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now he has no fever, and we have removed the drain tube from his wound. Further improvement of his condition can be expected. During the night we do not plan to do any more interventions on him.” Zsiros denied the earlier reports that Massa had injured his left eye, which led to speculation about his future participation in Formula 1. Peter Bazso, the hospital’s medical director, explained that it was in fact too early to tell if there was any damage because Massa was still unable to open the eye: “We can give no positive neither negative answer to this, because at this stage the vision cannot be examined.” Bazso made it clear however that a full recovery was still entirely possible for the Brazilian. “There is no such thing as ‘this condition’, be-

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The destroyed car of Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil is seen after his accident during the Qualifying session at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 25, 2009. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held here on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

The FIA has asked its Safety Commission to work on a report about the accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa. Surtees was killed less than 10 days ago during an F2 race at Brands Hatch when he was hit in the head by a flying wheel from another car. Less than a week later, Ferrari driver Massa was hit by a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading some F1 drivers to ask for work to improve safety in this area. On Monday, motorsport’s ruling body announced it has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report with recommendations on how to try and improve the safety standards to avoid such accidents. “FIA President Max Mosley has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report on the recent debris-related accidents in the FIA Formula One World Championship and FIA Formula Two Championship,” said the FIA in a statement. “The FIA Safety Commission, which is made up of medical and technical representatives from all areas of motor sport, will submit its report and recommendations to the World Motor Sport Council. Preliminary findings suggest the helmet being used by Felipe Massa may have played a significant role in limiting the injuries sustained. The FIA 8860 helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides increased protection in all key impact areas.”

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cause every case is different,” he pointed out. “Of course it isn’t impossible.” When asked when they will be able to determine if Massa has suffered any kind of lasting injury, Zsiros said: “There is no interval which we can define, but I would say it should be from one week to ten days.” He added that Massa would remain in intensive care as long as his condition made that necessary. Dino Altmann, the Chief Medical Officer of the Brazilian Grand Prix, who also attended the news conference, confirmed Massa was now able to speak. “He spoke, he wanted to know what happened to him. And he had some questions,” Altmann revealed. “I would like to say that the family is very happy with the treatment Felipe is receiving here, and there’s no question about transfer at the moment.”

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Felipe Massa’s condition is continuing to improve as doctors at the AEK Hospital in Hungary, where the Brazilian driver is being treated, denied earlier reports of eye damage and instead suggested he could make a full recovery. Colonel Dr. Lajos Zsiros, the chief surgeon of the Hungarian Defence Forces, told a news conference on Monday that the 28-year-old had been woken from sedation on Monday afternoon, and was unlikely to be sedated again. “In the last 24 hours some major changes have gone through in the condition of Felipe Massa,” said Zsiros. “His condition continues to be stable. During the CTscan we performed we could ascertain that there was an improvement in his condition. We stopped sedation and after that Felipe Massa became capable of making contact.” “So in the afternoon we stopped the artificial ventilation of Felipe. As we speak he is sleepy, but he gives adequate answers to the questions we ask him, and he can move his arms and legs spontaneously. Right

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Drivers pull their rickshaws carrying passengers through a flooded street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh’s capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close. The national weather office says more than 13 inches (333 millimeters) of rain have been recorded Tuesday in the overcrowded capital city of about 10 million people in the past 12 hours.

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Brazilian Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brawn GP speaks to journalists at the entrance of the Honved Hospital, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 26, 2009 where Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari is in a lifethreatening but stable condition after his operation.

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Dhaka streets waist-deep in water have caused huge traffic snarls. The private NTV television station

reports that residents in the city’s lowlying areas are stranded in their flooded homes. Trading on the Dhaka stock exchange has been delayed and schools in flooded areas are closed. Floods caused by monsoon rains are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people.

Court hears of ‘skinny and malnourished’ Khmer Rouge inmates Agence France-Presse

PHNOM PENH - A former staff member at a notorious Khmer Rouge prison testified on Tuesday to the starvation and torture endured by inmates, in the UNbacked war crimes trial of Cambodia’s ex-prison chief Duch. Sous Thy, who was responsible for registering inmates’ movements in and out of Tuol Sleng prison, spoke in the trial of Duch for overseeing the torture and execution of about 15,000 people in the late 1970s. “I did not pay great attention to their conditions, although I know that they suffered a great deal because most of them were very thin

and the majority of them were so skinny and malnourished,” Sous Thy, 58, told the court. Little air circulated in cells and some prisoners died of starvation while others were tortured to the point of death, he said. Weak prisoners were blindfolded before they were loaded onto trucks to be executed at the Choeung Ek “killing field”, a former orchard on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh, he added. “Regarding my work, I did not like it even a bit. But...I had to do it since I was ordered to do it,” he said, adding that he constantly feared for his life after seeing that other Tuol Sleng staff were arrested and killed. Continued on page 6

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Kashmir chief minister offers to resign over sex scandal Agence France-Presse

SRINAGAR - Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered to resign Tuesday after a lawmaker accused him of involvement in a three-year-old sex scandal.

Sonia Sotomayor WASHINGTON Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears headed to quick confirmation as the first Hispanic justice despite opposition from a growing chorus of conservative Republican senators who say she would bring liberal bias to the high court.

Boat capsized PROVIDENCIALES - A boat carrying Haitian migrants capsizes and sinks off the Turks and Caicos Islands and up to 85 people are missing, the U.S. Coast Guard says. One survivor says the boat struck a reef as it tried to elude police.

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Authorities uncovered a racket in April 2006 involving 40 women whose clients allegedly included politicians, bureaucrats, security officials and businessmen in the conservative Muslim-majority state. The case is being investigated by India’s Central Bureau of Investigations, which has charged several former ministers and top security officials over the scandal. “I will visit the governor of the state today and tender my resignation,” Abdullah told the state assembly after opposition lawmakers and former finance minister Muzaffer Beigh said Abdullah was one of the accused. “After hearing this I will not be

able to function as the chief minister so I have decided to resign,” a visibly upset Abdullah said, though colleagues in the ruling National Conference party urged him to review his decision. “It is a baseless allegation but I won’t be at peace with myself until I am proven innocent,” he said, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house. Abdullah, 39, came to power in state elections last year following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, is in the grip of an insurgency that has killed more than 47,000 people over the past two decades, according to official figures.

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TALLIL MILITARY BASE - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates was in Iraq Tuesday to urge the country’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities to settle their political differences before the withdrawal of US troops by the end of 2011. In an unannounced visit, Gates planned to appeal to Iraqi Arab and Kurdish officials to take advantage of the window of the US troop presence to resolve disputes over power-sharing, internal boundaries and oil revenues, a senior US defence official said. “We’re saying to all the parties involved that they have this window of political opportunity that they need to seize between now and the end of 2011,” the official told reporters before Gates’s arrival at a US base in Tallil, south of Baghdad. Gates, who visited Israel and Jordan on Monday, also planned to get a first-hand look at how

the US military was preparing to adapt to a new mission focused on advising and supporting Iraqi security forces. He was to visit a combined operations centre on the base where US and Iraqi forces work together, and meet commanders of a newlycreated “advise and assist” brigade. Under an agreement with Baghdad, US troops withdrew from Iraqi cities and towns last month and are required to pull out of the country entirely by 2011. As time winds down on the US military mission, President Barack Obama’s administration has called for stepped up efforts to tackle disputes that threaten to revive ethnic and sectarian strife. The administration believes that “all sides have to take an approach in both words and actions that commits them to a peaceful political process,” the official said. The Kurds in particular have an interest in forging reconciliation promptly while US forces remain on the ground, the official said. Washington, which has

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BARCELONA - Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a five-year contract with Barcelona Monday and said he is finally “living a dream.” The 27-year-old was transfered from Inter Milan in a deal which will also see Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o move the other way and the Italian side receive 46 million euros as well as Alexander Hleb on loan. “It feels like I’m living a dream now,” Ibrahimovic told a news conference. “It was not easy for me in the last weeks.” He said he had always insisted that “only one club can buy me and that is Barcelona... My will to come to Barcelona was too big for staying in Inter Milan.” “It is a big honour. There are many big clubs but there is only one special club,” he said, adding that he hoped to develop his skills playing with such players as Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez. “I come here to bring something new. I’m here to win and I’ll do my best to win,” he said. Ibrahimovic will on Tuesday undergo an operation on a broken bone in his hand, suffered during a friendly between Inter and Chelsea during the club’s US tour, Barca’s technical director Txiki Begiristain said.

Wearing the “number 9” shirt formerly held by Eto’o, he later received a rapturous welcome before tens of thousands of fans at the Camp Nou stadium. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has said Ibrahimovic won’t be the club’s last major signing before the end of the transfer window. And he has warned big-spending rivals Real Madrid that his side won’t give up their reign as European and Spanish champions without a fight. Real have spent at least 209 million euros this summer on Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Albiol and Karim Benzema during the close season. Barcelona beat holders Manchester United to win their third Champions League crown in May in Rome. The club also won the domestic league and cup last season, making them the first Spanish team to win the treble.

INDIA, Srinagar : (FILES) In this picture taken on May 6, 2009, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah speaks during an interview with AFP at his residence in Srinagar. Abdullah offered to resign on July 28, 2009.

longstanding ties to the Kurdish former rebel factions that run an automomous regional government in northern Iraq, could act as an “honest broker” between the Kurds and the Shiite-led central government, he said. During his two-day visit Gates was to travel to the autonomous Kurdistan region after holding talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iraq’s defence and interior ministers. His trip to Kurdistan comes after presidential and parliamentary elections in the region on Saturday which saw a new reform-minded opposition group hail a major breakthrough against the longdominant ex-rebel factions. Gates was also expected to discuss supplying Iraq with weapons and equipment to help the Baghdad government provide for its security after the departure of US troops. Among the possible hardware on Baghdad’s wish list were F-16 fighter jets, as Iraq looks to develop a modern air force, the defence official said.

The US military is gradually drawing down in Iraq under the security agreement with Baghdad that will see American troops leave by the end of 2011. Carrying out the accord has caused some friction between the remaining 128,000 American troops and Iraqi security forces. An Iraqi officer ordered the detention of US soldiers this month after they shot dead three Iraqis while pursuing insurgents. Maliki said during a visit to Washington last week that the detention of the US soldiers was a mistake and that the Iraqi officer was “out of line.” At a news conference in Jordan on Monday, Gates said the United States remains committed to the security accord and that it is being successfully carried out. “The United States is abiding by the terms of the agreement that we signed with the Iraqis, and we will continue to abide by that agreement,” he said.

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Barcelona’s new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden poses with his jersey during his official presentation at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, July 27, 2009.

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MADRID - Liverpool’s Spanish international Alvaro Arbeloa said Tuesday that a deal which would see him return to Real Madrid could be completed by the end of the week. “At present I am only focused on Liverpool but it is true that the transfer deal is nearly completed,” the 26year-old full-back said in an interview published in sports daily Marca.

“We will see what will happen in the next few days, if we can all make an effort so that the operation takes place and be something good for everyone, which is what we all want. It could all be sorted out this week.” Rival sports daily AS said the transfer deal will be worth four million euros (5.7 million dollars). Last week Real’s managing director said the club’s lavish recruitment drive, which has seen over 200

million euros spent on big-names such as Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, would stop until players departed to create vacancies. Arbeloa, part of the Spain squad which won Euro 2008, joined Liverpool from Deportivo La Coruna in January 2007. He signed for Deportivo from Real in 2006, having failed to make an impact in his first spell at the Spanish giants when he played for its youth team.

striker Samuel Eto’o has signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan, the Italian champions announced on Monday

Eto’o signs five-year Inter deal Agence France - Presse

ROME- Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan, the Italian champions announced on Monday. The 28year-old had arrived in Milan on Monday morning to take a medical examination before then officially signing on the dotted line, on the same day that Zlatan Ibrahimovic finalised his move in the opposite direction by joining Barcelona. Inter did not reveal how much the Cameroon striker will be paid but he is believed to have signed a deal worth 10-10.5 million euros net per season. He is part of a swap deal that sees Swedish international striker Ibrahimovic head to Catalonia while Inter also pocket 46 million euros and take Belarus winger Alexander Hleb on loan for a year. Upon arriving at Milan’s Linate airport, Eto’o claimed he was com-

ing to Inter to win a third Champions League crown. Eto’o has twice already been on a Champions League winning team with Barcelona, scoring against Arsenal in the 2006 final in a 2-1 victory and again against Manchester United in May in a 2-0 success. “I’m very happy to be here at Inter. I’ve come here to work hard and win the Champions League,” said Eto’o. “I had the opportunity to spend 13 years in Spain. Today, I am ready to begin a new adventure. I want to thank the president (of Inter Massimo) Moratti who helped my arrival a lot. I hope to deliver what he’s expecting from me. He’s a man with a lot of heart.” Eto’o also congratulated his new team-mates on having beaten city rivals AC Milan 2-0 in a friendly in the United States on Sunday. He joined Barcelona in 2004 having previously been on Real Madrid’s books before being sent to Mallorca.

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Liverpool soccer players from left-right, Dirk Kuyt, Fernando Torres, Emiliano Insua, Javier Mascherano, Yossi Benayoun, Damien Plessis, David Ngog, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso wait during a training session held at the National Stadium on Friday July 24, 2009 in Singapore. Liverpool will play the Singapore national team at a friendly match on Sunday.


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TOKYO - Ai Miyazato, boosted by her first victory in her four struggling years on the US LPGA Tour, is raring to become Japan’s first Major winner in three decades at this week’s British Open. “This first victory of mine has only put me on the starting line. Here I can let myself begin at last,” said Miyazato after beating Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson in a sudden-death play-off at the Evian Masters on Sunday.

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Ai Miyazato of Japan studies the ball on the eighteenth hole during the third round of the Evian Masters women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Saturday, July 25, 2009.

is all about battling the winds and the weather,” she said, adding that she would work out her strategy with her British caddy Mick Seaborn, who also assisted her in Evian-les-Bains. Miyazato came back from a slump in 2007 to finish fifth at last year’s British Open. She has worked with Sorenstam’s former coach Pia Nilsson to improve her mental toughness, and has added muscle training to her fitness regimen to strengthen her driver shots. She finished sixth at the US Open two weeks ago. Asked about Miyazato’s chance of winning this week, Hisako “Chako” Higuchi, who won the 1977 US LPGA Championships, said: “She just needs to go on as she does.

I don’t think she is satisfied with just one win.” Higuchi, 63, now Japan’s LPGA chief, has blazed the trail for Japanese women in the golf world and remains the only Japanese to win a women’s or men’s Major. Miyazato has become the fifth Japanese to win a US LPGA title after Higuchi, Ayako Okamoto, Hiromi Kobayashi and Akiko Fukushima — aside from six others who have won the Mizuno Classic in Japan, jointly sanctioned by the two tours. She has ended a 10-year Japanese title drought abroad since Fukushima won the AFLAC Champions event in 1999, after seeing a horde of Korean women succeed on the big stage as Asia’s undisputable number ones.

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The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor(notes) to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler(notes), two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday. The swap of

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In this Jan. 7, 2009 file photo, Charlotte Bobcats’ Emeka Okafor (50) works the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.J. Hickson (21) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, July 27, 2009.

26-year-old centers wasn’t expected to be completed until Tuesday and was unlikely to include other players, the people said on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. The deal would be another roster shake up for the Bobcats since Larry Brown took over as coach last season, and is a gamble because Chandler has been plagued by a left toe injury and recently underwent surgery. Okafor was the No. 2 overall pick—after Orlando took Dwight Howard(notes)—in the 2004 draft. Okafor was the first pick in franchise history and the Bobcats re-signed him to a six-year, $72 million deal before last season. The 6-foot-10 Okafor averaged 13.2 points and 10.1 rebounds for Charlotte last season. But Brown questioned his passion at the end of the season. “I tease him that he’s got an A in stretching and pilates and yoga. I want him to have an A in basketball,” Brown said two days after Charlotte finished 35-47. “It makes older people feel great, but he’s got to work on his game. … There’s no better guy than him, I just want him to have a passion to play the sport because it ends so quickly.” Chandler is taller, at 7-1, but averaged only 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in an unsettling season that saw him traded to Oklahoma City, then returned to New Orleans. The deal was rescinded because the Thunder had concerns about a left toe injury. Chandler later had a left ankle injury that kept him out of the Hornets’ final playoff game. He underwent surgery on his toe and ankle in May, but Hornets officials said he would be ready for training camp. The Hornets don’t figure to have injury concerns with Okafor, who has played all 82 games in each of the past two seasons. While he is a solid rebounder, he has struggled offensively and is a poor free-throw shooter. While Okafor has a longer contract, the players make about the same each year, making it an easier deal to fit under the salary cap. Chandler is slated to make $11.8 million in 2009-10, with a player’s option worth $12.7 million in 2010-11. Okafor is scheduled to earn $10.5 million next season, meaning the Hornets could lower 2009-2010 payroll by $1.3 million. If the Hornets have to pay the league’s dollar-for-dollar luxury tax next season, the savings effectively could be double.

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World Uighur Congress Chairperson Rebiya Kadeer speaks to reporters upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, July 28, 2009.

Exiled Uighur leader visits Japan, angering Beijing Agence France-Presse

TOKYO - The exiled leader of China’s Uighur minority arrived in Japan Tuesday for a visit that has angered Beijing, which accuses her of masterminding recent ethnic violence in the country’s remote northwest.

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Franck Ribery (right) is likely to be unavailable for the first match of the Bundesliga season on August 8

Injured Ribery likely to miss season start Agence Francce - Presse

BERLIN - Bayern Munich’s French star Franck Ribery is likely to be unavailable for the first match of the Bundesliga season on August 8 against Hoffenheim, the club said on Tuesday. The 26-year-old midfielder has had a succession of medical problems since he resumed training at the beginning of this month, including blistered feet and a knee injury, preventing him from joining in full training since July 12. “Franck has a lot of catchingup to do. He trained hard and went further than last week but it has been limited nevertheless,” said Bayern

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“It felt strange I did not lose myself even in the playoff,” the diminutive 24-year-old said on her blog. “It seems that the tough times I have experienced finally paid off.” After winning 14 titles at home and the inaugural World Cup in 2005, Miyazato aimed to emulate the success of her idol, then number one Annika Sorenstam, when she joined the US tour full time in 2006. She tied for third place at the LPGA Championships in her debut year. But it took her 83 tries to win her first tour title. “I feel all calm and am focused on the British Open,” Miyazato told Japanese media on Monday after arriving in Lytham St Annes, England, for the last of the year’s four Majors. The British Open

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manager Louis Van Gaal on the club’s website. The Dutchman added that if Ribery did play in the Hoffenheim match, it would be for a maximum of 20 minutes. The France international will also miss the first round of the German Cup next Sunday when Bayern play Neckaretz. Other Munich players on the injured list are Croatian striker Ivica Olic and fellow forward Luca Toni of Italy who has a damaged Achilles tendon. The giant south German club has rejected approaches for Ribery during the inter-season period, notably from Real Madrid who baulked at Bayern’s asking price of 80 million euros.

Rebiya Kadeer, 62, the US-based head of the World Uighur Congress, was expected to use her five-day visit to call for support for the mainly Muslim minority, following deadly clashes this month in the Xinjiang region. The mother of 11 and grandmother, wearing a traditional Uighur hat, was greeted outside the airport by a handful of her Japanese supporters waving flags and a sign that read “Free the Uighurs.” She was to hold a press conference Wednesday and meet members of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s party, according to her supporters here, although a ruling party official said he was unaware of any planned official contact. “Her itinerary is not completely fixed and may change,” one of her supporters earlier told AFP. “We are a bit worried about ensuring her safety as she has been attacked by mobs in the past elsewhere.” Any official contact between Kadeer and Japan’s ruling party would be certain to anger China, which has accused her of orchestrating the clashes in Urumqi between Uighurs and Han Chinese that left more than 190 people dead. She denies the allegation. China’s foreign ministry on Mon-

day expressed “strong dissatisfaction” about Japan’s decision to allow entry to Kadeer, who spent around six years in a Chinese prison before being released under US pressure in 2005. “Ignoring China’s repeated and solemn representations, the Japanese government persisted in allowing Rebiya (Kadeer) to engage in antiChina separatist activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. China’s ambassador to Japan, Cui Tiankai, also warned earlier that relations between the two countries could be damaged if Tokyo allowed her to visit. “She is a criminal,” he was quoted as saying by Kyodo News. “How would the people of Japan feel if a violent crime occurred in Japan and its mastermind is invited by a third country?” Japan and China, major trading partners, have worked in recent years to improve ties often strained by rows over history and territorial disputes. Japanese diplomats earlier this month urged China to protect the human rights of Uighurs after days of bloody unrest in the region. China’s state-run media have said the violence left at least 192 dead, most of them members of the

country’s dominant Han ethnic group. Kadeer has said the death toll could be in the thousands, and that she had heard accounts of “mob killings” across Xinjiang. Before her arrest, Kadeer was a successful businesswoman and ran a group called the 1,000 Families Mothers’ Project, which helped Uighur women start businesses. But after her Uighur husband and former political prisoner Sidik Rouzi fled China for the United States in 1996, Beijing kept a close watch on her. She was detained in 1999 on her way to meet visiting US congressional researchers and jailed on charges of threatening national security. Authorities released her six years later, and she now lives outside Washington. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and is the subject of a documentary called “Ten Conditions of Love” which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Sunday. Festival director Richard Moore accused Chinese officials of trying to bully him into pulling the documentary, while Chinese directors withdrew their films in protest and hackers attacked the festival website.

JERUSALEM - US envoy George Mitchell met the Israeli premier on Tuesday as part of a push to get all players in the Middle East to take meaningful steps towards comprehensive regional peace. The former US senator said he and Benjamin Netanyahu made “good progress” in their nearly three-hour meeting that was due to focus on the thorny issue of settlements. “We look forward to continuing our discussions to reach a point that we can all move forward to reach a comprehensive peace,” he told reporters. Washington has repeatedly demanded that Israel halt all settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land and hawkish Netanyahu’s refusal to do so has raised tensions between the two allies to levels not seen in years. Netanyahu said the two sides were making progress “toward achieving the understanding that will enable us to continue and complete the peace process established between us and Palestinian neighbours and the countries in the entire region.” Israeli media reports over the past several days have said that the sides are close to reaching a compromise that would see Israel agree to a temporary settlement freeze, but continue construction projects already underway. Tuesday’s meeting is part of Mitchell’s whistlestop tour in which he has held talks with leaders of Syria, Egypt and the Palestinians in four days. Throughout the tourney the former US senator has said repeatedly that Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states must all take steps that may be difficult and controversial towards a comprehensive peace deal. “President (Barack) Obama’s vision is of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East which includes peace be-

tween Israel and the Palestinians, between Syria and Israel, and between Israel and Lebanon,” he said after Netanyahu talks. Such a deal would also see “a full normalisation of relations between Israel and all its neighbours in the region,” said Mitchell, who played a key role in brokering the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland. To move toward such a deal — which would put an end to the decadesold Arab-Israeli conflict — all sides “must take steps, some of them difficult some of them controversial,” Mitchell said late Monday after talks with Abbas. “For the Arab states, that means meaningful steps toward normalisation of relations with Israel,” he said earlier in the day. “For the Palestinians, it means expanding and improving their security forces, to take action against incitement and to refrain from any words or deeds that may make it more difficult to move quickly toward successful negotiations. “For Israel, that means making possible improved access and movement and economic growth for Palestinians... and dealing with difficult issues like settlement and outposts.” Backing up the envoy’s call, the White House confirmed President Barack Obama had recently sent letters to Arab governments urging confidence-building measures to create a climate for peace negotiations. The written appeals for conciliatory moves, reportedly made to at least seven states in the region, coincided with US officials lobbying Israel to freeze settlement activity on occupied territory. Mitchell is one of three senior US officials who are visiting Israel and the region this week as part of Washington’s drive to jumpstart the moribund Middle East peace process.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell in Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell are trying to resolve a public dispute over Jewish settlements in the West Bank.


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Moroccan court slaps life term on terror suspect Agence France-Presse

RABAT - An anti-terrorism court in Morocco on Tuesday handed a life sentence to Moroccan-born Belgian national Abdelkader Belliraj, accused of leading a 35-member extremist group. Belliraj was accused at the court in Sale of leading a terrorist group, committing six murders in Belgium in the late 1980s and early 1990s, of committing theft, smuggling arms into Morocco and threatening state security.

The 50-year-old denied the charges, saying several times during the trial: “I never brought weapons into Morocco and deny making any attempts to overthrow the regime.” He also denied involvement in supplying arms to an Algerian group, the Islamic Salvation Front. The state prosecutor had initially sought the death sentence for Belliraj. He and several others were arrested in Morocco in January and February 2008 and the trial began the following October.

SUVA - Fiji’s controversial President Ratu Josefa Iloilo is to retire, the country’s military leader Voreqe Bainimarama said Tuesday. The 88-year-old Iloilo, who has been in poor health for several years, will retire after taking leave from Thursday, Bainimarama said in a statement. Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will take over the functions of president until a replacement is chosen by the regime’s cabinet, he said. Iloilo has been seen as under the influence of Bainimarama since before the December 2006 coup, in which the military chief toppled the elected government. Bainimarama said Iloilo, who had been president since late 2000, “demonstrated strong leadership

of the country throughout difficult and challenging times.” “This is a truly significant event, the symbolic passing of the torch from a statesman who has made a tremendous contribution to the nation and to the lives of all Fijians,” he said. Nailatikau, a former army commander who is credited with guiding Bainimarama through his military career, was selected as vicepresident in April. His elevation to vice-president came a week after Bainimarama abrogated the constitution, sacked the judiciary and introduced emergency regulations including press censorship. The president and vice president were traditionally appointed by Fiji’s traditional Great Council of Chiefs, which has been sidelined since soon after the coup by Bainimarama.

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Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

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NIGERIA - A policeman inspects on July 28, 2009 the burnt police station in the northern Nigerian city of Potiskum, Yobe State, after self-styled Taliban militants went on a rampage, burning a policeman to death and slitting the throat of a firefighter from an adjacent fire station.

SINGAPORE - Three Singaporean inmates who were due for release have received new jail terms and will be caned after sexually abusing another prisoner and forcing him to eat faeces, court officials said

Tuesday. The three were sentenced to between 16 and 19 years in jail as well as up to 22 strokes of the cane in the High Court on Monday, a court official told AFP. Serious crimes in Singapore are punishable by caning, a practice which dates back to British colonial

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WhiteKnightTwo follows two photos planes as it circles Monday, July 27, 2009 above the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wis. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson hopes to use WhiteKnightTwo to carry a spaceship into the upper atmosphere. The spaceship would then detach and rocket into space. Branson hopes to use the system to create a commercial space travel business.

65 killed as police frontier: Crowd sees Final battle Nigerian Islamists spaceship launcher fly Agence France-Presse

BAUCHI - Nigeria’s security forces on Monday fought gun battles with radical Islamists who went on a rampage torching churches, police posts and government buildings in four northern states.

Police put the number of dead from the weekend religious clashes at 65 in two states of Bauchi and Yobe, as of early Monday morning. In Borno state, heavily armed Islamist rebels torched a police headquarters, a church and a customs office in the border town of Gamboru-Ngala overnight before moving to the state capital Maiduguri where battles ran into the afternoon. A Nigerian Islamist sect styled on Afghanistan’s Taliban burnt down a central prison in Maiduguri, two police stations, several churches, a government primary school and offices of a state unemployment bureau. “The situation has degenerated into big battles between the Taliban ... and the soldiers and police. Since

morning, you can hear nothing but gunfire all over the city,” resident Sanisu Ahamad told AFP by telephone as sound of gunfire could be heard in the background. “Many government buildings have been burnt including the central prison and several churches. Streets are deserted. People are in their homes,” he said. Several telecommunications masts have been burnt cutting off many parts of the city. Maiduguri is the Nigerian Taliban birthplace and stronghold and some neighbourhoods there are seen as Taliban enclaves. Muhammad Auwal Mujahid told AFP by phone: “Its quite scary, all you hear is frightening sounds from guns.” In Wudil town situated on the

outskirts of Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, the militants attacked a police station but were repelled in clashes that left three rebels dead, Kano police spokesman Baba Mohammed told AFP. In Yobe, the militants doused a police station with petrol and set it alight. “The police station is still burning with billows of dark smoke... coming from the inferno,” said resident Ibrahim Bashir. Nigeria’s police chief InspectorGeneral Ogbonna Onovo earlier told reporters that weekend attacks claimed the lives of 60 militants and five police. He said the death toll related to clashes in the neighbouring states of Bauchi and Yobe, adding that new fighting was raging in nearby Borno state. “They (militants) are out there in Maiduguri (Borno) now, battling with the police,” Nigeria’s police chief told a news conference in the capital Abuja.

Singapore inmates punished for ‘sadistic’ jail abuse Agence France-Presse

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rule and leaves lasting scars. The Straits Times reported Tuesday that the victim, whose identity cannot be disclosed, suffered multiple rib fractures and was hospitalised for two months after the attacks, which took place in April and May last year. In addition to severe beatings

and being forced to swallow human excrement, the 22-year-old victim was also made to perform oral sex on the trio, aged 20 to 22, and sodomised by one of them, the court was told. “Their actions were inhumane and repulsive,” Judge Tay Yong Kwang was quoted as saying by the

newspaper. “It is shocking that they allowed themselves to be carried away by their numerical and physical superiority, to the extent of bullying a fellow inmate using such sadistic and degrading acts,” he said at the end of a 12day trial.

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OSHKOSH, Wis. – Hundreds of earthlings turned their faces to the sky Monday to see an airplane built to launch a ship into space, watching the gleaming white craft soar overhead. The twin-fuselage craft named WhiteKnightTwo, looking like two planes connected at the wing tips, circled the runway several times before touching down at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture annual gathering. It was the first glimpse the public had of the plane, which was made by Virgin Galactic as part of its effort to jump-start commercial space travel. Its designers, engineer Burt Rutan and British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, watched and smiled from the edge of the tarmac. It was “majestic,” said 13-year-old Alura Law of Reddick, Fla. Her mother, 45-year-old Kim Law, is blind but aimed her camera at the sound of the WhiteKnightTwo. She said it offers hope that scientific experiments in weightlessness might someday restore her sight. “I’m telling you, (I’m) real hopeful. Inspired,” she said. Virgin Galactic’s plan calls for WhiteKnightTwo to lift SpaceShipTwo, a pressurized spacecraft, into the atmosphere from a base in New Mexico. When they reach 50,000 feet, the spaceship would detach and blast into space at four times the speed of sound. The six passengers would experience about five minutes of weightlessness and get a glimpse of Earth. The spaceship would glide back to Earth much like the space shuttle. Takeoff to landing is expected to take about 2 1/2 hours.

Virgin Galactic doesn’t have a launch date yet, but has taken 300 reservations at $200,000 each and is holding $40 million in deposits. Customers include scientist Stephen Hawking and “Superman Returns” director Bryan Singer, according to Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn. “Superman Returns” even features a sequence involving two aircraft much like WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. In the movie, Lois Lane boards a launcher jet with a space shuttle-like vehicle attached. The jet lifts the shuttle into the atmosphere, but the plane ends up plunging to Earth and Superman must race to save it. Virgin Galactic officials say safety will be their “guiding star.” “We not only have to do it safely, we have to give (passengers) a good time,” said Virgin Galactic’s commercial director, Stephen Attenborough. The plan came about after Rutan partnered with Virgin Group chairman Branson. Rutan had made history in 2004 when his SpaceShipOne became the first private manned craft to reach space with help from launcher plane WhiteKnightOne. The feat earned him the $10 million Ansari X Prize. WhiteKnightTwo has now made

16 test flights, Attenborough said. The company will keep testing it until fall, when tests will begin on SpaceShipTwo. Branson himself plans to take the first trip and bring his 92-year-old father and 89-yearold mother with him. The WhiteKnightTwo, nicknamed “Eve” in honor of Branson’s mother, sports a painting of a woman in a space helmet on both fuselages and looks like nothing so much as a gleaming white half of the letter “E.” “Most people never really believed it would be a reality,” said Branson. “By just trying these things, new things come out of it.” Matthew Pritzker, a science fiction fan since his youth, has his trip booked. The 27-year-old from Chicago, who runs his own investment firm, is looking forward to being weightless and said he’s no more nervous that he would be getting on a roller coaster. Pritzker said he wants to walk on the moon someday, and SpaceShipTwo marks a step toward that. “This venture will prove to be a huge, huge turning point in the world of travel,” he said. “It means so much to people who grew up looking at the stars.”

Scientists may be closer to solving a medical mystery with huge implications for personal and public health: Why obese people are prone to developing type 2 diabetes. A series of studies appearing online July 26 in Nature Medicine suggest that inflammation within the fat tissues of heavy individuals could trigger the blood sugar disease. What’s more, each of the four completely independent studies, from two continents and three countries, showed that interfering with these immune-cell processes actually reversed diabetes in mice. The long-term implications of the findings are enticing: perhaps one day a cure for type 2 diabetes, a condition that now plagues more than 23 million people in the United States alone. “This group of papers suggests that cellular immunity may regulate inflammation in fat,” said Dr. Vivian Fonseca, professor of medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and director of the Diabetes Institute at Scott & White. “The authors do suggest that if you change the inflammatory response by changing the way the body cells respond to a trigger for inflammation, you might be able to get at the real heart of diabetes and that suggests you could cure it.” But Fonseca warned, all these studies were conducted in mice and have yet to be proven in humans. In type 2 diabetes, the body

often becomes resistant to insulin and doesn’t use it effectively. In the last decade or so, researchers have presented evidence that suppressing inflammation in animals could improve insulin resistance and other processes involved with diabetes. Inflammation is now widely believed to be involved in many metabolic diseases afflicting obese individuals. Inflammation in fat tissue, in particular, seems to be a culprit, by changing fat tissue function, thereby contributing to insulin resistance. But the exact mechanisms of the phenomenon have been unclear. Three papers, one from Japan, one from Canada and one from the United States, showed that immune system cells known as T cells were deficient in obese mice, pushing the immune system to somehow initiate insulin resistance. Restoring T cells to more normal levels actually reversed weight gain and improved insulin resistance, even when the mice continued on a high-fat diet. The fourth study looked at another class of immune cells called mast cells, which are more commonly linked to allergies. An over-abundance of mast cells contributed to obesity and diabetes in mice, but when mast cells were removed from the system the problem was corrected, explained study senior author GuoPing Shi, a biochemist with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Sleeping in Space is Easy, But There’s No Shower Astronauts may have some tough jobs in orbit - like building a $100 billion International Space Station - but apparently getting a goodnight’s sleep isn’t one of them. In fact, sleeping is pretty comfy in space because you can slumber without gravity’s incessant pull, according to Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, who has been living aboard the linked space station and shuttle Endeavour for more than a week. “We sleep very well in space. Can you imagine?” Payette told reporters in a recent interview broadcast by NASA. “We have a sleeping bag each, and when you get into it you float in the sleeping bag. The sleeping bag floats in the module. So all you have to do is just attach it somewhere, which is a good idea by the way because during the night while your sleeping you might start drifting and end up somewhere you didn’t intend to be in the first place.” Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who is returning home aboard Endeavour after living on the station for 4 1/2 months, has said that anchoring yourself at

night is key because otherwise you might bump into sensitive computers and equipment and switch them on accidentally. Some astronauts have complained in the past that the first night’s sleep in space can be fitful because their minds are racing ahead to the coming mission’s complexity. But Endeavour’s six-man, one-woman crew is in the homestretch of a 16-day spaceflight that included five challenging spacewalks to deliver spare parts and a Japanese experiment porch to the space station. About the only thing missing, Payette said, is a shower. The thing that makes sleeping in space so comfortable - that weightless feeling - also makes it impossible to start the next morning with a refreshing shower. “Of course, we’re in weightlessness, so a showerhead with water dripping on top of your head would not work,” Payette said. “We don’t have a shower. We don’t even have a faucet or a tap.” NASA’s first space station, Skylab, and Russia’s Mir space station did include a shower facility for crewmembers.


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Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami Premiere E Network

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Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” is a look inside the lives of two highly driven sisters as they live and work together, forge new relationships and explore “The Magic City.” In the premiere episode, Kim makes her way to Florida to help her sisters/business partners open the second location of their ultra chic clothing store DASH in Miami. However, when Kim and Khloe’s fiery dispositions clash, their argument threatens to destroy the glamorous red carpet opening that is set to kick off their new location. In order to save the business, the fabulous launch party and everyone’s sanity, business-minded Kourtney must find a way to bring her sisters together again and get the store opening back on track. Khloe’s outspoken and over-thetop personality helps in her pursuit

of a whole new career when she takes up hosting her own provocative talk radio show, “Khloe After Dark,” on Y100 in Miami. Cohosted by Terrence J. (“106th and Park”) and produced by radio personality Michael Yo, the show features a range of topics from entertainment to fashion with celebrity interviews from Kelly Osbourne, Jesse James, Kendra Wilkinson and many more. Although known for her strength and confidence, in the premiere episode Khloe is surprisingly nervous for her first show but with support from her new colleagues, she knocks her debut show out of the park. Throughout the eight episodes, Kourtney and Khloe work hard but always make time to enjoy the insane Miami nightlife and find themselves in some titillating situations. At Dash, the duo experiences all the problems that running a high-end boutique in a brand new city will bring. Managing employees is never easy which Kourtney soon discovers when she contemplates firing her personal friend Erika and the repercussions cause serious tensions within the Dash workforce. At her gig at the radio station, Khloe finds that it’s impossible to always get along with her guests when she gets into a fight with a Miami local whose position against gay rights causes an all out “on-air” brawl. Khloe also gets involved in a potentially dangerous situation when she finds an illegal substance in a Dash dressing room and takes it to the radio station which puts her job in jeopardy.

John Travolta Turning His Back On Scientology? John Travolta is reportedly set to abandon Scientology after losing faith in the controversial religion following the death of his teenage son. The Grease star and his wife Kelly Preston, two of Scientology’s most prominent followers, are still struggling to come to terms with 16-year-old Jett’s tragic demise after he suffered a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas in January. Jett was rumored to have battled seizures since childhood, but the youngster was not prescribed any medication to treat the alleged condition as Scientologists are generally opposed to drugs. The sudden loss is said to have left Travolta with doubts about the religion he’s followed for the last 34 years. Scientology expert, lecturer Rick Ross, tells DailyMail.co.uk, “There have been strong rumors coming out of Scientology that John Travolta is disappointed that the religion was not able to help his son more. It’s led him to question his faith.”

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Chinese lesbians petition for right to donate blood Agence France-Presse

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Municipality workers chant slogans, Monday, July 27, 2009 during a protest in Johannesburg, South Africa. City workers are striking across South Africa demanding more pay. The 150,000-member South African Municipal Workers Union began an indefinite strike accompanied by marches in major cities. Union members collect garbage, staff clinics, drive buses and provide other services nationwide. Employers are offering 11.5 percent raises. Workers want 15 percent.

Government workers Confirms Belle Split strike enters day two in South Africa Joe Jonas :

Split Pop heartthrob Joe Jonas is back on the market after confirming he has split from actress girlfriend Camilla Belle. The pair started dating last year after meeting on the set of the Jonas Brothers video Love Bug. Jonas ditched his singer ex Taylor Swift to be with Belle, but their romance has now come to an end. The 19 year old prompted rumors of a break-up during a gig in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday when he changed the lyrics to break-up song

Much Better. Instead of singing “Get a rep for breakin’ hearts, now I’m done with superstars,” presumed to have been a reference to his relation-

Killer 0f Kelsey Grammer’s Sister To Remain In Prison A man convicted of killing the sister of “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer in 1975 was denied parole Monday. Freddie Glenn, 52, is serving a life sentence for the firstdegree murder of Karen Grammer when she was 18. Glenn won’t be eligible for parole again until 2014, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti (sang-gwun-NET’-ee). Grammer had planned to attend the parole hearing at a state prison in Limon, about 90 miles southeast of Denver, but rain caused him to miss a connecting flight, Sanguinetti said. Efforts to find a spokesperson for Grammer were not immediately successful. Karen Grammer was abducted, raped and stabbed in Colorado Springs on July 1, 1975. Colorado law no longer allows parole in life sentences for first-degree murder, but Glenn was convicted before the law was changed.

ship with Swift, he crooned, “Get a rep for breakin hearts, now I’m done with movie stars.” He was also missing a necklace the actress had given him as a present. When approached by E! Online correspondent Marc Malkin to confirm the rumors, Jonas’ spokesperson confirmed the split, but insisted, “There is no third party involved.”

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JOHANNESBURG - South African municipal workers downed tools for a second day Tuesday after their protests for higher pay turned violent in the latest demonstrations ahead of next year’s football World Cup. South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) spokesman Vincent Vena said protest marches would continue around the country as workers demanded a wage increase of 15 percent. “We are currently seeking a mandate on the revised offer,” he said. The government has offered a 11.5 percent increase going up to 13 percent in January 2010. Nearly 30 strikers were arrested

Monday as protesters looted shops, harassed passers-by and dumped garbage in the streets, with at least 12 injured as police fired rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said in a statement Tuesday that bad behaviour by strikers was tarnishing the genuine grievances they might have and undermining the right to strike.

“The supposedly peaceful wage increment demonstrations deteriorated into chaos as scores of marchers were seen causing havoc — looting, harassing street vendors and spilling refuse on the streets in most of the country’s major cities yesterday,” he said in a statement. Unions representing more than 150,000 government workers went on strike in the latest in a wave of protests in South Africa’s strike season, demanding higher pay after inflation last year soared to a high of 13.7 percent. Inflation has since eased to 8.0 percent, but workers say they are still falling behind.

BEIJING - Chinese lesbians are signing onto an online petition asking for the right to donate blood, which is denied them by a society worried about AIDS, state media said Tuesday. At least 540 lesbians nationwide have added their signature to the petition, and organisers hope to reach the number of 1,000 before handing it over to the government, the China Daily reported. “We just hope the authorities respect our kind intention to donate blood and remove the discrimination,” said one of the organisers, who was not identified by her real name. China has an estimated 30 million homosexuals, including 10 million lesbians, the paper said, citing the ministry of health. Although the legal system no

longer discriminates against them, they remain stigmatised in large parts of society, and homosexuality only disappeared from an official list of mental diseases early this decade. The paper quoted Shi Weiwei, deputy director of the Beijing Red Cross Blood Centre, as saying homosexuals were barred from donating blood simply out of safety concerns. “As we all know, the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases including the deadly HIV/AIDS is much higher among groups such as drug users and homosexuals, particularly gay men, who tend to have multiple sex partners,” she said. China is particularly worried about the risk of tainted blood after a large number of poor farmers contracted HIV in the 1990s from selling blood under highly unhygienic conditions.

Robbers net 4.8 million dollars in deadly Baghdad heist Agence France-Presse

BAGHDAD - Robbers stole at least 4.8 million dollars in an overnight raid on a Baghdad bank that left eight police guards dead, police and a bank employee said on Tuesday. The money had just been transferred to state-owned Al-Rafidain bank’s branch in the central Baghdad shopping district of Karrada on Monday, according to the employee, who declined to be named. “The thieves arrived and stole at least 5.6 billion dinars, which we received yesterday for the salaries of policemen who work for the interior ministry,” he told AFP. The employee added that no doors or windows were damaged

in the raid. A police officer, who asked not to be identified, said an unknown number of gunmen entered the bank and managed to open the bank’s safe, stealing all the money inside and killing eight police guards in the process. The bank employee estimated that the police guards were killed at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT). The bodies of five of the guards were found in one room of the bank early on Tuesday. The bodies of the other three were found in a second room. The heist follows a failed robbery at a Baghdad currency exchange shop on Sunday in which four security guards were killed and four other people wounded.

Pakistani jailed for life over prostitute murders Agence France-Presse

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HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday sentenced a Pakistani man to life imprisonment after convicting him of killing three sex workers in a case that sent fear through the city’s prostitute community. Nadeem Razaq, 24, suffocated three women in as many days during March this year, leaving their bodies in the one-woman brothels in which they worked, police said. After a seven member jury unanimously convicted Razaq of three counts of murder, Judge Clare-Marie Beeson told him: “You committed a

wicked crime and deprived three women of their lives and family.” Hong Kong’s high court had heard that the defendant initially told police he had strangled the prostitutes on the instructions of loan sharks in the gaming haven of Macau from whom he had borrowed money. However, he later withdrew his confession and pleaded not guilty to the charges. When the three women’s bodies were found, Razaq was traced to Macau, where police officers discovered mobile phones belonging to two of his victims.

The body of a fourth murdered prostitute was also discovered in March, but police found no link between Razaq and the killing. The four cases prompted fears among the sex worker community in Hong Kong, one of the world’s safest international cities where murders and other violent crimes are rare. Under Hong Kong law, prostitution is legal if carried out by one woman operating alone. Many of Hong Kong’s sex workers are women from mainland China who enter the territory on tourist visas in the hope of making some money.

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An unmaned police vehicle is parked outside the Iraqi state-owned Al-Rafidain bank in central Baghdad’s Karrada shopping district on July 28, 2009.


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Blind US Muslim woman uses tiny horse as guide BUSINESS Agence France-Presse

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DEARBORN - Mona Ramouni’s fingers fly across the text as she proofreads yet another page of a calculus textbook to be published in Braille — with her guide pony sitting patiently by. It is dull work for tiny Cali who serves as Ramouni’s eyes through a world she cannot see, and the pony keeps butting her head into Ramouni’s chest. “Cali! Stop it,” Ramouni exclaims, but she can’t keep the pride out of her voice when she realizes what the pretty brown pony with a soft black mane has gotten up to. Rolling back her thick lips, Cali has grasped the tab of the zipper on the bag of treats Ramouni carries around her waist and is slowly pulling it open with her teeth. “She knows which part has the carrots,” Ramouni says in amazement. “She’s really smart.” Cali is just one of a handful of miniature horses in the United States known to be used as guide animals for the blind. Weighing in at under 100 pounds (45 kilograms) , miniature horses are about the same size as a large dog but are much stockier and can help support people with mobility issues. They also have significantly longer life spans — they can live and work for more than 30 years while guide dogs are usually retired by age 12 — but require much more care and bear a far heftier price tag. Cali is the first guide animal for Ramouni, 28, a devout Muslim whose parents — Jordanian immigrants — would not accept a dog into their home. Dog saliva is considered unclean in Islamic teaching, although dogs are permitted to be used as work animals, such as guards or shepherds. “There is a saying of the Prophet Mohammed accepted by most Mus-

lims that the angels do not enter the homes where dogs are,” said Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. While several prominent scholars have determined that guide dogs are acceptable under Islamic rules, it remains a cultural taboo for many Muslims, he explained. Ramouni says her parents aren’t fond of animals in general, although they did let her have a pet rabbit and are warming to the pony who lives in a small enclosure in the yard of their tidy brick home in Dearborn, Michigan. And after some initial trepidation about how their daughter would fare with only a miniature horse to watch out for her, they have begun to trust that Ramouni will be okay on her own. “My whole world and my whole outlook on stuff has changed, because I feel that there are a lot more possibilities,” Ramouni tells a visiting reporter. “Before Cali, I didn’t feel like I could go places on my own, although theoretically I probably could have.” Ramouni was taught as a child how to guide herself with a cane, but never really took to it. With six siblings, there was always someone around to take her by the arm. She began looking into guide horses on a whim, becoming more determined to make it happen every time someone told her she couldn’t — or shouldn’t. There was the neighbor who tried to get the city council to deny her a permit for Cali’s shed. The nasty emails from people attacking her

family’s religious beliefs. And then there was all the work it took to find a trainer, find a horse and learn how to trust and care for Cali. Ramouni bought the three-yearold former show pony in October 2008 and sent her to professional trainer Dolores Artse, who spent seven months teaching Cali to tap her hoof to point out obstacles, get in and out of cars and buses, and even pick up misplaced objects. It generally takes six months to a year for the relationship with a service animal to solidify and Ramouni’s first six weeks with Cali have been intense. “I’m working with Cali. She’s working with me. We’re sort of figuring each other out,” Ramouni says. “She is the most awesome little horse. If she can do it, if she thinks she can do it, she will. If she feels that there is a possibility for her to do it, she will try with all her heart.” Cali is also a show-stopper: they can’t go anywhere without people stopping to ask about her. And Ramouni, whose sisters used to call her antisocial because she would spend hours alone in her room, has found that she has become “more involved with the world... and more visible to the world” because of Cali. That is the intention of the Americans with Disability Act, which protects against discrimination and requires that businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and stores allow entry to service animals. But proposed changes to the act could narrow the definition of service animals to “a dog or other common domestic animal.”

Seven men arrested on terrorism charges in US Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - Seven men including six Americans were arrested Monday in the US state of North Carolina on charges they conspired to “engage in violent jihad,” the Justice Department said. The defendants, who include a father and his two sons, were formally indicted by a grand jury last Wednesday and were arrested by federal police on Monday morning, according to a statement from the department. The men, who range in age from 20 to 39 and include six US citizens and one legal resident, went before a federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they live, immediately after their arrest. They face a complex set of charges, with all being accused

of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. They face life sentences if convicted. “These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home,” said US Attorney George Holding. The oldest member of the group, Daniel Boyd, is accused of travelling to Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1989 and 1992 for “military-style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad.” Between 2006 and July 2009, prosecutors allege, Boyd and the other defendants tried to raise funds for terror attacks and underwent assault weapons training.

“The defendants prepared themselves to engage in violent jihad and were willing to die as martyrs,” the Justice Department said. The indictment does not describe any plans to carry out specific attacks inside the United States, but alleges the group did plan to target Israel. “In June 2007, Daniel Boyd and several other defendants departed the United States for Israel in an effort to engage in violent jihad but ultimately returned to the United States after failing in their efforts,” the statement said. Additionally, another defendant is accused of travelling to Kosovo “to engage in violent jihad,” and several of the defendants allegedly undertook fundraising with the goal of sending unnamed other individuals abroad to carry out attacks.

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WASHINGTON - New US home sales leapt 11 percent in June, government data showed Monday in a further sign of recovery for the sector at the epicenter of the global financial crisis.

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Mona Ramouni and her miniature guide horse Cali arrive at their Dearborn, Michigan home on public transportation on July 21, 2009. Cali is the first guide animal for Ramouni, 28, a devout Muslim, whose parents would not accept a dog into their home. The saliva of dogs is considered unclean in Islamic teaching, although dogs are permitted to be used as work animals such as guards or shepherds. Not only could Cali be turned away from businesses — like the McDonald’s down the street from Ramouni’s office — but the city of Dearborn could also decide to lift the zoning waiver that allows the horse to live in Ramouni’s yard. If that happens, the city will have to send someone to pry Cali’s bridle from her hands, Ramouni says. With Cali at her side, Ramouni can

do simple things most people take for granted like go the store, sit in the park and listen to people going by, or take the bus to work. She also hopes to get a doctorate in child psychology and open her own practice. “I just basically want to have a normal life,” she says, before laughing. “Yeah, after this you think I’m going to have an ordinary life? But that’s really what I want.”

Court hears of ‘skinny... From page 1 The witness told the court that each prisoner was detained up to two months before being killed. He said overcrowding was never a problem because of the constant killings at the prison, which had previously been a high school. Sous Thy went on to tell the court that all who worked at Tuol Sleng disliked the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime but they were terrified of Duch, who made all decisions at the prison. “Everything had to be done through Duch and with his authorisation,” Sous Thy said, adding that all detainees had been executed under the prison chief’s orders by the time Vietnamese troops ousted the Khmer Rouge in April, 1979. The 66-year-old Duch, whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav, has accepted responsibility for his role governing the jail and begged forgiveness for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But he has consistently rejected claims by prosecutors that he held a

central leadership role in the Khmer Rouge, and says he never personally killed anyone. Led by Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the Khmer Rouge emptied Cambodia’s cities in a bid to forge a communist utopia. Up to two million people died of starvation, overwork and torture or were executed during the 1975-1979 regime. The tribunal was formed in 2006 after nearly a decade of wrangling between the UN and the Cambodian government. The court aims to complete Duch’s trial by October, said a spokesman on Wednesday. Four more former Khmer Rouge leaders currently in detention are expected to face trial next year at the court, and judges are expected to rule soon on whether investigators should pursue six more regime cadres for prosecution. However, the troubled tribunal faces accusations of Cambodian government interference and claims that local staff were forced to pay kickbacks for their jobs.

The Commerce Department said sales of new one-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, well above most private forecasts for a pace of 350,000. That was 11 percent above the upwardly revised May rate of 346,000, but 21.3 percent below the June 2008 estimate. Sales prices fell however, suggesting builders have been cutting prices to clear inventory. The median sales price fell to 206,200 from 219,000 a month earlier. And the median length of time homes were on the market was a record 11.8 months. The number of new homes for sale at the end of June was estimated at 281,000 — a supply of 8.8 months

at the current sales rate. That was down from a glut of 10.2 months in May and 12.4 months in January, when home sales fell to their lowest level since statistics began in 1963. The report was the latest to suggest the battered housing sector and overall economy may be on the mend after a brutal slump. Celia Chen at Moody’s Economy.com called the latest report “surprisingly strong, and added: “The improvement in sales is another heartening sign that housing is stabilizing.” Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of US existing homes rose for the third consecutive month in June — up 3.6 percent to a rate of 4.89 million

units. Economist Marie-Pierre Ripert at Natixis said the new home sales report suggests “that the trough in real estate activity is behind us” but that with inventories still high “it seems too early to expect a strong recovery in residential construction.”

A real estate agent walks into a home during a brokers open house July 23, 2009 in San Rafael, California. New US home sales leapt 11 percent in June, government data showed Monday in a further sign of recovery for the sector at the epicenter of the global financial crisis.

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MUMBAI - India’s central bank on Tuesday kept its two key short-term interest rates unchanged at record lows in a continuing effort to return the economy to rapid growth after being hit by the global slowdown. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) projected growth of 6.0 percent “with an upward bias” for the year to March 2010, governor D Subbarao said in the first quarter review of monetary policy. He said the economy was showing positive signs of revival but added that the figures were “tentative and too weak to suggest a turnaround”. India’s economy grew by 6.7 percent in the year ended March 31 — the slowest rate since 2003 and down from nine percent a year earlier — as the global economic downturn took effect. The bank said its policy stance would be to “aid return of the economy to the high growth path of nine percent”. Economists were not surprised by the decision, which Siddhartha Sanyal of Edelweiss Securities described as “widely expected”. Subbarao also predicted a period of negative inflation in India would soon end and that rates would rise rapidly. The RBI projects inflation to rise to 5.0 percent for the fiscal year ending March 2010, from 4.0 percent projected earlier. “Inflationary expectations are on the rise,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist with the state-run Bank of Baroda. Economists expect India’s economy to grow by between 6.0 and 6.5 percent for the year to March. The RBI noted that the financial sector was stabilizing but the real sector continued to be in recession.

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor D. Subbarao On GDP growth, the bank said its projection of 6.0 percent “reflects the absence of any firm sign of a definite recovery for the world economy”. The bank also said the risk of poor agricultural production had increased with the delay in the south-west monsoon. The central bank said its actions since midSeptember 2008 had resulted in augmentation of actual liquidity of 5.61 trillion rupees.

WASHINGTON - US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan stressed cooperation in the battle against the global economic crisis at high-level talks Monday in Washington. Geithner praised China’s “ambitious plans” to move its economy away from an export-led growth model, which has produced a huge trade surplus with the US, and spur consumer demand. A rebalancing of the Asian giant’s economy would help reverse the worst global downturn in decades, the Treasury chief said at the start of the two-day US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting. The high-level meeting between the world’s largest developed and developing economies is the first under President Barack Obama’s six-month-old administration. “China’s success in shifting the structure of the economy towards domestic demandled growth, including a greater role for spending by consumers, will be a huge contribution to more rapid, balanced, and sustained global growth,” Geithner said. “Measures to raise household incomes and strengthen the social safety net will be instrumental in this effort, as will the continuation of China’s program of financial sector development and reform,” he said before heading into closed-doors discussions. Geithner, who is co-chairing the economic track of the talks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, said that a rebalanced Chinese economy would also make headway toward “our shared environmental goals” by putting China on a “less carbon intensive and more energy efficient path.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo are co-chairing the policy track of the dialogue, meant to be held annually alternating between Washington and Beijing. Geithner said the joint response of the US and China to the global economic crisis marked “a turning point” in their cooperation. US and Chinese actions so far had made “a very substantial contribution” to governments’ success “in blunting the force of this economic recession and beginning to restore confidence,” he said. Wang, China’s key economic policymaker, said there were signs of an economic recovery and that US financial markets were stabilizing. The United States and China “are joining hands” to overcome the downturn, he said in a translated opening speech. Wang underscored the benefit of close US-China cooperation for the global economy. “A more open and dynamic Chinese economy will bring opportunities to all countries in the world, including the United States.” David Loevinger, who coordinates China policy at the Treasury Department, said that the Chinese agreed with US assessments of their economy in the closeddoor talks. “We think Chinese growth is good for the US, it’s good for US companies, it’s good for US workers, but if China is going to grow, it’s not going to be able to grow by exporting to the US,” Loevinger told reporters on a conference call. “When we went speaker by speaker on the Chinese side, I don’t think anybody disagreed with that assessment,” he said.


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Oil higher in Asian trade SINGAPORE - Oil prices turned higher in Asian trade Tuesday, erasing earlier intra-day losses, amid growing confidence that the global economy was starting to recover from its slump, analysts said.

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A picture released by the Iranian President’s website shows Iran’s first offshore oil platform in the Caspian Sea, on July 24, 2009. Oil prices turned higher in Asian trade Tuesday, erasing earlier intra-day losses, amid growing confidence that the global economy was starting to recover from its slump, analysts said.

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forced hopes that the world’s largest economy is displaying strong signs of rebounding from recession. “Data on economic activity was better than expected and showed improving trends in the global economy as US new home sales rose more than anticipated,” said Dariusz Kowalczyk, chief investment strategist with SJS Markets in Hong Kong. Crude prices have gained about 10 dollars over the past two weeks, spurred by a string of strong earnings by top US firms as well as data suggesting the economy is recovering.

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JAKARTA - A woman detained by Indonesian police in connection with July 17 hotel bombings in Jakarta has identified her husband as terror suspect Noordin Mohammed Top, her lawyer said Tuesday.

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New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for September delivery, rose 39 cents to 68.77 dollars a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for September delivery put on 45 cents to 71.26 dollars. Analysts had said the dip in early Tuesday trading should not particularly be seen as a sign of waning investor confidence over the pace of the recovery in the US economy. The US is the world’s leading energy user. Rather, data released Monday showing new US homes sales rising 11 percent in June has further rein-

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“Whatever their reasons, they must bring with them their identity cards while in the Indonesian territory,” he said. The raid was part of activities to anticipate the possibility of suspects in July 17 bomb blasts at two Jakarta hotels fleeing to Riau Islands, he said. “The raid targets tens of hotels and middle-class lodgings,” he said. “According to the instruction from the National Police Headquarters, we will conduct the raid three times a week,” he said. The bombings at JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in the Mega

Kuningan area in South Jakarta killed nine people and injured more than 50 others. Chief of the Jakarta police’s public relations unit, Senior Commissioner Chyshnanda Dwi Laksono, said last Tuesday that the police investigation team had yet to confirm the suspects in the bombings, including the possible involvement of fugitive Malaysian-born extremist Nurdin M Top. He said the police investigation team was still collecting a number of data or evidence related to the bomb attacks on the two hotels in Jakarta.

Arina Rahmah, 25, is being held as a witness along with her mother, Dwi Astuti, and two children aged one and two years, following the attacks that killed seven people and two bombers, lawyer Asludin Hatjani told AFP. “The police showed her photos of Noordin Top and she told them they resembled her husband, Abdul Halim,” he said. “She said the last time she saw him was in March this year.” Police are hoping the housewife from rural Java will provide crucial information about the habits and movements of her husband, one of Asia’s most wanted fugitives who is blamed for a string of bombings in Indonesia. Police believe his network may be behind the twin suicide blasts on the JW Marriott and the RitzCarlton hotels in Jakarta earlier this month, although no group has claimed responsibility. Malaysian-born Noordin, 44, allegedly masterminded a suicide truck bombing at the Marriott in 2003, as well as the 2004 suicide bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta and 2005 suicide attacks on restaurants in Bali. Those attacks killed 42 people, mainly Indonesians, injured hundreds and triggered the biggest manhunt in Indonesian history. Noordin is believed to lead a splinter group of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Islamist network responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, mainly Western tourists. Rahmah’s father, Baharudin, is a suspected Noordin accomplice

who has been on the run since police found bomb-making materials buried in the yard of his home in Cilacap, Central Java, a few days before the Jakarta bombings. He introduced his young daughter to Noordin in 2005, and the couple had two children, the lawyer said. Rahmah believed her husband to be a law-abiding employee of an Islamic school on Sulawesi Island. She said he would often disappear on business for months on end but otherwise described him as “like any other husband”. “She said he would stay home for one to two weeks and then leave for a month, two months, even as long as six months,” Hatjani said. “He told her he was doing public affairs work for a religious boarding school in Makassar. “He was just like any other husband. When he was at home, he’d help her cook and bathe the kids.” Even before this month’s attacks, Cilacap had become a major focus in the manhunt for Noordin. Baharudin’s uncle, Syaifudin Zuhri, alias Sabit, was detained in the Central Java district on June 21 and is accused of providing training and advice to a Noordin cell that was arrested in Sumatra last year. The cell had killed a Christian teacher and was planning to bomb a tourist cafe but cancelled the idea over concerns about Muslim casualties. A man suspected of being trained by Noordin to carry out a suicide attack was arrested in Cilacap last week but police released him due to a lack of evidence.

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Mangunkusumo Hospital in Central Jakarta for autopsy, spokesman for the South Jakarta fire department Dendy Asmawardi said. The four were identified as Edi Wijaya (55), Salma (52), Ririn (24), and Meiliana (25), all of them the guests of Adityawarman, the owner of the two-storeyed house that

caught fire, Dendy said. Three of the victims were still in bed when the fire broke out so that they could not escape from the fire, he said. A total of 21 fire trucks were sent to the scene to put out the blaze which broke out at 01.20 am. Fire fighters had difficulties put-

ting out the blaze because of narrow street leading to the scene and a lack of water sources, he said. The fire could be extinguished at around 02.55 A.M, he said. The cause of the fire is still unknown. In related developments, fire ravaged at least 153 houses at a densely-populated area in the East

Kalimantan provincial capital of Samarinda early Tuesday. The blaze spread quickly as most of the houses made of wood were located close from one to another, M. Fahmi, Pelita village head in North Samarinda, said. There was no immediate report of casualties in the fire.


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Bali Today Bali hotels expected to be fully booked toward year end Antara

KUTA - Bali hotels’ occupancy rate now stands at between 70 and 80 percent but is expected to rise to 100 percent during the Christmas and Year-end holiday season, an industry executive said. “We even predict that hotels here will be fully booked from Christmas until year-end and new year 2010, just as was the case in previous years,” Gede Wiwin Suyasa, assistant manager of Kartika Plaza hotel, said here on Tuesday. He expressed relief that Bali’s hotel occupancy rate had so far remained stable despite the bomb blasts at two five-star hotels in Jakarta recently. The occupancy rate of Kartika Plaza Hotel was currently 74 percent and this applied to all other hotels in Bali in general, he said. “So the hotel occupancy rate here has remained stable. There was no ‘exodus’ of foreign tourists following the recent bomb blasts in Jakarta,” he said. If this favorable condition in Bali continued, the island’s hotels were expected to be fully booked

at the end of 2009, he said. “The increase in the number of hotel guests is expected to begin in August and the peak will be in December until New Year 2010,” he said. There had been booking cancellations but the number was insignificant, he added. Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, head of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) was also optimistic that the condition of Bali’s tourism industry was quite stable. He said no cancellation of plans to hold conferences and festivals, including the Sanur Village Festival on August 12-16, 2010, had happened, despite the recent bombings in Jakarta. Two bomb blasts rocked the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta last July 7, 2009, killing nine people and injuring over 50 others. In 2008, Bali was visited by a total of 1,989,850 foreign tourists, up 19.40 percent from 1,668,531 in 2007

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Situation at one of hotels in Bali that located near Kuta beach. Bali hotels’ occupancy rate now stands at between 70 and 80 percent but is expected to rise to 100 percent during the Christmas and Year-end holiday season, an industry executive said.

Kuta beach still crowded with tourists Beautiful scenery of Tabanan attract investors Antara

KUTA – Even tough the travel warning had been released by United States and Australia, Kuta beach still packed with tourists. The travel warning is because the bomb blast which happened in Jakarta in July 17th 2009. Many foreign tourists enjoyed the view while sunbathe or swimming on the beach. Most of the tourists seemed to ignore the travel band released by their native countries. The tourists from Asia and Australia still dominated the people who came to beach. In addition to sit on the beach, the tourists also strolled along the Legian Street, Seminyak, and Petitenget. The tourists were very enthusiastic in enjoying the situation in Kuta. Some of them bought souvenirs for their families and friends back home in the shops spread throughout the area. Dewa Sutamadana, one of the employees in a small hotel in Padma Street, said that the bomb blast didn’t affect the tourist visitation to Kuta. “The number of tourists coming to Kuta didn’t decreased and even become higher,” he added. The condition can be seen by the increasing number of hotels and villas

occupancy in Kuta area. Sutamadana said “in our hotel, all rooms had fully booked. The location which near the beach and the cheap price made many

tourists wanted to stay in our hotel.” Mostly the tourists stay in the hotel is from Japan or Australia who stayed in Bali for long period of time.

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Armed police patrol an area of Kuta beach on the resort island of Bali on July 19, 2009. Even tough the travel warning had been released by United States and Australia, Kuta beach still packed with tourists.

TABANAN – Western Bali area started to attract investors who wanted to invest their money in tourism business. I Wayan Sarba, the head of Public Relation Division in Tabanan Government, said that the beautiful nature of Tabanan regency attract many investors. “In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are also many cultural sites such as Sri Jong Temple and Swan Galuh Temple,” he added. The areas interested by the investors are Klecung, Braban, Antap, Lalanglinggah up to Selabih village which is close to Jembrana regency. Some of the investors even already had the permit to build hotels and villas. Sarba explained that several hotels already operated in Langlanglinggah village, western Selemadeg district such as Gajah Mina hotels. In addition to the three stars hotel, several hotels and restaurants will start to operate this year. “We always welcome the investors who wanted to invest their money in the western area but they must follow the rules and concern about the environment,” he added. Currently, Tabanan started to develop tourism because the regency had many tourism sites. Soka beach is one of the tourism sites being developed by the government. Tabanan’s government planed to develop the tourism up to the mountain area in Pupuan and Penebel.

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Balinese Culture Foreign Retirees Discover Bali The Indonesian island of Bali is already a long time well known as one of the best and most exciting tourist destination of the world. The latest piece of tourism news this month shows that even the number of Chinese tourists surged some 88% in March compared to the number in February, as they spend their vacations here and enjoy sand, sun and sea. What is not so well-known is the fact that more and more foreign retirees are choosing Bali to spend their valuable time here by going back and forth between this tropical island paradise and their home countries, such as U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan and many European countries. According to the energetic Managing Director of PT. Bali Affordable Lifestyles International, Mr. Lawrence Bellefontaine, “most of the foreign retirees are now the new tourists flocking to Bali.” Born in Halifax, Canada, he came to Bali 12 years ago and became one of the pioneer developers of Bali Luxury Villas at Sanur, which is just 15 minutes from Denpasar, the capital. Starting with the building of a villa for his mother, there are now some 55 large, luxurious villas, which are all neatly spread out as Golden Villas, Emerald Villas, and Jade Villas. Foreign retirees are now increasingly oc-

cupying these villas, which are normally rented out to tourists, for months or years at a time. Because of the looming financial crisis, the occupancies of all these villas dropped from 60% to 45% within the last year, but foreign retirees still keep coming in. Also, it seems that the Government is considering a new law that no more villa properties can’t be built in the future. The market is certainly saturated enough. Interesting to note is that there is a generous retirement visa rule by the Indonesian Government to allow foreign retirees to stay 5 years in a row, just renewing the visa every year. After 5 years, the foreign retirees have to leave the country - to be able to return for another 5 years. Asking the 85-years old mother of Lawrence, Mrs. Elsie Millington, why she preferred to stay in Bali and not in Canada, she emphasized the favorable costs of living, which are some 50% less than back home, as well as the friendliness and hospitality of the Balinese people. Furthermore, the all year long lasting warm weather is good for her health; so old people can naturally enjoy a high quality of life. When it comes to have the services of hospitals and doctors, the medical bills are much cheaper here in Bali than in the developed countries overseas.

The phenomenon that villa properties prosper at Sanur is not at all surprising. Some famous painters lived here in the past, just to mention the late Theo Meier from Switzerland, who described the place as “a dreamland and paradise lost.” Actually, Sanur was the first beach resort on Bali and - since decades ago has developed into a wealthy community of boutique hotels, restaurants, souvenir stores and shopping malls. Top hotels in Sanur, such as the centrally located Bali Hyatt, own long white beaches for swimming and water sports. Recently, the new “Intercontinental” has begun construction. Further south, the new beach developments of Bali in Kuta and Nusa Dua are also easy to reach by passing the Bali International Airport, which is only some 30 minutes away. From Sanur, there is a new bypass going east to reach the newly developed Bali Safari & Marine Park, where you can dine with lions, and Mount Agung, the holy mountain of Bali, passing terraced rice fields and traditional villages. Bali is the last living showcase of a Hindu society and culture, which is unique to experience in the whole of Southeast Asia. Thus, if planning to retire in Bali, just buy a one-way ticket to discover paradise. (BTN)

Spinach and Bean Sprouts in Coconut Sauce Many Indonesian cultures, including that of Balinese, rejoice in a variety of servings made from bean sprouts salads. It is a very versatile ingredient as it can be served with different sauces like clear soup, assorted salads (serombotan), the one with peanut sauce and so forth. Here is another simpler Balinese salad using this in combination with spinach served in grated coconut sauce. This kind of salad is often used to accompany mixed rice.

Ingredients: 200g of bean sprouts 1 string of spinach 1 tbsp fried shallot 1 tsp fried red chili

Ground spices: 1 slice turmeric 1 slice kencur 3 cloves shallot 2 cloves garlic 1 small chili 1 pc candlenut 1 tbsp cooking oil, and ½ tsp salt. Method: · Cleanse the bean sprouts and spinach carefully. · Prepare some water in the pan for boiling. When the water has boiled, put bean sprouts and spinach into the water and stir them for some 5 minutes. Take out and drain. · Stir-fry the ground spices and then add a cup of water. Pour the grated coconut into these spices and stir well until its water runs dry. · Mix well the bean sprouts and spinach with spices and a little salt. Do not forget to sprinkle the fried shallot and chili. Now, it is ready to serve! (BTN/punia)

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(Spice Paste for Vegetables) Ingredients: 175 gr shallots, peeled and chopped 150 gr cloves garlic, peeled & chopped 450 gr laos, peeled and thinly sliced 4 tsp coriander seeds 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced 250 gr large red chilies, seeded & chopped 40 gr bird’s-eye chilies 100 gr kencur roots, peeled and chopped 5 tsp dried shrimp paste 150 ml Coconut oil 1 tsp salt 1¼ tsp black pepper ground 4 ea salam leaf, whole 3 ea stalk lemon grass, bruised Preparation: 1. Combine all ingredients except salam leafs and Lemon grass, salt and water in food processor and grind coarsely. 2. Place ground ingredients in heavy saucepan, add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. (http:// www.baliguide.com/balifood)

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KUTA - Bali hotels’ occupancy rate now stands at between 70 and 80 percent but is expected to rise to 100 percent during the Christmas and Year-end holiday season, an industry executive said. “We even predict that hotels here will be fully booked from Christmas until year-end and new year 2010, just as was the case in previous years,” Gede Wiwin Suyasa, assistant manager of Kartika Plaza hotel, said here on Tuesday. He expressed relief that Bali’s hotel occupancy rate had so far remained stable despite the bomb blasts at two five-star hotels in Jakarta recently. The occupancy rate of Kartika Plaza Hotel was currently 74 percent and this applied to all other hotels in Bali in general, he said. “So the hotel occupancy rate here has remained stable. There was no ‘exodus’ of foreign tourists following the recent bomb blasts in Jakarta,” he said. If this favorable condition in Bali continued, the island’s hotels were expected to be fully booked

at the end of 2009, he said. “The increase in the number of hotel guests is expected to begin in August and the peak will be in December until New Year 2010,” he said. There had been booking cancellations but the number was insignificant, he added. Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya, head of the Bali Tourism Board (BTB) was also optimistic that the condition of Bali’s tourism industry was quite stable. He said no cancellation of plans to hold conferences and festivals, including the Sanur Village Festival on August 12-16, 2010, had happened, despite the recent bombings in Jakarta. Two bomb blasts rocked the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels in Jakarta last July 7, 2009, killing nine people and injuring over 50 others. In 2008, Bali was visited by a total of 1,989,850 foreign tourists, up 19.40 percent from 1,668,531 in 2007

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Situation at one of hotels in Bali that located near Kuta beach. Bali hotels’ occupancy rate now stands at between 70 and 80 percent but is expected to rise to 100 percent during the Christmas and Year-end holiday season, an industry executive said.

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KUTA – Even tough the travel warning had been released by United States and Australia, Kuta beach still packed with tourists. The travel warning is because the bomb blast which happened in Jakarta in July 17th 2009. Many foreign tourists enjoyed the view while sunbathe or swimming on the beach. Most of the tourists seemed to ignore the travel band released by their native countries. The tourists from Asia and Australia still dominated the people who came to beach. In addition to sit on the beach, the tourists also strolled along the Legian Street, Seminyak, and Petitenget. The tourists were very enthusiastic in enjoying the situation in Kuta. Some of them bought souvenirs for their families and friends back home in the shops spread throughout the area. Dewa Sutamadana, one of the employees in a small hotel in Padma Street, said that the bomb blast didn’t affect the tourist visitation to Kuta. “The number of tourists coming to Kuta didn’t decreased and even become higher,” he added. The condition can be seen by the increasing number of hotels and villas

occupancy in Kuta area. Sutamadana said “in our hotel, all rooms had fully booked. The location which near the beach and the cheap price made many

tourists wanted to stay in our hotel.” Mostly the tourists stay in the hotel is from Japan or Australia who stayed in Bali for long period of time.

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Armed police patrol an area of Kuta beach on the resort island of Bali on July 19, 2009. Even tough the travel warning had been released by United States and Australia, Kuta beach still packed with tourists.

TABANAN – Western Bali area started to attract investors who wanted to invest their money in tourism business. I Wayan Sarba, the head of Public Relation Division in Tabanan Government, said that the beautiful nature of Tabanan regency attract many investors. “In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are also many cultural sites such as Sri Jong Temple and Swan Galuh Temple,” he added. The areas interested by the investors are Klecung, Braban, Antap, Lalanglinggah up to Selabih village which is close to Jembrana regency. Some of the investors even already had the permit to build hotels and villas. Sarba explained that several hotels already operated in Langlanglinggah village, western Selemadeg district such as Gajah Mina hotels. In addition to the three stars hotel, several hotels and restaurants will start to operate this year. “We always welcome the investors who wanted to invest their money in the western area but they must follow the rules and concern about the environment,” he added. Currently, Tabanan started to develop tourism because the regency had many tourism sites. Soka beach is one of the tourism sites being developed by the government. Tabanan’s government planed to develop the tourism up to the mountain area in Pupuan and Penebel.

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Balinese Culture Foreign Retirees Discover Bali The Indonesian island of Bali is already a long time well known as one of the best and most exciting tourist destination of the world. The latest piece of tourism news this month shows that even the number of Chinese tourists surged some 88% in March compared to the number in February, as they spend their vacations here and enjoy sand, sun and sea. What is not so well-known is the fact that more and more foreign retirees are choosing Bali to spend their valuable time here by going back and forth between this tropical island paradise and their home countries, such as U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan and many European countries. According to the energetic Managing Director of PT. Bali Affordable Lifestyles International, Mr. Lawrence Bellefontaine, “most of the foreign retirees are now the new tourists flocking to Bali.” Born in Halifax, Canada, he came to Bali 12 years ago and became one of the pioneer developers of Bali Luxury Villas at Sanur, which is just 15 minutes from Denpasar, the capital. Starting with the building of a villa for his mother, there are now some 55 large, luxurious villas, which are all neatly spread out as Golden Villas, Emerald Villas, and Jade Villas. Foreign retirees are now increasingly oc-

cupying these villas, which are normally rented out to tourists, for months or years at a time. Because of the looming financial crisis, the occupancies of all these villas dropped from 60% to 45% within the last year, but foreign retirees still keep coming in. Also, it seems that the Government is considering a new law that no more villa properties can’t be built in the future. The market is certainly saturated enough. Interesting to note is that there is a generous retirement visa rule by the Indonesian Government to allow foreign retirees to stay 5 years in a row, just renewing the visa every year. After 5 years, the foreign retirees have to leave the country - to be able to return for another 5 years. Asking the 85-years old mother of Lawrence, Mrs. Elsie Millington, why she preferred to stay in Bali and not in Canada, she emphasized the favorable costs of living, which are some 50% less than back home, as well as the friendliness and hospitality of the Balinese people. Furthermore, the all year long lasting warm weather is good for her health; so old people can naturally enjoy a high quality of life. When it comes to have the services of hospitals and doctors, the medical bills are much cheaper here in Bali than in the developed countries overseas.

The phenomenon that villa properties prosper at Sanur is not at all surprising. Some famous painters lived here in the past, just to mention the late Theo Meier from Switzerland, who described the place as “a dreamland and paradise lost.” Actually, Sanur was the first beach resort on Bali and - since decades ago has developed into a wealthy community of boutique hotels, restaurants, souvenir stores and shopping malls. Top hotels in Sanur, such as the centrally located Bali Hyatt, own long white beaches for swimming and water sports. Recently, the new “Intercontinental” has begun construction. Further south, the new beach developments of Bali in Kuta and Nusa Dua are also easy to reach by passing the Bali International Airport, which is only some 30 minutes away. From Sanur, there is a new bypass going east to reach the newly developed Bali Safari & Marine Park, where you can dine with lions, and Mount Agung, the holy mountain of Bali, passing terraced rice fields and traditional villages. Bali is the last living showcase of a Hindu society and culture, which is unique to experience in the whole of Southeast Asia. Thus, if planning to retire in Bali, just buy a one-way ticket to discover paradise. (BTN)

Spinach and Bean Sprouts in Coconut Sauce Many Indonesian cultures, including that of Balinese, rejoice in a variety of servings made from bean sprouts salads. It is a very versatile ingredient as it can be served with different sauces like clear soup, assorted salads (serombotan), the one with peanut sauce and so forth. Here is another simpler Balinese salad using this in combination with spinach served in grated coconut sauce. This kind of salad is often used to accompany mixed rice.

Ingredients: 200g of bean sprouts 1 string of spinach 1 tbsp fried shallot 1 tsp fried red chili

Ground spices: 1 slice turmeric 1 slice kencur 3 cloves shallot 2 cloves garlic 1 small chili 1 pc candlenut 1 tbsp cooking oil, and ½ tsp salt. Method: · Cleanse the bean sprouts and spinach carefully. · Prepare some water in the pan for boiling. When the water has boiled, put bean sprouts and spinach into the water and stir them for some 5 minutes. Take out and drain. · Stir-fry the ground spices and then add a cup of water. Pour the grated coconut into these spices and stir well until its water runs dry. · Mix well the bean sprouts and spinach with spices and a little salt. Do not forget to sprinkle the fried shallot and chili. Now, it is ready to serve! (BTN/punia)

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(Spice Paste for Vegetables) Ingredients: 175 gr shallots, peeled and chopped 150 gr cloves garlic, peeled & chopped 450 gr laos, peeled and thinly sliced 4 tsp coriander seeds 175 gr fresh turmeric, peeled and sliced 250 gr large red chilies, seeded & chopped 40 gr bird’s-eye chilies 100 gr kencur roots, peeled and chopped 5 tsp dried shrimp paste 150 ml Coconut oil 1 tsp salt 1¼ tsp black pepper ground 4 ea salam leaf, whole 3 ea stalk lemon grass, bruised Preparation: 1. Combine all ingredients except salam leafs and Lemon grass, salt and water in food processor and grind coarsely. 2. Place ground ingredients in heavy saucepan, add remaining ingredients and simmer over medium heat for approximately 60 minutes or until water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden color. (http:// www.baliguide.com/balifood)

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Oil higher in Asian trade SINGAPORE - Oil prices turned higher in Asian trade Tuesday, erasing earlier intra-day losses, amid growing confidence that the global economy was starting to recover from its slump, analysts said.

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A picture released by the Iranian President’s website shows Iran’s first offshore oil platform in the Caspian Sea, on July 24, 2009. Oil prices turned higher in Asian trade Tuesday, erasing earlier intra-day losses, amid growing confidence that the global economy was starting to recover from its slump, analysts said.

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forced hopes that the world’s largest economy is displaying strong signs of rebounding from recession. “Data on economic activity was better than expected and showed improving trends in the global economy as US new home sales rose more than anticipated,” said Dariusz Kowalczyk, chief investment strategist with SJS Markets in Hong Kong. Crude prices have gained about 10 dollars over the past two weeks, spurred by a string of strong earnings by top US firms as well as data suggesting the economy is recovering.

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JAKARTA - A woman detained by Indonesian police in connection with July 17 hotel bombings in Jakarta has identified her husband as terror suspect Noordin Mohammed Top, her lawyer said Tuesday.

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New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for September delivery, rose 39 cents to 68.77 dollars a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for September delivery put on 45 cents to 71.26 dollars. Analysts had said the dip in early Tuesday trading should not particularly be seen as a sign of waning investor confidence over the pace of the recovery in the US economy. The US is the world’s leading energy user. Rather, data released Monday showing new US homes sales rising 11 percent in June has further rein-

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“Whatever their reasons, they must bring with them their identity cards while in the Indonesian territory,” he said. The raid was part of activities to anticipate the possibility of suspects in July 17 bomb blasts at two Jakarta hotels fleeing to Riau Islands, he said. “The raid targets tens of hotels and middle-class lodgings,” he said. “According to the instruction from the National Police Headquarters, we will conduct the raid three times a week,” he said. The bombings at JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in the Mega

Kuningan area in South Jakarta killed nine people and injured more than 50 others. Chief of the Jakarta police’s public relations unit, Senior Commissioner Chyshnanda Dwi Laksono, said last Tuesday that the police investigation team had yet to confirm the suspects in the bombings, including the possible involvement of fugitive Malaysian-born extremist Nurdin M Top. He said the police investigation team was still collecting a number of data or evidence related to the bomb attacks on the two hotels in Jakarta.

Arina Rahmah, 25, is being held as a witness along with her mother, Dwi Astuti, and two children aged one and two years, following the attacks that killed seven people and two bombers, lawyer Asludin Hatjani told AFP. “The police showed her photos of Noordin Top and she told them they resembled her husband, Abdul Halim,” he said. “She said the last time she saw him was in March this year.” Police are hoping the housewife from rural Java will provide crucial information about the habits and movements of her husband, one of Asia’s most wanted fugitives who is blamed for a string of bombings in Indonesia. Police believe his network may be behind the twin suicide blasts on the JW Marriott and the RitzCarlton hotels in Jakarta earlier this month, although no group has claimed responsibility. Malaysian-born Noordin, 44, allegedly masterminded a suicide truck bombing at the Marriott in 2003, as well as the 2004 suicide bombing of the Australian embassy in Jakarta and 2005 suicide attacks on restaurants in Bali. Those attacks killed 42 people, mainly Indonesians, injured hundreds and triggered the biggest manhunt in Indonesian history. Noordin is believed to lead a splinter group of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Islamist network responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people, mainly Western tourists. Rahmah’s father, Baharudin, is a suspected Noordin accomplice

who has been on the run since police found bomb-making materials buried in the yard of his home in Cilacap, Central Java, a few days before the Jakarta bombings. He introduced his young daughter to Noordin in 2005, and the couple had two children, the lawyer said. Rahmah believed her husband to be a law-abiding employee of an Islamic school on Sulawesi Island. She said he would often disappear on business for months on end but otherwise described him as “like any other husband”. “She said he would stay home for one to two weeks and then leave for a month, two months, even as long as six months,” Hatjani said. “He told her he was doing public affairs work for a religious boarding school in Makassar. “He was just like any other husband. When he was at home, he’d help her cook and bathe the kids.” Even before this month’s attacks, Cilacap had become a major focus in the manhunt for Noordin. Baharudin’s uncle, Syaifudin Zuhri, alias Sabit, was detained in the Central Java district on June 21 and is accused of providing training and advice to a Noordin cell that was arrested in Sumatra last year. The cell had killed a Christian teacher and was planning to bomb a tourist cafe but cancelled the idea over concerns about Muslim casualties. A man suspected of being trained by Noordin to carry out a suicide attack was arrested in Cilacap last week but police released him due to a lack of evidence.

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caught fire, Dendy said. Three of the victims were still in bed when the fire broke out so that they could not escape from the fire, he said. A total of 21 fire trucks were sent to the scene to put out the blaze which broke out at 01.20 am. Fire fighters had difficulties put-

ting out the blaze because of narrow street leading to the scene and a lack of water sources, he said. The fire could be extinguished at around 02.55 A.M, he said. The cause of the fire is still unknown. In related developments, fire ravaged at least 153 houses at a densely-populated area in the East

Kalimantan provincial capital of Samarinda early Tuesday. The blaze spread quickly as most of the houses made of wood were located close from one to another, M. Fahmi, Pelita village head in North Samarinda, said. There was no immediate report of casualties in the fire.


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Blind US Muslim woman uses tiny horse as guide BUSINESS Agence France-Presse

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DEARBORN - Mona Ramouni’s fingers fly across the text as she proofreads yet another page of a calculus textbook to be published in Braille — with her guide pony sitting patiently by. It is dull work for tiny Cali who serves as Ramouni’s eyes through a world she cannot see, and the pony keeps butting her head into Ramouni’s chest. “Cali! Stop it,” Ramouni exclaims, but she can’t keep the pride out of her voice when she realizes what the pretty brown pony with a soft black mane has gotten up to. Rolling back her thick lips, Cali has grasped the tab of the zipper on the bag of treats Ramouni carries around her waist and is slowly pulling it open with her teeth. “She knows which part has the carrots,” Ramouni says in amazement. “She’s really smart.” Cali is just one of a handful of miniature horses in the United States known to be used as guide animals for the blind. Weighing in at under 100 pounds (45 kilograms) , miniature horses are about the same size as a large dog but are much stockier and can help support people with mobility issues. They also have significantly longer life spans — they can live and work for more than 30 years while guide dogs are usually retired by age 12 — but require much more care and bear a far heftier price tag. Cali is the first guide animal for Ramouni, 28, a devout Muslim whose parents — Jordanian immigrants — would not accept a dog into their home. Dog saliva is considered unclean in Islamic teaching, although dogs are permitted to be used as work animals, such as guards or shepherds. “There is a saying of the Prophet Mohammed accepted by most Mus-

lims that the angels do not enter the homes where dogs are,” said Dawud Walid, director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations. While several prominent scholars have determined that guide dogs are acceptable under Islamic rules, it remains a cultural taboo for many Muslims, he explained. Ramouni says her parents aren’t fond of animals in general, although they did let her have a pet rabbit and are warming to the pony who lives in a small enclosure in the yard of their tidy brick home in Dearborn, Michigan. And after some initial trepidation about how their daughter would fare with only a miniature horse to watch out for her, they have begun to trust that Ramouni will be okay on her own. “My whole world and my whole outlook on stuff has changed, because I feel that there are a lot more possibilities,” Ramouni tells a visiting reporter. “Before Cali, I didn’t feel like I could go places on my own, although theoretically I probably could have.” Ramouni was taught as a child how to guide herself with a cane, but never really took to it. With six siblings, there was always someone around to take her by the arm. She began looking into guide horses on a whim, becoming more determined to make it happen every time someone told her she couldn’t — or shouldn’t. There was the neighbor who tried to get the city council to deny her a permit for Cali’s shed. The nasty emails from people attacking her

family’s religious beliefs. And then there was all the work it took to find a trainer, find a horse and learn how to trust and care for Cali. Ramouni bought the three-yearold former show pony in October 2008 and sent her to professional trainer Dolores Artse, who spent seven months teaching Cali to tap her hoof to point out obstacles, get in and out of cars and buses, and even pick up misplaced objects. It generally takes six months to a year for the relationship with a service animal to solidify and Ramouni’s first six weeks with Cali have been intense. “I’m working with Cali. She’s working with me. We’re sort of figuring each other out,” Ramouni says. “She is the most awesome little horse. If she can do it, if she thinks she can do it, she will. If she feels that there is a possibility for her to do it, she will try with all her heart.” Cali is also a show-stopper: they can’t go anywhere without people stopping to ask about her. And Ramouni, whose sisters used to call her antisocial because she would spend hours alone in her room, has found that she has become “more involved with the world... and more visible to the world” because of Cali. That is the intention of the Americans with Disability Act, which protects against discrimination and requires that businesses, such as restaurants, hotels and stores allow entry to service animals. But proposed changes to the act could narrow the definition of service animals to “a dog or other common domestic animal.”

Seven men arrested on terrorism charges in US Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON - Seven men including six Americans were arrested Monday in the US state of North Carolina on charges they conspired to “engage in violent jihad,” the Justice Department said. The defendants, who include a father and his two sons, were formally indicted by a grand jury last Wednesday and were arrested by federal police on Monday morning, according to a statement from the department. The men, who range in age from 20 to 39 and include six US citizens and one legal resident, went before a federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina, where they live, immediately after their arrest. They face a complex set of charges, with all being accused

of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons abroad. They face life sentences if convicted. “These charges hammer home the point that terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some far away land but can grow and fester right here at home,” said US Attorney George Holding. The oldest member of the group, Daniel Boyd, is accused of travelling to Afghanistan and Pakistan between 1989 and 1992 for “military-style training in terrorist training camps for the purpose of engaging in violent jihad.” Between 2006 and July 2009, prosecutors allege, Boyd and the other defendants tried to raise funds for terror attacks and underwent assault weapons training.

“The defendants prepared themselves to engage in violent jihad and were willing to die as martyrs,” the Justice Department said. The indictment does not describe any plans to carry out specific attacks inside the United States, but alleges the group did plan to target Israel. “In June 2007, Daniel Boyd and several other defendants departed the United States for Israel in an effort to engage in violent jihad but ultimately returned to the United States after failing in their efforts,” the statement said. Additionally, another defendant is accused of travelling to Kosovo “to engage in violent jihad,” and several of the defendants allegedly undertook fundraising with the goal of sending unnamed other individuals abroad to carry out attacks.

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WASHINGTON - New US home sales leapt 11 percent in June, government data showed Monday in a further sign of recovery for the sector at the epicenter of the global financial crisis.

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Mona Ramouni and her miniature guide horse Cali arrive at their Dearborn, Michigan home on public transportation on July 21, 2009. Cali is the first guide animal for Ramouni, 28, a devout Muslim, whose parents would not accept a dog into their home. The saliva of dogs is considered unclean in Islamic teaching, although dogs are permitted to be used as work animals such as guards or shepherds. Not only could Cali be turned away from businesses — like the McDonald’s down the street from Ramouni’s office — but the city of Dearborn could also decide to lift the zoning waiver that allows the horse to live in Ramouni’s yard. If that happens, the city will have to send someone to pry Cali’s bridle from her hands, Ramouni says. With Cali at her side, Ramouni can

do simple things most people take for granted like go the store, sit in the park and listen to people going by, or take the bus to work. She also hopes to get a doctorate in child psychology and open her own practice. “I just basically want to have a normal life,” she says, before laughing. “Yeah, after this you think I’m going to have an ordinary life? But that’s really what I want.”

Court hears of ‘skinny... From page 1 The witness told the court that each prisoner was detained up to two months before being killed. He said overcrowding was never a problem because of the constant killings at the prison, which had previously been a high school. Sous Thy went on to tell the court that all who worked at Tuol Sleng disliked the ruthless Khmer Rouge regime but they were terrified of Duch, who made all decisions at the prison. “Everything had to be done through Duch and with his authorisation,” Sous Thy said, adding that all detainees had been executed under the prison chief’s orders by the time Vietnamese troops ousted the Khmer Rouge in April, 1979. The 66-year-old Duch, whose real name is Kaing Guek Eav, has accepted responsibility for his role governing the jail and begged forgiveness for war crimes and crimes against humanity. But he has consistently rejected claims by prosecutors that he held a

central leadership role in the Khmer Rouge, and says he never personally killed anyone. Led by Pol Pot, who died in 1998, the Khmer Rouge emptied Cambodia’s cities in a bid to forge a communist utopia. Up to two million people died of starvation, overwork and torture or were executed during the 1975-1979 regime. The tribunal was formed in 2006 after nearly a decade of wrangling between the UN and the Cambodian government. The court aims to complete Duch’s trial by October, said a spokesman on Wednesday. Four more former Khmer Rouge leaders currently in detention are expected to face trial next year at the court, and judges are expected to rule soon on whether investigators should pursue six more regime cadres for prosecution. However, the troubled tribunal faces accusations of Cambodian government interference and claims that local staff were forced to pay kickbacks for their jobs.

The Commerce Department said sales of new one-family homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, well above most private forecasts for a pace of 350,000. That was 11 percent above the upwardly revised May rate of 346,000, but 21.3 percent below the June 2008 estimate. Sales prices fell however, suggesting builders have been cutting prices to clear inventory. The median sales price fell to 206,200 from 219,000 a month earlier. And the median length of time homes were on the market was a record 11.8 months. The number of new homes for sale at the end of June was estimated at 281,000 — a supply of 8.8 months

at the current sales rate. That was down from a glut of 10.2 months in May and 12.4 months in January, when home sales fell to their lowest level since statistics began in 1963. The report was the latest to suggest the battered housing sector and overall economy may be on the mend after a brutal slump. Celia Chen at Moody’s Economy.com called the latest report “surprisingly strong, and added: “The improvement in sales is another heartening sign that housing is stabilizing.” Last week, the National Association of Realtors said sales of US existing homes rose for the third consecutive month in June — up 3.6 percent to a rate of 4.89 million

units. Economist Marie-Pierre Ripert at Natixis said the new home sales report suggests “that the trough in real estate activity is behind us” but that with inventories still high “it seems too early to expect a strong recovery in residential construction.”

A real estate agent walks into a home during a brokers open house July 23, 2009 in San Rafael, California. New US home sales leapt 11 percent in June, government data showed Monday in a further sign of recovery for the sector at the epicenter of the global financial crisis.

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India’s central bank keeps Geithner, Wang say cooperation rates unchanged key to global recovery Agence France-Presse

MUMBAI - India’s central bank on Tuesday kept its two key short-term interest rates unchanged at record lows in a continuing effort to return the economy to rapid growth after being hit by the global slowdown. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) projected growth of 6.0 percent “with an upward bias” for the year to March 2010, governor D Subbarao said in the first quarter review of monetary policy. He said the economy was showing positive signs of revival but added that the figures were “tentative and too weak to suggest a turnaround”. India’s economy grew by 6.7 percent in the year ended March 31 — the slowest rate since 2003 and down from nine percent a year earlier — as the global economic downturn took effect. The bank said its policy stance would be to “aid return of the economy to the high growth path of nine percent”. Economists were not surprised by the decision, which Siddhartha Sanyal of Edelweiss Securities described as “widely expected”. Subbarao also predicted a period of negative inflation in India would soon end and that rates would rise rapidly. The RBI projects inflation to rise to 5.0 percent for the fiscal year ending March 2010, from 4.0 percent projected earlier. “Inflationary expectations are on the rise,” said Rupa Rege Nitsure, chief economist with the state-run Bank of Baroda. Economists expect India’s economy to grow by between 6.0 and 6.5 percent for the year to March. The RBI noted that the financial sector was stabilizing but the real sector continued to be in recession.

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor D. Subbarao On GDP growth, the bank said its projection of 6.0 percent “reflects the absence of any firm sign of a definite recovery for the world economy”. The bank also said the risk of poor agricultural production had increased with the delay in the south-west monsoon. The central bank said its actions since midSeptember 2008 had resulted in augmentation of actual liquidity of 5.61 trillion rupees.

WASHINGTON - US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan stressed cooperation in the battle against the global economic crisis at high-level talks Monday in Washington. Geithner praised China’s “ambitious plans” to move its economy away from an export-led growth model, which has produced a huge trade surplus with the US, and spur consumer demand. A rebalancing of the Asian giant’s economy would help reverse the worst global downturn in decades, the Treasury chief said at the start of the two-day US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting. The high-level meeting between the world’s largest developed and developing economies is the first under President Barack Obama’s six-month-old administration. “China’s success in shifting the structure of the economy towards domestic demandled growth, including a greater role for spending by consumers, will be a huge contribution to more rapid, balanced, and sustained global growth,” Geithner said. “Measures to raise household incomes and strengthen the social safety net will be instrumental in this effort, as will the continuation of China’s program of financial sector development and reform,” he said before heading into closed-doors discussions. Geithner, who is co-chairing the economic track of the talks with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, said that a rebalanced Chinese economy would also make headway toward “our shared environmental goals” by putting China on a “less carbon intensive and more energy efficient path.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo are co-chairing the policy track of the dialogue, meant to be held annually alternating between Washington and Beijing. Geithner said the joint response of the US and China to the global economic crisis marked “a turning point” in their cooperation. US and Chinese actions so far had made “a very substantial contribution” to governments’ success “in blunting the force of this economic recession and beginning to restore confidence,” he said. Wang, China’s key economic policymaker, said there were signs of an economic recovery and that US financial markets were stabilizing. The United States and China “are joining hands” to overcome the downturn, he said in a translated opening speech. Wang underscored the benefit of close US-China cooperation for the global economy. “A more open and dynamic Chinese economy will bring opportunities to all countries in the world, including the United States.” David Loevinger, who coordinates China policy at the Treasury Department, said that the Chinese agreed with US assessments of their economy in the closeddoor talks. “We think Chinese growth is good for the US, it’s good for US companies, it’s good for US workers, but if China is going to grow, it’s not going to be able to grow by exporting to the US,” Loevinger told reporters on a conference call. “When we went speaker by speaker on the Chinese side, I don’t think anybody disagreed with that assessment,” he said.


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Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami Premiere E Network

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Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” is a look inside the lives of two highly driven sisters as they live and work together, forge new relationships and explore “The Magic City.” In the premiere episode, Kim makes her way to Florida to help her sisters/business partners open the second location of their ultra chic clothing store DASH in Miami. However, when Kim and Khloe’s fiery dispositions clash, their argument threatens to destroy the glamorous red carpet opening that is set to kick off their new location. In order to save the business, the fabulous launch party and everyone’s sanity, business-minded Kourtney must find a way to bring her sisters together again and get the store opening back on track. Khloe’s outspoken and over-thetop personality helps in her pursuit

of a whole new career when she takes up hosting her own provocative talk radio show, “Khloe After Dark,” on Y100 in Miami. Cohosted by Terrence J. (“106th and Park”) and produced by radio personality Michael Yo, the show features a range of topics from entertainment to fashion with celebrity interviews from Kelly Osbourne, Jesse James, Kendra Wilkinson and many more. Although known for her strength and confidence, in the premiere episode Khloe is surprisingly nervous for her first show but with support from her new colleagues, she knocks her debut show out of the park. Throughout the eight episodes, Kourtney and Khloe work hard but always make time to enjoy the insane Miami nightlife and find themselves in some titillating situations. At Dash, the duo experiences all the problems that running a high-end boutique in a brand new city will bring. Managing employees is never easy which Kourtney soon discovers when she contemplates firing her personal friend Erika and the repercussions cause serious tensions within the Dash workforce. At her gig at the radio station, Khloe finds that it’s impossible to always get along with her guests when she gets into a fight with a Miami local whose position against gay rights causes an all out “on-air” brawl. Khloe also gets involved in a potentially dangerous situation when she finds an illegal substance in a Dash dressing room and takes it to the radio station which puts her job in jeopardy.

John Travolta Turning His Back On Scientology? John Travolta is reportedly set to abandon Scientology after losing faith in the controversial religion following the death of his teenage son. The Grease star and his wife Kelly Preston, two of Scientology’s most prominent followers, are still struggling to come to terms with 16-year-old Jett’s tragic demise after he suffered a seizure during a family holiday in the Bahamas in January. Jett was rumored to have battled seizures since childhood, but the youngster was not prescribed any medication to treat the alleged condition as Scientologists are generally opposed to drugs. The sudden loss is said to have left Travolta with doubts about the religion he’s followed for the last 34 years. Scientology expert, lecturer Rick Ross, tells DailyMail.co.uk, “There have been strong rumors coming out of Scientology that John Travolta is disappointed that the religion was not able to help his son more. It’s led him to question his faith.”

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Chinese lesbians petition for right to donate blood Agence France-Presse

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Municipality workers chant slogans, Monday, July 27, 2009 during a protest in Johannesburg, South Africa. City workers are striking across South Africa demanding more pay. The 150,000-member South African Municipal Workers Union began an indefinite strike accompanied by marches in major cities. Union members collect garbage, staff clinics, drive buses and provide other services nationwide. Employers are offering 11.5 percent raises. Workers want 15 percent.

Government workers Confirms Belle Split strike enters day two in South Africa Joe Jonas :

Split Pop heartthrob Joe Jonas is back on the market after confirming he has split from actress girlfriend Camilla Belle. The pair started dating last year after meeting on the set of the Jonas Brothers video Love Bug. Jonas ditched his singer ex Taylor Swift to be with Belle, but their romance has now come to an end. The 19 year old prompted rumors of a break-up during a gig in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday when he changed the lyrics to break-up song

Much Better. Instead of singing “Get a rep for breakin’ hearts, now I’m done with superstars,” presumed to have been a reference to his relation-

Killer 0f Kelsey Grammer’s Sister To Remain In Prison A man convicted of killing the sister of “Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer in 1975 was denied parole Monday. Freddie Glenn, 52, is serving a life sentence for the firstdegree murder of Karen Grammer when she was 18. Glenn won’t be eligible for parole again until 2014, said Department of Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti (sang-gwun-NET’-ee). Grammer had planned to attend the parole hearing at a state prison in Limon, about 90 miles southeast of Denver, but rain caused him to miss a connecting flight, Sanguinetti said. Efforts to find a spokesperson for Grammer were not immediately successful. Karen Grammer was abducted, raped and stabbed in Colorado Springs on July 1, 1975. Colorado law no longer allows parole in life sentences for first-degree murder, but Glenn was convicted before the law was changed.

ship with Swift, he crooned, “Get a rep for breakin hearts, now I’m done with movie stars.” He was also missing a necklace the actress had given him as a present. When approached by E! Online correspondent Marc Malkin to confirm the rumors, Jonas’ spokesperson confirmed the split, but insisted, “There is no third party involved.”

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JOHANNESBURG - South African municipal workers downed tools for a second day Tuesday after their protests for higher pay turned violent in the latest demonstrations ahead of next year’s football World Cup. South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) spokesman Vincent Vena said protest marches would continue around the country as workers demanded a wage increase of 15 percent. “We are currently seeking a mandate on the revised offer,” he said. The government has offered a 11.5 percent increase going up to 13 percent in January 2010. Nearly 30 strikers were arrested

Monday as protesters looted shops, harassed passers-by and dumped garbage in the streets, with at least 12 injured as police fired rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said in a statement Tuesday that bad behaviour by strikers was tarnishing the genuine grievances they might have and undermining the right to strike.

“The supposedly peaceful wage increment demonstrations deteriorated into chaos as scores of marchers were seen causing havoc — looting, harassing street vendors and spilling refuse on the streets in most of the country’s major cities yesterday,” he said in a statement. Unions representing more than 150,000 government workers went on strike in the latest in a wave of protests in South Africa’s strike season, demanding higher pay after inflation last year soared to a high of 13.7 percent. Inflation has since eased to 8.0 percent, but workers say they are still falling behind.

BEIJING - Chinese lesbians are signing onto an online petition asking for the right to donate blood, which is denied them by a society worried about AIDS, state media said Tuesday. At least 540 lesbians nationwide have added their signature to the petition, and organisers hope to reach the number of 1,000 before handing it over to the government, the China Daily reported. “We just hope the authorities respect our kind intention to donate blood and remove the discrimination,” said one of the organisers, who was not identified by her real name. China has an estimated 30 million homosexuals, including 10 million lesbians, the paper said, citing the ministry of health. Although the legal system no

longer discriminates against them, they remain stigmatised in large parts of society, and homosexuality only disappeared from an official list of mental diseases early this decade. The paper quoted Shi Weiwei, deputy director of the Beijing Red Cross Blood Centre, as saying homosexuals were barred from donating blood simply out of safety concerns. “As we all know, the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases including the deadly HIV/AIDS is much higher among groups such as drug users and homosexuals, particularly gay men, who tend to have multiple sex partners,” she said. China is particularly worried about the risk of tainted blood after a large number of poor farmers contracted HIV in the 1990s from selling blood under highly unhygienic conditions.

Robbers net 4.8 million dollars in deadly Baghdad heist Agence France-Presse

BAGHDAD - Robbers stole at least 4.8 million dollars in an overnight raid on a Baghdad bank that left eight police guards dead, police and a bank employee said on Tuesday. The money had just been transferred to state-owned Al-Rafidain bank’s branch in the central Baghdad shopping district of Karrada on Monday, according to the employee, who declined to be named. “The thieves arrived and stole at least 5.6 billion dinars, which we received yesterday for the salaries of policemen who work for the interior ministry,” he told AFP. The employee added that no doors or windows were damaged

in the raid. A police officer, who asked not to be identified, said an unknown number of gunmen entered the bank and managed to open the bank’s safe, stealing all the money inside and killing eight police guards in the process. The bank employee estimated that the police guards were killed at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT). The bodies of five of the guards were found in one room of the bank early on Tuesday. The bodies of the other three were found in a second room. The heist follows a failed robbery at a Baghdad currency exchange shop on Sunday in which four security guards were killed and four other people wounded.

Pakistani jailed for life over prostitute murders Agence France-Presse

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HONG KONG - A Hong Kong court on Tuesday sentenced a Pakistani man to life imprisonment after convicting him of killing three sex workers in a case that sent fear through the city’s prostitute community. Nadeem Razaq, 24, suffocated three women in as many days during March this year, leaving their bodies in the one-woman brothels in which they worked, police said. After a seven member jury unanimously convicted Razaq of three counts of murder, Judge Clare-Marie Beeson told him: “You committed a

wicked crime and deprived three women of their lives and family.” Hong Kong’s high court had heard that the defendant initially told police he had strangled the prostitutes on the instructions of loan sharks in the gaming haven of Macau from whom he had borrowed money. However, he later withdrew his confession and pleaded not guilty to the charges. When the three women’s bodies were found, Razaq was traced to Macau, where police officers discovered mobile phones belonging to two of his victims.

The body of a fourth murdered prostitute was also discovered in March, but police found no link between Razaq and the killing. The four cases prompted fears among the sex worker community in Hong Kong, one of the world’s safest international cities where murders and other violent crimes are rare. Under Hong Kong law, prostitution is legal if carried out by one woman operating alone. Many of Hong Kong’s sex workers are women from mainland China who enter the territory on tourist visas in the hope of making some money.

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An unmaned police vehicle is parked outside the Iraqi state-owned Al-Rafidain bank in central Baghdad’s Karrada shopping district on July 28, 2009.


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Moroccan court slaps life term on terror suspect Agence France-Presse

RABAT - An anti-terrorism court in Morocco on Tuesday handed a life sentence to Moroccan-born Belgian national Abdelkader Belliraj, accused of leading a 35-member extremist group. Belliraj was accused at the court in Sale of leading a terrorist group, committing six murders in Belgium in the late 1980s and early 1990s, of committing theft, smuggling arms into Morocco and threatening state security.

The 50-year-old denied the charges, saying several times during the trial: “I never brought weapons into Morocco and deny making any attempts to overthrow the regime.” He also denied involvement in supplying arms to an Algerian group, the Islamic Salvation Front. The state prosecutor had initially sought the death sentence for Belliraj. He and several others were arrested in Morocco in January and February 2008 and the trial began the following October.

SUVA - Fiji’s controversial President Ratu Josefa Iloilo is to retire, the country’s military leader Voreqe Bainimarama said Tuesday. The 88-year-old Iloilo, who has been in poor health for several years, will retire after taking leave from Thursday, Bainimarama said in a statement. Vice-President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will take over the functions of president until a replacement is chosen by the regime’s cabinet, he said. Iloilo has been seen as under the influence of Bainimarama since before the December 2006 coup, in which the military chief toppled the elected government. Bainimarama said Iloilo, who had been president since late 2000, “demonstrated strong leadership

of the country throughout difficult and challenging times.” “This is a truly significant event, the symbolic passing of the torch from a statesman who has made a tremendous contribution to the nation and to the lives of all Fijians,” he said. Nailatikau, a former army commander who is credited with guiding Bainimarama through his military career, was selected as vicepresident in April. His elevation to vice-president came a week after Bainimarama abrogated the constitution, sacked the judiciary and introduced emergency regulations including press censorship. The president and vice president were traditionally appointed by Fiji’s traditional Great Council of Chiefs, which has been sidelined since soon after the coup by Bainimarama.

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Ratu Josefa Iloilo.

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NIGERIA - A policeman inspects on July 28, 2009 the burnt police station in the northern Nigerian city of Potiskum, Yobe State, after self-styled Taliban militants went on a rampage, burning a policeman to death and slitting the throat of a firefighter from an adjacent fire station.

SINGAPORE - Three Singaporean inmates who were due for release have received new jail terms and will be caned after sexually abusing another prisoner and forcing him to eat faeces, court officials said

Tuesday. The three were sentenced to between 16 and 19 years in jail as well as up to 22 strokes of the cane in the High Court on Monday, a court official told AFP. Serious crimes in Singapore are punishable by caning, a practice which dates back to British colonial

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WhiteKnightTwo follows two photos planes as it circles Monday, July 27, 2009 above the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wis. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson hopes to use WhiteKnightTwo to carry a spaceship into the upper atmosphere. The spaceship would then detach and rocket into space. Branson hopes to use the system to create a commercial space travel business.

65 killed as police frontier: Crowd sees Final battle Nigerian Islamists spaceship launcher fly Agence France-Presse

BAUCHI - Nigeria’s security forces on Monday fought gun battles with radical Islamists who went on a rampage torching churches, police posts and government buildings in four northern states.

Police put the number of dead from the weekend religious clashes at 65 in two states of Bauchi and Yobe, as of early Monday morning. In Borno state, heavily armed Islamist rebels torched a police headquarters, a church and a customs office in the border town of Gamboru-Ngala overnight before moving to the state capital Maiduguri where battles ran into the afternoon. A Nigerian Islamist sect styled on Afghanistan’s Taliban burnt down a central prison in Maiduguri, two police stations, several churches, a government primary school and offices of a state unemployment bureau. “The situation has degenerated into big battles between the Taliban ... and the soldiers and police. Since

morning, you can hear nothing but gunfire all over the city,” resident Sanisu Ahamad told AFP by telephone as sound of gunfire could be heard in the background. “Many government buildings have been burnt including the central prison and several churches. Streets are deserted. People are in their homes,” he said. Several telecommunications masts have been burnt cutting off many parts of the city. Maiduguri is the Nigerian Taliban birthplace and stronghold and some neighbourhoods there are seen as Taliban enclaves. Muhammad Auwal Mujahid told AFP by phone: “Its quite scary, all you hear is frightening sounds from guns.” In Wudil town situated on the

outskirts of Kano, the largest city in northern Nigeria, the militants attacked a police station but were repelled in clashes that left three rebels dead, Kano police spokesman Baba Mohammed told AFP. In Yobe, the militants doused a police station with petrol and set it alight. “The police station is still burning with billows of dark smoke... coming from the inferno,” said resident Ibrahim Bashir. Nigeria’s police chief InspectorGeneral Ogbonna Onovo earlier told reporters that weekend attacks claimed the lives of 60 militants and five police. He said the death toll related to clashes in the neighbouring states of Bauchi and Yobe, adding that new fighting was raging in nearby Borno state. “They (militants) are out there in Maiduguri (Borno) now, battling with the police,” Nigeria’s police chief told a news conference in the capital Abuja.

Singapore inmates punished for ‘sadistic’ jail abuse Agence France-Presse

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rule and leaves lasting scars. The Straits Times reported Tuesday that the victim, whose identity cannot be disclosed, suffered multiple rib fractures and was hospitalised for two months after the attacks, which took place in April and May last year. In addition to severe beatings

and being forced to swallow human excrement, the 22-year-old victim was also made to perform oral sex on the trio, aged 20 to 22, and sodomised by one of them, the court was told. “Their actions were inhumane and repulsive,” Judge Tay Yong Kwang was quoted as saying by the

newspaper. “It is shocking that they allowed themselves to be carried away by their numerical and physical superiority, to the extent of bullying a fellow inmate using such sadistic and degrading acts,” he said at the end of a 12day trial.

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OSHKOSH, Wis. – Hundreds of earthlings turned their faces to the sky Monday to see an airplane built to launch a ship into space, watching the gleaming white craft soar overhead. The twin-fuselage craft named WhiteKnightTwo, looking like two planes connected at the wing tips, circled the runway several times before touching down at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Air Venture annual gathering. It was the first glimpse the public had of the plane, which was made by Virgin Galactic as part of its effort to jump-start commercial space travel. Its designers, engineer Burt Rutan and British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, watched and smiled from the edge of the tarmac. It was “majestic,” said 13-year-old Alura Law of Reddick, Fla. Her mother, 45-year-old Kim Law, is blind but aimed her camera at the sound of the WhiteKnightTwo. She said it offers hope that scientific experiments in weightlessness might someday restore her sight. “I’m telling you, (I’m) real hopeful. Inspired,” she said. Virgin Galactic’s plan calls for WhiteKnightTwo to lift SpaceShipTwo, a pressurized spacecraft, into the atmosphere from a base in New Mexico. When they reach 50,000 feet, the spaceship would detach and blast into space at four times the speed of sound. The six passengers would experience about five minutes of weightlessness and get a glimpse of Earth. The spaceship would glide back to Earth much like the space shuttle. Takeoff to landing is expected to take about 2 1/2 hours.

Virgin Galactic doesn’t have a launch date yet, but has taken 300 reservations at $200,000 each and is holding $40 million in deposits. Customers include scientist Stephen Hawking and “Superman Returns” director Bryan Singer, according to Virgin Galactic President Will Whitehorn. “Superman Returns” even features a sequence involving two aircraft much like WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. In the movie, Lois Lane boards a launcher jet with a space shuttle-like vehicle attached. The jet lifts the shuttle into the atmosphere, but the plane ends up plunging to Earth and Superman must race to save it. Virgin Galactic officials say safety will be their “guiding star.” “We not only have to do it safely, we have to give (passengers) a good time,” said Virgin Galactic’s commercial director, Stephen Attenborough. The plan came about after Rutan partnered with Virgin Group chairman Branson. Rutan had made history in 2004 when his SpaceShipOne became the first private manned craft to reach space with help from launcher plane WhiteKnightOne. The feat earned him the $10 million Ansari X Prize. WhiteKnightTwo has now made

16 test flights, Attenborough said. The company will keep testing it until fall, when tests will begin on SpaceShipTwo. Branson himself plans to take the first trip and bring his 92-year-old father and 89-yearold mother with him. The WhiteKnightTwo, nicknamed “Eve” in honor of Branson’s mother, sports a painting of a woman in a space helmet on both fuselages and looks like nothing so much as a gleaming white half of the letter “E.” “Most people never really believed it would be a reality,” said Branson. “By just trying these things, new things come out of it.” Matthew Pritzker, a science fiction fan since his youth, has his trip booked. The 27-year-old from Chicago, who runs his own investment firm, is looking forward to being weightless and said he’s no more nervous that he would be getting on a roller coaster. Pritzker said he wants to walk on the moon someday, and SpaceShipTwo marks a step toward that. “This venture will prove to be a huge, huge turning point in the world of travel,” he said. “It means so much to people who grew up looking at the stars.”

Scientists may be closer to solving a medical mystery with huge implications for personal and public health: Why obese people are prone to developing type 2 diabetes. A series of studies appearing online July 26 in Nature Medicine suggest that inflammation within the fat tissues of heavy individuals could trigger the blood sugar disease. What’s more, each of the four completely independent studies, from two continents and three countries, showed that interfering with these immune-cell processes actually reversed diabetes in mice. The long-term implications of the findings are enticing: perhaps one day a cure for type 2 diabetes, a condition that now plagues more than 23 million people in the United States alone. “This group of papers suggests that cellular immunity may regulate inflammation in fat,” said Dr. Vivian Fonseca, professor of medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and director of the Diabetes Institute at Scott & White. “The authors do suggest that if you change the inflammatory response by changing the way the body cells respond to a trigger for inflammation, you might be able to get at the real heart of diabetes and that suggests you could cure it.” But Fonseca warned, all these studies were conducted in mice and have yet to be proven in humans. In type 2 diabetes, the body

often becomes resistant to insulin and doesn’t use it effectively. In the last decade or so, researchers have presented evidence that suppressing inflammation in animals could improve insulin resistance and other processes involved with diabetes. Inflammation is now widely believed to be involved in many metabolic diseases afflicting obese individuals. Inflammation in fat tissue, in particular, seems to be a culprit, by changing fat tissue function, thereby contributing to insulin resistance. But the exact mechanisms of the phenomenon have been unclear. Three papers, one from Japan, one from Canada and one from the United States, showed that immune system cells known as T cells were deficient in obese mice, pushing the immune system to somehow initiate insulin resistance. Restoring T cells to more normal levels actually reversed weight gain and improved insulin resistance, even when the mice continued on a high-fat diet. The fourth study looked at another class of immune cells called mast cells, which are more commonly linked to allergies. An over-abundance of mast cells contributed to obesity and diabetes in mice, but when mast cells were removed from the system the problem was corrected, explained study senior author GuoPing Shi, a biochemist with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Sleeping in Space is Easy, But There’s No Shower Astronauts may have some tough jobs in orbit - like building a $100 billion International Space Station - but apparently getting a goodnight’s sleep isn’t one of them. In fact, sleeping is pretty comfy in space because you can slumber without gravity’s incessant pull, according to Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, who has been living aboard the linked space station and shuttle Endeavour for more than a week. “We sleep very well in space. Can you imagine?” Payette told reporters in a recent interview broadcast by NASA. “We have a sleeping bag each, and when you get into it you float in the sleeping bag. The sleeping bag floats in the module. So all you have to do is just attach it somewhere, which is a good idea by the way because during the night while your sleeping you might start drifting and end up somewhere you didn’t intend to be in the first place.” Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, who is returning home aboard Endeavour after living on the station for 4 1/2 months, has said that anchoring yourself at

night is key because otherwise you might bump into sensitive computers and equipment and switch them on accidentally. Some astronauts have complained in the past that the first night’s sleep in space can be fitful because their minds are racing ahead to the coming mission’s complexity. But Endeavour’s six-man, one-woman crew is in the homestretch of a 16-day spaceflight that included five challenging spacewalks to deliver spare parts and a Japanese experiment porch to the space station. About the only thing missing, Payette said, is a shower. The thing that makes sleeping in space so comfortable - that weightless feeling - also makes it impossible to start the next morning with a refreshing shower. “Of course, we’re in weightlessness, so a showerhead with water dripping on top of your head would not work,” Payette said. “We don’t have a shower. We don’t even have a faucet or a tap.” NASA’s first space station, Skylab, and Russia’s Mir space station did include a shower facility for crewmembers.


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Miyazato looks to end Japan’s Major drought

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TOKYO - Ai Miyazato, boosted by her first victory in her four struggling years on the US LPGA Tour, is raring to become Japan’s first Major winner in three decades at this week’s British Open. “This first victory of mine has only put me on the starting line. Here I can let myself begin at last,” said Miyazato after beating Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson in a sudden-death play-off at the Evian Masters on Sunday.

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Ai Miyazato of Japan studies the ball on the eighteenth hole during the third round of the Evian Masters women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Saturday, July 25, 2009.

is all about battling the winds and the weather,” she said, adding that she would work out her strategy with her British caddy Mick Seaborn, who also assisted her in Evian-les-Bains. Miyazato came back from a slump in 2007 to finish fifth at last year’s British Open. She has worked with Sorenstam’s former coach Pia Nilsson to improve her mental toughness, and has added muscle training to her fitness regimen to strengthen her driver shots. She finished sixth at the US Open two weeks ago. Asked about Miyazato’s chance of winning this week, Hisako “Chako” Higuchi, who won the 1977 US LPGA Championships, said: “She just needs to go on as she does.

I don’t think she is satisfied with just one win.” Higuchi, 63, now Japan’s LPGA chief, has blazed the trail for Japanese women in the golf world and remains the only Japanese to win a women’s or men’s Major. Miyazato has become the fifth Japanese to win a US LPGA title after Higuchi, Ayako Okamoto, Hiromi Kobayashi and Akiko Fukushima — aside from six others who have won the Mizuno Classic in Japan, jointly sanctioned by the two tours. She has ended a 10-year Japanese title drought abroad since Fukushima won the AFLAC Champions event in 1999, after seeing a horde of Korean women succeed on the big stage as Asia’s undisputable number ones.

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The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor(notes) to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler(notes), two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday. The swap of

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In this Jan. 7, 2009 file photo, Charlotte Bobcats’ Emeka Okafor (50) works the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.J. Hickson (21) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland. The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a trade that would send Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, July 27, 2009.

26-year-old centers wasn’t expected to be completed until Tuesday and was unlikely to include other players, the people said on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. The deal would be another roster shake up for the Bobcats since Larry Brown took over as coach last season, and is a gamble because Chandler has been plagued by a left toe injury and recently underwent surgery. Okafor was the No. 2 overall pick—after Orlando took Dwight Howard(notes)—in the 2004 draft. Okafor was the first pick in franchise history and the Bobcats re-signed him to a six-year, $72 million deal before last season. The 6-foot-10 Okafor averaged 13.2 points and 10.1 rebounds for Charlotte last season. But Brown questioned his passion at the end of the season. “I tease him that he’s got an A in stretching and pilates and yoga. I want him to have an A in basketball,” Brown said two days after Charlotte finished 35-47. “It makes older people feel great, but he’s got to work on his game. … There’s no better guy than him, I just want him to have a passion to play the sport because it ends so quickly.” Chandler is taller, at 7-1, but averaged only 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in an unsettling season that saw him traded to Oklahoma City, then returned to New Orleans. The deal was rescinded because the Thunder had concerns about a left toe injury. Chandler later had a left ankle injury that kept him out of the Hornets’ final playoff game. He underwent surgery on his toe and ankle in May, but Hornets officials said he would be ready for training camp. The Hornets don’t figure to have injury concerns with Okafor, who has played all 82 games in each of the past two seasons. While he is a solid rebounder, he has struggled offensively and is a poor free-throw shooter. While Okafor has a longer contract, the players make about the same each year, making it an easier deal to fit under the salary cap. Chandler is slated to make $11.8 million in 2009-10, with a player’s option worth $12.7 million in 2010-11. Okafor is scheduled to earn $10.5 million next season, meaning the Hornets could lower 2009-2010 payroll by $1.3 million. If the Hornets have to pay the league’s dollar-for-dollar luxury tax next season, the savings effectively could be double.

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World Uighur Congress Chairperson Rebiya Kadeer speaks to reporters upon her arrival at Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, July 28, 2009.

Exiled Uighur leader visits Japan, angering Beijing Agence France-Presse

TOKYO - The exiled leader of China’s Uighur minority arrived in Japan Tuesday for a visit that has angered Beijing, which accuses her of masterminding recent ethnic violence in the country’s remote northwest.

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Franck Ribery (right) is likely to be unavailable for the first match of the Bundesliga season on August 8

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BERLIN - Bayern Munich’s French star Franck Ribery is likely to be unavailable for the first match of the Bundesliga season on August 8 against Hoffenheim, the club said on Tuesday. The 26-year-old midfielder has had a succession of medical problems since he resumed training at the beginning of this month, including blistered feet and a knee injury, preventing him from joining in full training since July 12. “Franck has a lot of catchingup to do. He trained hard and went further than last week but it has been limited nevertheless,” said Bayern

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“It felt strange I did not lose myself even in the playoff,” the diminutive 24-year-old said on her blog. “It seems that the tough times I have experienced finally paid off.” After winning 14 titles at home and the inaugural World Cup in 2005, Miyazato aimed to emulate the success of her idol, then number one Annika Sorenstam, when she joined the US tour full time in 2006. She tied for third place at the LPGA Championships in her debut year. But it took her 83 tries to win her first tour title. “I feel all calm and am focused on the British Open,” Miyazato told Japanese media on Monday after arriving in Lytham St Annes, England, for the last of the year’s four Majors. The British Open

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manager Louis Van Gaal on the club’s website. The Dutchman added that if Ribery did play in the Hoffenheim match, it would be for a maximum of 20 minutes. The France international will also miss the first round of the German Cup next Sunday when Bayern play Neckaretz. Other Munich players on the injured list are Croatian striker Ivica Olic and fellow forward Luca Toni of Italy who has a damaged Achilles tendon. The giant south German club has rejected approaches for Ribery during the inter-season period, notably from Real Madrid who baulked at Bayern’s asking price of 80 million euros.

Rebiya Kadeer, 62, the US-based head of the World Uighur Congress, was expected to use her five-day visit to call for support for the mainly Muslim minority, following deadly clashes this month in the Xinjiang region. The mother of 11 and grandmother, wearing a traditional Uighur hat, was greeted outside the airport by a handful of her Japanese supporters waving flags and a sign that read “Free the Uighurs.” She was to hold a press conference Wednesday and meet members of Prime Minister Taro Aso’s party, according to her supporters here, although a ruling party official said he was unaware of any planned official contact. “Her itinerary is not completely fixed and may change,” one of her supporters earlier told AFP. “We are a bit worried about ensuring her safety as she has been attacked by mobs in the past elsewhere.” Any official contact between Kadeer and Japan’s ruling party would be certain to anger China, which has accused her of orchestrating the clashes in Urumqi between Uighurs and Han Chinese that left more than 190 people dead. She denies the allegation. China’s foreign ministry on Mon-

day expressed “strong dissatisfaction” about Japan’s decision to allow entry to Kadeer, who spent around six years in a Chinese prison before being released under US pressure in 2005. “Ignoring China’s repeated and solemn representations, the Japanese government persisted in allowing Rebiya (Kadeer) to engage in antiChina separatist activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said. China’s ambassador to Japan, Cui Tiankai, also warned earlier that relations between the two countries could be damaged if Tokyo allowed her to visit. “She is a criminal,” he was quoted as saying by Kyodo News. “How would the people of Japan feel if a violent crime occurred in Japan and its mastermind is invited by a third country?” Japan and China, major trading partners, have worked in recent years to improve ties often strained by rows over history and territorial disputes. Japanese diplomats earlier this month urged China to protect the human rights of Uighurs after days of bloody unrest in the region. China’s state-run media have said the violence left at least 192 dead, most of them members of the

country’s dominant Han ethnic group. Kadeer has said the death toll could be in the thousands, and that she had heard accounts of “mob killings” across Xinjiang. Before her arrest, Kadeer was a successful businesswoman and ran a group called the 1,000 Families Mothers’ Project, which helped Uighur women start businesses. But after her Uighur husband and former political prisoner Sidik Rouzi fled China for the United States in 1996, Beijing kept a close watch on her. She was detained in 1999 on her way to meet visiting US congressional researchers and jailed on charges of threatening national security. Authorities released her six years later, and she now lives outside Washington. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 and is the subject of a documentary called “Ten Conditions of Love” which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Sunday. Festival director Richard Moore accused Chinese officials of trying to bully him into pulling the documentary, while Chinese directors withdrew their films in protest and hackers attacked the festival website.

JERUSALEM - US envoy George Mitchell met the Israeli premier on Tuesday as part of a push to get all players in the Middle East to take meaningful steps towards comprehensive regional peace. The former US senator said he and Benjamin Netanyahu made “good progress” in their nearly three-hour meeting that was due to focus on the thorny issue of settlements. “We look forward to continuing our discussions to reach a point that we can all move forward to reach a comprehensive peace,” he told reporters. Washington has repeatedly demanded that Israel halt all settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land and hawkish Netanyahu’s refusal to do so has raised tensions between the two allies to levels not seen in years. Netanyahu said the two sides were making progress “toward achieving the understanding that will enable us to continue and complete the peace process established between us and Palestinian neighbours and the countries in the entire region.” Israeli media reports over the past several days have said that the sides are close to reaching a compromise that would see Israel agree to a temporary settlement freeze, but continue construction projects already underway. Tuesday’s meeting is part of Mitchell’s whistlestop tour in which he has held talks with leaders of Syria, Egypt and the Palestinians in four days. Throughout the tourney the former US senator has said repeatedly that Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states must all take steps that may be difficult and controversial towards a comprehensive peace deal. “President (Barack) Obama’s vision is of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East which includes peace be-

tween Israel and the Palestinians, between Syria and Israel, and between Israel and Lebanon,” he said after Netanyahu talks. Such a deal would also see “a full normalisation of relations between Israel and all its neighbours in the region,” said Mitchell, who played a key role in brokering the 1998 peace accord in Northern Ireland. To move toward such a deal — which would put an end to the decadesold Arab-Israeli conflict — all sides “must take steps, some of them difficult some of them controversial,” Mitchell said late Monday after talks with Abbas. “For the Arab states, that means meaningful steps toward normalisation of relations with Israel,” he said earlier in the day. “For the Palestinians, it means expanding and improving their security forces, to take action against incitement and to refrain from any words or deeds that may make it more difficult to move quickly toward successful negotiations. “For Israel, that means making possible improved access and movement and economic growth for Palestinians... and dealing with difficult issues like settlement and outposts.” Backing up the envoy’s call, the White House confirmed President Barack Obama had recently sent letters to Arab governments urging confidence-building measures to create a climate for peace negotiations. The written appeals for conciliatory moves, reportedly made to at least seven states in the region, coincided with US officials lobbying Israel to freeze settlement activity on occupied territory. Mitchell is one of three senior US officials who are visiting Israel and the region this week as part of Washington’s drive to jumpstart the moribund Middle East peace process.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meets U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell in Jerusalem, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell are trying to resolve a public dispute over Jewish settlements in the West Bank.


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Kashmir chief minister offers to resign over sex scandal Agence France-Presse

SRINAGAR - Indian Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offered to resign Tuesday after a lawmaker accused him of involvement in a three-year-old sex scandal.

Sonia Sotomayor WASHINGTON Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appears headed to quick confirmation as the first Hispanic justice despite opposition from a growing chorus of conservative Republican senators who say she would bring liberal bias to the high court.

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Authorities uncovered a racket in April 2006 involving 40 women whose clients allegedly included politicians, bureaucrats, security officials and businessmen in the conservative Muslim-majority state. The case is being investigated by India’s Central Bureau of Investigations, which has charged several former ministers and top security officials over the scandal. “I will visit the governor of the state today and tender my resignation,” Abdullah told the state assembly after opposition lawmakers and former finance minister Muzaffer Beigh said Abdullah was one of the accused. “After hearing this I will not be

able to function as the chief minister so I have decided to resign,” a visibly upset Abdullah said, though colleagues in the ruling National Conference party urged him to review his decision. “It is a baseless allegation but I won’t be at peace with myself until I am proven innocent,” he said, forcing the speaker to adjourn the house. Abdullah, 39, came to power in state elections last year following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan, is in the grip of an insurgency that has killed more than 47,000 people over the past two decades, according to official figures.

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TALLIL MILITARY BASE - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates was in Iraq Tuesday to urge the country’s Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities to settle their political differences before the withdrawal of US troops by the end of 2011. In an unannounced visit, Gates planned to appeal to Iraqi Arab and Kurdish officials to take advantage of the window of the US troop presence to resolve disputes over power-sharing, internal boundaries and oil revenues, a senior US defence official said. “We’re saying to all the parties involved that they have this window of political opportunity that they need to seize between now and the end of 2011,” the official told reporters before Gates’s arrival at a US base in Tallil, south of Baghdad. Gates, who visited Israel and Jordan on Monday, also planned to get a first-hand look at how

the US military was preparing to adapt to a new mission focused on advising and supporting Iraqi security forces. He was to visit a combined operations centre on the base where US and Iraqi forces work together, and meet commanders of a newlycreated “advise and assist” brigade. Under an agreement with Baghdad, US troops withdrew from Iraqi cities and towns last month and are required to pull out of the country entirely by 2011. As time winds down on the US military mission, President Barack Obama’s administration has called for stepped up efforts to tackle disputes that threaten to revive ethnic and sectarian strife. The administration believes that “all sides have to take an approach in both words and actions that commits them to a peaceful political process,” the official said. The Kurds in particular have an interest in forging reconciliation promptly while US forces remain on the ground, the official said. Washington, which has

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BARCELONA - Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed a five-year contract with Barcelona Monday and said he is finally “living a dream.” The 27-year-old was transfered from Inter Milan in a deal which will also see Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o move the other way and the Italian side receive 46 million euros as well as Alexander Hleb on loan. “It feels like I’m living a dream now,” Ibrahimovic told a news conference. “It was not easy for me in the last weeks.” He said he had always insisted that “only one club can buy me and that is Barcelona... My will to come to Barcelona was too big for staying in Inter Milan.” “It is a big honour. There are many big clubs but there is only one special club,” he said, adding that he hoped to develop his skills playing with such players as Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez. “I come here to bring something new. I’m here to win and I’ll do my best to win,” he said. Ibrahimovic will on Tuesday undergo an operation on a broken bone in his hand, suffered during a friendly between Inter and Chelsea during the club’s US tour, Barca’s technical director Txiki Begiristain said.

Wearing the “number 9” shirt formerly held by Eto’o, he later received a rapturous welcome before tens of thousands of fans at the Camp Nou stadium. Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has said Ibrahimovic won’t be the club’s last major signing before the end of the transfer window. And he has warned big-spending rivals Real Madrid that his side won’t give up their reign as European and Spanish champions without a fight. Real have spent at least 209 million euros this summer on Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Albiol and Karim Benzema during the close season. Barcelona beat holders Manchester United to win their third Champions League crown in May in Rome. The club also won the domestic league and cup last season, making them the first Spanish team to win the treble.

INDIA, Srinagar : (FILES) In this picture taken on May 6, 2009, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah speaks during an interview with AFP at his residence in Srinagar. Abdullah offered to resign on July 28, 2009.

longstanding ties to the Kurdish former rebel factions that run an automomous regional government in northern Iraq, could act as an “honest broker” between the Kurds and the Shiite-led central government, he said. During his two-day visit Gates was to travel to the autonomous Kurdistan region after holding talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iraq’s defence and interior ministers. His trip to Kurdistan comes after presidential and parliamentary elections in the region on Saturday which saw a new reform-minded opposition group hail a major breakthrough against the longdominant ex-rebel factions. Gates was also expected to discuss supplying Iraq with weapons and equipment to help the Baghdad government provide for its security after the departure of US troops. Among the possible hardware on Baghdad’s wish list were F-16 fighter jets, as Iraq looks to develop a modern air force, the defence official said.

The US military is gradually drawing down in Iraq under the security agreement with Baghdad that will see American troops leave by the end of 2011. Carrying out the accord has caused some friction between the remaining 128,000 American troops and Iraqi security forces. An Iraqi officer ordered the detention of US soldiers this month after they shot dead three Iraqis while pursuing insurgents. Maliki said during a visit to Washington last week that the detention of the US soldiers was a mistake and that the Iraqi officer was “out of line.” At a news conference in Jordan on Monday, Gates said the United States remains committed to the security accord and that it is being successfully carried out. “The United States is abiding by the terms of the agreement that we signed with the Iraqis, and we will continue to abide by that agreement,” he said.

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Barcelona’s new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden poses with his jersey during his official presentation at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, July 27, 2009.

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MADRID - Liverpool’s Spanish international Alvaro Arbeloa said Tuesday that a deal which would see him return to Real Madrid could be completed by the end of the week. “At present I am only focused on Liverpool but it is true that the transfer deal is nearly completed,” the 26year-old full-back said in an interview published in sports daily Marca.

“We will see what will happen in the next few days, if we can all make an effort so that the operation takes place and be something good for everyone, which is what we all want. It could all be sorted out this week.” Rival sports daily AS said the transfer deal will be worth four million euros (5.7 million dollars). Last week Real’s managing director said the club’s lavish recruitment drive, which has seen over 200

million euros spent on big-names such as Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo, would stop until players departed to create vacancies. Arbeloa, part of the Spain squad which won Euro 2008, joined Liverpool from Deportivo La Coruna in January 2007. He signed for Deportivo from Real in 2006, having failed to make an impact in his first spell at the Spanish giants when he played for its youth team.

striker Samuel Eto’o has signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan, the Italian champions announced on Monday

Eto’o signs five-year Inter deal Agence France - Presse

ROME- Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o has signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan, the Italian champions announced on Monday. The 28year-old had arrived in Milan on Monday morning to take a medical examination before then officially signing on the dotted line, on the same day that Zlatan Ibrahimovic finalised his move in the opposite direction by joining Barcelona. Inter did not reveal how much the Cameroon striker will be paid but he is believed to have signed a deal worth 10-10.5 million euros net per season. He is part of a swap deal that sees Swedish international striker Ibrahimovic head to Catalonia while Inter also pocket 46 million euros and take Belarus winger Alexander Hleb on loan for a year. Upon arriving at Milan’s Linate airport, Eto’o claimed he was com-

ing to Inter to win a third Champions League crown. Eto’o has twice already been on a Champions League winning team with Barcelona, scoring against Arsenal in the 2006 final in a 2-1 victory and again against Manchester United in May in a 2-0 success. “I’m very happy to be here at Inter. I’ve come here to work hard and win the Champions League,” said Eto’o. “I had the opportunity to spend 13 years in Spain. Today, I am ready to begin a new adventure. I want to thank the president (of Inter Massimo) Moratti who helped my arrival a lot. I hope to deliver what he’s expecting from me. He’s a man with a lot of heart.” Eto’o also congratulated his new team-mates on having beaten city rivals AC Milan 2-0 in a friendly in the United States on Sunday. He joined Barcelona in 2004 having previously been on Real Madrid’s books before being sent to Mallorca.

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Liverpool soccer players from left-right, Dirk Kuyt, Fernando Torres, Emiliano Insua, Javier Mascherano, Yossi Benayoun, Damien Plessis, David Ngog, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso wait during a training session held at the National Stadium on Friday July 24, 2009 in Singapore. Liverpool will play the Singapore national team at a friendly match on Sunday.


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now he has no fever, and we have removed the drain tube from his wound. Further improvement of his condition can be expected. During the night we do not plan to do any more interventions on him.” Zsiros denied the earlier reports that Massa had injured his left eye, which led to speculation about his future participation in Formula 1. Peter Bazso, the hospital’s medical director, explained that it was in fact too early to tell if there was any damage because Massa was still unable to open the eye: “We can give no positive neither negative answer to this, because at this stage the vision cannot be examined.” Bazso made it clear however that a full recovery was still entirely possible for the Brazilian. “There is no such thing as ‘this condition’, be-

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The destroyed car of Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil is seen after his accident during the Qualifying session at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, July 25, 2009. The Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix will be held here on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

The FIA has asked its Safety Commission to work on a report about the accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa. Surtees was killed less than 10 days ago during an F2 race at Brands Hatch when he was hit in the head by a flying wheel from another car. Less than a week later, Ferrari driver Massa was hit by a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading some F1 drivers to ask for work to improve safety in this area. On Monday, motorsport’s ruling body announced it has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report with recommendations on how to try and improve the safety standards to avoid such accidents. “FIA President Max Mosley has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report on the recent debris-related accidents in the FIA Formula One World Championship and FIA Formula Two Championship,” said the FIA in a statement. “The FIA Safety Commission, which is made up of medical and technical representatives from all areas of motor sport, will submit its report and recommendations to the World Motor Sport Council. Preliminary findings suggest the helmet being used by Felipe Massa may have played a significant role in limiting the injuries sustained. The FIA 8860 helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides increased protection in all key impact areas.”

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cause every case is different,” he pointed out. “Of course it isn’t impossible.” When asked when they will be able to determine if Massa has suffered any kind of lasting injury, Zsiros said: “There is no interval which we can define, but I would say it should be from one week to ten days.” He added that Massa would remain in intensive care as long as his condition made that necessary. Dino Altmann, the Chief Medical Officer of the Brazilian Grand Prix, who also attended the news conference, confirmed Massa was now able to speak. “He spoke, he wanted to know what happened to him. And he had some questions,” Altmann revealed. “I would like to say that the family is very happy with the treatment Felipe is receiving here, and there’s no question about transfer at the moment.”

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Felipe Massa’s condition is continuing to improve as doctors at the AEK Hospital in Hungary, where the Brazilian driver is being treated, denied earlier reports of eye damage and instead suggested he could make a full recovery. Colonel Dr. Lajos Zsiros, the chief surgeon of the Hungarian Defence Forces, told a news conference on Monday that the 28-year-old had been woken from sedation on Monday afternoon, and was unlikely to be sedated again. “In the last 24 hours some major changes have gone through in the condition of Felipe Massa,” said Zsiros. “His condition continues to be stable. During the CTscan we performed we could ascertain that there was an improvement in his condition. We stopped sedation and after that Felipe Massa became capable of making contact.” “So in the afternoon we stopped the artificial ventilation of Felipe. As we speak he is sleepy, but he gives adequate answers to the questions we ask him, and he can move his arms and legs spontaneously. Right

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Drivers pull their rickshaws carrying passengers through a flooded street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh’s capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close. The national weather office says more than 13 inches (333 millimeters) of rain have been recorded Tuesday in the overcrowded capital city of about 10 million people in the past 12 hours.

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Brazilian Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brawn GP speaks to journalists at the entrance of the Honved Hospital, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 26, 2009 where Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Scuderia Ferrari is in a lifethreatening but stable condition after his operation.

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DHAKA - Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh’s capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close. The national weather office says more than 13 inches (333 millimeters) of rain have been recorded

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Tuesday in the overcrowded capital city of about 10 million people in the past 12 hours.

Dhaka streets waist-deep in water have caused huge traffic snarls. The private NTV television station

reports that residents in the city’s lowlying areas are stranded in their flooded homes. Trading on the Dhaka stock exchange has been delayed and schools in flooded areas are closed. Floods caused by monsoon rains are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation of 150 million people.

Court hears of ‘skinny and malnourished’ Khmer Rouge inmates Agence France-Presse

PHNOM PENH - A former staff member at a notorious Khmer Rouge prison testified on Tuesday to the starvation and torture endured by inmates, in the UNbacked war crimes trial of Cambodia’s ex-prison chief Duch. Sous Thy, who was responsible for registering inmates’ movements in and out of Tuol Sleng prison, spoke in the trial of Duch for overseeing the torture and execution of about 15,000 people in the late 1970s. “I did not pay great attention to their conditions, although I know that they suffered a great deal because most of them were very thin

and the majority of them were so skinny and malnourished,” Sous Thy, 58, told the court. Little air circulated in cells and some prisoners died of starvation while others were tortured to the point of death, he said. Weak prisoners were blindfolded before they were loaded onto trucks to be executed at the Choeung Ek “killing field”, a former orchard on the outskirts of the capital Phnom Penh, he added. “Regarding my work, I did not like it even a bit. But...I had to do it since I was ordered to do it,” he said, adding that he constantly feared for his life after seeing that other Tuol Sleng staff were arrested and killed. Continued on page 6

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CAMBODIA - This handout picture released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on July 27, 2009 shows Sous Thy speaking in the courtroom in Phnom Penh.

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