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Leprosy: India's hidden disease

Leprosy has officially been eliminated in India, yet 130,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Richard Cookson and Seyi Rhodes report on the plight of the patients shunned by society

Narsappa was just 10 years old when he was told he had leprosy, but the news changed the course of his life forever. People in his Indian village immediately began to shun him and told his parents that he had to leave. He says his mother started grieving for him "as if I was already dead". Shortly afterwards, his father took him to a hospital two hours away from home and left him there. No one ever came to visit him and Narsappa never went home again.

The UN declares war on Gaddafi

The UN has backed all necessary measuers short of a full on occupation force to help defend the civilians in Libya and air strikes could start against government targets within hours.

Good news or bad?

Gaddafi needs to go but I dont think there should be outside meddling. I may be wrong on this though, and maybe the world will unite under genuine grounds and not turn this into another Iraq from 20 years ago.

Then again I wouldn't be too angry about a single missile strike that takes out Gaddafi. I doubt that will happen though.

Libya unrest: Scores killed in Benghazi 'massacre'

Details have emerged of huge casualty figures in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where troops have launched a brutal crackdown on protesters.

More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured.

The most bloody attacks were reported over the weekend, when a funeral procession is said to have come under machine-gun and heavy weapons fire.

Read more @ BBC News

Violent Protests in Libya and Bahrain

There are two contrasting approaches to the protesters in Libya and Bahrain, especially after the toppling of the then president Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

Many people have been killed in Libya. Pro-government news papers having warned protesters that protesting would be "suicide". There was no pretence that any protests would be harshly dealt with and there had been close to a hundred people killed on Friday in the second city of Benghazi.

David Cameron joins the EDL!

David Cameron has criticised "state multiculturalism" in his first speech as prime minister on radicalisation and the causes of terrorism.

At a security conference in Munich, he argued the UK needed a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to all kinds of extremism.

He also signalled a tougher stance on groups promoting Islamist extremism.

The speech angered some Muslim groups, while others queried its timing amid an English Defence League rally in the UK.

Read more @ BBC News

Either that, or he is jumping on what he considers to be an "easy" political bandwaggon.

Mubarak Falls

Well, not yet, but it is only a matter of time.

EDIT - You read it here first! - END EDIT

The army has been called into quell the protests and he was supposed to make a speech on Egyptian TV - a speech that has been postponed.

It seems that Mubarak's primary backer has pulled out - Brian Whittaker from The Guardian describes his view of the US position, which if true more or less means they no longer think Mubarak will be in power for long:

Kenyan mother 'cursed' with six sets of twins

Most women would struggle to cope with six sets of twins but for Gladys Bulinya it is even more difficult - as many people in her part of Kenya think twins are cursed.

Her relatives will have nothing to do with her, and her husband left her, fearing she was jinxed, after the sixth pair of twins arrived last year.

BBC News

and before you man haters decide this is a perfect opportunity to hate on men, read to atleast the point where the first set of twins' grand father takes them in.

Egypt Protests On The Road To Revolution?

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/162072.html

Assalamu alaikum

Protests in Egypt, people want to oust Hosni Mubarak. On Youtube google egypt protests 2011. I saw one clip where the crowds made the riot police retreat in fear.

I just wonder what are they protesting for fair democratic rule, or a fair islamic state? Anyone know?

Keep up with it, and insha'Allah pray for the muslim brothers and sisters over there.

P.S Lebanon are also protesting against their new leader hezbullah's najib miqati, youtube it. Also see presstv. But here there is possible sectarian violence, sunnis view it as a religious war against them.

Palestine papers reveal MI6 drew up plan for crackdown on Hamas

British intelligence helped draw up a secret plan for a wide-ranging crackdown on the Islamist movement Hamas which became a security blueprint for the Palestinian Authority, leaked documents reveal. The plan asked for the internment of leaders and activists, the closure of radio stations and the replacement of imams in mosques.

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The bulk of the British plan has since been carried out by the West Bank-based PA security apparatus which is increasingly criticised for authoritarian rule and human rights abuses, including detention without trial and torture.

Read more @ The Guardian

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