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Three suffocate spending night in snowed-in car in Siberia

© RIA Novosti / Sergey KrasnouhovSakhalin on March 3, 2013
Three people have died in a snowed-in car in Siberia, suffocating with exhaust fumes. The tragedy happened after the car was stuck in the road near a small village amid a severe snowstorm.

Apparently, the passengers were trying to warm up in the vehicle by leaving the engine running and closing windows, which led to asphyxiation.

There were four people in the car on their way back from a fishing trip, RIA Novosti reports citing police.

Bizarro Earth

Mail-order bridle: Swedish minister backs controversial 2-year 'wife import' rule

© AFP Photo / Jean Pierre Muller
Sweden's equality minister has backed a 'two-year rule' for international marriages designed against those who come merely to obtain residency. Critics say the law will force many women to choose between deportation and enduring an abusive marriage.

The problems stem from a nationwide marriage practice called 'fruimport', when a Swedish man starts a relationship with a foreign woman - often from nations such as Thailand, Russia, Iraq, the Philippines, Brazil, and China - frequently locking her later into a marriage of violence and sexual exploitation.

Despite investigations into how widespread the problem is by her predecessor, Sweden's new Equality Minister Mary Arnholm has stated that she wants the country to retain the right to deport foreign women who separate from their Swedish husbands within two years of marriage.

"I support the two-year rule. I think it serves its purpose," Arnholm said in a statement to Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet on Friday

Bizarro Earth

Authoritarian mindset: 'Hitler wasn't all bad', 42% of Austrians say

© AFP Photo / France Presse VoirA Nazi high rank official giving a speech during a nazi parade
Over 40 per cent of Austrians believe the Hitler era wasn't 'all bad', according to the latest poll conducted by the Linz Market Institute.

The survey was carried out ahead of the 75th anniversary of the country's annexation by the Nazi Germany, the Anschluss, and included 502 people.

Fifty-seven per cent of respondents believed that "there was nothing positive about the Hitler era".

However, 61 per cent of respondents indicated that they wanted a "strong leader" at the head of Austria.

That was in fact more than in previous polls, the newspaper Der Standard reported. A similar survey in 2008 found just a fifth of Austrians could imagine having "a strong leader who does not have to worry about a parliament or elections."


Man arrested at Newark Airport with $300,000 of cocaine hidden in bags

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A 33-year-old man was arrested earlier this month at Newark Liberty International Airport after customs and border patrol officers found $300,000 worth of cocaine hidden in his luggage, authorities said today.

Antonio Miguel Camara Jimenez, was arrested March 1 after police found the drugs hidden in false walls of his suitcase, in purses and bags marked "Santa Catalina Oatmeal," authorities said. The contraband was found during a routine baggage exam after a K-9 alerted officers about his bag, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement today.

Black Cat

More than 70 cats rescued from 'hoarder' couple's home

The Humane Society shelter in Silverdale, Washington, became a full house after animal control officials began the rescue of more than 70 cats and kittens from a local couple.

The Kitsap Sun reported on Friday that 46 of the cats were turned over by the couple after officials arrived at their trailer in Bremerton, Washington. They have two weeks to give up most of the remaining animals to avoid criminal charges, though local statutes will allow them to keep four cats.

According to KOMO-TV, officials began seizing the cats following an anonymous tip. Officer Chase Connolly told the station they took up almost the entirety of the trailer floor.


1 dead, 5 rescued in California sailboat race accident

© APThis latest accident comes nearly a year after US coast guards were called to the wreck of the 37-foot sailboat Aegean which crashed during a race from Southern California to Mexico killing four crewmen.
STORMY seas off Southern California destroyed a sailboat during a race on a rocky island shore, leaving one sailor dead.

Five other crewmembers of the Uncontrollable Urge were rescued Saturday after the 32-foot sailboat lost its steering capability and the craft began drifting toward San Clemente Island, where it then broke apart, Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Gawrelli said.

The boat first sent a mayday call but then reportedly waved off help from the Coast Guard and other boaters.

Friday night, the crew radioed the mayday call and also activated a feature on the boat to provide authorities their GPS coordinates and other crucial information, but then declined assistance and requested a tow boat, she said.

However, stormy ocean conditions kept the tow boat from getting to them.


Northern Irish women risk jail by admitting use of abortion drugs

© Stephen Barnes/Demotix/CorbisProtesters outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast.
More than 100 women put their name to letter amid attempts to halt amendment that would make non-NHS abortions illegal in province

More than 100 women in Northern Ireland risk imprisonment after publicly admitting they have taken abortion-inducing pills, which are illegal in the province.

The women have signed a letter openly confirming that they took abortion pills bought on the internet from pro-choice charities, further fuelling the debate prompted by the opening of the first private clinic to offer legal abortions to women in the province.

The 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act makes abortion illegal in most cases and carries a penalty of life imprisonment. Several men who have helped women obtain the pills have also signed the letter, even though the 19th-century act also makes it a serious offence to help someone procure an abortion.

The province is the only part of the UK where women cannot get an abortion through the NHS except in extreme circumstances, such as when a mother's life is at risk. As a result, thousands of Northern Irish women have crossed the Irish Sea to have terminations in English hospitals and clinics.


Sixth body recovered as Russia mourns avalanche victims

© General Directorate of Emergency Situations in the Republic of TuvaRescuers searching for the missing teenagers
Rescuers have recovered the body of the sixth missing teenager at the site of an avalanche in Russia's East Siberian republic of Tyva, where a mourning has been declared for the victims.

The head of the republic, Sholban Kara-ool, declared a one-day mourning on Saturday for the six teenagers, who were killed in an avalanche last week.

The avalanche occurred on a remote mountain slope six kilometers (four miles) from the village of Mugur-Aksy in the republic's Mongun-Taiginsky distinct on March 3.


Women "carry all" of Palestine's suffering

Women in Gaza
© Ashraf Amra/APA imagesWomen in Gaza mark International Women’s Day by calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners, 7 March.
"In Gaza we don't lead normal lives, we just cope, and adapt to our abnormal lives under siege and occupation," said Dr. Mona El-Farra, a physician and a long-time women's rights activist in the Gaza Strip. On International Women's Day, when many of the world's women are fighting for workplace equality and an end to domestic violence, Farra and the majority of Gaza's women fight for the most basic of rights.

"It is difficult to live in this small piece of land, where basic needs like clean water, regular electricity, proper sanitation and means of recreation are not met. Women in Gaza are particularly traumatized by the continuous Israeli military attacks," said Farra.

A 2009 Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) report highlighted the suffering of Palestinian women under the illegal Israeli-led siege imposed on Gaza, and under the 23 days of Israeli attacks in 2008-2009 which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, including 112 women.

The report noted Gazan women's continued struggle "as they attempt to come to terms with their grief and their injuries; with the loss of their children, their husbands, their relatives, their homes and their livelihoods" ("Through women's eyes," 28 September 2009).

For Hiba an-Nabaheen, 24, a media studies graduate from Gaza's Palestine University, the biggest issues facing women in Gaza are the poverty and unemployment that result from the siege.

War Whore

California' finest? 8 LAPD officers involved in shooting after Dorner 'case of mistaken identity'

LAPD Capt. Phil Tingirides and LAPD Sgt. Emada Tingirides recalled fearful and anxious days under police protection, after their eight-member family was targeted by former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

Bullet holes in front doors, trees and a kitchen serve as reminders of the chaos brought to their Torrance, Calif. neighborhood during a frantic manhunt for an ex-police officer bent on revenge killings.

Nine bullets pierced a tree on Redbeam Avenue where two newspaper delivery women were shot by police officers who had mistaken them for fugitive Christopher Dorner.

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Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering the Los Angeles Times before dawn near the home of a police officer named in Dorner's angry manifesto.

Comment: It's sad that even with clear evidence of the incompetence of the LAPD in this case, the public is still brainwashed to excuse them. Just a variation of "supporting the troops" regardless of their psychopathic actions.