A terrorist who helped orchestrate the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings could soon walk free, with authorities revealing they will support his parole application. Umar Patek helped mastermind the atrocity which killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, nearly one year after the September 11 attacks on October 12. His Filipino wife secured Indonesian citizenship on Wednesday as a 'thank you' to Patek for denouncing terrorism while serving his 20-year sentence. Prison authorities who attended the citizenship ceremony at Porong jail in East Java said they will support Patek's application for parole when the time comes. Umar Patek (pictured while being escorted by security guards in Bali in 2011), could walk free from jail by 2023 Police and onlookers view the site of the bomb blast in Bali on October 13, 2002 Porong prison Governor Tonny Naniggolan said Patek will first need to served two-thirds of his sentence, which means he could be released in 2023. … [Read more...] about Why the terrorist who helped mastermind the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people – including 88 Australians – could walk free from jail eight years EARLY
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Thousands of protesters have controlled Istanbul's main square once more after two days of violent clashes with rampaging riot police, as Turkey's prime minister vowed to press on with the controversial redevelopment that provoked the clashes. Calling the protesters an "extremist fringe", Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the opposition Republican People's party for provoking the protests. "We think that the main opposition party, which is making resistance calls on every street, is provoking these protests," Erdogan said on Turkish television, as an estimated 10,000 demonstrators streamed into the area waving flags and calling on the government to resign. "There is now a menace which is called Twitter," Erdogan said. "The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society." Protesters again clashed with riot police into the early hours of Monday, Reuters reported. In the western port of Izmir, protesters threw fire bombs at the offices of the ruling … [Read more...] about Social media and opposition to blame for protests, says Turkish PM
Tensions between Facebook and the news industry boiled over this week when the social media corporation censored a Pulitzer-winning Vietnam war photo, because it featured a naked child and violated site “community standards”. The dispute over the “napalm girl” image, which a Norwegian writer published in a post about historic warfare photography, ended Friday when Facebook reversed its decision, acknowledging the “global importance of this image in documenting a particular moment in time”. But the spat has exposed what journalists and ethicists say are fundamental flaws in the way Facebook controls and spreads news. Critics say the company’s decisions were driven by PR concerns and should serve as a wake-up call to free speech advocates about how powerful Facebook has become– and how ill-equipped the corporation is for its role, however unwilling, in journalism. Some hope the scandal will be a turning point for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who … [Read more...] about ‘Facebook needs an editor’: media experts urge change after photo dispute
Sitting on a salvaged sofa in the centre of her small tin shack, Nomfusi Panyaza looks increasingly worried, as heavy clouds gather in the sky outside. “When it rains, the public toilets overflow into my living room,” she says. “Water comes in through the ceiling and the electricity stops working.” Outside her makeshift home in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, on the eastern edge of Cape Town, barefoot children play on the banks of an open sewer, while cows roam next to an overflowing rubbish heap. Panyaza shares this tiny cabin with her two daughters and four grandchildren, a family of seven with two beds between them. “We can't sleep at night because of the smell,” she says, speaking in Xhosa, a language peppered with clicks that echo the droplets beginning to drum on the corrugated metal roof. “I'm worried that the children are always getting sick.”World Design Capital 2014 on the terrace of a cliff-top villa. An infinity pool … [Read more...] about Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still ‘a paradise for the few’?
The U.S. Customs and Border Protect agency updated its accounting of progress on President Trump's border wall project on Wednesday, concluding that 42 miles of border barriers have been completed since he took office. That's more than double the 20 miles of finished walls that the agency reported in an internal document DailyMail.com obtained Monday. But that 'Border Wall Status' summary contradicted itself in two places, raising questions that CBP corrected three days later. The totals in the new report dated Thursday still fall short of what the president pledged hours later, on a day when he agreed to omit new wall funding from a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill in order to get it to his desk. 'We will soon have hundreds of miles under construction,' he told reporters at the White House, 'and we'll have way over 400 miles completed by the end of next year.' That self-imposed deadline will arrive in time to help with his re-election effort. White House Press Secretary Sarah … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: U.S. border agency UPGRADES Trump’s wall-building record and says 42 miles are finished – but Trump promises ‘way over 400 miles’ by next year even as he caves on demand for funds in disaster aid bill