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FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 03:08 PM IST
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Saudi jails Islamist for 8-yrs for Twitter protest call

Riyadh : A Saudi court on Monday jailed an Islamist for eight years on charges of inciting protests, mocking the monarch and criticising the security services on Twitter, official news agency SPA reported. The defendant, who was not identified, had been convicted of inciting “families of those arrested for security reasons to protest by publishing Tweets and videos on YouTube,” justice ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran was quoted by SPA as saying. Prosecutors also found the defendant guilty of “mocking” King Abdullah, Saudi scholars and the judiciary, as well as criticising security services for arresting “promoters of extremist ideology”. In addition to the jail sentence, the court banned the defendant from travelling for eight years and posting on social media. ecurity forces had previously arrested the accused on similar charges, but freed them after they signed a pledge not to take part in such activities again.

China mulls counter-terrorism law

Beijing : China will work on a counter-terrorism law if the fight against terrorism requires it, a senior Chinese official with the top legislature said here Sunday.  To draft a counter-terrorism law, the legislature will have to evaluate the situation, consult related agencies and conduct research, Xinhua quoted Zang Tiewei, of the government’s criminal law division as saying, on the sidelines of the ongoing parliamentary session.  The legislature will have to follow legal procedure, Zang said.  About a week ago, a group of knife-wielding assailants indiscriminately attacked civilians at a railway station in Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan, causing 29 deaths and injuring 143.

Einstein’s letter to US soldier on sale for $40000

Washington : E-cigarettes, A previously-unpublished letter written by physicist Albert Einstein in 1945 to a US soldier where he explains that “space should be looked at as a four-dimensional continuum” is up for sale for USD 40,000.                The typed, one-page letter was Einstein’s reply to Sergeant Frank K Pfleegor and his friends who were puzzled by a scientific article they read and sought to clear up their confusion with the help of the 20th Century genius.     Less than a month after the group wrote a letter to Einstein, he replied.     The original letter to Einstein, dated April 17, 1945, has been published and remains in the Einstein Papers at Jerusalem University.

Iraq suicide bombing death toll rises to 50

Hilla : A suicide bombing at a crowded checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital killed 50 people and wounded more than 150, police and a doctor said today, raising the toll from the day before. The bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle during rush hour yesterday, the first day of the working week in Iraq, at a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the city of Hilla. Among the dead were five policemen and two state television employees. The blast also left 153 others wounded, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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