December 18, 2018

Review Category : People

US votes against UN motion to condemn gay sex death penalty ‘over fears executions could be banned in the States’

US votes against UN motion to condemn gay sex death penalty ‘over fears executions could be banned in the States’The US failed to back a United Nations resolution to condemn death penalty sentences against gay people for having sex, because it feared it could lead to executions being banned in America. The Donald Trump administration failed to support the motion along with countries where the practice is legal, including in Saudi Arabia. Extremists in Isis-held territory in Iraq and Syria also hand down the death penalty for same-sex relations.

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Head of Syria ex-Qaeda group 'critical' after Russia strike

Head of Syria ex-Qaeda group 'critical' after Russia strikeDefence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the strike was the result of a special operation to avenge an attack on Russian military police in the so-called Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria on September 18. "As a result of the strike, the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra Abu Mohammed al-Jolani received multiple serious shrapnel wounds, lost an arm and is in a critical condition, according to several independent sources," Konashenkov said in a statement.

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Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock 'notorious for abusing girlfriend in public'

Las Vegas shooting: Gunman Stephen Paddock 'notorious for abusing girlfriend in public'Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock was notorious for verbally abusing his girlfriend in public, according to coffee shop staff who served the couple. The 64-year-old, an avid gambler, was described as "rude" and "mean" by baristas at a casino Starbucks he would often visit with partner Marilou Danley in their hometown of Mesquite, Nevada. Filipino Ms Danley, 62, was holidaying in her home country when Paddock killed at least 59 people and injured 527 by shooting at crowds at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

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Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock 'transferred $100,000 to girlfriend in Philippines' days before massacre

Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock 'transferred $100,000 to girlfriend in Philippines' days before massacrePolice will interview the girlfriend of the Las Vegas massacre gunman after it emerged he made a large international money transfer to her home country in the days before the shooting.  Stephen Paddock wired $100,000 to his girlfriend Marilou Danley in the Philippines last week, authorities in Manila said on Wednesday, citing the FBI.  "Danley arrived in the Philippines last month, and then there was a wire transfer to her account for $100,000 from Stephen," Nick Suarez, spokesman for the Philippines' National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), told AFP. Police said Ms Danley, a former casino worker who was in the Philippines when the mass shooting in Las Vegas took place, was not believed to be involved in the shooting. Ms Danley travelled to the Philippines through Hong Kong on September 25.  The 62-year-old landed at Los Angeles International Airport at 7.17 pm local time on Tuesday and being treated as  "person of interest". She was not arrested, and was free to go wherever she wants, but agents were expected to speak to her in an attempt to discover what led Paddock to carry out America's worst mass shooting. Pictures emerged on Tuesday of Paddock in the Philippines at what appeared to be a gathering of Ms Danley's family.  Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock is pictured with girlfriend Marilou Danley and her family in the Philippines in 2013 Security expert Jeffrey Simon, author of Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat, said: "I think the girlfriend is key. Hopefully, she may be able to provide some answers. "But we may have America's worst mass shooting and never know really why it happened." FBI investigators said they were looking at Paddock's finances as a matter of urgency in a bid to establish a motive for the massacre.  Paddock lived with Ms Danley in Nevada  Credit: Reuters Relatives said Paddock, a former accountant, was worth at least $2 million and obsessively gambled tens of thousands of dollars.  The gunman's brother, Eric Paddock, said he recently received a text message showing his brother had won $40,000. "He'd grouse when he'd lost. But he never said he'd lost $4 million or something. I think he would have told me," Mr Paddock said. This undated photo provided by Eric Paddock shows him at left with Stephen Paddock  Credit: Courtesy of Eric Paddock But he appears to have been gambling particularly heavily in the weeks ahead of the massacre, with records kept by Las Vegas casinos showing he engaged in 16 transactions of over $10,000 in recent weeks. It was not immediately clear if they represented wins or losses.  Police are still trying to find a motive to explain why Paddock, 64, fired hundreds of bullets into crowds who gathered for an open air concert on Sunday night.  The gunman was already dead when armed police blasted their way into his 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel a 11:20 PM on Sunday night, ending a 9-11 minute killing spree that left 59 dead and over five hundred injured. Police said he had shot himself.  Las Vegas gunman's brother: 'It's like an asteroid fell out of the sky' 01:03 A photograph from the scene showed Paddock lying in a pool of blood from a head wound among dozens of spent cartridge casings. A revolver lay near the body.  Unlike other mass shooters in recent history, Paddock appears to have left no suicide note or rambling manifesto trying to justify his actions. FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt said usually after a mass shooting "people two or three days later say 'Ah, now I understand, I know what was going on in this guy's life'." But with Paddock "we don't know," he said. But he added: "He knew what he wanted to do. He knew how he was going to do it, and it doesn't seem like he had any kind of escape plan at all." A photo from inside the Mandalay Bay hotel room shows one of Paddock's guns Credit:  @Boston25/Twitter Paddock's body was found amid a vast arsenal of high-powered weapons that he appeared to have assembled over several days in preparation for the massacre.  Investigators sweeping the room found no fewer than 23 guns, including a Kalashnikov and AR-15 assault rifles, and a vast stockpile of  of military grade .223 calibre ammunition.   Graphic: How 'Bump-stock' devices work At least two of the weapons had been set up on tripods at windows overlooking the concert site, and 12 had been modified with "bump-stocks", a mechanical device to depress the trigger faster than a finger, simulating automatic machine gun fire.  Police said they believe he used 10 suitcases to smuggle the weapons up to the room, which he had checked into using Ms Danley's ID four days earlier. Inside a Mandalay Bay Hotel suite similar to the one used by Paddock  They also found Ms Danley's slot machine card, which he had apparently been using to gamble with. Early on Monday, police found another arms cache including 19 weapons, several pounds of a commercially available explosive, and thousands of rounds of ammunition at his home in Mesquite, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. They found traces of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, which can be used to make homemade bombs, in his car.  Paddock began his killing spree at eight minutes past ten on Sunday night,  when he opened fire from his hotel room windows on concert goers at the the Route 91 country music festival below.   A woman leaves flowers at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip Credit: Reuters Craig Herman, 57, a contractor, told the Telegraph: "I was right in front of the stage.  I heard 'pop, pop, pop' over and over again. When he was reloading I ran. I stepped over a guy with blood pouring out of his head. He was dead. Gone. I saw maybe 15 others like that before I got out." "There were people screaming, lying on the ground. I've never seen so much blood. I kept thinking what type of person would do this, who would be that kind of stupid? Was it the Taliban? Mexican cartels? gang related? But it was someone a bit like me," he added.  Mandalay Bay hotel shooting Videos filmed by concert goers show that Paddock’s first volley lasted only about ten seconds - a time scale consistent with emptying the magazine on an automatic assault rifle. He fired several similar volleys over a period of about ten minutes.  As casualties mounted, dozens of bystanders, including off duty soldiers, policemen, and nurses, but also ordinary civilians scrambled to attend to the wounded.  They included Ross Woodward, a trooper with 1st Queens Dragoon Guards who had just completed a training deployment in the Nevada desert.  Recognizing the sound of automatic fire, Woodward and two other off duty soldiers from the Welsh regiment ran towards the scene to tend to the wounded and shepherd people to safely. "He just said that he helped the injured and to get people to safety and that was it really,” said Curtis Dyer, his brother, told the Press Association. "I'm dead proud of what he's done, that he was able to do it." 50 dead in Las Vegas shooting, in pictures Julian Ness, 31, one of the first paramedics on the scene, told the Telegraph: "I started treating someone who'd been shot in the leg. Then someone ran up telling me about someone shot in the head, then there was someone shot three times in the chest. "There was blood everywhere. I never imagined seeing anything like this. We wanted to help everyone but we just had to make difficult decisions based the ones we could save. It breaks your heart." Taylor Winston, a 29 year old former US marine who was attending the concert with his friend Jenn Lewis, also used skills learnt on the battlefield to save lives. “Jenn and I luckily found a truck with keys in it and started transporting priority victims to the hospital and made a couple trips and tried to help out the best we could until more ambulances could arrive,” the Iraq war veteran, from San Diego, told the Daily Beast. He and an off duty trauma nurse then set up a makeshift triage point, prioritizing casualties and telling victims to apply pressure to their wounds to stop the bleeding. Officers had identified the source of the shooting and arrived outside room 32135 by 10:24 pm - 16 minutes after the massacre began. Paddock shot through the door as they approached, wounding a hotel security guard in the leg.  Sonny Morgan, who was on the 32nd floor at the time of the shooting, said: "“I could smell the gun powder. It just kept going and going. I honestly thought it was like a terrorist attack, that someone was trying to blow up the hotel." In brief | Worst US mass shootings

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