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First up, world news. In Bahrain — police forces unleashed an operation on protests without a warning. This, after a day of peaceful rallies. euronews reports.
“Witnesses say it was a brutal assault. Most people were asleep when the people arrive in force, armed with tear gas an rubber bullets. The opposition says three people had been killed and dozens are thought to have been injured.”
Still on world news — a Pakistani court gives the government until March 14 to decide whether Raymond Davis, an American official accused of killing two Pakistanis, has diplomatic immunity.
The Christian Science Monitor says the three week delay was requested by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs so it could further investigation on Davis. The case has brought the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan — a key Middle East ally — to a new low.
In U.S. news — Republican Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts made a shocking revelation in a tell-all interview with 60 Minutes. ABC reports,
“The Massachusetts senator has revealed he was physically and psychologically abused by a series of stepfathers and even sexually abused, by a camp counselor.”
Brown: "...but it was, certainly, back then very traumatic. He said that if you tell anybody I'll kill ya."
And Boston Herald talks to a political expert who thinks the senator’s revelation is a pre-emptive strike — saying, the senator’s revelation paints him as a hardluck comeback kid — an image sure to make his odds better come 2012 elections.
The interview is slated to air on Sunday.
In entertainment -- Halle Berry’s custody battle to keep 3 month old daughter Nahla is heating up again. Yesterday, her ex-husband hulled the actress into court and gave her this ultimatum -- choose your career, or your child.
TMZ says Halle wanted to take Nahla to New York for her next film -- but was given the Sophie’s Choice scenario instead. Earlier this year, she dropped the film “New Year’s Eve” to begin fighting with ex-husband Gabriel Aubry, but despite this she offered to put Gabriel Aubry in a swanky hotel to be with Nahla -- he declined asking, “Why can’t she just leave her here?”
Unfortunately for the unemployed ex-husband, the courts ruled in favor of Halle. She’s expected to take Nahla to NYC in two weeks, pending more backlash from Aubry.
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Qatari diplomat Mohammed al-Madadi isn't facing criminal charges after allegedly lighting a cigarette in an airplane lavatory and joking about lighting his shoes on fire.
Saudi prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud admitted to the manslaughter of his manservant Bander Abdulaziz, but denied murdering him.
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Pakistan has released CIA contractor Raymond Davis -- who was arrested two months ago after gunning down two Pakistani men.
Davis maintains the two men were attempting to rob him - but his release is leaving many Pakistanis enraged at the United States. This comes as the United States is trying to improve diplomatic relations with the Pakistani government.
Express News reports - Pakistanis are taking to the streets in protest of Davis’ release.
“Police are doing the best to take control of the situation. As you can see on the pictures, they’re blocking roads, they're burning cars, they are putting barbwire on the street.”
The United States paid $2.34 million in “blood money” to the victim’s family in exchange for Davis’ release. Islamic law allows acquittal if there’s compensation to victims’ families in murder cases, but only if the family is willing to accept the arrangement.
According to AFP, lawyers of the victim’s families might have been forced into negotiations by Pakistani government officials. The lawyers were instructed not to speak to the media.
A contributor tells CNN, the relationship between both countries’ secret service agencies are complicated.
“Well it’s a battle between two intelligence services. These intelligence services, once allies and cooperated in operations, have been taking pot shots at each other. If this were a married couple, the CIA and the ISI, you would say that they should get a divorce.”
And a writer for Foreign Policy says, while both agencies have their downsides, it was the CIA who fell short in these agreements.
“While the religious parties may cry themselves hoarse over sovereignty of the country and rule of law, the ISI in particular has the upper hand here, and has impressed upon the CIA to make it clear that they cannot run a network under the noses of the powerful spy agency.”
Davis spent the past two years working as part of a group of covert CIA operatives, conducting surveillance of militant groups in large cities. His current location remains undisclosed for his personal safety.
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Loki is one mean dude and now that he’s a woman wow and Loki is capable of some serious mischief. There is not a lot of action in this issue except for a short battle with some frost giants that gives some cool panels. There is this one scene that is a little awkward when Balder and Loki get arrested in Colorado and Thor gets called to bail them out. Apparently the gods have diplomatic immunity in the US lucky them. That sure is nice of us to give the gods a free pass. We also have a budding romance between one of the goddesses and human who is making friends with the gods by teaching them basketball. That’s a great way to get in with the inlaws. While this issue was not as deep and intense as the previous ones it still made for some interesting reading and a sets up for some great stuff to come.