- - Wednesday, June 8, 2011

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al-Zawahri vows jihad in bin Laden eulogy

DUBAI | Ayman al-Zawahri, al Qaeda’s longtime No. 2, has threatened in a video eulogy to Osama bin Laden to pursue his late leader’s jihad against the West, SITE Intelligence Group reported Wednesday.

“We will pursue the jihad until we expel the invaders from Muslim lands,” he was quoted as saying in a eulogy for bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan on May 2.

“The man who terrified America in his life will continue to terrify it after his death,” he added in the video message, titled “The Noble Knight Dismounted,” which SITE said was posted on jihadist online forums Wednesday.

CHINA

Trucker sentenced to die for killing Mongol herder

BEIJING | A Chinese truck driver was sentenced to death Wednesday for killing an ethnic Mongol herder by dragging him under his truck in a case that triggered Inner Mongolia’s largest demonstrations in 20 years.

Li Lindong’s sentence was read aloud at the end of his six-hour trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in the region’s Xilingol League, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

A passenger, Lu Xiangdong, also was convicted of homicide and sentenced to life in prison, Xinhua said.

Two others, Wu Xiaowei and Li Minggang, were convicted of obstructing justice and given three-year sentences for having blocked police who arrived at the scene, allowing Li Lindong and Lu to escape.

The speed of the trial and severity of the sentences underscore authorities’ sensitivity over the case and their desire to assuage Mongol demands for justice.

UNITED NATIONS

Gadhafi under investigation for using rape as a weapon

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Wednesday that he is investigating whether Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi provided Viagra to Libyan soldiers to promote the rape of women during the current conflict.

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