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Man threatens to blow up mother’s Dubai villa, steals from sister’s safe

The man also damaged two cars by smashing their glass with a stick. A 32-year-old man stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance charged with threatening to blow up his Emirati mother’s villa. Prosecutors accused that the Omani man on April 21 this year held a gas cylinder and threatened to blow up…

Man threatens to blow up mother’s Dubai villa, steals from sister’s safe

The man also damaged two cars by smashing their glass with a stick.

A 32-year-old man stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance charged with threatening to blow up his Emirati mother’s villa.

Prosecutors accused that the Omani man on April 21 this year held a gas cylinder and threatened to blow up his mother’s house if she called the police on him.

The man also damaged two cars by smashing their glass with a stick and stole Dh23,000 from the safe in his sister’s bedroom.

He faced charges of blackmail and making criminal threats, theft with the use of sharp weapon and damage of property.

A complaint was lodged at Al Rashidiya police station.

The defendant’s Emirati mother, a housewife, said that her son arrived home around noon on April 21. “He brought his friend with him. When I asked his friend to leave, my son became angry. He smashed the front glass of our two cars, one of them belongs to my daughter.”

The housewife recalled to the investigator how her son then held a gas cylinder, threatening to blow up the place.

“I left with the family members. When I returned the following morning, I found the external gate and the villa door opened. The bedroom of my daughter was in a mess and the safe was broke opened. An amount of Dh23,000 was missing,” she recounted.

The mother called the police who apprehended the defendant and recovered the money from him.

During the public prosecution investigation, the son, who has been detained, admitted that he stole Dh23,000 from his sister after breaking the safe with a hammer. He confessed he damaged the family’s two cars and that he threatened to torch the house.

He will be sentenced on June 27.
mary@khaleejtimes.com

Marie Nammour
Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law academy in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more, and has grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…

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Popular YouTuber Desmond Amofah found dead

The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticising Nintendo games. American YouTube celebrity Desmond Amofah, better known as “Etika,” has been found dead in New York nearly a week after he disappeared, police said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticizing Nintendo games. The…

Popular YouTuber Desmond Amofah found dead

The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticising Nintendo games.

American YouTube celebrity Desmond Amofah, better known as “Etika,” has been found dead in New York nearly a week after he disappeared, police said on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old became known on the video site for playing and criticizing Nintendo games.
The day before he went missing, he had unsettled his fans by posting an eight-minute video voicing suicidal thoughts.

New York police said that he disappeared after having a telephone conversation at 8:00 pm on June 19.

Police had launched a public appeal on social media with his photo in an effort to locate Amofah, a resident of New York’s Brooklyn borough.

They said that on Monday evening officers were called to the South Street Seaport area in south Manhattan for a person floating in the water.

After recovering the body, which was pronounced dead at the scene, they began an investigation and later identified the victim as Amofah.
He had posted his videos on YouTube and other platforms including Twitch since 2012 and had hundreds of thousands of followers there and on Twitter and Instagram.
Sometimes he talked about his mental problems, as in the last video titled “I’m sorry,” which shows him walking the streets of New York talking about suicide.
Social media “can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion,” he says in the video. “It consumed me.”
The video was later removed by YouTube for violating the platform’s rules, but many users shared it.

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US-China trade spat, Iran tensions to dominate G20 talks

With hotspots North Korea, Venezuela and a slowing world economy also high on the agenda. The trade battle between the US and China, and fears that spiralling tensions with Iran could erupt into conflict are poised to dominate a high-stakes G20 summit from Friday. With hotspots North Korea and Venezuela and a slowing world economy…

US-China trade spat, Iran tensions to dominate G20 talks

With hotspots North Korea, Venezuela and a slowing world economy also high on the agenda.

The trade battle between the US and China, and fears that spiralling tensions with Iran could erupt into conflict are poised to dominate a high-stakes G20 summit from Friday.

With hotspots North Korea and Venezuela and a slowing world economy also high on the agenda, the two-day gathering of leaders from the world’s group of 20 leading nations in Osaka, Japan, could be one of the most pivotal in years, analysts say.

Trump last week sparked hopes for a detente in the long-running trade war when he said he would hold “extended” talks with Xi after a “very good telephone conversation”.

For his part, Xi told Trump that “China and the US will both gain by co-operating and lose by fighting”, according to Chinese state media.

The two sides were close to a deal when talks broke down abruptly last month and markets are hoping the leaders’ first face-to-face talks since December, when they met at the last G20 in Argentina, can break the deadlock.

Trump has hit $200 billion of Chinese imports with levies and has threatened to impose them on an additional $300 billion, which would hurt China’s already slowing economy and spread the gloom worldwide.

Observers said a decisive breakthrough was possible at the talks, which are expected on Saturday, but was not the most likely scenario given the complexity of the issues.

“President Trump likes deals, so he might agree to something,” noted Matthew Goodman, an economics expert at the US-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“More likely is that they will agree to a truce and to restart talks and… try to come to some sort of deal within three months,” added Goodman.

Trump could also threaten to raise tariffs to 40 per cent if talks fail, he warned, adding: “It’s not going to solve the immediate problems.”

Economists and markets are hoping some sort of pact can be agreed as the stuttering global economy can ill afford further trade tensions between its two biggest players.

“This is bad for everyone… it’s a no-win situation,” said Denis Hew, director of the Policy Support Unit for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation).

Alice Ekman, head of China Research at the French Institute of International Relations, said the world should brace for a lengthy period of frosty relations as Washington and Beijing also scrap over technological domination.

“The tensions are such that even if we get to a deal… this (the trade war) will leave its mark, and we are now engaged in a long-term rivalry,” she told AFP.

The other topic likely to dominate the meeting is North Korea’s nuclear programme and here again the meeting between Xi and Trump is likely to be key.

Trump will travel to South Korea after the G20, with talks between Washington and Pyongyang stalled after February’s failed summit in Hanoi.

But Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been exchanging personal letters, with Kim vowing to “seriously contemplate” the “excellent content” in the recent missive from Washington, while the US leader hailed a “beautiful letter” from Pyongyang.

The G20 comes days after Xi wrapped up a highly symbolic visit to the isolated state and a recent defector from North Korea said the Chinese leader would likely come bearing an offer to the US side.

“They want to use President Xi as a mediator in the G20,” Thae Yong Ho told reporters in Tokyo.

Iran will also loom large after Trump called off a planned military strike but then imposed sanctions against its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and threatened the country with “obliteration” if it seeks war.

Aware that attention is likely to focus on the US-China trade talks, the Japanese hosts are trying to focus on their priority areas, including the fight against ocean plastic and the challenges faced by ageing populations.

“There has been over a year’s worth of preparation and very dedicated hard work gone into this… So I hope the media also pays attention to the other aspects that will be discussed at the G20,” pleaded Masatsugu Asakawa, Japan’s top finance diplomat.

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Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy

Washington said it will also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif this week. Iran said on Tuesday that a US decision to impose sanctions on the country’s supreme leader and other top officials permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and…

Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy

Washington said it will also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif this week.

Iran said on Tuesday that a US decision to impose sanctions on the country’s supreme leader and other top officials permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.

“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet.

US imposes new sanctions on Iran, including supreme leader

“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”

US President Donald Trump targeted Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking an unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone.

Washington said it will also impose sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif this week.

Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters.

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