Archive | June 26th, 2011

Israel: Journalists on flotilla face expulsion

JERUSALEM Journalists said they should be allowed to cover a legitimate news story, but Israel said the media would be complicit in an illegal breach of its naval blockade of a hostile territory ruled by a terrorist group. The announcement reflected Israeli jitters about the international flotilla, which comes just more than a year after [...]

Islamists attack Tunisia cinema over secular film

TUNIS, Tunisia Around 100 bearded men shouting “God is great” smashed the windows of Cinema Afrique, where the movie “Neither God nor master” by France-based Tunisian director Nadia Feni was playing on Sunday. An AP reporter saw eight of them forcing their way inside and attacking filmgoers, including prominent directors, before being apprehended by police. [...]

British soldiers crew boat in Transatlantic Race

SAN DIEGO British Soldier, a 40-foot sailboat crewed by — no surprise here — British soldiers, set out Sunday in the Trans-Atlantic Race 2011. Skippered by Lt. Col. Nick Bate, the nine-man crew is on break between tours of duty or training commitments. Most have served in Afghanistan or Iraq; some have served in both. [...]

Nigeria: 25 killed in 3 bomb attacks in northeast

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Police blamed the attack on a group known locally as Boko Haram, which earlier this month carried out an attack on the nations police headquarters. Authorities said two men riding on a back of motorcycles threw bombs at beer gardens, which are popular nightspots for locals. Boko Haram, whose name in the local [...]

Corinthians routs Sao Paulo 5-0 in Brazil

SAO PAULO Sao Paulo had won all previous five matches but it struggled after midfielder Carlinhos Paraiba was sent off in the 40th minute for receiving a second yellow card. Playmaker Danilo opened the scoring in the 47th minute and former Sporting striker Liedson extended the lead with goals in the 54th, 61st and 80th. [...]

Senegalese muslim burn church, destroy bar

DAKAR, Senegal Thierno Mbeugne, spokesman for the local imam association, said the head imam in the conservative Yoff district of Dakar had asked the youth to march on Sunday against what they considered as “acts of aggression against their faith.” They were targeting the temple because they claim its members were proselytizing, and the bar [...]

Hugo Chavez's brother: armed struggle is an option

CARACAS, Venezuela Adan Chavez’s statement came as speculation mounted about the health of the president, who has been convalescing at an undisclosed location in Cuba after reportedly undergoing emergency surgery 16 days ago. Chavez’s older brother said Venezuela’s ruling party wants to retain power by defeating foes in elections. But he told government supporters that [...]

Bachmann to kick off presidential campaign in Iowa

NEW YORK Bachmann, a three-term congresswoman from neighboring Minnesota, planned to hold a rally in Waterloo, Iowa, her birthplace. The Iowa Poll released Saturday night by The Des Moines Register showed her in a statistical tie with perceived Republican front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, among likely caucus-goers. In an appearance Sunday on CBS television’s [...]

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood begins splitting

CAIRO The Brotherhood was the most powerful and organized opposition party before President Hosni Mubarak was ousted Feb. 11 in a popular uprising. It is expected to win big in parliamentary elections set for September. But the movement also faces new challenges in post-revolutionary Egypt, where the new political openness is taking a toll on [...]

Violence breaks out after River Plate relegated

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina The drop came after a 1-1 draw with Belgrano in the second leg —Belgrano won the first leg 2-0 — of a demotion playoff. Mariano Pavone scored in the sixth minute for River, and Guillermo Farre equalized in the 62nd. Violence broke out a minute before the match was even over. Fans [...]

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