One detained in relation to shooting outside US Embassy in Ankara

Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car. (AFP/File)
Updated 20 August 2018
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One detained in relation to shooting outside US Embassy in Ankara

  • Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth
  • The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Adha

ISTANBUL: One person was detained in relation to the shooting outside the US Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday.
The US Embassy came under brief gunfire early on Monday but nobody was hurt in the incident, which coincides with increased tensions between the two NATO allies over the trial of a U.S. pastor in Turkey.

Private Ihlas news agency said four to five rounds were fired from a moving white car and targeted security booth outside Gate 6 early Monday. It said one bullet hit a window.
The US mission is closed this week as Turkey celebrates the holiday of Eid Al-Adha.
Police were dispatched after the shooting about 5am.
Ties between Ankara and Washington have been strained over the case of an imprisoned American pastor, leading the US to impose sanctions and increased tariffs that sent the Turkish lira tumbling last week.


Abu Dhabi opens world’s first digital courtroom

Updated 9 min 2 sec ago
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Abu Dhabi opens world’s first digital courtroom

  • “Technology and innovation have been disrupting every aspect of our lives and the judiciary sector is no exception,” said ADGM Courts' Ahmad Al Sayegh
  • The digital courtroom, which will not make use of paper in the entire process, is seen to save all parties time and money

DUBAI: An online platform where both plaintiffs and respondents can settle disputes without going to an actual court has been launched in Abu Dhabi, UAE state-news agency WAM reported.

The digital platform was launched by the Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts (ADGM courts). which are independent courts that handle civil and commercial disputes, to streamline the judiciary process.

“Technology and innovation have been disrupting every aspect of our lives and the judiciary sector is no exception. The best innovations to come out of this sector are those that allow us to creatively manage the growing demand for transparency, information, speed and effectiveness,” said Ahmad Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of the ADGM Courts.

In the new system, both plaintiffs and respondents will be able to upload documents through an online portal, wherein all involved parties, as well as the judges and lawyers will have access to.

The digital courtroom, which will not make use of paper in the entire process, is seen to save all parties time and money.

Linda Fitz Alan, registrar and chief executive of ADGM Courts said the parties would not be required to be physically present during a hearing.

“We can do the court hearing by video conferencing, not every party has to be present in the courtroom. In fact, everybody can be on a screen if that’s the most efficient way,” she said.

Alan said only the judge needs to be present in the courtroom, “for anyone else — the lawyer, plaintiff and respondent — if there’s no particular need for it, they can all be on screen in different places,” she added.