Anouk Aimée (French) aka Anne Gauthier (Nominated AW - Won GG) in "A Man and a Woman (1966)" aka Luisa Anselmi in "8½ (1963)" aka Maddalena in "La Dolce Vita (1960)" aka Lola (Cécile) in "Lola (1961)" (age 80)
[Iran Press TV] Sudanese warplanes have bombed South Sudan's border regions as violence in the area rages on and the risk of full-blown war between the two old enemies escalates.
The South's army front man, Philip Aguer says bombers and fighter jets hit the Southern village of Chotchare in Unity state and targeted temporary cattle-herding settlements.
In Mid-April, South Sudanese forces seized oil-rich Heglig, which is internationally regarded as a part of Sudan, drawing days of deadly border festivities.
On Sunday, South Sudan announced that it has completed the withdrawal of its forces from the disputed Heglig oilfield after days of increasing pressure from Sudan.
South Sudan claimed that Sudanese armed forces attacked departing soldiers. However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... Sudan denies the accusations, saying it repelled an attack by rebels on its own side of the border.
South Sudan became independent on July 9, 2011, after decades of conflict with the north. The new oil-rich nation is one of the least developed countries in the world, where one in seven children dies before the age of five.
(Sh.M.Network)- At least six people were killed and many others injured in a heavy fighting ... as opposed to the more usual light or sporadic fighting... between Ethiopian troops along with fighters from the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa and Al shabab fighters in central Somalia, witnesses said on Thursday.
Local residents told Shabelle Media that the combat erupted after the Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab ... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... Islamic fascistiin centralSomaliain battle trucks have overnight attacked El Bur town, some 150 kilometers south of the Ethiopian border, killing 6 combatants from both warring sides.
Neither Al shabab nor Ahlu Sunna Walma'a has made any comments about the attack si far, but the town is said to be still under the control of Ethiopian troops and fighters from the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa.
El Bur town in Galgadud region, centralSomaliawas the fourth Al-Shabaab stronghold to be seized by the Ethiopian forces, which deployed into lawlessSomaliain November, afterKenyaalso sent troops into southernSomaliato battle the ruthless militia.
Ethiopia's latest incursion is the second in five years. They toppled an Islamist movement after deploying in 2006, but they withdrew in 2009 after the group's hardline fighters -- the Al-Shabaab -- mounted a bruising guerrilla war.
(Sh.M.Network) -- Fighters, who are said to have defected from Al shabaab movement, surrendered to Somalia government forces in Gedo region, military officials said on Thursday.
TFG troop officials in southern Somali town of Qoqani say they have received several Al habab defectors with pick-up tracks who crossed from the frontline zones overnight peacefully to give up to Somali government soldiers.
This contingent of Al-Shabaab ... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord... deserters whose exact number have not been realesed so far were brought with them besides small arms armed technical wagons, according the officials.
The officials told Shabelle Media that the fighters will be displayed to the local journalists and residents in Qoqani district in Gedo region in southernSomalia.
No Al shabab official was available soon on the online for comments verifying or declining about Somali government claims.
 Separate kabooms went off today at the offices of Nigeria's major national newspapers in two cities, killing at least six and injuring at least 25 others, in what appears to be coordinated attacks.
Instability in Nigeria hurts neighboring economies
The kaboom at the Abuja office of Thisday, an influential daily newspaper, occurred at about 11:45 a.m. local time. Around the same time as the Abuja blast, an kaboom rocked the building that houses offices for the Daily Sun, The Moment, and Thisday in the northern city of Kaduna.
"NEMA officials are on the ground. They are trying to move those injured to the hospitals, but we don't have any information on casualties yet," said NEMA spokesperson, Yushau Shuaib.
While no one has taken credit for the blasts at the time of publication, the methods used in the attacks on the newspaper offices mirror those used by Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie... , the Islamist fundamentalist group, responsible for waging deadly attacks against the Nigerian government, United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... offices, and against Christian churches and parishioners in the past two years.
Spokesman for the Nigerian Red Thingy, Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, said a jacket wallah in Abuja rammed his car through the gates of the ThisDay office, driving into the reception area before detonating the bomb, killing and injuring people, and blowing out all the windows and the roof of the building.
The blast in Kaduna -- which is reported to have killed at least one person, according to policeman Mohammed Abubakar -- also involved a car with explosives, according to witnesses.
Idris Abdullahi, who works the New Nigerian newspaper that shares an office with ThisDay in Kaduna, said that people at the newspaper office surrounded the car, but the driver of the car opened the car and threw an object at the crowd. Mr. Abdullahi said that at least three people died in that blast.
Suspicion falls on Boko Haram, the Islamist fundamentalist group that has been waging a twin war in Nigeria to replace the country's current secular government with Islamic law of Sharia, and exterminate all forms of Western education. Boko Haram has attacked Nigerian government offices, United Nations officials, and Christian churches across northern Nigeria killing hundreds this year, but this would be the first time the media would have been targeted in Boko Haram's bombings and shootings, if Boko Haram proves to be culpable.
It is unclear why ThisDay or the other papers were considered targets. ThisDay is broadly supportive of President Goodluck Jonathan ... 14th President of Nigeria. He was Governor of Bayelsa State from 9 December 2005 to 28 May 2007, and was sworn in as Vice President on 29 May 2007. Jonathan is a member of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP). He is a lover of nifty hats, which makes him easily recognizable unless someone else in the room is wearing a neat chapeau... 's government, according to some reports.
President Jonathan, who is in Cote d'Ivoire for an Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), condemned the attacks on ThisDay offices.
In a statement on behalf of the organization signed by Media Rights Agenda executive director Edetaen Ojo also condemned what he called "a cowardly and dastardly" attack on media freedom and said: "We are extremely concerned by the apparent helplessness of the Federal Government as well as the law enforcement and security agencies in the face of this relentless onslaught on the Nigerian people which has caused hundreds of innocent citizens their lives in the past several months."
Mr. Ojo called on the federal government to live up to its primary responsibility of ensuring the security and welfare of the people saying that it appeared to have failed in this regard.
He asked the government to devote all resources to find those responsible for these ongoing acts of terrorism and bring them to justice in order to end this climate of fear and impunity that has paralyzed governance, as well as commercial and social activities in many parts of the country.
Mohammed Garba, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, also called for greater vigilance by the federal government. "Journalists are no longer safe in Nigeria," he said.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Four blasts within minutes rocked the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk Friday, injuring at least 27 people, including nine children, in what prosecutors believed was a terrorist attack, officials said.
No evidence or claims so far of who did it, however.
Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Yershova said the first blast occurred at a tramway stop in the center of Dnipropetrovsk, injuring 13 people. The second injured 11 people near a school, including the nine children, while the third wounded three near a railway station.
A fourth blast was also heard in the city center, Yershova said. It was unclear whether anybody was injured.
That might have been one designed to whack the emergency response teams...
Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and the deputy heads of the Prosecutor General's Office and the national security service were flying to Dnipropetrovsk. Prosecutors' spokesman Yuri Boichenko said investigators are treating the blasts as a terrorist attack.
President Viktor Yanukovych called the explosions "yet another challenge for the whole country," and said that Ukraine's best investigators will be working on the case, according to the Interfax news agency. "We will think of a worthy response."
In January 2011, two pre-dawn explosions outside an office of a coal mining company and then a shopping center in the eastern city of Makiyivka caused no casualties. The authorities then received letters demanding money in exchange for an end to the blasts. The perpetrators were later detained and sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
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[Dawn] Maoist rebels in eastern India on Thursday released a state politician who had been held hostage for more than a month in the latest of a series of kidnappings by the guerrillas.
Jhina Hikaka, 37, a member of the Orissa state assembly, was allowed to walk out of the remote jungle hideout where he had been held captive during weeks of negotiations.
"I am a free man now. They did not torture me. I was treated well," a tired-looking Hikaka told waiting news hounds before he was driven away with his wife.
The rebels, who claim to be fighting for the rights of poor tribals and farmers, said in an audio message that Hikaka had agreed to resign from his post in return for being freed, but no such deal has been confirmed.
The Maoists have in the past kidnapped officials and coppers to raise ransom payments and negotiate other demands. Most hostages have been released unharmed, but some have been killed.
In the first case of foreigners being targeted by the rebels, two Italian men were kidnapped in Orissa last month. They were both later released unharmed.
A civil servant in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh remains held hostage after being picked up on Saturday in an attack in which his two bodyguards were killed.
The government describes the Maoist movement, which often targets police and soldiers with deadly roadside mine ambushes, as India's biggest internal security threat.
The insurgency, which began in 1967, feeds off land disputes, police brutality and corruption, and is strongest in the poorest and most deprived areas of India, many of which are rich in natural resources.
[Dawn] The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central... government here on Wednesday set a one-month deadline for illegal Afghan nationals to leave the province or face legal action.
District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmad Khan told a presser that illegal Afghan nationals should leave the province by May 25 otherwise they would be treated according to the law of the land.
"Police will arrest illegal Afghan nationals under 14 Foreign Act and they will be deported to their country after May 25," said Mr Khan, who was accompanied by Commissioner for Afghan Refugees Zaheerul Islam.
He said that the government had decided to expel illegal Afghan nationals from the province and action would be started from Beautiful Downtown Peshawar where approximately 400,000 undocumented Afghans were residing.
"Peshawar has been overburdened because of influx of internally displaced persons and prolonged presence of Afghans," the DCO said.
He added that illegal Afghan nationals were involved in criminal activities.
He said that illegal Afghans had overburdened Peshawar's infrastructure and had also role in lawlessness.
Mr Khan said that registered Afghan refugees possessing valid Proof of Registration (PoR) cards had been exempted till December 2012.
The federal government had issued PoR cards to 1.7 million refugees, residing in 42 camps and in urban areas.
Pakistain, sheltering the largest refugee population since early 1980s, Afghanistan and United Nations ...what started out as a a diplomatic initiative, now trying to edge its way into legislative, judicial, and executive areas... High Commissioner for Refugees had signed a tripartite agreement to legalise stay of registered Afghans till December next.
The government has been issuing such deadlines to illegal Afghans since 2001, but did not implement the same. However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... police had launched a crackdown against Afghan prayer leaders some time ago and deported many of them.
According to officials, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is hosting 1.2 million Afghans including 400,000 illegal. A large number of Afghan nationals has been running different businesses in the province.
[Dawn] Three Taliban and as many members of a peace committee were killed during a clash in Darra Adamkhel on Wednesday, sources said.
They said that two other members of the peace lashkar, led by Momin Khan Afridi, received injuries when they shot it out with Tariq Afridi group of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain.
One of the forces of Evil was also injured in the clash, they added. Both Tariq Afridi and Momin Afridi are residents of Akhorwal area of the semi-autonomous Darra Adamkhel, also known as Frontier Region of Kohat.
Sources said that forces of Evil of Tariq Afridi group sneaked into Darra Adamkhel to attack security forces and local rustics but their presence was noted by members of Momin Afridi group.
The forces of Evil were attacked by members of Momin Afridi group, igniting a fierce shootout, they said.
They added that three forces of Evil and three members of the peace lashkar were killed on the spot while five persons received injuries in the clash.
The fighters from both sides took away the dead bodies of their fallen comrades. However, women are made to be loved, not understood... a body believed to be of a myrmidon was found in the area and shifted to KDA hospital Kohat. The body was placed in the hospital for identification.
The Tariq Afridi group has strongholds in Khyber Agency from where it also controls Darra Adamkhel while Momin Afridi, who had beat feet several attempts on his life, is restricted only to Darra Adamkhel.
[Dawn] Police placed in long-term storage two fleeing prisoners of Bannu jail from a 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... -bound passenger bus here on Wednesday.
A police official said that following a tip-off a police party stopped a passenger bus going to Bloody Karachi from Bannu near Serai Gambila and placed in long-term storage two prisoners, Umar Daraz and his son Noor Daraz. He said that the two had beat feet from Bannu jail after faceless myrmidons attacked it on the night of April 14.
"Umar Daraz and his son were under-trial prisoners in a case of kidnapping and killing two minor children in Bannu," the official said and added that both were handed over to the Bannu police.
Meanwhile, ...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings... an official said that police had placed in long-term storage five people and recovered illegal weapons from their possession in a village bordering the frontier tribal region.
He said that officials of elite force and anti-terror squad took part in the operation to arrest members of alleged criminal gangs.
BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb and a car bomb exploded in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, killing 5 civilians and wounding 27 people, police and hospital sources said.
The roadside blast happened in the Sadr city area and targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint. The car bomb exploded in the Hurriya district and appeared to be aimed at a passing police patrol. Six members of the security forces were among the wounded, police sources said.
Last week at least 36 people were killed and almost 150 wounded by more than 20 bombings that were claimed by Al-Qaeda's affiliate in the country.
[Iran Press TV] As many as 10 people have been killed and 18 others injured in two kabooms in the eastern Iraq province of Diyala.
The blasts took place at a coffee shop in a village near the town of Baqubah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) to the northeast of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , on Thursday, Rooters reported.
According to Iraqi security sources, the first attack was a car booming, in which 10 people died and 15 others were maimed. Another bomb, which had been planted inside the coffee shop, went off subsequently, injuring three other people, the sources said.
Earlier in the day, a roadside kaboom blast and a car boomkaboom killed five civilians and injured 27 others in Storied Baghdad.
On April 19, at least 36 people died and about 150 others were maimed after more than 20 kabooms hit different regions across the country.
Tzipi Shukrun recalls brutal attack on her family during barbecue in heart of Jerusalem; assailants used chains, shouted 'yahud'
Three members of the Shukrun family were hospitalized overnight Thursday following an attack by a group of young Arabs. Two of the family members were moderately maimed in the attack, while the third suffered light injuries.
Police said they are looking into the possibility that the attack was nationalistically-motivated, but are exploring other possibilities as well.
"I tried running away with my children and sister, but they kept coming back to hit us," Tzipi Shukrun told Ynet. "They kids are traumatized."
The family arrived at a park located in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the Jerusalem Cinematheque, to celebrate Independence Day. "We wanted to have a barbecue on the grass with my parents. I have three small children. At around 16:30 a group of Arabs, who seemed to be about 18 years old, sat next to us. It was calm; there were a number of Jewish and Arab families near us so we weren't scared. My kids played soccer with the Arab children."
But as the Shukrun family was preparing to leave, the teens approached and began cursing. "My two brothers, my father and another teenager tried to prevent them from reaching my children. In response, they took out clubs, chains and a knife and began brutally attacking the children," Tzipi Shukrun recalled.
She said the assailants yelled out "Yahud (Jew)."
Tzipi said one of her brothers "was struck in the head and began bleeding, and another one of my brothers suffered a severe blow to the eye. I called the police but it took them 25 minutes to arrive at the scene.
"My brother, who served in Sayeret Matkal (elite IDF unit), arrived at the scene before the police did," she told Ynet. Police officials said officers arrived at the scene at 6:22 pm, just seven minutes after Tzipi Shukrun called.
"I tried to run away with my sister and children, but they (Arabs) kept coming back to hit us. Luckily, my brothers blocked their path. It's difficult to fathom that something like this could happen in the heart of the capital," Shukrun said.
The family documented the incident with a camera. The photos were handed over to the police, but Sherlocks have yet to arrest any suspects.
Yonatan Shukrun, the brother who was hit in the head, told Ynet that "eight Arabs, aged 15 to 22, arrived just as we were preparing to leave. At some point they approached us and tried to reach the little kids -- aged two, eight and 10.
"When we tried to stop them, they took out a whip and a knife and began hitting us. I was struck with a club. We managed to protect the women and kiddies, but it wasn't easy," he said.
Yonatan was later treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In another incident, an ultra-Orthodox man was attacked by two young Arabs in Jerusalem's Old City. He did not require medical attention. Border Guard officers jugged one suspect, while the other decamped the scene.
The Lebanese Navy seized Friday a cargo ship suspected of carrying a large cache of weapons headed to Syria, security sources told The Daily Star.
The vessel, which bears the Egyptian flag and had been headed to one of Syria's ports, was forced to dock at Selaata port, 50 kilometers north of Beirut, where its cargo is being inspected, the sources said.
Members of the crew have been put under arrest.
The ship set sail from the north Egyptian port city of Alexandria.
BEIRUT: An explosion ripped through a building in Syria's central city of Hama on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more, the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, in a bloody violation of a shaky cease-fire in the country.
The grassroots Local Coordination Committee said security forces fired a rocket at the building and put the death toll much higher, with 54 dead, several of them children.
Footage on YouTube of the blast showed a crowd of men pulling the bloodied body of a young girl from the rubble, shouting "God is great."
Another video shows the collapsed remains of the building, as ash-covered men dig through piles of masonry looking for bodies amid the cries of onlookers.
An activist who asked not to be named said the blast may have been an explosion from inside the building.
[An Nahar] The military tribunal issued the death sentence on Thursday against 26 individuals for their involvement in the 2011 abduction of the seven Estonian cyclists.
The tribunal had charged 29 suspects for being involved in the crime, as well as a number of others committed in Leb over the past year.
Besides their involvement in the abduction, the suspects were charged with forming a crime gang, undermining the authority of the state, being associated with the Fatah al-Islam A Syrian-incubated al-Qaeda work-alike that they think can be turned off if no longer needed to keep the Leb pot stirred. krazed killer group, using unauthorized weapons, killing security forces member Rashed Sabri, and attacking members of the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau.
They have also been found guilty of armed robbery and forging Lebanese passports and identification cards.
In addition, they have been charged with bombing stores that sell liquor and vandalizing Christian monuments.
Of the 29 suspects, nine are in jug, while the rest remain on the lam and they include a Syrian national, Mohammed Ahmed Ahmed, also known as Abu Zarif, who has been held by the Syrian authorities.
He has not yet been handed over to Lebanese authorities.
The seven Estonian cyclists were kidnapped in Leb in March 2011 as they entered the country from Syria.
[An Nahar] Exiled Syrian businessman Nofal Dawalibi announced in Gay Paree on Thursday the setting up of a "transitional government to answer the needs of the Syrian opposition."
"The situation in Syria is getting worse every day. Chaos is rising," said Dawalibi, whose father Maarrouf was Syrian prime minister before Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad's Trampler of Homs... Baath party took power in 1963.
"We have decided to replace existing structures with a purely executive structure which coordinates the operations of the divisions fighting for freedom and follows the will of the sovereign Syrian people," he told news hounds.
He did not specify how the "transitional government" would coordinate with the Syrian National Council (SNC) headed by exiled academic Burhan Ghalioun that is considered the Syrian opposition's most representative political body.
Armed opposition to President Bashir al-Assad's regime is centred on the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Dawalibi said that "many" members of the SNC and the FSA backed his transitional government, although others were subject to "pressure".
"Unfortunately the SNC, which chose a legislative body while ours is an executive body, could not prove that its structure represents the Syrian people and the revolution," he said.
The "transitional government's" objectives are to arm anti-regime fighters, to implement "direct international military intervention" and ensure the return of security and stability to Syria," Dawalibi said.
The names of the 35 Syrians making up the "transitional government", described as civilians and soldiers within Syria, "will for security reasons be announced in a few days," he said.
A truce in Syria brokered by U.N.-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... earlier this month has failed to take hold, with unrest and killings reported on a daily basis in various parts of the country.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Wednesday said that given the persistent violence, the U.N.-backed peace plan was "seriously compromised" and held out the threat of seeking military action to end the regime's crackdown.
[An Nahar] Syria's main opposition group on Thursday called for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting as it accused regime forces of killing more than 100 people in the central city of Hama in recent days.
"We are calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council so that it can issue a resolution to protect civilians in Syria," the Syrian National Council said in a statement.
"Hama in recent days, and following a visit by U.N. observers, witnessed a series of crimes... that left more than 100 people dead and hundreds maimed because of heavy shelling.
"The city also witnessed summary executions, raids, arrests and the flight of residents," the exile group added.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitoring group, said at least 12 people were killed in shelling on a working-class neighborhood of Hama on Wednesday, but some activists on the ground put the corpse count at 68, including 16 children.
At least 31 people were killed during shelling of a different neighborhood on Monday.
According to the Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... -based Syrian League for Human Rights, nine activists were also "summarily executed" by regime forces on Monday, a day after they met U.N. observers overseeing a fragile ceasefire that went into effect April 12.
The ceasefire brokered by U.N.-Arab League ...an organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing... envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... has failed to take hold with unrest and killings reported on a daily basis in various parts of the country.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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