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Risk mounts for refugees from Libya

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Men from Bangladesh, who worked in Libya but recently fled the unrest, wait for information during their repatriation process in a refugee camp at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia, on Saturday. Most Bangladeshis appear to have arrived in Tunisia penniless because their Libyan employers did not pay them or because they were robbed on the way.
Ras Adjir, Tunisia - Thousands of migrant workers were on the move in Libya on Saturday, trying to flee the fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi's regime, U.N. refugee agency officials said.

Most of the thousands of foreign workers in Libya's rebel-held port of Benghazi were evacuated, the officials said, and about 10,000 others inside Libya were heading for a border crossing at Salloum, Egypt.

At the Libya-Tunisia border, thousands spent the night in a 20,000-capacity tent camp, awaiting evacuation. Some of those coming from Libya in the past two days said they had attempted the journey before but were held back by heavy fighting along the way.

There has been a marked drop in the number of migrant workers coming across the border, from a peak of 20,000 several days ago to between 1,400 and 1,800, the U.N. said. On Saturday, only 500 had crossed into Tunisia by midday, said a U.N. official at the border.

Bandaid

Saudi Arabia bans protest rallies

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King Abdullah unveiled $37bn in benefits for citizens after returning from abroad last week
Interior ministry vows to use all steps "to prevent attempts to disrupt public order" following recent Shia protests.

Saudi Arabia has banned all protests and marches following recent anti-government protests in the kingdom's east, reports say.

State television on Saturday quoted the interior ministry as saying that security forces would use all measures to prevent any attempt to disrupt public order.

The ban on public demonstrations comes amid media reports of a huge mobilisation of Saudi troops in Shia-dominated provinces in order to quell any possible uprising.

Black Cat

Louisiana, US: Child molester undergoes castration for parole

Port Allen, Louisiana - A convicted child molester in Louisiana has undergone surgical castration to win release from prison on parole.

Francis Phillip Tullier, who had faced hundreds of molestation counts involving young girls, pleaded guilty to three counts in 1999 and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. He is now 78.

His lawyer, Nathan Fisher, said that under the agreement Tullier could only be eligible for parole once he underwent castration.

A sheriff's investigator said Tullier agreed to have the surgery at his own expense. It was done Thursday after years of delays while Tullier was treated for various medical issues.

The Advocate newspaper reports that Tullier is due for release next week. He will live in Iberville Parish and has to register as a sex offender.

2 + 2 = 4

US: Bad lesson? Ohio Elementary School in Trouble after Black Student Made to Play Slave in Class

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Nikko Burton is still waiting for an apology from his teacher, he told a local television station.
An Ohio school district is in hot water after the mother of a black fifth-grader said her son was assigned to play a slave for a social studies lesson.

Aneka Burton told a Columbus, Ohio, television station that in her 10-year-old son Nikko's social studies lesson, the class was divided into two groups: slaves and masters.

Nikko ended up in the slave group and said the students playing the master role would "look in your mouth and feel your legs and stuff and see if you're strong," according to WBNS-10TV.

His mom, understandably, was furious.

"He felt degraded," she told the television station. "I feel like that was totally inappropriate; it was racist and it was degrading."

Even worse, the incident was not a one-time thing, according to the school district.

After the uproar, a district spokesperson said in an emailed statement to the Daily News that the lesson will not be used again.

Handcuffs

US: Renato Seabra, Alleged Castration Killer of Carlos Castro, too Crazy for Trial, Lawyer Says

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Wearing a neon orange prison jacket and jet black hair, Renato Seabra stared straight ahead during the hearing
Accused castration killer Renato Seabra may claim he is too crazy to be tried for the torture death of his Portuguese lover in a midtown hotel, his defense lawyer said Friday.

Lawyer David Touger asked a Manhattan judge to give him more time to review St. Luke's hospital records - where Seabra, 21, headed before his arrest but after the ultra-violent, hourlong slaying of acclaimed fashion journalist and gay activist Carlos Castro, 65.

"Until we get those records, we are not making any decisions," the defense lawyer said. "They were the first people who saw Renato - they're the most important."

Wearing a neon orange prison jacket and jet black hair, Seabra stared straight ahead during the hearing. The male model's mother sat in the audience behind him.

Heart - Black

US: Prep Star Hits Game-Winning Shot for Perfect Season, Falls and Dies

Tragedy struck Western Michigan on Thursday night when Fennville (Mich.) High basketball star Wes Leonard hit a game-winning shot in a 57-55, overtime victory over Bridgman (Mich.) High, then collapsed on the court while celebrating the victory and was pronounced dead at a hospital shortly thereafter.


According to the Associated Press, Leonard, who you can see making the game-winning shot above, was celebrating his game-winning layup with the rest of his teammates when he collapsed to the ground. Paramedics tried CPR on the star at the site and in the ambulance, but he was pronounced dead upon reaching nearby Holland Hospital.

The star's death was due to an enlarged heart, Ottawa County medical examiner David A. Smart told ABC News after concluding an autopsy on the player's body on Friday.

"Obviously, in the midst of celebration, I think shocking is exactly the word," Fennville Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer told The Holland Sentinel about Leonard's collapse.

USA

US: Man Leaps to His Death from Casino on Las Vegas Strip

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A view of the darkened Las Vegas Strip during Earth Hour in 2010. The Earth Hour global movement to help fight climate change is going beyond asking people to turn off their lights to making firm commitments to protect the environment, organisers said Wednesday
A man committed suicide on Friday by leaping off a ledge at the newly-built Cosmopolitan hotel and casino onto the famed Las Vegas Strip, police said.

Witness accounts place the man on a ledge at either the 6th floor or the 14th floor of the Cosmopolitan, the newest hotel and casino to open on the Strip, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Marcus Martin said.

The hotel, which opened to much publicity on December 15, has 50 floors and nearly 3,000 rooms.

Marcus said police received calls that a man, who was not identified, was threatening to jump from the Cosmopolitan at about 4:45 a.m., Martin said.

Arrow Down

Thieves Break-in to New Zealand Prison

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A locked cellblock at a prison in the US. A New Zealand prison suffered a reversal of the norm when it became the victim of a break-in
A New Zealand prison suffered a reversal of the norm when it became the victim of a break-in.

Police said Saturday that thieves had broken into the prison at New Plymouth, on the west coast of the North Island, just before midnight and stolen a large plasma television.

"If any members of the public saw anyone carrying a big TV at that time of night, or heard or saw anything in the area of the prison, let police know," Sergeant Thomas McIntyre said.

Pistol

Violence in Libya Turns Deadly as Gadhafi Forces Clash With Rebels

At least 15 demonstrators were reported killed today in a fierce struggle for control of the Libyan city of Zawiya, and 30 miles away in Tripoli, protesters rallied in the capital's streets as security forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi fought back with firearms and tear gas.

There were conflicting reports of casualties as violence worsened across the North African nation. Sky News reported 30 people dead and up to 50 injured after Gadhafi forces fired on demonstrators in Zawiya. The Associated Press, quoting a witness who was at the city's hospital, reported at least 18 people were killed and 120 wounded, and CNN reported that at least 15 were killed there.

Mercenaries brought in by Gadhafi "have been opening fire on people here," a man identified as Ibrahim told Reuters. "Hundreds of victims are now in the town hospital."

Libyan state TV claimed Zawiya was back in the hands of Gadhafi's forces. "It is liberated this afternoon, and we are going to take you there tomorrow to see for yourself," a government spokesman was quoted by The New York Times.

But others disputed that. "That is [a] lie," Mohamed Magid, an opposition spokesman, told The Washington Post. "We are still in the square. Zawiya has not fallen."

Heart - Black

US: Mississippi boy found in oven died from heat

Jackson - A toddler whose body was found inside the electric oven at his family's home died from heat injuries, according to preliminary results from medical examiners released Friday.

Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said the pathologist was still trying to determine if 3-year-old Tristan Robinson was conscious when he was put inside the oven. He also appeared to have suffered trauma to his head.

Greenville Police found the boy's body at his mother's apartment Wednesday after responding to an emergency call just after midnight. The mother, 24-year-old Terrie A. Robinson, has been charged with murder. She is being held on a $5 million bond.