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Israel arrests Italians who painted mural of Palestinian teen

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces have arrested two Italians for drawing a giant mural of a Palestinian teenager seen as a symbol of resistance on the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, police said. The roughly four-metre (13 foot) image near Bethlehem in the West Bank depicts Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was released from prison Sunday after an eight-month sentence for slapping two Israeli soldiers, an episode captured on video. On Saturday, Israeli border police arrested two Italians and a Palestinian "on suspicion of…

London teen found guilty of plot with all-female terror cell

LONDON: A London teenager was found guilty Monday of preparing an attack on the British Museum as part of the country's first all-female cell linked to the Islamic State group, police and prosecutors said. Safaa Boular, 18, plotted the grenade and gun attack in her home town after the authorities intervened to stop her travelling to Syria to marry an IS fighter she had met online. She is the youngest female to be charged with planning an IS attack in Britain. Boular was only 16 when she made contact with…

Being called ‘fat’ in early teens tied to later eating disorders for girls: study

WASHINGTON: For teen girls, being called “fat” by friends or family may contribute to later developing eating disorders, and the harsh word from family members seems to carry the most weight, a recent U.S. study suggests. Weight stigma - the negative stereotypes, social devaluation and pervasive mistreatment of heavier individuals - is strongly implicated in disordered eating, the research team writes in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Previous studies have found that being teased about weight is associated with…

India police arrest main suspect after teen raped, burned alive

NEW DELHI: Indian police said Sunday they have arrested the main suspect in the gang rape and gruesome murder of a teenage girl, in the latest of several high-profile sexual assault cases in the country. The local village chief has also been detained while the 16-year-old victim's family have been given special police protection. Dhanu Bhuiyan was found at a relative's house where he was hiding after he and accomplices allegedly burned the girl alive Friday in a remote district of the eastern state of Jharkhand.…

Police arrest 14 after teen raped, burned to death in India

NEW DELHI: Police arrested 14 men on Saturday after a teenager was raped and burned alive at her home in eastern India, in the latest case of sexual violence in the country. The 16-year-old was abducted from her home when her family was away to attend a wedding and raped in a forested area of Jharkhand state on Thursday, a local police officer said. The family complained to the village council which on Friday ordered two accused men to do 100 sit-ups and pay a fine of 50,000 rupees ($750). Village councils of local…

Palestinian teen in ‘slap video’ jailed eight months

WEST BANK: A Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hit two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank reached a plea deal on Wednesday that will see her serve eight months in prison. The Israeli military court where Ahed Tamimi was being tried accepted the deal between her and prosecutors in the case that has drawn international attention. Tamimi, 16 at the time of the incident in December, has been hailed as a hero by Palestinians who see her as bravely standing up to Israel's occupation of the…

Israel judge orders Palestinian teen in ‘slap video’ held through trial

OFER MILITARY PRISON: An Israeli military judge Wednesday ordered a Palestinian teenager who was arrested after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers held in custody through her trial, possibly for months, despite calls from rights groups for her release. The teenager's mother has also been ordered held until trial in the high-profile case that has put the family at the centre of a propaganda war between Israelis and Palestinians. "I found no alternative other than to order her detention in custody…

Facebook buys popular teen app tbh

CALIFORNIA: Facebook Inc has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world’s largest social network looks to attract more users. The app, an acronym for “To be Honest”, allows users to anonymously answer multiple choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments. Over 5 million people have downloaded the app and sent over a billion messages in the past few weeks, tbh said on Monday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The app, launched this summer in 36 US…