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‘Wise Latina’ Sotomayor joins US Supreme Court
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BEIJING - Lazio ruffled the feathers of Serie A champions Inter Milan in the Bird’s Nest in Beijing Saturday night to win the Italian Super Cup 2-1.
WASHINGTON - Sonia Sotomayor made history Saturday as she took the oath of office to become the first Hispanic US Supreme Court justice, and just the third woman on the court in its 220-year history.
Vladimir Putin MOSCOW - As Vladimir Putin marks a decade in power, it appears the former KGB strongman may maintain his grip on Russia’s government for years to come. Supporters credit him with rescuing the economy from the postSoviet doldrums and restoring national pride. Critics say the price rolling back democratic reforms and stifling dissent - has been too high.
Human rights LONDON - A report by lawmakers says Britain should closely monitor U.S. activity on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to ensure the British territory is not used for the rendition or interrogation of terror suspects. Moved.
Pneumonic plague BEIJING - A blockade around a remote northwest Chinese town where deadly pneumonic plague killed three people and sickened nine has been lifted after no new infections were reported, an official says. . Source: ap
Thursday. Her detractors accused her of being a “judicial activist” and focused for weeks on a 2001 remark to law students at a conference on Hispanic judges. “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” Sotomayor said at the event. The remark made many conservatives nervous, with some calling her a racist. In the final poll, only nine out of the 40 Republican senators voted to confirm her. Sotomayor, who has been a federal judge for 17 years, replaces outgoing justice David Souter, who announced his retirement in May after 19 years on the Supreme Court. President Barack Obama, who nominated Sotomayor for the job, was not at the event but will hold a White House reception in her honor on Wednesday. The public swearing-in ceremony was broadcast live on television — a first, as the camera-shy justices do not allow televised broadcasts of its court sessions. In what is seen as a symbolic sign of independence, Sotomayor chose to have the ceremony at the Supreme
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In this photograph provided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., right, administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the Justices’ Conference Room at the Supreme Court in Washington Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 as Sotomayor’s mother, Mrs. Celina Sotomayor, holds the family Bible during the ceremony. Court. The last two justices to take the bench — Samuel Alito and John Roberts — were nominated by then-president George W. Bush and sworn in at a White House ceremony. Sotomayor grew up in the Bronx, a working class borough of New York city. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a blue-collar worker. She graduated from elite Ivy League universities, and was a Manhattan prosecutor and corporate law-
yer before becoming a federal judge. Sotomayor is the first Supreme Court justice nominated by a Democratic president since 1994. The new justice will have little time to celebrate — the first case she will hear, concerning the constitutionality of part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, is scheduled for September 8. Obama issued a statement on Sotomayor following the Senate vote confirming her to the bench on Thursday.
Sadat daughter takes US film to court over dog named Anwar Agence France-Presse
CAIRO - The daughter of Egypt’s slain president Anwar Sadat has filed legal complaints against the producers of an American film which portrays a dog named after her father, her lawyer said on Saturday. Roqeya Sadat’s complaint against the makers of the Hollywood film “I Love You, Man” will be heard by a Cairo court on September 1, lawyer Samir Sabri told AFP. Sadat was shot dead by Islamic militants at a military parade in
Cairo on October 6, 1981, three years after he signed the 1978 Camp David Accords that led to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel, the first by an Arab country. His daughter is furious over the movie in which the leading character played by Jason Segel names his dog Anwar Sadat, claiming that he resembles the slain Egyptian president. Roqeya Sadat has described the movie as “insulting” to the memory of her father and was quoted by Egypt’s office news agency MENA as saying that it also “undermines Egypt and its role (of leadership) in the
Middle East.” The film, a romantic comedy directed by John Hamburg for DreamWorks, was released in Egypt earlier this year but is no longer showing in movie theatres. “We’ve filed a complaint on Wednesday against the producers of the film, the actors and the company which distributed it in Egypt,” Sabri said. “We also filed a complaint against the minister of communications” because his office allowed the release of the film in Egypt earlier this year, he added.
According to him Roqeya Sadat wants all copies of the film to be seized, although the offensive movie stopped being shown in Egyptian theatres in July. It is not clear what the Egyptian court will decide. But Sabri said that Sadat’s daughter is determined to take the case to US courts. Last year Roqeya Sadat won a court case against Hoda Abdel Nasser, the daughter of her father’s predecessor, the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, who had described Anwar Sadat as a US spy.
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Lazio shock Inter to lift Italian Super Cup
Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath in a brief televised ceremony held in a Supreme Court conference room, with some 60 of Sotomayor’s friends and relatives present. Minutes earlier Roberts administered a slightly different oath in a private ceremony. The event caps the spectacular rise of Sotomayor, 55, from a gritty working-class background through elite US universities and the federal bench to the top US judicial body, the final arbiter on legal matters in the nation. The New York-born Sotomayor, whose parents came from the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico, took the oath with her left hand on a Bible held by her widowed mother Celina, as her younger brother Juan, a medical doctor, stood smiling by her side. The country’s 111th high court justice solemnly swore to “administer justice without respect for persons, and to equal rights to the poor and to the rich,” and to “faithfully and impartially discharge and perform” all of her duties as a Supreme Court justice, “so help me God.” “Congratulations and welcome to the Court,” Roberts smiled, as he shook her hand immediately after the oath. Sotomayor was confirmed by a 68-31 margin in the US Senate on
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The Lazio team holds the Italian Supercup trophy after they won 2-1 against Inter Milan at China’s National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing, China, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009. The Italian season curtain raiser was held on the one year anniversary of the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games.
Lazio captain Tommaso Rocchi superbly lobbed Inter keeper Julio Cesar after finding a gap between the Inter defence just after the hour to clinch the winner. Two minutes earlier, Rocchi’s 61st minute freekick found its way through the Inter wall and rebounded off keeper Cesar, bobbling up into the path of Lazio’s Brazilian midfielder Matuzalem, who slotted home to the delight of several thousand Chinese Lazio fans. The quick double strike stunned Inter’s galaxy of stars and their thousands of Chinese fans into a rare silence after they had controlled affairs on and off the pitch for most of the tense final. Staring defeat in the face, the normally cool Inter manager Jose Mourinho brought on Patrick Vieira and replaced Serbian captain Dejan Stankovic with Mario Balotelli. But it was new signing and Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o — who had threatened several times — who fired into the roof of the Lazio net in the 75th minute to rally Inter into a frantic search for a dramatic comeback. Inter had controlled the game but were frustrated numerous times by the excellent Nestor Muslera in the Lazio goal. Another Inter new arrival, Argentine Diego Milito, rolled the ball past the stranded Muslera in the 81st minute only to be ruled agonisingly offside.
Eto’o then went just wide with a free kick from just outside the box in injury time. And though Mourinho’s men laid siege to the Lazio goal in the dying minutes, it was the team from Rome who lifted the cup for a memorable party spoiler in China’s Olympic stadium. The Bird’s Nest played centre stage to China’s highly acclaimed and choreographed opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics and the final was the first significant competitive sporting event to be played in the iconic stadium since the end of the Games. The stadium, made of a lattice of cement and steel, has largely served as a tourist attraction since the Games ended, prompting criticism that many costly Olympic venues are sitting idle and not being used for sporting events. A year ago to the day, however, football chants replaced drummers, acrobatic dancers and singers with many among the 65,000 in the 80,000 seater stadium sporting replica football shirts of their Italian heroes. The Italian Super Cup is the season curtain raiser contested by the winners of Serie A and the domestic Italian Cup. It is usually played at the home of the Serie A champions. But in a bid to broaden the appeal of Italian football it has been contested overseas several times before.
Marseille off to French flier as Lyon, PSG held Agence France Presse
PARIS - There was early awayday cheer for title hopefuls Marseille on the opening day of the new French league season Saturday, but Lyon and Paris St Germain had to make do with draws. Lyon were saved at the death by new signing from Porto Lisandro Lopez, who netted a freekick to salvage a 2-2 draw at lowly Le Mans, who were twice ahead, while PSG stuttered to a 1-1 draw at Montpellier. Former European champions Marseille, who have endured a 17year wait for a league crown, were ahead after just two minutes at Grenoble as Mamadou Niang put them in front having slalomed through a brittle home defence. New Marseille coach Didier Deschamps, determined to bring the good times back to the Stade Velodrome, permitted himself a nod of satisfaction on the bench as Benoit Cheyrou secured the points with the second goal ten minutes from time. Deschamps said: “There were more positives than negatives. We had things pretty much under con-
trol though many will say it’s logical that Marseille win at Grenoble. I hope we can go on from here.” Marseille finished three points adrift of champions Bordeaux last term and now are bent on going one better. The Girondins, coached by Deschamps’ erstwhile French international teammate Laurent Blanc, will take on Lens in Sunday’s game. PSG, wholesale underachievers since their last championship win back in 1994, again showed their flaws in drawing 1-1 at Montpellier. The hosts from the south were down to 10 men for the last hour after Cyril Jeunechamp was dismissed for a second bookable offence for scything down PSG’s Ludovic Giuly from behind in the 27th minute. Giuly exacted delicious revenge by firing home from close range in the 71st minute after home keeper Geoffrey Jourdren spilled a shot from veteran Claude Makelele. But rugged Bosnian new signing Emir Spahic powered in a header from inside the six-yard box on the stroke of time to deny the Parisians all three points.
Lyon had a double fright, meanwhile, at Le Mans, who were ahead on 21 minutes through Malian youngster Modibo Maiga. Mathieu Bodmer levelled seven minutes later for Lyon, who could only come in third last season after seven league title wins on the trot when the run began they had never lifted the trophy in their history - but Mathieu Coutadeur scored from the penalty spot on the hour to restore the hosts’ lead. Brazilian defender Cris tangled with Maiga to earn Le Mans the spotkick but just as an embarrassing loss loomed up popped Lopez to save Lyon’s blushes. Elsewhere, Saint-Etienne, who just survived last season after months of trials and tribulations which belied their former status of French giants, went down 2-0 at home to Nice. Auxerre also lost on home soil to Sochaux by the only goal and northerners Nancy won on their travels, 3-1 at Valenciennes. Monaco thanked a first-half strike from Nene to see off Toulouse 1-0 in the principality while Rennes swamped promoted Boulogne 3-0.
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Grenoble’s Romao (R) vies with Marseille’s Mamadou Niang during their French L1 football match Grenoble vs Sochaux on August 8, 2009, at the Stade-des-Alpes stadium in Grenoble.
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