UNITED STATES LYNNE STEWART TO THE SLAMMER! Radical lawyer had passed on messages for Omar Abdel-Rahman. $500 MILLION SEIZED FROM ALAVI FOUNDATION, TERRORISM GROUP: four U.S. mosques and a Fifth Avenue skyscraper owned by a nonprofit Muslim organization long suspected of being secretly controlled by the Iranian government. The assets include bank accounts; Islamic centers consisting of schools and mosques in New York City, Maryland, California and Houston; more than 100 acres in Virginia; and a 36-story glass office tower in New York. Prosecutors said the Alavi Foundation managed the office tower on behalf of the Iranian government and, working with a front company known as Assa Corp., illegally funneled millions in rental income to Iran‘s state-owned Bank Melli, accused of providing support for Iran‘s nuclear program. TERROR AT FORT HOOD! 13 killed, over 30 wounded.
BELGIUM LISBON TREATY RATIFIED BY CZECH REPUBLIC, the last holdout member. Will European Union become the new economic superpower? 27 member states select Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy as first EU president.
BURMA AMERICA ENGAGES with junta, leaving democracy advocates in the cold.
AFGHANISTAN CORRUPT KARZAI SWORN IN for second term. ANTI-CORRUPTION UNIT established. $20 MILLION BRIBE allegedly paid to one Afghan official for mining concession to China. FIVE BRITS KILLED—TALIBAN TAKES CREDIT
RUSSIA CARRIER FROM FRANCE? Mistral-class carrier on the shopping list. PRISONERS DENIED MEDICAL CARE in blackmail efforts.
CHINA OBAMA MEETS CHICOM LEADER in Beijing, and gets rebuffed on Iran and the yuan.
SOUTH KOREA NAVAL WAR GAMES DAMAGE warship and patrol craft. South accuses the North of making a “direct attack” on a South Korean patrol boat in Yellow Sea. TROOPS DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN to protect 130 So. Korean civilian reconstruction staff. Thai India News
NORTH KOREA RETURN TO TALKS, or else, Obama tells North Korea.
JAPAN U.S. MARINES GET OFF OKINAWA, new government tells Obama. Does that include the dead troops from World War II buried there?
ECUADOR CORREA SUPPORT SINKS as Ecuadorian economy heads downhill. Other leaders seeing a downturn: Hugo Chavez and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
UNITED KINGDOM CARRIER FOR SALE? Is one of two carriers under construction India-bound? 5,000 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN, Prime Minister Brown says. DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST SHARIA LAW organized by The One Law for All campaign. Rally organizers call for global demonstrations.
RWANDA REBEL LEADERS ARRESTED by Germany on war crimes charges.
SIERRA LEONE PRISON KEYS HANDED OVER as international tribunal for that country’s civil war winds down.
NIGERIA CEASE-FIRE THREATENED, militants in Niger region claim. Yeah, right. FIGHT’S OVER, GO HOME, Niger residents tell troops.
ZIMBABWE END SANCTIONS, dictator Robert Mugabe demands. AG MUST QUIT, lawyers insist, claiming abuses.
SOMALIA MAERSK ALABAMA ATTACKED AGAIN! This time, armed guards help drive scurvy pirates away. VOA REPORTER SHOT in Puntland. AL-SHABAB suspected of murdering Puntland judge.
SWEDEN SERBIAN “RED BERETS” ARRESTED AFTER A FAILED HELICOPTER RAID OF A CASH DEPOT IN STOCKHOLM. The Bosnian thieves were paramilitaries in the 1990s Yugoslav war.
PAKISTAN US PROVIDING NUCLEAR SAFETY training according to Seymour Hersh. ISI supports al Qaeda. US UAV TAKES OUT al Qaeda organizer, terror chief Mustafa al-Yazid. Maybe. Yazid was reported dead in 2008. HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS BLOWN UP to retard learning that might enlighten children, mainly girls schools. AERONAUTICS BASE HIT BY SUICIDE BOMBER.
INDIA MAOIST VIOLENCE SURGE in “red corridor” spanning 223 of India’s 600 districts across 20 states killed 500 civilians in first three quarters of 2009. 6000 have died in the 20-year conflict. BBC
SAUDI ARABIA BOMBING OFFENSIVE AGAINST SHIITE REBELS on Yemeni border designed to set buffer zone. Shelling was to support Yemini army against rebels supported by Iran. AP
NICARAGUA TERM LIMITS REPEALED by Supreme Court ruling. Is Sandinista dictatorship 2.0 on the horizon?
COLOMBIA RENEWED ATTACK on Colombian– American pact to allow American access to bases in one of the world’s top cocaine-producing countries. SIGNATURES INVALIDATED on referendum petitions for Uribe reelection.
VENEZUELA HUGO MOUTHS OFF – AGAIN. Calls Colombian President Uribe a mobster. TWO BRIDGES DESTROYED on Colombian border by Venezuelan troops. GREEDY HUGO GRABS COFFEE COMPANIES. 30,000 guns seized during police raids chopped up with blow-torches.
ARGENTINA UNION-RUN NEWSSTANDS ONLY, decrees Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who rammed media “reform” law through lame-duck Argentinean Congress. NO ZELAYA, NO RECOGNITION, de Kirchner declares.
BRAZIL NO ZELAYA, NO RECOGNITION, Lula says, claiming that his stand is backed by all other Caribbean and Latin American countries.
HONDURAS ZELAYA REJECTS UNITY GOVERNMENT, claims process has failed, calls for boycott of elections. ELECTION STILL SLATED for 29 November. USA WILL RECOGNIZE results of election after Senator DeMint holds up nominations.
LEBANON NASRALLAH RE-ELECTED as Hezbollah leader.
IRAN DEATH PENALTY DECREED for five pro-democracy activists. PROVE PEACEFUL NUKE AIMS or face consequences, Obama tells Iran. AMERICANS CHARGED with spying – three hikers were taken by Iranian regime in summer of 2009. S-300
ANTI AIRCRAFT MISSILES from Russia delayed. 500 TONS OF WEAPONS SHIPPED TO HEZBOLLAH. Israel commandos apprehended ship labeled as tied to Islamic Republic of Iran’s shipping lines.
HUNGARY ITALIAN MAFIOSO ARRESTED, member of the Camorra gang as he tried to enter Romania.
FRANCE DEPORT IMMIGRANTS WHO CALL FOR VIOLENCE, administration ordered. 27,000 deportations expected this year.
MEXICO DESPERATE REQUEST FOR UN PEACEKEEPERS made to control violence in Juarez, where over 1900 have died in first nine months of 2009, including hundreds of cops. DEAD WOMEN OF JUAREZ: naked bodies of women with visible lesions and signs of sexual abuse. Freedom From Fear. WEAPONS SEIZED in Ciudad Juarez and Guerrero include AK-47 and AR-15 rifles
SPAIN PIRATE SWAPPING GAMES. Spain refused to give up two pirates to Somali pirates in exchange for 33 crew members and Spanish trawler held hostage.
IRAQ AL-QAIDA ROUNDUP! VBIED cell arrested by Iraqi security forces. ELECTION LAW PASSED – dates set. NO TVS—don’t exploit tragedy, Iraq officials said. 60 officials arrested for negligence in allowing bombing that killed 150, wounded 500. Islamic State of Iraq militants claimed credit. USA TODAY