Stop targeting Malaysiakini

 NGOs to MCMC: Stop targeting Malaysiakini

NONEA coalition of pro-human rights NGOs and members of civil society gathered at Malaysiakini‘s office in Bangsar Utama this morning in a show of support for the embattled online news site.
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UK troubled by anti-Islam rallies, counterprotests

UK troubled by anti-Islam rallies, counterprotests

 LONDON — Violent clashes between anti-Islam demonstrators and Muslim counter-protesters in English cities are worrying the government, with one British minister comparing the disturbances to 1930s-era fascist incitement.

The violence that has hit Luton, Birmingham and London in the last few months has involved a loose collection of far-right groups — such as the

previously unknown English Defense League — on one side and anti-fascist organizations and Muslim youth on the other.

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107-year-old granny seeks 23rd hubby

107-year-old granny seeks 23rd hubby

n_pg03strongPhoto the Star. A 107-year-old woman says she is ready to marry for the 23rd time because she fears her current drug addict husband might leave her for a younger woman, a report said today.

Wook Kundor made headlines four years ago when she married Muhammad Noor Che Musa, a man 70 years her junior in northern Terengganu state, with pictures of the couple’s wedding splashed across regional newspapers.

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China’s sway over Myanmar limited, says crisis group

China’s sway over Myanmar limited, says crisis group

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A Kokang ethnic soldier smokes a traditional bamboo pipe in Laukkai, capital of Myanmar’s Kokang region in this file photo- Reuters pic

BEIJING, Sept 14  — Beijing’s sway over Myanmar may be too weak to deter the junta from launching fresh offensives against armed ethnic groups on its volatile frontier with China, the International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a new report.

In a survey of the opaque relationship between China and its neighbour, the group found Beijing’s influence over the generals who rule Myanmar is more brittle than many human rights campaigners and Western diplomats assume.

Myanmar launched an army attack last month that overran Kokang, a territory on its border with China run by an ethnic Chinese militia that long paid little heed to the central government.

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Shoe-throwing Iraqi reporter to be released today

Shoe-throwing Iraqi reporter to be released today

BAGHDAD, Sept 14 — Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who became famous worldwide when he threw his shoes at then US President George W. Bush, is thought likely to get a hero’s welcome if he is freed from jail, as expected, today.

In December 2008 Zaidi’s actions toward Bush during the president’s farewell visit to Baghdad captured many Iraqis’ feelings of resentment following more than six years of bloodshed triggered by the US-led invasion in 2003.

Condemned by the Iraqi government for his “barbaric act” during the news conference Bush held with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Zaidi was sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting a visiting head of state. The jail term was later reduced, and Zaidi’s family expects his release today.

Zaidi’s lawyer Dhiaa al-Saadi said he had no word yet on when Zaidi would be freed.

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