[An Nahar] Hundreds of tonnes of food aid have been stolen from warehouses across the restive Central African Republic, the U.N.'s World Food Program lamented Tuesday.
"Our warehouses have been pillaged," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told AFP.
The U.N. agency suspended its operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) late last month due to the security situation in the country amid a month-long rebel offensive.
Byrs said some 210 tonnes of food had been taken from a warehouse in the rebel-held north-central town of Kaga-Bandoro, where the WFP office and guest-house had also been attacked.
In Bambari, another rebel-held town in central CAR, a WFP warehouse had been looted and some 209 tonnes of food, including riche, oil, sugar and salt had been lost, while another seven tonnes of food aid had been taken from Bria in the east.
[An Nahar] The Central African Republic's President Francois Bozize refused Tuesday to discuss resigning at upcoming peace talks with rebels who have stormed across the country and seized several key towns.
"I don't need to negotiate (my departure). Does the rebellion represent the Centrafrican people? I don't need to negotiate the position of head of state," he said in response to a question at a presser in the capital Bangui on whether he was prepared to accept rebel demands. "These are terrorist mercenaries," he added.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The recent marriage of a 90-year-old Saudi man to a 15-year-old girl has sparked condemnation from human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... and social media activists in the kingdom.
A member of the Saudi National Society for Human Rights (NSHR), urged authorities to intervene to save the child.
On Twitter especially, activists criticized the parents of the girl for giving her to a man decades older than her.
In an interview, the groom insisted that his marriage was "legal and correct," and that he paid a $17,500 (SAR 65,000) dowry to marry the girl, who is the daughter of a Yemeni father and Saudi mother.
The 90-year-old told the story of his first night with the bride. He said she entered the bedroom before him, and she locked the door from inside so he could not enter. This, he said, made him "suspicious about some kind of conspiracy" by the girl and her mother.
He vowed to sue his in-laws to give him back the girl or return him the expensive dowry.
Close friends of the bride's family said she was frightened on the wedding night, and locked herself in the room for two successive days before fleeing back to her parents' home.
The member of the Saudi National Association for Human Rights (NSHR), Suhaila Zein al-Abedin, urged authorities to intervene "as soon as possible to save this child from tragedy."
Abedin noted that marriage in Islam must be based on mutual consent, and this was not satisfied, as demonstrated by the girl's move to lock herself in the room.
She said the girl's parents were also to be held responsible for marrying their daughter to a man the age of her great grandfather.
Abedin urged the establishment of a minimum age of 18 for marrying girls, saying this would pave the way for punishing violators, according to a report by al-Hayat newspaper.
Jamal al-Toueiki, a psychologist, said forced marriage may subject girls to abuse and violence, and this could lead to their suicide if nothing is done to save them.
The Obama Administration has warned Britain that it risks damaging its relationship with Washington if it abandons the European Union.
Speaking on a visit to London, Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, said that the EU had "increasing weight" in the world and made plain that it would be wise for the UK to retain its influence in Brussels.
In the first glimpse of the approach of President Obama towards Britain and Europe since his re-election in November, Mr Gordon reaffirmed the historic importance of Britain's relationship with Washington. But he said that the EU was seen as an increasingly important partner across the Atlantic on issues such as growth, jobs and the threat of a nuclear Iran.
Speaking just weeks before David Cameron is expected to promise a referendum on Europe in a long-awaited speech, he cautioned that such referenda could "turn countries inwards." He added: "Every hour at an EU summit spent debating the institutional make-up of the European Union is one less hour spent talking about how we can solve our common challenges of growth, jobs and international peace around the world."
The major Euro-States includ Russia spent the better part of the 19th Century + early, mid 20th Century REACTING to British power + enforced stability, as best illustrated or symbolized by the ROYAL NAVY + SOJOURNS.
IMO the Bammer is correct iff his point is that the EU/EUZ needs the UK - perhaps more importantly, the EU/EUZ needs a UK that is still capable of asserting potent or decisive Continental Leadership + strategic MilPoL power as required.
THE UK CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY NEEDS A STRONG "KING/QUEEN" = MONARCH, NOT A LAS VEGAS OR SAUDI-STYLE PERENNIAL "PARTY PRINCE".
The above being said, I would like to know how the Bammer + Admin see the US under OWG NAU in 2015 or ASAP after???
IT PISSES ME OFF THAT US WASHINGTON CRITTERS ARE UNILATERALLY IMPOSING ANTI-SOVEREIGNTY, ANTI--NATIONALIST, ANTI-CONSTITUTION, ANTI-REPUBLIC, + ANTI-FREEDOM/LIBERAL OWG + SOCIALISM ON THE US WIDOUT EVEN TRYING OR BOTHERING TO EXPLAIN THE PREMISES OR MERITS TO ORDINARY AMERICANS OR EVEN TO VOTE ON IT!
The above is the stuff that de facto National, Sectarian Revolutions, Militantism, Anarchy, Civil Wars + Separatisms are made from.
[Bangla Daily Star] A mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart and burned his body in an attempt to hide her crime has been placed in durance vile Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! for life.
Sara Ege, 33, collapsed and had to be helped sobbing from the dock after being told she would serve 17 years before she could be considered for parole.
Ege treated her son Yaseen "like a dog" when he struggled to memorise passages of the holy book of Islam, Cardiff crown court heard. Over three months, she beat him until he collapsed on the floor of his bedroom -- still mumbling verses -- and died.
Ege used barbecue lighting gel to set fire to the boy's body. Initially, emergency services believed he had been killed in a blaze at the family home in the Welsh capital. But a postmortem revealed he had died before the fire started and had suffered multiple injuries to his body including broken ribs, a fractured arm and a fractured finger.
A serious case review, published after Ege was placed in durance vile Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! , revealed that staff at Yaseen's school had been concerned on "one or two occasions" about the boy but their worries had not been passed on to children's services or police.
And what the article doesn't say is that another oeprator inspected the wiring back in the APU area and found it installed incorrectly. did not elaborate on just how it was incorrect, could be a simple clamp mis-alignment. or something bigger. what is interesting is that all the Screamliners that have experienced Chevy-Volt-like symtoms were built in Everett ( union) and not Charleston ( non-union) despite Seattle Times bloggers protestations to the contrary. and we haven't had enough operations yet to determine any weak areas or ramp rash issues with the composite structure. still sticking with my 5 year break in period before i climb into one.
[Washington Post] Metro says that Metrobuses traveling in parts of Southeast Washington are being pelted with rocks. As part of a campaign to discourage this, police are distributing a flier reminding people not to throw rocks at buses or cars. Southeast, if you didn't know or hadn't guessed, being the District of Columbia's festering sore.
The Metro Transit Police and Metropolitan Police Department have been distributing the flier, which features a reminder that throwing rocks at vehicles is a crime. It also includes 911 as well as numbers for D.C. police (202-727-9099) and the transit police (202-962-2121, which riders may or may not recognize as the number repeated in system-wide announcements).
The transit agency took the rock attacks seriously enough to consider cutting nighttime service on the W6 and W8 routes. Metro decided last month not to discontinue the service.
Install gunner's hatches, M2 Browning machine guns, 5 cans of ammo per each, and encourage liberal use. Instruct the ridership on the potential hazards of expended brass while entering and exiting. The shi* should taper off dramatically.
If you're not united why in the world would you want to show unity?
[Dawn] Opposition on Monday rued a "missed opportunity" of what it called giving a strong message to the establishment that they are united to stave off the agenda it wants to implement through Dr Tahirul Qadri.
Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz not only castigated the Pakistain Moslem League-Nawaz for that but also vowed that People's Party would alone fight and won't let the establishment's 'plan' succeed.
Talking about the 'missed opportunity' on the point of order, Raja Riaz said Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood had invited all Punjab Assembly members, irrespective of their party affiliation, to a dinner reception to send a message to the establishment and "a troublemaker" (a reference to Dr Tahirul Qadri) that political forces were united.
"But Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif stopped his (party) MPAs from attending it (governor's dinner), showing his stubbornness.
Had the Sharifs given up their politics of arrogance, the 'troublemaker' would not have darted to threaten democracy," he said.
As Riaz was speaking on the point of order, the PML-N politicians started hooting. Riaz urged Speaker Rana Iqbal to control the treasury members and on his failure to do so, the opposition leader accused him of being part of the "planned move" to bar him from speaking on the issue.
"You are deliberately allowing the treasury members to shout during the speech of the opposition leader and it will set a wrong precedent," Riaz said, adding when the leader of the house (Shahbaz Sharif) would turn up in the house he too won't be allowed to sit in there in a tit-for-tat reply. "Change my name if I fail to do so," Riaz said mocking Shahbaz who often uses the expression in his public speeches.
Riaz said some of the PML-N politicians who had come to the Governor's House unwittingly had to return after receiving Shahbaz Sharif's negative message. He said the establishment got the opportunity to threaten democracy only because of the Sharifs' attitude as they had learnt nothing from the past.
[Washington Post] The United Nations ...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country... , looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in peacekeeping missions in Central and West Africa.
The U.N. Department of Peacekeeping has notified the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material... , Rwanda and Uganda that it intends to deploy a unit of at least three unarmed surveillance drones in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The action is the first step in a broader bid to integrate unmanned aerial surveillance systems, which have become a standard feature of Western military operations, into the United Nations' far-flung peacekeeping empire.
But the effort is encountering resistance from governments, particularly those from the developing world, that fear the drones will open up a new intelligence-gathering front dominated by Western powers and potentially supplant the legions of African and Asian peacekeepers who currently act as the United Nations' eyes and ears on the ground.
"Africa must not become a laboratory for intelligence devices from overseas," said Olivier Nduhungirehe, a Rwandan diplomat at the United Nations. "We don't know whether these drones are going to be used to gather intelligence from Kigali, Kampala, Bujumbura or the entire region."
Developing countries fear Western control over intelligence gathered by the drones. Some of those concerns are rooted in the 1990s, when the United States and other major powers infiltrated the U.N. weapons inspection agency to surreptitiously collect intelligence on Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's military.
The growing American use of drones in Pakistain, Yemen and elsewhere to identify and kill suspected bully boyz has only heightened anxieties about their deployment as part of multilateral peacekeeping missions.
U.N. officials have sought to allay the suspicions, saying there is no intention to arm the drones or to spy on countries that have not consented to their use.
Apophis, named after an Egyptian mythological demon, will not get closer than around nine million miles and scientists have ruled out any possibility of a cataclysmic collision
However, in 2036, there is a very small chance that Apophis could smash into Earth.
Scientists will use today's encounter to gauge just how much of a threat the asteroid really is.
Current models predict a tiny but real likelihood of a collision.
In 2029, Apophis is expected to whizz past at a distance a little too close for comfort ; just 30,000 kilometres.
That will put the asteroid inside the orbit of communication satellites.
When the asteroid was discovered in 2004 scientists calculated a one-in-45 chance of an impact in 2029. Improved predictions later lifted the threat.
The asteroid's latest near approach will occur at midnight UK time tonight.
Members of the public can view the event online via the Slooh web-based sky-watching service, which collects images from observatories around the world.
Slooh President Patrick Paolucci said: "Alone among all these near-Earth asteroids that have passed our way in recent years, Apophis has generated the most concern worldwide because of its extremely close approach in 2029 and potential impact, albeit small, in 2036. We are excited to cover this asteroid live for the general public."
Scientists at the American space agency NASA have calculated that if Apophis struck the Earth it would generate a blast equivalent to more than 500 megatons of TNT. In comparison, the most powerful hydrogen bomb ever detonated, the Soviet Tsar Bomba, released 57 megatons.
I'm more concerned that NASA's calcualtions prove correct lest we see the same kind of serious professional or argumentative disssension that has wrought the GWCC Boyz even before the US is officially under OWG + OWG NAU, where the only thing that Govt-Perts have achieved is to "agree to disagee".
Again, OLD DREAM/VISION = GUAM, EARTH-VISIBLE MOON EXPLOSIONS.
TO PARAPH KRAUTHAMMER - "SAY IT WID ME, AMERICA = AMERIKA, OWG MIGHTY USSA = OWG WEAK USRoA SSR, COMET APOPHIS IS A SMALL ROCK, THE MOON IS A BIG ROCK".
APOPHIS = S-M-A-L-L, MOON = B-I-G.
There may be no effective OWG SPace Defense because there is no effective OWG because US-World Govts, Perts are still arguing over everything + "agreeing to disagree", i.e. ARGUING OVER EVERYTHING, BUT HAVE SETTLED OR ACHIEVED OR ORGANIZED, ETC. NOTHING.
There is also the lingering threat or risk that Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's "Earth-sized" or bigger fragmented impacts on Jupiter back in the 1990's may had blown large chunks or ejecta from Jupiter's surface into its high atmosphere, eventually to escape into deep space towards Earth.
MOON = B-I-G ROCK, CSL9 JUPITER CHUNK = B-I-G-G-E-R ROCK.
The above is exclusive of so-called "Planet X/Nibiru" + Technology, Civilization-damaging or destroying MASSIVE SOLAR STORMS/EMP [2013 Solar Maxima, lack of Sunspots].