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Prayers for abducted murdered teenagers-Justice at last

Israeli troops have killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the Israeli military says.

Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, militants in their 30s from the Hebron area, were blamed for grabbing and shooting dead the Israeli teenagers near a Jewish settlement on June 12, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza.

Israel had spent months searching for the two men, and said they were found in a house in Hebron today.

Hebron residents said troops surrounded the house before dawn, and reported sounds of gunfire.

The forces were seeking to arrest Kawasme and Abu Aysha, but the two wanted men were killed when a firefight erupted, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a telephone briefing.

“We opened fire, they returned fire and they were killed in the exchange,” he said.

“We have visual confirmation for one. The second one, we have no visual confirmation, but the assumption is he was killed.”

Palestinian officials did not confirm the men were killed.

The two men were affiliated with the Hamas militant group which runs Gaza, and a group leader praised their deed in August, though other top officials denied any advance knowledge.

Israeli forces began West Bank sweeps and rounded up hundreds of suspected Hamas members after the three teenagers, Jewish seminary students Eyal Yifrach, 19, and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel, went missing.

Their bodies were found in June near Hebron. After initially denying involvement in the killings, Hamas last month acknowledged responsibility.

The arrest of several hundred Palestinians in house-to-house raids across the West Bank stoked hostilities with Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip.

On July 8, Israel launched an offensive after a surge of Palestinian rockets being fired from Gaza at Israeli towns and cities.

Gaza medical officials say 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were also killed.



Koh Tao, Gulf of Thailand: The naked bodies of two British tourists have been found on a Thai beach, sparking a murder probe on the popular resort island of Koh Tao.

The pair had attended a beach party with drinks and fire dancers on this resort island 250 kilometres south of Bangkok before they were hacked to death with a hoe.

“It was a great party, it’s normally what they’ve had every night…it’s a bit more relaxed than compared to Koh Samui,” said Lisa Hartley, a British-born tourist who lives in Melbourne, who attended the party.

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Thai officers work near the bodies of two British tourists found murdered on a Thai beach. 

Police say the near-naked bodies of 23 year-old Hannah Victoria Witheridge from Norfolk in the UK and 24 year-old David William Miller from Jersey were discovered shortly after dawn on Monday at a quiet end of Sai Ree beach on Koh Tao, one of Thailand’s most popular diving destinations.

A bloodied hoe was discovered 35 metres from the bodies.

“It happened right there,” Ms Hartley said, pointing to a sandy spot hidden by rocks beside a small canal.

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Killed: British tourist Hannah Witheridge. Photo: Facebook

On Monday night, broken strands of orange police tape draped in the sand off coconut trees marked the death scene.

There was little to light the alcove hidden behind rocks.

Police Major-General Kiattipong Khawsamang told reporters the man was hit with the hoe on the side of the head while the woman was hit in the face.

“It’s very gruesome,” he said.

Forensic tests will be carried out to establish if either was sexually assaulted.

Police said Mr Miller and Ms Witheridge were staying at the same hotel but had travelled separately to Koh Tao.

Ms Witheridge arrived on the island with three other friends on August 25.

Closed circuit television footage showed the pair left a bar together about 1am.

“We don’t know who the suspect might be but we have talked to different witnesses who might lead us to some clues,” Major-General Kiattipong said.

About 50 people attended the beach party while about 2,000 people live on the island that survives on tourism.

Check-points have been set-up across the island which is a quieter destination than the neighbouring Koh Phangan which is famous for its “full moon” beach rave parties where drug taking, alcohol abuse and violence is rife and criminals often target young foreign tourists.

Ms Hartley, who is staying in an apartment directly next to the murder scene, said the first she and her travelling partner Tammy Maskill, also from Melbourne, knew of what had happened was when they woke up to see the body bags and blood on the sand.

“Everyone is sleeping in the same room tonight,” she told Fairfax Media, adding the killings had shaken visitors on the island.

“We’ve had an amazing stay here. We were so grateful to have a beautiful beach next to us, and the people have been so nice,” Ms Hartley said.

Ms Maskill said her friends had spent much of the day in their rooms and had called their families to let them know they were OK.

“It’s a little bit more sombre today. We didn’t want to go down to the beach,” she said.

The crime scene is at the end of a row of beach bars, dive shops, massage parlours and open-air restaurants that cater to the backpacker and scuba diving crowd.

On Monday night, couples still wandered hand-in-hand down the yellow brick road, as it’s known locally.

Divers gathered in shops to debrief about their day and watch videos, while backpackers sank Tiger beers in the bars.

But the island is awash with talk about the deaths and locals are upset about a host of rumours swirling around on the internet, including an incorrect one that all ferries and boats from the island had been cancelled.

The night before Sai Ree beach was an oasis.

Fairy lights wound around coconut trees cast a soft light over the sand. People relaxed quietly on bean bags, a drink in hand, and watched the sun set over the water.

Long boats dropped anchor after a day at one of the island’s many dive sights, and scuba divers waded to the shore carrying boxes of equipment with them. One man cast a silhouette on the water as he tinkered with the motor of his boat, his back to the setting sun.

Ms Maskill said she did not think it would affect tourism on the island, which is also known as Turtle Island.

“It could happen anywhere, it’s just that it’s a small island.”

The attack came amid attempts by Thailand’s military dominated government to revive the country’s tourism industry after a coup in May.

Martial law banning gatherings of more than five people remains in place across the country.

– with Lindsay Murdoch, Bangkok


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Rip-off: Bobby Boye allegedly scammed $3.51 million from East Timor. 

As Bobby Boye surveyed his extensive property portfolio, the 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost and other luxury vehicles in the garage, he may well have reflected with some satisfaction on a job well done.

The Nigerian national with a penchant for signing off his emails “Bobby W. Boye esq.” and wearing suits with waistcoats in the hot tropical weather made his fortune in East Timor, where he was lauded as a hero in the local media.

Boye had been working for the East Timorese government since 2010 in a role pivotal to the fledgling nation’s prosperity.

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 East Timorese child collects shells to make necklaces on a beach as an Australian navy ship patrols along the shore in Dili.

East Timor, still stumbling into nationhood, had just conducted the first tax audit of the oil companies that provide more than 90 per cent of its revenue. Until then, the oil companies essentially self-assessed, and East Timor was worried it was being ripped off.

Boye’s job was to issue the formal tax assessments to claw back unpaid revenue. He succeeded brilliantly, forcing the oil companies to cough up more than $350 million.

But as he was raking in the revenue, Boye was robbing East Timor.

The shocking truth was he was a convicted felon, a charlatan and embezzler who has allegedly scammed $3.51 million from East Timor’s threadbare treasury.

Boye was arrested in June this year after the East Timorese tipped off the FBI in April 2013.

Yet East Timor’s government was not the first to know, not by a long shot.

Emails obtained by Fairfax Media, along with interviews with people involved in the saga, attest that at least a dozen people working for the oil and gas industry knew about Boye’s chequered past.

In many cases, that knowledge stretched as far back as two years before East Timor’s government says it independently realised Boye’s malfeasance.

Senior staff at oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips, among others, kept secret their concerns about Boye’s credentials even though he was a man they detested, an imposing and arrogant interloper who had cost them a significant amount of money.

For Pierre-Richard Prosper, a partner at international law firm Arent Fox, who is acting for East Timor, the refusal to share the information was “shocking and appalling”.

“Clearly, they held this to be used as some kind of leverage; the question is against whom and for what intended gain?”

Oil industry sources and emails obtained by Fairfax Media reveal the oil companies became suspicious about Boye as early as December 2010, when an influential local website, La’o Hamutuk, ran a story about oil companies “robbing” East Timor of taxation.

The figures about the adverse tax assessments were uncannily accurate – prompting concerns that Boye had leaked the information.

Several industry sources said they tried to formally protest to the head of East Timor’s customs and revenue service, Cancio de Jesus Oliveira, but he allegedly fobbed them off.

Emails show ConocoPhillips decided not to pursue the matter with East Timorese authorities any further.

But the oil industry made further inquiries, using investigators and lawyers to do due diligence on Boye. What they found out about him was far more disturbing than the unauthorised leaking of information

Emails sent in June 2011, one bearing the subject heading “A Nigerian con artist in our midst?”, outlined how Boye’s claims to have studied at Cambridge University and worked at energy giant Chevron and the international law firm Clifford Chance were fake.

As the email noted: “I imagine the Timor government would be most embarrassed.”

The email was circulated to a number of ConocoPhillips Australia executives.

Research was not that difficult; the irregularities could be easily detected by perusing documents on the public record.

The investigations uncovered further evidence of Boye’s unsavoury past. Boye had served three years in prison in California for embezzlement in 2007 and had been banned for life by the New York Stock Exchange after defrauding clients of their stocks in 2004.

By mid-2012, oil company staff were also aware of serious problems with Opus & Best, a company that was awarded a lucrative contract to provide tax advice to the East Timorese government.

According to emails obtained by Fairfax Media, ConocoPhillips deduced that the company was registered four days after it was awarded the contract.

Moreover, the Opus & Best contracts were unusually buried on the transparency portal of the Ministry of Finance. The company’s website looked like a cut and paste job.

Inquiries to Opus & Best’s office in New York for a contact elicited Bobby Boye’s personal email address.

Opus & Best was secretly owned by Boye, who used the sham company – it later emerged – to siphon off $3.5 million from East Timor’s threadbare treasury into bank accounts established in New York.

Boye wrote Opus & Best’s bid document and was on the committee that awarded the contract. The FBI states that Boye used his stature to dictate the winner.

According to the FBI, Boye used the proceeds of his fraud to purchase the Rolls-Royce, a Bentley Continental and a Range Rover, along with $US20,000 in watches and a portfolio of four homes in New Jersey.

If ConocoPhillips had informed the East Timorese government, it would have saved the impoverished nation at least $2 million. By mid-2012, only $1.5 million had been wired to Boye’s fraudulent account.

One industry source said the companies went as far as to track the payments made to the company, and realised the accounts were linked to Boye.

“Everyone knew. Nobody did anything,” said one oil industry source, who was among those aware of Boye’s past.

“They kept it in their back pocket.”

Apparently unaware the FBI was investigating the case or that East Timor had independently come across Boye’s mischief, it was not until November last year that Conoco told East Timor about its concerns about Boye, and then only in a two-minute “heads up” at the end of a teleconference between lawyers.

It took until January 2014 for the company to disclose everything it had come across – including the fraud involving Opus & Best, says Mr Prosper, East Timor’s lawyer in the tax dispute with Conoco, now before arbitration in Singapore.

“You would expect a partner in a major development with Timor Leste and an honest taxpayer to tell you, ‘Look, we have a problem here,’ ” said Mr Prosper, referring to East Timor by its official name.

According to multiple sources, Conoco’s planned appeals against the adverse tax assessments from Boye explains why it refused to pass on what it knew about Boye promptly.

It would make for a devastating case if Conoco could reveal that the author of the tax rulings was a convicted felon and con artist.

It is understood that Boye’s character was the key to Conoco’s case. The fact that it was able to present detailed allegations about Boye before the FBI investigation became public is proof that it had done its own detailed research.

Fairfax Media attempted to contact the ConocoPhillips executives directly but was referred to ConocoPhillip’s media department.

Detailed questions were sent on Friday asking the company when its staff started having doubts about Bobby Boye’s bona fides, if it was aware of investigations into Boye by oil companies and their proxies, if it had conducted an investigation itself, and if it contacted the East Timorese government about its concerns.

The oil giant declined to answer these specific questions and others, releasing a short statement instead.

“ConocoPhillips is aware that Bobby Boye was a consultant to the Timor-Leste Revenue service and that he was arrested on 19 June 2014,” it said.

“Because of his role within the government, we were obligated to engage with Mr Boye over revenue matters. ConocoPhillips is not involved in the case before the US court.”

Conoco’s joint venture partners in its Timor Gap oil field include Santos, ENI Australia and Japan’s Tokyo Timor Sea Resources.

A Santos spokeswoman said the company and its staff did not know about Boye’s convict past and alleged criminality in East Timor until his arrest.

Other joint venture partners ENI Australia and Tokyo Gas either failed to return calls or said they could not find anyone to comment.

East Timor is the world’s most oil dependent nation. Its oil revenue comes from just two fields in the Timor Sea. Bayu-Undan, where ConocoPhillips is its major shareholder and operator, is by far the larger and has been operational for longer.

Few, if any, nation states have had to rely on one company so much to underwrite their prosperity.

While East Timor has an annual budget of $US1.5 billion ($1.6 billion), ConocoPhillips had revenues of $US57 billion last year. Its market capitalisation is $US100 billion.

It describes itself as the world’s largest independent gas production and exploration company. It is among the top 25 oil producers in the world.

The $3.5 million that Boye siphoned off East Timor is the equivalent to almost one month of the tiny nation’s health budget.

But that amount is dwarfed in comparison with the $350 million-plus at stake in the tax litigation. ConocoPhillips alone is disputing more than $200 million in back taxes and penalties Boye forced it to pay.

The ease of Bobby Boye’s fraud reflects badly on East Timor, but it was the Norwegian government that hired Boye and sent him to East Timor under its aid program. Its ineptitude in checking his credentials was staggering.

According to Norwegian news reports, Boye listed 3D Systems as a previous employer. This was true. But it was while at 3D Systems that Boye was found guilty of embezzling $250,000, money laundering and theft, and sentenced to two years in prison.

All of this, again, was on the public record.

One of the world’s most fragile states was badly let down by Norway, the country that ranks number one on the UN’s human development index.

Conoco’s conduct was even more reprehensible, Mr Prosper says. He called for Conoco’s head office in Houston to undertake a “full and complete investigation as to why it withheld vital information regarding fraud from both Timor and law enforcement”.

Others in East Timor’s government are talking about possible prosecutions of Conoco staff.

East Timor’s struggle for independence after 24 years of Indonesian occupation was epic. Its efforts to transform into a middle income state are just as challenging.

Frauds like Bobby Boye sadly prey on post-conflict states. Interlopers of his ilk are not uncommon throughout the developing world.

Emerging states building the infrastructure of government need all the support they can get to protect them. Its concerns about Boye were triggered by unexplained absences and dubious claims to have a life-threatening illness.

It was fortunate it acted. Boye, according to the FBI, was hatching another scheme to defraud East TImor when he was arrested.

Investment banker, tax lawyer, fraudster

1963 Born in Nigeria. Later becomes US citizen. Other aliases Bobby Ajiboye, Bobby Aji-Boye.

1998 Employed by Morgan Stanley. Fleeces clients of shares, which he sells for cash. Permanently suspended by New York Stock Exchange.

2002-2005 Works at 3D Systems, a 3D printing pioneer, as head of tax department.

2006 Arrested in California.

2007 Found guilty of defrauding 3D Systems of more than $250,000. Serves prison term for grand theft, money laundering and perjury.

2010 Gets limited licence to practise international law in New York, citing a Nigerian legal training.

July 2010 Starts as a petroleum tax legal adviser to East Timor’s government, hired and funded by Norway. Salary and benefits worth $350,000 a year. Falsified CV to claim he studied at Cambridge University, worked at Chevron and law firm Clifford Chance.

Mar-Dec 2012 Boye on committee to award contract for external tax advice for East Timor. Contract awarded to a company that he secretly owns, Opus & Best. $3.51 million is wired from East Timor to an account he set up.

April 2013 Flees East Timor.

May 2013 East Timor refers Boye to FBI for investigation.

June 19, 2014 Arrested at Newark International Airport by the FBI. Released on $1.5 million bail.


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The 125 year old Jack the Ripper mystery may be finally solved, alas.

Like many, when I saw the news that Jack the Ripper had finally been identified, I thought, “Here we go again”. Who was the serial killer going to be this time? Gladstone? WG Grace? After all, the list of suspects contains the likes of Prince Albert Victor, the Duke of Clarence and even Lewis Carroll, so I was bracing myself for somebody really spectacularly silly; perhaps even Queen Victoria herself.

But as I read more about the story, it became apparent that this wasn’t some outlandish claim peddled by a money-grabbing junk historian. In fact, it all seems very sensible. In 2007, a businessman called Russell Edwards bought a shawl that was said to belong to Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims. Mr Edwards took the shawl to Dr Jari Louhelainen, a senior lecturer in molecular biology at Liverpool John Moores, and a specialist in genetics and forensics. Using a process called “vacuuming”, Dr Louhelainen was able to extract enough DNA from bloodstains on the shawl to match the DNA taken from one of Eddowes’s descendants.

Even more excitingly, Dr Louhelainen was able to find some seminal fluid, from which he was also able to obtain some DNA.That DNA is a 100 per cent match for a female descendant of the sister of one of the Ripper suspects – a Polish-born hairdresser called Aaron Kosminski, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and hallucinations, and was admitted to mental asylums from 1891 until he died in 1919. If the science is correct, then the case is closed after nearly 125 years

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Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, who worked on the Jack the Ripper investigation for the London Metropolitan Police and identified Aaron Kosminksi as the suspect.

And even though I am a historian who delights in debunking junk history, this time I’m convinced. But I’m also disappointed.Unlike so many suspects, Kosminski is boringly plausible. The idea that the Ripper was a madman who was strongly suspected by the police – and even monitored by them – rings true, but dully true. Because although my head realises that Kosminski has to be the killer, my heart doesn’t want the case to end.

Like others, I’ve been fascinated not only by the case itself, but also by the legion of obsessive people who call themselves “Ripperologists” – a faux-scientific label if there was one. Be in no doubt that these people will keep the case alive.

The notion that there is nothing left to solve, no more leads to follow up, no more evidence to dissect, will surely leave their lives empty and seemingly worthless. One can already see anguished signs of this denial on discussion forums, in which the Edwards-Louhelainen theory is peevishly dismissed.

Among those who will doubtless be rubbishing the idea of Kosminski as the serial killer will be the crime writer Patricia Cornwell, who is the queen of Ripperology. In 2002, Cornwell published a book in which she confidently asserted that the painter Walter Sickert was the Ripper. Much of Cornwell’s evidence was flimsy – not least her desperate claim that the poses of the women in some of the artist’s paintings are similar to those of the corpses of the Ripper’s victims. Cornwell’s problem, which is shared by many of her fellow Ripperologists – and, to be honest, by myself – is that she wanted the murderer to be someone remarkable.

The notion that such unsolved sensationalised murders were committed merely by an obscure maniac is simply not satisfying. Kosminski’s modest character does not have sufficient strength to carry the hugeness of the story and the culture of books, films, TV shows and tours that has been built around it.

The truth is that the answers to so many of these notorious cases are indeed boring and short. President Kennedy was shot by a lone misfit, and was not the victim of some multi-tentacled conspiracy. Subconsciously, we treat these horrible, true crimes as extensions of the entertainment industry. While a work of fiction may have Jack the Ripper as a personage, in truth, we now know that the murderer was a mere person. But even if the DNA evidence had shown that the Ripper was, say, a son of Queen Victoria, many would have dismissed it. Mysteries are fun. Solved mysteries are not.

Had Kosminski been found guilty in 1888, then the case of “Jack the Ripper” would have been all but forgotten. There were plenty of other serial killers in the 19th century, but few today can name, say, the likes of Dr William Palmer who poisoned several of his victims, or Sarah Freeman, who killed at least nine, including her own brother. However, we must learn to accept the science, and not let our imagination triumph over the facts. That is indeed a worthy and sensible observation, and one we should all heed; but it’s not one that I find very satisfying. If Dr Louhelainen’s methodology is found to be flawed, then I for one will be secretly delighted.

The Daily Telegraph


Australia is doing it’s job well in  tracking down a terrorism element in the community & having her charged.

The wife [Fatima] of this terrorist Mohamed Elomar has been nabbed arrested & charged by the Australian Federal Police

If found guilty we cannot afford to be seen to be weak in our penalty application to all terrorists.

Bullets are cheap.

Let them leave here & never ever to return. Keeping them here under detention costs us money.

They say an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth & maybe a head for a head for us to stay ahead

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Mohamed Elomar, suspected to be in Syria or Iraq; his wife has been charged with supporting incursions into a foreign state.

Police say they have phone records and surveillance footage to back up their case against the wife of suspected Islamic State fighter Mohamed Elomar.

Fatima Elomar was arrested by counter-terrorism detectives in May as she tried to board a flight to Malaysia with her four children.

Police allege she was carrying cash and supplies, including camouflage gear, GPS watches, money and some medical supplies on behalf of her husband, who is in Syria and reportedly fighting with the terror group.

Mohamed Elomar and his fellow Australian fighter Khaled Sharrouf recently posted images on Twitter, showing them posing with the heads of executed fighters, holding guns and standing over bloodied bodies.

Ms Elomar is yet to enter a plea. The 29-year-old is charged under the Crimes (Foreign Incursions and Recruitment) Act with supporting incursions into a foreign state with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

On Tuesday, the Downing Centre Local Court was told a committal hearing cannot proceed without written permission of the Attorney-General. That consent was being sought, Magistrate John Bailey was told.

Her lawyer, Zali Burrows, has previously said Ms Elomar was heading overseas for a family reunion.

The case will return to court in November.


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DNA testing has identified Jack the Ripper as Aaron Kosminski, a hairdresser in the British capital’s impoverished Whitechapel district, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

The claim is based on the findings of the Finnish forensics expert Jari Louhelainen, who examined a shawl belonging to one of Jack the Ripper’s five confirmed victims, all of whom were prostitutes.

Some of the DNA found on the garment matched that of Kosminski, Louhelainen concluded, based on DNA obtained from a descendant of the hairdresser’s sister, the paper said.

The study could not be independently confirmed. The report also did not comment on the possibility of Kosminski getting his DNA on the prostitute’s shawl in a manner unrelated to the woman’s murder.

Kosminski, born in 1865, was a key suspect when police initially investigated the murders attributed to Jack the Ripper, but no case could be built against him.

The hairdresser was an ethnic Jew living in a part of Poland that belonged to Russia during the 19th century. According to the Daily Mail, he fled to Britain in the 1880s to escape from Jewish pogroms, organized mass attacks on Russian Jews.

Kosminski was placed in a mental asylum in 1891, where he remained until his death in in 1919.

Between five and 11 murders of women that took place from 1888 to 1891 in Whitechapel are credited to Jack the Ripper.

The highly publicized murders were never solved, giving rise to more than 100 theories about the identity of the killer.

Several Russian Empire natives made the list of suspects, including a second Polish groomer, a Polish-Jewish boot-maker and a Russian conman. More elaborate theories listed British Prince Albert Victor and “Alice in Wonderland” creator Lewis Carroll as possible perpetrators


NA tests ‘prove’ that Jack the Ripper was a Polish immigrant named Aaron Kosminski

THE search to uncover the identity of Jack the Ripper appears to be over.

DNA on a shawl found near one of the victims, Catherine Eddowes, reportedly contains a match to both her and one of the chief suspects, Aaron Kosminsky.

The Polish hairdresser, who moved to England with his family in 1881, was committed to a mental asylum at the peak of Ripper hysteria.

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Revealed? … DNA evidence reportedly confirms that Aaron Kosminski is Jack the Ripper. Picture: Supplied

The breakthrough came when Dr Jari Louhelainen, an expert in historic DNA, was commissioned to study a shawl found with Eddowes, the second-last “confirmed” victim of the Ripper more than 125 years ago.

The shawl — which still retained historic stains — had been bought by a businessman at an auction in 2007.

“It has taken a great deal of hard work, using cutting-edge scientific techniques which would not have been possible five years ago,” Dr Louhelainen told a British newspaper.

“Once I had the profile, I could compare it to that of the female descendant of Kosminski’s sister, who had given us a sample of her DNA swabbed from inside her mouth.

“The first strand of DNA showed a 99.2 per cent match, as the analysis instrument could not determine the sequence of the missing 0.8 per cent fragment of DNA. On testing the second strand, we achieved a perfect 100 per cent match.”

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Killing sports … this map of Whitechapel in the 1800s shows Flower and Dean Streets in purple and the sites of some killings as red spots. Picture: Supplied

Kosminski was born in Poland in 1865 before moving to Whitechapel, England, in 1881.

The murders attributed to Jack the Ripper began in 1888, with up to 11 deaths around the Whitechapel area linked to the killer.

Frances Coles, believed to be the Ripper’s last victim, died in February 1891 — the same year Kosminski was forcibly put in Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum.

He remained in mental health facilities until his death in 1919, aged 53.

Originally published as Is this Jack the Ripper?


Joseph  Biden, the US vice president, has said his country will follow the IS group “to the gates of hell” following the beheading of two American journalists by the group in Iraq.

The fight against the IS group has given unlikely allies like the US and Shia armed groups a common cause [AFP] image

Biden vowed to hunt down and defeat the IS group, while stepping up efforts to recruit an international coalition to join in the fight.

“The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand,” Biden said in a speech on Wednesday.

\”When people harm Americans, we don’t retreat, we don’t forget.”

A videotape showing Steven Sotloff’s murder was broadcast on Tuesday, two weeks after the same group released a video showing Foley’s killing.

“We take care of those who are grieving and when that’s finished, they should know we will follow them to the gates of hell until they are brought to justice,” the US vice president said. “Because hell is where they’ll reside.”

The speech came as US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said dozens of US citizens are joining the Islamic State group.

“We are aware of over a hundred US citizens, who have US passports, who are fighting in the Middle East with ISIL [IS] force,” Hagel said in a television interview. “There maybe more, we don’t know, we can’t take a chance.”

Earlier on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama called for an international front against the IS, as US allies Britain and France weighed possible military action.


Joseph  Biden, the US vice president, has said his country will follow the IS group “to the gates of hell” following the beheading of two American journalists by the group in Iraq.

Biden vowed to hunt down and defeat the IS group, while stepping up efforts to recruit an international coalition to join in the fight.

“The American people are so much stronger, so much more resolved than any enemy can fully understand,” Biden said in a speech on Wednesday.

Henry Sapiecha


A CARJACKER got a taste of his own medicine after eyewitnesses who saw him trying to steal a car from a woman and her child, rushed to stop him.

The incident, which was caught on video, happened after 4pm in the Appletree Market parking lot in San Diego.

The suspect, now identified as Ismael Hernandez, had managed to get into the driver’s seat and tried to drive the vehicle with the woman and young girl inside before hitting a pole, according to San Diego police.

But before Hernandez, 21, could drive off, eyewitnesses who saw him wasted no time in stopping him.

The bystanders pulled him out of the vehicle, and pushed him to the ground before police arrived at the scene.

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Aaron Leaf, who recorded the incident on his mobile phone, told ABC 10 News in the US: “I see this guy in the back seat choking out the driver and there were a couple of other people in the window grabbing the keys from him,” he said.

“I was trying to figure out what was happening and once I realised, I didn’t feel sorry for the guy at all.”

Leaf was inside a Mexican food restaurant at the time he heard screaming from the car.

Video of the terrifying incident shows Hernandez being dragged out of the car and taken to the ground by several men.

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He was repeatedly hit and kicked as he put his head on the ground.

When police arrived, he also tried to resist arrest, forcing witnesses to help hold him down in the parking lot.

Elais Velasquez, Hernandez’s brother, tried to shed light on why he tried to carjack the woman and her child.

He told ABC 10 News his brother has been struggling with alcohol and drugs and was just released from rehabilitation recently.

His father believes his son may have relapsed.

“He regrets and is sorry to the people he tried to harm,” said Hernandez’s father Sergio.

“My family is emotional and not doing well. We want no harm to the families.”

Hernandez was charged with attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping and attempted auto theft.


Officials warn that ELEVEN missing airplanes seized by Islamist rebels in Libya could be used to carry out terrorist attack on 9/11 anniversary

  • Eleven planes went missing from Tripoli International Airport, after it was overtaken by an Islamic rebel group late last month
  • U.S. officials are reportedly warning that the planes could be used to carry out terrorist attacks for the anniversary of September 11  

U.S. officials fear Islamic militants have stolen nearly a dozen commercial planes in Libya which could be used to carry out 9/11-style terrorist attacks in the region.

Eleven commercial jets operated by two state-owned airlines went missing last month, after militant group Libyan Dawn overtook the international airport in the capital city of Tripoli. 

In the past two weeks, the U.S. government has been issuing warnings about the deteriorating state in Libya, drawing attention to the fact that the planes could be used in attacks to mark the anniversary of 9/11 later this month, sources who read the briefs told the Washington Free-Beacon.

‘There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing,’ one official told the Free-Beacon. ‘We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.’

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Aftermath: Tripoli International Airport was overtaken by the group Libyan Dawn last month and now 11 aircraft for Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways are now missing. Above, a Libyan Airlines plane damaged in the battle, pictured on August 26

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The Masked Men Brigade are in control of the 11 missing airplanes

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