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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.

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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.

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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."


Australia: Thousands delayed after power outage at Sydney Airport

Thousands of passengers at Sydney Airport are still waiting to be processed through customs and security to board their flights after a power failure brought baggage and security processes to a standstill.

Power at the international terminal was lost for about an hour sometime after 9:30am AEST today.

Even though it has now been restored, international flights are expected to be delayed and it could be several hours before the backlog is cleared.

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US: Four arrested over death of Phoenix girl locked inside box as punishment, say cops

© KPHOFrom left to right: John Allen, Samantha Allen, Judith Deal, Cynthia Stolzmann
Police say the family of a 10-year-old Arizona girl who suffocated to death in a plastic container locked her inside as punishment for stealing a popsicle from the refrigerator.

Police arrested Ame Deal's aunt, Samantha Allen, and her uncle, John Allen, on charges of first-degree murder.

The girl's grandmother, Judith Deal, 62, and her aunt, Cynthia Stoltzmann, 44, were also arrested and charged with child abuse and kidnapping. Cynthia Stoltzmann was the girl's legal guardian. Family members originally told police that the 10-year-old's death was the tragic ending to a game of hide and seek. They claimed Ame must have climbed into the box to hide and accidentally suffocated.

Police said Thursday that Ame Deal had been abused for a long time, and had been locked in a chest as punishment, reports CBS affiliate KPHO.


When Nothing Else Works, Dump the Blame on the Ones Unable to Respond: Preliminary Report On 2009 Air France Crash Indicates Pilot Responsibility

© Brazilian Air Force / ReutersBrazilian Navy sailors pick up a piece of debris from Air France flight AF447 out of the Atlantic Ocean, about 745 miles (1,200 km) northeast of Recife, June 8, 2009.
Some of the mystery behind the tragedy may be solved, but that doesn't mean fighting is over about who's to blame for the 2009 crash of Air France flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. New findings released Friday by French investigators indicated pilots of the craft were insufficiently trained for the emergency situation that wound up claiming 228 lives. The report also said crew repeatedly ignored system alerts that their Airbus A330 had gone into the disastrous stall - and failed to recognize the craft was in the halting position that caused it to plummet into the Atlantic. As a result, France's Bureau of Investigations and Analyses (BEA) recommended new training procedures be initiated to prepare cockpit staff for such high altitude crises - even as Air France rejected suggestions its pilots were in any way to blame for the disaster.

The BEA's study certainly isn't the last word on the AF 447 crash, but it does provide official analysis of cockpit recorders found on the ocean floor in May - nearly two years after the plane went down in a stormy zone of turbulence June 1, 2009. Awaiting its complete investigation early next year, the BEA issued a preliminary finding Friday indicating trouble began a bit over two hours into the flight. Seeking to avert a zone of severe turbulence the plane had entered, co-pilots disengaged the autopilot and took manual flight control - a mode the BEA said the crew hadn't been trained in. The situation became critical when speed sensors failed - probably due to freezing - and deprived pilots of accurate velocity readings necessary to calculate flying maneuvers. The result was a series of moves that reduced the plane's speed and placed it in a nose-up position causing an aerodynamic stall. That led to the craft dropping some 38,000 feet into the sea in the space of nearly four minutes.

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Russia: St. Petersburg woman loses fight to keep dogs instead of parents

© RIA Novosti. Michail MordasovSt. Petersburg woman loses fight to keep dogs instead of parents
A St. Petersburg woman barricaded herself in her apartment, throwing glassware and spraying tear gas at bailiffs who arrived to take her 11 dogs away and let her parents return home, the bailiff service said on Thursday.

The woman had kicked her 70-year-old parents out of the flat so that there was space for the dogs. It took bailiffs more than a year to resolve the problem.

"The judge decided that the St. Petersburg resident must part with her pets and let her parents return to their common flat," the bailiff service said in a statement.