Yemeni forces Saturday arrested a woman suspected of sending mail bombs on two US-bound flights in an alleged Al-Qaeda plot that Britain said was aimed at blowing up at least one of the planes.
The arrest came a day after two packages containing explosives and addressed to Jewish places of worship in Chicago were intercepted on cargo aircraft in Dubai and Britain, triggering a massive international security alert.
"Yemeni security forces arrested a woman suspected of sending two parcel bombs," after the house on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa where she was staying was surrounded, Yemen's defence ministry said.
The woman was arrested along with her mother after her mobile phone number was found on the receipt for the parcel bombs, a security official told AFP.
She is a medical student at Sanaa university and her father is a petroleum engineer, the official added.
I await the usual "impoverished mass tangentally related to an otherwise peaceful religion" meme.
Thousands attend Mass honouring Saint Andre Besette:
Mike Budge of Ottawa arrived in Montreal after organizing 10 buses — about 560 people in all — from dioceses in eastern Ontario and western Quebec.
"Most of the pilgrims said they couldn't sleep because they were so excited," Budge said in an interview. "I couldn't sleep." ...
Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, the archbishop of Montreal, read the homily and said he was celebrating the "Olympic medal of canonization."
"Saint Brother Andre, an impressive gathering from every origin has come to praise God as you join the company of the blessed and of the saints," Turcotte told the gathering.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper finds himself under attack for allegedly inflating the death toll of the Holodmor:
Citing “reasonable doubt” about the events of that day, Mr. Justice Ramez Khawly told a packed courtroom he was forced to acquit the men, despite grave concerns about their actions and credibility.
But in his long, colourful judgment, Judge Khawly also highlighted a claim made at trial that he said was overshadowed by the more compelling narrative of Mr. Chen as humble-merchant-turned-crime-fighter: that police ignore minor crime in Chinatown, leading some to take the law into their own hands.
“Is Chen’s community sending a message of vulnerability in the face of perceived police inaction?” the judge asked. “However unfair or unfounded, is that not really what stoked the embers of this case?”
Citing the “broken windows” theory, by which communities lose faith in the rule of law when minor crime goes unpunished, the judge suggested Mr. Chen “tried to fill the void where the justice system failed,” and asked, “could Chen, after all, not be the canary in the coal mine?”
This verdict is an absolute miracle given how the system was stacked against Mr. Chen. Not only was Mr. Chen's store, the Lucky Moose Market, still a target for shoplifters, the witness against Mr. Chen, Anthony Bennett, was a incorrigible thief and liar. The police never charged him; they made him a deal if he would testify against the men who stopped him from robbing the store.
It baffles me to no end. Do the police secretly want people to take matters into their own hands or is this just as it appears to be- the police and the legal system are willfully impotent? It is as though people enjoy shooting themselves in the foot. Don't arrest the thief, get him to testify against a frustrated contributing member of society. Discourage vigilantism by doing absolutely nothing when criminals repeatedly rob and assault citizens whose tether for such vile treatment is increasingly getting shorter. The legal system is clearly missing a brain stem and the capacity for empathy.
Possible outcomes of releasing admitted murderer Omar Khadr: