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Al-Qaeda makes ‘alarming’ advances in Yemen, U.N. envoy warns

Yemen, January 2010, 13

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UNITED NATIONS — A reinvigorated al-Qaeda has made “alarming” advances in Yemen, expanding its military control over several southern towns and launching a series of brazen attacks that threaten the U.S.-backed political transition there, a senior U.N. envoy warned the Security Council in a confidential briefing earlier this week.

“The scale of these attacks serves as a stark reminder of the security threat posed by al-Qaeda,” Jamal Benomar, the U.N. special envoy for Yemen, told the 15-nation council Wednesday, according to a copy of the briefing notes obtained by The Washington Post. “Despite all counterterrorism efforts, al-Qaeda in Yemen has not retreated.”

Members of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, as the group’s Yemen branch is known, have been “intensifying their attacks” against government targets since the election last month of Yemen’s new President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, Benomar told the council. Hadi, the former vice president, replaced Ali Abdullah Saleh after 33 years in power in a transition brokered by Arab leaders and supported by the United States.

On inauguration day, Feb. 25, al-Qaeda struck a presidential palace in the provincial capital of Mukalla, killing 26 officers. More recently, Benomar said, al-Qaeda has launched a series of attacks on military bases in the south, killing more than 180 soldiers and capturing heavy weapons. Dozens of soldiers, he added, were reportedly paraded through the town square of Jaar, which has been held by al-Qaeda for several months.

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$13,500 to Kill Sacred White Buffalo in Texas—Can This Be True?

American Indians across the internet are flocking to the website of Texas Hunt Lodge today—and not because they’re planning a hunting trip. No, they’re alarmed by a page on the site dedicated to the White Buffalo Hunt Package, which advertises a chance to kill a white buffalo for $13,500.

White buffaloes are sacred animals to the Lakota Sioux and other Native groups, and there aren’t a lot of the creatures around. When one was born last year in Greenville, Texas, it was an occasion for much rejoicing. An article in the British newspaper Daily Mail extensively covered the naming ceremony of Lightning Medicine Cloud. That report said that “Lightning Medicine Cloud, whose name is also a tribute to a white buffalo born in 1933, named Big Medicine, is thought—in Lakota Sioux tradition—to be the third of its kind ever born.”

It may be that not all white buffaloes are created equal, for there is a herd in Bend, Oregon, that contains 11 white buffaloes. Even so, it’s safe to say there aren’t a lot of them; an article on the herd from 2010 said that experts estimate that there are less than 50 white buffaloes in existence.

The sacredness of the white buffalo is linked to the story of White Buffalo Calf Woman, a Lakota prophet who brought the Lakota the Seven Sacred Rituals.Understandably, this page at Texas Hunt Lodge has alarmed those who value white buffaloes

At least 5 dead in Ind. during severe storms

HOLTON, Ind. – The Indiana State Police have reported at least two deaths in Ripley County during the severe storms Friday, but the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office reports four people have died.

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office says four people were killed in Holton, Ind., 9 miles west of US 50 in the western part of Ripley County at the Ripley County/Jennings County line.

The Indiana State Police report just two deaths, but with two others who have sustained life-threatening injuries during the storms.

The details surrounding the incidents that led to their deaths have not been released, and officials have not yet released their identities

A powerful storm moved through the Ripley County area, with possible tornadoes associated.

Three other people were reported dead in Jefferson County, Ind., according the Office of Homeland Security.

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UN asks Angola for helicopters

Ban Ki-moon

LUANDA — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked Angola on Feb. 27 to provide helicopters for peacekeeping missions in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

“As you know, several of our peacekeeping missions, including [the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo] in DRC and [the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan] in South Sudan, they suffer from a lack of military helicopters. I would appreciate it if your government” could assist, Ban said during a meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti in Luanda.

“The secretary general asked the Angolan government to consider providing military assets, including helicopters, to U.N. peacekeeping,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told journalists.

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