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600 climate protesters detained

600 climate protesters detained

By Brittany Falkers

 

            More than 600 people have been arrested at a demonstration against climate change in Copenhagen Saturday, the Sunday Times said.

            The protest started as a peaceful demonstration, calling for action on climate change, according to the Sunday Times.

            Industrial countries criticized a draft global warming pact Saturday for not making stronger demands on major developing countries as the protestors demanded for "climate justice" marching toward the U.N. conference, the Star Tribune said.

            The peaceful protest turned into rioting as hundreds of masked youths threw bricks and smashed windows in the Danish capital, the Sunday Times said.

            Police told the Star Tribune they rounded up more than 600 people in a preventative action, according to the Star Tribune.

            An estimated 30,000 people attended the open rally, which was part of an international "day of action" to mark the mid-point of the United Nations climate change summit currently being held in Copenhagen, the Sunday Times said.

Mosque hit my suicide attackers near army headquarters

Mosque hit my suicide attackers near army headquarters

By Brittany Falkers

 

            At least 36 worshippers were killed, including six military officers, during Friday prayers, according to the Star Tribune.

            The attackers sprayed gunfire and threw grenades before blowing themselves up, officials told the Star Tribune. 

            The attack happened at a mosque n the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which added a further blow against the military establishment as the arm pursues militants in the lawless tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan, according to the New York Times.

            The brazenness of the attack stunned Pakistan, the New York Times said.  

            The attack was the latest in a wave of strikes by suspected Islamist insurgents that has killed more than 400 people in Pakistan since October, the Star Tribune said.

            A military statement said four attackers hurled grenades, then opened fire as they launched toward the mosque, which was located on Parade Lane in a military residential colony, just a few miles from the capital.  Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up inside, while they other two militants were killed in an exchange of gunfire, according to the Star Tribune.

Somali woman stoned to death for adultery

Somali woman stoned to death for adultery

By Brittany Falkers

 

            A Somali woman was stoned to death and her boyfriend given 100 lashes for having an affair, a judge for an Islamic militant group in Somalia told Associated Press reporters Wednesday.  

            The woman was killed Tuesday in front of a crowd of some 200 people near the town of Wajid, the Star Tribune said.

            The Somali woman, 20, was a divorcee - but although she was no longer married, her affair was seen as adultery in the eyes of Somalia's extremist interpretation of Sharia law, according to a Mail Foreign Service article.

The militants that control much of southern Somalia and have links to al-Quida have instituted a conservative reading of Islam's Sharia law, the Star Tribune said.

            Sheikh Ibrahim Abdirahman, the judge for the group al-Shabab, says the woman's boyfriend was a 29-year-old unmarried man, was given 100 lashes for the affair, according to the Mail Foreign Service article.  

             The stoning death was a least the fourth for adultery in Somalia over the last year.  It was the second time a female has been killed, the Star Tribune said.

Jobs boom in India

Jobs boom in India

By Brittany Falkers

 

Bangalore is in the centre of a jobs boom for qualified engineers and computer application grads, according to interim thoughts. 

India's economy has transformed through an information technology revolution that has pushed the country toward double-digit economic growth, according to the New York Times.

The workers finding the jobs boom are young people from villages clustered around deep rural areas in India's southwest.  These young people are part of an experiment by a handful of entrepreneurs to bring the jobs outsourcing has created to distant corners of India, according to the New York Times.

This experiment is bringing India's economic rise to rural cut off areas that have not seen the effects before, according to the New York Times.

About 70 percent of Indians live in rural areas, however, most of the jobs are in cities, the New York Times said.

Rural India was once seen as useless on the Indian economy.  But Indian and foreign companies have come to see India's rural areas as an untapped market for relatively inexpensive goods like lo-tech cell phones, kitchen gadgets and cheap motorcycles, the New York Times said.  

Some businesses have started looking to rural India for untapped eager and motivated office workers.  Most people hired are high school graduates who have completed some college, according to the New York Times.  

U.N. blames U.S. for aid cuts in Somalia

U.N. blames U.S. for aid cuts in Somalia

By Brittany Falkers

 

            U.N. officials told Associated Press reporters Friday that the supply of critical food aid to Somalia had been interrupted and that rations to starving people needed to be cut, partly because the U.S. government has delayed food contributions out of fears they would be diverted to terrorists.

            U.S. officials told Associated Press reporters last month that they had suspended millions of dollar of food aid because of concerns that Somali contractors working for the United Nations were funneling food and money to the Shabab, and Islamist insurgent group with growing ties to Al-Qaida.  

U.S. officials played down the effect of the delays and sid the food shipments would resume soon, once the U.S. government was assured the United Nations was doing more to police the aid deliveries, according to the Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/world/69423022.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

Friday the World Food Program told Associated Press reporters, "The food supply line to Somalia is effectively broken."

            U.N. officials told Associated Press reporters that around 40 million pounds of American - donated food was being held up in warehouses in Mombasa, in neighboring Kenya, because U.S. officials were not allowing aid workers to distribute it until a new set of tighter regulations was ironed out, according to the New York Times.  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/world/africa/07somalia.html

"We are totally dependent on this food, and people are now suffering, "Ahmed Mahamoud Hassan, the chairman of the drought committee in Galcaio, central Somalia told reporters.  "We have nothing else to eat."

 

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/world/africa/07somalia.html

 

http://www.startribune.com/world/69423022.html?elr=KArks:DCiUBcy7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

Former French President to stand trial

Former French President to stand trial

By Brittany Falkers

 

            Former French President Jacques Chirac will be the first former president in French history to stand trial for corruption, according to reporter Peter Allen for Mail Online.

            Chirac has been ordered to stand trial in an alleged corruption scandal dating back to his tenure as Paris mayor, a judicial official said to the Star Tribune Friday.

            A magistrate ordered Chirac to stand trial on charges of "embezzlement" and "breach of trust," the official told the Star Tribune on condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing.

            Xaviere Simeoni, the investigating magistrate, has been probing whether people in Chirac's circle were given sham jobs as advisers and paid by Paris City Hall, while not really working for it, said the Star Tribune.

           

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1224040/Jacques-Chirac-stand-trial-corruption.html

Protesters fight to cut carbon around the globe

Protesters fight to cut carbon around the globe

By Brittany Falkers

 

            Activists for a greener earth are holding demonstrations around the world Saturday prodding policy makers to cut carbon concentrations to below their current levels, according to The Washington Post.

            Many U.S. officials and experts are trying to dampen expectations for climate talks that culminate in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December, The Washington Post said.

            In 173 countries more than 4,500 events were including; children racing through the main square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, also Chinese university students wearing scuba outfits in popular areas, according to the Washington post.

            The protests were organized by the 350.org movement, whose name refers to the goal of reducing carbon concentrations in the atmosphere from its current level of nearly 380 parts per million to 350, according to the Washington Post.

           

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http://www.carbonoffsetsdaily.com/global/carbon-allowances-can-cut-emissions-4750.htm

Americans Killed in Afghanistan Bombing

Americans Killed in Afghanistan Bombing

By Brittany Falkers

           

            In Kabul the U.S. military told the Associated Press that four American service members were killed Thursday, in a bombing in southern Afghanistan.

            A U.S. statement on Friday said that two were killed instantly and two others suffered fatal injuries in the explosion. 

            The names of the victims have not been released nor has the exact location of the attack, according to the Associated Press. 

            These recent events bring the latest deaths to 25 American troops killed in Afghanistan this month, according to the Associated Press.

 

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US says 4 American service members die in blast

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/17/world/asia/17afghan.html

4 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

By Sharon Otterman

Nobel Peace Prize goes to President Barack Obama

Nobel Peace Prize goes to President Barack Obama

By Brittany Falkers

            President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday, reported The New York Times.

            He was giving the prize for 'extraordinary efforst to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,' this honor comes to the president only nine months after coming into his presidency, said The New York Times.

            Many believe that it is too early into his presidency and he hasn't fulfilled enough of his promises yet for such an honorary prize to be awarded, reported The Start Tribune.  

            The President told The New York Times, "To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who have been honored by this prize, men and women who've inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace."

            The New York Times reported that the prize will be awarded in Oslo on Dec. 10, and the White House said Mr. Obama would attend the ceremony.  Mr. Gibbs said the president told him that he would donate the prize money, roughly $1.4 million, to charity.  

 

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President Barack Obama gets Nobel Peace Prize, prompting questions over timing, achievements

By Karl Ritterand Matt Moore, Associated Press

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/10nobel.html

Obama Says He's 'Surprised and Humbled' by Nobel Prize

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Walter Gibbs

Protestors victimized in Guinea

Protestors victimized in Guinea

By Brittany Falkers

 

            Women were the prey of violent sexual crimes in Guinea, Conakry Tuesday, and Guinea's government said Tuesday it would investigate why troops opened fire on protesters at a pro democracy rally, reported The Huffington Post.

              The New York Times reported that Guinean soldiers suppressed a political demonstration last week, witnesses and victims described rapes, beatings and acts of intentional humiliation.           

            "The attacks were part of a violent outburst on Sept. 28 in which soldiers shot and killed dozens of unarmed demonstrators at the main stadium here, where perhaps 50,000 had assembled.  Local human rights organizations say at least 157 were killed; the government puts the figure at 56.

            Witnesses told The New York Times that there were nude and half naked women being raped and sexually assaulted.

            Sidya TourĂ©, former prime minister, told The New York Times, "This time, a new stage has been reached.  Women as battlefield targets.  We could never have imagined that."

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/world/africa/06guinea.html?pagewanted=2&th&emc=th

In a Guinea Seized by Violence, Women Are Prey

By Adam Nossiter, The New York Times

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/29/guinea-protest-soldiers-r_n_302633.html

Women In Streets, Killed Dozens of Protesters, Say Witnesses

By Alhassan Sillah (AP)

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