Iranian reporter sentenced to two years in prison and fifty lashes | World | The Guardian

An Iranian journalist has been sentenced to 50 lashes and two years in prison over charges of spreading anti-government propaganda in the latest incident of Iran’s crackdown on the independent media.

Marzieh Rasouli reported to Evin prison in Tehran on Tuesday, where she became the latest of dozens of journalists imprisoned by the Islamic republic, which has been branded as one of the world’s worst jailer of journalists by the New York Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

via Iranian reporter sentenced to two years in prison and fifty lashes | World | The Guardian.

Hamas: All Israelis are targets | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Horrible deaths but an Hamas all out attack is just what political leaders of Israel want just now – Hamas said Tuesday that “all

Israelis” would be targeted after a deadly strike on a house in the southern city of Khan Younis killed seven people, among them two teenagers.

“The Khan Yunis massacre… of children is a horrendous war crime, and all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement, without elaborating.

Medics said another 25 people were wounded in the strike.

via Hamas: All Israelis are targets | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

UN: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African countries since last week, deadly virus still spreading

The U.N. health agency says there have been 50 new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia since last week as the disease, among the deadliest in the world, keeps spreading in West Africa.

The World Health Organization says 34 new cases were reported by Sierra Leone and 16 by Liberia since July 3.

WHO officials said in a statement Tuesday the outbreak in those two countries and Guinea shows “a mixed picture” because of a reduction in the number of new cases in Guinea, where no new cases have been reported during the past week.

The agency says as of Sunday, there have been 844 cases of Ebola in the three countries, including 518 deaths.

via UN: 50 new Ebola cases in 2 African countries since last week, deadly virus still spreading.

Latino, Asian farmers lead strawberry industry | Turlock | Modesto Bee

The report is titled “Growing the American Dream: California Strawberry Farming’s Rich History of Immigrants & Opportunity.”

It said 65 percent of the farmers are Latinos, a quarter of them former field workers. The 20 percent who are Asian include Japanese American farmers, who have been part of the industry for about a century, and people with roots in Laos.

via Asian, Latino farmers lead strawberry industry | Turlock | Modesto Bee.

Loyalty of oil producers? To Profit$, not America – Qatar and Exxon Mobil seek LNG exporting through Houston company Golden Pass Products – Houston Business Journal

A final investment decision is expected in 2015, after which Golden Pass Products would invest approximately $10 billion over five years to build the proposed facility. Golden Pass claims the effort would create about 45,000 direct and indirect jobs across the nation during the construction phase.

The company also is awaiting Department of Energy authorization for export to non-free trade agreement nations in Asia and Europe.

via Qatar and Exxon Mobil seek LNG exporting through Houston company Golden Pass Products – Houston Business Journal.