Al-Qaeda In Iraq, Madoff Fine, "Voldemort" Feud

Tens of thousands of African migrants demonstrate in Tel Aviv over asylum requests
Tens of thousands of African migrants demonstrate in Tel Aviv over asylum requests

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on "the people of Fallujah and its tribes to expel the terrorists" so that "their areas are not subjected to the danger of armed clashes," the BBC reports state television channel Iraqiya as saying. Last week, al-Qaeda-linked fighters took control of Fallujah and the nearby city of Ramadi, where army air strikes killed at least 34 people yesterday. Read more from The Guardian.

The Awami League, Bangladesh’s governing party, easily won yesterday’s parliamentary elections after the opposition party, the BNP, boycotted the vote and called for a 48-hour general strike to protest what it sees as “one-sided and farcical” polls, BDnews24 reports. According to the website, at least 21 people were killed in clashes, while RT reports that the police shot at protesters, who torched polling stations and beat to death two people who tried to defend the sites.

Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, re-elected its leader Ahmad Jarba, a man thought to be close to Saudi Arabia, AFP reports. Following yesterday’s vote, the coalition is expected to discuss whether to attend the peace conference in Geneva, scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured a pelvic bone during in a cross country ski accident in Switzerland, the BBC reports.

Large parts of the North American continent are braced for what could turn out to be record-low temperatures, brought by a “polar vortex,” a jet stream from the North Pole. Areas in Canada and the northeastern U.S. are expected to be crippled by a snowstorm. The cold weather is expected to last, and even the Southern states of Alabama and Georgia are preparing for record-low temperatures Tuesday. Read more from NPR.

Prosecutors are expected to announce that JPMorgan will pay more than $2 billion in penalties in the Bernie Madoff case, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Tens of thousands of African migrants demonstrated in Tel Aviv Sunday as part of a national three-day strike, demanding the government recognize their asylum requests.

In China, a gang has been accused of injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to increase its weight and price, Reuters reports.

The diplomatic stand-off between Japan and China reaches a new level of tension as both countries compare the other to "Voldemort."

Rescuers use olive oil to extract a naked man from washing machine.

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A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.

Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?

The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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