Wednesday, September 19, 2012

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake LOYALTY ISLANDS - 20th September 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck the LOYALTY ISLANDS at a depth of 31.9 km (19.8 miles), the quake hit at 03:32:40 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012
The epicenter was 157 km (98 miles) NNW from Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Pamela Geller: Anti-Muslim Adverts To Run In New York Subway

The head of a group that has won its fight to run controversial adverts in New York subway stations referring to some Muslims as "savage" has told Sky News that she will fight "to the death" for the right to offend people.

Pamela Geller runs the American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI), which has taken out ads that read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad."

The posters are due to appear in ten New York City subway stations next week.

They were initially rejected by the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) because of the use of demeaning language.

But in July, a Manhattan court judge ruled that this was a violation of the first amendment rights of the AFDI and they should be allowed to run. Read More

US Links Al Qaeda To Libya Attack

Intelligence sources believe that the deadly attack on an American consulate in Libya was directly linked to al Qaeda, with a former Guantanamo inmate involved, according to US media reports.

Fox News said officials had revealed the connection on the same day a top Obama administration official called the assault in Benghazi a "terrorist attack", after it had previously been described as a spontaneous act.

America's ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other US officials died as rocket-propelled grenades were fired into the compound on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

A number of arrests were made after the attack, which appeared to have been an act of vengeance by an angry mob of Muslims reacting to an anti-Islamic film made in the US. Read More

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 20th September 2012

A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR at a depth of 77.4 km (48.1 miles), the quake hit at 01:51:15 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012
The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) South of Acajutla, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 20th September 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck CENTRAL TURKEY at a depth of 22 km (13.6 miles), the quake hit at 01:10:29 UTC Thursday 20th September 2012
The epicenter was 27 km (16.7 miles) Southwest of Pazarcik, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

US Navy's message on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" (And the Coming Crisis' Response)

The US Navy issued the following message today on Facebook:

"Today is 'Talk Like a Pirate Day.' We highly recommend that you DO NOT talk like a pirate." (Accompanied by the above image.)

May the Coming Crisis also offer a message:

"Today is 'Talk Like a Pirate Day,' and the definition of 'Pirate' remains highly subjective."

One should never let fleeting, fickle, and often over-estimated strength sap one of the humility needed to preserve the true victories of justice and truth. 

Tyranny and hubris, and not armies, are what ultimately hand empires their defeats.

"Iranian Quds Force poses threat to U.S. homeland": Fact or fiction?

Iran’s extremist militias and their proxies were behind a recent string of terror attacks against Israeli diplomatic targets around the globe and might seek to strike the United States, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday.

“We have seen an uptick in operational activity by the Quds Force over the last year or so,” National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew G. Olsen told a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Mr. Olsen said the Quds Force, the elite division of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for operations abroad, “poses a threat beyond the immediate [Middle East] region,” including to the U.S. homeland.

He cited the federal prosecution last year of a senior member of the force for involvement in a failed plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. by bombing a Washington restaurant.

Quds Force operatives had been involved in anti-Israeli attacks and plots as far afield as India and Georgia, he said.

The Quds Force and the Lebanese Shiite extremist militia Hezbollah, which the Iranians have used as a proxy for terror attacks in the past, are “a significant source of concern for us,” added Kevin L. Perkins, associate deputy director of the FBI. more

Wayne Watson Wins $7M In ‘Popcorn Lung’ Case: Your Food is Killing You

A Centennial man has won a $7 million verdict in the so-called “microwave popcorn lung” case.

59-year-old Wayne Watson had sued the manufacturer Gilster-Mary Lee, also Kroger and Dillon Foods.

He had purchased the popcorn at King Soopers.

Watson’s attorneys claimed there should have been a warning on the label. But lawyers for the supermarket chain responded saying they “might have well have warned that there are aliens popping out of the bags because there’s just as much support for that.”

Watson was diagnosed with respiratory problems in 2007 after years of inhaling the smell of artificial butter on the microwaved popcorn he would eat daily.

“Who would ever reasonably think that popping popcorn in your own home, no matter how it’s packaged or processed, would all of a sudden turn into an agent for toxic lung disease,” Watson told CBS4 in 2010. more

Second person in Vermont dies of fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes

A second Vermonter has died from the eastern equine encephalitis, a rare and potentially fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes, Health Department officials confirmed on Tuesday.

Scott Sgorbati, 49, of Sudbury, died within the last few days after fighting the virus for several weeks.

Two weeks ago, Richard Hollis Breen, 87, of Brandon died of EEE, after being sick with the disease for five days.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen on Tuesday offered condolences to the families of both men and reminded Vermonters that EEE is a very rare virus. On average there are only six cases a year nationwide, he said. About one-third of the people with severe EEE die from the disease. Many of those who survive have mild to severe disabilities.

“What’s important right now is that Vermonters are aware of EEE and take steps to avoid exposure,” he said, such as limiting time outdoors at dawn and dusk, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants outside and using insect repellents labeled as being effective against mosquitoes.

Efforts to control mosquitoes in Brandon and Whiting are working, but it doesn’t eliminate the threat of EEE, the Health Department said. more


Let's raise a glass to the 47%! The $105,000 champagne tower featured at lavish Obama fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce


Nigerian Benefit fraudster who claimed he earned just £700 a month as minicab driver in London owned £1million mansion in Africa

A minicab driver who claimed he was earning just £700 a month but was living a luxury of life in his Nigerian mansion, has been ordered to pay almost £1.2million.

Ovo Mayomi and his wife Juliet Ubiribo were convicted of fraud in 2010 after using an identity and immigration scam to falsely claim £43,000 in benefits.

Mayomi, 44, claimed he was earning £700 a month and was living in Croydon, south London, while his wife, 32, claimed benefits after telling benefit bosses she was a single mother and a victim of domestic violence.

But fraud investigators found Mayomi and his wife were actually living in a large luxurious house in Lekki near the Nigerian capital Lagos worth more than £1million complete with chandeliers and £89,000 worth of sound equipment. He also had a £25,000 watch. His wife wore a Rolex watch and drove a Mercedes Sport Coupi.

Now a judge has ordered Mayomi to pay £1,197,743.54 in a confiscation order under the Proceeds Of Crime Act, or go to prison for six years. Read More

Benefit cheat asylum seeker from Sierra Leone stole more than £180,000 while holding down two jobs

A benefit cheat asylum seeker from Sierra Leone fraudulently stole more than £180,000 in benefits while holding down two jobs.

In a scam carried out over nine years, Fanta Sesay pocketed £20,800 in income support, £121,000 in housing benefit and £38,700 in child tax credits between 2005 and her arrest in April this year.

Not legally entitled to work, the Sierra Leone national gave a false name, National Insurance number and date of birth in order to work as a nursing assistant at Homerton Hospital and at St Thomas’ Hospital in South London, earning more than £240,000 from her employment.

In total the 41-year-old of Plaistow, London falsely claimed more than £420,000 in what Judge Lindsay Burn said was a ‘very serious fraud’ and sentenced her to 28 months jail.
He said in Inner London Crown Court: ‘Many members of the public would be concerned that a person who was caring for them had got the job under a false identity.’ Read More

The Federal Reserve, a Privately Owned Banking Cartel, Has Been Given Police Powers, with Glock 22s and Patrol Cars

By mid morning today, as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched around the perimeter of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, all signs that an FRPD (Federal Reserve Police Department) existed had disappeared. The FRPD patrol cars and law enforcement officers had been replaced by NYPD patrol cars and officers. That decision may have been made to keep from drawing attention to a mushrooming new domestic police force that most Americans do not know exists.

Quietly, without fanfare or Congressional hearings, the USA Patriot Act in 2001 bestowed on the 12 privately owned Federal Reserve Banks, domestic policing powers.

Section 364 of the Act, “Uniform Protection Authority for Federal Reserve,” reads: “Law enforcement officers designated or authorized by the Board or a reserve bank under paragraph (1) or (2) are authorized while on duty to carry firearms and make arrests without warrants for any offense against the United States committed in their presence…Such officers shall have access to law enforcement information that may be necessary for the protection of the property or personnel of the Board or a reserve bank.”

The police officers are technically known as FRLEO, short for Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer. The system has its own police academies for training, their own patch and badges, uniforms, pistols, rifles, police cars and the power to arrest coast to coast without a warrant. They have ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and a recruitment ad campaign with the slogan: “It’s about respect and recognition from your peers. It’s you.” Source

Robin van Helsum: Fake 'Forest Boy' who claimed to have lost his memory disappears AGAIN (just as police prepared to sue him for £20,000 for cost of his care)

German authorities will not be able to sue the 'Forest Boy' over his false claim to be an amnesiac orphan and needed expensive care - because he has vanished.

Robin van Helsum, 20, turned up out of the blue in Berlin a year ago posing as a 17-year-old who had lived in a forest with his father for years until the man suddenly died.

'Ray' told the authorities that he had lost his memory after burying his father two weeks earlier.

He then lived in the city at the taxpayer's expense for ten months, until he was exposed as a fantasist in June, when his photo was circulated around the world and he was identified by his stepmother from the Netherlands.

Van Eslum had vanished from his hometown of Hengelo only days before his arrival in Berlin.
German youth authorities confirmed they would sue him for at least £20,000 - the cost of his care and searches to find his family. Read More

Nick Clegg Apologises for breaking his election promise not to increase university tuition fees

The Liberal Democrat leader has apologised for breaking an election promise not to increase university tuition fees.

Speaking ahead of the party conference in Brighton, the Deputy Prime Minister apologised for supporting a rise in university tuition fees when the party had pledged not to support an increase before the last General Election.

It now cost students up to £9,000 a year.

In a new party political broadcast to be aired nationally on Monday evening, Mr Clegg said: "There's no easy way to say this: we made a pledge, we didn't stick to it - and for that I am sorry." Read More

China Cleans up After Angry Anti-Japan Protests

China was returning to normalcy Wednesday after angry protests over Japan's wartime occupation and Tokyo's recent purchase of islands also claimed by Beijing.

Beijing sanitation workers were using high-pressure hoses to erase the stains of paint bombs hurled at the Japanese Embassy the day before. Road blocks were removed, allowing for normal traffic around the embassy, and police shooed pedestrians away.

Japanese shops, restaurants and factories in China that closed to avoid being targeted by protesters were open again.

Large and sometimes violent anti-Japan protests roiled many Chinese cities over the weekend, triggered by the Japanese government's purchase last week of the disputed East China Sea islands. More demonstrations followed Tuesday on the 81st anniversary of Japan's invasion of China, an emotional remembrance that further stoked the outrage.

In Beijing, the bitterness spilled over to the nearby U.S. Embassy, with around 50 protestors surrounding the car of U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke and trying to block him from entering the compound. Read More

Study finds tumors in rats fed on Monsanto's GM corn

(Reuters) - In a study that prompted criticism from other experts, French scientists said on Wednesday that rats fed on Monsanto's genetically modified (GM) corn or exposed to its top-selling weedkiller suffered tumors and multiple organ damage.

Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said ra]ts fed on a diet containing NK603 - a seed variety made tolerant to dousings of Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller - or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet.

Experts not involved in the study were highly skeptical about its methods and findings, with some accusing the French scientists of going on a "statistical fishing trip".

The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The study was published in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and presented at a news conference in London.

The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group. Read More

Google Street View Camera Captures Man Aiming Gun at Google Car in Detroit

It would be so fun to drive around in one of those Google street view cars, wouldn’t it? Happily capturing the world around you so it can be carefully digitized and archived for everyone with an Internet connection to see. Except for like, when you drive through a rough urban area and happen to have a large gun pointed at you.

A Redditor published a screencap from a Google Maps street view camera today that shows a gaggle of young men and one woman hanging out on a front porch in Detroit. Innocent enough, except that one of the young men is holding what looks to be a shotgun. As the streetview camera drives off onto the next block, the kid aims the gun at the car.

Whoever said cartography wasn’t a dangerous job has clearly never been to Detroit. source

Thoughts: Not necessary in this case.

Israel military holds largest snap drill in years

The Israeli military on Wednesday conducted its largest snap drill in years as tensions with Iran over its nuclear program rise and civil war in neighboring Syria rages.

Military chief Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz ordered the exercise to test the competence and preparedness of several units in the armed forces, a military statement said. It called the drill in northern and central Israel "part of a routine inspection" that "does not indicate any changes" in the country's alert levels.

Tens of thousands of soldiers were mobilized for the exercise, including artillery and air force personnel, making the drill unique because of the number of soldiers and senior officers involved, several officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity, according to military regulations.

As part of the exercise, troops were dispatched by air from central part of the country to the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, captured from neighboring Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, the officials said. The drill ended with a live fire exercise in the Golan.

Israeli leaders have repeatedly said they fear Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and missiles might fall into the hands of anti-Israel militants during the fighting there. Israel is also concerned that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons. Tehran has denied such claims, insisting its nuclear program has no military component.

Israel has been warning of an Iranian nuclear threat for nearly two decades. The country's leaders have recently suggested they would be prepared to strike Iran's nuclear facilities unilaterally to prevent Tehran from acquiring atomic bombs. more

Lawyers protest Islam-insulting film, storm US Embassy district in Pakistan

Muslim Rage: Over 50 killed in 30-nation Islamic protest wave

Romney Secret Video: How I Would Bomb America

Further secret filming of Mitt Romney has emerged, with the US presidential candidate appearing to declare how he would carry out a terrorist attack on America if he was leader of Iran.

It coms after footage of the Republican secretly being filmed telling donors his job was "not to worry" about the 47% of American voters who back President Obama because they pay no income tax and depend on the state for healthcare, food and housing.

At the same donors meeting, held in Florida in May, Mr Romney said: "If I were Iran, a crazed fanatic, I'd say let's get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we'll just say, 'Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we're going to let off a dirty bomb'.

"I mean this is where we have - where America could be held up and blackmailed by Iran, by the mullahs, by crazy people. So we don't have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon."

The remarks made pundits raise further questions about his foreign policy credentials.

New films, posted on the internet by left-leaning magazine Mother Jones, also showed Mr Romney seemingly dismiss Middle East peace talks. Read More

Palestinians React Angrily to Romney's Remarks

Nigel Farage: The Cost of Free Speech in the European Parliament

Max Keiser: Global Collapse by April!

Debunking Money - The Way the World Really Works

US SHUTS INDONESIA CONSULATE AMID FILM PROTESTS

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) -- The U.S. temporarily closed its consulate in Indonesia's third-largest city Wednesday due to ongoing protests over an anti-Islam film produced in America.

About 300 members of the pan-Islamic movement Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia rallied Wednesday morning in front of the consulate in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province. Later, about 50 Muslim students protested, marking the third straight day of demonstrations there. Both groups called on Washington to punish the makers of the film, "Innocence of Muslims," which denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

The embassy sent a text message to U.S. citizens saying the consulate would be temporarily closed due to the demonstrations. Read More

Xi Jinping warns Japan over East China Sea dispute

China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, has said that Japan should "rein in its behaviour" and stop undermining Chinese sovereignty, state media have reported.

His comments follow days of sometimes violent anti-Japanese protests in China over a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Mr Xi said that Tokyo's purchase of the islands from private owners last week was a "farce", Xinhua reported.

The move triggered a wave of protests across China.

In some cities on Tuesday, Japanese shops and businesses were attacked amid heightened tension on the anniversary of an incident in 1931 which led to Japan's invasion of north-east China.

Thousands of protesters chanted slogans outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing as riot police lined the streets. Read More

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake TIMOR REGION - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the TIMOR REGION at a depth of 35.3 km (21.9 miles), the quake hit at 10:45:39 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 20 km (12 miles) SSE of Popnam, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Beijing security tight after anti-Japan protests

Sept. 19 - China moves to snuff out anti-Japan protests after days of angry demonstrations over a territorial dispute forced Japanese businesses to shut their doors. Sarah Charlton reports.

Georgian jail torture video sparks protests

Sept. 19 - Georgians take to the streets of Tbilisi after video of the torture and sexual assault of prisoners was shown on television. Sarah Sheffer reports.

Russia says U.S. aid mission sought to sway elections

(Reuters) - Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of using its aid mission in Moscow to influence Russian elections, a charge likely to push relations between the former Cold War foes to a new low after Vladimir Putin's return to the Kremlin.

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a tough statement explaining Moscow's decision, announced by Washington on Tuesday, to give the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) until October 1 to cease operations in Russia.

The action appears intended to cut funding to organizations that Putin sees as a threat following his return as president in May after four years as prime minister, and extends what the opposition sees as a crackdown on pro-democracy groups.

"It's about attempts to influence political processes, including elections of various types, and institutions of civil society though the distribution of grants," the Foreign Ministry statement said.

It said Russia had also been worried about USAID's work in regions including the North Caucasus, where Moscow faces an Islamist insurgency, but did not elaborate. Read More

Topless Kate Photos: French Police Raid Magazine

French police are raiding the offices of the magazine that published pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge topless.

The raid comes a day after the Duke and Duchess won an injunction to stop Closer magazine publishing more pictures of Kate as she sunbathed at a private villa.

The injunction was granted after William and Kate took legal action complaining that their privacy had been invaded and that the photos could only have been taken from a powerful telephoto lens.

"These snapshots which showed the intimacy of a couple, partially naked on the terrace of a private home, surrounded by a park several hundred metres from a public road, and being able to legitimately assume that they are protected from passers-by, are by nature particularly intrusive," the French civil court, the Tribunal de Grande Instance, decreed in Paris.

The magazine - part of Montedori, a group owned by former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi - was ordered to hand over all its files of the pictures to the royal couple within 24 hours or face a €10,000 (£8,070) daily fine. Read More

Crowd attacks US ambassador in Beijing

A crowd of around 50 Chinese protesters surrounded the official car of the United States ambassador in Beijing, who escaped unharmed, a State department spokesman said.

The melee occurred outside the gates of the US embassy on Tuesday and security guards had to intervene to protect Gary Locke, 62. The protesters caused minor damage to the vehicle, a statement from the embassy said.

"Embassy officials have registered their concern regarding today's incident with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and urged the Chinese Government to do everything possible to protect American facilities and personnel," the statement said.

The incident happened on Tuesday, while large crowds of protesters were massed outside the Japanese embassy nearby, to demand that Japan relinquish control of an island chain claimed by China in the waters between the two countries.

The statement gave no details about the demonstrators who blocked Mr Locke's car, or what angered them. Read More

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck CENTRAL TURKEY at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 09:17:48 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 27 km (16 miles) Southeast of Turkoglu, Turkey
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Homeland Security Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition

Following controversy over its purchase of around 1.2 billion bullets in the last six months alone, the Department of Homeland Security has put out a new solicitation for over 200 million more rounds of ammunition, some of which are designated to be used by snipers.

A series of new solicitations posted on the FedBizOpps website show that the DHS is looking to purchase 200 million rounds of .223 rifle ammunition over the next four years, as well as 176,000 rounds of .308 caliber 168 grain hollow point boat tail (HPBT) rounds in addition to 25,000 rounds of blank .308 caliber bullets.

As James Smith over at the Prepper Podcast website highlights, “It is the type of ammunition and not necessarily the quantity that is troubling.”

Smith points out that the DHS’ acquisition of .308 rounds is of concern because they are set to be used by well-trained snipers.

“All of the sniper grade ammunition is being used by trained, or in-the-process-of-being-trained snipers,” writes Smith, noting that the math adds up to 135,384 potential kills for the snipers to make, using the 176,000 rounds of ammunition, basing the figures on the fact that United States Army and Marine Corps snipers in the Vietnam War expended 1.3 rounds of ammunition for each claimed and verified kill.

As this police training website documents, .308 caliber 168 grain bullets are the ammunition of choice for experienced law enforcement snipers. Read More

France is to close its embassies around the world on Friday after a magazine prints cartoons

France is to close its embassies around the world on Friday, in case of a backlash against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, according to a minister.

The cartoons have just been published in satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo in a move that is seen as likely to inflame outrage among Muslims who have already been protesting against an anti-Islamic film.

At least 30 people have died so far in demonstrations against the Innocence of Muslims film in more than 20 countries.

The last time Charlie Hebdo stoked controversy over Islamic issues its Paris offices were fire-bombed.

That attack last year was blamed on an edition "guest-edited" by the Prophet Mohammed that it called Sharia Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo's latest move was greeted with immediate calls from political and religious leaders for the media to act responsibly and avoid inflaming the current situation.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement expressing his "disapproval of all excesses". Read More

South African Mine: Rubber Bullets Fired

Police have fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd gathered near a platinum mine in South Africa, according to reports.

Police spokesman Dennis Adriao said the people had gathered illegally in an informal settlement near the mine owned by the world's number one platinum producer Anglo American Platinum.

"They refused to disperse. Police had to revert to tear gas and stun grenades and there was also rubber bullets fired," he said.

More follows...

Heavy rains lead to deadly landslide in India

RUDRAPRAYAG, India (CNN) -- The death toll in cloudburst that triggered a massive landslide and affected nearly five villages of northern India's Uttarakhand state, rose to 50 and about 20 people are still reported to be missing.

The cloudburst preceded by incessant rains led to a massive landslide in the state's Rudraprayag district caused heavy damage in the hilly region rendering almost 500 people homeless. Search and the rescue operations are in full swing in the cloudburst-hit area, but the official says rains have disrupted the relief and rescue work. Speaking to Asian News International in the state capital Dehradun, director of the Disaster Management and Mitigation Department (DMMD), Piyush Rautela said the rescue operations are in full swing in the region and also the basic necessities are being provided to the homeless people staying in relief camps.

 "The incident happened on September 13 and 14 which affected four to five villages around Ukhimath. Again there were incidents of landslides in the morning of September 16. From this incident, so far 50 bodies have been recovered, and 20 people are still reported to be missing. The operation to search the missing people is going on. Read More

Karachi explosions at market kill six

(CNN) -- At least six people, including a child, were killed in back-to-back explosions Tuesday at a busy market in Karachi, Pakistan, government officials said.

The homemade bombs were planted inside a garbage container and attached to a bicycle at Karachi's Haidari Market, said government official Roshan Ali Sheikh and Iqbal Kazmi, a spokesman for the city's emergency rescue crews.

At least a dozen people were injured in the explosions. Several nearby cars and shops were damaged.

Officials say there is no indication that the blasts were connected to recent protests against the U.S.-made anti-Islam film that has drawn condemnation around the world.

Haidari Market is about a 40-minute drive from the U.S. Consulate in Karachi. Read More

129 inmates escape Mexican prison near U.S. border

(CNN) -- Authorities in northern Mexico detained a prison director and two other officials after 129 inmates escaped from the facility through a tunnel, officials said.

The three prison leaders will be detained for 30 days during an investigation, Coahuila State Attorney General Homero Ramos told CNN en Español.

Local and federal authorities were searching for the inmates and U.S. officers were on alert after the prison break, which occurred Monday in Piedras Negras, across the border from Eagle Pass, Texas, and about 150 miles from San Antonio.

The inmates escaped one by one from the minimum-security facility, slipping out through a 23-foot-long tunnel, cutting through a chain-link fence and running through an empty lot, according to a statement from the Coahuila state attorney general.

The tunnel, which was about 4 feet wide and nearly 10 feet deep, began in a wood shop inside in the prison, authorities said. Read More

Egypt charges Coptic Christians linked to infamous video



 (CNN) -- Egyptian authorities have charged seven Coptic Christians living in the United States and a Florida pastor with insulting Islam and inciting sectarian strife for their alleged links to an online video that has enraged much of the Muslim world. 

 Egypt's public prosecutor announced the charges Tuesday, the latest development in the deadly backlash against the low-budget, amateurish 14-minute movie trailer produced privately in the United States and posted on YouTube.

 The clip from "The Innocence of Muslims" mocks the Muslim Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and killer. "Innocence of Muslims" was an obscure Internet video until September 11, when rioters, seizing on it, breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Protesters also attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Read More

Germany's big worry: China, not Greece

(Reuters) - Berlin, not Brussels, will decide the future of the ailing eurozone because Germany's economic power and its status as the European Union's main paymaster give it an effective veto over key decisions.

So it comes as a surprise to find that in Berlin's corridors of power, the main worry is not whether Greece sticks to its reform pledges or Spain demands an EU bailout.

As the world's third largest exporting nation, Germans are far more concerned about whether China loses its appetite for their machine tools and cars, or about what the famed Teutonic manufacturers should make in the year 2030.

Dominating the stage in Germany is the towering political presence of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Just over a year before federal elections, she looks unbeatable. Read More

China's Xi meets Panetta, wants better military ties with U.S

(Reuters) - China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping held on Wednesday his first talks with a foreign official since vanishing from the public eye nearly two weeks ago, telling U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta he wanted to advance ties with the United States.

Vice-President Xi's disappearance had prompted widespread rumors that he was ill or worse ahead of this year's five-yearly Communist Party Congress when he is expected to be named party chief.

"I believe that your visit will be very helpful in further advancing the state-to-state and mil-to-mil (military-to-military) relations between our two countries," Xi told Panetta during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.

Pentagon spokesman George Little called the more than one-hour discussions constructive and candid, covering issues ranging from North Korea to "the importance of the peaceful resolution of maritime territorial disputes". Read More

Rebels tear down Syrian flag at border post with Turkey

(Reuters) - Rebels tore down a Syrian flag at a border gate on the Turkish frontier on Wednesday as they battled to seize control of the crossing, and schools on the Turkish side shut down as bullets flew into the northern neighbor's soil.

Television footage showed Syrian rebels taking down the Syrian flag on top of a government building at the Tel Abyad border gate. The sound of sporadic gunfire could be heard and black smoke rose from parts of the building, which appeared to be a customs office.

It was not immediately clear whether the rebels, fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, had seized control of the whole crossing. Read More

Dan Hunt Found Alive

A British adventurer who went missing in Switzerland after taking part in the extreme sport of speed-flying has been found alive after a four-day search.

Dan Hunt, 33, began his flight in the Alps on Saturday with two friends but never arrived at an agreed meeting spot.

Mr Hunt, who runs an organic food shop in London, was eventually located after his family and friends launched their own rescue mission.

They raised more than £16,000 through an online appeal after his insurance money ran out, effectively sparking a race against time to locate him in the mountains. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ICELAND REGION - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the ICELAND REGION at a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles), the quake hit at 07:57:24 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) NNW from Akureyri, Iceland
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Gas explosion kills 26 in Mexico

An explosion and fire killed at least 26 people at a Pemex natural gas facility in northern Mexico near the US border yesterday.

Television footage showed flames leaping high into the sky during the blaze at a gas compression station near the city of Reynosa, a key entry point for natural gas to Mexico from the United States.

It was the third blaze in about five weeks at state-run oil monopoly Pemex installations in Tamaulipas, a border state that has struggled to contain the menace of warring drug gangs. Pemex's top executive said the fire appeared to be an accident.

Parts of the plant were reduced to a mangled wreckage of twisted, charred tubing, the earth beneath scorched black. Soldiers stood guard with assault rifles at the entrance.

Victor Barrera, a local subcontractor at the plant, said he was about 30 metres (100 feet) away when a pipeline exploded. "A friend just told me around 40 people who were working on the tank were burned when there was a sudden explosion. I didn't even have time to turn around, what I did was run to save myself," said Mr Barrera. Read More

EU foreign ministers reveal radical federalist blueprint

A directly elected European Commission president, more powerful foreign affairs chief, and new rules making it easier to adopt treaty changes are among the radical ideas put forward by 11 European Union foreign ministers.

The EU has reached a "decisive juncture", according to the final report of the 'Future of Europe group', which comprised the foreign ministers from Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Luxembourg. With the economic crisis and globalisation presenting an "unprecedented dual challenge", they said action had to be taken to "restore confidence in our joint project".

Their long-term vision includes suggestions – backed by only some of the foreign ministers – for a directly elected commission president who appoints members of a European government, and a European Parliament that has the power to initiate legislation. Some proposed that the role of commission president, held by José Manuel Barroso, should be combined with that of European Council president Herman Van Rompuy.

The number of European commissioners – currently there is one for each of the 27 member states – should be "addressed", the report says, with one possibility being to divide them into 'senior' and 'junior' positions. The paper also calls for greater cooperation between national parliaments and the EU assembly.

Meanwhile, claiming that "member states should not be restrained from further advancing in integration due to either lack of political will or to significant delays in the ratification process", the foreign ministers raised the prospect of allowing EU treaty amendments to be adopted by a super-qualified majority rather than requiring unanimity – though the changes would be binding only on those countries that agreed to them.

On foreign policy, the group – which was created earlier this year by Germany's Guido Westerwelle – said European countries could "uphold their values and pursue their interests successfully only if we stand united". They backed hte idea of a strengthened External Action Service – currently led by High Representative Catherine Ashton – with wider responsibilities in the areas of neighbourhood and international development.

The ideas paper added that a single member state should not be able to block shared European foreign policy initiatives. On defence, the EU's ambitions should "go beyond" pooling and sharing and include "joint efforts regarding the defence industry", such as a single market for armament projects and – according to some members of the group – a single European army. Read More

"Whoever controls Berlin controls Germany and whoever controls Germany controls Europe."

(Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924), Politician)
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"The year 1941 will be, I am convinced, the Historical year of the Great European New Order"

- Adolf Hitler
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"Whoever Dominates Europe will thereby assume the leadership of the world"

- Joseph Goebbels 8th May 1943
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"The hand of God is creating a new world & working miracles...We are becoming the United States of Europe under German Leadership, a United European Continent"
- Wilhelm II - 1940

Courts can hear case against anti-Muslim cartoons: French Prime Minister

Paris: French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Wednesday anyone offended by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo could take the matter to the courts.

But he emphasised France's tradition of free speech. "We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature," he said on RTL radio.

The cover of Charlie Hebdo shows a Muslim man in a wheelchair being pushed by an Orthodox Jew under the title "Intouchables 2", referring to a French film about a poor black man who helps an aristocratic quadriplegic.

"If people really feel offended in their beliefs and think there has been an infringement of the law -- and we are in a state where laws must be totally respected -- they can go to court," Mr Ayrault said.

He also said a request to hold a demonstration in Paris against the controversial US-made anti-Islam film which has sparked furious protests across the Muslim world would be refused. Read More

Chinese leaders may come to regret anti-Japan protests

(Reuters) - China's decision to open its streets to a wave of anti-Japan protests could end up rebounding on Beijing, which has emerged from days of fervent nationalism with eroded authority at home and fewer options in dealing with Tokyo.

The mass protests, ignited by a renewed territorial dispute, contained some criticism of Beijing as being too soft on its traditional Asian rival, creating pressures that could help push China's incoming new leadership deeper into a diplomatic corner.

China's likely next president, Vice President Xi Jinping, emerged days ago from two unnerving weeks out of public view, when he was apparently ill. Now he and other leaders risk being seen as hiding from a widespread hunger for Beijing to be tougher against Tokyo and other regional rivals.

"We think that the government is too soft and we want to show what we think," said Zhang Xin, one of the many thousands of protesters who converged on the Japanese embassy in Beijing over recent days to vent their rage. Read More

Australia: TEXT MESSAGE URGES FIGHT BACK AT MUSLIM RALLY

A highly offensive text message is circulating urging Australians to unite and fight back at a planned Muslim protest in Melbourne.

The message calls on non-Muslim Australians to join a rally to coincide with a planned protest against an 'offensive' Islamic film at Melbourne's State Library on Sunday.

There are fears of potential trouble with the message urging people to 'come ready for a battle for our rights and our land'.

The message even suggests the proposed clash could be worse than the violent scenes witnessed during the Cronulla riots.

It is believed the message, which is littered with highly offensive content, has been circulating for the past few days. Read More

EARLY CHRISTIANS BELIEVED JESUS WED: HARVARD EXPERT

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Some early Christians believed Jesus himself wed, a Harvard professor told the 10th International Congress of Coptic Studies, the Harvard Gazette reported.

Professor Karen King, who teaches at Harvard Divinity School, announced the existence of an ancient Coptic text on papyrus including the words: "Jesus said to them, my wife."

"Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim," she told the congress in Rome.

"This new gospel doesn't prove that Jesus was married, but it tells us that the whole question only came up as part of vociferous debates about sexuality and marriage.

"From the very beginning, Christians disagreed about whether it was better not to marry, but it was over a century after Jesus' death before they began appealing to Jesus' marital status to support their positions," she added.

The reference to an earthly partner for Christ is definitely not in line with what many Christians believe, but those common beliefs are undocumented, King stressed.

"The four words that appear on the fragment translate to 'Jesus said to them, my wife,'" the report went on. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck SOUTH OF JAVA, INDONESIA at a depth of 37.8 km (23.5 miles), the quake hit at 07:31:46 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 252 km (156 miles) South of Sidorukun, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has struck the KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND at a depth of 59.5 km (37 miles), the quake hit at 06:44:23 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 86 km (53 miles) East of Raoul Island, New Zealand
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR - 19th September 2012

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake has struck OFFSHORE EL SALVADOR at a depth of 70.7 km (43.9 miles), the quake hit at 04:27:02 UTC Wednesday 19th September 2012
The epicenter was 32 km (19 miles) SSW of Puerto El Triunfo, El Salvador
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time