Man beheads wife on roof as neighbours watched

GERMANY: A man was spotted standing on the roof of his house by his shocked neighbours with a knife in one hand and his wife's head in another.

The 32-year-old man decapitated his wife on the roof of his five-storey building, according to Berliner Morgenpost. The police officials claimed the man was mentally unstable.

Just before the ghastly incident, neighbours claim, the couple were seen arguing on the rooftop. The husband allegedly sharpened his knife and sliced her head off in cold blood. The man apparently stood near the edge of the roof before he flung his wife's head on the courtyard below, reports Huffington Post.

The couple have six children aged between 18 and 13 years. They were in the apartment at the time of the incident. However, it was not clear if the children witnessed any part of the horrific incident.

Laptop snaps thief's photo, leading to his arrest

Open an app. See a flash. Get arrested.

Police in Michigan say a stolen laptop took a picture of the thief and sent it to a security website, leading to his arrest.

The computer's owner, Logan Chadde, installed Orbicule security software before a weekend break-in at his home in Ann Arbor.

Chadde told AnnArbor.com on Monday the program captured the thief using Facebook and talking with another person about how he was going to sell the stolen laptop. Chadde sent the information to police, who arrested a 19-year-old man.

Police Lt Renee Bush says officers knew the suspect from an earlier encounter.

Chadde says such cases are frustrating, but "this is one of the few times the police had a lot of information to go off."

Latvian airline launches world's-first flight buddies

Getting trapped in a boring conversation with a fellow passenger aboard a plane could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a world-first flight buddy system developed by Latvia's national airline.
 
Baltic flag-carrier airBaltic's new "SeatBuddy" scheme aims to sit like-minded fliers next to each other.
 
"We're the first in the world to offer this," airBaltic spokesman Janis Vanags told AFP, adding that passengers will not however be given the option of banning anyone from sitting next to them.
 
Passengers can choose from three preferred "flight moods" according to whether they want to get on with work, make new business contacts or simply not be bothered by someone's droning voice for the duration of the flight.
 
The service is optional and free and can also take into account any hobbies or interests fellow-travellers might share, ensuring that football fans or potato farmers get adjacent seats and the chance to chat from take-off to landing.
 
Customer information is collected in a secure database and the closest match available on the same flight is identified automatically without disclosing passenger identity or any personal data.
 
The first test flights with intelligent seating will take off at the end of June and will be used to "explore its future commercial potential" according to Michael Grimme of the airline's sales and marketing department.

Man pardons son’s killer and refuses $5.3 million

A Saudi father, responding to a request by King Abdullah, decided to pardon the jailed killer of his son in the last minute and refused an offer by the defendant’s family to pay him nearly $5.3 million diya (blood money).

Ayyash Al Anzi had vehemently rejected mediation efforts by scores of relatives and dignitaries over the past five years before he headed for the King’s palace and declared his pardon on the same day the killer was to be beheaded.

Although he works as a school guard for just SR3,000 ($800), Anzi refused to take SR20 million ($5.3 million) paid by the defendant’s family as blood money in return for his pardon, a newspaper said.

“After strenuous efforts that continued for nearly five years, Anzi pardoned the killer of his son,” Alhayat said in a report from the northern town of Khafji.

“He just went to the royal court and met the Monarch…he told him he was pardoning the killer of his son….at a ceremony on this occasion, Anzi announced to the guests that he pardoned the killer for the sake of God and the King.”

The paper said Fayez Hamad Al Shammari was sentenced to death five years ago after he was convicted of killing Faris Al Anzi during a fight.It said Anzi had rebuffed many mediation attempts by relatives and dignitaries on the grounds “my son’s blood is not water.”

But he agreed on the pardon after receiving a letter from King Abdullah and a phone call from Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz, the Monarch’s son.“I agreed on one condition: that I declare my pardon in the presence of the Monarch…I then went to the royal court and declared the pardon in the presence of the Monarch…I did so for the sake of my Lord and for Abu Mutaab (King Abdullah)…for this reason, I refused to take diya,” Anzi said.

Under Islamic law, which is enforced in Saudi Arabia, a convicted killer can walk free if pardoned by the victim’s relatives in return for diya. 
 

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