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Pakistan: Police storm the home of former PM Imran Khan and arrest 30




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Pakistani police raided the home of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday, arresting 30 people and using tear gas after “bulldozing the main gate”.

Khan, 70, now in opposition, was ousted in a no-confidence vote in Parliament last April.

He is accused of selling government gifts and concealing assets during his tenure. It’s one in a series of cases the former cricket star-turned-Islamist politician has faced since his ouster.

The former prime minister has been hiding at his home in Lahore since Tuesday after failing to appear at an earlier hearing in the case against him.

Supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan throw stones at police next to a burning vehicle during clashes in Lahore, Pakistan (Image: AP)

His supporters threw stones and clashed with baton-wielding police officers for two days to protect him from arrest.

Senior police official Suhail Sukhera said police were scrambling to clear abuses and blockades set up by Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party and its defiant supporters.

He said Khan supporters with batons tried to resist police by throwing rocks and petrol bombs, but officers kept walking until a man opened fire on the roof of Khan’s residence. Nobody was hurt.

The NDTV news agency reported that police “bulldozed the main gate” and urged Mr Khan’s party workers to disperse.

Illegal structures were erected in the sprawling residence to protect those involved in attacks on police that left dozens of officers injured.

Police also found masks, bottles filled with petrol, iron bars and batons used in attacks on officers during the week.

Witnesses said police tried to disperse Khan supporters by firing tear gas and chased them to several homes in the Zaman Park neighborhood.

Former Prime Minister and cricket legend Imran Khan is facing a spate of corruption charges after being ousted from government last year (Image: AP)
Police arrested 30 Khan supporters after they bulldozed into his home (Image: Getty)
Tear gas was used after one of Khan’s supporters fired a gun from the roof of Khan’s house (Image: Getty)

Khan was due to appear in a court in Islamabad on Saturday after a top court on Friday suspended his arrest warrant and granted him a stay to travel to Islamabad and face the charges against him without being arrested.

accusations Charges against Khan and his supporters include sedition, attempted murder, aiding and abetting violence and criminal conspiracy under the country’s counter-terrorism law.

Earlier, Mr Khan said he had formed a committee to lead his party should he be arrested.

The former cricket legend led nationwide protests after he was ousted from power last year.

Police tried unsuccessfully to arrest him last week, leading to heated arguments with his party officials.

The court had previously issued arrest warrants for him in connection with the case after he failed to appear despite being summoned to earlier hearings.

Mr Khan, who was shot and wounded during the election campaign in November, said the threat to his life was greater than ever and claimed – without evidence – that his political opponents and the military wanted to prevent him from joining later that year to run for elections.

He has also long claimed that his removal from power was part of a conspiracy by his successor, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and the US.

Both Washington and Sharif’s government have denied the allegations.

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Man who stabbed his sleeping boyfriend to death jailed for life




Jason Brockbanks (left) was stabbed by Aaron Ray (right) over Grindr news (Image: North News/NNP)

A killer who stabbed his lover after a sex chat argument and left him to die alone has been sentenced to life in prison.

“Obsessed and jealous” Aaron Ray, 21, stabbed Jason Brockbanks, 24, in September as he slept after seeing Grindr messages on his phone.

The killer, who had previously slit the cockatiel’s throat for his family, left Mr Brockbanks to bleed to death in his bathroom at Mansion Tyne in Newcastle.

It was three days before the body of the Northumbria University student was discovered.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he could have survived had medical help been sought.

Ray, from Sunderland, denied murder but was convicted by a jury after a trial.

Mr Justice Spencer sentenced Ray to life behind bars and said he must serve a minimum of 22 years.

The judge said the evidence showed Ray had been “violent” in previous relationships and said he was “cheating, dishonest and when drunk very dangerous”.

Mr Brockbanks was a third year student at Northumbria University (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd)

The two men had been enjoying a night out together at Newcastle’s Pink Triangle before Ray saw the Grindr news on Mr Brockbank’s phone.

The judge said it was likely Mr Brockbanks fell asleep, after which Ray recorded video of himself scribbling through the phone, retrieving a knife from the communal kitchen and launching the fatal attack.

Mr Brockbanks was cut across the back before being stabbed in the side while lying in bed under his covers.

Judge Spencer told Ray: “I think when he was attacked Jason was asleep under his covers, defenseless and unable to defend himself against your attack.

“You have shown no remorse for your actions. You didn’t call 911 to help Jason.

Ray denied murder but was found guilty by a jury (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd)

“He was bleeding profusely from the wounds, blood dripping through his comforter and sheet. He fell to the ground next to his bed, the covers falling to the floor, covering his phone. That’s why I don’t think he called for help himself.

“He tried to get up, found his way to the bathroom, collapsed in the shower stall and bled to death.”

After the stabbing, Ray took the knife he used in the killing back to the communal kitchen and then left the shelter.

Three days later, on September 27, the manager of the university’s hall of residence received an email asking if she could check on Mr Brockbanks’ well-being because his parents were concerned.

She entered his room and found him “obviously dead.”

Police in the halls of Mansion Tyne where Mr Brockbanks was stabbed (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd)

Mr Brockbanks’ father, Chris, said his son “hated violence” and had a “great passion for life”.

He said: “Knowing that Jason died slowly and alone will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

“It is truly heartbreaking for us to hear that his death may have been preventable if help was sought.

“We believe Jason spent his final moments looking for his mobile phone to call for help but he was unable to locate the phone as the defendant was the last person to use it.

“I will never understand how a human being could walk away from Jason who is so cruelly and callously injured in his room.”

Prosecutor David Lamb KC had told the court that the Grindr messages on Mr Brockbank’s phone were the “trigger and motivating factor” for the murder.

A post-mortem found Mr Brockbanks had a stab wound to his right abdomen, which was fatal, and two knife wounds to his back.

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NYC: Cop rappels down skyscraper to arrest FBI fugitive threatening to jump




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New Yorkers watched in horror Wednesday morning as a man threatened to jump in front of a broken window of a Midtown skyscraper.

NYPD officers rushed to the scene around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, when bystanders reported a man hanging from the 31st-floor window of CitySpire, a 72-story skyscraper on 56th Street.

The man was identified as Ian Mitchell, 35, and was served with an arrest warrant by FBI agents. He was wanted by the agency on white-collar crime charges.

“They responded there and found the man in a crisis,” New York City Police Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey said. “He was wanted there by another agency and instead of going peacefully with that agency, he considered taking his own life.”

Detective James Tobin abseiling from the 32nd floor (Image: NYPDPC/Twitter)

The standoff lasted about eight hours on Wednesday as negotiators tried to lure the man off the ledge.

Just before 5 p.m., the NYPD Emergency Services Unit made the decision to rescue the man. A group of officers entered the apartment while another officer abseiled from the 32nd floor.

The rappelling officer was later identified as Detective James Tobin. After Tobin blocked the window frame, another officer at the Mitchell apartment snapped his way back into the building.

The entire encounter only lasted about a minute. Video footage was later released by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell meets with Detective James Tobin at a post-standoff press conference (Image: NYPDnews/Twitter)

“You all saw the video and witnessed the tremendous bravery of Detective Tobin, who climbed out of a 32nd floor window in Midtown Manhattan to push this man back in the window for the rest of the team to grab him and bring him to safety Chief Maddrey said at a news conference later that evening. “What they did today was beyond brave. All New Yorkers should applaud their bravery.”

Mitchell was then escorted to an ambulance and taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

It’s not clear why the FBI investigated Mitchell. However, he was previously indicted in 2019 for allegedly posing as an investment banker to defraud investors out of over $100,000 New York Post.

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NFL: Hockey team refuse to wear Pride jerseys due to Russian law




The NFL has at least one team that will not wear Pride pre-match jerseys due to Russian laws – the Chicago Blackhawks (Image: AP)

A professional ice hockey team decided not to wear Pride jerseys because one of their players is Russian.

The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear their Pride Night commemoration pre-match jerseys on Sunday as a Russian law expands restrictions on activities deemed to promote LGBTQ rights.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in December significantly tightening restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country. It builds on a 2013 law and bans advertising, media and theatrical productions deemed “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations”.

There are safety concerns about wearing the Pride jersey in the game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Some National Hockey League teams have already worn Pride jerseys (Image: AP)

Blackhawks defender Nikita Zaitsev hails from Moscow.

The National Hockey League and Dan Milstein, who represents teams like the Blackhawks, declined to comment.

But Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson said he and the players are disappointed.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but that’s what we have to deal with,” Richardson said.

The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride pre-match jerseys ahead of Sunday’s Pride Night game against the Vancouver Canucks (Image: AP)

“I don’t think we can control world problems, so it takes that out of our hands. We’re just making decisions as best we can as an organization and for everyone.’

The Blackhawks have previously worn Pride pre-match jerseys. The team has other programs planned to honor the pride. LGBTQ DJs will be DJing before the game and the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus will sing during an intermission.

“We don’t want the shirts to represent the whole night,” said Blackhawks defenseman Seth Jones.

“We still do a lot for the LGBTQ community and we as players respect that. We just thought this was the best thing for our team. We know the organization puts the players first.’

Russian players from other teams have already opted to wear Pride jerseys, including Nikolai Knyzhov and Alexander Barabanov, who play for the San Jose Sharks.

Pride Nights are coming up for the Canucks and Buffalo Sabers. The Canucks have yet to announce their plans and the Sabers are still in talks about it.

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