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Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
25 gold bars seized in Chittagong airport
Chittagong : Customs officials seized 25 gold bars weighing around 2.5 kg from a luggage here at Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport on Saturday morning.
Actually they seized 225 gold bars, but for some reason they announced the seizure of 25 of them...
Assistant Commissioner Moshiur Rahman Mandal of airport custom office said a flight of Air Arabia from Sharjah landed at the Shah Amanat International Airport at about 9pm on Friday.

Acting on secret information, customs officials searched an abandoned luggage of a passenger of the flight and recovered the 225 25 gold bars on Saturday morning, said Moshiur Rahman Mandal. But the passenger could not be traced.
He went home to get some more gold bars...
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [261 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Revenge Killings In South Egypt Leave 9 Dead
[Ynet] Security officials in Egypt say a fight between two families sparked by a dispute in a line to buy bread has killed nine people.

The officials said Saturday the feud began a month earlier in a town in the southern governorate of Assiut when a member of the Shaibaa tribe was killed in a fight over who was first in line to buy bread. Four members of the rival family were charged over the killing.
This is what real poverty looks like, as compared to most of what is labelled poverty in the U.S.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2013 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is what real poverty looks like, as compared to most of what is labelled poverty in the U.S.

This is not poverty, this is face (what westerners mistranslate as "honor").
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 3:47 Comments || Top||

#2  On the plus side, with nine down there is more bread per capita.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/03/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  You always see the bright side, SteveS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:26 Comments || Top||

#4  This is not poverty, this is face (what westerners mistranslate as "honor").

People who are not seriously hungry don't tie face to being first in line for a loaf of bread, g(r)omgoru, but to less immediately tangible things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2013 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  less immediately tangible things

Yes, like loosing face by yielding in an argument---regardless of the subject.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:38 Comments || Top||


10 Dead, 3 Hurt in Central Egypt Family Feud
[An Nahar] Ten people were killed in a feud between two families who went on a shooting rampage in a town of central Egypt on Saturday, security officials said.

The violence in the El-Badari area of Assiut province pitted members of the El-Shaieba and El-Aawashir families.

It started when a senior El-Aawashir member was rubbed out along with a relative and another man in an ambush by the rival family members, a police brass hat from Assiut, Hassan Seif, told Agence La Belle France Presse.

Seif said when reports of the killings spread, angry members of El-Aawashir went on a rampage, shooting at El-Shaieba members, resulting in seven more deaths.

Three others were maimed in the fighting.

Security officials said the El-Shaieba members carried out the initial ambush to avenge the death of a relative last year whose killing was blamed on the El-Aawashirs.

The area where the fighting broke out was sealed off by security forces, Seif said.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The Baxters and Rojos
Posted by: Frank G || 11/03/2013 7:15 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Niger detains scores of migrants en route to Algeria
[Al Ahram] Niger has detained 100 migrants on their way to Algeria, a security source said Saturday, in a crackdown on illegal migration after 92 people died of thirst trying to cross the Sahara. The migrants, mostly men but also some children, have been placed in police cells, the source said. Niger's government earlier announced it had "intercepted" 47 other migrants headed for Algeria on Friday.
Posted by: Fred || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under:


Arabia
Illegals rush to leave Saudi Arabia
Thousands of illegal foreigners, mostly unskilled workers from Asia, are rushing to leave Saudi Arabia before an amnesty expires on Sunday as they risk being fined or even jailed.

Nearly a million Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis, among others, have taken advantage of the three-month amnesty -- announced on April 3 and then extended for four months -- and left the country. Another roughly four million have legalised their situation by finding employers to sponsor them.

But the clock is ticking, and the Saudi labour ministry has said there will be no second chance, despite appeals from some Asian governments.

"We have absolutely no intention of prolonging the amnesty," said ministry spokesman Hattab Al Anzi.

Pakistan said this week that it has been pressing for an extension of the amnesty until the end of January. Even so, its foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said: "We are trying our best to legalise as many Pakistanis as we can before the deadline ends."

In contrast, Indian foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said"we have not asked for extra time," explaining Indians had been urged to "abide by the rules, and we have had quite remarkable success".

So foreigners are queuing outside governmental offices either to sort out the paperwork for leaving the kingdom or legalising their stays.

The Arab News daily said some Indians seeking repatriation had waited more than 31 hours outside the deportation centre in the Red Sea city of Jeddah to get the documents to leave. The immigration department said on Thursday that "more than 900,000 people have left the country with final exit visas".

Saudi Arabia is a goldmine for millions of people from Asia and elsewhere in the Arab world, who find work as common labourers, drivers, porters and house maids. Expatriates account for around nine million of the country's 27 million population.

Economist Abu Dahesh said illegal workers who were still needed by their employers had had their papers legalised, while the rest were rejected.

"They represented an oversupply," he said.

Economist Ihsan Bu-Hulaiga echoed that, saying "this labour force is marginal in terms of skills and qualifications; the Saudi economy will not be affected by their departure".

But the exodus could create a shortage of day labourers, particularly in construction and pottering.
It's not like a Saudi male will lift anything heavier than his purse...
Speaking at one of the many public squares in Riyadh where men used to gather and wait to be chosen, Pakistani Hafezudin Shah said "hundreds of men used to be available at this spot".

"Now, there are no more than 20."

Shah is among the lucky ones who found a new sponsor in a process that cost him 10,000 riyals.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Hafezudin Shah paid the equivalent of US$2700 for the privilege of working in the Magic Kingdom. Everyone gets a piece of the action....
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/03/2013 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The workers have to line up to get the exit documents in order to leave the country. They can't just leave, even though they are required to.

I'm so confused.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/03/2013 1:06 Comments || Top||

#3  ...strange, the Saudi jihadists didn't seem to need exit documents to go play in Iraq.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/03/2013 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The jihadists are pre-approved
Posted by: John Frum || 11/03/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Rambler in Virginia:
They can check out but they can't leave. Like the Hotel California or the Roach Motel.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/03/2013 15:05 Comments || Top||


Fire breaks out in Saudi prison, riots reported
A fire broke out at a prison in northern Saudi Arabia and rioting and gunshots were reported, a Saudi news website said on Saturday.
We've seen this movie too...
A Saudi official confirmed a fire had broken out at the prison but said it had been brought under control. The official said a statement was expected later from prison authorities.

The news website www.sabq.org reported that security forces were at the scene in the Buraidah prison, where the fire was reported in three rooms. It said there were reports of riots and gunshots inside the prison but gave no further details.

Local residents said the inmates were being held for criminal offences in the prison, which is located in an old part of the capital of al-Qassim province.

Prisoners held for security offences or for involvement in anti-government political activities are held at a different facility far from the site of the riots, they said.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
China vows to silence Dalai Lama in Tibet
China’s ruling Communist Party aims to silence the voice of the Dalai Lama in his Tibetan homeland by tightening controls on media and the Internet, a top official said Saturday.

The party’s top-ranking official in the Tibet region Chen Quanguo vowed to “ensure that the voices of hostile forces and the Dalai group are not seen or heard,” in an editorial published in a party journal called Qiushi. Officials would “make sure that the voice of the party is heard and seen everywhere in this vast 120 million square kilometre region,” Chen wrote in the editorial.

China has worked for decades to control the spread of information in Tibet, but some Tibetans remain able to access non-official sources of information including from exiles abroad by using radio, television and the Internet. But the party will attempt to stamp out access to such sources by creating party cells in some websites, confiscating satellite dishes and registering telephone and Internet users by name, among a host of other measures mentioned in the article.

China calls Tibetan exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” and accuses him of masterminding violent efforts to seek independence for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, says he advocates greater autonomy for Tibetans rather than independence.

Chen referred to Tibet as “a front line of the struggle against separatism” and vowed to “strengthen the role of party committees at every level, as the sole power”, in the editorial.

Tensions between Tibetans and the Chinese government continue run high, with more than 120 members of the minority setting themselves on fire in protest in recent years, leading to a security crackdown. Chinese police opened fire on Tibetans marking the Dalai Lama’s 78th birthday in July, shooting at least one monk in the head and seriously wounding several other people, overseas rights groups said.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is becoming a tactical Military insurrection.
Posted by: newc || 11/03/2013 0:42 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
India starts Mars probe countdown
NEW DELHI – India began a countdown Sunday to the launch of its most ambitious and risky space mission to date, sending a probe to Mars that was conceived in just 15 months on a tiny budget.
Posted by: John Frum || 11/03/2013 11:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  India's First Mars Mission in Pictures
Posted by: John Frum || 11/03/2013 11:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Shabash.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:24 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Tunisia Suspended From Davis Cup For Shunning Israeli Tennis Player
[Ynet] The International Tennis Federation has handed a one-year ban to Tunisia for not allowing their player Malek Jaziri to play a match against Israeli player Amir Weintraub at the Tashkent Challenger last month.

The brother and agent of the Tunisian tennis player filed a request with the Tunisian Tennis Federation to not play opposite Weintraub. The country's sports ministry approved Jaziri's request claiming the game has no sports value.
Some organizations have actual standards Good for them.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2013 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ya gotta feel for the guy. Nothing worse than getting Juice cooties all over your passing shot.

Snark of the day.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/03/2013 1:10 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
South African Admin: No Visits To Israel In Solidarity With Palestinians
[Ynet] South African International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that the minister of her administration will not visit in Israel in solidarity with the Paleostinians. "We have agreed to slow down and curtail big shotship contact with that regime until things begin to look better," the minister was quoted as saying by the News24 website.

"The struggle of the people of Paleostine is our struggle. The last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I couldn't go to sleep," she said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/03/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I could not stay awake.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/03/2013 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I could not stay awake.

Barely after midnight, and already we have a Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/03/2013 1:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Coincidently, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane's actions are in keeping with a trend began in 1990. The fastest growing religion in South Africa is not Judaism or Anglicanism by the way.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 4:18 Comments || Top||

#4  The last time I saw a map of Paleostine, I couldn't go to sleep," she said.

maybe she should avoid fiction at bedtime?

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Frank G || 11/03/2013 7:21 Comments || Top||

#5  South Africa elected a socialist whore to govern them. Poverty is going up again. Leave the Jews alone.
Posted by: newc || 11/03/2013 11:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Breaks my heart.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/03/2013 14:26 Comments || Top||

#7  South Africa elected a socialist whore to govern them.

It appears to be 'going around'.....as they say.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/03/2013 14:51 Comments || Top||

#8  Curiously the ANC people don't seem concerned about Arabs killing, raping and enslaving Blacks by the tens of thousands in Soudan. Don't seem concerned at all.
Posted by: JFM || 11/03/2013 17:38 Comments || Top||



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  Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Sat 2013-11-02
  Egypt army arrests head of Sinai radical militant group, dozens others
Fri 2013-11-01
  Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources
Thu 2013-10-31
  Israeli warplanes strike shipment of Russian missiles at Syrian port: officials
Wed 2013-10-30
  Suicide blast in Tunisian resort of Sousse
Tue 2013-10-29
  Somalia's al-Shabab commanders 'killed' in strike
Mon 2013-10-28
  Bomb blast kills 18 wedding guests in Afghanistan
Sun 2013-10-27
  Bombings in Baghdad, Mosul kill at least 49
Sat 2013-10-26
  Nigeria says kills 74 'Boko Haram' Islamists in ground, air assault
Fri 2013-10-25
  Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border
Thu 2013-10-24
  Iraq PM warns of 'war of genocide' as attacks kill 48
Wed 2013-10-23
  Kenya police officers raid nabs 50 Somali aliens
Tue 2013-10-22
  IDF soldiers kill planner of Tel Aviv bus bombing in a raid
Mon 2013-10-21
  Syria: Exploding truck murders 30 in Hama
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  Report: 400 arrested in Egyptian operation in Sinai

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