither defendant was in the west London
court to hear the verdict, instead were in
another room after the day before Elisabetta
su ered a panic attack and stopped breathing
and had to be taken to hospital, accompanied
by her sister. Elisabetta had collapsed again
in the morning shortly before the almost 10
hours of deliberations by the jury were made.
After hearing the verdicts, Francesca
could be seen smiling and talking excitedly
in Italian on her phone as she was being
hugged by a supporter. Anthony Metzer QC,
representing Elisabetta, said his client was
"relieved" and "crying her eyes out".
Mr Metzer and Karina Arden, Francesca's
barrister, turned to each other a few moments
after the verdicts were delivered and smiled.
When the judge left the court, they hugged
members of the defence team, one of whom
was crying what appeared to be tears of joy
Mr Metzer said he was "incredibly thrilled
and delighted for both of them", and said he
wanted to thank the jury for their attention
during the trial. --- News.com
by Dave Green 620 Di culty Level
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2. India's Dalit caste is often known by what name?
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10. What is the name of the Waikato marae which is the official residence of the
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