In an act of extraordinary bravery, a 14-year-old girl in the Indian state of Assam offered to be taken hostage in order to save ten other children from a gunman who had hijacked their school van.louis vuitton belt replicaFleeing a drunken quarrel, the hijacker had entered the vehicle on Wednesday afternoon and forced the driver to set a new course, firing rounds against his pursuers, The Hindu reports.As the driver intentionally steered the van into a ditch, the gunman grabbed a terrified second grade student, causing the six years older Gunjan Sharma to step in.“I pleaded with him to take me instead,” she told local media after the incident. “He took me into the jungle and made me run, never leaving my hand.louis vuitton neverfull”Hiding behind a bush, they heard people calling Gunjan’s name. “The man put the barrel in my mouth and whispered, ‘Don’t shout or I’ll kill you,’” she recalled.But when Gunjan woke in the morning, she was alone, and managed to find a tea estate from where the police was called.Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has announced a $3,200 reward will be given to Gunjan, and local residents have requested that the state government recommend her for a national bravery award.louis vuitton damierThe young gunman, still at large, is not believed to be a part of any militant group in the area.
(SEOUL, South Korea) — Images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un‘s uncle have been removed from an official state TV documentary, a disappearing act that appears to lend credence to Seoul’s claim that Pyongyang’s second most powerful official may have been purged by his nephew.louis vuitton neverfull replicaSouth Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers last week that it believes Jang Song Thaek was likely sacked after the executions last month of two close associates, allegedly over corruption. The National Intelligence Service hasn’t explained how it obtained the information, and skepticism followed the claim because of past intelligence failures in Seoul regarding the inner workings of the North’s secretive government. But some worry that, if true, the purge of such a powerful figure could lead to dangerous instability.On Saturday, North Korea’s state TV repeated a documentary on Kim Jong Un’s military inspection trips.louis vuitton replica Although Jang appeared throughout the version that aired on Oct. 28, images of him had vanished from the new version. North Korea has previously deleted the images of purged officials from state videos and publications, according to a South Korean government agency that tracks North Korean propaganda.In one scene in the original version, the bespectacled Jang can be seen wearing a winter parka and standing behind Kim Jong Un as the leader shakes hands with a soldier.replica gucci shoes But Jang cannot be seen in Saturday’s version, which has the same title and narration. Elsewhere in the older version, he is seen clapping his hands from a distance as a uniformed officer speaks to Kim. But the new version only shows what appear to be parts of Jang’s right arm, chest and abdomen.Pyongyang has said nothing about Jang’s fate or the new version of the documentary.louis vuitton scarf Jang was last seen in state media about a month ago.Jang — who is married to Kim Jong Un’s aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, the younger sister of Kim Jong Il — has held a string of top jobs, including in the National Defense Commission, the government’s top ruling body. He was considered a major influence on the young leader as he consolidated power after Kim Jong Il’s December 2011 death. Jang has reportedly been purged several times previously, only to return to power.handbags newIn another development that Seoul’s spy agency is linking to Jang’s likely sacking, two people related to Jang who were serving abroad as diplomats have been recalled to North Korea, according to South Korean lawmakers who were briefed by intelligence officials.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, which first reported on the documentary, said the original documentary was broadcast nine times in October starting on Oct. 7.An official at South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which is responsible for North Korea matters and closely studies the country’s propaganda, said that 17 scenes showing Jang had been removed from the original documentary.louis vuitton alma The official spoke on customary condition of anonymity, citing department rules.The removal of Jang’s images in the documentary serves as indirect confirmation of his dismissal, analyst Cheong Seong-chang at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea said in an email. “The fact that North Korea has erased Jang’s face from the documentary … indicates that efforts to completely root out his influence are spreading to every level.”Jang’s position will likely be better understood, analysts say, if he appears at state-organized events on Dec.fake uggs 17 to mark the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
(LISBON, Portugal) — The Portuguese government is getting more than 578 million euros ($784 million) from the privatization of a 70 percent stake in national mail company CTT – Correios de Portugal.handbags newParpublica, which manages state holdings, said in a statement Tuesday that the initial public offering attracted buyers for the full 105 million shares being sold in CTT, S.A.It said institutional investors took 84 million shares and individual buyers got 21 million, including CTT employees who were entitled to a discount on the share price of 5.52 euros.louis vuitton monogram canvasShares are due to start trading on the Lisbon stock exchange on Thursday.Portugal is privatizing companies to reduce its debt load as part of a 78 billion-euro bailout it received in 2011.
(ISLAMABAD) — The new leader of the Pakistani Taliban has returned to the country from Afghanistan to lead the militant group a month after the former chief was killed in a U.speedy louis vuittonS. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Tuesday.Mullah Fazlullah arrived in Pakistan’s semiautonomous tribal region along the Afghan border several days ago, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.Fazlullah was appointed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban after the former chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a U.louis vuittonsS. drone strike on Nov. 1 in the North Waziristan tribal area.Fazlullah was the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in the northwest Swat Valley and fled to Afghanistan after the army launched an offensive there in 2009.louis vuitton speedy He is known as a particularly ruthless militant who planned the attempted assassination of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.The Pakistani Taliban have killed thousands of people in an attempt to impose Islamic law in Pakistan and end the government’s support for the U.S.-led war in neighboring Afghanistan.louis vuitton diaper bag A government attempt to engage the militants in peace talks was torpedoed by the drone strike that killed Mehsud, although many analysts doubted it had much hope of succeeding.Also Tuesday, a series of targeted killings in the southern port city of Karachi left nine people dead, said senior police officer Amir Farooqi. The dead included Sunni and Shiite Muslims who appeared to have been killed for sectarian reasons.No one has yet claimed responsibility for the killings.louis vuitton handbags Karachi is the largest city in Pakistan and has a long history of religious, political and criminal violence.____Associated Press writer Adil Jawad contributed to this report from Karachi.
(BEIJING) — The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.louis vuitton backpack for saleBeijing launched the campaign this summer, arresting dozens of people for spreading rumors, creating new penalties for people who post libelous information and calling in the country’s top bloggers for talks urging them to guard the national interest and uphold social order. At the same time, government agencies at all levels have boosted their online presence to control the message in cyberspace.“If we should describe the online environment in the past as good mingling with the bad, the sky of the cyberspace has cleared up now because we have cracked down on online rumors,” Ren Xianliang, vice minister of the State Internet Information Office, said during a rare meeting this week with foreign journalists.A study by an Internet opinion monitoring service under the party-owned People’s Daily newspaper showed the number of posts by a sample of 100 opinion leaders declined by nearly 25 percent and were overtaken by posts from government microblog accounts.louis vuitton monogram“The positive force on the Internet has preliminarily taken back the microphone, and the positive energy has overwhelmed the negative energy to uphold the online justice,” said Zhu Huaxin, the monitoring service’s general secretary, according to a transcript posted by state media.Observers say the crackdown has noticeably curtailed speech by suppressing voices and triggering self-censorship, with more liberal online voices being more ginger in their criticism and posting significantly less.Even Zhu suggested the campaign might have gone too far. In one example, Web users refrained from reposting information and commenting on the government response to a severe flood in the eastern city of Yuyao in early October.louis vuitton website A year ago, they were garrulous in questioning Beijing’s drainage system when a rainstorm ravaged the city. “It is a reminder that we must strike a balance between crushing online rumors and ensuring information flow,” Zhu said.Some critics say the moves may backfire by eliminating an effective conduit for the public to let off steam.“If there’s no channel for the public to express themselves, they may take to the street,” said historian and political analyst Zhang Lifan, whose online accounts were recently removed without warning — possibly because he had shared historic facts that the party did not find flattering.louis vuitton purse for sale“The governments also can take pulse of the public opinion, but if no one speaks up, they will be in darkness,” Zhang said. “It is so odd they are covering up their eyes and blocking their ears.”The rise of the Internet in China has always been followed by Beijing’s efforts to rein it in, and the latest challenge has been the explosive growth in social media, particularly microblogging, which has allowed users to share firsthand accounts and opinions with great speed. Advocates of free speech have applauded the technology as a strong boost to their cause.louis vuitton mens walletAs of June this year, China’s microblogging services had more than 330 million users, and WeChat, a mobile phone-based instant messaging service that allows users to share information with circles of friends or subscribers, had more than 300 million users, Ren said.“The unexpected growth has caught people by surprise,” Ren said.Chen Ziming, a Beijing-based political analyst, said Beijing’s apparent success in grabbing control of social media is a big setback for free speech.“They have always been able to control newspapers, radios and TV stations, but there have been some holes in the Internet, and the microblogging was the last hole,” Chen said.fake uggs “They have achieved their goal. When 10 percent of the accounts are banned, additional 20 to 30 percent of the users will not speak.”Authorities in recent months have been arresting microbloggers on the charge of spreading rumors or disrupting the public order, including a teenager boy who raised some questions over a murder case online. Many intellectuals, writers, and journalists have seen their blogging and microblogging accounts removed altogether.louis vuitton speedy A Chinese-American businessman with a strong online following was arrested for soliciting prostitutes and paraded on state television in a campaign to discredit him.Chinese propaganda officials have always seen the media — new or old — as a crucial tool to support state rule and are wary of cacophony.“The ecosystem for public opinion online has noticeably improved, and that has created a good environment conducive to the overall work of the party of the government,” Ren said, in touting the benefits of well-managed public discourse.But the historian Zhang said Beijing has failed to play by rules when it shut down critical but law-abiding microblogging accounts.handbags and wallets “They see critics as opponents,” Zhang said. “That’s a stupid thing to do.”Despite claiming preliminary success in taking control of the Internet, Beijing is likely to roll out more regulations. In a guiding document for the next five or even 10 years, China’s senior leaders have mandated that the state must set the perimeters and the tone for online opinion with “positive guidance” and “management” and that the state should “standardize” how online communication unfolds.gucci handbag for salePolitical analysts say they predict the heavy-handed control will continue. “They are still pretty nervous about preserving stability,” said Steve Tsang, a political scientist at the University of Nottingham. “Given the political environment, I don’t see any relaxation.”But known for their ingenuity to circumvent censorship, members of the Chinese public may again push for more room in speech, said Willy Lam of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.authentic louis vuitton“I think the cat and the mouse game will go on. People might be afraid now, but after a while, the old pattern will resume.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is standing his ground on refusing to sign what would have been a historic trade deal with the European Union.louis vuitton bags for sale At the summit in Vilnius, Lithuania on Friday, E.U. nations had hoped that he might be swayed at the eleventh hour, but he resisted — despite the protests of thousands of pro-E.U.louis vuitton fake Ukrainians back home in Kiev.The disappointment was palpable among the E.U. negotiators, some of whom openly pointed the finger of blame at Russia, which has been piling pressure on the former Soviet republic not to sign the association pact.louis vuitton replica “We may not give in to external pressure, not least from Russia,” said E.U. President Herman Van Rompuy.Moscow wants to keep the neighboring state, which has rich mineral resources, in its own economic sphere of influence, and has been pushing Kiev to sign up to a Eurasian customs union instead.louis vuitton bags for sale Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the E.U. of “blackmail” in its attempts to draw Ukraine closer to the West.E.louis vuitton speedy 25U. leaders insisted that the door was not closed to Ukraine signing in the future, and Yanukovych has not ruled this out, but he said his country needed a greater fiscal package to facilitate the economic transition. The E.U.louis vuitton scarf had offered to lend it 600 million euros ($800 million), but Yanukovych has insisted Ukraine needs at least 20 billion euros a year. “For three years in succession they [E.U. leaders] have shown this candy in pretty wrapping to us,” he said.louis vuitton neverfull mm “We don’t have to be humiliated like this.”The Ukrainian government is dependent on Russia for its gas supplies, something Moscow has exploited in the past by restricting the taps to exert political pressure. Yanukovych has cited the high price his country pays for Russian gas as a source of its economic difficulties. In response, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has offered to provide it with natural gas from Europe in the future.louis vuitton epiThe Ukrainian leader was also unhappy about a condition of the deal stipulated by the E.U. – that he address the issue of “selective justice” in Ukraine. Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko is currently incarcerated for what the West believes are political reasons, and Yanukovych has resisted calls to release her for medical treatment in Germany.louis vuitton vernis The BBC reported him as saying, “What does the European Union have to do with this? Is the European Union a court?”The summit, billed as the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit, has had a more positive outcome for Georgia and Moldova, both of which initialed the accord. Another ex-Soviet state, Azerbaijan, signed an agreement to simplify visa procedures.
(JOHANNESBURG) — South African officials say 33 poached rhino horns and hundreds of chopsticks and bracelets made from elephant ivory that were seized in Hong Kong have been returned to South Africa.lv handbagSouth Africa’s environment ministry said Wednesday that authorities will study the seized items in hopes of identifying and arresting poachers and couriers involved in the illegal shipment.The ministry says Hong Kong customs officials seized the items in November 2011 from a container that had been shipped from Cape Town harbor.A forensic study has concluded that very young rhinos, as well as adult animals, were killed for their horns.
Scottish lawmakers selected March 24, 2016 as the national independence day Sunday, should the government pass a referendum to leave the U.louis vuitton toteK. next year.Voters will determine the fate of the 306-year-old union with the U.K.louis vuitton tote on Sept. 18 next year, but the government announced the proposed date ahead of a blueprint for an independent country it plans to release Tuesday, the BBC reports.Recent polls show most Scots are not inclined to separate from the U.K.louis vuitton neverfull mm, including Sunday’s poll from The Sunday Times, which found 47% oppose independence, while 38% support it and 15% remained undecided, Reuters adds.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’s finished with alcohol and drugs and that he’s had a “come-to-Jesus” moment leading him to reform his lifestyle.louis vuitton monogram canvasThe mayor of Canada’s largest city, who has been the subject of nearly daily headlines and the butt of Saturday Night Live jokes since he admitted a few weeks ago to using crack cocaine while in office, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that he has drank to excess and used drugs, but that he’s not a drug addict or an alcoholic.The interview came just minutes after the Toronto City Council voted overwhelmingly to strip Ford of much of his governing powers. In a chaotic scene on the floor of the City Council chamber, Ford rushed to stand by his brother, Councilman Doug Ford, and knocked a councilwoman to the floor. Ford and his brother have called the motions to curtail his powers “a coup d’état.louis vuitton speedy”Ford made the case that while he has had some “fun times” on the weekends, his problems are all personal, and he has performed his duties as mayor. “I’m getting punished for the Friday and Saturday nights when I’ve decided to have a few drinks,” he told CBC news. “This is personal.
(MOGADISHU, Somalia) — Security services in Mogadishu have seen a new wave of defections from the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab, men who can provide valuable information or scouting services for the police, military and intelligence service.louis vuitton beltsThough some defectors have proved to be double agents who carry out close-range attacks, the government is still cooperating with defectors for the valuable insider information that the honest ones bring.Abdirahman Omar Osman, the spokesman of the Somali president, said former al-Shabab fighters are “not easily trusted” and must go through a rehabilitation process in order to work with the government.Abdi Aynte, the head of a think tank in Mogadishu, said there is no doubt defectors have been valuable to the government, but that stronger background checks are needed to prevent infiltration.