Saturday, May 12, 2012

No need for war to 'destroy' Israel: Ahmadinejad

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that war was not essential to achieve the destruction of Israel, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.

"The destruction of the Zionist regime does not necessitate making war," he said in a speech during a tour of northeast Iran.

"If countries of the region cut ties with the Zionists and give them dirty looks, it will spell the end of this puppet regime," said the hardline Iranian leader.

Ahmadinejad, who is known for making fiery speeches against Iran's archfoe Israel, has dubbed the Jewish state a "cancerous tumor" which is destined to be eliminated from the region.

The president on Saturday also mocked Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich Arab states of the Gulf over their huge oil contracts with the West, especially Israel's US ally.

"If the leaders of these countries had some brains, they would not sell their petrol just to buy 60 billion dollars worth of arms," he said. more

Note: Regarding the last paragraph -- good point.

Dalai Lama reveals warning of Chinese plot to kill him



The Dalai Lama has revealed his fears after being warned that Chinese agents have hatched a plot to kill him.

In an exclusive interview with this week's Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, revealed he had been passed reports from inside Tibet warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings.

The Tibetan Buddhist leader said he lives within a high security cordon in his temple palace grounds in Dharamsala, in the Himalayan foothills, on the advice of Indian security officials.

Despite being one of the world's most widely revered spiritual leaders he has enemies in China and among some Buddhist sects.

His aides had not been able to confirm the reports, but they had highlighted his need for high security.

"We received some sort of information from Tibet," he said. "Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison – the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned – they were supposed to seek blessing from me, and my hand touch." more

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 12th May 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Papua, Indonesia at a depth of 47.7 km (29.6 miles), the quake hit at 20:39:33 UTC Saturday 12th May 2012
The epicenter was 88 km (54 miles) Northwest of Enarotali, Papua, Indonesia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Radiation from deep space: We are all hit by particles of mysterious 'dark matter' around 60 times an hour

Dark matter is a mysterious, unseen material thought to make up most of the matter in the universe - but it turns out we may run into it more than we thought.

Particles of dark matter known as WIMPS - weakly interacting massive particles - are absorbed by everyone on Earth at a rate of about one a minute, as billions of the particles pass through us.

The physicists behind the theory claim the rays are harmless - and negligible next to known sources of radiation such as cosmic rays and the earth's radioactive radon gas.

'There is a chance one could cause a mutation that would be bad for you,' said Katherine Freese of the University of Michigan in an interview with Gizmodo. 'But the odds of it happening are really low.'

Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) are one theory put forward to solve the mystery of 'dark matter', a material thought to make up the huge majority of the matter in the universe, but which is extremely difficult to detect. Read More

Michael Rafferty abducted, raped and murdered girl, 8, on way home from school found GUILTY after breaking 16 of her bones and taking a hammer to her

The man accused of abducting, raping, and beating to death an eight-year-old girl was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in an Ontario court.

Michael Rafferty was found guilty on all counts – including kidnapping, causing bodily harm, and sexual assault – after he abducted eight-year-old girl Victoria ‘Tori’ Stafford outside of her school more than three years ago.

As he listened to the verdict, Rafferty remained stone-faced. However, Tori’s family burst into tears as the verdict was read, CBC reported.

Tori’s father Rodney Stafford said he had mixed emotions upon hearing the verdict.

He said he ‘wanted to scream in the courtroom, but I just couldn’t… at the same time (I felt) a sense of loss because Tori’s not coming home,’ he told the Montreal Gazette.

The girl’s mother Tara McDonald, left the courthouse crying and did not offer a statement to the media.

Nine female and six male jurors heard testimony from 62 witnesses and took just over a day to deliberate. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA - 12th May 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck near the East Coast of Kamchatka, Russia at a depth of 197.2 km (122.5 miles), the quake hit at 17:08:56 UTC Saturday 12th May 2012
The epicenter was 303 km (188 miles) WNW from Nikol'skoye, Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Roch Jauberty, Daniela Lekhno and Austin Brashears are killed and five injured as their car skids off the road and flips over

Three Boston University students who were studying in New Zealand were killed Saturday when their minivan crashed.

At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident, including one who was in critical condition.

The students were traveling in a minivan at about 7:30 am Saturday near the North Island vacation town of Taupo when the vehicle drifted to the side of the road and then rolled when the driver tried to correct course, New Zealand police said.

Three of the students died at the scene, police said. Another woman was in critical condition at an area hospital, while at least four other students suffered moderate injuries. Read More

Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, 28, wakes up at his own FUNERAL in Egypt

Mourners at a funeral in Egypt swapped tears for cheers when the 'dead' body they were burying woke up.

Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, a 28-year-old waiter from Naga al-Simmanm, near Luxor was declared dead after suffering a heart attack at work.

His body was being prepared for burial when a doctor, sent to sign his death certificate, discovered he was still warm.

Family members were so convinced Mr al-Nubdi was dead they had already washed his body, according to Islamic tradition, and were preparing to bury him on Friday evening.

After finding he was still warm, the doctor checked his vital signs and discovered he was still breathing.

She quickly revived Mr al-Nubdi - along with his mother, who had fainted when she heard her son wasn't dead. Read More

Japanese fishing vessel grounded at popular S. Africa beach

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A rescue official says a 50-meter Japanese trawler with 28 fishermen and a dog aboard has run aground off a popular Cape Town beach.

Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute, said thick fog may have contributed to the accident early Saturday at First Beach in Cape Town's upscale Clifton area.

He says no one was injured and rescuers took 19 people off the trawler, leaving behind the captain, his dog and a skeleton crew.

Lambinon says the trawler does not at this stage appear to pose an environmental threat. Read More

'Germans dare Greeks to kickstart Euro exit'

Prison Poison: Thousands jailed, many tortured by Libyan rebels

Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash site: Close-up footage of debris

Goodbye Greece? 'Eurocrats want Athens out to save face'

EU funds training for Somali soldiers

Major hurdles ahead of Libyan elections

'Worst yet to come for EU economy'

US demonizes Islam to sell arms: Ralph Schoenman

US resuming arms supply to Bahrain

'CIA world's biggest drug dealer'

Dead Deer Found On Redding River Trail

For the second time in the past several weeks, trail users have found a dead deer on the river trail near the Sundial Bridge.

James Smith said he was walking his dog when he stumbled upon the remains of a dead deer.
"I just happen to look over this way and I saw a deer and all its ribs were showing.

It's front legs were snapped out of its sockets and the head was more up on the hill," Smith told us.

He snapped a picture, sent it to us and contacted Turtle Bay. They picked up the carcass, and called the Department of Fish and Game.

Wildlife Biologist Pete Figura confirmed it could be another lion kill. He said "there were components, aspects of it were consistent with a mountain lion attack but there were aspects that were also consistent with coyotes and it's also possible both animals had visited the carcass." Read More

Dead alligator triggers discussion over dirty pond on NASA Parkway

After a dead alligator floated to the surface of a retention pond in Pasadena’s south end last Saturday (May 5), some residents of the adjacent townhome community saw it as the final straw.

“It’s a health hazard,” homeowner Stormy Cansler said of the pond, which for several months now has been covered by algae and waterweeds.

Less than a year ago, the pond between NASA Parkway and Mud Lake had been “covered in turtles” instead, and egrets and pelicans could regularly be seen looking for fresh fish. Before the recent death, there were at least four alligators living in the pond, Cansler said.

Now, there is a soapy-looking film on the water surface and animals are a rare sight. Read More

TORNADO WARNING ISSUED SE GREENE COUNTY SE MISSISSIPPI, NW MOBILE COUNTY AND S WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SW ALABAMA

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
1255 PM CDT SAT MAY 12 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN GREENE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
NORTHWESTERN MOBILE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...
SOUTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...

* UNTIL 145 PM CDT

* AT 1254 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LEAKESVILLE...OR 14 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF DEER PARK...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SIMS CHAPEL... MCINTOSH... MALCOLM...FAIRFORD... DEER PARK...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. Source

Libya minister warns Italy on clandestine immigration

(Reuters) - A deteriorating security situation in southern Libya threatens to increase illegal immigration into Europe from Africa, Libyan Foreign Minister Ashour bin Khayyal said on Saturday during a visit to Rome.

"For the moment, the situation is not too bad but we have had indications that it could worsen. African immigrants have arrived at the Egyptian-Libyan border," he told reporters at a news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi.

"The numbers are not that big, but they could increase and that is why we are giving this warning," Bin Khayyal said.

Italy, which juts far out into the heart of the Mediterranean approaching Africa's coast, has borne the brunt of a crisis of clandestine immigration that has flared on and off in southern Europe for several years.

Tens of thousands of illegal migrants have made the crossing from North Africa, most risking the hazardous voyage in small, overcrowded fishing boats, and thousands have died as a result of shipwreck or harsh conditions at sea. Read More

Occupy Frankfurt 12th May 2012 takes a stab at capitalism

May 12 - Occupy movement takes part in a Global Action Day with a protest in front of Frankfurt stock exchange.

Occupy London 12th May 2012

May 12 - Occupy protesters demonstrate outside St. Paul's Cathedral and scuffle with police in the City of London.

China acts to boost loans, bolster flagging economy

(Reuters) - China's central bank cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves on Saturday, freeing an estimated 400 billion yuan ($63.5 billion) for lending to head-off the risk of a sudden slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

The People's Bank of China delivered a 50 basis point cut in banks' reserve requirement ratio (RRR), effective from May 18, the third cut in six months and one that investors had called for after data on Friday showed the economy weakening, not recovering, from its slowest quarter of growth in three years.

Industrial production weakened sharply in April and fixed asset investment - a key growth driver - hit its lowest level in nearly a decade, surprising many economists who thought Q1's 8.1 percent annual rate of growth marked the bottom of a downswing and were expecting signs of recovery in Q2 data. Read More

JPMorgan $2 billion loss hits shares, credit, image

(Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co lost $15 billion in market value and a notch in its credit ratings on Friday while a chorus of regulators and politicians reacted to its surprise $2 billion trading loss by demanding stiffer oversight for the banking industry.

The loss by one of Wall Street's most respected banks embarrassed chief executive Jamie Dimon, a leader lauded for steering his bank through the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis without reporting a loss.

"We know we were sloppy. We know we were stupid. We know there was bad judgment," Dimon said in an interview with NBC television to be broadcast on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

He said it wasn't clear whether the bank had broken any laws or violated any rules. "We've had audit, legal, risk, compliance, some of our best people looking at all of that." Read More

19 dead in Peru bus crash

(CNN) -- At least 19 people died and seven were injured in the provincial municipality of Rodriguez de Mendoza, in northern Peru when a bus plunged into a ravine Thursday night, according to the state-run Andina news agency.

CNN affiliate America TV showed pictures of the bus that rolled over 150 meters and broke into pieces.

Local authorities declared a day of mourning, ordered public institutions to lower their flags half staff and postponed all the Mothers' Day festivities.

Edison Lopez Collazos, mayor of Rodriguez de Mendoza, expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and the deep sorrow felt in the province. Read More

Pakistani officials seize drugs shaped like onions

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Two men were arrested in southern Pakistan this week on suspicion of trying to smuggle a batch of heroin disguised as onions out of the country, authorities said.

Officials seized 125 kilograms (276 pounds) of heroin Wednesday during the incident in Karachi, said Meraj Mohammad Channa, a customs official.

The suspects made the drugs look like onions by using paint and plastic and then stashed them in bags of real onions, Channa said.

The drugs and vegetables were set to be shipped to Malaysia until customs officials inspected the shipment.

Two men were arrested and authorities were looking for one more suspect, Channa said. Source

Alabama boy, 14, charged with murder of half-sister

(CNN) -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of his 9-year-old half-sister, whose body was found attached to a rope hanging from a tree, Alabama authorities said Friday.

St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said the victim, Katelynn Arnold, was discovered Thursday night outside her home in Ragland, some 40 miles northeast of Birmingham.

The child was taken to St. Clair Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, he said.

Citing laws covering juveniles, Surles would not identify the suspect. A hearing has been set to decide whether he will be certified as an adult.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor told CNN the suspect was charged in juvenile court with one count of murder and that the charging documents are sealed.

Both children lived with foster parents at the home where the body was found, Surles said. Read More

Spanish austerity protesters gather

Peru Beach Warnings

2,300 birds found dead along Chilean beaches

(CNN) -- Chilean officials are asking fishermen to help save birds caught in nets after thousands of dead fowl appeared along coastal Chile this week.

At least 2,300 dead birds were found along beaches between Cartagena and Playa de Santo Domingo, Chile, said Jose Luis Britos, and environment professor and director of the Museum of Natural History of San Antonio, Chile.

Many of the birds, which come from several species, had broken wings and bruising on the outside of their bodies -- injuries consistent with getting trapped in fishing nets, Britos said.

He said bird deaths from fishing nets occur every year, but never at this level. In a typical year, about 15 to 20 dead birds are found, Britos said. Read More

Annan: Syria could plunge into civil war



(CNN) -- Special envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that international observers are the last hope for success of a peace plan in Syria. Otherwise, he warned, Syria is sure to plunge into full-scale civil war.

"The implication of that is quite frightening," Annan told reporters after briefing the Security Council. "We cannot allow that to happen."

Annan plans to return to Damascus soon to seek adherence to a cease-fire. The killing, he said, must stop immediately.

"There has been some decrease in the military activities, but there are still serious violations in the cessation of violence that was agreed," Annan said. Read More

"N.Korea's GPS Jamming Is Terrorism Pure and Simple" -- Over 600 planes have now been jammed creating a dangerous situation in South Korean airspace

North Korea has been sending GPS jamming signals since April 28, wreaking havoc with civilian aviation and fishing fleets. Over the last 12 days, 624 passenger planes operated by Korean Air and Asiana Airlines, and 49 foreign carriers were affected by GPS jamming and one U.S. military aircraft on the way from Beijing to Yokohama also experienced disruption. There were four close calls where passenger jets approaching Incheon and Gimpo airports abruptly shifted course when their GPS malfunctioned and landed only after circling the airports.

One wrong move by the pilot during a GPS malfunction could lead to a major accident. Sending GPS jamming signals aimed at civilian passenger planes and ships is clearly an act of terrorism.

But the government here has yet to explain to the public just how dangerous GPS jamming signals are, and the ministries of Defense and of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs and the Korea Communications Commission are unable to come up with a concerted response. more