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  • Libya Diner Bombed After Graphic Video On Social Media (Darwin Candidate Award Alert)

    11/27/2014 7:55:50 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/2014 | BBC News
    A fast-food restaurant in Tripoli was bombed on Wednesday night after a video shared on social media showed a migrant worker defiling food in its kitchen. In the video, a worker masturbated over food and said he was "putting HIV sperm" in the meals.
  • The Victorian Beard Craze (O Behold The Politically Incorrect Beard)

    11/16/2014 9:44:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies
    Lucinda Hawksley ^ | 11/16/2014 | BBC News
    By the time the last troops returned home, beards were the mark of a hero. Men who had never seen any military action began to grow beards. Within a few years, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face in Victorian Britain - except in Buckingham Palace, as Prince Albert refused to conform to the fashion. In America, the return of the beard began at around the same date. This was partly fuelled by fashion plates from British magazines, which were read avidly in America for the latest word in European fashion. Many American men, however, also decided...
  • Swiss Cottage Tesco Staff Tell blind woman to 'Get Dog Out'

    10/16/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    A blind woman was left "horrified" and "distressed" when staff at Tesco in north London shouted at her to get her guide dog out. Maya Makri, 39, was in the Swiss Cottage shop 10 days after moving to the capital when she was told "never come back". She said three cashiers shouted "no pets allowed" and to leave the shop. Tesco said: "This clearly should never have happened and we will contact Ms Makri directly to apologise." 'Very upsetting' During the incident on Monday, Ms Makri said her guide dog of six years, Jemma, was wearing a high-visibility jacket and...
  • Putin Guest Of Honour At Serbia Military Parade (70th Anniversary Of Liberation Of Belgrade)

    10/16/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    The Russian and Serbian leaders watched as jets, including a Russian aerobatic team, flew in formation over Belgrade to applause from the crowd. More than 3,000 Serbian soldiers took part in the parade, marching in heavy rain, with tanks, rockets and boats all featuring.... The event is likely to play well among Serbs and Russians nostalgic for Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In another nod to the two countries' historic relations, a statue of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, was erected this week in Belgrade.
  • China cult murder trial: Two members sentenced to death

    10/10/2014 11:43:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/11/2014 | BBC News
    A Chinese court has sentenced five cult members for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province last May. Two members were given death sentences, one was given a life sentence, and two were given 10 and seven-year jail terms. The victim was allegedly killed after she refused to give her phone number to the members, who tried to recruit her. The Church of the Almighty God cult is banned in China. However, it claims to have millions of members. 'A demon' Zhang Fan and her father Zhang Lidong were given death sentences by the Yantai...
  • UKIP gains first elected MP with Clacton win

    10/09/2014 8:00:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/09/2014 | BBC News
    n his acceptance speech Mr Carswell, who gained 21,113 votes (59.75%) on a 44% swing from the Conservatives, said: "I resigned from parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you. You are my boss. I will not let you down. "To my new party I offer these thoughts: humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion, let it always be tempered by compassion. "We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons: first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie...
  • What Russia Is Learning From Frank Sinatra

    10/05/2014 6:30:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/05/2014 | Steve Rosenberg
    Russia's new state news agency has just received a huge injection of cash. Rossiya Segodnya - which means Russia Today - was created by Vladimir Putin less than a year ago to promote Russia around the world. Its budget for next year is reportedly two-and-a-half times bigger than this year's - a sign of how important information is to the Kremlin. I telephoned Rossiya Segodnya to request an interview. When they put me on hold, I was astonished by the music pumped down the line. Now, what tune would you expect to hear, on hold to the news agency of...
  • A Point of View: Why Short Men make Better Husbands

    10/04/2014 9:13:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/04/2014 | BBC News
    For the prime of a short man's life - Napoleon is the model here again - his shortness is not thematised at all. On horseback in the paintings by David or the Baron Gros, or enthroned by Ingres, Napoleon may look moon-faced, and the little ringlet that dangles above his eye may seem dandyish, but the last thing he looks is short. It is only later on Elba and St Helena that his diminutive stature becomes part of his self-knowledge. The true Napoleonic moment is when age and circumstances conspire to remind the short man of his stature. It was...
  • It Is Nuts To Serve Squirrel Burger (Andrew Zimmerman Weird Foods Alert)

    10/04/2014 10:58:17 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/04/2014 | BBC News
    It takes at least three grey squirrels to make a basic quarter-pounder
  • Caption Challenge: Surfer Dog

    10/02/2014 8:19:24 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/02/2014 | BBC News
    I roolz... poople droolz
  • Austria’s Alps Hit By Climate Change (Climate Change Doom-mongering Alert)

    09/17/2014 11:01:55 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/17/2014 | Bethany Bell
    One of the scientists behind the document, Helga Kromp-Kolb from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, told Austria's ORF TV that the above-average increases in temperature were due to Austria's landlocked position and its sensitive Alpine regions. "We are a continental area, which gives us a higher rise in temperature and… we are in a mountain region where the decrease in snow cover intensifies the warming process", she said. The report says that in the last 130 years, sunshine in the Alps has increased by approximately 20%. It says that snow cover, particularly at mid-altitude elevations,...
  • Neverendum referendum: Voting on independence, Quebec-style

    09/07/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/07/2014 | Nick Bryant
    Though Canada's political centre of gravity of gravity has shifted westward in recent times - the country's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though Toronto-born, represents a constituency in resource-rich Alberta - this trend has not sparked a separatist revival. Paradoxically, the two referenda were held when two pro-Canada Quebecers, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, were Prime Minister. A key difference between Scotland and Quebec is the simplicity of the six-word question posed in the referendum: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In 1995, Quebecers faced a 43-word question that many voters found incomprehensible. In 1980, it ran to a riddle-like...
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 203 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • World Cup 2014: Joachim Low eyes years of Germany success

    07/13/2014 3:22:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/12/2014 | Phil McNulty
    As Germany seek their first World Cup win since 1990, when they beat Argentina in Rome, Low, 54, relished the prospect of re-writing the history books with winning on this continent. "We know we can write history," he said. "In the past we have never had this. Latin Americans, on this continent, have dominated all the time. So why not? This could be an additional joy for us if we were to win as Europeans on Latin American soil." And the prospect of facing Messi as he tries to emulate Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to their last World Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Germans certain their team will beat Argentina

    07/11/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/11/2014 | Patrick Strasser
    Life is a challenge these days in Germany if you are not a football fan. You simply cannot avoid it. The media is awash with interest in Sunday's World Cup final, with the 'Nationalelf' (national 11) involved against old rivals Argentina. The stunning 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil resulted in football euphoria only seen before in the country when West Germany won previous World Cup tournaments in 1954, 1974 and 1990. "Three days to go", "two days to go", "one day to go" - these have been the headlines from Germany's biggest selling tabloid Bild. It's the countdown to...
  • Ukraine crisis: Eastern rebels claim 'self-rule' poll victory

    05/11/2014 10:18:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/12/2014 | BBC News
    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places and no electoral register. Ukraine called the vote a "criminal farce" organised by Russia. The EU and US also said the polls were illegal. Separatists claimed two people were killed by armed men loyal to Kiev in the city of Krasnoarmiisk. But otherwise the voting...
  • Rare 'hamster-sized' Java mouse-deer born in Spain (WARNING: CUTE VIDEO ALERT)

    04/27/2014 11:00:19 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/25/2014 | BBC News
    A baby Java mouse-deer, one of the smallest hoofed animals in the world, has been born at a zoo in southern Spain. The newborn deer is "no bigger than a hamster" and weighs about 100 grams, according to staff at Bioparc Fuengirola, in Andalusia. Adult Java mouse-deer are rarely bigger than rabbits or weigh more than 1kg (2.2lb).
  • Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)

    04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News
    Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority. Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted. Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%. She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier. The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a...
  • Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert convicted of bribery

    03/30/2014 11:53:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2014 | BBC News
    Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in a bribery trial in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008. Mr Olmert was convicted in what is known as the "Holyland affair" in which bribes were paid and received to speed up a luxury property development.
  • No Ukraine Accord In Russia-US Talks (As Expected Alert)

    03/14/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/14/2014 | BBC News
    Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said after talks with his US counterpart. However Sergei Lavrov added that his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry had been "constructive". Mr Kerry said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russian troop deployments on Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea. The two foreign ministers held six hours of talks in London. Mr Lavrov told reporters that Russia had no plans to invade south-eastern Ukraine. Russia would "respect the will of the people of Crimea", he said, ahead of Sunday's referendum there....
  • Kim Jong-Un In Unanimous Vote Win (Wins Seat In NK Parliament With 100% Of The Vote)

    03/10/2014 3:12:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/10/2014 | BBC News
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say. Mr Kim's 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency reflects the "absolute support" of people in the country, KCNA news agency says. The elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday had just one name on the ballot for each district. It was the first time such a poll had been held since Mr Kim assumed power.
  • Rise in violence 'linked to climate change'

    08/03/2013 8:19:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/2/2013 | Rebecca Morelle
    Shifts in climate are strongly linked to increases in violence around the world, a study suggests. US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place.
  • Deadly Pileup In South-West VA (Fancy Gap Mt. Multiple Car Collisions Alert)

    03/31/2013 7:21:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/31/2013 | BBC News
    They said there were 17 separate crashes within a distance of one mile (1.6km) on Interstate 77 near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain. The accidents began shortly after 13:00 local time (17:00 GMT) on Sunday, when there was heavy fog in the area. It was reportedly the most deadly of several similar pile-ups since 1997. Queues of traffic in southbound lanes near the scene of the crashes stretched for eight miles, police said. "This mountain is notorious for fog banks," said Glen Sage of the American Red Cross office in the town of Galax. "They have advance signs warning...
  • BBC journalists go on strike over job cuts

    02/18/2013 7:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 6:28 AM EST
    BBC journalists walked off the job Monday in a 24-hour strike to protest job cuts at the broadcaster. Staff mounted picket lines outside of the BBC’s studios in central London and around the country. Programs went on, but many shows were canceled, including the flagship morning news radio program “Today.” … The BBC is funded mainly by a mandatory £145.50 ($228) annual levy on all households with color TVs. Britain’s government froze the fee in 2010, and the corporation has been forced to make cuts. …
  • Gerard Depardieu 'granted Russian citizenship' (Putin's 13% Flat Tax Reason For Move To Russia)

    01/03/2013 5:49:07 AM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/03/2013 | BBC News
    The French actor, described by Mr Putin as a successful businessman and friend, has developed close ties with Russia, which has a flat 13% personal income tax rate. He currently appears in an advertisement for Sovietsky Bank's credit card and is prominently featured on the bank's home page. In 2011, he played the lead role in the film Rasputin, a Franco-Russian production about the life of eccentric monk Grigory Rasputin. In addition, Mr Depardieu has also helped raise funds for a children's hospital in St Petersburg.
  • Prince Philip Has Heart Procedure At Papworth Hospital (90 Year Old Gets Cardiac Stent)

    12/23/2011 7:46:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 67 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12./23/2011 | BBC News
    Prince Philip was treated for a blocked coronary artery and a successful "invasive procedure of coronary stenting" was performed. The duke, aged 90, had been taken from Sandringham to the cardiothoracic unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. The Royal Family had been gathering at Sandringham, a traditional royal retreat in Norfolk, for Christmas. The palace said that following tests the duke was was found to have a blocked coronary artery which had caused his chest pains. This was treated successfully by the minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting.
  • Gorbachev Calls For New Election (Yes, THAT Mikhail Gorbachev)

    12/07/2011 10:24:29 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/07/2011 | BBC News
    ormer Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has said Sunday's Russian parliamentary election was marred by fraud and has called for a re-run. "The country's leaders must admit there were numerous falsifications and rigging and the results do not reflect the people's will," he said. Protesters were planning new rallies for Saturday as arrests in Tuesday's crackdown in reached 800 across Russia. Key figures in the protest movement are starting 15-day jail sentences. State TV channels have ignored the protests, giving coverage only to rallies in support of the government. Disregard for public opinion is discrediting the authorities and destabilising the situation”...
  • Russians Voting In Parliamentary Poll (Voting Begins In Russia's Far East)

    12/03/2011 5:25:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/03/2011 | BBC News
    Seven parties have been allowed to field candidates for parliament this year - down from 11 in 2007. Voting for representation in the country's 450-seat chamber takes place across Russia's nine time zones with polls closing at 1700GMT on Sunday. As people in European Russia were going to bed, polls were opening in the far east. In Vladivostok, sailors from Russia's Pacific fleet were among those queuing to vote. Warrant Officer Nikolai Ponomaryov said he was voting for United Russia, because the party was supporting the armed forces. The outgoing parliament, or State Duma, is dominated by Mr Putin's party,...
  • EU Settles For 2% Budget Increase (EU Spending Going Up Despite EuroZone Crisis Alert)

    11/19/2011 7:20:40 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/19/2011 | BBC News
    However there are concerns that, while the 2012 budget has been limited, the EU's spending commitments have not been cut accordingly. The 2% increase for 2012 will take the budget up to 129bn euros (£110bn). But member state governments gave in to the European Parliament's demands to allow EU spending commitments to rise to 147bn euros. EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski said this could lead to a hole in the accounts. "There is now a serious risk that the European Commission will run out of funds in the course of next year, and will therefore not be able to honour...
  • Toast Sandwich Is UK's Cheapest Meal (Food In Tight Times Alert)

    11/16/2011 9:13:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 90 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/16/2011 | BBC News
    Toast a thin slice of bread. Butter two slices of bread and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Place the toast between the two slices of bread-and-butter to form a sandwich. British Dietetic Association spokeswoman Melissa Little said there were ways to make the toast sandwich much better for not that much more money. Ms Little said: "You can add an egg for 8p, it's not much and it would give you some protein and keep you fuller for longer - and it would make it taste much better. "Half a can of sardines for 19p would provide good...
  • Cuba Legalizes Private Home Sales (Private Real Estate Legal Again In Cuba)

    11/03/2011 9:33:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/03/2011 | BBC News
    The ban on property sales took effect in stages after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959. Parents were able to pass property on to their children, but buying and selling property was not allowed. The rules have meant that for decades Cubans could only exchange property through complicated barter arrangements, or through even murkier black-market deals, often involving illegal payments and bribes. With the new law, Cubans will be allowed to own a maximum of two properties - their main home and a holiday home. A popular aspect of the law will be the abolition of the...
  • World's Most Expensive Cheese Sandwich ($170.00 USD - Deluxe Taste Alert)

    09/11/2010 4:00:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/11/2010 | BBC News
    The Frome Cheese Show claims to be the oldest in the country. And organisers hope its cheese sandwich, costing £110.59, is the world's most expensive. It was created by Bath-based chef Martin Blunos and is made with cheddar blended with white truffles and sprinkled with gold dust. There is no current official record for the most expensive cheese sandwich. Mr Blunos said: "We Brits are known to love our cheese sandwiches and here's one that is fit for the banqueting table. Martin Blunos with cheese sandwich Martin Blunos has applied to Guinness World Records to have the sandwich recognised "The...
  • Police Probe Veteran BBC Reporter Who Admitted Killing Lover

    02/16/2010 9:56:58 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies · 323+ views
    News Core via FoxNews ^ | February 16, 2010
    Police launched an investigation Tuesday after veteran British TV broadcaster Ray Gosling confessed on air to smothering his lover, who was dying of AIDS. A spokesman said officers would liaise with the BBC after Gosling's admission was aired on its 'Inside Out' program, broadcast at 7:30 p.m. GMT Monday. The BBC did not alert the police in advance of the confession, which was reportedly recorded last November. A police spokesman said: "We were not aware of Mr. Gosling's comments until the BBC Inside Out program was shown. "We are now liaising with the BBC and will investigate the matter."
  • Food Rivalry: Hummus Wars (Who Really Makes The Best Hummus Alert)

    11/24/2009 1:23:37 PM PST · by goldstategop · 37 replies · 1,237+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/24/2009 | Tim Franks
    If there is one thing that you can find wherever you go in the Middle East - Jerusalem, Gaza, Beirut or Cairo - it is hummus, that mashed-up festival of chickpeas, olive oil, sesame paste, lemon juice and garlic. It should be touching - a food that unites. But the Middle East is a place where passions are quick to ignite. And so, where there is hummus, there is also intense rivalry - over who has the best recipe, over who invented it, and over who can make the biggest bowl of it. Last year, Israeli chefs came up with...
  • High Speed Sex Costly For Norwegian Driver (Caught In Flagrante Delicto On Freeway Alert)

    04/13/2009 9:06:23 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 23 replies · 1,911+ views
    BBC News ^ | 04/13/2009 | BBC News
    A man faces a hefty fine and a driving ban after being caught having sex with his girlfriend while speeding on a motorway in Norway, police have said.
  • Russia Will Buy Israeli Drones (Russia Orders UAVs Alert)

    04/10/2009 11:42:57 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 1,951+ views
    BBC News ^ | 09/10/2009 | BBC News
    Russia has signed a deal to buy Israeli unmanned spy planes to help the country improve its own drones, reports say.
  • Israel Bombs Gaza In The Night (Check Out BBC News Exclusive Video Of IDF Troops In Gaza Alert)

    01/07/2009 8:24:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 608+ views
    BBC News ^ | 1/08/2009 | BBC News
    Israeli air attacks on the Gaza Strip has resumed after a three-hour truce to allow in humanitarian aid, with border tunnels apparently the main target. Israeli planes leafleted southern Gaza by day, warning of imminent attacks, and the sounds of war could be heard from the border by nightfall. Nearly 700 Palestinian and 11 Israeli lives are said to have been lost since the offensive began 12 days ago. Peace efforts move to Cairo shortly, with an Israeli envoy due in the city. But Israel is prepared to go even deeper into the Gaza Strip in the coming hours, BBC...
  • Obama criticises 'ugly' tactics

    10/25/2008 2:51:26 PM PDT · by melt · 43 replies · 851+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 10/25/08 | BBC
    US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has attacked his rival for negative campaigning in the final days before the election. Mr Obama, appearing in Nevada, said the "ugly phone calls, the misleading mail and TV ads, the careless, outrageous comments" were preventing change. Republican rival John McCain, aware of being behind in the polls as he spoke in New Mexico, said he was a "fighter". He told supporters not to give up hope of a White House victory. Both candidates were campaigning in western US states during the weekend. Nevada, New Mexico and Colarado were all Republican at the last...
  • French Set To Shell Out More For Snails (Escargots, N'est Ce Pas Alert)

    07/06/2008 12:41:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 459+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/6/2008 | Hugh Schofield
    Producers warn the price of snails - one of France's more exotic foodstuffs - is about to soar, because of economic development in eastern Europe.France consumes more than 14,000 tonnes of snails every year but practically none of them are actually French. With the most prized species now under protection, the industry relies on central and east European imports. But economic progress in countries like Poland and Bulgaria means less appetite for the hard work of snail-gathering. Until now, every year rural families there could earn a decent wage from collecting the animals in the fields and woods. So the...
  • Canada Ruling Boosts U.S Deserter (Traitors May Get To Remain After All In Canuckistan Alert)

    07/04/2008 6:53:10 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 206+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/4/2008 | BBC News
    A Canadian court has ordered the country's refugee board to re-examine an American deserter's rejected attempt for asylum in Canada.The court ruled that the board made mistakes when it turned down Joshua Key's claim for asylum. Mr Key served in Iraq in 2003 before deserting to Canada with his family while on leave in the US. The ruling could affect scores of other US soldiers sheltering in Canada who have refused to fight in Iraq. Possible deportations Joshua Key served in Iraq as a US combat engineer in Iraq in 2003. He claims that he witnessed several cases of abusive...
  • Israel To Destroy Attacker's Home (Al Beep Doesn't Tell The Whole Truth Alert)

    07/04/2008 1:22:25 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 118+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/4/2008 | BBC News
    Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has ordered the army to prepare to demolish the home of the Palestinian who killed three Israelis in Jerusalem. The order follows advice by Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz that the proposed demolition could create legal difficulties, but would not be illegal. An Israeli rights group has said such a move would be collective punishment. B'tselem says it has written to Mr Mazuz demanding that he prevent the attacker's home from being demolished. The group argues that the demolition would, as collective punishment, be illegal under international humanitarian law. Hussam Dwayat went on the rampage at the...
  • Firefox Download Official (Firefox Download Enters Guinness World Record Alert)

    07/02/2008 8:28:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 32 replies · 391+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/2/2008 | BBC News
    Mozilla has officially made history with a new Guinness world record for the largest number of software downloads in a 24-hour period. The final record breaking 8,002,530 downloads for Firefox 3.0 took place in June with parties in over 25 countries. "The enthusiasm and creativity of Firefox fans was key to making this happen" said Marketing head Paul Kim. Gareth Deaves of Guinness World Records called it "an extremely impressive accomplishment". The official figure was confirmed after logs from download servers were audited and checked to ensure duplicate and unfinished downloads were not counted. Mr Kim told the BBC: "The...
  • Israel Confirms Settlement Plans (Jews Fulfill Mitzvot To Build In Jerusalem Alert)

    12/23/2007 9:24:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 718+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/23/2007 | BBC News
    Israel plans to build 740 new homes in settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, a minister said, despite its commitment to freeze all settlement activity. Rafi Eitan, minister for Jerusalem affairs, said Israel had never promised to stop building within Jerusalem and had a duty to house its citizens. It is budgeting to build 500 new homes in Har Homa and 240 in Maaleh Adumim. A Palestinian spokesman condemned the plans, accusing Israel of seeking to destroy renewed peace talks. The two sides agreed at a peace conference in Annapolis in the US in late November to revive the 2003 peace...
  • Climate Talks End Amid Row (Beep Throws In A Dose Of America Bashing - BARF ALERT)

    12/13/2007 11:42:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 255+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/14/2007 | BBC News
    World climate talks in Bali have gone into their scheduled last day amid fierce disagreement over targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. EU ministers have warned they will boycott a US-led climate summit next month unless the Bush administration backs firm targets for emissions cuts. The US favours allowing governments to set voluntary targets. Indonesia is trying to broker a compromise that would remove firm targets from the final text. Delegates spoke of some progress behind the scenes. My own country, the US, is principally responsible for obstructing progress in Bali Al Gore Q and A: Bali summit "We are...
  • Putin See Medvedev As Successor (United Russia To Nominate Presidential Candidate Next Week)

    12/10/2007 12:01:12 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 161+ views
    BBC News ^ | 12/10/2007 | BBC News
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin has backed First Deputy PM Dmitry Medvedev to replace him as President next year, Russian media report. "I fully support this candidacy," Mr Putin was quoted as saying. Mr Medvedev was nominated by Mr Putin's United Russia Party and three other pro-Kremlin parties on Monday. Mr Medvedev was previously Mr Putin's Chief Of Staff and is chairman of the gas giant Gazprom. He hails from Mr Putin's native St Petersburg. The 42-year-old former lawyer managed Mr Putin's election campaign in 2000. As first deputy prime minister he has overseen national programmes in the areas of health,...
  • Iraq to be given control of Basra

    12/09/2007 2:24:15 PM PST · by Rikstir · 21 replies · 120+ views
    bbc news ^ | 9th Dec 07 | bbc news
    Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced that the Iraqi province of Basra is to be handed over to Iraqi control within two weeks. Mr Brown flew into Basra city on Sunday for a surprise visit to British troops. He broke the news as he addressed servicemen and women at Basra air station, after holding telephone talks with Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki. The remaining 4,500 British troops in Iraq will now focus their efforts on training local Iraqi forces. UK troop numbers are set to be reduced to 2,500 from the spring. Mr Brown told the troops: "I have just talked...
  • Zimbabwe Inflation "Incalculable" (100,000% Inflation By Year's End Alert)

    11/27/2007 6:03:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 64 replies · 276+ views
    Zimbabwe's chief statistician has said it is impossible to work out the country's latest inflation rate because of the lack of goods in shops. "There are too many data gaps," the Central Statistical Office's Moffat Nyoni told state media. Many staple goods are often absent from shop shelves after the government ordered prices to be halved or frozen in a bid to stem galloping inflation. September's inflation rate was put at almost 8,000%, the world's highest. Other reports suggest the rate could be at near 15,000% and the International Monetary Fund had warned it could reach 100,000% by the end...
  • US Prison System "Costly Failure" (Liberals Urge Return To Soft On Crime Approach Alert)

    11/19/2007 10:20:01 AM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies · 53+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11/19/2007 | BBC News
    The US prison population has risen eight-fold since 1970, with little impact on crime but at great cost to the taxpayer, researchers say. There are more than 1.5 million people in US state and federal jails, a report by a Washington-based criminal justice research group, the JFA Institute says. Inmate numbers are projected to rise by 192,000 in five years, costing $27.5bn (£13.44bn) to build and run jails. The JFA recommends reducing the number and length of sentences. The Unlocking America report, which was published on Monday, also advocated changing terms of parole and finding alternatives to prison as part...
  • Hundreds Of Nigerian Robbers Shot (Cops Get Tough On Crime In Nigeria Alert)

    11/15/2007 1:59:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 54+ views
    BBC News ^ | 111/15/2007 | BBC News
    Nigeria's Police Chief Mike Okiro has admitted that 785 suspected armed robbers have died in encounters with police in the last three months. The Nigerian police force has been criticised by human rights groups for killing suspects instead of arresting them and giving them a fair trial. But Mr Okiro said almost 1,600 suspected armed robbers had also been arrested and charged in that time. He took over as acting Police Inspector General just over 100 days ago. Funding call To mark the anniversary, Mr Okiro paraded a crack squad of about 50 police officers in front of reporters on...
  • Danish Centre-Right Wins Election (Liberal Conservatives 1 Seat Short Of Absolute Majority Alert)

    11/13/2007 4:25:17 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 136+ views
    Denmark's governing coalition, led by Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has won a general election, but is one seat short of an absolute majority. With all the votes counted, his Liberal-Conservative led government has taken 89 of the 179 seats in the Folketing, the country's parliament. Mr Rasmussen could be forced to seek support from a new party headed by a Syrian-born Palestinian immigrant. Turnout was higher than in the previous poll, held in 2005, at over 86%. Mr Rasmussen, 54, who won a third consecutive election after the 2001 and 2005 victories was in a jubilant mood. "Everything indicates...