Tuesday, April 24, 2012

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 55.4 km (34.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:43:26 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 74 km (45 miles) SSE of Mito, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 534.9 km (332.4 miles), the quake hit at 21:37:32 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 238 km (147 miles) Southeast of Lambasa, Vanua Levu, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan at a depth of 37.1 km (23.1 miles), the quake hit at 20:22:09 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 76 km (47 miles) East of TOKYO, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTH INDIAN OCEAN - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the North Indian Ocean at a depth of 14.1 km (8.8 miles), the quake hit at 19:43:54 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 628 km (390 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOLOMON ISLANDS - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands at a depth of 23.5 km (14.6 miles), the quake hit at 19:19:46 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 118 km (73 miles) SSW from Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Nicobar Islands, India Region at a depth of 14 km (9.2 miles), the quake hit at 19:14:40 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 121 km (75 miles) Northeast of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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4.2 Magnitude Earthquake BEAUFORT SEA - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck the Beaufort Sea at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 18:32:01 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 451 km (280 miles) North from Inuvik, NWT, Canada
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

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GM lamb with healthy fish fat on Chinese menu

Genetically-modified lamb with a 'healthy' type of fat naturally found in fish and nuts have been cloned for the first time, by Chinese scientists.

'Peng Peng' was born a month ago at a laboratory in Xinjiang, western China.
He has a gene from a roundworm which makes him produce fat containing high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, as is found in oily fish like salmon.

The gene was first inserted into a donor cell taken from the ear of a small Chinese Merino sheep.

This cell was then inserted in the lab into an unfertilised egg, which was then fertilised and the resultant embryo implanted into the womb of a surrogate sheep.

Dr Yutao Du, of the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen, southern China, said: "The gene was originally from the C. elegans roundworm which has been shown to increase unsaturated fatty acids, which is very good for human health." Read More

Dead Whale Washed Up On San Simeon Beach

San Simeon, CA -- It’s best to steer clear of that dead gray whale lying on the beach south of San Simeon about 300 yards south of Vista Del Mar, the southernmost street in San Simeon’s motel and residential areas, and approximately a mile north of San Simeon Creek. The whale, a 2-year-old female just over 30 feet long, was discovered on Saturday.

By Monday the whale was reportedly already fairly decomposed. It does not appear to have been attacked by killer whales. State parks personnel advise not to go near the malodorous whale, especially with pets. Source

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the Iran-Iraq Border Region at a depth of 60 km (37.2 miles), the quake hit at 18:16:42 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 22 km (13.6 miles) South of Dehloran, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Flash floods in Afghanistan kills 16, destroy 800 houses

GHAZNI CITY, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) -- At least sixteen people were killed on Sunday as a result of severe flash floods in northern and eastern Afghanistan, local authorities said on Monday. As many as 800 houses are believed to have been destroyed.

The flash floods occurred on Sunday and mostly affected the districts of Kushandi and Shulgara, located in the northern province of Balkh, where eleven and four people were killed respectively. Deputy Provincial Council chief Ghulam Abbas Ikhalaqi confirmed the number of deaths, according to the Pajhwok Afghan News agency.

The provincial official said an estimated 700 houses were destroyed in Kushandi and Shulgara districts while another 80 were washed away in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which serves as the capital of Balkh province. Several other structures and a large number of acre (hectares) of farmland were also damaged. At least 60 shops were destroyed in the district town of Shulgara. Read More

Mudslide Kills 4 in Southern Colombia‎

BOGOTA – Four people, including two children, were killed by a mudslide early Monday in a poor neighborhood in Florencia, a city in southern Colombia, emergency management officials said.

The mudslide occurred in the Malvinas section of Florencia, the capital of Caqueta province, where heavy rains have fallen in the past few days.

A boy survived another mudslide in the same area, a volunteer who worked on the child’s rescue told reporters.

At least 10 people died over the weekend in Colombia, raising the death toll from the first rainy season, which started on March 15, to more than 30, officials said.

“This was the weekend in the current rainy season that produced the most emergencies,” National Risk Assessment Unit, or UNGRD, director Carlos Ivan Marquez said in a report provided to Efe in Bogota.

One person disappeared, four were injured and 2,619 others were affected by the heavy rains that fell over the weekend, the UNGRD report said. Read More

Suspected tsunami debris found on Washington beach

OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST, Wash. - Volunteers with the Washington CoastSavers found suspected debris from the Japanese tsunami during their annual beach clean over the weekend.

Everything from floats to bottle caps was found on the beach at Shi Shi in the northwest corner of the state.

Volunteer Martha Anderson said she found floats and construction wood with Japanese writing in one huge pile of debris mixed in with driftwood.

"A majority of the pile is water, pop, juice bottles with Japanese stamps, marks and labels," she said.

Anderson said she spent a couple of hours climbing the pile, throwing trash down to be collected. Read More

Metro Issues Viral Meningitis Alert After Driver Diagnosis, Washington

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority issued a health alert on Monday afternoon for a situation involving a Metrobus operator on the 14th Street bus line who has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

According to a media advisory from the transit agency:

Metro has taken a bus out of service and is notifying customers about a health concern today in the wake of a bus operator being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The bus operator's only recent shift was Friday morning, when the operator was assigned to a bus on the 14th Street Line with the following scheduled trips between the hours of 7:13 a.m. and 10:18 a.m.:

• Route 52, 7:13 a.m. trip from 14th & Buchanan Sts NW to L'Enfant Plaza
• Route 54, 8:03 a.m. trip from L'Enfant Plaza to 14th & Colorado Sts NW
• Route 52, 9:00 a.m. trip from 14th & Colorado Sts NW to L'Enfant Plaza

The bus has been removed from service until it can be thoroughly sanitized. In addition, as a precaution, Metro will disinfect all 164 buses at Northern Division tonight. Read More

Indonesia's Mount Lokon Volcano Erupts

Mount Lokon in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province erupted at 10:20 a.m. Jakarta time, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, head of the national disaster management agency’s data and information center, said by mobile-phone text message.

No evacuation order has been issued as the prohibited area within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the volcano is clear of settlements, Sutopo said.

Further eruptions are likely and the public has been told to remain on alert, he said. Source

Volcano behind Atlantis legend re-awakens

One of the largest volcanic eruptions in the past 10,000 years occurred around 1620 BC on the island of Santorini, seen here in a satellite image. The event may have inspired the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. (NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team)

The volcano that may have given rise to the legend of Atlantis has awakened, researchers say.

The cataclysmic eruptions at the Greek isle of Santorini about 3,600 years ago that spewed forth about 9.5 to 14.3 cubic miles (40 to 60 cubic kilometers) of lava devastated the ancient seafaring Minoan civilization, potentially inspiring the legend of the lost city of Atlantis. From the air, the resulting caldera, or volcanic crater, appears as a small cluster within the larger collection of Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

Over the next four millennia, the largely underwater caldera at Santorini has experienced a series of smaller eruptions, with five such outbursts in the past 600 years, ending most recently in 1950. After a 60-year lull, Santorini awakened in January 2011 with a swarm of tremors, each magnitude 3.2 or less, new GPS research has revealed.

Magma on the move

Investigators had installed a GPS monitoring system in the area in 2006. These sensors keep track of their location in space, and can thus shed light on when the Earth is moving. Read More

Three Syrian officers killed, car bomb hits Damascus

(Reuters) - Three Syrian military officers were killed in Damascus on Tuesday, state media and opposition groups said, and at least three people were wounded in a car bomb blast in the capital in further blows to a ragged U.N.-monitored ceasefire.

Observers from the fledgling United Nations mission visited the central province of Homs, hotbed of a 13-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, as part of efforts to silence the guns 12 days after the accord was struck.

SANA, the state news agency, said an "armed terrorist group" shot dead two army officers near Damascus, while the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a third was killed in the capital's Barzeh neighborhood. Read More

Mount Etna erupts for the seventh time, Italy

April 24 - Italy's Mt. Etna erupts for the seventh time this year in a massive display of lava.

Booby traps endanger Utah hikers

April 24 - Two men are arrested for setting crude booby traps along a Utah hiking trail. Lindsey Parietti reports.

North Korea's Kim Jong-un could be "more dangerous than his father"

North Korea’s admission that a recent rocket launch had failed may signal greater openness under 28-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, the basketball-loving son of the late Kim Jong-il, says Analyst Patrick Cronin of the Center for a New American Security. But Cronin says impressions passed on by Chinese officials who know Kim suggest a “spoiled child” who could prove unpredictable


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Dutch opposition rejects budget cuts, crisis deepens

(Reuters) - The biggest Dutch opposition parties refused on Tuesday to back austerity cuts needed to meet EU budget targets after the government fell, deepening the crisis in a nation probably facing a long period of uncertainty until elections.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose minority government collapsed on Monday, must now turn to a clutch of tiny parties for help if he is to have any chance of forcing his plan for 14 to 16 billion euros in budget cuts through parliament.

With doubts growing across Europe about the price of austerity, parties to Rutte's left said trying to meet the European Union's deficit target would hurt the economy and the Dutch people.

To Rutte's right, Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders - who brought down the coalition by refusing to support the cuts - declared that the elections would be a referendum on the EU and Dutch sovereignty. Read More

North Korea's nuclear test ready "soon:" senior official

(Reuters) - North Korea has almost completed preparations for a third nuclear test, a senior source with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing told Reuters, which will draw further international condemnation following a failed rocket launch if it goes ahead.

The isolated and impoverished state sacrificed the chance of closer ties with the United States when it launched the long-range rocket on April 13 and was censured by the U.N. Security Council, including the North's sole major ally, China.

Critics say the rocket launch was aimed at honing the North's ability to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the United States, a move that would dramatically increase its military and diplomatic heft.

Now the North appears to be about to carry out a third nuclear test after two in 2006 and 2009. Read More

Russia defends Syria stance

Lionfish: Florida fights back against invasive species

(CNN) -- Four years ago, lobster fisherman Gary Nichols had never laid eyes on a lionfish, but today his traps are full of them.

"You'll get two or three decent traps with lobster, but if you get four or five lionfish, the lobster don't like it," Nichols said.

He says he catches so many lionfish now (up to 200 pounds every day) that he's started to sell them. But where his lobsters sell for $16 per kilogram, lionfish only make him $12.

Lionfish are causing a huge strain on his business and the wider commercial fishing industry in Florida, devouring other fish populations -- in some cases reducing them by up to 90% Read More

Tiago Klimeckdies after accidental hanging in 'The Passion of the Christ' play, Brazil

(CNN) -- A Brazilian actor died after accidentally hanging himself during the play "The Passion of the Christ," a local hospital said.

Tiago Klimeck, 27, was one of the actors from a local theater company taking part in an independent production of the play April 6 in the city of Itarare.

Klimeck died Sunday after spending more than two weeks in a medically induced coma due to extensive brain injuries from a prolonged lack of oxygen after accidentally hanging himself, according to the Hospital Santa Casa de Misericordia, in the neighboring city of Itapeva.

The cause of death was not immediately available. Photos taken by a local photographer show the final moments of the play as Klimeck, in the role of Judas Iscariot, hangs himself as described in the Bible in the book of Matthew.

Klimeck wore a harness under his robe during the play, according to CNN affiliate TV Record.

Police investigator Jose Victor Bassetti told the news station this was the third year the local fire department let the theater company borrow the harness for the play and that Klimeck was not supervised because he knew how to use the equipment. The harness, along with the rope used in the play, are now being analyzed at the Criminal Institute of Sorocaba. Read More

Tensions heat up over oil, gas in South China Sea

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Tensions between China and other nations bordering the South China Sea are escalating, with the oil and gas resources that lie beneath those waters playing a central role.

Conservative projections estimate that the South China Sea contains 4.8 billion barrels of oil and 64 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the United States Geological Survey. That's equivalent to Alaska's discovered oil reserves, and more than the discovered gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico.

China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia have long been in a dispute over who controls the region's vast resources. At issue is not just oil and gas, but also fishing and mineral rights.

China says that it has rights to just about all of the sea's resources, and its neighbors allege that it's been acting in a hostile manner as a result. Read More

Canada sawmill blast kills 1, injures 23

(CNN) -- An explosion at a sawmill in western Canada has killed one person and injured 23 others, officials said Tuesday.

The blast happened in Prince George, British Columbia.

Ten people remained hospitalized Tuesday morning. Another 13 had been treated and released, according to a statement from University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

"When it initially hit, I could have sworn that it was an earthquake," local radio host Matt Porteous, who lives about 10 blocks from Lakeland Mills, told CNN affiliate CTV. Read More

Railway bomb kills two in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A blast at a railway station in Lahore, Pakistan, killed two people Tuesday and wounded 27, officials said.

It seems to be a "terrorist act," said Aslam Tareen, the city's police chief.

Between 6 and 8 kilograms (13 to 18 pounds) of explosive material was used, Tareen said.

The bomb was planted in a bag placed on a train platform, said police official Sajid Ali. Source

Top Yemeni militant killed in airstrike

(CNN) -- A top commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed last weekend in Yemen, the Yemeni Embassy in Washington announced Tuesday.

Mohammed Saeed Al-Umda, alias Ghareeb Al-Taizi, was killed when an airstrike targeted a militant convoy Sunday in the remote desert region of Al-Samdah, in the Marib's Al-Wadi district, the embassy said. Al-Umda was ranked 4th on Yemen's most-wanted list.

U.S. drone activity has increased in Yemen, though the embassy did not specify whether it was a drone strike or which country carried out the airstrike.

Al-Umda provided logistical and financial support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and commanded several military operations in Yemen, the embassy said in a statement. He trained in Afghanistan under the supervision of former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the embassy said. Read More

Sudanese warplanes strike at South Sudan border towns



Juba, South Sudan (CNN) -- Sudanese warplanes crossed a disputed border region to strike Monday in South Sudan, escalating fighting that threatens to return the neighboring African countries to full-scale war, a witness said.


A Sudanese military commander, Kamal Marouf, was quoted by Radio Sudan's website as saying that more than 1,200 South Sudanese had been killed.

A Sudanese military spokesman denied that Sudan had used military aircraft to bomb the south. "We have nothing to do with what's going on in Unity state," he said, implying that militias or South Sudanese rebels were behind any fighting.

The report of the bombing of the towns of Bentiu and Rubkona came days after South Sudan pulled its troops at the request of the United Nations from the disputed oil-rich region of Heglig, though Sudan says its soldiers retook the area from South Sudanese soldiers. Read More

Muslims in Europe facing bias

(CNN) -- Muslims in Europe face discrimination in education, employment and religious freedom, an Amnesty International report said.

"Muslim women are being denied jobs and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress, such as the headscarf. Men can be dismissed for wearing beards associated with Islam," said Marco Perolini, Amnesty International's expert on discrimination. "Rather than countering these prejudices, political parties and public officials are all too often pandering to them in their quest for votes."

The report, titled "Choice and Prejudice: Discrimination Against Muslims in Europe" and issued on Monday, details the problem, with a focus on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Read More

Bomb blast rocks central Damascus...Nice to see the Rebels are also keeping to the peace Plan



(CNN) -- Reports of carnage and widespread violence in Syria continue to grow despite the U.N. Security Council's agreement to boost the number of monitors in the country.


A huge explosion rocked central Damascus on Tuesday, according to the opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group had no immediate information on possible casualties.

Syria said a bomb was attached to a car and injured the driver. On state-run news agency SANA, the country blamed an "armed terrorist group." The attack took place in the neighborhood of Merja, SANA said.

Throughout the Syrian uprising, authorities have blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups." Read More

'Police Helicopter Shot At' During Riots in Birmingham



A jury has been shown the moment a police helicopter was allegedly fired at from the ground during last summers riots in Birmingham.


The prosecution claims that black and white footage filmed from the West Midlands force's helicopter showed one defendant, Tyrone Laidley, from the Nechells area of the city, holding a firearm up in the air.

"We say it was fired," said Andrew Lockhart QC, "as you can see the muzzle flash from the weapon."

Mr Laidley, five other men and two youths are accused of riot, violent disorder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and reckless arson. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 16:16:40 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 132 km (81.8 miles) Southwest of Manokwari, Papua, Indonesia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF THE FIJI ISLANDS - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck South of the Fiji Islands at a depth of 9.3 km (5.8 miles), the quake hit at 15:15:39 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 345 km (214 miles) SSW of NUKU`ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 526 km (326.1 miles), the quake hit at 15:01:52 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 87 km (53.9 miles) East of Tubou, Lakeba, Fiji
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck the Nicobar Islands, India Region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 14:57:09 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 124 km (77 miles) Northeast of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck Eastern Honshu, Japan at a depth of 58.1 km (36.1 miles), the quake hit at 12:34:22 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 86 km (54 miles) ESE from Morioka, Honshu, Japan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Drones are already in use across 20 States: Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

Exposed: Location of sites where licences have been granted for the use of drones within the U.S. There are 63 active sites based in 20 states. Red flags show active sites and blue show those locations where licences have expired since 2006.

There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.

Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology.

There are also 21 mainstream manufactures, such as General Atomics, who are registered to use drones domestically.

As well as active locations, the FAA also revealed 16 sites where licences to use spy planes have expired and four where authorisations have been disapproved, such as Otter Tail County, Minnesota. Read More

Pennsylvania father and son 'tattooed women with bar codes and sent them to New York as prostitutes'

A prostitute in Madrid, Spain was found with a barcode tattoo like the one on the prostitute involved in the New York case.

A father and son duo are facing charges of promoting prostitution through an elaborate ring that shipped prostitutes from Pennsylvania to New York where the pair arranged for black cab drivers to help arrange trysts.

Vincent George Sr., 55, and his son Vincent George Jr.,33, both of whom are based out of Allentown, Pennsylvania, were arrested earlier this month and now face their arraignment this week, which is supposed to detail a multi-decade scheme.

The prostitutes were tattooed with their pimp’s names and at least one had a bar code tattoo as a way to declare the men’s ‘ownership’ of the women.

The case has echoes of Spanish prostitutes who were tattooed with barcodes earlier this year as the practice appears to become more widespread. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 607.8 km (377.7 miles), the quake hit at 12:26:44 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 467 km (290 miles) West from Neiafu, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Joran van der Sloot FINALLY set to come to U.S. for Natalee Holloway trial as extradition approved by Peru

While he faces another 28 years behind bars in Peru, the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway may be freed just long enough to face trial in the U.S.

Joran van der Sloot is one step closer to being carted to the United States in an extradition that could bring him face-to-face with Ms Holloway's mother, seven years after 18-year-old Natalee vanished in Aruba.

But legal hurdles - including van der Sloot’s appeal for his Peru murder conviction - will keep the process from going through immediately.

Van der Sloot’s lawyer Maximo Altez told CNN: 'I think he will be extradited within the next three months'.

Mr Altez added that if van der Sloot is convicted in America, he will be returned to Peru to serve out the remainder of his sentence there, and then shipped back to the U.S. to serve whatever sentence he may receive in the extortion case. Read More

The four-year-old 'high security threat': Weeping girl is surrounded by TSA officers and accused of having a GUN... after hugging her grandmother

Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a 'high security threat', while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.

When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

Four-year-old Isabella's horrific experience in Wichita earlier this month was recounted on Facebook by her furious mother Michelle Brademeyer. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the Ryukyu Islands, Japan at a depth of 72 km (44.7 miles), the quake hit at 11:17:34 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 215 km (133 miles) South of Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake GUERRERO, MEXICO - 24th Apr 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck Guerrero, Mexico at a depth of 12.3 km (7.6 miles), the quake hit at 11:11:57 UTC Tuesday 24th April 2012
The epicenter was 123 km (76 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Connor Brown 'Suspended' from Sheffield UnitedOver Rape Tweets

Sheffield United has suspended reserve player Connor Brown over insults he posted on Twitter about a rape victim, Sky sources say.

The football club is conducting a probe into Brown's tweets about the 19-year-old woman, who his teammate Ched Evans was convicted of raping.

Brown, 19, has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Evans was jailed for five years for raping the woman in a hotel room near Rhyl.

Brown sparked fury by posting a series of insults about Evans's victim on the social networking site.

The tweets have since been taken down.

North Wales police confirmed they are investigating the naming of Evans' rape victim on Twitter.

Hundreds of other messages were posted on Twitter abusing the rape victim and calling for the footballer to be freed.

More to follow...