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Rape and murder of young woman sparks mass Twitter protest in Turkey

Rape and urder of woman in TurkeyThe murder of a woman who tried to stop a man raping her has sparked mass protests in Turkey and prompted women to share their stories of sexual harassment, violence and fear in a growing Twitter campaign.

Twenty-year-old student Ozgecan Aslan was traveling on a minibus in the south-east seaside province of Mersin on Wednesday when a man tried to rape her, according to local media.


Binyamin Netanyahu facing damning expenses accusations ahead of elections

Netnyahu and wifeA damning official report into spending by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem and private seaside home has accused him of excessive and improper use of public funds, including spending huge amounts on takeaway food, hairdressing and cleaning..

Prepared by Israel’s state comptroller, Yosef Shapira – and passed to the country’s attorney general to consider whether any laws have been broken – the report is potentially highly damaging to Netanyahu coming only a month before Israel’s elections.


Haitian Carnival float accident kills at least 20

haitian carnival float accidentAt least 20 people on a music group's packed Carnival float in the Haitian capital were killed Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line, officials said.

The accident occurred as thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince for the raucous annual celebration. People at the scene said someone on the float used a pole or stick to move a power line so the float could pass under it.


Decades of Yeshiva Rapes Shock Aussies

Sexual abuses Australia YeshivaAided by a communal pressure not to go to secular authorities, some Orthodox Jewish boys in Australia say their sexual abuse has gone unpunished for years.

It is as disgusting as it is ironic that the mikveh—the ritual baths where Jews and converts to Judaism immerse to purify themselves—was one of the places Manny Waks says he was sexually abused as an Orthodox Jewish teenager in Melbourne. According to him, Shmuel David Cyprys, the head of security at Yeshivah Centre—the school Waks attended—instructed him to go to the mikveh with him in 1990.


300 Jewish Tombs Desecrated in France

300 Jewish tobs desecrated in FranceHundreds of Jewish gravestones have been knocked over and defaced with swastikas and Nazi slogans, French officials said.

An investigation had been launched after the desecration of some 300 tombs in a Jewish cemetery in the town of Sarre-Union.

"Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this despicable act," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. President Francois Hollande called the incident "odious and barbaric," according to the AFP news agency, while Prime Minister Manuel Valls said via his Twitter feed that the "vile, anti-Semitic act" was "an insult to memory."


Egypt launches attack on ISIL targets in Libya after beheadings

Egypt attacks ISISEgypt's military has said it carried out air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Libya, a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians there.

In a statement aired on state television, the military said the attacks were carried out at dawn on Monday.

The attacks focused on ISIL camps, training sites and weapons storage areas across Egypt's border in Libya, where armed groups have thrived amid chaos, the statement said.


Christian hostages beheaded in Islamic State video

Christians beheadedA video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group.

The video shows a line of men dressed in orange jumpsuits forced onto their knees and beheaded.

The video was posted on social media. On Twitter, several accounts distributed links to the video carrying the title, "A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross."


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