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A couple of years ago I had set up a wifi system around my house but it was down, I am thinking of making another one and I am going to name it "wifi republic".

I am going to re-organize my blogs too, now I am testing some templates, trying and testing them at this stage. I am trying to fully utilized the latest blogspot editor. Not doubt that they are better with many needs that are taken care of. However the new blogspot editor lack fluidity where we can used different blog templates for different categories of posts or entries.

However I had thought of this new format. Try
anak matlesen to see the new format. The present PERWI is slightly messy as I had attempted to master the new blogspot editor. I think by doing that I had taken extra "memories".

I am still in the learning curve and I may not proceed with the present idea for I have to evaluate either to follow the existing system that blogspot new editor provide or do the necessary such as amending the html on the free template that I had obtained satisfactorily to get a system that I want.

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Najib a no-show in Ipoh

18:32 Online

A reporter from a Chinese daily tells me that Najib is not coming.

I ask him how he knows.

"I know one," he replies.

"But who told you?"

"I checked with the Umno building."

This guy seems to have done his homework. That would explain the lack of any police personnel around apart from a couple of traffic police [read more]

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Welcome to the Royal town of Perak, Kuala Kengsar.

The crowd are still chanting, "Allahu Akhbar!"

A Malay gentleman approaches me. "Are you from the media? Please tell the people that the MB is not derhaka against the sultan. He is trying to defend the administration of the state from corruption in the people's interest." [ read on line - what is happening ]

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"Belum ada keputusan" - Nizar

"Belum ada keputusan,"demikian jawapan ringkas Menteri Besar Perak, Dato' Seri Ir. Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin ketika ditanya wartawan ketika keluar daripada Istana Kinta jam 5.40 petang tadi.

Keadaan hujan yang turun lebat ketika ini tidak menghalang wartawan pelbagai media yang sedang menunggu jawapan daripada Nizar sebelum ini.

Dan ketika beliau keluar dengan kenderaannya di pintu istana, Nizar hanya menjawap ketika ini belum ada sebarang keputusan yang boleh dimaklumkan. [ read more ]

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High drama in battle for Perak as BN offers to form govt

“BN now has the majority to form the next government. We will seek an audience with the Perak Sultan.

“BN has 28 seats now, which is equal with Pakatan Rakyat, but we have three exxtra who are friendly to Umno and BN,” Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said at a press conference in Putrajaya today.

All four assemblymen appeared at the press cobnference with Najib.

Jamaluddin, Osman and Hee had earlier turned independent while Nasarudin had defected to PKR less than two weeks ago.

With their defections, it is looking likely that BN will get to form the state government.

More PKR lawmakers are expected to defect to BN. [read more]

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Staronline update Perak

Newsflash (4:50pm): Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is still in audience with Sultan Azlan Shah to seek his consent to dissolve the state assembly. He was seen entering Istana Kinta at 3:50pm.

Newsflash (4:30pm): Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, Changkat Jering assemblyman Mohd Osman Mohd Jailu, DAP's Jelapang assemblyman and Perak state assembly deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong and Bota assemblyman Datuk Nasaruddin Hashim spotted at the office of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. [read more]

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Nizar seeking Sultan’s consent to dissolve assembly

Nizar’s announcement that he would seek an audience with the Sultan also comes amid news that the DAP’s Hee Yit Foong had just quit her party.

“I am on my way to the palace now to get consent from Tuanku to dissolve the state assembly after the loss of two PKR assemblyman and the uncertainties surrounding the Jelapang assemblywoman.

“Even though we have governed well and done good work there have been attempts to rob the right of the people who have chosen a Pakatan Rakyat government,” he said.

Nizar added that if BN were to accept the two PKR men into their fold, it would reflect a government weak in morals.

BN is expected to make an announcement this afternoon that Nasharudin has defected back to Umno and that it is offering to form a new state government in Perak.

Najib has called for a press conference in Putrajaya today at 4pm, and speculation is rife that he will be making the announcement on behalf of BN.

A number of senior BN assemblymen are already making their way to Putrajaya.

It is not clear when BN officials will seek an audience with the Sultan.

Earlier, political circles were buzzing with talk that Sultan Azlan Shah had asked Nizar to form a unity government.[ read more]

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Dun Perak bubar?

Sebentar tadi, MB Perak sedang berusaha menghadap Sultan Azlan Shah untuk memaklumkan keputusan terkini selepas tiga wakil rakyat kerajaan negeri itu berpaling tadah.

Bagaimanapun tiada butiran lengkap tentang status pertemuan dengan baginda.

Difahamkan Mohd Nizar sedang menunggu untuk dipanggil menghadap Sultan Perak.

Sementara itu, dalam beberapa laporan di media online, difahamkan tiga Ahli Dewan Undang Negeri (Adun) Pakatan Rakyat, termasuk Timbalan Speaker Hee Yit Foong (DAP-Jelapang) telah menulis surat, memaklumkan meninggalkan gabungan tersebut pagi tadi. [read more]

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Adun DAP isytihar bebas

Terkini Jam 2.40 petang, Adun DAP Jelapang Hee Yit Foong yang juga Timbalan Speaker Perak telah mengisytiharkan diri sebagai wakil rakyat bebas.

Perkara ini disahkan sendiri oleh Setiuasaha politik Menteri Besar Perak Misbahul Munir sebentar tadi.

Dan kini semua sedang menanti keputusan yang bakal diumumkan oleh Menteri Besar Perak, Dato' Seri Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin sama ada akan membubarkan Dun Perak atau tidak.

Tiga bekas Adun kerajaan campuran itu kini menjadi wakil rakyat bebas dan dipercayai akan menyokong BN, membolehkan parti itu merampas tampuk kerajaan dengan majoriti tipis satu kerusi. [read more]

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Tiada pilihanraya kecil di Perak.

Tiada pilihanraya kecil di Perak.
DUN Behrang dan DUN Changkat Jering - [watch video]
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The case of the two missing ADUN

Adun Behrang, Jamaluddin Mat Radzi dan Adun Changkat Jering, Othman Jailu mengecewakan wartawan apabila tidak muncul pada sidang akhbar anjuran mereka dengan alasan tidak sihat. SPR Bincang Pilihanraya Kecil DUN Behrang dan Changkat Jering Esok. [ watch video ]

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MACC must ask Najib about RM50 mil defection offer, goodies from stimulus package.

Several startling revelations have cropped up as the Pakatan and BN fought fiercely over Perak - including Umno’s digging into the nation’s RM7 billion stimulus package to fund the projects of the BN assemblymen there.

An opposition leader has also claimed that Najib offered him RM50 million to defect and bring with him the former Behrang and Changkat Jering assemblymen …

Starting the latest run of criticism against the incoming Umno president was the shocking revelation that the Barisan Nasional federal government would soon award all 27 of its assemblymen in Perak development funds of RM300,000 each.

Additionally, it was announced that each state constituency would receive RM1 million in public amenity projects, from the RM7 billion national economic stimulus package announced by Najib in November.

“This translates to RM307 million for the 307 BN state assembly constituencies while the 196 State assembly seats won by the Pakatan Rakyat are denied the million-ringgit provision under the economic stimulus package. [read more]

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Cambridge shoe attacker charged

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at the University of Cambridge
A protester who threw a shoe at the Chinese prime minister at Britain's Cambridge University has been charged, according to British police.

"Following an incident in the auditorium during the premier's speech earlier today, a man has been charged with a public order offence," a police spokeswoman said Monday.

"The 27-year-old man has been charged with section four of the Public Order Act and will appear at Cambridge magistrate's court on Tuesday, February 10."

"This dictator here, how can you listen to the lies he's telling? You are not challenging him," shouted the protester before his shoe attack. [read more]

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ICC Looking at Ways to Prosecute Israel over Gaza Crimes

02/02/2009 | Al Manar

The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to prosecute Israeli occupation commanders over war crimes in Gaza, the London-based The Times newspaper reported Monday.

According to the paper, the alleged crimes include the use of deadly white phosphorus in densely populated civilian areas. Israel initially denied using the controversial weapon, which causes horrific burns, but was forced later, in the face of mounting evidence, to admit to having deployed it and order the Israeli occupation army to launch an investigation into the matter, The Times said.

When Palestinian groups petitioned the ICC this month, its prosecutor said that it was unable to take the case because it had no jurisdiction over Israel, a non-signatory to the court. Now, however, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC prosecutor, has told The Times that he is examining the case for Palestinian jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in Gaza. [ read more ]

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Italians Protest US Base: Report

Around 200 people occupied an airport in northern Italy Saturday to protest the planned enlargement of a US military base in the region, according to a television report.

Protestors cut through a fence and took over a field at Vicenza airport that is set to be used as an extension to the American base, where 2,750 soldiers are currently stationed, Italian Sky TG 24 reported. [ read more ]

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Israel trying to avoid prosecution in Spain

Israel's Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer
among seven officials prosecuted in Spain.
Tel Aviv is seeking to avoid a Spanish lawsuit filed against seven Israeli officials accused of "crimes against humanity" in the Gaza Strip.

Representatives of the charged Israeli officials were summoned to a meeting with the Deputy State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan Monday afternoon, in a bid to devise a united plea, Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported.

Spanish judge, Fernando Andreu began an investigation Thursday into seven current or former Israeli officials over a 2002 bombing in Gaza. The bombing killed a top Hamas commander, Salah Shehadeh, and 14 other people including nine children. [ read more ]

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Kenyataan Akhbar ADUN Bukit Selambau

Kenyataan Akhbar

2hb Februari, 2009

Sidang media ini dipanggil untuk menerangkan beberapa perkembangan terbaru yang serius yang melibatkan isu-isu politik yang berunsurkan jenayah yang sedang berlaku di negeri Kedah, yang melibatkan saya selaku Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Kedah dan ahli EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Kedah.

Satu repot polis telah dibuat hari ini merangkumi semua kes-kes ugutan jenayah terhadap saya selaku Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Kedah dan ahli EXCO Kerajaan Negeri Kedah, dan juga terhadap keselamatan keluarga saya sejak dari 8hb Mac, 2008. Ianya juga melibatkan semua ugutan terhadap pegawai-pegawai dan bekas-bekas pegawai saya. Ke semua ini adalah bertujuan bagi mengugut saya untuk bersetuju berpindah parti dari Parti Keadilan Rakyat ke Barisan Nasional. [read more]

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1 in 4 Israeli below poverty line

An Israeli homeless man
sleeps in Jerusalem, 2006
Israel spends millions of dollars to pour bombs on Gazan civilians and sit back to watch one fourth of its people live below poverty line, a new report says.

War on Gaza reminds that the Zionist utopia is far from coming true. The heir of Ben- Gurion must detach from the idea of “military supremacy” and reinvent a new national identity, according to an article published on France's weekly L'Express.

The article cites the semi-annual poverty report published by Israel's National Insurance Institute that the poor in Israel became poorer in the second half of 2007 and the first half of 2008.

It goes on to add that 1 in 4 Israeli lives below poverty line representing 1.63 million people, 777,400 of them children. [ read more ]

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Perak political crisis, "insentive" lompat

MB Perak menghadap Sultan. 2 ADUN PKR Perak masih dalam perjalanan pulang dari PAHANG., nafi letak jawatan. SPR bermseyuarat esok tentukan rumusan. Najib tawar RM50juta kepada Ketua Bhgn PKR Ipoh Barat pujuk ADUN PKR sertai UMNO. Exco PKR Kedah buat laporan polis kes ugutan jenayah untuk bersetuju berpindah parti dari Parti Keadilan Rakyat ke Barisan Nasional. [read more]

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The ‘Final Solution’ is a No-State Solution

By William Bowles | Information Clearing House | January 31, 2009

It was either in 1941 or maybe 1942 that the Nazis implemented the ‘Final Solution’, the extermination of all ‘non-Aryan’ peoples that included not only the Jews but also the Roma and the Serbs. So the term Holocaust is not copyright © the Jewish ‘race’ in spite of their appropriation of the Upper case.

The numbers are not important, let the historians and researchers argue over whether it was five or six million Jews or whether it was half-a-million or two million Roma who ‘went up the chimney’[1] (I don’t have a number for the Serbs, but perhaps a million died at the hands of the Croatian Ustase, the local Nazis in the then Yugoslavia, as well as at the hands of German Nazi occupiers).

What is important about the ‘Final Solution’ is that it was a state-sponsored project to not only entirely eradicate ‘non-Aryans’ but to erase all traces of their existence; their history, their cultures and languages, what today we call genocide. An apt lesson for the creation of the state of Israel, that for its creation, also required the total removal of all things non-Jewish. [ read more ]

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Iran: Israel must be brought to justice

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) calls for continuation of political pressure on Israel.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israeli officials must be brought to justice over their crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip.

"The trial of Israeli officials should be followed up on and the world's political pressure on the Zionist regime [of Israel] should continue," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal on Monday in Tehran.

Israel waged an offensive against Gaza on December 27, killing 1,330 people, including women and children, and wounding 5,450 others.[read more]

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US warships to steer Israel for new war

With Lockheed Martin having finished work on a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), Israel is set to steel its fleet for opening a new front.
Israel is set on the road to expand its naval fleet with advanced US warships amid speculation that it plans to take out Iran after Gaza.

As part of its massive, $60 billion military buildup project for a period of five years between 2008 and 2012, Israel is working to receive two US-made, multi-mission Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

The two LCS battleships are expected to replace Israel's Sa'ar-class corvettes currently considered the Israeli fleet's most advanced surface ships.

The Littoral Combat Ships, under development by the American Lockheed Martin Corp. and General Dynamics, are designed for speed, maneuverability and amphibious operations.

Anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-missile warfare missions, as well as special operations are among the other military capabilities of the battleship.[ read more ]

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Aoun Demands Saniora, Hariri, Jumblatt Be Tried

Wiretapping tops ministerial talks in Lebanon

Mariam Saleh, Press TV, Beirut

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 21:35:14

The head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Michel Aoun called for PM Fouad Saniora, the head of the Democratic Gathering MP Walid Jumblatt and the head of the Future movement MP Saad Hariri to be tried for harming relations with Syria. [ read more ]

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Israel hints at curbing Turkey arms deals

A senior Israeli official says Tel Aviv is likely to reject an arms order by Ankara after the Turkish prime minister's Davos remarks.

An Israeli defense ministry official told The Jerusalem Post that several Turkish requests for purchasing advanced military platforms, which were recently submitted to the Defense Ministry will need to be reviewed due to the change in political ties.[ read more ]

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Turkish PM spat with Peres sparks mixed reactions at home

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Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:47:52

Mehdi Gholizadeh, Press TV, Ankara

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Egypt, Israel blasted for Gaza closure

John Ging, Gaza Strip director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)
UN Relief and Works Agency operations Chief John Ging says the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip has caused an 'unbelievable' damage to the strip.

According to Palestinian sources, John Ging said on Sunday that tens of thousands of Gazans have been homeless and now they are living under tents due to the three-week Israeli incursion into the blockaded region. [ read more ]

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Erdogan becomes honorary Tehran citizen

Turkish prime minister,
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf has given honorary citizenship of the Iranian capital to Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a letter to the Turkish prime minister, Qalibaf praised Erdogan for his Davos remarks, describing it as a wise and courageous act.[read more]
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Thirty Years

On this day in 1979 a massive tectonic shift in Iran’s social and political affairs began to occur. The giant of the region, asleep for more than 150 years, awoke to find that during its long absence complacency and negligence had blighted and warped the contours of the ancient land's identity.

Those old enough to remember the former monarchy in Iran and the society formed around its tastes and decadence, also recall that all was essentially far from well.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is not about bravado and image. Its leaders do not have their suits tailored in London’s fashionable Savile Row. Iran is not about pomp and ceremony of a fake imperial court with no imperial power.

Iran is about what you see today, it is a nation throbbing with capable and educated youth trying to make their way in the world. What you see on Iranian cities’ streets is what you get. And to some that in itself is the greatest achievement of the revolution.[ read more ]

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WFP calls on world to help Gazans as 95% food insecure

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 23:39:47

Mike Kellerman, Press TV, Washington
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Hamas says no to truce under blockade

Hamas spokesman
Fawzi Barhoum
Hamas reiterates that the resistance movement favors a truce deal that envisages the opening of all border-crossings into the Gaza Strip.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesperson for Hamas, said on Monday that the movement would agree to a one-year truce in and around the Gaza Strip provided the territory's border-crossings are opened.

"We agree in principle with a one-year truce," Barhoum said adding that Hamas has not ruled out an 18-month truce proposed by the Egyptian mediators. [ read more ]

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Gaza Invasion: Powered By the U.S.

By Robert Bryce | Information Clearinghouse

Taxpayers are spending over $1 billion to send refined fuel to the Israeli military -- at a time when Israel doesn't need it and America does.

January 31, 2009 "Salon" Jan. 16, 2009--- Israel's current air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip has left about 1,000 Palestinians dead, including 400 women and children. Several thousand people have been wo unded and dozens of buildings have been destroyed. An estimated 90,000 Gazans have abandoned their homes. Israel's campaign in Gaza, which began more than two weeks ago, has been denounced by the Red Cross, multiple Arab and European countries, and agencies from the United Nations. Demonstrations in Pakistan and elsewhere have been held to denounce America's support for Israel.

It's well known that the U.S. supplies the Israelis with much of their military hardware. Over the past few decades, the U.S. has provided about $53 billion in military aid to Israel. What's not well known is that since 2004, U.S. taxpayers have paid to supply over 500 million gallons of refined oil products -- worth about $1.1 billion –- to the Israeli military. While a handful of countries get motor fuel from the U.S., they receive only a fraction of the fuel that Israel does -- fuel now being used by Israeli fighter jets, helicopters and tanks to battle Hamas.

According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, between 2004 and 2007 the U.S. Defense Department gave $818 million worth of fuel to the Israeli military. The total amount was 479 million gallons, the equivalent of about 66 gallons per Israeli citizen. In 2008, an additional $280 million in fuel was given to the Israeli military, again at U.S. taxpayers' expense. The U.S. has even paid the cost of shipping the fuel from U.S. refineries to ports in Israel. [ read more ]

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Somalia orders recapture of Baidoa

An Al-Shabaab fighter
standing guard in
the capital Mogadishu
Somali government has reportedly ordered military to take back the transitional administration's final stronghold from opposition fighters.

The country's soldiers started advancing towards the central town of Baidoa on Monday, after the government officials held talks in the southern town of Huduur to discuss the details of the move, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The town, which is the seat of the Somali parliament, recently fell into the clutches of Al-Shabaab fighters.[ read more ]

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Six-Party Security Meeting Set for the Koreas This Month

North Korea and its five negotiating partners will meet as scheduled this month to discuss regional security even though their broader nuclear disarmament talks are stalled, South Korea said Monday.

A foreign ministry statement said the working group meeting would be held in Moscow on February 19-20. The talks group the two Koreas, the United States, Russia, China and Japan. The last full meeting in Beijing in December ended in deadlock because of disagreements over how the North's declaration of its nuclear activities should be verified. [ read more ]

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Gaddafi named new AU chairman

Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi
Libya clinches the African Union's rotating presidency with the goal of bringing the continent's countries together under the banner of "United States of Africa."

"I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa," said Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi who was appointed to the post during the body's Monday summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, AFP reported.

Gaddafi has described the unionist idea as a driving force which could curb Africa's perennial problems like damaged economies, deplorable health conditions. [read more]

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Sudan: Israel arming Darfur rebels

An Israeli soldier covers his ears as a mobile artillery unit fires a shell towards Gaza in mid-January. Israel receives
at least $2 billion a year
in US weapons.
Israel has supplied a rebel group involved in the Darfur conflict in Sudan with a considerable amount of weaponry, a new report says.

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has received considerably heavy military logistical support from Israel, Sudan's state media reported on Sunday.

The shipment has been sent through France, which is in charge of training military personal inside neighboring Chad, the Sudanese Media Center, a news outlet with links to Sudan's security service said.

France maintains a 1,650 soldier mission to Chad as part of the EUFOR mission to protect refugees who have fled the conflict in Darfur in neighboring Sudan.[ read more ]

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North Korea scraps all accords with South

North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il (centre)
posing with soldiers
North Korea has said it is scrapping all political and military deals with South, accusing Seoul of pushing relations to the brink of war.

"The confrontation between the north and the south in the political and military fields has been put to such extremes that inter-Korean relations have reached the brink of a war," North Korea's central news agency quoted the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea as saying on Friday.

"There is neither way to improve (relations) nor hope to bring them on track," it adde. [ read more ]

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Israel: Spain will limit borderless courts

Tzipi Livni is one of the major contenders for becoming the next Prime Minister in the Feb. 10 elections.
Israel says Spain will limit the reach of its courts amid a much-anticipated probe into alleged Israeli war crimes by a Spanish court.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Friday that her Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos had informed her that Spain would scale back the authority of its courts, AP reported.

"I think this is very important news and I hope that other states in Europe will do the same," Livni said.

A Spanish judge began an investigation Thursday into seven current or former Israeli officials over a 2002 bombing in Gaza. [read more]

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Former Egyptian MP arrested on Gaza border

The Rafah
border crossing
An official of the banned Labor Party of Egypt is arrested as he shows up at the Egyptian-Gaza border crossing in Rafah without a passport.

A security official on the Egyptian side of the border, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the press, said Magdi Ahmed Hussein has been arrested for allegedly using an underground tunnel to sneak into Gaza.[ read more ]

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Belgium to Stop Exporting Arms that Bolster the Israeli Army

Belgium's government has agreed to ban the export to Israel of weapons that "strengthen it militarily," a Belgian minister said on Thursday. A Brussels-based research group accused Israel of enlisting child soldiers.

The Belgian daily De Morgen quotes Minister Patricia Ceysens from the Flemish regional government as saying: "There's a consensus [among ministers] not to approve exports that would strengthen Israel's military capacity."

The report, which accuses Israel of human rights violations, also says that Belgium's major weapons clients in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia (69 percent), Jordan (17 percent) and the United Arab Emirates (4.2 percent). The 15-page report does not deal with human rights violation in those countries.

Quoting a 2003 amendment to Belgian law which forbids the sale of weapons to armies with child soldiers, the report says that Israel "accepts and arms underage volunteers." Further on, the report mentions "use of underage Palestinians as informants and sometimes human shields." [ read more ]

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Israeli F-16 fighter jets pound Gaza Strip

An Israeli air strike on the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on January 13.
Israeli F-16 warplanes bomb several areas in the Gaza Strip, including an empty police station and the borderline between Gaza and Egypt.

Israeli warplanes Sunday night hovered over the town of Rafah and fired at least four heavy bombs at a borderline area between Rafah and Egypt, residents reported saying that there were no injuries.

One resident said that he saw dozens of families leaving their homes earlier this evening and moving to safer places in the northern area of the town.[read more]

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Israel vows fierce response to rocket fire from Gaza

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 17:38:54
Shireen Yassin, Press TV, Al-Quds
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Gazans put up tents near rubble of demolished houses

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 00:45:31
Ashraf Shannon, Press TV, Gaza
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Barak, Livni Row Bitterly over Gaza Truce Deal with Hamas

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni rowed bitterly during Sunday's cabinet meeting over Israel's response to an Egyptian-brokered deal for a year-long truce with Hamas in Gaza.

Barak, the Labor chairman, spoke in favor of agreeing to the deal, while Livni, the Kadima chairwoman, held that Israel should reject it.

The clash came as Al-Arabiya TV Sunday quoted Hamas sources as saying that the Islamic resistance group has accepted an Egyptian proposal for the truce with Israel in Gaza, which will take effect on Thursday. If all agreements are approved, the Rafah crossing will reopen this Thursday, and Hamas and Israel will declare a one-year truce brokered by Egypt. [ read more ]
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Abbas : PLO is the sole and only representative of the Palestinian people.

Abbas slams Hamas, demands PLO recognition

The acting Palestinian authority chief blames Hamas for putting Gazan lives in danger, a day before Palestinian groups discuss a Gaza ceasefire in Cairo.

Mahmoud Abbas lashed out at Hamas saying the resistance group has taken risks with the 'blood of Palestinians, with their fate, and dreams and aspirations for the independent Palestinian state'.

Talking to the press in Cairo on Sunday, Abbas also blamed Hamas of trying to destroy the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). He also rejected dialogue with any group 'which does not recognize the PLO'. [ read more ]

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Abbas: Rockets Give Israel Excuse for Escalation

Former Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose term ended on January 9, blamed the failure of the truce with Israel on the Palestinian factions in Gaza.

"We did everything we could in order for the truce to continue, but because of interests and agendas that have nothing to do with the Palestinians, it was decided to end the truce," he said on Sunday. [read more]
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Israel vows another disproportionate war on Gaza

Israel has threatened another 'disproportionate' war against the Gaza Strip after failing to achieve its objectives during a 23-day onslaught.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday that the military will harshly respond to rocket attacks which struck the western Negev earlier in the day.

"We will act according to new rules that will guarantee that we are not dragged into an incessant tit-for-tat war that will not allow normal life in the south of the country," said Olmert.[ read more ]

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PKR’s Jamaluddin to remain loyal to party? No show @PC

SEPANG: Behrang Assemblyman Jamaluddin Mat Radzi has denied that he has resigned as a state legislator or from his party PKR.

However he was evasive when asked by The Malaysian Insider if he was going to become an Independent assemblymen.

“Not yet” he said.

Jamaluddin spoke to The Malaysian Insider by phone after he failed to attend a press conference in Pan Pacific Hotel near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) which was scheduled for 4pm. [ read more ]

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Poll Gives Right-Wing Bloc 12 Seat Advantage over Left

The latest Haaretz-Dialog poll predicts the right-wing bloc will win 65 seats in the upcoming Knesset elections, a 12-seat advantage over the center-left, which is expected to capture just 53 of the 120 parliamentary places up for grabs.

The right-wing bloc:
Likud (headed by Benjamin Netanyahu): 28 seats. Yisrael Beiteinu ("Israel is our home" - a far-right pro-transfer party headed by Avigdor Lieberman): 15 seats. Shas (Sephardi ultra-Orthodox party headed by Eli Yishai): 10 seats. National Union-Habayit Hayehudi (coalition between two right-wing parties, the long-standing National Union and fledgling Habayit Hayehudi [the Jewish home]): 7 seats. [read more]

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Khartoum Asks UN to Withdraw from Flashpoint Town

Sudan's government has asked UN peacekeepers in Darfur to withdraw from the flashpoint town of Muhajaria, the scene of clashes with rebels, the peacekeeping force said on Sunday.

"We received a request to withdraw from Muhajaria by the government of Sudan," Josephine Guerrero, a spokesman for the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), said. "This decision is not final because there are still discussions underway," he said. [ read more ]
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Osman akan 'timbul' sehari dua lagi...

Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Changkat Jering, Kapten (B) Mohd Osman Jailu akan 'timbul' dua tiga hari lagi, kata seorang wakilnya hari ini.

Wakilnya itu, Puzi Ghazali memberitahu demikian dalam satu sidang akhbar, selepas membaca kenyataan Osman, di sebuah hotel di Shah Alam petang tadi, menafikan beliau telah meletak jawatan sebagai Adun atau melompat parti.

Osman JailuSehubungan itu, katanya, Osman (foto) berharap pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat, terutama PKR, supaya menghentikan sebarang kenyataan yang berunsur tohmahan terhadapnya.

Puzi juga berkata Osman tidak membuat sebarang laporan polis berhubung isu tersebut.

Katanya, beliau sedar ada pihak yang membuat laporan polis, tetapi "bukan YB yang buat".[baca seterusnya]

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Turkey told to walk away from Iran, Hamas

Israeli Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni
believes Iran is
everyone's problem.
Aiming to deflect Turkey's criticism of its war on Gaza, Israel seeks to portray Hamas and Iran as the real causes for regional concern.

After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out at Israeli President Shimon Peres over Israel's offensive against Gaza in a heated Davos debate, Tel Aviv brushed off the attack by calling on Ankara to slow down diplomatic relations with Hamas and Iran.

"It must be remembered that after Hamas took power, Turkey was the first country to invite them over, so we find ourselves both in an important relationship but also in a dispute about how to conduct ourselves regionally," Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Israel Radio on Sunday.[read more]

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Erdogan: Hamas Is 'Not an Arm of Iran'

Hamas is a political party, not an "arm of Iran," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Newsweek magazine published online Saturday. "If the whole world had given them the chance of becoming a political player maybe they would not be in a situation like this after the elections that they won."

Erdogan went on to say that the "political will of the Palestinian people" had been ignored by the world, in that the international community fails to "respect" Hamas's legitimacy. "Palestine today is an open-air prison," he said.[ read more ]

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EC to discuss Perak rep status tomorrow

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 2 — The Election Commission (EC) will meet tomorrow to determine the status of two Perak assemblymen, Capt (R) Mohd Osman Jailu and Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi, who were reported to have vacated their seats. [ read more ]
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Leader urges trial of Israeli authorities

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (R) receives Hamas political leader, Khaled Mashaal.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution calls for progress in investigations into Israel's war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip.
"It is important to follow up on the issue of bringing leaders of the Zionist regime [of Israel] to trial because they committed war crimes [during their recent military campaign against the besieged Gaza]," Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a Sunday meeting with Hamas political leader, Khaled Mashaal, in Tehran.

Ayatollah Khamenei praised the victory of Gazans and the Islamic resistance against Israel in the 23-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip. [read  more]

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Hamas Rules out Permanent Truce under Gaza Blockade

Damascus-based Hamas politburo Khaled Meshaal on Sunday ruled out any "permanent ceasefire" until Israel ends its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meanwhile, in talks with Meshaal urged him to be prepared for new hostilities with archfoe Israel.

"The resistance is against a permanent ceasefire," Meshaal said at a news conference in Tehran, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported. [ read more ]

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Speaker DUN Perak serah surat pada SPR

Feb 2, 09 10:43am  |  Malaysiakini

Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Perak, V Sivakumar telah memaklumkan secara rasmi kepada Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) Perak mengenai kekosongan kerusi DUN Changkat Jering dan Behrang. [baca seterusnya]

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Hamas delegation arrives in Tehran

A high-ranking delegation of Hamas officials have
arrived in Tehran.
A high-level delegation from Hamas has arrived in Tehran for talks with senior Iranian government officials on the 23-day war on Gaza.

The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, arrived in Tehran early Sunday morning as part of a regional tour that previously took him to Egypt, Qatar, Syria, and Turkey.

Mashaal is slated to meet with Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

He is also scheduled to deliver a speech on Israel's three week-long offensive on Gaza at the University of Tehran on Monday. [ read more ]

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