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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Newsdome: Suicide bombing kills nine in Russia's poor southwestern region Chechnya

Fighting in Chechnya in 1995
>> Three suicide bombings last night in Grozny, Russia, killed nine people and wounded 28 others. They were enacted by two Chechens, no older than 22. Rebels in the poor Chechnya region in southwestern Russia fought for independence in the '90s, but have been aimed at imposing Islamist rule in recent years. Sad to say, but suicide bombers have now made you aware about Chechnya. (CNN)

>> Libyan rebel leaders have set a Sept. 3 deadline for Muammar Qaddafi's loyalist forces to surrender or face increased military assault. The deadline is symbolic as it's the end of Eid al-Fitr and the holy month of Ramadan. And a happy Ramadan to you, Muammar! (the Washington Post)

>> Hurricane Irene caused more than $10 billion in damages in the United States, mostly from flooding. Is Hurricane Katia next? (AFP, Bloomberg)

>> The Justice Department filed a complaint to block the AT&T merger with T-Mobile, the second and fourth largest cell phone carriers in the country. Though AT&T claims it would bring 5,000 call-center jobs back to the U.S., the government says it "would remove a significant competitive force from the market." Can the government get T-Mobile to change their commercials? God, they're the worst! (Bloomberg)

>> And finally: Pastor Mike Stahl of the Living Water Church in Miramar, Florida, has a divine idea: create a national registry of atheists like the one for sex offenders. Take it away Mike: "[If] they are radical atheists, whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh's, in that case, if they are business owners, we would encourage all our Christian friends, as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be 'feeding' Satan." Don't forget the registry for Jews, Muslims and agnostics too. (BPW New Times)

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