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The Grand Turk: In Turkey, Iraqi Catholics Seek Stepping Stone to New Life
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 906 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[AnNahar] It hardly seems the gateway to a new life of safety and prosperity: An office tucked away in a grey apartment block in Istanbul. Yet every day, dozens of Iraqi Catholics queue here, hoping it will open the door to a new life free of fear.

The Chaldean Catholics, members of Iraq's Assyrian minority, have fled Baghdad and the now jihadist-controlled city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
to escape the violence that has frequently targeted Christians since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

The current threat posed by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(IS) hard boyz who regard Christians as heathens has prompted more to leave and makes a return inconceivable for those who already left.

From Turkey they must deal with the mountain of paperwork to build new lives abroad, possibly with relatives already living in exile.

For help, they flock to the non-descript office of Turkey's own tiny Chaldean community in Istanbul, run by its vicar Francois Yakan, who in 2005 founded the organization Ka-Der aimed at helping Chaldean refugees in Turkey.

The Chaldean Catholics -- who split with the Orthodox faith followed by much of the world's Assyrian community in the 16th century to follow the pope -- are awaiting the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Turkey, which begins Friday, with huge anticipation.

- 'No idea where to go' -
On a typical afternoon, dozens of Iraqi Chaldeans wait at the office, many of them with stories of long and complicated years in exile amid the chaos in Iraq.

"I stayed five years in Syria and I have now been in Turkey for a month," said Hanna (not her real name), a mother of five children. "I want to see Pope Francis so he helps me to go to Australia as I want my daughters to do their studies there."

Yakan works personally on every refugee case, helping them register with UNHCR, pay bills or receive urgent food aid.

"The situation of the refugees has become unbearable," he said.

"Their demands for emigration can take years due to the receiver countries and because there are too many requests here in Turkey.

"In general their families who are already abroad are able to help them but they do not have the right to work. So it is very hard."

A husband and wife from Mosul, Faer and Asmaa, bear out his words. Faer has undergone four heart operations already, working up bills that he knows he cannot pay.

"We have been on the road since 2008. First in Leb, now here. We have no idea where to go. We just cannot anymore," said Asmaa.

Yakan is working with a Turkish organization to negotiate a reduction in their hospital bill. "The problem is we cannot help everyone in need," he said.

- 'A sign of hope' -
His budget of just 150,000 euros ($185,000) a year can only be used for urgent situations.

For other expenses, he needs to count on the generosity of the Istanbul Christian community or donations from outside, including the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
. It is also now increasingly dealing with Syrian refugees as well as Iraqis.

But after almost 10 years of work, his organization can already claim success, helping some 55,000 Iraqi Chaldean and other refugees move to new lives in other countries.

His success is in stark contrast to the size of Turkey's own Chaldean community, which according to officials numbers only 816.

"When I look at what we have done, I am happy that we dared to create an organization to save all these people," said Yakan.

"Our role is to protect the faith of all these eastern Christians who are being persecuted because of their beliefs."

He is hoping for a serious impulse from the visit of Pope Francis, who on Saturday afternoon will celebrate Catholic mass in Istanbul at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

"His arrival in Turkey is a good sign for the Christians of the Middle East, especially those who are on the roads of exile. And for the thousands of refugees who we have in Turkey, it is a sign of hope," he said.


Terror Networks: Leaked: SJP Plans Illegal Activity Against Jewish Students And Israel
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 995 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] A recently uncovered internal document of Students for Justice in Paleostine (SJP) at Binghamton University SUNY sheds new light on the anti-Semitic bigotry of SJP groups across the country, as well as SJP's ties to international campaigns to harm the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

Entitled "Declaration of Principles and Strategies," the document specifically outlines strategies for targeting, ostracizing, harassing, and silencing students on campus who oppose the boycott of Israel or who simply attend a pro-Israel event. In a lengthy section on "Tactics and Strategies Used to Counter Zionist Normalization," the document gives detailed instructions for when and how to disrupt "Zionist" events and activities on campus. Disrupting an event is a direct violation of others' right to freedom of expression and assembly, and a blatant violation of New York law.

The internal Binghamton-SJP Declaration is a window into "anti-Zionist normalization" campaigns being waged by SJP groups across the country, whose explicit purpose is to delegitimize all pro-Israel perspectives and actively suppress their expression on college campuses. These campaigns have resulted in dozens of Jewish and pro-Israel students' events being disrupted, and Jewish and pro-Israel students feeling harassed, intimidated, and stripped of their constitutionally-protected freedom of expression and association. For example:

• Feb 27, 2012 at University of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,
Davis, SJP and other groups staged a planned disruption of a Jewish student event consisting of two Israelis ‐a Jewish man and a Druze woman. In a video taken at a meeting of SJP, MSA and MeChA students preparing to disrupt the Jewish student event, the leader of the protesters said, "Events like these are not welcome on our campus anymore," and his statement was met with a large round of cheers and applause. During the Jewish student event, protestors staged a walk-out along with verbal assaults shouted at the speaker, such as, "How many women have you raped? How many children have you raped? You are a child molester," and claiming that Israel has "turned the land of Paleostine into a land of hookers and rapists and child molesters." One of the hecklers admitted, "My only purpose here today is that this event be shut down."

• On March 12th, 2013 at DePaul University, SJP members and other protesters disrupted a talk by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas sponsored by Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies. Angry that Jonas had helped to shut down organizations which had raised money for the terrorist group Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, DePaul SJP members hurled verbal insults at the speaker, such as chants of "Hey DePaul, let's be clear -- racists are not welcome here," and heckled the audience with questions about how the university could have allowed such an Islamophobic and racist event to take place. As a result of the disruptions, the event was ended early.

• On September 9, 2014 at Loyola University-Chicago, SJP members verbally assaulted their Jewish peers, yelling insults at them and created a human wall to block Hillel members' from sharing information with fellow students about Birthright trips to Israel.

Make no mistake about it. SJP's BDS and "anti-Zionist normalization" campaigns are a front for the larger international coordinated effort to demonize, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy the Jewish state, an effort which has been spearheaded by the Paleostinian BDS National Committee, whose member organizations include the terrorist groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine
... Paleostinian Marxist movement, founded in 1967. It is considered a terrorist organization by more than 30 countries including the U.S., European Union, Australia, Canada, and Antarctica. The PFLP's stated goal is the establishment of a socialist State in Paleostine. They pioneered armed aircraft hijackings in the late 60s and early 70s...
. Having launched the "Paleostinian Call for BDS" in 2005, the Committee's mission has been to coordinate global BDS efforts and to be the "reference point" for "anti-normalization campaigns" intended to ensure the delegitimization and silencing of any individual or group that accepts the legitimacy of the Jewish state.

The "Paleostinian Call for BDS" was formally adopted as a "point of unity" at the first National SJP Conference in 2011, and virtually every SJP chapter in the country has responded to the Paleostinian Call by establishing the promotion of BDS as an essential part of their group's mission. In addition, the National SJP Conference at Tufts University last month boasted a workshop on "Countering Normalization of Israeli Oppression on Campus," and many chapters, such as the SJP group at Binghamton University, have incorporated the Paleostinian BDS National Committee's "anti-normalization" tactics into their own rejection of Jewish and pro-Israel student groups and their events. To all of us monitoring this closely, it is crystal clear what is really happening: SJP students are serving as the foot soldiers for the Paleostinian BDS National Committee's campaign to destroy the Jewish state.

The Paleostinian BDS National Committee has actively cultivated student allies on U.S. campuses and has found a willing partner in SJP, with one Committee member group crowing: "Internationally, we are heartened by the increased coordination and growth of Students for Justice in Paleostine on campuses across the United States."

It is understandable why the Paleostinian BDS National Committee would be delighted that SJP is establishing a beachhead for promoting the Committee's own BDS and "anti-normalization" campaigns on U.S. campuses. What is more difficult to understand is why university administrators would allow a group like SJP to become an officially recognized and funded student organization.


Government: Watchdog: Prisoners Get Millions From IRS In Bogus Refund Claims
Posted by Whinese Clish1838 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 30 words Read the whole thing on page 6
Resource allocation problem. Can't chase Conservatives and Prisoner Fraud concurrently. Choices must be made!


Home Front: Politix: White House – Illegal Immigrants Entitled to Social Security and Medicare
Posted by Whinese Clish1838 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 77 words Read the whole thing on page 6
No such “lawfully present” immigrant, however, would be immediately entitled to the benefits because like all Social Security and Medicare recipients they would have to work 10 years to become eligible for retirement payments and health care. To remain qualified, either Congress or future administrations would have to extend Obama’s actions so that those immigrants would still be considered lawfully present in the country.


Terror Networks: Is CAIR a Terror Group?
Posted by Whinese Clish1838 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 26 words Read the whole thing on page 4
by Daniel Pipes
Is a frog's a$$ watertight?


-Land of the Free: This Week in Guns: Post Ferguson Riots Edition
Posted by badanov 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 1407 words Read the whole thing on page 3


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Michael Yon, the former special forces operator and current freelance writer gives his summary on the shooting of Michael Brown last August. I found this on Facebook:

Ferguson: Why did the officer not shoot Brown in the legs?

Many people are innocently asking this question. The answer could go on for pages, but to be succinct, a couple handfuls of reasons:

1) This ain't the movies.
2) Most police do not fire their weapons much. Most are not great shots.
3) He would have to be an incredible shot to be crazy enough to fire wounding shots.
4) Nearly all firefights are "stress shoots." The other guy is moving. Heart is beating fast, often out of breath. The officer in Ferguson had just been punched in the face and had been in a wrestling match for his pistol, according to him.
5) Bullets that miss can hit someone else.
6) You always are low on ammo, and you do not want to waste a single bullet.
7) Time spent reloading is dangerous.
8) I have seen many people shot who kept fighting. Shot with weapons far more powerful than any officer's pistol. Many police and combat troops have seen this and will verify.
9) Police and Soldiers never train to shoot to wound. (None that I know of.) All combat shots are center mass of any part of the target that you can see. If you see only a foot. Shoot the foot. If you see a chest -- aim for the middle. That is the way troops and police train. If the officer is pointing his pistol at someone, he is one click away from going lethal. There is no in between.
10) This ain't the movies.

During the firefight at the link below, I was photographing when two people were shot a total of seven times. Two men, shot seven times. (US Soldier three times, al Qaeda four times with M4 point blank.)

After the US Soldier was hit three times in front of me, he continued to fight well. He was hit badly at nearly point blank. The al Qaeda terrorist was hit 4x times. He was still standing trying to shoot. One shot took off a testicle, and then he got tackled by a US Soldier, and despite being hit 4x, he then engaged in aggressive hand to hand combat.

Again, this ain't the movies. When officers or troops shoot, they must shoot to kill.

***

One of Rantburg.com's regulars noted that at some point during the confrontation after Officer Darren Wilson had begun firing, he should have spent the brief break in the incident reloading. I have always heard in you are not shooting, you should be reloading.

***

One of the stories in Ferguson is about a group of shop owners, among them a tattoo shop owner who brought guns (ARs) to their businesses to protect them from damage and looting. It must have helped. As I noted earlier and elsewhere, I listened to a few hours of the Missouri State Police scanner online, and I got the impression the destruction visited on businesses in the area were not spontaneous, but planned and deliberate.

And as if on cue, the Los Angeles, California city council wants to ensure that rioters there have a tactical advantage over people who own guns, law abiding or not in their little corner of heaven. As difficult as possible rules and regulations must be imposed on those who do have guns in their homes. The rules sound a lot like the same rules US military have to live with on military bases.

At least -- certainly not in the face of a federally mandated "Shall Issue" ruling -- they are not trying to outright ban guns.

Some fascists don't even want you choking down your traditional Thanksgiving dinner in peace.

Loads.

Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Prices for rifle ammunition and pistol ammunition were mixed.

Prices for used rifles were mixed and used pistols were higher across the board.

Pistol Ammo

.45 Caliber, 230 grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: LAX Ammo, Tulammo, steel cased, .28 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .28 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: SOWW Armory, Summit, FMJ, Reloads, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Freedom Munitions, Store brand, reloaded, .23 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (13 Weeks) (!!))

9mm Parabellum, 115 grain From Last Week: +.02 Each (After Unchanged (2 Weeks))
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Munire USA, Tulammo, Steel Cased, FMJ, .20 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: LAX Ammo, Tulammo, Steel Cased, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each (After Unchanged (2 Weeks)))

.357 Magnum, 158 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Independence, JSP, .39 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 250 Rounds: LAX Ammunition, Store Brand, Reloads, FMJ .34 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Selway Armory, Tulammo, steel cased, FMJ, .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Bulk Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel cased, .22 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

.308 NATO 145 grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (7 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Cheaper Than Dirt, Silver Bear, steel cased, .41 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: SG Ammo, Silver Bear, steel cased, .45 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (24 Weeks)(!!))

7.62x39 AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (5 weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammunition Depot, Wolf WPA, steel case, .22 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: SG Ammo, Wolf WPA, steel case, .21 per round (From Last Week: -.01 Each (After Unchanged (7 Weeks)))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each (After Unchanged (2 Weeks))
Cheapest, 50 rounds (Limit 5 Boxes): Ammomen, Remington Thunderbolt, RNL, .08 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 325 rounds: Ammomen, Federal Automatch, .10 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each (After Unchanged (4 Weeks)))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles

.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $563 Last Week Avg: $526 (+) ($600 (7 Weeks), $526 (2 Weeks))
California (226, 239): Palmetto State Armory: $600 (Same Gun (3 Weeks)($600 (4 Weeks), $530)
Texas (291, 298): Mixed Build: $500 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($600 (6 Weeks), $450 (4 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (170, 152): Bushmaster Carbon 15: $525 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($600 (7 Weeks), $525 (2 Weeks))
Virginia (257, 244): Bushmaster: $550 ($615 (4 Weeks), $550 (6 Weeks))
Florida (366, 376): American Tactical Imports: $575 ($575 (4 Weeks), $450 (5 Weeks))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,038 Last Week Avg: $1,158 (-) ($1,158, $953 (6 Weeks))
California (47, 50): Smith & Wesson M&P10: $1,000 (Same Gun (7 Weeks))($1,000, $1,000)
Texas (58, 48): DPMS LR-308: $900 (!) ($1,400 (2 Weeks), $900 (3 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (45, 40): Bushmaster ORC: $990 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($1,100 (3 Weeks), $990 (5 Weeks))
Virginia (44, 43): DPMS LR308 (Completely Decked Out): $1,100 ($1,100, $900 (12 Weeks))
Florida (61, 62): Smith & Wesson M&P10 $1,200 ($1,500 (2 Weeks), $1,000 (7 Weeks))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $559 Last Week Avg: $569 (-) ($569 (2 Weeks) , $462 (4 Weeks))
California (42, 42): WASR Romak: $695 ($695, $350 (4 Weeks))
Texas (68, 69): WASR: $650 ($660 (5 Weeks), $350 (3 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (57, 54): IO Hellhound: $500 ($650 (3 Weeks), $450 (4 Weeks))
Virginia (75, 82): Romak: $450 ($525 (5 Weeks), $450)
Florida (131, 127): Czech Vz58: $500 (Same Gun) (3 Weeks) ($500, $300 (5 Weeks))

7.62x54mm (Dragunov Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $1,382 Last Week Avg: $1,331 (+) ($1,405 (3 Weeks), $1,017 (7 Weeks))
California (3, 4): Romak PSL: $2,000 (Same Gun (4 Weeks)) ($2,000, $2,000)
Texas (3, 3): Romak PSL: $1,500 ($1,500 (3 Weeks), $1,200 (4 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (3, 1): Romak PSL: $1,375 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($1,375, $1,375)
Virginia (1, 1): Romak PSL: $650 (!) (Same Gun) (12 Weeks (!!)) ($650, $650)
Florida (0, 0): None Available

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $450 Last Week Avg: $396 (+) ($450, $390 (4 Weeks))
California (179, 177): Rock Island Armory: $400 ($400 (3 Weeks), $350 (2 Weeks))
Texas (216, 227): Colt 1911 Gold Cup Trophy: $600 ($600, $375 (6 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (169, 167): Rock Island Armory: $450 ($450, $375 (6 Weeks))
Virginia (162, 173): Crown City Arms 1911: $450 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks) ($450, $380 (3 Weeks))
Florida (359, 372): Tisas Zig 1911: $350 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks)($425 (7 Weeks), $350 (4 Weeks))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $311 Last Week Avg: $297 (+) ($335 (7 Weeks), $297 (2 Weeks))
California (157, 162): Smith & Wesson Sigma SW9VE: $300 (Same Gun)(2 Weeks)($350 (3 Weeks), $300 (9 Weeks))
Texas (243, 260): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $290 (Same Gun) (3 Weeks) ($350 (8 Weeks), $290 (2 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (198, 192): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $345 ($350 (7 Weeks), $295 (2 Weeks))
Virginia (238, 237): Ruger LC9: $320 ($350 (7 Weeks), $275 (2 weeks))
Florida (419, 458): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $300 ($325 (8 Weeks), $300)

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $345 Last Week Avg: $328(+) ($345 (4 Weeks), $300 (6 Weeks))
California (89, 86): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $300 ($350 (7 Weeks), $275 (4 Weeks))
Texas (154, 162): Glock G27: $425 ($425, $300 (7 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (126, 130): Smith and Wesson Sigma: $275 ($340 (3 Weeks), $275)
Virginia (108, 102): Glock 27: $400 ($425 (4 Weeks), $300 (5 Weeks))
Florida (212, 208): Smith & Wesson Sigma SW40VE: $325 ($375 (4 Weeks), $275 (8 Weeks))

Used Gun of the Week: (Washington State)

Polish PPS-43 Chambered in 7.62x25 Tokarev

Chris Covert writes for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Stabbing Prevented At Tomb Of The Patriarchs
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 434 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] 17-year-old Paleostinian girl carrying a knife was tossed in the slammer
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
Friday morning at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron after admitting she planned to stab Israeli security personnel at the site.

The girl arrived at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the holy site, sacred to both Jews and Moslems, at around 8 a.m., but refused to be searched. Police at the site told her she must either agree to be searched or leave the premises.

After a few minutes of arguing, the girl pulled a knife out of her bag and threw it on the floor. She was then detained and told officials she had intended to carry out a stabbing attack at the site.

Overnight Thursday a shooting incident was reported near Kiryat Arba, a settlement adjacent to Hebron. Shots were fired at a car driving near the Kiryat Arba junction from an unknown source. Two bullets penetrated the vehicle but did not hit its occupants, who sped away unharmed.

Security forces were searching the area Friday morning for the assailants.

In another incident on Thursday evening, shots were fired at an Israeli car near the settlement of Na'ale, northwest of Ramallah. The driver was unhurt and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace. The assailants remain on the lam.

On Tuesday police said a stabbing in Jerusalem's Old City Monday evening was nationalistically motivated, rejecting earlier reports the violence had been the result of a brawl.

In that incident, two Jewish men who had left the Shuvu Achim yeshiva in the Old City and headed toward Jaffa Gate were assaulted by four Paleostinians. One of the victims, 45, was stabbed in the abdomen and moderately maimed, while the other, 32, was hit with a blunt object.

The men escaped and managed to reach a cop shoppe, from which they were taken to Shaare Zedek hospital.

Border Police later arrested four Paleostinian teenagers in connection with the attack.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Indictment Filed Against Palestinian Who Sought To Kill FM
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 247 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[IsraelTimes] An indictment was filed Thursday against a Paleostinian man who planned to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman during the summer war with Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,.

According to the indictment, filed in the Judea Military Court, Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, a former convict who served time in Israeli prison for terror-related activities, âplanned to buy an RPG with his own money and fire at the convoy, in order to make Israel stop its fighting in Gazoo.â

Three days later, he measured travel times between points that Libermanâs convoy would have to pass through. He then met a man named Yusef a-Sheikh, and asked him to help buy the RPG.

A-Sheikh responded that he would look into it and get back to Zir.

Zir recruited his brother Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, for the plot, as well as a local Paleostinian man named Adnan Amin Mahmoud Zabih, 31.

The IDF, police and Shin Bet were involved in stymieing the plan, according to an official statement.

Zir is a resident of the village of Harmala, which sits several kilometers from the settlement of Nokdim, where Liberman lives.

Israeli officials said they also uncovered during the interrogations Hamas plans to fire weapons and carry out hit-and-run attacks against settlers and Israeli troops in the area.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Netanyahu's Plan To Stop Terrorists, Int'l Criminals From Entering Israel
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 187 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Israel to set up database of personal information collected by airlines on passengers to help authorities identify suspicious people and prevent them from entering the country.

While the international community is battling the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, al-Qaeda and international crime, Israel has been trying to create a database of personal information provided by airlines on passengers arriving, departing or connecting through Israel. The database will allow Israel to stop a suspicious passenger from boarding a flight even before takeoff, or alternatively require strict security checks.


Iraq: Attacks Kill 9 People In Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 150 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Authorities in Iraq say bombings and a shooting have killed nine people around the capital, Baghdad.

Police officials say the first attack took place Friday morning when a bomb went kaboom! near a market in Baghdad's northeastern suburb of Husseiniyah, killing four people and wounding nine others.

Just north of Baghdad, a kaboom targeting an outdoor market killed three people and maimed 12 others in the Sabaa al-Bour area.

Also, gunnies in a speeding car sprayed an army checkpoint with bullets, killing two soldiers and wounding two others in in the town of Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad.


Europe: Austrian Police Detain 13 In Jihadist Investigation
Posted by trailing wife 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 131 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Austrian police detained 13 people in a dragnet on Friday aimed at suspected jihadis working to radicalise young people and encourage them to join bully boy forces in Syria, prosecutors in Graz said.

Media said nearly 500 police searched mosques and prayer rooms in Vienna, Graz and Linz on Friday as part of the investigation, which comes amid a European crackdown on fighters who have joined up with radical forces in Syria and Iraq.

Prosecutors said in a statement that they had questioned 16 people in the investigation of suspected members of a terrorist organization. Authorities seized "terrorist propaganda material", cash and illegal iron knuckles in the raids.


India-Pakistan: Quetta police arrest murderer of six-year-old Hazara girl
Posted by Fred 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 485 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAWN] Police in Quetta claim to have tossed in the slammer
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
the killer of six-year-old Hazara girl Saher Batool, whose body was dumped after apparently being subjected to rape attempts.

"After one month, we have successfully apprehended the killer of Saher Batool," Senior Superintendent of Police (Investigation), Asad Raza told a crowded presser on Friday.

Police had found the child's body on October 29 this year from Zarghoon Road area of Quetta, the capital of the restive southwestern province of Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
.

The victim, who was the daughter of a gardener working at an army facility, was found near a garbage dump close to her home.

The accused had strangulated the girl after a failed attempt
Curses! Foiled again!
at subjecting her to sexual assault, SSP Raza told news hounds today.

There were marks of torture on Saher's face and neck, he added.

During the presser, police also produced the killer before the media while covering his face.

The girl's murder had prompted the minority ethnic Hazara community, human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
organizations and political parties to hold protest demonstrations in order to mount pressure on the brass hats to catch the killer.

There was no immediate reaction from Saher's family following the arrest.

"We will bring more facts before the public once the investigation is completed," SSP Asad Raza said.


Britain: Briton charged in UK over Pakistan murder
Posted by Fred 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 182 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[DAWN] A British man was charged on Friday with killing a woman in Pakistain under an 1861 law that allows for British nationals to be tried for murder committed abroad, police said.

Tariq "Nigel" Rana, 30, is accused of killing Gulam Asia, 49, in Lahore on July 27, 2013. She died after being shot several times outside her home.

"Although the murder took place in Pakistain, Section 9 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 provides authority to try a UK national for an offence of murder committed overseas," London's Scotland Yard police force said in a statement.

Rana, who has no permanent address, was tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
on Wednesday.

Two other British nationals, Nargis "Alistair" Ahmed, 33, and Mohammed "Cecil" Adeel, 35, both from Birmingham in central England, have been charged with assisting an offender.


India-Pakistan: Three arrested for beating polio vaccinators in Lahore
Posted by Fred 11/29/2014  00:00 0 Comments 475 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[DAWN] Police tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
three men for beating up two polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccinators in Lahore, officials said Friday, the latest case of violence against health workers seeking to immunise children against the crippling disease.

A scuffle broke out when two polio vaccinators visited the family's home for a second time Thursday to double check that they hadn't missed any children out of the polio immunisation campaign. The health workers and the men of the house got into a fight after the family said there were no children at home, a local police official said.

Police officer Mohammad Kamran said that police arrested three men on the complaint of the polio vaccinators after about 60 health workers held a protest outside the cop shoppe.

The three men ‐ from the low-income Siddique Colony neighbourhood of Lahore ‐ were arrested but later released on bail.

"Since beating someone is a bailable offence, the trio was released on bail later," Kamran told AFP.

Mohammad Usman, the supervisor of the vaccination team, told AFP that the men became irritated because the health workers knocked on their door twice in the same day when there weren't any children in the house.

The vaccinators always visit homes a second time to be sure they haven't missed children who need to be immunised, Usam added.

Gunmen on Wednesday killed four members of a polio vaccination team in the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of southwestern Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province.


Africa Subsaharan: At Least 120 Dead in Nigeria Mosque Suicide Attack
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[An Nahar] At least 120 people were killed and 270 others maimed on Friday when two jacket wallahs blew themselves up and gunnies opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders.

The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Moslem north of the country, came just as Friday prayers had started.

The mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria's second most senior Moslem holy man, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against 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...

The blasts came after a kaboom was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri earlier on Friday, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.

National police front man Emmanuel Ojukwu told AFP that the bombers blew themselves up in quick succession then "gunnies opened fire on those who were trying to escape".

Ojukwu said he did not know whether the suicide bombers were male or female, after a spate of attacks by women in recent months, and did not give an exact figure on the number of gunnies.

But he said an angry mob killed four of the shooters in the chaotic aftermath. Witnesses in the city said they were set on fire.

An AFP news hound at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital morgue counted 92 bodies, most of them men and boys with blast injuries and severe burns.

As night fell, hundreds of people were desperately trying to use the lights on their mobile phones to identify loved ones.

But a senior rescue official said later that there were at least 120 dead and 270 maimed. Emergency workers were still trying to visit all hospitals, he added.

The Emir of Kano last week told worshipers at the same mosque that northerners should take up arms against Boko Haram, which has been fighting for a hardline Islamic state since 2009.

He also cast doubt on Nigerian troops' ability to protect civilians and end the insurgency, in rare public comments by a holy man on political and military affairs.

The emir, who is currently thought to be out of the country, is a hugely influential figure in Nigeria, which is home to more than 80 million Moslems, most of whom live in the north.

Officially the emir is the country's number two holy man, behind the Sultan of Sokoto, and any attack could inflame tensions in Nigeria's second city, which is an ancient seat of Islamic learning.

Sanusi was named emir earlier this year and is a prominent figure in his own right, having previously served as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

During his time in charge of the CBN, he spoke out against massive government fraud and was suspended from his post in February just as his term of office was drawing to a close.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Qatari Envoy to Return amid Conflicting Reports on Nusra's Threat to Murder al-Bazzal
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[An Nahar] Conflicting reports emerged Friday evening on whether or not al-Nusra
...the current nom de guerre of al-Qaeda in the Levant, which isn't to be confused with al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant...
Front had backed down from its threat to execute captive soldier Ali al-Bazzal, as the General Security announced that the Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
i mediator will return to Leb "in the coming hours."

"The General Security communicated with the Qatari side, which informed General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim that the Qatari mediator will return again to Leb in the coming hours," state-run National News Agency reported.

"Following contacts and efforts by Maj. Gen. Ibrahim, al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
Front backed down from its threat to behead captive soldier Ali al-Bazzal," NNA added.

For its part NBN television said al-Nusra backed down from its threat "following efforts and indirect contacts by the Lebanese General Security."

But the upbeat reports were dismissed later on Friday by al-Bazzal's wife, who said she was informed by Sheikh Mustafa al-Hujeiri ‐ who has several times mediated with al-Nusra -- that the Qaeda-linked group is "determined" to execute her husband.

"It has not backed down from the deadline it had given to the government," the wife added.

She was referring to an eight-hour deadline announced by al-Nusra on Friday afternoon.

"We have not backed down from the decision to execute the captive soldier and we have not extended the deadline. The equation is clear: freeing a female prisoner in Leb in return for halting the execution," a Nusra source, meanwhile, told Turkey's Anatolia news agency.

As the group announced its new threat, the families of the captive troops and coppers took to the street and blocked the vital Saifi road in the capital Beirut.

The road was later reopened after the families were told that al-Nusra had decided to reverse its decision.

Bazzal is one of around 27 soldiers and police who were taken hostage in August when al-Nusra and the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group infiltrated the northeastern town of Arsal through the porous Syrian-Lebanese border and engaged in bloody festivities with the army.

A few of them have since been released, three were executed, while the rest are still kidnapped.

Al-Nusra had on Thursday threatened to execute Bazzal within 24 hours if the Lebanese government did not start what it called "serious negotiations."

It also called on the Lebanese authorities to release Jumana Hmayyed, who was jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
near Arsal in February while driving a booby-trapped car that entered Leb from Syria's Yabrud region.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Man who Transported Female Would-Be Bombers Referred to Judiciary
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[An Nahar] A detainee who transported several female jacket wallahs in his car inside Leb was referred Friday to the relevant judicial authorities over his involvement in multiple terror offenses.

"The Intelligence Directorate referred the detainee Mohammed Ali Ibrahim al-Atrash this morning to the competent judicial authorities," the army said in a statement.

It noted that Atrash was incarcerated
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
on charges of "ties to terrorist groups, driving booby-trapped cars to Arsal, transporting niqab-wearing women trained to stage suicide kabooms, and transferring material that can be used in the manufacturing of bombs."

The plots that the detainee had been involved in were aimed at "pushing the country to a security chaos," the statement said.

"During interrogation, he revealed information related to the kaboom that rocked (the northern Bekaa town of) al-Nabi Othman on March 16, 2014 and the bombing that targeted an army post in Arsal on March 19, 2014," the army added.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, the pilot and the copilot had both hit the silk.

Jack! Cynthia exclaimed. Do you know how to drive one of these things?

Jack wiped some of the blood from his knuckles.

No, he said. Do you?...

al-Manar television said al-Atrash's interrogation is still underway to determine if he has "more information about plots targeted against Leb's security."

The TV network added that the detainee confessed to transferring female would-be suicide bombers with the aim of targeting Shiite Ashura gatherings in 2013 before the plots were foiled.

It also noted that he is "a brother of the terrorist Omar al-Atrash."

On February 12, the army intercepted a booby-trapped vehicle carrying three women near the Bekaa border town of Arsal. The Army Command said the vehicle had entered Leb from Syria's Yabrud region.

The driver, Jumana Hmayyed, was remanded in jug and is still in prison until this moment, while the other two women -- Hala Rayed and Khadijeh Audeh -- were released a few days later.

LBCI television said at the time that the women confessed to plotting "a triple bombing during which the car and two suicide bombers were supposed to blow up."

Arsal lies 12 kilometers from the border with Syria and has been used as a conduit for weapons and rebels to enter Syria, while also serving as a refuge for people fleeing the conflict that erupted in 2011.

The Lebanese army has several times seized cars loaded with arms, ammunition and explosives in the town and its outskirts.

Several high-profile terror suspects have been arrested over their involvement in a wave of deadly bombings that rocked Leb in the past two years.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Army Detains Lebanese, Palestinian in Raids in Dahiyeh
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[An Nahar] The army detained a Lebanese and a Paleostinian on Friday in a large-scale raid in Beirut's southern suburbs, the military command said in a communique.

"An army unit raided at dawn the homes of wanted suspects on the airport road and nearby areas," the army said in its statement.

It identified the Lebanese suspect as Hisham Monzer and the Paleostinian detainee as Hassan Azmour.

They are both charged with opening fire in the area and carrying out disturbing acts.

The army unit seized arms, ammunition, binoculars and military equipment.

The detainees were referred to the competent judicial authority.


Africa North: Libya Strongman Vows to 'Take Tripoli' from Islamists
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[An Nahar] An anti-Islamist former Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, said Friday he has given himself two weeks to take Benghazi and three months to recapture the capital Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...

The strongman, who is allied to the Libyan parliament, has been battling Islamist militias who took control of the war-torn country's biggest cities this summer after their defeat in elections.

Forces loyal to Haftar and Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani are fighting for control of Benghazi in the east and have launched an offensive against Islamist positions west of the capital.

"For Tripoli we are only at the beginning," Haftar told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. "We need more men and more supplies and weaponry."

"I have given myself three months, but maybe we will need less. The Islamists of Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
) are not difficult to fight, no more so than the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
at Derna," the town in the east of the war-torn country which has become a base for forces of Evil affiliated to the bad boy group who control swathes of Syria and Iraq.

"But the priority is Benghazi," Haftar said. "The Ansar Asharia (Islamist militia) is battle-hardened, that takes more work, even though we control 80 percent of the city and we are pushing forward," he added.

The general wants parliament and al-Thani's internationally-recognized government, now based in Tobruk, close to the Egyptian border, to come back at least to Benghazi. "I have given myself a deadline of December 15," he said.

More than three years after dictator Moamer Qadaffy was toppled and killed in a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and organization....
-backed revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and has rival governments and parliaments.

"The Tobruk parliament is the one elected by the people. The one in Tripoli is an illegal assembly where the Islamists want to turn back history," Haftar insisted.

"But the real danger comes from the fundamentalists who want to impose their will everywhere. If Ansar Asharia takes power here, the threat will come to you in Europe, in your houses," he said in the interview, given close to Benghazi.

"Egypt, Algeria, the Emirates and 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 the Soddy national face...
have sent us arms and ammunition, but only their older technology. We are not asking you (Europeans) to send us ground troops or bomber aircraft. If we have adequate military equipment we will manage," he added.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Jordanians Protest Israel 'Jewish State Law'
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[An Nahar] Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the Moslem Brüderbund to denounce Israeli plans to enshrine in law the country's status as the national Jewish homeland.

An estimated 1,500 protesters set off from the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman holding up signs saying "Al-Aqsa is in danger".

"There is a greater danger today, and that is the Jewish state draft law," Hamzeh Mansur, the former head of the Brotherhood's Islamic Action Front
...Jordan's branch of the Moslem Brüderbund...
party, told the protesters.

"Where is Jordan's custodianship over Jerusalem and where is the promised Paleostinian state," he asked.

Jordan has custodianship over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem -- which is holy to both Jews and Moslems -- and other Moslem holy sites in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, which the Paleostinians want as the capital of their future state.

East Jerusalem has been hit by months of violence, which has spread across the occupied West Bank and to Arab communities inside Israel.

The tensions soared earlier this month when Israeli police entered Al-Aqsa during festivities triggered by a vow by far-right Jewish groups to pray at the holy site, which they call Temple Mount.

Against that background, the Israeli government endorsed Sunday a proposal to enshrine in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people.

The Paleostinian leadership has said the law "kills" the Middle East grinding of the peace processor and namely the creation of a Paleostinian state side by side Israel.

Critics have also said the move will weaken democracy in Israel and could institutionalize discrimination against Israel's 1.7 million Arab citizens.


Africa North: Morocco Jails Dual French National for 'Supporting Terrorism'
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[An Nahar] A French-Moroccan youth has been locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for two years for "advocating terrorism" by flying what looked liked the black flag of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group, a news website said Friday

Abdelmalik el-Makrini, 18, was on holiday in Morocco when he was incarcerated
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
in August for flying a flag on which is written "There is no god but God, and Mohammed is his prophet," the Tel Quel site said.

The IS banner carries the first half of what is the Moslem testament of faith, written in white, and a white circle with the words "God, Messenger, Mohammed" said to have been the Prophet Mohammed's seal.

The youth, who normally lives in northern La Belle France, disputed the claim that this flag was being used to rally people to the jihadist group, which has proclaimed an Islamic "caliphate" in territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

His family pointed out that these flags are freely sold in La Belle France and carried during marches and sit-ins.

Tel Quel quoted Makrini's lawyer, Mohammed Kotaya, as saying he would appeal the verdict, handed down Thursday in Sale, near Rabat.

Moroccan news agency MAP said another 12 people had also been tried on terrorism-related charges in Sale.

One of them, accused of joining IS to take part in jihad, was locked away
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for four years for having formed a group to carry out terrorist acts.

Rabat is deeply concerned about the more than 2,000 Moroccans, including those with dual nationality, that have joined such groups as IS.

In September, the government approved a draft law to tighten anti-terrorist legislation, aimed particularly at stopping people from joining jihadist groups.

Last month, it beefed up security measures against what it called the "serious terrorist threat."

Earlier this month, police arrested five people in the southern city of Marrakesh on suspicion of seeking to join jihadists in Iraq and Syria and of aiding terrorist activities.


Arabia: Yemen Shiite Rebels Push on towards South's Main Town
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[An Nahar] Yemen's Shiite Ansarullah militia is advancing in Taez province towards the main southern city of Aden as it seeks to expand its influence after taking the capital, officials said Friday.

Overnight, a 16-vehicle convoy of Death Eaters entered an eastern suburb of Taez, the country's third city, and deployed near its airport and a local radio station, the local officials said.

Ansarullah militiamen, also called Huthis, have captured many communities in western and central Yemen since taking Sanaa on September 21.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
they had not entered Taez, a city of around half a million people some 250 kilometers (155 miles) southwest of Sanaa, under an accord struck with local authorities.

"This agreement no longer stands because the local authorities have not honoured their commitment to arrest 14 turbans in Taez province," a source close to Ansarullah told Agence La Belle France Presse.

The group's deployment in the eponymous city's Al-Janad suburb follows "their capture this week of al-Qaeda", a region of neighbouring Ibb province, an official in the area said.

"Supporters of ex-president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
helped the Huthis get into Al-Janad," he added.

The suburb houses a barracks of the Republican Guard, a unit in which several officers remained loyal to Saleh's eldest son who commanded the elite corps.

In July, the Huthis rebel fighters swept south from their rugged northern bastion of Saada, first taking Amran province before conquering Sanaa the following month.


Africa North: Anti-Islamist Commander Killed in East Libya
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[An Nahar] A Libyan commander in the forces of prominent anti-Islamist general Khalifa Haftar
... served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
has been assassinated in the eastern city of Ajdabiya, military sources said Friday.

"General Abdelmajid al-Zwei was killed on Thursday night by three gunnies," Colonel Ahmed al-Mesmari, front man for Haftar's forces, told AFP.

He said that Zwei, who was also a relative of retired general Haftar, had shot up his assailants, one of whom was maimed and later died of his injuries.

A medical source confirmed the two deaths.

Islamist turbans frequently target army officers in restive eastern Libya, where Haftar has been waging a government-backed campaign against militias to wrest back control of Libya's second city of Benghazi.

At least 356 people have been killed since the offensive was launched in October, according to medical and security sources.


International-UN-NGOs: U.N. Watchdog Slams Police Shootings of Blacks in U.S.
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[An Nahar] A U.N. watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.

With tensions still running high after Monday's decision by a Missouri grand jury not to charge a white policeman who rubbed out 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, the U.N. Committee Against Torture published conclusions from its review earlier this month of the U.S. record.

Brown's parents had been present at the hearing on November 12 and 13 in Geneva to discuss their son's case with the committee members.

"The committee is concerned about numerous reports of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, in particular against persons belonging to certain racial and ethnic groups," the 10-member committee said in its report.

It also lamented "racial profiling by police and immigration offices and growing militarization of policing activities."

Alessio Bruni, one of the top Sherlocks on the committee, told news hounds in Geneva the members had voiced "deep concern at the frequent and recurring police shootings in fatal pursuit of unarmed black individuals."

The committee, which periodically reviews the records of the 156 countries that have ratified the Convention Against Torture, lamented that the large delegation of high-level U.S. officials who came to Geneva to defend the U.S. record had provided little data on police brutality and investigations into such abuses.

It urged Washington to ensure that all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force are "investigated promptly, effectively and impartially", that perpetrators be brought to justice and that victims receive effective remedies.

"We have certain concerns about whether investigations are ... thoroughly completed and whether punishment of law-enforcement when they have crossed the line are effectively put in place," said another of the panel's top Sherlocks, Jens Modvig.

The committee also highlighted excessive use of taser guns by police, an issue that had prompted protests at the hearing earlier this month.


Afghanistan: Taliban Attack Former NATO Base in South Afghanistan
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[An Nahar] Taliban hard boyz have launched a prolonged attack on a major Afghan army base that was handed over by NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
forces last month, officials said Friday, in another sign the Lions of Islam are on the offensive as foreign troops leave.

Camp Bastion, now know as Shorabak, was Britannia's biggest military base in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province and was a key airfield for U.S.-led NATO operations in the Taliban heartlands of southern Afghanistan.

The attack started on Thursday evening and continued on Friday, the Afghan military said.

Thursday also saw a Taliban attack on a foreign guesthouse in Kabul and a jacket wallah target a British embassy vehicle in a blast that killed six people.

"Last night a group of myrmidon tried to storm Shorabak camp. One detonated a suicide boom-mobile at the gate and others tried to enter," Ghulam Farooq Parwani, a senior Afghan army commander at the camp, told AFP.

"In the fighting overnight, there were more suicide kabooms and 20 other Lions of Islam were killed.

"Two injured Lions of Islam have been cornered and will be hunted down."

Parwani said five Afghan soldiers had died, but dismissed Taliban claims that a far larger number of soldiers had been killed or aircraft and tanks had been destroyed.

Also on Friday, a suicide attack elsewhere in Helmand killed four people in Nawzad district, and a blast in a mosque in the eastern province of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
injured 26 people.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Hearse Carrying Body Stolen at Australian Funeral
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[An Nahar] An Australian family Friday spoke of their shock after a man jumped out of bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral.

Hayley West and husband Tobias Richardson were preparing for the funeral service of her brother-in-law Seth at a school building in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney on Thursday morning when the alleged carjacker made his move.

"Just as we were talking in the foyer and one of the funeral directors was getting the trolley to put the coffin on, a guy jumped out of the bushes and jumped into the hearse and started it up," West told ABC radio.

"The funeral home guy was banging on the window, saying 'What are you doing? You can't drive away in a hearse'.

"We are all standing around, going 'Oh my God, the hearse has been stolen'."

Richardson jumped into his own car to pursue the thief as West called police and an aghast crowd watched the chase unfold.

The hearse drove into the grounds of a school, with Richardson using his car to block it from being driven any further, West and New South Wales police said.

"Tobias jumped out and said, 'What the hell are you doing?'," West said. "The guy meekly said, 'I need to go to hospital.'"

NSW coppers arrived five minutes later to take the 49-year-old man away, adding that he had dementia and had gone missing from a nursing home earlier Thursday.

"The missing 49-year-old man was detained at the scene and taken to hospital for assessment," police said in a statement.

"It is anticipated that no further police action will be taken regarding the incident."

West said the funeral service carried on as planned after the hearse was returned, and that Seth Richardson would have seen the funny side of the incident.

"He would have thought it was hilarious."


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Abbas Is Arafat In A Suit
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[Ynet] The Paleostinian president is doing everything to avoid signing an agreement with Israel and has contributed greatly to the Israelis' lack of trust in the Paleostinians. So why does the Israeli left remain so loyal to him?

When around the time of Yasser Arafat's death, the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
... a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial...
emerged as his designated successor, some in Israel rushed to bestow endless titles on him: Moderate, pragmatic, practical, a man of peace, etc.

Abbas soon became the Israeli left's darling, and even in the centrist and right-wing parties there were those who said that if a Paleostinian leader ever signed an agreement â it would be Abbas.

An entire decade has passed, peace is further than ever, and it seems that in some political circles in Israel, there are those who believe in the man and in his way.

"I donât like hearing his harsh statements against Israel, but this is Abbas and he is second to none" is the classic comment made by his supporters in Israel. In other words, Abbas can accuse us of genocide, insult us with the harshest words, inaugurate squares and streets named after jacket wallahs and murderers, call for an armed struggle against us, and still remain a "man of peace" to some of us.

What makes this 80-year-old leader, who is slowly becoming an "Arafat in a suit" and who continues to be an address for peace despite his support of war, so likeable?

The majority of the Paleostinian public despises Abbas because he is a corrupt leader, not just publicly but also personally. Mohammed Dahlan filed a complaint against him with the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
in The Hague for stealing $1 billion from the Paleostinian Authority coffers. There are serious claims in the Paleostinian Authority about governmental corruption, benefits given to his family members, concessions granted to associates who thrived during his era, and even rape incidents involving senior PA officials, which were silenced by Abbas.

Abbas has dismissed all the speculation that during his talks with former prime minister Ehud Olmert and then-foreign minister Tzipi Livni he allegedly waived the refugees' return to Paleostine. "That will never happen," he reiterated. "Every refugee has the right to return to the house he was deported from," Abbas stressed.

He has also shaken off all the rumors that he allegedly agreed to have Jerusalem divided, leave some of the settlements in the West Bank and accept a compromise on the borders. Even when he was presented with copies of WikiLeaks news leaks, he continued to deny it, claiming that the idea was raised but that he would never agree to it.

Abbas' attitude towards Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, is an example of the political zigzag that characterizes him. First, he establishes a unity government with Hamas and calls the hostile terrorist organization "our sister," and months later he spies on it, badmouths it to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and threatens to wage a war against it.

First he unites the "Paleostinian ranks" with Hamas, and immediately afterwards he strengthens his coordination with Israel against the organization and instructs his assistant, General Majed Faraj, to hit it hard.

Abbas is seen by the Israeli public as an opportunist, as a professional survivor and spineless leader. He accuses Israel of genocide while collaborating with the "murderers" in the tightest security cooperation. He attacks the settlements and the settlers, but enjoys the fact that the IDF, which defends them in the West Bank, provides him and the PA with security services at the same time. Without these services, he and the PA echelon would have already fled abroad for fear of Hamas.

More and more, it seems that Abbas has set such a high bar of demands for an agreement in order to prevent any Israeli leader from "being tempted," God forbid, because then he, Abbas, would be forced to sign the worst thing possible ‐ a compromise over the Land of Israel.

In other words, he will divide Paleostine, which in the Paleostinian heritage is an act comparable to serious, unforgivable treason. The Paleostinians' two great leaders, Haj Amin al-Husseini and Yasser Arafat, refused to sign on such a compromise, thereby ruling that any deviation in this case is eternally forbidden.

A survey published in September 2000 showed that 70% of the Israeli public supported former prime minister Ehud Barak's peace plan, which was presented to Arafat and to then-US president Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
at Camp David. This support rate has sharply diminished since then.

It's true that there was a murderous intifada in the meantime and a disengagement that only led to rocket fire on southern Israel. But Abbas has contributed quite a lot to the Israeli public's lack of trust in the Paleostinian public. Does the Israeli left, which remains loyal to Abbas, know something the average Israeli doesn't know?


The Grand Turk: Turkey Denies Harboring Hamas Terror Command
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[Ynet] Turkey, which is part of NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
, responds to accusation that captured Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, cell acted on orders from Istanbul; Turkish diplomats say some in Israel attempting to derail diplomatic reconciliation

What reconciliation? Erdogan's Turkey could never accept the equality with the Jewish state that diplomatic reconciliation requires.
Turkey denied on Friday the claim that Hamas planned terrorist attacks from headquarters in Istanbul. The Shin Bet made the accusation on Thursday, setting off a diplomatic face-off between Israel and Turkey. Turkish sources argued that the Shin Bet's announcement was meant to demonize Turkey and sabotage attempts to mend the countries' diplomatic ties.

Israel requested NATO and the American government to take steps against Turkey in response. "It's illogical for a NATO member to host a terrorist organization that trains and plans terror attacks on its soil," said the Israeli statement.

Turkish diplomats were enraged by Israel's allegations, calling them "lies and deception".

"It never happened," the diplomats said. "There are elements in Israel who are trying to torpedo the attempts to smooth things out between the two countries and turn a new leaf. They are telling lies, as though Hamas operates in Turkey with the government's knowledge. Turkey has a dialogue with Hamas, but will absolutely not allow any terror organization to operate on its soil."

Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz said on Thursday that Israel expected the US and NATO to pressure on Turkey to immediately dismantle Hamas infrastructure in the country and to cease turning a blind eye to its presence.

"This is a very worrying and serious development," Steinitz said. "We did not expect this. Turkey is a NATO member that fights terror. Hamas is a terror organization, so this is a very serious issue."

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon complained in an October meeting with the outgoing American Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in October that "Turkey is playing a cynical game. Hamas is supported by Turkey and Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
. Hamas has two terrorist headquarters, one in Gazoo and the other in Istanbul."


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Turkey Establishing Industrial Zone In West Bank
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[Ynet] Turkey plans to build a tax-free industrial zone in the West Bank city of Jenin, according to a memorandum of understanding signed on Wednesday.

"This will not only be an organized industrial zone, but a free zone as well, offering unique and massive advantages to all investors, whether they are Turkish, Paleostinian or other," Ahmet Sekeroglu, board chairman of TOBB-BIS, a Turkish industrial parks management company, told the Turkish Anadolu Agency. "Investors will not pay any taxes. Moreover, they will be getting significant support from Turkey, Germany and the US," said Sekeroglu.

Exported products from the zone will not be subject to taxes or quotas to various countries, including the US, Germany, La Belle France, and 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 the Soddy national face...
, he said, adding, "the businesses will be insured by the World Bank, too."

Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isik and PA Deputy Prime Minister and National Economy Minister, Muhammad Mustafa signed the memorandum. TOBB-BIS is going to construct the industrial zone with support from the German government. It is scheduled to be completed in 2015 and will employ 6,000 workers.

The Turkish minister said that the project will lead to joint cooperation between the two on other industrial zones across the Paleostinian territories, according to the report. "Within this framework, we will be sharing our know-how and 50 years of experience through training programs and workshops in Turkey," said Isik.

Mustafa remarked that a strong economy is necessary if the Paleostinians are to become independent.

The industrial zone is likely to be built 30 km. from Haifa"s port and the Jordanian border, according to the Turkish company.

Separately, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said on Thursday in Istanbul, "Only we can solve our problems. I speak openly; foreigners love oil, gold, diamonds, and the cheap labor force of the Islamic world. They like the conflicts, fights and quarrels of the Middle East. Believe me, they don"t like us," AFP reported. "They look like friends, but they want us dead, they like seeing our children die. How long will we stand that fact?" said Erdogan.

"The only condition to overcome the crisis in the Islamic world is unity, solidarity and alliance. Believe me, we can resolve every problem as long as we are united," he said at a meeting of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. "Islamic countries, which have developed economically, recently, have been experiencing the biggest humanitarian and political crisis in their history simultaneously," the Turkish president said.

"If we act together, we will end the loneliness of Paleostine which has continued for nearly one century... It is possible to end the bloodshed in Iraq and killing of Syrian children if we unite."

Referring to criticism over his remarks that Moslems discovered America before Columbus, Erdogan said according to the report, "I have been the target of heavy criticism by the Western media. Just because I repeated a fact based on scientific research, I have been targeted by the Western media, as well as the foreigners within who suffer from an ego complex."


Afghanistan: NDS Discovers Haqqani Network's Explosives Depot in Kabul
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[ToloNews] The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) on Friday reported that the Haqqani network's primary base of operations for assembling boom jackets and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) inside Kabul had been discovered. The officials added that the terrorist group is too weak to confront the Afghan cops on the battlefield and so has resorted increasingly to attacks in cities aimed at causing high civilian casualties and instilling fear among the general public.

According to sources at the intelligence directorate, the explosives assembly center discovered in Kabul was located in PD8. In addition, several foreign nationals were said to have been tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
in connection to the recent spate of suicide kabooms around the country over the past three days.

One of the men arrested is reportedly named Sifatullah, who was ordered by Sher Khan Mangal to oversee the construction of suicide jackets and magnetic mines in Kabul. Sher Khan Mangal is thought to be the head of the intelligence wing of the Haqqani network, based in Pakistain, but operating inside Afghanistan.

"The covert soldiers of the National Directorate of Security during their targeted and special operations succeeded in dismantling several terrorist networks including Haqqani network's suicide jacket and mine-making center," NDS front man Haseeb Sediqi said on Friday.

A recent wave of attacks in various cities around the country have raised concerns about deteriorating security. However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
the NDS maintains that 97 percent of planned attacks have been thwarted. "On average, out of 100 operations and attacks of the enemies only three of them are implemented and the remaining 97 percent are foiled," Sediqi said.

According to Sediqi, the explosives cache dissevered in Kabul was located in the Takrakhail area of the Deh Sabz district. Two men were arrested in connection two it.

The NDS made a point of highlighting that the tactics of the Haqqani network, which claims to be fighting Jihad yet targets innocent civilians in order to foment fear, are fundamentally against human values, Afghan culture and most importantly Islamic teachings.


Afghanistan: Blast in Nangarhar Mosque Wounds 34 Civilians
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[ToloNews] During Friday prayers in Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province explosives detonated inside a mosque injuring 34 civilians, according to local officials.

Security officials said that the explosives were placed inside the mosque, leaving six of the 34 injured at death's door.

This is not the first time that a mosque was the sight of a bombing. Months ago in the province of Pashtun-infested Logar, provincial Governor Arsala Jamla was killed in a mosque where the explosive was hidden inside the Holy Koran.

The Taliban in a statement denied responsibility for the attack on the mosque in Nangarhar.


Europe: Jail Term Of Over 4 Years Sought For German Islamic State Suspect
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[Ynet] A state prosecutor on Friday demanded a prison term of over four years for a 20-year-old German man accused of fighting with Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
Death Eaters in Syria, in the first trial of its kind in Germany.

The defendant, identified only as Kreshnik B,, has shown no remorse about his actions, prosecutor Dieter Killmer told the court.

Kreshnik B. is charged with being a member of Islamic State between July and December 2013. Prosecutors said he had received military training and participated in battles.

Defense attorney Mutlu Gunal argued that his client had gone to Syria because he wanted to help people and that his sentence should not be more than three years and three months. "It's pure speculation what he did in Syria," Gunal told the court.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Russian Navy Successfully Tests Bulava Missile
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MOSCOW -- The Russian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile for a second time in as many months, proving its reliability following a troublesome development.

The Defense Ministry said the Alexander Nevsky nuclear submarine test-fired a Bulava missile from an underwater position in the Barents Sea. The missile's warheads reached designated targets at a testing range in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.

The Bulava suffered many failures during a decade of tests, raising doubts about the fate of Russia's most expensive and ambitious weapons program since the Soviet collapse. But a series of recent launches has been successful and the Navy now has three Borei-class nuclear submarines armed with the Bulava.

Like the previous Bulava launch on Oct. 29 from the Yuri Dolgoruky, Friday's test was essential for confirming the capability of the missile, which Russia touted as a key part of its nuclear deterrent.

With Soviet-built nuclear submarines approaching the end of their lifetime, the Kremlin has made replacing them a top priority in the arms modernization program, which envisages spending 20 trillion rubles (more than $400 billion) on new weapons through 2020.

According to Russian media reports, the Bulava has a range of more than 8,000 kilometers (nearly 5,000 miles) and is capable of carrying up to 10 nuclear warheads. Military officials have boasted about its ability to penetrate any prospective missile defense.


India-Pakistan: Govt rigged elections through 5.5 million extra ballot papers
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Friday accused the government of rigging the last year's general elections by printing 5.5 million extra ballot papers.
So they're like Democrats in any major U.S. city...
"At least 5.5 million extra ballot papers were printed to perpetrate the vote fraud. This is how Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) got away with 15 million votes in 2013 as against 6.8 million in 2008," Imran said while addressing a key press conference.

He also alleged that the police had been the rulers' election rigging force. "Punjab and Sindh have become police states," he said. The PTI leader said that those who had printed these 5.5 million ballot papers with a fraudulent intent indeed dealt a blow to the democracy in country.

"It was one of the darkest chapters of Pakistan's history," Imran said, alleging that former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and caretaker governments of Punjab and Centre had direct hand in electoral rigging. Imran Khan said that if election rigging probe was not conducted and culprits were not brought to book, then the next general elections will be a contest between "rigging practitioners".

"Each and every person involved in the rigging should be tried and asked about their motive behind trampling upon rights of millions of Pakistanis," he remarked.

Imran said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resign on grounds that he is a beneficiary of the rigging, and a fair probe could not be conducted under him. "We will never accept probe under PM Nawaz Sharif as he is the main beneficiary of rigging."

The purpose of his sit-ins, he said, was to hold elements involved in rigging accountable and punish them as per law. The rigging was carried out through extra ballot papers, he claimed. Imran said the additional ballot papers were dispatched to specific constituencies with the purpose of rigging. Imran again expressed his surprise over how Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz bagged "10.5 million extra votes".

"We did not know that the ex-chief justice was also involved in the rigging of last elections," said Imran Khan. "We were told that justice will be served to us in four months, but to no avail," he regretted.

The PTI chief said, "Hundreds of our election petitions were dismissed on minor objections like those of full stops, comas and unimportant flaws." When there was a ray of hope for justice, "we lodged first protest after a year", he said.

Imran alleged there was even post-poll rigging. He said the Zardari-led PPP government has destroyed Sindh in its tenure from 2008-13 and yet it surprisingly got more votes in 2013 elections than even Benazir Bhutto could get.


Africa Subsaharan: Bombs kill 64 during prayers at prominent Nigeria mosque
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Katsina, Nigeria -- At least 64 people were killed and 126 injured when two bombs exploded during prayers at a mosque in Nigeria on Friday. The blasts happened at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the Muslim north of the country, just as Friday prayers had got under way at about 2:00 pm (1300 GMT).

The blasts came after a bomb attack was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday morning, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in the city.

"Two bombs exploded, one after the other, in the premises of the Grand Mosque seconds after the prayers had started," worshipper Aminu Abdullahi told AFP.
"A third one went off in a nearby road. The blasts were followed by gunshots by the police to scare off potential attacks."

His account was backed up by another witness, Hajara Tukur, who said she lives nearby.
A senior rescue official said 64 bodies had been brought to just one Kano area hospital, while 126 people had been admitted with injuries at three facilities.

"Those figures are going to climb," he told AFP.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran to launch its first destroyer in Caspian Sea by march
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The home-made destroyer dubbed Damavand will join Iran's naval fleet in the Caspian Sea by the end of the current Iranian fiscal year (started on March 21).
It's actually a frigate in the Moudge class...
Iranian Army's 4th Naval Zone Admiral Khordad Hakimi said on Nov.27 that "among the Caspian Littoral countries, only Russia has destroyers, and Iran's army should be always ready to tackle any threats," Fars news agency reported.

The production of the Damavand destroyer started in 2010, according to the Iranian media outlets. When completed, it will have the ability to carry helicopters, anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, and torpedoes. The ship will also be equipped with electronic warfare devices.

Iranian officials say that the country is upgrading its warfare capabilities in the Caspian Sea in a bid to maintain peace and security along its coastal waters in the North.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Putin's strategy in Nagorno-Karabakh
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The Grand Turk: Pope Francis kicks off visit to Turkey
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Pope Francis started his visit to Turkey Nov. 28, the Turkish news channel TRT Haber said.

Reportedly, after an official meeting at the airport, a delegation led by the pope will visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of Turkey. Francis will then meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the new presidential palace.

It is also scheduled to hold meetings with the Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the Head of the Religious Affairs Directorate Mehmet Gormez.

TRT Haber said that on Saturday, Pope Francis will depart for Istanbul, where he will visit the Hagia Sophia mosque-museum, which is also considered one of the Christian holy places. It is expected that the pope will visit the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is the central mosque of Istanbul also.

Francis is the fourth pope, to visit Turkey.


Africa North: Gunmen shoot dead Egypt army colonel in Cairo
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Gunmen in a car shot dead an Egyptian army colonel and wounded two soldiers outside a hotel in eastern Cairo on Friday, security officials said, Al Arabia reported.

The identity of the assailants was not clear, but militants have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year.

The group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has also carried out attacks in Cairo and the Nile Valley, including an attempted assassination of the interior minister last year with a car bomb.


China-Japan-Koreas: S. Korea, China spar over U.S. missile-defense system
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Security experts of South Korea and China clashed Friday over a possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system on South Korean soil, highlighting a long-standing rift between Seoul and Beijing despite their growing warmth on bilateral ties.

South Korea has officially disavowed its intention to join or host the U.S. missile-defense system known as the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery, but the Pentagon has said it is considering deploying it in South Korea to better defend against missile threats from North Korea. About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
If the Chinese were to "deal with" North Korea in a definitive way there'd be no need for THAAD, or even U.S. troops, on the Korean peninsula. Perhaps the Chinese and South Koreans could find a way...
China's opposition to a deployment of the THAAD battery in South Korea has been well known, but the disagreement at a forum, jointly hosted by the South Korean Consulate General in Shanghai and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, again proved how it is difficult for South Korea and China to develop common security interests in Northeast Asia.

Liu Ming, deputy head of the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai institute, told the forum that a deployment of the advanced U.S. missile-defense system in South Korea would "pose a threat" to China's security interests because its radar system can monitor military facilities in China.

Nam Sung-wook, a professor of North Korean studies at Seoul-based Korea University, hit back at the Chinese opposition, saying that South Korea can't intercept a North Korean missile flying at an altitude higher than 100 kilometers. Nam, who also serves as a policy adviser at South Korea's defense ministry, said South Korea "can't help but deploying" the THAAD battery because the country's security is under threat from North Korea's missiles.

Nam called on China to "play a more active role" in persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Earlier this week, the Chinese ambassador to South Korea, Qiu Guohong, warned that, if South Korea allows the U.S. to deploy the THAAD battery on its soil, it would hurt Seoul-Beijing relations, a South Korean lawmaker said after meeting him.


China-Japan-Koreas: 3 Women Behind the N.Korean Throne
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Surprisingly enough they're not named "Michelle", "Valerie", and "Susan"...
Three women form a core part of the repressive North Korean regime, loyally lining up behind their tubby brother and husband to fend off challenges to his authority.

They are leader Fat Boy Kim Jong-un's wife Ri Sol-ju, his older half-sister Kim Sul-song, and his younger sister Kim Yeo-jong.

Kim Sul-song is the oldest of the three. She is believed to have been born in 1974, the eldest daughter of former leader Kim Jong-il and his second wife Kim Yong-suk. She studied political economics at Kim Il-sung University. Since the late 1990s, she has worked in the Workers Party.
So she's a sinister, professional hack...
She is believed to have acted as a secretary to her father, managing his security detail and engagement schedule, and now does the same job for Suet Face Kim Jong-un.

Ken Gause of the U.S. Center for Naval Analyses speculates that Kim Sul-song is at the apex of a structure that collects and controls the information flow in the regime.

Kim Sul-song and her husband, Sin Pok-nam, a senior party official, played a central role in purging former eminence grise Jang Song-taek and are now spearheading the reform of the party, New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Hong Ihk-pyo said last year quoting a North Korean source in China.

Ri, who was born in 1989 or thereabouts, is believed to have been influential in helping Choe Ryong-hae, who had been almost elbowed aside by Hwang Pyong-so, return to the center of power recently. Ri came to Choe's rescue because she is close to his wife Kang Kyong-sil, according to rumors.

There also is speculation that Air Force general Ri Pyong-chol was appointed to the top decision-making National Defense Commission in September because Ri Sol-ju's father was an Air Force pilot. This suggests that she is a vital ally for anyone seeking promotion.

Kim Yeo-jong has taken a key post in the Workers Party, though what exactly her duties are is unclear.
She's also a sinister, professional hack...


Southeast Asia: Wanted Abu Sayyaf militant seized in Zambo raid
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An Abu Sayyaf militant wanted for the kidnapping of two people was arrested by Philippine troops during operations at Barangay Landang Laum, Sacol Island, Zamboanga City Friday morning.
"Manolo! The number seven truncheon, and make it snappy!"
The suspect was identified as Wahid Pingli, alias "Gaffur". Pingli was seized by members of the Joint Task Group Zamboanga and the Zamboanga City Police Office.

Pingli, an ASG member based in Zamboanga City, was involved in the kidnapping of Inocente Bautista, a businessman who was snatched on May 27, 2008, and Vicente Barrios who was abducted on June 17, 2010.


China-Japan-Koreas: North Korea's Military Orders Surge in Squid Poaching
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North Korea has been orchestrating a surge in squid poaching in Japanese waters, as the country's fishermen take drastic measures to counter food shortages. The past 11 months have seen a four fold increase in the number of North Korean squid fishing boats spotted near Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone -- the area 200 nautical miles from Japan's coast.
I'll leave this for others to comment. Something about the phrase 'Squid Poaching' that doesn't allow me to comment appropriately on this family-friendly site