BARCELONA: Afghanistan’s ambassador to Spain was mugged at the weekend in Barcelona, police and diplomatic sources said Monday, the latest in a string of high-profile crimes in the city. The assailants attacked Humayoon Rasaw late Sunday on a street in the centre of town, throwing him to the ground to steal his watch, a police spokeswoman said. The ambassador, who was in Barcelona for celebrations marking war-torn Afghanistan’s national day, suffered a leg injury but “is fine,“ according to a source at the Afghan embassy in Madrid. The robbery comes as Barcelona, one of Europe’s most visited cities, has seen a sharp rise in crimes, including several involving foreigners which have made global headlines. The Mediterranean city has seen eight murders since July, an unusually high number in Spain, which has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. Robberies, especially those targeting foreign visitors, have also risen. Recorded thefts in Spain’s … [Read more...] about Afghan ambassador to Spain hurt in Barcelona mugging
Footage from a CCTV camera that went viral has helped the police to track down two men who attempted to snatch an elderly woman’s purse in Bekasi municipality in West Java. The video, uploaded by Instagram account @bekasi_24_jam, shows a woman walking by herself on a quiet street in a housing complex carrying a bag. She is then approached by two men on a moving motorcycle. The passenger of the motorcycle is seen attempting to snatch the bag with force as the woman holds onto it. The robbery attempt, according to the video, causes her to lose her balance and fall but she manages to prevent her bag from being stolen. The incident took place on Jl. Malabar at the Graha Indah housing complex in Jatiasih, Bekasi, on Wednesday. The victim, 67-year-old Lies Mariah, was walking by herself at noon after attending a Quran recital event. The two alleged perpetrators, Fadiel Dimas Hakiki Kurniawan and Agato Kaudin, are both 18 years … [Read more...] about Police arrest two alleged bag snatchers thanks to viral video
Is the fight truly over? Tapos na ba ang boksing? In deference to President Duterte, whom all the squabbling blocs had begged to make his choice known, perhaps his allies in the House of Representatives will behave as expected of a super majority and give their support, grudging as it might be, to incoming HOR speaker Alan Peter Cayetano. There has been such a spirited resistance to Cayetano as speaker – coming from certain powerful quarters – that even when he himself told me on July 3 that the post was his, under his “15-21” or “Magellan formula” of term sharing, I hesitated to buy it completely. Even with Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez declaring that he was bowing to Duterte’s wish for him to drop his bid for speaker and instead serve as House majority leader, speculation persists that anything can still happen before the 18th Congress buckles down to legislative work. The speculation is fueled by what transpired at the joint opening session of … [Read more...] about A done deal?