Iran rejects NY judge’s ruling on Sept. 11 attacks

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has rejected a New York judge’s finding that Tehran is liable in the Sept. 11 attacks along with the Taliban and al-Qaida. Americans are seriously looking for a way and reason to attack Iran. Just like how they lied to the world that Iraq is behind 9/11 and they also had weapon of mass desruction.

Now they have started digging a sham reasons to attack Iran.

According to state TV, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman referred to last week’s judgment as “clumsy scenario-making” by the U.S.

The spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, repeated Iran’s insistence that al-Qaida has no presence in the country.

On Thursday, Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed a default judgment finding Iran, the Taliban and al-Qaida liable in the 2001 attacks. The ruling came in a $100 billion lawsuit brought by family members of victims.

The findings also said Iran provides al-Qaida members a safe haven.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied any Iranian connection to the Sept. 11 attacks or to al-Qaida.

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Iran navy starts 10-day wargame in Strait of Hormuz

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TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran began 10 days of naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, raising concern about a possible closure of the world’s most strategic oil transit channel in the event of any outbreak of military conflict between Tehran and the West.

The military drill, dubbed “Velayat-e 90,” comes as the tension between the West and Iran is escalating over the Islamic state’s nuclear program.

Some analysts and diplomats believe the Islamic Republic could try to block the strait in the event of any war with the West over suspicions it is seeking atom bombs. Iran’s arch-foes Israel and the United States have not ruled out military action if diplomacy and sanctions fail to rein in Iran’s nuclear work.

Iran says it wants nuclear energy only for peaceful ends.

“The enforcement of the decision to close of the Strait of Hormuz is certainly within Iran’s armed forces’ capability, but such a decision should be made by the country’s top authorities,” Iranian Navy commander Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying by the semi-official ILNA labor news agency.

Iran has said in the past that it would respond to any attack by targeting U.S. interests in the region and Israel, as well as closing the strait, the only access channel for eight U.S.-aligned, Gulf Arab states to foreign markets.

Iranian authorities have given no indication the strait will be closed during the exercise, and it has not been shut during previous drills.

“Displaying Iran’s defensive and deterrent power as well as relaying a message of peace and friendship in the Strait of Hormuz and the free waters are the main objectives of the drill,” Sayyari said.

“It will also display the country’s power to control the region as well as testing new missiles, torpedoes and weapons.”

“Velayat” is a Persian word for “supremacy” and it is currently used as a title of deference for the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The United States, Britain and Canada announced new measures against Iran’s energy and financial sectors last month and the European Union is considering a ban – already in place in the United States – on imports of Iranian oil.

(Writing by Ramin Mostafavi; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Putin team defiant after protest rocks Russia

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Vladimir Putin still has the support of a majority of Russians, his spokesman said on Sunday after a mass protest challenged the premier’s authority two months before he stands in presidential polls.

Organisers said 120,000 people attended the rally in central Moscow Saturday where protesters chanted slogans against Prime Minister Putin and called for the annulment of disputed December parliamentary elections won by his party.

Police put the numbers at 29,000, but AFP correspondents said the turnout was clearly bigger and more anti-Putin in tone than the first rally two weeks ago which smashed a Russian taboo against mass opposition protests.

“As a politician and a presidential candidate, Putin still has the support of a majority. And we should treat the opinion of a majority with respect,” his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP.

He added that Putin was “beyond competition” as a candidate the March 4 presidential polls, where the Russian strongman plans to stand for a third Kremlin term after his four-year stint as prime minister.

Peskov acknowledged that the protest had taken place and said the demonstrators’ position was to be treated with respect. “Those people who came out onto the streets — they are a very important part of society. But they are a minority.”

The last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, late Saturday dramatically called on Putin to quit, just as he had done on December 25, 1991, when the USSR collapsed exactly two decades ago.

The protest movement — which brings together a charismatic anti-corruption blogger, a detective story writer, musicians and a former finance minister — does not so far have a clear leader but is gaining momentum.

“This is not an outburst which will die down. This is not about the protests but about the mood,” Yevgeny Gontmakher, head of the Centre for Social Policies at the Moscow-based Economics Institute, told AFP.

“There is a danger of a revolution. Authorities are making concessions but are not keeping up with developments.”

Alexander Konovalov, president of the Institute of Strategic Assessment, said: “Other countries elect an official, a manager. For Russia it is a love affair that turns into hate.”

“Putin will not survive one presidential term, let alone two, unless there are very serious changes to satisfy people,” he said. “There has been a de-legitimisation of the authorities and it’s very serious.”

The leaders have not said when the next protest will take place, and one of the most prominent opposition figures, politician Vladimir Ryzhkov, admitted that there were “several points of view” within the movement on the timing.

Ryzhkov told Moscow Echo radio that he would prefer that the next rally take place in March to coincide with the presidential polls, but he said some of his colleagues wanted a rally at the end of January.

The opposition set up a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/moscow.comes.back) to coordinate and debate the timing of future protests.

Another leading figure, 35-year-old blogger Alexei Navalny, provocatively vowed on Saturday that one million people would attend the next anti-Putin rally.

The mass protests were triggered by widespread claims of wholesale violations in this month’s parliamentary polls which handed a reduced majority to Putin’s ruling United Russia party.

Protesters called for the annulment of the ballot, the sacking of the Central Election Commission chief and a re-run of elections.

Hoping to ride out a wave of protests, Putin ignored those demands and promised instead a return to the direct election of regional governors and a simplified procedure to register political parties.

In defiance of the protests, the newly elected lower house of parliament convened for its first session earlier this week.

Most Russians lost their taste for street politics in the chaotic 1990s, and the scale of the current protests is a major boon for the fragmented opposition which had for years struggled to encourage Russians to take to the streets.

But incensed by his claims that opposition supporters were in the pay of the US State Department and insults comparing them to an anti-AIDS campaign, protesters are now venting their anger directly at Putin.

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United states: Police find 7 dead in Fort Worth-area apartment

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Seven people believed to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot to death in a suburban Texas apartment, police said Sunday.

Authorities said they believe the shooter is among the dead, but got a warrant before doing a full search on the small chance that it was otherwise.

Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room area when police entered the apartment around midday, said Police Sgt. Robert Eberling. Two handguns were found near the bodies in the apartment that was decorated for the holiday with a tree, he added.

“It appears they had just celebrated Christmas. They had opened their gifts,” Eberling said.

The victims have not yet been identified, but Eberling said it appears they all died of gunshot wounds. He said authorities still don’t know what sparked the incident.

Grapevine Police Lt. Todd Dearing said investigators believe that all the victims were related, but that some were only visiting and didn’t live in the apartment. He said police are looking for other relatives to inform.

“Seven people in one setting in Grapevine, that’s never happened before. Ever,” Dearing said.

He said police were performing a “meticulous” search of the apartment and he expects them to be on the scene for many hours.

Police and firefighters first rushed to the Lincoln Vineyards complex after receiving an open-ended emergency services call at about 11:30 a.m., Eberling said.

“There was an open line. No one was saying anything,” he explained.

So police went into the apartment, located in a middle-class, suburban neighborhood of Grapevine, not far from the upscale Fort Worth neighborhood of Colleyville. The apartment is at the back of the complex, overlooking the athletic fields of Colleyville Heritage High School.

But many of the nearby apartments are vacant, and police said no neighbors reported hearing anything on a quiet Christmas morning when many people were not around.

Jose Fernandez, a 35-year-old heavy equipment mechanic who moved to the complex with his family about six months ago, said he always felt safe in the area, but is now afraid to let his 10-year-old son play freely outside.

“This is really outrageous especially on Christmas,” said Fernandez, who was visiting family for the holiday and returned to find several police cars parked outside his home.

“This has shocked everybody. It has scared everybody. I guess something like this can happen anywhere, but seven people dead. It’s just very scary,” he added.

Eberling agreed the area is fairly quiet, noting this would be the first homicide in Grapevine since 2010.

Christy Posch, a flight attendant who moved to the complex about six months ago so her son could attend the high school, said she lives a few buildings away and did not hear any gunshots.

“It’s all families. That’s why I moved here. No burglaries, no nothing,” Posch said.

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Associated Press writer Ramit Plushnick-Masti in Houston contributed to this report

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