terça-feira, 25 de maio de 2010
Three men were killed this afternoon in an apparently drug-related shooting in the South Shore neighborhood.
All the victims were shot in the head about 1 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Coles Avenue, according to authorities. They said someone apparently walked up to the men, opened fire and fled the scene.
The shooting happened just west of Rainbow Park Beach.
One of the victims, Joseph A. Powell, 30, was dead on the scene, according to his aunt, Georgia Griffin. She described him as the kind of person who could fix items in people's houses, a trade he did to support his young daughter.
"He was the kind of guy who could fix anything," Griffin said. "He would walk past you and ask if you needed help".
More than a dozen family members of Powell's, including his aunt, were on the scene this afternoon. Griffin said Powell lived in the area of the shooting.
The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed the three fatalities. But they would not immediately confirm their identities.
According to authorities and court records, Powell and the other two victims -- ages 29 and 24 -- have lengthy arrest records. All three have drug convictions in their criminal backgrounds and one of them has a weapons conviction. Link
By Elinor Mills, CNET
MOSCOW, May 25 (Reuters Life!) - Russia launched its first Cyrillic Web addresses on Tuesday as part of a global move by the Internet's administrators to boost access for users of non-Latin scripts.
The move has long been demanded by the Kremlin which hopes to boost the use of Russian, once the main language throughout the Soviet Union but now losing ground to local languages and to the creeping influence of English.
The body that allocates Web addresses, ICANN, last year approved the gradual introduction of non-Latin domain names for the first time, with Russia's Cyrillic script and Arabic the first to get the green light.
Instead of transliterating Russian Web site names into Latin script in the .ru domain, Web site owners will be able to register their sites in Russian, ending with the Cyrillic letters ".rf," short for Russian Federation.
"At midday the files for the .rf domain were put in place... the domain has begun to operate," the Coordinating Centre of the Russian Internet said in a statement.
Around 300 Cyrillic Web sites have been registered, compared to the almost 3 million Latin .ru Web site addresses, the statement said. Link
News reports say the U.S. military has authorized an expansion of covert operations in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa and Central Asia to disrupt terrorist groups in the region.
The media reports, released Tuesday, say the head of U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, signed a secret directive last September authorizing U.S. Special Operations troops to be sent to both friendly and hostile nations that include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia.
The information was first reported by The New York Times. The report says the order would allow for reconnaissance that could assist military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear program were to escalate.
Defense Department officials also told the Times the new order would allow for more systematic and long-term covert operations than in previous administrations.
Officials have told media organizations the program's goals would be to build networks and ties with local security forces that could "penetrate, disrupt, defeat or destroy" al Qaida and other militant groups.
The Times says it withheld some details in the seven-page directive in response to a U.S. Central Command official's concerns about troop safety.
Some Pentagon officials told the Times they are concerned the new policy could strain relations with friendly nations in the region and incite anger in hostile nations such as Iran or Syria.
There was no immediate official comment on the report from the Pentagon or White House. Link
A Mauritanian court has sentenced three men to death for the murder of four French tourists in 2007. At the trial's opening on Sunday the defendants claimed to be "soldiers of al Qaeda"
By News Wires
REUTERS - A Mauritanian court sentenced three suspected members of Al Qaeda's north African wing to death on Tuesday for the December 2007 killings of four French
tourists, lawyers said.
As Mauritania has not applied the death sentence since the 1980s, the ruling means it is likely to be commuted to a lengthy jail term on appeal.
The three men -- Sidi Ould Sidna, Mohamed Ould Chabarnou, and Maarouf Ould Haiba -- were accused of shooting five French tourists in the town of Aleg in December 2007, killing four and seriously injuring one. Link
By Michael Gisick, Stars and Stripes
TIKRIT, Iraq — It was nearly midnight as four platoons of American soldiers stepped down from armored vehicles into the courtyard of a palace-turned-police station in this city where crumbling monuments mark the hometown of Saddam Hussein.
For the next six hours, as some 300 Iraqi soldiers and policemen fanned out to search the city for fighters still loyal to Saddam’s vision of a Sunni-led country, the Americans stayed at the station, monitoring the feed from a reconnaissance drone and waiting.
U.S. troops are continuing to pull away from a front-line role in security operations. But that mission last month also reflected a generally cautious approach to targeting an insurgent group that, unlike al-Qaida and its brethren, retains significant public support among Iraq’s Sunni minority. Link
SINGAPORE - The Romanian Embassy in Singapore has told the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Singapore Attorney-General's Chambers that Romanian representatives to the joint working group will be here from May 26 to 29, and would like to interview a list of witnesses in the case of former charge d'affaires, Dr Silviu Ionescu.
Responding to media queries, MFA yesterday said Singapore's Special Envoy to Romania, Ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar, had informed the Romanian Foreign Ministry's Secretary of State Doru Costea that Singapore was ready to accommodate the visit "despite the very short notice given".
Mr Nayar also explained that as May 28 was Vesak Day, a religious public holiday, the Romanian officials would have only one working day to hear from the available witnesses, and should be prepared to stay for a longer period.
MFA also sent a third-person note to the Romanian Foreign Ministry requesting urgent confirmation of the dates of the visit, so it can facilitate the Romanian officials' work here.
MFA is awaiting a response from the Romanians. Link
JAMIE SMYTH, Social Affairs Correspondent
Gardaí investigating the killing of Daniel McAnaspie (17), whose body was recovered from a drain in Co Meath this month have arrested a fifth person.
The woman was arrested in Dublin this afternoon and is currently being held at Blanchardstown Garda station under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.
Yesterday gardaí arrested four men in the Blanchardstown area in connection with the murder. Three of those were released earlier today and a file has been sent to the DPP in respect of those.
A garda spokesman said searches are continuing in Blanchardstown in relation to the investigation.
The decomposed body of Mr McAnaspie was found by a farmer on May 13th in a drain between two fields about 200 metres off the old Dublin to Derry road at Rathfeigh, Co Meath.
A postmortem revealed he had been stabbed to death. Link
By Ashley Fantz, CNN
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc and Nokia Oyj said they would team up to boost their mobile Internet offerings, seeking to regain market share lost to rivals like Apple Inc and Google Inc.
Starting in the second half of this year, Yahoo will host Nokia's Ovi email on phones exclusively and Nokia in turn will provide maps and navigation for Yahoo.
At a news conference in New York on Monday, the companies highlighted the importance of expanding services for users in emerging markets, for whom the phone is increasingly the primary device for using the Web.
Nokia is the leading handset vendor in many emerging markets, but it has struggled to grow in North America. Nokia Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said working more closely with Yahoo would help it compete in the United States. Link