Sunday, April 22, 2012

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck Tonga at a depth of 192.4 km (119.6 miles), the quake hit at 03:08:01 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 142 km (88 miles) WNW of Neiafu, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the South Sandwich Islands Region at a depth of 18.6 km (11.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:57:49 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 131 km (81 miles) NNW of Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA REGION - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck the Tonga Region at a depth of 42.8 km (26.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:14:24 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 324 km (201 miles) SSW of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 01:31:04 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 149 km (92 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OAXACA, MEXICO - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 01:13:25 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 161 km (100 miles) WSW of Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck Guatemala at a depth of 57.2 km (35.5 miles), the quake hit at 00:20:40 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 64 km (39 miles) WNW of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 23rd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 00:12:27 UTC Monday 23rd April 2012
The epicenter was 693 km (430 miles) Southwest of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL PERU - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Central Peru at a depth of 112.8 km (70.1 miles), the quake hit at 23:45:57 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 43 km (26 miles) Southeast of Huanuco, Peru
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Nicobar Islands, India Region at a depth of 39.5 km (24.5 miles), the quake hit at 23:05:09 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 68 km (42 miles) ESE of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake CELEBES SEA - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the Celebes Sea at a depth of 591.3 km (367.4 miles), the quake hit at 21:41:31 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 265 km (165 miles) Southeast from Jolo, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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Nevada & Sierra‎ Boom may of been a Meteor

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Astronomers say a loud explosion heard across a large swath of Nevada and California on Sunday morning was likely caused by a meteor.

The explosion rattled windows and shook houses from Reno to Winnemucca in Nevada, and from the Sacramento to Bakersfield areas in California.

Dan Ruby of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, says the reports indicate the meteor broke up above Earth somewhere over the Sierra southwest of Reno.

There were no reports of earthquakes at the time.

UPDATE: NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) tells News 4 they have received reports of a meteor strike near the Kingsbury Grade area but there is no confirmation at this point.

NBC Bay Area is reporting the Tuolumne County sheriff's department, about 90-miles east of Stockton, is investigating the possibility that there may have been the physical impact from an overnight meteor shower.

UPDATE: There have been reports of people seeing something in the air or hearing a boom from many parts of the Reno-Sparks metro area, also the Sierra, the Tonopah area and the Winnemucca area.

The boom, if it was from a meteor or meteors, may have been from a sonic boom and not the result of strike. Some people had reported to News 4 and other media of a possible local impact. Read More

Chemical plant blast in western Japan kills 1, injures 15

TOKYO (AFP) - A blast at a chemical plant in western Japan killed one worker and injured at least fifteen others on Sunday, police said.

The accident occurred at a factory operated by comprehensive chemical manufacturer Mitsui Chemicals in Yamaguchi prefecture, some 700km south-west of Tokyo, an official at Yamaguchi prefectural police said.

The deceased was a 22-year-old male employee, police said, with Jiji Press identifying him as Shota Sunakawa. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake JALISCO, MEXICO - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck Jalisco, Mexico at a depth of 85.7 km (53.3 miles), the quake hit at 18:12:09 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) South of Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck LA PAZ, Bolivia at a depth of 155.6 km (96.7 miles), the quake hit at 18:04:54 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 130 km (80 miles) ENE of Tacna, Peru
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Food poisoning at Byletts School, South Africa

East London - Ambulances were bringing 67 children with suspected food poisoning from Chintsa to medical facilities in East London on Saturday afternoon, Eastern Cape health authorities said.

"The children are all pupils at Byletts School," department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said.

The boarding school called the health department on Saturday when an abnormal number of children started suffering acute diarrhoea.

They were being taken to Frere Hospital, Cecilia Makhwane Hospital and Gompo Community Health Centre in East London.

"The staff are on stand-by to admit the children," Kupelo said. Read More

France election: Francois Hollande wins first round

French Socialist Francois Hollande has won most votes in the first round of the country's presidential election, early estimates say.

He got about 28% of votes, according to projections based on partial results, against about 26% for centre-right incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy.

The two men will face each other in a second-round run-off on 6 May.

The election has been dominated by widespread anxiety over the French economy and the wider eurozone crisis.

The estimates - based on votes counted in polling stations that closed early at 18:00 (16:00 GMT) - were announced by French media when all voting ended at 20:00.

It is the first time a French president running for re-election has failed to win the first round since the start of the Fifth Republic in 1958.

Mr Sarkozy - who has been in power since 2007 - was facing a total of nine candidates in Sunday's first round. Read More

Benjamin Harper the Second Briton to Die at Magaluf resort in Majorca in 3 Days

A man from London has died after falling from a balcony at a hotel in Magaluf - the second Briton to die at the Spanish resort in three days.

Benjamin Harper, 28, from Twickenham, fell to his death at the four-star Sol Antillas hotel in Majorca on Friday.

Three days prior Adam Atkinson, 20, of Castleford, West Yorkshire, died. He is thought to have fallen down stairs.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was providing consular assistance.

Mr Harper's friends from the Sussex Arms pub in Twickenham posted on Facebook: "RIP local man Ben Harper, such a lovely bloke and character.

"Such a tragedy and too soon for a man with such energy and life." Read More

Woman dies of injuries from Amsterdam train crash

A 68-year-old woman has died of injuries she sustained when two trains collided head-on in Amsterdam, injuring scores of passengers.

Eberhard van der Laan, the mayor of Amsterdam, said 16 other people who were seriously injured in the Saturday crash are still in hospital.

Beer Meerstadt, the director of The Netherlands' railroad operator, NS, said: "Two trains colliding on the same track is a nightmare".

Locomotives yesterday two away the two trains involved in the collision as technicians began studying the tracks for damage.

Mr Meerstadt declined to speculate on what caused the collision. He said crash investigators would study black box recorders on both trains.

The accident happened near a popular park on a busy stretch of track close to Amsterdam's Central Station where trains generally do not travel at full speed. More than 100 people were injured, 42 of which were serious. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TANIMBAR REGION, INDONESIA - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Kepulauan Tanimbar Region, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:37:32 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 138 km (85.5 miles) Southwest of Tual, Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Russian oligarch close to Mandelson paid 'protection money' to armed gangs to save his business empire

A Russian oligarch and one of the world's richest men has been forced to admit he regularly paid members of organised crime gangs.

Oleg Deripaska, a close friend of Lord Mandelson and financier Nat Rothschild, said he had no choice but to make the payments in order to keep himself and his staff safe.

He made the decision following the attempted assassination of his commercial director during Russia's 'aluminium wars' in the 1990s.

The payments, called Krysha which literally means roof in Russian, were to protect those working for him and the roof over his head.

'I saw it as a temporary, unpleasant necessity while I did everything I could to clean up the industry and put in place security that was needed to make my business and my staff safe,' said Mr Deripaska in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Telegraph.

The chief executive of Basic Element and owner of Russian aluminum company Rusal, said he had personally been threatened and had a number of his staff kidnapped as well as shot and killed.

Mr Deripaska also admits he built up a team of security staff made up of former KGB agents, Red Army soldiers and also paid local police for protection. Read More

Iran says it's recovered data from captured U.S. spy drone

Tehran (CNN) -- Iran declared Sunday it has "cracked the codes" of the intelligence gathering system of a U.S. spy drone it captured last year for violating its airspace, the nation's semiofficial media reported.

Tehran bragged about seizing the unmanned U.S. drone aircraft with stealth technology in December and displayed it on national television as a victory for Iran.

Months later, an Iranian senior military official declared armed forces have extracted data from it to prove a point to the Pentagon, which they said expressed doubt Tehran can be able to decode it.

"This plane is seen as a national capital for us and our words should not disclose all the information that we have very easily," Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars News Agency. Read More

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Hokkaido, Japan at a depth of 176 km (109.1 miles), the quake hit at 13:13:51 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 38 km (23.5 miles) East of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck West of the Macquarie Island at a depth of 9.8 km (6.1 miles), the quake hit at 13:11:19 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 1225 km (761 miles) SSW of HOBART, Tasmania, Australia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the Sunda Strait, Indonesia at a depth of 8 km (5 miles), the quake hit at 13:04:15 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 63 km (39 miles) South of Bandar Lampung, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck West of the Macquarie Island at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles), the quake hit at 12:20:46 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 1212 km (753 miles) SSW of HOBART, Tasmania, Australia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands at a depth of 39.2 km (24.4 miles), the quake hit at 11:44:37 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 141 km (87 miles) SSW of Dadali, Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck near Christchurch, New Zealand at a depth of 11.3 km (7 miles), the quake hit at 10:08:53 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 14 km (8 miles) ENE of Christchurch, New Zealand
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 24.5 km (15.2 miles), the quake hit at 09:45:23 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 40 km (24 miles) Northeast of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

IMF urges eurozone to make bold reforms

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has told the eurozone it must make bold reforms to reassure financial markets.

A statement from its governing council, says the 17-strong eurozone needs to make major structural reforms to boost confidence and growth.

On Friday, the annual meeting of the global body gained commitments from a range of countries to increase its lending firepower to $430bn (£247bn).

IMF head Christine Lagarde said the money was not just for the eurozone.

The IMF statement said: "In the euro area continued progress on ensuring debt sustainability, securing financial stability and undertaking bold structural reforms will be crucial to boosting confidence and productivity."

It said that the global economy was recovering gradually but that "risks were high" and interest rates needed to remain low.

The US did not provide any extra loans. Read More

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Southern Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 09:19:00 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 954 km (592 miles) WNW of Bouvet Island
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE KERMADEC ISLANDS - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck South of the Kermadec Islands at a depth of 235.4 km (146.3 miles), the quake hit at 09:17:14 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 197 km (122 miles) Southwest of L'Esperance Rock, Kermadec Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck Vancouver Island, Canada Region at a depth of 11.6 km (7.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:36:20 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 177 km (109 miles) West of Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Eurozone urged to reassure markets

The International Monetary Fund, armed with a replenished arsenal containing billions of dollars to battle Europe's lingering debt crisis, now must press governments in the eurozone to carry out bold changes to reassure nervous financial markets and avert sending the crisis into a more dangerous phase.

The IMF's final communique after hours of high-level meetings did not go beyond saying what structural reforms were needed to restore fiscal health and spur economic growth in the 17 countries that use the euro.

But US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the IMF policy-setting panel that Europe needs to be more creative and aggressive in fighting its debt crisis, employing all the financial resources at its disposal, including the European Central Bank.

“The success of the next phase of the crisis response will hinge on Europe's willingness and ability ... to apply its tools and processes creatively, flexibly and aggressively to support countries as they implement reforms and stay ahead of the markets,” Mr Geithner said. Read More

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 08:13:55 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 34 km (21 miles) Southwest of Dehloran, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake GUATEMALA - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Guatemala at a depth of 67 km (41.6 miles), the quake hit at 08:07:49 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 35 km (22 miles) South from Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Mexican bar shootout, 15 Dead

(Reuters) - Fifteen people were killed and at least one seriously wounded in a suspected drug-related shootout on Friday in a bar in northern Mexico, a region that has been brutalized by fighting between criminal gangs.

On Friday night, armed men entered the bar in Chihuahua, capital of Chihuahua state, and opened fire on various people inside suspected of involvement in drug dealing, the local attorney general's office said in a statement on Saturday.

A local press association said two men killed in the attack were journalists, adding to the tally of media casualties from Mexico's rampant gang violence.

The attorney general's office also said two other people were shot dead in a separate bar attack in the city, bringing Friday's death toll to 17. Read More

Bahrain Demonstrators outraged by activist's death

April 21 - Thousands marched in Manama to call on the government to step down and to demand Sunday's Formula One race be canceled. Deborah Gembara reports

Chinese firm suspected in missile-linked sale to North Korea: U.S. official

(Reuters) - The United States believes a Chinese firm sold North Korea components for a missile transporter showcased in a recent military parade and will press Beijing to tighten enforcement of a U.N. ban on such military sales, a U.S. official said on Saturday.

The Obama administration suspects the Chinese manufacturer sold the chassis - not the entire vehicle - and may have believed it was for civilian purposes, which means it would not be an intentional violation of U.N. sanctions, the senior official said.

But such a sale - coming to light amid tensions over a failed North Korean rocket launch earlier this month - raises concerns in Washington on whether China is making enough of an effort to abide by the prohibition on weapons sales to Pyongyang.

The New York Times first reported on U.S. findings about the origin of parts of the transporter launcher system - essentially a large truck on top of which a missile is mounted - displayed in a parade in Pyongyang on Sunday. Read More

8 Americans Died of Heroin Overdose in Afghanistan, Army records show...and More are hooked

(CNN) -- Eight American soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine or other opiates during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to U.S. Army investigative reports.

The overdoses were revealed in documents detailing how the Army investigated a total of 56 soldiers, including the eight who fell victim to overdoses, on suspicion of possessing, using or distributing heroin and other opiates.

At the same time, heroin use apparently is on the rise in the Army overall, as military statistics show that the number of soldiers testing positive for heroin has grown from 10 instances in fiscal year 2002 to 116 in fiscal year 2010. Read More

French ICRC official kidnapped in Yemen

(CNN) -- A French official of the International Committee of the Red Cross was kidnapped Saturday in western Yemen, an ICRC spokeswoman said.

The ICRC official, whose identity was not disclosed, was taken about 30 kilometers (19 miles) outside of Hudaida, a coastal city on the Red Sea, said Dibeh Fakhr. He was traveling with two Yemeni drivers, who were also taken but then released, she said. They were unharmed.

"Until now, we have no contact with the kidnappers or our employee," Fakhr told CNN.

The spokeswoman declined to identify the official because of concerns for his safety. For the same reason, she said she would not comment on the possible identity of the kidnappers. Read More

Netherlands Train Crash

China, Russia start joint naval exercises in Yellow Sea

(CNN) -- Chinese and Russian warships began six-day joint naval exercises Sunday in the Yellow Sea, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

"The exercises will involve several simulated missions, including the rescue of a hijacked ship, the escort of a commercial vessel and the defense (of) a convoy from air and sea attacks," a Russian defense ministry spokesman said Friday, according to Russia's RIA Novosti news agency.

The war game will include 16 Chinese vessels and two submarines, as well as 13 aircraft and five shipboard helicopters, Xinhua said. The agency said four Russian warships and three Russian supply ships arrived Saturday.

More than 4,000 Chinese service members will attend the exercises, Xinhua said, citing navy sources. Source

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN IRAN - 22nd Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck Northern Iran at a depth of 6 km (3.7 miles), the quake hit at 06:38:56 UTC Sunday 22nd April 2012
The epicenter was 29 km (14.9 miles) Southeast of Savadkuh, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

UN monitors should be from neutral countries, like BRICS: Syria

DAMASCUS: Syria has said it was ready to facilitate UN monitors, but stressed that a majority of them should be from "neutral countries" like BRICS, which also includes India.

Syria also stressed that while it was committed to the UN-backed peace plan, the Western powers wanted it to fail due to their own agenda.

"The Syrian government is committed to the success of the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's six-point peace plan," Syria's Information Minister Adnan Mahmoud told a group of Indian journalists visiting Syria.

"We welcome the UN observers from countries like BRICS which look at the situation objectively. Syria is committed to the Annan plan and will facilitate the UN mission," he said. Read More

Neil Heywood: Chinese censors try to silence U.S. website behind ex-pat murder revelations with crippling cyber attack

Chinese government hackers are believed to be behind a crippling cyber attack on a US-based website that revealed how British businessman Neil Heywood was killed with cyanide on the orders of the wife of a Communist Party leader.

The Boxun website, run by Chinese dissidents, first reported that Mr Heywood was killed in his hotel room after agreeing to syphon almost £1 billion out of the country for Gu Kailai, the wife of rising Communist leader Bo Xilai.

The website said Old Harrovian Mr Heywood was killed after he asked for a bigger cut and threatened to expose Mrs Gu if his demands were not met.

The cyber attack on Boxun paralysed the website for hours on Friday, forcing it to find another internet hosting service to get back online.

The manager of the North Carolina-based site said Boxun had become a victim of a ‘denial of service’ attack, with hackers bombarding it with millions of requests per minute, causing it to crash. Read More

Pinterest bubble burst already? New figures reveal dramatic drop in site's users.

In recent months celebrities and politicians have rushed to join the thousands of media savvy ‘pinning’ on the web’s latest hit social network.

But they may have caught on too late as it now seems that the Pinterest bubble has already burst.

After a meteoric rise in popularity in January and February new figures show that the photo-sharing site is unexpectedly losing users this month.

The majority of Pinterest users sign up through Facebook and the number of people doing this has significantly dropped in the past few months, according to data collected by the Business Insider. Read More

Police Launch Murder probe after 19 year is shot and killed outside the Hubb pub, Nottingham

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of a teenager believed to have been shot outside a pub.

The 19-year-old victim was taken to hospital following reports that a gun had been fired at around 3.30am outside The Hubb in Sherwood, Nottingham, where a party was taking place.

A spokesman for Notts police said a post-mortem examination was due to be carried out to find out how the teenager, who has not been named, died.

But it is believed he suffered at least one gunshot wound.

The pub and surrounding area, including a major route into Nottingham, was condoned off for several hours yesterday while forensic examinations were carried out. Read More

Dr Richard Holmes a weapons expert who worked with David Kelly: Found Dead in a Field after saying he was going for a Walk, Just like Dr Kelly did

A weapons expert who worked with Dr David Kelly at the Government’s secret chemical warfare laboratory has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

In circumstances strongly reminiscent of Dr Kelly’s own mysterious death nine years ago, the body of Dr Richard Holmes was discovered in a field four miles from the Porton Down defence establishment in Wiltshire. It is not yet known how he died.

Mr Holmes, 48, had gone missing two days earlier after telling his wife he was going out for a walk – just as Dr Kelly did before he was found dead at an Oxfordshire beauty spot in July 2003.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances in the latest case but revealed that Dr Holmes had ‘recently been under a great deal of stress’.

He resigned from Porton Down last month, although the centre yesterday refused to explain why.
Inevitably, the parallels between the two cases will arouse the suspicions of conspiracy theorists.

Despite Lord Hutton’s ruling eight years ago that Dr Kelly committed suicide, many people – among them a group of doctors – believe his inquiry was insufficient and have demanded a full inquest.

Some believe Dr Kelly, who kept an office at Porton Down right up until his death, was murdered. He was outed as being the source of a BBC report that Downing Street ‘sexed up’ evidence of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction to justify going to war. Read More

Taha Muhammad the Second hate cleric who is allowed to stay - and he's so dangerous he was banned from AS-level chemistry

An Iraqi Muslim cleric suspected of being involved with Al Qaeda and radicalising young Britons has used the Human Rights Act to continue to live in the UK – despite Government efforts to deport him.

Taha Muhammad is regarded as one of Britain’s most dangerous security threats. He was even banned from studying AS-level chemistry because of fears he would use the knowledge to commit terrorist acts.

The decision to let him stay is another setback for Home Secretary Theresa May, already under pressure after attempts to deport Abu Qatada to Jordan descended into chaos.

The Government is so concerned about Muhammad, 35, that for several years he was placed under round-the-clock surveillance, given a curfew and banned from preaching.

But Muhammad says he cannot be deported to Iraq because he could be detained and tortured there.

He argues sending him back would be a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Judges at an immigration tribunal allowed him to stay even though the Home Office said they believed he:
  • Had links to several terrorist groups including Al Qaeda.
  • ‘Took part in both terrorist training and activities’ and had ‘considerable jihadi pedigree’.
  • Maintained contacts with Islamist extremists in Britain and abroad.
  • Provided support for the jihadist insurgency in Iraq.
  • Expressed extremist views. Read More

Note: How many Innocent people will have to die before Human Rights starts being applied to non criminals?

European court 'tipped off Abu Qatada over deadline to help him make last-ditch appeal to stay'.....No Wonder he was Smiling during his arrest

European human rights judges have been accused of ‘alerting’ radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada to the fact he still had time to lodge a last-ditch appeal against deportation.

Furious Home Office sources last night claimed that it was the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) itself that privately told Jordanian-born Qatada that there was still the possibility of an appeal

But they say there was no similar attempt by the Strasbourg-based court to warn Home Secretary Theresa May of the impending deadline.

Senior sources in Mrs May’s department told The Mail on Sunday that the ECHR had reminded Qatada last Monday that he still had the option to appeal.

One said: ‘They took it upon themselves to go to Qatada’s legal team and say, “You haven’t appealed yet. Are you likely to appeal?” ’

Last night, the ECHR, headed by British judge Sir Nicolas Bratza, declined to comment on the claim. Read More

MI5 agents betrayed Libyan dissidents to Gaddafi's goons in rendezvous just yards from store

MI5 betrayed enemies of Colonel Gaddafi given refuge in Britain in a covert joint operation with Libyan spies working on UK soil, documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal.

Gaddafi’s secret agents were supplied by MI5 with intelligence, secure mobile phones and a luxurious safe house in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge.

The extraordinary revelations emerge from hundreds of secret documents unearthed from Libyan spymasters’ archives after the Gaddafi regime was toppled – with British military help – last year.

Shockingly, they reveal tactics of intimidation and coercion – and expose the British agents’ specific fears that their actions might be reported by the press in the UK.

The documents disclose that MI5 betrayed the confidentiality that all refugees are promised when they apply for asylum, and told the Libyans that the targets could be threatened with deportation to Libya if they refused to co-operate.

The revelations will cause a political storm. David Davis, the senior Tory MP, said they made clear that the 2004 operation to arrange the ‘rendition’ of former Gaddafi opponent Abdel Hakim Belhadj from Bangkok to Tripoli was ‘merely the start of a continuing intelligence saga’. Read More

Dutch Train Collision, More than 120 Injured

There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but of those injured, 13 suffered major injuries while 43 or 44 were badly injured, a spokesman said.

About 70 other passengers suffered minor injuries.

Earlier, National Police Corps spokesman Ed Kraszewski said that some 51 were "seriously or very seriously injured."

He said the victims sustained broken bones and neck injuries. Fleets of ambulances were used to ferry the injured away from the scene.

The accident happened near the station of Sloterdijk, according to Dutch news agency ANP.

Prorail spokesman Jouke Schaartsma confirmed that a Dutch Railways intercity train had collided with a smaller local train called a sprinter. Read More

Governor George Fergusson a Senior Diplomat Mugged In West London Cemetery May Lose Sight

Doctors are battling to save the sight of a senior British diplomat who was mugged while walking through a cemetery in west London.

Bermuda's new Governor George Fergusson may lose his vision in his left eye after being attacked by a man in Hammersmith Cemetery, police said.

He received other facial injuries in the assault but managed to walk to a nearby hospital.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The 56-year-old man was assaulted and robbed at around 7.30pm on Friday, April 20, while walking in Margravine Cemetery and Park, also known as Hammersmith Cemetery.

"He had suffered facial injuries, including a serious injury which threatens the sight in his left eye. He remains in hospital."

He added: "A small quantity of cash was taken and, at this early stage, officers are satisfied that robbery was the only motive.

"Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham Priority Crime Unit are investigating the incident."

It has been reported that Mr Fergusson was taking a short cut through the cemetery to get to a dinner party, and was attacked after getting out his mobile phone to check the address of his hosts. Read More