Man smears son with honey, ties to stake for insects to attack in sick torture ritual

Man smears son with honey, ties to stake for insects to attack in sick torture ritual
In pictures found on the mother’s phone, the boy can be seen bound hand and foot to a stake after he was smeared with honey. (Courtesy: Masrawy)
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Updated 02 June 2021

Man smears son with honey, ties to stake for insects to attack in sick torture ritual

Man smears son with honey, ties to stake for insects to attack in sick torture ritual

CAIRO: A father has been arrested in Egypt after his wife accused him of torturing their 7-year-old son by tying him to a stick and smearing him with honey to attract bees and other insects.  

The prosecution office in the Delta city of Shebin al-Qanater has launched extensive investigations into the case of the child who was exposed to the bizarre form of punishment about a week ago.  

In pictures found on the mother’s phone, the boy can be seen bound hand and foot to a stake after he was smeared with honey and left exposed to the sun to attract insects. 

Local reports said the father resorted to this punishment – a type of torturing method used in the ancient times - to “discipline” the child after neighbors accused him of theft. 

The horrified mother sought help from a child rescue body in Egypt which referred the incident to the prosecution. 

The mother said her husband brutally beats her and the children constantly. 

The man is now in custody undergoing investigation.


Australia court rules minister acted rationally in canceling Novak Djokovic’s visa

Australia court rules minister acted rationally in canceling Novak Djokovic’s visa
Updated 4 min 33 sec ago

Australia court rules minister acted rationally in canceling Novak Djokovic’s visa

Australia court rules minister acted rationally in canceling Novak Djokovic’s visa
  • ‘An iconic world tennis star may influence people of all ages, young or old, but perhaps especially the young and the impressionable, to emulate him’

MELBOURNE: An Australian court said on Thursday it dismissed tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s challenge to his visa cancelation as the minister who revoked it reasonably believed Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, may be a risk to the community.
The Federal Court also rejected the argument there was no evidence that Djokovic had ever urged anyone not to get vaccinated, saying it was open to infer that the public would perceive that he was opposed to vaccinations, since he said he had not been vaccinated.
“An iconic world tennis star may influence people of all ages, young or old, but perhaps especially the young and the impressionable, to emulate him. This is not fanciful; it does not need evidence,” the judges said.
Djokovic’s saga has fueled global debate over the rights of people who opt not to get vaccinated as governments look to protect the community from the coronavirus pandemic.
Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday night, just hours after the court dismissed his effort to stay in the country to play at the Australian Open, where he hoped to win a record 21st major title.
That followed an 11-day rollercoaster involving two visa cancelations, two court challenges and five nights in two stints at an immigration detention hotel where asylum seekers are held.
His lawyers had argued the cancelation should be quashed on the grounds that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision was irrational, he lacked evidence that Djokovic’s presence in Australia may stoke anti-vaccination sentiment, and had failed to consider that deporting Djokovic might inflame anti-vax sentiment.
The Federal Court said while another minister might have decided not to cancel the visa, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had followed the right steps under the law which allows him to cancel a visa as long as he is satisfied the visa holder “may be a risk to the health or good order of the Australian community.”
“The minister reached that state of satisfaction on grounds that cannot be said to be irrational or illogical or not based on relevant material,” Chief Justice James Allsop and judges Anthony Besanko and David O’Callaghan said in their reasons handed down on Thursday.
The Serbian now risks missing the next tennis Grand Slam event — the French Open — as the country’s Sports Ministry has said there would be no exemption from a new vaccine pass law approved on Sunday.


Key factors to watch before opening bell on Tadawul today

Key factors to watch before opening bell on Tadawul today
Updated 22 min 14 sec ago

Key factors to watch before opening bell on Tadawul today

Key factors to watch before opening bell on Tadawul today

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main stock index, TASI, was up on Wednesday to its highest close since 2006, continuing its rally from last week amid heightened investor sentiment. 
TASI edged 0.5 percent higher to 12,260 points, and the parallel Nomu market added 0.4 percent to reach 26,158 points.

In line with Saudi Arabia, most GCC indexes closed higher on Wednesday, with Abu Dhabi’s FTSE ADX General index outperforming, up 1.6 percent.

Muscat Stock Exchange’s MSX30 rose 0.8 percent, followed by Bahrain’s BAX and Qatar’s QSI which were up in the range of 0.2 and 0.3 percent.

Bourses of Dubai and Kuwait were down 0.3 and 0.1 percent, respectively.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, the Egyptian index EGX30 dropped 1.4 percent.  

In energy trading, Brent crude rose in early morning to its highest level in seven years, reaching $88.5 per barrel, and US WTI crude oil went up to $87.3 per barrel as of 8:48 a.m. Saudi time.

Stock news

  • Yanbu National Petrochemical Co., known as Yansab, reported a 126 jump in net profit in the fiscal year 2021, due to higher product selling prices
  • Amlak responded to a plaintiff who alleged it faces damages regarding a residential tower project, saying it did not not breach its contractual obligations

Calendar

Jan. 20, 2022

National Co. for Learning and Education will start paying out dividends of SR0.8 per share for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2021

Jan. 25, 2022

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Co., SADAFCO, to pay cash dividends at SR3 per share for the first half of its fiscal year

 


Beijing says it warned away US warship in South China Sea

Beijing says it warned away US warship in South China Sea
Updated 26 min 36 sec ago

Beijing says it warned away US warship in South China Sea

Beijing says it warned away US warship in South China Sea
  • China: USS Benfold ‘illegally’ sailed into Chinese territorial waters without permission
  • South China Sea one of many flashpoints in the testy relationship between China and the US

BEIJING: Chinese forces followed and warned away a US warship which entered waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country’s military said on Thursday, in the latest uptick in tensions in the disputed waterway.
The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army said the USS Benfold “illegally” sailed into Chinese territorial waters without permission, violating the country’s sovereignty, and that Chinese naval and air forces tracked the ship.
“We solemnly demand that the US side immediately stop such provocative actions, otherwise it will bear the serious consequences of unforeseen events,” it added.
The US Navy said the Benfold “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Island, consistent with international law.”
“At the conclusion of the operation, USS Benfold exited the excessive claim and continued operations in the South China Sea,” 7th Fleet spokesman Mark Langford said.
The United States frequently carries out what it calls freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea to challenge Chinese territorial claims.
China has established military outposts on artificial islands in the waters, which are crossed by vital shipping lanes and also contain gas fields and rich fishing grounds.
The South China Sea has become one of many flashpoints in the testy relationship between China and the United States, with Washington rejecting what it calls unlawful territorial claims by Beijing.
China claims vast swaths of the South China Sea. Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines all have overlapping claims.


Saudi fintech Lean Technologies raises $33 million latest funding round

Saudi fintech Lean Technologies raises $33 million latest funding round
Updated 47 min 40 sec ago

Saudi fintech Lean Technologies raises $33 million latest funding round

Saudi fintech Lean Technologies raises $33 million latest funding round
  • The proprietary technology is used by a number of financial players in the region, across different verticals

RIYADH: Saudi financial technology startup Lean Technologies has raised $33 million in its series A funding round led by Sequoia Capital India. 

The startup provides a platform that allows its clients to integrate with their customer's bank accounts to retrieve relevant information or initiate bank transfers. 

The proprietary technology is used by a number of financial players in the region, across different verticals including remittances, cryptocurrency, and investment, the company said in a statement. 

“We started Lean with the aim of enabling the next generation of financial innovation in the Middle East, a mission deep-rooted in the hearts of our entire team,” Hisham Al-Falih, co-founder and CEO of Lean, said. 

The investment happens in the background of a burgeoning regional financial ecosystem, characterized by fintech sandboxes and forward-thinking regulations. 

Lean aims to be the first Saudi aggregator to “enable the booming sector within the Kingdom,” which it ties back to the ambitious 2030 vision that includes financial objectives. 


Residential land prices drive Saudi real estate inflation to almost 2-year high

Residential land prices drive Saudi real estate inflation to almost 2-year high
Updated 36 min 24 sec ago

Residential land prices drive Saudi real estate inflation to almost 2-year high

Residential land prices drive Saudi real estate inflation to almost 2-year high

RIYADH: A hike in residential land prices prompted real estate prices in Saudi Arabia to rise by an annual rate of 0.9 percent in the final quarter of 2021, according to data by Gastat.

This is the highest level since the first quarter of 2020 as prices of residential land plots went up, causing the sub-index of residential real estate prices to go up by 1.7 percent.

Other components of this sub-index – which includes costs of buildings, villa, apartments and houses – all underwent negative inflation.

Meanwhile, commercial and agricultural real estate prices fell from a year ago by 0.7 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively, balancing the effect on the overall index.

In quarterly terms, real estate prices in the Kingdom ticked up by 0.5 percent induced by, again, the household real estate sub-index which grew by 0.7 percent.