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BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two dead, including Muslim gunman and at least one hostage, as police storm Sydney cafe with assault rifles and stun grenades moments after hostages tried to flee…

Police stormed the cafe in central Sydney where a gunman held hostages for more than 16 hours

Police moved in firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades as hostages were seen fleeing in terror from cafe

Live TV footage showed hostages running frantically from the cafe at shortly after 2am in small groups

It came hours after Man Haron Monis was named as the gunman holding people hostage in a Sydney café

Iranian refugee, 49, was charged with accessory in the murder of his ex-wife

He was also facing multiple charges of sexual assault while claiming to be a ‘spiritual healer’

Monis received 300 community service hours for sending hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers

The seige follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday

He forced hostages to hold up black flag with white writing in Arabic, an emblem linked to terror groups

via BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two dead, including Muslim gunman and at least one hostage, as police storm Sydney cafe with assault rifles and stun grenades moments after hostages tried to flee | Daily Mail Online.

“We’re Baghdad-ready”: Inside the street gangs of Long Island

But the military isn’t the only mainstream institution that the gangsters — more specifically, the gangs’ leaders — compare themselves to. “We’re looking to market, sell and profit off drugs the way any business would handle their product,” the Crips’ second-in-command tells Deutsch. “Only our product is illegal so more precautions have to be taken. It’s all systematic and planned, all the positions and responsibilities and assignments. All of that’s part of our business strategy.”

via “We’re Baghdad-ready”: Inside the street gangs of Long Island – Salon.com.

Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support | Reuters

With thousands expected at the next march, Merkel is in a dilemma. Her security officials are warning of an increase in hate crimes, while opinion polls show support for the marchers’ calls for a tougher German immigration policy.

“There is a visible rise in xenophobic crime countrywide,” police chief Holger Muench told Welt am Sonntag, which like most German Sunday newspapers focused on Monday’s march by a group calling itself PEGIDA – an acronym for “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West”.

via Merkel in dilemma as German anti-Islam marches gain support | Reuters.

I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here’s How It Happened. | Mother Jones

Suddenly, behind me, someone started to yell. A protester had discovered the undercover cops and shouted an alarm. Others began to join in, calling them pigs and telling them to go home. The two men passed me in silence, at a hurried pace. Suddenly, a scuffle erupted as one protester attempted to pull off one of the officer’s hoods. The officer tackled someone involved, and was quickly surrounded by a small crowd and kicked from several directions while on the ground. (That officer, who was African American, is who you see in the ground in the photo above.) The other officer stepped in front of his partner and brandished a baton. When the crowd did not back up he drew his gun, pointing at protesters and photographers. Moments later, police flooded the area, scattering marchers and blocking others, as the undercover officers arrested the man who had been tackled in the skirmish.

via I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here’s How It Happened. | Mother Jones.

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