Monday, July 2, 2012

UN rights chief accused BOTH the regime and opposition of "serious" violations

Exiled opposition groups tried to forge a common vision for a transition in Syria as they met in Cairo as the UN rights chief accused both the regime and opposition of "serious" violations.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also charged that weapons supplied to the government and opposition are escalating the conflict, warning that "further militarisation" must be avoided.

She spoke on Monday as at least 30 people were reportedly killed in new bloodshed across Syria.

Meanwhile, members of Syria's opposition met behind closed doors in Cairo to chart a common vision after criticising a blueprint for transition agreed by the major powers at the weekend. Read More

Melinda Taylor Released from Libyan Jail

"It's been a very dark place we've been in," Melinda Taylor's mother Janelle on her daughter's release from detention in Libya...

It's been a difficult time for the family of Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor, who was detained in Libya a month ago, accused of spying.

And her mum Janelle told 702 Mornings, humour has partly helped them through it. Read More

US Cops Top List Of Demands For Twitter Info: 80% of All Request for users' private information coming From America

Twitter releases figures showing which governments have made the most demands for users' personal details.

Twitter has revealed that US law enforcement agencies made 80% of the total requests for users' private information.

Of the 849 total government requests for user information between January 1 and June 30 this year, 679 took place in the US, typically for use in criminal investigations.

Japan was in second place with 98 requests filed by police, followed by 11 requests from law enforcement agencies in the UK and Canada.

Twitter, which was credited last year for fuelling social unrest, from revolutions in the Middle East to Occupy protests in US cities, has increasingly been pulled into criminal prosecutions as it gains popularity.

On Monday, a New York judge ruled that the company must hand over tweets published by Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protestor arrested during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge in October. Read More

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd July 2012

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 80 km (49.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:31:01 UTC Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The epicenter was 19 km (11.8 miles) East of Tateyama, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 3rd July 2012

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles), the quake hit at 02:26:51 UTC Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The epicenter was 93 km (57.6 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro, Canary Islands with 1549 earthquakes recorded since Monday 24th June 2012.

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake GUAM REGION - 3rd July 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the GUAM REGION at a depth of 134.1 km (83.3 miles), the quake hit at 02:02:21 UTC Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The epicenter was 37 km (22 miles) NNW of Asan-Maina Village, Guam
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 3rd July 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN at a depth of 46.1 km (28.6 miles), the quake hit at 00:46:18 UTC Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The epicenter was 88 km (54 miles) East of Namie, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 3rd July 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 124.9 km (77.6 miles), the quake hit at 00:23:20 UTC Tuesday 3rd July 2012
The epicenter was 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Little Sitkin Island, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake POTOSI, BOLIVIA - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck POTOSI, BOLIVIA at a depth of 168 km (104.4 miles), the quake hit at 23:50:50 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 140 km (86 miles) Northeast of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has struck NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 23:31:37 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) SSE of Santiago, Peru
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:42:38 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 92 km (57 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro, Canary Islands with 1549 earthquakes recorded since Monday 24th June 2012.

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA at a depth of 39.9 km (24.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:23:17 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 215 km (133 miles) West of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 50.3 km (31.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:23:16 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 51 km (31.6 miles) ESE of Bristol Island, Antarctica
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 16.9 km (10.5 miles), the quake hit at 19:26:17 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 41 km (26 miles) ESE from Atka, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 19:25:18 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 402 km (249.2 miles) South of Apia, Samoa
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE at a depth of 112 km (69.4 miles), the quake hit at 17:25:28 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 17 km (10.5 miles) North of Calama, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

8,733,461 Workers on Federal 'Disability' Exceed Population of New York City

A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration. That was up from 8,707,185 in May.

It also exceeds the entire population of New York City, which according to the Census Bureau's latest estimate hit 8,244,910 in July 2011.

There has been a dramatic shrinkage in the United States over the past 20 years in the number of workers actually employed and earning paychecks per worker who is not employed and is taking federal disability insurance payments.

In June 1992, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 118,419,000 people employed in the United States, and, according to the Social Security Administration, there were 3,334,333 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 35.5 people actually working.

When President Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people employed and 7,442,377 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled about 1 person taking disability payments for each 19.1 people actually working.

In May of this year, there were 142,287,000 people employed, and 8,707,185 workers taking federal disability payments. That equaled 1 worker taking disability payments for each 16.3 people working.

The federal disability payments made to the record 8,733,461 workers in June averaged $1,111.42. more

Thoughts: Is America a nation of lazy bums? Or has stress, rat-race living and a poisonous environment crippled us? Or both?

How a team of students HIJACKED a drone in midair - all for a $1,000 bet with U.S. government

One thousand dollars may not seem like a lot of money, but it was enough for a team of researchers from a Texas college to hack into and hijack a drone on a dare from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The scientists led by Professor Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory managed to take control of a small but powerful drone in midair through a technique called spoofing, where a signal from hackers imitates the one sent to the drone’s on-board GPS.

The hostile takeover of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) owned by the college was done before the weary eyes of DHS officials, Fox News reported. more

Thoughts: Anyone else feel a little strange about this? Is this a ploy to make it seem like drones are of no threat and easily declawed by a "well armed populace"? Or are they simply using our own defenses against us, and once they learn our approaches, they'll be all the more equipped to operate in near-total invulnerability?



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Mormons Mass Resignation Ceremony, Utah

(Reuters) - A group of about 150 Mormons quit their church in a mass resignation ceremony in Salt Lake City on Saturday in a rare display of defiance ending decades of disagreement for some over issues ranging from polygamy to gay marriage.

Participants from Utah, Arizona, Idaho and elsewhere gathered in a public park to sign a "Declaration of Independence from Mormonism."

"This feels awesome," said Alison Lucas, from West Jordan, Utah, who took part in the rally amid soaring temperatures. "I don't know if I would have had the courage except in a group."

The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is known for its culture of obedience, and the mass ceremony was a seldom-seen act of collective revolt.

After gathering in the park, participants hiked a half-mile up nearby Ensign Peak, scaled in 1847 by church President Brigham Young to survey the spot where his Latter-day Saints would build a city. Read More

Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force

(Reuters) - Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel "off the face of the earth" if the Jewish state attacked it, brandishing some of its starkest threats on the day Europe began enforcing an oil embargo and harsh new sanctions.

The European sanctions - including a ban on imports of Iranian oil by EU states and measures that make it difficult for other countries to trade with Iran - were enacted earlier this year but mainly came into effect on July 1.

They are designed to break Iran's economy and force it to curb nuclear work that Western countries say is aimed at producing an atomic weapon. Reporting by Reuters has shown in recent months that the sanctions have already had a significant effect on Iran's economy.

Israel says it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear aims. The United States also says military force is on the table as a last resort, but U.S. officials have repeatedly encouraged the Israelis to be patient while new sanctions take effect.

Washington said the EU's oil ban might force Tehran to give ground at the next round of nuclear talks, scheduled for this week in Istanbul. Read More

Two men suspected of trying to hijack a flight in China were beaten to death by passengers

Two men who allegedly tried to hijack a plane in China were beaten to death by passengers and crew, state media said today.

The men were part of a six-strong gang, aged 20 to 36, who attempted to hijack a Tianjin Airlines flight bound for Urumqi last Friday.

Minutes after the flight carrying 101 people took off from Hetian, southwest Xinjiang, three men in the front and three in the back stood up and announced their plans to terrified passengers, according to reports.

The group, all from the city of Kashgar in the west of Xinjiang, then broke a pair of aluminum crutches and used the pieces to attack passengers while trying to break into the cockpit, a regional government spokesman said.

They were tackled by police and passengers who tied them up with belts before the plane returned to the airport safely just 22 minutes later.

Several passengers and crew members were injured in the tussle. The alleged hijackers were taken to hospital where two of them later died, the state-run Global Times reported.

The newspaper said two others were hospitalised after mutilating themselves, but gave no others details. Read More

Syria strikes Damascus suburb; UN decries arms flow

(Reuters) - Syrian helicopters bombarded a Damascus suburb on Monday and Turkey scrambled warplanes near the border in the north, as the U.N. human rights chief warned that arms supplies to both the government and rebels were deepening the 16-month conflict.

Fighting has come to the gates of the capital in recent weeks and is also raging throughout the country as the battle to unseat President Bashar al-Assad increasingly takes on the character of an all-out civil war, fuelled by sectarian hate.

Syrian government forces have launched an assault on Douma, a city on the edge of Damascus where they stormed a rebel stronghold two days ago, leaving bodies rotting in the streets of the nearly abandoned town.

"The bombardment of Douma continued today using helicopters. Some activists entered the city today and they saw at least seven decaying bodies in the streets under the sun. One man had been executed inside his house," said Mohamed Doumany, an activist who fled the city two days ago and was now nearby.

"There is huge destruction in the city, which is almost empty. Only a few of its people remain inside," he told Reuters by Skype. Read More

Iran Says It Wants 'Win-Win' In Nuclear Talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran wants a "win-win" outcome in its talks with world powers over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the country's foreign minister said Monday, warning that the only other choice is confrontation.

Three rounds of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers have failed to produce a breakthrough. A low-level meeting of technical experts is scheduled for Tuesday in Istanbul to see whether there is enough common ground to return to full-fledged talks.

"We want to see a win-win outcome," Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told the semiofficial ISNA news agency on the eve of the discussions in Turkey. "In the talks, the other side has no choice but to find an agreement, otherwise confrontation will be the alternative. I don't think that common sense is looking for a confrontation."

Iran is locked in a tense standoff with the West over Tehran's nuclear program, which the Islamic Republic insists is purely for civilian purposes, such as producing energy and medical isotopes.

The U.S., Israel and others suspect the program is instead a cover for building nuclear weapons. Israel has accused Iran of stretching out the talks to move closer to the ability to make an atomic bomb, and it has threatened to attack Iran a last resort.

Salehi said Iran prefers diplomacy to conflict, but stressed that it is prepared for anything. Read More

Bank Fraud Inquiry Led not by a judge but by a Member of Parliament....Yay I'm Filled With Confidence!

UPDATE 6.00pm: An inquiry but not as we know it. Led not by a judge but by a Member of Parliament. Staffed by politicians - other MPs and peers of all parties. Set up not with all party agreement, but in the midst of a political row.

The government insist that the inquiry they've set up will be short, sharp and effective starting within days and reporting before Christmas.

Labour reply that only a judicial inquiry will give voters what they want - a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for bankers.

Politicians scrapped today over whose fault the mess is - in practice a question of who was more in favour of deregulation, Labour or the Tories; over who was more in tune with public anger and on the right way forward.

Government insiders reacted angrily to the suggestion that, just as on phone hacking, the prime minister risked looking slow to react and had been forced to respond to Labour's calls. Today's announcement has, I was told, "absolutely nothing to do with Ed Miliband". Then they added, not altogether consistently, this has "shot Ed Miliband's fox".

Labour will now try to force a Commons vote on whose idea of an inquiry is right. Read More

North Korea may have begun "mass producing" nuclear bombs

Citing what they claim is an internal Chosun Workers’ Party document, two Japanese newspapers have today published articles stating that the late Kim Jong Il ordered the mass production of highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons.

If true, the contents of the 19-page document, as reported by Tokyo Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, contradict the North Korean official position; namely, that its nuclear program is a peaceful expression of a sovereign right, and that its enrichment facility at Yongbyon is producing only low enriched uranium for use in civilian energy generation.

"Time is not being put into highly-enriched uranium technology for use in civilian industry," Kim Jong Il is reported to have declared pointedly in the document, before ordering the “mass production” of nuclear bombs.

The document was allegedly produced in February this year. source

H5N1 Bird Flu Outbreak Confirmed in Xinjiang, China

China's northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday.

The disease has killed 1,600 chickens raised by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a unique economic and semi-military government organization of about 2.5 million people.

A total of 5,500 XPCC-farmed chickens showed symptoms of suspected avian flu on June 20, according to the MOA.

The National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory Monday confirmed the epidemic was H5N1 bird flu after testing samples collected at the farm, the MOA said.

Local authorities have sealed off and sterilized the infected area, where a total of 156,439 chickens have been culled and safely disposed of to prevent the disease from spreading, according to the MOA. Read More

SUSPECTED chemical leak left 30 people needing medical treatment, Severalls Business Park in Colchester

IN TODAY'S GAZETTE: A SUSPECTED chemical leak left 30 people needing medical treatment.

A 400 metre exclusion zone was set up in Severalls Business Park in Colchester and hundreds were told to leave the area as noxious fumes filled the air. Source

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Kyle Karr shot in the face with a FLARE GUN by Suspect Timothy Griffin

A security guard has been shot in the face by a flare gun in a bizarre attack.

Kyle Karr was responding to reports that a deranged man was throwing things at people in Old Sacramento, California.

The suspect, identified as Timothy Griffin, started to threaten Mr Karr when he was approached.

'I asked the individual to leave and at that point he stated he was going to kill me,' Mr Kyle told CBS.

When the security guard went to get police assistance he was pursued by Griffin.

'He was basically just following me saying he was going to kill me. He was very incoherent,' he said.

The man grabbed Mr Karr's waistband and waved what looked like a toy weapon in his face. Read More

Jean Lacroix arrested for having sex with girl he was meant to be protecting

A social worker has been arrested during a major investigation into an alleged child foster care prostitution ring.

Jean LaCroix, 46, who has been suspended as an investigator for Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), is accused of five counts of having sex with a vulnerable 17-year-old he was supposed to be protecting from abuse.

LaCroix is the fifth man to be arrested as part of an ongoing probe into claims a ring of human traffickers was targeting and abusing neglected children in foster care in Miami.

Four other men have been accused of using a child as a 'recruiter' to lure young vulnerable girls from the care system into becoming prostitutes.

The 17-year-old is said to have told Miami-Dade Police that she and the case worker had 'consensual sexual intercourse on numerous occasions'.

According to a search warrant obtained by CBS Miami, LaCroix would pick the alleged victim up from school and take her to his home where they would have sex. Read More

GlaxoSmithKline fined $3 BILLION after pleading guilty to America's biggest ever healthcare fraud - - the biggest in U.S. history

GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and pay $3 billion to settle the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history.

The Justice Department says the company plead guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to report important safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration.

Prosecutors say GSK encouraged use of Paxil for children although it was not approved for anyone under 18.
The company also promoted Wellbutrin for uses besides major depressive disorder, its only approved use.

They say that between 2001 and 2007 GSK failed to report on two studies of the cardiovascular safety of Avandia, a diabetes drug. Read More

German Bosque CAN'T be fired from his $60,000 job - despite beating suspects, carrying drugs in patrol car and being jailed THREE times

He has been investigated by police 40 times; has been accused of battery, car theft, boarding a plane with a loaded gun, and carrying drugs.

German Bosque is likely one of the worst repeat offenders in Opa-Locka, Florida - and he's a police officer.

Sgt Bosque, 48, who joined the force in 1993, has been arrested and jailed three times.

He has been disciplined, suspended, fined and sent home on full pay more than any other officer operating in the state.

He has been accused of beating and stealing from suspects, ignoring direct orders and writing out false police reports, including one in which he hit himself to make an alleged fight appear genuine.

Bosque has been found driving with a suspended licence, with counterfeit money, and in possession of cocaine and crack pipes in his car. Girlfriends allege he has been violent.

Yet Bosque, who lives with his fiancée in North Miami, still manages to keep his job in one of the most notorious police departments in the state. Read More

Meteor trail lights up Australian sky for 20 minutes after rock plunges into the sea


A burning trail lit up the sky over Western Australia for 20 minutes after an object suspected to be a meteorite plunged into the sea, leaving a burning orange trail that mesmerised local residents.

Beachgoers in Perth debated what could have caused the strange burning line in the sky, which persisted for 20 minutes. Most meteorite trails are only seen briefly - and seeing an object plunge into the sea is rare.

Local resident Gavin Trought captured a picture of the 'burning streak', saying, 'The weird streak in the sky seen from Cottesloe last night. I noticed it just before sunset.'

Meteorites are fragments of rock that land on Earth's surface. Those that burn up - 'ablate' - in Earth's atmosphere are referred to as meteors.

The meteorite was reported by Perth Now.

Seeing such clear, fiery trails is rare. Read More

Sea levels 'will continue rising' regardless of greenhouse gas treaties, warn scientists

Rising sea levels may not stop for several hundred years, even if global average temperatures drop, scientists have warned.

Rising sea levels threaten about a tenth of the world's population who live in low-lying areas and islands which are at risk of flooding, including the Caribbean, Maldives and Asia-Pacific island groups.

Measures to limit sea rises have focused on lowering temperatures - but this may not be enough.

Even if global average temperatures fall and the surface layer of the sea cools, heat would still be mixed down into the deeper layers of the ocean, causing continued rises in sea levels.

This is because as warmer temperatures penetrate deep into the sea, the water warms and expands as the heat mixes through different ocean regions.

If global average temperatures continue to rise, the melting of ice sheets and glaciers would only add to the problem.

Global average surface temperatures have risen about 0.17 degrees Celsius a decade from 1980-2010. Read More

Nelson Pratt Death: Snowboarding world 'in shock' as young British team coach is found hanged at parents Mansion

A British snowboarding champion has been found hanged at his parents £1.2m country mansion.

Nelson Pratt, 33, was discovered by his father Nigel in the garage of the family home in Grateley, near Andover, Hampshire.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but Nelson - who was unmarried - was confirmed dead by medics from South Central Ambulance Service.

An inquest opened at Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, today where the cause of death was given as hanging.

The inquest was told Mr Pratt - known as 'Nelly' among friends - was found by his father. The hearing was adjourned to a date to be fixed. Read More

Nevado del Ruiz volcano eruption Colombia

Bogota: A volcano in Colombia has erupted, sending a plume of ash and vapour 10 km into the sky, officials said.

The Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Subsequently, given the decrease in emissions of ash and gases, authorities downgraded the prevailing volcano alert from red to orange, the Colombian Geological Service said Sunday.

"There has been a considerable decline in the magnitude of the seismic signal associated with the eruption, with respect to the start of it, and so the eruptive event is considered to have ceased," the geological service said.

The volcano's activity continues to change in important ways, however, and authorities are not ruling out the possibility of new eruptions.

Scientists had reduced the alert level from orange to yellow May 29 as a result of seismic changes, the volcano's instability and the emission of ash from the mountain's peak. Read More

Egypt's new president takes aim at military



(CNN) -- Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi is looking at ways to return lawmakers to office after parliament was dissolved, his spokesman said Monday, putting the new leader on a likely collision course with the country's powerful military only days after he was sworn in.

Morsi took office on Saturday as Egypt's first democratically elected president, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation that is economically strapped and lacks a working government.

The Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader has ordered his office to look into legal options for bringing parliament back, his acting spokesman Yasser Ali said.

He also ordered the creation of a committee to arrange for the release of political detainees who have no criminal convictions, the Brotherhood said on its website on Sunday. Read More

ICC chief in Libya as staff members set to be freed

(Reuters) - The head of the International Criminal Court arrived in Libya ahead of the expected release later on Monday of four staff members, whose detention since early June plunged the interim government into its biggest diplomatic controversy to date.

Australian lawyer Melinda Taylor and Lebanese-born interpreter Helene Assaf were detained in the town of Zintan and accused of smuggling documents and hidden recording devices to Muammar Gaddafi's captured son Saif al-Islam. Two male ICC staff who were travelling with Taylor and Assaf have stayed with them.

Ajmi Ateri, head of the main Zintani ex-rebel brigade that seized Saif al-Islam and detained the lawyers, said the ICC officials would be freed on Monday after the court apologized.

"The ICC team held in Zintan will be freed today by the Libyan government in the presence of the ICC head, their ambassadors and a number of Libyan ministers. They will be allowed to return to their countries," he said. Read More

German spy chief quits in neo-Nazi files scandal

(Reuters) - The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service resigned on Monday after admitting that his agency had shredded files on a neo-Nazi cell whose killing spree targeting immigrants rocked the country late last year.

Heinz Fromm's resignation is the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks for Germany's security services over their handling of the "National Socialist Underground" (NSU), which went undetected for more than a decade despite its murder of 10 people, mostly ethnic Turkish immigrants.

An interior ministry spokesman confirmed that Fromm would quit his post, which he has held since 2000, at the end of July.

German lawmakers said there was no suggestion that Fromm had ordered the destruction of the files but that he was taking responsibility for others' failures. Read More

Over 2.1 million still without power from Illinois to Virginia

(Reuters) - More than 2.1 million people from Illinois to Virginia remained without power Monday morning after violent storms struck over the weekend, and a heat wave continued to blanket much of the region.

The storms left more than three million homes and businesses without the power needed to run air conditioners during the heat wave, and claimed at least 15 lives, mostly from falling trees and branches across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

American Electric Power Co Inc said Monday morning that crews were working to restore power to 465,000 customers in Virginia and West Virginia, 416,000 in Ohio, 52,000 in Indiana and 14,000 in Kentucky.

Ohio-based AEP, which distributes power to 5 million customers in 11 states, said on its website it could take a few days to restore power to all.

Virginia power company Dominion Resources Inc said it still had over 270,000 customers without electricity in its Virginia and North Carolina service areas.

Dominion said it had restored power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses. Read More

Finland and the Netherlands would block the euro zone's permanent bailout fund buying bonds in secondary markets despite, Friday's Botched Agreement

(Reuters) - Finland and the Netherlands, the euro zone's most hardline creditor states, cast the first doubts on Monday on a European summit deal designed to save Spain and Italy from being engulfed by the currency bloc's debt crisis.

The Finnish government told parliament that Helsinki and its Dutch allies would block the euro zone's permanent bailout fund buying bonds in secondary markets, despite an agreement among leaders' last Friday that the fund could be activated to stabilize markets.

The euro fell, European stocks gave up gains and safe-haven German Bunds reversed losses on news of the Finnish statement, which raised fears that the latest deal which drew a positive initial market reaction could unravel.

Several previous market rallies after euro zone crisis agreements have fizzled within a day or two as investors have fretted about the lack of detail, the risk of delay and national vetoes, or the inadequate size of the rescue funds available. Read More

Defying China, thousands of pro-democracy protesters take to streets of Hong Kong

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong hours after Chinese President Hu Jintao swore in the city's new leader and urged him to resolve what he called "deep disagreements" among the islanders.

The by-now annual July 1 demonstration - marking the end of British colonial rule in 1997 - was the biggest in years as people took advantage of Hong Kong's laws that make it the only place in China where public protests are permitted.

Hundreds of police maintained a tight cordon around the same harbour front where Britain handed Hong Kong back to Chinese rule 15 years ago as Hu swore in the new leader - something that also always happens on July 1. Read More

Turkey jets expel Syrian helicopters near border

ANKARA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets scrambled three times to expel Syrian helicopters flying near the Turkish border, Turkish General Staff said on Monday in a written statement on its website.

Turkish warplanes were taking off on emergency thrice on Saturday when Syrian helicopters came too close to the Turkish airspace over the Adana-Hatay-Kilis area and having a patrol flight, said the statement.

The move came after the Turkish Army altered its rules of engagement regarding Syrian military targets after the downing of a Turkish jet by Syria on June 22.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) updated its rules last Tuesday that every military element approaching towards Turkish border from Syria that may pose a security risk and danger will be considered a threat and a military target to be responded. Read More

Kenya vows no Somalia pullout after deadly attack

NAIROBI — Kenya will not pull troops out from Somalia until security is restored, Prime Minister Raila Odinga said Monday, a day after 17 people died in the worst attack in a decade that he blamed on Somali Islamists.

Speaking in the eastern Kenyan garrison town of Garissa, where masked gunmen on Sunday hurled grenades into two churches before firing guns into the congregation, Odinga offered a defiant message to the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab.

"Surrender is not an option for us, because if we leave Somalia, anarchy will set in which will spill over the borders," Odinga told reporters.

"Kenya will stand together even as Al-Shebab acts in desperation... Al-Shebab are reacting to the progress made by our forces in Somalia. We shall stand united and in solidarity."

Kenya has suffered a spate of gun, grenade and bomb attacks since sending troops into southern Somalia last October to target Shebab rebels fighting to overthrow the weak UN-backed government in the Horn of Africa state.

However, the well organised and coordinated attacks appear to mark a scaling up from previous smaller attacks, which have often been simply grenades hurled into bars or bus stations.

The attacks in Garissa were the deadliest since an Al Qaeda-claimed bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa in 2002, in which 18 people died. Read More

Barclays rate fixing scandal: Serious Fraud Office to decide on charges within month

The Serious Fraud Office hopes to decide within four weeks whether to bring charges in the Libor rate fixing scandal which claimed its first casualty with the resignation of Barclay chairman Marcus Agius.

The crime fighting body said it was considering whether it was appropriate and possible to bring criminal prosecutions and hoped to come to a conclusion within a month.

The SFO has been talking to the Financial Services Authority about the attempts by banks to manipulate London Inter-Bank Offered Rate, the rate used by banks to lend to each other.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is also preparing to unveil a wider inquiry into the banking sector in Parliament this afternoon.

Nick Robinson, the BBC Political Editor, wrote in his blog: "It will not be a full Leveson-style public inquiry. However, it will be separate from, and much wider than, the inquiry already announced into the abuses of Libor ... at Barclays and other banks." Read More

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake has struck the CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN REGION at a depth of 18 km (11.2 miles), the quake hit at 12:51:28 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 93 km (57.6 miles) Southwest of Valle gran rey, Tenerife
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Note: The swarm is still ongoing around El Hierro, Canary Islands with 1437 earthquakes recorded since Monday 24th June 2012.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN - 2nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN at a depth of 22.6 km (14 miles), the quake hit at 12:24:00 UTC Monday 2nd July 2012
The epicenter was 19 km (11 miles) ESE of Pul-e Khumri, Afghanistan
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Graham Barry Gibson Wanted for the Murder of a Woman in in Middlesbrough

Police warn the public not to approach a man being sought after a woman died following a domestic incident.

A manhunt has been launched by police after a woman died following a domestic incident in Middlesbrough.

Members of the public are warned not to approach Graham Barry Gibson.

He is being sought after the discovery of a body at an address in Cherwell Terrace, Bramble's Farm, at 1am on Monday.

A statement issued by Cleveland Police said: "Police urgently need to speak to Graham Barry Gibson in connection with her death and would urge Mr Gibson to hand himself in to a police station."

A spokeswoman for the force said: "The man police are trying to trace in connection with the incident is believed to be white, in his 40s, around 6ft 2in tall and of proportionate build.

"He has short, dark brown hair and was last seen wearing a chequered shirt, dark jeans and black trainers. Read More