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Explorer to Embark on Quest to Find Body of Osama bin Laden

Bill Warren
© Bill WarrenBill Warren
Bill Warren has spent years searching for shipwrecks, usually in the hope of finding treasure. But his next mission is to locate and raise a much more contemporary object that is bound to place him at the center of controversy: the body of Osama bin Laden.

Warren hopes to depart for the Arabian Sea in 2-3 weeks. He does not have a PR team and his expedition has not been widely publicized, but it has received exposure from some major networks -- including ABC -- in the United States and abroad.

The mission, once it gets started, will stir more emotions and attract a flood of criticism. But as the shipwreck explorer expert reiterrated recently on a Southern California radio show, he wants to raise the body to produce evidence that the former Al Qaeda leader was, in fact, killed and buried at sea by sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

Of course, Warren also acknowledged that he intends to profit from the expedition by various means, including a possible sale of the body to Bin Laden family members.

In a telephone interview, Warren revealed that he has been contacted, via email, by people claiming to be relatives of the infamous terrorist, who was killed recently by U.S. special forces. "They didn't identify who they were, but they said if you can find the body we would make it worth your while," Warren said. "There were no dollar figures."

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US, Seattle: Man Admitted to Teen's 'Brutal and Senseless Murder'

© unknownKathy Chou
King County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man accused of killing Kathy Chou with first-degree murder.

In charging documents filed Monday, prosecutors contend Ezekiel J. Watkins killed the 19-year-old Renton resident on April 18, 2010, then hid her body and evaded detection until his arrest last week.

Describing Chou's slaying as "the brutal and senseless murder of a young woman who posed no threat to him," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O'Toole claimed Watkins admitted to considering luring her to a secluded area where he could kill her.

Watkins, 22, was arrested on July 6 after an alleged accomplice admitted to helping him hide Chou's body the night she was killed. Her body was apparently recovered Saturday evening.

Chou was reported missing the day after she disappeared from her parents' home.

Speaking with investigators, the young woman's parents said she'd returned from a high school field trip earlier in the day, then left home for a walk at 7 p.m.


Gaza: Siege and sewage force inhabitants to resort to farmed fish

© Wissam Nassar / Maan ImagesFishing is a traditional source of employment and food in Gaza.
"Farmed fish are now better than sea fish in Gaza. They shouldn't be but because of the sewage in Gaza's sea and the Israeli fishing restrictions, farmed fish are cleaner and healthier than sea fish."

Sohail Ekhail has a point. The 38-year-old marine engineer and sea captain is one of the pioneers of the aquaculture industry in Gaza. Coming from a scientific background, he speaks of the current advantages of aquaculture in the Strip.

"It is almost impossible for our fishermen to fish in the sea, so fish farms provide another source of salt water fish."


Canada, Saskatoon: Starving Dogs Survived on Owners' Remains

The Saskatoon SPCA is wrestling with the fate of seven dogs rescued from a rural home near Yorkton after the animals ate the remains of their deceased owners.

RCMP last week found the couple - a man, 67, and woman, 57 - who had died on a rural property near Springside. Police do not suspect foul play, but the matter is being investigated by the coroner.

Police concluded that for more than a week the dogs - five Shelties and two mixed breeds - survived by eating the remains of the couple.

The question now is whether the dogs should be put down or given a new home.

Neighbour Margaret-Ann Irving, who knew the dogs' owners, said the animals cannot now be adopted.

"Those dogs need to be put down," she said. "You can't place a dog that's been eating on human flesh for two or three weeks and put it in a home where there might be a child."


Indigenous Resistance is Now the New 'Terrorism'

© alijazeera.netIn South America, indigenous people who protest against government decisions to deplete natural resources for profit are often criminalized [EPA]
In Ecuador, protesting for the rights of the Earth and trying to preserve natural resources may make you a "terrorist".

If you thought there was anything romantic about environmental activism or indigenous rights, think twice. Socialist ideas about nature - such as keeping water a public good - can get you facing charges of sabotage by a leftist government. In the land of the Incas, if you protect the pachamama ["Mother World"], you might just be a "terrorist".

It's becoming tricky to identify "terrorists", at least in Ecuador. They are not members of criminal organizations, they don't spread fear or target civilians, nor have a politically motivated agenda. According to President Correa, "terrorists" are those opposing Ecuador's development. So today's "terrorism" might just look like indigenous peoples peacefully taking over the streets, with their ancestral knowledge and values, to demand environmental and social rights.

In Ecuador, "terrorists" are indigenous peoples from the Amazon and the Andean highlands fighting to preserve access to water in their communities. Old penal codes written in times of dictatorship are being revived by leftist presidents to repress indigenous activists. As "terrorists", they are labelled as enemies of the state, and arrested - by the very president that claimed leftist credentials and staged his inauguration in overtly ethnic style.


Russian lawmakers to consider chemical castration bill for pedophiles

© RIA Novosti. Sergey GuneevMedvedev suggested that castration of convicted pedophiles should remain voluntary, while the United Russia party, which holds a majority in parliament, has insisted it should be obligatory.
President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted amendments to the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, introducing chemical castration for criminals guilty of sexual offences against children, a Duma official said on Tuesday.

The castration bill, designed to "increase the effectiveness of the prevention of the strikingly brutal crimes" against children, also introduces life sentence as a possible punishment for pedophiles who are repeat offenders.

The bill also stipulates voluntary medical treatment, including chemical castration, for other rapists.

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US: Black bear, Florida Bicyclist Collide

A Panama City man is recovering after colliding with a black bear while riding his bike to work.

John Hearn said he saw something out of the corner of his eye early Thursday morning. The nearly 300-pound bear smacked him off his bicycle and then fled into some nearby woods. Passing motorists stopped to help Hearn, who sustained minor injuries. The back tire of his bike was also ripped off.

Hearn, who bikes to work at Tyndall Air Force Base a few times a week, said he still plans to bike to work.

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US, Minnesota: Mother: Teenage Girl Mob Attacked My Family

A Minneapolis mother is looking for the public's help in finding a mob of teenage girls that she says assaulted her family.

The attack happened Thursday afternoon inside Folwell Park on Minneapolis' north side.

Shawnee Twiet says she was in and out of consciousness when the attack happened.

"As soon as I hit the ground, I just started feeling just everything coming from everywhere," Twiet said. "I mean blows coming from the back of my head. I felt somebody grabbing the back of my hair."

She suffered a black eye, bruises all over her body and imprints on her back.

Twiet says she was not the original victim; her two daughters were targeted first. Twiet says the group blamed her daughters for taking a pair of sunglasses.

Twiet's 15-year-old called home after she said she was threatened by the group. Twiet then made the three-block journey to Folwell Park.

Twiet said when she arrived at the park she saw a woman and some teenage girls crossing the street. She also saw her 15-year-old walking toward her, but she noticed that her 4-year-old daughter was missing.

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US, Florida: Casey Anthony Juror, 60, Quits Work and Flees Town in Fear of Her Life

  • 'I'd rather go to jail than sit on another jury'
  • Husband worried about her health
A juror in the Casey Anthony trial has told how she received death threats and has been unable to work since she was cleared of murder.

The woman, known only as juror number 12 left her job and went into hiding fearing co-workers would 'want her head on a platter'.

Her husband said before leaving she told him: 'I'd rather go to jail than sit on a jury like this again.'

© The Associated PressProtest: Anthony to four years for lying to investigators but can go free in July or August because she has already served nearly three years in jail

© Getty ImagesControversial verdict: Anthony case has been compared to the controversial OJ Simpson trial

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Canada's Largest Public Sector Union Wages Campaign Against Harper government

Stephen Harper
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Get ready for some more labour unrest in Canada.

Canada's largest public sector union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is vowing to initiate a major offensive against any plans to radically reduce its membership.

President John Gordon says his union, which represents about 172,000 federal employees, won't start a general strike but will be actively be campaigning against the Tories and any potential job cuts.

Stephen Harper's government has made it "very clear" its plan to find $4 billion in annual savings to balance the federal budget will mean some programs will be eliminated or scaled back, Gordon told Bloomberg News.