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November 12, 2009
Palestinian elections and a powerful Mexican drug lord

Stories compiled by Gizem Yarbil, Connie Kargbo, Channtal Fleischfresser, Christine Kiernan, Ivette Feliciano, and Mohammad al-Kassim, and edited by Rebecca Haggerty and Ben Piven.


SINGAPORE: Asia-Pacific nations pledged on Thursday to embrace more flexible exchange rates as they start to scale back their stimulus spending in the wake of easing of the global financial crisis.

NEPAL: Tens of thousands of Maoist demonstrators flooded the streets of Nepal’s capital on Thursday to call for the resignation of the government.

CHINA: Human Right Watch released a report on Thursday accusing China of running unlawful detention centers called “black jails” in which ordinary citizens can be kept for months.

SOMALIA: A judge well known for sending Islamic militants and pirates to prison was gunned down outside a mosque in Somalia’s Puntland region. Three people have been arrested in relation to the killing.

SUDAN: The Sudanese government has announced that the Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps that house millions of displaced Darfuris will be shut down beginning in 2010. The government says they have begun constructing housing units to relocate the IDPs. Rebel groups have criticized the move.

NIGERIA: A Nigerian group is demanding that traditional leaders follow in the footstep of Britain and the US and apologize for their complicity in the transatlantic slave trade.

FRANCE: France has begun vaccinating high-risk people as it launches its swine flu vaccination campaign, despite a recent poll which revealed 76% of the public does not want to be vaccinated.

UK: Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced plans to toughen immigration rules into the UK by restricting the number of professions that can recruit in countries outside of Europe.

NORWAY: A freelance journalist from Norway who was captured in Afghanistan with his interpreter has been freed, according to the Norwegian Foreign Ministry.

RUSSIA AND CIS:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev presented his annual address to the nation today, emphasizing the need for Russia to refocus its economy on telecommunications, space and information technology.

Vladimir Putin has been named the third most powerful person of the year by Forbes Magazine, following Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barak Obama.

The legendary Russian goldsmith Faberge, known for the jeweled eggs it produced in the 1880s, is back in business. The House of Faberge is introducing a new line of jewels that will be sold on-line and at its single shop in Geneva.

A German court has dropped all charges against Dmitry Kovtun, who had been a suspect in the 2006 murder of Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Estonia’s economy shows signs of improvement: the country’s economic decline slowed in the third quarter for the first time since 2007.

MEXICO: Forbes Magazine has named a Mexican drug lord —  a man who is believed to be hiding in the country’s northern mountains – as part of its list of the “World’s Most Powerful People.”

VENEZUELA: Venezuelan authorities have destroyed 30,000 illegal firearms in an effort to combat crime.

COLOMBIA: In its latest report, a human rights group in Colombia says that the use of torture is systematic and generalized.

AFGHANISTAN: The White House has said that US military commitment to Afghanistan is “not open-ended,” warning that the Afghan government must take steps to improve the way the country is run.

LEBANON: The leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah has accused US President Barack Obama, of “absolute bias” in favor of Israel and of disregard for the dignity of Arabs and Muslims.

ISRAEL: Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signalled to French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Israel is willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal between Syria and Israel.

YEMEN: A Yemeni Houthi leader has called for a ceasefire and expressed his group’s willingness to engage in dialogue with Saudi Arabia amid reports that Saudi Arabia’s forces have penetrated inside Yemen.

PALESTINE: The Palestinian Election Commission has recommended the postponement of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for January.

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#3

What is worse- the creators of drug-lords or the creature? Until the insatiable appetite for drugs from A-Z go away or are dried up by lack of funds-well, what can be said about such characters who likely number in the thousands by now? What? Money is a narcotic and they- the addicts/slaves- sad really- they have no freedom! None! But, those funding them- you know- the users are in the millions–so, there we go. And secularism/humanism have fought hard their way to the center of Western/European civilization to become uncivilized (is being out of your right mind civilized???). Anyway- that’s why I love so much the gospel of light- Jesus dying for all sinners everywhere- Risen/Powerful #1 Most Powerful outside/or inside Forbes Magazine to change lives and that includes shedding his blood for drug lords, dirty cops, dirty politicians, and just dirty anyone- Hey, that includes me too. LOL But, on another side not funny- as in the prophetic and ALWAYS (no shouting here- just loud) fulfilled scriptures, “It is appointed unto man (women) once to die- after this The Judgement.” This drug lord and others only have one shot at getting life/love right- Jesus is tenderly calling. Lay down your arms! Lay down your greed! Lay down your power! Lay down your life in tears of turning at Jesus’ nail pierced feet. I pray for you and me that we each draw near to Him with humble hearts to Him who will draw near to us!!! Really, I do- and you can look high and low- no king, power, magazine, or Dr. Ph_l of sorts has nail pieced hands & ALIVE- just not one. Yip- just take one eye off of the $ and dare to look into Jesus’ eyes. Dare to. What do you see? What? “Better is one day in his courts, better is one day in His house, better is one day in His courts than thousands elsewhere- thousands elsewhere.” I hope just even one drug-lord reads this and feels God’s Son’s Love.

#2

What a shame that Forbes sensationalizes despicable people. And indeed, on what statistical base is “anyone” considered more powerful than another. Tis’ all yet another part of the media game lacking greater integrity and commitment to what is nobel. Once more greed and avarice win out over what serves life.

#1

What a great resource your nightly program is for me on the local PBS Ch. 8 ASU… Tempe,AZ. With the news “shows” now a standard I will be watching World Focus and reading World Focus. My usual search website is CEO Express.com… check it out if you are not familuar[sp] with it.
Kind regards, bbc.

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