Monday, October 8, 2012

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 9th October 2012

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has struck SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA at a depth of 111.4 km (69.2 miles), the quake hit at 03:30:35 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012
The epicenter was 199 km (124 miles) ENE from Coquimbo, Chile
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

2.5 Magnitude Earthquake WASHINGTON - 9th October 2012

A magnitude 2.5 earthquake has struck WASHINGTON at a depth of 4.5 km (2.8 miles), the quake hit at 03:00:53 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012
The epicenter was 15 km (9.3 miles) Southwest from South Cle Elum, Washington
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 9th October 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck TONGA at a depth of 35 km (17.2 miles), the quake hit at 00:30:20 UTC Tuesday 9th October 2012
The epicenter was 124 km (77 miles) ENE from NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 23:05:46 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 126 km (78 miles) Southeast of Saparua, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 34.7 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 22:26:09 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 156 km (97 miles) Southeast from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Gumi City Toxic Leak A "Special Disaster Zone": South Korea

Second strange UFO sighting in Draa, Syria admist the sounds of war, screams and violence in the background

Strange Sounds in the sky over Hertfordshire, England - 29th of September 2012



Thoughts:

Brb, changing pants. On a serious note, I'm unable to verify the authenticity of this, so if you're from the area, let us know if you heard it, or email your footage / sounds to us at thecomingcrisis@gmail.com. Worth investigating further.


Also, here is some similar strange sound phenomenon filmed in Florida in 2011:

Strange UFO sighting reported in Der Alzor, Syria



Thoughts:

I found it interesting that in an unrelated issue (or perhaps related in a way we don't know), you can hear the war going on in the background through the sounds of gunfire and mortar.

Mysterious Algorithm Was 4% of Trading Activity Last Week

A single mysterious computer program that placed orders — and then subsequently canceled them — made up 4 percent of all quote traffic in the U.S. stock market last week, according to the top tracker of high-frequency trading activity. The motive of the algorithm is still unclear.

The program placed orders in 25-millisecond bursts involving about 500 stocks, according to Nanex, a market data firm. The algorithm never executed a single trade, and it abruptly ended at about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

“Just goes to show you how just one person can have such an outsized impact on the market,” said Eric Hunsader, head of Nanex and the No. 1 detector of trading anomalies watching Wall Street today. “Exchanges are just not monitoring it.” more

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Attacks From Gaza

Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli territory on Monday, causing no casualties but some property damage, after an Israeli airstrike in southern Gaza on Sunday killed one Palestinian and wounded at least nine others.

Israeli warplanes responded immediately, striking a number of rocket-launching squads as they fired toward Israel, according to the military, and hitting several facilities belonging to Hamas, the Islamic group that controls Gaza. The military said the sites were being used to store weapons.

Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, said that five Palestinians were wounded in the strikes on Monday, one of them seriously.

The latest flare-up began with a missile strike on Sunday against two men who Israel said were members of jihadist groups involved in terrorist activity against Israel. Some Palestinian news outlets identified them as radical Salafi militants. Gaza medical officials said that the two, who were struck while riding on a motorcycle, were critically wounded, and that one later died. They said that at least eight passers-by were also wounded in the strike. more

Suicide bomber attacks Syrian security compound

BEIRUT (AP) -- A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a compound of the Syrian intelligence on the outskirts of Damascus on Monday, a Syrian official said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties in the blast in Harasta, a suburb of the nation's capital, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The blast could be heard across Damascus and was followed by armed clashes, said the pro-government TV station Al-Ikhbariya. Ambulances and fire trucks were seen driving to the scene.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad are increasingly targeting security compounds and symbols of the regime in Damascus. Read More

Nigerian army fires on civilians in Maiduguri, 30 dead

(AGI) Abuja, Oct 8 - The Nigerian army fired indiscriminately on residents in Maiduguri, capital of the north-eastern state of Borno, killing at least 30 civilians.

Several witnesses reported the incident, attributing the army's reaction to an attack on a patrol which occurred some hours before in which two soldiers were wounded. After the reprisal, some witnesses raccounted, the soldiers savagely attacked inhabitants in the area, burning around fifty houses.

"The soldiers," a witness of the slaughter said, "arrived in our neighborhood and began to attack us, shooting at anyone they saw." Military authorities in the area have not issued any statement. Maiduguri is the city where Boko Haram, the Islamic fundamentalist group, first started and spread. The group has been responsible in 2012 alone for the deaths of at least 600 persons. . . Source

700000 travellers 'at risk of typhoid due to dud jab'

Manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur MSD has recalled 16 batches of its Typhim Vi vaccine - some 88 per cent of its stock - after tests found some of it was too weak.

The “reduced potency” shots could have been given to anyone immunised since January 2011.

The firm last night emphasised that defective doses of the vaccine itself were not dangerous.

However, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which regulates drugs, said it could mean up to 729,606 had received weak vaccine.

This would mean they were more exposed to the bacterial infection that causes typhoid, than they thought. Read More

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake KASHMIR-XIZANG BORDER REGION - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the KASHMIR-XIZANG BORDER REGION at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 17:46:22 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 147 km (91.1 miles) North of Uttarkashi, India
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

'Gaddafi regime beacon of light compared to current govt'

Peace Ads Go Up Next to Anti-Islamic Ads

Euro zone launches bailout fund, says Spain doesn't need help

(Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers launched their permanent 500 billion euro bailout fund on Monday but said Spain, the country widely expected to be first to draw on it, was taking steps to overhaul its economy and did not need a bailout for now.

Arriving at a meeting in Luxembourg also set to discuss Greece and differences over how to recapitalise Europe's wobbly banks, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Madrid had made clear it wanted no assistance.

"Spain needs no aid program. Spain is doing everything necessary, in fiscal policy, in structural reforms," he told reporters as he arrived for a gathering that will also discuss plans to establish a single supervisor for euro zone banks.

"Spain has a problem with its banks as a consequence of the real estate bubble of the past years," he said. "That's why Spain is getting (EU) help with banking recapitalization." Read More

At least four dead in blast in Southern Afghanistan

Oct. 8 - At least four Afghan intelligence officers were been killed in a bomb blast in Helmand Province. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

Romney says he would seek to arm Syrian rebels

Oct. 8 - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney vows to pursue a more aggressive policy toward the Middle East, including arming Syrian rebels. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Voyager 1 has exited our solar system to become the first man-made object to reach deep space

Deep space probe Voyager 1 is showing new signs that it may have exited our solar system, which would make it the first man-made object to reach deep space.

Nasa is yet to make any announcement about what would be one of the most significant achievements in space exploration, but observers say new data from the spacecraft is evidence it may have crossed over.

If the signs are correct, it would mark a historic moment in the history of space exploration and could herald a new era of interstellar exploration.

Nasa scientists have said that they would need to observe three things to be certain that Voyager has actually travelled across the edge of our solar system:

  • An increase in high-energy cosmic rays originating from outside our solar system;
  • A drop in the level of lower-energy charged particles coming from our sun;
  • And a change in the direction of the magnetic field detected by the spacecraft.

Michael Jones Found Dead on Greenwich Village street corner with ear cut off after brutal stabbing

A football coach was found dead in New York after a brutal stabbing which left the victim's severed ear lying feet away from him on the pavement.

Michael Jones, 25, from a village near Southport, Lancashire, was stabbed multiple times through both the neck and chest in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Mr Jones, who worked for the New York Red Bulls, one of the leading teams in US Major League Soccer, had moved to America five years ago to pursue his dream as a football coach.

Before moving to the US, Mr Jones, originally from Tarleton, played for local football teams Tarleton Corinthians and Hesketh Bank FC. He studied at Edge Hill university in Lancashire.

Friends have described him as 'a great guy who would do no harm.' Read More

Powerful magnets that cause cells to 'self-destruct' hailed as new weapon in fight against cancer

Magnets that cause tumours to 'self-destruct' could be a revolutionary new weapon in the fight against cancer.

Scientists in South Korea have developed the method, which uses a magnetic field to trigger the cells to effectively kill themselves.

The researchers have demonstrated that the process works in bowel cancer cells and living laboratory fish.

They now plan to test the technique on a range of cancers to see if it can destroy other tumours.

Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, as it is known, is one of the body's ways of getting rid of old, faulty or infected cells.

In response to certain signals, the doomed cell shrinks and breaks into fragments. These are then engulfed and consumed by amoeba-like immune cells. Read More

More than 400 €1million homes put on the market in Paris since socialist Francois Hollande elected to power

France's luxury property market has hit a selling 'panic' as millionaires rush to flee the socialist government's looming tax hikes, a leading estate agent has revealed.

More than 400 Paris homes worth more than €1million have been put on the market since President Francois Hollande came to power in May - more than double the same period last year.

Many of France's super-rich want to escape to 'wealth-friendly' countries like Britain, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

The exodus has been triggered by a new higher tax of 75 per cent on all earnings over €1million - £780,000 - which will come into force later this year. Read More

Predictable Chaos: 'Libya ungoverned & ungovernable'

France to vote on controversial EU budget treaty

ObamaPhones Profiting ObamaDonors: Program to aid the poor lining the pockets of the wealthy

A wireless company profiting from the so-called “Obama phone” giveaway program is run by a prominent Democratic donor whose wife has raised more than $1.5 million for the president since 2007.

Last week a video of a President Barack Obama supporter in Ohio claiming to have received a free phone from the president—“[Obama] gave us a phone!”—went viral, prompting media outlets to investigate.

Since 1985 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has operated a program called Lifeline, originally designed to provide free landline phone service for low-income individuals. The government subsidizes telecommunications firms providing the service, and those firms also pass on costs to customers via the “Universal Service Charge” on their phone bills.

The program expanded to include cell phones in 2008. That change has rapidly increased the cost to the federal government—$1.6 billion in 2011, up from $772 million in 2008. The number of Lifeline beneficiaries rose from 7.1 million to 12.5 million during the same period; cell phones account for roughly half of that 12.5 million. Read More

THINK TANK: PATH TO IRAN NUKE WARHEAD 2-4 MONTHS

VIENNA (AP) -- Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to arm a nuclear bomb within two to four months but would still face serious "engineering challenges" - and much longer delays - before it succeeds in making the other components needed for a functioning warhead, a respected U.S. think tank said Monday.

While Iran denies any interest in possessing nuclear arms, the international community fears it may turn its peaceful uranium enrichment program toward weapons making - a concern that is growing as Tehran expands the number of machines it uses to enrich its stockpile of enriched uranium. As those fears grow, so does concern that Israel could carry out its threats to attack Iran's nuclear facilities before that nation reaches the bomb-making threshold.

In a strident call for an internationally drawn "red line" on what he said is Iran's move toward nuclear arms, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sept. 28 that the world has until next summer at the latest to stop Tehran before it can build an atomic bomb. Read More

Around 7,000 police to guard Angela Merkel for her visit to Greece, with additional Sharp Shooters on Rooftops....Because they all just love the EU

Major protests are expected in Athens on Tuesday when Angela Merkel visits the Greek capital. The first demonstrations get under way in a few hours time.

The German chancellor is visiting Greece to show her support, but many Greeks are planning to show their unhappiness about the country's plight.

GSEE and ADEDY, the two main union groups, have called for a three-hour walkout in the Athens metropolitan area to mark Merkel's visit. A rally in the centre of the city is also planned.

With less than 24 hours before Merkel arrives, the Greek government is working around-the-clock to prepare. Our correspondent Helena Smith reports that the security operation is on a scale not seen since Bill Clinton visited in the 1990s.

The public order ministry says some 7,000 policemen will be seconded to the capital in a security operation that will include frogmen being on guard in the waters off the Argo Saronic Gulf as Merkel is driven into Athens from the airport.

Roads will be closed off and hundreds of sharpshooters placed on the rooftops. Read More

Hacker Apocalypse Strikes World of Warcraft....Oooh what is the world coming to?



Tragedy has befallen humanity on many occasions. Vesuvius buried Pompeii in A.D. 79. Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune," according to Plato.

Terrorists have struck around the world. But what of the great World of Warcraft server hack of 2012?

Stormwind, jewel of Azeroth. Orgrimmar, the point of Kalimdor's spear. Both iconic World of Warcraft cities were struck by a mysterious plague that killed off hundreds if not thousands of players. You can imagine that the streets ran red with blood. (You'll have to; there is no blood in WoW.) Skeletons (the unmoving kind) were stacked high in the streets and buildings. The dead ruled World of Warcraft that day.

Blizzard instantly formed a crack strike team to investigate what was now called the “WoW apocalypse,” or the “WoW mass murder hack." The obvious conclusion? Hackers. Griefers of the worst order.

"As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. Read More

Turkish president says "worst case" unfolding in Syria

(Reuters) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would to do everything necessary to protect itself, while its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell fired from Syria flew over the border.

Gul said the violence in Turkey's southern neighbor, where a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad has evolved into a civil war that threatens to draw in regional powers, could not go on indefinitely and Assad's fall was inevitable.

"The worst-case scenarios are taking place right now in Syria ... Our government is in constant consultation with the Turkish military. Whatever is needed is being done immediately as you see, and it will continue to be done," Gul said.

"There will be a change, a transition sooner or later ... It is a must for the international community to take effective action before Syria turns into a bigger wreck and further blood is shed, that is our main wish," he told reporters in Ankara. Read More

Marseilles Police 'Corruption': 18 Suspended

Nearly half of a Marseilles police unit tasked with putting gang leaders and drug dealers behind bars is under investigation.

The number of French police suspected of involvement in a "deeply corrupt" unit that tackles gang violence has spiralled.

A further 18 officers have been suspended from the unit in Marseilles which operates in one of the toughest areas of the southern city.

It comes in the wake of the indictment of 12 of their colleagues on Friday on charges of extortion and drug dealing.

The latest suspensions mean almost half of the 70-strong Anti-Criminal Brigade in the north of Marseilles is now under investigation.

The case is starting to look like one of the most serious cases of police corruption in French history.

Marseilles' prosecutor has compared the corruption to "gangrene" in the police force.

Most of the officers who have been charged or suspended were arrested last Tuesday. Read More

Mike Jones Killed in New York where he was working as a working as a football coach

A 25-year-old British man who was working as a football coach in America has been stabbed to death in New York.

Mike Jones, originally of Tarleton, Lancashire, was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning, a spokesman for the New York Police Department (NYPD) said.

Mr Jones found on a street near 25 West 14th street, knifed in the neck and torso. His ear had been cut off.

Officers said he had been arguing with someone just before he was attacked, but it is not clear if he knew his killer.

Police are searching for a male suspect with a ponytail and CCTV footage has been released.

Earlier in the evening Mr Jones had been out with his girlfriend before they parted ways at around 11pm.

The coach for New York Red Bulls' juniors was declared dead on arrival at Bellevue Hospital, New York. Read More

U.S.-based rights group says draft Egypt constitution flawed

(Reuters) - U.S.-based Human Rights Watch on Monday urged Egyptians drawing up a new constitution to amend the current draft which it said did not adequately protect women and children's rights, ensure freedom of religion or speak out clearly against torture.

The constitution has to be approved in a referendum before a new parliamentary election can be held, but the process has been hindered by a tug-of-war between Islamists, liberals and others on the 100-strong assembly drawing it up.

The document is meant to be the centerpiece of a new democratic Egypt after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year and its successful drafting is seen as a litmus test for its new Islamist rulers including President Mohamed Mursi. Read More

New anti-government brigade trains in Syria

Oct. 8 - A new anti-government ''Jasmine Brigade'' trains fighters for a battle in Damascus, as amateur video purports to show heavy shelling and gun battles continuing across the Syrian city of Homs. Sarah Sheffer reports

Verhofstadt seeks federal Europe....What else would you expect from a Former Belgium Prime Minister

Oct. 8 - Former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt calls for a united and federal Europe as euro zone ministers launch a €500 bln permanent bailout fund to stave off the debt crisis facing the bloc.

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 14:19:36 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 115 km (71 miles) SSE of Saparua, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

EU in secrecy spat with U.S. over A350 funding papers

(Reuters) - The European Union accused the United States of breaching confidentiality surrounding the filing of economically sensitive documents on the funding of the Airbus A350 in the latest twist to a long-running aircraft subsidy dispute.

The EU's executive Commission spoke out on Monday after the U.S. Trade Representative's office confirmed a Reuters report that it had received the documents after requesting them from the World Trade Organization over a month ago.

It is the first time the funding of the A350 - Europe's answer to the Boeing 787 - has been drawn directly into the world's largest trade dispute and comes at a sensitive time as Airbus parent EADS prepares to expand in the United States.

"The EU regrets that the US government has disregarded the confidentiality of WTO proceedings by referring to the EU's submission of documents last week," EU Trade Spokesman John Clancy said, in a rare criticism of the United States for flouting secrecy protocol.

A U.S. embassy spokeswoman in Brussels declined comment. Read More

Turkey returns fire after Syria attack: official

(Reuters) - Turkey's military launched a retaliatory strike after Syria fired a mortar shell into countryside in Turkey's southern province of Hatay on Monday, a Turkish state official told Reuters.

It was the sixth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation against bombardment from the Syrian side of the border, where President Bashar al-Assad's forces are battling rebels.

The exchanges are the most serious cross-border violence in Syria's revolt against Assad, which began in March last year with protests for reform and has evolved into a civil war with sectarian overtones which threatens to draw in regional powers.

The latest mortar round from Syria landed 150-200 meters within Turkey's border in the district of Hacipasa at about 3 p.m. (1200 GMT), the official said.

Turkey's armed forces have bolstered their presence along the 900 km (560 mile) border with Syria in recent days. Read More

Matthew Woods Jailed for 12 Weeks for Offensive Facebook Posts

A man has been jailed for 12 weeks for making grossly offensive comments on his Facebook page about missing youngster April Jones.

Matthew Woods, 19, from Chorley, Lancashire, made a number of derogatory posts about April and missing Madeline McCann after getting the idea from Sickipedia - a website that "trades in sick jokes".

He also wrote comments of a sexually explicit nature about the five-year-old who went missing last week from near her home in Machynlleth, mid Wales.

Chorley Magistrates' Court heard members of the public were so upset about his postings that they reported them to the police.

A "vigilante mob" of around 50 people later descended upon his home address in Eaves Lane and the defendant was arrested on Saturday night at a separate address for his own safety.

Martina Jay, prosecuting, said: "When interviewed by police he fully admitted he posted messages about the two missing children. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 35 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 13:10:26 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 126 km (78 miles) Southeast of Saparua, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Turkey beats war drums as Kurds mobilize at Syria border

Palestinian teen brutally assaulted by Israeli police

Britons demand troops come home from Afghanistan by Christmas

New Rules Seen As Crackdown on Calif. Homeless

Ex-CNN reporter: US media pushing to sell war on Iran

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 34.9 km (21.7 miles), the quake hit at 12:20:52 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 118 km (73 miles) SSE of Saparua, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake has struck BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA at a depth of 11.6 km (7.2 miles), the quake hit at 12:18:47 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 56 km (35 miles) West from Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 61.3 km (38.1 miles), the quake hit at 12:00:54 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 154 km (96 miles) Southeast from Ambon, Moluccas, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck the BANDA SEA at a depth of 34.7 km (21.6 miles), the quake hit at 11:43:35 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 112 km (69 miles) SSE of Saparua, Indonesia
No Tsunami Warning Issued - No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Julian Assange's Backers Ordered To Pay Up

Nine people who stood as sureties for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange before he avoided extradition proceedings from the UK have been ordered to pay thousands of pounds.

The backers have been told to hand over a total of £93,500 by November 6.

Mr Assange has been in Ecuador's London embassy since June as he attempts to avoid extradition to Sweden.

He believes he eventually will be sent to the US to face questions over his whistle-blowing website.

Ecuador has given him political asylum, but he faces arrest if he leaves the embassy if he leaves the embassy. More to Follow...

Abu Hamza's wife 'should be kicked out of her £1m council house' now hate preacher has been extradited to the US, says MP

The wife of hate preacher Abu Hamza should be evicted from her taxpayer-funded £1million council house, her local MP said last night.

Hamza's second wife Moroccan-born Najat Mostafa, 53, has lived in the five-bedroom property for more than 15 years, bringing up the couple's eight children.

But most of them have now moved out, with just two living there according to neighbours in west London.

The former imam at the Finsbury Park mosque, who has been in custody since 2004, was extradited to America for trial last Friday. Read More

Mark Bridger weeps in court as he is charged with the abduction and murder of five-year- old April Jones

A former lifeguard wept as he appeared in court today accused of the abduction and murder of five-year-old April Jones.

Wearing black trousers and a blue jumper Mark Bridger, 46, stood in the dock of Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court as the charges were put to him.

As well as abducting and murdering April, Bridger is charged with the unlawful disposal and concealment of her body with intent to pervert the course of justice.

Minutes earlier about 100 people lined the streets, shouting abuse and heckling as Bridger's security van swept into a secure court car park. Read More

Investigators struggling to detect online virus Which Framed 2 Citizens for posting Mass Murder Threats online

OSAKA -- Police investigators handling cyber crime have been confused about the release of 42-year-old anime director Masaki Kitamura in Osaka Prefecture after he was arrested and indicted for posting an indiscriminate mass murder threat on the website of the Osaka Municipal Government.

Separately, a 28-year-old man in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, was freed in September about a week after his arrest on suspicion of posting a message on the Internet threatening to destroy the Ise Grand Shrine in the prefecture.

In both cases, police suspect a third party hacked into the men's computers and used an online virus to make the threats.

One investigator says, "Hard-to-detect viruses have been showing up one after another. It is difficult to spot the bugs among a vast trove of data."

Osaka Prefectural Police seized Kitamura's personal computer after his arrest, carried out file restoration and deployed virus detection software. But they failed to find any virus. Investigative sources believe a third party probably remotely controlled his computer and later erased the virus file after posting the death threat on the Osaka City website.

Meanwhile, Mie Prefectural Police uncovered a virus file in the course of an investigation into the 28-year-old man after browsing with the virus file's suspected name and succeeded in analyzing it in about 10 days. An investigator says it is almost impossible to detect the bug without the name of the virus file. Another officer says the man's computer was probably infected when he downloaded some sort of file. But the investigator says the police have been unable to pinpoint the route through which the message threatening to blow up the Ise Grand Shrine was posted.

Osaka police in January sent to prosecutors a case on a 28-year-old man in Matsubara in the prefecture on suspicion of creating a computer virus in violation of the revised Penal Code which has made such action a crime. He has become the first person arrested for allegedly producing a computer virus. Read More

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Drone flight shows Israel is vulnerable-Iran military official

DUBAI (Reuters) - The incursion by an unmanned aircraft into Israeli airspace at the weekend exposed the weakness of Israeli air defences, an Iranian military official was quoted as saying on Monday.

The Israeli air force shot down a drone on Saturday after it crossed into southern Israel, the military said, but it remained unclear where the aircraft had come from.

Jamaluddin Aberoumand, deputy coordinator for Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the incident indicated that Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defence system "does not work and lacks the necessary capacity", Fars news agency reported.

The Iron Dome system, jointly funded with the United States, is designed to shoot down short-range guerrilla rockets, not slow-flying aircraft. It intercepted more than 80 percent of the targets it engaged in March when nearly 300 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel, the Pentagon said at the time.

The drone was first spotted above the Mediterranean near the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip to the west of Israel, said military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich. An Israeli warplane shot it down above a forest near the occupied West Bank. Read More

Chinese tech firms Huawei and ZTE 'pose national security threat'

China's two top telecoms firms should be shut out of the American market because they pose a national security threat to the US, an influential Congressional panel has said.

The House Intelligence Committee warned in a report that American companies should avoid doing business with Huawei Technologies Ltd. and ZTE Corp and that US regulators should block mergers and acquisitions in the country.

The Chinese firms are among the world's leading suppliers of telecommunications gear and mobile phones.

Reflecting US concern over cyber-attacks traced to China, the report also recommends that US government computer systems not include any components from the two firms because that could pose an espionage risk.

"China has the means, opportunity, and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes," the report says. Read More

Tunisia protest turns violent

Oct. 8 - At least 50 injured in clashes between Tunisian police and protesters over controversial reopening of Djerba rubbish dump.

Deadly tanker explosion Kills 5 People, China

Oct. 8 - A gas tanker explosion on a major expressway in central China kills five people. Sarah Charlton reports

Euro zone to launch bailout fund with Spain in focus

(Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers will launch their 500 billion euro ($653.00 billion) permanent bailout fund on Monday, putting in place a major defense against the debt crisis that now threatens Spain.

The fund, called the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), will be used to lend to distressed euro zone sovereigns in return for strict fiscal and structural reforms that aim to put economies that have lost investor trust back on track.

It is part of the single currency area's drive for an overhaul of its economic structures and deeper integration, a discussion that will be taken forward on Monday with talks on an idea to create a single euro-zone budget.

Euro zone finance ministers, who form the ESM's board of governors, will hold their inaugural meeting in Luxembourg two years after EU leaders endorsed the idea of setting up such a permanent institution.

"The ESM will be operational as of Monday," said a euro zone official, linked to the ESM. Read More

Greek power workers to be charged after police disperse protest

(Reuters) - Eighteen Greek electricity workers will be charged on Monday with breaching the peace after police broke up an anti-austerity protest ahead of a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Those to appear before a prosecutor include Nikos Fotopoulos, the leader of Greece's powerful GENOP union, which has promised rolling 48-hour power strikes when a new round of austerity measures is put before parliament.

Riot police moved in late on Sunday after workers occupied a data center of utility PPC to protest against a deeply unpopular property tax collected through electricity bills that was imposed last year to shore up the country's finances.

"You've turned our life into hell and the country into a protectorate," the union said in a statement on Sunday announcing the occupation of the facility.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras promised on Thursday to maintain law and order after unpaid dock workers tried to storm the defense ministry. "I will not allow this country to become defenceless," he told reporters. Read More

European governments in race to save EADS-BAE merger

(Reuters) - Britain, France and Germany resumed talks on Monday to try to prevent a disagreement over state shareholdings wrecking a proposed merger of EADS and BAE Systems.

With just over two days until a 1600 GMT Wednesday deadline set by the UK, the aim is to make sufficient progress over the central issue dogging the talks to allow BAE Chief Executive Ian King and Tom Enders of Franco-German EADS to seek an extension.

BAE's top investor questioned the very rationale of the $45 billion deal.

Plans by Airbus parent EADS and UK arms firm BAE Systems to create the world's largest aerospace and defense company must overcome a knot of political concerns over security and jobs.

"If they can get the central issue of shareholding resolved, then there'll probably be some more time to tie up other issues like headquarters, weights on the board and other matters," said a senior diplomat following the negotiations.

"Otherwise, Enders and King have signaled they will pull the plug on the 10th". Read More

Cyber attackers target Iranian oil platforms: official

(Reuters) - Cyber attackers have targeted communication networks on Iranian offshore oil and gas platforms in the past few weeks, but their attacks have been repelled, a state official was quoted as saying on Monday.

Iran, the world's No. 5 oil exporter, has tightened cyber security since its uranium enrichment centrifuges were hit in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm, which Tehran believes was planted by Israel or the United States.

Mohammad Reza Golshani, head of information technology for the Iranian Offshore Oil Company, told Iran's Mehr news agency that a cyber attack had targeted the offshore platforms' information networks.

"This attack was planned by the regime occupying Jerusalem (Israel) and a few other countries," Golshani said, adding that Iranian experts were able to repel the attacks.

"Currently telephone operations on the platforms and in the areas of Iran's oil and gas operations in the Persian Gulf are normal and have no problems," he said. Read More

Jessica Ridgeway Missing: Hunt Widens For Missing Colorado Schoolgirl

Hundreds of police and volunteers in Colorado are due to spend te day searching for missing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway after detectives confirmed her backpack and water bottle may have been found.

The discovery by a member of public is the best lead so far in the hunt for the schoolgirl, who disappeared Friday morning from her home in Westminster, which is 12 miles north of Denver and has a population of around 13,000 people.

Over the weekend, an army of 800 volunteers worked with police and federal investigators to scour trails and hillsides near Jessica's home. Tracker dogs were also brought in to aid the search.

Then on Sunday a resident in Superior, over 10 miles away, reported finding a backpack containing a water bottle with Jessica's name written on it.

"Obviously, it gives the investigation something to go on," Westminster police spokesman Trevor Materasso told reporters.

Jessica usually met a friend at a nearby park before heading to school, but she never made it to the park or to Witt Elementary on Friday. Read More

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWESTERN IRAN - 8th October 2012

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake has struck NORTHWESTERN IRAN at a depth of 11 km (6.8 miles), the quake hit at 08:25:56 UTC Monday 8th October 2012
The epicenter was 36 km (22 miles) ENE from Tabriz, Iran
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

Gaza militants fire rockets into Israel after air strike

(Reuters) - Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip launched rockets at southern Israel on Monday in what they said was a response to an air strike that wounded two militants and eight bystanders on Sunday.

The armed wing of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist faction that controls the Gaza Strip, said it was involved in the attack together with members of the Islamic Jihad militant group.

Hamas has not acknowledged launching rockets and mortars at Israel since June.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed that some rockets had landed in areas close to the border with the Gaza Strip. There were no reports of casualties or damage, she said.

Gaza hospital officials said one militant thought to have been involved in the rocket attack had been wounded as a result of an Israeli response with tank fire east of the town of Rafah. Read More

George Osborne blocks mansion tax, but insists wealthy will pay more....But won't say How

David Cameron and George Osborne have both warned the wealthy that they face higher taxes before the next election despite ruling out a “mansion tax” and a new levy on overall wealth.

The Chancellor said that he was “going to have to ask the rich to make another contribution” but refused to provide any details on the extra levy.

The Prime Minister also warned that he was planning “further action” to “make sure the wealthiest people in our country pay their fair share”. Read More