Pakistan’s New Prime Minister
Pakistan’s election commission is set to finalize the results from Saturday’s elections today. The presumptive winner, Nawaz Sharif, has already received congratulations from the U.S. administration and held long talks with India’s PM, Manmohan Singh. The former steel magnate previously served two separate terms as Prime Minster of Pakistan, once from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1997 until he was deposed in a military coup in 1999. Following the coup, Sharif was sentenced to life imprisonment for hijacking and terrorism. He was released from prison and expelled from the country in 2000. Sharif is known as a pragmatist in his relations with the West, but has voiced criticism about the United States’ war against al-Qaeda, and has suggested he would broker peace with the Pakistani Taliban.
Police Seek Three in NOLA Mother’s Day Parade Shooting
Police have released photos of one of the men wanted for firing into a crowd at the New Orleans Mother’s Day parade. Nineteen people, including two small children, were wounded when multiple people began shooting yesterday afternoon. No one was killed but at least three people were in critical condition as they were raced to University Hospital. According to police both children were in good condition. Police had earlier said they were looking for three suspects, adding that a motive for the shooting was unknown.
Indonesian Factory Owner Faces 20 Year Sentence for Enslaving Workers
An Indonesian court has indicted Yuki Irawan, the owner of a kitchenware factory outside of Jakarta, for enslaving almost 50 workers for more than a year. Thirty-four men, most of them teenagers, were rescued from the factory during a police raid earlier this month. The factory’s neighbors say they were afraid to go to authorities about the conditions the workers were kept in, as they had been intimidated by local police officers. Workers were made to work from 5:30 until 22:00, and then were forced into a small store room where they received meager food rations. Some of the workers managed to escape and reported their harsh treatment to police, but nothing came of it until two escaped workers, Andi Gunawan and Junaidi, filed a report with the National Commission on Human Rights. Today Irawan and his managers each face 20 year sentences for enslaving their workers; police officers that have been implicated in protecting the slavery scheme have not been charged. Anis Hidayah of Migrant Care said that slavery was not shocking as Indonesian law is particularly unsympathetic to the plight of workers. “The legal system opened such an opportunity,” Anis told a forum in Jakarta on Friday.
Car Bomb Explodes near Benghazi Hospital
A car bomb exploded this afternoon in the parking area of al-Jala emergency hospital in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi; at least 12 people were killed and scores more were wounded. The bomb caused significant damage: a dozen or more vehicles were demolished, windows of nearby buildings buckled, and dust rained down for blocks. The majority of the fatalities were ripped to shreds, hampering efforts to identify the victims; only one body was found intact. At press time, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the hospital to demand that the pro and anti Gaddafi paramilitary groups which sprung up during the 2011 revolution, be driven from Benghazi. According to analyst Faraj Najem, “Benghazi has seen frequent attacks and assassinations targeting security officials in recent months who have been active recently, and causing mayhem.” The hospital does not seem to conform to the usual government and security installations that are usually targeted by paramilitaries.