ROANOKE, United States, Aug 27 : (AFP) -- A former reporter fired by a Virginia television station shot dead two of its journalists during a live broadcast Wednesday and posted chilling footage of the crime online before fatally shooting himself.
The gunman -- Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, also known as Bryce Williams -- died in a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being taken into custody by state police following an intense morning manhunt across the state.
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview for WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke, abot 240 miles (385 kilometers) southwest of Washington.
The killings once again highlighted gun violence in America -- prompting a quick White House call for action -- and also raised questions about how the Internet provided a brief but unfiltered window on a horrific crime.
"It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents," President Barack Obama told an ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.
In a rambling manifesto sent to ABC News in New York, Flanagan -- an African American sacked in 2013 by WDBJ -- said he was sent over the edge by the June mass shooting of black worshippers at a church in South Carolina.
Describing himself as a "human powder keg... just waiting to go BOOM!!!!," Flanagan also complained in what he called a "Suicide Note for Friends and Family" of racial discrimination...
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27 : (AFP) -- It almost looked like a first-person shooter video game: A handgun in a man's grasp comes into view. A woman appears in the gunman's sights. Shots are fired.
But this was no game. It was a killer's chilling video of him stalking his prey -- two journalists live on-air for a Virginia television station that fired him for erratic behavior in 2013.
A small audience witnessed Vester Lee Flanagan's attack live on television.
But Internet users, even if only for a brief time, had a first-person view of his horrific crime after the killer fired off tweets while on the run and then posted online a video of what appeared to be a carefully planned attack.
"This seems like we're turning a new page in the Internet era," Endpoint Technologies Associates analyst Roger Kay told AFP.
"It's definitely a new frontier. Except for ISIS, really nobody has done this," he added, referring to the self-proclaimed Islamic State group.
IS uses social media to share videos of beheadings to advance its cause through terror, but Flanagan's video marked the first time "a freelancer" operating for personal reasons used the shocking sharing tactic, according to Kay.
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WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot dead while they were conducting a live interview in the town of Moneta, outside Roanoke in southern Virginia.
Ward's footage for the station ends...
Kathmandu, Aug. 27: Various lawmakers, taking part in the ongoing deliberations at the meeting of the Constituent Assembly, have pressed for a delivery of a new constitution despite the odds.
The meeting is deliberating on the proposal seeking consideration on the amended Bill relating to the Constitution of Nepal, 2072.
They have also suggested to expedite the constitution delivery process addressing the issues surfaced lately related to the demarcation of the province and embracing the sentiments of all.
Lawmakers like Rabindra Adhikari, Balaram Adhikari, Prem Bahadur Giri, Ganeshman Gurung among others have spoken of the need to maintain the social harmony and goodwill.
Other lawmakers as Taradevi Rai, Rajendra Prasad Pandey, Anita Devkota, Kiran Yadav, Basundhara Rokaya, Tul Bahadur Gurung, among others, argued that delineation of the province should be based on identity and capacity.
They further stated that the new constitution should ensure the rights of women, Dalit, Madhesi, Tharu and backward and the marginalized communities.
As for the issue of citizenship identity card, they held the view that it should be issued in the name of the mother too.
Formation of a separate Commission to resolve the valid demands put forth by the public was also underscored during the deliberation in addition to enlisting provision of quality education in the preamble of the constitution.
In terms of the contentious issues like religion, the lawmakers opined that religion should...
Kathmandu, Aug. 27: Nepal have made it to the final of the First U-19 SAFF Men’s Football Championship by defeating Afghanistan three goals to two.
In the semi-final encounter of the Championship played at the ANFA Complex ground at Satdobato, Lalitpur today, Anjan Bista scored two goals for Nepal to clinch the victory. He scored in the 34th and the 39th minutes of play.
However, an own goal by Ananta Tamang of Nepal in the 50th minute made the score 2-1. A goal by Sunil Bal in the 52nd minute sealed victory for Nepal.
Mehebirezai scored a consolation goal for Afghanistan in the 72nd minute. Nepal were in command of the ball most of the time.
Speaking at a post-match news conference, Minister for Youth and Sports Purushottam Poudel announced a Rs 100,000 reward to each played if Nepal clinch the title.
Nepal’s coach bal Gopal Maharjan said, “Our boys played well. Now our goal is to win the title.”
Afghanistan’s coach Saheb Razab said Nepal is a strong team and so it won the semi-final.
India and Bangladesh are vying in another semi-final game of the championship now. Nepal will take on the winner of this match in the final to be played on Saturday. RSS
Dhangadhi, Aug 24: As many as 16 security personnel including SSP Laxman Neupane and three demonstrators have been confirmed dead in a clash between Tharuhat demonstrators and police today.
The deceased are SSP Neupane, Inspectors duo Balram Bista and Keshav Bohara of the District Police Office, Kailali.
Assistant chief District officer of Kailali Uday Bahadur Singh shared that 11 police personnel of the Armed Police Force and three demonstrators were also killed in the clash. Their identity is yet to be confirmed. RSS
France, Aug. 22 :(AFP) - American servicemen overpowered a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov who opened fire on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, preventing what the White House said could have been a "far worse tragedy".
According to initial information from investigators, at least two of the men who tackled the gunman were American troops who had apparently heard him loading his weapons in a toilet cubicle and confronted him after he came out.
Two people were wounded in the incident, with the Pentagon confirming that one was a member of the US military. The gunman had a Kalashnikov, an automatic pistol and a box cutter, one police source told AFP.
The suspect, who was arrested when the train stopped at the northern French town of Arras, was a 26-year-old from Morocco or of Moroccan origin who was known to the intelligence services, French investigators said.
US President Barack Obama praised the passengers for their actions.
"The president expressed his profound gratitude for the courage and quick thinking of several passengers, including US service members, who selflessly subdued the attacker," a White House official said. "Their heroic actions may have prevented a far worse tragedy."
The motives for the shooting were not immediately known, although French prosecutors said counter-terrorism investigators had taken over the probe.
France has been on high alert since Islamist gunmen went on the rampage in...
ISTANBUL, Aug. 22 :(AFP) - Turkish security forces have detained 435 migrants and Syrian refugees along with three suspected people smugglers, before they embarked on an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, reports said Saturday.
There has been an upsurge this summer in the numbers of refugees and migrants using shaky vessels to make the crossing, sparking a humanitarian crisis for the European Union.
The latest arrests in the district of Ayvacik on the Aegean in the Canakkale region of western Turkey appear to have been made even before they put to sea to try to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.
Of those detained, 345 are Syrians, 64 from Afghanistan, 19 from Myanmar and 7 from Pakistan, the official Anatolia news agency said, adding that police were acting on a tip-off.
Three suspected people smugglers -- all Turkish nationals -- were also detained. Two boats, two outboard motors and a large numbers of life jackets that were to have been used in the crossing were also seized.
Turkish officials say the security forces have been detaining thousands of migrants around the Aegean seeking to cross to Europe every week this summer.
Many have been trying to make the short crossing from the Turkish resort of Bodrum to the Greek island of Kos in the southern Aegean.
Far from striking out independently, they rely on the services of people smugglers who coordinate the enterprise, paying around $1,200 a head for the risky crossing.
Kathmandu, Aug. 2 The writing of constitution draft except disputed issues has completed. With rigorous 14-hour long effort, the taskforce under the Constitution Drafting Committee prepared the draft based on the report of the Constitutional-Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee on Saturday.
The political parties are yet to reach agreement on the issues as secularism/ religious freedom, threshold, and reappointment of the chiefs of constitutional bodies.
The taskforce completed the writing of constitution draft being based on the CPDCC report and people’s submission on the draft constitution. The report prepared by the taskforce will be tabled at the CDC full meeting for discussions.
Taskforce member and CA member Prem Bahadur Singh said the correction of errors and constitutional and legal wording had completed.
Another member Sita Nepali shared that the draft was revised as per the recommendations furnished by the Constituent Assembly, CPDCC and the lawmakers.
The taskforce comprise the Chairperson of the Constitutional Drafting Committee Krishna Situala, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, Hitraj Pandey, Ramesh Lekhak, Aindra Sundar Nembang and Ditendra Dev. Other members also attended the meeting as per the requirement.
The report prepared by the taskforce will be studied throughout the night and will be revised if any error is spotted.
The CA Secretariat will distribute the draft to the taskforce members on Sunday morning upon the completion of the technical works...
Kathmandu, Aug. 14: Four major political parties have committed to forging agreement on the disputed issues of the constitution soon.
In this connection, the special committee consisting of the top leaders of four parties held a meeting at Singha Durbar Friday.
The meeting touched upon the issues of secularism, threshold, demarcation of province, and the measures to address the agitations emerged in different parts of the country following the proposed demarcation of six provinces.
Talking to media persons following the meeting, Vice-Chairman of the CPN-UML, Bhim Rawal, said they discussed how fast they could reach the consensus on the remaining disputed issues. The leaders agreed on solving the disputed issues in view of the task and the period assigned to the Constitution Drafting Committee, he added.
The Constitution Drafting Committee has been given the Saturday deadline to make the final draft of the constitution.
Similarly, Chairman of the Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (Loktantrik), Bijay Kumar Gachchhadar, said they could make final agreement by Saturday.
According to him, today's discussion centered mainly on how they could address the grudges of the Madhesi, indigenous and the Tharu communities and the protests in the mid-western and the far-west regions.
"The Drafting Committee and Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee will meet in the presence of the top leaders in order to seek consensus," added Gachchhadar.
The meeting was...
Biratnagar, Aug. 14: The cadres of the CPN Maoist A group of people smeared soot on the face of an officer of the Morang District Land Revenue Office (DLRO) in Biratnagar today.
DLRO Chief Narendra Poudel said that of four people of the group, who came on two motorcycles, dragged Kumar Acharya out of the office and smeared soot on his face.
Poudel said that they escaped from the scene after the incident. Meanwhile, issuing a statement, the office staffers halted the administrative works to protest the incident, demanding actions against the guilty. RSS
Kathmandu, Aug 14: Prabhu Saha of UCPN (Maoist) has resigned from the member of Constituent Assembly's Constitutional Drafting Committee.
He decided to remain away from the Committee citing his dissatisfactions over the performance of the Committee. He accused the Committee of working arbitrarily going against the formal agreements reached among the political parties.
The Committee activities lack transparency, it failed to own up the agreements of the past CA and pay a heed to ensure the rights of Madhesis, dalits, indigenous nationalities and minorities in the new constitution, Saha stated in the resignation letter that he submitted to Committee President Krishna Prasad Sitaula, UCPN (Maoist) Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and party senior leader and Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee President Dr Baburam Bhattarai.
Talking to media persons after the submission of the resignation letter, he stressed the constitution drafting process be made transparent and the constitution should guarantee the rights of people from the dalit, Madhesi, ethnic and indigenous communities. RSS
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Kathmandu, July 28: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has condemned the cowardly terrorist attack on a police station and a public vehicle at Gurdaspur in the Indian state of Punjab. Five police personnel and three civilians were killed in the Gurdaspur terror strike on Monday morning.
In a message, PM Koirala has condemned the cowardly and inhuman attack and said that Nepal Government and the people of Nepal were with India in this hour.
PM Koirala has expressed his condolence to the security personnel and relatives of civilians killed in the terrorist attack, and the Indian people on behalf of the government and people of Nepal.
Likewise, PM Koirala has stressed the need for working together to defeat terrorism as it was against peace, stability, democracy and development. RSS
Kathmandu, July 15: Nepal lost to Hong Kong by five wickets in the fourth match of ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers-2015 on Wednesday. It has almost dashed Nepal's dream to advance to qualify for ICC World Cup.
Nepal has presented a moderate target of 110 runs in the fourth match at Belfast in Ireland.
With the win of toss, arch rival Hong Kong had invited Nepal for batting first.
Nepal did not make a good start with its batsmen failing to gather impressive runs. Opener Subas Khakurel was out at two runs while vice captain Gyanendra Malla and captain Paras Khadka could not perform well.
Malla failed to make any run while Khadka gathered merely a couple for the team.
Nepal had garnered only 31 runs in 10th overs at the loss of five wickets.
Likewise, Sagar Pun and Basanta Regmi made 11 runs each, Rajesh Pulami Magar 25 and Pradip Airi zero. Nepal had seen a modest rise in the run rate with a partnership of Sharad Veshwakar and Ramesh Pulami Magar for 50. Sharad contributed highest to the team with 27. RSS