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Israel-Palestinian Violence Erupts on Three Borders

Israeli border policemen
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Israeli border policemen detain a Palestinian protester during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp, in the West Bank near Jerusalem May 15, 2011.
Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged toward its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, killing at least 13 people on the day Palestinians mourn the establishment of Israel in 1948.

In the deadliest such confrontation in years of anniversary clashes usually confined to the West Bank and Gaza, Israeli forces opened fire in three separate border locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators from crossing frontier lines.

The new challenge to Israel came from the borders of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Gaza -- all home to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who fled or were driven out in 1948.

Combined with a public relations disaster last year over the killing of pro-Palestinian activists in a Gaza aid flotilla and a determined Palestinian diplomatic drive to win U.N. recognition of statehood in September this year, the bloody border protests raised the stakes further for Israel.

Cloud Lightning

US:Boy Stays Safe from Tornado Hiding Inside Dryer


Two tornadoes swept through the town of Lenox, Iowa on Wednesday. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt. Though one little boy got the scare of a lifetime. He managed to ride the storm out inside a dryer!

Jessica miller says her 11-year-old son Austin was home alone when the storm came rolling in. She called him from work. She says, "I said get in the laundry room. There is not a basement and I said just get in the laundry room and he said 'why mommy?' and I said, "just get in laundry room" and then the sirens went off."

As Jessica desperately tried to get home, two tornadoes whipped up debris you now see on the streets into a blinding mess. She says, "We saw all this stuff it was just a big gray swishing crap in the air."

She was stuck, unable to go any further. She says, "He said, 'Mommy there's glass breaking, it's loud crackling, it's loud and I think the house is going.' And I was like, 'Austin!' I mean I was like two blocks away I could not get here. It was like the worst feeling I can't even explain."

Attention

Cruise ship MSC Opera loses all power in Baltic

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A cruise ship carrying about 400 British passengers is being towed into a Swedish port after developing technical problems in the Baltic.

Tugs were sent to the MSC Opera after it lost all electrical power off the island of Gotland on Sunday morning.

The ship's Italian-owned operators said the engines had to be switched off.

Heart - Black

India: Two Mothers Strangle Daughters in Honour Killings

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© The Associated Press / Altaf Qadri
An Indian flag is seen on top of a building at the check post between India and Pakistan.
Two Muslim mothers in a northern Indian town have been arrested on accusations they killed their daughters for dishonouring the family by eloping with Hindu men, police said Sunday.

Newlyweds Zahida, 19, and Husna, 26, were strangled when they returned home after getting married to men of their choice, said Anil Kumar Kusan, a police officer.

Marriages between Hindus and Muslims are not common in India and are frowned upon by both communities, although there are more instances of inter-religious marriages among the educated urban population.

Across India, many marriages are still arranged by families. But with the booming economy and more women entering the work force, such traditions are slowly giving way to love marriages.

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Spain: Man accused of beheading Briton in Tenerife remanded in custody

The man accused of murdering Jennifer Mills-Westley, the British woman who was beheaded in a frenzied knife attack while shopping on the holiday island of Tenerife, has been remanded in prison by a Spanish court.

Jennifer Mills-Westley
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Jennifer Mills-Westley was stabbed and decapitated in Tenerife supermarket
The decision came amid a growing scandal over how Deyan Valentinov Deyanov, a 28-year-old Bulgarian with a record of mental health problems and violence was allowed to roam the streets of the tourist resort of Los Cristianos, in the south of Tenerife.

Locals also expressed growing concern about the impact on tourism in a Canary Island resort highly popular with Britons.

It has emerged that Mills-Westley, 60, who had five grandchildren, had sought refuge at an employment centre in Los Cristianos, where she told social services officials she was being trailed. A man was reportedly sent away from the area by a security guard before she left the building.

Heart - Black

Schwarzenegger-Shriver Split Symptom of Boomer Divorce Epidemic?

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This week's news that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have separated after 25 years of marriage may just be the latest tremor in a far bigger seismic event that's rocking baby boomers' world. Or at least, that's the story line that a lot of news media and blogosphere commentators are pushing these days.

For example, CNN's Amy Wilson notes in this blog post that the Schwarzenegger-Shriver split comes in the wake of another high-profile breakup of a seemingly solid midlife couple, former Vice President and environmental activist-icon Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, and other failed marriages for prominent boomers. Wilson evokes a 2010 Pew Research Center survey that shows that boomers are more inclined than younger adults to bail from a failing relationship. In the poll, 65 percent said that divorce is preferable to staying in an unhappy marriage, compared to 54 percent of younger adults. (Both boomers and younger adults also are much more inclined than over-65 Americans, by a 70 to 50 percent margin, to believe that the main purpose of marriage is happiness, the study showed.)

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Egypt: Suzanne Mubarak 'Recovering' from Sudden Illness

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Suzanne Mubarak: Seen as a powerful backer of son Gamal's claims to succeed his father
The wife of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is recovering in hospital after falling ill when told she was being detained in a corruption probe.

Initial reports said Suzanne Mubarak, 70, suffered a heart attack but some officials say it was a "panic attack".

Mrs Mubarak's condition has improved to stable in Sharm el-Sheikh hospital.

The Mubaraks face allegations of "illegally acquiring wealth". Mr Mubarak had a suspected heart attack when first questioned in April.

The former president, who held power for 30 years but stepped down in February after weeks of protests, is currently receiving treatment in Sharm el-Sheikh hospital while under arrest.

Mr Mubarak has been detained by Egypt's Illicit Gains Authority, on charges he abused his position to illegally acquire wealth.

He is also accused of involvement in the killings of anti-regime protesters.

The 83-year-old has been held under arrest in the hospital in the Red Sea resort since suffering heart problems. His detention was extended by 15 days early on Friday morning.

Sheriff

Canada: Three B.C. Mounties, Jail Guard Charged After Women Watched Having Sex in Cell

Breach of trust charges were laid Friday against three British Columbia Mounties and one jail guard accused of watching two intoxicated female inmates having sex in a jail cell last summer.

That brings to eight the number of B.C. RCMP officers charged in the past week.

Also Friday, an RCMP officer was charged in a shooting during a traffic stop on Vancouver Island and a week ago, justice officials announced perjury charges against the four officers involved in the October 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver airport. The charges relate to their testimony at a public inquiry.

B.C.'s criminal justice branch announced Friday that Cpl. Kenneth Peter Rick Brown, Const. Evan Neil Larry Elgee, Const. Stephen Richard James Zaharia and guard David John Tompkins are accused of watching two women having sex on a closed-circuit video at the jail in Kamloops B.C. last August without intervening.

They are scheduled to make their first court appearance July 18. The branch declined any further comment, saying the matter is now before the court.

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Propaganda Alert! US: Florida Imams Arrested for Aiding Pakistani Taliban

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A pedestrian walks past the Jamat Al-Mummineen Mosque in Margate, Fla., where imam Izhar Khan has been charged with providing financial support to the Pakistani Taliban Saturday, May 14, 2011.
The imam of a Florida mosque and his two sons, one also a Muslim spiritual leader, were arrested on Saturday on charges of financing and supporting the Pakistani Taliban, U.S. officials said.

The three Pakistan-born U.S. citizens were among six charged in a U.S. indictment that accused them of "supporting acts of murder, kidnapping and maiming in Pakistan and elsewhere" carried out by the Pakistani Taliban, which Washington calls a terrorist organization.

The indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer and the FBI, charged the six with creating a network that transferred funds from the United States to Pakistani Taliban supporters and fighters in Pakistan, including for the purpose of buying arms.

If convicted, each faces up to 15 years in prison for each count of the indictment.

The charges were revealed at a time when U.S. relations with Pakistan are strained over the U.S. raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Heart - Black

US: Cop Violently Attacks Teenage Girl in Arizona

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Phoenix Police are investigating the arrest of a 15-year-old girl who was seen on tape being slammed to the ground by the arresting officer.

Officer Patrick Larrison has been placed on administrative leave while police carry out both an internal and criminal investigation into the arrest.

A YouTube video captured the Jan. 25 arrest on camera, but police didn't become aware of the video until this Tuesday. Someone in the police department saw the video and reported it.