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(TCP)CHICAGO – Dateline Chicago -
Afghanistan – The police chief of Khandahar was killed during another suicide bomb attack. At about 2 p.m. local time, a bomber made his way inside Kandahar police headquarters to attack Police Chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid, according to Zamarai Bashari, an Interior Ministry spokesman. Three officers were wounded in the attack, according to a statement from President Hamid Karzai’s office. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Berlin – NATO officials say that more allied air support is forthcoming and will be arriving “shortly”. This, after calls from Sarkozy, Cameron and President Obama have said that leaving Gaddafi in power would be ab “terrible betrayal” of the Libyan people.
Jerusalem – More rockets have been fired into Israel from the Gaza strip. Reports say two rockets were fired yesterday. No reports of any injuries involving the explosions.
Cairo – An Egyptian prosecutor has announced plans to transfer former President Hosni Mubarak from a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to a military medical facility. It will be a military installation and it is clear that the former president will be under arrest, as charges begin to come forward. Among them will most certainly corruption charges and theft. (TCP)Opinion.
London – NATO is said to be looking at the possibility of creating a safe sea corridor outside the waters of Libyan shores. Reports say this will be done in support of opposition forces still defiant to the embattled Gaddafi administration.
Yemen – Reports say that 10,000 plus protesters filed into the streets again, some for and some against. The protests were said to be peaceful and violence was not apparent anywhere near the gatherings.
Ivory Coast – President Ouattara, in one of his first official duties after taking office in the face if forceful resistance from the defeated Gbagbo, is forming the Army for the Ivory Coast. A recruitment effort there is underway.
Indonesia - At least 26 people have been wounded in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Indonesia. The attack came during Friday prayers in the town of Cirebon, in West Java. ‘Suicide blast’ at mosque in Java BBC News.
Bahrain – In an attempt to ban opposition blocs in the country the administration there has reversed its position after criticism from the U.S. America’s Fifth Fleet is stationed there.
Uganda – KAMPALA – Fresh battles pitted Ugandan police against students in Kampala, and against opposition supporters in a western province Friday, a day after similar clashes left 57 people injured, officials said.
Sydney – The Sydney Morning Herald reports that: ARTISTS and activists have planned worldwide rallies in support of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who has been detained by the Chinese government. The protests will take place tomorrow in front of Chinese embassies and consulates, with protesters being asked to bring chairs and ”sit peacefully” in support of the avant-garde artist, best known internationally for designing the Bird’s Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics.
Saudi Arabia - DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s top cleric accused Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attacked its “hypocrisy and deception”, a Saudi newspaper said on Friday.
Chicago – President Obama was caught disparaging his Republican opponents on Capitol Hill while talking near a live open microphone behind the scenes during his fundraisers. The remarks were caught by The White House Press Corps listening in back in Washington DC.
Chicago - A Chicago police sergeant faces misconduct charges after allegedly slapping a handcuffed suspect in the face. In a news release, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office says Sgt. Edward Howard Jr. was arrested Friday morning.
New York City – New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi, was sentenced Friday for felony corruption charges after pleading guilty to taking an unlawful trip amongst other things. He faces a year in prison for his misconduct.
New York City – A sanitation garage that had plans for being built has won a local court battler after celebrities in the area had opposed its construction.
Washington DC - Washington DC recently became the first US State to pass a law allowing people to wager on online poker. This law was passed on the 7th of April 2011 without any objection from Congress. The bill has been titled the Lottery Modernization Act of 2010.
Washington DC – Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker Thursday said debt ceiling “brinkmanship” is bad for the economy and urged a timely resolution of the matter.
Little Rock – Tornado’s touching down in the area last night left at least 9 souls dead in their wake. The storms are reported to have been significant in their effect and were seen throughout the Oklahoma and Arkansas border area’s.