5116News in Brief
- Feb 1 11:31 AMShooting of Palestinian girl threatens fragile
The de facto ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was shattered
yesterday when a 10-year-old Palestinian girl was shot
dead in the playground of a primary school in the
Rafah refugee camp. The United Nations Relief and
Works Agency (UNRWA), which runs Rafah Elementary
School B, said Norhan Deeb was hit by a rifle bullet
apparently fired from an Israeli army observation post
800 metres away. "She suddenly screamed and fell
bleeding," a witness said. "The children scattered in
Death in the wilderness: what really happened?
Insurgents release video claiming to show shooting
down of Hercules
The security of military flights in Iraq was under
urgent review last night after Islamic militants
claimed they had shot down a British transport plane
carrying special forces with a ground-to-air missile.
Triumphant White House now looks to Europe
The high turnout in the Iraqi election has
strengthened President Bush's hand at home and abroad,
administration officials and the president's
supporters said yesterday.
The courage of Iraqi voters was the perfect
illustration of the Mr Bush's "freedom speech" at last
month's inauguration, Bush supporters said.
Audit reveals abuse of $9bn works funds
An official US audit provided evidence yesterday of
widespread corruption in postwar Iraq, finding that
America's occupation authority failed to keep track of
nearly $9bn (£4.8bn) in reconstruction funds.
What is the Hajj?
The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every
adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their
life if they can afford it and are physically able.
Every year about two million Muslims converge on Mecca
- the holiest place in Islam - to take part in an
event which combines piety and passion.
Muslims: Hajj Headache?
Jan. 24 issue - Muslim advocates are concerned that
thousands of American Muslims now in Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, for the annual hajj pilgrimage may be
subjected to what they consider unfair scrutiny upon
return. Their worry stems from a December incident in
which 40 American Muslims coming back from an Islamic
conference in Canada were held at the U.S. border.
They were asked to submit to fingerprinting because
the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has
information that terrorists may try to use such events
as cover for travel, transporting fraudulent documents
Disaster aid furthers fears of proselytizing
For countries with thousands left homeless and bereft
by the tsunami, the outpouring of help from around the
world is a godsend. Yet in some nations, the growing
presence of faith-based agencies dispensing the aid is
posing another challenge - stirring tensions already
simmering around evangelism and anti-Christian
U.S. Court Dismisses Saudi Arabia from 9/11 Suits
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, its defense
minister and its ambassador to Britain won a ruling in
a U.S. court on Tuesday dismissing them as defendants
in massive litigation growing out of the September
11th attacks on America. U.S. District Judge Richard
Casey ruled in a lengthy written order that Saudi
Arabia, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Prince
Turki al-Faisal, the country's ambassador to Britain,
all have immunity from the litigation.
Girl's killing puts truce at risk
The killing of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, shot
dead in the playground of her school in southern Gaza
yesterday, threatened to undermine a tentative truce
after Hamas blamed the Israeli army and retaliated by
firing mortars into a Jewish settlement. Noran Iyad
Deeb was shot in the face as she lined up for assembly
at the UN-run school in Rafah refugee camp. A second
girl was hit in the hand.
Bosnian police reform mapped out
The chief international envoy to Bosnia, Lord Ashdown,
has called for the abolition of the country's two
ethnically divided police forces. He said Bosnia
needed a single national police structure which would
help in the fight against organised crime and the
country's ambitions to join the EU.
The Vietnam turnout was good as well
No amount of spin can conceal Iraqis' hostility to US
On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an
upbeat story on presidential elections held by the
South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the
Vietnam war. Under the heading "US encouraged by
Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite
Vietcong terror", the paper reported that the
Americans had been "surprised and heartened" by the
size of the turnout "despite a Vietcong terrorist
campaign to disrupt the voting". A successful
election, it went on, "has long been seen as the
keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging
the growth of constitutional processes in South
Vietnam". The echoes of this weekend's propaganda
about Iraq's elections are so close as to be uncanny.
More Muslims find online dating a good match
Setting aside the Muslim tradition of family-arranged
marriages, Abdullah Yahya decided to choose a wife on
his own. He went online and discovered a Muslim
matchmaking service. Within months he met a woman from
Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, whom he planned to
marry. But in a clash of culture and technology, Mr.
Yahya traveled from San Francisco to Dubai, only to
discover that the woman's parents did not approve of
him and wanted her to marry a cousin instead.
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