Monday, September 17, 2012

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Japan's top general retailer, Seven & I Holdings, to close over 200 stores in China over territorial dispute - @Reuters

Angela Merkel says Iran poses threat not to Israel but to the whole world - @AlArabiya_Eng, @Reuters

China files WTO dispute against USA to challenge duties on range of goods including paper, steel, chemicals, tyres, wind towers - @Reuters

marikana Miners meet having dug trenches and built barricades to stop police vans entering.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to embark on 6-month 'impossible trek' across Antarctica - @TelegraphNews

Royal lawyers prepare to launch legal battle as more pictures of Kate surface on European newsstands - @TorontoStarNews

UK payday lender Wonga has seen profits surge after approving nearly 2.5 million short-term loans in its last financial year - PA 

The National Zoo in DC says giant female panda Mei Xiang gives birth to cub - @AP

Tropical Storm Nadine turns east-northeastward with maximum sustained winds of 70mph - @NHC_Atlantic

 Philomena Johnson, a delegate from Little Village Academy, decorates her vehicle to highlight the need for increased social services in schools before attending a meeting of the Chicago Teachers Union delegates Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Chicago. Hundreds of CTU delegates are expected to review a proposed contract and vote on whether to suspend the teachers strike which has kept more than 350,000 students out of school since Monday. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)Associated Press/Sitthixay Ditthavong - Philomena Johnson, a delegate from Little Village Academy, decorates her vehicle to highlight the need for increased social services in schools before attending a meeting …Read More...

Hurricane Lane forms in the Pacific, turns north-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 75mph - @NHC_Pacific

Tropical Depression Kristy to become a remnant low today, has maximum sustained winds of 35mph - @NHC_Pacific

Bag of explosives found on a street in Copenhagen, Danish police and bomb specialists attempting to determine its origin - @Reuters


Afghan protest over anti-Islam film turns violent

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans burned cars and threw rocks at a U.S. military base as a demonstration against an anti-Islam film that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad turned violent in the Afghan capital early Monday.
And in Jakarta, Indonesians angered over the film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and burning tires outside the mission. At least one police officer was seen bleeding from the head and being carried to safety by fellow officers.
The low-budget film, privately produced in the United States, portrays Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a child molester. It sparked violent protests in many Muslim countries in recent days, many of them outside U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya was killed during an attack on the consulate in Benghazi last week; protesters have also stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and held violent demonstrations outside posts in Egypt and Sudan. The U.S. has responded by deploying additional military forces to increase security in certain hotspots.
In Kabul on Monday, the air was thick with smoke on Jalalabad road — a main thoroughfare into the city center where the crowd burned shipping containers and tires. At least one police vehicle was burned by the mob before they finally dispersed around midday, according Daoud Amin, the deputy police chief for Kabul province.
Earlier in the morning, men lobbed rocks from the pavement and lobbed them at Camp Phoenix, a U.S. military base that lies along the road. More than 20 police officers were slightly injured — all from being hit by rocks, said Gen. Fahim Qaim, the commander of a city quick-reaction police force.
"Death to America!" and "Death to those people who have made a film and insulted our prophet," shouted the crowd. Police officers shot into the air to hold back about 800 people and prevent them from pushing toward government buildings downtown, said Azizullah, a police officer at the site who, like many Afghans, only goes by one name.
As the Jalalabad rally was broken up, demonstrations picked up elsewhere in the city. In the southeastern part of Kabul, about 50 protesters gathered in front of a mosque, shouting "Death to America," said police officer Ahmad Shafiq but there were no signs of violence.
Protester Mohammad Humayun, 28, called on President Barack Obama to bring those who have insulted the prophet to justice.
"People around the world are angry," he added. "It is the responsibility of all Muslims to show reaction whenever they hear any disregard and disrespect."
Wahidullah Hotak, another protester, said the rallies will continue "until the people who made the film go to trial."
A number of Afghan religious leaders urged calm.
"Our responsibility is to show a peaceful reaction, to hold peaceful protests. Do not harm people, their property or public property," said Karimullah Saqib, a cleric in Kabul.
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, people also tried to ignite a fire truck as Molotov cocktails exploded against a fence surrounding the embassy compound. Police used a bullhorn to call for calm.
The demonstration started off peacefully as the group of several hundred protesters, many dressed in white, marched toward the mission. The U.S. Embassy has issued an emergency message to American citizens, saying about 1,000 people were expected to demonstrate in front of the mission with about 1,500 police on hand.
Demonstrations were also held Monday in the Indonesian cities of Medan and Bandung. Over the weekend in the central Java town of Solo, protesters stormed KFC and McDonald's restaurants, forcing customers to leave and management to close the stores.
In neighboring Pakistan, around 3,000 students and teachers rallied Monday against the film in the town of Chaman in southwestern Baluchistan province. The crowd burned an American flag and an effigy of Obama, said officer Mohammad Shahid.
Teacher Abdul Malik said it was an obligation of all Muslims to protest the video, while Abdul Waris, a 12-year-old student who attended the rally, said his teachers told him the U.S. and Israel produced the film. The teachers canceled classes and told the students to go protest
The Afghan government has blocked video-sharing web site YouTube to prevent Afghans from viewing a clip of the anti-Muslim film. Officials have said it will remain blocked until the video is taken down. Other Google services, including Gmail, were also blocked in Afghanistan during much of the weekend and the block continued on some providers Monday.
The wave of international violence began Tuesday when mainly Islamist protesters climbed the U.S. Embassy walls in the Egyptian capital of Cairo and tore down the American flag from a pole in the courtyard.
Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was killed Tuesday along with three other Americans, as violent protesters stormed the consulate in Benghazi. Obama has vowed that the attackers would be brought to justice but also stressed that the U.S. respects religious freedom.
Associated Press writers Heidi Vogt in Kabul, Matiullah Achakzai in Chaman, Pakistan, and Niniek Karmini in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.

Ladies in White ask to depose Roque hunger strike in Cuba...

"We need men and women to preserve their lives, because it is the same to continue the legacy of a martyr who have people on the ground, pudiendole give headaches to the Government"

The Cuban dissident Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello, before starting the hunger strike.

September 16, 2012 

The movement of the Ladies in White in Cuba asked the dissident Marta Beatriz Roque Cabello to depose the hunger strike carried out for six days with 26 other activists, a resource that the group of women disapprove, said on Sunday its leader Berta Soler.
"Yesterday (Saturday) night I talked a lot with Marta, I asked him to depose the strike, that was not giving in, was reason and preserve life (...) and" we hope that it will be, "said Soler to press, after leading the group up the usual up Fifth Avenue, west of Havana.
Soler added that the ladies are "concerned not only about the health of Marta Beatriz, but for all the strikers", and stressed that although the group "disapprove of the hunger strike, gives" moral and spiritual support "to opponents who appeal to "that resource control," according to AFP.
"We need men and women to preserve their lives, because it is the same to continue the legacy of a martyr who have people on the ground, pudiendole give headaches to the government," said Soler.
Roque, 67, diabetic and the only woman among the 75 dissidents sentenced in the 2003 crackdown on long sentences - and all released - "very badly spent the night, hands engarrotadas and sweats.'s In a critical condition, "he told AFP Idania Yanes, his spokesman.
Considered the "Iron Lady" of the Cuban dissidents, began his fast on Monday demanding the release of opposition Jorge Vazquez, who was released on September 9, according to the opposition, after he had served a sentence for exerting "economic activity unlawful ".
The Ladies in White, who won the 2005 European Parliament Sakharov Prize, formed after the arrest and conviction of the Group of 75.
The hunger strike has become the main weapon of Cuban dissidents to claim their rights before the communist government has killed two prisoners opponents: Orlando Zapata (2010) and Wilman Villar (2012), and in the past numerous opponents jailed during the years of the 60 and 70.