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Morocco tensions: 83 police, protesters injured in clashes RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Clashes between police and Moroccan protesters Thursday left at least 83 injured in clouds of tear gas and running battles at an unauthorized demonstration over inequality and corruption. Police ringed the city center and fired tear gas to disperse crowds, then held running battles with protesters who scattered into side streets, according to Moroccan media reports. Human rights activists are demanding the release of Zefzafi and the other protesters and say authorities are increasingly aggressive against demonstrations. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:28:35 UT

The Juice will be loose: O.J. Simpson granted parole (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America's enduring fascination with the former football star. Inmate No. 1027820 made his plea for freedom in a stark hearing room at the Lovelock Correctional Center in rural Nevada as the parole commissioners questioned him via video from Carson City, a two-hour drive away. The commissioners said the murder case played no role in their decision, though a majority of letter writers opposed to Simpson's release asked the board to take it into account. Several major TV networks and cable channels — including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and ESPN — carried the proceedings live, just as some of them did two decades ago during the Ford Bronco chase that ended in Simpson's arrest, and again when the jury in the murder case came back with its verdict. An electrifying running back dubbed "The Juice," Simpson won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's best college football player in 1968 and went on to become one of the NFL's all-time greats. The handsome and charismatic athlete was also a "Monday Night Football" commentator, sprinted through airports in Hertz rental-car commercials and built a Hollywood career with roles in the "Naked Gun" comedies and other movies. All of that came crashing down with his arrest in the 1994 slayings and his trial, a gavel-to-gavel live-TV sensation that transfixed viewers with its testimony about the bloody glove that didn't fit and stirred furious debate over racist police, celebrity justice and cameras in the courtroom. [...] a decade later, he and five accomplices — two with guns — stormed a hotel room and seized photos, plaques and signed balls, some of which never belonged to Simpson. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:21:44 UT

In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history took yet another bizarre turn Thursday with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago. In order to lessen the risk of contaminating any biological samples, only five people — a judge, three forensic experts and an assistant— witnessed the opening of the coffin at 22:20 local time (20:20 GMT) [...] I think it is surreal that they have to unearth his body after such a long time. Since the judge ordered the exhumation many have raised doubts about Abel's story. In an article published by Ian Gibson last month in El Pais after having researched the artists' complex sexual appetites, the Dali biographer concluded that there could be serious doubts about any offspring claims. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:06:24 UT

The Latest: Experts remove biological samples from Dali Catalonia's High Court says forensic experts have successfully removed biological samples from Salvador Dali's body 27 years after it was embalmed and interred in a museum dedicated to the painter's memory. The Justice department for the northeastern Spanish region had previously announced plans to extract four teeth, nails and the marrow of a long bone. The Spanish woman who claims to be Salvador Dali's daughter is relieved but nervous as forensic experts remove the artists' body from a crypt where it laid for 27 years, her lawyer says. Years later, she confronted the mother by asking: Is Dali really my father? Because he was a little bit ugly. A court spokeswoman says that forensic experts have opened Salvador Dali's coffin to obtain DNA samples that could help settle a paternity lawsuit. A committee of judges, corners and technicians immediately started working to obtain biological samples that could shed light on whether a 61-year-old tarot card reader, Pilar Abel, is, as she claims, Dali's daughter. Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims that her mother had an affair with Dali while working as a domestic helper in the northeastern Spanish town of Figueres, where the artist was born and had moved back to with his Russian wife Gala. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:33:00 UT

Thousands protest in Poland against court reorganizations WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw and towns across Poland on Thursday night to protest the ruling party's drive to reorganize all levels of the judiciary, including contentious legislation that gives control of the nation's Supreme Court to the president instead of to judges. Opposition lawmakers and celebrities joined the crowd in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw as protesters held up candles, waved national and European Union flags and chanted "free courts" and "democracy." In her nationwide speech, Beata Szydlo said that the legislation was prompted by public criticism of the legal system's inefficiency and blamed the outcry it has triggered on the opposition's "frustration." The party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, also a lawyer, insists the justice system needs radical reform because, he says, it still works along communist-era lines — a claim judges dispute. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:33:16 UT

Venezuela strike erupts into sporadic violence CARACAS, Venezuela —A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan’s capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster. Groups of masked young men set fire to a handful of blockades and hurled stones at riot police, who fired back tear gas. A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez. In neighborhoods of western Caracas traditionally loyal to the ruling party, some stores were closed but bakeries, fruit stands and other shops were open and hundreds of people were in the streets, although foot and vehicle traffic were about half of what they would be on a normal weekday. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:55:07 UT

Mexico City floating farms, chefs team up to save tradition MEXICO CITY (AP) — At dawn in Xochimilco, home to Mexico City's famed floating gardens, farmers in muddied rain boots squat among rows of beets as a group of chefs arrive to sample sweet fennel and the pungent herb known as epazote. By dinnertime some of those greens will be on plates at an elegant bistro 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the north, stewed with black beans in a $60 prix-fixe menu for well-heeled diners. While sourcing local ingredients has become fashionable for many top chefs around the globe, it takes on additional significance in Xochimilco (so-chee-MIL-co), where a project linking chinampa farmers with high-end eateries aims to breathe life and a bit of modernity into a fading and threatened tradition. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the "Mexican Venice" for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists can while away a weekend day listening to mariachi music and sipping cold beers. Enter Yolcan, a business that specializes in placing traditionally farmed Xochimilco produce in Mexico City's most acclaimed restaurants Those include places like Gabriela Camara's seafood joint Contramar and Enrique Olvera's Pujol, which is perhaps the country's most famous restaurant and regularly makes lists of the world's best. Meticulously prepared plates of chinampa-grown roasted yellow carrots with asparagus puree arrive at the table, accompanied by sea bass with green mole sauce and wine pairings in tall glasses. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:53:41 UT

Thai army general among dozens convicted of human trafficking BANGKOK — A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. According to investigators, smugglers held Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution and poverty in Myanmar for ransom in the jungle camps until relatives could pay for their release. Most Rohingya were “boat people” who fled from Myanmar or neighboring Bangladesh on rickety vessels with no supplies, often to find themselves pushed back into the open sea by countries such as Thailand unwilling to welcome them. “Today’s verdict is a major step in efforts to combat human trafficking in Thailand,” said Sunai Phasuk, a researcher for the group Human Rights Watch. [...] that we see the conviction of a senior army general, local politicians, influential tycoons, and ... others complicit in trafficking of Rohingya, this should send a strong message that regardless of their status and affiliation, no one is above the law. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:27:56 UT

Palestinians clash with Israel police at Jerusalem holy site JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces near a contested Jerusalem shrine after Muslim worshippers massed outside for evening prayers on Thursday as tensions over the holy site escalated further. Israel police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Palestinians hurled stones and glass bottles at officers after the prayers outside the site, referred to by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. The Palestinians were protesting Israel's placement of metal detectors at the entrance to the holy site after a deadly attack there last week in which three Israeli Arab gunmen killed two Israeli police officers before they were shot and killed at the entrance to the site. "The Israeli police needs these metal detectors so the security checks can give a proper response to the security considerations," he said. Israeli security forces are on high alert ahead of Friday, when tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers typically descend on the walled compound in Jerusalem's Old City for prayers. The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Thursday called for a "day of rage" against the security measures. Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the pro-settler Jewish Home party, warned of an Israeli "capitulation" that "will damage Israel's power of deterrence and will endanger the lives of the visitors, the worshippers and the police officers." ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:10:22 UT

Power-sharing deal between former foes taking shape in Gaza GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A power-sharing deal between two former arch foes is slowly taking shape in Gaza and could lead to big changes in the Hamas-ruled territory, including an easing of a decade-long border blockade. Dahlan backers also opened an office in Gaza last month as a springboard for political activity and began disbursing $2 million in Dahlan-procured aid from the United Arab Emirates to Gaza’s poor. Egypt, which is battling Islamic extremist insurgents in the Sinai Peninsula next to Gaza, hopes to contain the Islamic militant Hamas through new security arrangements. Dahlan, forced into exile after falling out with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2010, is poised to launch a comeback and advance his Palestinian leadership ambitions. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:07:15 UT

Some 250 residents join US-trained security force in Syria AIN ISSA, Syria — Some 250 residents of Raqqa province Thursday became the latest batch to graduate from a brief U.S. training course, part of an internal security force to hold and secure areas as they are captured from Islamic State militants. The graduation ceremony in the desert town of Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, was attended by a few American trainers who oversee the force and its preparation. The U.S. has partnered with a Kurdish-dominated coalition fighting force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, but the issue of who would hold and administer predominantly Sunni Arab areas freed from the militants is an uneasy one. Col. Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman with the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition, said in an email last month that security will be provided by the Raqqa Internal Security Forces, a vetted multiethnic force expected to reach approximately 3,500 members. The training program appears to be accelerating as the campaign to liberate Raqqa enters its seventh week and the need for a security force to secure the city post-Islamic State becomes more pressing. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:00:46 UT

They escaped Islamic State's bastion, but remain terrified AIN ISSA, Syria (AP) — They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats. In one of the largest camps housing those who fled the northern Syrian city, survivors of the group's terror machine cannot shake off the horrors they witnessed in the group's self-declared capital. Mohammed said one scene set the tone for her for the three years under IS rule: a 14-year old who had been accused of theft begging for his life as a militant raised a sharp knife over his head in a public square. The next time a young man tried to break away from the group's grip, Mohammed risked it all to save him, and helped him escape. The Islamic State group enforced its radically bloody version of religious rule across the so-called "caliphate" it declared in Iraq and Syria. Iraq's larger Mosul and Syria's more resource-rich Deir el-Zour were important administrative and economic hubs; but Raqqa stood out as the model where the group sought to impose most purely its stringent vision of "public morality," interfering in the smallest details of people's lives. The escaped residents said that many of the Islamic State group's members were fellow Raqqans. The boy's father is now working to save money to return to Raqqa to get his vengeance against the neighbor, she said. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:46:15 UT

The Latest: Poland prime minister defends courts legislation Poland's prime minister has made a televised speech defending the ruling party's controversial reorganization of the country's legal system that includes giving politicians influence over the judiciary, including the country's top court. Beata Szydlo said Thursday night that the legislation was a result of public criticism of the legal system's inefficiency and blamed the public outcry it has triggered on the "frustration" of the opposition. Szydlo spoke as thousands of government opponents gathered in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, and in some other cities, to urge President Andrzej Duda to reject the bill on the Supreme Court and two earlier legislations regarding the judiciary. Thousands of government opponents have gathered in downtown Warsaw to urge Poland's president to reject legislation recently approved by lawmakers that gives politicians control of the judiciary, including the country's top court. Opposition lawmakers and celebrities have joined the crowd in front of the presidential palace that is chanting "free courts" and waving national and European Union flags. Critics and European Union leaders say the legislation kills judicial independence, threatens democracy and goes against EU values. Tusk, former Polish prime minister, wrote in a statement Thursday that "Subjecting the court to one ruling party in the way that Law and Justice has proposed it will ruin already strained opinion on Poland's democracy." Polish opposition lawmaker and former justice minister Borys Budka says the contentious bill passed by lawmakers earlier in the day will make judges dependent on a single party, the ruling populist Law and Justice party, and deny the citizens the right to independent courts. Proposed by the populist party, it gives politicians control over Poland's Supreme Court, and critics say it kills judicial independence. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:41:23 UT

Venezuela strike erupts into sporadic violence CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence when protesters clashed with riot police and burned a post office near the headquarters of the main state-run broadcaster. Groups of masked young men set fire to a handful of blockades and hurled stones at riot police, who fired back tear gas. A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez. In neighborhoods of western Caracas traditionally loyal to the ruling party, some stores were closed but bakeries, fruit stands and other shops were open and hundreds of people were in the streets, although foot and vehicle traffic were about half of what they would be on a normal weekday. The 24-hour strike was meant as an expression of national disapproval of Maduro's plan to convene a constitutional assembly that would reshape the Venezuelan system to consolidate the ruling party's power over the few institutions that remain outside its control. Fedecamaras played a central role in the months-long 2002-2003 strike that Chavez's political rivals and opponents in Venezuela's private business sector orchestrated in an attempt to topple him. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:34:10 UT

Year after reporter killed in Ukraine, no progress in probe KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — After renowned journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed in a car bombing in central Kiev last year, Ukraine's president promised all-out efforts to solve the case. About 200 people laid flowers and left candles at the intersection where his car blew up before setting off to march to the presidential administration to express their frustration with the investigation. Some of the mourners spray-painted "Who killed Pavel?" on the sidewalk outside the presidential administration and plastered a posted with Sheremet's portrait at the entrance to National Police headquarters. "Unfortunately, the criminal offense was committed with good quality, so the investigation has not yet found the person who can be reasonably suspected of involvement in the murder," Interior Ministry spokesman Artem Shevchenko said. "Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with evidence pointing to possible Ukrainian involvement, weaken Kiev's credibility and suggest the need for an independent probe," the Committee To Protect Journalists international watchdog said in a recent report. The evidence referred to by CPJ centers on a report put together by Sheremet's colleagues and other journalists, assisted by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. ... Pubdate: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:10:59 UT








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