Archive for February, 2008


A worker at the Houses of Parliament has been arrested on suspicion
of helping protesters to stage a rooftop protest at Westminster to
demonstrate against Heathrow’s expansion, police said on Friday.

The
26-year-old, who has worked for at least one MP and one peer, was held
at his Westminster home and questioned at a central London police
station.

He was arrested for aiding and abetting a criminal
offence of trespass under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act
2005, Scotland Yard said. He has not been named.

"The blast occurred after people had offered prayers and pall
bearers were carrying the coffin for a police salute," said Deputy
Superintendent Karamat Shah. He was among more than 500 mourners at the
funeral for a senior colleague in Swat district.

The policeman being buried was one of three policemen killed
earlier on Friday when their van struck a roadside bomb in another
region of North West Frontier Province, where Taliban and al Qaeda
fighters are active.

Mohammad Khan, the senior doctor at the
hospital in Saidu Sharif in Swat, said 34 bodies had been received and
more than 50 people were being treated for wounds after the attack.

But
intelligence officials said the death toll was at least 38, and Shah
said he saw some people carrying bodies of relatives home to prepare
them for burial.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe denounced his opponents as
charlatans and witches as he launched his election manifesto on Friday
and promised to give stakes in foreign-owned mines to locals.

Zimbabwe
is in the grip of severe economic crisis, with inflation at 100,000
percent, but the opposition’s failure to unite behind a single
candidate has strengthened the 84-year-old’s chances of re-election on
March 29.

Mugabe faces former ally Simba Makoni, standing as an independent,
and Morgan Tsvangirai, a long time rival of the main opposition
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

"Let the people’s voice thunder across the whole country,
rejecting once and for all the British stooges, the political witches
and political prostitutes and the political charlatans," Mugabe told
supporters.

"This is the official start of our march to another
election victory … We certainly are going to win, it is the margin we
are trying to build," he said.

Critics accused Mugabe of wrecking
Zimbabwe’s economy, but he blames Western sanctions for the world’s
highest inflation rate, high unemployment and shortages of fuel, food
and electricity.Mugabe said his government would boost
agricultural production by continuing to equip those farmers who had
benefited from his seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless
blacks.
char·la·tan (shär’lə-tən) Pronunciation Key

n.

A person who makes elaborate, fraudulent, and often voluble claims to skill or knowledge; a quack or fraud.

A senior Israeli defence official said on Friday that Palestinians
firing rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip would bring upon
themselves what he termed a "shoah", the Hebrew word for holocaust or
disaster.

The word is rarely used in Israel outside discussions
of the Nazi Holocaust of Jews. Many Israelis are loath to countenance
its use to describe other contemporary events. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu
Zuhri said the Palestinians faced "new Nazis".

At Edelstein boarding school, the schoolboys wear lip-gloss, the
headmistress has a weakness for homoerotic comic books, and there is
only one subject: how to serve female visitors.

Welcome to Tokyo’s first schoolboy cafe, the latest in a flurry of
eateries in Japan where customers and waiters role play themes from
manga comics.

In keeping with the schoolboy theme, waiters with manicured hands
and soft voices pretend to be teenage students, chatting and flirting
with well-dressed Japanese women playing the roles of benefactresses
visiting the school.

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