Sunday, June 3, 2012

Rose Farley Death Investigated: Teenage Boy Arrested in Suspected Drug Death of 15 year Old

A teenage boy arrested in connection with the suspected drug death of a 15-year-old girl remains in police custody.

Rose Farley, from Liverpool, fell ill at a birthday party on Friday evening and died at Alder Hey Children's Hospital during the early hours of Saturday.

Detectives investigating the incident detained a 16-year-old youth from Liverpool on Sunday on suspicion of supplying drugs. He was taken into custody for questioning where he remains, Merseyside Police said.

Miss Farley's death comes amid reports that her drinks may have been spiked, and just days after Merseyside Police warned youngsters of a deadly ecstasy-type drug circulating in the area. Read More

US drone strike in Pakistan has left eight suspected militants dead

A US drone strike in Pakistan has left eight suspected militants dead, according to officials.

Pakistani intelligence chiefs say four missiles were fired at a hide-out in a village near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan.

North Waziristan is one of the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan that has become a hub of al Qaida and Taliban activity.

If confirmed, this is the seventh drone attack in two weeks in Pakistan, demonstrating that the US has no intention of letting up on its controversial campaign. Source

EU to press Putin on Syria at summit

EU officials are expected to press Russian President Vladimir Putin to take a stronger line on Syria during a summit in St Petersburg.

EU nations want Russia to put pressure on its ally to withdraw heavy weapons from cities and comply fully with envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan.

Russia and China are also resisting US and EU calls to condemn President Bashar al-Assad and seek his removal.

On Sunday, Mr Assad denied his forces had any role in the Houla massacre.

He told parliament that "foreign meddling" was to blame for Syria's divisions.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are among those attending Monday's summit. Read More

George Zimmerman Back In Jail After 'Court Lie'

George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, has returned to jail in Florida.

A judge on Friday revoked Zimmerman's bail and ordered him to return to prison after he ruled that the accused had lied to court about his financial circumstances.

Prosecutors argued Zimmerman had misled the court about having no money, despite tens of thousands of dollars sitting in online fundraising accounts, in order to obtain a lower bond.

Zimmerman, 28, turned himself in on Sunday afternoon shortly before a 48-hour deadline to surrender expired. Read More

Plane Crash Nigeria: No Survivors of the 153 People on Board



A passenger plane has crashed into buildings in a densly-populated area of Nigeria's largest city, killing all 153 people on board and others on the ground.

The president, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared three days of national mourning following the tragedy in Lagos - the country's worst air disaster for nearly two decades.

The Dana Air flight was flying from the capital Abuja to Lagos, according to civil aviation chief, Harold Denuren. He said rescue workers have not found any survivors.

The aircraft smashed through a furniture shop and then into residential buildings next to the store near Lagos airport.

The cause is not yet known - but a military official has said the pilots reported engine trouble shortly before the crash. Read More

Crunch Time As Focus Shifts To Spanish Banks



Madrid will this week replace Athens as the focus of European efforts to save the euro after Spain bungled attempts to bail out its fourth-largest bank.


Until recently, uncertainty over the Greek elections had held the attentions of Europe's politicians - but now the future of the single currency could rest on Spain deciding how to rescue Bankia from a 23.5bn-euro hole in its accounts and whether more banks need assistance.

Bankia's troubles stem from toxic property assets left to it following the collapse of the country's housing market. Read More

Luka Rocco Magnotta Spotted in Paris

Police in Paris are investigating two reported sightings of a Canadian porn actor wanted in connection with the killing and dismemberment of his lover in Montreal.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is suspected of killing 33-year-old Chinese student Jun Lin, videoing the murder, and then sending his body parts to politicians.

Canadian authorities believe Magnotta fled Montreal for Paris last weekend and Interpol has placed him on its most-wanted list.

A Paris official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that police were looking into the alleged sightings in northwest Paris, but gave no additional details.

A French newspaper reported that investigators have questioned the manager of a bar in the northern area of Batignolles after claims Magnotta had a drink there. Read More

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 4th June 2012

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake has struck South of Panama at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 03:15:24 UTC Monday 4th June 2012
The epicenter was 340 km (211 miles) South of David, Panama
Local Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0315Z 04 JUN 2012
COORDINATES - 5.4 NORTH 82.7 WEST
DEPTH - 10 KM
LOCATION - SOUTH OF PANAMA
MAGNITUDE - 6.6

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 4th June 2012

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck South of Panama at a depth of 9.7 km (6 miles), the quake hit at 00:45:15 UTC Monday 4th June 2012
The epicenter was 346 km (214 miles) South of David, Panama
Local Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: Initially measured at 6.6 Magnitude before being downgraded to a 6.2 Magnitude

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0045Z 04 JUN 2012
COORDINATES - 5.1 NORTH 82.8 WEST
DEPTH - 10 KM
LOCATION - SOUTH OF PANAMA
MAGNITUDE - 6.6

EVALUATION

NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER - EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL
TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN
A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES
IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS
POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 4th June 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck Southeast of the Loyalty Islands at a depth of 32.4 km (20.1 miles), the quake hit at 00:15:42 UTC Monday 4th June 2012
The epicenter was 128 km (79 miles) East of Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake KASHMIR-XINJIANG BORDER REGION - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the Kashmir-Xinjiang border Region at a depth of 65.1 km (40.5 miles), the quake hit at 23:19:19 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 145 km (95 miles) SSW of Hotan, Xinjiang, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the South Sandwich Islands Region at a depth of 31.2 km (19.4 miles), the quake hit at 21:00:58 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 169 km (105 miles) SSE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN ITALY - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck Northern Italy at a depth of 6 km (3.7 miles), the quake hit at 19:20:43 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 55 km (24 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck offshore Antofagasta, Chile at a depth of 48.9 km (30.4 miles), the quake hit at 19:11:24 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 53 km (32 miles) SSW of Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Chile
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Transit of Venus: your last chance to see it before 2117

Rare journey will help scientists learn more about planets far beyond our solar system.

A small black dot will grace the face of the sun as it rises (over Europe) on Wednesday, when Venus makes a rare and historic journey across the burning disc of our parent star.

Few people alive today will have another chance to witness the transit of Venus, as the laws of orbital mechanics do not bring the planets into position again until December 2117.

In previous centuries, nations dispatched astronomers to their farthest territories to record the transit in progress. In doing so, they embarked on the first global scientific collaboration in history and answered the pressing question of the size of the solar system.

This year's observations from powerful telescopes will help scientists learn more about planets far beyond our solar system, and may even help spot those with atmospheres that are similar to Earth's and capable of harbouring life.

To celebrate the event, national space agencies, universities and amateur astronomers will point telescopes at the sky and trace Venus's seven hours in the sun from 11.04pm on Tuesday until 5.55am BST the next morning. Read More

Anti-monarchy group 'Republic' stages Jubilee protest on the banks of the Thames

Protest by campaign group ahead of Queen's Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

Anti-monarchy protesters today staged a demonstration on the banks of the Thames ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee river pageant.

The protesters, supporters of the campaign group Republic, held banners and placards saying “power to the people”, “citizen not subject”, and “democracy not monarchy” as they called for the abolition of the monarchy.

Republic is campaigning for an elected head of state to replace the monarchy.

They have also called for a new constitution that 'really puts power in the hands of voters.'

Today's protest involved a delegation from the Swedish republican movement as well as representatives of Republic from branches in Scotland and Wales. Read More

Is there really anyone Worth voting for Come November?

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has struck Northern California at a depth of 7.2 km (4.5 miles), the quake hit at 17:31:36 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) North from Morgan Hill, California
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck Hokkaido, Japan Region at a depth of 162.5 km (101 miles), the quake hit at 17:06:05 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 73 km (45 miles) WNW of Aomori, Honshu, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Luka Magnotta a Serial Killer? He may have killed before' say police as he's spotted 'drinking in Paris'

The porn star suspected of killing and eating parts of a former lover could be a serial killer, police have said.

Luka Magnotta, 29, is on the run as has been spotted 'out drinking' in trendy bars and staying in an upmarket hotel in Paris, according to French police.

He faces charges of threatening Canada's prime minister after mailing a severed foot to his Conservative party headquarters, officers in Montreal said yesterday.

A hand addressed to the Liberal party of Canada was found at the PM's offices on Tuesday, while a torso was discovered in a suitcase on a garbage dump in Montreal, outside Magnotta's apartment building. Read More

Nigerian Passenger plane carrying 153 crashes in Lagos; all feared dead

A plane struck a two-story building in Nigeria's largest city of Lagos on Sunday, resulting in an unknown number of casualties, officials said.

The head of the Civil Aviation Authority told AFP that the plane was carrying 153 passengers.

"I don't believe there are any survivors," Harold Demuren said.

The Dana Air flight was taking passengers from Lagos to Abuja, said Harold Denuren, head of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Federal emergency management confirmed the crash in a neighborhood just outside the airport and said that its emergency personnel were on their way to the scene.

Lagos' international airport is a major hub for West Africa and saw 2.3 million passengers pass through it in 2009, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

In August 2010, the U.S. announced it had given Nigeria the FAA's Category 1 status, its top safety rating that allows the nation's domestic carriers to fly directly to the U.S.

The Nigerian government said it also now has full radar coverage of the entire nation. However, in a nation where the state-run electricity company is in tatters, state power and diesel generators sometimes both fail at airports, making radar screens go blank. source

Mick and Mairead Philpott accused of murdering six children in house inferno beg to be let out of jail to attend funerals

The parents accused of murdering their six children in a house fire have begged prison bosses to be allowed to attend their funerals.

Mick and Mairead Philpott are currently in custody and have put in an application for compassionate leave to attend the services, according to reports.

They face six counts of murder following the fire at their home in Allenton, Derby, on May 11.

Their children Jade, 10, and brothers John, nine, Jack, seven, Jesse, six, and Jayden, five, all died in the fire, and a sixth sibling Duwayne, 13, died of his injuries in Birmingham Children's Hospital two days later.

The People reported Mr Philpott's son Richard, 25, told a friend: 'They want to be at the funerals and need to be able to say goodbye. Whatever has happened, they are innocent until proven guilty. The public should not judge them. Let a jury do that when they know all the facts. Read More

Nigerian church suicide attack kills 14

KANO, Nigeria — A suicide bomber who tried to drive an explosives-packed car into a church in northern Nigeria on Sunday killed at least 15 people, including himself, and injured 40, officials said.

Speeding up his vehicle, the attacker approached a checkpoint near the church in Bauchi State, which has previously been hit by Islamist group Boko Haram and where tension between Muslims and Christians has led to violence in the past.

"We have a checkpoint not far from the church which prevented the bomber from gaining access to his target," said state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan.

"So he rammed the car into a security gate and the car exploded," Ladan added.

Bauchi's State Emergency Management Agency said in a statement that it found 15 dead bodies at the blast site and evacuated 40 injured people to a nearby hospital, adding that the area around the church had been cordoned off by police.

Witnesses said the force of the blast near the Harvest Field of Christ church on the outskirts of Bauchi city caused the building to collapse on the worshippers inside.

Residents said that when the building came down, some fled outside seeking refuge, but ran into a raging fire. Read More

No respite for pope as more documents leaked

(Reuters) - Pope Benedict got no rest on Sunday from a leaks scandal when an Italian newspaper published documents showing that his butler was not the only person in possession of confidential correspondence indicating a Vatican in disarray.

Benedict, 85, ended a weekend trip to Italy's industrial and financial capital Milan with a closing mass for an international gathering in which he praised traditional Catholic family values and re-stated his opposition to gay marriage.

But in its Sunday edition, the Rome newspaper La Repubblica published documents it said it had received anonymously after the arrest of the pope's butler on May 23.

A note received by the newspaper said there were "hundreds more" documents and that the butler, Paolo Gabriele, was just a scapegoat.

The furore over the leaked correspondence, which shows power-hungry cardinals and scheming within the walls of the city state, has gripped the Vatican just as it was recovering from a long-running scandal over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the United States, Ireland and other countries. Read More

Europe mulls major step towards "fiscal union"...Well there is a Surprise!!

(Reuters) - When Jean-Claude Trichet called last June for the creation of a European finance ministry with power over national budgets, the idea seemed fanciful, a distant dream that would take years or even decades to realize, if it ever came to be.

One year later, with the euro zone's debt crisis threatening to tear the bloc apart, Germany is pushing its partners for precisely the kind of giant leap forward in fiscal integration that the now-departed European Central Bank president had in mind.

After falling short with her "fiscal compact" on budget discipline, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for much more ambitious measures, including a central authority to manage euro area finances, and major new powers for the European Commission, European Parliament and European Court of Justice.

She is also seeking a coordinated European approach to reforming labor markets, social security systems and tax policies, German officials say. Read More

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the Fiji Region at a depth of 530.5 km (329.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:51:23 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 433 km (269 miles) WSW From NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines at a depth of 592.6 km (368.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:51:47 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 68 km (42 miles) Southwest from Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Bashar al-Assad: 'not even monsters' would carry out Syria Houla massacre

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria denied that his regime had anything to do with the recent Houla massacre, saying that "not even monsters" would carry out such an "ugly crime".

In his first speech to the Syrian parliament since January, Mr Assad instead blamed an imperialist foreign plot to foment unrest and terrorism in the country.

"What happened in Houla and elsewhere (in Syria) are brutal massacres which even monsters would not have carried out," he said in the televised address. "If we don't feel the pain that squeezes our hearts, as I felt it, for the cruel scenes – especially the children – then we are not human beings,"

The popular efforts to oust the Syrian president that now consume the country are not a "political problem" he said, but a "project to destroy the country".

"The issue is terrorism. We are facing a real war waged from the outside," he added. Read More

Anti-Nazis protest: Video of clashes, police detain 700 in Germany



Violent clashes have broken out in Germany between the supporters and opponents of the neo-Nazi movement. Hamburg police have detained over 700 people after the demonstrators started throwing projectiles, injuring several officers.

A group of anti-Nazi demonstrators have clashed with far-right activists marching in the city's Wandsbek district. The leftists erected barricades of trash bins and set them ablaze to stop their rivals from passing. After the police used water cannons to extinguish the flames, protesters attacked officers and the far-right demonstrators with pyrotechnics, bottles and stones. At least eight officers have been injured by the projectiles, thelocal.de reports. The police put around 700 demonstrators into custody.

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CERN director says LHC will find God Particle by end of the year

The Large Hadron Collider is to be switched off at the end of the year to undergo a major upgrade, but scientists hope to have achieved one of the machine's major goals by the time it does – proving the existence of the so called God Particle.

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director of CERN where the LHC is based, said he was confident that by the end of the year it will be possible to say whether the Higgs Boson, the particle which is responsible for giving mass to the universe, exists.

The theoretical particle, nicknamed the God Particle due to its central role it has in explaining modern physics, has never been detected and scientists have been working for decades to prove its existence.

Scientists hope that high energy collisions of particles in the 17 mile underground tunnel at CERN will finally allow them to create the conditions to allow them to spot the elusive Higgs Boson.

Dr Heuer, who was speaking at the Hay Festival, said the LHC is scheduled to be closed down at the end of this year for up to two years in order to carry out upgrades that will increase its power and allow it to continue with more experiments. Read More

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF PANAMA - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck South of Panama at a depth of 10.5 km (6.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:54:31 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 438 km (272 miles) Northwest of Esmeraldas, Ecuador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck Potosi, Bolivia at a depth of 92.6 km (57.5 miles), the quake hit at 11:39:23 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 156 km (97 miles) Northeast from Calama, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA - 3rd June 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck Southern Qinghai, China at a depth of 16.6 km (10.3 miles), the quake hit at 10:49:42 UTC Sunday 3rd June 2012
The epicenter was 196 km (122 miles) WSW from Xining, Qinghai, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Suicide bomber kills 12 in Nigeria church

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a church in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, witnesses said.

Security forces at a road block nearby said the bomber forced his car through the checkpoint and drove into the church in Yalwa, on the outskirts of the city of Bauchi.

A Reuters reporter at the scene counted 12 bodies being pulled from the building.

"I was just in the area when I heard a huge blast. The sound was so loud, my ears are still ringing," said Samuel Etudu, who was outside the church when it exploded.

It was not clear who was responsible for the attack, although churches have been targeted by militant Islamist group Boko Haram this year - who are increasingly using suicide bombers.

The group have been blamed for hundreds of killings in bomb or gun attacks over the past two years. Read More

Canada Mall shooter still at large

Police are still searching for the suspect who opened fire in a mall in Toronto killing at least one person. Julie Noce reports.

Tunisia: Unemployment breeds anger in home of Arab Spring

(Reuters) - Abdulwahhab Karti rummages in the living room that doubles as his bedroom and presents two diplomas. One shows the soft-spoken 27-year-old has a degree in applied mathematics. The other qualifies him to teach maths.

Not only has Karti never taught, but he has been unable to find any job since he graduated in 2009. He supports his parents and four younger sisters by peddling goods in the Tunisian border town of Ben Guerdane, a precarious occupation that brings in a trickle of money, as his living conditions attest.

Karti's sisters sleep on the floor in a dark and stuffy room. His parents sleep in the next room on a bed, the only substantial piece of furniture in their concrete bungalow.

Sixteen months after a revolution ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and set off the Arab Spring, young Tunisians say they have yet to see the fruits of the uprising they helped to spark.

Unemployed, too poor to marry and often supporting large families, youths from deprived provincial towns are piling pressure on the government to provide the jobs that, along with freedom and better living standards, were a key demand of the revolution. Read More

vKhamenei: West talks of nuclear Iran to hide own problems

(Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of lying about the threat of a nuclear Iran to cover up their own economic problems, state television reported.

In a fiery address marking the 23rd anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, Khamenei also warned Israel against any attack on Iran, saying it would receive a "thunderous blow".

Khamenei - who has total command over Iran's nuclear policy - has publicly forbidden the development of nuclear weapons, but Western nations suspect that Tehran is developing in isolation each of the components required for an atomic bomb capability.

"What Americans and Westerners do is idiotic. They magnify the nuclear issue to cover up their own problems," Khamenei said, referring to the economic gloom in the U.S. and Europe.

"They are deceitfully using the term nuclear weapons," he added.

Iran's supreme leader said Israeli talk of military strikes showed it felt vulnerable after the fall of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a U.S. and Western ally, last year. "If they take any miscalculated action, they will receive a thunderous blow." Read More

Egyptians threaten more protests after Mubarak verdict

(Reuters) - Egyptians demonstrated throughout the night in Cairo's central Tahrir Square and other cities, enraged that a court had spared deposed leader Hosni Mubarak his life over the killing of protesters in the uprising that ended his three-decade rule.

Many wanted death for Mubarak, who was handed a life prison sentence on Saturday.

They saw the sentence and the acquittal of senior police officers as proof that the old regime still wields influence and feared Mubarak could now be acquitted on appeal.

Some demanded that the country's presidential election be cancelled.

Thousands of people poured onto the streets on Saturday after the verdict. By Sunday morning, a few hundred were still gathered in Tahrir Square -- focal point of the January 2011 uprising that brought down the longtime U.S. ally - and said they would stay until those killed in the uprising were avenged. Read More

Al-Assad: 'Battle is forced upon us'

Dozens of people attending a concert in Oregon were injured after police say a car crashed into the bandstand.

Palestinian militant injured in Israel airstrike dies

Jerusalem (CNN) -- A Palestinian militant died Sunday after he was injured in an Israeli airstrike, security and medical sources in Gaza said.

The man was one of four members of the militant group the Popular Resistance Committee injured Friday when the Israeli air force responded to rocket attacks on its territory.

Separately, seven Palestinians were injured in an overnight Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza, emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Silmya said Sunday. Israel did not immediately comment on the reported strike.

The latest round of violence began early Friday when a Palestinian militant crossed into Israel and killed a soldier near southern Gaza.

The Palestinian gunman "was identified infiltrating Israel" and was shot dead after he fired on Israeli soldiers, a military spokesman said in a statement.

The Israel Defense Forces named the dead soldier as Staff Sgt. Netanel Moshiashvili. Read More

Panetta visits ex-U.S. base in Vietnam

(CNN) -- Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip there by an American defense secretary since the war ended.

The Cam Ranh Bay naval base was an important deep water port and logistics hub for the U.S., and is considered a "jewel" of deep water ports.

"I look forward to a very good visit," Panetta said as he boarded a water taxi to the USNS Richard E. Byrd, a ship anchored at the base.

Panetta, who headed to Hanoi after the base stop, is on a tour of Asia that includes Singapore and India. His trip aims to boost military ties in the region.

As part of a "rebalancing" with Asia, the United States will enhance its military cooperation with China and boost its allies' capabilities in the region, Panetta said Saturday. Read More

Assad: 'We are facing a war from abroad'

(CNN) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed his country and the newly-elected People's Assembly on Sunday, decrying what he called the "terrorists" and "conspiracy" against Syria.

"At this time, we are facing a war from abroad," al-Assad said in his first public speech since January. "Dealing with it is different from dealing with people from inside."

His remarks stand in stark contrast to what the opposition and many world leaders have said for more than a year -- that al-Assad's forces, not external "terrorists," are behind a sustained slaughter stemming from the regime's crackdown on dissidents.

As the president spoke, heavy shelling rained on the anti-government bastion of Homs, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said. Simultaneously, at least five people were killed in Homs, Aleppo and Hama, the group said.

Opposition activists also reported seeing a large military convoy of about 45 trucks carrying tanks, armored personnel carriers and soldiers heading toward Deir Ezzor during al-Assad's speech.

Al-Assad insisted "the battle is forced upon us," but promised amnesty for those who stop fighting immediately. Read More

How could Spain's 'secure' banks descend into crisis?

It avoided toxic derivatives and helped to rescue Britain's lenders. But the Spanish banking sector was so laden with property debt that the eurozone's fourth largest economy is near collapse.

A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts will fly to Madrid this week. They are meant to be there for the routine annual check-up the fund carries out on all members, but it looks increasingly likely that before they leave, they will have had to draw up plans for an emergency bailout of the eurozone's fourth largest economy. This would catapult the debt crisis into a new and dangerous phase.

Until last week, it was the prospect of make-or-break Greek elections in a fortnight's time that was giving Europe's politicians sleepless nights, but Spain's bungled bailout of its fourth largest bank last weekend has forced its shaky finances to the top of the agenda.

Bankia, which has already been rescued once by the Spanish government, announced last weekend that it needed an alarming €19bn (£15bn) to patch up its finances, battered by the Spanish property crash. This was four times what had been estimated only a fortnight earlier.

With its bank bailout fund running dangerously low, the government initially proposed filling the hole with its own bonds, which Bankia could exchange with the European Central Bank (ECB) for cash. That smacked of desperation – and strayed too close to a direct bailout of the Spanish government to be acceptable to Germany and other eurozone governments, or to the ECB itself. Read More