Rossana Podesta [Italian] aka Helen in "Helen of Troy (1956)" aka Nausicaa in "Ulysses (1954)" aka Shuah in "Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)" aka Hera in "Hercules (1983)" aka Antea in "Slave of Rome (1961)" aka Costanza Varno in "Raw Wind in Eden (1958)" aka CocÚ Lampugnani in "Homo Eroticus (1971)" (age 78)
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[Dawn] Eleven Taliban suicide kaboomers struck two Afghan and 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... bases in Kandahar province on Tuesday, after gunnies in police uniforms killed a coalition soldier, officials said.
Seven gunnies stormed a joint Afghan-NATO base in Shah Wali Kot district at around 3:30 am, sparking a 30-minute shootout that left all the attackers dead, Kandahar governor's front man Jawed Faisal said.
NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the attackers breached the outer perimeter of the base but no coalition soldiers were killed.
But Faisal and provincial police chief General Abdul Raziq both said a foreigner had been killed and two maimed, with Faisal describing the fatality as a civilian contractor. Their nationalities were unclear.
Hours later, four gunnies wearing police uniforms struck a police and NATO base in Kandahar city, triggering a firefight in which four officers and the attackers were killed, Raziq told AFP.
Nine coppers were maimed, he said.
Police witnesses said the attackers all had the uniform and equipment of regular officers, and were led into the base by a police captain who fled afterwards. Two other officers were tossed in the slammer Drop the rosco and step away witcher hands up! over the assault.
Tuesday's attacks came a day after men wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire on NATO soldiers in Kandahar, killing one before fleeing.
That incident brought to 23 the number of Western troops killed in 17 so-called green-on-blue incidents so far this year in Afghanistan, where 130,000 foreign soldiers are helping Kabul fight a Taliban insurgency.
"The International Security Assistance Force confirms that three individuals in Afghan police uniforms turned their weapons against coalition service members in southern Afghanistan yesterday, killing one ISAF service member," the alliance said.
A police official in Zhary district said the dead soldier was American, but there was no immediate confirmation.
ISAF gave no further details of the incident or the soldier's nationality, though most coalition forces in Kandahar are American.
An increasing number of Afghan troops have turned their weapons against NATO soldiers as the decade-long insurgency has progressed.
Some of the assaults are claimed by the Taliban, who say they have infiltrated the ranks of Afghan cops, but many are attributed to cultural differences and antagonism between the allied forces.
The last such incident occurred in May, when Afghan coppers killed two British soldiers in Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... The US-led ISAF has taken security measures in response to the shootings, including assigning "guardian angels" -- soldiers who watch over their comrades as they sleep.
Tuesday's violence came as Afghanistan's attorney general accused Pakistain over an unprecedented bloody sectarian suicide attack in Kabul last December that killed more than 80 Shia Mohammedans on their holiest day.
Eshaq Aloko said the assault was planned in Pakistain's northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar and criminal masterminded by "some spy agencies in our neighbouring countries".
On Monday, a Taliban roadside kabooming killed eight civilians, including women and kiddies, in the southern province of Helmand, the interior ministry said.
President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ... A former Baltimore restaurateur, now 12th and current President of Afghanistan, displacing the legitimate president Rabbani in December 2004. He was installed as the dominant political figure after the removal of the Taliban regime in late 2001 in a vain attempt to put a Pashtun face on the successor state to the Taliban. After the 2004 presidential election, he was declared president regardless of what the actual vote count was. He won a second, even more dubious, five-year-term after the 2009 presidential election. His grip on reality has been slipping steadily since around 2007, probably from heavy drug use... condemned the civilian deaths, saying the attack showed the beturbanned goons' "true face of brutality".
[Dawn] 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... says seven attackers have stormed a base of the US-led coalition in Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan.
The coalition says the attackers breached the outer security of the base on Tuesday in Shah Wali Kot district, but were then killed by guards at the compound.
Provincial front man Javid Faisal says initial reporting indicates that at least one foreign worker was killed and two other foreigners were maimed, but this could not be independently confirmed.
Earlier, Afghan officials said three Afghan coppers were killed when their checkpoint was attacked Tuesday in Kandahar city.
And US and Afghan officials say three individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on coalition troops Monday in Zhari district of Kandahar province, killing one NATO service member and wounding several others.
(Sh. M. Network)-Witnesses say the body of a young headless man was on Tuesday found dumped at a street in northern Mogadishu, Somalia.
A witness who saw the Headless corpse confirmed to Shabelle Media via phone from Wajeer village in Karan district that beheaded man was newcomer in the area from Yemen three days ago.
"He's a Yemeni alright. I'd know those collarbones anywhere."
A Yemeni? How odd. Was he a smuggler, a job hunter, or Al Qaeda?
"We shocked and terrified the slaughter of this man because of the executioners put the knife they carried out the action on the body after beheading him unkindness," said a local resident under anonymity.
The motive and the identity of the slayers are yet to be established. Hmmm... Who in Somalia chops the heads off people? I can't seem to recall...
(Sh. M. Network)-Somali government soldiers have on Tuesday exchanged heavy gunfire with gangs in Mogadishu, reports and Witnesses said.
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Mohammed Abukar, the police chief of Hodon district for Somali government, told Shabelle Media that the combat sparked after the security forces attacked on an armed bloc dressed in army uniform, taking illegal money at a checkpoint in Mogadishu's district.
"The security forces have placed in long-term storage You have the right to remain silent... a gang during the operation and handed him to Somali military court to face the justice over his involvement in robbing action against civilians inMogadishu," said Abukar.
It is not the first time that government soldiers disagreed and exchange gunfire in Mogadishu.
[An Nahar] Gun battles between security forces and suspected Islamists in Nigeria's Damaturu have killed at least 34 people, including three coppers and a soldier, a hospital source said Tuesday.
"So far we have 34 dead bodies in the morgue," said the senior hospital official after the fighting broke out Monday and continued Tuesday in the northeastern city now under round-the-clock curfew. "The figure is likely to rise.
A man claiming to be an Al-Qaeda terrorist militant seized four hostages at a bank in the French city of Toulouse on Wednesday and wants to negotiate with an elite police unit. The man fired a gun and wants to talk to the Raid police unit that gunned down Al-Qaeda-inspired gunman Mohamed Merah in March following a siege of his apartment in the same city after he went on a killing spree.
The man, aged 26, has been described as a "schizophrenic" by the local authorities but has told police that he is a member of al-Qaeda.
After one hostage was released this afternoon, the armed man spoke to his sister during negotiations with the police but continues to hold three hostage.
The gunman insisted that he was motivated by "religious motivations" and had not carried out his attack with the motive of robbery or money.
The sister of the hostage taker told local media that "my brother is enraged". "He was placed in Ddass (care of the social services) when he was little, has the rage and is afraid of the outside world," she said.
[An Nahar] Unknown attackers threw two grenades at NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... barracks at the tense border between Kosovo and Serbia early Tuesday but there were no casualties, NATO troops said.
"At 4.00 am this morning (02:00 GMT Tuesday) two hand grenades were thrown at the KFOR Compound ... at the Brnjak crossing point," in northern Kosovo, the NATO-led KFOR mission said in a blurb.
"One went kaboom!, the other remained dead in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. One KFOR soldier has received slight hearing loss, no significant material damage has been reported," it added.
KFOR peacekeepers have shut the crossing "until further notice" and called in experts to remove the unwent kaboom! grenade.
Tension in northern Kosovo, almost exclusively populated by Serbs who do not recognize the government in Pristina, has flared again since KFOR moved in to remove Serb-erected roadblocks earlier this month.
KFOR forces have been maintaining the security at the border between Kosovo and Serbia and in ethnically mixed areas around the flashpoint city of Kosovska Mitrovica and small ethnic Albanian pockets in the Serb-majority north.
[An Nahar] Eight Turkish soldiers and 10 Kurdish rebels were killed early Tuesday in festivities in southeast Turkey, the local governor's office said.
Eight Turkish soldiers were killed and 16 maimed when members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) attacked an army post at Yesiltas, near the border with Iraq and Iran, the governor's office said in a statement posted on its website.
"Operations are continuing in the region. According to preliminary findings, 10 Orcs and similar vermin were rendered ineffective," it added, a term often used by Turkish officials and security forces to refer to rebel deaths.
A group of Kurdish rebels probably crossed into Turkey from their bases in northern Iraq to attack the army post at Yesiltas, local security services said.
The NTV news channel said ground troops and combat helicopters were pursuing the assailants.
The family of an Immigration and Customs agent slain in Mexico has filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the U.S. government.
A pair of South Texas law firms representing the family of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata filed the claim June 14 and named ICE, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department as defendants. Attorneys for Zapata's parents, Mary and Amador Zapata, named several supervisors at the agencies and FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder.
The claim notice is a precursor to a lawsuit.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.
Attorneys in the case, Raymond Thomas and Benigno Martinez, were out of the office and could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Zapata was killed in a roadside attack near San Luis Potosi in northern Mexico in February 2011. Fellow agent Victor Avila was wounded.
A separate, $12.5 million claim citing negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress was filed on Avila's behalf.
According to the claims, two AK-47 assault rifles bought in Texas and smuggled into Mexico were used by the attackers to fire more than 90 rounds at the men. Lawyers for the agents said the government's practice of allowing U.S.-bought weapons to be taken into Mexico as part of broader gun trafficking investigations involving Mexican cartels allowed the weapons used in this case to be smuggled across the border.
In the filings, lawyers in the case allege that ATF officials in Texas knew the men who bought the two guns used in the Zapata killing were buying weapons bound for Mexico but did nothing to stop them.
[Dawn] At least six people were killed in incidents of violence in 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 on Tuesday.
Those killed included a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... (MQM) and a holy man.
A body was found stuffed in a gunny bag in Korangi's Chamra Chowrangi. The man had been kidnapped and then murdered.
Moreover, another body was found in Federal B Area's Jauharabad neighbourhood. The victim's hands and feet had been tied.
In another incident, bodies of three men were recovered from a stationary car on Mirza Adam Khan Road in the city's 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.... Town.
The three victims, who were residents of Bloody Karachi's North Bloody Karachi area, had been tortured and then rubbed out.
One of the victims from the shooting incident in Lyari was an active worker of the MQM.
Furthermore, unknown gunnies had rubbed out a holy man in the city's Nazimabad area.
[An Nahar] Militants from the armed wing of Gazoo's ruling Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, movement on Tuesday said they had fired 10 Grad rockets ...Soviet-developed 122-mm rockets, usually launched from trucks. Newer versions are reported to have a range of up to 30 km.... at Israel in a rare show of force after Israeli raids killed six.
"This is our answer to the Zionist crimes. It will continue if they carry out more strikes on Gazoo," a statement said, with a front man confirming it was the first time they had fired such longer-range rockets at Israel since April 2011.
The Israeli military said that 11 rockets had hit southern Israel since midnight, but could not confirm whether all of them were Grads.
The announcement came as the air force carried out another air strike on the central town of Deir al-Balah, targeting two men on a cycle of violence. One of them was critically injured.
The halting of a Russian ship bound for Syria that was believed to be carrying weapons and attack helicopters should act as a warning to others looking to supply arms ot the Assad regime, William Hague warned.
The MV Alaed was about 50 miles off the north coast of Scotland when it changed course, British officials said.
The change came after a British government intervention led the ship's insurers to withdraw cover for Russian firm that owns the vessel.
The Foreign Secretary told MPs that the fate of the Alead should act as a warning to others considering supplying arms to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
"I am pleased that the ship that was reported to be carrying arms to Syria has now turned back apparently towards Russia," Mr Hague said. "We have in place a European Union arms embargo on Syria. We discourage anyone else from supplying arms to Syria. We have had discussions with Russia about that specifically."
[An Nahar] Authorities on Tuesday have released nine Islamists locked away Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! in Roumieh prison after at least four years of imprisonment.
Two Paleostinian Islamists were not immediately freed, but handed to the Internal Security Forces.
Fourteen Islamists were initially locked away Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'! over alleged links to the Fatah al-Islam A Syrian-incubated al-Qaeda work-alike that they think can be turned off if no longer needed to keep the Leb pot stirred. terrorist network that fought deadly gunbattles with the Lebanese army in 2007.
Beirut Examining Magistrate Ghassan Owaidat ordered on Monday the release of the detainees on a LL500,000 bail each for lack of evidence of their involvement in the festivities.
Al-Jadeed said that Prime Minister Najib Miqati will pay the bail of each of the Islamists.
Some Islamists told the television station that they were locked away Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out! without trial, accusing the state and judiciary of neglecting their case and wrongfully imprisoning them.
They demanded that justice be granted to all detainees in Leb and that all Islamists be released from prison, reported al-Jadeed.
One released detainee estimated that some 180 Islamists are currently held in Roumieh prison.
The National News Agency said however that some 100 Islamists are currently in the jail, including 15 Lebanese nationals, three Saudis, two Yemenis, a national from each of Russia, Germany, and Turkey, while the rest are comprised of Syrians and Paleostinians.
[An Nahar] Troops pounded and raided rebel strongholds across Syria and festivities erupted in Homs on Tuesday as 36 people were killed in violence nationwide, a watchdog said.
Regime forces clashed with rebels before dawn in Homs where a soldier was killed amid "intermittent shelling" of the central city, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
"Columns of black smoke were seen rising from the area," the Britannia-based group said.
A commander of the Free Syrian Army from Baba Amr said the situation was "very tough" in the district of Homs which regime forces seized back from the rebels in March after a month of relentless shelling.
"We are still fighting, but we haven't made it into Baba Amr today. Our aim is to take the district back," Nasser Nahhar told AFP via Skype.
The Local Coordination Committees activist group said troops bombarded the rebel-held town of Rastan, in Homs province, from dawn with "fierce and continuous shelling."
The Observatory said a civilian was killed in Rastan, which government troops have been trying to take since February.
In the city of Homs, four people, including two rebels, were killed, the watchdog added.
Hama's Arbeen district was also pounded late Tuesday as three civilians were rubbed out in another part of the central city, while a loud blast was heard in the Andalus area.
"Something big is happening in Hama right now. We're afraid of what might happen here," an activist who identified himself as Abu Ghazi al-Hamwi told AFP via Skype.
In the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, regime forces killed three civilians in Al-Jura neighborhood, the Observatory said.
Elsewhere in the same province, Syria's oil hub, a pipeline was bombed, the watchdog said. An oil pipeline in Homs province was also attacked, it added but gave no further information.
In the 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... , one protester was rubbed out, while regime forces also carried out raids and arrests in Syria's second city.
Elsewhere in Aleppo province, a rebel was killed in festivities with regime forces.
Troops also shelled Douma, on the northern outskirts of Damascus ...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat... , killing five people, and also pounded Qalamun district in the same province.
And in the northwestern province of Idlib, violent festivities broke out between regime forces and rebels in a village on the Turkish border. Activists said troops used artillery.
The Observatory said there were reports of army defections following the festivities, adding 18 regime troops were killed on Tuesday.
The latest violence comes after dozens were killed on Monday, while according to the Observatory more than 14,400 people have died since the revolt against the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Light of the Alawites... broke out in March 2011.
The Observatory says most of the dead are civilians, but it counts rebel fighters who are not deserters from the army as civilians.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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