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Al Qaeda Group Kills American Teacher in Yemen

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TAIZ, Yemen) -- An American working in Yemen was murdered on the streets Sunday by a gunman reportedly working for the al Qaeda offshoot group, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law).

The group announced later that it targeted 29-year-old Joel Shrum because of his Christian "proselytizing.”

According to witnesses, Shrum was in his car traveling through the city of Taiz when a man riding on the back of a motorcycle pulled up next to his vehicle and shot him to death.

The teacher was an adviser at a Swedish-affiliated institute.  Local police said he died instantly.

In Washington, State Department officials condemned the murder and promised to work with Yemeni authorities to capture Shrum’s killers.

Taiz, south of the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, turned volatile during the revolt last year to remove Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has since resigned.

With Yemen going through a political vacuum, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have become emboldened, launching frequent attacks on Yemeni security forces.

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Teacher Punished for Stealing Facebook Photos

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(GWENT, Wales) -- A primary school teacher in Wales who stole Facebook photos of a child to trick her ex-boyfriend into thinking she had given birth to his baby has been banned from teaching for two years.

Victoria Jones, 23, allegedly wanted revenge after her 26-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Barberini, dumped her after they had dated for 16 months, Wales News Service reported. So she grabbed her friend's baby pictures from Facebook and passed them off as her own.

In an email to Barberini, Jones claimed she had given birth to his twins -- a boy who died soon after birth, and a girl who she had taken to live in Australia.

"This is so sick -- it has just destroyed us," the true mother of the child, Sarah Jensen, told Wales News Service this week. "Daniel had 82 pictures of Aliyah on his Facebook -- all sent by Vicky who made out the baby was theirs."

Jensen provided the emails to Wales News Service. On April 15, 2009 Jones wrote, "It's 9.15pm over here. Kei is sleeping right through now. She's growing up so quickly. I mean she was born premature, and yet she's fit and healthy and doing soooo well. I'm so proud!!!!"

In October, Jones appears to be answering a series of questions from Barberini about the little girl he thought was his child: "What's her favourite activity to do with her mum? Cuddles and she loves swimming. Has she picked up any naughty habits yet? Only throwing things when I say no!" she wrote. "How's walking? Too good - she's discovered speed so is like a running machine!"

Earlier that same year, Jones wrote, "You will never find anyone that loves you as much as I once did. I was always there for you and always cared for you ... You find that kind of loyalty and love again? Well I doubt it to be honest."

Barberini reportedly believed the child was his, until he showed pictures of the little girl to a friend who knew Jensen.

When Jensen found out, she called the Gwent Police.

Jones taught 3-year-olds at Ringland Primary School, so the police contacted the General Teaching Council for Wales, a professional regulatory body comprised of teachers. The Council then held a tribunal to examine whether Jones' actions had violated the Council's code of conduct. Jones admitted she had taken the pictures, but denied any professional misconduct.

One section of the code requires that teachers "act with honesty and integrity," by representing "themselves, their experience, professional position and qualifications honestly."

At Friday's hearing, attended by the Wales News Service, the Council found Jones guilty of misconduct, but ruled she had not compromised her trust with pupils or dishonored the school itself. She is barred from teaching for two years at which point she can reapply for her job.

A spokesman for Ringland Primary School was not immediately available for comment.

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Indonesia: Body Found of American Surfer and Teacher

32-year-old Daniel Bobis, went missing in Indonesia after surfing a 10 foot wave. (Courtesy Sean Pearsall)(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- The body of missing American surfer Daniel Bobis has been found in Indonesia.

Local fisherman found the body of the New York teacher who disappeared on Sunday after surfing a 10-foot wave. On the Daniel Bobis Info Facebook page, Jamie Imerese wrote that Bobis' family was informed that a body had been found up the coast by a fisherman.

"They immediately traveled together in hopes that it was a coincidence. ... It was not. They positively identified Danny," Imerese wrote.

Family, friends and students have flooded the Facebook page with condolences messages for the family.

Helicopters, divers and boats had been searching Indonesian waters for Bobis, who disappeared while on a surfing vacation with his wife.

Bobis' surfboard washed ashore after he surfed a 10-foot wave. It is believed another surfer's board hit him when he came out of the wave's barrel.

His wife, Rachel Bobis, believed he would wash up farther down the beach and come back to their camp. When he didn't, she began to worry.

Rachel Bobis and a few others searched for the next 11 hours until rescue teams could reach the remote beach off the coast of West Lampung, Sumatra.

Daniel Bobis, 32, a math teacher at Long Beach High School in New York, had been passionate about surfing ever since he was a child.

On Facebook, Bobis' cousin Fernando Bobis thanked supporters for the comments and wrote about his cousin, "He was always a...glowing spirit while here with us on Earth. I imagine they must all be having to wear some serious shades up in Heaven where his spirit now glows even brighter. Thank you all for your heartfelt support, prayers & love, on behalf of the family."

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Fight Over Japanese Anthem, Flag Heads to Supreme Court

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- English teacher Hiroko Arai knew she was putting her career on the line in 2004 when she refused to sing the Japanese national anthem and salute the flag during a school ceremony.  But she felt she could not salute an anthem and a flag that glorifies an emperor and was an echo of Japan's militaristic past.

Her silent protest, which cost her a reprimand and a five percent cut in bonus pay, is now headed to Japan's Supreme Court.

"I've always taught my students they should stand up for what they believe, even if they're in the minority," Arai said.  "If I obeyed the order, I felt I would be turning my back on those students."

Now retired, Arai, 65, is leading the fight to overturn a rule she says invokes Japan's militaristic past.  She is one of roughly 400 teachers who have joined a class-action lawsuit, now headed to the Supreme Court, to fight the enforced patriotism.

The Japanese anthem "Kimigayo," or "His Majesty's Reign," is a short, five-line tribute to its emperor.  The first verse reads, "May your reign continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations."

The song was used as a rallying point for Japanese imperialism, and the Japanese military fought under the hinomaru, or rising-sun flag, during World War II.  And while the country has made efforts to distance itself from its militaristic past, the anthem's lyrics and flag were never changed, unlike Italy and Germany.  The flag and anthem were made legal national symbols in 1999.

"People are expected to stand for the anthem even outside of school," said Hiroshi Nishihara, a law professor at Waseda University.  "But the words harken back to emperor-worship.  Many people may stand for it, but they can't get themselves to sing the words."

Nishihara says public schools in southern Japan's Kyushu region were among the first to enforce salute of the national anthem and flag.  Other cities like Osaka and Hiroshima have followed, but none have been as aggressive about the enforcements as Tokyo.

The board there instructs schools to take down names of people who refuse to follow the rules.  Teachers are given a warning after the first protest.  Pay cuts, suspension and job termination may follow.

More than 400 people have been reprimanded since the rules went into affect seven years ago, according to the Tokyo Board of Education.  A spokesperson with the compliance department said the enforcement became necessary because some teachers refused to stand and others publicly protested after initial warnings.

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