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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Israel lottery senior employee tries to poison co-worker
A senior employee at the Israeli national lottery (Mifal HaPayis) was caught on security cameras trying to poison another senior employee, Israeli media reported on Sunday.

The former was documented by the security cameras at the Mifal HaPayis Tel Aviv headquarters pouring unidentified substance on the door of the latter's office.

The building's security guard, who spotted the employee in her attempt, called the police, who sent the unidentified substance for lab tests abroad. Tests found it to be mercury, a highly poisonous substance that is not easily attainable.

The employee was arrested Sunday morning and her house and office were searched by police. Police will request to extend her remand Sunday evening.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2013 05:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ah the Old Mad Hatter trick, I seen dis movie.
Posted by: Shipman || 07/01/2013 16:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Truth be told, we've *all* wanted to whack a co-worker. Not all of us get away with it.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/01/2013 21:26 Comments || Top||

#3  especially when done multiple times. Bwahahahahah!!!

Posted by: Frank G || 07/01/2013 22:14 Comments || Top||

Arizona Wildfire Kills Entire 19 Man Crew
The Prescott Fire Department lost nearly its entire crew today - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - with 19 firefighters dying.

A Prescott Fire spokesman told The Daily Courier the crew was battling the Yarnell fire, which has resulted in evacuations as it has grown to an estimated 1,300 acres in size.
Worst wildfire loss in 80 years and worst firefighter loss since 9-11. Really hurts to lose guys like these - I think half may have been volunteers. Several are just a degree or two of separation from me - friends of a friend - and probably from many of you too.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/01/2013 07:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So very sad. Brave Americans trying to save their neighbors and kin. There is no higher calling, none more brave. Be with the families and loved ones Geagte Here ek bid.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2013 8:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Having been a volunteer firefighter for 22 years this is imply a horrible incident. It is very risky work but the community is so much better for having people who do this because they care. We all like the action sadly there is always an inherent danger associated with it. My heart goes out to them all. Be safe my brothers and sisters.
Posted by: Rightwing || 07/01/2013 9:13 Comments || Top||

#3  As of now, lightning is blamed. Usual suspect "arsonist" rounded up in 3-2-1 to assuage public outrage.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/01/2013 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  What happened? A shift of the wind? I heard that a simple change in wind direction can lead to fires sweeping hundreds of acres in a matter of seconds. Scary.
Posted by: Tyranysaurus Sneth4452 || 07/01/2013 10:47 Comments || Top||

#5  I helped fight the fire back in 1994 and still remember that horrible day. Somethings went horribly wrong happened in Prescott if it caught 19 firefighters since disasters like this are a combination of several things done wrong and going wrong all at once.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2013 10:58 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm trying to find out TS4452.

If I could guess by the name, canyon fires are very tricky. My gear got ruined and not in a hah hah joke way one day when we were fighting a grass fire, where the grass was real short and dry and the wind was blowing 60mph, shifty too, say a 30 degree change too frequently - didn't help the damned pump went out. Didn't see fire, just the ground changing color, then hits taller stuff and whoosh, angry fire and that was in flat land, canyons + big heat make for some...interesting things to remember. Also, tree embers and burning critters can blow a hole in any defense measures set up, such as a back burn, wet line, or road plow/grater.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2013 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Also, tree embers and burning critters can blow a hole in any defense measures set up...

Watch out for flaming squirrels!
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2013 11:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Jackrabbits, man. Jackrabbits.

Stories out there are a bit breathless, so not sure how much stock to put into them. Darth, would it be a good guess that these firefighters were on foot?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2013 12:23 Comments || Top||

#9  If they were digging holes and deploying the "shake and bake" then I would guess they were. Sounds like the fire moved so fast a few had time to open the shelter, but didn't get under it in time according to reports.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2013 12:59 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Johnny Depp "Lone Ranger": Early Bad Reviews Signal Disney Disaster
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 12:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [920 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Where is the congressional investigation and agitaters' hand waving about a Native American being played by an effeminate white male? Paula Deen was just demolished for something like this, and here Depp is acting the fool in redblackface. Where is that discussion? Otherwise, shuddup about the ball teams.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/01/2013 13:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "He don't look Potawatomi."
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 14:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Saw Depp in an inteview on the Letterman show (first time I glanced at it in ages -- won't make that mistake again) and the ensuing, seemingly endless, vitual sob fest for the white man's (us, again) treatment of the noble red folks was something to behold. Depp later followed the lecture on caucasian evil with much pedestal-putting of Indun (don't dare call them Indian, cuz Columbus was lost -- a factoid also included in the lecture series) culcha. About halfway through this cluster farg, I turned to The Wife (mostly a liberal) and asked, "What IS this?" A shrug and "I don't know" was her response.

Did not bode well for the flick.
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra9196 || 07/01/2013 14:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep, skip over the Aztec blood sport.
Skip over the early records of encounters where the Euros join one tribe's traditional territorial raiding of another. Marauding and looting existed in Pre-Columbian America. They just carried it out with lower level tech.
Skip over little facts, like why the Crow wanted to be scouts for the US Army [something about the enemy of my blood enemy is my friend].
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2013 14:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Also skip over how the Lipan Apache and the Tonkawa in Texas readily allied themselves with Texas rangers and volunteers to fight against their traditional enemy, the Comanche.

You know, if I were on the ground floor of a Lone Ranger reboot, I'd throw out all the traditional post-Civil War detail and convention from the TV series and previous movies ... and move it back to pre-Civil War Texas. A young ranger survivor and his Lipan Apache scout friend, wandering around on the fringes of the frontier doing good. I'd even ditch the mask - not to mention that stupid bird squatting on Depp's head. In the years before photography became widely available, you could wander around and five miles from where you lived and worked, no one would know the hell who you were. Back to the basic adventure, just two guys traveling around, doing the bit of good and rescuing people from bad guys ... I could so make that version rock!
(And I just had an idea for a pair of walk-on characters for the next book...)
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 07/01/2013 14:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Good idea. Make Tonto a Tonkawa. Nobody ever writes westerns that have Tonkawas in them.

Potawatomis lived up north. As far as I know they didn't have chicken hats.

Maybe you could have a few Coahuiltecans walk on, Sgt. Mom? Maybe in the midst of the Second Harvest?
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 15:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Sgt. Mom -- that would be taking American culture seriously. That's not allowed anymore.

I swear, if they made a "Fibber McGee and Molly" movie, there'd be a scene where they shoot heroin before calling Wallace Wimpel and his wife over for a foursome.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/01/2013 15:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Also skip over: roughly 15-20 thousand years of unceasing inter-tribal warfare and lack of any technology beyond the late stone age.
Posted by: Muggsey Mussolini || 07/01/2013 16:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Muggsey, 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Of course this has nothing to do with how Hollywood and actors view history.

Posted by: 3dc || 07/01/2013 19:07 Comments || Top||

#10  AFAIK its not in theater yet, at least here in Guam.

I loved the TV Westerns as a kid back in the late 1960's - mid 1970's - I'll be pissed iff the remake + Helen Bonham Carter is lousy.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/01/2013 19:49 Comments || Top||

#11  You'll be pissed. I can tell that from the chicken hat.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 20:18 Comments || Top||

Deadline.Com Dubs Liberal 'White House Down' a 'Flop'
[BREITBART] White House Down, the new film chockablock with liberal talking points and a stand-in for President Barack Obama, underwhelmed during its first weekend in theaters.

The powerful entertainment site Deadline.com dubbed the movie's $26 million haul a flop.

White House Down features Jamie Foxx playing the president, a leader whose plan to pull all U.S. troops out of the Middle East is interrupted by right-wing terrorists who attack the White House. Numerous critics said the filmmakers intended Foxx's character to echo Obama, and director Roland Emmerich routinely portrays right-of-center characters as either fools, cowards or villains.
I guess that's because the country's been overrun by right-wing terrorists in the past ten or fifteen years. People are probably tired of seeing reality reflected so accurately.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [502 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They'll break even when it goes into international distribution.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/01/2013 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  We had a thunderstrom roll thru San Antonio yesterday, which left us without electrical power for much of Sunday. We thought we'd kill a couple of hours, waiting for power to be restored by going to the nearest movie theater and taking in a movie - whatever was showing that interested us. This turkey was one of them, by the way. We looked over the list of movies showing ... and were completely underwhelmed. Not one of them interested us enough to pay $10 to see it. (We went home, after picking up some ice and groceries and read our Kindles, instead.)
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 07/01/2013 8:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Most of the hollyweird production is now oriented to that world market where trashing America gets box office returns. Just like publishers turning down book pre-orders for a best seller because it's not about business anymore, it's about pushing your disdain for fly over country while parasitically living here.

There’s an economic concept known as a positional good in which an object is only valued by the possessor because it’s not possessed by others.

The term was coined in 1976 by economist Fred Hirsch to replace the more colloquial, but less precise “neener-neener”.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Deadline.com is, obviously, racist /sarc.....
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 07/01/2013 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Always happy to see liberal wet dreams flop in the real world.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/01/2013 19:02 Comments || Top||

#6  and after Foxx's turn in Django Unchained, kinda nice to see him get some box office humility. Still happy with "getting paid to kill white people in a movie?"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/01/2013 21:20 Comments || Top||

#7  "Not one of them interested us enough to pay $10 to see it"

I know what you mean, Sgt. Mom. The last time I was in a movie theater was for either Armageddon or Apollo 13 (depending on which was released last). Some movies should be seen on the large screen, at least the first time.

What amazes me is they keep making this trash - surely they'll run out of suckers financial backers sometime. >:-(
Posted by: Barbara || 07/01/2013 21:57 Comments || Top||

#8  ..its a world market not America anymore for them. I'm with the Instaprof - End the Hollyweird Excise Tax* Cut and Subsidies!

* the 20 percent excise tax on motion picture theater gross revenues that existed between the end of World War II and its repeal in the mid-1950s.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/01/2013 22:39 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Champ in SA: Anti-US protests and warning shots amid visit - BBC
In South Africa, police have fired warning shots at a protest against President Champ's visit to the country.

At the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus, where Mr Obama hosted a question and answer session on Saturday, groups were protesting about the use of drones in the Middle East, the continuing Cuban crisis and Champ's failure to completely close the camp at GITMO.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2013 03:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But, bit, bit, I thought everyone was to love America once rid of Dubya. And don't they know Bambi has a Nobel Peace Prize?
Posted by: JFM || 07/01/2013 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Couldn't be more than three or four folks.

Probably Imported Tea Party Troublemakers™
Posted by: Bobby || 07/01/2013 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Meanwhile, Dubya is opening clinics in Africa to rave reviews.

Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/01/2013 13:23 Comments || Top||

Champ warns tyrants in Africa - Nuus24
Cape Town - US President Barack Obama warned on Sunday that Africa could only fulfil its rising potential with leaders who serve their people, not tyrants who enrich themselves.
Green Energy schemes and kickbacks pay much, much better.
In a strident call for democratic change and good governance, Obama used the political legacy of ailing Nelson Mandela and South Africa's emergence from grim years of apartheid as proof that freedom will ultimately prevail.
That was only after he gave us a new glimpse of his college daze and his moment of ANC communist inspiration.
"In too many countries, the actions of thugs and warlords and human traffickers hold back the promise of Africa," Obama said at a speech at the University of Cape Town.
"Human trafficking" perfectly acceptable if they are of voting age. No ID necessary by the way.
"America cannot put a stop to these tragedies alone, and you don't expect us to. That is a job for Africans. But we can help you and we will help you," he said, announcing major new US programmes to boost electricity and health care.
$ 7b in USD borrowed from the Chinese to build grids for Chinese industry in Africa. Quite innovative.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2013 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What rising potential? Did I miss something?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/01/2013 12:17 Comments || Top||

#2  In Zim and elsewhere, the exodus of white farmers and land owners is viewed by some segments as "rising potential".
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/01/2013 16:18 Comments || Top||

Senegal detains former Chad dictator ahead of trial
[Pak Daily Times] Senegal
... 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...
ese authorities locked away
Please don't kill me!
former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre on Sunday, the first step towards a trial on charges of crimes against humanity that is seen by many as a milestone for African justice.

The man once dubbed "Africa's Pinochet" also stands accused of war crimes and torture during his eight years in power in Chad, where rights groups say that some 40,000 people were killed under his rule.

"Hissene Habre has been taken into custody as part of the probe," said a prosecutor with a special court set up in February to try the 70-year-old former leader.

One of Habre's lawyers, El Hadji Diouf, told local radio he had been tossed in the clink
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
at his home in Dakar where he lives with his wife and children and taken to an unknown destination.

Delayed for years by Senegal where he has lived since being ousted in 1990, Habre's trial will set a historic precedent as until now African leaders accused of atrocities have only been tried in international courts.

Typically dressed in combat fatigues during the years of his rule, Habre earned the nickname "desert fighter" after he seized power in 1982 from former rebel ally Goukouni Weddeye during a long conflict with Libya, which wanted to annex the north of Chad.

His regime was marked by fierce repression of his opponents and the targeting of ethnic groups, and in 1990 he fled to Senegal after being ousted by Chad's now President Idriss Deby Itno.
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At least 30 killed by fuel truck explosion in Uganda
[Pak Daily Times] At least 30 people were killed and scores more injured when a fuel tanker exploded on a highway in Uganda, a major transit route for fuel heading from Kenya to land-locked east African states, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

The truck exploded late on Saturday a few miles north of the capital Kampala after it had stopped when it was involved in an accident with another vehicle and people nearby crowded round trying take fuel from the tanker, the spokesman said.

The practice of taking fuel from stricken trucks is not uncommon, although what caused the blast was not immediately clear.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [323 views] Top|| File under:

EDL Leader Tommy Robinson Released On Bail
[NEWS.SKY] Two English Defence League leaders have been released on police bail after they were locked away
I ain't sayin' nuttin' widdout me mout'piece!
by police in Central London.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said: "Two men aged 30 and 44 have been released on bail to a date in mid- August pending further enquiries."

Tommy Robinson had shouted, "You are enforcing Sharia law", at officers who held him on suspicion of obstructing police as he tried to enter the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

The EDL had previously announced plans to walk through part of the capital before gathering outside Woolwich Barracks, near where Drummer Rigby was hacked to death in broad daylight.

But the Metropolitan Police put conditions on the march which demanded that it ended at Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords.

As well as planning to lay flowers in memory of Drummer Rigby, Mr Robinson and EDL co-leader Kevin Carroll, who was also arrested, were walking to raise money for a young girl fighting cancer.

Sky Correspondent Tom Parmenter said: "They'd walked six miles when they were arrested outside Aldgate East underground station.

"Police had been tracking the walk across London and had regularly spoken to them about their route.

"The EDL leaders had been warned not to go past a large mosque in east London or enter the borough of Tower Hamlets.

"As they approached the boundary of the borough they were warned again by officers who told them they may be arrested."

Mr Robinson and Mr Carroll repeatedly asked if they would actually be arrested before another man approached the pair and assaulted Mr Carroll.

Parmenter said: "As coppers tried to deal with the situation the EDL leaders continued to walk forward and then a senior policewoman placed the pair under arrest."
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [360 views] Top|| File under:

France's triumphant 'Joan of Arc' vows to bring back franc and destroy euro
Marine Le Pen is spoiling for a fight. The leader of France's Front National vows to smash the existing order of Europe and force the break-up of monetary union, if she wins the next election.
Posted by: tipper || 07/01/2013 15:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [334 views] Top|| File under:

The Grand Turk
Pro-Kurdish party urges Ankara to 'take step' for peace
[Al Ahram] A pro-Kurdish party said it will launch on Sunday rallies in several cities to press the Turkish government to "do its part" to settle the nearly three-decade old conflict in southeast Turkey.

"Our party is calling on our people as well as all oppressed and ignored segments of society to say 'Government, take a step' in order to step up the struggle for democracy," the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) said in a statement.

The party is calling on Ankara to "do its part" for a democratic solution to the bloody conflict and to "stay away from any actions" which could undermine the grinding of the peace processor.

The BDP said one of its main demands was to ensure freedom for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, who has been serving a life prison term on a remote island off Istanbul since his 1999 capture.

The PKK first took up arms for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey in 1984, sparking a conflict that has cost some 45,000 lives.

The BDP's other demands included release of Kurdish prisoners and political activists, the lifting of restrictions on education in the Kurdish language and reducing the 10-percent election threshold required to secure seats in the 550-seat parliament.

The BDP-led campaign comes after Ocalan said Tuesday that he has sent Ankara a set of proposals for the next phase in peace efforts to follow the withdrawal of rebel fighters from Turkish soil.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under:

Turkish activists protest police tactics, govt rhetoric
[Al Ahram] Thousands protested in Istanbul's Taksim Square Saturday at what they say is harsh police treatment of anti-government demonstrators, as activists placed press adverts calling on the regime to tone down its rhetoric.

Riot police blocked off the centre of the square, the symbolic heart of the nationwide protest movement, for some two hours as the demonstrators chanted "Government, resign!"

The crowd also denounced the death of a demonstrator in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast on Friday after soldiers opened fire to disperse villagers protesting against the expansion of an army outpost.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [351 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And international human rights organizations have their back.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2013 5:47 Comments || Top||

Dangerous polio strain detected in NWA
[Pak Daily Times] The detection of dangerous polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
virus P1 in a child of the North Wazoo Agency (NWA) has raised concern among the health authorities. According to details, type P1 virus has been detected in a nine-month-old child of Datakhel area of NWA. Health authorities noted that due to the creation of hurdles by the tribal people in the anti-polio vaccination, spread of poliovirus on a large scale was feared in FATA. The health authorities also said that the three-day anti-polio vaccination campaign would kickstart in FATA, except North and South Waziristan agencies, from Monday (today). Due to security threats more than two hundred thousand children of NWA and SWA would remain deprived of the vaccination.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [508 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Polio is very Islamic. Smallpox next
Posted by: Frank G || 07/01/2013 21:26 Comments || Top||

'Blasphemy' girl moves to Canada
[Pak Daily Times] A Christian girl who was incarcerated
Please don't kill me!
for alleged blasphemy last year and forced into hiding for fear of her life has moved to Canada, an activist said on Sunday.

Rimsha Masih could have faced life in prison if convicted over allegations that she set fire to pages of the holy Koran in the poor, run-down neighbourhood where she lived on the edge of Islamabad.

She was arrested last August and spent three weeks on remand in one of Pakistain's toughest jails in a case that drew widespread international condemnation.

She was released on bail and the case against her was quashed in November, but she and her family were forced into hiding, living under government protection for fear of their lives.

But a Christian activist in Pakistain told AFP on Sunday that Rimsha and her close relatives had moved to Canada.

"Rimsha and her family have arrived in Canada," Sajid Ishaq said.

"The Canadian government is supporting them. They are presently doing a foundation course to learn basic English," he said.

Basharat Masih, a Pak policeman who said he had been assigned to Rimsha's protection, also confirmed that they had left.

"They are being taken care of by the Canadian government and attending church services," he told AFP.
Posted by: Fred || 07/01/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They can get to her in Canada.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2013 5:46 Comments || Top||

#2  There was a time the United States of America would have taken her in, in a flash - Now ?!?
Posted by: Au Auric || 07/01/2013 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  She wanted the free health care.
Posted by: Glarong Sneart4734 || 07/01/2013 10:35 Comments || Top||

#4  re: #1 g(r)omgoru True, they can get to her in some parts of Canada,mostly the big cities. BUT . . . . there are a LOT of places in Canada where they cannot get to her. From time to time I frequent some of those places and I can assure you that they do exist.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 07/01/2013 11:01 Comments || Top||

#5  From your mouth to the ear of G*d, CS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/01/2013 12:31 Comments || Top||

Iraq Kurds delay presidential polls over row
[Al Ahram] Iraqi Kurdish politicians agreed on Sunday to delay controversial presidential polls for two years as they sparred over whether to allow regional leader Massud Barzani to stand for another term in power.

Parliamentary and provincial elections due September 21 will go ahead as planned, but the delay to the presidential polls are the latest step in a months-long battle between the two regional hegemons and opposition parties over whether Barzani, the dominant figure in the autonomous three-province region, can remain in office.

The opposition argues Barzani has served the maximum-allowable two terms in office, but the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its smaller partner the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have pushed for a referendum on a new constitution which would, if approved, allow him to serve up to two more.

On Sunday, the standoff reached a head, with opposition politicians throwing water bottles and fistfights breaking out in the Kurdish regional parliament, before a delay to the presidential elections was eventually approved.

"The Kurdish parliament approved delaying presidential elections for two years," said Omar Sadiq, an MP loyal to Barzani's KDP. "The election on September 21 will be for parliament and the provincial councils only."
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Science & Technology
ICANN Close to Opening New Online Domains
[An Nahar] The agency in charge of website addresses passed a major milestone Friday on the path to broadening the world of domain names by the end of this year.

The board of U.S.-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) touted freshly-approved benefits and responsibilities for registrars that essentially act as domain name wholesalers.

Changes to contractually enforceable rules include requiring registrars to confirm phone numbers or addresses of those buying domain names within 15 days.

"People who have stolen an identity or have criminal backgrounds obviously don't want to give you their name and address if their intentions are not kosher," said Cyrus Namazi, ICANN's vice president of industry engagement. "The intent here is to weed out bad actors."

Prior to new rules outlined in the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, there were "loose checks and balances" to make sure aliases weren't being used by people buying domain names, according to Namazi.

"It is a very serious and significant milestone in moving toward new gTLDs (generic Top-Level domains)," he said.

ICANN is considering more than 1,800 requests for new web address endings, ranging from the general such as ".shop" to the highly specialized like ".cycle of violences."

Many of the requests are from large companies such as Apple, Mitsubishi and IBM
...contributed $532,372 to the 2008 Obama campaign...
-- with Internet giant Google
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alone applying for more than 100, including .google, .YouTube, and .lol -- Internet slang for "laugh out loud."

Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,-based ICANN says the huge expansion of the Internet, with some two billion users around the world, half of them in Asia, means new names are essential.

There are currently just 22 gTLDs, of which .com and .net comprise the lion's share of online addresses.

"We spent a long time negotiating very thorny issues," Akram Atallah, ICANN's generic domains division head, said in an online video. "The new agreement achieves everything we wished for in order to roll out the new gTLD program."

The first new website address endings should be available in the final quarter of this year, according to Namazi.

The revamped agreement will affect more than 1,000 domain name registrars around the world.

ICANN has been negotiating with domain handlers for more than two years on agreement revisions, with interests of governments and law enforcement agencies among those factored into changes, according to Namazi.

"Law enforcement agencies played a big role in it, because Internet crime is one of the biggest factors out there," he said.
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