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News From Around the Web: March 15 Edition

March 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.

Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]

Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]

Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.  [CNN]

The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]

President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]

A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]

Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]

Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]

Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]

Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]

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Scores Killed in Airstrike in Afghanistan

September 4th, 2009

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As many as 90 people – many of them civilians – were killed early Friday after NATO forces launched an airstrike in a normally peaceful region of northern Afghanistan, NATO officials acknowledged. Although the airstrike on two fuel tankers in the tiny village of Omar Kheil had targeted insurgents, many civilians were killed as they siphoned gasoline from trucks, Afghan leaders told The New York Times. “Eighty to 90 people were killed,” said the district governor of Ali Abad, Haji Habibullah. “Some of them were civilians and some of them were Taliban fighters.” Part of the Ali Abad district is controlled by Taliban commanders. On Thursday, several Taliban guerrillas hijacked the two tanker trucks and took them to Omar Kheil, NATO officials said. Scores of villagers came out carrying all sorts of containers, writes the Times. “The air attack exploded the tankers, and people close to the trucks were blown to bits,” the paper reports, citing Gen. Razag Yaqoobi, police chief of the Kunduz Province. “Some of those farther away died from severe burns.” He said he saw a dozen badly burned men in their 20s and 30s. Local people said they did not believe them men were from the area. “After assessing that only insurgents were in the area, the local International Security Assistance Force (the NATO-led military alliance in Afghanistan) commander ordered an airstrike, which destroyed the fuel trucks, and a large number of insurgents were reportedly killed and injured,” press officer Lt. Cmdr. Sam Truelove of the British Royal Navy said. “I.S.A.F. has received information that civilians were killed and injured in this attack, and in conjunction with Afghan officials are currently conducting an investigation.”

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U.S. Soldier Kidnapped in Afghanistan

July 2nd, 2009

U.S. military officials said Thursday that they are exhausting all resources to find an American soldier who was captured by militants in Afghanistan on Tuesday. “We are not providing any further details at this time, in order to protect the welfare of the soldier,” a military statement said. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for abducting the unidentified soldier, who was kidnapped along with three Afghan soldiers, Taliban Commander Mulvi Sangeen said. The soldier apparently had gotten drunk at a military post in the Yousaf Khel district, Sangeen said. As he returned to his car, he was ambushed and taken to a safe place, he said.

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