Ali Bashar covers his face in front of the cameras upon entering the courtroom in Wiesbaden, Germany, on Wednesday. AFP
An Iraqi man was sentenced to life in jail by a German court on Wednesday over the rape and murder of a teenage girl that fuelled far-right protests against a mass influx of mostly Muslim migrants.
The Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and other extremists have seized on the brutal killing of 14-year-old Susanna Maria Feldman in their campaign against Chancellor Angela Merkel's asylum policy.
The accused, rejected asylum seeker Ali Bashar, 22, was convicted of the killing and given life in prison.
The court in Wiesbaden, the city where the murder took place in May last year, also found the crime to be of exceptional severity, meaning that Bashar is unlikely to be granted parole after 15 years.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Iraq on Saturday as part of a wider trip to the Middle East seeking to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the United States.
A US Navy SEAL platoon leader accused of war crimes in Iraq was acquitted by a military jury on Tuesday of murder and all other charges except for unlawfully posing with the corpse of a captive Daesh fighter.
The Dubai Criminal Court on Sunday heard a case in which two Asians were accused of exchanging assault with one of them attempting to kill the other with a knife.
Strong protests over the possible adverse health impact from irate citizens and concerned groups have stopped the visit of a Hong Kong-based cruise liner, with more than 700 passengers and crew to a former US naval installation in Zambales province in Central Luzon due to the coronavirus scare.
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"Some mortars were fired from across the border in Afghanistan and landed inside Pakistan. They caused some damage to vehicles," Mahmood Aslam Wazir, deputy district commissioner of the area on the Pakistani side, told Reuters.