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Army airstrikes kill 20 al-Qaeda militants in south Yemen
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Africa North
Brothers strangle sister in honour killing
[Emirates 24/7] A 23-year old Egyptian woman was strangled to death by her brothers in what is being seen as an honour killing.

According to Egyptian Arabic daily Al Wafd, the six brothers killed their only sister to protect the family honor after she was suspected of having relationships with many young men in a village in Kantara, Al Ismailia district.

Police station received a tip-off from the 70-year old father of the victim, identified as AAY, a farmer, that his daughter identified as RA was missing.

The police conducted an investigation and found the body of a woman on a farm in Al Salhya Al Jadeeda.

The investigation and the forensic report confirmed that identity and led to her brothers' arrests.

The defendants confessed to committing the crime.

They pointing out during the interrogation that they had pictures showing her in "compromising positions".
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The defendants confessed to committing the crime.

They pointing out during the interrogation that they had pictures showing her in "compromising positions".

Wouldn't fly here. Seems to fly there.
Posted by: gorb || 03/12/2012 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  We need to stop calling these "honor" killings. We need a more pejorative term that conveys with mockery just how abhorrent we find the practice, something like "homicidal own goal."
Posted by: Iblis || 03/12/2012 9:56 Comments || Top||

#3  "little dick syndrome compounded with narcissism and fantasy levels of self esteem"?
Ok.... maybe too wordy
Posted by: Frank G || 03/12/2012 20:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "Face", iblis, "face".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/12/2012 22:25 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Senegal opposition join forces to back Wade challenger
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Senegal's
... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees...
opposition joined forces Sunday in a mass rally to block 85-year-old President Abdoulaye Wade from landing a third term in office and back challenger Macky Sall.
I can't for the life of me figure why nobody ever seems to want to be an ex-president...
The 12 presidential candidates who fell out of the running in a first round of voting on February 26 have formed a coalition they hope will usher ex-prime minister Sall into power.

Wade is facing a stiff battle to retain power at the March 25 poll after a strong opposition showing crushed his hopes of overall victory in the first round and forced him into a run-off.

Sunday's rally will take place at Obelisk Square, the site from where a month of violent protests against Wade's candidacy began in the run-up to the election, leaving six dead and over 150 injured.

The election in a country known as a haven of stability in troubled west Africa is being closely watched by foreign allies concerned about one of their reliable African partners.

Sall, 50, on Saturday announced the launch of the Alliance of Forces for Change coalition which will be backing him in the run-off election.

"It is the synergy of all our forces, our energy and out means. Together we will go and conquer votes, together we will win and together we will lead Senegal," he told journalists.

All the runners-up, who together totalled 60 per cent of first round votes to Wade's 34.8 per cent, have come out in support of Sall going into the run-off.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico Discovers 167 Bodies In 50+ Year-Old Mass Grave
Posted by: Anonymoose || 03/12/2012 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:

#1  (Reuters) - A mass grave discovered in southern Mexico with the remains of 167 people is approximately 1,300 years old, the Chiapas state prosecutor's office said in a statement, after authorities had originally thought the grave was only 50 years old.

Forensic experts and anthropologists said the skulls showed signs of artificial deformation practiced more than 1,000 years ago by natives in the area, the statement dated Saturday said. Ancient pottery was also found at the site, it said.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/12/2012 9:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Mass killings are a tradition, apparently.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/12/2012 14:22 Comments || Top||

How paying double for German subs helped sink Greece
Posted by: tipper || 03/12/2012 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under:

Sarkozy threatens to pull France from Europe visa-free zone
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] President Nicolas Sarkozy
...23rd and current President of the French Republic and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra. Sarkozy is married to singer-songwriter Carla Bruni, who has a really nice birthday suit...
threatened in a key re-election campaign rally Sunday to pull La Belle France out of Europe's 25-nation visa free zone unless the EU toughens its immigration policy.

Sarkozy, who this week said La Belle France had too many foreigners, made the threat at a mass meeting which he hopes will turn the tide against front-running Socialist Francois Hollande with just 42 days to go before election day.

The so-called Schengen passport-free zone must urgently be overhauled to fight the flow of illegal immigration, said the right-wing leader, returning to a constant theme in his bid for five more years at the Elysee palace.

To chants of "Nicolas, president!" from the tens of thousands in the flag-waving audience, Sarkozy said unchecked immigration would put extra strain on social safety nets for Europe's poorest.

"In the coming 12 months, (if) there is no serious progress towards this (reforming Schengen), La Belle France would then suspend its participation in the Schengen accords until negotiations conclude," he declared.

The Schengen area is home to 400 million Europeans who can cross borders without a passport. Once inside the area, undocumented Democrats can theoretically move freely between the participating states.

Sarkozy's UMP party chartered TGV high-speed trains and fleets of buses to ferry supporters from across La Belle France for the rally in a cavernous exhibition hall in Villepinte, near Gay Paree Charles de Gaulle airport.

Sarkozy told them he also wanted the EU to introduce a "Buy European Act" based on a US measure that obliges the state to use domestically-produced products in public contracts.

He warned that if the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
did not do this within a year he would, if re-elected in the two-round vote in April and May, implement a unilateral "Buy French" law.

"I want a Europe that protects its citizens. I no longer want this savage competition," he told the crowd, which the UMP estimated at 70,000. He said he rejected the idea of "a Europe that opens up its markets when others do not".
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [241 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excellent. I've been wondering when some European politician would pick up on Maurice Allais (French Nobel prize laureate in economics) ideas.
Posted by: tipper || 03/12/2012 2:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Le Snit is in effect...
Posted by: mojo || 03/12/2012 14:54 Comments || Top||

PML-N will bring change to Pakistan, claims Memon
[Dawn] PML-N leader Marvi Memon on Sunday said that Pakistain Mohammedan League-Nawaz is the only political party that can bring change to the country, DawnNews reported.

Plundering in the name of democracy cannot continue for very long, Memon stated.

She said that nobody can stop change from coming and this change will start from Sindh.

Memon said that she will soon speak publicly about the reasons why she left former president Pervez Perv Musharraf's
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
party and joined PML-N.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

PTI to launch nationwide membership drive within 10 days
[Dawn] Chairman of Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
on Sunday announced that his party will launch a countrywide membership campaign within 10 days.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, he said PTI has set a target to make four million members in the drive, which would continue for 60 to 75 days.

Dedicated and committed workers will be mobilized to take the message of the party door-to-door to muster support.

He claimed it would be an unprecedented and largest drive in the country's history, adding that at present 800,000 people have got themselves registered with PTI as members.

Khan said he does not believe in family politics so all office-bearers of PTI from 'bottom to top' would be elected by its members.

"Party elections will be held from union council to top level after completion of the membership drive."
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

PML-N using police to strengthen its position: Firdous
[Dawn] Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan alleged that the Pakistain Mohammedan League-N was using the police to strengthen its position.

Addressing a presser on Sunday afternoon, she said that Sardar cop shoppe had been converted into a hub of drug pushers and land mafias and the gangs were patronised by a leading political figure.

"Police are working as a political wing of the Pakistain Mohammedan League-N in Sialkot. Police have completely failed to maintain law and order in the district, as a result anti-social elements and criminals were flourishing," she added.

Dr Firdous alleged the PML-N was using police and criminals for forcing people to change their political affiliations. "Police were reluctant to register an FIR against killers of Sameer Ahmad which indicated a failure of the police," she added.

"It is high time we collectively work to purge cop shoppes of touts and criminals for ensuring justice to people as cop shoppes have become a major source of income for coppers and their touts," she said.

The minister urged the Punjab chief minister to take notice of the murder of Sameer Ahmad and direct Sialkot police to register a case against the accused.

"The basic duty of police is to protect life and property of people and it is unfortunate that police are protecting and sheltering criminals and watching only interests of influential people in Sialkot," she said.

Later, the minister along with hundreds of people marched on the DPO office in protest.

She directed the district police officer to register an FIR and arrest the accused involved in the murder of Sameer Ahmad. She assured relatives of Sameer that an all-out effort would be made for ensuring justice and early arrest of the accused.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Army Contains Baalbek Gunbattle
A reminder that, even in the midst of major regional events, tribal warfare continues. Or, more succinctly: boys must be boys.
[An Nahar] The Lebanese army contained an armed clash between rival clans in the eastern city of Baalbek on Sunday to prevent the confrontation from spiraling out of control.

The National News Agency and Voice of Leb radio (93.3) said a military unit contained the clash between the Jaafar and Shamas clans that included the use of light weapons and rocket propelled grenades.

The shootout erupted over a family dispute that left one person injured a few days ago in Bouday, the agency reported.

Sunday's gunbattle took place at al-Sharawina neighborhood's entrance and at the town of Iaat before the army interfered to put an end to it, NNA added.
Posted by: Fred || 03/12/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

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  Army airstrikes kill 20 al-Qaeda militants in south Yemen
Sun 2012-03-11
  Syrian Ground Forces Storm Rebel Stronghold of Idlib, 62 Killed in Violence
Sat 2012-03-10
  Air strikes in Yemen kill suspected al Qaeda militants
Fri 2012-03-09
  13 Dronezapped in South Wazoo
Thu 2012-03-08
  British and Italian hostages murdered by captors in special forces rescue bid in Nigeria
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  Suicide bomber kills four in southern Russia
Tue 2012-03-06
  Nigerian Army Says Killed 3 Islamists Trying to Burn School
Mon 2012-03-05
  Gunmen massacre 21 policemen in Iraq attacks
Sun 2012-03-04
  Sherpao escapes suicide attack in Charsadda
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  African Union troops say seize major al Shabaab base
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  39 Dead as Syrian Army Seizes Baba Amr and Rebels Withdraw 'Tactically'
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  Syrian rebels pull out of Homs after siege
Wed 2012-02-29
  Singapore: Iran assassination plot against Israeli Defence Minister Barak foiled
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  Yemen's Saleh formally steps down after 33 years
Mon 2012-02-27
  Congressmen Attacked on Mount of Olives
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