KARBALA, Iraq- It is the most impassioned day of the year for Shiite Muslims - Ashoura, when one of the faith´s most revered figures, Imam Hussein, was martyred in battle. Hundreds of thousands of Shiites who flocked to his resplendent, gold-domed shrine to commemorate him Saturday found the site has radically changed. The shrine of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is seeing its most extensive renovation since the 17th century. The construction is part of a push by Iraq´s Shiite rulers to reinvigorate sacred shrines long neglected under former dictator Saddam Hussein, reflecting the community´s
“Come on, that’s such a canard, you know that,” Oliver Stone said. “ ‘The Greatest Generation?’ That was the biggest publishing hoax of all. It’s to sell books.” This seemingly sacrosanct term was coined by Tom Brokaw for his 1998 book of the same title, in which he recounted the lives of ordinary, World War II-era Americans. “I was in Vietnam with the Greatest Generation. They were master sergeants, generals, colonels. They had arrogance beyond belief. The hubris that allowed Henry Kissinger to say North Vietnam is a fourth-rate power we will break. The hubris of that!”
In case you were wondering, the Libyan government appears not to have given the investigation of who and what was behind the attack on our consulate very high priority.In fact, they haven´t done anything much at all: After more than two months, Libya´s investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi appears in limbo. Key security commanders and witnesses say they were never questioned. No suspects have been named, and gunmen seen participating in the assault walk freely in the eastern Libyan city. Hanging over the probe is a fear of reprisals from extremist militiamen.
As it did in 2008, the Obama operation rolled on Election Day this year—making the president the first Democrat since FDR to twice claim an outright majority of the popular vote. But despite suggestions from the administration that it will use its potent supporters list as a second-term “game-changer,” the activist left is fearful it will again be kept in the field and out of the halls of power. Obama’s vaunted campaign machine, “OFA”—short for “Obama for America” during election season,
The editor of the Irish Daily star has resigned in the wake of controversy about his decision to publish topless photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. Michael O´Kane had been suspended from duties since September after publication of the pictures, which were apparently taken with long lenses to avoid detection at a private chateau in Provence. In a statement the paper´s co-owners Independent News and Media said that having considered the issues that arose from that publication in tandem with O´Kane, he had decided to resign immediately. The company added that O'Kane had acted in a
A $325 million Powerball jackpot, the fourth largest in the lottery’s history, could make this holiday season especially sweet for a lucky winner, if there is one. Despite the swelling jackpot, ticket sales have been lower than usual, likely because of the holiday weekend, Powerball officials said. In Colorado, one of 42 states where Powerball tickets are sold, only 1.9 million of the tickets have been purchased. By comparison, 3.5 million tickets were sold in the state before a big drawing in August. To entice players in Idaho, the state lottery offered a Black Friday special offering
The grinches struck early this year. Residents of storm-battered Breezy Point returned from the Thanksgiving holiday to discover that thieves had looted their damaged homes — even taking one family’s change jars, The Post has learned. At least three homeowners in the Queens enclave were robbed, including a couple that lost a $25,000 coin collection along with jewelry and watches at their flooded house. The break-ins — part of a rash of recent burglaries — occurred between Wednesday and Thursday, when most residents were away for the holiday. Burglars struck a house whose basement
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s campaign took some ribbing when it enlisted top New York fashion designers to craft high-culture Obama-themed purses and scarves — but ended up laughing all the way to the bank. The program, dreamed up by Vogue editor Anna Wintour and called “Runway to Win,” raised more than $40 million by hawking $45 Marc Jacobs T-shirts, $95 Thakoon Panichgul scarves, and $75 Tory Burch handbags at glitzy fund-raisers and on the campaign Web site. Wintour and Scarlett Johansson launched the first fashion-themed event right before New York Fashion Week.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, long the most famous overachiever in the U.S. Army, is already on his way to a new career distinction: breaking the land speed record for rehabilitation from a scandal.It was only two weeks ago that Petraeus resigned from his job as director of the CIA after it became clear that his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, couldn´t be kept under wraps.The dust hasn´t settled yet on the chaos kicked up by the FBI´s discovery of the affair, touched off by Broadwell´s jealousy of another woman
In headier days, Ed Kennedy personified the hard-drinking, hard-charging war correspondent of another era. The first time his future wife saw him, he was sidled up to a hotel bar in Paris with none other than Ernest Hemingway, both of them so “dead drunk” they could hardly stand.Kennedy was a star Associated Press correspondent with a penchant for daring evasion of authority, dashing into World War II battle zones where he wasn’t supposed to go because he had to get the story. He just had to.
MADISON, Wis. — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers who know what’s coming scramble to close their doors, and several police officers take up watch from a distance. Then the group begins to sing, the voices echoing throughout the cavernous rotunda. The first song might include the lyrics, "Hit the road, Scott, and don’t you come back no more." The next tune could say, "We’ll keep singing ’til justice is done. We’re not going away, oh Scotty." Most of the protesters who hounded Gov. Scott Walker
A 68-year-old California man accused of killing and dismembering his wife was cooking her flesh and bones at the time police officers came to arrest him, according to officials. Police said they responded to neighbors´ complaints about a foul odor coming from the home of Frederick Hengl and his wife, 73-year-old Anna Faris, in Oceanside on Friday. An officer who entered the home through a window said he saw on the stove three pans containing what later turned out to be the remains of the elderly woman. Her severed head was discovered in the freezer.
It looks like former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who resigned Wednesday, is trying to take any potential heat off of his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) — who is also his campaign manager. I’m told that Sandi Jackson has hired her own legal representation as her husband’s lawyers try to work out a deal in the ongoing federal probe of his campaign finances. It doesn’t take too much reading between the lines of Jackson’s resignation letter — unusually poignant — that he is telling the feds to blame him — and leave his wife out of it.
A mother leaves her young daughter tethered all alone on the other side of a door outside a betting shop on a busy street before going in to place a bet. This was the shocking scene in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, captured by office workers who couldn´t believe their eyes yesterday afternoon. They saw the curly-haired girl, aged around four, being left tied by her reins outside a branch of Ladbrokes opposite their place of work for two to three minutes. She appeared to struggle to free herself before the woman, believed to be her mother, came out.
A MOB attacked Alexander Aan even before an Indonesian court in June jailed him for two and a half years for “inciting religious hatred”. His crime was to write “God does not exist” on a Facebook group he had founded for atheists in Minang, a province of the world’s most populous Muslim nation. (Snip) Some of the finest medieval Arabic and Persian poets and grammarians were atheists (though several were also famously executed). Young activists, albeit often exiled, such as Mr Ghazzali, have become more vociferous about their right not to believe in a God. Organisations abroad for former Muslims
Ingesting glass does not lower your cholesterol, but patients taking Ranbaxy’s generic version of Pfizer‘s blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor might be doing just that. Ranbaxy announced today that it was recalling a large number of batches of its generic Lipitor as they might include very small glass particles – something that could be dangerous if ingested. Generics from other manufacturers have not been recalled. The recall is a small positive for Pfizer, which makes branded Lipitor. Pfizer has a generic drug division named Greenstone and some consumers might feel most comfortable asking for the Greenstone generic Lipitor.
Ten years after her kidnapping, Elizabeth Smart is preparing her story of being held captive by a homeless street preacher, her improbable rescue after nine months, and how she advocated for children after the ordeal. St. Martin´s Press bought the rights to the memoir from the now 25-year-old senior at Brigham Young University. Smart married a fellow Mormon missionary, Matthew Gilmour, in February. The account is being written by Chris Stewart, a congressman-elect from Utah who has authored books with religious and patriotic themes.
Too much post-election analysis has focused on voter demographics and campaign mechanics, leaving Democrats in danger of drawing the wrong lessons from our electoral success. Demographics alone are not destiny. There is nothing in this year’s election returns that guarantees Democrats a permanent majority in the years to come. President Obama and the Democratic Party earned the support of key groups — young people, single women, Latinos, African Americans, auto workers in the Rust Belt and millions of other middle-class Americans — because of our ideas.But we cannot expect Republicans to cede the economic argument so readily,
CAIRO - Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood called for a mass demonstration in Cairo on Tuesday to show support for President Mohamed Mursi, who is facing a storm of protest for issuing a decree that expanded his powers. In a statement published on its website, the Brotherhood also called for shows of support in public squares across Egypt after early evening prayers on Sunday to show support for Mursi´s decisions. Parties opposed to the decree have also called for a protest on Tuesday in Cairo, though in a different square from the one where the Brotherhood called on its supporters to gather.
A forester working for New York City’s parks department made a horrifying discovery last week, beside a huge pile of fallen trees destined for the wood chipper. A dead man. And with that discovery on Nov. 15, add this to the huge list of troubles Hurricane Sandy has brought to the neighborhoods hit hardest: wreckage from the storm seems to have created inviting spots for killers to dump bodies. Hours after the discovery, in Forest Park in Queens, a second body was found on storm-ravaged Rockaway Beach. Workers cleaning up around O’Donohue Park heard a shriek from one of their own,
As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and for a growing number of people in the U.S. and beyond its borders, that special place is a stack of shipping containers. With the demand for affordable housing on the rise across the country, some developers in cities like Detroit and Seattle have been using a truly outside-the-box thinking to come up with a solution to the problem: building condominiums out of discarded shipping containers. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet boxes move through U.S. ports every year, hauling everything from
As we approach the "fiscal cliff" of punitive taxation and draconian spending cuts it might be time to suggest that Congress consider that we change our National Emblem to the Ostrich. Shortly after World War II, Churchill and Truman were riding a train to Fulton Missouri to give speeches. Churchill gave his, now famous, "Iron Curtain" speech; and no one can remember what Truman said. During the train ride Truman was eager to show Winston Churchill the new National emblem that Truman had modified. The eagle no longer looked toward the arrows in the left talon
This is the moment a two-year-old boy was rescued from a Kmart parking lot after he was abandoned by a shopper who left with a wide-screen TV--just one of the shocking incidents on a day of chaos on Black Friday yesterday. Anthony Perry, 35, of Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested for leaving the child unattended and he faces potential child neglect charges. Authorities found the child sleeping in Perry´s Nissan Venza in the Kmart parking lot and broke into the vehicle to get him out. The vehicle was towed and the child was taken to a hospital for a check-up.
Matt McGloin will be able to tell his grandchildren a story. He´ll be able to tell it from a memory that never quits, in the words of a kid who learned to loathe the word during pickup football games with his older brother in the backyard of his family´s home in West Scranton. It will be the story of Rocky on a gridiron. A man who was never supposed to get the opportunity of a lifetime, but wound up with one. A quarterback who didn´t have the size or the arm strength or the pedigree Headline split and location added to source by staff.
Cancers can be put to sleep to stop them multiplying, scientists have discovered. A new drug called Aflibercept tricks tumours into becoming dormant by flipping molecular switches in the structure of the cancer so it cannot spread. Positive results are being seen already in the UK, where trials have seen patients enjoy a ´significant´ extension of life. More than 1,400 patients were involved in trials, with some participants with advanced bowel cancer who had already had chemotherapy prolonged life by two years. Scientists think the drug could be used across a range of different cancers in future studies.
David Cameron will have enjoyed this morning´s coverage of the Brussels summit. Our newspapers are taking a straightforward British-PM-holds-out-against-grasping-Eurocrats line and, while Continental papers are less complimentary, their online readers´ comments, especially in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, are overwhelmingly pro-British. The PM has had a successful summit. It´s true that he held the highest cards, in the sense that a failure to reach a deal suits Britain better than most other countries. None the less, he played those cards deftly, resisting the peer pressure that has overcome so many of his predecessors on these occasions. Good for him.