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Front Page: Female Bombers, UK Citizenship, Cease-Fire to Expire

  • American officials are now saying that two female suicide bombers, who detonated Feb. 1 killing 100, had medical files that showed no signs of Down syndrome. It was originally thought immediately after the attack that al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia was using mentally disabled people as suicide bombers. The women's charts do show depression and schizophrenia, but no official record of Down syndrome. Rear Admiral Smith, top American spokesman in Baghdad, said, “we know that we got their complete records, their case files, and we know they had in-patient treatment as recently as the last month or two.”
  • The UK is set to make the transition for immigrants wishing to earn British citizenship more difficult. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the increased testing and fees would show a "demonstration of commitment" and create a more "more exacting" method by which to earn citizenship. Brown said the new method is hoped to be "far more explicit about the ties — indeed the shared values — that make us more than a collection of people but a country."
  • The cease-fire that has been credited with the reduction of violence in Iraq since August could end soon. Radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads the Shiite militia, is set to decide on the extension of the cease-fire on Saturday. If Muqtada al-Sadr doesn't issue a statement by Saturday extending the cease-fire, the freeze will be over Sunday. Though US forces don't have direct contact with the cleric, Rear Admiral Smith said that extending the cease-fire is "a productive and positive step" in rebuilding Iraq.
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bethany21 bethany21 8 years
Interesting story about UK citizenship. I really wish the US would overhaul our requirements to be more like the French...instead of answering silly questions that most citizens don't even know the answers to, in France you must demonstrate proficiency in French and prove that you are a part of your community and have made friends during your time in residence. That's much nicer, and more valuable (though maybe more difficult).
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
The UK thing is spot on, I think, especially since there's a LOT more problems with social integration over here than back in the States. I'll probably be applying for UK citizenship a few years down the road, and the idea of these tests doesn't bother me...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
The UK blurb is definitely interesting. I agree with their reasoning (at least what it seems to be) and I agree with increasing the testing, but I think increasing the fees is a little much (of course, I don't know what the fees are right now). I just think that economic security/affluence should not become a prerequisite of becoming a citizen of any nation.
lcterp lcterp 8 years
Interesting about the UK and I think I agree with their reasoning.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 8 years
It's coming!! Should be up in mere minutes!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 8 years
Citizen- where's the story about McCain's (alleged) lobbyist scandal from 2000, from The New York Times?
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I don't think it really matters what they had. They are consenting adults and they chose to blow themselves up for a worthless and violent cause.
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