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Few rally for Anwar as Malaysia trial delayed

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Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim waves before he leaves the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur July 8, 2009.

Few rally for Anwar as Malaysia trial delayed

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Just a handful of people turned out to cheer Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at his latest court appearance as a new poll said government reforms were popular, which may show Anwar’s influence is waning.

Anwar denounced the trial for sodomy which had been due to start on Wednesday as a “despicable and desperate” move by the government to remove him from politics after the judge said he would delay it and hear applications from lawyers on July 15.

On an overcast day in the Malaysian capital, around a hundred black-clad opposition supporters shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and “reformasi” (reform), pushed into the court complex but there were no clashes with police, who heavily outnumbered them.

The protesters were far fewer than the thousands who thronged court appearances in 1998 at the height of the Asian financial crisis after Anwar was dismissed as deputy prime minister, and charged with sodomy and corruption in a case lasting 14 months.

“It is not as tension-filled as before. It is almost as if people are used to seeing this situation and frankly, I am tired of this case,” said Mohd Amir Hamza, a shopkeeper who watched the arrival of Anwar and photographed him with his mobile phone.

The judge said on Wednesday that he would hear applications for dismissal of the case, discovery of evidence by the defense and to set a new date for the trial on July 15 after Anwar’s lawyers said they needed more time to prepare.

Anwar, 61, wearing a grey coat and fawn shirt and accompanied by his wife, told reporters after the hearing that the government was again persecuting him in a bid to maintain its 51-year grip on power in this Southeast Asian country of 27 million people.

“UMNO (the lead government coalition party) political leaders will resort to a repeat of this same game after seeing all their cards … are not enough to contain the tide of people wanting change,” he said.

If found guilty in the court where a judge sits alone, Anwar could face 20 years in jail, effectively ending his career.

The National Front government, led by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), stumbled to its worst election losses in 2008, losing its two-thirds parliamentary majority and seeing five of 13 states fall to the opposition, a record haul.

Since then the National Front has lost a series of state and parliamentary by-elections forcing the government to switch prime ministers, appointing Najib Razak, the son of Malaysia’s second post-independence leader, to head the government in April.

POPULAR REFORMS FROM NEW PM

In his first 100 days in office, Najib has announced an ambitious set of reforms, aimed at boosting foreign investment in this export-dependent country whose economy is expected by the government to contract up to five percent this year.

Last week he unveiled a series of measures to open up the economy, risking the ire of the majority Malay population who saw some of their economic privileges removed.

But a poll published on Wednesday showed Najib appeared to have gained traction for the government and his reforms had won widespread approval.

Najib’s personal popularity rating surged to 65 percent from 42 percent in mid-May, according to a poll from the independent Merdeka Center, and 60 percent of the 1,062 people questioned approved of the reforms.

Ibrahim Suffian, head of the polling body, said Najib began his premiership with lower ratings but had gained ground by initiating economic measures such as his economic liberalization measures.

Najib has also attempted to address ethnic and socio-economic issues by introducing an inclusive “1Malaysia” policy to promote improved relations between the majority Malays and ethnic Chinese and Indians.

“Najib has created new political capital by these measures but how well he can hold up his support depends on how he delivers, specifically on two key reforms which are at the top of the respondents agenda, namely the economy and ethnic equality,” said Ibrahim.

(Writing by David Chance; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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Iran’s official organization, when the outbreak of clashes between police and anti-US rally

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November 4, 2009, Tehran, Iran, tens of thousands of demonstrators at the center of the U.S. Embassy in Iran held a rally before the former.

BEIJING, November 5 Xinhua comprehensive report, Iranian police Wednesday (4 days) and the Iranian opposition leader Moussaoui’s supporters clashed in the capital Tehran, at a time when the country celebrated the 30th anniversary of the attack on the U.S. embassy Inter.

Protesters surrounded the site of the former U.S. Embassy, shouting “Death to America!”, “Death to Israel!” And other slogans. Protesters also read, “Uncle Sam” signs posters torn up, and shouting “We’re the blood flow in blood vessels, is dedicated to the great leader of our gift.”

Thousands of Iranian security forces deployed in the streets of Tehran to stop the opposition rallies.

One witness said police used tear gas to disperse the crowd, some protesters were arrested, “the police clashed with protesters, and arrested at least five protesters.” There are witnesses said dozens of police officers at the The British Embassy in Tehran city patrol. At the same time, the Russian Embassy, there are many police officers on patrol.

Moussaoui and Karubi opposition leaders urged supporters to take to the streets to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government. Witnesses said: “Police and hundreds of protesters clashed. Demonstrators chanted ‘Down with the dictator!’. The police used batons to disperse the crowds.” Another witness said the police fired tear gas into the crowd.

November 4, 1979, radical Iranian students occupied the U.S. embassy in Iran would be more than 50 Americans hostage for more than 400 days. Since then every year November 4 will be organized large-scale, Iran’s official anti-US rally to mark the Iranian students occupied the U.S. embassy in Iran, venue or are generally in front of the former U.S. embassy in Iran.

Obama’s No. 4 on the U.S. embassy hostages in Iran, a statement on the 30th anniversary of the incident. He said in a statement, the two embark on US-Iran hostage incident continued to suspicion, mistrust and confrontation of the road, and now across the United States hopes that the history of seeking to develop based on common interests and mutual respect, US-Iranian relations. The Iranian government should also make a decision is to continue to dwell on the past, or have more opportunities for the people, prosperity and a just and open the door. If the Iranian Government to fulfill its international obligations, Iran’s relations with the international community will be improved and developed. Obama’s hope that the Iranian Government will look to the future, compliance with international obligations, including the United States improve relations with the international community.

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Barack Obama in the White House lawn “playing sword” for the Olympic rally in Chicago

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Barack Obama in the White House lawn “playing sword” for the Olympic rally in Chicago

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BEIJING, September 17 AFP reported, Obama 16 in the White House South Lawn of “playing the sword,” he also had won the Beijing Olympic Games fencing silver Morehouse contest up.

The same day, a support of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the theme of the Olympic sports showcase was held at the White House South Lawn, Michelle Obama and the First Lady attended the event.

Barack Obama and this time they put on the “canvassing” posture, but this is neither for the health care reform, nor is it for the economic stimulus plan, but for the “home” Chicago’s Olympic bid.

The International Olympic Committee members will meet October 2 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, vote to decide the ownership of the 2016 Olympics. In addition to Chicago, the other three short-listed candidate cities, including Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, Japan, competition is fierce.

Obama lived in Chicago twenty-five years. He said he in love with this city Another reason is “where I met the woman I love.”

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