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AMARAH, Iraq: Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.
The 22-year-old spent three days in hospital in Iraq's southern Misan province last summer before succumbing to her wounds, recalled sheikh Haydar Saadoun.
"A university classmate from a different tribe had proposed, but her relatives refused," said Saadoun, an official from the Bani Lam tribe in the town of Amarah in Misan.
"They said they had rights over her because of 'nahwa'," he said, referring to a tribal custom that authorises the men of a clan to reject marriage proposals to a female member.
They arranged for her to wed her cousin instead.
"He was already married, had fathered multiple children and was illiterate, while Mariam was going to university," Saadoun said.
Wearing a modern three-piece suit under a traditional cape, he told AFP he tried to dissuade Mariam's fiance but was overruled.
"He told me: 'I'll break her nose. I'll marry her and rub her face in it'," Saadoun recounted.
Iraqi society remains largely conservative, bound by tribal traditions and religious customs practised from its sprawling capital Baghdad to far-flung rural provinces.
In the country of nearly 40 million, clan names can carry weight in securing work, a spouse and even votes.
They often trump government institutions, as tribes look to their own mediation methods to resolve disputes instead of the official court system.
'ACCEPT YOUR FATE'
Women and girls often suffer under these patriarchal systems, with many forced to marry against their will, subject to domestic abuse and deprived of an education.
The southern provinces of Misan and Basra, where tribal influence is widespread, have the highest rates of child marriage in Iraq, the United Nations' children's agency UNICEF said in 2018.
In Misan, 35 per cent of married women between 20 and 45 said they wed as teenagers, and in Basra the rate is 31.5 per cent.
In one tribal custom known as "fasliya", women are married off as restitution for blood spilt between two tribes.
Karima al-Tai, a women's rights activist in Misan, said the custom had ravaged her own family.
"Twenty years ago, a conflict broke out between my tribe and another. During the fighting, a man from the other clan was killed," said Tai, 50.
Calling for a truce, Tai's tribe offered "five virgins" to the opposing tribe - including her cousin, Sahar, who was married off to the victim's brother.
Over "20 years of hell" Sahar was bullied and harassed by her husband's family, Tai recalled. Even her children were publicly branded "children of the fasliya".
But when Sahar asked her family for help, said Tai, "her relatives would tell her, 'you're a fasliya. Accept your fate'."
"Fasliya" is still being practised. In 2015, a tribe in the southern province of Basra married off 50 girls and women to another tribe under a truce.
With no family support or access to outside help, some Iraqi women and girls have turned to suicide.
A 2017 study of 62 attempted self-immolation cases in Basra found that family problems, including marital issues, were the precipitating factor in 80 per cent of the cases.
Authorities in Misan said 198 women had attempted suicide over the past two years, and 14 of them lost their lives.
But details are scarce. Mental health problems in Iraq remain taboo, and efforts to discuss them with tribal leaders have seen little success.
Even Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, the top religious authority for most Iraqi Shiites, called last year for an end to "nahwas" and other tribal practices, to no avail.
The customs were criminalised in Iraq's 1959 personal status law, which was strictly implemented under Saddam Hussein's brutal rule.
Marrying a woman by force under "nahwa" is punishable by three years in jail for a cousin and 10 years for a more distant relative.
But as the central government lost influence across swathes of Iraq following the 2003 US-led invasion, tribal power structures took precedence.
Now, "this law is not applied because no woman would file a complaint against her own family," said lawmaker Intissar al-Juburi.
And efforts to introduce tough laws to protect women have been hampered by political stalemates and an emphasis on security and economic issues.
Meanwhile, tribal customs are becoming further entrenched, according to Maytham al-Saadi, a professor at Misan University.
"In the past, fasliyas would be proposed only in cases needing blood money, but in recent decades they've been used to end the simplest disputes between tribes," he said.
SINGAPORE: An 18-year-old was arrested this week for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams involving Blackpink, Ed Sheeran and Maroon 5 concert tickets, police said on Thursday (Apr 18).
The authorities said they received several reports between Feb 13 and Mar 2, in which victims did not receive their tickets despite having responded to a seller on Carousell and paid for them via bank transfer.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department identified the suspect and arrested him on Wednesday. He is believed to be involved in at least 11 cases of scams and cheated a total of S$5,400.
The suspect will be charged in court on Thursday with cheating. If guilty, he may be jailed up to 10 years and fined.
SINGAPORE: A 41-year-old woman was caught on Tuesday (Apr 16) for trying to smuggle cigarettes into Singapore by concealing them in a packet of sanitary pads and among clothing in her luggage.
The Singapore Permanent Resident was stopped at the Singapore Cruise Center when Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers noticed anomalies in the scanned images of her backpack and luggage.
“Further checks revealed seven packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes concealed in a packet of sanitary pad and amongst clothing in the luggage.
"The case was referred to Singapore Customs for investigation,” ICA said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
ICA added that these methods of concealment are a cause for concern as similar methods may be used by people with ill-intent to smuggle security items into Singapore.
“The ICA will continue to conduct security checks to prevent smuggling attempts,” the authority added.
LONDON: One of the architects who helped restore Windsor Castle after a devastating fire said a shortage of craftsmen could hold up the reconstruction of Notre-Dame.
"The supply of craftsmen with the skill to work so much stone, so much timber, so much lead, so much glass for the windows is something which the industry in the whole of Europe may well be challenged to meet at the present moment," Francis Maude, director at the Donald Insall Associates architect firm, told reporters.
"There are other very large projects which are facing the same limitations," he said, giving the example of the Houses of Parliament where his firm is also working.
Maude's firm was called upon by the British royal family to help restore Windsor Castle following a fire in 1992 that also shocked the country.
The fire began in the Queen's Private Chapel when a curtain was ignited by a spotlight pressed up against it. It spread to the State Apartments, including St George's banqueting hall, and engulfed Brunswick Tower.
There were no casualties, also thanks to the quick reaction of the castle's own small fire brigade.
The restoration work began in 1995 and was completed in 1997, costing £36.5 million (US$47.7 million) at the time.
As part of the renovation, a specially commissioned stained-glass window was installed in the medieval surrounding depicting a firefighter battling the blaze.
The castle's grandest rooms were restored to their former state while others were modernised, and the issue of how faithfully to stick to the original design is likely to be the source of "big discussion" when rebuilding the iconic Parisian cathedral.
"There will be some who think the only way we can restore Notre-Dame is to make it exactly the same as it was before," said Maude.
Alternatively, restorers could draw inspiration from the rebuilding of Reims Cathedral after World War One, when a fire-resistant steel roof was installed.
STONEWORK AT RISK
Maude pointed out that "there has already been a process of change at Notre-Dame" with the 19th century restoration work done by French architect Viollet-le-Duc, and that carefully selected parts of the church could be modernised, making it more efficient and less at risk of future fires.
But it is likely to be many months before the mammoth cleaning-up process ends and an assessment made on which parts of the 850-year-old Gothic masterpiece can be salvaged.
"One particular difficulty which I can imagine is the cathedral being largely constructed of limestone," warned Maude.
When limestone is exposed to temperatures of over eight hundred degrees centigrade, it "decays through chemical reaction ... and it's then rather difficult to use it again," he said.
"I can imagine that there's going to be a lot of the historic surface of the stonework lost but there may be stone buried deeper within the walls which can be capped."
"A SYMBOL OF RENEWAL"
The cathedral's relatively bare interior should count in its favour, compared to Windsor Castle, where centuries of redevelopments led to a complex web of empty spaces behind the walls.
Money does not appear to be an issue, with billionaire donors already pledging hundreds of millions of euros.
The director said he would be "delighted to be invited" to help in the restoration, which he believes could end up revitalising the UNESCO world heritage landmark.
"It can be a symbol of renewal," he said of the fire.
"There's also an opportunity in some parts of a rebuilt Notre-Dame to have a new expression of an artistic temperament for our own times."
SINGAPORE: From Apr 22, foreign travellers will no longer have their passports stamped when departing Singapore, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority said on Wednesday (Apr 17).
ICA said it will cease the issuance of departure immigration endorsements, or stamps of departure dates on travel documents, as part of efforts to streamline processes and speed up immigration clearance.
Previously, all foreigners departing Singapore would have their passports stamped with the date of their departure by the immigration officer at the manned counters.
“Since September 2016, foreign travellers whose fingerprints have been enrolled via the BioScreen system upon their arrival into Singapore are eligible to use automated lanes when they leave Singapore. They do not receive departure immigration endorsements when they use the automated lanes,” ICA said.
This will be extended to all foreigners leaving Singapore through manned counters from Apr 22, it said.
ICA said it will inform foreign authorities on the cessation of the departure immigration endorsement.
PAPERLESS IMMIGRATION CLEARANCE
On Monday, ICA announced that it has started a six-month trial for contactless immigration clearance at the Tuas Checkpoint.
Eligible Singaporeans who use one of the automated lanes in the checkpoint's bus hall are not required to present their passport or thumbprints for clearance in this lane. Their identity is verified using iris and facial images.
In October last year, ICA also announced a trial of a new electronic arrival card to replace paper arrival cards for foreigners visiting Singapore.
Foreign travellers will be able to submit their travel information for the electronic card in advance via the ICA website or its mobile app.
SINGAPORE: The family of a woman who fell into a vegetative state after a brain operation is suing National University Hospital (NUH) and its head neurosurgeon over their alleged medical negligence.
Madam Goh Guan Sin, now 64, had gone to NUH in 2014 for surgery to remove a large tumour at the back of her head that was compressing her brainstem, the court heard on Wednesday (Apr 17), the first day of the trial.
After the surgery on Jun 2, 2014, performed by NUH's head of neurosurgery Dr Yeo Tseng Tsai, Mdm Goh suffered post-operative bleeding in the brain.
A team of senior neurosurgeons found that the bleeding involved the brainstem, and chose not to try and evacuate the blood clot due to the high risk of mortality.
Instead, the doctors, led by Dr Yeo, inserted an external ventricular drain (EVD) to drain the fluid that had accumulated in Mdm Goh's brain to relieve pressure and stop further damage from her brain swelling.
Although Mdm Goh survived, with the tumour successfully removed, she has been in a vegetative state for about five years and remains at NUH.
DOCTOR AND HOSPITAL FAILED TO MANAGE POST-OP COMPLICATIONS: LAWYER
Her lawyers, led by lead counsel Abraham Vergis, allege that she "has become irreversibly vegetative" since June 2014 "because the defendant doctor and hospital had woefully failed in their duties to the patient to manage her post-operative complications appropriately".
They allege that Mdm Goh's current vegetative state is the result of Dr Yeo and NUH's failure to diagnose and treat the cerebrospinal fluid accumulation inside her brain before the surgery; their failure to monitor and evaluate her condition immediately after the operation; and their failure to surgically evacuate the blood clot in her brain.
Mdm Goh's lawyers said that earlier clinical intervention of the blood clot would have prevented her vegetative state, and that an earlier CT scan would have revealed "an active, rapidly growing bleed" in her brain.
They also claim that Dr Yeo failed to advise Mdm Goh's family about the treatment and management she was receiving, and that Dr Yeo should have inserted an EVD first before removing the tumour.
HEAD NEUROSURGEON, HOSPITAL DENY CLAIMS
Dr Yeo's lawyers, led by Mr Lek Siang Pheng and his team from Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, deny Mdm Goh's family's allegations entirely. They claim that Dr Yeo had properly discharged his duty of care to Mdm Goh, and will call expert witnesses over the course of the trial to testify that Dr Yeo had indeed done so.
Dr Yeo’s lawyers will argue that Mdm Goh had given consent for the surgery, and that "a doctor owes a duty of care only to his or her patient and no one else", with no duty to obtain informed consent from the patient's family unless there is a legal representative appointed for such a purpose.
The hospital, represented by Senior Counsel Kuah Boon Theng and her team from Legal Clinic LLC, said in its opening statement that it accepts that "the post-operative complication had been devastating for the plaintiff and her family", but maintain that "it was not the result of any negligence on the part of its surgeons or staff".
NUH contends that the advice Mdm Goh and her family received on the nature and risks of the brain tumour surgery before the operation "was always correct, appropriate and adequate".
"The brain bleed that the plaintiff developed following the first surgery is a known complication which can happen even in the best of hands, and even when all due care and precautions are taken," said NUH's lawyers.
They added that Mdm Goh and her family "were specifically advised on the risk of bleeding and even death on multiple occasions".
Defending the decision to use an EVD to drain the fluid in Mdm Goh’s brain after the surgery, the hospital's lawyers said it "was an urgent decision that the neurosurgical team had to make under time-sensitive conditions based on the clinical information they had at that time".
The trial, which is being heard before Justice Tan Siong Thye, is slated to run for a month. Witnesses that will be called to the stand include Dr Yeo himself and other doctors involved in Mdm Goh's case, as well as experts in neurosurgery, neuroradiology and radiology.
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PARIS: Crowds of stunned Parisians and tourists - some crying, others offering prayers - watched in horror in central Paris on Monday (Apr 15) night as firefighters struggled for hours to extinguish the flames engulfing the Notre-Dame cathedral.
Flames ravaging the roof illuminated the outline of the monument's two square towers in a fiery glow, and were reflected in the waters of the Seine.
Along the Pont au Change bridge, which connects the Ile de la Cite with the Right Bank, the atmosphere was one of a vigil as hundreds of people watched in hushed silence as smoke rose into the night sky.
Many were quietly singing an Ave Maria in Latin, including Stephane Seigneurie, 52, who said he has lived in Paris for the past 25 years.
"I come often, and go in even where there's no mass because it's an extraordinary place, entwined in the history of France," he said.
"Politically, intellectually and spiritually, it's a symbol of France."
When Seigneurie says that he's very sad, an elegant woman with dark bobbed hair who is crying whispers to him, "We have to pray."
Jeanne Duffy, 62, had travelled from New York to Paris with her twin daughters to see her nephew run the Paris marathon on Sunday.
The girls had wanted to climb the church's towers on Monday evening but at the last minute the three decided to go to Disneyland Paris instead.
"We were heartbroken because as New Yorkers we've been through this," Duffy said, referring to the Sep 11, 2001 attacks which destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
"In terms of heritage this is much worse. This is a world treasure. Everyone knows Notre-Dame," she said.
Gasps and cries of "Oh my god" erupted at 7.50pm (1750 GMT) when the top portion of the church's spire came crashing down into an inferno that has spread to the entire roof.
More gasps came a few seconds later when the rest of the spire collapsed, caught on the cameras of thousands of mobile phones.
"I'm a Parisian, my father was a Parisian, my grandfather as well - this was something we brought our sons to see," he said. "I won't be showing this to my son."
"It's a tragedy," he added. "If you pray, now is the time to pray."
Police cleared pedestrians away from the two islands in the river Seine, including the Ile de la Cite which houses the soaring Gothic church, one of Europe's best-known landmarks.
But throngs of onlookers remained behind police cordons on the stone bridges leading to the islands and along the banks of the Seine river as darkness fell.
Another woman passed by, tears running from behind her glasses, too overwhelmed to speak to reporters.
"It's finished, we'll never be able to see it again," said Jerome Fautrey, a 37-year-old who had come to watch.
"Now we need to know how this happened - with everything that's going on in the world, why Notre-Dame? Maybe it's a message from on high," he said.
'HISTORY UP IN SMOKE'
"It's incredible, our history is going up in smoke," said Benoit, 42, who arrived on the scene by bike.
Sam Ogden, 50, had arrived from London on Monday with her husband, their two teenaged sons, and her mother. They had come to Paris specifically to see Notre-Dame, part of a world tour over years to see historic sites.
"This is really sad - the saddest thing I've ever stood and watched in my life," Ogden said.
She said the fire looked tiny at the beginning, "then within an hour it all came down."
Her mother, Mary Huxtable, 73, said: "This (Notre-Dame) was on my bucket list to see. Now I'll never go inside."
A short distance away stood another British family, also from London.
"It's devastating," said Nathalie Cadwallader, 42, who had come to Paris two days earlier with her husband and two children for a week-long visit.
"This is a really historic skyscape and it's horrible this happened, on top of everything else Paris has gone through recently," she said, referring to the deadly extremist terror attacks that struck the city in 2015.
Her family had initially planned to visit Notre-Dame on Monday but opted instead for the Eiffel Tower, intending to go inside the cathedral on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE: Several retailers, including a 7-Eleven outlet, have had their tobacco retail licences suspended for six months after they were caught selling cigarettes to underage customers, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Tuesday (Apr 16).
The errant retailers were caught via HSA's ground surveillance and enforcement activities.
The outlets are: Ajmir Store at 70 Woodlands Avenue 7, 1588 Le at 158B Rivervale Crescent, 7-Eleven at 68 Geylang Bahru and NH Mart at 620 Hougang Avenue 8.
All four outlets were caught selling cigarettes to underage persons for the first time.
“The offences were detected between January and March this year. The affected outlets are not allowed to sell tobacco products during the six-month suspension period,” HSA said.
HSA said all tobacco retail licensees are reminded to educate their employees on the law pertaining to the sale of tobacco products. Sellers should also verify the age of those who wish to buy tobacco products.
"Sellers take the risk of contravening the laws if they assess age by mere physical appearance of the buyer," it added.
The minimum legal age to use, possess or buy tobacco products has been raised to 19 years with effect from Jan 1, 2019.
This is part of the Government's plan to progressively raise the minimum legal age to 21 years old over a period of three years.
Under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, anyone caught selling tobacco products to persons below the minimum legal age may be fined up to S$5,000 for the first offence, and up to S$10,000 for the second or subsequent offence.
The outlet’s tobacco retail licence will also be suspended for six months for the first offence and revoked for the second offence.
However, if any outlet is found selling tobacco products to underage persons in school uniform or those below 12 years of age, the tobacco retail licence will be revoked, even at the first offence.
HSA said 87 tobacco retail licences were suspended and 13 were revoked from 2015 to March 2019.