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  • Unmarried couple are buried up to their necks and stoned to death for 'violating Islamic law' in Mali as jihadist groups take hold of the country

    • It was the first known stoning execution to take place in the country since 2012
    • Extremists dug two holes for the unmarried man and woman who lived together
    • Members of the public invited to take part in execution in Taghlit, Kidal region
    • Four people threw stones at the paur until they had died, local officials claimed

    An unmarried couple were stoned to death by Islamic extremists in Mali for the first known time since 2012, local officials claimed.

    'The Islamists dug two holes where they put the man and the woman who lived maritally without being married,' the official said. 'They were stoned to death.'

    The same source said members of the public were invited to take part in the public execution in Taghlit, close to Aguelhok in the Kidal region, adding: 'Four people threw stones at them until they died.'

    Another local official confirmed the information, saying the Islamists had accused the unmarried couple of violating 'Islamic law' - which requires punishment by stoning.

    Northern Mali fell to jihadist groups linked to Al-Qaeda in March 2012 and although they were driven out of key towns by a French-led military intervention the following year, Islamists have regrouped and now have spread further south.

    During their brief control of key towns in the vast north, jihadist groups imposed a version of Sharia law which forced women to wear veils and set whipping and stoning as punishment for transgressions.

    It is the first public stoning known to have taken place in Mali since July 2012, when the Ansar Dine group stoned a couple in public in Aguelhok who they accused of having children outside marriage.

    The young pair were publicly executed in the remote town of Aguelhok, near the vast West African nation's northern border with Algeria, on Sunday, a spokesman for the Ansar Dine ['Defenders of the faith'] group said at the time.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4514970/Unmarried-couple-stoned-Mali-violating-Islamic-law.html#ixzz4hb9NyKNr 

     

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  • EU fines Facebook over 'misleading' WhatsApp data claim

     

    Facebook has been fined 110m euros (£95m) by the EU for providing "incorrect or misleading" information during its purchase of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014.

    The European Commission said Facebook had said it could not automatically match user accounts on its own platform and WhatsApp.

    But two years later it launched a service that did just that.

    Facebook said the errors it had made were not intentional.

    'Clear signal'

    In a statement, the Commission said: "The Commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility."

    However, it added that the fine would not reverse its decision to clear the $19bn purchase of WhatsApp and was unrelated to separate investigations into data protection issues.

    EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "Today's decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger rules, including the obligation to provide correct information.

    "And it imposes a proportionate and deterrent fine on Facebook," she added.

    Commission rules suggest the social network could have been fined up to 1% of its turnover - a figure that would have been at least twice the amount it has been told to pay.

    "The Commission must be able to take decisions about mergers' effects on competition in full knowledge of accurate facts," said Ms Vestager.

    In statement, Facebook said: "We've acted in good faith since our very first interactions with the Commission and we've sought to provide accurate information at every turn.

    "The errors we made in our 2014 filings were not intentional and the Commission has confirmed that they did not impact the outcome of the merger review. Today's announcement brings this matter to a close."

    Source:-BBC

     

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