Sunday, February 26, 2012

We've decided: We're staying online (And an Open Letter to the readers of the Coming Crisis from Dennis Evers, himself a reader)

Many readers have written in to us today to express their feelings over the fate of the Coming Crisis after we mentioned that we are in need of financial help in order to stay online. One of these readers asked us to share an open letter with all of you, which we've reprinted below:

Dear fellow readers of the Coming Crisis:

In these difficult times it’s essential to have a reliable source to go to for current global conditions.

Out of literally hundreds of thousands of sites, “The Coming Crisis” is one of the best on the net, and we are going to lose this great source of constantly updated global information because of a lack of support, (not a lack of readership mind you, but a lack of support).

Times are tough, but if even a fraction of the readers gave only a dollar or two as an investment in keeping this site online, it would be worth it. A movie ticket runs about $10.00 and a gallon of gas is $5.00 or more and both of those are short lived. Think of all the hours spent each month (myself included) getting solid information off this site for free.

Well, it’s time to show Matt and Lynsey that we appreciate what they do.

Please donate whatever you can and keep The Coming Crisis available for all to use, and if you own a business, there is no better place to advertise.

Thanks,

Dennis Evers, USA

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Updates on the situation:

1) We've decided: We're staying online to keep delivering you the truth, on one condition -- that you do your part and help us stay afloat! The outpouring of support we received today was incredible. We honestly thought that maybe people had stopped caring and were no longer interested in what we do, but we were mistaken. You're all amazing, and have inspired us to keep up the fight for the next while. We cannot stress enough, however, that we need your help, to make it work, and that means making a monthly donation when you can. Mark it on your calendars if you have to in order to remember, it's that important!

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4) We're working on getting a P.O. Box so that the Coming Crisis can have its very own mailing address. This way you can send donations by mail, or actual letters to us.

Again, we're amazed by the outpouring of support. We're doing our very, absolute best to keep all this going, and we need your help to make it happen.

VIA train derailment in Burlington, Canada kills 3, more rushed to hospital

A Via Rail train derailment on Sunday has claimed the lives of three people in southern Ontario.

Halton Regional Police confirmed that three people are dead and at least two people have been taken to hospital via air ambulance.

CBC News has learned that a 70-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man were airlifted to a Hamilton hospital. The woman was in stable condition when transported, while the man’s condition was not immediately available.

The Toronto-bound train was travelling from the Niagara area of southern Ontario went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon.

A Via Rail spokesperson told CBC News that 75 people were on board the train. more

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5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 74.7 km (64.4 miles), the quake hit at 19:37:16 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 462 km (287 miles) North from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck Southwestern Siberia, Russia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:21:39 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 53 km (32.8 miles) Northeast of Saryg-sep, Siberia , Russia (Population Saryg-sep 4.582)
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

U.S. shouldn't speed up Afghanistan pull out: U.S. ambassador

(Reuters) - The United States should resist the urge to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule due to the violence against Americans over the burning of the Koran at a U.S. military base, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said on Sunday.

"Tensions are running very high here. I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business," Crocker said in an interview from Kabul on CNN's "State of the Union."

He added that a full investigation of the incident was underway at the Bagram airbase near Kabul.

"This is not the time to decide that we are done here. We have got to redouble our efforts. We've got to create a situation that al Qaeda is not coming back," Crocker said.

"If we decide we're tired of it, al Qaeda and the Taliban certainly aren't," he said. Read More

Afghanistan: France and Germany withdraw civilian staff

France and Germany are following the US and Britain in withdrawing civilian staff from Afghan government institutions in the wake of the killing of two senior US Nato officers.

Afghan authorities are hunting a 25-year-old Afghan policeman believed to have shot the officers dead at the interior ministry in Kabul on Saturday.

France and Germany said they were acting on security concerns.

Afghans saw new violence on Sunday at protests over a Koran-burning incident.

Several American troops were injured in a grenade attack in Afghanistan, hours after President Karzai went on national television to appeal for calm amid anger at the burning of copies of the Koran at a US military base. Read More

Freelance cameraman provides a rare glimpse into Homs



Homs, Syria (CNN) -- A freelance cameraman who visited Homs recently put together a video that provides a rare glimpse of life in the embattled city and an even rarer close-up of the opposition movement in Syria.

At the headquarters of the government secret police, the cameraman -- who uses the name Mani to avoid retribution by the government if he returns -- finds himself in the thick of a battle. Some 200 members of the Free Syrian Army, made of military defectors, are involved in the attack. They explode a bomb below a rooftop position, where government snipers are trapped.

In the video, portions of which CNN aired Friday, the opposition appears organized, their members communicating by walkie-talkie and engaging in fierce fighting. Casualties are taken via minibus to a makeshift field hospital, where they are placed on thin mats on the floor. "My eye! My eye!" shouts one man whose eye had been targeted by a bullet. Read More

Note: Who will win the propaganda war?

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 3.1 earthquake has struck Nevada at a depth of 7.7 km (4.8 miles), the quake hit at 17:37:11 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 18 km (11 miles) Northwest from Hawthorne, Nevada
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Antipsychotics death risk charted

Some antipsychotic medication may increase the risk of death in patients with dementia more than others, according to US research.

The drugs have a powerful sedative effect so are often used when dementia patients become aggressive or distressed.

A study, published on the BMJ website, argued that antipsychotics should not be used "in the absence of clear need".

Experts said better alternatives were needed to antipsychotics.

A study in 2009, suggested 180,000 people with dementia were taking antipsychotic medication in the UK and said the drugs resulted in 1,800 additional deaths. Read More

Facebook, Yahoo and Flickr spy on personal texts sent on smartphones

LONDON: Top internet firms like Facebook, Yahoo and Flickr are able to read personal text messages and photographs sent via smartphones because many mobile phone apps give their developers the right to go through such content.

Many phone users do not know that when they agree to the terms and conditions, they are actually giving developers the right to inspect their personal information, the Daily Mail reported.

In some cases, the apps also get the right to collect whatever images the phone camera happens to be seeing.

Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr and Badoo have all admitted to reading users' text messages through their Android smartphone apps, according to the Sunday Times.

Many other apps -- some of them available for free -- also include in their terms and conditions the rights to access users' personal data. Read More

Syria - The CIA and NATO Exposed

50,000 chickens abandoned on farm and left to starve to death



Thursday afternoon finally produced some good news after what has been such a heart-wrenching story when 50,000 chickens were left starving to death at a ranch outside Turlock.

A third of the birds have already died, and it was feared the rest would be euthanized, but instead thousands will be saved.

“We’re going to help load them up to the rest of the agencies that are here,” said Annette Patton, executive director of Stanislaus County Animal Services.

After waiting all day, two animal rescue groups finally got the news they were hoping to hear.

“We’re thrilled to know they’re going to let us in and save several thousand birds,” said Kimberly Sturla of Animal Place.

Crews loaded chickens healthy enough to save into trucks.

“We’re going to give them another chance at life,” Sturla said.

Authorities were called to the ranch on Tuesday after someone nearby complained about the smell. When Animal Services arrived, they found that the chickens hadn’t been fed for two weeks and already a third of those chickens had died.

“When you walk in there, there are birds deceased everywhere,” Patton said. more

11-year-old California girl dies after fight with classmate

An 11-year-old girl is dead following an after school fight at a Long Beach elementary school, but authorities say they have no immediate plans for arrests.

Police said Saturday night that the girl died at a hospital hours after the fight with another 11-year-old girl outside the school.

Authorities say Friday's fight didn't appear to be especially serious or violent, no weapons were used and neither girl was knocked to the ground.

But Deputy Chief Robert Luna said at a news conference that when she returned to an afterschool program, adults noticed she wasn't feeling well.

She was hospitalized and had emergency surgery but died about six hours after the fight. more

Cedrick Mitchell, Robber, Tries to Buy Back Gun From Victims: Cops

Authorities say a man was arrested after he dropped his gun during a robbery and returned to the scene to try and buy it back from the victims.

Cedrick Mitchell, 39, faces charges of armed home invasion and resisting an officer, according to online jail records. He is being held without bond in Manatee County Jail.

Police said Mitchell entered a motel room and asked for pills from the two men inside. When they responded that they didn't have any, Mitchell took out his gun and told the men "everything you got," according to the Bradenton Herald.

Mitchell dropped his gun when the men began to fight with him, police say. One of the victims sprayed him with pepper spray and Mitchell ran away, authorities said.

He returned to the motel room minutes later and offered the men $40 in exchange for the gun he dropped, the Herald reported . He was pepper-sprayed in the face again. more

Fight at baby shower results in death of 9-month old baby after "spray of gunfire"

A fight over a seat at a baby shower triggered the killing of a 9-month-old boy, according to the victim's grandmother.

Delric Miller IV died Monday as he slept on the couch in his home on the 8400 block of Greenview Avenue. Police said someone fired at the house with an AK-47-type assault rifle about 4:30 a.m., leaving behind 37 shells. One of the rounds hit the baby, who was pronounced dead at Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Delric Miller IV died Monday as he slept on the couch in his home on the 8400 block of Greenview Avenue. Police said someone fired at the house with an AK-47-type assault rifle about 4:30 a.m., leaving behind 37 shells. One of the rounds hit the baby, who was pronounced dead at Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Delric's grandmother, Cynthia Wilkins, said she believes the shooting was retaliation for a skirmish Sunday at a baby shower at Club Celebrity on Plymouth Rd. in Detroit.

"The shower was overbooked, and there was an argument because there weren't enough seats," said Wilkins. Her daughter, Diamond Salter, attended the shower, which was thrown by a friend, Wilkins said. more

Assad Rally in Support are these images not of Importance to decide what the Syrian People want?



To all those who still do not want to believe that 85% of Syrians are in favor of Assad this is an event in a small square in Damascus.

Anti-Putin protest in Russia

Thousands protest against the likelihood of Vladimir Putin's victory in the presidential polls. Jessica Gray reports.

Somalia promises west oil riches as diplomats vow to defeat al-Shabaab....Well you didn't think they were helping out of the goodness of their hearts?

Somali prime minister says his country will give west a share of natural resources in return for help with task of reconstruction.

They expect the oil to flow within weeks. Coming from two miles underground, the crude should reach the arid plains of Puntland in the north-east corner of Somalia by April.

Around the same time, Somali diplomats say an offensive against al-Shabaab militia in the south of the country, backed by US drone strikes, should have damaged the Islamist group's "effective fighting capability".

Meanwhile, the UN plans to impose trade sanctions on the illicit international trade in charcoal, Somalia's "black gold" which not only funds al-Shabaab but also destroys the country's forests and led in part to last year's widespread famine. Read More

Nicholas Davies and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson the 2 UK journalists' held by Libyan Militia

(CNN) -- A militia in Libya is illegally holding two British journalists, refusing to turn them over to transitional government authorities and preventing international aid workers from visiting them, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

The Saraya Swehli militia detained Nicholas Davies and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson in Tripoli on February 21 along with Libyans accompanying them, said HRW consultant Sidney Kwiram from Libya's capital.

The Libyan government has asked the militia to hand over the two journalists -- who work mainly for the Iranian English-language television news channel Press TV -- to government custody, but the militia has not complied, Kwiram said.

The Saraya Swehli militia hails from Misrata, a city that took the brunt of the deadly military onslaught by troops loyal to deposed dictator Moammar Gadhafi against citizens who rose up against his rule. Militias from Misrata carried out acts of revenge in the wake of the revolution and have practiced vigilante style justice. They have been accused of torture and arbitrary detention.
After denying HRW access to the journalists despite a government order to do so, a Saraya Swehli official told the rights organization that it did not have faith in the government, Kwiram said. Source

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 26th Feb 2012


A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 594 km (368.2 miles), the quake hit at 16:27:14 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 58 km (35.9 miles) East of Tubou, Lakeba, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SPAIN - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck Spain at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:31:35 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 7 km (4.3 miles) West of Agrón, Granada, Spain
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Erin Brockovich: Research Into Upstate New York Tourette's Case Only Preliminary

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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has corrected misinformation regarding her investigation into the medical mystery in an upstate New York town where a group of teenagers has displayed symptoms similar to Tourette syndrome, saying that her research is still preliminary.

Nearly two dozen people, including one 36-year-old, in the upstate New York village of LeRoy are now experiencing uncontrollable tics, seizures and outbursts they might have been caused by a chemical spill in the town more than 40 years ago.

In a statement released Tuesday, Brockovich said she is still investigating a plume from a 1970 train derailment in LeRoy, which dumped cyanide and trichloroethylene (TCE) -- a chlorinated hydrocarbon used to de-grease metal parts -- within three miles of the village's high school.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that TCE can affect the central nervous system, and cause dizziness, headache, sleepiness, nausea, confusion, blurred vision and facial numbness. It is suspected of being inked to the symptoms among LeRoy's local teens. Read More

Baby Yoga: Lena Fokina calls this Abuse 'baby yoga' and claims it is GOOD for them

West brands Syria vote a 'sham'

Syria's authoritarian regime has held a referendum on a new constitution, a gesture by embattled President Bashar Assad to placate those wanting him to stand down.

But the opposition deemed it an empty gesture and the West immediately dismissed the vote as a "sham".

Even as some cast ballots for what the government has tried to portray as reform, the military continued shelling the opposition stronghold of Homs, which has been under attack for more than three weeks after rebels took control of some districts there.

Activists and residents report that hundreds have been killed in Homs in the past few weeks, including two Western journalists.

Activist groups said at least 29 people were killed on Sunday, mostly in Homs. At least 89 were reported killed on Saturday alone, one day before the referendum. They estimate close to 7,500 people have been killed in the 11 months since the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on dissent began.

"The referendum in Syria is nothing more than a farce," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said. "Sham votes cannot be a contribution to a resolution of the crisis. Assad must finally end the violence and clear the way for a political transition."
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Syrians in business and the military who still support Assad to turn against him. Read More

Abu Qatada will cost us £5m-a-year... that's 100 times the cost of keeping him in jail

The cost of keeping watch on Abu Qatada on bail comes to about £5million a year, it has emerged - a hundred times more than keeping him in a high-security jail.

The Islamist cleric is subject to a surveillance operation costing a £100,000 every week, as authorities monitor his every move to ensure he does not escape.

Now police are warning the phenomenal cost of keeping an eye on Qatada is diverting money from murder investigations, and could lead to up to 12 going unsolved each year.

Peter Smyth, chairman of the Police Federation, told the Sunday Times: 'You are talking about the cost of three murder squads and the average murder squad would probably be dealing with between eight and 12 murders a year.

'These surveillance teams are meant to be tackling active criminals.'

Qatada was released on bail two weeks ago to live with his wife and children at the home in Wembley, London, after six-and-a-half years in Long Lartin prison, Worcestershire.

The Jordanian cleric - whose real name is Omar Mahmoud Mohammed Othman - is facing deportation to stand trial over terror charges in his home country. Read More

Eartquake Measuring 5.9 Magnitude in Taiwan Caught on Video

A powerful earthquake strikes southern Taiwan but causes minor damage. Travis Brecher reports

Seven U.S. soldiers wounded after Afghan NATO base attacked

(Reuters) - Seven U.S. military trainers were wounded on Sunday when a grenade was thrown at their base in northern Afghanistan, police said, as anti-Western fury deepened over the burning of the Koran at a NATO base.

Despite an apology from U.S. President Barack Obama, riots raged across the country for a sixth day on Sunday against the desecration of the Muslim holy book at a NATO air base at Bagram. Some protesters hoisted the white Taliban flag.

The Afghan Interior Ministry identified one of its employees as a suspect in the fatal shooting of two U.S. officers in its headquarters a day earlier, an attack that prompted NATO to recall its staff from ministries.

One civilian was killed, 15 more were wounded and three policemen injured in riots near the NATO base in northern Kunduz province, where the blast that wounded the Americans took place, regional police chief Samihullah Qatra told reporters.

NATO confirmed there had been an explosion outside one of its bases in northern Afghanistan, but declined to comment on casualties. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck South Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands. Alaska at a depth of 74 km (46 miles), the quake hit at 14:29:24 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 90 km (55 miles) East of Adak, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

North Korea vows “sacred war” over joint drills

SEOUL -- North Korea is vowing a "sacred war" in response to annual joint military exercises South Korean and U.S. forces are to begin staging Monday.

The announcer, reading a statement of the National Defense Commission, says the joint maneuvers by the U.S. and South Korea, are, in essence, a “silent declaration of war” and will prompt a “corresponding physical retaliation” by the North.

Just hours later, there was no mention of the fresh threats at a joint news conference in Seoul by U.S. and South Korean diplomats.

U.S. envoy Glyn Davies briefed a South Korean diplomat on his talks held Thursday and Friday in Beijing with North Korean officials. The discussions were the first since North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, died in December and he was succeeded by his third son, Kim Jong Un.

Davies told reporters the two days of discussions in the Chinese capital were serious, in-depth and covered a wide range of issues but another round is not planned. Read More

Americans fail to appear in Cairo court

(CNN) -- The trial of sixteen American aid workers before a Cairo court was adjourned Sunday, the judge said, after the accused failed to appear in court.

The aid workers are charged with fraud in Egypt. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said intense discussions are under way in the case.

The Americans are among 43 people accused in a crackdown on pro-democracy, non-government groups, which Egyptian officials say is part of a pattern of foreign interference that is stoking unrest.

Some of the non-American defendants did appear in court. The trial is scheduled to resume April 26.

Egypt's democracy is fragile in the wake of the revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, and the case has shaken its relations with the United States.

The aid workers are charged with operating in Egypt without being officially registered and receiving foreign funding.

"We are having intense talks at the highest levels of the Egyptian government because, obviously, we would like to see this resolved," Clinton said during an interview in Morocco.

Clinton declined to discuss the details of the negotiations or whether the U.S. would surrender the Americans for trial. Read More

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 13:49:59 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 439 km (273 miles) SSW of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

CDC Warns That New Swine Flu Strain Has 'Pandemic Potential'

A paper published Tuesday by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control suggests a new swine flu virus has the potential to cause an outbreak.

The A(H3N2)v swine flu strain that has infected at least 18 Americans since Sept. 2010 has shown the potential for human-to-human transmission. According to the paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the H3N2 strains "resemble viruses with pandemic potential." Terrence Tumpey, one of the authors of the study, says the current seasonal flu vaccine won't protect against this swine flu strain, although he says the CDC is working on creating a vaccine for swine flu variants such as the one he studied.

In November, the CDC suggested that "limited human-to-human transmission" of H3N2 had occurred in Iowa, but the most recent findings show that the virus is more easily transmissible than originally thought, leading the authors to warn that "swine-origin H3N2 viruses have the potential to cause additional human disease." Since August, people in at least five states (Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) have caught the strain.

The paper warns that people born after the mid-1990s may be "particularly susceptible to infection" because of a virus that circulated in the early part of that decade that may have given some people a low level of protection.

The virus was shown to be highly transmissible from ferret to ferret, an animal which has long been used to explore the possibility of human-to-human transmission of viruses. Read More

Binh Duong reports first human bird flu case (Vietnam)

The southern province of Binh Duong has confirmed the first case of bird flu on humans and the patient has been carried to Ho Chi Minh City for treatments.

The patient is Truong Phu Son, born in 1990. He was living in a house in Phu Loi Ward, Thu Dau Mot Town, according to the provincial Department of Health

He returned to his home province of Thanh Hoa during the Lunar New Year holidays late January, and has come back to Binh Duong to work. On February 17, he had high temperatures and breathing difficulty, and was brought to a local hospital.

On Feb. 23, he was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Infectious Diseases and Tropical Diseases as his conditions became worse.

Blood samples later showed that Son was infected with the deadly bird flu virus A/H5N1.

Health officials said where he was infected with the virus was still unknown.

Health officials also quarantined those who had contacts with Son in his rented house in Phu Loi Ward and disinfected the area with chemicals. Source

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake HALMAHERA, INDONESIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck Halmahera, Indonesia at a depth of 235.7 km (146.5 miles), the quake hit at 13:27:15 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 228 km (141 miles) Northeast of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Vanuatu at a depth of 92.3 km (57.4 miles), the quake hit at 13:13:05 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 38 km (23 miles) WNW of Isangel, Tanna, Vanuatu
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck Southwestern Siberia, Russia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:06:36 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 46 km (28.6 miles) Northeast of Saryg-sep, Siberia , Russia (Population Saryg-sep 4.582)
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Southwestern Siberia, Russia at a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 12:50:23 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 50 km (31 miles) Northeast of Saryg-sep, Siberia , Russia (Population Saryg-sep 4.582)
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 12:12:28 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 457 km (283 miles) SSW of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHWESTERN SIBERIA, RUSSIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck Southwestern Siberia, Russia at a depth of 9.5 km (5.9 miles), the quake hit at 11:59:06 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 40 km (24.8 miles) Northeast of Saryg-sep, Siberia , Russia (Population Saryg-sep 4.582)
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake POLAND - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck Poland at a depth of just 0 km (0.6 miles Poorly Constrained), the quake hit at 11:31:19 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 6 km (3.7 miles) Northeast of Polkowice, Poland
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Koran Protests: US Soldiers Injured In Attack

A grenade attack has wounded seven US soldiers in Afghanistan a day after Nato officers were shot dead in Kabul and just hours after president Karzai appealed for calm over the burning of Korans at a US military base.

Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed there had been an explosion outside one of its bases in northern Afghanistan.

A Kunduz police spokesman said "The demonstrators hurled a hand grenade at US special forces base in Imam Sahib city of Kunduz province, as a result seven US special forces were wounded."

Earlier on Sunday in a televised address, president Hamid Karzai "condemned with the strongest words" the treatment of Islam's holy book and said the people who did it should be punished.

But he also called for an end to the violence saying: "Now that we have shown our feelings, it is time to be calm and peaceful." Read More

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 3.2 earthquake has struck Southern California at a depth of just 2.3 km (1.4 miles Poorly Constrained), the quake hit at 11:31:19 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 5 km (3 miles) WSW of Niland, California
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 26th Feb 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 72.1 km (44.8 miles), the quake hit at 11:17:11 UTC Sunday 26th February 2012
The epicenter was 469 km (291 miles) SSW of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issues threat to retaliate ahead of South Korea-US drills

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to launch a powerful retaliatory strike against South Korea if provoked, state media said Sunday, a day before the start of annual South Korean-U.S. military drills that Pyongyang calls an invasion rehearsal.

South Korean and U.S. officials have said the 12-day, largely computer-simulated war games are defensive in nature.

The reported threat came a day after a senior U.S. envoy said ties between the rival Koreas must improve before the United States and North Korea can achieve real progress in their relationship.

Kim, supreme commander of the North’s 1.2 million-member military, made the comment during a visit to front-line military units, including one that shelled a South Korean island in 2010, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.

“He ordered them to make a powerful retaliatory strike at the enemy, should the enemy intrude even 0.001 millimeter into the waters of the country where its sovereignty is exercised,” KCNA said. It did not say when Kim visited the units. Read More

Syria condemns "Friends of Syria" conference

Syria has rejected and condemned all decisions and comments made at the "Friends of Syria" conference in Tunisia.

Syria's state television says the government rejects any calls to arm the opposition, saying it would hurt the Syrian people and their hope for peace and stability.

On Friday, delegates from some 70 countries and regions gathered in Tunisia to pressure the UN to enforce an immediate ceasefire in Syria, to allow humanitarian aid to enter the country.

The meeting agreed on tougher sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's government, including severing diplomatic ties.

Delegates also decided to set up an Arab peacekeeping force to ensure stability during Syria's democratic transition. Source