In Egypt, watch the Nour Party – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

It’s hard to see any winner in Egypt’s messy political arena — one that is dominated by near-daily deadly confrontations between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed interim leadership. However, there

‘s one political party steadily reinforcing its place in Egypt’s political scene: the Salafist Nour.

via In Egypt, watch the Nour Party – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Weekend Gun Report: January 3-5, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the arm and stomach by his 22-year-old cousin as the two played with a semi-automatic pistol in Taylor, Tex., late Thursday. A 14-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg at a gun range in Merritt Island, Fla., Thursday afternoon. A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head when his hunting partner’s rifle accidentally fired in Chickasaw County, Miss., Thursday afternoon.

via Weekend Gun Report: January 3-5, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Egyptian Aak 2014 (Dec 30 – Jan 5)

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Vietnam government warns against eating tiet canh; H7N9 bird flu detected in goose meat sold in Guangzhou – The Global Dispatch

Vietnam government warns against eating tiet canh; H7N9 bird flu detected in goose meat sold in Guangzhou – The Global Dispatch.

Two Asian countries reported on different strains of avian influenza being a potentialdanger in food this weekend–Vietnam advised against eating tiet canh, or raw duck or goose blood soup during the Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays because of the risk of H5N1 avian influenza, and in China’s Guangdong Province, health officials tested samples of goose meat sold at a Guangzhou market, which turned out positive for H7N9 avian influenza.

UK police step up search for 400,000 missing Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants

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Police have launched a large-scale operation including sniffer dogs and up to 30 officers to search for 400,000 missing immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

The immigrants were last seen boarding planes in their hundreds of thousands on the front pages of the Daily Mail and Daily Express newspapers in the early hours of Wednesday morning but authorities say there has been no sign of any of the immigrants for the last two days.

Police have made detailed searches in the vicinity of Heathrow and Gatwick airports with officers making house-to-house inquiries in various locations around the country and alerts have been placed at all entry points into the UK for authorities to keep a look out for the missing eastern Europeans.

Authorities are concerned for the safety of the immigrants, 400,000 of whom had been expected to turn up on Nigel Farage’s doorstep, wearing scarves on their heads, old trousers tucked…

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the waiting room

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Yesterday while driving home from work, my thoughts were about shopping or no shopping. During the day my phone beeped endlessly with enticing messages; up to 50% on your favorite shoe brand. 30% off on all new clothes. come and be the first to benefit from the sales… as we were the 2nd of January, I knew my bank account was happy and that I could afford splashing myself with “up to 50%” items and find stuff for my kids who seemed to be busy growing 1 size per month!

As trivial as my thoughts were at that moment, something tragic happened few kilometers away. A bomb exploded in Beirut’s southern neighborhood, blinding everyone around with its terrible light, site, noise and then silence. I cannot imagine what goes through the people around at that moment. I cannot imagine what they are seeing, hearing or feeling. smoke? sharp smells? raging…

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