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UK: Briton sentenced to death in UAE drug case

A Briton has been sentenced to death in the United Arab Emirates, the British Embassy confirmed Tuesday, after he and another man werecheap Toms Gray Canvas Women's Classics convicted on drug-related charges.
The unnamed British man and a Syrian citizen were found guilty of trying to sell 20 grams (about 3/4 of an ounce) of marijuana to an undercover officer, local newspapers reported.
"We can confirm that a British national is facing the death penalty in the United Arab Emirates," aBritish Embassy spokeswoman said. "We will remain in close contact with him and continue to provide the appropriate consular assistance."
She declined to identify the man or comment on details of the case. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with embassy policy.
Emirati court and Justice Ministry officials gave no details about the case by phone Tuesday. A spokesman at the Syrian embassy could not be reached for comment.
Websites of the National and 7 Days newspapers reported that the two men were found guilty by an Abu Dhabi criminal court. They were identified as a 21-year-old Briton and a 19-year-old Syrian.
Initial court verdicts are typically subject to appeal in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that includes the cosmopolitan commercial hub of Dubai and the more conservative oil-rich capital, Abu Dhabi.
It is not unusual for the emirates' rulers to pardon convicted criminals or lighten their sentences.
Although the country is known for soaring skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls, its legal system is based heavily on traditional values that frown upon drug use and indecent behavior.
Besides drug convictions, foreigners in recent years have been jailed or deported for kissing in public, sending racy text messages and giving a fellow driver a raised middle finger. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach were sentenced to three months in jail, though their sentences were later suspended.
Executions are relatively rare in the UAE butcheap Toms Red Canvas Women's Classicsdo occasionally take place.
In February 2011, a man convicted of raping and killing a 4-year-old boy in a mosque bathroom was executed by firing squad in Dubai. It was the first time in three years the UAE had put a prisoner to death.


Tuesday, 26-Jun-2012 06:25 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Reputation damaged, NY's Rangel battling to hold House seat

U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, a once-towering figure in New York politics whose reputation was diminished when he was censured in Washington, is again fighting to keep his seat as a group of Democrats prepare to challenge him in a primary on Tuesday.
Rangel, who has represented Harlem since 1971 and is a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, is battling a crowd of younger politiciansWomens Nike Free 3.0 v2 in a redrawn district that is now heavily Latino. Yet most political watchers still see him being re-elected.
Rangel's opponents in the Democratic primary include state Senator Adriano Espaillat, who has strong Latino support; Clyde Williams, who worked in the Clinton White House and whose got a boost when he won endorsements from the New York Times and the New York Daily News; Harlem community activist Craig Schley, and businesswoman Joyce Johnson.
Espaillat has called the 82-year-old lawmaker the "poster child for dysfunction in Washington." And at a recent campaign event in Washington Heights, a Manhattan neighborhood just north of Harlem, Schley, a youthful former model, likened Rangel to a rotting fruit that had fallen from its tree.
Rangel has survived difficult times before. The U.S. House of Representatives censured him in 2010 for ethics violations, including failing to pay income taxes, and he stepped down as the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means committee. Rangel also had to fight a tough battle on Election Day that year to retain his seat.
Once one of the most powerful members of Congress, he now walks slowly through the halls of Capitol Hill with a cane.
But in seeking another term, Rangel has been defiant, insisting that his experience and influence is unrivaled by his opponents. "My record is out there for what I have done," Rangel said during a contentious debate on cable television.
"If you're Rangel, when it comes to opponents, the more the merrier" because the other candidates are likely to split any anti-Rangel votes, said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Miringoff also said a string of endorsements, including from the state's popular Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, are important. "With all the controversy that's surrounded Rangel, having the Cuomo endorsement seems to suggest he is still a force to be reckoned with," Miringoff said.
While most political watchers agree Rangel is still strongly favored to win re-election, this year two other New York incumbents have stepped aside, paving the way for a new generation of ambitious lawmakers to come forward.
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Representative Gary Ackerman of Queens and Representative Ed Towns of Brooklyn, both Democrats, both announced they would not seek re-election this year.
In Ackerman's district that is now 40 percent Asian and also heavily Jewish, Democratic state Assemblywoman Grace Meng is vying to become the first Asian-American member of New York's congressional delegation.
Meng's Democratic rivals include state Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who has made support of Israel a central issue in the campaign, and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who is hoping for a strong turn-out among her working-class voter base.
In the district that Towns has represented since 1983, state Assemblymen Hakeem Jeffries is touting his record of legislative achievements in the Democratic race against City Council Charles Barron, a former Black Panther who has strong support in some of Brooklyn's poorest areas, including East New York.
While Jeffries has won the endorsements of much of the Brooklyn political establishment, and his fund-raising has dwarfed that of Barron's, Barron has the support of Towns and the city's public employees union.
On the Republican side, three candidates are locked in a race to face U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in November: Congressman Bob Turner, who last year won an upset victory to replace liberal Congressman Anthony Weiner; attorney Wendy Long, who won the Conservative party nomination, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.
While voters approve of Gillibrand's job performance by a margin of six in 10, more than three-quarters of voters said they do not know enough about her Mens Nike Free 3.0 v3Republican rivals to form an opinion of them, a Quinnipiac University poll found last month.
Primaries are also being held on Tuesday in Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma, while South Carolina will hold primary runoffs for both parties for a newly-drawn congressional seat.


Monday, 25-Jun-2012 06:42 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Turkey hits Kurdish rebels deep inside Iraq

Turkish warplanes have bombed Kurdish rebel hideouts deep inside northern Iraq, and Kurdish rebels killed one policeman and wounded three others inWomens Nike Free 5.0 a roadside bomb attack inside Turkey on Sunday, authorities said.
The military said on its website Sunday that warplanes bombed nine shelters and caves — mostly in the Mount Qandil area, where the main rebel base is located on the Iraqi-Iranian border. It said the raids began Friday.
They were the second Turkish air campaign against rebel hideouts in Iraq in a week following the killing of eight Turkish soldiers along the Iraq border on Tuesday.
The military said more than 30 rebels have been killed during clashes within Turkey following Tuesday's attack.
Kurdish rebels have used northern Iraq as a springboard for attacks on Turkish targets in their decades-long fight for autonomy in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated southeast.
In that region Sunday, rebels killed one policeman and wounded three in a roadside bomb explosion near the town of Derik in Mardin province, Gov. Turhan Mens Nike Free 5.0 v4Ayvaz of Mardin province told the state-run Anadolu Agency.


Friday, 22-Jun-2012 06:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
At least $380K raised for bullied NY bus monitor

A video of a 68-year-old school bus monitor being mercilessly taunted by seventh-graders became a rallying point against bullies Thursday, cheap silver glitter tomswith a fund for the New York state grandmother raising at least $380,000 and a deluge of people demanding harsh punishment for the boys.
Police said Karen Klein does not want her young tormenters to face criminal charges, partly because of the storm of criticism leveled at the boys from the Rochester suburb of Greece after the video went viral.
"They've received death threats," Greece Police Capt. Steve Chatterton said Thursday. "Their families have been threatened. We have custody of one of their cellphones, and he had over 1,000 missed calls and 1,000 text messages threatening him. And he's 13 years old. That must stop."
The verbal abuse was captured in a 10-minute cellphone video recorded Monday by a student of Athena Middle School in suburban Rochester and later posted to YouTube. The video shows Klein trying her best to ignore the stream of profanity, insults and outright threats directed at her.
One student taunted: "You don't have a family because they all killed themselves because they don't want to be near you." Klein's oldest son killed himself 10 years ago.
Eventually, she appears to break down in tears.
"You want to jump into that bus and you want to grab those kids and say 'Knock it off!' And you want to hold her," said Amy Weber, a 43-year-old independent filmmaker from the Detroit area who pledged $100 Thursday through the international crowd-funding site Indiegogo.com.
"I think we hear about bullying every day and we become a little desensitized to it. This puts it in our face," said Weber, who is making a feature film about a bully.
Klein told NBC's "Today" show Thursday that it took "a lot of willpower" not to respond to the jeers from the four boys riding the bus operated by the Greece Central School District. Klein said she was "amazed" at the support she received.
"I've got these nice letters, emails, Facebook messages," she said. "It's like, wow, there's a whole world out there that I didn't know. It's really awesome."
She said she hopes the parents will talk to their children about being "a little more respectful."
Klein did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
The video logged more than 2 million views by Thursday evening, breaking hearts and raising passions of people who recalled bullying in their own pasts. The fundraiser set up on Indiegogo.com shattered its goal of raising $5,000 to send the grandmother of eight on a "vacation of a lifetime." Thousands of people donated, many in denominations of $20 or less.
"I don't see how anyone can watch that and not be touched by it. It made me realize — and I posted on my Facebook wall — that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will still hurt you no matter how old you are," said Deana Rock, a 42-year-old marketing professional from Williston, Vt., who pledged $30.
Rock said she was moved to tears by the video and donated the money so Klein would not have to get back on the bus.
Police in the suburb of Greece had to step up patrols near the houses of the four boys and said they had received several threatening hoax calls from people. The boys had not yet apologized to Klein as of Thursday afternoon, though police said they regretted their acts and their parents are cooperating.
The district apologized to Klein and will discipline all four students.
The swell of support for Klein follows a recent surge in awareness of bullying that has brought the issue from the classroom to the stage and screen to the White House.
In September, after 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of suburban Buffalo killed himself after complaining about being bullied about his sexuality, pop singer Lady Gaga decried the loss of another life to bullying, tweeting to millions of followers that she'd take her concerns to President Barack Obama.
This year, the White House held a conference on bullying prevention, estimating that it affects 13 million students, or about a third of those attending cheap toms glitter pinkschool. Obama said he hoped to "dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."
In April, the documentary film "Bully" examined the problem by following five kids over the course of a school year.


Thursday, 21-Jun-2012 07:33 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Factbox: Spending, fundraising in U.S. presidential race

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