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Archive for November, 2010

Jamal Koukeh: the 51 year old Syrian concrete block smasher

In preparation for a world record attempt, the 51 year old Syrian free fighting champion Jamal Koukeh is practicing smashing concrete blocks with his legs. As part of his public demonstration, he also broke blocks with his hands using an upturned machete. For a finale, he placed a pair of swords in his mouth before being hit with a sledgehammer.

Watch him in the video below:

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CBC investigation on who killed Rafic Hariri

CBC has just released today the 21st of November a months-long CBC investigation on Rafic Hariri entitled “Who Killed Rafic Hariri?”. The investigation, relying on interviews with multiple sources from inside the UN inquiry and some of the commission’s own records, found examples of timidity, bureaucratic inertia and incompetence bordering on gross negligence.

Among other things, CBC News has learned that:

  • Evidence gathered by Lebanese police and, much later, the UN, points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah, the militant Party of God that is largely sponsored by Syria and Iran. CBC News has obtained cellphone and other telecommunications evidence that is at the core of the case.
  • UN investigators came to believe their inquiry was penetrated early by Hezbollah and that that the commission’s lax security likely led to the murder of a young, dedicated Lebanese policeman who had largely cracked the case on his own and was co-operating with the international inquiry.
  • UN commission insiders also suspected Hariri’s own chief of protocol at the time, a man who now heads Lebanon’s intelligence service, of colluding with Hezbollah. But those suspicions, laid out in an extensive internal memo, were not pursued, basically for diplomatic reasons.

Read the full report of four parts on the CBC website here

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Phone network involved in Hariri assasination - CBC

Phone network involved in Hariri assasination - CBC

Halal make-up business now booming

Many of us have heard the word Halal in the context of meat, but now it’s make-up, and it’s in a market that is growing fast. More info in the BBC video below:

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India’s billion-dollar home is world’s most expensive

I have previously mentioned the Hong Kong apartment sold for a record 57 million dollars, but now India’s billion-dollar home has taken the lead to be the world’s most expensive home ever built.

India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani, and his family are set to move into a 27-floor home tended by an estimated 600-person staff. As NBC’s Ian Williams reports, the mega-mansion is taking heat from many people in India.

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Lebanese Red Cross creates world’s largest handprint painting on October 31st 2010

The series of record-breaking events continues in Lebanon with a new record set by the Lebanese Red Cross association. A 4,600-square-meter painted canvas was assembled at the Cite Sportive stadium in Beirut Sunday, breaking the Guinness world record for the largest handprint painting.

The Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) broke the record by creating the Red Cross emblem using handprints collected from various Lebanese regions. The former holder of the world’s largest handprint painting was China, with a 3,715.86-square-meter canvas encouraging youths to combat drugs.

World's Largest Handpring Painting by Lebanon - AP/Lebanese Red Cross

World's Largest Handpring Painting by Lebanon - AP/Lebanese Red Cross