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Pakistani Tribes Hold Anti-US Rally

More than one thousand people in Pakistan's northwestern Bajaur tribal agency have taken to the streets to condemn the so-called 'war on terror' led by the United States, Press TV reports.


The latest protests were organized by the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan - the country's largest religious-political party.

Angry protesters chanted anti-US slogans and condemned the alliance between Washington and Islamabad. They also held US responsible for the ongoing violence and unrest across Pakistan

"Due to Pakistan's involvement as a partner with the US on the War on Terror, the whole of Pakistan particularly the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and the tribal belt is wearing a deserted look," Jamaat -e- Islami's Haroon ur Rasheed said.

After explaining that Pakistan's agriculture, economy, education, and infrastructure was now "completely ruined", Rasheed pointed to the 35,000 innocent civilians who have been killed since 2007.

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Egypt: 19 Dead in Worst Cairo Riots Since Mubarak Ouster

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Clashes erupt at a protest of a recent attack on a church in Cairo Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. Fierce clashes erupted Sunday between Christians protesting a recent attack on a church and the Egyptian military, leaving more than a dozen people dead and scores injured, Health Ministry officials said.
Massive clashes raged Sunday in downtown Cairo, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, hard-line Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 19 people were killed and more than 150 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

The violence lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began.

The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes.

At one point, an armored security van sped into the crowd, striking a half-dozen protesters and throwing some into the air.

Christians blame Egypt's ruling military council for being too lenient on those behind a spate of anti-Christian attacks since the ouster of Mubarak. The Coptic Christian minority makes up about 10 percent of the country of more than 80 million people.

As Egypt undergoes a chaotic power transition and security vacuum in the wake of this year's uprising, Christians are particularly worried about the increasing show of force by the ultraconservative Islamists.

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US: Protesters Accused of Hurting New York City Economy



Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday accused the Wall Street demonstrators of trying to cripple New York City's economy.

"What they're trying to do is take the jobs away from people working in this city," the mayor declared in his harshest criticism of the three-week-old protest that has caught the attention of the nation.

"They're trying to take away the tax base we have because none of this is good for tourism."

Although he expressed sympathy for "some of their complaints," Bloomberg warned that addressing them has to be accomplished "without hurting people and making the problem worse."

"If the jobs they are trying to get rid of in this city -- the people that work in finance, which is a big part of our economy -- we're not going to have any money to pay our municipal employees or clean the blocks or anything else."

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US, New York: Time Capsule With Over 100-Year-Old Germs Found At Former Bellevue Hospital Medical College

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WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman On The Story

In 1897, a time capsule was sealed up and hidden away in the cornerstone of what was Bellevue Hospital Medical College in Manhattan. Now, it has been found.

A few weeks ago, that building at East 26th Street and 1st Avenue was demolished.

The contents of the time capsule were recovered and they're now in the hands of New York University bacteriologist Dr. Martin Blaser, who says it was no ordinary time capsule.

"In addition to papers from that time and materials from students from the Bellevue Medical College and the newspaper the New York Sun from 1897, it also had a test tube that had some bacterial spores in it that were gotten and cultured from a patient in 1896," Blaser told WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman.

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US, South Carolina: Cops find 3 year old in stolen car with BB gun; Father arrested


When a North Charleston police officer approached a stolen car Wednesday afternoon, the last thing the officer expected to find was a 3 year old holding a gun.

According to police, the child grabbed what turned out to be a BB gun from the center console as an officer approached the car. The child safely handed it over to the officer while saying "gun, gun."

The child was found in a stolen red Montero sport car with a Utah license plate. The car was located in the area of Remount and Yeamans Hall Road. According to police, the child's father, 23-year-old Terrence Myers, was driving the car.

Che Guevara

US Revolution: Occupy Maine group digs in, shows support for Wall Street counterparts

Members of a growing Occupy Maine group in Monument Square on Monday proclaimed solidarity with the larger Occupy Wall Street movement and noted similarities between their efforts and those that overthrew the government of Egypt this summer.

They also began to hone a message for what has been criticized by some as a directionless protest, with signs and slogans at numerous satellite Occupy settlements around the country running the gamut of social causes.

On Monday in Portland, Occupy Maine members took their occupation on the road with a 90-minute march from their Monument Square base of operations to the University of Southern Maine, where they held a brief rally, and back again.

They expressed anger about what they described as corporate influence on the American government and rallied around the notion that they represent "the 99 percent" - or everyone below the wealthiest 1 percent of the population, who they argued have a disproportionate say in how the country is run.

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Luke Rudkowski on police nightstick workout against Occupy Wall Street

Lower Manhattan has been invaded by tens of thousands of protestors who are calling for an end to corporate corruption. The demonstrators have been peaceful and the violence surprisingly has been from the NYPD. Last night a second round of police brutality was served out to some. Luke Rudkowski, an independent journalist, was caught up in the baton swings and pepper spray; he gives us his firsthand account.


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Ex-monk burns to death in latest outbreak of Tibetan unrest

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Monks and civilians march in north-west China's Gansu province in 2008 as unrest amongst ethnic Tibetans spread from Lhasa.
Fate of second man unknown as self-immolation death rate in Sichuan province rises to seven in two and a half years

Two more young men, believed to be former monks, have set fire to themselves in the latest self-immolations in a troubled Tibetan area of western China, exiles and campaign groups have said.

Choepel, 19, and Khayang, 18, are thought to be from the Kirti monastery in Aba, Sichuan province, known as Ngaba to Tibetans. Choepel is believed to have died at the scene while the condition and whereabouts of Khayang are unknown, Free Tibet said.

The public security bureau in Aba denied any knowledge of an incident. "Nothing like that happened here. I am not aware of the situation," a spokeswoman told Reuters, despite claims that police officers had helped extinguish the flames and beaten the men as they took them to hospital.

Until 2009 experts knew of only one Tibetan self-immolation, by a lay person living overseas. But today's death was the second at Kirti within a week - another monk set fire to himself on Monday - and the seventh in Sichuan within two and a half years. "This is a new development ... We are all struggling for the right words to characterise what is happening," said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet.

Che Guevara

Chilean girls stage 'occupation' of their own school in education rights protest

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Chilean demonstrators are hit by a jet of water during a rally against the public state education system in Santiago.
For five months, girls demanding free university education for all have defied police to occupy their state school

Sleeping on a tiled classroom floor, sharing cigarettes and always on the lookout for police raids, the students of Carmela Carvajal primary and secondary school are living a revolution.

It began early one morning in May, when dozens of teenage girls emerged from the predawn darkness and scaled the spiked iron fence around Chile's most prestigious girl's school. They used classroom chairs to barricade themselves inside and settled in. Five months later, the occupation shows no signs of dying and the students are still fighting for their goal: free university education for all.

A tour of the school is a trip into the wired reality of a generation that boasts the communication tools that feisty young rebels of history never dreamed of. When police forces move closer, the students use restricted Facebook chat sessions to mobilise. Within minutes, they are able to rally support groups from other public schools in the neighbourhood. "Our lawyer lives over there," said Angelica Alvarez, 14, as she pointed to a cluster of nearby homes. "If we yell 'Mauricio' really loud, he leaves his home and comes over."

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What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

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In the days after Steve Jobs' death, friends and colleagues have, in customary fashion, been sharing their fondest memories of the Apple co-founder. He's been hailed as "a genius" and "the greatest CEO of his generation" by pundits and tech journalists. But a great man's reputation can withstand a full accounting. And, truth be told, Jobs could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.

We mentioned much of the good Jobs did during his career earlier. His accomplishments were far-reaching and impossible to easily summarize. But here's one way of looking at the scope of his achievement: It's the dream of any entrepreneur to effect change in one industry. Jobs transformed half a dozen of them forever, from personal computers to phones to animation to music to publishing to video games. He was a polymath, a skilled motivator, a decisive judge, a farsighted tastemaker, an excellent showman, and a gifted strategist.

One thing he wasn't, though, was perfect. Indeed there were things Jobs did while at Apple that were deeply disturbing. Rude, dismissive, hostile, spiteful: Apple employees - the ones not bound by confidentiality agreements - have had a different story to tell over the years about Jobs and the bullying, manipulation and fear that followed him around Apple. Jobs contributed to global problems, too. Apple's success has been built literally on the backs of Chinese workers, many of them children and all of them enduring long shifts and the specter of brutal penalties for mistakes. And, for all his talk of enabling individual expression, Jobs imposed paranoid rules that centralized control of who could say what on his devices and in his company.

Comment: While the writer of this article has some interesting points to make about Steve Jobs, using Bill Gates as an example of a great philanthropist is far from being objective.

For more information on Bill Gate's "philanthropy" read the following articles:

Bono and Bill Gates-Backed Global Health Charity Exposed as a Fraud

Bill Gates: Cell Phones Can Track Newborns For Shots

Bill Gates Funds Covert Vaccine Nanotechnology

Bill Gates Calls for "Decade of Vaccines"

Bill Gates Unleashes Swarm of Mosquitoes on Crowd