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Bod­ies in Dan­ish freezer COPEN­HAGEN:

Dan­ish po­lice said yes­ter­day they found the bod­ies of a slain Syr­ian refugee and her two young daugh­ters in a freezer in their apart­ment, as they launched a man­hunt for the girls’ father. The bod­ies of the 27-yearold mother and her seven and nine-year-old daugh­ters were found in­side a freezer in their apart­ment in the south­ern Dan­ish town of Aaben­raa af­ter a con­cerned rel­a­tive had not heard from them for days. “Po­lice went into the apart­ment and found the three bod­ies in a freezer,” lo­cal po­lice said in a state­ment. “The vic­tim’s hus­band and the father of the two chil­dren was not in the apart­ment, and we are ac­tively search­ing for him,” the state­ment added. The Syr­ian fam­ily ar­rived in Den­mark in 2015 and were granted refugee sta­tus. The Scan­di­na­vian na­tion wel­comed 21,000 mi­grants in 2015. The influx has sig­nif­i­cantly slowed since Den­mark re-estab­lished bor­der con­trols in early 2016.

Egypt’s Health Min­istry says re­cent floods have killed 26 peo­ple and in­jured 72 oth­ers across the coun­try. Min­istry spokesman Khaled Me­ga­hed says yes­ter­day that the flood­ing hit four prov­inces - South­ern Si­nai and the Red Sea, as well as So­hag and Bani Suef in Up­per Egypt. He says in Bani Suef, south of the cap­i­tal, Cairo, five peo­ple were in­jured but no one was killed. Fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred in the three other prov­inces. Last week’s floods have also caused power out­ages, dis­placed hun­dreds of peo­ple and swept away dozens of cars, par­tic­u­larly in the Red Sea oil city of Ras Ghareb. They have prompted the mil­i­tary to take the lead in res­cue and re­lief ef­forts, clear­ing streets in­un­dated by water and dis­tribut­ing food to af­fected fam­i­lies.

Bahrain post­pones ver­dict

A Bahraini court yes­ter­day post­poned its ver­dict in the trial of prom­i­nent hu­man rights ac­tivist Nabeel Ra­jab charged with spread­ing false in­for­ma­tion and post­ing in­sults on­line, a ju­di­cial source said. The crim­i­nal court that had been ex­pected to is­sue a rul­ing at yes­ter­day’s hear­ing de­cided in Ra­jab’s pres­ence to de­fer the de­ci­sion un­til De­cem­ber 15. The court or­dered the ap­point­ment of an ex­pert from the in­te­rior min­istry’s cy­ber crimes unit to de­ter­mine who was op­er­at­ing Ra­jab’s Twit­ter ac­count, the source said. The Shi­ite hu­man rights ac­tivist, who had been par­doned for health rea­sons last year, was re-ar­rested in June and is on trial on a list of charges, in­clud­ing in­sult­ing a state in­sti­tu­tion and Saudi Ara­bia in on­line post­ings. He is also ac­cused of “spread­ing false news and ru­mors and in­cit­ing pro­pa­ganda dur­ing wartime which could un­der­mine the war op­er­a­tions by the Bahraini armed forces and weaken the na­tion”, ac­cord­ing to state me­dia. Bahrain is part of a Saudi-led coali­tion bat­tling Shi­ite Houthi rebels in Ye­men.

Iran de­nies US ac­cu­sa­tion

Iran’s for­eign min­istry has re­jected ac­cu­sa­tions from the United States that it has been ship­ping arms to the Shi­ite Houthi rebels in Ye­men, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports yes­ter­day. A US ad­mi­ral said on Thurs­day that war­ships from the US Navy and al­lied na­tions had in­ter­cepted four weapons ship­ments from Iran to the Ara­bian Penin­sula coun­try since April 2005. The ship­ments con­tained thou­sands of AK-47 as­sault ri­fles, an­ti­tank mis­siles, sniper ri­fles and “other pieces of other equip­ment, higher-end weapons sys­tems,” said Vice Ad­mi­ral Kevin Done­gan. Ira­nian for­eign min­istry spokesman Bahram Ghas­semi dis­missed the claims. “These ac­cu­sa­tions are to­tally false when... ev­ery day de­struc­tive arms, US bombs and mis­siles are dropped by the Arab coali­tion on the heads of de­fense­less civil­ians in schools, hos­pi­tals, prisons and homes in Ye­men,” he said, quoted in lo­cal me­dia yes­ter­day. Ghas­semi said the bom­bard­ment amounted to “war crimes”. The United States and Saudi Ara­bia have re­peat­edly ac­cused Iran of arm­ing the Houthis.

Hindu tem­ples at­tacked

Hun­dreds of Mus­lims in east­ern Bangladesh an­gry about a so­cial me­dia post launched a wave of at­tacks against Hindu tem­ples and homes in a rare con­vul­sion of com­mu­nal vi­o­lence in the re­gion, Bangladeshi po­lice said yes­ter­day. Po­lice ar­rested 15 peo­ple sus­pected of tak­ing part in the vi­o­lence, which erupted over a so­cial me­dia post de­pict­ing the Hindu god Shiva over a pic­ture of the Kaaba, the large cube-shaped build­ing in Makkah that is con­sid­ered one of the holi­est places in Is­lam. As news of the post spread through neigh­bor­hoods in Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Bangladesh, hun­dreds of peo­ple ram­paged for two hours Sun­day through Hindu com­mu­ni­ties east of Dhaka, the cap­i­tal, said se­nior re­gional po­lice of­fi­cer Ab­dul Karim. Po­lice said 100 homes and five Hindu tem­ples were looted. Some ri­ot­ers ap­pre­hended a 27 year-old man they sus­pected of post­ing the of­fen­sive pic­ture, but po­lice have yet to de­ter­mine if he posted it. “We are work­ing on it,” Karim said.

RAS GHARIB: A lo­cal man in­spects the dam­age fol­low­ing heavy floods in Ras Gharib, near the mouth of the Gulf of Suez in the Red Sea gover­norate. —AFP

Egypt floods kill 26

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