Saturday, February 16, 2013

Australian Senator Detained by Malaysia

An Australian Senator has been detained by Malaysian authorities, on Saturday.

Nick Xenophon entered Malaysia as part of a group of Australian officials there to discuss ensuring June's elections will be free and fair.

None of the other Australians were held.

Xenophon apparently has a history in Malaysia, where he is now considered a security risk.

He was caught participating in anti government protests, last April, and was even tear gassed at the time.

Malaysian authorities say they will be deporting Xenophon back to Australia and state that he is not welcome in their country, due to his past.

Missing From Florida: Dominique Hawkins, 12

Twelve year old Dominique Hawkins is missing from Saint Petersburg, Florida.

She was last seen on January 28.

Dominique is described as five foot, one hundred and thirty pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Saint Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.

Thousands Rally in Singapore to Protest Immigration

A crowd of around four thousand people braved the rain as they protested in Singapore, on Saturday.

They are angry at the government over plans to allow increased immigration.

Many Singaporeans blame immigrants for increases in the cost of living.

The government feels that increased immigration is necessary, as the country's population has been on the decline for thirty years.

It was one of the largest rallies in Singaporean history.

Rallies are rarely allowed, in the country.

Organizers say that it shows just how unhappy the people are, that they're no longer afraid to take the risk.

Missing From Missouri: Jennifer Bogert, 48

Forty-eight year old Jennifer Bogert is missing from Eolia, Missouri.

She was last seen Friday morning.

Police, firemen, and a helicopter were involved in the search, on Friday, but turned up nothing.

Jennifer is described as five foot four, one hundred and twenty pounds, with black hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information should call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department at 636-528-8546.

Texas Man Hunt Over With Fugitive Dead

A man hunt in Texas has come to an end.

Police had been looking for forty-two year old Alberto Morales, who escaped custody Monday night.

He had been being transported to Nevada, by two Florida officers.

To make his escape he broke his glasses and stabbed an officer with them.

Officers located him, Friday night, about three miles from where he had escaped.

Morales tried to escape again and then turned on officers, threatening them with a sharpened stick.

They were forced to shoot him, and he died from his wound.

Malaysian Troops in Standoff With Filipino Invaders

Malaysian troops on the perimeter
Around two hundred armed Filipinos have invaded the Malaysian part of Borneo.

They claim to be descendants of the former Sulu sultanate, which controlled the area from 1457-1917.

Among their demands are an increase in the money Malaysia pays the displaced descendants of the sultanate.

Malaysia is negotiating with them, to try and get them to leave peacefully.

For now, things are in a state of stand off, with neither side willing to give.

Troops and police have surrounded them, and are not letting anyone, without proper paperwork, out of the area.

The Philippines have asked Malaysia to show restraint and ensure that no blood shed occurs.

Ennahda Supporters March in Tunis

Thousands of Islamist government supporters rallied in Tunis, on Saturday.

They chanted their support for the Muslim Ennahda, which controls much of the government.

Ennahda has come under attack since the assassination of an opposition leader.

The party has been blamed for his death, and many have demanded that it release at least some of it's power, to bring a more balanced government.

A deadline had been placed for Friday, for opposition groups to withdraw from the government, if Ennahda didn't meet their demands.

However, that deadline has come and gone, without a reaction yet.

Cairo Sees Competing Rallies

Thousands of Islamists rallied in Cairo, on Saturday, to show their support of President Morsi.

They gathered at Cairo University as they cheered speakers who praised Morsi.

At times they chanted against the opposition, Israel, Europe, and the US.

On the other side of town, opposition groups let thousands who marched on the Presidential palace, demanding that Morsi either step down or amendments be made to the constitution.

The opposition believes that the constitution is overbearingly Islamic in nature and does not allow non-Muslims equality.

Saturday's marches showed a brand new initiative by their organizers, as they did their best to keep the groups apart, to avoid violence.

Previously, any time both sides had rallied, things had turned violent.

72 Killed by Bomb in Quetta, Pakistan

Seventy-two people were killed when a bomb exploded in a vegetable market in Pakistan.

The Shia area of Quetta was rocked by the explosion, which injured over two hundred people.

After the explosion, Shia citizens massed in the streets and blocked police from entering the area.

They demanded heavier security and assurances of protection, before they will hold funerals.

Pakistan's Prime Minister has fired the province's chief minister and ordered heavier protection for the Shia in Quetta, in hopes of calming the crowds.

Missing From California: Delano Urrea, 15

Fifteen year old Delano Urrea is missing from Santa Rosa, California.

He was last seen on February 10.

Delano is described as five foot six, one hundred and forty pounds, with dark brown hair, and blue eyes.

When last seen, he was wearing a black short sleeved shirt, tan khakis, and black shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department at 707-565-2511.

Body of Missing California Man Found

The body of a missing California man has been found.

Sixty-three year old Craig Steneart had been missing from Lake Elsinore, since the evening of February 7.

His body was found on February 15, in a wash.

Steneart suffered from Alzheimer's, and it is believed he got lost.

An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

Missing From Michigan: Anna Doyle, 16

Sixteen year old Anna Doyle is missing from Beverly Hills, Michigan.

She was last seen Friday.

Anna is described as five foot six, one hundred and thirteen pounds, with sandy brown hair, brown eyes, and a scar above her upper lip.

When last seen, she was wearing a navy blue cardigan and black pants.

Anyone with information should call the Beverly Hills Police Department at 248-540-3400.

She was located safe Saturday night.

Missing From Arizona: Virga Derossett, 78

Seventy-eight year old Virga Derossett is missing from Tucson, Arizona.

She was last seen Friday night.

Concerns are high as she suffers from Alzheimer's.

Virga is described as five foot one, with greying brown hair.

When last seen, she was wearing a red housecoat with white flowers, but no shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Tucson Police Department at 520-791-4444.

She was found by police on Saturday night.