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Paralympian star sprinter Oscar
Pistorius is suffering from post-
traumatic stress after killing his
girlfriend and is a suicide risk, a South
African court has heard.
The diagnosis was contained in a
psychological report read to the court
overnight by lawyer Barry Roux, who
is defending Pistorius on charges that
he deliberately shot and killed model
Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day
“ Mr Pistorius has been severely
traumatised by the events that took
place,” Roux quoted the report as
“ He currently suffers from a post-
traumatic stress disorder and a
major depressive disorder. He is also
mourning the loss of Ms Steenkamp. ”
Pistorius, 27, had received treatment
for his condition and this should
continue, the report said.
“S hould he not receive proper
clinical care, his condition is likely
to worsen and increase the risks for
The report was the result of 30
days of court-ordered psychiatric
and psychological obser vation of the
Judge Masipa ruled that only the
conclusions of the report revealed
in court can be published after the
defence said it contained “personal
details” about the Pistorius family
that should be kept private.
Her order came as a surprise since
the contents of the report had been
broadcast by at least one major news
network and reported on Twitter.
Both sides had cherry-picked from
the report to back up their cases.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel read excerpts
which said Pistorius had not suffered
any mental illness at the time he
shot Steenkamp and could be held
“criminally responsible” for his
Roux countered with a section
dealing with the prosecution’s
contention that Pistorius had a
“ No evidence could be found to
indicate that Mr Pistorius has a
history of abnormal aggression or
explosive violence,” Roux read.
“He does not display the personality
characteristics of narcissism and of
psychopathy that are mostly associated
with men in abusive relationships and
have been linked to rage-type murders
in intimate relationships.”
Pistorius faces 25 years in jail if
convicted. — AFP
A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped
and killed overnight, apparently in
revenge for the murder of three Israeli
youths, prompting international calls for
calm as violence flared in Jerusalem.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu condemned the “despicable”
killing, urging both sides “not to take
the law into their own hands”, while the
family of one of the Israeli teens, still
in mourning for their son, called the
revenge murder a “horrendous act ”.
Palestinians held Israel responsible,
demanding Netanyahu’s government act
to prevent revenge attacks.
“ I demand the Israeli government
punish the killers if it wants peace
between the Palestinian and the
Israeli peoples,” Palestinian president
Mahmoud Abbas said.
US Secretary of State John Kerry
warned acts of vengeance would worsen
an explosive situation and called for all
parties to do everything in their power
to protect the innocent and act with
reasonableness and restraint.
Mohammed Abu Khder was seen being
forced into a car by three Israelis in east
Jerusalem and police confirmed a body
had been found in a forest in Givat Shaul
in west Jerusalem, but refused to link the
The boy ’s father, however, said DNA
tests proved the body was that of his
son, adding the cause of death was not
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon
called for justice over the “despicable
act ”, while joining the International
Committee of the Red Cross in
condemning the killing.
“At this critical time, the ICRC calls on
all sides to stand unequivocally against
the abduction and murder of civilians,”
Red Cross president Peter Maurer said,
calling for the current spiral of violence
to end now.
Soon after dawn, crowds of angry
Palestinians gathered outside Khder’s
home in Shuafat, with violence erupting
within hours and continuing for most of
Hundreds of masked Palestinians
hurled stones at Israeli riot police, who
responded by firing rubber bullets,
teargas and sound bombs.
The Red Crescent said at least 65
people were hurt, three by live rounds.
At least 35 people were injured by rubber
bullets, including six journalists.
The attack is widely believed to
have been carried out in revenge for
the kidnap and killing of three Israeli
teenagers who disappeared on June 12
while hitchhiking in the West Bank.
Their bodies were found on Monday,
with Israel blaming Hamas and vowing
to hit it hard. — AFP
Pistorius a suicide risk, court told
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,
the self-proclaimed leader
of the Islamic State
stretching across Iraq and
Syria, has promised to lead
the conquest of Rome as
he called on Muslims to
migrate to his new land
to fight under its banner
around the globe.
Baghdadi, who holds a
PhD in Islamic studies,
said Muslims were being
targeted and killed from
China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first
Caliph, or commander of the Islamic
faithful since the dissolution of the
Ottoman Empire, he called on Muslims
to rally to his pan-Islamic state.
“Those who can immigrate to the
Islamic State should immigrate, as
immigration to the house of Islam is
a duty,” he said in an audio recording
released on a website used by the group
formerly known as the Islamic State of
Iraq and al-Sham.
“Rush, O Muslims to your state. It is
your state. Syria is not for Syrians and
Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the
Muslims, all Muslims. This is my advice
to you. If you hold to it you will conquer
Rome and own the world, if Allah wills.”
The speech came hours after Iraq’s
Parliament failed to appoint a new
leadership amid divisions between Shia,
Sunni and Kurdish MPs. Iraq must
vote on a president, prime minister and
speaker in the wake of recent elections.
Having claimed the title of “caliph”,
Baghdadi appealed to
“ judges and those who have
military and managerial
and ser vice skills, and
doctors and engineers in
all fields”. He also called on
jihadi fighters to escalate
fighting in the holy month
of Ramadan, which began
“ In this virtuous month
or in any other month,
there is no deed better than
jihad in the path of Allah,
so take advantage of this
opportunity and walk the path of your
righteous predecessors,” he said.
In a reflection of the havoc wrought
the past month by the Sunni insurgency
led by the group, the United Nations
said more than 2400 people were killed
in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest
month in years.
Baghdadi’s claims to control vast
territory have yet to be tested by an
Iraqi Government counter-attack. Many
Muslim groups dispute his putative
caliphate. However, some experts fear
his rise could transform the appeal of
extremist Islam, partly by using social
media to build a global following.
Hassan Hassan, an analyst at Abu
Dhabi’s Delma Institute, wrote that
Baghdadi provided the most radical
challenge since the emergence of Osama
bin Laden and al Qaeda.
“The whispers of support to a caliph
in Afghanistan are now replaced by
clear words and acts, amplified by social
media. ” — AP
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
When Hessy Taft was six months
old, she was a poster child for
the Nazis. Her photograph was
the image of the ideal Aryan
baby, and was distributed as party
But what the Nazis did not know
was their perfect baby was Jewish.
“I can laugh about it now,” the
80-year-old Professor Taft told
Germany ’s Bild newspaper. “But if
the Nazis had known who I really
was, I wouldn’t be alive. ”
She has presented the Yad
Vashem Holocaust Memorial
in Israel with a Nazi magazine
featuring her baby photograph on
the front cover.
Her parents, Jacob and Pauline
Levinsons, both singers, moved
to Berlin from Latvia to pursue
careers in classical music in 1928,
only to find themselves caught up
in the Nazis’ rise to power.
Her father lost his job at an opera
company because he was Jewish,
and had to find work as a door-to-
In 1935, Mrs Levinsons took
her daughter to a well-known
Berlin photographer to have her
A few months later, she was
horrified to find the picture on the
front cover of Sonne ins Haus, a
Nazi family magazine. Terrified the
family would be exposed as Jews,
she rushed to the photographer,
Hans Ballin. He told her he
knew the family was Jewish, and
had deliberately submitted the
photograph to a contest to find
the most beautiful Aryan baby.
“ I wanted to make the Nazis
ridiculous,” he said.
The picture won the contest, and
was believed to have been chosen
personally by Joseph Goebbels, the
Nazi propaganda minister.
Frightened she would be
recognised, Taft ’s parents kept her
In 1938, her father was arrested
by the Gestapo on a trumped-up
tax charge, but released when his
accountant, a Nazi party member,
came to his defence.
The family then fled Germany,
moving first to Latvia, before
settling in Paris only for the city to
fall to the Nazis.
With the help of the French
resistance, they escaped again, this
time to Cuba, and in 1949 the
family moved to the United States.
Today, Taft is a professor of
chemistry in New York. “ I feel
a little revenge,” she said of
presenting her photograph to
Yad Vashem. “Something like
satisfaction.” — AP
Nazis’ ideal baby was Jewish
Hessy Taft recently presented the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel with a Nazi magazine featuring her baby photograph on the front
cover, and told the story of how she became an unlikely poster child for the Third Reich.
Prince William and his wife Kate
have been given a glamorous make-
over at Madame Tussauds wax museum
in London, with the prince’s hair
altered to reflect his thinning thatch.
The couple were installed at the
attraction two years ago to mark their
first wedding anniversary, clothed in
the outfits they wore to announce
The Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge, both 32, have now been
re-dressed in evening wear, while the
hair has been updated with the times.
The newly-dressed wax figures were
Kate is wearing a full-length
turquoise silk gown, while William,
second in line to the throne, is dressed
in a double-breasted black dinner suit.
“The figures have been in the
attraction for two years now and
we felt it was time to swap their
engagement outfits for a glamorous
evening look,” a spokeswoman said.
The figures are the same, but their
hair has been altered in keeping with
the real-life royals.
The spokeswoman said the duchess
now has a chic half-up, half-down
evening hairstyle, while the duke’s hair
reflects the fact that the prince’s hair
has thinned since his figure was first
The figures are placed in the royal
zone, one of the most popular parts of
the visitor attraction, along with other
members of the House of Windsor.
Meanwhile, a new painting of
William entitled Fatherhood was
unveiled in L ondon overnight.
William and Kate’s son Prince
George was born on July 22 last year.
The oil-on -canvas portrait,
measuring 90cm by 60cm, is by Dan
Llywellyn Hall and shows William
in a dark suit and red tie looking
upwards and to his left.
The painting will be sold in October
in aid of The Victoria Cross Trust and
War Memorials Trust. — AFP
Kate, William get waxwork makeovers
Madame Tussauds employees prepare the wax figures of Britain’s Prince
William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, at the attraction in
A Hollywood actress has described
how a “river was running through
the aisles” of one of Qantas’s giant
A380 airliners about an hour after
taking off from Los Angeles for
A Qantas spokesperson said there
were no safety concerns and the
captain made the decision to turn
back to Los Angeles, but passengers
took to social media to share photos
and their fears of being deluged
shortly into the 16-hour flight in
the middle of the night across the
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown,
star of the comedy television series
Community and the film (500)
Days of Summer, was a passenger
and described it as “scary”.
“Pipe burst on my #Qantas flight
over the Pacific,” Brown wrote on
her Twitter account.
“ We were diverted back to LA.
The actress, who has 469,000
followers on Twitter, wrote how
there was so much water it seeped
through the floor of her cabin and
down on passengers on the level
“Man! It was a RIVER in the
plane down BOTH aisles,” she
“And we were the lucky ones.
“ It rained on those below.”
Passengers showed photos of
the large quantities of water on
social media while others joked the
incident should be made into a film
titled Lakes on a Plane.
Qantas said the leak was from
drinking water and no passengers
were in danger.
The plane took off from LA
International Airport just after
midnight last night and landed
back in Los Angeles at 2.39am
Passengers were taken to hotels
and according to the Qantas
website, the flight was scheduled
to take off at 8pm Wednesday
LA time, landing in Melbourne
tomorrow at 4.50am AEST.
“Crew on board did everything
they could to help customers,
moving them to
unaffected areas and providing
spare blankets so they could stay
dry,” Qantas said in a statement.
“ We’re also providing customers
with hotel accommodation while
the issue is being fixed by our
engineers in L os Angeles.
“ We apologise to customers for
“There were no safety of flight
concerns with the water leak,
however the captain decided to
return in the interests of passenger
“ We are liaising with Airbus to
understand what caused this fault.”
Brown, although scared, was full
of praise for Qantas flight and
gate crews, describing them as
“awesome ”. — AAP
Fears grow of global following
‘River’ in airliner aisles
— Hollywood actress
Couple arrested over caged child
A Californian couple have been
arrested for allegedly keeping their
11-year-old autistic son in a metal cage
designed for an animal.
The boy, who is unable to communicate,
was taken into protective custody with his
younger siblings following the parents’
arrest, police spokesman Bob Dunn said.
The cage, which had a mattress inside,
was of the type normally used to house
a pet, he said, adding that there were
“ varying reports” of how long the boy
had been caged, “from several years to
several months to several hours”.
“ Perhaps because of some of the
outbursts that occurred because of his
autism . . . the family was having difficulty
coping with that and controlling that,”
Dunn told KTLA television.
“ Putting him in that cage may have
been a way for them to try to, in their
way, control what was going on,” he said
after the arrests yesterday.
The Vietnamese parents — who speak
English,but not fluently — were detained
on suspicion of child endangerment and
false imprisonment, the spokesman said.
The boy and his siblings — a boy and a
girl, aged 10 and eight — were in good
physical condition. “Other than perhaps
living in that cage, there was no other
sign of any type of abuse visible to the
officers,” D unn said. — AFP
Vatican nod for exorcists’ association
Exorcists now have a legal weapon
at their disposal.
The Vatican has formally
recognised the International
Association of Exorcists, a group
of 250 priests in 30 countries who
liberate the faithful from demons.
L’Osser vatore Romano reported the
Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy
had approved the organisation’s
statutes and recognised the group
under canon law.
More than his predecessors, Pope
Francis speaks frequently about
the devil, and last year was seen
placing his hands on the head of a
man purportedly possessed by four
demons in what exorcists said was a
prayer of liberation from Satan.
The head of the association, the
Rev Francesco Bamonte, said the
Vatican approval was a cause for joy.
“Exorcism is a form of charity
that benefits those who suffer,” he
told L’Osser vatore. — AP
A conser vation group is calling
on speed limits to be imposed on
coal ships in the Great Barrier Reef
to protect migrating humpback
The International Fund for
Animal Welfare (IFAW ) has
analysed shipping traffic in the
reef, which it says shows a major
overlap between shipping routes
and humpback whale nurseries.
Ships travelling at regular speeds
of about 12-14 knots (22-26kph)
would most likely kill a whale
during a collision, IFAW’s marine
campaigner Sharon Livermore
“ Like pedestrian injuries on roads,
speed is a key factor in whether a
whale sur vives being hit, with small
decreases in speed dramatically
decreasing the likelihood of a whale
being killed,” she said.
“ IFAW wants to work with
authorities and mariners to
introduce whale zones, where ship
speed limits are introduced in areas
where whales are most at risk of
She said similar measures had
proved successful in other countries.
IFAW ’s collision course report,
released tosday, also recommended
mariners be better made aware
of humpback habitats and the
feasibility of moving shipping lanes
to avoid collisions were investigated.
Reef speed limit call for whale safety
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in Westport, every week Lisa travelled to Greymouth and stayed in
TPP student accommodation in order to be able to devote time to her
studies. But as a ‘bit of a science geek’ and driven by a desire to make
a difference, Lisa says it was all worth it.
‘When I started I didn’t really know what I wanted to do ... but doing
the course opened my eyes to the many different opportunities
available in the health sector.’
While core science subjects are an essential part of the programme,
equally important are academic skills and talks given by people
willing to share their professional experience.
Two guest speakers in particular inspired Lisa. ‘It was hearing about
social work and what social workers do that ignited the spark. I really
want to help people and in social work the opportunities are endless.’
The McKay family has since moved to Nelson and Lisa is now doing
a social work degree. ‘I treasured my time at TPP. It gave me a really
good base of skills and has been excellent preparation for further
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