Date: October 3, 2012
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Protesters clashed with police and tried to break into a building housing the parliament and government offices in Kyrgyzstan's capital Wednesday, during a rally to demand the resignation of the prime minister and other top officials.
Police officers protecting the government building, known as the White House, used dogs and smoke bombs to disperse a group of young men who attempted to scale the gates.
Around 1,000 people gathered in the center of the city for a rally, organized by nationalist politicians Sapar Zhaparov and Kamchibek Tashiyev, ostensibly to demand the nationalization of a controversial gold mine in the east of the Central Asian nation.
Kyrgyzstan, a country of 5 million people on China's mountainous western border, has come to prominence in recent years because it hosts a U.S. air base used to support military operations in nearby Afghanistan.
Kyrgyzstan is currently governed by a broad parliamentary coalition presided over by Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev. Zhaparov and Tashiyev are members of a virulently nationalist opposition party, Ata-Zhurt, which draws the bulk of its support from the south of the country, which was the scene of deadly ethnic clashes in June 2010.
The politicians have in recent months come out in increasingly vocal opposition to the government.
Wednesday's gathering was nominally intended to voice discontent over the Kumtor gold mine, which has been the source of a series of toxic spills in past years.
Critics have alleged that Toronto-based Centerra Gold, which is developing Kumtor, has used accounting tricks to reduce its tax liabilities. The company has denied the allegation.
Centerra says its project has generated $1.9 billion in benefits for Kyrgyzstan, including $620 million in taxes. Kumtor accounts for 12 percent of the economy (Fox News, 2012).
Akron City Hall Evacuated After Man Named ‘Kaboom’ Leaves Walking Stick
Date: October 3, 2012
Source: CBS Cleveland
Abstract: An aluminum rod left in Akron City Hall caused an evacuation because someone had scrawled the word, “Kaboom” on it.
But after Akron Police, Fire, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Summit County Bomb Squad cleared the scene – it turned out the rod was really a man’s walking stick, and the man’s legal name really was “Kaboom.”
The stick’s discovery at about 8:30 a.m., coupled with Kaboom’s explosive name, caused a brief panic as dozens of workers were evacuated. The stick had Kaboom’s name written over duct tape and some took the name as a threat. According to Ohio.com, Workers were out on South High Street while a police dog searched the building for any explosives. The workers were allowed back into the building just before 10 a.m.
The pipe is about 4-feet long with duct tape on each end. The words “Natural Hunka Kaboom” – the Akron resident’s real name — and other words were scrawled on the pipe, authorities told Ohio.com.
Kaboom is a regular attendee at the City Council meetings, and apparently left his metal walking stick outside council chambers following Monday’s session. The aluminum walking stick is actually an extendable shower rod that Kaboom had written his incendiary name on with duct tape.
Stephanie York, a spokeswoman for Mayor Don Plusquellic, said the pipe was on the third floor, which houses City Council chambers, the council clerk’s office and general offices (Cleveland, 2012).