[Shabelle] A Kenya police official says that an kaboom on a bus in Kenyas capital has killed at least five people and injured 13.
Nairobi police Chief Moses Ombati says at least five people were killed Sunday after an kaboom on a 25-seater public transportation vehicle, and that there will likely be more casualties. He says 10 men and three women were maimed in the blast. He did not give details on the cause of the blast.
Kenya has been hit by a string of grenade attacks that are blamed on sympathizers of al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... , Somalias Islamist bad turban rebels who are linked to Al-Qaeda.
Al-Shabaab has vowed to carry out attacks on Kenya because it sent troops into Somalia last year to fight the rebels, who are considered a threat to Kenyas security because they have been blamed for kidnapping foreign tourists and aid workers in Kenya.
Happened on a matatu (minibus) coming out of Eastleigh. That is a major slum in Nairobi with many people with Somali ties. Sympathizers to jihadists and al Shebaab do live in this location. It will be nearly impossible for Kenya to stop these small-scale attacks that claim 6-10 lives - often with grenades or small quantities of explosives. However, the Kenya police have done an excellent job (so far) of stopping a major attack against hotels and prominent landmarks.
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Officials in Nigeria's northeast Taraba state on Sunday imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in one town following reported festivities between Christian and Moslem groups that killed at least one person.
A state front man said that security forces have been instructed to shoot anyone who disregards the ban on movements.
Religiously divided Taraba is one of several Nigerian states previously hit by sectarian violence, although the town of Ibbi, where the unrest broke out Sunday, has historically been peaceful.
"The state government has declared a 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) to 6:00 am curfew in Ibbi starting from today," Information Commissioner Emmanuel Bello said.
"Security personnel deployed in the town have been directed to shoot anybody that defies the curfew especially those bent on breaching the peace. This security measure is necessary in the government's effort to restore normality in the area," he added.
Police front man Amos Olaoye told AFP that one person was killed, but residents of different faiths offered conflicting corpse counts which could not be immediately verified.
Resident Baffayo Ahmad said the violence began after Christian community members set up a barricade on the road leading into the Moslem neighbourhood of Malam Gambo.
According to Ahmad, they rejected requests to dismantle the roadblock.
"This led to arguments between Moslem residents and the Christians in the area which degenerated into festivities," Ahmad said.
"Many Moslem and Christian homes and shops were burnt. Three Moslem dead bodies were brought to the mosque," Ahmad said.
David Shamaki, a Christian resident, said the roadblock was set up following rumours that a church "was going to be attacked".
He reported 10 people killed in the ensuing unrest, describing all the victims as Christian.
Lunatic group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... has repeatedly attacked churches during Sunday worship as part of an insurgency that has killed hundreds on northern and central Nigeria since 2009.
[An Nahar] Gunmen riding on cycle of violences have killed a prominent politician in Nigeria's second city of Kano, officials said Sunday amid a wave of similar shootings blamed on a radical Islamist group.
Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... gun-hung tough guys have attacked scores of politicians and other symbols of authority in Nigeria's restive north. A police source, who confirmed the killing, said the group may be responsible for the latest violence.
Ibrahim Abba Garko, a politician in the assembly of Kano state, of which Kano city is the capital, was shot three times as he sat with friends at a popular meeting spot near a petrol station.
"He was shot in the head, chest and shoulder by the gunnies and from all indications he was their target," said Salisu Ibrahim Riruwai, another Kano state politician.
"He was struck down in his prime," Riruwai said, adding that two others were seriously injured in the attack.
That means he's 'dead,' right?
Nigeria's military has killed a top commander of myrmidon Islamist group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality... in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, an army front man has said.
Ibn Saleh Ibrahim was killed in an exchange of fire with six of his lieutenants, the front man added.
An unknown number of civilians are said to have been killed in the crossfire, says a BBC news hound in Nigeria.
Boko Haram, which has killed hundreds of people since 2009, has not commented on Mr Ibrahim's reported death.
The group's founding leader, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed by security forces in July 2009.
Boko Haram is now said to be led by Abubakar Shekau.
Army front man Lt Col Sagir Musa told the BBC that Mr Ibrahim was "very close" to Mr Shekau and had a reputation of being "invincible".
"Yesterday [Thursday], we learned he was in town and we were able to track him in a special operation," he said.
"There was an exchange of fire and in the process he was killed with six of his lieutenants."
There has been no independent confirmation of Mr Ibrahim's role in Boko Haram.
Lt Col Musa said Mr Ibrahim had been responsible for last month's liquidation of retired General Mohammed Shuwa following an order from Mr Shekau.
Gen Shuwa was rubbed out at his home in Maiduguri - no group has said it carried out the attack.
He is regarded by the Nigerian military as a war hero, and played a key role in crushing Biafran separatists during Nigeria's brutal civil war in the 1960s.
In a statement, Lt Col Musa said the operation in Maiduguri, supported by armoured personnel carriers and helicopters, was on-going.
Weapons and bombs have been recovered, he added.
The BBC's Abdullahi Kaura in the northern city of Kaduna says residents in Maiduguri told him that the security forces have sealed off four areas within the city - Ngarnam, Bulabulin, Bayan Quarters and Flatari.
This has made it impossible for people to move in and out of the areas, though some managed to flee on Thursday when fighting broke out, he adds.
Military helicopters were circling the suspected Boko Haram strongholds, but no shooting was heard on Friday, our news hound quotes residents as saying.
Residents also told our news hound that during Thursday's festivities, civilians, including women and kiddies, were killed after being caught in the crossfire.
The number of casualties is not known.
Earlier this month, rights group Amnesia Amnesty International accused Nigeria's security forces of carrying out widespread abuses in their campaign against Boko Haram, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture.
The group is campaigning to impose Islamic law across Nigeria.
It has carried out a wave of bombings and liquidations since 2009.
[Yemen Post] An intelligence officer of the Political Security, Khaldon Malik, was killed on Sunday morning in the heart of the capital Sana'a, security officers affirmed.
Eyewitnesses said that masked gunnies shot fire on Malik and managed to escape, pointing out that the officer was transferred to the hospital, but he died.
Dozens of the intelligence officers were killed by gunnies and the Yemeni authorities could not identify the perpetrators so for.
More than 60 Yemeni officers, most of them are intelligence officers, were killed across Yemen since the beginning of 2012.
Most liquidations carried out against intelligence officers have occurred in Aden and Sana'a which experience alarming insecurity since the popular uprising erupted against the former regime in early 2011.Yemeni analysts say that Al-Qaeda failed to target Yemeni strategic facilities and it resorted to assassinate high-ranking officers as a simple option.Leaders of political parties and ministers were frequently to subjected to liquidation attempts in Sana'a and other major cities.
Yemeni political sides exchange accusations about inflaming instability and tensions in light of divisions among military units.
The Interior Ministry has directed to ban cycle of violences with no registration plates in all Yemeni governorates as most liquidations were carried out by gunnies on cycle of violences .
The ministry stated that security campaigns will be conducted to pursue those cycle of violences which have no registrations plates.
Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula had called its members to use cycle of violences and avoid using vehicles after US drones increased against them.
[Bangla Daily Star] The Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir ... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh... once again swooped on law enforcers yesterday, leaving at least eight coppers and 11 others injured in Chittagong and Dhaka.
The day before, the Jamaat announced a countrywide "peaceful programme" for yesterday, protesting government "oppression" on its leaders and filing of "false" cases against them. But the party did not give any details of its plan.
Law enforcers locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! six Jamaat-Shibir activists at Jatrabari, four at Motijheel and another six at Bangshal in Dhaka as also 42 Shibir men in Chittagong as of 8:00pm yesterday.
In the port city, at least five coppers personnel, an ansar and three auto-rickshaw drivers were hurt as the activists rampaged through different places from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Of the injured, Sub-Inspector Bashir Ahmed was admitted to Police Hospital while Assistant SI Manir Hossain, constables Moslem Uddin, Tafazzal Hossain and Md Ilias and ansar Nurul Islam were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
Ruhul Amin, one of the auto-rickshaw drivers, was also admitted to CMCH, said Sub-Inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH Police Outpost.
Commuters and shopkeepers in areas such as Sholoshahar, CDA Avenue, GEC Intersection, Golpahar Intersection, Probartak Intersection, CMCH and Chawk Bazar Intersection were seen running for shelter as the Jamaat-Shibir members went wild.
Traffic from Sholoshahar Gate No 2 to Chawk Bazar Intersection came to a halt.
Around a hundred Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession at Sholoshahar Gate No 2 around 10:00am and marched towards GEC Intersection wielding cricket stumps and carrying brick chips, witnesses said.
Without any provocation, they started hurling brick chips at a police van that was going to Dampara for refuelling.
Three coppers, including Bashir Ahmed and ansar Nurul Islam sustained injuries, said Sairul Islam, officer-in-charge of the cop shoppe. The rioters snatched 20 bullets from Nurul.
The Jamaat-Shibir men then split into two groups. One group vandalised a BRTC bus at GEC Intersection while the other damaged at least three auto-rickshaws at Probartak.
Another police team of five to six also came under attack and were chased up to Premier University. The activists smashed a microbus of the university and three private cars parked in front of the building. They also wrecked two eateries and a showroom of a shoe company in the area.
Later, joined by another group, they started marching towards Chawk Bazar. They vandalised another auto-rickshaw at Chawk Bazar and then dispersed in the main male dormitory of Chittagong Medical College (CMC).
On information, pro-government Bangladesh Chhatra League ... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ... activists of CMC rushed to the dormitory and got locked into running battle with Shibir members, said witnesses.
Police reached the spot and tossed in the clink Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! 37 Shibir activists from the hostel around 2:00pm, said Tareq Ahmed, additional deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
A total of 42 Shibir men were tossed in the clink Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw! in different areas of the port city yesterday, said Prodip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Panchlaish Police Station.
[Dawn] Unidentified gunnieskidnapped and rubbed out an arms dealer in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency on Saturday.
Sources said that gunnies riding cycle of violences kidnapped Noor Faqir from his house in Naw Gazee Baba, Shalobar, and killed him few metres away from his home. Nobody grabbed credit for the killing.
The dear departed had Rs100,000 cash in his pocket at the time of the incident, however, the killers did not take away the money.
[An Nahar] Roadside bombs killed a total of five people and maimed 10 Sunday in two separate blasts in Pakistain's lawless tribal zone near the Afghan border, officials said.
One of the improvised bombs was planted along the route of an army convoy in the Mir Ali area 35 kilometers (21 miles) east of Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , the main town in the North Wazoo district, they said.
"The kaboom killed at least two soldiers and injured seven others," a security official in Miranshah said.
Another local security official confirmed the attack and said two of some 10 to 15 vehicles in the convoy were severely damaged.
In the Shin Qamar area of the Khyber tribal region, at least three laborers were killed and three maimed Sunday in an kaboom caused by a roadside kaboom, said senior local official Nasir Khan.
He said the bomb went off as the laborers, who were carrying construction materials on mules, passed by. Local intelligence officials also confirmed the incident.
[Dawn] At least two people have been killed, along with 23 others injured, including two rangers, after an kaboom near Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... 's Abbas Town, DawnNews reported.
Eight of the injured are said to be at death's door.
The blast took place near the Jamia Masjid Imambargah Mustafa at Abul Hassan Isphahani Road.
Eyewitnesses said that the blast took place near a barrier at the entrance of Abbas Town. Both sides of the road had been cordoned off due to security arrangements.
Ambulances have rushed towards the scene of the blast and have taken the injured to nearby hospitals.
Reports said that firing was heard near the gathering after the kaboom.
Nearby shops were damaged in the kaboom, while windows at nearby buildings have also been shattered.
Police and Rangers have sealed off the area. Electricity in the area has also reportedly gone.
According to police officials, the bomb had been placed on a cycle of violence. They said that six kilograms of explosives material was used in the attack.
The bomb disposal squad said that three to four kilograms of explosives had been used in the blast.
See also NEWS KERALA > ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES WRECK PALESTINIAN STADIUM, which was allegedly used by Gaza Paleos to fire rockets at Israeli targets.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Israeli Deputy DM Matan Vilnai] ISRAELI MINSTER WARNS PALESTINIANS OF "HOLOCAUST" [shoah = "disaster"], iff Gaza Paleos refuse to stop + instead choose expand their frequency, type of rocket barrages.
FYI there appears to be some controversy over DDM Vilnai's use of the term "shoah", i.e. whether DDM Vilnai meant a true Paleo-specific "genocide" by Israel to occur; as opposed to meaning just general or broad-based"disaster" iff the Paleos refuse to cease fire + instead escalate???
* CHINA DAILY FORUM > [NYT.com] HAMAS GAINS FAVOR IN WEST BANK, AT PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY'S EXPENSE.
* SAME > BLOODLUST IN ISRAEL:"FLATTEN GAZA, SEND IT BACK TO THE STONE AGE, THEY NEED TO DIE".
Ordinary Israelis to noted Personages.
* SAME > ISRAELI MISSLES HIT GAZA MEDIA CENTER FOR SECOND TIME.
* SAME > RUSSIA TODAY [RT] CHANNEL RUSIYA AL-YAUM TARGET OF ISRAELI ROCKET | "ISRAEL KNOWING TARGETED THE MEDIA" - RT REPORTER IN GAZA.
But apparently not the Al-Quds communications/electronic equipment located in same???
* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > ISRAEL BOMBS HAMAS PM'S OFFICE: 48 KILLED, 400 INJURED.
* SAME > IDF TAKING OVER HAMAS RADIO WAVES - ISRAEL NEWS, YNETNEWS.
The dead child was paraded before the cameras during the visit of Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, who kissed the dead child in the presence of Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh. But even the New York Times was suspicious.
Bloggers such as Elder of Ziyon quickly pieced together the evidence of Hamas fakery: Old media: Proudly supporting Islam since 1967
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To be fair, green helmet man has gained 60 lbs since retiring, and wailing woman thinks the sink chants suras every time the toilet is flushed. Forgot the importance of the farm team, but with the three letter scores changing the game from fastball to t-ball, understandable.
New IAF Video: Surgical attack on underground launching site located in the backyard of a mosque. Mosque was not hit.
The Israeli Air Force has issued a new video showing the pinpoint accuracy of aerial bombings and Hamas use of holy sites for terror.
The surgical missile strike bombed the underground launcher site in the backyard of a mosque without causing damage to the building, used for worship by Muslims.
Precision aerial bombings in the Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation have proven themselves, sparing civilian deaths and a media backlash.
Israel suffered serious damage in the Hamas propaganda war in Operation Cast Lead four years ago. Foreign media and Israels mainstream media accepted Hamas claims of civilian deaths, many of which later were proven to be untrue.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, in its Goldstone report, condemned Israel for war crimes. The reports author, retired South African Judge Richard Goldstone, later admitted the report was based on incomplete information.
Palestinian medics say Israeli strikes on Gaza have killed at least 21 Palestinians in the deadliest day of Israel's five-day offensive to stop rocket fire by Gaza militants onto its territory.
Israeli warplanes struck several buildings in Gaza City on Sunday, including a multi-story house where the medics say at least 11 civilians were killed, mostly women and children. It is not clear whether militants were among the casualties.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ilana Stein says that one of the air strikes was aimed at the Hamas commander of rocket operations in northern Gaza, but that his fate is not known. She acknowledged that some Gaza civilians have been killed by Israeli warplanes targeting militants.
Palestinian medics say the death toll from the Israeli offensive has risen to at least 67 Palestinian civilians and militants since last Wednesday. Palestinian rocket attacks have killed three Israeli civilians.
The Israeli military reported at least 114 rockets fired against Israel Sunday. The military says the Iron Dome defense system intercepted 36 rockets, including several aimed at Tel Aviv, the fourth straight day the city has been targeted. Other rockets struck residential areas in southern Israel, wounding about 10 civilians, five of them in a car that was hit in the town of Ofakim.
U.S. President Barack Obama says efforts to resolve the fighting must begin with Gaza militants ending their rocket barrage of Israel. He spoke on Sunday while on a visit to the Thailand.
Mr. Obama reiterated U.S. support for Israel's right to defend itself and said it would be "preferable" to end the missile fire without an Israeli escalation of its offensive. Mr. Obama said he has had several conversations with the leaders of Israel, Egypt and Turkey in recent days to try to achieve that goal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he is prepared to "significantly expand" operations against Gaza militants. His government has massed thousands of troops on Israel's border with Gaza in preparation for a possible ground invasion of the Hamas-run territory.
An Israeli official arrived in Cairo for Egyptian-mediated talks on a potential truce with Hamas. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement has ideological ties to the Palestinian group. Cairo also maintains a peace agreement with Israel.
While in Bangkok, Mr. Obama said that supporters of the Palestinian cause should recognize that further escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict would mean that efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will be "pushed way into the future."
In Sunday's strikes on Gaza, Israeli warplanes also attacked two adjacent buildings housing media offices, wounding eight journalists, one of whom lost a leg. Israel's military said it attacked communications equipment used by Hamas and urged reporters to stay away from militant positions and operatives.
The media rights group Reporters Without Borders condemned Israel, accusing it of obstructing freedom of information. The group also demanded an immediate end to such attacks. Israel says it has no intention of harming members of the foreign media and that it continues to allow them to enter Gaza to do their work.
Israel began its offensive with a November 14 air strike that killed Hamas's military leader in Gaza. It said the attack was in response to weeks of intensifying rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israeli communities.
5:37 PM IDF Spokesman releasing names of Islamic Jihad terrorist leaders targeted in strike on communications building in Gaza. Keep in mind that the building is the HQ of the foreign press in Gaza.
1. Baha Abu al-Ata, commndr. of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Gaza City Brigade, involved in planning attacks against Israel, arms manufacturing, long-range rockets
2. Tissir Mahmoud Mahmed Jabari, senior PIJ operative, responsible for training within org & approving terrorist attacks against Israel
3. Halil Batini, PIJ senior operative, a key figure in org's long-range rocket launching operations, responsible for internal security
4. Ramaz Harab, responsible for propaganda in PIJ Gaza City Brigade, aide to Tissir Jabari, former head of Sheikh Rajuan Division
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6:45 PM Reports of another successful targeted killing -- 2-3 senior terrorists killed in Al-Buriej, Gaza, from the Popular Resistance terror group.
Posted by: Water Modem ||
Keep in mind that the building is the HQ of the foreign press in Gaza.
So were any of these innocent co-conspriators killed along with Batini et al?
[JTA] Israel has repelled some 44 million cyber attacks on government websites since the start of Operation Pillar of Defense, a government minister said.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told news hounds Sunday that all the attacks have been thwarted except one, which brought down a website for a short time.
On Saturday, the online terror group Anonymous announced that it had brought down 700 Israeli private and public websites, including the websites of several Israeli government offices, such as the Foreign Ministry and the Kadima Party. It did bring down the Foreign Ministry's Mashav department website, which coordinates Israeli aid missions to foreign countries, and the Kadima website remained down as of Sunday night.
The group also said it erased the database of the Bank of Jerusalem, though the bank's website is operational. It also released the personal information, including national ID number and e-mail, of at least 35,000 Israelis.
"For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Paleostinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defense Force. But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gazoo they crossed a line in the sand," Anonymous said in a statement.
"We are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch. To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the 'Occupied Territories,' and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Paleostine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous."
One year ago, Anonymous launched a cyber attack on several Israeli government and military websites, including government ministries, the Mossad and the IDF, after Israel intercepted Gazoo-bound ships attempting to break the naval blockade.
1. The IDF just sent seventy trucks carrying food and medicine into Gaza, despite being at war.
2. Gazans are being allowed into Israel for medical treatment.
3. Egypt sent in 400 activists to express solidarity with the poor Gazans. That they will become both hungry and wounded, and therefore use up the Gazans supplies of food and medicines is of no concern to any of the parties involved.
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During the great unpleasantness, the South was severly strained to provide medical care and sustenance to it's POW's. Despite numerous pleadings from General Lee for a prisoner exchange, the north refused each of Lee's requests. Immediately following the war, when some men desired that Lee run for president, an angry congress attempted to try Lee as a war criminal for the terrible conditions at Andersonville. He used the north's refusal of prisoner exchange as his defense and was acquitted of all charges.
Less than 40 years later in another war a British general ordered the burning of crops and homes along with the concentrated detention of farm families (25 thousand died in the camps) in a successful bid to discourage waring farmer commandos.
Some 40 years later, the Warsaw Ghetto. No discussion required here.
Let them have the food and medicine. There are innocent women and children involved.
11:27 P.M. Just 75 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Sunday, compared to an average of 230 rockets per day over the weekend -- a two-thirds drop in rocket fire (also from a different source, some rockets lack explosive heads).
The IDF states that since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict, over 980 rockets have been launched from the Gaza Strip toward Israel and that approximately 100 rockets have landed in Gaza. According to the IDF, a rocket siren sounds, on average, every seven minutes somewhere in Israel.
11:24 P.M. Ramzi Hamad, one of the heads of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, says that Hamas and Israel have agreed on 90% of the terms of a cease-fire agreement, according to Al Jazeera. One of the heads of Fatah, Nabil Shaath, who is currently in Cairo, said talks on a cease-fire have entered an advanced stage.
Not much coming from the Israeli side about the negotiations, which suggests that either the percentage of agreement is a figment of Hamas' imagination, or the last ten percent is all the important stuff, like "this agreement is binding on all those within Gaza's current borders, including members of groups other than Hamas and foreigners such as Iranians and 'peace activists'."
16:47 P.M. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says...Ramez Harb was killed in the strike Monday. Harb is a leading figure in their militant wing, the Al Quds Brigades.
16:33 P.M. Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil says a cease-fire agreement may be signed soon between Israel and Hamas. "The negotiations continue...Morsi is committed to fulfill his role as a major player in the area and help with the resolution." (Reuters)
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18:32 P.M (local). A senior Egyptian official tells Haaretz: "We are very close to a cease-fire. What is needed is more flexibility on the Israeli side, tomorrow will be a critical day in the talks."
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What is needed is more flexibility on the Israeli side,
That's nice, dear. Go back and play with your thumbs until Daddy has finished spanking Haniyeh.
Three defense volunteers were killed and 35 people including passengers and train staff were injured, many seriously, in a terrorist bomb blast that hit a local train in Rueso district in Narathiwat province on Sunday morning.
The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. when a bomb planted on the railway track at the Bukit Yure station was detonated while the Yala-Sungai Kolok train stopped at the station. After the explosion, terrorists militants hiding nearby opened fire at the station.
The blast left a hole about 3 meters in diameter and 2 meters deep in the rail track. Two passenger cars were derailed. Train services on the route were suspended.
In Narathiwat's Rangae district, a woman was killed and her son seriously injured in a terrorist gun attack on Sunday morning.
Halimo Royi and her son Abdulloh were returning home from work at a rubber plantation on a motorcycle. Two terrorists men followed them on another motorcycle and the terrorist pillion rider opened fire at them with an AK47 rifle. The mother was killed instantly while her son was seriously injured. Police recovered more than ten AK47 cartridges at the scene.
In Yala province on Sunday morning, about 300 people, including civilians, religious leaders, government officials, police and soldiers, took part in a religious ceremony, offering prayers for peace and an end to the continuing mayhem in the deep South. On Saturday morning, a woman was killed and 33 others wounded in a terrorist motorcycle bomb attack in Yala's Muang district.
The Israeli military says its artillery has fired into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at Israeli troops in the Golan Heights.
It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in Syria. Israel says none of its troops were injured in the initial incident.
Israel has lodged a complaint with the United Nations about the incident which is the latest in several exchanges during the past week.
Meanwhile, France has invited Syria's new opposition coalition to appoint an ambassador to Paris.
French President Francois Hollande met Saturday with Maath al-Khatib, the first leader of a new Syrian coalition that has united the disparate factions fighting to end the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
Officials say Monzer Makhous, an academic, is expected to fill the ambassador post. However, it is unclear if the appointment will happen before a transitional Syrian government is formed.
France is the first Western country to recognize the opposition coalition.
The 20-month Syrian conflict began as a protest movement against the rule of President Assad. An estimated 36,000 people have died as the government crackdown against protesters developed into a full-blown civil war.
[Asharq-E] A Syrian general and a dozen other officers defected with their families to Turkey on Friday, Turkey's state-run news agency ...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?... reported, following heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or desultory fighting... on Turkey's southeastern border with Syria.
Ankara said on Friday it had "intensified" talks with its NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... allies on steps to shore up security on the 900 km (560 mile) frontier with the 20-month civil war in Syria at stalemate.
State-run Anatolian agency said 53 people had crossed the border - one general, 12 other officers and an unspecified number of soldiers and their families.
They crossed into Turkey's southern Hatay province and were sent by local authorities to the Apaydin refugee camp, Today's Zaman newspaper reported on its website.
A foreign ministry official could not immediately confirm the report. It follows the reported defection on Nov. 9 of 26 military officers, including two generals.
With winter setting in, dozens of Syrian military officers are holed up in Turkish camps, along with about 120,000 civilian refugees.
[An Nahar] Syria's regime on Sunday slammed as "hostile" a French decision to host an opposition ambassador, as its forces bombarded southern districts of the capital and festivities raged nationwide.
La Belle France on Saturday invited the National Coalition, the newly formed Syrian opposition bloc, to send an envoy to Gay Paree, after President Francois Hollande ...the Socialist president of La Belle France, and a fine job he's doing of it... met its leader, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.
"La Belle France is acting like a hostile nation," National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar told Agence La Belle France Presse in Tehran. "It's as if it wants to go back to the time of the occupation," he added, of the French mandate in Syria after World War I.
Haidar spoke as Iran prepared to host talks between Syrian officials and opposition groups tolerated by Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... 's regime.
The National Coalition was not invited.
"Invitations were extended to all those who accept dialogue, not to those who refuse to talk as a matter of principle," Haidar said.
Opening the talks, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi warned against sending weapons to the rebels, saying this would threaten regional stability and increase the "risk of terrorism".
Russia reiterated its alignment with Iran on the issue of providing the coalition with weapons.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned, in a message to the Tehran meeting, against the risk of weapons ending up in the hands of "al-Qaeda and other beturbanned goon groups" seeking to seize Syria, Iran's official IRNA news agency said.
The opposition coalition, formed in Doha on November 11, says it is committed to building a provisional government composed of representatives of all ethnic and religious groups in Syria.
But it refuses to engage with the Damascus ...Home to a staggering array of terrorist organizations... regime before Assad's departure.
Despite the French offer to host an envoy, Gay Paree remained cautious on the issue of supplying weapons to rebels amid fears of the conflict spreading.
The Israeli army said it retaliated for shots fired at its soldiers from Syria, scoring a "direct hit" on the source of the shooting in the latest spillover of violence across the ceasefire line.
The Jewish state has complained repeatedly to the United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... after several such incidents.
In Damascus, government artillery bombarded several southern districts including al-Hajar al-Aswad, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Britannia-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals for its tolls, said one civilian was killed and others were maimed.
Mortar rounds also hit the mainly Alawite regime heartland of Mazzeh in west Damascus, which state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
blamed on "terrorist groups".
Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... and its environs in the north saw heavy combat, the Observatory said, reporting rebels had seized control of a "large part" of regime Base 46 they have been besieging for weeks.
Artillery fire hit the provinces of Daraa in the south and Deir Ezzor in the east, where rebels on Saturday said they seized Hamdan airport, a helicopter gunship base.
Sunday's fighting killed 32 people nationwide, including 10 civilians, according to a preliminary count by the Observatory which says the corpse count in more than 20 months of conflict is upwards of 39,000.
Academic Monzer Makhous is to become National Coalition envoy to La Belle France, although it was unclear if this would happen before a planned provisional government is formed.
Coalition chief Khatib in Gay Paree on Saturday repeated the group's promise to build a government of technocrats. But he appeared to make little progress on his call for the West to arm the insurgency.
"The (rebel) Syrians need military means but the international community also has to exercise control," Hollande said, acknowledging that La Belle France could not act without EU agreement because of the strict embargo on arms deliveries to Syria.
EU foreign ministers are due to discuss the embargo in Brussels on Monday.
La Belle France on Tuesday became the first Western power to recognize the opposition coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian people.
Turkey and the Gulf Arab states have also officially recognized it, and Britannia's foreign minister William Hague said on Friday London was considering following suit.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
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