News: 31-Jan-11

  1. Southern Sudan voters back secession
    Southern Sudan’s referendum commission said Sunday that more than 99 per cent of voters in the south opted to secede from the country’s north in a vote held earlier this month.
  2. Dozens dead as thousands escape Egypt prisons
    CAIRO — Bodies littered the road outside a Cairo prison and troops with bayonets fixed moved into another facility after thousands of convicts broke out of jails or were abandoned by guards in protest-hit Egypt.
  3. Looters smash treasures in Egyptian Museum
    CAIRO – Looters broke into the Cairo museum housing the world’s greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures, smashing several statues and damaging two mummies, while police battled anti-government protesters on the streets.
  4. Thousands rally in Pakistan over blasphemy law
    LAHORE, Pakistan — About 40,000 people rallied in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore on Sunday in the latest protest against proposed reforms of a controversial blasphemy law, police said.
  5. Bangladesh beggars to be paid during World Cup
    The mayor of Chittagong city in southern Bangladesh said that he would pay hundreds of beggars a daily wage to keep them off the streets during the cricket World Cup.
  6. Fighter jets swoop over Cairo
    CAIRO – Fighter jets swooped low over Cairo Sunday in what appeared to be an attempt by the military to show its control of a city beset by looting, armed robbery and anti-government protests.
  7. Attack on Michigan Mosque Thwarted
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today said that a bias-motivated attack on a Dearborn, Mich., mosque was thwarted by local police.

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