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.
39 evacuations of Emiratis and those accompanying them have been completed by air and by land and 25 evacuations are under way and shall be completed within the next few days.
The decision was made in order to facilitate intensified sterilization procedures in the area, due to the high density of its population.
Worldwide, more than 788,000 people have been infected and 166,000 have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University. Italy's death toll rose to nearly 11,600 — the highest in the world by far — but its rates of new infections were slowing.
Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 3,111 new infections have been confirmed over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 44,606. He said 3,703 of those hospitalised are in a critical condition and 14,656 have recovered.