Hackers call Iraqi PM 'oppressor' on his website

Updated 02 February 2013
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Hackers call Iraqi PM 'oppressor' on his website

BAGHDAD: Hackers have broken into the official website of the embattled Iraqi prime minister, calling him an "oppressor."
Nuri Al-Malik is facing a surge of protests by Iraq's Sunni minority, tensions with the autonomous Kurdish region and discontent among fellow Shiites.
A statement on his website yesterday compared him to Bashar Assad, the Syrian leader who brutally cracked down on an uprising against him that has turned into a civil war.
The statement by "Team Kuwait Hackers" told the Iraqi leader, "You want to be like Bashar Assad ... Bashar is over."
The message was accompanied by a picture of wailing black-clad women in mourning. It was up for several hours until the site was taken down.
Telephone calls to Al-Maliki's office went unanswered.


Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

Updated 8 min 27 sec ago
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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip: medics

Gaza City: A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern Gaza Strip on Friday, medical sources said, as demonstrations entered their fourth week along the Gaza-Israel border.
Ashraf Al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza, said Ahmad Abu Aqel, 25, died of bullet wounds sustained east of Jabaliya. The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident.
Security sources in Gaza said Abu Aqel was standing near a group of people setting fire to tyres near the border with Israel.
His death brings the number of Gazans killed by Israeli forces in demonstrations and clashes since March 30 to 35, according to Gaza's health ministry.
Thousands of Gazans were gathered on Friday at various locations along the border in the blockaded enclave, calling for Palestinian refugees to be able to return to their former lands in what is now Israel.
Hundreds were clashing with Israeli forces, an AFP correspondent said.
Israel has pledged to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attacks, and alleges there have been attempts at all three.
It accuses Palestinian movement Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of using the protests as cover to carry out violence.