Sunday, July 22, 2012

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 23rd July 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA at a depth of 34.1 km (21.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:22:05 UTC Monday 23rd July 2012
The epicenter was 61 km (37 miles) SSE of Yunaska Island, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA - 23rd July 2012

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck NEAR THE NORTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10.4 km (6.5 miles), the quake hit at 00:22:05 UTC Monday 23rd July 2012
The epicenter was 94 km (58 miles) North of Nabire, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 22nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.2 earthquake has struck TAIWAN at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles), the quake hit at 22:12:19 UTC Sunday 22nd July 2012
The epicenter was 26 km (16.1 miles) Southeast from Suao, Taiwan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake XINJIANG-XIZANG BORDER REGION - 22nd July 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the XINJIANG-XIZANG BORDER REGION at a depth of 15 km (9.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:29:41 UTC Sunday 22nd July 2012
The epicenter was 643 km (398.6 miles) South of Korla, Xinjiang, China
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Colorado shooting witness: Someone let gunman inside Colorado movie theater



A man who was at the Colorado movie theater where a dozen people were killed this morning, says he saw the gunman. He says he thinks someone deliberately let the gunman inside once the movie started. Here's what he told TV station KCNC this morning live on their newscast.

 "As I was sitting down to get my seat, I noticed that a person came up to the front row, the front right, sat down, and as credits were going, it looked like he got a phone call. He went out toward the emergency exit doorway, which I thought was unusual to take a phone call. And it seemed like he probably pried it open, or probably did not let it latch all the way. As soon as the movie started, somebody came in, all black, gas mask, armor, and threw a gas can into the audience, and it went off, and then there were gunshots that took place."

Police arrested 24-year-old James Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, for the shootings. At least 12 people were killed and 38 others wounded when the gunman opened fire during the midnight screening of the newest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." source

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Israeli war veteran Sets himself on Fire in new self-immolation protest

A disabled Israeli war veteran is said to be in a serious condition after setting himself on fire at a bus stop near Tel Aviv.

The man was in dispute with officials in charge of rehabilitating veterans, according to a veterans' group.

Sunday's case came hours before the funeral of Moshe Silman, who died a week after setting himself on a fire at a protest against inequality.

More than 1,000 people took part in vigils for Mr Silman on Saturday.

Israeli police say the latest case of self-immolation happened at a bus stop in Yehud near Tel Aviv.

Passers-by managed to put out the flames but the man, a wheelchair-user, suffered burns to 80% of his body.

'Human tragedy'


There have been other failed attempts to copy Mr Silman's actions in recent days.

Mr Silman, who was heavily in debt, had left a note accusing the Israeli establishment of "taking from the poor to give to the rich". Read More

"Syrian rebels say fight for country's largest city of Aleppo has begun"

Syrian rebels have launched an offensive to "liberate" the country's largest city of Aleppo, an opposition commander said Sunday, while in Damascus government troops backed by helicopter gunships wrested back control of rebel-held neighborhoods.

The opposition attack on Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub and traditionally a bedrock of support for President Bashar Assad, was a sign of the rebels' growing confidence and capabilities even as regime forces appeared close to regaining control of the capital Damascus after days of bloody street battles.

With Syria's civil war moving from the countryside and smaller cities into the country's two main urban centers, an activist group said the death toll had risen to more than 19,000 since the uprising began in March 2011. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said July is shaping up to be the deadliest month of the conflict so far, with 2,752 people killed in the first three weeks -- already nearly as many as the previous month. more

Abducted Lebanese well, but will stay in custody - Syria rebel commander

(Reuters) - A Syrian rebel commander told Reuters on Sunday that 11 kidnapped Lebanese Shi'ites are staying in air-conditioned rooms and are in good health but will not be released until President Bashar al-Assad leaves power and a new parliament is elected.

"Their health is good and they're fine and they're eating and drinking well, staying in a farm with full comfort and air conditioning, and they're alive," Abu Omar, commander of the Storm of the North brigade, told Reuters at the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey, which his men had overrun on Sunday.

The Lebanese hostages were on a bus that was stopped by gunmen on May 22 as it crossed into northern Syria from Turkey on its way home from a pilgrimage to Iran. The gunmen released the women and kept the men.

Abu Omar said the men were senior members of Hezbollah, the armed Lebanese Shi'ite political group that supports Assad.

"(They) are from Hezbollah, their fate will be decided by the new Syrian parliament, because Hezbollah attacked us and is helping the Syrian regime," he said. Read More

US refines game plan to overthrow Assad

The Obama government has abandoned efforts for a diplomatic settlement to the conflict in Syria, and instead it is increasing aid to the rebels and redoubling efforts to rally a coalition of like-minded countries to forcibly bring down the government of president Bashar al-Assad, American officials say.

Administration officials have been in talks with officials in Turkey and Israel over how to manage a Syrian government collapse. Defence secretary Leon E. Panetta is headed to Israel in the next several days to meet with Israeli defense counterparts, following up on a visit last week by President Obama’s national security adviser Thomas E. Donilon, in part to discuss the Syrian crisis.

The White House is holding daily meets to discuss a broad range of contingency plans — including safeguarding Syria’s vast chemical weapons arsenal and sending explicit warnings to both warring sides to avert mass atrocities — in a sign of the escalating seriousness of the Syrian crisis following intensified fighting in Damascus and the killing of Assad’s aides. Read More

Bombings in Iraq kill 18 at end of daily Ramadan fast

Bombs struck two Sunni towns at sundown Sunday just as Iraqis were preparing to break their holy day’s fast, killing 18 and wounding more than 50, officials said. Two earlier bomb blasts killed a policeman and wounded dozens of people.

The multiple bomb attacks showed how deadly violence is still common and in some places even worsening in Iraq, seven months after the U.S. pulled its last troops out of the country. Most of the attacks bear the hallmarks of Sunni Muslim insurgents linked to al-Qaeda, targeting Shiites and their holy sites as well as security forces working for the Shiite-led government.

The two latest bombings, however, struck predominantly Sunni towns. So far, Shiite militants have resisted striking back at Sunnis. It was not immediately clear if the Sunday bombings were retaliation for earlier attacks, but residents in the stricken areas raised fears of renewed sectarian conflict.

The first sundown attack, in the town of Mahmoudiya, was the deadliest — a double bombing in which the second seemed aimed at hitting people who came to help victims of the first blast.

A car exploded around 7 p.m. in a parking lot for minibuses in the town, about 30 kilometres south of Baghdad. As emergency responders sprang into action, a second car blew up, according to police at the scene. Read More

Eight injured in riots at Syrian refugee camp in Turkey

(Reuters) - Four Syrian refugees and four members of the Turkish security forces were hurt on Sunday when riots broke out at a refugee camp in Turkey near the Syrian border, the Dogan News Agency said.

The clashes erupted when a group of 1,500 or so ethnic Turkmen refugees from Syria arrived at the camp, near the town of Islahiye, witnesses told Dogan.

Television footage showed armored personnel carriers entering the camp and police firing weapons into the air to disperse groups of men fighting each other with fists and clubs.

CNN Turk television reported that some Turkish police had briefly been taken hostage.

Tensions are running high at the camps for refugees from the Syrian conflict as temperatures in southeastern Turkey climb to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

More than 43,000 Syrian refugees are registered in neighboring Turkey. Some refugees have complained about conditions at the camps, including a lack of food. Read More