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  • Discovery of Vast Tail on Dying Star Promises Clues to Solar Birth

    08/15/2007 7:42:32 PM PDT · by RDTF · 8 replies · 383+ views
    The Washington Post via Drudge Report ^ | August 16, 2007 | Marc Kaufman
    Astronomers have for the first time found a gargantuan, comet-like tail created by a slowly dying star, a discovery that gives new insights into how old stars seed the galaxies with material that ultimately becomes new stars and solar systems. Astronomers have long known that dying stars provide the building blocks for future ones, but never before have they seen the process so vividly in action. Save & Share Article What's This? DiggGoogle del.icio.usYahoo! RedditFacebook The 13-light-year-long tail is made up of molecules of oxygen, carbon and nitrogen shed by the slowly dying but very fast-moving star as it speeds...
  • Treasury Department Blocks Assets of Men Accused of Supporting Al-Qaida

    12/21/2004 3:30:43 PM PST · by Nick Danger · 6 replies · 756+ views
    Associated Press | December 21, 2004 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration moved Tuesday to block the assets of two Saudi men accused of providing support to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network, Adel Batterjee and Saad al-Faqih. Batterjee was instrumental in founding the Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity that the United States has previously deemed a a global terrorist group. Al-Faqih has maintained associations with the al-Qaida network since the mid-1990s, the Treasury Department alleged. The agency submitted the two names to the United Nations for possible inclusion in its list of terrorist financiers. If the names are included, member countries would also have...
  • Compelling Wire Taps and Documents Introduced at Chicago Hamas Trial

    11/15/2006 5:11:21 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 9 replies · 883+ views
    Counterterrorism ^ | 11/15/06 | Steven Emerson
    Testimony in the trial of Chicago resident Muhammad Salah and Abdelhaleem al-Ashqar of Northern Virginia, continued yesterday. FBI Agents gave testimony focusing on items found in Ashqar's home during a search of his Oxford Mississippi residence on December 26, 1993, in addition to wiretaps of his phone and fax lines. Special Agent Bradley Benabidez testified that the FBI acquired over 2400 hours of audio during the year that they maintained a wiretap. Benabidez further described the December 1993 search of Ashqar’s home where a team of agents from the FBI photographed over 1600 documents. A few of those documents which...
  • Treasury Designates MIRA for Support to Al Qaida (Clinton confidante was a major Al Qaida financier)

    07/14/2005 9:08:51 PM PDT · by kaehurowing · 8 replies · 915+ views
    Treasury Department Press Release ^ | July 14, 2005 | U.S. Treasury Department
    July 14, 2005 JS-2632 Treasury Designates MIRA for Support to Al Qaida ******In 2003, MIRA and Faqih received approximately $1 million in funding through Abdulrahman Alamoudi. According to information available to the U.S. Government, the September 2003 arrest of Alamoudi was a severe blow to al Qaida, as Alamoudi had a close relationship with al Qaida and had raised money for al Qaida in the United States. In a 2004 plea agreement, Alamoudi admitted to his role in an assassination plot targeting the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and is currently serving a 23 year sentence.******
  • U.N. asked to punish two Saudi activists

    12/21/2004 6:16:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 698+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/21/04 | Edith M. Lederer - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to impose sanctions on British-based Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih for allegedly providing financial and material support to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. The United States and Saudi Arabia also asked the council to impose sanctions on Saudi businessman Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee, who was instrumental in founding the Benevolence International Foundation, an Islamic charity that the United States has previously deemed a global terrorist group. Council diplomats said the two names were circulated among the 15 Security Council members on Tuesday. If...
  • Bin Laden called UK 260 times

    03/23/2002 3:55:50 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 55 replies · 3,789+ views
    The Sunday Times (U.K.) ^ | 03/24/2002 | Nick Fielding and Dipesh Gadhery
    RECORDS of Osama Bin Laden’s calls from his satellite phone reveal Britain was at the heart of the terrorist’s planning for his worldwide campaign of murder and destruction. Bin Laden and his most senior lieutenants made more than 260 calls from their base in Afghanistan to 27 numbers in Britain. They included suspected terrorist agents, sympathisers and companies. Some were prearranged calls to contacts using public pay phones. The records, obtained by The Sunday Times, show that the terrorist leader made more calls to Britain than any other country in the two years that he used the phone. He stopped...
  • U.K. Freezes Assets of Group Linked With Saudi Exile Al-Faqih

    12/24/2004 1:28:31 PM PST · by velocityguy · 8 replies · 473+ views
    December 24, 2004 08:15 EST | Sam Fleming in London at sfleming5@bloomberg.net
    U.K. Freezes Assets of Group Linked With Saudi Exile Al-Faqih Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The U.K. government told its central bank to freeze the assets of an organization it suspects of having links with Saad al-Faqih, a Saudi Arabian dissident living in exile in Britain. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown instructed the Bank of England to direct British financial institutions to immediately freeze funds belonging to the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, the Treasury said in a statement. The Treasury said it has ``reasonable grounds'' for suspecting the organization is acting on behalf of al-Faqih, who was listed...
  • Saudi Leadership Failing

    12/06/2003 10:54:20 PM PST · by GeronL · 12 replies · 105+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec 6 | UPI
    Expert says Saudi leadership failing LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Saudi exile and dissident Saad al-Faqih, head of the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, said his country's leadership is incapable of survival. Al-Faqih, a professor of surgery at King Saud University until 1994, was jailed for a time for his involvement in the country's reform movement and acknowledges he is dedicated to bringing down the ruling regime. He told the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin in London that once the challenge of violence shifts towards the royal family rather than Westerners, "the collapse will be imminent." In addition, he said,...
  • Saudi Arabia sentences protestors to jail and lashes

    11/22/2003 6:17:54 AM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 3 replies · 222+ views
    AFP ^ | November 22, 2003 | AFP
    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, (AFP) - Seven people who took part in demonstrations last month in Saudi Arabia have been sentenced to jail terms, a newspaper reported. The defendants will serve between one and three months in prison and were "ordered to sign an agreement that they would never again engage in the same offense," Arab News reported. Five defendants were jailed for a month, while two other defendants -- a Saudi and Sudanese national -- received two and three month prison terms. The Saudi national will also be lashed 60 times "for not confessing nor acknowledging that he had done...
  • Saudi Opposition, Far From Home, Makes Voice Heard

    10/27/2003 12:23:32 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 1 replies · 209+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2003 | Warren Hoge
    LONDON, Oct. 26 — A modest two-story red brick house indistinct from others along a North London street bears no signs of being the headquarters of a campaign challenging royal rule in Saudi Arabia. The marks of the exiles' activity are very noticeable, however, in the streets of Saudi Arabia itself, where hundreds of people have been arrested by antiriot police this month for taking part in a protest demonstration, a rare occurrence in the monarchy's history. Government alarm at the dissidents' influence was reflected Sunday in a Ramadan-eve address in Riyadh from the country's senior religious leader, the grand...
  • London: Leading Saudi dissident attacked

    06/23/2003 10:29:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 625+ views
    The head of a British-based Saudi Arabia opposition movement has suffered leg wounds after an assault, it was reported Monday by the British press. Dr. Saad al-Fagih, head of the London-based Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia (MIRA), required hospital treatment after the attack, police sources said. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police and ambulance were called at 10.45pm yesterday to an address in Willesden, north west London, following a report of an altercation in the street. "Ambulance attended and took the victim - a man in his 40s - to a London hospital suffering a leg wound." Fagih's injuries...