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An e-mail to Spears’ spokeswoman at Jive Records was not immediately returned

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The Great Wall DVD Release Date | Redbox, Netflix, iTunes, AmazonPaparazzi took pictures and videos of a puppy-toting Britney Spears steering her car into another one as she tried to turn into a spot in a Studio City parking lot. Then assessing the damage to her own car only. Then heading off to shop.

But the tale of the tape made it clear to the owner of the parked car just who it was who scraped up her silver Mercedes-Benz.

Kim Robard-Rifkin, 59, told the entertainment Web site CelebTV.com on Wednesday that nobody from Spears’ camp had contacted her about the damaged car.

“It’s sad because I was really hoping she’d step up and be a mensch, be a human being,” Robard-Rifkin said. “It was simply like my car didn’t matter to her, my inconvenience didn’t matter to her.”

Robard-Rifkin, a registered nurse, said she was “sort of amused and sort of shocked” when she learned it was Spears who hit her car, and 대구출장샵 figured she would hear from the embattled entertainer.

“There were obviously a lot of paparazzi there, and what kind of person wouldn’t realize that this (would) be on TV and she had to be responsible and contact me,” she said.

“I’m not asking for money. I’m not asking for a new car. … I simply want my car fixed, the same as I would fix somebody’s car if I had done that.”

Robard-Rifkin filed a police report on Thursday.

An e-mail to Spears’ spokeswoman at Jive Records was not immediately returned.


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The Lohans were close to an agreement on a divorce settlement in 2005, but that deal collapsed while Michael was serving a prison term for drunken driving, brawling and other charges

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“You have both demonstrated to me extraordinarily good judgment in resolving this matter as you did,” state Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Ross told Michael and Dina Lohan.

Terms of the divorce agreement, which will become official within 60 days, weren’t disclosed. Dina Lohan has custody of the couple’s two minor children, Aliana, 13, and Dakota, 10.

Neither Lindsay, 21, nor her brother Michael, 19, were involved in the divorce proceedings since they are no longer minors.

Dina Lohan said, “Now the healing process can begin for my children and myself.”

She said Lindsay, who was arrested last month in Santa Monica, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence and cocaine possession, is doing “fantastic.”

The “Mean Girls” star faces an Aug. 24 court date in connection with that arrest.

The Lohans were close to an agreement on a divorce settlement in 2005, 부산출장샵 but that deal collapsed while Michael was serving a prison term for drunken driving, brawling and other charges.

He was released in March and entered a Christian-based drug and rehabilitation center in West Babylon. He has repeatedly said Lindsay needs the same kind of treatment.


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“Sanctions are not a solution (to the problem) between Iran and the West,” Muallem said. “We are trying to engage a constructive dialogue between the two parties in order to reach a peaceful solution.” Western governments suspect that Iran’s nuclear program — which earlier this month started higher grade uranium enrichment — is just cover for a drive to produce an atomic bomb. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is spearheading a global campaign to back sanctions against Iran if Tehran won’t halt the uranium enrichment and other aspects of its nuclear program. Iran, which has already been slapped with three sets of United Nations sanctions over its uranium enrichment, denies it has any hidden agenda and insists the atomic program is solely for peaceful purposes. Ahmadinejad’s meetings in Damascus come as tension was already rising between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The Iranian sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, tell CBS News that Ahmadinejad is expected to meet in Damascus with the chiefs of two of the Middle East’s most widely known Islamic militant organizations, Hezbollah and Hamas. Ahmadinejad was to meet Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the exiled leader of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, and Khalid Mashaal, leader of the Palestinian group Hamas. Both men are now believed to live in Syria. Mouallem publicly blamed Israel last week for, “spreading an atmosphere of war,” and warned that Damascus would not hesitate to strike deep into Israeli territory if provoked. He said quite plainly that any conflict would be “all-out,” regardless of whether “it hits southern Lebanon or Syria.” His remarks were a response to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s own comments a few days earlier that the absence of a peace agreement with Syria could trigger a new Middle East war. Nasrallah recently stated that Israel cannot afford an unwinnable war and blithely threatened an eye for an eye with the Jewish state. Bubbling accusations that Israel’s Mossad spy agency was behind the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mahbouh last month in Dubai have further escalated regional anger. Damascus has been Tehran’s major regional ally for the past three decades. Assad visited Tehran last August, and Ahmadinejad paid a visit to Syria last May. Syria also plays a key role for any brokering of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and controls a long border with Iraq that used to be the main point of entry for foreign Iraqi insurgents. Under Obama, the United States started talking to Syria’s government, in contrast to a policy of isolation under former President George W. Bush. The U.S. road to dealing with Iran’s policy on Iraq, its nuclear program and much else may now be passing through Damascus. Syria, in turn, argues that Washington should make every effort to force Israel to accept the Arab peace initiative. Damascus wants to regain the strategic Golan Heights, an enclave Israel captured during the 1967 Mideast War. It has offered peace in exchange. Last week, William Burns, America’s most senior Foreign Service officer, held talks in Damascus with the country’s head of state, and Robert Ford, the current deputy chief of mission in Iraq, received an ambassadorial nomination to represent U.S. interests in Syria. Such steps will formally reopen diplomatic relations between the two countries, which had been suspended in 2005. Last week, eight years after being lumped into the axis of evil and five years since the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the U.S. State Department lifted an advisory that warned travelers about visiting Syria in hopes of warming relations.

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He was released in March and entered a Christian-based drug and rehabilitation center in West Babylon

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“You have both demonstrated to me extraordinarily good judgment in resolving this matter as you did,” state Supreme Court Justice Robert A. Ross told Michael and Dina Lohan.

Terms of the divorce agreement, which will become official within 60 days, weren’t disclosed. Dina Lohan has custody of the couple’s two minor children, Aliana, 13, and Dakota, 10.

Neither Lindsay, 21, nor her brother Michael, 19, were involved in the divorce proceedings since they are no longer minors.

Dina Lohan said, “Now the healing process can begin for my children and myself.”

She said Lindsay, who was arrested last month in Santa Monica, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence and cocaine possession, is doing “fantastic.”

The “Mean Girls” star faces an Aug. 24 court date in connection with that arrest.

The Lohans were close to an agreement on a divorce settlement in 2005, 경기도출장샵 but that deal collapsed while Michael was serving a prison term for drunken driving, brawling and other charges.

He was released in March and entered a Christian-based drug and rehabilitation center in West Babylon. He has repeatedly said Lindsay needs the same kind of treatment.


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Marines in Marjah, told The Associated Press that allied forces have taken control of the main roads, bridges and government centers in Marjah, a town of about 80,000 people located 360 miles southwest of Kabul

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U.S. and Afghan troops encountered skilled sharpshooters and better-fortified Taliban positions Thursday, indicating that insurgent resistance in their logistics and opium-smuggling centre was far from crushed.

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CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark, embedded with U.S. Marines on the frontline, said she could hear single-shot sniper rounds on top of the machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades as Lima Company engaged militants in an intense firefight.

The sniper fire was an added threat on top of the homemade bombs, or IEDs, which the Taliban planted in vast numbers across Marjah, adds Clark.

“Yesterday, our convoy hit one, and just moments ago on the same main bit of road, another convoy hit an IED,” Clark told “The Early Show” via phone from the front.

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A Marine general said Thursday that U.S. and Afghan allied forces do now control the main roads and markets in Marjah, but fighting has raged on elsewhere in the southern farming town. A British general said he expected it would take another month to secure the town.

NATO said six international service members died Thursday, bringing the number of allied troops killed in the offensive to 11 NATO troops and one Afghan soldier. The international coalition did not disclose their nationalities, but Britain’s Defense Ministry said two British soldiers were among the dead.

No precise figures on Taliban deaths have been released, but senior Marine officers say intelligence reports suggest more than 120 have died. The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.

Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson, commander of U.S. Marines in Marjah, told The Associated Press that allied forces have taken control of the main roads, bridges and government centers in Marjah, a town of about 80,000 people located 360 miles southwest of Kabul.

“I’d say we control the spine” of the town, Nicholson said as he inspected the Marines’ front line in the north of the dusty, mud-brick town. “We’re where we want to be.”

As Nicholson spoke, bursts of heavy machine-gun fire in the near distance showed that insurgents still hold terrain about a half-mile away.

“Every day, there’s not a dramatic change. It’s steady,” he said, noting that fighting continues to erupt.

The offensive in Marjah is the biggest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, and a test of President Barack Obama’s strategy for reversing the rise of the Taliban while protecting civilians.

Plans call for NATO to rush in a civilian administration, restore public services and pour in aid to try to win the loyalty of the population in preventing the Taliban from returning.

But stubborn Taliban resistance, coupled with restrictive rules on allies’ use of heavy weaponry when civilians may be at risk, 경기도출장샵 have slowed the advance through the town. The NATO commander of troops in southern Afghanistan, British Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, told reporters in Washington via a video hookup that he expects it could take another 30 days to secure Marjah.

NATO has given no figures on civilian deaths since a count of 15 earlier in the offensive. Afghan rights groups have reported 19 dead. Since those figures were given, much of the fighting has shifted away from the heavily built-up area, where most civilians live.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly criticized the use of air strikes and other long-range weaponry because of the risk to civilians. Twelve of the 15 deaths reported by NATO happened when two rockets hit a home on Sunday.

The allied troops have to go to great lengths to distinguish insurgents from civilians. Marines detained one man Thursday as he left a compound they had taken fire from. He had no weapon but a quick test found gunpowder residue on his hands – sufficient grounds to arrest him.

Soldiers tied the suspect’s hands behind his back and covered his face with a shawl while he sat cross-legged on the ground waiting to be hauled away.

Throughout Thursday, U.S. Marines pummeled insurgents with mortars, sniper fire and missiles as gun battles intensified. Taliban fighters fired back with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles, some of the fire far more accurate than Marines have faced in other Afghan battles.

The increasingly accurate sniper fire – and strong intelligence on possible suicide bomb threats – indicated that insurgents from outside Marjah are still operating within the town, Nicholson said.

There were also pockets of calm Thursday. Some families returned to their homes, their donkeys laden with their belongings. Several stores reopened in the bullet-riddled bazaar in the north of town, and customers lined up to buy goods for the first time in nearly a week.

One Marjah farmer said the Taliban broke into his home and used it to fire on the troops.

“We couldn’t do anything when one of them was forcing his way into our house. What could we do?” said Sayed Wakhan, a sunburned, middle-aged opium poppy farmer in northern Marjah.

But Wakhan, who spoke to reporters as he mixed mud to make repairs on his house, also said he didn’t trust the government forces who now occupy his neighborhood.

“I have suffered at the hands of police, and I don’t like the international forces coming into our area,” he snapped. His remarks were a reminder of the tough job ahead for NATO and Afghan authorities in winning over locals used to an uneasy peace under the Taliban.

Also Thursday, a NATO air strike in northern Afghanistan missed a group of insurgents and killed seven Afghan policemen, the Afghan Interior Ministry said.

A NATO statement acknowledged the report and said it and the ministry were investigating.

In eastern Afghanistan, eight Afghan policemen defected to the Taliban, according to Mirza Khan, the deputy provincial police chief.

The policemen abandoned their posts in central Wardak province’s Chak district and joined the militants there, he said. One of them had previous ties to the Taliban, he said, but would not elaborate.

“These policemen came on their own and told us they want to join with the Taliban. Now they are with us,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Muhajid said.


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A schizophrenic, he lived on the streets of Cleveland and Los Angeles for 35 years until Lopez saw him playing the violin one day near a statue of his musical idol, Ludwig van Beethoven

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Foxx will play a brilliant but mentally troubled musician in a movie based on the true-life friendship between Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.

The DreamWorks SKG movie, directed by Joe Wright, is scheduled to begin filming in January.

“Erin Brockovich” writer Susannah Grant has completed the screenplay, said Gary Foster, who is producing the movie with Russ Krasnoff. Lopez’s role hasn’t been cast yet.

Ayers was attending New York’s famed Juilliard School on a music scholarship when he suffered a mental breakdown at age 20. A schizophrenic, he lived on the streets of Cleveland and Los Angeles for 35 years until Lopez saw him playing the violin one day near a statue of his musical idol, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Lopez did a series of columns on Ayers, and readers immediately responded, 부산출장샵 giving him musical instruments and inviting him to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“A couple members of the orchestra started hanging out with him,” Lopez said.

The columnist, meanwhile, helped Ayers secure a modest downtown apartment where he now has a music studio.

Lopez’s book about their friendship, tentatively titled “The Soloist,” is expected to be published next spring.


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A schizophrenic, he lived on the streets of Cleveland and Los Angeles for 35 years until Lopez saw him playing the violin one day near a statue of his musical idol, Ludwig van Beethoven

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Foxx will play a brilliant but mentally troubled musician in a movie based on the true-life friendship between Skid Row prodigy Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez.

The DreamWorks SKG movie, directed by Joe Wright, is scheduled to begin filming in January.

“Erin Brockovich” writer Susannah Grant has completed the screenplay, said Gary Foster, who is producing the movie with Russ Krasnoff. Lopez’s role hasn’t been cast yet.

Ayers was attending New York’s famed Juilliard School on a music scholarship when he suffered a mental breakdown at age 20. A schizophrenic, he lived on the streets of Cleveland and 부산출장샵 Los Angeles for 35 years until Lopez saw him playing the violin one day near a statue of his musical idol, Ludwig van Beethoven.

Lopez did a series of columns on Ayers, and readers immediately responded, giving him musical instruments and inviting him to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

“A couple members of the orchestra started hanging out with him,” Lopez said.

The columnist, meanwhile, helped Ayers secure a modest downtown apartment where he now has a music studio.

Lopez’s book about their friendship, tentatively titled “The Soloist,” is expected to be published next spring.


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He was convicted in absentia of conflict of interest in 2008 and sentenced to two years in prison

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The universal assumption is that the Supreme Court will confiscate at least part of Thaksin’s fortune, which was frozen after his ouster in a 2006 coup that was staged because of his alleged corruption and abuse of power.

The big question is whether Thaksin supporters will react to the verdict with riots. That could usher in a painful new chapter in Thailand’s political crisis after four years dominated by a bitter and sometimes violent rivalry between the allies and foes of the former telecommunications tycoon.

Thaksin won two landslide election victories and remains popular among Thailand’s rural poor who benefited from his policies. But he is generally loathed by the urban elite, including in the military and bureaucracy, who contend he sought to usurp the power of the country’s revered constitutional monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Ahead of Friday’s verdict, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s government has called in the troops. More than 20,000 soldiers and police will be on alert nationwide – with about 6,000 in Bangkok, the capital. Judges have been offered safe havens. Banks have been told to stock extra cash to accommodate panic withdrawals.

The verdict is timed to minimize the blow to Thailand’s stock market, which like the economy and tourism industry have suffered through the instability. Judges will begin reading their ruling at 1 p.m. and are expected to finish after the market closes ahead of a three-day holiday weekend.

“If everybody remains calm and accepts the (ruling), Thailand will get through this situation,” Abhisit said Wednesday.

Thaksin supporters say the talk about violence is government propaganda designed to discredit them. The pro-Thaksin Red Shirts, known formally as the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, 대구출장샵 say no protests are scheduled for Friday but a peaceful “million man march” will be held March 14 in Bangkok.

The 60-year-old Thaksin, who jumped bail and fled the country in 2008, is currently based in Dubai.

Thaksin plans to give a running commentary on Friday’s proceedings by holding a live videolink as judges read the ruling, which will be broadcast to supporters from the headquarters of the opposition Puea Thai party, which is allied to him, the party said.

“If I don’t receive justice, I will fight for it in every way,” Thaksin told supporters earlier this week via videolink. “I am willing to negotiate. But if I am persecuted and bullied, I will not tolerate it.”

Thaksin’s served as Thailand’s prime minister for five years until he was unseated by the September 2006 coup. Critics accused the tycoon-turned-politician of massive corruption and abusing his power by shaping government policy to enrich his family’s telecommunications empire. He was convicted in absentia of conflict of interest in 2008 and sentenced to two years in prison.

A nine-judge panel at the court’s special Criminal Division for Political Office Holders will determine if Thaksin concealed his assets after becoming prime minister and used his office to enrich himself. His 76.77 billion baht ($2.29 billion) fortune was frozen after the coup and is reportedly stashed in more than 100 bank accounts and other investments belonging to himself, his now ex-wife, his children and other relatives.

Judges will consider several cases of Thaksin’s alleged policy abuse, including a multimillion dollar government loan to Myanmar in 2004. Thaksin is accused of endorsing the US$127 million low-interest loan in exchange for the junta’s purchases of satellite services from Shin Satellite, then controlled by Thaksin’s family.

The Supreme Court’s decision technically cannot be appealed – it is the highest court – though defense lawyers have 30 days after the ruling to submit new evidence deemed significant to the case.

Thailand is talking about little else at the moment. The mostly anti-Thaksin national media have been counting down to the verdict for weeks, calling it “The Big Day,” and “Judgment Day.”

Thaksin supporters are demanding fresh elections and say their real mission is to end injustice in Thai society where the real power is held by the elite. They say Abhisit took power illegitimately after court rulings unseated two post-coup governments led by Thaksin allies.

“We can expect to see some assets – if not all – confiscated by the Supreme Court,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist and director of the Bangkok-based Institute of Security and International Studies. “But it would not put an end to Thailand’s crisis, because now Thaksin’s supporters the Red Shirts … have evolved into their own force to be reckoned with.”

“They are more than just Thaksin now, and Thailand’s problem now is more than just Thaksin.”


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Baradar was captured in a joint Pakistani-U.S

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Islamabad, however, is sticking by it’s insistence that it’s received no formal request to turn him over and that he could be tried first in Pakistan.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of at least three Afghan Taliban commanders who have been captured in recent weeks in Pakistan, where militants have also sustained blows from suspected U.S. missile strikes, including four killed Wednesday in an al Qaeda and Taliban stronghold in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials said.

Meanwhile, an Afghan official said Thursday that Pakistani officials had confirmed the arrest of another top Taliban commander, Abdul Kabir. Siamak Herawi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said Thursday that Kabir was detained a week ago in Pakistan.

The arrest of Kabir, who ran Taliban operations in eastern Afghanistan, is part of a recent crackdown on insurgents in Pakistan that included the arrest of Baradar.

Pakistan has agreed to transfer Baradar to Afghan custody, according to sources in the Afghan Interior Ministry and Presidential Palace, who spoke to CBS News’ Fazul Rahim on condition of anonymity.

The agreement came after the Afghan Minister of Interior met Pakistan’s Prime Minister and made the request on behalf of President Karzai, reports Rahim. The officials played down any significance of visiting FBI director Robert Mueller’s presence in the negotiations, but the move to Afghan custody will give U.S. interrogators much greater access to Baradar.

The date and details of the handover have not been set, but the sources tell Rahim it is expected in the near future.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Islamabad was expecting a formal request from the Afghan government to hand over Baradar, but the ministry issued a statement saying that no transfer was imminent.

“Pakistan will make legal scrutiny and also investigate the criminal acts done by Mullah Baradar, including his illegal entry into Pakistan,” the statement said. “If Mullah Baradar has committed any crime inside Pakistan, he will be first tried in Pakistan.”

However, a senior Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity to CBS News’ Farhan Bokhari, says the public denial of a deal to hand Baradar over is meant primarily to try and limit public outcry from political opponents in Pakistan.

The official told CBS that, “without the FBI director’s visit, we would not have yielded ground,” though he said there was agreement on all sides that admitting a prominent U.S. role in the negotiations would be counterproductive.

Baradar was captured in a joint Pakistani-U.S. operation in the southern city of Karachi early this month, and has given some useful information to Pakistani interrogators, Pakistani officials have said. It is unclear if American officials have had direct access to Baradar.

Malik said last week that Pakistan would not hand the Afghan suspects to U.S. authorities but would return them to their countries of origin if there was no proof they had committed crimes in Pakistan. The comment reflected the government’s sensitivity to widespread anger among many Pakistanis who think Islamabad too often does Washington’s bidding.

The arrests and missile strikes against militants are occurring amid signs of deeper cooperation between Islamabad and Washington — amid long-standing suspicions that Pakistani security officials retain links with the militant movement.

On Wednesday, three suspected U.S. missiles hit a compound and a vehicle in Dargah Mandi area of North Waziristan tribal region, said intelligence officials, 부산출장샵 who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media on the record. The identities of the dead were not immediately clear, they said.

The area hit was a stronghold of the Haqqani network, an Afghan Taliban faction that is considered a major threat to U.S. troops across the border in Afghanistan. A missile strike in the same region last week killed Mohammad Haqqani, a son of the network’s aging leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani, officials said.

In Islamabad, FBI Director Robert Mueller met Pakistani and Afghan officials for talks on counterterrorism cooperation. Mueller also met separately with top officials at Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement. The statement offered few details, and did not mention if Baradar was discussed at the talks.

U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the war in Afghanistan, said the arrests of the Afghan Taliban suspects were the result of intelligence breakthroughs, and dismissed the idea that Pakistan acted against Baradar because he may have been involved in reconciliation talks with the Afghan government and it wanted to get a seat at the table by arresting him.

“I wouldn’t share your characterizations that, in a sense, (the Pakistanis) have always had this intelligence,” Petraeus told reporters late Tuesday. “What has happened is that there has been some important breakthroughs.”

Over the past 18 months, Pakistan has undertaken several army offensives in the northwest against Islamist militants. Those operations have mostly targeted militants attacking the Pakistani state, not militants fighting U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Petraeus said Pakistan still made distinctions between such groups, but that there appears to be an “evolution” in that it now sees them as increasingly entwined.

Also Wednesday, the bodies of two men alleged by militants to be U.S. spies were discovered in Mir Ali, a town in North Waziristan.

Each had a note attached accusing the victim of spying for the Americans and warning other informants they faced the same fate, area resident Akram Ullah said. Another witness, Sana Ullah, said one man was a local tribal elder and the other was Afghan.


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Erdan said he is well aware of the need to strike a balance between freedom of expression and public safety

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JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities have foiled over 200 Palestinian attacks by monitoring social media and sifting through vast amounts of data to identify prospective assailants ahead of time, according to Israel’s public security minister. These pre-emptive actions put Israel at the forefront of an increasingly popular — and controversial — trend used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world that use big data technology to track would-be criminals.

While the technology appears to be effective, its tactics drew angry Palestinian condemnation and have raised questions about civil liberties.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees the national police force, said Israel’s use of algorithms and other technology has been an important factor in lowering the number of knife and shooting attacks in Israel in recent years. He planned on sharing Israel’s knowledge with counterparts at an international security conference he is hosting that begins Tuesday.

“The experience we now have, we can help other countries deal with this kind of terrorism,” he said. He said working with allies “can lead us to a much better result in fighting lone wolf terrorists.”

But Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official in the West Bank, called the Israeli profiling techniques “horrific” and an “added dimension” to Israeli control over Palestinian lives.

“They are trying to justify the various ways in which they violate the Palestinian people’s rights, including the right to due process and the right to privacy, using Facebook and using social media as a means of gleaning information to prove people’s guilt ahead of time,” she said.

In September 2015, Israel found itself facing a wave of stabbings, shootings and car rammings carried out by “lone wolf” attackers, or individuals unaffiliated with militant groups acting on their own. It was a significant departure from past waves of organized violence led by armed groups like Hamas.

Since then, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis, while Israeli forces have killed over 260 Palestinians, most of whom Israel says were attackers. However, the number of attacks has dropped significantly — from 170 “serious attacks” in 2016 to 90 last year to 25 this year, according to Erdan’s ministry.

Israel has blamed the attacks on anti-Israel incitement in Palestinian social media, while Palestinians say despondent attackers were driven by a lack of hope after decades of Israeli occupation and repeated failure in peace talks.

Research compiled by Erdan’s office points in both directions. Erdan said that interviews with jailed attackers have found that many suffered from personal problems, such as depression or family pressure to enter an arranged marriage, but were also inspired to act, often with little notice, by violent material online.

Erdan, who is also minister of strategic affairs, the agency responsible for fighting the “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement,” said Israel has turned to various technologies to counter the attacks. That includes facial recognition devices and smart cameras that detect suspicious behavior in real time.

In addition, his ministry, working with the Justice Ministry and Shin Bet internal security agency, has created a team to scour an “ocean of data” on social media for objectionable content and to identify attackers before they act.

Members include psychologists, legal advisers and experts who have developed algorithms that analyze online activity. Violent posts, the suspect’s profile, such as age or hometown, and 경기도출장샵 other supporting evidence are factored into the analysis.

“Every event can lead to a discussion. You have to look for the special words that might lead you to the conclusion that something is dangerous,” Erdan said. “The algorithm leads you to suspect someone.”

The system has nabbed over 200 people who Erdan said confessed that they were planning attacks. Suspects have included both Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel, including cells allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group.

“When you increase the number of people who are involved in monitoring the social networks, you more and more learn how to define the profiles you are looking for,” he said.

Erdan said there is always a “dilemma” about whether a potential suspect is a serious threat or not, and that police often have just a few hours to decide whether to make the arrest.

“It’s complicated,” he said.

There were no figures on how many innocent people were misidentified as potential suspects. But Erdan’s office said in such cases, the people are quickly released.

Both the Justice Ministry and Shin Bet did not respond to requests for comment.

Ashrawi, the Palestinian official, questioned the claims that suspects had confessed, saying anyone can be pressured into confessing to anything. She also noted that Palestinians are subject to Israel’s military court system, which has a near 100 percent conviction rate. “What is incredible to me, the rest of the world is not horrified by what is happening here,” she said.

Andrew Ferguson, a professor at the David A. Clark School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, said Israel appears to be one of the world leaders in using big data for policing activity. He said some U.S. police departments have begun using similar techniques, albeit on a much smaller scale due to civil liberties concerns.

“You may be seeing the future in Israel,” said Ferguson, author of “The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement.”

“Israel is at the cutting edge of using this technology in ways that we haven’t seen in other countries, partly because other countries have been concerned about pushback from civil liberties groups,” he said.

Erdan said he is well aware of the need to strike a balance between freedom of expression and public safety. Judges must sign off on all arrests and be convinced that the suspects truly pose a threat to public safety.

Despite such concerns, he believes the know-how Israel has gathered can help allies deal with similar attacks. He said expertise will be shared with other participants at this week’s conference, which kicks off Tuesday. Participants include U.S. Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and to officials from Belgium, Germany, Kenya, Singapore, Spain and other countries.

The agenda will include terrorism, radicalization and cyberattacks. High on the agenda will be government relationships with social media companies. Even with all the technology at his disposal, Erdan said he believes the social media giants should do far more to stop the spread of online hate.

Israel has long urged Facebook and Twitter to remove what it sees as inciting material posted online.  Erdan said Facebook has “improved” responses to Israeli complaints, while Twitter is still “very bad.”

A goal of the conference is to rally support for concerted pressure on the social media companies to do a better job of policing content, or to consider common legislation to define “red lines.”

“To create a new world without any kind of rules, that is something that first it’s not fair, and second, it’s endangering the safety of people around the world,” he said.


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