A Family Of Five Finally Freed After Being Imprisoned By The Taliban For Five Years

After almost 5 years of being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan, An American Woman, her husband and three children were freed by Pakistani security forces according to a report by CNN’s Ryan Browne and Barbara Star.

In 2012, Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were captured by the Taliban while on vacation in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant at the time and they had two more kids while being held as prisoners.

The Pakistani Army released a statement shortly after finding the family with the help of US intelligence agencies:

“The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful; all hostages were recovered safe and sound and are being repatriated to the country of their origin. The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan’s continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.”

President Donald Trump released a statement on Thursday confirming the release of the prisoners.

“The United States government, working in conjunction with the government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” read the statement.

“This is a positive moment for our country’s relationship with Pakistan,” Trump added. “The Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America’s wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region.”

 

North Korea: Trump Is An “Old Lunatic” Exploiting Otto Warmbiers’s Death

North Korea’s foreign ministry released a statement on Thursday blaming the US for “luring and pushing” American college student Otto Warmbier into breaking the North Korea’s laws, according to BBC News.

“Trump and his clique, for their anti-DPRK propaganda, are again exploiting the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who had been under reform through labour for the criminal act he committed against the DPRK and died after returning to the US,” Ri Yong-ho said, using the acronym for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Warmbier was arrested last year when North Korean authorities claimed that the teen was trying to steal a sign. He was released in June after falling into a coma and died a few days later.

During an interview on Fox and Friends on Tuesday, Warmbier’s parents said that their son was “systematically tortured” and that he was “jerking violently” and made “inhumane sounds” when they first saw him.

“Otto was systematically tortured and intentionally injured by Kim and his regime,” said Mr Warmbier.

Dr. Lakshima Sammarco, the coroner who did an external examination of Warmbier’s body, claims she was “surprised” by the parents’ statement.

During a news conference held on Wednesday, Dr. Sammarco said, “I felt very comfortable that there wasn’t any evidence of trauma.”

She said that evidence points to an injury that caused lack of oxygen and blood to the brain caused the death. She claims that the injury happened more than a year ago but could not explain what caused it.

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North Korean Foreign Minister Insists Trump “Declared War” And Will Shoot Down US Bombers

According to a report by NPR journalist Jihye Lee, North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, claims that President Donald Trump’s insulting tweet about his country last weekend equals to a declaration of war. He also pointed out that his country can now legally shoot down American military planes under international law, even if it’s flying outside of the country’s airspace.

“For the past couple of days, we had earnestly hoped that the war of words between North Korea and the U.S. would not lead to action,” Ho said according to a translation by Lee. “However, Trump had ultimately declared war again last weekend, by saying regarding our leadership, that he will make it unable to last longer.”

Last weekend, President Trump tweeted: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

Ho said that as the United States current president, Trump issued a “clear declaration of war.”

Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning released a statement saying, “If North Korea does not stop their provocative actions, you know, we will make sure that we provide options to the President to deal with North Korea.”

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Iranian Man Hung In Public After Raping And Killing A Seven-Year-Old Girl

On Wednesday, September 20, Esmail Jafarzadeh was executed in front of a cheering crowd in the town of Parsabad, Iran, according to Newsweek.

Jafarzadeh was found guilty by Iranian authorities for the rape and murder of Atena Aslani, a seven-year-old girl who got separated from her father and went missing on June 19. The body of the young girl was found in the perpetrator’s garage.

The case received nationwide attention and even provoked the country’s president to intervene, calling the crime “horrendous” and calling for justice to be handed down.

According to the public prosecutor in Ardebil, Naser Atabati, the reason the hanging happened in a public square was “to restore citizens’ sense of security and relieve their troubled minds.” The suspect supposedly also confessed to raping and killing another woman two years ago. Her body has not been found.

Iran has one of the highest execution rates in the world according to human rights groups. Amnesty International said that in 2015, Iran executed almost 1000 people, the most in almost 20 years. Although, many of them are due to drug offenses, rape, murder and homosexuality are also punishable by death.

 

 

North Koreans Forced To Watch Brutal Executions And Become Kim Jong-Un’s Sex Slaves

During an interview with The Mirror, a North Korean defector describes in detail the horrible brutality her people experience under Kim Jong-Un’s rule.

Hee Yeon Lim, 26, was the daughter of an army colonel and lived an entitled life in the country’s capital of Pyongyang, but even she was forced to witness the executions he often ordered on a whim.

Hee Yeon recounted the day she watched 11 musicians executed for making a pornographic video: “We were ordered to leave our classes by security men and made to travel to Pyongyang. There is a sports ground there, a kind of stadium.

“The musicians were brought out, tied up, hooded and apparently gagged, so they could not make a noise, not beg for mercy or scream.

“There were around 10,000 people ordered to watch that day and I was standing 200 feet from these victims.

“A gun was fired, the noise was ­deafening, absolutely terrifying and the guns were fired one after the other. The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere.

“And then after that military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.”

Hee Yeon went on to describe how Jong-Un’s men would come into the schools and pick out teenage girls to become his sex slaves.

“They take the prettiest and ensure they have straight, good legs,” she said.

“They learn to serve him food like caviar and extremely rare delicacies. They are also taught how to massage him and they become sex slaves.

“Yes, they have to sleep with him and they cannot make a mistake or object because they could very easily simply disappear.”

Kenya’s Supreme Court Nullified The Presidential Election’s Results In An Historic Decision

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta’s August 8, win was nullified by the country’s Supreme Court on Friday, and called for new elections to be held within the next 60 days according to report by Chicago Tribune.

“A declaration is hereby issued that the presidential election held on Aug. 8 was not conducted in accordance to the constitution and applicable law, rendering the results invalid, null and void,” Chief Justice David Maraga said.

Opposition Candidate Raila Odinga called the ruling rejoiced in the ruling.

“It’s a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa,” he said. “For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying irregular election of a president. This is a precedent-setting ruling.”

Although former Secretary of State John Kerry and other international election observers claim they saw no abnormalities with the voting, the opposition’s lawyers say that the votes were not counted correctly.

“Right or wrong, the Supreme Court has spoken,” electoral commission lawyer Paul Muite said. “So what remains is a fresh opportunity for the people of Kenya, in exercise of their sovereign authority, to once again restate with clarity who they want as their president.”

Residents Take Cover As North Korea Fires A Ballistic Missile Over Japan

Early Tuesday morning, Japanese residents were awoken to warnings from the government to take cover: “A missile was fired from North Korea. Please evacuate to a sturdy building or basement.”

According to a report by Reuters, the missile was launched just before 6 a.m. local time from near the country’s capital, Pyongyang, and flew over Japan’s Hokkaido Island.

The missile test received criticism from world leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, who spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, agreeing to put more pressure on North Korea.

Abe told reporters, “North Korea’s reckless action is an unprecedented, serious and a grave threat to our nation.”

In response to the firing of the missile, four South Korean jets destroyed a military firing range after President Moon Jae-in insisted on a demonstration of their military capabilities.

North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun released a statement afterwards: “The U.S. should know that it can neither browbeat the DPRK with any economic sanctions and military threats and blackmail nor make the DPRK flinch from the road chosen by itself.”

 

A Spyware Company Promises Parents It Can Help Them Find Out If Their Child Is Gay.

The French company, Fireworld, is feeling the heat after posting a since deleted column on its site in which it promised parents that its “invisible PC spy software” can be used “to find out if your son is gay,” according to a BBC report.

On the company’s English website, it explains how its spyware can figure out passwords, monitor web activity, take screen shots and view real-time web activity.

The article tells parents that after they’ve discovered their son’s password, they can “monitoring his Facebook use,” seeing “if he has visited gay forums” and “spying on his private messages.”

The article went on to say that “Family is fundamental. That’s why the sexual orientation of your children, directly responsible for the continuation of your family, is very important to you.”

They even threatened parents that if they didn’t buy their software, “you will perhaps never be a grandparent and you won’t have the happiness to know your grandson,” according to the website Pink News.

In response to the media backlash, the company wrote: “The article had the sole aim of improving search engine optimization and was never intended to be read by humans. We regret not having reflected on the consequences of this type of content … We sincerely apologize to all those who may have felt offended by this content.”

Billionaire Head Of Samsung Sentenced To Five Years In Jail

Jay Y. Lee, the billionaire leader of South Korea’s Samsung Group, was given five years in jail on Friday after being found guilty of bribery, hiding assets abroad, perjury and embezzlement according to a report by Reuters.

This milestone case brought the attention of the world to South Korea’s long running history of corruption by powerful, family-run syndicates. The six-month trail also resulted in the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, who was discovered to have taken bribes from Lee in return for favours.

Lee, 49, has been detained since February and charged with bribing the former president in an effort to gain control of Samsung Electronics, which leads the world in making smartphones and chips.

Seoul Central District Court Judge Kim Jin-dong said, “This case is a matter of Lee Jae-yong and Samsung Group executives, who had been steadily preparing for Lee’s succession … bribing the president.”

Lee’s lawyer, Song Wu-cheol, insisted that his client is innocent and plans on appealing to a higher court.

“The entire guilty verdict is unacceptable,” Song said.