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The people vs police

AMERICA’S politicians, it seems, have had their fill of democracy. Across the country, police, acting under orders from local officials, are breaking up protest encampments set up by supporters of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement – sometimes with shocking and utterly gratuitous violence.

In the worst incident so far, hundreds of police, dressed in riot gear, surrounded Occupy Oakland’s encampment and fired rubber bullets (which can be fatal), flash grenades, and tear-gas canisters – with some officers taking aim directly at demonstrators. The Occupy Oakland Twitter feed read like a report from Cairo’s Tahrir Square: “they are surrounding us”; “hundreds and hundreds of police”; “there are armoured vehicles and Hummers.” There were 170 arrests.

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Italy joins Greece in euro carnage

ITALY OVERTOOK Greece as the prime threat to the stability of the euro zone yesterday as governments sought to placate frantic bond markets and halt accelerating financial contagion.

Italian government bond yields rose to their highest since 1997 – approaching levels regarded as unsustainable – as political turmoil in Rome threatened to drag the euro zone’s third largest economy deeper into the region’s debt crisis.

Greece’s outgoing socialist prime minister and conservative opposition leader rushed to put in place an interim national unity government for just long enough to save the country from imminent default by implementing a new bailout programme.

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Iran used foreign expertise for atom work – diplomats

A UN nuclear watchdog report is expected to show concern that Iran benefited from foreign expertise to help develop technology that could be used to build atomic bombs, Western officials said yesterday.

Tehran is “clearly trying to reach out to nuclear scientists around the world”, a Western diplomat accredited to the UN agency in Vienna said, suggesting it was a case of Iran contacting individuals rather than their governments.

Other Western officials painted a similar picture of suspected foreign involvement in providing know-how for activities seen as geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability, but it was unclear how extensive it had been.

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Jackson’s doctor guilty of manslaughter

MICHAEL Jackson’s personal doctor was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death following a six-week trial that captivated Jackson fans around the world.

Dr Conrad Murray had pleaded not guilty to giving the Thriller singer a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, which was ruled as the main cause of the pop star’s June 25, 2009 death.

Prosecutors had argued Murray was grossly negligent in administering the propofol to help Jackson sleep. Defence attorneys claimed Jackson delivered the fatal dose of propofol to himself.

Murray, 58, did not testify at the Los Angeles trial and could face up to four years in prison when the judge decides his sentence at a later date.

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Russia sees IMF as conduit for euro aid

 

RUSSIA, holder of the world’s third largest forex reserves, delivered a vote of no confidence yesterday in Europe’s approach to resolving its sovereign debt crisis as the head of the International Monetary Fund visited Moscow to seek support.

Without directly referring to the eurozone’s bailout fund, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made it clear that Russia would not be willing to lend directly to it, preferring to channel any support through the IMF.

Lavrov added that this was the joint position of the so-called BRICS caucus of emerging markets nations that have accumulated trillions of dollars in foreign reserves to insure against external shocks.

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Carlos the jackal, caged but combative, on trial

 

URBAN guerrilla ‘Carlos the Jackal’ smiled and flashed a clenched fist salute yesterday when he went on trial for deadly Paris bomb attacks he is accused of mounting at the height of his “anti-imperialist campaign” in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I am a revolutionary by profession,” Ilich Ramirez Sanchez declared to a special terrorism court of judges, his bluster clearly undiminished by two decades served in French prisons since his 1994 capture in Khartoum by French special forces.

Ramirez is now 62, sports a grey beard and carries a paunch; but over some 30 years, he was the face of militant Marxist struggle, his taste for Havana cigars, Che Guevara-style berets, alcohol and women only adding to his revolutionary allure.

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