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BALTIMORE---A "rogue" gynaecologist's
secret use of tiny cameras to record
hundreds of videos and photos of his
patients' sex organs has led to a US$190
million settlement with some 8,000 women
and girls, lawyers said yesterday.
Dr Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years
with the Johns Hopkins Health System in
Baltimore in February 2013 after a female
co-worker alerted authorities about a pen-
like camera he wore around his neck.
He committed suicide days later, as a
federal investigation led to roughly 1,200
videos and 140 images stored on computers
in his home.
"All of these women were brutalised by
this," said their lead attorney, Jonathan
Schochor. "Some of these women needed
counselling, they were sleepless, they were
dysfunctional in the workplace, they were
dysfunctional at home, they were
dysfunctional with their mates. This breach
of trust, this betrayal---this is how they felt."
The preliminary settlement approved by a
judge yesterday is one of the largest on
record in the US involving sexual misconduct
by a physician.
It all but closes a case that never produced
criminal charges but seriously threatened the
reputation of one of the world's leading
Plaintiffs' attorney Howard Janet said 62
girls were among the victims, and that Levy
violated hospital protocol by sending
chaperones out of the exam room. (AP)
Hopkins to pay US$190m after doc taped pelvic exams
The Palestinian death toll in an
Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip
rose above 500 yesterday as the
army said it had killed ten militants
who tunnelled into Israel, while
Gazan officials said an Israeli tank
shelled a hospital, killing civilians.
A day after he was caught by an
open microphone saying sarcastically
that the Israeli assault was "a hell of
a pinpoint operation", US Secretary
of State John Kerry flew to Cairo to
try to secure an end to the two-week
Despite a UN Security Council
appeal on Sunday for an immediate
ceasefire in the worst bout of Pales-
tinian-Israeli violence for more than
five years, neither the Palestinian
Islamist group Hamas nor Israel
appeared ready to stop fighting.
Hamas, which killed 13 Israeli sol-
diers in Gaza on Sunday in the biggest
one-day toll for eight years, continued
to fire rockets deep into Israel and to
Israeli jets, tanks and artillery con-
stantly pounded the densely-popu-
lated coastal strip, killing 28 members
of a single family at the southern end.
Non-stop attacks lifted the Pales-
tinian death toll to 518, including
almost 100 children, since fighting
started on July 8, Gaza health officials
said. Israel says 18 of its soldiers have
also died along with two civilians.
"This is not the time to talk of a
ceasefire," said Gilad Erdan, commu-
nications minister and a member of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu s inner security cabinet.
"We must complete the mission,
and the mission cannot end until the
threat of the tunnels is removed," he
For its part, Hamas, weakened by
the loss of Egypt and Syria as allies,
voiced determination to fight on to
break a blockade on Gaza imposed
by both Israel and Egypt. (Reuters)
Gaza death toll tops 500
...Israel kills tunnel infiltrators
Islamist militants in Iraq are
reported to have seized an ancient
monastery near Mosul and expelled
Local residents said monks at the
Mar Behnam monastery were allowed
to take only the clothes they were
The monastery, which dates from
the 4th Century, is a major Christian
landmark and a place of pilgrimage.
Christians have fled Mosul after the
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
(Isis) told them to convert to Islam,
pay a tax or face death.
Isis has seized large parts of Syria
and Iraq and said last month it was
creating an Islamic caliphate.
Mosul itself is now said to be empty
The Mar Behnam monastery is run
by the Syriac Catholic Church and is
near the predominantly Christian town
of Qaraqosh, to the south-east of
Ancient landmarks like Mar Behnam
show how deeply embedded Chris-
tianity is in the culture and history of
Iraq. Just as in many other Arab coun-
tries, churches and monasteries are a
timeless part of the landscape.
For years, though, Christians have
been warning that their hold in parts
of the Middle East is weakening. In
Iraq, the lightning seizure of large
parts of the country by Isis has been
a frightening new threat. Thousands
have fled Mosul, leaving it for the first
time without a Christian community,
after Isis gave them an ultimatum to
submit to its authority or face death.
But if Iraqi Christians face penalties
and discrimination under Isis, other
religious sects are faring even worse.
Yazidis and Shia Muslims risk being
taken out and killed on the spot for
A member of the Syriac clergy
quoted the militants as telling the
monastery s residents: "You have no
place here any more, you have to leave
He said the monks asked to be
allowed to save some of the
monastery s relics but the fighters
Local Christian residents told AFP
news agency that the monks walked
for several miles before they were
picked up by Kurdish fighters. (BBC)
Iraq Christians told
leave or be killed
THE HAGUE---It is no longer
only grief and mourning sweep-
ing across the Netherlands in the
aftermath of the downing of
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is
The Dutch have widely con-
demned the way the bodies of
loved ones have been treated in
Ukraine and the fact they have not
yet been returned home, four days
after Thursday s tragedy.
In an unusual move that under-
scored the severity of the national
trauma, a somber King Willem-
Alexander gave a brief televised
address to his country after meet-
ing grieving relatives near the cen-
tral city of Utrecht.
"This terrible disaster has left
a deep wound in our society,"
the king said. "The scar will be
visible and tangible for years to
Speaking after the same private
meeting with hundreds of friends
and relatives of the dead, Prime
Minister Mark Rutte acknowledged
the nation s discontent.
"All of the Netherlands feels
their anger," Rutte said. "All of the
Netherlands feels their deep grief.
All of the Netherlands is standing
with the next of kin."
"No words can describe it," said
Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand, whose
son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy
Oehlers died on their way to a
vacation in Bali. "Bodies are just
lying there for three days in the
hot sun. There are people who
have this on their conscience.
There are families who can never
hold the body of a child or a moth-
er."The downing of the Boeing 777
over eastern Ukraine on Thursday
killed 298 passengers and crew,
including 193 Dutch citizens.
Rutte said a Dutch military
transport plane is ready to repa-
triate the remains, which are now
being stored in a refrigerated train
in a rebel-held town.
One lawmaker, Gert-Jan Segers
of the Christian Union, voiced the
growing nationwide frustration.
"The Netherlands is grieving," he
said. "And angry."
Rutte said he has made it "crys-
tal clear" to Russian President
Vladimir Putin that he must use
his influence with rebels to ensure
unhindered access to the crash
scene for international investiga-
tors. He says sanctions could be
slapped on "those directly or indi-
rectly responsible" for hindering
"All political, economic and
financial options are on the table,"
he said. (AP)
Dutch angry at
People surround a refrigerator wagon as members of a forensic team inspect the remains of victims from the
downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, at a railway station in the eastern Ukrainian town of Torez yesterday.
The head of a Dutch forensic team said yesterday a train, carrying the remains of victims from the Malaysian
airliner crash, was to set off to a place where "we can do our work." REUTERS PHOTO
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