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Fakhra Younus, Pakistani Acid Attack Victim, Commits Suicide After Surgeries

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© The Associated Press/Fakhra Younus Family
This combination of two undated photos provide by the family shows on the left, Fakhra Younus, some time after an acid attack twelve years ago, allegedly carried out by her then-husband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse; and on the right, Younus sometime before the attack. Younus, who had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body, finally decided life was no longer worth living. The 33-year-old former dancing girl jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome March 17, 2012, where she had been living and receiving treatment.
Islamabad - Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living.

The 33-year-old former dancing girl - who was allegedly attacked by her then-husband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse - jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment.

Her March 17 suicide and the return of her body to Pakistan on Sunday reignited furor over the case, which received significant international attention at the time of the attack. Her death came less than a month after a Pakistani filmmaker won the country's first Oscar for a documentary about acid attack victims.

Younus' story highlights the horrible mistreatment many women face in Pakistan's conservative, male-dominated culture and is a reminder that the country's rich and powerful often appear to operate with impunity. Younus' ex-husband, Bilal Khar, was eventually acquitted, but many believe he used his connections to escape the law's grip - a common occurrence in Pakistan.

More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women's rights organization. Because the group relied mostly on media reports, the figure is likely an undercount.

"The saddest part is that she realized that the system in Pakistan was never going to provide her with relief or remedy," Nayyar Shabana Kiyani, an activist at The Aurat Foundation, said of Younus. "She was totally disappointed that there was no justice available to her."

Attention

Self-immolation protests shock Italians

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Italians have been left shocked by two cases of men setting themselves on fire in the past two days in protest at their financial hardship.

A 58-year-old builder accused of tax evasion set himself alight in his car in Bologna on Wednesday.

Another builder, a 27-year-old Moroccan, set himself on fire outside the town hall in Verona on Thursday, saying that he had not been paid for four months.

Both men are being treated in hospital.

Play

Video Raises New Questions in Trayvon Martin Killing

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The father of George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting and killing an unarmed black teen in Florida, says the 17-year-old threatened to kill Zimmerman and then beat him so badly that it forced Zimmerman to shoot him.

"Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of, 'You're going to die now' or 'You're going to die tonight,' something to that effect," Robert Zimmerman told Orlando TV station WOFL. "He continued to beat George. At some point, George pulled his pistol. Did what he did."

A surveillance video from the Sanford police headquarters the night of the incident raises questions about the description of a beating.

It shows Zimmerman, his hands cuffed, exiting a patrol car and being led into the police station. First broadcast Wednesday by ABCNews.com, the video does not provide close-ups, but also does not show clear signs of Zimmerman having injuries.

Airplane

Unruly child & family kicked off flight in Portland

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An unruly child put an end Tuesday evening to a plane trip by a family flying from Long Beach, Calif., to Vancouver, B.C., authorities said.

A young child refused to stay seated during an Alaska Airlines flight, according to Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson, and neither the parents nor flight attendants were able to control the child.

The pilot radioed ahead to have police waiting at the gate in Portland to remove the family of four from the plane.

Officers spoke with the family but did not arrest or cite them. They were not allowed to get back on the flight to Vancouver. Johnson said the stop in Portland was a scheduled stop for the flight.

He was unsure of the exact age of the child.

Comment: How does a child 'refuse' to be seated? Parenting is not a Democracy!


Handcuffs

Sex offender yells Go Cowboys! as he's executed

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Jesse Joe Hernandez
A convicted child sex offender was executed Wednesday in Texas for the beating death of a 10-month-old boy he was baby-sitting at a home in Dallas.

Jesse Joe Hernandez smiled and laughed at times before receiving a lethal injection for the slaying of Karlos Borja 11 years ago.

"God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God," the 47-year-old Hernandez said. Moments later, he shouted "Go Cowboys!" in honor of his favorite football team.

As the drugs took effect, the condemned man repeated his appreciation for those he knew who had gathered to witness the execution. "Love y'all, man," Hernandez said. "... Thank you. I can feel it, taste it. It's not bad."

He took about 10 deep breaths, which grew progressively weaker until he was no longer moving. Ten minutes later, at 6:18 p.m. CDT, he was pronounced dead.

Pistol

911 caller arrested after cops gun down unarmed black teen

Police shooting victim Kendrec McDade, 19.
© Screenshot via CBS 2 in Los Angeles
Police shooting victim Kendrec McDade, 19.

At a press conference Wednesday in Pasadena, California, police announced that they have arrested a man who called 911 earlier this week, claiming he'd been robbed at gunpoint by two black teens. Police responded to the incident with deadly force, killing 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade after he fled from officers.

The 911 caller, Oscar Carillo, allegedly admitted under questioning that he lied about the firearm to trigger a faster police response.

Police claim that once they cornered McDade, he reached for his waistband. Believing he was armed, two officers opened fire and hit the teen multiple times. He died a short time later at Huntington Hospital.

Attention

Lockerbie Bomber Could Have Walked Free Says Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission Report

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Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi boards a plane for Tripoli from Glasgow after his release in 2009
The Sunday Herald today publishes the full 800-page report detailing why the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing could have walked free.

The controversial report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has remained secret for five years because, until now, no-one had permission to publish it.

The Sunday Herald and its sister paper, The Herald, are the only newspapers in the world to have seen the report. We choose to publish it because we have the permission of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing, and because we believe it is in the public interest to disseminate the whole document.

The Sunday Herald has chosen to publish the full report online today at www.heraldscotland.com to allow the public to see for themselves the evidence which could have resulted in the acquittal of Megrahi. Under Section 32 of the Data Protection Act, journalists can publish in the public interest.

We have made very few redactions to protect the names of confidential sources and private information.

The publication of the report adds weight to calls for a full public inquiry into the atrocity - something many of the relatives have been campaigning for for more than two decades.

Megrahi has today also sent a copy of the full report to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who released him on compassionate grounds in August 2009.

Airplane

TSA Manager Arrested for Running Prostitution Ring

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Bryant Livingston was arrested at his job at Dulles International Airport where he worked as a morning shift manager.
Silver Spring, Maryland - Montgomery County Police have arrested a TSA manager for running a prostitution ring out of a Silver Spring hotel. Bryant Livingston was arrested at his job at Dulles International Airport where he worked as a morning shift manager.

Hotel employees were suspicious of activity and called police.

When Montgomery County Police arrived and knocked on the hotel room door they saw three naked women in a room and four men. One man admitted to police he had arrived with the promise of sex for $100.

Attention

For iPhone and Android Users, This Video Is Absolutely Horrifying

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Hack be nimble!

No matter how many times they're warned, far too many folks refuse to adopt complicated passwords. Seemingly on a monthly basis, studies find that "Password" and "ABC123" continue to top the list of most commonly used passwords and, in turn, the most commonly hacked passwords. And if you're the type of user who spreads the same password across email, social media, banking, and commerce sites, you've pretty much opened your entire identity to anyone with an internet connection.

Even iPhone users have taken the easy route when choosing a four-digit passcode to unlock their device. According to a study from last June, "1234" is by far the most common iPhone passcode around. (Cue the appropriate Spaceballs quote now.)

And for Android users, gaining full access to a Droid could be as easy as holding the screen up to the light to reveal a smudge pattern.

But those who've adopted unique and complicated, yet memorable, passwords are still not immune from security breaches. As scary as it sounds, one need only physical access to your mobile device -- be it a password-protected iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry -- to gain total control of your phone and the files within. As Swedish security firm Micro Systemation shows in a video, a lightweight program and a USB cable are all anyone needs to access your information.

And that technique is not only being used by ne'er-do-well hackers. It's being used by police and military worldwide.

Nuke

Chernobyl, 25 years since the nuclear disaster: Striking images of the Chernobyl disaster

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© RIA Novosti
Dmitry Dmitriyev, a radiation exposure inspector in the clean-up operation, during rare minutes of rest. This image was published around the world, becoming a symbol of the clean-up workers' heavy burden.

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The explosion at reactor four scattered radioactive debris in a large area around the unit, especially the roof of neighboring reactor three. The conscripts who had to clean the roof were given the nickname "biorobots."