Euthanasia activist, previously convicted of aiding mum's suicide in NZ, now charged with murder in South Africa

A New Zealand man who was convicted of assisting his mother's suicide has been charged with pre-meditated murder in South Africa.
Sean Davison was arrested and charged on Monday after he helped his quadriplegic friend Anrich Burger die in 2013.

Professor Davison is an academic at the University of the Western Cape and a prominent right-to-die campaigner who co-founded Dignity South Africa, an organisation whose mission is to legalise euthanasia in that country.

In 2006 he helped his terminally-ill Dunedin-based mother to die, which he admitted in draft versions of a book he subsequently wrote, called Before We Say Goodbye.

Patricia Davison died hours after drinking a cocktail of crushed up morphine tablets prepared by her son.

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In 2011 he was sentenced to five months' home detention for that crime.

In 2014 he told South African media Mr Burger had been in extreme pain and was desperate to die and he was helping him out of compassion.

Mr Davison was arrested on Monday local time and held overnight and is now out on bail.

His next court appearance will be in November and his lawyer said the police may lay further charges against him.

Euthanasia campaigner Sean Davison is now accused of helping end the life of a doctor who became quadriplegic. Source: 1 NEWS


Prince George, Princess Charlotte get royal wedding roles

Five-year-old George and 3-year-old Charlotte, the elder children of Prince William and his wife Kate, will join children including 7-year-old Savannah Phillips, 6-year-old Isla Phillips and 4-year-old Mia Tindall — all great-grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II — and Theodora Williams, 6-year-old daughter of pop star Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Williams.

Buckingham Palace said Wednesday that Eugenie has asked elder sister Princess Beatrice to be her maid of honor.

The best man will be Thomas Brooksbank, the groom's brother.

The 28-year-old princess, who is ninth in line to the throne, is due to marry liquor company executive Brooksbank Friday in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, stands with Princess Charlotte and Prince George, who were flower boys and girls at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England Saturday, May 20, 2017. Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday where her niece and nephew Prince George and Princess Charlotte was in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, right, stands with Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Source: Associated Press



Woman who spent $32M at Harrods fights UK wealth order

A court has ordered Zamira Hajiyeva to explain where she got the money to buy a $23 million London home and a golf course outside the city.

Hajiyeva's husband, former International Bank of Azerbaijan chairman Jahangir Hajiyev, was jailed in 2016 for fraud and embezzlement.

The case marks Britain's first use of Unexplained Wealth Orders, introduced this year in a bid curb London's status as a haven for ill-gotten gains.

Hajiyeva denies wrongdoing.

A court order granting her anonymity was lifted Wednesday.



Turkish paper prints photos claiming a 15-member 'assassination squad' sent to kill Saudi journalist

A newspaper close to the Turkish president published photos today of what it said was a 15-member "assassination squad" allegedly sent to target Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week.

Jamal Khashoggi hasn't been seen since entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Source: BBC

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate, allegations rejected by Saudi Arabia, which says he left the premises.

Turkey has been given permission to search the diplomatic post, an extraordinary development that shows the increasing international pressure the kingdom faces over Khashoggi's disappearance.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, October 2. Source: Associated Press

The report by the Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of the men apparently taken at passport control. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left later that day.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

On Wednesday, the Post published a column by Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. She acknowledged the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger." He later returned October 2 after being promised needed paperwork so the two could be married.

A surveillance video image surfaced Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance," Cengiz wrote. "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate."

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened."

Khashoggi had sought to become a U.S. citizen after living in self-imposed exile since last year, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.

Trump, who took his first overseas trip as U.S. president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said Tuesday he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi, "but I will be at some point," without elaborating.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Tuesday that Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched. It's unclear when such a search would take place.

Embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the international community.


US voter registrations see massive 65,000 spike, a day after Taylor Swift's mid-term elections social media plea

Musician Taylor Swift's social media influence has proved effective almost instantly in the US with a serious spike in voter registrations after she encouraged fans to enroll for next month's US midterm elections.

After Swift expressed her support for two Democratic candidates and encouraged her 112 million Instagram followers to register to vote in time for next month's US midterm elections, the The US voter registration service saw over 60,000 enrollments.

Kamari Guthrie, the director of communications for, told Buzzfeed News there were 65,000 registrations in the 24-hour period after the singer posted her statement to Instagram on Sunday.

Ms Guthrie said had its second-busiest day of the year after Swift's post with nearly 156,000 unique visitors to their website - the only busier day was National Voter Registration Day on September 25.

She added the daily average for unique visitors was 14,078.

"Thank God for Taylor Swift," she said.

Republicans now have some bad blood with the star after a surprise endorsement on Instagram for Tennessee Democratic US Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and an argument against Republican candidate Marsha Blackburn.

Republicans and President Donald Trump have already rebuked her for the endorsement, but the Swifties closed ranks in support of her and many others have applauded her for speaking out.

"She weighs every word carefully, but she has to because few artists receive more scrutiny than she does," said Beverly Keel, chair of the department of recording industry at Middle Tennessee State University.

"People will analyze every single word."

Blackburn's voting record, Swift wrote, "appalls and terrifies me," noting Blackburn's votes against equal pay for women and the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Trump, who has campaigned for Blackburn, dismissed Swift's opinion of the candidate, saying Swift "doesn't know anything about her. And let's say that I like Taylor's music about 25 percent less now, OK?"

Swift also got support from Ellen DeGeneres and actor Mark Hamill, while Republican politician Mike Huckabee dismissed Swift's impact on the election by underestimating her fan based by saying that "13 yr old girls" can't vote.

Diane Pecknold, professor of women's and gender studies at the University of Louisville, said Swift's transition from country to pop has broadened her fan base.

"She doesn't have to concern herself with potentially alienating what is perceived as a conservative country base," Pecknold said.

Still the common refrain of "shut up and sing" gets lobbed at many artists, but in the age of social media, everyone has an opinion, even on Swift's opinion, Keel said.

"On Facebook, I have seen my friends say, 'I am never buying another Taylor Swift album' to 'I just went online and bought her entire catalog,'" Keel said.

The president was responding to news that the superstar musician endorsed two Democrat candidates in Tennessee. Source: 1 NEWS