Bangladesh war crimes protest turn deadly
Four people have died in clashes between Bangladeshi police and protesters during a new round of protests over war crimes trials as the unrest spread to the country's main tourist resort.
Police said violence on Friday erupted at Tarabunia in the southeastern Cox's Bazaar region as 5,000 supporters of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party took to the streets to protest at the trials of their leaders by a government-appointed court.
Jamaat supporters armed with homemade firearms and bombs and stones attacked the security forces who retaliated with gunfire, said police officers.
"So far four people have died in the clashes," Nur Jahan, a local police officer, told the AFP new agency. A district administrator said three of the deceased were Jamaat supporters.
Army heads hit back at combat training claims
Army chiefs and the Defence Minister have hit back at claims that ill-prepared soldiers were sent into combat in Afghanistan.
A report leaked to the New Zealand Herald has strongly criticised the training given to an army contingent sent to Afghanistan which lost five of its members in combat.
The report was written by a sergeant in military intelligence who reviewed the group's preparation in Hawkes Bay, where the troops performed exercises simulating situations they were likely to encounter in Bamiyan province.
Graphing the Great Gun Debate
ProPublica: Christie Thompson
In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama again called for Congress to take quick action on gun control. "These proposals deserve a vote," he said. "Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun."
In the two months since Sandy Hook, debate has surged over how to address America's epidemic of gun violence. In late January, the Senate Judiciary Committee began ongoing hearings on proposals to tighten restrictions on gun sales.
We've dug into the NRA's efforts to block gun control policy, compared spending on both sides of the issue, and laid out five gun laws you probably never heard of. But with so much media coverage, it can be hard to keep facts straight. To help, we've compiled some of the best graphics on guns, from where they're purchased to the laws governing how they're used.
No Turk-Israeli project 'without Erdoğan's OK'
Turkey will not agree to an energy project with Israel without the approval of the Turkish prime minister, Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said, commenting on an Israeli offer to lay an undersea natural gas pipeline to Turkey for export to Europe.
"We can't act like nothing ever happened. We won't operate a project with Israel without seeing that the conditions put by the prime minister are met [first]," Yıldız told private broadcaster CNBC-e.
City Weekly; Eric S. Peterson
Then the residents of Rio Grande Street shuffled past the scene, heading inside the St. Vincent de Paul Center for a lunch of hard bread, ground beef, sugar cookies and salad. Just another day and another routine ambulance call-one of 63 to that street in 2012.
The plight of Salt Lake City's homeless is perhaps the most tragic news story that isn't. It's not news because the suffering and despair of those who have fallen through the cracks is anything but new. The homeless lack the money, health and opportunity for stable work to get them off the street, but they manage to scrape together enough money for the poisons that keep them there.
I spent hours on the street, ate meals at the St. Vincent de Paul Center and, while the weather was still warm, spent a night at the Road Home men's shelter in close observation of this nexus of support, warm beds and meals-and cold streets and hard drugs.
Utah twins launch sticky note protest of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
Salt Lake Tribune; Jennifer Napier-Pierce
On Monday, Beauty Redefined launched an online campaign urging supporters to cover up Kate Upton, the magazine's scantily clad cover model, with the organization's stylized sticky notes. The notes, available for purchase at www.beautyredefined.net, are imprinted with phrases such as "You are capable of much more than looking hot," and "There is more to be than eye candy."
Beauty Redefined, founded by twins Lindsay and Lexie Kite, began selling the sticky notes a few years ago and encouraging supporters to post them on mirrors in public restrooms and dressing rooms. The Kites, both of whom will earn doctorates in communications from the University of Utah this spring, say the words of empowerment have been extremely popular. They've sold 1,500 pads of 50 pieces each. Each pad costs $5.
They're getting PhD's from the University of Utah this spring. I can barely stop laughing.
Clear victory for Correa will have him in frontline to succeed Chavez
The combative US-trained economist has won strong support by using windfall oil earnings to give cash handouts to some 2 million people and expand access to healthcare and education.
Correa has a lead of as much as 50 percentage points over the nearest of his seven rivals in opinion polls. His confrontation with oil companies and Wall Street investors has helped him drum up nationalist fervour.