BALTIMORE - Two complaints and an indictment were unsealed today charging six defendants with conspiracy to export arms and munitions and three of those defendants with the additional crimes of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and money laundering. The defendants were arrested in Guam after traveling there to attempt to […]
WASHINGTON - The U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh today revoked the U.S. citizenship of Anton Geiser of Sharon, Pa., because of his participation in Nazi-sponsored acts of persecution while serving during World War II as an armed SS guard at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and other places of persecution, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of […]
WASHINGTON - A Liberian man, Kelvin Kamara, has pleaded guilty to a scheme to extort $2 million in ransom money for kidnapped Christian Science Monitor journalist Jill Carroll, U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor of the District of Columbia and Acting Assistant Director in Charge Joseph Persichini Jr. of the FBI’s Washington Field Office announced today.
Sep 30 2006 Iran Strengthens Control of the Internet
Media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders announced on September 28 that Advar News (http://www.advarnews.org/), a website connected with the Office for Strengthening Unity student group, has been closed since a raid on its offices by security personnel on September 19. The raid occurred a little more than a week after an Iranian official announced that […]
Sep 30 2006 Ramadan and non-Muslims
By Sheraz Khurram Khan
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service in PakistanISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (ANS) – The advent of Ramadan, the Muslim’s holy month takes away the liberty of the non-Muslims to eat publicly in Pakistan. Restaurants and other food outlets only operate either early in the morning or at the time of breaking fast. No non-Muslim […]
Sep 30 2006 Suicide Bomb Attack Rocks Afghan Capital
ISLAMABAD - A suicide bomber in Kabul has killed at least 12 people - including a young child - and injured around 50, one of the worst acts of insurgent violence to hit the Afghan capital since the Taleban government was driven from office in 2001.The attack occurred just outside the Interior Ministry in the […]
UNITED NATIONS - The man in charge of the U.N. inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is asking for greater international help in the probe. From U.N. headquarters, VOA’s Peter Heinlein reports preparations are being made to establish a court to hear evidence in the case.
Chief investigator Serge Brammertz says […]
Sep 30 2006 House Approves US Homeland Security Bill
WASHINGTON - Congress has given final approval to a homeland security bill that seeks to improve preparedness against future terrorist attacks, speed up responses to natural disasters, and strengthen port security. The measure may be supplemented by a separate action providing several billion dollars for the nation’s ports and railways.
From lessons learned as a result […]
Sep 29 2006 5-year old girl dies after visiting the dentist
CHICAGO - Diamond Brownridge, a 5-year old girl from Chicago, Illinois, has died after a visit to the dentist. Children’s Memorial Hospital officials say that the girl was rushed to the hospital when she never woke up after being sedated for a dental procedure. She had been in a coma, on life support, since being […]
By: Hannah Guillaume
Scripps Howard Foundation Wire
WASHINGTON - Librarians and reporters who refused to reveal their sources to federal agencies shared their stories during Banned Book Week at the National Press Club Thursday.
Their battles were a result of the federal government seeking information under the USA Patriot Act.
The Patriot Act became law in 2001. Its purpose […]
Sep 29 2006 Federal Jury Convicts Two for Cross Burning
WASHINGTON - A federal jury today convicted Christopher Mitchell and James Bradley Weems of burning a cross in front of the home of an African-American man in Fouke, Ark. The jury convicted each defendant of one count of conspiracy to violate the victim’s civil rights.
The evidence at trial established that on the night of Aug. […]
Sep 29 2006 US Suspends Military Aid to Thailand
STATE DEPARTMENT - The United States announced Thursday it is suspending nearly $24 million in military-related aid to Thailand because of the September 19 military coup there. Some humanitarian and other assistance to the longtime U.S. regional ally will continue.
The aid suspension was not unexpected given U.S. displeasure with the turn of events in Bangkok, […]
WASHINGTON - U.S. counterterrorism officials say Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorists remain a threat to the survival of Lebanon’s government, Israel’s security, and regional stability following its month-long war with Israel. The officials told Congress Thursday that Hezbollah has an increasing global reach and is capable of harming U.S. and other western interests around the world.
The 34-day […]
Sep 29 2006 US House Approves Iran Sanctions
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has again approved legislation to sanction entities investing in Iran’s oil sector, and anyone helping Iran develop weapons of mass destruction. The measure was revised after intense consultations with the Bush administration, and a similar measure is expected to be approved by the Senate.
First passed by the House […]
Sep 29 2006 Bush Defends War in Iraq
WHITE HOUSE - President Bush says U.S. troops fighting terrorists in Iraq are making Americans safer at home. Opposition Democrats say a U.S. intelligence review concludes that the war in Iraq is building support for terrorists.
President Bush says parts of a 30-page classified review of global terrorism were leaked to the press for political purposes […]
PHILADELPHIA - African American history taught and understood as part of American history, not a separate subject, is the focus of an in-depth exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia
On this warm September evening, Rosenbach museum members gathered to see an unusually diverse collection of rare books, letters, posters and artifacts, all from the […]
Sep 29 2006 House Approves Bush Surveillance Program
CAPITOL HILL - The House of Representatives has approved legislation providing a legal framework for President Bush’s electronic surveillance program which he says is vital to preventing new terrorist attacks. The House approval comes as the Republican-controlled Congress races to complete key legislative priorities.
The once-secret program approved by President Bush after the September 11, 2001 […]
Mission Aviation Fellowship dedicates new headquarters
Key decision makers to meet there to discuss results of five-year study
By Michael Ireland
Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
NAMPA, IDAHO (ANS) – Founded in 1945, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) stations some 200 missionary families in the remotest regions of 23 countries on five continents. Now, the ministry (www.maf.org) that serves missions […]
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) today announced almost $11 million in awards to state agencies to improve the completeness, quality and accessibility of the nation’s criminal record systems. Of this amount, more than $2.4 million was awarded to 15 jurisdictions to improve coordination and enhance the accuracy of data entered […]
Sep 28 2006 Two FEMA Employees Arrested for Fraud
GULFPORT, Miss - Duane Adams and Emily Fuqua, both Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees, were arrested for making false statements to FEMA for Hurricane Katrina assistance, announced U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, of the Southern District of Mississippi.
According to the criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Adams filed a disaster assistance application […]
WASHINGTON - A southern California freight company today has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to pay a $120,000 criminal fine for making false statements related to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) program to ship military household goods between Europe and the United States and between the United States mainland and Hawaii, the Department of Justice […]
Sep 28 2006 Rice Warns Sudan Of Consequences
STATE DEPARTMENT - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday Sudanese authorities will be held responsible and “bear the consequences” if they continue undermining efforts to reinforce peacekeeping operations in Darfur. In a Washington speech, she said the Khartoum government is at a crossroads in its future relations with the United States and the rest […]
Sep 28 2006 Islamic Terrorism In Indonesia
JAKARTA - A tug of war is taking place between moderate and conservative Islam in Indonesia — a secular, democratic nation with the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also a nation that in recent years has both spawned militant Islamic terrorists and suffered from attacks by them — including two deadly suicide bombings in […]
Sep 28 2006 Israel-Lebanon War Has Effect On Wine Industry
WASHINGTON - War and wine — a bizarre combination. But in parts of Israel and Lebanon, living with both has been the norm for generations.
Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in mid-August should be a verdant oasis, as migrant workers pick grapes for the fall harvest.
Instead, parts of it were reduced to rubble during the 34-day war with […]