App maker blames users for deadly wrong turn
JERUSALEM • Google-owned traffic app Waze has hit back at suggestions that its directions led two Israeli soldiers into a Palestinian refugee camp, where they were attacked.
The soldiers were said to be using the app when they mistakenly drove into the camp overnight, sparking clashes as security forces were deployed to rescue them. One Palestinian was killed and 15 injured.
Waze said yesterday that the soldiers were at fault. "(Waze) includes a specific default setting that prevents routes through areas which are marked as dangerous," it said. "In this case, the setting was disabled. In addition, the driver deviated from the suggested route."
Former V-P forms party to challenge Mugabe
HARARE • Zimbabwe's former vice-president Joice Mujuru has launched a new political party in a direct challenge to veteran President Robert Mugabe's all-powerful ZANU-PF, as speculation increases over his succession.
She officially unveiled her Zimbabwe People First party at a press conference yesterday in the capital Harare.
Islamist fighter charged with ruining artefacts
AMSTERDAM • An Islamist fighter caused irreparable damage to Africa's cultural heritage by destroying religious sites in the ancient city of Timbuktu during the 2012 conflict in Mali, international prosecutors have said.
Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a former trainee teacher, is the first person to be charged with destroying cultural artefacts by the International Criminal Court. He had led and personally taken part in the attacks on nine mausoleums and mosques in the city, court prosecutors said yesterday.
Court to decide on banning neo-Nazi party
KARLSRUHE • Germany's highest court has begun hearing a landmark request to ban a neo-Nazi fringe party that openly rails against migrants, more than a decade after a first attempt failed.
The case before the Federal Constitutional Court that began yesterday argues that the National Democratic Party is a threat to the country's liberal democratic order. The bid to ban it is supported by Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, and requires a majority of six of the panel's eight judges.