Daily Archives: May 16, 2008

India issues new suspect sketches

Police in India have issued three more sketches of men whom they want to question in connection with the attacks that hit the city of Jaipur this week.

A series of explosions killed 63 people and left about 200 wounded in the crowded old city on Tuesday evening. Police had already issued a sketch of a man they believe owned a bicycle used to plant one of the bombs.

Jaipur, in Rajasthan, is a popular tourist destination about 260km (160 miles) from the Indian capital, Delhi. The curfew in the old city has been lifted.

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Obama over Bush’s Iran barb

Barack Obama has accused George W Bush of attacking him after the US president compared those in favour of talking to terrorists to Nazi appeasers.

The White House has denied that the remarks – from a speech to the Israeli parliament – were aimed at Mr Obama. Mr Obama, who is the frontrunner to become the Democrats’ presidential nominee, has argued in favour of negotiating with the Iranian regime. But he has ruled out talking to militant organisations like Hamas.

What does he care, after a few months is not going to be his problem anymore, Obama most likely will have to deal with it!

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Russian doomsday cult

The last remaining members of a Russian cult, who had barricaded themselves inside a cave, waiting for the end of the world, have come out.

The eight men and a woman left the cave reportedly overcome by the stench from the bodies of two people who had died. Thirty-five followers of self-declared prophet Pyotr Kuznetsov entered the cave, in the country’s central Penza region, last November.

They had threatened to blow themselves up if police tried to remove them. A local official quoted by Interfax news agency said the remaining members had decided to leave because there was a “threat of poisoning from toxic corpse fumes”. Reports of the two deaths emerged last month. One man who left the cave on 1 April said one member had died from fasting and the other of cancer.

Thirty-five cult members initially went into the cave, about 650km (400 miles) south-east of Moscow. Most emerged gradually, but a few remained inside defying police pleas to leave. The sect, who call themselves a devout splinter group of the Russian Orthodox Church, believes doomsday will occur this month.

Mr. Kuznetsov, who calls himself Father Pyotr, declared himself a prophet some years ago and has attracted followers in Russia and Belarus. He did not join his followers in the cave, and has been receiving treatment in a psychiatric clinic. He has been charged with setting up a religious organization associated with violence.

Isn’t it another sign on how dispirit people have become to believe just …anything!

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Bin Laden targets Israel

A new audio message purported to be from Osama Bin Laden has called for Muslims to continue the fight to liberate Palestinian lands.

In a tape marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, the speaker pledged to continue fighting the Israelis and not give up “a single inch of Palestine”. The tape’s authenticity could not be verified. The last messages attributed to Bin Laden were aired in March.

The al-Qaeda leader is thought to be in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area. Friday’s message, which lasted about nine minutes, was posted on a website commonly used by al-Qaeda.

It came as US President George W Bush ended a trip to Israel coinciding with anniversary celebrations that began last week. The voice on the tape said the fight for the Palestinian cause was the most important factor driving al-Qaeda’s war with the West, and that it had fuelled the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US.

And he continues living in the fifteenth century riding his horse!

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27th of June, Mugabe’s end

The second-round run-off in Zimbabwe‘s disputed presidential election will be held on 27 June, the government says.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the first round, but not by enough to avoid a run-off. President Robert Mugabe said the poll was “disastrous”. Mr. Tsvangirai says he will contest the second round, after originally threatening to boycott it.

He has accused Mr. Mugabe’s party of vote-rigging and a campaign of violence against opposition activists. His Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) says ruling party militias and soldiers have beaten and tortured MDC supporters in an attempt to either keep them away from the polls or intimidate them into voting for the ruling party.

Just over a month till the end! Mugabe there is a cell with your name!

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Burma death toll 78,000

The official death toll for Burma‘s cyclone disaster has jumped to almost 78,000 people, with nearly 56,000 missing, according to state TV.

Previously, Burma was giving a toll of 43,000 dead and 28,000 missing while the Red Cross and United Nations had estimated a death toll above 100,000. Aid agencies are frustrated at the slow progress of aid to areas worst hit. Cyclone Nargis battered southern regions of Burma, including the Irrawaddy Delta, on 2-3 May.

The dictators of Burma must go soon, the longer they stay the higher the dearth roll will be!

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The Ovi magazine today

Born to be Wild by Valerie Sartor
John Hare is the only person in the last 50years to obtain permission to enter a desolate area in Chinese Xin Jiang, and one evening in early May he presented an update on his camel preservation work for the Wild Camel Protection Foundation.

Le contenu de la télévision de nos jours by Dimitra Karantzeni
Pour commencer, l’opinion qui fait l’unanimité est que la télé est une révolution vraie dans les technologies découvertes du XX siècle.

“fallen faces” by Bohdan Yuri
“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.” – Yevgeny Yentushenko

Life Undercover #76 by Thanos K & Asa B
It is time to change the sheets… our inquisitive duvet-loving hero has some female company now asking the great questions of life, religion and the universe.

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