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Two men found guilty of Malcolm X murder to be exonerated******
Two men found guilty of the 1965 assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X are to have their convictions thrown out, one of them posthumously, in an admission by US authorities of a historic miscarriage of justice.。
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance was to hold a press conference yesterday to announce the exoneration of Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam.。
Aziz, 83, was sentenced to life in prison in 1966 but was released in 1985. Also sentenced to life, Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009.。
"These men did not get the justice that they deserved," Vance said in an interview with The New York Times. "What we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error."
The newspaper said that a 22-month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney's office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors, the FBI and the New York Police Department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of the two men.。
A third man, Mujahid Abdul Halim, 80, confessed to Malcolm X's murder and was released from prison in 2010.。
Halim claimed during their 1966 trial that Aziz and Islam were innocent.。
All three were members of the black nationalist group Nation of Islam, which Malcolm X had renounced.。
Malcolm X was shot dead by three gunmen on February 21, 1965 as he prepared to deliver a speech in a Manhattan ballroom. Halim was taken into custody at the scene with a bullet wound to the leg.。
Aziz and Islam were arrested several days later. Both denied involvement in the assassination and provided alibis for where they were at the time of the shooting.。
Aziz said in a statement on Wednesday that "the events that brought us here should never have occurred; those events were and are the result of a process that was corrupt to its core – one that is all too familiar – even in 2021."
"While I do not need a court, prosecutors, or a piece of paper to tell me I am innocent, I am glad that my family, my friends, and the attorneys who have worked and supported me all these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known, officially recognized."
Yesterday's press conference was also to be attended by civil rights attorney David Shanies and Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project.。
Shanies and the Innocence Project, a nonprofit which has secured the exoneration of hundreds of wrongfully convicted prisoners in the United States, collaborated with Vance's office in re-investigating the case.。
The review of the case followed the release of a Netflix docuseries "Who Killed Malcolm X?"
The Times said the re-investigation did not identify "who prosecutors now believe really killed Malcolm X, and those who were previously implicated but never arrested are dead."
Blanket travel bans will not prevent int'l spread of Omicron variant: WHO****** A woman waits in the arrivals hall at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, on Dec. 21, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)。
The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, even as dozens of countries have already introduced such restrictions.。
Although labeling Omicron as a "variant of concern," the WHO said blanket travel bans will only place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods, while also "disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data."。
The Omicron variant was first reported to the WHO by South Africa last week. So far, several countries and regions have confirmed cases of infection with Omicron.。
"It is expected that the Omicron variant will be detected in an increasing number of countries as national authorities step up their surveillance and sequencing activities," WHO said in an updated travel advice.。
As of November 28, 56 countries were reportedly implementing travel measures aimed at potentially delaying the importation of the new variant, according to the WHO.。
At a member states session on the Omicron variant on Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Botswana and South Africa for detecting and reporting this variant so rapidly. It is deeply worrying that these countries were being penalized by others for doing the right thing, he said.。
He called the "blunt, blanket measures" introduced by some member states "not evidence-based or effective on their own." He urged countries to take "rational, proportional risk-reduction measures, in keeping with the International Health Regulations."。
Meanwhile, the WHO advised that persons "who are unwell, or who have not been fully vaccinated or do not have proof of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and are at increased risk of developing severe disease and dying, including people 60 years of age or older or those with comorbidities that present increased risk of severe COVID-19 (e.g. heart disease, cancer and diabetes) should be advised to postpone travel to areas with community transmission."。
"Studies are ongoing to understand more about these mutations (of the Omicron variant) and their impact on transmissibility, virulence, diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines," it said.。
New insect species discovered in south China******
GUANGZHOU, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- A new species in the leaf-beetle genus has been found in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, with the study published in the international journal of Entomotaxonomia, a local research institute said.。
The new species, Sphenoraia Clark, which belongs to the tribe Hylaspini in the subfamily Galerucinae, was found by Chinese researchers in a downtown wetland park in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province.。
The snout-vent length of Sphenoraia Clark ranges from 6.0 mm to 6.5 mm. They are very appealing with unique features, such as a humped back and a yellow body with black spots, according to Yang Xingke with the institute of zoology of Guangdong Academy of Sciences.。
New species were usually spotted in the wild, so it was very rare to find the species in the central area of a major populous city, said Yang.。
The discovery also indicated the city's improving ecological environment, added Yang. Enditem。
LaLiga: Athletic Club beat Villarreal, Valencia stage late fightback******
MADRID, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Athletic Club Bilbao inflicted Villarreal's first away defeat of the season as they claimed a 2-1 win in the San Mames Stadium that was close to capacity for the first time since March 2020.
Raul Garcia put Athletic ahead from Inaki Williams' cross in the 14th minute, but Francis Coquelin's deflected effort leveled the score in the 32nd minute.
Man of the match Iker Muniain won the game from the penalty spot in the 77th minute after Unai Vencedor had been fouled by Alberto Moreno and it would have been 3-1 a couple of minutes later but Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli did well to stop a second spot kick taken by Alex Berenguer to assure a nervy finish.
Valencia came back from 2-0 down at home to Mallorca to claim a point with two goals in injury time.
Angel Rodriguez and a Mouchtar Diakhaby own goal put Valencia on the ropes in the first half, but Kang In Lee, who set up Angel for the opener, had a rush of blood 10 minutes into the second half and left his side with 10 men.
Mallorca still looked as if they were going to hang on, but they got nervous when Goncalo Guedes fired home from long range in the 92nd minute and Jose Luis Gaya's close range finished earned Valencia a point in the 98th minute
Two goals from striker Joselu, the first of which came from the penalty spot after just six minutes, gave Alaves their first away win of the season and just their second victory of the entire campaign, as Javi Calleja's side won 2-0 away to Cadiz.
Elche and Espanyol shared four goals with Manu Morlanes and Raul de Tomas netting goals within 2 minutes on 51 and 52 minutes to cancel out Lucas Boye's first half opener for Elche, who claimed a point with Dario Bernadetto's 84th minute equalizer.
Cadiz slip deeper into trouble after failing to win in their last seven home games.
Friday night saw Osasuna go second in the table with a 1-1 draw at home to Granada, but the team from Pamplona will be disappointed after Granada scored a 90th minute equalizer from Angel Moreno to cancel out Chimy Avila's opener on the stroke of halftime.
Osasuna ended with 10 men after left back Jose Angel 'Cote' was sent off with 16 minutes left to play. Enditem