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(CRIME) READ: Australian Man Charged With Raping Daughter For 30 Years…

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s-HANDCUFFS-largeAn Australian man accused of raping his daughter almost daily for 30 years and fathering her four children has been charged by police.

The man, who has been called “Australia’s Fritzl” after the notorious Austrian incest case, allegedly began raping his daughter in the 1970s when she was 11 years old, and had threatened her with violence if she ever revealed the abuse.

According to a report in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, the man was arrested in February after the victim approached police and said that she had been kept a virtual prisoner in the family home in a country town in the southern state of Victoria.

The newspaper said that all of the woman’s four children were born with birth defects in Melbourne hospitals. One of them died.

According to the report, the woman had reported the abuse to police in 2005 but then refused to co-operate further because she feared for her safety.

However, she went to police again in June last year and gave a statement against her father. Police conducted DNA tests on the father and laid 83 charges of sex abuse against him in February.

The case has been likened to that of Josef Fritzl, who was jailed for life in May for imprisoning and raping his daughter for 24 years and murdering one of the seven children he had with her.

The Victorian Premier, John Brumby, to demand an immediate investigation into how the case had gone unnoticed for so long.

The Herald Sun interviewed the woman’s mother, who is still married to the alleged rapist, and who lived with them in the house in rural Victoria. She claims that she was not aware of any abuse, despite sharing the house with her husband, daughter and grandchildren until 2005. READ MORE

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September 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

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(WORLD) READ: Russia Lends Chavez $2B in Arms Deal…

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293014-1-20090914013852(Newser Summary) – Russia has agreed to lend Venezuela more than $2 billion to buy Russian-made weaponry to ward off what the South American country sees as an imminent US-Colombian attack, reports the BBC. “With these rockets, it is going to be very difficult for them to come and bomb us,” said socialist President Hugo Chavez. Chavez plans to buy nearly 100 tanks and anti-aircraft systems as tensions mount in the wake of a Colombia agreement to grant the US more access to military bases there.

 

Mat Probasco

Source: BBC

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September 15, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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(CRIME/WORLD) READ: Peru Flooding US With Counterfeit Bills…

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About $8 million in fake greenbacks found in U.S., another $18 million in Peru

Fist of Money(Newser Summary) – American officials have seized some $8 million in high-quality counterfeit US bills made in Peru, reports the Los Angeles Times. South American raids have uncovered another $18 million. The massive number of fake bills costs businesses and individuals millions, and threatens to undermine confidence in US currency, warn officials. “It’s a form of economic terrorism,” said a Secret Service agent.

Early this year, US officials launched a special task force to train Peruvian police and bankers to identify and capture counterfeiters. Columbia used to print about 70% of fake dollars passed in the states until a similar crackdown cut production to about 5%—which still accounts for millions of fake bills. Police action may have driven some Columbian counterfeiters to Peru. Human “mules” bring the money across borders, often with it strapped to their bodies.

Mat Probasco

Source: Los Angeles Times

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September 13, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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(WORLD) Iran announces plan to purge universities of Western influences…

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img.metro.co.uk__ayatollahAP_450x300Source: Los Angeles Times

Humanities curricula will be revised to bring them more in line with Islamic principles, an official says. Critics say the move is based on ‘fascism and totalitarianism.’

September 7, 2009

Reporting from Beirut – A hard-line deputy of Iran’s supreme leader announced steps Sunday to purge Iranian universities of Western influences even as the government faced accusations of “fascism and totalitarianism” leveled by the country’s former president.

Hamid Reza Ayatollahi, head of a government body that oversees universities, announced a plan to revise humanities curricula to bring them more in line with Islamic principles.

“Many of the syllabuses taught to students majoring in humanities are not in line with Iranian and Islamic culture and therefore their revision is a must,” Ayatollahi said in a statement published by Iranian news agencies.

A committee has been established to “eliminate certain curricula and replace them with Islamic materials,” he said.

The effort stemmed from a speech last week by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who said that humanities courses result in “disbelief in Islamic and divine teachings” and are mostly based on “materialist philosophical concepts causing misgivings about religious principles.”

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-ira…

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September 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

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(READ): Colonel Gaddafi party to outshine the Beijing Olympics…

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Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Libyan women walk in front of a billboard showing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi celebrating his 40th anniversary.

Libya is planning a celebrations on the scale of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Colonel Gaddafi to power.

If anything, the superlatives will be even greater as Beijing 2008 did not boast the world’s largest tent, 1,000 camels, Toureg nomads or 40 hot air balloons.

Performers are being flown in from all over the planet, from dancers and fireworks specialists to a brass band from Wales.

The giant tent, and the stage within it, longer than a football pitch, are being built by a British special events company, Atlantic Enterprise.

The director is a Frenchman and the party is being put together by a public relations company run by the British government’s one-time favourite ad-man.

“Everything is bespoke for this event,” said Atlantic’s managing director, Shane McCarthy. “Nothing like this has ever been done before.”

Organisers are expecting 300,000 Libyans to watch the show being put on next Tuesday to mark the anniversary live, with more on television.

After congregating in Libya’s capital Tripoli, newly whitewashed and decorated with Gaddafi posters, hundreds of VIP guests will enjoy an evening buffet.

They will then be escorted into a smaller version of the open Bedouin tent, 130 yards by 45 yards, by 27 yards tall, in which the pageant will take place. Once they are joined by Col Gaddafi himself, the show will begin. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm

(WATCH): Israelis restrict Palestinians’ water supply…

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Source: The Real News Network (trnn.com)

World Bank report: Israelis have access to four times as much water as Palestinians due to restrictions

After World Bank issues report, commissioned by the Palestinian Authority on the condition of water accessibility in the West Bank, Israel claims the reports authors are biased. To understand the conditions on the ground, how they’ve been addressed, and whether the so-called peace process succeeded in addressing them, The Real News speaks to LifeSource Project, a non-profit organization focusing solely on the issue of water. Susan Koppelman and Taysir Arabasi tell The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky the Mountain Aquifer, the biggest supply of fresh underground water is pumped by Israel even though it lies almost entirely in the West Bank. They also speak about restrictions on Palestinians to dig water wells, and their dependence on the Israeli national water corporation, Mekorot.

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August 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

(WORLD) READ:Could East Africa become an outsourcing hub?…

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africaSource: Globalpost

The arrival of broadband in Tanzania presents dazzling business possibilities.

 

By Eamon Kircher-Allen — Special to GlobalPost
Published: August 17, 2009 07:36 ET
Updated: August 18, 2009 11:18 ET

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Ramadhan Mubarak shook his head as he gestured to his six forlorn PCs.

“I believe that many people want to use the internet,” he said. “But most Tanzanians are poor, so they can’t manage the cost.”

Mubarak owns two of the handful of internet cafes in downtown Dar es Salaam, and he can barely cover his overhead of $1,500 a month. Like many people here, he’s hoping that will soon change: East Africa’s new fiber-optic cable has been laid across the Indian Ocean and made landfall here on July 23. When it goes into use in late August, it is likely to dramatically reduce costs and improve connectivity speed.

The cable, which is a two-year, $650 million project of the private venture Seacom, connects East and Southern Africa to India and Europe and will end the dependence of Tanzania’s internet on satellites. Even accounting for exaggeration — some boosters have promised it will improve education and healthcare and curb corruption — pretty much everyone who uses the internet here agrees that fiber-optic connectivity is nothing short of a revolution. Read More

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August 21, 2009 at 11:18 am

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READ: The world’s first cocaine bar…

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cocaineSource: Guardian.co.uk

Route 36 has turned La Paz, Bolivia into a hotspot for drug tourism, tempting backpackers from all over the world

“Tonight we have two types of cocaine; normal for 100 Bolivianos a gram, and strong cocaine for 150 [Bolivianos] a gram.” The waiter has just finished taking our drink order of two rum-and-Cokes here in La Paz, Bolivia, and as everybody in this bar knows, he is now offering the main course. The bottled water is on the house.

The waiter arrives at the table, lowers the tray and places an empty black CD case in the middle of the table. Next to the CD case are two straws and two little black packets. He is so casual he might as well be delivering a sandwich and fries. And he has seen it all. “We had some Australians; they stayed here for four days. They would take turns sleeping and the only time they left was to go to the ATM,” says Roberto, who has worked at Route 36 (in its various locations) for the last six months. Behind the bar, he goes back to casually slicing straws into neat 8cm lengths.

La Paz, Bolivia, at 3,900m above sea level – an altitude where even two flights of stairs makes your heart race like a hummingbird – is home to the most celebrated bar in all of South America: Route 36, the world’s first cocaine lounge. I sit back to take in the scene – table after table of chatty young backpackers, many of whom are taking a gap year, awaiting a new job or simply escaping the northern hemisphere for the delights of South America, which, for many it seems, include cocaine. Read More

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August 21, 2009 at 10:52 am

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READ: Iran lets in UN inspectors ahead of nuclear report…

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nukeSource: Guardian.co.uk

Iran has made significant concessions to UN nuclear inspectors days before a highly critical report on the country’s nuclear programme is due to be published, diplomats said today.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited Iran’s nearly complete heavy water reactor near the central town of Arak last week, after having been barred from the site for a year. Western officials say the reactor could be used to make plutonium, but Tehran maintains it is for research and the production of medically useful isotopes.

IAEA inspectors became alarmed when they were no longer allowed access to the site last year and a roof was constructed over the reactor so they were no longer able to keep track of its progress from satellite photographs.

Diplomats also told the Guardian tonight that the Iranian government had made concessions over IAEA monitoring at Iran’s highly controversial uranium enrichment plant at Natanz.

The UN security council has demanded that Iran suspend uranium enrichment at Natanz until it can prove it is for the peaceful purposes Tehran claims. The Iranian government has refused to comply, defying several waves of financial sanctions. Read More

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August 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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READ: Richardson Hails Warmer Signals From North Korea…

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PD*26952233Source: Newser.com

(Newser Summary) – The tentative thaw continues in North Korea relations. On the heels of Bill Clinton’s trip, Bill Richardson hosted two high-ranking officials from the North today at the governor’s mansion in New Mexico and declared that Pyongyang is sending a “positive vibration” about detente. “What I sense was, one, the temperature has really cooled down in the relationship,” Richardson told MSNBC. “I think the Clinton visit has helped a lot.”

Richardson said the diplomats suggested that the North is open to renewing direct talks with the US on its nuclear weapons, but Pyongyang does not want to return to the six-party roundtable that includes South Korea. “The North Koreans clearly feel they are owed something, that they released the two Americans that they want something in return,” said Richardson, who has visited the country in the past as an informal envoy.

John Johnson

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August 20, 2009 at 10:00 am

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(ECONOMY/WORLD) READ: Germany braces for second wave of credit crunch …

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money2Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Germany’s economics ministry is drawing up a raft of special measures with the Bundesbank to head off a fresh financial crisis, fearing that a loan squeeze by struggling banks will set off a serious credit crunch early next year.

“The most difficult phase for financing is going to be in the first and second quarter of 2010,” said Hartmut Schauerte, the economic state secretary.

“We are working as a government to create instruments that can offset a feared credit crunch or any credit squeeze in sectors of the economy,” he said.

Mr Schauerte said firms with weak balance sheets may struggle to roll over loans as they come due in coming months. Negotiations with banks could prove “very difficult”.

State support is likely to be concentrated on boosting the capital base of German firms and providing credit insurance for exporters, perhaps to the tune of €250bn to €300bn (£256bn). “If this service fails, we are going to see dozens of credit collapses,” he said. Read More

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August 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

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READ: Vast Amount Of Artice Ice Melts

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TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories (AP) – The Arctic Ocean has given up tens of thousands more square miles (square kilometers) of ice on Sunday in a relentless summer of melt, with scientists watching through satellite eyes for a possible record low polar ice cap. Read More

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August 10, 2009 at 1:59 am

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READ: Iranian Prison Chief Dismissed, Arrested…

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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) — Authorities have fired and arrested the chief of an Iranian jail that was closed amid allegations of mistreatment of detainees held for protesting June’s disputed election, Iranian media reported Sunday. Read More

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August 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

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