AS A jihadist commando sowed death and horror inside Westgate mall last week, Nairobi´s Jains became the silent heroes of the days-long emergency effort. The Jain community, whose small Indian religion upholds non-violence as a sacred principle, opened their doors at the onset of the attack on September 21 claimed by Somalia´s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab group. As the crackle of gunshots filled the air, the Oshwal religious centre just 100 metres away was a haven where survivors, relatives, security forces and journalists were sheltered, treated, counselled and fed. "We have a lot of space and numerous parking places," said Bhupendra Shah, a senior member
BAGHDAD –Suicide bombings tore through a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad and the relatively safe Kurdish area in the north Sunday as a wave of attacks killed at least 46 people across Iraq, officials said. A surge in sectarian violence in recent months has heightened fears that Iraq is becoming a new battlefield, nearly two years after U.S. forces withdrew from the country. A period of calm after the pullout had raised hopes for a measure of normalcy in Iraq, but tensions have spiked amid Sunni anger over perceived mistreatment from the Shiite-led government. More than 4,500 people have been
While Democratic mayoral wanna-be Bill de Blasio has touted a tax hike on the wealthy as the centerpiece of his agenda, Republican rival Joe Lhota said Friday he wants to cut at least six separate taxes. Unveiling the first major policy proposal of the general election, Lhota said his program would create jobs and grow the city’s economy. The 33-point plan calls for cutting taxes on businesses, properties and hotel stays. Lhota also proposed a new “hospitality school” at City University to serve the tourism industry; the creation of manufacturing centers like the Brooklyn Navy Yard in all five boroughs;
Israel’s prime minister and his allies expressed concern that President Barack Obama’s phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may signal that efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program will stall. “I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet-talk and onslaught of smiles,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters as he boarded his plane for the U.S., where he will meet Obama and speak before the United Nations. Netanyahu landed in New York early today and will visit the White House tomorrow. Staff has split wide headline.
Lane Kiffin, who has coached USC’s football team since 2010, has been relieved of his duties, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced early Sunday. Kiffin was fired hours after the Trojans lost to Arizona State, 62-41, at Tempe, Ariz. The loss dropped the Trojans’ record to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-12 Conference. Kiffin, who succeeded Pete Carroll as coach, had been under fire since the end of last season, when the Trojans fell from being ranked No. 1 to finishing with a 7-6 record. USC has lost seven of its last 11 games dating to last season.
Former President Bill Clinton talks about lessons learned from the 2008 campaign, but doesn´t offer any insight to whether Hillary Clinton could run in 2016. "The next one will be better," Clinton said in an interview airing Sunday on ABC´s "This Week." "It´ll be different. Whether she´s in it or not, they´re all different. And the main thing you can´t do, the great trick in any human endeavor, including politics, is you must learn the lessons of your mistakes and your failures without becoming a general who fights the last war, because every new encounter will be shaped by different forces." Clinton
Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don’t be fooled by Tehran’s new leadership.Netanyahu contends Iran is using conciliatory gestures as a smoke screen to conceal an unabated march toward a nuclear bomb.He will deliver those strong words of caution — and fresh intelligence — in an attempt to persuade the U.S. to maintain tough economic sanctions and not allow the Islamic republic to develop a bomb or even move closer to becoming a nuclear threshold state. With
Economic collapse, mass joblessness, uniformed paramilitaries, street violence, political assassinations and, now, a round-up of opposition MPs. Euro-wracked Greece is beginning to feel eerily like Weimar Germany. The beleaguered Athens government has arrested five deputies and 15 other activists from the fascist party Golden Dawn, including the leader, Nikolaos Michaloliakos. The Greek constitution prohibits the outright banning of political parties, but the authorities have got around that by classing Golden Dawn as a criminal organisation and linking it to the murder 11 days ago of a Leftist musician. We use the word “fascist” so loosely these days that it has
Iran´s Foreign Minister accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of peddling lies Sunday over Tehran´s nuclear activities, and defended his country´s "non-negotiable" right to enrich uranium. Mohammad Jawad Zarif told US television that Netanyahu, en route to the United States for talks and a speech at the United Nations, was wrong to allege that Iran´s recent moves to cooperate with the West amount to little more than an insincere charm offensive. Netanyahu has dismissed new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani´s drive to mend fences with the international community. Such steps led to the latter´s 15-minute telephone call with President Barack Obama
Once it was the only day of the week when the family would all sit down together for a meal. But enjoying a Sunday roast dinner is now a thing of the past with just one in 50 Britons tucking in every week, a new study has revealed. Research suggests the traditional family meal is dying out with only two per cent sitting down together, while nearly half of us (43 per cent) eat our dinner on the sofa. Nearly a third (32 per cent) prefer quick meals that take less than 20 minutes to prepare and cook. Researchers found
Heaven help the planet, because dealing with climate change is going to cost something (although a lot less than not dealing with it). The politics is getting more difficult, judging by the promises of Ed Miliband and David Cameron. They evidently think that voters are in no mood to pay even a modest insurance premium to stop what the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says is a 95% certainty that human activity is destroying our habitat.
There’s no telling how many lives can be saved if you know just what to do, right away, when a deranged gunman starts to take aim. That’s the point South Jersey law enforcement officials are making in the aftermath of last weekend’s mass shooting in a Nairobi, Kenya, mall. The attack for which terrorist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility is just the latest in a long list of mass shootings worldwide over more than a decade. While law enforcement agencies, school officials and other authorities drill their personnel on active-shooter scenarios, a guide for everyone else who might be
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie continued to press his case for a voter referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey, saying on national television today that “good people of good will have a difference of opinion.” Christie, a Republican running for re-election against Democrat Barbara Buono, gave an extended interview to CBS that aired today on “Sunday Morning.” “My view on it is, put it on the ballot,” he said about gay marriage, in the middle of a wide-ranging discussion about Hurricane Sandy, his weight and his presidential prospects. “Let the people decide." A state judge ruled to legalize same-sex
It goes without saying that the reason Susan Rice was scrapped from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State last year was due to the claims she made on numerous television programs the Sunday after our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked.Despite this, when CNN´s Fareed Zakaria did a twelve minute interview with Rice Sunday, he didn´t mention Benghazi at all. To be sure, the subjects of the first eight minute segment - Iran - and the second shorter segment - Syria - are tremendously important. No question. However, as it appears from LexisNexis that this is the first time
ObamaCare´s impact on jobs is hotly debated by politicians and economists. Critics say the Affordable Care Act, with its employer mandate to provide health insurance, gives businesses an incentive to cut workers´ hours. This year, report after report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week — the point where the mandate kicks in. Data also point to a record low workweek in low-wage industries. In the interest of an informed debate, we´ve compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare´s employer mandate
Suspected Islamic extremists attacked an agricultural college in the dead of night, gunning down dozens of students as they slept in dormitories and torching classrooms, the school´s provost said of an ongoing northeastern Nigeria´s ongoing Islamic uprising. As many as 50 students may have been killed in the assault that began at about 1 a.m. Sunday in rural Gujba, Provost Molima Idi Mato of Yobe State College of Agriculture, told The Associated Press. "They attacked our students while they were sleeping in their hostels, they opened fire at them," he said. He said he could not give an exact death
The Republican leading the fight to defund President Obama´s healthcare law called Democrats “absolutist” on Sunday for refusing to budge as a government shutdown looms. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" that Senate Democrats have offered “zero” compromise and will be the ones responsible if the government shuts down Tuesday. The Republican-led House approved early Sunday a government spending bill that delays the healthcare law for a year, which Senate Democrats say is a non-starter. “It is the Democrats who have taken an absolutist position,” Cruz said. “I´d like to repeal every word of the law. But
People attending a House Rules Committee hearing on Saturday evening burst into laughter when Rep. Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) affirmed to House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.) that President Barack Obama, by threatening to veto a continuing resolution to fund the government past Monday if it included a House amendment to delay Obamacare, had thus “drawn a red line” on the CR. The committee was meeting to approve the rule by which the House would consider the Senate-passed CR and amendments to it that would repeal a tax on medical devices and delay Obamacare for one year. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.),
Saudi women seeking to challenge a de facto ban on driving should realize that this could affect their ovaries and pelvises, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, a judicial and psychological consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association, told Saudi news website sabq.org. Driving “could have a reverse physiological impact. Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis. This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees,” Sheikh al-Luhaydan said. Saudi female activists have launched an online campaign
The Irish-born terror chief dubbed the ´White Widow´ slipped out of the Kenyan shopping mall after smearing blood over her face, security sources in the country have exclusively told the Sunday Independent. They also revealed how Samantha Lewthwaite, the Co Down-born widow of London suicide bomber Germaine Lindsay, rented a unit at the Westgate Shopping mall months ago, in preparation for last week´s terror killing spree. (Snip) And witness accounts reveal a woman closely resembling the 29-year-old mother of three was seen being led away among panicked survivors, her face and upper clothes splashed with blood.
It felt like just another busy day on Capitol Hill on Saturday, despite the rare weekend session. House leaders, members and staff were all on hand, ready to vote on legislation to potentially avert a government shutdown on Sept. 30. There was one key player missing: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic leadership press shop kept reporters’ inboxes well-stocked throughout Saturday, slamming Republicans for their new plan to delay implementation of Obamacare and dismantle the medical device tax as part of a short-term continuing resolution. (Snip) The California Democrat, however, was otherwise engaged, celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary with her
A cargo of 20billion euros in cash (£16.75billion) has lain unclaimed at a Moscow airport for six years amid allegations it could be the secret fortune of Saddam Hussein. The stash, now under high security in a cargo depot, is held on 200 wooden pallets each worth 100 million euros, enough to keep the entire NHS going for almost two months. Russian customs have demanded the real owner of the booty "presents himself" to claim the fortune, but while a number of bogus and unconvincing attempts have been made to obtain it, no-one has satisfied the authorities that they are the rightful
STEPHANOPOULOS (voice-over): Good morning and welcome to "This Week." Breaking overnight, shutdown showdown. The House takes a hard line on Obamacare, all but assuring a government shutdown just one day from now. This morning, all the breaking details and what it means for you. President Clinton weighs in. CLINTON: There are times when you have to call people´s bluffs. STEPHANOPOULOS: Plus, Paul Krugman and Bill Kristol join the debate on our powerhouse roundtable. And a bombshell breakthrough. DIANE SAWYER, ABC NEWS: Today President Obama surprised everyone. STEPHANOPOULOS: The president´s historic phone call with Iran´s new leader. BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE
This past week, the Department of Veterans Affairs bought $562,000 worth of artwork. In a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges. And, in a single purchase, the Coast Guard spent $178,000 on “Cubicle Furniture Rehab.” This string of big-ticket purchases was an unmistakable sign: It was “use it or lose it” season again in Washington. All week, while Congress fought over next year’s budget, federal workers were immersed in a separate frantic drama. They were trying to spend the rest of this year’s budget before it is too late. The reason for their haste is a system set up
I’ve known all along that Obama is a fool, and probably a knave too, but I didn’t think he was totally gullible. (Well yes, he did pick John Kerry for secretary of state, so I should know better.) His “hopeful” phone call with Iran’s new “moderate” President Rouhani brings to mind all of the jokes arising our of our bitter experience with Iran in the 1980s: What’s an Iranian “moderate”? An Iranian who’s run out of ammunition. Today’s version might run something like this: What’s an Iranian “moderate”? An Iranian who needs sanctions lifted so he can buy just a few more centrifuges.
The conflict in Syria is destroying not only the lives of the Syrian people but their heritage — the world´s heritage — as well. Syria is a treasure house of history. Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra and almost 10,000 other archaeological sites there hold the remains of thousands of years of culture. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Christians and Muslims lived and fought in what is now Syria. As the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, explained at a recent UNESCO meeting, "Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, are so important for what we are, all of