Ruth Warrick aka Emily Monroe Norton Kane in "Citizen Kane (1941)" aka Phoebe Tyler Wallingford / Phoebe English Tyler Wallingford Matthews Wallingford in "All My Children (1970--2005)" aka Countess Isabelle Gravini in "The Corsican Brothers (1941)" aka Amy Winkle in "Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944)" aka Lea Damaron in "Secret Command (1944)" aka Ruth Treadwell in "The Great Dan Patch (1949)" (Died in 2005 at age 88)
[An Nahar] More than 100 Sudanese lawyers in black legal gowns demonstrated on Thursday in defense of free speech, Agence La Belle France Presse reported, on the 13th day of unprecedented public protests.
"Demonstration is a constitutional right," said one of their banners,
No doubt they can show exactly where it is in the laminated copy of the Sudanese constitution each keeps in his hip pocket.
while another declared "Freedom of expression is a legal right."
Eighty legal practitioners in Khartoum held the silent protest by standing outside a courthouse for about an hour, while another 40 carried out a similar action in the capital's twin city of Omdurman, the news hound observed.
They also held signs objecting to high food prices.
Rights groups say scores of people have been set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! since the protests against inflation began on June 16 at the University of Khartoum.
After President Omar al-Bashir Head of the National Congress Party. He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself president-for-life. He has fallen out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it. announced austerity measures, including tax hikes and an end to cheap fuel, the protests spread to include a cross-section of people in numerous locations throughout the capital and other parts of Sudan.
Demonstrators in groups of 100 or 200 have burned tires, thrown stones and blocked roads in a growing call for regime change, which has been met by police tear gas.
In a rare show of restraint, riot police stood by while the lawyers protested.
On Sunday, lawyers erupted into the streets for a protest in El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan state, but some were set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! , witnesses said.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the government on Thursday to avoid "heavy-handed suppression" of protesters, who say they will intensify their actions on Friday.
Rights groups say scores of people have been set to sit in solemn silence in a dull, dark dock, in a pestilential prison with a life-long lock Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please! Pillay called on Sudan "to immediately and unconditionally release those who have been tossed in the clink Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! for merely exercising their rights to freedom of assembly and expression.
"Reports of ill treatment in detention are very worrying and must be investigated promptly."
[An Nahar] Bahraini security forces are searching for three suspects believed to be planning "terror" attacks in the kingdom and harboring materials used to make explosives, media reports said on Thursday.
Bahraini security forces had "identified three suspects believed to be involved in these terror activities... for whom there is a search operation underway," public security chief Tareq Hasan told news hounds in Manama late Wednesday, according to the state news agency BNA.
Hasan said recent raids uncovered "terrorist hideouts ... which resulted in the seizure of materials and tools used in the manufacture of bombs."
He said the suspects involved managed to "flee" after the hideouts were raided.
Last week, Bahraini police announced they had placed in durance vile I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece! five of a group of 20 people wanted over "terror attacks" which included bombings and harming civilians and security personnel.
On May 5, the interior ministry said four coppers were maimed in a "terror blast" in a Shiite village. A similar kaboom in another Shiite-populated village left four coppersmaimed in April.
In a separate incident, a Bahraini court lifted a travel ban on prominent Shiite rights activist Nabil Rajab, a day after he was released from prison, a court official told AFP on Thursday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said Rajab was also ordered to pay a $800 fine for posting comments deemed insulting to Bahraini security forces on his Twitter account.
Rajab was released Wednesday after a three week detention for his tweets.
He remains on trial for five separate charges, including two related to comments on the micro blogging site and three for anti-regime protest actions.
The tiny Gulf kingdom's Shiite majority claim marginalization by the Sunni regime, and have for months been calling for political and social reforms.
Amnesia Amnesty International says around 60 people have been killed since the anti-regime protests first erupted in February 2011.
Two Muslim converts were arrested in East London yesterday on suspicion of plotting an attack against the London Olympic canoeing venue.
The arrests were said to be based on a tip-off after men were seen behaving suspiciously close to the venue in Waltham Abbey, Hertfordshire on Monday. Local police officers began combing the banks after three men were seen in a dinghy on the River Lea.
A friend of the arrested men named the younger man as Jamal ud-Din and said the older man was someone he knew only as "Zakariya."
Mizanur Rahman said the arrests "might have had something to do with the fact that they recently went canoeing" on a branch of the River Lea, which runs through the Olympic site in east London.
"It's just people trying to get into the Olympic spirit," he said, but he believed the authorities would try "painting it as jihad training."
Glad they weren't shifty Calvinists. Those folks can be real trouble.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
Honestly, Calvinists are scarier than muslims. Muslims are like wild feral chimps. Calvinists are somber, humorless people, like the man in the black suit that never smiles, walks slowly and can still catch up to you no matter how fast you run, drive, etc. Then he shoots you right in the head and simply turns to walk away, never changing expression.
The four sailors reportedly on last Friday's helicopter flight from Colima state to Veracruz state were confirmed dead by the Mexican Secretaria de Marina (SEMAR), the controlling agency for the Mexican navy, according to a news release by SEMAR.
The four dead were unidentified, but it is known one was a pilot and two others were naval officers. The bird went down in a remote area of Jalisco state Friday afternoon, only minutes after commencing a return flight to its base in Veracruz. The helo left International Airport Playa de Oro in Manzanillo, Colima at about 1135 hours but lost contact before it was to reach Urupan Michoacan at around 1210 hrs.
Later it was determined the Eurocopter Panther AS565 helicopter had crashed atop a mountain at a remote location about 18 kilometers south of Pihuamo municipality in Jalisco state. That area has long been known as a haven for drug traffickers.
SEMAR has yet to release a determination of the cause of the crash.
Meanwhile, a Mexican Naval Infantry unit dismantled a synthetic drug laboratory in the same municipality as the crash, Pihuamo municipality in Jalisco state.
According to a second news release by SEMAR, the unit found a total of 875 kilograms of caustic soda, 198 kilograms of sodium acetate, 25 containers of various capacities, some with unidentified chemicals, 10 burners, two cook chimneys and 10 pewter steamers.
The lab was found about 30 kilometers northwest of Pihuamo municipality on 26 June.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
[Washington Post] BEIRUT -- Turkish military reinforcements began arriving along the Syrian border Thursday following tough warnings that Turkey is not prepared to tolerate the downing of one of its planes by Syria, heightening regional tensions ahead of a conference of world powers in Geneva this weekend.
A bomb kaboom in the heart of Damascus ...The City of Jasmin is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. It has not always been inhabited by the same set of fascisti... further underscored the sense of urgency building around the international gathering, which is being convened by U.N. 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... in an effort to salvage the United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... ' faltering diplomacy in Syria.
The dispatch of Turkish reinforcements came five days after Syria's attack on a Turkish air force F-4 jet sent tensions soaring between the estranged neighbors, whose once close friendship had already been ruptured by differences over a 15- month-old uprising against Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... Turkey's National Security Council -- made up of the president, top ministers and military generals -- stepped up the pressure on Syria with a sternly worded warning that Turkey does not intend to let the downing of the jet pass without response.
"Turkey will act with determination to use all its rights within the international law against this hostile act," said the statement, issued after a five-hour meeting.
[An Nahar] A Saudi national was convicted Wednesday of plotting attacks on the Texas home of former U.S. president George W. Bush, nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams and other targets, prosecutors said.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, was locked away You have the right to remain silent... last year after a chemical supplier became suspicious when he tried to order concentrated phenol, a toxic chemical that has legitimate uses but is also a powerful bomb-making tool.
The FBI found journal entries and emails in which he wrote about how he sought a scholarship to a Texas university in order to be able to "target the infidel Americans" and detailed how he would carry out Jihad.
One email he sent himself with the title "targets" contained the names and home addresses of three members of the U.S. military who had been stationed at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Another, titled "Tyrant's House," listed Bush's address in Dallas.
The FBI also found evidence that he was looking into using dolls to conceal explosives, targeting a nightclub with a backpack bomb and had emailed himself instructions on how to convert a cell phone into a remote detonator and how to booby-trap a vehicle using household items.
"This case serves as another reminder of the need for continued vigilance both at home and abroad," said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco.
"As this trial demonstrated, Aldawsari purchased ingredients to construct an bomb and was actively researching potential targets in the United States," Monaco said in a statement.
"Thanks to the efforts of many agents, analysts and prosecutors, this plot was thwarted before it could advance further."
Aldawsari faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine after being convicted of one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. His sentencing was set for October 9.
[Dawn] A woman was killed and a dozen others, including some coppers and children, sustained wounds when a police van entering a crime-infested locality of Dalmia came under a hand grenade attack on Wednesday, officials said.
The officials added that more than a dozen officials of the Aziz Bhatti cop shoppe, acting on a tip-off, moved into the thickly-populated Mujahid Colony on two vans. As the vehicles entered Street 12, a hand grenade went kaboom! near the one in front. The kaboom was followed by a gun attack.
"Most of the coppers remained unhurt, because they were inside the moving vehicle at the time of the kaboom," said an official at the Aziz Bhatti cop shoppe.
"But the blast left many pedestrians and children, who were playing in the street, maimed," he said, adding that all the victims were rushed to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre.
The victims were identified as 40-year-old Shakila, Naseeb Gul, 40, Safdar, 20, Siraj, 21, Mohammad Junaid, 18, Abdul Waheed, 19, seven-year-old Shehzad and his brother, Rustam, 10, Sultan, 12, five-year-old Sunny, eight-year-old Faisal Siddique, Sub-Inspector Mashooq Ali and 40-year-old police constable Mohammad Naveed.
"Shakila died during treatment. A few others were released after being provided first aid, while some of the injured underwent minor surgeries," said the official.
Heavy contingents of Rangers and police cordoned off the area following the kaboom and gunfire.
"The attackers were most probably associated with Mama Ishaq group -- an offshoot of 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.... gangsters," said DSP Pervez Iqbal Bhatti, the area's sub-divisional police officer.
"We moved to the area on reports about the presence of criminals wanted in several cases of murder, drug peddling, robberies and kidnapping for ransom. Finding themselves trapped, the criminals attacked the police party."
Following the grenade and gun attacks, the suspects also held one of the injured coppers as hostage but abandoned him shortly afterwards while fleeing after the area was cordoned off by the law enforcers.
"We have rounded up nearly half a dozen suspects. They are being interrogated. The findings will hopefully lead to more action from the law enforcers," he added.
Two bodies found
Earlier before dawn, officials of the Kalri cop shoppe on patrol spotted a suspicious-looking gunny bag, which contained the body of a young man, near the Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... i cop shoppe.
"With a single bullet wound, the body has severe torture marks. The victim's hands and legs were found tied with rope," said a police official.
Another body bag was found in a garbage dump near Hoti Market in Ramswami at night, said an official at the Nabi Bux cop shoppe.
"The victim, in his 20s, had sustained two bullet wounds to his head and chest," said DSP Zahid Hussain Siddiqi.
[Dawn] Militants kidnapped three peace activists in Khyber Agency on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, official sources said.
They said that members of banned jihad boy group Lashkar-e-Islam kidnapped three volunteers of Akkakhel Peace Committee at gunpoint from Sultankhel area. The kidnapped volunteers identified as Naseem Khan, Mohammad Imran and Faraz were on routine patrol in the area when they were intercepted and taken away at gunpoint. No clue to their whereabouts was found till late Wednesday.
Meanwhile, ...back at the comedy club, Boogie was cracking himself up, but nobody else seemed to be getting the non-stop jokes... security forces jugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! at least eight suspected faceless myrmidons during a raid on a house in Alamgudar area on Wednesday.
Officials said that Rustam Khan, a local commander of Lashkar-e-Islam, and three of his brothers were also among the jugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! persons. Identity of the rest of the jugged Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un! men could not be established.
Also, tribal elders and activists of different political parties have strongly condemned suspension of privileges of Bar Qambarkhel tribe by the political administration.
Shah Jehan, a local leader of Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... in Bara, said that residents of the area had already suffered owing to the ongoing military operation. The suspension of privileges also affected the issuance of national identity card, domicile certificate, marriage certificate and other necessary documents to tribal people.
He said that it was unjust to punish the entire tribe for refusal of Bar Qambarkhel to raise an armed lashkar.
[Dawn] At least thirteen people, including coppers and Shia Mohammedans, were killed and 20 people were maimed when a bus carrying pilgrims was targeted with a bomb in Hazar Ganji area on the outskirts of Quetta, DawnNews reported.
The passengers of the bus were returning back from Iran's city Taftan after a religious pilgrimage.
The bus was collided with a car before both the vehicles went kaboom!, eye witnesses told the media representatives.
The impact of the kaboom was so intense that the bus turned over, eye witnesses added.
There is no confirmation on the nature of the blast as yet.
There were around 80 passengers in the bus. Rescue teams are busy in taking passengers out from the bus.
The injured are being shifted to the civil hospital of the city and Bolan Medical complex hospital. Emergency has been imposed in all the hospitals of Quetta.
Police and Frontier Corps (FC) cordoned off the area after the incident as investigation went underway.
"A bus carrying Pak Shia Mohammedans was coming to Quetta from Iran when a bomb went kaboom! near it, killing eleven people including nine Shia pilgrims and two escorting coppers," senior local police official, Hamid Shakeel, told AFP.
"Our initial investigation suggests it was a remote controlled device planted along the road," he said.
Another senior local police official, Sikandar Tareen, confirmed the casualties.
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... has become an increasing flashpoint for sectarian violence between Pakistain's majority Sunni Mohammedans and minority Shias, who account for around a fifth of the country's 167 million population.
Balochistan is also rife with Islamist militancy and a regional insurgency waged by separatists who rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region's wealth of natural resources.
It is one of the most deprived regions of Pakistain despite its wealth in resources, and human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. activists have accused the military of mass arrests and extra-judicial executions in its bid to put down the separatist insurgency.
[An Nahar] A remote-controlled kaboom killed eight Pak troops and maimed three others Thursday in a restive Pak tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said.
The incident took place in Bara, the main town in the lawless Khyber tribal region where Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Death Eaters have carved out strongholds.
"At least eight troops including an officer were killed and three others maimed in a bomb kaboom, targeting two vehicles of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC)," a front man for the force told AFP.
The vehicles were on a routine patrol when attack happened, he added.
Earlier, the front man had said that four troops were killed and six maimed.
Local government official Nasir Khan also confirmed the new toll.
Pakistain's seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown gunnies and are strongholds of Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives. Washington calls it the most dangerous region on Earth.
Elsewhere in the northwestern Haripur district, three Pak men, allegedly tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... by security forces when they disappeared a year ago, were found dead Thursday after authorities ordered that they be produced alive in court.
The case spotlights the plight of the "missing" in Pakistain, where judges are seeking to bring the powerful military and intelligence agencies to book over mass arrests of alleged terror suspects, who are never seen again.
According to a preliminary autopsy report, the three men aged 30 to 35 were recently killed -- first poisoned, then their necks were broken.
Their bodies were discovered in the district of Haripur, part of the northwest where the army has been fighting to put down a Taliban insurgency.
"The dead bodies were recovered from three different places," Mohammad Ali Gandapur, district police chief, told AFP.
He said police were investigating who killed them and why.
Relatives of one of the victims told police he was tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... by security forces and had been missing for 11 months, Gandapur said.
Television footage showed the bodies being taken away by ambulance, accompanied by relatives and rescue workers.
A senior police official, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said the victims had been tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... by intelligence agencies.
An unnamed relative said the victims were three of 170 missing people ordered to be produced court by judges in the northwestern capital Beautiful Downtown Peshawar.
Earlier this month, the high court in Peshawar ordered spy agencies, police and the provincial government to provide details on the status of 170 people.
Mohammad Iqbal Mohmand, provincial deputy attorney general, told AFP that the court is hearing cases from 170 petitioners who want their relatives back and accuse the intelligence agencies of holding them illegally.
The court will next hear the case on July 11.
Pakistain's Supreme Court is also investigating the cases of missing people in the northwest and 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, where the military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down a separatist insurgency.
In February, seven men allegedly held by intelligence services appeared before the Supreme Court, more than a year and a half after being allegedly tossed in the clink You have the right to remain silent... in connection with terror attacks.
It was an unprecedented development that challenged perceptions that Pakistain's feared Inter-Services Intelligence operates above the law.
[Dawn] A series of attacks in Iraq killed 20 people and maimed more than 100 on Thursday, security and medical officials said, the latest in a wave of deadly attacks this month.
In the worst incident, a car booming in a popular market in the capital killed eight people and maimed 30, a police colonel and a medical official said.
Another car boomwent kaboom! near a Shia place of worship in Baquba north of Storied Baghdad ...located along the Tigris River, founded in the 8th century, home of the Abbasid Caliphate... , killing six people and wounding 51, said police and Dr Ahmed Ibrahim of Baquba General Hospital.
That attack came after a bombing in the city killed two people and maimed four, a police lieutenant said, while a police major said three people were maimed in an attack near the city.
Ibrahim said the hospital had also received two bodies and seven people maimed in the earlier attacks.
Another car boom killed two people and maimed 15 in Taji, also north of Storied Baghdad, an interior ministry official said.
In Samarra, farther north, gunnies killed two Sahwa anti-Al-Qaeda faceless myrmidons and maimed two more at a roadblock, according to a Sahwa leader and a medical source.
And five people were maimed in the former myrmidon town of Ramadi west of Storied Baghdad when a car boomwent kaboom! in a parking area belonging to a state-run immigration office, police and a medical source said.
Thursday's deaths brought to more than 200 the number of people killed since June
13 -- a far higher toll than the 132 killed in the entire month of May.
Attacks on June 13, which killed 72 people across the country, were later claimed by Al-Qaeda's front group, the Islamic State of Iraq.
Two car booms targeting Shias killed 32 people in the capital on June 16, while two days later, a jacket wallah killed 22 people in an attack on Shia mourners in Baquba, north of Storied Baghdad.
At least 12 people were killed by roadside kabooms, a suicide car boom and a shooting on June 22, while 12 more killed in two bombings on June 25.
And on Wednesday, three bombings killed 11 people, security and medical officials said.
An aide of the acting governor of the autonomous Muslim region in Mindanao (ARMM) was killed in an ambush by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Cotabato City, police said on Thursday.
ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman also confirmed the killing of Jesus Dillo, 45, his development consultant and an active peace advocate in Mindanao, while on his way home on Wednesday night. Police said Dillo died while undergoing emergency surgery for multiple bullet wounds. Witnesses said his attackers casually walked away from the scene and boarded their motorcycle after the killing.
Police have yet to establish the motive but Hataman said Dillo was one of the most prominent civilian leaders who helped him implement major reforms in ARMM, one of the poorest and corrupt regions in the country.
Catholic priest the Reverend Eliseo Mercado Junior joined Hataman in denouncing the killing of Dillo who was active in the political empowerment of Muslim and lumad (indigenous peoples) communities not only in ARMM but also in the whole of Mindanao.
[An Nahar] Violence killed at least 69 people, including 38 civilians, in Syria on Thursday after one of the bloodiest days of the 15-month revolt left nearly 150 dead, a human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... watchdog said.
Two bombs went kaboom! outside the Palace of Justice in central Damascus ...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world... on Thursday, state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
The bombs, which it described as terrorist attacks, went kaboom! in the car park outside the court complex in the al-Marjeh district, but a third did not explode.
A police source told Agence La Belle France Presse magnetic bombs went kaboom! in two judges' cars in the open-air car park, while a third was in the process of being defused.
He said three people were hurt, without identifying them, and that 18 cars were damaged
Also in Damascus, a woman was killed by sniper fire, as military operations continued outside the capital, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Twelve members of the same family, including three children and four women were killed in shelling in the Damascus suburb of Douma, while six people and one rebel fighter were killed in shooting and festivities with regime forces attempting to storm the town, the Britannia-based watchdog said.
Four non-combatants were killed elsewhere in the province in festivities and shooting.
And in the town of Irbin, four soldiers were killed in an ambush by rebels, the Observatory said.
In Deir Ezzor in the east, eight people were killed, including women and kiddies, in shelling and fierce fighting between rebels and troops backed by helicopters in several neighborhoods of the city, the watchdog said.
Ten people were killed in the central province of Homs, including four rebels and two civilians who died in al-Hosn village amid festivities with government troops and militiamen.
The Local Coordination Committees, made up of activists on the ground, reported renewed shelling in Homs city and in Rastan, whose power and water systems are suffering "complete disruption".
In the southern province of Daraa, three people were killed in shelling and sniper fire, while in the northwestern province of Idlib, a rebel fighter and a civilian were killed by regime forces, the Observatory said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the bake sale, Umberto's Mom's cannoli were a big hit... at least 19 member of the regime forces were killed in festivities with rebels in the provinces 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... , Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Homs and Idlib.
The deaths came after at least 149 people, 77 of them civilians, were killed on Wednesday in one of the bloodiest days of the uprising, the Observatory said.
More than 15,800 people have been killed in Syria, the majority of them civilians, since the start of the uprising against Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Despoiler of Deraa... 's rule in March last year, according to the Observatory's figures.