UNITED NATIONS – A little more than a week after accusing Iran of supplying arms for Syrias bloody crackdown on democracy-minded rebels, the UN has given Tehran a key seat at negotiations for a global arms treaty.
The stunning appointment by member states attending the UN Conference of the Arms Trade Treaty in New York came last week, and is just the latest example of the world body appointing rogue and repressive regimes to leadership roles. The 15-nation committee to which Iran was appointed hopes to guide what could eventually become the first legally binding global treaty aimed at regulating the international trade of conventional arms.
Critics say asking Iran to help craft a treaty aimed at stopping arms proliferation to terrorist groups and rogue states makes a mockery of the talks. Just two weeks ago, the UN Security Council accused Tehran of shipping arms to Syria, and Iran is also suspected of hiding illegal nuclear weapons facilities from international watchdogs.“It defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers.”- UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer
“Right after a UN Security Council report found Iran guilty of illegally transferring guns and bombs to Syria, which is now murdering thousands of its own people, it defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers,” UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer told FoxNews.com.
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A Phoenix-area pastor is in jail after his home was raided because he was violating an occupancy law by conducting private Bible studies in his home, the Examiner reported.
Pastor Michael Salmon, an ordained minister who lives with his family in the Phoenix area, has led a Bible-study gathering of 15-20 people at his 4.5 acre property since 2005.
Police raided his home on July 6. In 2007, Salmon received a notice from the City of Phoenix that Bible studies are not permitted in a residence unless the property is converted to an A3 occupancy, which allows commercial and public use, according to the Examiner.”
It came down to zoning and proper permitting. Anytime you are holding a gathering of people continuously as he does, we have concerns about people being able to exit the facility properly in case there is a fire,” Phoenix City Prosecutor Vicki Hall said, according to the Examiner.
Salmon took some steps to meet the requirements, but did not want to become a commercial entity, calling the code unconstitutional. Now he is serving 60 days in jail for “creating an unsafe building environment,” the Examiner reported. The pastor has also received a $12,180 fine for his crime and could receive probation.
more at: Pastor Arrested for Holding Bible Study.
State police are investigating what caused a tour bus to slam into a guardrail and then a concrete wall on I-95 in New Rochelle early Wednesday, injuring dozens and wreaking havoc on traffic. Authorities said it does not appear any other vehicles were involved in the accident between exits 15 and 16 at about 6:30 a.m. Multiple lanes on the highway were blocked off as authorities transported two dozen passengers, most of whom suffered minor neck, back and head injuries, to hospitals and tried to piece together what happened. State Police Captain Evelyn Mallard said the bus hit the center guardrail while traveling south on I-95. The forceful impact sent it veering right across three lanes and smack into a concrete wall a tenth of a mile away. No other vehicles were hit.
At some point, the bus driver got out of the vehicle or was ejected, Mallard said. He was bleeding when police got to him, but was conscious and alert. Other passengers were described as the “walking wounded.”
Mallard said the speed of the bus when it first struck the guardrail was unknown. It also wasnt known if the driver was cut off or fell asleep, or if the weather played a factor, but she said the accident could have been far worse. Deputy Fire Chief of New Rochelle Robert Benz said the bus remained in gear after hitting the concrete wall and was still coasting on the highway. A state trooper moved his cruiser in front of the bus to bring it to a halt, investigators said.The bus was headed for a hill and if it hadnt been stopped, “it would have been catastrophic,” said Mallard. According to federal safety records, the Star Tag bus company has not had any reportable accidents in the last two years. The company has a satisfactory safety rating. Investigators are reconstructing the accident at the scene.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld nearly all of President Obama’s health care overhaul, in a landmark ruling that will have sweeping consequences for the economy, the election and America’s health care system.
In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled as constitutional the so-called individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed during a Republican administration, joined the four left-leaning justices on the bench in crafting the majority decision.
“The Affordable Health Care Act survives largely unscathed,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of those justices, declared at the end of the reading, claiming the “setbacks” going forward will be “temporary blips, not permanent obstructions.”
New mom, Lana Kuykendall, is battling flesh-eating bacteria.
Lana Kuykendall has had 11 surgeries since being diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis.
While in critical condition, she hasn’t had amputations and the disease is all in her leg.
“Lana’s vitals and blood work is good,” her husband says, according to the hospital.
The father of a Georgia woman with the disease notes milestones in her own fight.
(CNN) — The health of a South Carolina woman battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria has “slightly improved,” a spokeswoman for a Greenville hospital said Thursday, though the new mother remains sedated and in critical condition.
Lana Kuykendall has “undergone 11 debridement surgeries to remove tissue since being admitted May 11” to Greenville Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Sandra Dees said Thursday by e-mail.
But unlike 24-year-old Aimee Copeland of Georgia — who has lost a leg, part of her abdomen, her remaining foot and her hands as she fights the same disease, according to online updates from her father, Andy Copeland — no parts of Kuykendall’s body have been amputated.
“Last night, Darren told the family in his update that ‘Lana’s vitals and blood work is good.’ This is a good day for her, and we will take it,” said Brian Swaffer, Kuykendall’s brother, in a message relayed by the hospital.
Kuykendall gave birth to twins, Ian and Abigail, on May 7 in Atlanta.
At that time, Kuykendall, a paramedic, was believed to be healthy. But a few days later, she went to hospital near her South Carolina home after noticing a rapidly expanding bruise on her leg, her husband Darren, a firefighter, told CNN last week.
She was diagnosed then with necrotizing fasciitis and has been incubated and sedated every day since, according to her brother and the hospital.
A number of bacteria, which are common in the environment but rarely cause serious infections, can lead to the disease. When it gets into the bloodstream -such as through a cut – doctors typically move aggressively to excise even healthy tissue near the infection site, in hopes of ensuring none of the dangerous bacteria remain.
The disease attacks and destroys healthy tissue and is fatal about 20% of the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces life in prison following his conviction late Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.
Sandusky, 65, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after being found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Sentencing will be in about three months, but mandatory minimums will keep him behind bars for life.
Sandusky, a retired defensive coach who was once Paterno’s heir apparent, showed little emotion as the verdict was read.
There were only three acquittals among the charges related to 10 victims, eight of whom took the stand to describe fondling, forced oral sex and anal rape. Many of the accusers testified that they had told no one of the abuse that dated as far back as the mid-1990s — not parents, not girlfriends and not police.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly spoke immediately after the verdict, praising the victims for the courage to testify. She said she hopes the verdict “helps these victims heal and helps other victims of abuse to come forward.”
Attorneys Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin, who represent some of the victims of Sandusky’s sexual abuse, including Victim 3 and Victim 7 who testified in the trial, said in a statement their clients are “relieved and grateful” about the verdict.
LADY Gaga has been accused of taking part in a Satanic ritual after she left a tub in her hotel suite filled with a red blood-like liquid.
NME.com and The Sun reported the star was staying at London’s posh Intercontinental Hotel.
Hotel staff said Lady Gaga left a bath tub in her suite filled with claret liquid.
One housekeeper claimed the singer was “bathing in blood as part of a Satanic ritual”.
She told website Truthquake: “Lady Gaga left large amounts of blood in the suite during a stay this summer. The incident was reported to the concierge, who was told to put it out of her mind.”
An insider added: “All of the hotel’s staff are convinced she was bathing in it or, at the very least, using it as part of one of her new costumes or weird stage routines.”
NFL legend Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, CA home this morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest — law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy just spoke outside Seau’s San Diego house, claiming Seau’s body was initially discovered by Seau’s girlfriend.
A 911 call was placed around 10AM this morning — authorities responded to the scene, and found Seau’s unconscious body inside a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Paramedics attempted to revive Seau, but life-saving efforts were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead on the scene. His body has just been removed from the house and is currently being transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in a white van.
McCoy says investigators recovered a handgun in the bedroom — and the case is currently being investigated as a suicide.
A law enforcement official tells TMZ … no suicide note has been discovered at the scene.
Seau’s mother also spoke briefly — and she was hysterical, crying to God, “Take me. Leave my son alone!”
Seau was 43-years-old. He is survived by 4 children and an ex-wife.
Singer/songwriter Stefani Germanotta, better known by her performing name Lady GaGa, was born on Thursday, March 20, 1986. Lady GaGa, grew up in New York City where she attended Convent of the Sacred Heart School, the same private all-girls school attended by Paris Hilton and her sister Nicky.
In 1993 when Stefani was seven years old, her parents Joe and Cindy purchased an apartment at The Pythian Condominiums. Built in 1927 and located on Manhattan’s upper west side, The Pythian’s Egyptian-themed facade is a real eye catcher. The Pythian, which was converted into apartments in the 1980’s, is eleven-stories tall and has 88 apartments.
Lady GaGa’s childhood home – the Pythian condos in New York City.
At twenty years old, Lady GaGa was hired by Interscope Records as a songwriter. In late 2008 Lady GaGa released her debut album The Fame, which includes the hit songs “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”.
Lady GaGa’s father is the owner of a Wi-Fi company in New York City.
Mexican authorities found at least 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies along a highway in a northern border state Sunday morning, officials said.
The remains were left along the road in Nuevo Leon state, between the cities of Monterrey and Reynosa.
A message written on a wall nearby appeared to refer to the Zetas drug cartel.
“This continues to be violence between criminal groups. This is not an attack against the civilian population,” said Jorge Domene, Nuevo Leon’s state security spokesman.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 5-year-old Mexican boy whose eyes were allegedly gouged out by his mother as part of a drug-fueled ritual “to save the world” is expected to live, but has been left completely blind, health authorities said Friday.
The boy, identified by authorities only as Fernando, was taken to a hospital in Mexico City after police discovered the mother clutching her eyeless son at a home in the working-class suburb of Nezahualcoyotl early Thursday.
The Mexico City Health Department said the boy lost both eyes and was suffering some leakage of cerebral fluid. He was in intensive care and was listed in guarded condition, but doctors said in a statement that such leakage normally stops by itself and that no brain surgery is planned at the moment.
The chief prosecutor for Mexico state, where Nezahualcoyotl is located, said the boy’s mother had apparently urged others to help her mutilate her son in order “to prevent an earthquake and save the world.”
Several adults were at the home reciting a prayer, and had apparently been fasting because “the world was going to end,” said Nezahualcoyotl assistant police Chief Samuel Cuevas Monroy, quoting the boy’s grandmother. The mother, identified as Maria del Carmen Rios, 28, reportedly told the boy to close his eyes and when he refused, she decided to gouge them out “to clean them.”
Some reported the mother had become incoherent and began shouting “Let’s kill him, to get the Devil out of him,” Neme said.
Most of the others present at the time were relatives, including the boy’s aunt and uncle, and authorities said the adults appeared to have been consuming unspecified drugs. The mother and seven others were being held pending charges.
The 22-year-old aunt allegedly held the boy while the mother gouged out his eyes, apparently with her fingers.
Neme said it was not clear if the mutilation was linked to any sort of religious belief.
Eight followers of the cult known as “Santa Muerte, ” or Saint Death, were recently charged with the sacrificial killings of two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in northern Sonora state. The cult had never before been linked to human sacrifice.
Mexico’s most notorious case of ritual sacrifice came with the “narco-satanicos” killings of the 1980s. Fifteen bodies, many of them with signs of ritual sacrifice, were unearthed at a ranch outside the border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
On April 18, 2012, the University of San Diego welcomed His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as he made his inaugural visit to San Diego as part of the “Compassion Without Borders” tour.
The Dalai Lama gave a talk titled “Cultivating Peace and Justice” at the Jenny Craig Pavilion at 1:30 p.m. His talk explored alternatives to violence and the shared core human values that can lead the way to peace, justice and happiness. He also discussed ways in which people of all religions, and secularists as well, share values that can bring people together to contribute to peace and justice. His message of peace crosses all borders.
University of San Diego, along with San Diego State University and UC San Diego were honored to host the Dalai Lama’s first visit to America’s finest city. Working under the leadership of Lama Tenzin Dhonden, Personal Peace Emissary to the Dalai Lama, the two-day symposium provided a thought-provoking forum, inspired new discoveries, and expanded our understanding of humanity. The Dalai Lama shared his views on upholding ethics, practicing forgiveness and tolerance, and coping with the challenges found in today’s society.