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US, Connecticut: Mom Says Son Convicted of Brutal Home Invasion Killings Was Raped as Teen

© The Associated PressJoshua Komisarjevsky
The mother of a Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence for a brutal fatal home invasion broke down crying Friday as she told jurors her son was raped as a teenager and described her frantic efforts to save him after his behavior changed dramatically.

Jude Komisarjevsky said her son Joshua had run away when he was nearly 15 and when he came home, he looked transformed.

"There was tremendous pain in his expression," she said. "His eyes were absolutely dead."

His mother, testifying during the sentencing phase of her son's trial, said she didn't know at the time what happened, but noticed her son grew angry and had satanic symbols in his room along with the words "death, die and suicide." She said she learned years later from her son - when he was in prison - that he was raped by someone he trusted.

Joshua Komisarjevsky was hospitalized a short time later after he set a vacant gas station on fire. The psychiatric hospital recommended he be medicated, but his mother said she was concerned about the drug's effects and that her son would abuse it.

Che Guevara

US: Protestors take to streets of NYC in show of Solidarity for Scott Olsen

© APNew York: Occupy Wall Street protesters marched in support of their fellow campaigners in Oakland after word spread of two-tour Iraq veteran Scott Olsen, who was left critically injured after being hit in the face by a police tear gas canister
Why did police officer fire gas canister into crowd trying to help injured Iraq veteran? Protesters take to the streets of New York and Oakland in solidarity after Marine was left in critical condition
  • Ex-Marine Scott Olsen, 24, of Daly City, California, served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 - and was hit in California protests
  • Anger over Oakland police 'brutality' fans across America as protesters march in solidarity with Olsen on Wednesday
  • Occupy Oakland activists trying to reclaim camp they were in for 15 days - until police evicted them early on Tuesday
  • More trouble on Tuesday at 5pm when 400 people marched towards Frank Ogawa Plaza, which police surrounded
  • Conditions in the Oakland camp were thought to have become unsavoury as tented town became semi-permanent
  • Some protesters threw turquoise and red paint at riot police officers last night and others reportedly threw rocks
  • Meanwhile in Atlanta, Georgia, dozens of protesters were evicted from a park and 53 were arrested by police
Protesters took to the streets of New York and Oakland in force last night as anger boiled over after a two tour Iraq veteran was left seriously injured when he was blasted in the face by a police tear gas canister.

War hero Scott Olsen, 24, was hospitalised in a serious condition after he suffered a fractured skull during a march with other protesters in the Californian city on Tuesday night.

Questions were today being asked of how police handled the situation after videos emerged of an officer throwing a gas canister into the crowd after they had rushed to help Mr Olsen, who was on the floor.
© APCalifornia: Protesters returned to the streets of Oakland for a second night of marching. The police have been accused of unnecessary brutality after officers fired tear gas into the crowds during Tuesday night's protest

Red Flag

Man opens fire with automatic weapon in terrorist attack outside US Embassy in Bosnia

© The Associated Press / Amel EmricAn unidentified gunman stands in the center of the street in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at a street in front of the U.S. embassy. An unidentified man shot several rounds at pedestrians in downtown Sarajevo on Friday and injured at least one officer before police special forces took him down. For at least 30 minutes the man stood at a street in front of the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo and shot around from an automatic rifle.
A man opened fire with an automatic weapon Friday in what authorities called a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia. A policeman and the gunman were wounded, but the embassy said none of its employees was hurt.

Sarajevo Mayor Alija Behmen said the gunman "got off a tram with a Kalashnikov and started shooting at the American Embassy." Witnesses told Bosnian television that the man urged pedestrians to move away, saying he was targeting only the embassy.

One police officer guarding the building was wounded before police surrounded the gunman. After a 30-minute standoff, the sound of a single shot echoed and AP video showed the shooter slump to the ground.

Police arrested the wounded man - who one of Bosnia's three presidents said is a foreigner - and took him away in an ambulance as pedestrians cowered behind buildings and vehicles. Hospital spokeswoman Biljana Jandric told The Associated Press the gunman had a minor wound to his leg, and would spend the night at the hospital before being released into police custody.

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said several bullets struck the outside wall of the embassy, but that all embassy personnel were safe. She said the wounded police officer had been assigned to protect the embassy. Ambassador Patrick Moon expressed his gratitude for the swift response by the police.


Commonwealth heads agree to update 300-year-old royal succession rules

Prince William, Kate Middleton
© Allie Merriam
It's taken 300 years, but the old boys club of royal primogeniture has finally been shelved.

Sixteen Commonwealth "realms" that still maintain the Queen as their head of state agreed Friday to change the rules of succession that have favoured boys over girls since the 17th century.

The rules of primogeniture - which determine the constitutional figurehead of Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, among others - were belatedly dragged into the 21st century by dint of the massive popularity of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

"In future, the order of succession should be determined simply by the order of birth," British Prime Minister David Cameron said in announcing the agreement at a Commonwealth leaders' summit. "And we've agreed to introduce this for all descendents from (Charles) the Prince of Wales."

"Put simply, if the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were to have a little girl, that girl would one day be our queen."


Gaddafi on democracy, dictators and world peace

Muammar Gaddafi was supposedly killed by a baying mob last week, having survived successive bombing raids on his residences in Libya by NATO, whose rationale was that Gaddafi was "threatening to kill his own people."

But what do we really know about the man who defied Western criticism and propaganda for over 40 years and transformed Libya from the poorest nation on Earth into Africa's richest?

This interview he gave to Al Jazeera in 2009 during his visit to the UN in New York suggests that far from being an evil, rambling madman, Gaddafi is (or was) one of the few world leaders who actually knows what he's talking about.


Hurt protester Scott Olsen was provoking no one

© Jay Finneburgh/APIraq War veteran Scott Olsen lays on the ground bleeding from a head wound after being struck by a by a projectile during an Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland,Calif.
Oakland - Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, stood calmly in front of a police line as tear gas canisters that officers shot into the Occupy Oakland protest Tuesday night whizzed past his head.

"He was standing perfectly still, provoking no one," said Raleigh Latham, an Oakland filmmaker shooting footage of the confrontation between police and hundreds of protesters at 14th Street and Broadway. "If something didn't hit him directly in the face, then it went off close to his head and knocked him down."

The something was a projectile that apparently came from police lines, fractured Olsen's skull and put him in Highland General Hospital. Doctors upgraded his condition Thursday from critical to fair, and said they expect him to make a full recovery.

His parents flew in from Wisconsin and spent Thursday at his bedside. When they arrived, Olsen "just blossomed," said Highland's chief of surgery, Dr. Alden Harken.

Olsen's injury added to the national attention focused on Occupy Oakland in the aftermath of the repeated police tear-gassing of protesters Tuesday. In Las Vegas, protesters projected a photo of the Marine in uniform onto the corrugated-metal side of a building at their camp, the Associated Press reported. Vigils for Olsen were planned at Occupy sites in other cities.


US: Northern California Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty; Horse Rescue Foundation In Need Of Help

A Northern California animal rescue group may need some rescuing of its own after helping save dozens of horses in what some are describing as the worst cases of animal cruelty they've witnessed.

Volunteers from The Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills were not prepared for the conditions it found on a Northern California ranch in April, where the carcasses of 25 horses littered the property, many just the skeletal remains.

"It was just a graveyard for horses," said Beth DeCaprio of The Grace Foundation. "It was the worst case I had ever seen."

Light Sabers

French warships hit Somalia coastline

French warships
File photo shows French warships
French warships have shelled parts of coastline of the Horn of African state of Somalia with more than 20 heavy missiles, Press TV reports.

The missiles are reported to have struck the town of Kuda and the port of Kismayo, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

Witnesses said that four cruise missiles hit near Kismayo while another six missiles struck Kuda.

There has been no immediate report on the number of casualties.

Kenyan officials confirmed the French navy's role in Somalia. However, Paris denied having deployed any warships in the area.

Heart - Black

Palestine: Settlers Kill Sheep, Set Fire to Beit Furik Home, Army Raids Balata Camp and Arrest 4 in Hebron

© Brendan Work, PNNSheep graze outside of Bethlehem, in the southern West Bank
On Wednesday and Thursday, two separate settler attacks throughout the West Bank led to property damage and panic. On Wednesday, west of Hebron, settlers killed 10 sheep belonging to villagers of al-Litwani and al-Jawaya villages, while in the North, settlers threw a Molotov cocktail into a house in Beit Furik, east of Nablus.

In Beit Furik, a group of settlers emptied a container of gasoline in a room in the home of Shahir Issa Hanani, then set a fire that destroyed the room. Hanani's car engine was also burned, causing an explosion that woke the village. Municipality chairman Atef Hanani blamed settlers from Itamar and Alon Moreh.

In Nablus, Israeli forces raided Balata refugee camp, searched houses and shot rubber bullets and flashbang grenades. The houses raided belong to Marshod Yousef Terawi, the brothers Mouhamad and Eyad Ma'zoz Terawi, the brothers Mahmoud and Basil Shtewi Abu Hamdan, Ashraf Qatawi Abo al-Al, and the brothers Na'el and Tawfiq Qetawi.


Canadian forces spying on indigenous: Report

canadian army
The Canadian Forces' National Counter-Intelligence Unit has been collecting intelligence on the country's indigenous groups, recently released documents revealed.

The documents, which have been released under the Access to Information Act, show that the unit has released at least eight reports on the activities and future protests of indigenous organizations between January, 2010, and July, 2011.

The so-called Counter-Intelligence Information Reports alert the Canadian army to events organized by groups such as the Assembly of First Nations, the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council and Red Power United.

President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Grand Chief Stewart Phillip described the reports as "unsettling," Global Research reported.

"The fact that they are directing their intelligence activities at native communities and native organizations is deeply disturbing," Phillip said.