4833News in Brief
- Oct 2, 2004Judge Rules Against Patriot Act Provision
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A key part of the Patriot Act, a
central plank of the Bush Administration's war on
terror, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge
on Wednesday, in the latest blow to U.S. security
U.S. District Judge Victor Marreo ruled in favor of
the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged
the power the FBI has to demand confidential financial
records from companies that it can obtain without
court approval as part of terrorism investigations.
Five children killed in Gaza Strip battles
The Gaza Strip was bracing itself for an Israeli
military assault last night after a Hamas rocket
attack on an Israeli town killed two children, one an
Ariel Sharon vowed to respond "with severity" to the
attack on the town of Sderot, which wounded another 20
people, some of them children. Late last night,
missiles ploughed into the Jabaliya refugee camp,
killing two Palestinians, one a policeman.
Amsterdam home of Ken Bigley's brother raided
Armed intelligence officers yesterday raided the
Amsterdam home of Paul Bigley, the brother of British
hostage Ken Bigley, in the hunt for Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, the leader of the Arab terrorist group
which is believed to be holding him.
Counselling plea after suicide of Iraq soldier
The grieving parents of a soldier who killed himself
while on leave from Iraq called yesterday for conflict
counselling for all returning troops. Pte Gary
Boswell, 20, was found hanging at a playground near
his home in Milford Haven, west Wales, in July. An
inquest at Milford Haven last week recorded a verdict
of suicide after hearing how he was found hanging from
swings at a town play area.
Practical joke lands two in court
Two people will appear in Washington County Circuit
Court on charges of disorderly conduct after an
alleged practical joke attempt involving toy guns and
US forces battle for Iraqi rebel city
American forces launched an offensive to seize back
control of the Iraqi town of Samarra yesterday,
claiming to have killed almost 100 insurgents and
captured more than 30 in several hours of bombing
raids and street fighting.
Guantánamo Bay prisoner's letter claims he was witness
A British man held at Guantánamo Bay has alleged that
he saw US soldiers kill two men in Afghanistan.
Moazzam Begg, 36, who has been detained for 2 years
without charge or trial, complains in the first letter
from a serving inmate to describe severe mistreatment
of having suffered "vindictive torture" and death
threats, and implies that he has made a false
Israeli tanks start to reoccupy northern Gaza
Israeli tanks and troops yesterday began the largest
reoccupation of northern Gaza since the start of the
Palestinian uprising four years ago. Ariel Sharon
ordered the tanks in to prevent Hamas from scuppering
his plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from the
territory and impose an emasculated state on the
Eu-Islam Harmony Summit Collapses
Turkey has cancelled a gathering of EU and Islamic
nations aimed at improving relations between the two
blocs following a dispute over the status of Turkish
Cypriots. Turkey an overwhelmingly Muslim country
that hopes to join the European Union was scheduled
to host a two-day gathering of foreign ministers in
Istanbul next week.
Blair confronts art close to home
Just a stone's throw from Tony Blair's new house in a
quiet London square, he may be surprised to find
images of himself used by two Pakistani artists. Saira
Wasim and Hasnat Mehmood use the prime minister and US
president George Bush in powerful political paintings.
Mr Blair has bought a £3.5m house in Connaught Square
- only 200 yards from Hosains gallery on Connaught
Street where their show will open on Thursday.
Opportunities denied to Sikhs and Muslims come to a
The US Justice Department began suing the New York
Metropolitan Transportation Authority and City Transit
on Thursday, charging them with discriminating against
Muslim and Sikh employees who wear turbans and head
scarves for religious reasons.
Muslim girl shaves head over ban
Cennet Doganay says French law does not respect her
A 15-year-old French Muslim girl has beaten the ban on
Islamic headscarves in schools by shaving her head.
Cennet Doganay was banned from classes for wearing a
headscarf - as it went against the new law banning
religious signs in schools, introduced this term.
Cat Stevens case 'under review'
The decision to include British singer Yusuf Islam,
formerly known as Cat Stevens, on a US terrorism
"watch list" is now under review. "I think we have
that obligation to review these matters to see if we
are right," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
The 57-year-old was refused entry to the US last week.
Authorities said it was on national security grounds.
Poll: Should AIPAC Register as the Agent of a Foreign
Curfew in Colombo after slaying of Muslim
COLOMBO: Police clamped an indefinite curfew on Friday
in a town in northwestern Sri Lanka after violence
broke out over the slaying of a Muslim man by
suspected Tamil rebels, officials said.
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