‘Good morning’ Facebook Post Leads To Arrest of Palestinian

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Israeli police have mistakenly arrested then released a Palestinian who posted “good morning” in Arabic on Facebook after software mistranslated it as “attack them,” police and a media report said Sunday.

Police only confirmed that a Palestinian had been mistakenly arrested then released following suspicions of incitement, but a report in Haaretz newspaper provided further details.

According to the report, which police would neither confirm nor deny, the Palestinian man posted a picture of himself leaning against a bulldozer at the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit, where he works, in the occupied West Bank.

Along with the picture, an Arabic phrase meaning “good morning” was also posted. Facebook’s translation software interpreted the post to mean “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English, Haaretz reported.

It was unclear how such a translation error could have been made as there are no apparent similarities between the Arabic expression used for “good morning” and the phrases in Hebrew or English.

Police were notified and the man was arrested last week, the report said. He was released after a few hours when police realised the mistake, it said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP “a few days ago, a Palestinian was detained for questioning on suspicion of incitement through his Facebook page.”

She said he was “immediately released” after the suspicions turned out to be false.

Haaretz reported that the Facebook post has since been deleted.

AFP

Mali Hotel Attack: All Hostages Freed

MAli-attackMali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, has said that all hostages held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, have been freed.

Malian special forces entered the hotel after Islamist gunmen stormed the building shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

The US-owned hotel is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but al-Qaeda affiliated militants have previously carried out attacks in the Sahel based country.

The Radisson Blu Hotel attack is coming a week after Islamic State (IS) militants killed 129 people in Paris.

Mali Attack: Special Forces Storm Hotel, 30 Hostages Freed

mali attackSpecial forces have entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, to end the siege by gunmen who had been holding 170 people hostage.

The gunmen stormed the US-owned hotel, which is popular with foreign businesses and airline crews, shooting and shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.

Mali’s Interior Minister, Salif Traore, said 30 hostages had been freed so far.

Three people had been shot dead and two soldiers were wounded, but their lives were not in danger, he said.

Among the rescued people are: 12 crew members of Air France and five from Turkish Airlines.

Report says Chinese citizens and indians were among those trapped inside the building.

The United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force said it was supporting the operation, as Malian special forces freed hostages “floor by floor”.

The Radisson Blu Hotel attack is coming a week after Islamic State (IS) militants killed 129 people in Paris.

France Donates Books To N/Army Language Institute

French_DonationThe Nigerian Army has received a boost in its fight against insurgency, as the French government donated books to the Nigerian Army Language Institute (NALI), in Ovim, Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia State.

The Commandant of NALI, Col. Joseph Ajanaku received the books from the France Defense Attaché in Nigeria, Col. Marc Humbert.

Col. Humbert said the mastery of French will enable the Nigerian Army personnel adapt in their various military assignments with their French-speaking couterparts, especially in neighbouring countries where the fight against Boko Haram has been extended to.

Ajanaku commended the French government, adding that it is the first country to assist the college in achieving the objectives for which it was set up.

He also noted that the first set of students just commenced activities on August 1, 2015, starting the French Basic Course 1, maintaining that the donated books will help them to be proficient in French language.

He further noted that NALI was established to teach seven languages including Arabic, French, Swahili, Portuguese, German and Chinese while other will be added in due course in line with Nigeria’s bi-lateral agreements with other nations.

FG Seeks Secret Trial Of Suspected Terrorists

Fasholaa Nazeef Yunus The Federal Government has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja to seek an order to conduct a secret trial of Dr. Nazeef Yunus and two others who are suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Kogi State.

The suspects, Dr Yunus, an assistant lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Kogi State University, Lokoja, Umar Musa and Salami Abdullahi were arraigned before the court for alleged involvement in terrorist activities.

The trial of Dr Nazeef Yunus and the two others had been fixed to begin on May 6, but the prosecutor told the court that the application became necessary in order to protect the identity of witnesses to be called in the case.

The application was, however, opposed by lawyer to the first accused person, Dr Nazeef Yunus. The lawyer, Hassan Liman, argued that a secret trial would jeopardize the rights of the accused person.

Lawyer to the other accused persons, James Ocholi, also opposed the application, saying it attempts to indict and label the accused persons as members of Boko Haram when they were yet to be convicted by a competent court.

The prosecutor, who declined to speak on camera, however insisted that a secret trial would not jeopardize the rights of the accused persons, as journalists would be allowed to cover the proceedings.

With the defendants teeming up to oppose the application, Justice Gabriel Kolawole adjourned the case to May 18 for ruling.