Israeli forces detain Hebron man after settlers invade his home | Maan News Agency

Israeli forces detained a Palestinian man on Saturday evening after he tried to defend his family from a home invasion by Jewish settlers in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, a local activist group said.

Mofid Sharbati, 46, was detained by Israeli forces after a group of settlers entered his home on Shuhada street in central Hebron, coordinator for Youth against Settlements Issa Amro said.

His brother Zidan Sharbati was wounded during the incident, which began when Jewish settlers entered their homes and began beating the brothers as well as members of their families.

When the two attempted to respond, Israeli forces who were on the scene came to the aid of settlers and continued the assault, Amro said.

Israeli forces detained Mofid during the incident, while Zidan was evacuated from the scene by an ambulance and taken to Hebron Hospital, where doctors said his wounds were “moderate.”

via Israeli forces detain Hebron man after settlers invade his home | Maan News Agency.

The arrest, detention and torture of Tamils in post-war Sri Lanka | Groundviews

There is an alarming trend in the Sri Lankan security forces operation, of arresting the family members of suspects and keeping them as hostages in detention camps. Irrespective of their age, gender and connection to those suspects, the family members are kept under arrest/ detention most notably in the infamous 4th/ 2nd floors in Fort and in Boosa Detention camp under the control of TID. Presently there are several females in Boosa. Two of them are above the age of 60. Kanapathipillai Yogarani 61 years of age was arrested in latter part of March. The only allegation against her is that her son residing in a foreign country has been sending her money periodically.

via The arrest, detention and torture of Tamils in post-war Sri Lanka | Groundviews.

Five mutations could send bird flu virus airborne : Study | Metro

While some critics argue these studies should not be done at all, Osterholm doesn’t take that view. But he insists that making this kind of information readily available makes it possible for scientists anywhere — even those working in laboratories which don’t meet the highest standards of biosafety and biosecurity — to make dangerous viruses.

“We now have intentionally lowered the bar to the point … where we have made it possible for laboratories around the world to do this work,” said Osterholm, who is the director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

“I think what remains very problematic is just the enabling information it provides. There are a lot of laboratories around the world that are not funded by the U.S. government, do not have specific restrictions or limitations on what they can do relative to biosafety.”

via Five mutations could send bird flu virus airborne : Study | Metro.

Spin report: Heartbleed Internet flaw was written by ‘mistake’ by a German programmer | News | DW.DE | 11.04.2014

Despite being exposed this week, the flaw has gone undetected for two years.

Security specialists had previously said Heartbleed appeared to be the result of a mistake in writing the OpenSSL code.

On Thursday, the computer networking giants Cisco and Juniper put out advisories about the bug.

“An exploit could allow the attacker to disclose a limited portion of memory from a connected client or server,” the California-based Cisco announced in an advisory note.

“The disclosed portions of memory could contain sensitive information.”

via Heartbleed Internet flaw was written by ‘mistake’ by a German programmer | News | DW.DE | 11.04.2014.

Cyber security services and related commercial services expect to earn how much from this scare and how much work time will be lost because of the spin based on profiting from an error that no one knows if anyone has exploited!

UAE Ministry Of Interior Announces 6 MERS-CoV Cases (1 Fatality)

Interior Ministry announced via computed on e-networking site Twitter about the death of a Msafeeha and wounding five other paramedics (Vlpini nationality) employees of the emergency department in the city of Al Ain corona virus.

via Avian Flu Diary: UAE Ministry Of Interior Announces 6 MERS-CoV Cases (1 Fatality).

Filipino ER employees

Pope Francis Invites The Homeless, Undocumented Immigrants And Prostitutes To Exclusive Catered Vatican Banquet | Diversity Chronicle

Pope Francis is no stranger to controversy, having been a frequent target for criticism by the radical and extreme right. His Holiness, the Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ, recently held a banquet at the Vatican. It was unlike any in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike other elite Vatican events, this one had a very unusual guest list, including prostitutes, drug addicts, unwed mothers, undocumented migrants and the homeless. Pope Francis defended the banquet, citing Matthew 9:11-13 from the Bible. The verses read:

“And the Pharisees seeing it, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat with publicans and sinners? But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are ill. Go then and learn what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the just, but sinners.”

via Pope Francis Invites The Homeless, Undocumented Immigrants And Prostitutes To Exclusive Catered Vatican Banquet | Diversity Chronicle.

Pope Francis Invites The Homeless, Undocumented Immigrants And Prostitutes To Exclusive Catered Vatican Banquet

Pope Francis is no stranger to controversy, having been a frequent target for criticism by the radical and extreme right. His Holiness, the Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ, recently held a banquet at the Vatican. It was unlike any in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike other elite Vatican events, this one had a very unusual guest list, including prostitutes, drug addicts, unwed mothers, undocumented migrants and the homeless. Pope Francis defended the banquet, citing Matthew 9:11-13 from the Bible.

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By Werombi Towradji

Pope Francis is no stranger to controversy, having been a frequent target for criticism by the radical and extreme right. His Holiness, the Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Christ, recently held a banquet at the Vatican. It was unlike any in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike other elite Vatican events, this one had a very unusual guest list, including prostitutes, drug addicts, unwed mothers, undocumented migrants and the homeless. Pope Francis defended the banquet, citing Matthew 9:11-13 from the Bible. The verses read:

“And the Pharisees seeing it, said to his disciples: Why doth your master eat with publicans and sinners? But Jesus hearing it, said: They that are in health need not a physician, but they that are ill. Go then and learn what this meaneth, I will have mercy and not sacrifice. For I am not come to call the…

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Why has Clegg helped Cameron destroy one of our biggest exports to win votes from UKIP?

Perceived political advantage and self-delusion is as close a fit as Cameron’s hand in Clegg’s pocket!

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

David Cameron is destroying one of the UK’s biggest exports just so he can win back a few more votes from UKIP.

The UK Border Agency has increased the number of face-to-face interviews with potential students hoping to study in Britain, to check if their English is good enough to study here.

But English language learning for international students is one of the UK’s biggest exports, and earns the UK more money than the banking sector.

The UK earns around £28bn from overseas students in the English language learning sector ranging from universities to small English language colleges.

By comparison, the UK earns around £19bn for financial services and £20bn for the automotive industry.

Obviously Cameron doesn’t care about UK industry. All he wants is to claw back a few more votes from UKIP.

But why did Clegg help Cameron to introduce this amazingly stupid policy which…

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Text of H.R. 4419: AKA: Kill wild horses and burros bill and sell off National Forests to developers bill – To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require periodic review of listings … (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us

H.R. 4419: To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require periodic review of listings of endangered species and

via Text of H.R. 4419: To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to require periodic review of listings … (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us.

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