The Beijing Games draw to a close on Sunday after what many have described as one of the best Olympics ever held.
China, having beaten the United States to top the medals table, will hand the Olympic flag to the 2012 hosts London at a closing ceremony from 1300 BST. Kenya’s Sammy Wanjiru won the men’s marathon on the final day.
Let’s see how long it will take till we find out what really happened in this Olympic games of fraud, drugs, corruption and deception!
The Taliban made an estimated $100m in 2007 from Afghan farmers growing poppy for the opium trade, the United Nations says.
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the money was raised by a 10% tax on farmers in Taleban-controlled areas. The UN estimates last year’s poppy harvest was worth $1bn.
Mr. Costa said the Taleban made even more money from other activities related to the opium trade.
I presume they were blessing and pray to Allah before spreading death!
Gunmen in Mexico have killed another top Mexican police official – just one day after the head of the national anti-narcotics effort was shot dead.
Esteban Robles headed the anti-kidnapping unit of the Mexico City police department. He was shot several times outside his home on Friday. Mr. Robles was flown to a nearby hospital, but died shortly afterwards. The news came as Mexico’s president was attending a memorial service honoring three other senior police officers.
President Felipe Calderon said these latest attacks would not deter his efforts to continue his government’s campaign against the drugs trafficking cartels operating in the country. “We have to come together to confront this evil, we Mexicans have to definitively and categorically say ‘That’s enough!’,” he said. “We can’t accept this situation, we have to take back our streets,” he added.
Mr. Robles was the fourth top policemen to have been killed in Mexico City in the past 10 days. He was ambushed by four gunmen in a truck and shot as he was driving out of his house in Mexico City, officials said.
Is very sad to read that a country of so many poor has to survive armed gangs also, a fully corrupted society that pushes people from poverty to total desperation.
Gunmen have killed at least nine people and injured six more in an attack on a cattle ranch in southern Mexico, authorities have said.
At least 40 people launched the attack outside the home of a prominent cattle breeder in Guerrero state, police said. It was the second attack to target ranchers in as many days. On Saturday at least seven people died in another shooting in the same state.
Guerrero has experienced a wave of violence blamed on drug cartels. The ranch in Petatlan attacked on Sunday belongs to Rogaciano Alba Alvarez, the head of the Guerrero cattlemen’s association. Officials said the gunmen drove up to the ranch in pick-up trucks early on Sunday morning before opening fire.
A day earlier, at least seven ranchers attending a meeting of the cattlemen’s association in the city of Iguala were killed. The motive for the attack on Mr. Alba is not clear, but the scale of both attacks and the firepower used suggest clear links to organized crime, he says.
Organized crime and drugs trafficking seems to be the all time disease for Mexico that keeps it in that low condition with no way out.
Gun battles between rival factions of a Mexican drugs cartel have left at least 15 people dead in the city of Tijuana, near the border with the US.
Police said all the dead were from the Arellano Felix cartel, which has come under pressure from a rival gang. Two were wearing police uniforms or equipment, but are thought to have been gang members, police say.
Drug-related violence is a serious issue across Mexico. Nearly 200 people have been killed in Tijuana this year. Investigators believe two of the dead were senior hit men for the Arellano Felix cartel and were identified by large gold rings on their fingers.
It becomes urgency for the mecxican government to do something and control all this drug trafficking and killing.
Soldiers seized assault rifles, grenades, marijuana and bulletproof vests bearing police insignia after a brief shootout in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. No one was wounded in the overnight exchange of fire with three suspects hunkered down in a house in La Mesa district, army Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito told reporters Friday. Most likely they were …stoned so they didn’t know what and where they were shooting. Troops seized 91 assault rifles, some with butts of gold and ivory – no modestly in spending here -along with 18 grenades, the bulletproof vests and more than 880 pounds of marijuana. The three suspects, aged 25 to 33, were arrested. The big question is how many will be sentence due to local corruption.