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From the BBC:

Standing in a Moscow Metro carriage for the first time, the young Gabonese man was thrown forward when the train started with a jolt and he grabbed a pole to keep his balance, brushing the Russian man’s hand.

Without a word, the Russian withdrew his hand, produced a handkerchief and proceeded to wipe it demonstratively in front of the other passengers.

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From Thrasher:

Danny Way is in Las Vegas where he is going to attempt to smash the Bomb Drop world record by jumping from the giant neon-covered guitar atop the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

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From The Moscow Times:

Over the last year, various religious leaders have called on their followers physically to attack gay people. It began when a group of activists declared their plans to organize a gay pride parade in Moscow in May 2006. Umar Idrisov, the chief Muslim authority in the Nizhny Novgorod region, said Muslims should stone gays if and when they march. Far from reprimanding Idrisov for calling for violence, Russia’s head mufti, Talgat Tadzhuddin, stated that all “normal people, both Muslims and Russian Orthodox,” are going to beat gay people if they come out to march. Patriarch Alexy II was not quite as crude, but he publicly thanked Mayor Yury Luzhkov for his blatantly illegal refusal to consider the organizers’ application for a parade permit. Last month, Metropolitan Kirill cited homosexuality as a chief evil value forced upon Russia by the West. The message was clear: Homosexuals don’t just lack the right to march, they don’t have the right to exist.

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Thanks to Dave for tipping me off to this one.

From the Christian Wrestling Federation:

“When I’m up in front of a pulpit people don’t listen to a word I say. But through a wrestling match, they’re able to understand Jesus Christ better than anything I could say.”

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And the video is here.

From The Moscow Times:

At Renaissance, near the Shabolovskaya metro station, two people were injured Sunday when they were pelted by rocks, bottle, sticks and eggs, organizers said. One girl was beaten with crucifixes, icons and sticks, they added.

The attackers were part of a crowd that had assembled outside the club. Interfax said the crowd numbered 150, citing a law enforcement source. Club organizers put the figure at 300.

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From the Cape Times:

There has been no increase in reported cases of diarrhoea since rat-tailed maggots were first spotted in a Stellenbosch river at the beginning of the year, Andile Zimba, Cape Town’s acting director of health, said yesterday.

In a presentation to the health portfolio committee, Zimba said the monthly statistics for diarrhoea had shown no increases, and there was no evidence that the maggots were responsible for the diarrhoea cases.

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Editorial from The New York Times:

Last month Ollanta Humala, a military man whose family advocates the shooting of gays, Jews and Chilean investors, came in first in presidential elections. Since Mr. Humala did not get 50 percent, there will be a runoff on May 28.

More bad news: the other candidate will be Alan García, a spectacularly irresponsible and corrupt president in the late 1980’s who wrecked Peru’s economy and presided over the commission of widespread war crimes. This sorry duo topped a field that included several excellent candidates.

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From the Guardian:

Robert Kilp, the head of the city’s public affairs department, said if a journalist was caught filming in the area the tape would be removed and a warning issued, but if he or she was caught a second time the consequences would be more serious.

“The second time we will be really angry. This zone is owned by the city of Cologne and is not considered a public street,” Mr Kilp said.

“Anyone filming or taking pictures there will be liable to prosecution. Prostitutes are having sexual intercourse in cars there, it is not a good thing to be filming.”

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From the Mail & Guardian:

In the latest case, a 41-year-old woman was tricked into having sex dozens of times with a medium who claimed to be the “Ninth Emperor of the Kingdom of God” and said she was possessed by evil spirits, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The 52-year-old medium said her domestic and financial problems would be solved with the sex sessions, which took place over seven months at a cost of 20-50 ringgit ($5,50 to $13,85) each, during which he moved into her house.

He was eventually turfed out by the woman’s husband and has threatened to put a curse on the family.

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From the BBC:

Large crowds gathered at a Koranic school in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, to watch Mohamed Moallim, 16, stab Omar Hussein in the head and throat.

Hussein had been convicted of killing the boy’s father, Sheikh Osman Moallim, after a row about Mohamed’s education.

Islamic courts have brought a semblance of order to Mogadishu, imposing Sharia law after years of rule by warlords.

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From Carlotta Gall, The New York Times:

“The security situation is not good,” Governor Munib told General Eikenberry and a group of cabinet ministers at a meeting with tribal elders. “The number of Taliban and enemy is several times more than that of the police and Afghan National Army in this province,” he said.

Uruzgan is not the only province teetering out of control. Helmand and Kandahar to the south have been increasingly overrun by militants this year, as large groups of Taliban are reportedly moving through the countryside, intimidating villagers, ambushing vehicles, and spoiling for a fight with coalition or Afghan forces.

Insurgents also have the run of parts of Zabul, Ghazni and Paktika Provinces to the southeast, and have increased ambushes on the main Kabul-Kandahar highway.

The Bush administration is alarmed, according to a Western intelligence official close to the administration. He said that while senior members of the administration consider the situation in Iraq to be not as bad as portrayed in the press, in Afghanistan the situation is worse than it has been generally portrayed.

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From The New York Times:

In a statement, Representative Loretta Sanchez, a California Democrat on the subcommittee who opposes the laser’s development, thanked her Republican colleagues for agreeing to curb a program “with the potential to weaponize space.”

Theresa Hitchens, director of the Center for Defense Information, a private group in Washington that tracks military programs, said the subcommittee’s action last week was a significant break with the administration. “It’s really the first time you’ve seen the Republican-led Congress acknowledge that these issues require public scrutiny,” she said.

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From Wooster Collective:

It was Ecko, and Ecko alone, who backed seven high school and college kids and sued the city of New York over the recent ban on possessing spray paint and fat tipped markers if you are under 21 years old.

The results?

Yesterday a federal judge ruled in favor of Ecko’s seven kids and overturned the city ruling, forcing the city to stop enforcing the ban.

Congratulations and respect to Marc Ecko and the seven kids who took on the city. Nice one indeed.

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Check out the paintings at Tommy Kane’s website.

Drawing was something I did very well, so I would do that as opposed to my homework. Hence, I’m a complete idiot who can draw really well.
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From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

Jenny said the other women who tried to help the mad woman nearly killed her because in spite of the effort to bring down the placenta, it retreated into the womb.

Having been relieved of the life-threatening placenta, Eka Goddy remained calm and a little shy as the crowd surged to see the baby boy, which had already been given a bath by Jenny.

Though not hostile, the mad woman refused to answer many questions. However, when Daily Sun asked: “Do you know the father of your baby?” She replied, “I don’t know”.

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From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

If you are diabetic, you can come to Quincy Kitchen, we have menu for patients with diabetis, hypertension, ulcer and other diseases. I have a slimming water, if you take a glass, you are sure to lose 1kg thereafter. And as you keep taking the water, you keep losing weight.

We have so many menus, such as Ewaroni, Liveroni, Darego on tree, Parenfusi, slimming burger, slimming pizza, slimming rice, slimming Iyan and many more.

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From the monthly report from International Crisis Group:

Thirteen conflict situations around the world deteriorated in April 2006, according to the new issue of CrisisWatch,* released today. Tensions mounted over Iran’s nuclear program as Tehran defied the UN Security Council’s 28 April deadline to stop enriching uranium. An increasingly bitter rivalry between Hamas and Fatah cast a shadow over the Occupied Territories, while violence between Israelis and Palestinians increased. In Afghanistan, a Taliban “spring offensive” saw increased suicide attacks and bombings in the south and east. A series of bomb attacks in the Sinai peninsula rocked Egypt, which was also shaken by sectarian clashes in Alexandria. In Chad, rebels launched a major attack on the capital, N’Djamena, as the effects of the conflict in Darfur continued to spill over Sudan’s borders. A dramatic upsurge in violence in Sri Lanka prompted fears of a return to full-scale civil war. And a wave of separatist attacks in Kashmir marked the first major violence there since November 2005. The situation also deteriorated in Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar/Burma, Pakistan, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
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From AP via WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:

House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Ill., center, gets out of a Hydrogen Alternative Fueled automobile, left, as he prepares to board his SUV, which uses gasoline, after holding a news conference at a local gas station in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2006 to discuss the recent rise in gas prices. Hastert and other members of Congress drove off in the Hydrogen-Fueled cars only to switch to their official cars to drive the few blocks back to the U.S. Capitol.

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From the Washington Post:

After midnight on a bare stretch of highway near this ramshackle town last week, Staff Sgt. Jason Hoover saw what looked like a fishing line strung across the road and ordered his Humvee to a screeching halt.

The cord was connected to an old, Russian artillery shell half-buried in the earthen shoulder and rigged to activate with a firm tug. Hoover traced its path nearly a half-mile though a plowed field, over another highway, and across a canal, where he found four Iraqi infrastructure policemen who were supposed to be guarding an oil pipeline. They said they had no idea what the cord was doing there.

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I love it whenever there is news about the former New York hardcore band H2O on PunkNews. The comments are so catty:

“Toby went there as a roadie for Sick Of It All in 1994”

anytime i read anything about this band all they talk about is how tobey was a roadie for SOIA. newflash, no one gives a shit.

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