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Africa: Mystery Toxin in Angola Schools

A wave of mysterious poisonings has hit hundreds over the last two days in Angolan schools.
Luanda - A wave of mysterious poisonings has hit hundreds over the last two days in Angolan schools, but police have yet to identify the toxin that has sown panic in the country, officials said on Friday.

About 300 students from both public and private schools have been hit by symptoms that include vomiting, headaches, sore throats and sometimes suffocation, said Renato Paulata, director of a public hospital in Luanda.

Two children are currently in "critical condition", he added.

Across Angola, nearly 570 cases have been recorded.

National police chief Elisabeth Rank Frank said on national radio that the poisonings were being taken extremely seriously.

"The police are aware of the situation. So far, they have no explanation for the phenomenon. We should take the time needed to conduct an investigation," she said.


Cancer-stricken WTC worker gets $0 settlement check

Edgar Galvis
© Angel Chevrestt'I thought it was a joke': Edgar Galvis, a Ground Zero worker who has throat cancer, holds the settlement check he got from a law firm.

Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check -- for zero dollars.

The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.

But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.

Arrow Down

US: Two Planes Collide Over Alaska, 4 Dead

Trapper Creek - Two single-engine float planes collided as they flew near an Alaskan lake and one of them crashed and burned, killing the four people aboard, authorities said. The second plane landed safely despite significant damage.

The Cessna 180 was destroyed by the impact and fire, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told The Associated Press.

"It was engulfed in flames on the ground," Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

The crash around Amber Lake near Trapper Creek, 80 miles north of Anchorage, came nearly three weeks after another in-flight collision that remarkably left the 13 people aboard the two aircraft unhurt.

The second plane in Saturday's crash, a Cessna 206, sustained significant damage but was able to return to Anchorage International Airport and make an emergency landing, after the collision around Amber lake near Trapper Creek.


Police kill 4 after blasts, attacks in China's west

chinese soldiers
© Reuters/Peter ParksThis file photo taken on July 10, 2009 shows Chinese soldiers marching behind a flag near the central mosque in Kashgar in China's farwest Xinjiang region. China's Xinjiang region was hit by a wave of violence at the weekend that saw 10 people killed by knife-wielding assailants and another four shot dead by police, state media and authorities said on July 31, 2011.

Police shot dead four "rioters" in China's far west on Sunday after at least three people, including a policeman, were killed in the latest in a series attacks in the region this month, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Four suspects were caught and four others were being sought in the latest violence in Kashgar, in a region long beset by anti-Chinese sentiment from the native Uighur population.

Local sources had earlier said three people were killed on Sunday in an explosion, but witnesses reported that the three were hacked to death by the attackers, Xinhua said. Ten people including pedestrians and police were injured, it said.

Che Guevara

Israeli official resigns amid protests

Former Israeli Finance Ministry Director-General Haim Shani
Israeli Finance Ministry Director-General Haim Shani has resigned from his post as the Israeli people continue their protests against high costs of living and social inequalities.

"Recent events illustrate the problems I have outlined and support my view that under the current circumstances I cannot fulfill my role as Finance Ministry director as I see fit," Shani wrote in a letter to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz on Sunday morning, Xinhua reported.

Tens of thousands of Israelis have in the past weeks protested against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's economic and social policies.

The demonstrators say they can no longer afford the sky-rocketing housing prices, which have jumped by 50 percent in recent years. They also call on the regime to curb the high costs of fuel, food and healthcare.

The protests revealed the deep frustration of the country's middle-class over the economy.

Moreover, some 150,000 Israelis marched in more than ten cities on Saturday, making it the largest demonstration being mounted in Tel Aviv. Many of the protesters, however, were arrested during scuffles with the police.

Che Guevara

Anti-regime rally held in Bahrain

Anti-regime protesters in the Saar area near the Bahraini capital, Manama
Anti-government protesters have held another rally in northern Bahrain, despite the regime's continuing crackdown on demonstrations.

The demonstrators in the northern village of Dair called on the ruling al-Khalifa regime to free all those Bahrainis detained during months of protests.

The protesters also rejected the results of the regime-backed "National Consensus Dialog" in Bahrain.

Facing countrywide anti-regime revolution, Manama launched the talks on July 2 with the alleged aim of introducing reforms in the governing system of the Persian Gulf sheikdom.

The largest Bahraini opposition group, al-Wefaq, quit the national talks in protest, saying the views and the demands of the opposition were ignored and the talks were dominated by pro-government representatives.

Al-Wefaq said that the opposition has been given too small a fraction of the seats -- 35 out of 300 -- at the talks.

Also on Friday, tens of thousands of Bahrainis took to the streets outside the capital city of Manama to condemn the results of the national dialogue, saying it had failed to address the people's demands and to bring real democratic reforms in the Middle Eastern country.


Psychopath: Ex-FLDS member: Warren Jeffs "partially crazy"

The trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has taken another strange turn. Jeffs stunned the courtroom by abruptly breaking his silence Friday.

After sitting silently during his sexual assault trial, CBS News Correspondent Hattie Kauffman reported, Jeffs suddenly sprang out of his seat Friday to make an objection - an objection that went on for 50 minutes and ended with a threat.

On "The Early Show," Elissa Wall, a former member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Jeffs' compound, said she's not surprised by Jeffs' outburst.

Wall said, "I couldn't expect anything less from such an irrational, honestly, partially crazy leader as I knew him."


More proof the Department of Homeland Security and TSA are actively destroying America

© FlickrA valiant TSA agent at work

While the deadline for the end of the political circus that is the debt ceiling debate rapidly approaches, the American government continues to flush millions of taxpayer dollars down the toilet.

One could easily set aside the almost never ending invasions of privacy carried out by the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration goons and still have a strong case against these cancerous government bodies.

One could also set aside the health implications and rapid rise in cancer associated with their pet naked body scanning technologies.

Heart - Black

US: TSA 'Groping' Suspect Says She Was Abducted As Child

Yukari Miyamae Says She Doesn't Like Being Touched

The Longmont woman accused of grabbing a Transportation Security Administration agent's breast spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, explaining that she doesn't like to be touched because she was abducted as a child and has a heightened sense of personal space.

Yukari Miyamae told Boulder community radio station KGNU, where she works a volunteer DJ, that she was abducted when she was 7 years old. The 61-year-old said that she was born in Japan and because of that experience and her upbringing, she doesn't like people touching her.

"I have a very strong sense of endangerment. I have a high alert system for my safety," said a soft-spoken Miyamae. "People don't usually come near me that close."

She explained that she felt she was targeted in Phoenix where she is "terrorized" by TSA agents, who have forced her to endure pat downs every time she passes through the city in her capacity as an interpreter.

"I started this job in May and I've been subject to aggressive pat downs a few times ... (where they are) grabbing my breast, grabbing all my sore sensitive area, from my side to the front of my body, to the inside of my thigh," Miyamae said. "I just suffer so much from being subject to a pat down."


Tens of thousands protest cost of living in Israel

© Jack GuezIsraelis protest against rising housing prices and social inequalities in the Jewish state in Tel Aviv
Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets in 10 cities across the country on Saturday evening to protest against the high cost of living.

Between 80,000 and 120,000 protesters demonstrated, according to police and media estimates demanding "social justice."

More than 50,000 marched in downtown Tel Aviv, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

"I came because I cannot make ends meet and taxes end up in the pockets of the rich," one of the protesters, who runs a nursery school, said.

In Jerusalem, 15,000 protesters gathered outside the residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holding up banners that read: "A whole generation wants a future."