Jordanian police: Killer of university student, shoots self in head

Jordanian police: Killer of university student, shoots self in head
The killer of Jordanian university student Iman Ersheid shot himself after being surrounded by police and is clinically dead. (Supplied)
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Updated 27 June 2022

Jordanian police: Killer of university student, shoots self in head

Jordanian police: Killer of university student, shoots self in head
  • Ersheid, 18, was a nursing student at the Applied Science University in Amman’s Shafa Badran neighborhood
  • She was killed on campus after sitting an exam

AMMAN: The killer of a female university student shot himself after being surrounded by police on Sunday and was later declared dead.

Oday Khaled Abdallah Hassan killed 18-year-old nursing student Iman Ersheid on her university campus last Thursday. She was reportedly shot five times after she left an exam hall.

She had been studying at Applied Science University in Amman’s Shafa Badran neighborhood, and was buried on Friday in the northern city of Irbid.

Hassan’s suicide attempt in the town of Balama brought the curtain down on one of the most heinous crimes to have shaken Jordanian society.

The police said in a statement that security forces had located the killer in Balama, which is north of Zarqa. When the site was surrounded, it was found that the killer was armed.

The police tried to persuade the fugitive to turn himself in, but he surprised them by shooting himself.

 

 

Security forces had moved immediately to raid the site and surrounded the killer, who pointed a gun at his head. He refused to surrender and threatened suicide, police said.

Security forces negotiated with him, but he refused and shot himself on the right side of his head, according to the initial medical report.

He was losing consciousness while he was being taken to hospital and was later declared clinically dead. Hassan was born in 1985.

The police statement also said that the security and intelligence department had swung into action as soon as the crime report was received.

The director of public security ordered the formation of an investigation team comprising all specialist units to work around the clock under his direct supervision.

Hassan had fled the crime scene immediately after shooting the student, but the investigations had led police to determine his identity and his place of residence.

The search process continued after the shooting incident until the killer’s whereabouts were located and raided by a police task force, the statement added.

The Public Security Directorate extended its sincere condolences to Ersheid's family, colleagues, and Jordanian society, stressing that the “hand of justice will reach every criminal.”

It also urged people not to publish any unreliable information about the crime and not to re-publish what was circulating on social media unless it had been issued by official authorities, especially since much of what had been published was incorrect and contributed to the spreading of rumors.

 


Egypt Parliament to convene over ‘urgent’ matter amid reports of possible reshuffle

Egypt Parliament to convene over ‘urgent’ matter amid reports of possible reshuffle
Updated 54 min 5 sec ago

Egypt Parliament to convene over ‘urgent’ matter amid reports of possible reshuffle

Egypt Parliament to convene over ‘urgent’ matter amid reports of possible reshuffle
  • Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Ahmed Manaa invited Parliament’s 596 MPs to attend the meeting without disclosing further information

CAIRO: Egypt’s Parliament will hold a session on Saturday to look into an “urgent matter” amid reports of a possible Cabinet reshuffle, according to local media.

Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Ahmed Manaa invited Parliament’s 596 MPs to attend the meeting without disclosing further information.

“All members should be keen to attend the session,” the invitation said.

According to Ahram Online, Parliament is set to discuss a presidential decision to introduce a Cabinet reshuffle.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly — who has served since June 2018 — would retain his position, while about 10 cabinet ministers would be reshuffled, Al-Shorouk daily reported, citing informed government sources.

A new minister of information would also be named, reports said.

The last time the Egyptian House of Representatives held an extraordinary meeting was in July 2020. At the time, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asked MPs to provide him with a mandate to send elements of the Egyptian Armed Forces in combat missions outside the country in order to defend national security.

The mandate came days after El-Sisi met in Cairo with Libyan tribal leaders, who called on the Egyptian president “to intervene to protect the national security of Libya and Egypt,” according to Ahram Online.


Vehicle accident in southern Egypt kills 9, injures 18

Vehicle accident in southern Egypt kills 9, injures 18
Updated 13 August 2022

Vehicle accident in southern Egypt kills 9, injures 18

Vehicle accident in southern Egypt kills 9, injures 18

CAIRO: A vehicle accident involving an overturned microbus in southern Egypt killed at least nine people and injured eight, authorities said Saturday.
The crash took place Friday when the passenger vehicle overturned following a tire blowout on a highway in Minya province 273 kilometers (170 miles) south of the capital Cairo, provincial authorities said in a statement.
The microbus, a sort of mass transit minivan, was transporting people from Sohag province to Cairo, the statement said.
Ambulances rushed to the site and moved the injured to hospitals in Minya, the statement added.
Deadly traffic accidents claim thousands of lives every year in Egypt, which has a poor transportation safety record. The crashes and collisions are mostly caused by speeding, bad roads or poor enforcement of traffic laws.
Earlier this month, a microbus collided with a truck in Sohag, killing at least 17 people and injuring four others. In July, a passenger bus slammed into a parked trailer truck in Minya, leaving 23 dead and a least 30 wounded.


UAE FM, Ukrainian counterpart discuss relations

UAE FM, Ukrainian counterpart discuss relations
Updated 13 August 2022

UAE FM, Ukrainian counterpart discuss relations

UAE FM, Ukrainian counterpart discuss relations

DUBAI: The UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, discussed on Friday with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, bilateral relations between their countries, the prospects for cooperation and ways to enhance them.

Both officials also reviewed the latest developments in the Ukraine, in addition to a number of regional and international issues of common interest, UAE state news agency WAM reported. 

During the phone call, Sheikh Abdullah praised the United Nations-backed agreement recently signed in Istanbul between Ukraine, Russia and Turkey, which provides for the safe export of grain through the Black Sea to global markets.

He reiterated the UAE's commitment to support all efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine and reach a political settlement of the crisis.


Adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team ‘won’t shed tears’ over Salman Rushdie attack 

Adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team ‘won’t shed tears’ over Salman Rushdie attack 
Updated 13 August 2022

Adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team ‘won’t shed tears’ over Salman Rushdie attack 

Adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team ‘won’t shed tears’ over Salman Rushdie attack 
  • Mohammad Marandi: ‘I wont be shedding tears for a writer who spouts endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam’

Iran’s advisor to the nuclear negotiating team, Mohammad Marandi, said he will not be “shedding tears” over Salman Rushdie who was fatally stabbed on Friday at a literary event in New York state. 

“I wont be shedding tears for a writer who spouts endless hatred and contempt for Muslims and Islam,” Marandi said in a tweet following the incident. 

Salman Rushdie, who spent years in hiding after an Iranian fatwa ordered his killing, was on a ventilator and could lose an eye following the attack. The British author of “The Satanic Verses,” which sparked fury among some Muslims, had to be airlifted to hospital for emergency surgery following the attack.

Marandi also expressed his surprise at the timing of the attack on Rushdie, which followed Washington’s thwarting of an assassination attempt targeting the former National Security Adviser, John Bolton, calling it “odd.”

The Department of Justice charged an Iranian military operative on Wednesday with plotting to assassinate Bolton.


Tunisian government, unions agree to talks on IMF reform program

Tunisian government, unions agree to talks on IMF reform program
Updated 12 August 2022

Tunisian government, unions agree to talks on IMF reform program

Tunisian government, unions agree to talks on IMF reform program
  • Prime Minister Najla Bouden, UGTT labour union chief Noureddine Taboubi and UTICA commerce union chief Samir Majoul had agreed a "social contract" to tackle national challenges
  • The UGTT reposted the statement on its Facebook page

TUNIS: Tunisia’s government and both its main labor and commerce unions agreed on Friday to start talks on Monday over economic reforms required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a rescue program.
State news agency TAP reported that Prime Minister Najla Bouden, UGTT labor union chief Noureddine Taboubi and UTICA commerce union chief Samir Majoul had agreed a “social contract” to tackle national challenges, citing a government statement.
The UGTT reposted the statement on its Facebook page.
The labor union, which represents a vast syndicate of workers, has been a staunch critic of IMF economic reforms proposed by the government, including subsidy cuts, a public sector wage freeze and the restructuring of state-owned companies.
It previously said, such reforms would increase the suffering of Tunisians and lead to an imminent social implosion.
Tunisia is seeking $4 billion in IMF support amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine, though diplomat sources told Reuters any IMF program approved would be unlikely to reach that level.
The IMF wants the UGTT, a powerful union that has a million members and has previously paralyzed parts of the economy in protest, to formally agree to government reforms.
Efforts to secure the IMF bailout have been complicated by Tunisia’s political upheavals since President Kais Saied seized most powers a year ago, shutting down parliament and moving to rule by decree.
Last month, he pushed through a new constitution formalising many of the expanded powers he has assumed in a referendum. Official figures showed that 31 percent of Tunisians took part, but opposition groups have rejected the figure, calling it inflated.