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    by Published on 06-19-2017 03:54 AM     Number of Views: 267 

    'At least two dead' as holiday hotspot in Mali is stormed by gunmen who took hostages in resort popular with Western tourists
    Gunfire and billowing smoke were reported at a resort on the edge of Bamako
    At least two people were killed, one Franco-Gabonese and one unidentified
    20 hostages taken by the terrorists have now been rescued and put on a bus
    Witnesses heard the gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' as they opened fire



    Gunfire and billowing smoke were reported at a resort on the edge of Bamako
    At least two people were killed, one Franco-Gabonese and one unidentified
    20 hostages taken by the terrorists have now been rescued and put on a bus
    Witnesses heard the gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akhbar' as they opened fire



    At least two people have been killed and after an African resort popular with Westerners was stormed by gunmen shouting 'Allahu Akhbar'.
    Shots were heard by local residents near Le Campement Kangaba, to the eastern edge of the Malian capital, Bamako, with plumes of smoke also seen billowing into the air.
    Stunned faces of those who were captured could be seen through the windows of buses that were ferrying them to safety after they had been rescued.


    Mali's Security Minister, Salif Traore, said: 'It is a jihadist attack. Malian special forces intervened and about 20 hostages have been released.
    'Unfortunately for the moment there are two dead, including a Franco-Gabonese.'
    Malian troops and soldiers from France's Bakhane regional counter-terrorist force surrounded the site, a resort boasting accommodation in hut-style rooms, as well as restaurants and swimming pools.
    Security forces battled the gunmen at the site, with nearby residents reporting hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze.
    Mr Traore added the second body was being identified, saying: "Operations are ongoing. We are searching room by room."
    There was no immediate information on the nationality of the hostages released.
    Officials have said it is believed that the attack was carried out by jihadists, and that at least two people had been killed.
    'Security forces are in place. Campement Kangaba is blocked off and an operation is under way,' Security Ministry spokesman Baba Cisse said.


    The situation is under control.'
    Residents spoke of the terrifying scenes as the usually idyllic sight turned to carnage.
    One, Modibo Diarra, said: 'I heard gunfire coming from the camp and I saw people running out of the tourist site.
    'I learned that it was a terrorist attack.'

    Malian soldiers succeeded in entering the site, according to Commandant Modibo Traore, according to a spokesman for the Malian special forces.
    'The operation is ongoing and we estimate that there are between three and four assailants,' he said.
    Security has gradually worsened in Mali since French forces pushed back allied Islamist and Tuareg rebel fighters in 2013 from swathes of the north they had occupied the previous year.
    French troops and a 10,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force have battled to stabilise the former French colony and strikes on Malian and Western targets have spread further south and far beyond traditional militant strongholds.
    In November 2015, gunmen took guests and staff hostage at the luxury Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako in a siege that left at least 20 people dead, including 14 foreigners.
    The attack was claimed by the North African terrorist affiliate 'Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb' (AQIM).


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4kRZf2LOA
    by Published on 06-01-2017 11:15 PM     Number of Views: 271 

    Chinese twins gain post-Harvard internet fame, for their brains and beauty


    Netizens in China are captivated with a pair of Chinese twin sisters who recently graduated from one of the most prestigious schools in the United States.

    23-year-old Sun Yumeng and Sun Yutong have completed their graduate degrees in Education from Harvard University.

    And, they did so in just one year after finishing their undergraduate studies at Shanghai's Fudan University, reports China Daily.



    The twins have become overnight sensations, not just because of their beauty, but also due to their intelligence.

    The pair, who hail from Nanjing, capital of East China's Jiangsu province, appear to be virtually inseparable during their time together at Harvard.
    http://stomp.straitstimes.com/singap...ins-and-beauty
    by Published on 06-01-2017 11:11 PM     Number of Views: 246 

    Homeless Man Raises Funds to Feed Stray Cats Before Himself Every Day...
    A homeless man from Thailand sells limes every day on the streets so he can raise enough money to buy cat food for the local strays.

    He always feeds the homeless cats before himself.

    It all began when a young woman, Warunya Wattanasupachoke, spotted the homeless man selling limes with a sign saying, "20 baht per bag, profits will pay for stray cat's food expenses."

    She decided to purchase a few limes but soon she learned that the man got his lime supply from a kind citizen who gave him the fruit free without charge.

    The man, "Loong Dum", has been caring for the local homeless cats since he first came across one. Every day he sells limes to raise funds to feed the strays. To him, they are his family, and they rely on him.
    "We shouldn't judge someone based on their appearance," Warunya said. "Take Loong Dum for example. Though he is homeless and rugged-looking, he has a big heart."

    The kind man makes sure that all the stray cats get fed every day even though it means that he will not have enough food for himself.
    "I'm fine with skipping meals, but the cat needs to eat," he said.

    Loong Dum and his beloved cat.

    After his story was posted on Facebook, many Thai people offered to help. Some came to buy limes from him and others dropped off cat food and supplies every day to help him and the local strays.

    The excitement he gets when he receives cat food for his feline friends.


    A Facebook page was created to share updates about Loong Dum and his cats.

    "Your outer appearance doesn't matter. At the end of the day, your self-worth is defined by how good of a person you are," the admin of Cat Lover Loong Dum said.
    http://www.lovemeow.com/homeless-man...429651315.html
    by Published on 05-29-2017 11:06 PM     Number of Views: 293 

    Indonesian Muslim preacher named as porn case suspect



    Indonesian police have named a controversial hardline Muslim preacher as a suspect in a pornography case.
    Rizieq Shihab is accused of exchanging graphic messages and nude pictures in text conversations with a woman.
    The cleric, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, has denied the accusations.
    Mr Rizieq heads the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), which led mass protests against Jakarta's former governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama who was jailed for blasphemy last month.

    Known for his fiery rhetoric, Mr Rizieq has been jailed twice for violence and disrupting public order.
    In this latest case, Mr Rizieq is accused of violating Indonesia's strict anti-pornography laws by transmitting pornography to activist Firza Husein, who has also been named as a suspect.
    Screenshots of what appeared to be text and picture messages between the two of them began circulating online earlier this year.

    It's being seen by many as the height of hypocrisy. This is a man whose group's core battleground has been against sexual promiscuity, prostitution and alcohol.
    His group campaigned for the very laws that their leader is now being charged under, the controversial anti-pornography laws.
    To his supporters, Rizieq Shihab is a hero who embodies the true face of Islam. Now he is being charged with transmitting pornographic content with a woman who is not his wife.
    Some legal experts have questioned why the police are pursuing this particular case. He faces six other charges including defaming the countries founding principles and first president, and blasphemy against Catholicism for questioning whether Jesus was really the son of God.
    Police have repeatedly summoned Mr Rizieq for questioning since April, but he has yet to report to them. The preacher has been in Saudi Arabia with his family since late April.

    An FPI spokesman told Reuters that the legal complaints were "unfounded" and "engineered to criminalise" clerics.
    Mr Rizieq's lawyer has also said the allegations were fabricated by supporters of Mr Purnama, also known as Ahok.


    Mr Rizieq is known to be a vocal opponent of Mr Purnama.
    He and the FPI campaigned for months last year against Mr Purnama, a Christian and ethnic Chinese, claiming that he could not lead a Muslim city.
    When Mr Purnama addressed these claims in a speech while campaigning for Jakarta's mayoral election, he was accused of insulting Islam, prompting even larger protests.
    He was subsequently tried and found guilty of blasphemy.
    by Published on 05-28-2017 11:13 PM     Number of Views: 204 

    Kind Chinese Doctor Who Stopped To Help 'Mat Rempit' In Accident At Karak Highway Goes Viral

    A female Chinese doctor has shown that race and religion is no barrier to goodwill, after pictures of her helping a Malay motorcyclist who was involved in an accident went viral last Monday.

    In a Facebook posting by Muhammad Aizuddin, he shared how the doctor stopped by the road to help them as she noticed that the victim is badly injured.

    According to media reports, the doctor pulled over her car after seeing the accident at the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway near Genting Sempah last Sunday.
    She immediately checked the injured motorcyclist pulse and breathing. The self-confessed 'mat rempit' explained he knew she is a doctor as she had brought along her medical equipment and even knew how to set his broken arm into position, Harian Metro reports.

    Aizuddin said that he gained a lot of respect for the female doctor, as she did not let prejudice stand in the way for her to help people.

    "Respect for this 'Amoi'. Even though she knows that we are 'Mat Rempit', she still stopped by to help us because she's a doctor," said Aizuddin.

    Aizuddin also added how she was the one who told him to go and buy sweets so that the victim won't suffer from low sugar level in his body.

    "You go and look for her when you're feeling better. She was the one who asked me to buy sugar syrup, she was the one who poured water on your wounds," Aizuddin said in his Facebook posting.

    He also said that the female doctor even said that she will stay there until the ambulance arrived.

    In the aftermath of the incident, the victim Faisal Hasbullah Alimin who is now in stable condition, has expressed his gratitude for the doctor.
    "Thank you for helping me, even though we don't know each other and are of different races," Faisal said to Harian Metro.

    Faisal said that the doctor's kindness really touched his heart, and stated his intent of meeting the doctor and thanking her personally.

    "Usually, when people see motorcyclists they will think that we are 'Mat Rempit', but when I see how driven she is in helping me, I see that not everyone thinks like that.

    "If given the chance, I would like to meet her personally and thank her in person," said Faisal.

    As of writing, the Facebook posting by Muhammad Aizuddin has gained 4500 likes and 676 shares.

    Lets hope that after seeing the female doctor's actions, more and more Malaysians are inspired to spread kindness to others, without letting race, religion or prejudices stop them.
    http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/...oes-viral.html
    by Published on 05-26-2017 05:31 AM     Number of Views: 191 

    Woman in fatal crash with cyclists turns to crowd-funding for legal fees
    She needs about RM60,000 to foot her legal fees, says appealing to the public for help is her last resort.


    PETALING JAYA: Sam Ke Ting, the saleswoman involved in an accident at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam in Johor Bahru where eight “Mat Lajak” cyclists were killed in February, has turned to crowd-funding to foot her legal fees.
    In a posting on her Facebook page, the 22-year-old asked for the public’s help to collect money for her court case, reported The Star today.


    Sam said she needed about RM60,000 to foot her legal fees, saying that appealing to the public for help was her last resort.
    “My family has exhausted all their savings to help me foot the costs,” she said in her Facebook entry posted today.

    Sam appealed to the public for donations and gave account numbers at two banks.


    On Feb 18, Sam allegedly ploughed into a group of 30 to 40 cyclists, killing eight and injuring eight others.
    The cyclists, aged 13 to 17, were believed to have been blocking some roads in the area.
    The incident happened at 3am in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam.
    Sam claimed trial to a charge of dangerous and reckless driving. She was charged under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and was released on bail.
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/cat...or-legal-fees/

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