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The Israeli regime has intensified its attacks on hospitals in the Gaza Strip amid shortage of medical supplies in the besieged enclave.
Basman Alashi, the director of Gaza’s Wafa Hospital, told Report that hospitals there cannot cope with the rising number of casualties from Israeli attacks.
The humanitarian aid body ‘Doctors without Borders’ (MSF) strongly condemned Israel’s Monday attacks on Gaza’s Shifa hospital.
“Targeting hospitals and their surroundings is completely unacceptable and a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law,” said Tommaso Fabbri, MSF’s head of mission in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, adding, “Whatever the circumstances, health facilities and medical staff must be protected and respected. But in Gaza today, hospitals are not the safe havens they should be.”
Israeli warplanes and tanks have bombed several hospitals across the besieged region over the past few days.
Senior Palestinian officials have described the multiple attacks as a “brazen violation of international norms.”
Medical workers are now raising the alarm over a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where hospitals are running low on basic medications.
The Palestinian death toll from three weeks of Israeli strikes has neared 1,200 while several thousand Palestinians have been injured in the onslaught.
The UN says over 80 percent of the Palestinian fatalities have been civilians, including more than 250 children.
The UN Human Rights Council recently passed a resolution, calling for an independent probe into Israel’s war crimes in Gaza !!!
mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China’s volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants, state media reported Tuesday.
Many other people were injured in the violence Monday in Shache county near the city of Kashgar, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
It said the mob first attacked a police station and government offices in the township of Elixku before moving on to a neighboring township, attacking civilians and smashing vehicles along the way.
Xinhua said dozens of people were killed or injured in the attacks but gave no precise figures. It also said that police shot and killed dozens of the attackers.
“Initial investigation showed that it was a premeditated terror attack. Further investigation is under way,” Xinhua said.
Calls to more than a half-dozen police stations and government offices in the area either rang unanswered Tuesday evening or were answered by people who confirmed the attack but said they were not permitted to release any information about it.
Obtaining details of violence in the remote region is usually impossible and authorities routinely prevent foreign journalists from working freely in the area.
There has been increasing violence in Xinjiang in recent months blamed on pro-independence militants from the region’s native Turkic Uighur Muslim ethnic group. While some of the attacks have shown an increased level of sophistication and planning, most have relied on crude weaponry such as swords, bombs and homemade explosives.
China’s government says the attackers have ties to overseas Islamic terror groups, although it has provided little evidence to back up its claim.
Uighur (pronounced WEE-gur) activists say repressive Chinese cultural and religious policies are fueling resentment among Uighurs, along with a sense that the benefits of economic growth in the resource-rich region are flowing disproportionately to migrants from the country’s Han Chinese majority.
Also known as Yarkant, Shache is near the border with the unstable Central Asian states, about 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) west of Beijing !!!
In President Xi Jinping’s most audacious move yet to impose his authority by targeting elite corruption, the Communist Party on Tuesday announced an investigation of Zhou Yongkang, the retired former head of domestic security who accumulated vast power while his family accumulated vast wealth.
Mr. Zhou, who retired from the Politburo Standing Committee in late 2012, is the most senior party figure ever to face a formal graft inquiry. Until now, no standing or retired member of the Standing Committee has faced a formal investigation by the party’s anticorruption agency.
The party leadership has “decided to establish an investigation of Zhou Yongkang for grave violations of discipline,” Xinhua, the state-run news agency, reported Tuesday, citing a decision by the party’s anticorruption agency. The terse announcement gave no details of the charges against Mr. Zhou.
Until now, the detention and investigation of Mr. Zhou has been secretive and unconfirmed by the government, although known among party insiders and reported abroad.
Charges against Mr. Zhou could well center on the fortunes made by members of his family, often in sectors once under his sway. An investigation by The New York Times showed that Mr. Zhou’s son, a sister-in-law and his son’s mother-in-law held assets worth some 1 billion renminbi, or about $160 million, much of it in the oil and gas sector that was Mr. Zhou’s political fiefdom, where he could shape decisions and promotions. That estimate was based on publicly available records and a limited assessment of their companies’ value and did not include real estate or overseas assets, which are more difficult to identify and assess.
Mr. Zhou, 71, retired from the party leadership in November 2012, at the same congress that appointed Mr. Xi the top leader, but he remained a potentially dangerous adversary, with ties to more senior retired figures.
Graft investigations have already shaken his bases of influence in Sichuan Province in the southwest; in the nation’s biggest oil and gas conglomerate, the China National Petroleum Corporation; and in the country’s police and civilian intelligence services. Mr. Zhou passed through all these areas during his career, and used his influence to install protégés !!!
A suicide attacker killed an influential cousin of Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a dispute over election results that will determine the country’s new leader as US-led troops withdraw.
Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in the southern province of Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter stand-off that threatens to trigger worsening ethnic instability.
Hashmat, who famously owned a pet lion, was killed at his home outside Kandahar city by a man with explosives hidden in his turban as visitors arrived to celebrate the Eid holiday at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
“A suicide bomber disguised as a guest came to Hashmat Karzai’s house to greet him,” Dawa Khan Minapal, the Kandahar provincial governor’s spokesman, told AFP.
“After he hugged Hashmat, he blew up his explosives and killed him.”
Ghani and opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah are at loggerheads over the June 14 second-round election, which has been mired in allegations of massive fraud.
Ghani won the vote according to preliminary results, but an audit of the ballots has started after Abdullah refused to accept defeat due to claims of “industrial-scale” ballot-box stuffing.
With the audit beset by another outbreak of complaints from both sides, many fear the country is at risk of returning to the ethnic violence of the 1992-1996 civil war.
– Election crisis unsolved -
US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Kabul earlier this month to broker the deal for a complete recount of the eight million votes after Abdullah appeared ready to set up a “parallel government” in opposition to Ghani.
The deal averted an immediate crisis, but US and UN officials have struggled to get Afghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power back on the track as the two sides bicker over how fraudulent votes should be identified.
A credible election was seen as a key benchmark of the costly US-led military and civilian aid effort to develop Afghanistan since the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.
President Karzai, who has ruled since the Taliban’s fall, was due to hand over power to his successor on August 2.
Many diplomats insisted that holding the presidential inauguration on schedule was essential for future aid funding and military support, but the event has now been delayed without any new date being announced.
Abdullah, who draws most of his support from Tajiks and other northern groups, won the first round of voting, but preliminary results from the second-round run-off showed Ghani, whose support base is among the Pashtun tribes of the south and east, ahead by over one million votes.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the killing of Hashmat Karzai, and no other casualties were reported.
Explosives hidden in turbans have been used on several occasions in Afghanistan, including an attack in Kabul in 2011 that killed former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Hashmat Karzai first worked in this year’s presidential election campaign for Qayyum Karzai, the president’s brother, and later moved to support Ghani when Qayyum withdrew from the race !!!
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has lost one of his sons in a car crash.
Hamza El-Rufai died Tuesday morning in Abuja.
The father of the deceased broke the unfortunate news on his faceboook page at about 8:00 am today.
Confirming the incident, El-Rufai in a statement posted on his Facebook page wrote: “From Allah, we came and to Him we shall return. Please join our family in praying for the repose of the soul of my son, Hamza El-Rufai who died in a motor accident in Abuja !!!
A policeman attached to the Patrol and Guard, P&G, Aba Central Police Station, Abia State, Inspector Sunday Mefo, has died after he accidentally shot himself on the leg.
The incident, it was gathered, occurred on Sunday at about 10 pm after he had booked and collected an AK-47 rifle which he was to use for night duty.
Though information on how the incident happened was still sketchy at press time, unconfirmed report has it that while Mefo was trying to check the gun’s condition, as he pulled the trigger, a bullet went off and hit him on the leg.
According to reports, the inspector was quickly rushed to a nearby hospital where he was reportedly being treated until yesterday morning when he died.
Man attempts suicide
In another development, a man identified as Kenneth Rowland has been reportedly arrested and detained at the Ogbor Hill Police station for attempted suicide.
Sources have it that the man, a regular customer of an undisclosed hotel at Road 4, Federal Housing Estate, in the outskirts of the commercial city, on receiving his hotel bill excused himself, dashed to the middle of a main road opposite the hotel and waited for an oncoming vehicle to hit him.
It was learnt that people around the hotel, who saw him, rushed there, dragged him out of the road and afterwards informed police of the incident.
The suspect, was later taken to Ogbor Hill police station where he was interrogated and detained.
Contacted, Abia State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was yet to be informed of the incidents !!!
Justin Bieber and Vanessa Hudgens received special honors at 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. The annual awards event was held at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night, July 27.
Vanessa won Trendsetter Award while Justin won Champ of Charity Award for his work with Make-A-Wish foundation. Cody Simpson was the one who presented the award to Justin at the event.
At the red carpet event, Justin kept his look simple by wearing a grey long-sleeve top and a pair of jeans. He completed his look with a pair of white shoes and chain necklace.
Meanwhile, Vanessa showed off her toned figure as she wore a blue halterneck crop top with a full-length white skirt. Vanessa’s stylist, Natalie Saidi, told Just Jared, “I designed this custom Bongo top specifically for Vanessa to wear to the Young Hollywood Awards. It’s young, fresh, sexy and effortless. Also a great way to show off her rock hard abs which she should definitely show off!”
Natalie added, “I kept it simple with these chic high-waisted white flowy Badgley Mischka pants, so we could have fun piling on all the accessories… there’s never enough!”
The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, which was hosted by Kelly Osbourne, will air on July 28 at 8 P.M. ET/PT on The CW. Ansel Elgort won Fan Favorite Male Actor Award, while Chloe Moretz won the female category of Fan Favorite Actor Award. Stars of “The Vampire Diaries”, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, won Best Threesome Award. Meanwhile, “Orange Is the New Black” won Bingeworthy TV Show Award.
Jay Penske, founder, chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corp., which produced the 2014 YHA, previously said of the event, “We’re thrilled to see the Young Hollywood Awards, now in its 16th year, continue to ascend to its biggest show ever. And to again be partnering with the CW, which is a preeminent TV destination for young talent to launch their careers, is more than fitting for the show’s propensity for being the first to debut current emerging talent at the start of notable careers.”
Totally names of Winners 2014 Young Hollywood Awards:
Fan Favorite Actor – Male: Ansel Elgort
Fan Favorite Actor – Female: Chloe Moretz
Coolest Crossover Artist: Nick Jonas
Breakthrough Actor: Dylan O’Brien
Breakthrough Actress: Danielle Brooks
#SocialMediaSuperstar: Ashley Tisdale
Best Threesome: “The Vampire Diaries” (Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley)
Hottest Body (of work): Derek Hough
Best On-Screen Couple: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars”)
Best Bromance: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
Super Superhero: Kellan Lutz (“The Legend of Hercules”)
Cuz You’re Funny: Amy Schumer
We Love to Hate You: Pablo Schreiber (“Orange Is the New Black”)
Hottest Music Artist: Ed Sheeran
Breakout Music Artist: Sam Smith
Song of the Summer/DJ Replay: “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea ft. Charlie XCX
You’re So Fancy: Bella Thorne
Most Awesome Athlete: Louie Vito
Bingeworthy TV Show: “Orange Is the New Black”
Favorite Flick: “The Fault in Our Stars”
Viral Superstar: Jenna Marbles
Reality Royalty: “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”