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 pardon. 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.