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Al Qaeda's Leader Encourages Somali Militants to persist the fight
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Egyptian court overturns vote suspension ruling
[Iran Press TV] Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court has overturned a ruling that would have suspended the country's upcoming presidential election and has ordered the election to be held in due time.

The decision comes only a few days after a provincial administrative court issued an order to suspend the presidential elections, scheduled to start on May 23, over a lawsuit.

The ruling came after a lawyer filed a complaint, challenging the legality of an article of the presidential elections law.

The court in Cairo ruled that the country's election commission has exceeded its powers by calling on the voters to head to the polls on May 23.

It claimed that the date had wrongly been set by an independent electoral commission rather than by the ruling military council.

Legal experts said they expected the election to proceed as scheduled since the military council has reiterated that the presidential election will be held on time and it will transfer power to an elected president by the end of the transitional period.

Egyptians are to vote in the presidential polls on May 23 and 24 while a run-off has been planned for June 16 and 17, if necessary.

It will be the country's first presidential race since the toppling of long-term US-backed Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
in a popular 2011 revolution.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Housewife set ablaze by husband, in-laws
[Bangla Daily Star] A 28-year-old mother of two daughters is writhing in a hospital bed with most of her body burnt and wrapped in bandages.

Mousumi Akhter Sumi was set ablaze allegedly by her husband and in-laws yesterday at their house at Krishnapur of Comilla sadar for protesting against her husband's extramarital affairs.

Sumi is now fighting for life with 95 percent of her body burnt, said doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Mousumi and her husband Abul Bashar Sujon got into a fight around 9:30am, Ashiqur Rahman, the victim's brother, told The Daily Star.

At one stage, Sujon collected petrol from his cycle of violence, poured it on her and set her alight with the help of his mother and sister, Ashiq claimed.

Locals rescued Sumi and admitted her to a local hospital. Later, her family members moved her to the burn unit of DMCH, he added.

Ashiq said their father had helped Sujon to go to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
for work. Sujon returned home three months ago and engaged in an affair with a neighbour, leading to fights between the couple.

The couple have been married for six years, he added.

Officer-in-Charge of Comilla South Police Station Jasimuddin said Sumi's father filed a case accusing five members of the family who were now on the run.
Posted by: Fred || 05/13/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hang the Bastard's, slowly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 05/13/2012 2:48 Comments || Top||

#2  After he sees his mother and sister hung.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 05/13/2012 6:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Talk about your dysfunctional family...
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/13/2012 20:05 Comments || Top||

Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson arrested in Frankfurt
Frankfurt - Reports are surfacing that Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been arrested at a Frankfurt airport on a warrant from Costa Rica.
Posted by: john frum || 05/13/2012 15:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [290 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Give him The Chair!
Posted by: Iblis || 05/13/2012 15:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Germany cracking down on Neo-Nazis, a good thing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/13/2012 16:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Come to Frankfurt for the food, stay for the charge.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/13/2012 17:16 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Some States Stallng Implementation of O'care
In about two dozen states across the country,
That's, like, half of them, right? Two times twelve divided by fifty-seven... Manuel, where's my calculator, the one with the sterling silver case? It's the best one for the really hard problems!
the insurance marketplaces at the heart of the 2010 health-care law remain in limbo, with Republican governors or lawmakers who oppose the statute refusing to act until the Supreme Court decides its constitutionality.

New Jersey's Republican governor, Chris Christie, joined the ranks Thursday, vetoing a bill from the majority Democratic legislature that would have set up the Garden State's version of the "exchanges," through which individuals and small businesses could shop for insurance.

In states with Democratic governors, such as New Hampshire and Minnesota, it is often duly elected Republican-dominated legislatures that are causing the hold-up. And in six states where Republicans hold both branches of government, including Kansas and South Dakota, state assemblies haven't even considered laws to establish the marketplaces.

Though the battles primarily break along partisan lines, there have been at least a half-dozen exceptions. Last spring, the Republican governor of Nevada chose not to stand in the way of an exchange bill adopted by the majority Democratic assembly. And the Republican insurance commissioner of Mississippi is using existing authority to set up an exchange with the blessing of the Republican governor.

Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers in a few states -- including Arkansas -- have proved unwilling to push for an exchange.
How 'bout that! Rational folks on both sides of the aisle.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/13/2012 10:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [614 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The socialists figured out how to make money on something that won't happen?
Posted by: gorb || 05/13/2012 22:41 Comments || Top||

Sectarian violence: Fate of sealed mosques in Gilgit to be decided on Monday
The Gilgit-Baltistan government is likely to reinstate the two prayer leaders arrested earlier for making hate speeches in the region’s capital city.

“The cabinet will meet in Gilgit on Monday to take up the decision in this regard and it is likely that the two central Sunni and Shia mosques that each of the clerics represent will be unsealed,” said a source privy to the development.

The decision will be based on recommendations by a parliamentary peace committee and the Masjid Board.

The two mosques were sealed following bouts of sectarian violence in Gilgit last month. The prayer leader of Gilgit’s Sunni central mosque, Qazi Nisar, has been under house arrest since.

On the other hand, the authorities have no clue about the Shia prayer leader Agha Rahat’s whereabouts.

Earlier, the government had decided to send both clerics to jail, but the decision was withheld after they assured the government to abide by the code of conduct prepared by the peace committee.

The code binds prayer leaders of both central mosques from making hate-speeches or use harsh language against their rival sect’s revered personalities.

According to a committee member, Amjad Hussain, the main issues barring the reopening of the mosques have been resolved with the signing of the code of conduct, and the mosques can now be reopened without any concern.

“There were some laxities in maintaining law and order on the government’s part as well, but we have taken strict security measures to avoid any violence in the future,” he added.
Posted by: tipper || 05/13/2012 08:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

Four Iranian men sentenced to death by hanging for sodomy
Posted by: tipper || 05/13/2012 08:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [295 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But, Obama says that gay marriage is OK!
Posted by: SLindsey || 05/13/2012 14:14 Comments || Top||

#2  In many cases, it is often unclear whether the accused has actually committed a sexual act or it is a mere accusation based on some dispute.

But the four were frequent appraisers on the Iranian version of Antiques Roadshow.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/13/2012 16:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Always possible that the four are anti-government dissidents of one kind or another. More convenient to execute them if they're being killed for being gay as opposed to being rebels.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/13/2012 16:52 Comments || Top||

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Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2012-05-13
  Al Qaeda's Leader Encourages Somali Militants to persist the fight
Sat 2012-05-12
  Tens of Thousands of Protesters Defy Syrian Regime Gunfire, 13 Dead
Fri 2012-05-11
  Somali Gov't, Al shabab claim victory over Bay,Bakol fighting
Thu 2012-05-10
  Damascus bombings kill 40, wound 170: state TV
Wed 2012-05-09
  Annan Fears 'Civil War' Looming in Syria
Tue 2012-05-08
  Al-Qaeda underwear bomb plot was targeted by US drone
Mon 2012-05-07
  Nine soldiers killed, military convoy attacked in N Wazoo
Sun 2012-05-06
  Man wanted in USS Cole bombing killed in Yemen: tribal chief
Sat 2012-05-05
  Pro-Regime Gunmen Kill 12 'Qaida' Militants in Yemen
Fri 2012-05-04
  Bajaur teenyboomer kills 24
Thu 2012-05-03
  Afghanistan: Pakistani driving truck bomb arrested
Wed 2012-05-02
  Suicide bomb blast hits hotel in Somalia, two MPs believed dead
Tue 2012-05-01
  'Egyptians thwart Iranian plot to kill Saudi envoy'
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  US drone 'kills three militants' in Miramshah
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  Syria Troops Kill 10 Rebels in Damascus Region

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