Archive for March, 2014

Judge spares wealthy DuPont jail for raping his 3-year-old girl

Press conference after DuPont verdict

Newscast Media DOVER—Criminal justice officials are still reeling from a ruling issued
by a Delaware judge, whose decision brings into question whether there are two tiers
of the justice system in America.

What is most revealing about the verdict, is its confirmation that the privileged have
a different justice system from the poor. Robert Richards IV, the great-grandson of family
patriarch Irenee DuPont, was convicted of raping his 3-year-old daughter, but was given
probation because the judge believes the wealthy DuPont cannot handle the tough prison life.

Richards, who is unemployed and supported by a family trust fund, owns a
5,800-square-foot mansion in Greenville he bought for $1.8 million in 2005.


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Texas law restricting abortion upheld by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

File photo: Governor Rick Perry in Houston at a meet-and-greet event—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media HOUSTON—The law that restricts abortions in Texas that was
passed and signed last year by Texas Governor Rick Perry has been upheld by the 5th
Circuit Court of Appeals, in its most recent ruling. The ruling from the three-panel
Conservative judges prompted an excited Gov. Perry to say it was “victory for life.”

When the law was passed, Planned Parenthood, the organization that advocates
abortion, sued at the district level, arguing the provisions pertaining to the regulation
of surgical abortions and abortion–inducing drugs, were unconstitutional. The district
court ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood, however on appeal, the 5th Circuit
asserted that the ruling of the lower court was erroneous. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Obama meets House of Saud–Careful not to talk about gays

Obama and King Abdullah

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—US President Barack Obama is in Saudi Arabia visiting
King Abdullah bin Adulazziz, and it is interesting that he has steered away from the
topic of homosexuals being put to death publicly if caught in Saudi Arabia.

As the absolute monarch, the king’s word is the law and is final, therefore it cannot
be reversed.

While Obama shakes his fist and makes threatening gestures to countries with lesser
laws that deal with homosexuals, the leader of the free world takes a stance of
submission when dealing with the House of Saud, and will dare not mention that
controversial subject while he is within or without the kingdom. FULL STORY>>


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New funds to protect wetlands and migratory birds approved

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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission March
26 approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance almost 83,000
hectares of wetlands and associated uplands in the United States, Canada and

“Conservation of our nation’s wetlands is critical to protecting our wildlife,
watersheds, coastal communities and important economic activities,” said Secretary
of the Interior Sally Jewell, chair of the commission. “Wetlands not only are home to
hundreds of species of migratory birds, but they also provide us with clean water, act
as buffers against storms, support our vibrant coastal fishing industries, and provide
unique opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

The commission approved $54.7 million in grants through the North American
Wetlands Conservation Act to protect, restore and enhance almost 81,000 hectares
of habitat for migratory birds in the United States, Mexico and Canada, leveraging an
additional $92.6 million in matching funds. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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U.S. military denies Afghan reports it will provide Pakistan with equipment


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is disputing media reports that it
plans to give Pakistan excess American military equipment that is currently in

“Our commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces is
unwavering,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commander of all U.S. and NATO troops in
Afghanistan, said in a statement Thursday.

The Washington Post first reported in a March 16 web story that the U.S. military
was considering giving the Pakistanis $7 billion worth of equipment amid the
drawdown in Afghanistan. The Pakistani military has expressed interest in getting
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which have been proven to be too big and
heavy to operate effectively in Afghanistan, which lacks road infrastructure.

But U.S. Forces-Afghanistan issued a statement on Thursday calling media reports
that it was considering sending military equipment to Pakistan “inaccurate.”
“USFOR-A does not provide or intend to provide any such equipment, including
MRAPs, from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” the statement says.

The story caused more strain on the U.S. military’s relationship with Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, whose spokesman said Afghanistan would oppose any move to give
excess MRAPs to Pakistan.

“Afghan security forces need this type of equipment and as a strategic partner, the
U.S. needs to consult with Afghanistan before making such a decision,” Emal Faizi told
Voice of America for a March 18 story.

Source: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan


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Kenya on high alert to prevent spread of Ebola in the nation


Newscast Media NAIROBI—Kenya’s health ministry said on Thursday that it has
instituted several measures to ensure that any Ebola cases that come to the country
are quickly detected and necessary actions are taken to curb further spread in the

Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said the ministry has also issued an alert to
all the points of entry with a request to screen all people who have visited Guinea
where the hemorrhagic fever was first detected in the last three weeks.
The statement comes as health officials in Guinea are working to contain an outbreak
of Ebola that has killed at least 60 people and sickened dozens more, according to
the World Health Organization (WHO).

The outbreak is spreading through forests in the West African country’s southeast,
and may have crossed borders into Liberia and Sierra Leone, WHO said.
“These people are required to reveal when they travelled to Guinea, areas in which
visited and how long they stayed there,” Macharia said in a statement issued in

“They are also required to inform the health officials if they have any symptoms that
have been listed. All cases that will be considered as suspected cases will be isolated
and investigated immediate in order to rule out Ebola HF,” he added.

The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, other bodily
fluids or organs of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys
and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days.

Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and a
sore throat, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver
function. In the most severe cases, the virus leads to both external and internal


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Bank of America settles $9.5 billion lawsuit with FHFA


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Embattled Bank of America has reached a settlement
with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) in a lawsuit that was filed against
the bank for its fraudulent mortgage-backed securities that led to the housing crisis.

Under terms of the deal, BofA agreed to make cash payments of about $6.3 billion to
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as well as to purchase certain Residential
Morgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) at fair market value, or about $3.2 billion.

In return, the FHFA agreed to dismiss pending lawsuits and release BofA and its
affiliates from all securities law and fraud claims. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Chelsea Manning’s attorney files clemency papers for client


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The attorney for WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning,
said his client did not receive a fair trial during last year’s court-martial, and has
today filed to seek clemency from the United States military.

Attorney David Coombs said in statement that under the current administration, any
unauthorized leak to the media of classified information is viewed as tantamount to
aiding the enemy of the United States. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Three Venezuelan generals arrested for attempted coup


Newscast Media CARACAS—Venezuela has arrested three air force generals accused
of plotting a coup in league with opposition politicians during the country’s rumbling
civil unrest, the president said a day ago.

The move follows weeks of violence around anti-government protests that have killed
36 people in the nation’s worst unrest for a decade.

“Last night we captured three generals … who tried to raise the air force against the
legitimate, constitutional government,” President Nicolas Maduro said on state TV
during a meeting with South American foreign ministers in Caracas.

He did not name the officers, but said the plot was revealed by colleagues of the
generals who were “alarmed” when they heard of the conspiracy. The three were now
in custody of military courts.

“This group has direct links with sectors of the opposition. They were saying that this
would be the decisive week … in the belief that Venezuela did not know how to
defend itself.”

Hardline protesters are demanding that Maduro resign, while he says they are seeking
a coup like the one 12 years ago that briefly ousted his predecessor and mentor, the
late Hugo Chavez.

“What would happen in the United States if a group said they were going to start
something in the United States so that President Obama leaves, resigns, to change
the constitutional government of the United States?” Maduro asked. “Surely, the
state would react, would use all the force that the law gives it to re-establish order
and to put those who are against the Constitution where they belong.”

The numbers in the streets are far fewer than those who turned out back then,
however, and there have been no signs that the current turmoil could force Maduro
from office.

The demonstrations began in February with sporadic rallies by university students.
They intensified after three people were shot dead after a Feb. 12 opposition rally in
the capital.

Source: Al Manar News


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Putin’s approval rating soars to 80% after Crimea absorption

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has
reached 80 percent, with a majority of Russians saying the country is heading in the
right direction, an independent pollster said Wednesday.

A poll by the Levada Center said public support for the Russian leader rose by 8
percent since Putin delivered an address to parliament on Crimea before the
predominantly Russian-speaking region rejoined Russia last week.

Levada said Putin’s approval rating peaked at 85 percent in spring 2008, when Dmitry
Medvedev, now prime minister, succeeded him as president.

Another poll by Levada last week said a majority of Russians believe their country is a
great power and an important player in the international arena.

Some 63 percent of respondents said modern Russia has regained the status of a
superpower, the highest level in the history of the poll, conducted by the Levada
Center since the 2000s.

Putin was named International Person of the Year by Britain’s The Times newspaper in
December, for succeeding in his ambition of reestablishing Moscow as a critical player
in solving international problems.

According to the poll released Wednesday, only 18 percent of respondents did not
approve of Putin’s performance as president.

The survey was conducted March 21-24 among 1,600 respondents across 130 cities
in Russia. The statistical margin of error was 3.4 percent.

Source: Ria Novosti


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Judge Joe Brown released–Opponent says publicity stunt

Judge Joe Brown

Newscast Media MEMPHIS—Famous TV Judge Joe Brown found himself in handcuffs
after what appears to be a disagreement between him and a magistrate of a lesser
rank in a Memphis, Tennessee courtroom.

According to Judge Brown, who was the first Black judge to serve in Memphis early in
his career, he was there to represent a client on a child support case in a Juvenile
Court on Monday. Judge Brown says he was doing it pro bono, and was upset when
they postponed his case for the afternoon hearing.

Judge Brown then asked Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold Horne to “just dismiss the
case” which the magistrate refused to do. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Made in China tops the EU list of dangerous products

Made in China

Newscast Media BEIJING—The European Commission has warned of a rising number of
notifications relating to the import of consumer products registered as dangerous to
consumers. It said most of the dangerous goods are coming from China.

In 2013, EU member countries notified 2,364 non-food products as potentially
dangerous, with the warnings being made through the bloc’s Rapid Alert System

Toys, textiles, clothing and fashion items in general were the largest group of goods
found to pose a danger, the Commission’s annual report said Tuesday. Among
the identified problems were chemical, strangulation, injury and choking risks.

Examples included collapsing pushchairs for small children and tattoo ink containing
banned chemicals.

“European consumers already benefit from one of the highest levels of product safety
in the world,” Consumer Policy Commissioner Neven Mimica said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, non-compliant, unsafe consumer goods still circulate on the market in
Europe,” he said, warning every actor must “remain vigilant.”

Mimica pointed out that two thirds of the notified products originated in China, with
the rate up from 58 percent a year earlier.

“We’re really working closely with the Chinese authorities, because we need to
develop and to deliver our concept of safety at source,” the commissioner argued,
adding that Chinese authorities had been quite responsive to EU criticism in this

Most RAPEX notifications were registered in Hungary, followed by Germany, Spain,
Bulgaria and the UK.

Source: Deutsche Welle


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Ethiopia next in line to pass anti-homosexuality bill in Africa

Ethiopia's national symbol

Newscast Media ADDIS ABABA—African countries are protecting themselves from
what they believe is the influence of some of the negative aspects of Western
culture, by passing laws that may be offensive to the West.

Ethiopia is now set to pass its own version of the anti-gay bill that was endorsed last
week by the cabinet, and is widely expected to pass when MPs put it to a vote next

In Ethiopia, same-sex acts are illegal and punishable by up to 15 years in prison. A
25-year jail term is also prescribed for anyone convicted of infecting another person
with HIV during same-sex acts.

Ethiopia’s president often pardons thousands of prisoners during the Ethiopian New
Year. If the bill becomes law, the president will lose his power to pardon prisoners
who faced charges ranging from homosexuality to terrorism, according to a report
by ABC News.

It would not be far-fetched to envisage an anti-gay bill taken before the African
Union for a vote, as a way of African leaders demonstrating solidarity toward one


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Obama writes supplemental report on troops in Uganda

Barack Obama giving speech—Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Yesterday, Newscast Media reported that President
Barack Obama had deployed troops to Uganda to search for warlord Joseph Kony. We
raised issues questioning the timing of deployment to the Great Lakes.

It appears the article got the White House’s attention, and Obama this morning has
submitted a supplemental report to the Speaker of the House, explaining why he is
doing what he is doing.

“As I previously reported, U.S. forces will not themselves engage in Lord’s Resistance
Army forces unless necessary in self-defense. This deployment is in furtherance of
the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States, including the
policy expressed in the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda
Recovery Act of 2008, Public Law 111-172, enacted May 2010.

“I have approved this deployment pursuant to my constitutional authority to
conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.

“I am making this supplemental report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress
fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148),”
Obama wrote. “I appreciate the support of the Congress in this matter,” he added.

Click here to read or download Obama’s report on the Uganda issue.

Newscast Media will monitor the situation closely and update our readers about any
new findings that emanate from this undertaking.


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Sergei Lavrov: Russia is not clinging to G8 format

Sergei Lavrov

Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russia is not clinging to the G8 format, as all major world
problems can be discussed at other international venues such as G20, Russia’s
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

“The G8 is an informal club, no one gives out membership cards and no one can expel
members,” Lavrov told a media conference at the Hague. “If our Western partners
believe that this format has exhausted itself, let it be. We are not clinging to it.”

Lavrov also said that many believe that the G8 has already fulfilled its mission as
many issues are now discussed at the G20 forum. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Malaysian officials to families: Flight MH370 Lost At Sea

Search and rescue

Newscast Media KUALA LUMPUR—The latest news reports have suggested missing
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 got lost somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean. The
announcement was made by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday, Chinese
state news agency reported.

Najib released the sad news at a hastily-convened press conference in Kuala Lumpur,
capital of Malaysia.

The prime minister said the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and Inmarsat, the
UK company that provided the satellite data, have concluded that “the missing
jetliner flew along the southern corridor,” and its last position was in the middle of the
Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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Obama sends special forces to allegedly hunt Uganda warlord Kony

Barack Obama

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is sending troops to Uganda
to hunt the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony according to a news reports.

The administration has not revealed how many special forces it is sending to Africa,
however, according to FOX, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden
told the Associated Press that the aircraft would be based in Uganda but will be used
in LRA-affected areas of the Central African Republic, Congo and South Sudan to
support the African Union’s regional task force. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Lives of 529 Muslim Brotherhood Suspects in The Hands Of Mufti

Egypt's police

Newscast Media CAIRO—Minya Criminal Court submitted documents of 529 suspects
affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood to the mufti to decide whether they will receive
the death sentence.

In Egypt, death sentence rulings are sent to the mufti, who gives the last approval
before the sentence is carried out. Many see the mufti as a rubber stamp on the
court decision.

The court previously cleared 16 suspects and has now set 28 April as the final
pronouncement of the verdict.

Suspects faced charges of involvement in violence in Matay town in Minya following
the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in August. The trial sessions started on

Most of the suspects are being tried in absentia, since they are at large. The deaths
sentences handed down as result of this trial, can be appealed, a lawyer said.

Source: Al Masry Al Youm


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Dallas brandishes bid to host 2016 Republican Convention

Texas delegates at the GOP Convention held in Tampa, Fla. in 2012. —Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media DALLAS—Dallas leaders met with the Republican National Committee
(RNC) today to share their vision to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention
back to the city. Thirty years ago, Dallas helped launch President Ronald Reagan’s
successful reelection victory at the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Today, Dallas is ready once again to host more than 40,000 visitors and offer a
unique and memorable experience as Republican delegates nominate their next
candidate for president. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>


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Japan’s Toyota fined $1.2 billion for defrauding its customers


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday
announced the agreement reached with Japanese car giant Toyota, which required
Toyota to pay 1.2 billion U.S. dollars for defrauding consumers in the fall of 2009 and
early 2010.

Under the agreement, Toyota admitted that it misled U.S. consumers by concealing
and making deceptive statements about two safety issues which caused a type of
unintended acceleration.

“Rather than promptly disclosing and correcting safety issues about which they were
aware, Toyota made misleading public statements to consumers and gave inaccurate
facts to Members of Congress,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.

“If any part of the automobile turns out to have safety issues, the car company has a
duty to be upfront about them, to fix them quickly, and to immediately tell the truth
about the problem and its scope,” Holder said.

Besides the huge penalty, an independent monitor will be imposed on Toyota to
review and assess policies, practices and procedures relating to Toyota’s
safety-related public statements and reporting obligations.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Wednesday’s penalties send “a powerful
message” to all manufacturers to follow the U.S. recall requirements or they will suffer
“serious consequences.”

Source: Xinhua


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