CLINTON AND TRUMP SPAR IN GLADIATOR CONTEST FOR MODERN TIMES
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strode out cloaked in icy politeness. Yet within minutes their debate degenerated into bickering, insults and diatribes – a gladiatorial contest of modern times. It was a 90-minute battle of endurance between two of the most famous people in America: Clinton, cool, calm and collected, almost serene as she smiled through the insults -- and landed jabs of her own -- while Trump gripped his podium, insisting he alone had the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
MALIAN ISLAMIST GETS NINE YEARS IN JAIL FOR DESTROYING TIMBUKTU MAUSOLEUMS
War crimes judges Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to nine years in jail for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines. A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements at 0930 GMT against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the first jihadist to stand trial at the tribunal in The Hague. Mahdi "oversaw the attacks on all 10" shrines and mosques in the UNESCO world heritage site, presiding judge Raul Pangalangan told the tribunal based in The Hague, west Netherlands.
TEENAGE HACKERS FACE CHARGES OVER PARIS TERROR HOAX
French prosecutors have placed two minors, aged 16 and 14, under formal investigation over a false alert that triggered a vast anti-terrorist operation in central Paris last weekend. Investigators say the 16-year-old is one of two hackers who raised the alarm about a supposed hostage crisis at a Paris church and then bragged about the hoax online. A source close to the investigation told AFP news agency the suspect had confessed to police following his arrest in a suburb of the French capital on Monday, acknowledging he had boasted about the hoax under the Facebook pseudonym “Tylers Swatting”.
EX-EU COMMISSIONER UNDER SCRUTINY OVER UNDECLARED OFFSHORE DIRECTORSHIP
The European Commission said on Thursday it was looking into whether to take action against former EU commissioner Neelie Kroes for failing to declare a directorship of an offshore firm in the Bahamas. Kroes, who was the Commission’s anti-trust chief and then oversaw digital affairs under former president Jose Manuel Barroso for a decade until 2014, confirmed to newspapers which published leaked Bahamas documents that she should have declared her interest in the offshore company.
MIGRANTS FLEE BURNING CAMP ON GREEK ISLAND OF LESBOS
Thousands of asylum seekers were forced to flee to safety Monday when their camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was badly damaged in a fire apparently started on purpose after a scuffle between migrants. No casualties were reported but tents at the Moria camp were "almost entirely destroyed" and containers that provide additional accommodation and health and registration services were damaged, a police source in Athens told AFP.