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Mali's Tuareg rebels ready to sign peace deal
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Indian villagers kill two for 'witchcraft': police
[Pak Daily Times] A group of villagers in eastern India killed an elderly woman and her daughter-in-law after accusing the pair of practising witchcraft, police have said.

Police in the eastern state of Jharkhand said a group of mainly female assailants beat the pair to death, after earlier deciding that they were responsible, through their alleged witchcraft, for the recent deaths of several children from illness.

"A 70-year-old woman and her 42-year-old daughter-in-law were killed by a large number of village women, who accused the duo of practising witchcraft," district police chief Rakesh Bansal said on Thursday.

"We have arrested 19 women from Karonda Jor village for their involvement in the killing," Bansal told AFP. The incident highlights the persistence of witchcraft and occult beliefs in some impoverished and tribal-dominated areas of India, leading to crimes primarily against women accused of taking part in black magic.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
'Happy Birthday to You' belongs to us all, lawsuit says
[Pak Daily Times] "Happy Birthday to You", the ditty sung around the world in tribute to everyone from toddlers to centenarians, belongs to the public, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday. The proposed class action asks a federal court to declare the song to be in the public domain and that Warner/Chappel Music Inc, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, return "millions of dollars of unlawful licensing fees" it has collected for reproductions and public performances of the song. "More than 120 years after the melody to which the simple lyrics of 'Happy Birthday to You' is set was first published, defendant Warner/Chappell boldly, but wrongfully and unlawfully, insists that it owns the copyright to 'Happy Birthday to You,'" the lawsuit said. A representative of Warner/Chappell was not immediately available to comment on the lawsuit.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:

#1  IIRC the original copyright length established was 14 years with a 14 year extension by the original owner/artist/inventor [who were individuals, not mega corporations]. The Founders loathed the old Royal Patents which were hereditary. However, enough gold plied upon the palms of Congresscritters can get modern copyright extended indefinitely.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/15/2013 9:09 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Zuma tries to reassure S. Africans over Mandela's health
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] South Africa President Jacob Zuma appeared on state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Tuesday to reassure an uneasy nation that Nelson Mandela, although in a serious condition, is receiving the best of care.

In a brief recorded interview Zuma reiterated that the anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa was in a stable condition.

"We are all feeling it, that our president, the real father of democracy in South Africa is in the hospital," Zuma, looking relaxed and clad in a sweater, told the South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [337 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If Madiba passes and all hell breaks lose [as Zuma fears], having a few US Naval vessels, possibly an aircraft carrier and a few Marines nearby might not be a bad idea. Could come in handy for the pending POTUS visit as well.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2013 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't get it. Why would Nelson shuffling off be a catalyst for civil unrest?

We can get to the question of why would we care later.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2013 14:29 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Key court ruling puts Kuwait democracy on the line
[Pak Daily Times] Kuwait now stands at a political crossroads ahead of a crucial court ruling on Sunday on a controversial electoral law, with the decision affecting the future of democracy itself in the oil-rich state.

The constitutional court, whose verdicts are final, will rule whether an amendment decreed by the emir last October to the electoral law is constitutional or not.

His decree intensified a bitter political crisis that had engulfed the emirate in 2006, sparking a wave of street protests, some of which turned violent.
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Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [361 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
South Korea prosecutors charge former spy chief
[Pak Daily Times] South Korean prosecutors on Friday charged the former head of the country's spy agency with trying to influence last year's presidential election.

Ex-director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Won Sei-Hoon is accused of ordering agents to post stories and comments under aliases attacking opposition candidate Moon Jae-In on popular websites.

Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said Won broke a law that bans NIS staff from intervening in politics and breached another which prohibits government employees from taking advantage of their position to electioneer.

The prosecutor's office added that it would not seek to have Won, who denies the charges, placed in jug pending trial.

Several days before the election on December 19 the allegations that NIS agents were trying to manipulate voters online emerged, sparking a police probe. Prosecutors have also brought charges against Kim Yong-Pan, the former head of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, for obstructing that investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [382 views] Top|| File under:


The Grand Turk
Erdogan Agrees to Halt Contentious Istanbul Park Project
[An Nahar] Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday agreed to halt plans to redevelop an Istanbul park at the center of two weeks of mass anti-government unrest, in a move protesters welcomed as "positive."
He could have done that in the first place and nobody would have turned a hair. Now he's bitten himself in the small of the back. Islam turned out not to be the answer.
I believe you are referring to what used to be described as the fleshy upper portion of the thigh, Fred, and at other times as the pride when the subject had been hurt in his.
It marked the first easing of tensions in the standoff, which has presented the Islamist-rooted government with the biggest challenge of its decade-long rule and earned it criticism from the West.

Hours after giving a "last warning" to defiant demonstrators camping out in Gezi Park, Erdogan made the concession in his first talks with a key group of protesters to defuse tensions in the crisis.

"The positive outcome from tonight is the prime minister's explanation that the project will not continue before the final court decision," Tayfun Kahraman, a front man for the Taksim Solidary group, seen as the most representative of the protest movement, said in televised remarks.

An peaceful sit-in to save Gezi Park's 600 trees from being razed prompted a brutal police response on May 31, spiraling into nationwide outpourings of anger against Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), seen as increasingly authoritarian.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


What Took So Long? - Yippie Blames The Juice
Erdogan claims Jewish investors behind protests.

At first he blamed opposition, hooligans, foreign governments, now Turkey's PM charges Western, Jewish financiers of scheming to topple economy through prolonged demos.

*sigh* It always seems to come down to that. Given all they're accused of, one would think the susceptible would be smart enough to keep their heads down and their mouths firmly shut.

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Posted by: Sharong Ebberetch2626 || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [564 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I know exactly how Yippie feels. When I couldn't find the kitchen shears for two days, the Juices were first on my blame list.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/15/2013 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I feel for you SteveS, evidently MOSSAD has a thing about kitchen shears and socks. I suspect some ritual thing or another.
Posted by: Shipman || 06/15/2013 2:39 Comments || Top||

#3  I hope he stops hinting at Soros and comes right out and names him, specifically.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/15/2013 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  In Israel, and in the West in general, Erdogan's story sounds like a zany conspiracy theory.

Yeah…that’s just zaney man! George Soros would never fund Marxist radical groups.
Posted by: Skunky Forkbeard8585 || 06/15/2013 9:21 Comments || Top||

#5  This is an old story. Erdie (my pet name for him) Well I could have called him poopie lumps!. The blame game. They all have ghosts under their bed. Obama is Bush, far right, GOP, Tea party, Rich people, conservatives, Constitution, huff, huff, let me catch my breath. "Jewish investors behind protests" come on. That is so lame. Erdie is the one who has directed things so poorly.
Posted by: Dale || 06/15/2013 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Well I could have called him poopie lumps!.

Thank goodness you plumped for Erdie instead, Dale. I'm not sure our readers could have handled the excitement of the other. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/15/2013 21:22 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Nawaz approves hike in power tariff
[Pak Daily Times] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
on Friday approved Rs 2.50 per unit increase in electricity tariff. The decision was taken by the prime minister at a high-level meeting aimed at reviewing the energy crisis. Nawaz decided to take comprehensive steps to increase power generation. Issues relating to power theft, uniform tariff and line losses came under discussion. The meeting also decided to start talks with neighbours, including India, to import energy. According to the Water and Power Ministry, the government has to give a subsidy of Rs 350 billion because electricity, which is being purchased at Rs 14/unit, is sold at Rs 9/unit to the consumers. It said that up to Rs 150 billion could be saved by increasing the power tariff by Rs 2.50/unit. The meeting was told that a new energy policy would be devised by the month-end.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Floods affect thousands in KP
[Pak Daily Times] About 400 families have been affected due to floods in Jala Bela, Bela Niko Khan, Mian Gujar and Islamabad Korona villages in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
district.

Standing crops in the area have also been damaged due to flood in Shah Alam and Naguman Rivers.

Official sources say, 20 families from Jala Bela have been shifted to safer places and food items are being provided to them. Protective bunds are being strengthened to protect these villages from further flood devastation.

According to Flood Cell Peshawar, River Kabul at Warsak and Nowshehra is in high flood. Panjkora River at Dir, Shah Alam River at Takhtabad and Naguman River at Charsadda Road are under medium flood. Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
River at Khawazakhela and Amandara are in low flood. Besides, Indus River at Tarbela is in low flood. In District Charsadda, protective bunds at Jamat, Dalazak and Garhi Mohkam Shah villages are being strengthened which have been damaged due to diversion of River Kabul. A portion of road near Kalam has been washed away by floods due to which traffic to Kalam Bazaar has been suspended.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Fight at PIA HQ among two rival groups
[Pak Daily Times] Police have registered a case against more than three-dozen members of Air League for disrupting law and order and beating rival group members in Airport area. Several people were wounded during a clash between two groups of Pakistan International Airlines at the PIA head office on Thursday. Police on Friday registered the FIR on the complaint of senior vice president of Peoples Unity Forum, Zameer Chandio against about 45 workers of the rival group, Air League. SHO Khalid Mehmood said that the members of Air League were accused of creating law and order [violation], beating the rival group members and attempt to murder by the complainant, adding that no arrest has been made and further investigation is underway.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [364 views] Top|| File under:


Project engineer kidnapped
[Pak Daily Times] Project Engineer of Katchi Canal was kidnapped near Bara area, in the jurisdiction of Shaheewali cop shoppe near here Friday. Engineer Mohammad Afzal was moving back along with driver and two other workers from the site of project when they were intercepted by five motorcyclists. The motorcylists tortured them after dragging outside of the vehicle and took them away. Later, the outlaws left the driver and other fellow workers and kidnapped the engineer. Police have started the paperwork but haven't done much else and began investigation.
Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [363 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Gazan Sets Himself on Fire in Dispute with Hamas
[An Nahar] A Gazook man was maimed on Friday when he set himself on fire over a property dispute with the authorities , and his brother was hurt trying to save him, a relative said.

Ibrahim al-Tarturi, 20, "set himself on fire to protest against the seizure of his house by members of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,," the Islamist group that rules Gazoo, the source said.

His brother Mohammed, 30, "tried to extinguish the fire to save him and suffered from less serious injuries."
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Posted by: Fred || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [425 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Warms your heart doesn't it?

That some wazoo would do that for Justice...

And Allah stood there and picked his Arab nose.
I love the Middle East. And now for some Coffee...
Posted by: Threater Flusoper9823 || 06/15/2013 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Gaza arithmetic: 2013 minus 1978 equals 99 years. Coming soon to a government near you.
Posted by: Glenmore || 06/15/2013 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Made a real ash of himself.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 06/15/2013 9:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Half-Baked Martyr.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/15/2013 10:15 Comments || Top||

#5  ....lookin' for a downside here....

Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/15/2013 19:08 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Rubio: Legalize Illegal Immigrants So They Can Fund Border Security
Didja enjoy that brief flirtation with the Presidency Mr. Rubio. You may wish to bottle what you have left, 'cuz it ain't comin' back.....

HT: Drudge
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 06/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  RUBIO's comments is actually more sensible than the following ...

* MABUHAY NEWS > US CONGRESS HAS NOT PASSED IMMIGRATION REFORM OR "AMNESTY".

IIUC, the status of Criminal Illegals doesn't change, nor are they deported.

Never mind the Political-Media Correctness + hoopla - all thats really been accomplished is MORE, NEWER Regs-n-Bureacracy???

KINDLER, NEWER DEBT + DEFICIT LEVELS???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/15/2013 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  B'bye, Rubio.
Posted by: gorb || 06/15/2013 1:16 Comments || Top||

#3  US taxes would of course be paid only after they have paid their Mexican Government [how to infiltrate to the US] map making tax ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/15/2013 4:28 Comments || Top||

#4  it'll take at least a couple hours before those fines are waived
Posted by: Frank G || 06/15/2013 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  We’re going to end up borrowing money like we do now for 40 cents out of every dollar, and I want to prevent that from happening.

Congratulations Sen. Rubio. Your false choice question officially grants you passage into the GOP establishment. (Aka; the Dark side). We eagerly await the time when you wax nostalgic about your family history as you conflate legal immigration with illegal aliens.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/15/2013 9:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I agree, Rubio has shown himself to be a candidate I can't follow. We agree on some big issues and on those I'd welcome his support, but we disagree on a pretty major one here. He just doesn't get the way the bulk of Americans feel on the matter and I hope it costs him when the time comes.

If Rubio wants to champion immigrants he should try to fix the system for guest workers and LEGAL immigrants (and promote Americanization instead of balkanization). Leave the illegal immigrant issue alone because they are ILLEGAL, they broke the law and there is nothing you can do to get most Americans to accept that somehow making them legal is a good thing.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/15/2013 20:37 Comments || Top||



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Sat 2013-06-15
  Mali's Tuareg rebels ready to sign peace deal
Fri 2013-06-14
  Mortars Fired at Damascus Airport, Delay 3 Flights
Thu 2013-06-13
  60 Boko Haram members killed in Maiduguri
Wed 2013-06-12
  Thousands Throng Istanbul Protest Square
Tue 2013-06-11
  Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead
Mon 2013-06-10
  Syria Islamists Execute Youth in Front of Family
Sun 2013-06-09
  Pak police recovers 15,000 kilos of explosive material
Sat 2013-06-08
  Tunisia Turns Away 8 Gulf Muslim Preachers
Fri 2013-06-07
  Seven killed in suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan
Thu 2013-06-06
  Nawaz Sharif elected as Pakistan PM
Wed 2013-06-05
  Locks Cut To Boston Water Supply Aqueduct
Tue 2013-06-04
  Missile Kills 26, including 8 Youths, in Syria Village
Mon 2013-06-03
  Damascus car bombing kills 9 security forces members
Sun 2013-06-02
  Second Muslim Convert Charged with London Soldier Murder
Sat 2013-06-01
  Turkey Finds Sarin Gas In Homes Of Suspected Syrian Islamists

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