Jordan’s prosecutors have charged 89 people with an attempt to incite a downfall of the regime, several agencies reported Sunday, citing local officials. The charges, which carry sentences of up to 15 years, follow a week of bloody protests caused by rapidly hiked fuel prices, in which crowds demanded the removal of King Abdullah. The US-alllied ruling royal family says the financial measures are necessary to secure international loans.
Norwegian gunman Anders Breivik has written a sympathetic letter to Beate Zschaepe, a German far-right activist who has recently been charged with the murder of nine immigrants between 2000 and 2007, Der Spiegel reports. "We are both martyrs for the conservative revolution and you should be extremely proud of your sacrifice and efforts,” reads the letter, penned from prison, where Breivik is serving a term of at least 21 years. He also urged Zschaepe, whom he addressed as “Dear Sister”, to use the trial to promote her views, just as he did during his own hearings earlier this year. Anders Breivik gunned down 77 activists at a left-wing political convention in July 2011.
Hundreds of thousands of grieving supporters gathered in the streets of Mumbai on Sunday for the funeral of Bal Thackeray - a Hindu extremist leader who was linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India. Thackeray died on Saturday at the age of 86, following cardio-respiratory arrest. Around 20,000 policemen were present at the procession due to the group’s violent history. However, mourners remained calm and orderly as Thackeray’s body was cremated at Shivaji park.
US President Barack Obama says Israel has a right to defend itself from missiles aimed at the country from the Gaza Strip. At a news conference in Bangkok, Obama said that “no country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down” on its people. He added that any effort to resolve the conflict begins with “no missiles being fired into Israel’s territory.” The comments came just after Israeli strikes hit two media centers on the Gaza Strip. The death toll from the violence has now reached 55, including at least nine children.
At least 52 people, including 11 children, have been killed in the ongoing Israeli offensive on Gaza. In the latest strikes, two toddlers aged 18 months and three-and-a-half years died. On Sunday morning, Hamas fired nine rockets into Israeli territory. After that, the Jewish state pointed out it’s ready to “significantly expand” the operation.
The IDF says it knew there were foreign media at least in one of the two buildings they bombed overnight. However it stressed that the journalists were not target of the attack, a spokesperson told BBC.
The crew of RT’s Arabic-language sister channel Rusiya Al-Yaum are moving to a new office following an Israeli attack on two media center buildings overnight. Staff members were not at the facility when it was bombed.
US President Barack Obama has arrived in Thailand, starting his first foreign trip since re-election. He is also to visit Myanmar and later Cambodia to attend the East Asia Summit. The trip is meant to boost America’s “pivot to Asia” policy.
An 18-month-old Palestinian boy has been killed in a new Israeli airstrike on Gaza, AFP quotes Palestinian medics as saying. Earlier, it was reported that a total of three children have been killed since midnight in Gaza by Israeli shelling. Plus, another Israeli assault on a media compound injured at least six journalists, Palestinian medical authorities say. Among the outlets damaged are local, Italian, German, Lebanese and Kuwaiti channels. At least 49 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed in the conflict.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said in statement that it was already worried about a shortfall in medical supplies before the bombardment because of the long standing Israeli siege of the strip. Gazan hospitals now have to deal with the growing number of casualties with a critical shortage of drugs and disposables. WHO has appealed to the international and regional community to provide financial support for essential medicines to treat causalities and the chronically ill.
The emergency session on Saturday, was called after M23 rebels, said to have been backed by Rwandan forces, clashed with the Congolese army. The Security Council also said they would apply additional sanctions against the M23 and those acting in violation of the arms embargo. UN attack helicopters part of the UN mission in Congo “bombarded” rebel positions according to a regional governor. M23 leader Sultani Makenga is accused of forcing children into their ranks while Bosco Ntaganda, another M23 leader is under International Criminal Court arrest for similar war crimes.