[KSTP] Six members of a St. Paul street gang were sentenced in federal court for conspiring to illegally possess firearms, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The individuals all belonged to the gang HAM Crazy and include Marvell Voshon Jefferson, Shelby Delane Ashford, Casey Jemar Davis, Phillip Dwayne Jackson, Nakia Marquire Martin and Pierre Cortez Jenkins, according to the release. Carmelo Manuel Marrero also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date.
[Al Jazeera] The health of Gabon's President Ali Bongo has "greatly improved" after the 59-year-old was hospitalised as a result of discomfort and "persistent vertigo", according to the presidency.
The leader, who was admitted to a hospital in Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... late last month, is "in a phase of recovering all his functions", spokesperson Ike Ngouni said in an official statement on Sunday.
Bongo was in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh, to attend an investment summit and speak alongside other leaders but was not seen during the discussion.
Ngouni said the president was transferred to King Faisal hospital and "has received all the needed support", adding that "he is in the process of "recovering most of his functions".
"Ali Bongo ... continues to carry out his duties. The institutions of our Republic, therefore, function today perfectly in the strict respect of the constitution," the statement said.
Lack of official news, along with memories of the secrecy that surrounded the death of the president's father, Omar Bongo, in office in 2009 has led to increased speculation about his health.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats
Big man of Gabon, Ali Bongo,
You're bigger than Omar -- you're mongo!
You've got Coca-Cola
And oil, no ebola,
And bank way more francs than one Congo.
[AlAhram] The two Koreas began destroying 20 guard posts along their heavily-fortified frontier Sunday under a plan to reduce tensions on the border.
Under an agreement made between their generals in late October, North and South Korea agreed to each remove 10 posts and preserve one on either side of the frontier.
The militaries on Sunday began destroying the 20 border guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas after withdrawing troops and equipment from them, Yonhap news agency reported, citing Seoul's defence ministry.
South Korea has around 60 such posts along the rest of the border while the North has about 160, Yonhap said.
The border truce village of Panmunjom -- or the Joint Security Area (JSA) -- is the only spot along the tense, 250-kilometre (155-mile) frontier where soldiers from the two Koreas and the US-led UN Command stand face to face.
But as part of the latest reconciliatory gesture, the two Koreas last month removed all firearms and guard posts from the area, leaving it manned by 35 unarmed personnel from each side.
The moves come as a diplomatic thaw between the former wartime foes gathers pace.
Under doveish South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Seoul has pursued a policy of engagement with its isolated, nuclear-armed neighbour, in contrast with the US which insists pressure should be maintained on Pyongyang until it denuclearises.
Moon and North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un ...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished... agreed on a broad plan to ease tensions along the border during their third summit in Pyongyang in September.
The two nations technically remain at war after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of the peninsula and ended with a ceasefire instead of a peace treaty.
But ties improved markedly this year as Moon and Kim took a series of reconciliatory gestures.
Kim and US President Donald Trump ...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States... also held a historic summit in June in Singapore and signed a vaguely worded deal on denuclearisation, but little progress has been made since then, with the two countries sparring over the exact meaning of the agreement.
Planned talks between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and one of Kim's right-hand men, Kim Yong Chol, were also delayed this week.
[DAWN] Police on Saturday night got control of a seminary and mosque in the Korangi area of Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... after a clash between two groups left seven people injured, officials said.
"Police took control of both seminary and mosque to prevent the situation from deteriorating after the clash," said Karachi East Zone DIG Amir Farooqi.
The officer said that seminary was controlled by one group while the mosque’s management was with the other group. The two groups often fought each other over ’donations, water and plucking coconut from a coconut tree, etc’.
However, there's more than one way to stuff a chicken... on Saturday night, simmering dispute took an ugly turn and seven persons got injured during the clash.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened... Sindh IGP Dr Syed Kaleem Imam took notice of the incident and sought a detailed inquiry report from Korangi SSP, said a police spokesperson.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/12/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
If nationalism is so horrible, let's eliminate the UN, since it's the United NATIONS.
Posted by: Rob Crawford ||
11/12/2018 14:31 Comments ||
We are supposed to declare our allegiances to faceless NGO's and QUANGO's instead? Run by globetrotting (mercenary) technocrats that really don't have to stay and live with any problematic side effects of their policies? ...I think not.
[Army Times] The Army was able to straighten out its congressionally mandated notification requirements in time to announce on Sunday, Veterans Day, that the much anticipated "Army Greens" will indeed be your next service uniform.
Formerly known as the "pinks and greens," the World War II-era officers uniform could go Army-wide as soon as 2020, according to a release that was posted Sunday to the Army’s website but was not shared through any of its social media channels.
"The current Army Blues Uniform will return to being a formal dress uniform, while the Army Greens will become the everyday business-wear uniform for all soldiers," the release said.
The new uniform will be "cost-neutral," according to the Army, though details of the budgeting plan were not immediately available.
Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey told Army Times in September that while higher quality materials translated to a dollar-for-dollar more expensive uniform, the fielding plan would negate some of those extra costs in the aggregate.
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
dominated Mexico for six years.