US: Plot to hijack plane, join ISIS

The flag of the terrorist group ISIS. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

BY ANASTASIA FINDLATER

Three men have been arrested and charged overnight after plotting to carry out a hijacking and divert it to Syria to join the terror group, ISIS, gifting them with an American plane and hostages.

Abror Habibov, 30, Abdurasul Hansanovich Juraboev, 24, and Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, were arrested overnight at JFK International Airport after allegedly plotting to hijack a plane and fly to Syria to join The Islamic State (ISIS).

The three Brooklyn residents also allegedly discussed the assassination of America’s President Barack Obama. One of the three men, Abdurasul Hansanovich Juraboev, posted online that he would go through with the assassination if ISIS said to, and that he’d plant a bomb on Coney Island, according to an unsealed complaint in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

The court was told the plane would leave John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and be hijacked by the men and flown to Syria where they would join ISIS, giving the organisation the plane with hostages aboard. The journey would start on Wednesday, flying to Turkey. The three had also talked about joining US Military in order to attack American Soldiers.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters: “This is real.

“This is the concern about the lone wolf, inspired to act without ever going to the Mideast.”

Commissioner Bratton said there was a concern that US citizens might travel to the Middle East and acquire fighting skills and then attempt to return and commit terrorist acts.

Each of the men faces up to 15 years in prison.

Breaking news | February 26

Crystal methamphetamines, aka “ice”. Photo: Queensland Police

 
 
Ice-related crimes soar in NSW

BY MATTHEW TRIPLEY

The increasing use of the illicit drug “ice” has seen a rise in crime take place – particularly break and enters – on the mid North Coast.

In the past five years the number of arrests has almost tripled, from 59 in 2009 to 148 in 2014. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) claimed that a similar pattern is occurring across NSW.

Mid North Coast Local Area Commander Paul Fehon said: “There is too much of a correlation between the current ice epidemic we are seeing around the state, and our break and enters which have increased in recent times.”

Because of the drug’s growing presence in the region, efforts by police to decrease crimes are an ongoing challenge. Extra police officers are expected to arrive in the LAC later on in the year.
 
Mystery drones spotted over Parisian landmarks

BY JASMINE SUTHERLAND
 
Drones have been spotted overnight hovering some of Paris’s best-known landmarks, leading to increased security and surveillance.

Between 11pm on Tuesday and 2am on Wednesday there were up to five sightings of the unknown aircraft. The drones were spotted circling the Eiffel Tower and the United States Embassy and above Place de la Concorde and the nearby Invalides military museum.

Flying drones is prohibited unless authorisation has been obtained. On Tuesday French police said they were investigating “overflights by aircraft in a forbidden area”. It is unknown who or what is controlling these devices and what their intention is. The sighting come a month after deadly terrorist attacks in the city, which included the assault on newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left 20 people dead.

Although police have described the unidentified aircraft as small and civilian rather than the military type, the matter is being taken very seriously and they are doing everything they can to catch those involved.
 
Mystery surrounds kidnapping of American missionary in Nigeria

BY AMJAD IBRAHIM

An American missionary has been abducted from her office by masked men who are now demanding a US$300,000 ransom.

Reverend Phyllis Sortor has been missing since Monday night when five unidentified masked men raided the compound of the Christian mission Hope Academy.

Kogi state police spokesman Sola Collins Adebayo told The Washington Post: “They went for her …  they shot into the air to scare people away from her and they took her.” Local Authorities originally suspected the abduction is related to several in Northern Nigeria by the Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram.  The group has been targeting villages and kidnapping children and women in particular.

It is more likely, a Nigerian authority said, that the kidnapping is the work of a local criminal gang. Expatriates are often targeted by gangs, who make millions of dollars a year in ransom money.
 
Transgender Aussie model Andreja Pejic makes her runway debut as a woman

Andreja Pejic on the runway for British designer Giles. Photo: Facebook

BY LINDA VASQUEZ

After a year of undergoing reassignment surgery transgender model Andreja Pejic formerly known as Andrej, made a runway debut as a woman at London Fashion Week.

The 23 year-old transgender model Andreja was a picture of cool confidence as she walked for designer Giles Deacon at London Fashion week, walking alongside fashion veterans Lily Donaldson, Jessica Stam and model of the moment Kendall Jenner.

The androgynous model underwent a gender reassignment surgery early in 2014. in an interview with Style.com Andreja revealed that the surgery was something she had wanted since she was 13 years old, and that she had struggled with identity and gender issues from an early age.

“I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet—so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do,” she said.
 
Dev’s dozen-a-day energy drink habit

Actor Dev Patel on the set of The Graham Norton Show. photo: Facebook

BY MATTHEW TRIPLEY

Dev Patel, the lead actor of director John Madden’s feature The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, has admitted to consuming an average of 12 energy drinks a day.

Patel, 24, told the Deccan Herald that he felt pressured to “keep it up” and “not to be put to shame by the others in the movie”.

He claims to have done so to prevent his energy levels from dropping on the sets. Co-star Maggie Smith was reportedly said to be “scared” of Patel as a result of his intoxication by the drinks.

Patel has said that his excessive consumption of the drinks came out of the worry of being judged as a “crap actor” by fellow cast members Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. Patel has also mentioned that his “energy had to be off the scale always”, admitting that he found it hard to keep with the pace and heat as filming took place in Rajasthan.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is currently screening in cinemas.
 

Breaking News | February 24

Patricia Arquette arrives at the 2015 Oscars ceremony. Photo: Disney| ABC Television Group/flickr

 
 
Best Actress, worst comments?

BY SOPHIE HUNTER

Patricia Arquette used her win of Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars to promote feminism – but only for white women.

Comments Arquette made backstage after the official ceremony excluded women of colour, lesbians and transgender women, according to a story in slate.com.

On stage accepting her award, Arquette made an appeal for equal rights and wage equality for American women. Her comments were received enthusiastically by the audience including Actresses Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were almost out of their seats with encouragement.

But Arquette’s comments backstage angered many. “It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of colour that we’ve all fought for, to fight for us now,” she reportedly said.

Her comments seemed to nullify the previous efforts of lesbian women and women of colour towards the feminist movement, slate.com claimed.
 
Mama June and Honey’s eating boo-boos

BY EMMA SCARLETT

Alana Thompson, the child also known as ‘Honey Boo Boo’ from Toddlers and Tiaras, was subjected to a serious health intervention after she confessed on the TV program The Doctors this week that she loved deep fried Oreos.

The concerned TV doctors classified Alana as an obese nine year old, and she was told on live television that her diet needed to change.

The doctors suggested a number of healthy alternatives to the young reality star, including healthier drinks and desserts, and a lighter version of her favourite fried chicken.
 
Child, three women hit by car

BY RAIDYN SPUTORE

Three women and a child were seriously injured yesterday after being hit by a car in Sydney’s south-west.

Yesterday afternoon on Canterbury Road, three women, aged 49, 23 and 21, and a child were hit when a car mounted the footpath.

The driver, a middle-aged Bass Hill man, has since been arrested and refused bail.

The police are appealing for any witnesses to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.
 
No more pets for dog-kicking pair

BY ALANNAH TELFORD

A Sydney couple has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and failing to provide vet treatment after kicking and injuring a dog.

John Delaney and Kelly Burgess were charged after Mr Delaney violently kicked Ms Burgess’s dog, Rusty, when they entered an elevator in Waterloo early Monday morning.

The RSPCA investigated the incident after they obtained a copy of the elevator security tape. RSPCA inspectors then searched the couple’s apartment and found the dog in reasonable condition.
 
Campsie cops nab arsonist

BY LIAM PORRETT

Campsie police have charged a man after investigations into a number of deliberately-lit fires in 2013.

No one was injured during the incidents, which caused considerable damage in each location.

A fifty one year old was arrested in the Sutherland area and was charged with arson. He’s been refused bail and is due to appear in court on February 24.
 
Loco Loko DUI again

BY PETER COLIOS

Canterbury Bulldogs recruit Jacob Loko has been charged with drink driving – another offence to add to personal list of charges.

Loko was pulled over by police at 1.15am on Friday morning in the suburb of Manly after being found to be under the influence of alcohol.

The Bulldogs are taking serious action after this charge, his third offence since joining the club only 8 months ago.

Loko is due in court on the 26th of this month and will also be expecting a heavy fine.