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NEW YORK---A Bahamian man has
been arrested for hacking celebrities'
email accounts to steal movie and TV
scripts, personal information and
sexually explicit videos that he peddled
to an undercover agent, federal
prosecutors in New York said on
Alonzo Knowles, 23, was held
without bail after an appearance in
Manhattan federal court on criminal
copyright infringement and identity
Manhattan US Attorney Preet
Bharara said the case had the
elements of the type of blockbuster
scripts Knowles is alleged to have
stolen. "Unfortunately, these
circumstances are all too real," he said
in a statement.
Knowles kept of at least 130
celebrities' emails and phone numbers,
a criminal complaint said, and noted
his victims included movie and TV
actors, a casting director, a popular
singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist.
Knowles was arrested on Monday in
Manhattan, a day after arriving from
the Bahamas to sell the undercover
agent 15 scripts for unreleased movies
and TV shows for $80,000.
Squeezed into a nar-
row room under piles
of debris for 67
hours, a young man
was saved by a door
that trapped his foot
but gave him space
to survive. Rescuers
yesterday pulled him
from the massive
mudslide that hit
part of a major man-
ufacturing city in
In a feeble voice
migrant worker Tian
Zeming, 21, told res-
cuers his name and
that another person
was buried near him,
according to authori-
ties. But medical and
rescue staff who
went down into the
rubble found the sec-
ond person had not
More than 70 peo-
ple are still missing
after the mountain of
material and mud
collapsed at midday
Sunday and flowed
into an industrial
park in Shenzhen.
The city near Hong
Kong makes prod-
ucts ranging from
cellphones to cars
that are sold around
the world and it at-
tracts workers from
all parts of China.
Zhang Hu, a city
vice mayor, told a
that four bodies had
been found. He said
that even though the
critical 72-hour pe-
riod to find survivors
had passed, they
were continuing res-
cue efforts with a
team of 5,000.
"As long as there is
a sliver of hope, we
will never give up,"
Zhang said. (AP)
Bosnia-Herzegovina---Sarajevo authorities say they
are closing down schools because of high pollution
mixed with fog, and volunteers have begun dis-
tributing face masks to those who still decided to
get out of the house despite warnings to reduce
Schools are closing down after more than a month
of dense fog, broken only by three or four clear days.
Authorities said yesterday it has been the longest
siege of foul weather in decades.
Flights have been cancelled for the past few days
because of fog, a common occurrence at Sarajevo s
airport in winter.
Meanwhile, people on social networks have been
sharing photos of flocks of birds walking down streets,
unable to fly because of reduced visibility. (AP)
of Somalia has issued a ban on
Christmas and New Year s cele-
brations in the Muslim country,
saying the festivities "have noth-
ing to do with Islam."
"We warn against celebration
of Christmas, which is only for
Christians," Sheikh Mohamed
Kheyrow, director of Somalia s
ministry of religion, said on state
radio. "This is a matter of faith.
The Christmas holiday and its
drum beatings have nothing to do
He said the ministry has sent
letters to the police, national secu-
rity intelligence and officials in the
capital Mogadishu instructing them
to "prevent Christmas celebra-
The announcement had echoes
of Islamist militants al Shabaab,
which controlled the capital
Mogadishu until 2011. Among their
edicts was to ban Christmas cel-
It was not immediately clear
what prompted the government
announcement. Somalia is almost
entirely Muslim, but it hosts thou-
sands of African Union (AU)
peacekeepers, including from the
Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.
The country, which is struggling
to emerge from two decades of
fighting and chaos, has also seen
a growing number of Somalis
returning from Europe and North
America, sometimes bringing for-
eign traditions and attitudes with
Officials also said that Christmas
celebrations may attract attacks
from the Islamist militants al
"Christmas will not be celebrat-
ed in Somalia for two reasons; all
Somalis are Muslims and there is
no Christian community here. The
other reason is for security," Abd-
ifatah Halane, spokesman for
Mogadishu mayor, told Reuters.
"Christmas is for Christians. Not
Last December 25, al-Shabaab
claimed responsibility for an attack
on the main AU base in
Mogadishu, which lasted several
hours and left three peacekeepers
and a civilian contractor dead.
A Russian court has placed ex-oil tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky on an international wanted list over
the 1990s murder of a Siberian mayor.
Khodorkovsky has been living in exile in Europe
since he was pardoned by President Vladimir Putin
in 2013 after 10 years in jail for fraud.
He told the BBC he was considering applying for
political asylum in Britain as one of several options.
Russia s once-richest man said the authorities had
Khodorkovsky is accused of ordering several of his
employees to kill both the mayor and a businessman,
Investigators allege Vladimir Petukhov, the mayor
of Nefteyugansk, was killed on 26 June 1998 for
demanding Khodorkovsky s oil firm, Yukos, pay taxes
that the company had been avoiding. (BBC)
In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, food delivery drivers dressed in Santa Claus suits wait to cross the
street at an intersection in Beijing. Christmas is a shopping and commercial event in China's capital
but is not an official holiday in the country led by the atheist Communist Party.
Indonesia---Rescuers yesterday recovered 16 more
bodies from the weekend sinking of a passenger boat
in Indonesian seas, and the navy was sending war-
ships to join the search for 54 people still missing.
The Marina Baru, carrying 118 passengers and crew-
men, sank in the Gulf of Bone on Saturday while on
its way from Kolaka in Southeast Sulawesi province
to Siwa town in South Sulawesi province. The fiberglass
ferry reportedly was overwhelmed by waves more than
10 feet high during stormy weather.
Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry
Bambang Soelistyo said Wednesday the navy will dis-
patch warships to the area where nine ships and 15
fishing boats are already searching for the victims.
The head of the local disaster mitigation agency,
Alamsyah, said yesterday s discoveries brought the
death toll to 23 while 54 other people were missing.
Most of the 41 survivors were found Sunday.
Boats are a popular and relatively cheap form of
transportation in the world s largest archipelago nation
which spans more than 17,000 islands with a population
of 256 million. Sea accidents are common, with safety
regulations poorly enforced. (AP)
Indonesia warships looks
for 54 after boat sank
Russia court orders
exiled tycoon's arrest
Sarajevo schools close
because of pollution
Bahamian arrested in US for hacking celebrities' emails
Somalia warns against
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