79 School Children Kidnapped in Northwest Cameroon

The 79 students kidnapped last Monday at a Presbyterian high school in Nkwen, a town in the northwest region of Cameroon, have been released, Efe sources confirmed on Wednesday. However, the director of the educational center and at least one teacher continue to be kidnapped, according to local media.

All students are between ten and fourteen years of age, and it is unknown until now under what conditions their release was obtained.

This is the first time a mass kidnapping has occurred in Cameroon, an event reminiscent of the one committed in neighboring Nigeria in 2014, when the jihadist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a boarding school in Chibok, sparking outrage at the level global.

In a video of about 5 minutes that Efe had access to, eleven of the children are forced to identify themselves, and indicate that they have been kidnapped by the ‘Amba boys’, the Anglophone separatists who are calling for the creation of the independent State of Ambazonia.

Leaders of these secessionist groups which operate in the Anglophone regions of the Northwest and Southwest of the country denied hours later in a statement to be responsible.

The so-called Anglophone crisis , which began in 2016 with peaceful protests over a more equal use of English in courts and educational centers, degenerated into armed groups at the end of 2017 after a harsh crackdown by the government.

Since the escalation of the conflict, hundreds of people have died and at least 7,000 students have been displaced as a result of violent attacks and clashes between the Armed Forces and the separatist militias. The release of these students is made public a day after President Paul Biya, 85, who has been in office for 36 years, will be sworn in for a seventh term in the Yaoundé Parliament.

Man accused of raping and killing a 6-year-old girl in New Mexico

Authorities in New Mexico arrested a young man accused of raping and murdering six-year-old Ariana ‘Jade’ Romeo, whose body was found almost two months ago on an improvised mattress in a house in the city of Rio Rancho, where she and her mother were staying.

Leland Hust, 21, entered Friday night at the Sandoval County jail. The young man faces charges of sexual abuse resulting in the death of a minor and criminal sexual penetration. Both crimes carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

They also detained the owner of the house where the girl was murdered. Winston Scates Sr, 63, has been charged with criminal sexual contact against a minor. Detectives believe that this man sexually abused at least two children, although these cases are not related to the death of Ariana.

The investigation began on August 11, when officers from the Rio Rancho Police Department went to a house in the 200 block of Moonstone Drive, near Highway 528, because Ariana’s mother reported to the 911 service that she had found her daughter unconscious. in the garage of the house.

According to the police report, the girl died at the scene and had “damage” to her genitals. The result of the autopsy has not been published, determining the cause of death.

The detectives found the girl lying on an improvised mattress. Beside her were a towel with blood, tissues, a princess pillow and a Playboy magazine. Outside the house, among the trash, they found a rope and male underwear.

At a press conference on Friday night, Rio Rancho Police Capt. Ron Vigil said investigators took nearly two months to gather evidence against Hust, including DNA samples that linked him to the killing. The officer did not clarify if the young man has confessed the crime.

“DNA is an element of this investigation,” Captain Vigil said, adding that detectives also found evidence against Hust through interviews with people who were in the house when the girl was killed.

For his part, Rio Rancho Police Chief Stewart Steele said at the conference that the charges against the suspect are the result of a “very thorough investigation.”

“We recognize that the community has been passionate about this incident involving an innocent 6-year-old girl. We want the community to know that we are also passionate about justice for Ariana, “said the police chief. “Our officers and detectives, many of whom have children, have been deeply affected by the death of Ariana,” he added.

If Hust is found guilty he would spend the rest of his life in jail, Steele said. “Unfortunately we have identified other minor victims,” Vigil said. “They are separate and distinct investigations. We have analyzed not only the oldest cases but the new accusations, “he added.

The police said that several people lived in the house of Scates, but did not clarify what is their relationship with Hust, the mother of Ariana and the other residents. The press reported that in 2011 Hust was reported as missing and that the house was registered as his permanent address.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of Albuquerque and the New Mexico State Police collaborated in the investigation into the death of Ariana. The investigation is still in the preliminary stage.

Regarding the accusation against Scates, the owner of the house, Captain Vigil mentioned that during the investigation the detectives discovered that at least two children had been sexually assaulted by the man. No details have been published about these alleged abuses.

New Mexico Man Was Training Kids to Commit School Shootings

It was a kind of camp, just a shack surrounded by tires in the middle of the moor near a tiny town called Amalia, in northern New Mexico. I had no water and it was full of garbage. There, last Friday, the police found two adults, three women and 11 children living in miserable conditions.

The county sheriff defined it this way, “The saddest conditions of poverty that I have seen in my life”. The event took an even more disconcerting turn this Wednesday, when they filed the charges. The police claim that the camp leader was training the children with guns to shoot in schools.

The story begins last December. An Atlanta woman reported to the police that her husband, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, had taken his three-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani and had not seen him again. The child suffered from dizziness, could not walk and required constant medical attention. The last thing his father said was that he intended to practice an exorcism because he was possessed by the devil. They were never seen again.

With the help of the FBI, the investigation eventually reached New Mexico, where the Taos County police, near the Colorado border, found the camp last Friday.

There was Wahhaj, another adult male and three women, presumably the mothers of the 11 children who lived there. Wahhaj was heavily armed, with four loaded pistols and an AR-15 assault rifle with 30 magazines. They had also built a kind of rudimentary firing range. They were detained without resistance.

At first there was no trace of the three-year-old disappeared. On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office announced that it had found the remains of a child in the vicinity.

The identification is not official until the forensic analysis is completed but the authorities say that the body is of an age compatible with that of little Abdul-Ghani. “We found him on Abdul’s fourth birthday,” said Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe. The county coroner had not yet confirmed on Thursday morning that it was Abdul-Ghani.

The children found in the camp are between 1 and 15 years old. According to Hogrefe, “they looked like refugees from the third world.” They had no shoes and they were dressed in rags. There was hardly any food in the place when the agents arrived, apart from some potatoes and a pack of rice.

The three women arrested are Huraj Wahhaj, 37, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35, both sisters of the alleged leader, and Jany Leveille, 35. The other man arrested in the camp is Lucas Allen Morten, 40, and the investigators were the owner of the place that had given refuge to Wahhaj.

All the detainees appeared for the first time before a judge on Wednesday afternoon. Accompanied by public defenders, they pleaded not guilty to 11 crimes of child abuse. Morton is also accused of hiding a fugitive. Everyone is in prison without bail. According to the prosecution, the claim that they were trained to shoot in schools is based on statements made by a foster parent of one of the children.

Reuters reports that at the hearing was a man named Jabril Abdulwani, 64, who assured reporters that he was from Alexandria, Egypt, and Morton’s father. During the hearing, he shouted, ” Allahu Akbar ” (God is the greatest). The man said he had not known anything about his son for a year until he received a message from him last Thursday saying “they were starving.” He described the detainees as “peaceful adult settlers” who tried to “be self-sufficient and found a peaceful community, a peaceful life away from society.”

Little is known about some traces of Wahhaj’s life, whom the police accuse of being the leader of the strange group. According to the Associated Press, he filed a lawsuit in 2006 after being harassed by the customs authorities at the JFK airport in New York on a trip to Morocco.

He said that he had been harassed for being “son of the famous imam Siraj Wahhaj”. He refers to a controversial imam with that name he preaches in a mosque in Brooklyn. On Monday, Imam Siraj Wahhaj posted a message on Facebook asking for help in locating his grandson, Abdul-Ghani. Wahhaj has been singled out as radical on several occasions.

Trump Seeks Mexico to Pay The Wall Through the FTA

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, tries to calm the tension of the last hours on the revision of the largest free trade agreement in the world: the one that unites the first world power with Mexico and Canada since 1994.

Now he admits that the next Presidential elections in its southern neighbor make it more difficult for Mexico to negotiate and that is why it declares itself willing to be “a little more flexible”.

But for the first time, he tries to establish a link between the signing of a new commercial agreement and the financing of the controversial wall publicized to the four winds during the electoral campaign that culminated with his arrival at the White House.

Since he was a candidate, Trump has repeated as a mantra that Mexico must face the costs to raise the new barrier on the southern border.

Now it opens the possibility that it be financed “indirectly through the FTA”. “We are going to reach a good agreement,” he predicts in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “and I’m going to take a small part of that money and go to the wall.” “Guess what. Mexico pays, “he insists.

The interview with the financial newspaper was published a day after the dollar and the peso suffered great volatility , as a result of information indicating that the possibility of a US withdrawal from the agreement was increasing.

Donald Trump repeats the threat that he will back away from the FTA if the negotiation does not allow a fair agreement to be reached. Steven Mnuchin, his Treasury secretary, said they also hope to achieve it.

The president is sympathetic towards Mexico, saying that he “understands that there are many things that are difficult to negotiate before an election.” In this sense, he adds that he is “leaving a little bit of flexibility” until they go through the polls on July 1. What it does not need is whether it is willing to postpone signing the agreement. Until now he said he wanted to have it on his table for March.

The sixth round of negotiations is held at the end of the month in Montreal. Trump insists that his goal is to seek a “good agreement” for the economy and employment in the US, which also benefits his two business partners. “Mexico may not want to reach an agreement on the FTA, it’s fine, then I’ll finish it,” he said. Canada, for its part, has just denounced the commercial reprisals of the United States.

China Bans Pokemon Go due to National Security issue

The people of China will not be able to play Pokemon Go. The authorities of the country believe that the game is too dangerous to be allowed because they consider it a threat to public safety. “Although it has set a positive example for the development of the industry.

some incidents show that it poses a threat to the security of geographic information, transport and personnel,” the Chinese Association of Audiovisual and Digital Publications said in a statement. In the summer, when the game began to reach its greatest success, the government of Beijing has already vetoed the game temporarily. His decision is now permanent.

This body, which is mainly responsible for censorship in China, along with others, has evaluated the risks of the game to justify its prohibition. Pokémon Go had already had problems to operate in the country. since it uses GPS systems, blocked in the Internet network in the Asian country, and it is also complicated to have a Google account -necessary to be able to enter the games.

As Zigor Aldama counted, editor in Shanghai, only a small minority of Internet users had organized to give advice and send a decrypted and unstable version of the game.

In addition, the characters to be fought are blocked in a wide geographic area that covers almost the entire territory of the country, so that only a few Chinese had managed to discover the small creatures of Nintendo in remote provinces such as Xinjiang in the northwestern corner and Liaoning in the northeast, which are outside the empty quadrant.

With the ban, China says it wants to prevent users from exploring dangerous areas as would be the case in military zones for example and that other problems occur such as those that have occurred in other countries: stampedes, car accidents or falls, among others. , because users are distracted by the game.

They have also shown their concern for the information collected by the game through GPS. This is not the only game that the country has banned. Nor does it allow other similar augmented reality games based on location.