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Rapper Cardi B charged in connection with assault in New York

NEW YORK: Rapper Cardi B surrendered to New York City police on Monday and was charged with assault and reckless endangerment after a complaint claimed she was involved in a fight at a strip club in August. Cardi B, born Belcalis Almánzar, was allegedly involved in an incident at the Angels NYC strip club in the borough of Queens, according to police spokesman Martin Brown, who said the investigation was continuing. Jeff Kern, a representative for the 25-year-old rapper, said she was not arrested and received a court…

Electric Mercedes opens German assault on Tesla

STOCKHOLM/PARIS: Mercedes-Benz is set to unveil its much-anticipated electric SUV on Tuesday, marking the start of a German onslaught against Tesla’s dominance of the fast-growing market for premium battery cars. Daimler-owned Mercedes, BMW and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche divisions are all gunning for the $52 billion Californian upstart, with early publicity efforts emulating its tech-industry halo. The market for upscale electric cars is Tesla’s to lose, with sales of its entry-level Model 3 sedan expected to reach…

Comedian Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault in retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa: Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday on all three counts of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, a decisive victory for prosecutors in one of the first celebrity sexual-assault trials of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 80, best known as the lovable father from the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show,” faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault of Andrea Constand, who is now 45. Cosby looked down with a sad expression when the Pennsylvania jury’s…

Death toll tops 1,000 in assault on Syria’s Ghouta: monitor

DAMASCUS: More than 1,000 civilians have been killed since Syria's government launched a brutal offensive on the rebel-controlled Eastern Ghouta enclave nearly three weeks ago, a war monitor said on Saturday. "The death toll has gone up to 1,002 civilians, after eight people were killed today in Harasta and Arbin," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Rescue workers on Saturday pulled the bodies of 17 people, including members of three separate families -- from under the rubble of destroyed buildings in Douma.…

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after UN ceasefire call

BEIRUT: Iran said attacks would continue on rebel-held areas near Damascus, where clashes were reported on Sunday between insurgents and government forces despite a UN resolution demanding a 30-day truce across Syria. Warplanes and artillery hit some towns in the eastern Ghouta enclave, said residents, rescuers, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory, a UK-based war monitoring group, said Sunday’s bombing was less intense than the attacks over the past week. Rebels said they clashed with…

Egypt launches major assault on militants ahead of election

CAIRO: Egypt began a major assault against militants on Friday focused on the Sinai peninsula, where Islamic State attacks have killed soldiers, police and civilians, aiming to crush their insurgency by an end of February deadline set by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former general on Nov. 29 ordered the military to defeat militants in North Sinai within three months, after an attack on a mosque which killed some 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world’s most populous country. Residents said…

Bangladesh revoke Sabbir’s contract over assault

Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Rahman has had his central contract revoked for assaulting a young cricket fan who taunted him during a match last month. The 26-year-old was also slapped with a six-month ban from the domestic game and a fine of two million taka ($24,000) over the incident, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said. The national contract for Bangladeshi players was due to go into effect on January 1, 2018. Read More: Sabbir inspires Bangladesh to 23-run win over Sri Lanka The decision came…

Saudi man arrested for assaulting female domestic worker after video goes viral

RIYADH: A video of a female domestic worker being physically harassed by a man went viral and sparked outrage on Saudi Twitter couple of days ago. According to Sabq News site, the victim, who is of Filipino origin, uploaded the video she secretly filmed to her own Facebook page. The footage was later taken down but went viral after it was uploaded to Twitter by social media users. In the video, the abusive man is seen trying to rape the victim, as she tries to push him away. She later threatens him with a knife,…

UK police interrogate Indian hockey star Sardar Singh in rape case

LONDON: Former India captain Sardar Singh was grilled by Yorkshire Police for nearly four hours in Leeds on Monday in relation to a year-old sexual assault case. Sardar was accompanied by the team’s manager-cum-assistant coach Jugraj Singh and an Indian-origin lawyer at the Leeds District Police Headquarters at Elland Road. The complainant, an England international hockey player of Indian origin, accused Sardar of sexual assault and alleged that he went back on his promise to marry her. Sardar has pleaded innocence and…

North Korean diplomat, wife allegedly beaten by excise officials in Karachi

KARACHI: North Korea's embassy in Pakistan has accused the country's tax authorities of assaulting a diplomat and his wife, claiming armed officials broke into their Karachi home last month and held guns to their heads. After the incident came to light, the Sindh government on Thursday formed an investigation team on a complaint filed by North Korea’s embassy in Islamabad that some officials of the department had allegedly assaulted a senior diplomat of the country and his wife in Karachi. Reports said that the team…