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World and US News Links – September 17 and 18 (Part II)

Posted by Admin on September 20, 2006

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September 17 & 18, 2006 (Part II)
WORLD NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

THE POPE & ISLAM:

  • KASHMIR CITY SHUTS IN PROTEST OVER POPE’S REMARKS” – Reuters – The Washington Post – The Washington Post Company – Arlington, Virginia, US – 18 September 2006
  • U.S. MUSLIM GROUP [COUNCIL ON ISLAMIC RELATIONS (CAIR)] URGES MORE DIALOGUE” – United Press International (UPI) – United Press International, Inc. – Washington, D.C., US -18 September 2006
  • RUSSIA’S PUTIN CALLS FOR RESTRAINT IN POPE-MUSLIM CONFLICT” – Mos News – MosNews.com – Moscow, Russia – 18 September 2006
    [NOTES: I hope one of my readers will correct me if I’m wrong, but the picture that accompanies this article looks like a photoshop of Putin in long white hair, long beard, and a white robe. If that’s really him being mocked in the photo, I just have to say that it’s solid proof things have changed at least a little in Russia in regards to Freedom of Speech Issues — I would imagine this would’ve gotten the paper shut-down, and the creator of the picture a long stint in Siberia back in the days of the Iron Curtain.]

MARTYRED NUN – SISTER LEONELLA (nee ROSA SGORBATI):

NAM (NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT) SUMMIT:

IRAN NUCLEAR CRISIS:

AHMADINEJAD, CHÁVEZ & THE CASTRO BROTHERS:

BOMBING IN DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY:

  • DIYARBAKIR BOMB BELONGS TO PKK” – The Journal of Turkish Weekly – International Strategic Research Organization – Ankara, Turkey – 18 September 2006

TRIAL OF SADDAM HUSSEIN:

WAR, TERRORISM, AND POLITICS AROUND THE WORLD:

AFGHANISTAN:

ALGERIA:

BRITAIN:

QUOTE:

Britain’s biggest post 9/11 terrorism trial — an alleged plot to bomb targets including night clubs and shopping centres — was brought to a dramatic halt on Monday when a key defendant refused to answer questions from his own lawyer.

Omar Khyam, a British Muslim, is accused with six other men of planning the attacks.

On the start of the third day of his evidence, Khyam was asked by his lawyers about his purchase of 600 kg of fertiliser and why he had stored it.

But Khyam, 24, from West Sussex, refused to answer, saying he feared he might endanger his family back in Pakistan. [. . .]

– “Bomb Plot Suspect Refuses to Give Trial Evidence” – Reuters UK

QUOTE:

One of the leaders of a gang of Muslims allegedly planning to attack Britain joked about bombing the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions, a court was told yesterday.

Omar Khyam, from Crawley, West Sussex, said he had joke with friends about attacking Parliament but never meant it to be taken seriously. Giving evidence in the second day of his defence at the Old Bailey, Khyam, 24, said he had been watching television in the flat he shared with Mohammed Babar, an American. “I remember watching, on Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Questions. I said ‘Imagine if you dropped a bomb right then and there. it would take out all the MPs’.”

[. . .] asked if he had evermet any members of al-Qa’eda, Khyam admitted: “Yes, probably.”

Khyam admitted paying for a training camp on the Afghan border but said it was “just two tents and a few guns” and denied there had been any explosives training.

[. . .]

Khyam and his brother Shujah ud din Mahmood, 19, along with Jawad Akbar, 22, his cousin Nabeel Hussain, 20, and Waheed Mahmood, 34, all from Crawley, West Sussex, and Anthony Garcia, 24, from Ilford, Essex and Salahuddin Amin, 31, from Luton, Beds, all deny conspiracy to cause explosions. [. . .]

Plan to Blow Up Parliament ‘Was Just a Joke’: Muslim Gang Leader” – Assyrian International News Agency (AINA)

CHINA:

DARFUR:

FRANCE:

HIZBULLAH/HEZBOLLAH:

HONG KONG:

INDIA:

IRAN:

IRAQ:

ISRAEL:

JAMMU & KASHMIR:

MEXICO:

MOROCCO:

PAKISTAN:

PHILIPPINES:

POLAND:

RUSSIA:

QUOTE:

All schools near Krasnogorsk, on Moscow’s northwestern outskirts, will be closed following an explosion at a water supply and sewage plant, education authorities said Monday.

The explosion, which killed three people and injured seven, occurred in the town of Pavshino Saturday at 9:10 a.m. Moscow time (5:10 a.m. GMT).

It completely destroyed the plant, and damaged residential buildings within a six-kilometer (3.7 miles) radius of the scene.

[. . .]

The Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare said it was considering an emergency preventative Hepatitis A vaccination program for all children under 14.

[. . .]

Emergency officials said earlier a high gas concentration inside the plant could have triggered the explosion, without elaborating on its source.

“One of the factories in the area of Krasnogorsk could have dumped explosive substances [into the sewage systems] – acetone, benzene or some other inflammabl liquids,” said Alexei Panteleyev, deputy governor of the Moscow Region. [. . .]

– “Schools in Northwest Moscow Region Shut After Sewage Plant Blast” – RIA Novosti

SERBIA:

  • BOMB DAMAGES FOUR CARS IN KOSOVO” – Associated Press (AP) – The International Herald Tribune (IHT) – The New York Times Company – Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – 18 September 2006

SAUDI ARABIA:

SOMALIA:

SOUTH AFRICA:

SRI LANKA:

SUDAN:

SYRIA:

THAILAND:

UKRAINE:

UNITED NATIONS:

VENEZUELA:

NATURE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

UNITED STATES NEWS:

TOP STORIES:

FBI RAIDS MUSLIM CHARITY IN MICHIGAN:

QUOTE:

Federal counterterrorism agents raided a Muslim charity in Southfield on Monday morning according to the FBI.

Agents with the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force executed search warrants at the headquarters for Life for Relief and Development, a Southfield-based charity that works in Arab and Muslim countries around the world.

The warrants were based on a criminal predicate, said William Kowalski, assistant special agent in charge for the Detroit office of the FBI. The affadavits in support of the warrants are sealed, he said. [. . .]

– “Federal Agents Raid Muslim Charity in Southfield” – The Detroit Free Press

EXPLOSION AT SALT LAKE CITY LIBRARY:

GREEN BAY SCHOOL BOMB PLOT:

FOREIGN RELATIONS:

POLITICS & ACTIVISM:

LEGISLATIVE, JUDICIARY & CRIME:

EDUCATION:

AROUND THE NATION:

CALIFORNIA:

TEXAS:

  • BOMB SCARE AT STATE CAPITOL” – Ch. 36 KXAN-TV (NBC) – LIN TV – Austin, Texas, US – 18 September 2006
    [NOTES: Video Report also available at link – look for TV Camera Icon on the Top of the left-hand column.]

COLUMNS & EDITORIALS:

NATIONAL BLOG WATCH:

 

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