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Gunman at Florida yoga studio had been accused of harassment

A gunman who killed two women at a Florida yoga studio and wounded five other people before taking his own life had previously been accused of harassing young women, police said on Saturday. Authorities said they do not know why Scott Beierle, 40, opened fire on Friday afternoon after posing as a customer to join the class at the Hot Yoga studio in Tallahassee. Detectives are searching for links between him and the victims. The two women who died were identified as a student and a faculty member from Florida State…

Accused who robbed 10-year old Amal’s family detained in Karachi

KARACHI: Police on Tuesday claimed to have detained the key accused who along with his accomplice robbed the family of 10-year old Amal the night she was killed after being hit by a bullet in a shootout between them and the police personnel in Karachi. The police said the accused identified as Khalid along with his accomplice Shehzad robbed the family of the girl on Korangi road on the night of August 13. In an exchange of fire with the police, Shehzad was killed while Khalid managed to escape from the crime scene. A…

Bishop accused of raping Kerala nun steps aside as arrest calls grow

KOCHI, India: An Indian Catholic bishop accused of raping a nun has written to the Vatican asking to step down as protests grow in Kerala for him to be arrested. “Bishop Franco Mulakkal wrote a letter to Holy Father Pope Francis expressing his desire to step aside temporarily and requested to be relieved from the administration of the Diocese,” the Diocese of Jalandhar, which he heads, said in a release issued over the weekend. Kerala police have called Mulakkal for a new round of questioning on Wednesday. The bishop…

Accused Russian agent Butina met with US Treasury, Fed officials

WASHINGTON: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the US Federal Reserve and Treasury Department. The meetings, revealed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report from a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, Fed vice chairman at the time, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs. Butina…

Trump says ‘might’ ask Putin to extradite accused Russian hackers

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said he may ask his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their upcoming summit meeting to extradite to the US 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Speaking in an interview with CBS Evening News conducted on Saturday ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday, the US president also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved. Asked whether he would press Putin to…

No accused be allowed to dictate, Bilawal says on Nawaz’s plea to delay Avenfield verdict

SUKKER: In response to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's plea to delay Avenfield corruption reference, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said no accused should be allowed to dictate and this impression should not go that Nawaz was a victim, ARY News reported. Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz's counsel Zafir Khan has submitted a request to the accountability court stating that the former premier wanted to be present in the court when the verdict was read out. …

Accused examiner denies sexual Harassment accusations

KARACHI: Recently a female student took to Facebook to address an alleged incident of sexual harassment that she faced at the hands of an examiner during a biology practical test. In her detailed post, she mentioned how the examiner was responsible for harassing a number of students by passing sleazy comments and by physical contact. The student further said that all of this made her “extremely uncomfortable” and she had “no idea what to do”, adding that none of us said anything to him because he kept threatening to…

Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s

NEW YORK: A woman has publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas of sexual misconduct, saying he had repeatedly harassed her verbally when she worked for him in the 1980s. “He thought he was the king of the world, and that he could humiliate me without any repercussions,” journalist and author Susan Braudy said on NBC News’ “Today” show. Douglas, 73, issued pre-emptive denials of the story in articles published over the last two weeks, including one in which he called it a fabrication. His…