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Name: Maria Hond
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Hometown: Chicago
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Pakistan bombing: Suspects, arms seized after attack on Christians kills 72

Source: CNN


Lahore, Pakistan (CNN) — Security forces, hunting for suspects in the deadly Easter Sunday bombing targeting Christians in a Lahore park, raided locations in three cities overnight and arrested suspected terrorists, a military spokesman said Monday on Twitter.

No details were given on who had been arrested or what role -- if any -- they may have played in the bombing, which killed at least 72 people and injured 341 others, Punjab province Chief Secretary Khizer Hyat said Monday.



Twenty-four children were among the dead, according to Punjab province police.

A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Jamat-ul-Ahrar, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted Christians. The group vowed more such attacks.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/28/asia/pakistan-bombing-lahore/index.html

American Couple Confirmed Dead In Brussels Attacks

Source: Huffington Post

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Reuters) - An American husband and wife missing since the suicide bombings in Brussels have been confirmed to have died in the attacks, according to family members and their employers.

Justin and Stephanie Shults, Belgium residents originally from Tennessee and Kentucky, were last seen dropping off her mother at the Brussels airport shortly before the check-in area was rocked by a powerful explosion on Tuesday, one of three blasts that took at least 31 lives.

“Today we learned from Stephanie Shults’ family that she and her husband, Justin, were among those killed in the attack on the Brussels airport,” Mars Inc, Stephanie Shults’ employer, said on its Facebook page.

“We are mourning the loss of our colleague and friend. Our hearts and thoughts are with their families, and with all those who are suffering during this terrible time,” the company said.

Justin Shults’ brother, Levi Sutton, remembered the slain man in a post on Twitter.

“He was smart and kind and generous. I never met a single person who didn’t like him. He worked hard his whole life and achieved goals that most could only dream about,” Sutton said in the post.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/?country=US

Iraq Stadium Bombing: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Explosion That Left Dozens Dead

Source: Huffington Post

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a soccer stadium that was claimed by the Islamic State group has climbed to 41, with another 105 people wounded.

The security and public health officials provided the updated toll Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The bombing took place Friday during a match in the small stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles (50 kilometres) from the capital, Baghdad. IS claimed the attack, saying it had targeted Shiite militiamen.

The extremist group has lost ground in recent months in Iraq and Syria, but has struck back with a series of large attacks targeting civilians. IS claimed this week's attacks in Brussels, which killed 31 people.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/03/26/iraq-stadium-suicide-bomb_n_9551034.html

Trashing Forums

I just noticed that you can completely trash - e.g. hide - some of the noisier forums where posters just want to keep posting the same agreeable posts.

This will save a lot of time.

What's the point of having a forum where no one actually wants to engage in real conversation with differing opinions.

Is Hillary a warmonger?

She was not in office during the 80s during the Reagan wars and involvement with the contras. She has had no role in government in the last 4 years? Is the world a peaceful place?

and during the bush years, 911 happened, the invasion of afganistan and Iraq. yes, she was 1 vote in like 80 in the senate that gave the president the ability to defend the country. the resident in question chose to lie and scheme and invade Iraq. the resident could have chosen not to.

with yet another islamic state attack, this time in Belgium, our leaders better start

proposing serious solutions - more than the standard - we stand with the victims, but will not be terrorized words.

Innocent people are being slaughtered by strangers and even by acquantances that suddenly become radicalized through the internet or becoming more devout. Cruz and trump are proposing extreme measures that will attract people who are becoming desperate and weary of being targets. If our decent leaders don't do something that starts to work, I'm afraid indecent leaders like Trump are going to become president in November. then I fear for our planet.

Banned from the bernie site

get this, someone posted that if Hillary won the nomination they would leave the Democratic Party.

I pointed out that letting a republican win in November with the power to appoint 2 or more scotus judges would cause decades of misery to progressive values.

I got banned from the Bernie site. I shudder to imagine a country run with this type of thin skin.

Christian convert stabbed to death in Bangladesh

Source: Times of India


DHAKA: Suspected Islamist militants stabbed a Christian convert to death in northern Bangladesh on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation.

The country has seen a surge in Islamist violence in which liberal activists, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups have been targeted.

Police said three attackers came on a motorbike and stabbed Hossain Ali, 68, while he was having his morning walk in Kurigram, north of Dhaka.

"They left the scene exploding crude bombs to create panic," Kurigram district police chief Tobarak Ullah told Reuters by telephone.

Ali converted to Christianity from Islam in 1999, he added.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Christian-convert-stabbed-to-death-in-Bangladesh/articleshow/51513559.cms

If Trump forms a third party - the republicans lose. Did nader cause the Democrats to lose in 2000

actually, we still won, but was the nader affect enough to allow the republicans to steal the election in the way that they did?

Afghan courts get failing grade in grisly mob murder of Farkhunda Malikzada: analysis

Source: The Toronto Star

It was a crime that shocked even veteran Afghanistan watchers: a young woman murdered in the capital by a frenzied mob, who beat her with fists and wooden planks in March 2015.

In the orgy of violence, 27-year-old Farkhunda Malikzada’s body was thrown from a roof, run over by a car, then dragged to the trash-strewn banks of the Kabul River and set ablaze — while police failed to intervene.

Her alleged crime: burning pages from a Quran.

That was exposed as false: 49 suspects were rounded up and 13 charged and convicted. The “Farkhunda murder” became an international test for Afghanistan’s shaky judicial system.

But last week — one year after her killing — the country’s highest court reduced the sentences of the convicted men and confirmed a lower court’s decision to quash four death sentences.


Read more: http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/03/14/afghan-courts-get-failing-grade-in-grisly-mob-murder-of-farkhunda-malikzada-analysis.html
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