Serial Rapist’s Release Is Blocked, for Now, by U.K. Court

Serial Rapist’s Release Is Blocked, for Now, by U.K. Court Photo John Worboys, a former London cab driver, was convicted of assaults on 12 female passengers, although the police say he had more than 100 victims. Credit Metropolitan Police, via Associated Press LONDON — A British court ordered a parole board on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to release a notorious sex offender — a former London cabdriver implicated in attacks on more than 100 women — and told the government to lift the shroud of secrecy over parole decisions.
The decision to grant parole to the serial rapist, John Worboys, after a decade in prison prompted outrage when it was made public in January, and two of his victims sought to have the result overturned in court. Victims said they had been assured that Mr. Worboys stood little chance of ever being released, and some said that the authorities had failed to notify them that he was up for parole.
The women said they felt not only betrayed by the decision but als..

As Russia Mourns Victims of Mall Fire, Some Chant, ‘Corruption Kills!’

As Russia Mourns Victims of Mall Fire, Some Chant, ‘Corruption Kills!’ Photo Russia was in an official state of mourning on Wednesday as funerals began for the 64 victims of a fire at a mall in Kemerovo. Many of those killed were children. Credit Maxim Lisov/Reuters MOSCOW — Flags on government buildings flew at half-staff. Newspaper fronts were colorless. TV stations suspended commercials. Lawmakers observed a minute of silence.
Russia was in an official state of mourning on Wednesday as funerals began for the 64 victims of a fire that swept through a mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo on Sunday. The tragedy that has led to public outrage over a perceived lack of transparency and accountability.
Funeral ceremonies were held at three churches in Kemerovo, 2,000 miles east of Moscow, local news outlets reported. In the morning, the caskets bearing the remains of two children and one adult were brought to a cemetery following services at Holy Trinity Church, the TASS news agency repor..

Sculpture of Winged Bull Destroyed by ISIS Is Recreated for London’s Fourth Plinth

Sculpture of Winged Bull Destroyed by ISIS Is Recreated for London’s Fourth Plinth Photo The American artist Michael Rakowitz’s sculpture, “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” in London. Credit Gautier DeBlonde LONDON — A reconstruction of an ancient statue of a winged bull destroyed by ISIS is the latest public art installation to sit on a sculpture platform here known as the Fourth Plinth, on Trafalgar Square.
The sculpture, by the American artist Michael Rakowitz, titled “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” was unveiled on Tuesday. It depicts a re-creation of Lamassu, an Assyrian statue that stood in Iraq in the ancient city of Nineveh, on the outskirts of modern-day Mosul, until 2015 when the militant group destroyed it along with other irreplaceable works of ancient art.
Lamassu is a mythological creature known for its protective qualities. It has the head of a man and the body of a winged bull. Mr. Rakowitz’s re-creation is made of 10,500 recycled cans of date syrup; dates ..