Sunday, September 16, 2012

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 17th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION at a depth of 45.7 km (28.4 miles), the quake hit at 03:08:44 UTC Monday 17th September 2012
The epicenter was 81 km (50 miles) SSE of Kushiro, Japan
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 17th September 2012

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has struck OFF THE COAST OF OREGON at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 02:50:44 UTC Monday 17th September 2012
The epicenter was 114 km (70 miles) WSW of Port Orford, Oregon
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN IRAN - 17th September 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN IRAN at a depth of 214 km (132.6 miles), the quake hit at 02:13:58 UTC Monday 17th September 2012
The epicenter was 44 km (27.2 miles) North from Kongan, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake KURIL ISLANDS - 17th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the KURIL ISLANDS at a depth of 85.5 km (53.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:29:49 UTC Monday 17th September 2012
The epicenter was 178 km (110 miles) SSW of Severo-Kuril'sk, Russia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA - 17th September 2012

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake has struck SOUTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA at a depth of 4.2 km (2.6 miles), the quake hit at 00:51:16 UTC Monday 17th September 2012
The epicenter was 149 km (93 miles) Southeast from Chisana, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 23:22:25 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 95 km (59 miles) South of La Libertad, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 73 km (45.4 miles), the quake hit at 22:09:14 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 90 km (55 miles) Northeast of San Isidro, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA at a depth of 134.6 km (83.6 miles), the quake hit at 21:46:44 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 208 km (129 miles) WNW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has struck the PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 49.5 km (30.8 miles), the quake hit at 21:46:19 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 91 km (56 miles) Northeast of San Isidro, Philippines
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Armenia vs Azerbaijan: If Caucasus erupts, war could spread

A dusty trench, interrupted every few meters by lookout posts and gun positions, winds its way as far as the eye can see.

"Put your head above the trench and they'll shoot you," says a young ethnic Armenian soldier, peering through a narrow slit in a concrete watchtower at Azeri lines 400 meters away where he says snipers lie in wait.

The bullets fly both ways. On the other side of the minefields, Khosrov Shukurov's daughter was recently shot in the arm. The 70-year-old Azeri farmer keeps his cows on leashes to stop them straying beyond the wall built to protect his village.

Sporadic firefights have intensified along the front line around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous enclave within Azerbaijan in the South Caucasus controlled by ethnic Armenians since a war in the early 1990s that killed about 30,000 people.

Azerbaijan has stepped up threats to take the region back and its decision to give a hero's welcome to a soldier convicted of hacking an Armenian to death on a NATO course has highlighted the risk of a war that could draw in Turkey, Russia and Iran. more

Thoughts: How many areas of the world are currently at the brink of war now? I've lost count.

Analysis: Can Israel surprise Iran? Maybe not, but could still strike

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cancellation of a security cabinet session on Iran following a media leak last week laid bare a conundrum long troubling Israeli strategists: could they count on any element of surprise in a war on their arch-foe?

Possibly not. Years of public speculation, much of it stoked by official statements in Israel and abroad, about the likelihood and timing of such a conflict have afforded the Iranians plenty of notice to fortify their threatened nuclear facilities and prepare retaliation.

Given the difficulties Israel's jets would face in reaching and returning from distant Iran, as well as their limited bomb loads, losing the option of mounting sneak attacks may seem to have put paid to the very idea of an attack launched without its ally the United States.

Yet experts are not rushing to rule that out. Some believe Israel is still capable of achieving a modicum of surprise, and that in any case it might hope a combination of stealth, blunt force and, perhaps, hitherto untested innovations can deliver victory - even if Iran is on high alert.

Israel, whose technologically advanced military has a history of successful derring-do, might place less importance on catching Iran completely off-guard and instead strike openly and with combined forces, causing disarray among the defenders in hope of delivering enough damage to a select number of targets. more

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA at a depth of 24.6 km (15.3 miles), the quake hit at 20:49:12 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 54 km (33 miles) South from Adak, Alaska
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Chinese navy holds drills as protests against Japan intensify

Karachi protesters attempt to reach US consulate

Australia Muslim protest turns violent, police dog bites man

US arms sales spike to record levels, Gulf leading buyer

Mass arrests at anti-US protest in Antwerp

Spaniards swarm Madrid for rally

Militants launch attack in Egypt's Sinai

Sept. 16 - Insurgents raid a security building in Egypt's troubled Sinai peninsula. Andrew Raven reports

Iran on brink of nuclear bomb in six-seven months: Netanyahu

(Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that Iran was just six to seven months away from the brink of being able to build a nuclear bomb, adding urgency to his demand that President Barack Obama set a "red line" for Tehran in what could deepen the worst U.S.-Israeli rift in decades.

Taking to the television airwaves to make his case directly to the American public, Netanyahu said that by mid-2013 Iran would be "90 percent of the way" toward enough enriched uranium for a weapon. He again urged the United States to spell out limits that Tehran must not cross if it is to avoid military action - something Obama has refused to do.

"You have to place that red line before them now, before it's too late," Netanyahu said on NBC's "Meet the Press" program, adding that such a U.S. move could reduce the chances of having to attack Iran's nuclear sites. Read More

Western embassies edgy as Muslim anger simmers

(Reuters) - Western embassies across the Muslim world remained on high alert on Sunday and the United States urged vigilance after days of anti-American violence provoked by a video mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

The head of Libya's national assembly said an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last Tuesday looked like a planned assault by a "group with an agenda" rather than a spontaneous reaction to the video posted online.

With protests against the film continuing from London to Lahore on Sunday, Western diplomatic missions were on edge. Germany followed the U.S. lead and withdrew some staff from its embassy in Sudan, which was stormed on Friday.

Washington ordered non-essential staff and family members to leave its embassy on Saturday after the Khartoum government turned down a U.S. request to send Marines to bolster security. Read More

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4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR at a depth of 51.1 km (31.8 miles), the quake hit at 18:33:27 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 91 km (56 miles) South of La Libertad, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Total Chaos in China as angry Chinese destroy everything Japanese over Senkaku / Diaoyu islands dispute

This weekend Japanese (and other) businesses in China have been the victims of a spate of arson attacks as well as vandalism and looting as anti-Japan protests have escalated to record levels since Japan and China established diplomatic ties in 1972.

The current series of protests are a response to the Japanese government purchasing the disputed Senkaku Islands from the previous owners, the Kuihara family. Some say that the government’s move was to stop further tensions that could be created if outspoken and controversial Tokyo governor, Shintaro Ishihara, succeeded in purchasing the uninhabited islands.

The move, however, was unable to stop a flood of demonstrators in several locations in major cities of China to take to the street. As usual in protests of this size and nature a certain segment which enjoys the destruction of Japanese made products (often owned by Chinese people) and businesses (often owned and staffed by Chinese people) appears.

Yet this time the level of damage as reached previously unseen heights as entire factories, car dealerships, department stores and supermarkets were set ablaze, smashed, broken into and looted.

The impact this will have on Japanese businesses in China is still unclear but likely to be disastrous. more info and frightening photos here

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NIAS REGION, INDONESIA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the NIAS REGION, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 16:17:24 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 107 km (66.3 miles) Southwest of Gunung stoli, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 15:32:55 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 279 km (172.9 miles) South of Muncar, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck the VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 70 km (43.5 miles), the quake hit at 14:52:08 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 97 km (60 miles) North from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck the REYKJANES RIDGE at a depth of 300 km (186 miles), the quake hit at 14:30:37 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 877 km (543.8 miles) Southwest of Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík, Iceland
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 13:13:29 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 265 km (164 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran’s covert nuclear weapons programme.

Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world’s petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south. Read More

"Al Qaeda-led Salafis" hit three Egyptian Sinai bases, down Egyptian chopper

Salafi Bedouin and al Qaeda bands Sunday, Sept 16, expanded their Sinai offensive to three Egyptian bases along a 70-kilometer front three days after they raided the US-led Multinational Force base south of El Arish in northern Sinai and hoisted the black Islamist flag. debkafile’s military sources report that at dawn, a small group managed to creep up to the northern Sinai Egyptian command center in al Arish and plant a large bomb against its walls. Because of the total Egyptian blackout on the episode, there is no information on casualties or damage.

The explosion was followed by a horde of heavily armed gunmen firing rocket grenades and heavy machine guns swooping on the center and seizing the rooftops of surrounding buildings to pin down the Egyptian commanders inside the compound. By the end of the day, the Salafi-al Qaeda gangs were in control of El Arish, the key town of northern Sinai.

At a distance of 40 kilometers, a fierce battle erupted at another site, Sheikh Zuwaid, 3 kilometers from the MFO’s northern base which was attacked Friday. The raiders captured the local school and took dozens of children hostage. Using them as human shields, the terrorists advanced on the local police station shooting anti-tank rockets, rocket grenades, automatic weapons and fire bombs. more

Libyan president: 'No doubt' attack 'preplanned'......Ambassador Rice: Libya Attack NOT Premeditated...

Libya President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf said Sunday that 50 arrests have been made in connection with last week's "preplanned" attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

"The way these perpetrators acted and moved -- I think we, and they're choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, I think we have no, this leaves us with no doubt that this was pre-planned, determined," Magariaf said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"And you believe that this was the work of al Qaeda, and you believe that it was led by foreigners. Is that what you’re telling us?" CBS host Bob Schieffer asked.

"It was planned, definitely. It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago. And they were planning this criminal act since their arrival," Magariaf said. Read More
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was not premeditated, directly contradicting top Libyan officials who say the attack was planned in advance.

“Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo,” Rice told me this morning on “This Week.” Read More

U.S. WARNED 3 DAYS BEFORE LIBYA ATTACK

Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- Three days before the deadly assault on the United States consulate in Libya, a local security official says he met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.

Jamal Mabrouk, a member of the February 17th Brigade, told CNN that he and a battalion commander had a meeting about the economy and security.

He said they told the diplomats that the security situation wasn't good for international business.

"The situation is frightening, it scares us," Mabrouk said they told the U.S. officials. He did not say how they responded. Read More

Anti-American Protests Amsterdam organised by Belgium's radical group Shariah4Belgium

SHARIAH4BELGIUM MAY ALSO BEHIND PROTESTS IN ANTWERP

According to Belgian media Shariah4Belgium is possibly behind the protest which happened yesterday in Antwerp. More than two hundred arrests were made when the protest turned into riots.

This afternoon protesters have started turning up at the American Embassy in Amsterdam, at the moment only about a 100 have turned up, Police are at Location.

South African miners face crackdown


Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Police in South Africa used stun grenades to disperse a gathering of hundreds of people early Saturday in the Marikana area, in the latest crackdown on striking mine workers, according to police.

Hours prior to the dispersal, 500 police officers participated in a pre-dawn raid, recovering spears and machetes, said police spokesman Thulani Ngubane.

The tough measures follow an announcement by South Africa's government Friday that it will no longer tolerate illegal protests by miners.

"Illegal gatherings, carrying of ... weapons, incitement, as well as threats of violence against anyone in the affected areas will be dealt with accordingly," a statement issued Friday by the Government Communication and Information System read. Read More

Egypt PM: Some protesters were paid

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Egypt's prime minister said some of the thousands involved in days of protests near the U.S. Embassy got paid to participate, state news reported Saturday, the same day riot police managed to force demonstrators from the area. Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said "a number" of those involved in the tense, sometimes violent protests, which began Tuesday, later confessed to getting paid to participate, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency. He noted, too, that some of the demonstrators were acting on their own and weren't paid to vent their anger against the United States over an inflammatory anti-Islam film that was privately produced in that country. Kandil did not say whether the government knew or suspected who paid the demonstrators, according to the MENA report. Read More

Afghan insurgents were wearing U.S. Army uniforms when they carried out the sustained assault at Camp Bastion


(CNN) -- Afghan insurgents who staged a daring, well-planned raid on the military camp where Britain's Prince Harry is based were wearing U.S. Army uniforms, NATO said.

Six jets were destroyed and two U.S. Marines were killed in the brazen late Friday attack.

The use of U.S. military uniforms may be a new insurgent tactic. ISAF could not immediately provide CNN with previous examples.

Well-trained, well-rehearsed fighters carried out the sustained assault at Camp Bastion in Helmand province, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

About 15 insurgents organized into three teams penetrated the base's perimeter fence and did considerable damage, destroying six refueling stations and damaging six aircraft hangars.

The attackers toted automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and suicide vests.

They destroyed six AV-8B Harrier jets and damaged two others before the attack ended, the coalition said.

Fourteen of the fighters were killed and one was wounded and captured, ISAF said. Read More

Sydney Islamic protests have damaged Australia's multicultural reputation: Barry O'Farrell

AUSTRALIAN political leaders have condemned violent Islamic protests in Sydney as the "unacceptable face of multiculturalism" and warned they could inflame community sentiment.

They also said the protesters, apparently angered by an anti-Islamic film, were not representative of Australia's Muslim community.

But in response to the violence in Sydney, and to similar outbreaks across the world, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said he had asked all Australian diplomatic posts to “redouble their efforts” in closing the gap between Islamic and western societies.

Six men have been charged following the protests in which around 200 Muslims marched from Sydney's Town Hall to Martin Place yesterday afternoon before confronting police outside the US consulate.

Some protesters allegedly threw glass bottles and other missiles at police, forcing officers to use capsicum spray during the violence that led to six police and 17 others being injured. Read More

Germany orders embassy staff to leave Khartoum

BERLIN - Germany ordered some staff members to leave its embassy in Sudan and bolstered security at the mission in Khartoum after it was stormed on Friday by protesters infuriated by an anti-Islamic film made in the United States.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry in Berlin said the staffing levels at the embassy in Khartoum had been reduced, although she did not provide any numbers. She said additional security personnel was sent to protect the building.

The situation was tense at the embassy in Khartoum but calm at the moment, she said.

About 5,000 people protesting against the film that insults the Prophet Mohammad outside the embassy stormed the building on Friday and raised an Islamic flag above the mission.

They smashed windows, cameras and furniture in the German complex and then started a fire, witnesses said. Source

Nato airstrike 'kills eight women and girls' in Afghanistan

Eight women and girls gathering firewood were killed by a Nato airstrike in Afghanistan early on Sunday, according to Afghan officials.

The coalition says it believes only insurgents were hit. But villagers from Alingar district in the remote Laghman province, east of Kabul, brought the bodies to the governor's office in the provincial capital, said Sarhadi Zewak, a spokesman for the provincial government. "They were shouting 'death to America' They were condemning the attack," Zewak said.

Seven females were taken to area hospitals, some as young as 10, said provincial health director Latif Qayumi.

Nato forces at first said that about 45 insurgents and no civilians were killed in the attack. But spokesman Jamie Graybeal said later that they took the allegations of civilian deaths seriously and were investigating them, though initial reports showed only insurgents were killed. Read More

E Coli Infects 7 and hospitalizes one Child

A child has been taken to hospital after cowpats in a park caused an E. Coli outbreak.

Seven people, including five children under eight, have been infected with E. coli O157 from the same park in Birmingham in recent weeks.

The Health Protection Agency said the likely cause was cowpats and rabbit droppings.

The child has since been discharged from hospital and is making a recovery.

The HPA said the strain of the bacteria was often associated with contact with rural environments that may have been contaminated by animal faeces.

Sutton Park, in Sutton Coldfield, covers around 2,400 acres and is thought to attract around two million visitors annually.

Cows are free to roam around the park - sharing space with the public. Read More

40ft whale washes up at Arbroath, Scotland

Gareth Norman, area co-ordinator with British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), has questioned why so many whales are getting into difficulty and becoming stranded on the east coast.

Earlier this month, 17 whales, including three calves, died after a 27-strong pod beached on rocks between Pittenweem and Anstruther.

A second group of 24 pilot whales, thought to be from the same pod, was spotted in shallow water near Cellardyke but they later dispersed.

Attempts to rescue a minke whale, caught in netting off the Angus coast, near the Bell Rock Lighthouse, also ended in failure on the same weekend.

The latest dead whale was discovered by a passer-by on the beach at Elliot, Arbroath, around 8.30am on Friday.

Police were called to the scene, near Arbroath Golf Club, along with coastguard teams from Arbroath and Carnoustie and members of the BDMLR, who examined the carcass. Read More

Muslim group to protest over film outside London's American embassy

A Muslim pressure group that campaigns for an Islamic state with sharia law will protest outside London's American embassy on Sunday over a film mocking the prophet Muhammad.

Innocence of Muslims, which was produced in the United States and portrays Muhammad as a fraud, womaniser, homosexual and madman, has caused furious demonstrations worldwide.

Riot police clashed on Saturday with about 200 protesters at the US consulate in Sydney, Australia.

On Tuesday Chris Stevens, US ambassador in Libya, was killed when the consulate in Benghazi was stormed by militants suspected of using the protests to stage an assault on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which has previously faced calls to be banned, said hundreds of Muslims from across the UK would rally and demonstrate "in solidarity" with others across the world.
They plan to converge outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square at 2.30pm on Sunday. Read More

5.5 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 80 km (49.6 miles), the quake hit at 13:02:49 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 63 km (39 miles) West of Neiafu, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake REYKJANES RIDGE - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the REYKJANES RIDGE at a depth of 33 km (20.4 miles), the quake hit at 12:51:08 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 881 km (546.2 miles) Southwest of Hafnarfjörður, Reykjavík, Iceland
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Google rejects White House request to pull Mohammad film clip

(Reuters) - Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.

The Internet company said it was censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya, where U.S. embassies have been stormed by protestors enraged over depiction of the Prophet Mohammad as a fraud and philanderer.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in a fiery siege on the embassy in Benghazi.

Google said was further restricting the clip to comply with local law rather than as a response to political pressure. Read More

Clashes as protesters in Portugal demonstrate against tax hikes.

Sept. 15 - Police clash with protesters in demonstration against new tax hikes imposed by an EU and IMF bailout.

Anti-Putin protesters march in Russia

Sept. 16 - Riot police detain Russian opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov after a mass protest held by anti-Putin protesters. Sarah Charlton reports.

Sudan rejects U.S. request to send Marines to guard embassy

(Reuters) - Sudan has rejected a U.S. request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at the U.S. embassy outside Khartoum, the state news agency SUNA said on Saturday.

On Friday, around 5,000 people protested against a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad, storming the German embassy before breaking into the U.S. mission.

They also attacked the British embassy. At least two people were killed in clashes with police, according to state media.

A U.S. official told Reuters on Friday that Washington would send Marines to Sudan to improve security at the embassy, which is located outside Khartoum for security reasons.

"Sudan is able to protect the diplomatic missions in Khartoum and the state is committed to protecting its guests in the diplomatic corps," Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti told SUNA.

The U.S. State Department declined to comment.

Sudan beefed up security at some missions on Saturday. A riot police truck was parked in front of the deserted German embassy, which protesters had set on fire on Friday. An Islamic flag raised by the crowd was still flying. Three officers manned the main gate.

More than 20 police officers were sitting in front of the U.S. embassy. Read More

Typhoon Sanba slams Okinawa, Japan

Sept. 16 - Strong winds and rain batter Okinawa as Typhoon Sanba barrels across Japan's southern islands. Travis Brecher reports.

Tourist-bashing turns ugly in Berlin

(Reuters) - Tourism to Berlin is booming as never before and filling the debt-ridden city's coffers with much-needed cash, but not all Berliners are cheering the influx of visitors.

Some blame the tourists, especially the young 20-something "Easyjet set" who ride the budget airline to party through the night in the uber-cool, hedonistic German capital, for a host of ills from rising rents to noise pollution.

"Noisy tourists go home!" reads one hostile sign in the eastern district of Friedrichshain. "Berlin doesn't love you," say stickers plastering traffic lights in nearby Kreuzberg.

A gallery in an area known for its trendy bars featured for months a scrawled sign in the window: "Sorry, no entry for hipsters from the U.S."

"We've seen people insulted for looking like tourists or get disparaging looks," said David Schuster, an activist for a local leftist group that has launched a tourist-friendly awareness drive.

"There's some resentment that tourists party loudly or throw up on the streets," Schuster said. "I think many Berliners do too, but they feel entitled to act that way."

Berlin, now Europe's third most visited city after the more established magnets London and Paris, can ill afford to scare away the tourists. Read More

China struggles to curb anger as protesters denounce Japan

(Reuters) - Chinese police used pepper spray, tear gas and water cannon to break up an anti-Japan protest in southern China on Sunday as demonstrators took to the streets in scores of cities across the country in a long-running row over a group of disputed islands.

The protests erupted in Beijing and many other cities on Saturday, when demonstrators besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles and testing police cordons, prompting the Japanese prime minister to call on Beijing to ensure protection of his country's people and property.

In the biggest flare-up on Sunday, police fired about 20 rounds of tear gas and used water cannon and pepper spray to repel thousands occupying a street in the southern city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.

Protesters attacked a Japanese department store, grabbed police shields and knocked off their helmets. One protester was seen with blood on his face. At least one policeman was hit with a flowerpot. Read More

Panetta seeks closer Sino-U.S. ties as China military expands

(Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will look for ways to deepen U.S. military relations with China during a visit to Asia this week, even as he works to bolster U.S. alliances in the region as part of a strategic shift that Beijing views with concern.

Panetta, who arrived in Tokyo on Sunday on his third trip to Asia since becoming defense secretary, will discuss the realignment of U.S. military basing in Japan and expanding ballistic missile defense cooperation before heading to Beijing to try to deepen and broaden military-to-military ties.

He wraps up his visit with defense cooperation talks in New Zealand.

Senior U.S. and Chinese defense officials have made an effort to push their military relationship forward since it resumed a year and a half ago after a bitter break over U.S. arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing views as a breakaway province.

But despite high-level visits by top officials, relations between the Pentagon and the People's Liberation Army are marked by wariness and mistrust. Read More

Israel says U.S. must be firm on stopping Iran nuclear threat

(Reuters) - A senior Israeli official said on Sunday the United States should not wait for Iran to decide on building a nuclear weapon before it considers military action against the Islamic Republic

"When is the point at which it should be stopped? Just when the bomb is assembled on the tip of the missile and is ready for launch?" Dan Meridor, deputy Israeli prime minister with responsibility for nuclear and intelligence affairs, said in a radio interview.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who sees a mortal threat to Israel from Tehran, has hinted he could resort to war unless Washington and other world powers give Iran an ultimatum on curbing its uranium enrichment programme.

U.S. President Barack Obama has rebuffed Netanyahu's lobbying, opening a rift between the allies although they agree that Iran has yet to take the final steps of purifying uranium to military grade and assembling a warhead.

Tehran denies seeking the bomb, saying its nuclear projects are for peaceful energy and medical purposes. Diplomatic talks between it and world powers have so-far proved fruitless.

Speaking on Israel Radio, Meridor praised the Obama administration for its insistence that it will not allow Iran to get nuclear arms. But such shows of resolve must be emphasized, he said. Read More

Six troops die in weekend "insider" attacks in Afghanistan

(Reuters) - Four soldiers fighting with the NATO-led alliance were killed in another suspected "insider" attack in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the coalition said, bringing the total number of deaths this weekend caused by Afghans turning on their allies to six.

Four NATO-led troops were found dead and two wounded when a nearby response team arrived at the scene from a nearby checkpoint, a spokesman for the coalition said.

One of the six members of the Afghan National Police (ANP) operating the observation post with six coalition troops was also found dead, while the other five had disappeared.

"The fighting had stopped by the time the responders arrived," said Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for the NATO-led coalition.

Sunday's shooting took place in Zabol, a province where U.S. forces are based, according to a local official, who said the four soldiers killed were American. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake PAPUA, INDONESIA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck PAPUA, INDONESIA at a depth of 52.9 km (32.9 miles), the quake hit at 12:50:46 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 223 km (139 miles) West from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Spain And Portugal Hit By Austerity Protests

Tens of thousands of people have staged rallies in Spain and Portugal to protest against punishing austerity measures.

Demonstrators threw tomatoes and fireworks at the Portuguese headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Lisbon and two people were arrested.

In Madrid, buses transporting protesters blocked several major roads on Saturday before a march began in the Spanish capital.

The Spanish and Portuguese governments have both implemented austerity measures to prevent their countries from financial collapse.

Spain is stuck in a double-dip recession with unemployment close to 25%.

The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced stinging cuts and raised taxes to reduce the deficit and reassure investors.

That situation could get worse in coming weeks.

At a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Cyprus on Friday, Spain revealed it will present a new set of economic reforms by the end of September - raising concerns it might ask for financial help from the ECB.

In Portugal, another package of recently announced government austerity measures could spark further angry protests.

One man was taken to hospital with burns after reportedly attempting to set himself on fire in the northern town of Aveiro. Read More

Bomb Blast Kills 15 Near Pakistan Border

A roadside bomb has killed 15 passengers in a van and wounded 12 others in north-west Pakistan, near the Afghan border.

Officials said they did not know who set off the bomb, but such attacks are common in the country's remote tribal regions, where militants from both Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are active.

The vehicle was hit in the Jandol area when it was taking people from a border village to the town of Munda early on Sunday morning, said Ejaz Abid, police chief in Lower Dir district where the attack took place.

He said the bomb was planted in a dirt road and apparently detonated by remote control. The injured were rushed to a hospital, where some remained in serious condition. Read more

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION at a depth of 81 km (50.3 miles), the quake hit at 12:04:21 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 88 km (55 miles) North from Settlement, Anegada, British Virgin Islands
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 08:25:43 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 53 km (32 miles) Southwest of Puerto Madero, Mexico
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck CENTRAL TURKEY at a depth of 17 km (10.6 miles), the quake hit at 07:54:16 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 10 km (6.2 miles) NNW of Imamoglu, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA - 16th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 06:07:26 UTC Sunday 16th September 2012
The epicenter was 593 km (368 miles) Southwest of Mohean, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time