News Briefs – Feb 1, 2011

Compiled by Amber Sandlin
Sun Star reporter

Egypt riots

Protestors in Egypt broke out into protests on Tuesday demanding their president, Hosni Mubarak, to resign and leave the country. During the week, the president fired his entire cabinet and ordered the internet and cell phone towers be turned off, in an effort to stop communication between the protesters. Demonstrators also demanded that their Constitution be re-written. Although there is a government curfew in place, dissidents have refused to be indoors between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. On Sunday, Jan. 30, several thousand demonstrators remained in the center of Cairo. The U.S. government has strongly urged Americans to leave Egypt at this time.

Source: CNN

Former Anchorage Police officer faces sexual assault charges

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the trial of former Anchorage police officer Anthony Rollins took place. Rollins is accused of 14 counts of sexual assault and six counts of official misconduct for misusing his position as a law enforcement officer. One woman said she was brought in for a DUI and was forced to perform sexual acts on him after she was arrested. Rollins’ public defender said that all acts were consensual and not forced.

Source: KTUU.com

Russian president call for arms reduction

In December 2009, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) expired between the United States and Russia to reduce nuclear warheads in both countries. In April 2010 in Prague, President Obama re-signed this agreement for Russia and the United States to reduce nuclear arsenals to a maximum of 1,550 nuclear warheads from 2,200. Both houses of Russian Parliament ratified this new deal and Russian President Medvedev signed the treaty the morning of Jan. 28, 2011. This is the first nuclear pact between the two former Cold War rivals in 20 years.

Source: RIA Novosti (A Russian news site)

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