[An Nahar] Britannia's Prince William and his wife Catherine on Friday launched a lawsuit against French magazine Closer for printing topless pictures of her, the royal family said.
"St James's Palace confirms that legal proceedings for breach of privacy have been commenced today in La Belle France by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge against the publishers of Closer Magazine La Belle France," a spokeswoman said.
The grainy pictures of the couple on holiday in the south of La Belle France show Catherine, 30, wearing just the bottoms of a black and white bikini and having suncream rubbed onto her by William by the side of a swimming pool.
The royal couple were said by aides to be furious and hugely saddened over a "grotesque" invasion of their privacy, which evoked painful memories of press harassment of William's late mother Diana.
The legal suit was lodged with a court in Nanterre in the Gay Paree suburbs, near to where the glossy magazine has its headquarters, according to sources close to the case.
The Irish Daily Star also published the pictures and paid the price by being closed down by its British owner.
Lawyers were last night set to launch another civil action against the Italian publication, Chi.
Both Chi and Closer are owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister of Italy.
[An Nahar] Villagers targeted in a recent wave of tit-for-tat killings in southeast Kenya say trained militia, including men from outside the region, are behind the raids. And they suspect politicians may have brought them in.
The killings have pitted the Pokomo, a farming community, against their Orma pastoralist neighbors in the Tana River region. Clashes between the two tribes are normally attributed to disputes over water and grazing rights.
But local people say the latest violence -- in which more than 100 people have been killed in less than a month -- is largely fueled by politics.
"We were born into the conflict between Pokomos and Ormas," Kadze Kazungu, a Pokomo, told AFP in front of the blackened walls of what was once his house in Chamwanamuma village. "We have fought over land and water before.
"But whenever that occurs, elders from both tribes always find a way of resolving the issue," Kazungu added.
"This time it is not about land. It is politics. Bad politics."
On Wednesday an MP from the region was charged with inciting violence. Dhadho Godhana, the MP for Galole in the Tana River delta, denied the charges and was released on bail pending another hearing set for October 2.
But he has been dropped from his cabinet position as assistant livestock minister.
Kazungu's house was torched on Tuesday when Ormas launched attacks on several villages, killing four people and burning hundreds of homes.
The attacks were in retaliation for what was described as an attack on the Orma by the Pokomo they day before. But the villagers targeted say the assailants were not all Pokomo -- and were not all local people.
"Amongst the attackers were Pokomo boys I've known since they were small...," said Hadija Guyo, an Orma woman in one of the villages targeted told AFP.
"But the majority of the attackers were people we had never seen," she added. "Most of them did not even look like Pokomos."
The attackers were not villagers angered by a group of pastoralists, she said: "They attacked us with so much precision and in so little time. These were trained people."
The raiders came from all directions to surround the village, she recalled.
"The few who had guns were at the front, those with machetes behind them and then those with petrol and matches at the back," she said.
Another witness, who asked to remain anonymous, described how the assailants used whistles to coordinate the attack.
"They would whistle and a group would change direction and attack houses in a different area of the village," he said. "They would whistle again and those with the guns would move back a bit as the ones with machetes moved to the front."
A policeman, who was at the scene and who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP the raiders had stretchers made of branches and blankets with them.
"Their aim was to leave no man behind," he said.
For him, that meant that the assailants did not want any of their men who might be injured or killed to be identified.
Guyo accused the Mombasa Republican Council, a Mombasa-based secessionist group that was until very recently outlawed, of being behind Monday's attack, in which 38 people were killed.
It is believed that while the Pokomos are sympathetic to the secessionist cause of the MRC, the Ormas and other pastoralist tribes are against the group.
But Kazungu was cautious about such accusations.
"I cannot comment on the involvement of the MRC," he told AFP. "All I can say is that sympathizers are amongst us."
The MRC has denied any involvement.
"Those are rumors, we are not myrmidons," MRC secretary general Randu Nzai told AFP.
"We do not have a militia and we do not kill. We are a peaceful group and do all our lobbying through the court," he added.
The Times Co. said Friday a busy news day when not a lot of people were likely to notice
it will offer those former employees who are eligible the option to receive all of their pension in one lump-sum payment, equal to the present value of their benefits calculated using a discount rate of 100%.
They can alternatively start to receive a reduced annuity. Hemlock is also available, as is the option of receiving benefits in the form of Cracker-Jack prizes. 'Reduced annuity' is also known as a pension payment cut...
A company spokesman confirmed Janet Robinson who they just replaced with a white male making $8 million
was eligible for the offer. Betcha she doesn't suffer any...
The offer is aimed at reducing the size of the company's pension obligations which started the year at a staggering $400,000,000
and "the volatility in the company's overall financial condition," the Times Co. said in a regulatory filing. Or as Champ would say, the Sulzbergers want to balance their budget on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable members of the NYT community. He's not going to sell the house in the Hamptons, greenhorn...
While recent assets sales have helped strengthen the media company's balance sheet, it still is grappling with significant pension obligations. NYT management noted that the company was operating at a significant pricing disadvantage to its main competition: White House press releases. Everyone else has to meet their pension obligations, and raise taxes and contributions as necessary to do that, according to Times editorials...
Posted by: Barbara ||
How about just folding up the NYTs tent and dividing any spoils among the retirees, women, and minorities. The Times has reported shilled themselves into irrelvancy as a news organization. There are a few others like that out there that few believe anymore--they'd make Goebbels proud.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18." EPA memo continues.... More at the links.
Che was hunted down by CIA-advised Bolivian troops and killed in the jungles of Bolivia. The left idolizes Ernesto for no reason that I can fathom.
The EPA using this website with a picture of Che is so Obama administration. I doubt the Cuban Americans who fled Castro's Cuba would like this.
Many in Cuba thought Castro would not go Communist because of a large Catholic population in Cuba. However, in 1961 he declared Cuba communist and eliminated elections. Shortly after Castro came to power, he purged his enemies by firing squads--close to a thousand. Che had a part in some of these executions. Many others were treated badly in a squalid prison.
[An Nahar] The Maldives on Thursday moved to limit dancing in public between men and women, an official and a report said, amid signs of the growing influence of the nation's hardline religious party.
The Islamic affairs ministry sent a circular "to all government institutions banning the holding of any mixed-gender dance events", the private Minivan newspaper said, quoting guidelines issued on Thursday.
The ministry also ordered a ban on events where adolescent girls were required to dance, the report said, adding that the directives were intended for both state bodies and individual citizens.
It was not immediately clear if the move was legally enforceable under existing regulations, and Minivan said there were exemptions.
"Events such as children's activities, performances exhibiting military skills, parades, playing the national anthem, boy scouts and girl guides performances... were acceptable forms of entertainment," it said.
There was no immediate comment from the president's office or the foreign ministry, but Youth Affairs Minister Mohamed Shareef said the "guidelines" were only targeting "indecent" behaviour.
"There is a public debate on music and dance and what is permissible according to religion and culture," Shareef said when contacted by telephone. "What the guidelines are saying is that if people are dancing in an indecent manner, it should not be allowed."
The move came as a Twitter account purporting to be from the religious Adhaalath Party, a part of the government, said "music and songs" were harming young people in the nation of 330,000 Sunni Moslems.
The party said in a brief text message it had nothing to do with the Twitter account that shared the name of their party, and that the party did not endorse the views expressed by on the feed, but did not elaborate on the new measures.
The Maldives is an Islamic republic known for its liberal lifestyle.
However authorities have been concerned about rising extremism in recent years and have resisted calls from Orcs and similar vermin to shut down luxury tourist resorts, which serve alcohol and pork.