An American man held hostage by the Afghan Taliban for more than a year is gravely ill and in urgent need of care, the militant group has warned as it urged the US to accept its demands. Kevin King, 61, one of two professors at the American University of Afghanistan abducted at gunpoint in Kabul last year, is suffering from “a dangerous heart disease and kidney problem”, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahed said in a statement on Monday. “His feet have begun swelling, he frequently loses consciousness and his health is worsening rapidly,” Mujahed said. The Taliban did not provide evidence of King’s condition. The last sign of life from the professor and his colleague, Timothy Weeks, came in January when the Taliban released a video of the two looking dishevelled and visibly distraught, pleading with the president-elect Donald Trump to negotiate for their release. Western officials believe the two men are captives of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani group, … [Read more...] about Taliban warn US that hostage Kevin King is dangerously ill
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The messiest fight on the right is between the lawyer for a prominent “Western” nationalist group and a man who has previously faced allegations of supporting the Ku Klux Klan. Attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke represents the Proud Boys, an all-male, self-described “Western chauvinist” organization. Thomas Retzlaff is a Texas man trying to get Van Dyke disbarred in the state for racism. But Van Dyke, who is now trying to sue Retzlaff for $100 million, says the case isn’t what it seems, pointing to a major 2014 lawsuit in which a plaintiff unsuccessfully attempted to prove that Retzlaff posed as a KKK member online. Van Dyke’s tangle with Retzlaff began in March 2017. Van Dyke, who practiced law privately, had just accepted a felony prosecutor role in the district attorney’s office in Victoria County, Texas. But shortly before Van Dyke was slated to start work, Retzlaff lodged a complaint with the D.A.’s office. “I live in San Antonio, and … [Read more...] about ‘Proud Boy’ Lawyer Wants $100M From Man Who Cost Him His Job
I have invested a lumpsum in Aditya Birla Sun Life Pure Value Fund (Regular, Growth) in early 2018 and currently it is offering negative returns. The fund is not performing well, even though the market is up since the last two months. I have compared with other funds, and found that their NAVs have risen, but this fund’s NAV is below the benchmark index. Please advise me what should I do.-Anal Vyas You are investing in a value-oriented scheme. The value-oriented category is among the poor performers in the last year. The category has offered around 2.52% in the last one year. Aditya Birla Sun Life Pure Value Fund was the second in the list in 2017, with 56% returns. However, the scheme has lost 22 per cent in 2018. The value-oriented category, as the name suggests, picks up undervalued stocks in the market, and wait for a long period to realise the full value of the stock. That means you should invest in these schemes only if you are a devotee of value investing and you have a … [Read more...] about Should I sell Aditya Birla SL Pure Value Fund?
The Alpha Delta chapter of Penn State's Chi Phi has been suspended after a 17-year-old boy's body was found off campus and in a house allegedly occupied by Chi Phi members, according to the Associated Press. The house was not the fraternity's official residence. The 17-year-old has not been publicly identified. He was not a student at the school and was visiting the area. According to Onward State, he was pronounced dead after entering cardiac arrest. His body showed no signs of trauma, and witnesses on the scene saw him lose consciousness and enter a pattern of shallow breathing before the police were called. An autopsy will be conducted by the Centre County Coroner's Office. The State College Police Department and Penn State's Office of Student Conduct are both investigating the case. The State College Police Department urges any witnesses with further information to come forward and give their testimony. All privileges have been removed from the Chi Phi chapter, and the fraternity … [Read more...] about Penn State Fraternity Suspended After Teen Found Dead Near Campus
Jim Lees woke up late one night needing to use the toilet. As he sat up in bed, he felt dizzy, then blacked out and fell to the floor. He remembers: “Everything went blank. I fell and was unconscious. I don’t know how long I was out.” When Lees [not his real name], 80, did regain consciousness, he couldn’t get back up. “My foot wouldn’t grip the floor. There was blood and urine everywhere. I just don’t know what happened to me.” It wasn’t until 6am the next morning that he was found on the floor of his cell by prison officers. “We had checked him at 11pm and he was fine. When I came in in the morning, he was slumped, and had injured his head,” says Mick Butler, custodial manager at HMP Wymott, in Leyland, Lancashire. Lees was taken to Preston hospital, where doctors discovered, and later removed, a cancerous tumour in his leg. He stayed for weeks, with a prison guard by his bed. This was not the first time a man had been … [Read more...] about How smart tech is giving ageing prisoners a lifeline