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January 29, 2009

Case of Molotov Cocktails at RNC May be Brought to Jury

A man charged with creating molotov cocktails to use during protests in St. Pauls Republican National Conference said Thursday that the incident was not his idea.

David McKay, 22 alleges that former activist Brandon Darby was the motivation behind his actions.

According to The Star Tribune, McKay said "Brandon Darby created the idea that we, as an affinity group, create multiple Molotov cocktails."

The new statement is said to conflict with several prior comments made by McKay while in custody. Brandon Darby, a current FBI informant denies any involvement regarding McKays decision to create the cocktails.

The New York Times reports that McKay has already been charged with three counts of making and possessing unregistered weapons. The case is now being decided by a jury.

January 27, 2009

Britian Angered by Gaza Aid Appeal

According to The Star Tribune, recent fighting and Israeli destruction in Gaza, two major British broadcasters have refused to air a charity appeal for Gazans which has created an uproar from British lawmakers and protesters.

Both the British Broadcasting Corp. and the Sky News empire have refused to air an emotional video asking for charitable donations for Gazans in need. The companies hold that they must protect their journalistic impartiality.

As reported by The New York Times, BBC officials have received nearly 11,000 complaints in the past three years following heated debates among editors and reporters.

It has been reported that Sky News had given into pressure from the Israeli government. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responds, "this is an internal British matter," he said.

Several other British broadcasters such as, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 did air the Gaza appeal Monday evening.