Sunday, 20 January 2013



Cape Verde dampens SAfrica spirits in 0-0 draw

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:47 AM PST

20/01/2013 02:47:00

JOHANNESBURG-- Tournament debutant Cape Verde dampened South Africa's

spirits at the African Cup of Nations by holding the host to 0-0 in the

opening game on Saturday.

   Cape Verde defied Bafana Bafana and a big home crowd to earn a draw and a

point in its first game at a major tournament.

   In persistent rain, Cape Verde even had the best chances, first when

Helson Ramos screwed a shot wide of the right post when clear in the area in

the 15th minute. Ramos then forced Itumeleng Khune into a scrambling save

with his diving header in the 72nd.

   South Africa's lackluster form continued under coach Gordon Igesund and

underlined doubts the host would make any impact at its African Cup.

Cole goal denies Remy a dream debut for QPR

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:39 AM PST

20/01/2013 02:39:00

ONDON (AP) -- Joe Cole denied last-place Queens Park Rangers a vital

Premier League win by grabbing West Ham's equalizer in a 1-1 draw Saturday,

the former England winger's first goal since returning to his boyhood club.

   France striker Loic Remy marked his QPR debut by scoring with his first

shot in English football, putting his new team ahead after 14 minutes.

   West Ham piled on the pressure and was rewarded when Cole -- recently

signed on a free transfer from Liverpool -- tucked in a rebound after Carlton

Cole was defied by one of Julio Cesar's many saves in the QPR goal.

   QPR is four points adrift at the bottom of the standings, but Remy's

goalscoring debut following his club-record move from Marseille will give the

team hope of avoiding the drop.

Reading beat Newcastle 2-1 in bid to avoid drop

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:28 AM PST

20/01/2013 02:28:00

NEWCASTLE, England -- Reading boosted its hopes of avoiding relegation

while also sinking Newcastle deeper into trouble in a 2-1 comeback win over

the Magpies in the English Premier League on Saturday.

   Reading's fourth win of the season, and second straight, lifted it to

fourth from bottom in the standings, just two points behind Newcastle.

   Newcastle dominated the opening half but could beat Reading goalkeeper

Adam Federici only once, in the 35th minute, from a fine free kick curled

over the wall by midfielder Yohan Cabaye, making his first start since a

groin injury in November.

   The home side couldn't keep the momentum going after halftime, and Reading

struck twice in six minutes through substitute Adam Le Fondre. He connected

with Jimmy Kebe's cross in the 71st, and moments later he poached loose ball

in the box for the winner.

Fletcher grabs brace as Sunderland beats Wigan 3-2

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:21 AM PST

20/01/2013 02:21:00

WIGAN, England -- Steven Fletcher took his impressive haul in the

English Premier League to 10 goals by scoring twice in Sunderland's 3-2 win

at struggling Wigan on Saturday, dumping the home side into the relegation


   The Scotland striker completed Sunderland's comeback after the visitors

fell behind in the fourth minute when David Vaughan bundled in a soft own

goal at DW Stadium.

   Craig Gardner converted a penalty for the equalizer in the 17th before

Fletcher took over, scoring at the second attempt to make it 2-1 in the 20th

and then curling home a top-class finish just inside the area three minutes

before halftime.

   Angelo Henriquez, on loan from Manchester United, gave Wigan hope of a

point in the 79th but Sunderland held on to move up to 11th in the standings.

Swansea beats Stoke 3-1 in Premier League

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:02 AM PST

20/01/2013 02:02:00

SWANSEA, Wales -- Jonathan de Guzman scored twice in the second half

Saturday to help Swansea beat Stoke 3-1 in the Premier League.

   Michael Laudrup's team couldn't break through the visitors' defense in the

first half but Ben Davies then netted his first goal for Swansea to put the

hosts' ahead in the 49th.

   De Guzman doubled the lead with a curling free kick in the 57th and then

added the third in the 80th. Michael Owen headed in his first goal for Stoke

in injury time, but it was too late to prevent a confidence boosting win for

Swansea ahead of its return leg against Chelsea in the League Cup semifinals

on Wednesday.

Silva scores twice as City beats Fulham 2-0

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 09:55 AM PST

20/01/2013 01:55:00

MANCHESTER, England  -- David Silva scored in each half as Manchester

City beat Fulham 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

   Silva put the defending champion ahead in the second minute after Fulham

goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer saved Edin Dzeko's shot.

   A clever pass from Carlos Tevez put Silva through in the 69th to double

the lead at the Etihad Stadium.

   Second-place City provisionally moved four points behind league leader

Manchester United, which plays at Tottenham on Sunday.

Algerian assault ends crisis 19 hostages dead

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 09:13 AM PST

20/01/2013 01:13:00

AIN AMENAS, Algeria  -- Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the middle of the Sahara desert on Saturday in a "final assault" that ended a four-day-old hostage crisis, according to the state news agency and two foreign governments. At least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist militants have been killed.

The report, quoting a security source, didn't say whether any hostages or militants remained alive, and it didn't give the nationalities of the dead.

It said the army was forced to intervene after a fire broke out in the plant and said the militants killed the hostages. It wasn't immediately possible to verify who killed the captives.

Seven hostages and 11 militants were killed in Saturday's operation, adding to the previous tally of 12 captives and 18 kidnappers.

The Ain Amenas plant is jointly run by BP, Norway's Statoil and Algeria's state-owned oil company. The governments of Norway and Britain said they received confirmation the siege was over.

The entire refinery was mined with explosives and set to blow up, the Algerian state oil company Sonatrach said in a statement, adding that the process of clearing the explosives had begun. The Algerian media reported that the militants had planned to blow up the complex.

The siege transfixed the world after radical Islamists linked to al-Qaida stormed the complex, which contained hundreds of plant workers from all over the world.

Algeria's response to the crisis was typical of the country's history in confronting terrorists - military action over negotiation - and caused an international outcry from countries worried about their citizens. Algerian military forces twice assaulted the areas where the hostages were being held with minimal apparent negotiation - first on Thursday and then on Saturday.

The latest deaths bring the official Algerian tally of dead to 19 hostages and 29 militants, although reports on the number of dead, injured and freed have been contradictory throughout the crisis. Militants originally said they had seized 41 foreign hostages.

Gas pistol pointed at Bulgaria party leader

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 08:54 AM PST

20/01/2013 00:54:00

OFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian police detained a man after he pointed a gas pistol at an ethnic Turkish party leader as he was delivering a speech at a party caucus in the capital Saturday. No shots were fired.

The video from the Saturday event in Sofia shows the man climbing the podium where Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking, and pointing the gun to his face.

Dogan struck the man before he could pull the trigger, while other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground. TV footage showed several people punching, kicking and stomping on the man when he was on the ground.

Police arrested him and took him to a hospital. It wasn't immediately clear if he sustained serious injuries, or how he got past security to enter the hall with nearly 3,000 people attending.

Eventually, the attacker was identified by police as 25-year-old Oktai Enimehmedov, a Bulgarian national and ethnic Turk, from the coastal city of Burgas. He was carrying the gas pistol and two knives. A gas pistol is a non-lethal weapon used for self-defense, but experts say when fired from close range it can cause life-threatening injuries.

Interior Minister Tsvevtan Tsvetanov told journalists that the assailant had a criminal record for drugs possession, robberies and hooliganism.

The liberal MRF party mainly represents ethnic Turks and other Muslims in Bulgaria, who make up 12 percent of its 7.3-million population.

The conference had to elect a new leader to succeed Dogan, who is one of the Balkan country's most influential political figures. The 58-year-old has been at the helm of the party since founding it in 1990.

Lyutvi Mestan, who was expected to become the new party leader, said "the true reason for the assault was the language of hatred and confrontation."

Saturday's assault was the gravest attack on a politician in post-communist Bulgaria after the 1996 killing of ex-prime Minister Andrei Lukanov.

Kementerian Pendidikan pandang serius edar bible versi Melayu di sekolah

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 08:29 AM PST

20/01/2013 00:29:00

Kelantan -- Kementerian Pendidikan memandang serius isu pengedaran kitab Bible versi bahasa Melayu kepada pelajar sekolah termasuk yang beragama Islam di Jelutong, Georgetown semalam dan mahu tindakan segera diambil kepada pihak yang terbabit mengedarkannya.


Sehubungan itu Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan , Dr. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi berkata pihaknya menyerahkan kepada polis menyiasat kes itu dan mahu dikenakan tindakan tegas kerana melanggar undang-undang negara.

Katanya, perbuatan mengedarkan kitab itu dianggap melampau kerana tidak menghormati perlembagaan negara yang melarang penyebaran dakyah kepada masyarakat Melayu.


Dr Mohd Puad Zakarshi, "Sebenarnya ini adalah tindakan provokasi oleh pihak yang sengaja membuat ini untuk memanaskan keadaan akibat daripada provokasi yang dibuat oleh Lim Guan Eng, yang minta supaya penggunaaan kalimah Allah dibenarkan dalam Bible versi bahasa Melayu.


"Apa yang berlaku menunjukkan seolah-olah sudah ada Bible yang ditulis dalam Jawi dan sebagainya. Jadi bila diedarkan membuktikan tindakan provoskasi supaya keamanan negara tergugat".

Menurut Dr Mohd Puad, Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng perlu bertanggungjawab atas isu ini yang menyentuh sensitiviti agama.


 Dr Mohd Puad Zakarshi, "Pas diminta kena buat pendirian secara tegas iaitu apa yang berlaku bila mereka pertahan Lim Guan Eng dan kini keadaan semakin merisaukan sehingga ada orang secara terang terang mengedarkan kitab injil dan semakin merisaukan sehingga ada orang datang secara terang waktu siang".


Dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 12.30 tengah hari itu, dua lelaki yang berpakaian kemas didakwa mengedarkan Bible kepada kira-kira 50 pelajar termasuk pelajar Islam yang sedang masuk dan keluar sekolah ketika waktu pertukaran sesi persekolahan pagi dan petang.



Sehubungan itu, sebuah badan bukan kerajaan, Persatuan Mukabuku Pulau Pinang membuat laporan polis di Balai Jelutong.


Perbuatan berkenaan menyalahi Perkara 11 kurungan 4 Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang melarang penyebaran agama lain kepada umat Islam. 


Planes carrying freed Algeria hostages land in Sicily

Posted: 19 Jan 2013 07:15 AM PST

19/01/2013 23:15:00

SIGONELLA, ITALY --Some of the Western hostages freed from an Algerian gas plant seized by Islamic fighters were taken to a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily on Saturday (January 19), local agencies reported.

 Two planes were filmed moving at the air base which matched the types of planes described by Italian news agencies.

 Both planes were reported to have come from the U.S. Air Force station in Ramstein, Germany. They were said to be carrying anywhere between 10 and 20 freed hostages.

 Algerian special forces on Saturday launched a final assault on Islamists holding foreign hostages at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, killing 11 of the al Qaeda-linked fighters, the country's official APS news agency said.

 Seven foreign hostages held by the militants have been killed by their captors, APS said.

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