Man stabbed in ‘revenge attack’ after exposing government official in Costa Rica who filmed up woman’s skirt

A man who caught a pervert filming up a young woman’s dress is recovering after being stabbed in the chest and stomach. Gerardo Cruz Barquero exposed the government official in Costa Rica in footage that went viral. But the 22-year-old is now recovering from life-saving surgery after being brutally assaulted in what may have been a revenge attack. Barquero was stabbed twice just days after uploading footage of a Ministry of Finance employee filming up a woman’s dress in San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Barquero’s mother said her son was stabbed on his way to a relative’s house and has now undergone three heart surgeries.  “The operation was a success, his heart is working on its own, bit by bit,” Ana Barquero told The Tico Times. Authorities said he was targeted by two men on Wednesday evening as he walked down the street. His family say they believe the attack was an act of revenge for exposing the high-ranking official. In the video, that has been watched nearly 1.5 million times, Barquero confronts the man and asks: “Sir, are you having a good time filming the young woman?” Menacingly, the man responds: “I would stop following me if you don’t want problems.” Barquero, who has a young daughter, then warns the woman she was being secretly filmed and urges her to call police. He then follows the man, asking: “Why are you going? You’re going to be all over Facebook. What are you hiding from you dirty old man?” After the clip went viral, Barquero was warned he may be subject to a police investigation against him for breaching the man's privacy. Barquero has won online support for standing up to sexual harassment of women on the country’s streets.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Vicious Mexican cartel forced members to eat human hearts: government official

As if decapitation and ripping apart live victims weren't bad enough, the horrid Knights Templar drug cartel also forced its members to eat human hearts, according to a government official. The Michoacan state syndicate is arguably the country’s most horrific organized crime gang. The region has been crippled for nearly two years by fighting between vigilantes and syndicate gunmen. Chaos in the agricultural state has worsened in past months as rivalries erupted between various factions of the self-defense groups. Even by the murderous standards of Mexican cartels, the Knights Templar is particularly gruesome. Its members are known for cutting off the heads of those they consider enemies and sometimes boiling people alive. Its former spiritual leader, Narzio Moreno, aka El Mas Loco (The Craziest One) was notorious for his love of knives and guns and was one of the world's most-wanted cartel leaders. Mexican authorities twice reported killing him — once in 2010 and again in 2014. It was his decision to add cannibalism to his syndicate's arsenal. Making members eat a human heart as a test of loyalty was part of Moreno's way of finding traitors. "The ritual ranged from dismembering people they intended to kill to sometimes serving up the heart," Alfredo Castillo, Michoacan's federal security commissioner, said on local television this week. He did not elaborate on whether the practice is still in use. His comments come as the country is facing one of its biggest cases of cartel corruption and lawlessness. President Enrique Pena Nieto is in the midst of the worst crisis to rock his government since he took office. A drug cartel in Guerrero state, working for a local mayor, abducted and assassinated 43 college students in September. Massive protests continue across Mexico by demonstrators demanding justice for the slain students and for an end to pervasive corruption. With News Wire Services Continue Reading

Angry restaurateur shames government official who racked up $110,000 unpaid bill

An angry restaurateur shamed a Chinese government official for allegedly racking up an unpaid $110,000 tab by hanging banners detailing his dirty deeds above the door. Geng Weijie, who runs a braised pork-leg joint in Wangluo, Henan province, hung two 22-foot-long posters outside his eatery for all the world to see. "Secretary Han Junhong owes me 700,000 yuan in unpaid dinner bills for the past three years," they both read. Weijie, 47, said he was forced to carry out the stunt because his family was struggling to make ends meet due to the unpaid debts. He told ECNS that, after opening in 1995, his business became an "unofficial canteen" for the local government. But instead of handing over cash each time they dined they just gave him IOUs, he claimed. "I chose to hang the banners because I am now in poor health and badly in need of money," Geng added. His move, so far, seems to have paid off. After images of his banners went viral, the local government launched an investigation, and Geng has reportedly been paid back in full. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Car bomb apparently targeting truck full of Somali government officials hits civilian car instead, killing at least seven

MOGADISHU, Somalia - An explosives-laden car that apparently was targeting a truck full of Somali government officials instead hit a civilian car and exploded, setting a nearby mini-bus on fire and killing at least seven people Monday, police and witnesses said. Flames and smoke rose over the explosion as emergency vehicles drove to the scene. The blast happened close to the Somali government's headquarters. Mohamed Abdi, a police officer who was injured in the blast, said it appeared that the target of the attack was a truck of Somali intelligence officials. Abdi Mohamud Aden, a Somali police captain, said at least seven people were killed and 10 wounded. He said that number could rise. A journalist who was wounded in the blast while sitting in a nearby restaurant said several people inside the restaurant were injured. The militant group al-Shabab has continued to carry out terror attacks in Somalia's capital since being pushed out of Mogadishu in late 2011. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Four suspected militia members accused of plotting ricin attack on government officials

ATLANTA - Four suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group were arrested Tuesday by federal authorities and charged with plotting to buy explosives and trying to make a deadly toxin in a bizarre plot to attack unnamed government officials.Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68. The men live in the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa.Thomas openly discussed creating a "bucket list" of government employees, politicians, corporate leaders and members of the media he felt needed to be "taken out."Roberts are accused of buying what they believed was a silencer and an unregistered explosive from an undercover informant in May and June 2011. Prosecutors say he discussed using the weapons in attacks against federal buildings.Crump also discussed making 10 pounds of ricin and dispersing it in Atlanta and various cities across the nation, suggesting it can be blown out of a car speeding down an interstate highway. Adams, meanwhile, is accused of showing an informant the formula to make ricin and identifying the ways to obtain the ingredients.Charlotte Thomas said her husband was arrested in a restaurant in Cornelia, Ga., and federal agents were at her home when she returned from the grocery store Tuesday afternoon. She said the agents wouldn't let her in her home.Thomas said.Margaret Roberts of Toccoa said FBI agents showed up with a search warrant and went through her home, handcuffing her and taking a computer and other items.U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the case is a reminder that "we must also remain vigilant in protecting our country from citizens within our own borders who threaten our safety and security." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

BP oil spill not our fault, British government official says, calls criticism extreme and unhelpful’

A U.K. government official fed up with Brit-bashing in the U.S. over the BP oil spill called the criticism "extreme and unhelpful."Vince Cable, the U.K. Business Secretary, didn't fire his frustration directly at President Barack Obama, but other government officials have expressed anger over being blamed."It is not the British government or the British people who are to blame. It's a multinational company and it is up to them to fix this," MP Andrew Rosindell told the Daily Mail.While that is true, BP's headquarters are located in London.The rantings of the oil giant's CEO Tony Hayward haven't helped much to calm irate Americans, either."No one has actually physically harmed me,' Hayward recently said. "They've thrown some words at me."But I'm a Brit, so sticks and stones can hurt your bones but words never break them, or whatever the expression is."The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon offshore rig blew up April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering the nation's worst oil spill.The U.S. estimates between 23 million and 47 million gallons of oil have poured into the Gulf since the rig exploded. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Airblue jet plane carrying 152 people crashes in Pakistan, no survivors says government official

A plane carrying 152  people crashed Wednesday outside Pakistan's capital, and a government official says everyone on board was killed. First reports from the crash put the death toll near 50 with claims that there were at least five survivors. Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the country's Capital Development Authority, a government agency that responds to disasters, said the initial reports of survivors was incorrect. He said all the passengers and the six crew members were killed. "The situation at the site of the crash is heartbreaking," Elahi told the Associated Press. "It is a great tragedy, and I confirm it with pain that there are no survivors." A second Pakistani official who was near the crash site said he was "pretty sure there is not a single survivor." The Airblue plane battled cloudy and rainy weather before it smashed into hills outside of Islamabad. "The plane was about to land at the Islamabad airport when it lost contact with the control tower, and later we learned that the plane had crashed," Pervez George, a Pakistani aviation official, told the Associated Press. Footage from a local television station showed the plane in pieces, twisted metal hanging from trees, fire and smoke everywhere. "I'm seeing only body parts," Dawar Adnan, a rescue worker with Pakistan's Red Crescent, told the Associated Press from the crash site. "This is a very horrible scene." The plane left Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, Wednesday morning and headed to Islamabad, a two-hour flight. The Airbus 321 plane tried to land amid the bad weather before it crashed. Since 1988, 21 Airbus planes similar to the Airblue jet that crashed in Pakistan have been lost in accidents. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Pakistani flood death toll passes 800 as northwest destroyed by rainfall, says government official

Heavy flooding throughout Pakistan has killed more than 800 people in one week, according to government officials.Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for the northwest province, said that reports coming in from various districts across the northwest showed that more than 800 people have died due to the flooding and that many people are still missing.Nowshera said some evacuees are experiencing fevers, diarrhea, and marks appearing on their skin, causing itching.Mehmood Jaa, one of the doctors at the site, told The Associated Press.Amjad Ali, a rescue worker in the area, told the Associated Press. "They have no water, no food."UN reported that at least 45 bridges in the northwest have been damaged by the floodwaters.Charsadda resident was very shaken by the sight of his destroyed house.Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, adding that more helicopters and boats are needed.Kashmir region in the next three to four days. 21 people have already died in Kashmir from flood-related deaths, and a plane crash that killed 152 people in Islamabad on Wednesday was also due to the heavy rainfall. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Bomb kills government official, wife and four children in northwest Pakistan

A bomb ripped through a government official's house in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing him and his five family members in an attack that police said was in retaliation for military operations targeting Taliban in the area. The military has stepped up airstrikes in Kurram since many militants fled there following a major ground offensive launched in nearby South Waziristan in mid-October. Both areas are in Pakistan's lawless tribal region near the Afghan border. Sunday's attack targeted the house of Sarbraz Saddiqi, a government official in Kurram, said police officer Naeemullah Khan. The dead included Saddiqi, his wife and four children, he said. Police are investigating how the bomb was planted in Saddiqi's house and whether it was detonated by timer or remote control, said Khan. The attack appeared to be in retaliation for the military's stepped-up effort to target Taliban militants in the area who have fled from South Waziristan, said Khan. Government officials have also been kidnapped in Kurram, he said. Many Taliban militants are also believed to have fled to North Waziristan, an area in Pakistan's tribal region dominated by jihadi groups launching cross-border attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Washington has pressed Pakistan to target such groups but has received a reluctant response, as Islamabad has continued to concentrate on militants that pose a domestic threat. The U.S. has responded by relying more heavily on drone missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas, including one Saturday in the Babar Raghzai area of North Waziristan. Pakistani intelligence officials on Sunday raised the death toll from the strike to 13 after eight more bodies were pulled from the rubble and two wounded died in the hospital. The U.S. rarely discusses the covert program but has in the past said it has taken out several top al-Qaida operatives. At least one local militant commander was killed in Saturday's strike. But authorities were Continue Reading

One of the gunmen in Kenya university massacre that killed 148 identified as son of government official

GARISSA, Kenya — One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country. Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed by security forces Thursday along with the three other militants who stormed Garissa University College, was the son of a government chief in Mandera County, which borders Somalia, Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press. The chief had reported his son missing last year and feared he had gone to Somalia, Njoka said. Somalia’s Al Shabab militant group claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, saying it was retribution for Kenya’s sending of troops to Somalia to fight the extremists. The attackers separated Christian students from Muslim ones and massacred the Christians. The news that one of the gunmen was Kenyan highlights the challenges faced by the government in preventing terrorist attacks. The danger comes not only from neighboring Somalia but also from within Kenya. Kenyans make up the largest number of foreign fighters in Al Shabab, according to experts. Hundreds of Kenyan youths have trained with Al Shabab and then returned to Kenya, posing a major security threat, according to former police chief Mathew Iteere. Kenya’s government has said another source of instability is the country’s refugee camps, with more than 423,000 Somali refugees. Abdullahi graduated from the University of Nairobi with a law degree in 2013 and was seen as a “brilliant upcoming lawyer,” according to Njoka. Njoka said it is important for parents to inform authorities if their children disappear or seem to be embracing extremism. Meanwhile, questions have been raised about the security response to the Garissa Continue Reading