Former Top Egyptian Militant Vows Peace, Warns Mubarak


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Abboud el-Zomor spent 30 years in Egyptian prisons in connection with the 1981 assassination of former President Anwar Sadat. On Thursday, he smiled as he carried a silver tray with long-stemmed glasses of 7 Up into his family’s living room in a run-down tower block in Giza. Two of his mop-headed grandchildren peered around corner from the hallway.

El-Zomor, 62, openly admits that, while serving as an officer in the Egyptian military intelligence in the 1980s, he was covertly a member of the Gama’a Islamiyya (Islamic Group) in charge of generating a plan to overthrow the government in 1984. He now claims he was against the Sadat assassination not because the killing was wrong, but because the timing was wrong.

But today, even has a new military-backed government barrels forward with a deadly crackdown on Islamists and other opponents, el-Zomor says he is totally opposed to a return to armed insurgency…

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WWII vet, 88, beaten to death by teens


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An 88-year-old World War II veteran was brutally beaten and left for dead by two teens outside a lounge in Spokane, Washington, where he loved to go play pool.

The motive? Police don’t have one. The teens appeared to have picked him at random, authorities say.

Delbert Belton, a retired aluminum company worker, served in the Pacific. There, friends say, he took a bullet in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa.

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Crime Pays—At Least If You’re a Private Prison Operator


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Crime, incarceration and prison occupancy rates are dropping in the United States, and that’s great news for everyone—except private prison operators. For the companies that manage for-profit correctional facilities, less crime means fewer contracts and a shrinking market, according to Cody Mason, author of a new report by the Sentencing Project, a U.S-based sentencing law reform non-profit group.

Now, those companies are doing what any other company in their position would do—they’re “looking past the U.S.” and successfully hunting down markets (read prisons and detention systems) around the globe, where prison populations are growing. Countries like Australia, the U.K. and New Zealand are holding ”a larger proportion of prisoners in private facilities, with a high of 19 percent in Australia,” the report found.

(MORE:How California Picks Thousands of Inmates to Take Out of Prison)

Why hand prisoners to the private sector though? The U.S. —…

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