World View: Putin Recruits Boyz II Men to Improve Russian Fertility

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  • Far left suicide bomber attacks U.S. embassy in Ankara Turkey
  • Putin invites Boyz II Men to Russia to improve fertility
  • Egypt protesters clash with police in 'Friday of Deliverance'

Far left suicide bomber attacks U.S. embassy in Ankara Turkey

Ecevit Sanli, a member of the far-left terrorist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), detonated a suicide vest on Friday at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. Embassy security had been increased since the embassy attack in Benghazi, and so the Sanli was stopped at the first of a series of checkpoints as he attempted to enter the embassy. As a result, there was only one death besides the bomber -- the Turkish guard at the first checkpoint. Police detained nearly 100 DHKP/C members last month, and 55 of them were arrested pending trial on accusations of being members of a terrorist organization. Police seized a large number of documents from the addresses of the suspects, which revealed the group's plans to assassinate politicians, judges, prosecutors and police officers. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack. It's not known whether the terrorist attack is related to the conflict in Syria, or to the batteries of Nato's Patriot anti-missile missiles being installed on Turkey's border with Syria. Zaman (Istanbul)

Putin invites Boyz II Men to Russia to improve fertility

With Russia's population having suffered a devastating decline in recent years, president Vladimir Putin is looking for new ways to promote his fertility campaign, to get Russian couples to have more sex and more kids. Putin's latest attempt to inspire men and women comes just before Valentine's day, as the Western R&B trio Boyz II Men will perform a selection of their classic and new romantic ballads in a concert in Moscow on February 6. Rumors are that they may write a new song about Moscow. Moscow Times

Egypt protesters clash with police in 'Friday of Deliverance'

In the Mideast, the largest demonstrations always occur on Fridays, after midday prayers end, and worshippers pour out the mosques into the streets. In Egypt, the National Salvation Front (NSF), a group of 16 Egyptian opposition parties and movements, had called for massive "Friday of Deliverance" anti-government protests. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday. The protests were peaceful at first, but turned violent in the evening, especially near the Presidential Palace in Cairo. At one point, protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and firecrackers at the police, who returned the attack with gun fire and volleys of teargas. The political situation in Egypt is deteriorating rapidly, and it's far from clear that president Mohamed Morsi will be able to stop the carnage and bring it under control. The riots and violence have broader implications, in that Qatar is supporting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, while the Saudis are supporting the Salafist al-Nour party, and the Obama Administration supports the Army. There are increasing fears that these three forces will clash, leading either to a military coup or to a civil war. Al-Ahram (Cairo) and Debka

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