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Americans, Canadians and Europeans must brace themselves for a massive increase in the number of Muslims living in North America and the European Union during the next 20 years, according to a report from the Pew Forum for Religious and Public Life.

Guyanese terrorist Russell DeFreitas is to be sentenced today in U.S. federal court for his role in plotting to blow up John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York. DeFreitas’  sentencing comes one week after that of his fellow terrorist, Abdel Nur, who was sentenced last Thursday for his role in orchestrating the attack with al-Qaeda operatives and with the anarchist socialist Trinidadian movement Jamaat Al Muslimeen (JAM). Like his co-conspirators, DeFreitas is expected to be sentenced to life in prison.

According to Borderland Beat (BB) Jan. 5, Mexican drug cartels have formed elaborate and strategic alliances with Middle Eastern drug traffickers, and those supply chains are also being used for arms trade and money laundering. BB obtained the report from El Universal, a major Mexican newspaper, and added that Mexican groups are also making inroads into European Union markets.

A high court in Saskatchewan has ruled that marriage commissioners in Canada may not refuse to perform weddings for same-sex couples, even if their religious beliefs prohibit homosexual relations.

groceriesWorld food prices continued to rise drastically in December and are still escalating thus far in 2011, with no end in sight. According to the United Nations, the prices are now close to the crisis levels of 2007.

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