Crash cabbie cites stress
A taxi driver who seriously injured a British tourist says driving a New York City cab is too stressful. Mohammed Faysal Himon told the New York Post: “I need a more suitable job.’’ He says Tuesday’s accident happened after he accelerated to get around a bicyclist who he says pounded on his car and yelled at him. The 23-year-old victim, Sian Green, lost a leg in the accident. People including TV personality “Dr Oz”’ rushed to her aid. The Bangladesh-born Himon says he does not remember much after accelerating until he saw Green’s leg by his cab. Police and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating. The newspaper reports that city authorities are taking steps to suspend his license.
Mass grave searched
Authorities searched a mass grave near Mexico City on Thursday as anxious relatives braced to learn whether the remains were those of 12 young people kidnapped in May. Mexico City’s top prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said the decomposed bodies of seven people have been recovered since the search began in a park on Wednesday. Workers were still digging the muddied pit. Rios said it would take at least two days to get DNA test results to identify the victims, adding more suspense to a case that has shocked the capital. The kidnapped, aged 16 to 34, were taken from a downtown bar in broad daylight on a Sunday morning three months ago in a case that raised concerns about security in the capital, challenging the perception that it is relatively immune from the country’s drug cartel violence.
Air force hits in Lebanon
The air force struck a Palestinian group in Lebanon yesterday, officials said, hours after a different organization said it fired four rockets at the Jewish state from Lebanon. Israeli aircraft “targeted a terror site located between Beirut and Sidon in response to a barrage of four rockets launched at northern Israel yesterday [Thursday],” the military said. Lebanon’s NNA news agency said the target was a position of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command (PFLP-GC), a hardline, but secular militant group which said it had nothing to do with Thursday’s attack. The salvo of four rockets, which caused damage but no casualties, was claimed by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades which claimed similar attacks on Israel in 2009 and 2011. Israeli Army spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai said on Thursday that the rockets were “launched by the global jihad terror organization” — an apparent reference to al-Qaeda. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had threatened retaliation. “Anyone who harms us, or tries to harm us, should know — we will strike them,” he said on Thursday.