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Protests against Saudi’s royal family have been grounds for sentencing Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death.

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Students from major Mexican universities rallied in Mexico City to protest the disappearance of their fellow students after their protests culminated in their going missing.

Survivors of the Sept. 26 violence joined Mexico City protesters in informal campus activities and rallies demanding justice for their missing classmates. Several other universities joined the UNAM strike on Tuesday and Wednesday. Family members of the missing students were to attend the protest at the attorney general’s office in the capital, organizers said.

Caballero said the strike was also in support of students and teachers protesting government education reforms, saying the two issues are linked because the Guerrero students were initially protesting those same reforms when police attacked them.

“(The reforms) will greatly affect public education in Mexico … they want to call it privatization and add fees to the university to make it more for the elite instead of the public,” Caballero said. The teacher training college the missing students attended in Ayotzinapa, in Guerrero state, is known for catering to the poor and indigenous.

Protests against Saudi’s royal family have been grounds for sentencing to death a leading Shia cleric who played a prominent role in them.

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to death, his family says.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr’s brother said he was found guilty of seeking “foreign meddling” in the kingdom, “disobeying” its rulers and taking up arms against the security forces.

The cleric was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011.

Worries about world economic well-being pushed Europe’s’stock fear gauge’ into high territory,35.5,not seen since mid 2012.

The ratio measuring the number of negative ‘put’ options versus bullish ‘call’ options on the euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index also surged to 2.3, marking its highest level since last August.

A ratio below 1 usually signals investors are bullish, while a ratio above 1.5 signals they are turning cautious, buying ‘puts’ as a hedge for their equity portfolios in case of a market sell-off.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei share average tumbled 2.2 percent to 4-1/2-month lows today hit by deepening worries about weak global growth, lifting the safe-haven yen and dragging down exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co.


Fujifilm Holdings Corp and other Ebola-related stocks jumped on speculation over which companies would generate higher returns from fears of deadly virus Ebola intensifying in the United States.



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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.