Two legislative amendments seeking a cut in the US aid to Pakistan have been defeated in the House of Representatives with most lawmakers arguing that it is essential to maintain ties with a nuclear armed country despite it not doing enough in the war against terrorism.
The first amendment moved by Congressman Ted Poe sought to cut funding to Pakistan from 900 million to 700 million dollar in coalition support fund (CSF) was defeated on the House floor by a recorded vote of 191 to 230.
Another amendment moved by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher seeking to prohibit funds from being used to provide aid to Pakistan has been defeated by a recorded vote of 84 to 236.
Arguing that Pakistan is on the “wrong side of the war”, Poe said that if he had his way, he would cut all the money to Pakistan. PTI
Boko Haram kill 24 in northeastern Nigeria: community leader
Kano Twenty-four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on mourners, a local community leader said Friday, in the second attack in northeast Nigeria this week after a relative lull.
The attack happened at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) in Kuda village near the town of Gulak, in Adamawa state, according to Maina Ularamu, a former local government chairman in nearby Madagali.
Adamawa police spokesman Othman Abubakar, based in the state capital Yola, 255 kilometres (160 miles) away, confirmed the attack, as did local lawmaker Adamu Kamale.
But Abubakar gave a lower death toll of 18 and said “many others were injured”.
Ularamu said the attack occurred during a “mourning celebration” to mark the death of a local community leader. AFP
Pakistan-Afghan border crossing reopens after deadly clashes
ISLAMABAD Pakistan reopened a main border crossing with Afghanistan that was closed earlier this week following clashes between the two sides over Pakistan’s construction of a gate to curb illegal cross-border movement, two security officials said Saturday.
All those carrying valid travel documents were now being allowed to cross Torkham border, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Thousands of people have been stranded on both sides due to the border closure on Sunday, when Pakistan and Afghanistan began trading fire and two Afghan border guards and one Pakistani army officer were killed.
The reopening is likely to ease tensions between the two countries, who have accused each other of initiating the violence.
Pakistan’s foreign ministry said an Afghan delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai will arrive in Islamabad on Monday to discuss the Torkham crossing and other border management issues. In a statement, it said the visit will take place at the invitation of Sartaj Aziz, the foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan’s prime minister. AP
After breakthrough in Fallujah, Iraqi forces begin push towards Mosul
Kirkuk Iraqi forces renewed their offensive against the Islamic State group around second city Mosul on Saturday after driving the jihadists out of most of Fallujah, the defence minister said.
Mosul is the last major urban centre in Iraq still under IS control after Iraqi forces raised the national flag over government headquarters in the heart of Fallujah on Friday.
Iraqi commanders announced the launch of an offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province in March but under domestic political pressure the government diverted its forces to Fallujah, just west of Baghdad, last month.
“We started at 5 am (0200 GMT) the second phase of the liberation of Nineveh,” defence minister Khaled al-Obeidi told AFP. AFP
Indian-American running for Congress seat in New Jersey
Washington A 30-year-old Indian-American Democratic social worker is running for the US House of Representatives from New Jersey which is known to be a strong Republican bastion.
Peter Jacob, a staunch supporter of senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont, was elected unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 7.
He is seeking to unseat incumbent Leonard Lance of the Republican party who has represented congressional district 7 of New Jersey since 2009.
This is the same congressional district from where Upendra Chivukula, the first Indian-American to be elected to the New Jersey state assembly, tried his luck in 2012 and lost to Lance by more than 50,000 votes. PTI
28-year old shot dead while filming Facebook Live video in Chicago
New York A 28-year-old man was gunned down while he was filming some lighter moments with friends for Facebook Live in Chicago, a media report said on Saturday.
According to CBS News, Antonio Perkins, a father of three children, was live-streaming a video option when the shooting occurred in the background.
Perkins, also a documented gang member, was fatally struck in the neck and head and fell to the ground. He was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
According to the police, the shooting was gang-related.
However, Perkins’ father said his son was no longer part of the gangs and was working at McDonald’s for the past several years to earn a living. IANS
Floods in southern China kill 25, displace over 33,000, 6 still missing
Beijing A week of torrential rain in southern China has killed 25 people and displaced 33,200 residents, including many in China’s poor, remote regions, officials said.
China’s Civil Affairs Ministry says 4 million people in 10 provinces have been affected by floods and landslides since heavy rainfall began Monday. Six people are still missing.
In southeastern Jiangxi Province, people pushed cars floating in waist-high water while online footage showed vehicles swept away, as near record levels of rainfall battered southwestern China.
Canada Parliament adopts law on assisted death
OTTAWA Canada’s Parliament on Friday adopted a law allowing medically-assisted death for the terminally ill, brushing aside critics who wanted the legislation to cover people with degenerative diseases.
After weeks of political wrangling, the upper Senate chamber voted in favor of a law which makes Canada one of the few nations where doctors can legally help sick people die.
Some Senators complained the scope of the law - initially passed by the House of Commons elected chamber - was too narrow and should not be restricted to those facing imminent death.Reuters
Seven charged in Rio de Janeiro gang-rape case
SAO PAULO Six men and a boy were charged on Friday with raping a 16-year-old girl and posting videos and pictures of her on the internet, Rio de Janeiro police said in a statement.
The case has sparked a debate about sexism and violence in Brazil and added to security concerns ahead of Rio’s hosting of the Summer Olympics in August.
The lead investigator in the case that shocked Brazilians, Cristiana Bento, sent her conclusions to Brazilian prosecutors on Friday. She asked for the arrest of all seven people charged.
The high profile case came to light after a video was posted on Twitter shortly after the May 21 incident. In the clip, the semi-conscious naked teen is seen on a bed as men hurl insults and boast that dozens had raped her.
One of the men charged with the crime, Raí de Souza, has already been arrested. His cell phone provided access to videos and photos used in the investigation, leading to charges against the others who remain at large, the police statement said. Reuters