US serial killer has murdered at least 50: FBI Says

A 79-year-old man murdered at least 50 people, making him the most prolific serial killer in US history, the FBI said Sunday.

Samuel Little confessed to 93 homicides mostly of women between 1970 and 2005, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Although investigators have only confirmed his involvement in 50 of them, they believe all of Little’s confessions are credible.

The FBI has set up a website showing his videotaped recollections of unidentified killings, alongside sketches — drawn by Little — of the people he claims to have murdered.

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“Many of his victims’ deaths, however, were originally ruled overdoses or attributed to accidental or undetermined causes. Some bodies were never found,” the FBI wrote on the website.

He was jailed for life in 2014 after being convicted of three murders.

“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” FBI crime analyst Christie Palazzolo said.

“Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim to close every case possible.”

The former boxer, also known as Samuel McDowell, was first arrested in 2012 at a homeless shelter in Kentucky and extradited to California to face drug charges.

Once there, DNA evidence linked him to three cold cases, leading to his 2014 conviction for the murder of three women in Los Angeles between 1987 and 1989.

Bodies of 13 women found after migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean

Italian coastguards recovered the bodies of 13 women who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in bad weather as rescue craft approached it off the coast of Lampedusa, local authorities said on Monday.

The coastguard said 13 men and nine women survived the sinking of the boat, which was carrying more than 50 people when the disaster struck. Many of the migrants are still not accounted for, including a number of children.

“The boat was in no condition to make the crossing,” said Italian magistrate Salvatore Vella, who is investigating the disaster. “It is strange they put to sea in such bad weather.”

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Vella said most of the passengers came from Tunisia or sub-Saharan Africa. None of them had life jackets.

The boat appeared to have started its voyage in Libya and stopped in neighbouring Tunisia, he added, before heading north towards Lampedusa, an Italian island which sits below Sicily and is a magnet for migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

“Most of the survivors … are only alive thanks to the courage of the men of the coastguard and the police,” he said.

A coastguard and a police boat spotted the listing migrant boat just after midnight about 6 nautical miles from the coast of Lampedusa, having picked up a call for help late on Sunday.

“In order to proceed with the transfer operation, the naval units approached the small boat, but the adverse weather conditions and the sudden movement of migrants caused the vessel to overturn,” the coastguard said in a statement.

Coffins were lined up on the quay of the small port of Lampedusa as a coastguard ship entered harbour on Monday, bringing the bodies to shore.

Charlie Yaxley, a spokesperson for the U.N. refugee agency, the UNHCR, said more than 1,000 people had died in the Mediterranean so far this year, most trying to cross from lawless Libya to Europe.

“This highlights once again that urgent action is needed to address the situation in the Mediterranean,” he said.

Pathetic! Sales Girl, 17,Raped To Death

A 17 year-old salesgirl, Miss Peace Onaiwu, was on Monday allegedly r.a.p.e.d to death by yet-to-be  known assailants inside her shop at Uwasota Junction, Ugbowo, Benin City.

Onaiwu’s body was found in the shop at 4.55pm with her panties pulled aside while her head was covered with a black cellophane bag.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the incident to journalists.

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He said operatives of the Ugbowo Police Division went there to remove the corpse.

He further said that arrest had been made as investigators at the homicide section of the state police command headquarters had commenced investigation.

DSP Nwabuzor however stated that a case of r.a.p.e and possible ritual were also being looked at by the operatives.

2 South African Flight Attendants arrested for $3m cocaine trafficking

Two flight attendants employed by South African Airways (SAA) were arrested last week for allegedly attempting to smuggle about $3 million worth of cocaine into Hong Kong International Airport, in what’s been described “the largest drug trafficking case involving flight crew members” detected by local customs in the past decade.

On Sept. 22 and 24, law enforcement officials busted two SAA workers for the reported drug haul, TravelPulse reports. Almost 40 pounds of cocaine was discovered soon after the unnamed woman and man arrived separately to the airport, touching down from two different flights between Johannesburg and Hong Kong.

The 39-year-old female flight attendant was found with 26 pounds of cocaine on Sunday, and the 35-year-old male flight attendant was caught with nearly 14 pounds of the drug on Tuesday, according to the outlet.

“This is the largest drug trafficking case involving flight crew members detected by customs in the past decade,” a news release issued by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department detailed.

“After preliminary investigation, it is believed that the suspected cocaine seized were from Africa,” it added.

Nabbing the illegal substances in a special operation codenamed “Bullseye,” Hong Kong Customs believes the drugs have a street market value of about $3 million.

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SAA spokesperson Tlali Tlali has since confirmed the news of the arrests and said that the offenders remain in police custody in Hong Kong.

“We confirm that two of our employees have been arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of being in possession of drugs, the two employees were operating on two separate flights that were originating from Johannesburg to Hong Kong and were arrested one on arrival the other one following an investigation by customs officials in Hong Kong,” Tlali told The South African in an Oct. 3 interview. “Their matters have been before the courts and they remain in custody at the moment.”

An official for SAA was not immediately available to offer further comment.

Rwanda launches first ‘Made in Africa’ smartphones

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame on Monday officially launched two new smartphones manufactured in Africa.

The new phones are the first “Made in Africa” models produced by a Rwandan based company called Mara Group.

Mara X and Mara Z are now available for purchase to consumers. They were showcased in May this year at a Tech summit in Paris.

Now on sale they will use Google’s Android operating system and cost US$190 (Mara X) and US$130 (Mara Z).

President Kagame said he hoped the new phones would increase Rwanda’s smartphone usage, currently at around 15%.

“Rwandans are already using smartphones but we want to enable many more. The introduction of Mara phones will put smartphones ownership within reach of more Rwandans,” Kagame said.

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A new smartphone factory for the production of the Maraphones was officially opened in April.

The plant had cost $24 million and could make 1,200 phones per day, according to the company.

The Mara Phones are among the first devices to run Android Oreo, according to company officials.

Android Oreo is an OS optimized for apps like YouTube Go, Facebook Lite and Twitter Lite that are made for the African market.

Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar has said his company is targeting customers willing to pay more for quality.

There are assemble plants for smartphone companies in Egypt, Ethiopia, Algeria, and South Africa, but they import the components.