Corinne Calvet (French) aka Colette in "On the Riviera (1951)" aka Yvonne Le Tete in "When Willie Comes Marching Home (1950)" aka Charmaine in "What Price Glory (1952)" aka Renee Vallon in "The Far Country (1954)" aka Suzzane Sorrel in "So This Is Paris (1955)" (Died in 2001 at age 76)
Taylor Cole aka Erica Kessen in "12 Rounds (2009)" aka Desiree Cartier in "April Fool's Day (Video 2008)" aka Jennifer in "An American in China (2008)" aka Alex in "Loaded (2008)" aka Kaitlan in "All You've Got (2006)" (age 28)
Jessica Alba aka Nancy Callahan in "Sin City (2005)" aka Sue Storm in "Fantastic Four (2005)" aka Invisible Woman / Susan Storm in "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)" aka Morley Clarkson in "Valentine's Day 2010)" aka Andi Garcia in "Little Fockers (2010)" aka Sartana in "Machete (2010)" (age 31)
Twenty-seven Orcs and similar vermin were killed, including commanders, during two operations in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... province launched by Afghan special forces, Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.
Of those killed, seven were found to be citizens of Pakistain and Soddy Arabia, MoI front man Sediq Sediqqi said.
The operation in two districts landed a severe hit against the Taliban, Sediqqi said.
"Our special police were able to give the biggest blow to the Taliban," he said.
"The operations were launched in Fulad area of the Washir district and the Hyderabad area of the Grishik district in Helmand province in which 27 Taliban were killed and three others were jugged."
During the operations the Afghan special police also seized many weapons, he added.
He did not say if there were any casualties on the part of the Afghan special forces, nor if there were any Isaf soldiers involved in the operations.
At least five Taliban bully boyz were killed and 21 others were captured in joint Afghan, NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... security troops' operations in the past 24 hours, the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.
The operations were launched in 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.. , Kunar, Kapisa, Kandahar, Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... , Khost, Ghazni, Pashtun-infested Logar, Zabul and Farah provinces to clear areas of turbans, the MoI said in a statement.
During the operation, the security forces also seized weapons and defused 14 anti-vehicle mines, the statement said.
It did not mention whether there were any casualties among the Afghan or coalition security forces.
[An Nahar] A governor in a Sudanese border state has set a one-week deadline for 12,000 ethnic South Sudanese gathered south of Khartoum to leave the country, state news agency SUNA reported on Sunday.
"The wali (governor) of White Nile state, Yusuf al-Shambali, confirmed that he has set May 5 as the deadline for the Southerners waiting in Kosti," a way station south of the capital, it said.
"The presence of Southerners in Kosti threatens the security and the environment for Kosti citizens," he said.
Some South Sudanese have been living in the town for months, in makeshift shelters or barn-like buildings, while they await a trip by barge down the White Nile River to South Sudan.
They are among an estimated 350,000 ethnic Southerners who the South Sudanese embassy estimates remain in the north after an April 8 deadline for them to either formalize their status or leave Sudan.
Jill Helke, chief of the local International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission, told Agence La Belle France Presse the governor's order is the latest delay in plans to empty Kosti.
She said the IOM has funding to move 7,000 people by barge to South Sudan down the White Nile River, "and we think if we get going quickly we can get the funding for the other 5,000."
Despite the governor's order, movement of the South Sudanese is an issue under federal jurisdiction.
South Sudan's charge d'affaires, Kau Nak, told AFP the barges still need a "green light" from the Khartoum government.
"Of course, there is an element of mistrust between South and north," he said.
KHARTOUM/JUBA: Sudan said it had arrested a Briton, a Norwegian and a South African on Saturday, accusing them of illegally entering a disputed oil-producing border area to spy for its enemy South Sudan.
South Sudanese officials denied the allegations and said the men were working with the United Nations and aid groups clearing mines and had got lost in the remote territory close to the boundary between the two countries.
The real problem for these fellows is the ownership of the mines they were clearing. That's why they were nabbed and taken to Khartoum. If they had been clearing certain other mines they would have been nabbed and taken to Juba. It's simple, really...
Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khaled said the three were arrested in Heglig - the scene of recent fighting between Sudan and South Sudan - traveling with a South Sudanese soldier in vehicles carrying military equipment.
"It is now confirmed without any doubt that South Sudan used the help of foreigners in their attack on Heglig. These foreigners were doing military work such as spying out the areas ... They had military equipment ... They have a military background," Sawarmi said.
The group had been flown to Khartoum, he added.
A Reuters witness saw four men arriving on a civilian plane at Khartoum's military airport.
One of the men, a Westerner, was wearing a t-shirt marked with the slogan "Norwegian People's Aid. Mine Action South Africa." Reporters were not allowed to talk to the men who were swiftly driven away in an unmarked white van.
South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Benjamin dismissed the Sudanese account as "nonsense," telling Reuters the men were workers for aid groups and the United Nations and had been clearing mines.
Again, that was precisely the problem...
South Sudan's army spokesman Philip Aguer said military sources had told him a UN truck had got lost after leaving Paryang, just north of Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan's Unity state, and was "caught by the Sudanese Armed Forces."
Britain's Foreign Office in London confirmed the Briton's arrest and Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) South Sudan director Jan Ledang said one of its staff members had been detained.
"We are trying to confirm the nationalities of the three and the aim and motivation of the three," Norway's ambassador to Sudan, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, told Reuters.
MECHEM, a demining company and an arm of South Africa's state arms company, Denel, said two of its employees, a South African and a South Sudanese, were arrested along with a United Nations employee.
"We are working on a UN demining contract and our employees have full UN immunity," MECHEM's chief executive officer, Ashley Williams, said in a statement e-mailed to Reuters.
The United Nations mission in South Sudan said one of its officials had been taken to Khartoum with three other men, without going into further detail.
As Walter Russell Mead notes, just another example of "the increasing polarization along Africa's Christian-Muslim divide", though I'd call it a little more than a 'divide', I'd call it by its proper name, the "New(est) Christian-Muslim War in Africa".
NAIROBI: At least one person was killed when a grenade was thrown into a Nairobi church on Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks in Kenya since it sent troops into Somalia to try to crush Islamist militants blamed for cross-border raids and kidnappings.
Nairobi has correctly blamed Al-Shabab militants, who formally merged with Al-Qaeda earlier this year for the surge in violence that has threatened tourism in east Africa's biggest economy and wider regional destabilization.
Police said it was too early to say who was behind the blast at the God's House of Miracle Church, made of corrugated iron sheets and located in a busy market and residential area known as Ngara a few km (miles) away from downtown Nairobi.
Way too early, of course, to know which group of crazed Islamic killers done it...
"Somebody must have come and lobbed a grenade into the church congregation that was by then going on," Moses Ombati, the Nairobi deputy police chief, said at the church. "So far we have confirmed 16 (casualties), that is, one dead and 15 admitted to hospitals. Five are confirmed to be in critical condition."
The blast resembled two separate attacks at different bus stations and a bar in the capital that killed a total of 10 people and wounded many more last month and in October, a week after Kenyan troops swept into southern Somalia.
"We have seen similar attacks before, where people throw grenades and run," deputy police spokesman Charles Owino said. "These are not die-hards. They know they can safely throw a grenade and run away during the confusion, they know it will not kill (the attacker) and that they can get away without being seen."
In late March, one person was killed when a grenade was hurled at an open-air Christian gathering near the port city of Mombasa, a major tourist destination. Minutes later a grenade went off at a bar near Mombasa's main stadium but no casualties were reported.
A grenade explosion at a Nairobi bus station earlier in March killed at least nine people and wounded 40. Four people were arrested but later freed pending further investigation.
There have been similar attacks near the border with Somalia since Kenya's military incursion.
Al Shabab has not claimed responsibility for the various attacks but in a statement a month ago said Kenya's security depended on its military activities in Somalia.
"The more Kenyan troops continue to persecute innocent Muslims of Somalia, the less secure Kenyan cities will be; and the more oppression the Muslims of Somalia feel, the more constricted Kenyan life will be," it said.
Assailants attacked demonstrators gathered outside the Defense Ministry in Egypt's capital to call for an end to military rule with rocks and firebombs, killing one protester and wounding 30, security officials said on Sunday.
They said the clashes broke out late Saturday when the unidentified assailants set upon the protesters, also hurling fireworks and empty glass bottles. Neither army troops or police attempted to stop the three-hour street battle, witnesses said. They also reported hearing gunshots.
The officials said the dead protester was a supporter of ultraconservative politician Hazem Salah Abu Ismail. Many of those outside the ministry were Abu Ismail supporters angered by his disqualification from running in next month's presidential election. He was thrown out of the race because officials ruled his late mother had dual Egyptian-U.S. citizenship in violation of eligibility rules.
A bomb explosion injured at least 20 people in the eastern Nigerian city of Jalingo on Monday, a day after two deadly attacks in other parts of the country. Ibrahim Farinloye, local head of the National Emergency Management Agency, said, "The blast was between the state ministry of finance and police headquarters."
A witness said the bomb could have been targeting the police commissioner who drove past the spot shortly before. He said he saw dead bodies and that at least 20 people were taken to hospital.
[An Nahar] Attackers armed with bombs and guns shot up outdoor church services at a Nigerian university Sunday, killing around 20 people as worshippers tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.
A powerful kaboom and gunfire rocked Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, with witnesses reporting that two church services were targeted as they were being held outdoors on the campus.
Officials were unable to confirm casualty figures, but an Agence La Belle France Presse correspondent counted six bullet-riddled bodies near one of the two sites.
At least another dozen bodies could be seen on a roadside by the university, but the exact number was unclear.
Musical instruments and half-eaten meals could be seen at the site of one of the services.
An army front man confirmed the attack but could not provide a casualty toll. Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi told AFP that it appeared the attackers used bombs and gunfire in the assault.
Witnesses said the attackers arrived in a car and two cycle of violences, opening fire and throwing homemade bombs, causing a stampede. They said worshippers were bumped off as they sought to flee.
"They first attacked the open-air service outside the faculty of medicine," one witness said. "They threw in explosives and fired shots, causing a stampede among worshippers. They now pursued them, shooting them with guns. ... They also attacked another service at the sporting complex."
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although the attack was similar to others carried out by the Islamist group Boko Haram ... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. Currently wearing a false nose and moustache and answering to Jama'atu Ahlus-Sunnah Lidda'Awati Wal Jihad, or Big Louie...
In a bare concrete room in a far-flung corner of Central African Republic, U.S. special forces and Ugandan soldiers map out the hunt for one of Africa's most wanted rebel leaders hiding in an area the size of California.
The building belonged to the town of Obo's doctor until he was murdered last year by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) while transporting medicines by road. Now it serves as an operational centre in one of America's latest military ventures in Africa.
"(The) focus is the removal of Joseph Kony and senior Lord's Resistance Army leadership from the battlefield," said Captain Ken Wright, a navy SEAL in command of the roughly 100-strong force which deployed in October.
The troops are armed but do not patrol the surrounding forests and are allowed to engage the LRA only in self-defence. Instead, their focus is on improving intelligence on LRA positions gathered both electronically and from tip-offs. By meshing stories from hunters and nomadic cattle herders of encounters with the rebels together with sophisticated surveillance imagery, allied forces chart suspected rebel activity and coordinate the regional armies' pursuit of Kony.
"You look at patterns to see where LRA might be moving, historic areas where they might operate, so we can predict where they're going and try and head them off and most effectively use the forces on the ground," Captain Gregory, a 29-year-old Texan hidden behind sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat told Reuters.
For many of the U.S. troops who have recently served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the humid jungles of central Africa are unfamiliar territory. Their deployment raised expectations locally that U.S. drones would be unearthing Kony. They are not, and this hostile environment is throwing up unforeseen challenges. "Some of the gear we have here is affected by the vegetation ... and acts differently from in the desert. "Vegetation absorbs signals and sounds," said Gregory.
U.S. military officials are reluctant to bet on if and when they might snare Kony. "The global effort to try to find Osama bin Laden took 10 years with an extraordinary level of effort ... the highest priority for the international intelligence community, and it still took 10 years to find him," General Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) told a media briefing in Germany ahead of the tightly controlled trip."So this is a tough mission."
LRA and Kony - why are we spending money chasing them? Sure, they are a-holes, but 3rd world a-holes are a dime a dozen, and there are surely better targets out there than this bunch. Which Obama contributor/controller makes money from this? Is there a way Soros can make a buck from it?
Terrorist? Yes. International? Not really. Very minor as far as his ability to be a terrorist any place outside his tribal area.
The more I look at this, the more I think it was na Obama sop thrown to the do-gooder liberals, and SOCOM decided it would be as you guys indicated above: good jungle training, and an initial entry into the area as "good guys" (getting to know who you can and cannot trust).
Al-Qaeda on Sunday freed dozens of Yemeni soldiers they captured during battles with the army in the southern province of Abyan, most of which is held by the jihadists, a provincial official said.
Why would they do that, if they had the upper hand?
"Al-Qaeda has released 73 soldiers they seized in the south in early March," said the official in the militant stronghold of Jaar. The soldiers were "driven in two buses from Jaar to Aden," the main southern city, the official said, adding that religious and tribal mediators had secured their release.
On March 4, militants from the Yemeni-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, fighting under the banner of the Partisans of Sharia (Islamic law), attacked an army camp near the provincial capital Zinjibar, killing 185 soldiers and capturing scores.
In a statement claiming responsibility for the assault, Al-Qaeda said it was holding 73 soldiers. The announcement of their release came as rumours circulated the soldiers might be executed.
The Partisans of Sharia have expanded their control over Yemen's lawless southern and eastern provinces, taking advantage of a weakened central government in Sanaa and months of political upheaval.
[An Nahar] A French television journalist went missing in Colombia on Saturday following a leftist rebel attack on an army column that claimed four lives in the country's south, military officials said.
The news hound, identified as Romeo Langlois who works for La Belle France 24, was accompanying a military and police patrol in Caqueta province, where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC or FARC-EP, is either a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization or a narco mob based in Colombia. It claims to represent the rural poor in a struggle against Colombia's wealthier classes, and opposes United States influence in Colombia, neo-imperialism, monopolization of natural resources by multinational corporations, and the usual raft of complaints. It funds itself principally through ransom kidnappings, taxation of the drug trade, extortion, shakedowns, and donations. It has lately begun calling itself Bolivarian and is greatly admired by Venezuela's President-for-Life Chavez, who seemingly fantasizes about living in the woods and kidnapping people himself. He provides FARC with safe areas along the border. (FARC) are active, the officials said.
Three soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attack and five others remain missing, the military officials said. The missing, in addition to the journalist, include four Colombian soldiers and one police officer.
"The French journalist was accompanying the army unit in the course of an anti-drug operation when the unit came under attack from FARC forces," said a French embassy official.
Colombian authorities have launched a search operation for the missing, the diplomat said.
The FARC has been at war with the Colombian government since 1964 and is believed to have some 9,000 fighters in mountainous and jungle areas, according to government estimates.
Their deadliest attack this year was committed last month when the rebels killed 11 soldiers in the town of Arauquita, near the border with Venezuela.
FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez earlier this month denied that proposed negotiations with the government imply the guerrillas intend to surrender any time soon.
The FARC leader said the rich-poor divide in Colombia needed to be one of the issues on the table for future talks.
Earlier this month, the FARC released the last 10 coppers and soldiers they were holding hostage.
But Olga Gomez, president of the Free Country Foundation, estimates that the FARC is still holding more than 400 civilians hostage. The FARC says the foundation's numbers are false and biased, but has released no figures of its own.
[Dawn] Two members of a peace committee were killed in a roadside blast in Mohmand ... Named for the Mohmand clan of the Sarban Pahstuns, a truculent, quarrelsome lot. In Pakistain, the Mohmands infest their eponymous Agency, metastasizing as far as the plains of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, Charsadda, and Mardan. Mohmands are also scattered throughout Pakistan in urban areas including Karachi, Lahore, and Quetta. In Afghanistan they are mainly found in Nangarhar and Kunar... tribal region on Saturday.
Sources said that Inyatullah and Jehanzeb alias Peer were travelling on a cycle of violence to attend a jirga when they met the fatal incident in Pandiali tehsil of Mohmand Agency.
Both the dear departed were members of Dawezai Peace Committee. Sources said that an improvised bomb, planted by suspected forces of Evil along the roadside, went kaboom! when the volunteers reached there. The bodies of the peace committee's volunteers were shifted to their native village.
According to APP, a woman was critically injured when an improvised bomb planted by unidentified persons in a field in Boshera Hamime, Parachinar, went off, political authorities said on Saturday.
They said that the wife of Haji Bab was going to the nearby field when a bomb planted in the field went kaboom!. Soon after the blast, people rushed to the site and shifted the injured woman to a hospital in Parachinar.
A doctor at the hospital said that the woman lost both her legs in the kaboom. She was referred to Peshawar for treatment.
[Dawn] Three Orcs and similar vermin were killed and two others maimed in a dronezap in Pakistain's restive tribal region near the Afghan border on Sunday, security officials said.
The drone fired two missiles targeting a jihad boy compound in Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , the main town in North Wazoo, known as a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked jihad boys, they said.
This was the first drone strike since the parliament last month approved new guidelines on relations with the United States, which included a ban on transporting weapons through the country to Afghanistan.
"A US drone fired two missiles on a compound, killing three Orcs and similar vermin and wounding two others," a security bigshot told AFP.
He said that the compound in the market area of Miranshah was once a girls' school that was occupied by the jihad boys.
Another security official, who confirmed the toll, said the compound was used mainly by Uzbek and Tajik jihad boys.
Yesterday this attack was reported to have killed four, not three. One of them 'got better?' Or they have poor math skills? Or they figured there had to be more than three dead to account for all the pieces and parts?
[Dawn] The beheaded body of a kidnapped British doctor working for the International Committee of the Red Thingy was found by the roadside on Sunday in Quetta, police and Red Thingy officials said.
Khalil Rasjed Dale, 60, was kidnapped by suspected hard boyz on Jan 5 while on his way home from work.
"The ICRC condemns in the strongest possible terms this barbaric act," ICRC Director-General Yves Daccord said in a statement. "All of us at the ICRC and at the British Red Thingy share the grief and outrage of Khalil's family and friends."
British Foreign Secretary William Hague also condemned the killing.
"This was a senseless and cruel act, targeting someone whose role was to help the people of Pakistain, and causing immeasurable pain to those who knew Mr Dale," Hague said in the statement.
The foreign office has promised to hold the killers accountable.
"The Government of Pakistain condemns this barbaric act in the strongest terms and is determined to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice," a statement from the Foreign Office said.
"Pakistain is committed to combat terrorism and the death of Mr Dale has only strengthened our resolve to eliminate this scourge," it added. Really? When did that happen? Was it in the papers?
A senior police officer said the Pak Taliban had grabbed credit for the killing, saying a ransom had not been paid.
Police discovered Dale wrapped in plastic near a western bypass road. His name was written on the white plastic bag with black marker.
"A sharp knife was used to sever his head from the body," said Safdar Hussain, the first doctor to examine the body. "He was killed about 12 hours ago."
Dale is only the third Westerner killed in such a fashion in Pakistain. The others include Wall Street Journal news hound Daniel Pearl in 2002 and Piotr Stanczak, a Polish geologist, in 2009.
[Dawn] Five people including two CID officials have been killed on Sunday while two cameramen and eight coppers were among around two dozen injured amid rocket and grenade attacks in the troubled Lyari ...one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi. It is the smallest town by area in the city but also the most densely populated. Lyari has few schools, substandard hospitals, a poor water system, limited infrastructure, and broken roads. It is a stronghold of ruling Pakistan Peoples Party. Ubiquitous gang activity and a thriving narcotics industry make Lyari one of the most disturbed places in Karachi, which is really saying a lot.... neighbourhood of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... , DawnNews reported.
The injured including two cameramen of local news channels were taken to the Civil Hospital Bloody Karachi.
More contingents of law enforcers were summoned to control the violence in Lyari which remained highly tense as the operation against criminals continued on the third consecutive day.
Meanwhile, ...back at the ranch, Butch and the Kid finally brought their horses under control... police faced stiff resistance from the gang war criminals who fired rockets and hurled hand grenades to stop the law enforcers from entering the narrow lanes of the area.
The two deceased Central Investigation Department's (CID) officials were identified as Faiz Ahmed and Asghar.
DSP Haji Razzaq and DSP Nawaz were among the injured.
More than 20 people including officials from different law enforcement agencies have been killed in the past three days of the operation.
Despite tough resistance by the myrmidons, the police got control of some areas and was able to establish posts on rooftops of buildings there.
Officials of CID, FC and area police were taking part in the operation while all units were given under the control of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam.
Police have claimed killing of accused Suhail, brother of a wanted criminal Mulla Nisar, during the operation besides arresting of several accused and recovering arms.
Police say the operation would continue till wiping out all gangsters from the area.
Moreover, the Sindh Home Ministry has issued warrants for the arrest of eight people including the outlawed People's Amn Committee chief Uzair Baloch, Habib Jan Baloch, Taj Mohammad aka Taju, Noor Mohammad alias Baba Ladla. Law enforcement agencies have been directed to capture the men dead or alive.
Local residents complained of the informal curfew that has been imposed as they say it has left them confined within their homes with a shortage of food, water and other essentials and the electricity outage that has continued since Friday.
The unrest began in Lyari after a local leader of the Pakistain People's Party was killed on Thursday while leading a protest rally against the conviction of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ... Pakistain's erstwhile current prime minister, whose occasional feats of mental gymnastics can be awe-inspiring ... The police began a 'Grand operation' in Lyari on Friday which has entered its third day today and the area still remains under the grip of panic and fear. Eight people bit the dust in an exchange of gunfire during the ongoing operation on Friday.
On Saturday nine people were killed including three police men. Among the coppers killed was the SHO of Civil Lines, along with two constables who died when unknown culprits hurled a hand grenade and opened fire on them at Kalakot.
Al Qassam Brigades mourns the death of the Mujahed Ahmed Abu Warda
As Al Aqsa Intifada against the occupation assault on the Gaza Strip continues, Ezzeddeen Al-Qassam Brigades has its best men to be in the playground of death to defend their people from any attack by the enemy ... Today, Al-Qassam Brigades mourn the death of the Mujahed:
[Ahmed Ramadan Abu Warda,24, years old]
Jabaliya refugee camp -- North of Gaza Strip
The Mujahed martyred during his duty. He was martyred on Monday morning April 30th, 2012. He was martyred after a long bright path of jihad, hard work, struggle and sacrifice.
Al Qassam Brigades mourn the death of the Mujahed, reaffirms the commitment and determination to continue the resistance against the belligerent occupation forces.
Al-Resalah reports that the jihadist was blown up during a training mission in Rafah, and three other Hamas members were injured in the incident.
A top Palestinian militant on hunger strike for nearly two weeks has been transferred to the hospital wing of an Israeli prison near Tel Aviv, a Palestinian MP said Sunday.
Ahmed Saadat, secretary general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), began refusing food on April 17 as part of a mass hunger strike which is now being observed by least 1,350 prisoners held by Israel.
"Ahmed Saadat was transferred to the hospital wing of Ramle prison but we don't have any details about his condition," said Khalida Jarrar, one of the PFLP's three serving MPs.
She said Saadat, who was being held in Rimon prison in the southern Negev desert, had been refusing food for 13 days after starting an open-ended hunger strike along with some 1,200 other prisoners, a number which has since grown.
"Israel is responsible for his life because he is in an Israeli prison," she said.
Israel serves three halal meals a day to his prison cell door. If he doesn't eat them that's his problem. Ms. Jarrar should reflect on how Saadat would be doing if the Israelis really were as evil as she believes them to be...
A spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service (IPS) confirmed that Saadat had been transferred to Ramle prison on Friday, saying it was a cautionary measure and describing his health as "good."
"He was transferred to the prison medical facility due to his advanced age, in order to enable closer supervision," Sivan Weizman told AFP. "He is in good condition."
Saadat, who is in his late 50s, is serving a 30-year sentence on charges of "heading a terror organisation."
He was initially accused of masterminding the killing of Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Zeevi in October 2001, but prosecutors later dropped that charge.
Last October, he was rushed to hospital after collapsing following 21 days without food.
Philippine troops captured three gunmen in a battle with a notorious gang tied to the kidnapping of an Australian national in the southern Philippines.
Officials said the troops raided the hideout of Waning Abdulsalam in the town of Naga, but the man, previously implicated in the kidnapping of Warren Rodwell, escaped.
Army Colonel Gerry Barrientos, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, said, "We were not able to get Waning, but we captured three of his followers in a clash that lasted over 30 minutes. There is no report about Rodwell."
Abdulsalam was a former commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which is currently holding peace talks with Manila. Aside from Abdusalsalam, officials have also linked another MILF leader Barahama Ali to Rodwell's kidnapping.
At least eight people, mostly Syrian military personnel, were killed and about 100 injured in bomb blasts at security buildings in Idlib. Two explosions blasted the fronts off nearby buildings and left craters in roads, according to images on state television. State television said both explosions were suicide bombings.
A local activist said they appeared to target the area headquarters of intelligence services for the air force and the army. He put the death toll at over 20.
[Dawn] Syria has derided UN chief the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon ... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan... as biased and called his comments "outrageous" after he blamed the regime for widespread cease-fire violations, the latest sign of trouble for an international peace plan many expect to fail.
In new fighting Saturday, activists said regime forces battled army defectors near Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Supressor of the Damascenes... 's summer palace in a coastal village and shelled a Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... suburb in pursuit of gunnies. State media said government troops foiled an attempt by gunnies in rubber boats to land on Syria's coast, the first reported attempt by rebels to infiltrate from the sea.
The regime's verbal attack on the UN secretary general raised new concerns that Assad is playing for time to avoid compliance with a plan that could eventually force him out of office.
Under special envoy Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... 's six-point road map, a cease-fire is to be followed by the deployment of as many as 300 UN truce monitors and talks between Assad and the opposition on Syria's political future. The head of the observer team, Norwegian Maj Gen. Robert Mood, is to arrive in Damascus on Sunday to assume command, said front man Neeraj Singh.
Annan's April 12 cease-fire deadline has been widely ignored. The regime continues to attack opposition strongholds, while rebel fighters keep targeting security forces with roadside kabooms and shooting ambushes. Defying a major truce provision, the Syrian military failed to withdraw tanks and soldiers from the streets.
Ban and Annan have cited violations by both sides, but generally portrayed the regime as the main aggressor. On Friday, Ban said Syria's repression of civilians reached an "intolerable stage" and demanded that the regime "live up to its promises to the world." His comments came just hours after a suicide kaboom the regime blamed on anti-government "terrorists" killed 10 people in Damascus.
An editorial Saturday in the state-run Tishrin newspaper said Ban has avoided discussing rebel violence in favor of "outrageous" statements against the Syrian government. The editorial said the international community has applied a double standard, ignoring "crimes and terrorist acts" against Syria and thus encouraging more violence, according to excerpts carried by the state-run news agency ...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?... Sana.
Mass protests against Assad erupted in March 2011, but gradually turned into an insurgency in response to a violent regime crackdown. Assad's regime denies it faces a popular uprising, claiming it is being targeted by a foreign-led terrorist conspiracy.
Saturday's comments were the regime's harshest against the UN since Syria announced last month it would abide by the Annan plan. The Syrian opposition and its Western backers argue Assad is not sincere and just buying time to consolidate his hold on Syria.
The regime "wants to make the UN a party to the conflict, rather than a mediator, and to stretch out the process to prevent any kind of serious change," Rami Khoury, an analyst at the American University of Beirut, said of Saturday's editorial.
However, a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package... the regime and its supporters argue that the world intentionally ignores rebel cease-fire violations, such as assassinations of security officials, said Peter Harling of the International Crisis Group think tank who has traveled in Syria.
"In the regime's narrative, its use of force is only a reaction to such assaults," he said. "Officials and sympathizers cling to the idea that they are fighting a legitimate struggle against a fifth column of beturbanned goons."
Russia, Syria's main ally, repeatedly has demanded that more attention be paid to rebel violations of the Annan plan.
In fighting Saturday, government troops exchanged fire with about 30 soldiers after they defected at a military base near Assad's summer palace in the coastal village of Burj Islam, according to Syria-based activist Mustafa Osso and the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group.
The shooting, described as intense, lasted for 15 to 30 minutes, the activists said.
Syrian troops also intercepted gunnies trying to land on the Syrian coast in rubber boats, the Syrian news agency said. The agency said the navy forced the boats to flee, but some Syrian service members were killed or maimed. The battle took place 30 to 35 kilometers from the Turkish border, Sana said.
Syrian authorities have said in the past that they clashed with rebels trying to cross from neighboring Leb or Turkey.
In Leb, authorities confiscated weapons found aboard a ship intercepted off the Lebanese coast and jugged 11 crew members.
The ship reportedly sailed from Libya and stopped in Egypt and the port of Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of thich 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... , Leb, en route to Syria. Lebanese media reported that the weapons were intended for Syrian rebels.
The Lebanese army said the "Lutfallah II" carried a Sierra Leone flag and had three containers filled with "large amounts of weapons and ammunition" on board.
[An Nahar] At least eight people were killed in violence in Syria on Sunday, including four soldiers who died in a blast at a military center in the northern province of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... , monitors said.
Two civilians were rubbed out by snipers in the district of Juret al-Shayah of the city of Homs, the symbol of revolt in central Syria and where two U.N. observers are permanently based, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Observatory said that government forces killed one civilian and maimed three others in the central province of Hama.
Another civilian was killed by regime forces in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, where authorities were reportedly conducting raids, the Britannia-based Observatory added.
The latest bloodshed comes as Norwegian General Robert Mood arrived in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... on Sunday to take charge of the U.N. observer force.
On Saturday, violence across Syria left at least 32 dead, including 22 civilians killed by government forces.
[An Nahar] An Islamist group calling itself Al-Nusra Front has grabbed credit on the Internet for a deadly suicide kaboom in Damascus ...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world... this week, the SITE Monitoring Service said on Sunday.
Al-Nusra Front named the bomber as Abu Omar al-Shami, and said he detonated his payload when members of the Syrian security forces who had assembled for Friday prayers in the Midan neighborhood had peaked to 150.
The U.S.-based SITE, which tracks jihadi websites, said the Islamist group posted its claim on the Shumoukh al-Islam site which is generally used by al-Qaeda for posting its statements.
The Front said the attack was carried out at a place where Syrian security members had gathered to pray, and not next to the Zein al-Abidin mosque as reported by official media.
Syrian state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
reported that 11 people were killed and 28 maimed in the suicide kaboom, and broadcast footage of the scene filled with smoke and people shouting as they ran.
Anti-regime activists accused the authorities of staging the bombing.
The Al-Nusra Front had previously claimed the February 12 twin bombings in Syria's northern city of Aleppo ...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins... and the January 6 bombing in Damascus, SITE said.
[An Nahar] Major General Robert Mood, head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria, called on all sides to "stop the violence" upon his arrival in Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... on Sunday.
"To achieve the success of the Kofi Annan ...Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh and so far the worst Secretary-General of the UN. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for something or other that probably sounded good at the time. In December 2004, reports surfaced that Kofi's son Kojo received payments from the Swiss company Cotecna, which had won a lucrative contract under the UN Oil-for-Food Program. Kofi Annan called for an investigation to look into the allegations, which stirred up the expected cesspool but couldn't seem to come up with enough evidence to indict Kofi himself, or even Kojo... plan, I call on all sides to stop violence and help us continue the cessation of armed violence," Mood told news hounds.
"We will work for the full implementation of the six-point Annan plan which the Syrian government agreed to. To achieve this, we now have 30 monitors on the ground, and in the coming days we will double this figure," he said, adding that the number would "rapidly" increase to 300.
The veteran Norwegian peacekeeper's arrival came as at least eight people were killed in violence across Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
A putative truce, which technically came into effect on April 12, has taken a daily battering.
The European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... on Friday expressed extreme concern about the persistent bloodshed in Syria, which has killed more than 9,000 people since March 2011, according to U.N. estimates.
Also on Friday, Amnesia Amnesty International said it had received the names of 362 people reportedly killed in Syria since the U.N. observers first deployed on April 16 to monitor the peace deal.