Man arrested for assaulting woman in Miami hotel room

Man arrested for assaulting woman in Miami hotel room. Man arrested for assaulting woman after breaking into her Miami hotel room. Lebanon native faces charges of burglary with assault and battery. A man aged 32 has been arrested by police in Miami Beach for an attack on a woman at a hotel. Marwan Habib, who was apprehended on Thursday, was said to have targeted a woman who was staying at Miami Beach’s Hotel Victor in November.

He confessed to Miami Beach Police Department investigators that he assaulted the woman, who he kissed and touched after showing up at her hotel room without permission.

Mr Habib had met the woman earlier that evening, and was able to convince hotel reception to hand him a key to her room, a police report said.

“Hotel staff advised the victim that the defendant had her information and even had a woman on the phone pretending to be her, so he was given a key thinking it was her granting access,” the report added.

While the woman from Kansas City was unnamed on Friday, the Miami Beach Police Department said it was investigating a number of allegations made against Mr Habib.

As WSVN-TV reported, police said Mr Habib would “pursue females in order to have sex or date them, even after they advised them to stop doing so on multiple occasions.”

His behaviour also led to one woman leaving her apartment in Miami Beach, and a neighbour told the news station that Mr Habib was “very insistent, has been harassing”.

In Lebanon Mr Habib was at the centre of a social media campaign against him in 2019 following revelations of sexual assault made by a number of women from his home country.

The furore around Mr Habib was compared to “Me Too”, and revelations of sexual abuse carried out by male figures.

On Twitter, a woman who was in the Lebanese city of Jbeil at the same time as Mr Habib said she was “followed and cornered in a parking lot in Jbeil by this man in the summer of 2020”.

“I ran away unharmed but the extent of damage this man has caused to at least a hundred women and the fact that Lebanese authorities knew and let him roam free is horrifying,” she wrote of his arrest.

A lawsuit was filed against Mr Habib in Lebanon but it did not result in charges against him, as L’Orient Today reported on Friday, and in an interview with a Lebanese TV station he claimed innocence.

Miami Beach authorities have ordered Mr Habib to sway from the Hotel Victor South Beach, and WSVN-TV reported that he remains in custody and with no bond because of an immigration hold.

The US House committee investigating the Capitol riot will ask former vice president Mike Pence to voluntarily answer its questions, the probe’s leader says.

“I think you could expect that before the month’s out,” Rep Bennie Thompson, chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, told NPR.

Mr Pence played a central role in the drama of 6 January, 2021, when Congress certified Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. As the date approached, outgoing president Donald Trump pressured his VP, who oversaw the final vote, to go beyond his ceremonial role and block the certification, thereby throwing the election to Mr Trump. Mr Pence refused.

“The vice president was put in a tough spot,” Mr Thompson explained to the radio station. “The president was putting a lot of pressure on him to break the law, and he stood fast.”

Furious that the certification was moving ahead, a crowd of Mr Trump’s supporters – egged on by a speech in which he encouraged them to “walk down to the Capitol” – violently stormed Congress in an attempt to stop the vote. Some of the rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” while others built makeshift gallows outside.

“Because of his respect for the law, there were people who came to the Capitol a year ago wanting to hang him,” Mr Thompson said. “And so, if for no other reason, our committee really needs to hear what are his opinions about what happened on January 6.”

The committee has not yet asked Mr Pence to testify, and no subpoena has been issued. If the investigators did make the request, Mr Thompson said, they would start by asking Mr Pence to speak voluntarily.

“I would hope that he would do the right thing and come forward and voluntarily talk to the committee,” Mr Thompson said in a separate interview with CNN. “We have not formally asked. But if he offered, we’d gladly accept. Everything is under consideration.”

On the day of the riot, Secret Service members rushed Mr Pence to safety before the mob could reach him. Mr Thompson says that’s one of the things his committee wants to ask him about.

“We’d like to know what his security detail told him was going on,” the congressman said.

The former vice president has not yet said whether he will speak to the committee. Members of his inner circle, however, are reportedly already cooperating. According to CNN, Mr Pence’s former chief of staff, Marc Short, and his former national security advisor, Keith Kellogg, have both answered the committee’s questions.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 40 on Sunday, has emerged as Britain’s reliable royal.

After Prince Harry and Meghan’s stormy departure to California in 2020, the death of Prince Philip last year, and now sex abuse allegations against Prince Andrew, the former Kate Middleton remains in the public eye as the smiling mother of three who can comfort grieving parents at a children’s hospice or wow the nation by playing piano during a televised Christmas concert.

“This is the woman who was the commoner who married into the royal family and who has not tripped up, not caused any embarrassment,’’ Katie Nicholl, author of “Kate: The Future Queen.” “It’s not been an easy year, and yet somehow Kate seems to be a bit of a beacon in all of this.’’

At a moment when the House of Windsor is facing more than its share of controversy, Prince William s spouse has won accolades for her commitment to early education, art and music. The charities she supports gush about her willingness to get personally involved in their causes.

Olivia Marks-Woldman was touched by the care Kate put into photographing Holocaust survivors Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein for an exhibition sponsored by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. Before the shoot, the duchess spent time learning her subjects’ stories and used the knowledge to compose the photos, said Marks-Woldman, the trust’s CEO.

“It was a really involved, thoughtful participation,’’ she recalled. “But even after those photographs had been taken, the duchess supported the project and supported Steven and Yvonne and took an interest in them and sent them Christmas cards, invited them to the carol service in Westminster Abbey recently and has just been wonderful.”

Tracy Rennie, deputy chief executive of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, has a similar account from the day Kate visited one of the organization’s facilities in 2019. The duchess agreed to talk with the parents and other relatives of a child who had recently died because they wanted to meet her, even though their pain was still raw.

“It was a really supportive conversation actually, to the point we were having a laugh and a joke together as a family before we left — you wouldn’t imagine that in such a difficult situation,” Rennie said. “They absolutely felt honored that she’d taken the time out and were overwhelmed by the fact that she was a ‘normal person’ — their words, not mine. They felt she really cared.”

NASA’s new space telescope opened its huge, gold-plated, flower-shaped mirror Saturday, the final step in the observatory’s dramatic unfurling.

The last portion of the 21-foot mirror swung into place at flight controllers’ command, completing the unfolding of the James Webb Space Telescope.

“I’m emotional about it. What an amazing milestone. We see that beautiful pattern out there in the sky now,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, chief of NASA’s science missions.

More powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, the $10-billion Webb will scan the cosmos for light streaming from the first stars and galaxies formed 13.7 billion years ago. To accomplish this, NASA had to outfit Webb with the largest and most sensitive mirror ever launched — its “golden eye,” as scientists call it.

Webb is so big that it had to be folded orgami-style to fit in the rocket that soared from South America two weeks ago. The riskiest operation occurred earlier in the week, when the tennis court-size sunshield unfurled, providing subzero shade for the mirror and infrared detectors.

Flight controllers in Baltimore began opening the primary mirror Friday, unfolding the left side like a drop-leaf table. The mood was even more upbeat Saturday, with peppy music filling the control room as the right side snapped into place. After applauding, the controllers immediately got back to work, latching everything down. They jumped to their feet, exchanged high-fives and cheered from behind masks when the operation was finally complete 2 ½ hours later, doing their best to remain socially distant because of the global surge in COVID-19 cases.

“We have a deployed telescope on orbit, a magnificent telescope the likes of which the world has never seen,” Zurbuchen said, congratulating the team. “So how does it feel to make history, everybody? You just did it.”

His counterpart at the European Space Agency, astronomer Antonella Nota, noted that after years of preparation, the team made everything look “so amazingly easy.”

“This is the moment we have been waiting for, for so long,” she said.

Webb’s main mirror is made of beryllium, a lightweight yet sturdy and cold-resistant metal. Each of its 18 segments is coated with an ultra-thin layer of gold, highly reflective of infrared light. The hexagonal, coffee table-size segments must be adjusted in the weeks ahead so they can focus as one on stars, galaxies and alien worlds that might hold atmospheric signs of life.

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