Teacher wants acid thrown on attackers
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan : A 23-year-old teacher burned in an acid attack on 15 schoolgirls and instructors wants the Afghan government to throw acid on her attackers and then hang them. Kandahar's governor said yesterday that authorities had arrested 10 alleged Taliban militants in the Nov. 12 attack and that several had confessed to taking part. Gov. Rahmatullah Raufi said the men would be tried in open court, a pledge that pleased Nuskaal, a first-year math teacher who suffered acid burns on her shoulders. "Those girls were simply going to school to get an education," said Nuskaal, who goes by one name. Men riding motorbikes squirted acid from water bottles onto three groups of students and teachers walking to school. Several girls suffered burned faces and were hospitalized. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi denied yesterday that any of the group's members were involved.
Bin Laden's driver is returned to Yemen
MIAMI: The Pentagon sent Osama bin Laden's driver home to Yemen yesterday, a month before the first Guantanamo captive convicted of war crimes by a military jury completed his 66-month prison sentence. Salim Hamdan, 40, had been held prisoner by U.S. forces for seven years. He was being returned to his homeland under a diplomatic deal that will have him finish his sentence in detention in his homeland, according to military sources familiar with the arrangement. It was unclear whether the transfer represented a breakthrough in long-stalled U.S. efforts to get Yemen to establish a program for returning jihadists now held at Guantanamo.
HARTFORD, Conn.: Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman took another step yesterday toward mending his relationship with Democrats, saying that Barack Obama's actions since winning the presidency have been "just about perfect." In a visit to his home state, Lieberman said, "Everything that President-elect Obama has done since election night has been just about perfect, both in terms of a tone and also in terms of the strength of the names that have either been announced or are being discussed to fill his administration." Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, was re-elected to the Senate in 2006 as an independent but continues to caucus with Democrats. He supported Republican John McCain's presidential campaign, going as far as to criticize Obama and make a speech at the Republican National Convention.
Court clears way for sale of troubled casino
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. : The former owners of the Tropicana Casino and Resort "lacked financial integrity and responsibility, as well as business ability," and deserved to be stripped of their casino license, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday. The unusually quick decision, coming just eight days after the high court heard oral arguments in the case, clears the way for a state-appointed trustee to sell the troubled gambling hall in a bankruptcy court auction. The casino has remained open since the license denial, under the supervision of the trustee, retired state Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein. The decision removes the main obstacle to Stein's efforts to find a new owner for the Tropicana, as required by law. He has selected Baltimore-based Cordish Co. as a potential purchaser for the casino in a bankruptcy court auction. David Cordish, chairman of the company that bears his name, said yesterday that the company is still interested in buying the Tropicana.
AIG limits chief's salary to $1 this year and next
CHARLOTTE, N.C.: American International Group Inc. said yesterday that it is limiting how much it pays its top executives, including granting a $1 salary for this year and the same for 2009 to Chief Executive Edward Liddy. The decision is one of many broader moves made by the troubled New York-based insurer, which has been under pressure to restrict executive pay since accepting billions in government assistance to save it from collapse. AIG has received about $150 billion so far, more than any other company. It was once the world's largest insurer, and regulators feared the possible effect an AIG collapse would have had on the world's financial system. The company said there will be no 2008 annual bonuses and no salary increases through 2009 for AIG's top seven officers and no salary increases through 2009 for the 50 next-highest AIG executives. In addition to his $1 a year salary, Liddy will get an unspecified amount of stock.