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China's Easter offensive against the churches

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Karl Marx

The International Monetary Fund says the "Age of America" will end in the ash heap of history in 2016, give or take a year or so, to be replaced by the "Age of China."

That's when the value of the Chinese economy will reach $19 trillion annually, shading ours by a few billion in petty cash. A decade ago, the Chinese economy was only a fraction of the size of America's. That was before we shipped our factories to China and the Democrats and Republicans in Washington discovered they could borrow money with abandon from the Chinese to finance FDR's famous formula of "spend and spend, elect and elect."

This news of imminent Chinese economic superiority - the triumph of Adam Smith over Karl Marx - should arm the old men in Beijing with the confidence to tolerate the growth of religious faith in their midst. But on Easter Sunday, the government turned the observance of Easter into the Chinese fire drill of yore and lore.

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West Bank: The mystery of the violence at Joseph's Tomb

Truth is one of the first casualties of this conflict, and no one should assume the violence at Joseph's Tomb will be any different.

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Joseph’s Tomb, 2007
It could happen any time but it usually occurs under the cover of the night.

Settlers come down from the mountain above the Palestinian city of Nablus to pay their respects to the purported resting place of Joseph, Patriarch and 11th son of Jacob. The early morning of Sunday, April 24th should have been no different. Sometime early in the morning, close to thirty settlers packed in five cars arrived in the area around Joseph's Tomb to pray. After these established facts, the fog of war obscures. The subsequent events and the circumstances surrounding the death of one of these settlers and the injuries of four others remains shrouded in mystery.

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US: Suspect arrested in Colorado mall bomb incident

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Police suspect Earl Albert Moore, 65, of Littleton, Colo., of leaving a pipe bomb and two propane tanks at a Denver-area mall.
A man suspected of leaving a pipe bomb and two propane tanks at a Denver-area shopping mall has been arrested 30 miles northwest in Boulder, authorities said Tuesday.

Earl Albert Moore, 65, was captured Tuesday at a grocery store, said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel.

Authorities have been searching for Moore since the explosives were discovered April 20 at the Southwest Plaza Mall in the south Denver suburbs. The bomb and tanks were found after a fire, but they didn't detonate. No injuries were reported.

The fire occurred on the 12th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, which is about two miles from the mall. Authorities also noted that the times of the mall fire and the Columbine shootings were similar, as was the use of a pipe bomb and propane tanks, which were used during the attack at the school in 1999 that killed 12 students and a teacher.

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US: Woman mauled to death by pit bulls in New Mexico

A woman has been mauled to death by a pack of four pit bulls in the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, authorities said on Monday.

Margaret Salcedo, 48, was walking alone when the dogs, which had escaped from a fenced yard at a private home, attacked her at an intersection on Sunday afternoon, Truth or Consequences Police Chief Patrick Gallagher said.

A passerby in a car opened his door to intervene, but he stayed in the vehicle when a dog charged him, police said.

"The officer arrived on the scene in less than three minutes, but it must have felt like an eternity to the poor woman being attacked," Gallagher told Reuters.

One of the dogs charged the officer, who shot and injured the animal, police said. All four dogs ran off, and the officer administered first aid to the wounded woman.

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Texas: Father Arrested After Disabled Boy's Body Found in Cardboard Box

Jeffrey Singer

Jeffrey Singer

A father whose 11-year-old son's body was found in a cardboard box in the back of his SUV allegedly claimed that the boy drowned in the bathtub while he was shopping, according to CNN affiliate KHOU.

45-year-old Jeffrey Singer of Pasadena, TX is charged with causing serious bodily injury to a child by failing to seek medical care for his son Jonathan, who prosecutors say suffered from cerebral palsy, blindness and appeared emaciated. The boy's body was found after Singer allegedly drove to his father's house early Sunday morning with the box in his car and confessed that he had harmed his son. His father then called 911.

Prosecutors revealed additional details of the allegations against Singer in a court appearance Tuesday, KHOU reported. According to prosecutor Amanda Skillern, he told a relative that he went to a store while he was supposed to be watching Jonathan on April 12 and his son was dead in the bathtub when he returned.

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Seinfeld cancels on Trump after Obama comments

Donald Trump's "birther" comments are no joke for Jerry Seinfeld.

The 56-year-old comedian has canceled his appearance at a benefit for Donald Trump's Eric Trump Foundation because the real estate mogul has been questioning whether President Obama was born in America.


Dollar

Ukraine's Richest Man Buys UK's Most Expensive Flat

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Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man, has bought the UK's most expensive flat at the One Hyde Park residential development in London's Knightsbridge, the FT has learned.

Mr Akhmetov was behind the purchase of the penthouse, which sold for £136.6 million. The identities of buyers at One Hyde Park have been one of London's best-kept secrets, closely guarded by confidentiality agreements with the developers and protected by offshore ownership structures and Swiss corporate advisers.

Elena Dovzhenko, spokeswoman for Mr Akhmetov, confirmed that the oligarch's holding company, System Capital Management, had invested in One Hyde Park.

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CNN investigation: Obama born in U.S.

Was Barack Obama really born in America?


A new CNN investigation reveals what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period.

While the president has made light of the controversy, the question remains political red meat for some of his critics. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in the United States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in America.

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How Can You Tell Someone Is al-Qaida? Look at His Watch

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The U.S. military says Casio F-91W watches like this one have been used in terrorist bombings by members of al-Qaida, according to Guantanamo Bay files released by WikiLeaks.
It's a simple, water-resistant digital watch that retails for about $11. But beware: It could sell you out as al-Qaida.

A new batch of WikiLeaks files from Guantanamo Bay reveals a secret checklist U.S. investigators used to figure out whether detainees were really al-Qaida members. Among the criteria was the kind of wristwatch they were wearing.

The U.S. military lists the Casio F-91W model -- a cheap plastic watch available all over the world -- as a "suspicious item" on par with military transceivers, satellite phones, huge wads of cash and secret notes from al-Qaida facilitators. According to a confidential document distributed to American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison, the Casio model "is an indicator of al-Qaida training in the manufacture of improved explosive devices (IEDs)."

"The Casio was known to be given to the students at al-Qaida bomb-making training courses in Afghanistan, at which the students received instruction in the preparation of timing devices using the watch," the document states.

One-third of detainees captured while wearing the Casio watch "have known connections to explosives," it said.

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Seven injured, rooms destroyed: Mysterious blasts rock police station in Pakistan

At least seven policemen were wounded, two of them seriously, in a series of mysterious blasts inside Gulbahar police station on the main G.T. Road here on Monday, police said.

They said that the explosions also destroyed two rooms on the first floor and smashed windowpanes of the entire building.

Capital City Police Officer Liaquat Ali later told media persons that according to preliminary investigation the explosions were caused by gas accumulated in a gutter or electricity short circuiting. However, he dispelled the impression that it was a sabotage act.

He claimed that the affected rooms were sealed at the time of explosions. One of the rooms was being used as a store for electrical gadgets, he said, but did not give details of the gadgets or the extent of damage.