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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2011
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                                       World News Roundup

       North America
Reconsider ‘The Help lawsuit’: An
African American housekeeper wants a
judge to reinstate a lawsuit that claims
Kathryn Stockett, author of the bestselling
novel-turned-move “The Help,” used her
likeness without permission.
   “The Help” is based on relationships
between white families in Mississippi and
                     the black women who
                     worked for them in the
                     1960s. It was made into
                     a movie that opened last
                     week, debuting at No. 2
                     nationwide and bringing
                     in $26 million.
                        Ablene Cooper, who
                     works for Stockett’s
                     brother, claims a char-
                     acter in the book,
       Cooper        Aibileen, was based on
                     her likeness. Her law-
suit seeks $75,000 in damages.
   Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that
a one-year statute of limitations elapsed
between the time Stockett gave Cooper a
copy of the book in January 2009 and the
time of the lawsuit’s filing in February of
this year. (AP)
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15 held in prescription drug case:
US border inspectors are not only seizing
drugs coming into the country from Mexico
— they’re making arrests for drug smug-
gling that’s going the other way.
   A Los Angeles-area doctor and 14 others
have been charged in a conspiracy to smug-
gle prescription drugs from California to
Mexico, authorities said Friday.
   The unusual operation sent a flood of
opiates to Tijuana pharmacies in exchange
for bundles of cash that were brought back
into the US American addicts were able to
buy the pills over the counter on jaunts
across the border from San Diego, investi-
gators told The Associated Press.
   Authorities speculated it was easier for
smugglers to unload large batches of pills at
loosely regulated Mexican pharmacies than
to distribute them in small amounts to
American street dealers. (AP)
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2 women, 2 kids killed in floods:
Flash floods submerged more than a dozen
vehicles in Pittsburgh, killed two women
and two children and forced people to swim
to safety or scramble onto the roofs of their   The casket for US Navy Petty Officer Brian Bill is taken out of the Church of St Cecilia on Aug 19 in Stamford, Connecticut. Bill was killed on Aug 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade shot down the
cars.                                                                                helicopter in which he and 21 other Navy SEALs were flying while participating in a combat mission in Afghanistan. (AFP)
   A pair of storms pounded the city Friday,
overwhelming the drainage system and                                                                                                                                                                                                         Israel, has died at age 88.
causing manhole covers to pop off the road,                                                                                                                                                                                                     Shestack died of kidney failure at his
officials said. Water rose to 9 feet in some                                                                                     Shot                                                                                                        home, his family said.
places along Washington Boulevard, a main                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shestack, a prominent Philadelphia
road that runs near the Allegheny River.                                                                                                                                                                                                     lawyer, was president of the American Bar
   Rescue crews used inflatable boats to                                                                                                                                                                                                     Association in the late 1990s. He also
reach marooned drivers, though some swam                                                                                                                                                                                                     served as chairman of the International
to safety on their own. Rhodearland “Bob”
Bailey of Penn Hills, who is about 80, was
                                                                                                                                Parvaiz plotted wife’s killing: police                                                                                              League for Human
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rights and U.S. repre-
rescued from the roof of his car.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   sentative on the United
   He said he heard a woman yelling for
help but couldn’t see anything because the
water was coming down so fast, he told the
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
                                                                                                   ‘Husband claimed bias crime’                                                                                                                                     Nations Human Rights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Secretary of State
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hillary Rodham
   “I’ve never seen nothing like this in my                                                        BOONTON, New Jersey, Aug 20,                 neighborhood to see how far away              said. In his initial story, the group                                 Clinton called
life,” he said. “Lord have mercy.” (AP)                                                            (AP): A Pakistani-American man               the nearest police station was,               shouted something about the fami-                                     Shestack “a committed
                ❑      ❑      ❑                                                                    whose Pakistan-born wife was                 according to the affidavit. The               ly being “terrorists,” authorities                                    public servant and a
                                                                                                   gunned down while they and their             exchange of texts continued up                said.                                                                 dogged defender of
3 refugees plead not guilty: Three                                                                 son walked along a quiet suburban            until 2 pm on the day of the shoot-              Bianchi said investigators were                                    human rights.”
African refugees have pleaded not guilty to                                                        street plotted the killing with anoth-                                                                                                                              “As president of the
charges stemming from what police                                                                                                               ing, authorities said.                        deeply concerned when Parvaiz                         Shestack American Bar
described as a fake bomb found at                                                                  er woman and told police his fami-                          Arrested                       suggested it was a bias crime, but                                    Association, and in the
Phoenix’s airport as new details emerged                                                           ly had been attacked by a group of              Parvaiz, who has been in the hos-          within hours “it was obvious to                years following, he set the standard for how
about the case and those who are charged.       Antoinette Stephen, of Billerica,                  men who called them terrorists,              pital, was arrested several days ago,         investigators that this was sadly the          civil society leaders can promote human
   Luwiza Daman, Shullu Gorado, and Asa         Mass, stands behind a partition dur-               authorities said Friday.                                                                   alleged handy work of the victim’s             rights,” she said in a statement. (AP)
Shani pleaded not guilty in federal court in    ing her arraignment on a fugitive                                                               authorities said. He was being held
                                                                                                      Kashif Parvaiz, 26, suffered non-         on $1 million bail. Authorities said          husband who allegedly did the                                 ❑       ❑       ❑
downtown Phoenix on Friday to a felony          from justice charge in Lowell, Mass,               life-threatening wounds in the                                                             unthinkable and plotted to murder
charge of causing what appeared to be an                   on Aug 19. (AP)                         shooting that killed his 27-year-old         they did not know whether he had a            his wife.”                                     Serbian gets time served for lying:
explosive device to go through a security                                                          wife, Nazish Noorani. They were              lawyer.                                          Bianchi didn’t say whether
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Serbian man won’t face any more jail time
checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor                                                                                                                   Stephen was arrested Thursday                                                             after he was sentenced Friday to time
International Airport.                                                                             walking with their 3-year-old son,                                                         Stephen and Parvaiz were romanti-              served for lying to immigration officials
                                                                                                   who was in a stroller, to a relative’s       night in Massachusetts. She was               cally involved, but investigators
   Daman, Gorado and Shani all come from                                                                                                        arraigned Friday on a fugitive-                                                              about his work as a paramilitary police offi-
Eritrea, a war-torn country on the Red Sea                                                         house in Boonton when shots rang                                                           wrote in the arrest affidavit that             cer during the bloody Bosnian war.
in the Horn of Africa. Only Gorado speaks                                                          out Tuesday night. The boy was               from-justice charge and was being             Parvaiz and Noorani had a turbulent               Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
some English, while Daman and Shani are                                                            unharmed. The couple’s 5-year-old            held without bail at a women’s                relationship.     Authorities     said         agents must now decide whether Zeljko
relying a translator to understand court pro-                                                      son was with Noorani’s family                prison in Massachusetts. It’s not             Parvaiz met Stephen in Brooklyn,               Zekic can stay in the country or be deported
ceedings.                                                                                          inside the house.                            clear when she might be returned to           New York City, and the two dis-                to the Balkans after he was sentenced to
   Authorities say Daman was carrying the                                                                                                       New Jersey. Meghan Spring, the                                                               two and a half months of time he already
                                                                                                      Parvaiz       and       26-year-old                                                     cussed murdering Noorani.                      served in federal custody. The agency had
suspicious item in her bag on Aug 5 as she                                                                                                      attorney who represented her at her
went through security at the airport intend-                                                       Antionette          Stephen         of                                                        Bianchi wouldn’t say who pulled             no immediate comment on the case.
                                                                                                   Massachusetts both face charges of           arraignment, did not immediately              the trigger or whether the same per-              Zekic pleaded guilty in June to lying
ing to board a plane to Des Moines, Iowa.                                                                                                       return a call seeking comment.
Police say Gorado and Shani gave it to her,       Strauss-Kahn                    Diallo           murder, conspiracy and weapons                                                             son shot both Parvaiz and Noorani.             about his work and telling officials he had
and described the three as acquaintances.                                                          offenses. He also faces child-endan-            Parvaiz, his wife and their son               Noorani was buried Friday after             been unemployed during the war when he
(AP)                                                                                               germent charges.                             were walking from Noorani’s sis-              services at an Islamic center in               had actually worked as a senior police offi-
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                                                        ‘Claims’ denied                               Stephen and Parvaiz exchanged             ter’s house to her father’s house a           Boonton, a small town west of New              cer in the Serbian paramilitary. (AP)
                                                                                                   text messages in the days leading            few blocks away when the shooting             York with a solid Pakistani popula-                          ❑       ❑      ❑
Vatican releases documents: The                 Lawyers for the hotel maid accusing                                                             occurred.
Vatican insisted Friday that an Oregon          former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-                up to the shooting, according to an                                                        tion.                                          Judge orders Match.com: A
priest accused of sexually abusing young        Kahn of sexual assault have denied                 arrest affidavit released by the                According to Morris County                    Friends and family had set up a             California judge ordered dating website
people was not its employee, as it released     they offered to hinder criminal pro-               Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.           Prosecutor       Robert      Bianchi,         website,      www.nazishmemorial-              Match.com Friday to show evidence it
hundreds of pages of documents — many           ceedings in return for a payoff.                      “You hang in there. Freedom is            Parvaiz’s accounts of the attack              fund.org , to help the couple’s two            screens customers to exclude sex offenders.
of them written in Latin — in response to a        “The story is false,” Douglas                   just around ur corner,” read one text        were inconsistent and immediately             children.                                         The order by Superior Court Judge Carl
ruling by a federal court judge in Portland.    Wigdor, who represents Nafissatou                  sent from a phone listed to                  raised suspicions.                               The affidavit quotes a text mes-            West came in a case that saw a woman sue
   The documents are a step toward bring-       Diallo, said Friday. “It is another                Stephen’s father to Parvaiz, accord-            Parvaiz told investigators the             sage from Noorani to her brother in            the popular matchmaking website after she
ing the nearly decade-old case closer to        baseless attack against Ms Diallo                                                                                                                                                            was sexually assaulted by a man she met
                                                                                                   ing to the affidavit.                        couple was attacked by a combina-             which she wrote: “Someday u will               through the site last year.
resolving a core question: whether the          and her attorneys designed to dis-
Vatican can be held responsible under US        tract people from the fact that Mr                    Subsequent texts from Stephen’s           tion of black and white males who             find me dead but its cuz of kashi ...             Carole Markin later learned that the 67-
and Oregon law for the abuse alleged in the     Strauss-Kahn attacked and sexually                 number describe driving around the           shouted ethnic slurs, authorities             He wants to kill me.”                          year-old man had a history of sex offenses.
Washington state man’s lawsuit.                 assaulted an innocent woman inside                                                                                                                                                              The lawsuit aims to compel Match.com
   If a federal judge decides that under        the Sofitel.”                                                                                                                                                                                to cross-check its members with informa-
Oregon law the Vatican was effectively the         He was denying US media reports             third time within the last six weeks, turning   dissipating.                                    “We don’t see a single causative factor for   tion on sex offenders in US criminal data-
employer of the Rev Andrew Ronan in the         that the prosecutor’s office was look-         the skies brown and coating anything left          National Weather Service meteorologist       why they seem to be stronger this year.”      bases. (AFP)
mid-1960s — when he was assigned to             ing into whether Diallo had sought             outside in a thin layer of fine dirt.           Ken Waters said the area is experiencing a      (AP)                                                        ❑        ❑    ❑
Portland — and is alleged to have abused        such an arrangement during secret                 The wall of dust, known as a haboob,         typical number of dust storms this year, but
the young man, the case against the Holy        settlement talks.                                                                                                                                           ❑       ❑      ❑                 Woman’s body recovered: US author-
                                                                                               was 1,000 feet (300 meters) high and trav-      what sets this season apart from others is                                                    ities recovered the body of a young
See could go forward. (AP)                         The prosecutor’s office said it had         eled at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) into     the size and power of three of the storms.      Rights advocate Shestack dies:
                                                no comment on the reports.                                                                                                                                                                   Japanese woman who was swept over
               ❑      ❑       ❑                                                                metropolitan Phoenix and neighboring               “Each year, you are going to get some        Jerome J. Shestack, a noted attorney,         Niagara Falls this week from the Canadian
                                                   Citing unnamed sources, The Wall            Pinal County on Thursday evening before         variety of the dust storms,” Waters said.       human rights advocate and supporter of
Ex-lifeguard sues: A former US life-            Street     Journal     said    Kenneth                                                                                                                                                       side, New York state park police said
guard is suing the New York State               Thompson, another attorney for the                                                                                                                                                           Friday.
Department of Parks and Recreation for          Sofitel hotel maid, had indicated he                                                                                                                                                             “The body of a woman recovered
doing what he says they have no right to do     would work to see that the criminal                                                                                                                        No arrests                        Thursday morning from lower Niagara
— compelling a man in his late 50s to wear      trial foundered in return for a civil set-                                                                                                                                                   River has been identified by the Erie
Speedo-style swim briefs.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Country Medical Examiner’s office,” a
   Roy Lester, now 61, began working as a
                                                   A similar story in the online Daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                  $2m diamond heist                          police spokeswoman told AFP.
lifeguard at Jones Beach in New York more       Beast news site quoted unnamed                                                                                                                                                                   “It is confirmed that the woman is the
than 40 years ago, but says he lost his         sources close to the case saying that                                                                                                             LOS ANGELES, Aug 20, (AP):                 one and the same with respect to an inci-
weekend job after the state imposed new         settlement talks took place in mid to                                                                                                             Masked men in dark clothing                dent where a woman was reported falling
swimsuit rules in an annual rehiring test       late June. (AFP)                                                                                                                                  stopped a jewelry merchant’s car,          into the waters of the Horseshoe Falls on
that he was uncomfortable complying with.                                                                                                                                                         beat him and stole $2 million              the Canadian side of the border on Aug
   “People don’t want to see old people in                                                                                                                                                        worth of diamonds during a                 14.” (AP)
Speedos and that’s what it comes down to,       nonprofit that helped bring the students to                                                                                                       brazen Los Angeles street heist,                            ❑     ❑       ❑
and I agree with them,” Lester told Reuters.    the United States, said the plan emerged                                                                                                          police said Friday.
   His discrimination lawsuit maintains that    Friday after a two-hour conference call                                                                                                              The merchant appears to have            Disarmament talks resume: Foreign
the parks department has a stated prefer-       between the companies employing them at                                                                                                           been targeted by professional              Minister John Baird said Friday Canada
ence for young lifeguards and is using the      a chocolate distribution center just outside                                                                                                      thieves, police Lt. Alan Hamilton          will return to UN disarmament talks follow-
dress code to force out older members of        Hershey.                                                                                                                                          said. No arrests have been                 ing the end of North Korea’s presidency of
the corps.                                         “We’re paying for this trip. We’re just                                                                                                        made.                                      the Conference on Disarmament.
   “They want the lifeguards to look young      fleshing out the details,” Anaya said,                                                                                                               “This isn’t unusual,” Hamilton             Canada withdrew from the talks on July
and attractive,” he said. “So after 40 years    including paid time off for the student-                                                                                                          said, noting there are large jewel-        28 in protest of North Korea’s chairing of
you’re out of a job.” (RTRS)                    workers.                                                                                                                                          ry thefts each week in Southern            the conference.
                                                   The students were granted J-1 visas,                                                                                                           California. “It’s usually South               “In July, I announced our govern-
               ❑      ❑       ❑                                                                                                                                                                                                              ment’s decision to suspend its engage-
                                                which supply resorts and other businesses                                                                                                         American nationals who are very
‘Trip’ for protesting students:                 with cheap seasonal labor as part of a pro-                                                                                                       organized and professional.”               ment in the Conference on Disarmament
Employers of protesting foreign students        gram aimed at fostering cultural under-                                                                                                              The victim told investigators he        for the duration of North Korea — presi-
who walked off jobs at a warehouse that         standing. (AP)                                 Pittsburgh emergency responders throw a life vest to Robert Bailey, 80, who                        was driving down a well-lighted            dency, which ended today, Aug 19,
distributes Hershey chocolate have devel-                                                      climbed onto the roof of his car after being caught in a flash flood, on Aug 19,                   North Hollywood street on                  2011,” Baird said. “As a major nuclear
                                                               ❑      ❑       ❑                                                                                                                                                              proliferator, North Korea completely lacks
oped a compromise plan that would send                                                         in Pittsburgh. Four people died in a flash flood on Friday after heavy rains                       Thursday night when his car was
the students on a trip to see U.S. landmarks.   Phoenix brushes off: Metropolitan              submerged cars in the area around Washington Boulevard, which runs paral-                          blocked by two vehicles. Five to           credibility to serve as president of a forum
   Rick Anaya, chief executive of the           Phoenix is shaking itself off Friday after a   lel to the Allegheny River in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, after                         six men jumped out, he said.               dedicated to advancing disarmament,” he
Council for Educational Travel USA, the         giant wall of dust smacked the city for the             thunderstorms dropped up to 3 inches of rain in an hour. (AP)                                                                        explained. (AFP)

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