Flotilla blocked by mmcsx


									2    Gulf Daily News Saturday, 5th November 2011

Flotilla blocked
                                                                                                                                                                                    nSyria peace
                                                                                                                                                                                    plan setback
                                                                                                                                                                                    BEIRUT: A Syrian peace plan
                                                                                                                                                                                    brokered by the Arab League
                                                                                                                                                                                    unravelled yesterday as security
                                                                                                                                                                                    forces killed 15 people, opening
                                                                                                                                                                                    fire on protesters who denounced
                                                                                                                                                                                    President Bashar Assad and said
                                 JERUSALEM: Israel’s navy                                                                                      break the sea blockade as prov-
 Jackson case                                                         France to abstain on key vote
                                                                                                                                                                                    he never intended to hold up his
                                 boarded two small protest                                                                                     ocations and publicity stunts. It    end of the deal to end the violence.
                                 boats trying to break the                                                                                     says the amount of aid in the        The bloodshed, only two days after

  jury begins                    blockade of the Gaza Strip
                                 yesterday and towed them
                                                                      PARIS: France said yesterday it would abstain when the UN Security
                                                                      Council votes on whether to admit Palestine as a full member of the
                                                                                                                                               small boats used by activists is
                                                                                                                                               insignificant, as Israel transfers
                                                                                                                                                                                    Syria agreed to the deal, suggests
                                                                                                                                                                                    Damascus is unwilling – or
                                                                                                                                                                                    unable – to put a swift end to the
 deliberations                                                        world body, the latest blow to the Palestinians’ push to gain majority   6,000 tonnes of aid to Gaza
                                 to an Israeli port just north        support despite a promised US veto.                                      daily.                               deadly crackdown. The violence
                                 of the Palestinian territory,                                                                                                                      was a blow to the Arab League,
                                                                        Earlier this week, France voted to approve a similar Palestinian          Shawwa said he had spo-           which announced on Wednesday
 LOS ANGELES: Jurors in          officials said. The military         request for membership in Unesco.                                        ken with activists on the boats      that Damascus had agreed to a
 the involuntary manslaughter    said no one was hurt.                  That vote came as something of a surprise for France, but the          about an hour before they were       broad peace plan. Yesterday,
 case of Michael Jackson’s          Troops boarded the boats          Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued at a regular online          boarded, when they were sur-         Syria’s Interior Ministry gave
 doctor begin deliberations      without incident after repeated      briefing that it was meant to move forward the discussion of an          rounded by Israeli naval ves-        one week for anyone who was
                                                                      independent Palestinian state.                                                                                involved in carrying, selling,
 yesterday after a six-week      calls for them to turn around                                                                                 sels, but contact was later sev-
 trial that painted Conrad       were ignored, the military said.                                                                              ered when the activists’ satel-      buying or distributing arms to turn
 Murray as either an inept          Pro-Palestinian activists have     In Gaza, activist Amjad            “were on a civil trip to Gaza to     lite phones stopped working.         themselves in and benefit from a
 and opportunistic physician     mounted numerous attempts to        Shawwa, called for the release       help the Palestinians.”              It was not clear if Israel was
 or a naive outsider granted
 access to the pop superstar’s
                                 reach the impoverished coastal
                                 strip by boat to draw attention
                                                                     of the activists, who he said          Israel sees the attempts to        jamming them.
                                                                                                                                                                                    n Order restored
 inner realm.                    to the five-year-old blockade,                                                                                                                     MANAMA: Police restored
    The seven-man, five-wom-     which they say amounts to                                                                                                                          order following an illegal
                                 the collective punishment of                                                                                                                       demonstration staged after the
 an panel listened intently on                                                                                                                                                      funeral of Ali Hassan Al Daihi,
 Thursday as prosecutors and     Gaza’s residents. Israel says its                                                                                                                  who died of a heart attack.
 defence attorneys argued        naval blockade is vital in pre-                                                                                                                    More than 600 rioters took to
 over whether Murray should      venting weapons from reaching                                                                                                                      the streets, committing acts of
 be convicted of involuntary     violent groups like Hamas, the                                                                                                                     sabotage and blocking roads
 manslaughter for Jackson’s      Iranian-backed militant group                                                                                                                      with garbage bins and stones.
 death in June 2009.             that rules the Gaza Strip.                                                                                                                         Allegations made to a news
    The physician’s attorneys       Once the two small vessels                                                                                                                      agency by former MP Matar
                                 reach the port of Ashdod, the                                                                                                                      Matar, claiming that police
 attacked prosecutors and                                                                                                                                                           cars had attempted to run over
 their witnesses, saying they    activists will be detained and                                                                                                                     protesters were strongly denied.
 had over time developed sto-    asked to leave the country vol-                                                                                                                    “These allegations don’t have an
 ries and theories that placed   untarily from the airport near                                                                                                                     iota of truth, being baseless,” the
 the blame for Jackson’s         Tel Aviv. If they refuse, they                                                                                                                     Northern Police director-general
 death squarely on Murray.       can have access to a lawyer to                                                                                                                     said. The police have a duty to
    Jackson died from a fatal    appeal being sent home.                                                                                                                            protect citizens and expatriates’
 dose of the anesthetic propo-      There were 27 activists from                                                                                                                    as well as public and private
                                 nine countries including the US                                                                                                                    property, he said.
 fol, which Murray acknowl-
 edged giving Jackson to help
 him sleep.
                                 and Ireland aboard the boats
                                 from a group called Freedom                                                                                                                        n Alba case probe
                                 Waves to Gaza.                                                                                                                                     PITTSBURGH: A US Justice
                                                                                                                                                                                    Department attorney has told
                                                                                                                                                                                    a federal judge in Pittsburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                    that authorities want at least
                                                                                                                                                                                    six more months to investigate
                                                                                                                                               n Mars500 experiment crew            allegations that Alcoa and its
                                                                                                                                               member Romain Charles                affiliates bribed officials in
                                                                                                                                               of France, right, talks to           Bahrain. The allegations were
                                                                                                                                               journalists after leaving the        made in a lawsuit filed in 2008
                                                                                                                                               mock spaceship in Moscow             by Aluminium Bahrain. But the
                                                                                                                                                          yesterday                 Justice Department intervened and
                                                                                                                                                                                    got the judge to put the case on

                                                                                                                                               Mars mission
                                                                                                                                                                                    hold while it continued a criminal
                                                                                                                                                                                    investigation into the allegations.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Senior US District Judge Donetta

                                                                                                                                               makes Earth
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ambrose said on Thursday she’ll
                                                                                                                                                                                    decide by next week whether to let
                                                                                                                                                                                    the lawsuit proceed.

                                                                                                                                                ‘return’...                         n Hazare promise
                                                                                                                                                                                    NEW DELHI: The charismatic
                                                                                                                                               MOSCOW: Pale but smiling, an         leader of a popular Indian anti-
                                                                                                                                               international crew of research-      corruption movement ended a
                                                                                                                                               ers yesterday walked out of          20-day vow of silence yesterday
                                                                                                                                               a set of windowless modules          with a promise to reform the
                                                                                                                                               after a gruelling 520-day simu-      leadership of his group amid
                                                                                                                                                                                    growing criticism of his top
                                                                                                                                               lation of a flight to Mars.          aides. Anna Hazare said he
                                                                                                                                                  The all-male crew of three        took the vow of silence to regain
                                                                                                                                               Russians, a Frenchman, an            strength after a 12-day August
                                                                                                                                               Italian-Colombian and a              hunger strike demanding strong
                                                                                                                                               Chinese slowly emerged from          anti-graft laws. But in recent
                                                                                                                                               the western Moscow facility,         days his movement has been
                                                                                                                                               which simulated the confine-         wracked by controversy. Two
                                                                                                                                               ment, stress and fatigue of          leaders said it had grown too
                                                                                                                                                                                    political and quit. A third said
                                                                                                                                               interplanetary travel – minus        the team needed restructuring.
                                                                                                                                               the weightlessness.                  Two of Hazare’s closest aides
                                                                                                                                                  The facility at Moscow’s          also found themselves embroiled
                                                                                                                                               Institute for Medical and            in their own scandals. Hazare
                                                                                                                                               Biological Problems includes         denied his aides were corrupt.
                                                                                                                                               living compartments the size of
                                                                                                                                               a bus, connected with several        n Killings stun city
                                                                                                                                               other similarly-sized modules        MUMBAI: The Indian city of
                                                                                                                                               for experiments and exercise.        Mumbai has been stunned after
                                                                                                                                                  During the experiment, the        two young men – Keenan Santos,
                                                                                                                                               crew communicated with the           25, and Rueben Fernandes, 28
                                                                                                                                               organisers and their families via    – were killed by knife-wielding
                                                                                                                                               the Internet. They ate canned        thugs when they tried to stop their
                                                                                                                                                                                    female friends from being sexually
                                                                                                                                               food similar to that offered on      harassed. The nature of the crime
                                                                                                                                               the International Space Station.     has sparked public outrage. Now,
                                                                                                                                                  A Russian space agency offi-      friends, family and associates
                                                                                                                                               cial said the experiment will        of the victims have taken to the
                                                                                                                                               help pave the way for a real         Internet to try to ensure that the
                                                                                                                                               Mars mission.                        tragedy is not repeated.

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