Sunday, November 18, 2012

Qatada intends to sue UK for £10m.........When is it time to stop his bloody benefits and stick him on a plane?

Abu Qatada has told his family that he plans to sue the British government for £10million for ‘unlawful detention’.

The hate preacher has said he wants compensation for his ‘extended mistreatment’ after a judge released him from jail last week and blocked his deportation to Jordan to face terror charges.

Qatada was awarded a far smaller payout from the European Court of Human Rights three years ago after judges ruled he had been unfairly detained in Belmarsh high security jail without trial.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234924/Qatada-intends-sue-10million-says-family-Hate-preacher-wants-compensation-years-spent-bars.html

Bangladesh slum fire kills 11

A fire swept through a shantytown in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, killing at least 11 people, police and officials said. All the dead were children and women.

Authorities said the blaze burned some 700 closely packed thatched houses to the ground at Hazaribagh area of Dhaka, rendering several thousand poor people homeless.

Mizanur Rahman, a deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, said that they had recovered the bodies of six women and five children so far.

Many of the injured who suffered severe burn injuries were taken public and private hospitals.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/18/world/asia/bangladesh-fire/index.html

Empty Shops Rate Sets 'Alarm Bells Ringing'

One in 10 shops in UK high streets and shopping centres were empty in October - the worst figure since the British Retail Consortium's nationwide survey began in July 2011.

As retailers continue to battle against stagnating sales and rising costs, the new figures showed last month's town centre vacancy rate at 11.3%.

A fifth of store units are currently empty in Northern Ireland, while the rate for Wales is 15.1% and for the North & Yorkshire region the rate is 14.6%. Greater London had 7.6% of its units lying empty.

http://news.sky.com/story/1013208/empty-shops-rate-sets-alarm-bells-ringing

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS - 19th November 2012

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 04:09:27 UTC
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 03:09:27 AM at epicenter
Location
59.348°S, 18.310°W
Depth
6.5 km (4.0 miles)
Region
EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
Distances
468 km (291 miles) E (98°) from Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Israel Faces “Unprecedented” Cyber Attack over Gaza - min.

Israel had to repel millions of cyber attacks on government websites since the start of its operation in Gaza, Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper said citing an Israeli minister.

"This is an unprecedented attack," said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, who is also charged with overseeing internet security.

He added that Israel had "deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites."

http://en.ria.ru/world/20121119/177576471.html

Israel blasts Gaza police building on sixth day of conflict

An Israeli air strike levelled a police headquarters in Gaza City as the conflict between Israel and the enclave's Hamas rulers entered a sixth day.

The strike, which which hit just after 2:00am on Monday local time, completely destroyed the Abbas police HQ building, the second biggest police facility in Gaza City, according to the AFP news agency.

It came after the bloodiest day yet in the conflict, with 29 Palestinians reported killed on Sunday as Israel continued its attacks on Gaza.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-19/israel-gaza-conflict-day-six/4379648

Syria rebels say seized military base near Turkey border

Syrian rebels said they captured a large special forces base on a main road between the city of Aleppo and the Turkish border on Sunday.

No independent verification of the rebels' statement was immediately available.

Video footage showed rebels inside the 18 sq km (7 square mile) facility in Orum al-Sughra among tanks and artillery they had seized. At least 18 troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were taken prisoner, opposition campaigners said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/19/us-syria-crisis-compound-idUSBRE8AH0J520121119

Israeli missile kills at least 11 Palestinian civilians in Gaza Sunday

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 22:12:52 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 04:12:52 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
14.202°N, 92.398°W
Depth
37.5 km (23.3 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE GUATEMALA
Distances
40 km (24 miles) SSW of Ocos, Guatemala

We bail them out....So that they can go to Mars!

THREE skint countries that could bring down the eurozone are blowing £338million on a trip to MARS.

Basket-case Italy will shell out a staggering £278million on the project.

Riot-hit Spain — teetering on the edge of financial ruin — has earmarked £58.3million. And bailed-out Portugal — second only to Greece as the “sick man of Europe” — is spending £2.1million on the trip.

All three are members of the 19-nation European Space Agency — the EU’s answer to Nasa — which has “budgeted” £850million for the mission to send a rocket to the Red Planet by 2016. Spain and Portugal have also joined Germany to “fund studies” of a possible Moon landing in 2018.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4650879/Euro-lunartics-blow-338m-on-Mars-trip.html

MASSIVE ROCKET BARRAGE HURLED AT ISRAEL; HOUSE STRUCK


More info:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4308063,00.html

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JORDANIAN KING: "ISRAEL MUST CEASE ITS AGGRESSION IMMEDIATELY"

"DEADLIEST DAY OF WAR YET": CASUALTY FIGURES IN GAZA REACH NEARLY 700

Swastika and fascist salutes: Rise of neo-Nazis in austerity-ravaged Greece

The rise of a neo-Nazi camp in austerity-ravaged Greece is disturbing. A majority of the Athenians, apparently, are open about their allegiance to the Golden Dawn Party, with a symbol which has an uncanny resemblance to the swastika.

Fascist salutes by MPs and black-shirted vigilantes attacking immigrants are common in Greece. After a spate of attacks by black-clad men on motorbikes, immigrants are afraid of venturing in the streets at night. Significantly, immigrant street vendors from Asia and Africa are major targets.

http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13423248-swastika-and-fascist-salutes-rise-of-the-neonazis-in-austerityravaged-greece

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 20:01:26 UTC
Monday, November 19, 2012 at 04:01:26 AM at epicenter
Location
6.024°N, 125.884°E
Depth
126.1 km (78.4 miles)
Region
MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
Distances
21 km (13 miles) ESE of Lamitan, Philippines

'West aware nuclear Iran would be genuine crisis for global economy'

Gaza PRESSure: IDF spokesperson explains media center rocket attack

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake BIAK REGION, INDONESIA - 18th November 2012

Magnitude M 4.8
Region BIAK REGION, INDONESIA
Date time 2012-11-18 18:54:07.0 UTC
Location 1.99 S ; 135.12 E
Depth 24 km
Distances 138 km SW Biak, Indonesia

Palestinian Rocket Damages Car in Israeli Town

Hollande's popularity hits new low as economic strains persist

French President Francois Hollande's approval ratings continued to fall for a sixth consecutive month, adding more pressure on the Socialist leader to bring wealth and jobs for Europe's struggling key powerhouse, a survey showed on Sunday.

An Ifop poll for the weekly Le Journal de Dimanche showed Hollande's popularity fell by one point from a month earlier to 41 percent in November.

At his first major press meeting earlier this week, Hollande asked the French people to judge him on his long-term bid to address the country's economic and financial problems.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-11/19/c_123967024.htm

Clashes erupt in West Bank

Chalk, pencils... teargas? Italy protests at school

With youth unemployment more than three times the national average and Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity policies biting into education spending, high school and university students have moved to the front of anti-government protests

Secret Service investigates GIANT LIZARDS as 'potential threat' to Obama on Thailand visit

They are supposed to be prepared to handle most anything, yet a harmless lizard managed to scare the daylights out of U.S. Secret Service agents preparing a residence for President Obama's trip to Thailand.

Thai officials, however, reassured the U.S. Secret Service that the massive lizards found on the Government House grounds were not the dangerous Komodo dragons, but the harmless, lazy water lizards.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234474/Obama-Thailand-visit-Secret-Service-gets-scare-lifetime-discovering-giant-lizards-residence.html

The .22 Caliber Killer: 'Methodical' gunman behind Brooklyn store owner's murder linked to two other shootings

Police are on the hunt for a methodical serial killer responsible for at least three killings with the same .22 caliber handgun over the last four months. The .22 Caliber Killer's latest victim, New York City boutique owner Vahidipour Rahmatollah, was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed shopkeepers Isaac Kadare and Mohammed Gebeli in the same borough over the summer.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234794/Picture-22-Caliber-Killer-Methodical-gunman-Brooklyn-store-owners-murder-linked-shootings.html

Roberto Rivera arrested after police discover 'bomb making chemicals, explosive devices and assault rifles at his home'

Authorities have discovered bomb making chemicals and explosive devices at the home of a New Jersey doctor.

Investigators say they also found several assault rifles and other weapons on Friday night when executed a search at the Ridgewood, New Jersey home of Roberto Rivera, 60.

Police had initially responded to the home after receiving a report that potentially hazardous materials might be at the residence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234666/Police-discover-bomb-making-chemicals-explosive-devices-assault-rifles-doctors-home.html

Pasadena Police Helicopters Collide: Six injured as two police helicopters crash into each other in MID-AIR disaster

Church of Scientology 'paid $30MILLION to have criminal investigation into death of member dropped'

Controversial: The 1995 death of Scientology member Lisa McPherson led to protests in Clearwater, Florida

The Church of Scientology spent at least $30million to have a criminal investigation into the death of one of its members in Florida dropped by local authorities, a former church leader alleges in a new lawsuit.

Marty Rathbun claims the church used its influence to sway judges and the medical examiner in Clearwater, Florida, to stop investigating the 1995 case of Lisa McPherson.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234764/Church-Scientology-paid-30MILLION-criminal-investigation-death-member-dropped.html

HAMAS PREPARING SUICIDE UNITS TO ENGAGE INCOMING ISRAELI TROOPS: REPORT


More info:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-prepares-suicide-units-to-confront-israeli-soldiers-in-gaza/

EGYPTIAN PEACE TALKS COLLAPSE BETWEEN HAMAS AND ISRAEL: REPORT


More info:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/peres-we-have-received-no-truce-offers-says-hamas-must-cease-rocket-fire-before-any-agreement-is-reached/

BREAKING: UNCONFIRMED REPORTS COMING FROM ISRAELI MILITARY SOURCES STATE FIRST TROOPS HAVE BEGUN ENTERING THE GAZA STRIP AS INVASION COMMENCES


More info:
The Coming Crisis is working to confirm this report. There have been many skirmishes along the periphery so far, and it's difficult to determine if a full blown invasion is in effect. We'll keep you posted.

"God willing, only Palestinian children were killed": While the media and propaganda make out this Israeli / Gazan conflict is solely one of hatred aimed at Jews, here is the reality...


Matt's commentary:
And yet some anonymous IDF shills have the audacity to comment that the Coming Crisis is "anti-semitic", "biased", "helping the enemy" and "hateful". Israel is showing itself just as fanatical as Hamas. Not only were these children, but children away from the conflict. And yet some consider these individuals the chosen people? They'll be chosen all right, for punishment if they keep this nonsense up.

Huge fire rips through Dubai skyscraper

Massive waterspout caught on camera in Australia

More than half of Britons would vote to leave EU as Miliband admits that Eurosceptics can be right

The findings came as Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted that Eurosceptics were right on many issues and that Britain must take a 'hard-headed' approach to the EU's problems.

Reform was needed on the budget, immigration rules, state aid restrictions and austerity measures, he said, as anti-EU sentiment continues to spread through all three main political parties.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234772/More-half-Britons-vote-leave-EU.html

Israel special forces on the ground in Gaza seeking out hidden rocket sites, British paper claims


More info:
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-special-forces-on-the-ground-in-gaza-seeking-out-hidden-rocket-sites-british-paper-claims/

'Cured' Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe speaks of his hopes of leaving Broadmoor as he claims Jimmy Savile is innocent of sex abuse allegations

The serial killer, who was jailed for murdering 13 women, was taped at the high security hospital Broadmoor telling family he will one day be able to 'pop to the shops' on day release.

Sutcliffe, whose reign of terror spanned between 1975 and 1980 in one of the most notorious serial killer cases in British history, was also taped boasting about how many visitors and penpals, some as young as 21, he had.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234709/Peter-Sutcliffe-Cured-Yorkshire-Ripper-speaks-hopes-leaving-Broadmoor.html

Tens of millions of hackers target Israel government websites

More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime.

Typically, there are a few hundred hacking attempts a day on Israeli sites, the ministry said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-palestinians-israel-hacking-idUSBRE8AH0DL20121118

Funeral for children Killed in Israeli Air strikes held in Gaza

German pileup: 6 Killed

Video shows Nigerian troops shooting captives

A video obtained by Reuters shows Nigerian troops shooting unarmed captives in broad daylight by the roadside in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the bastion of an Islamist insurgency.

Nigeria's military has long been accused of human rights abuses, including summary executions, in the troubled north but there has been no video proof since the first crackdown on the Islamist sect Boko Haram in 2009.

A spokesman for the army said it was "impossible" for Nigerian troops to do such a thing.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-nigeria-violence-idUSBRE8AH0BC20121118

Petrified by the fiscal cliff? Relax, it's just a slope

The "fiscal cliff" sounds like a scary place. Headlines about "taxmaggeddon" are flashing on TV screens, next to clocks ticking down to January 1.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average has skidded more than 7 percent over the last month, largely due to concerns about the standoff in Congress over how to stop a barrage of tax hikes and spending cuts.

But some major investors say the doomsayers are getting too much attention and cliff watchers should relax a bit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-usa-fiscal-economy-idUSBRE8AH07I20121118

Gaza Family Wiped Out By Israeli Air Strike

At least 11 people have been killed by a strike on a home in Gaza, in the deadliest incident of Israel's offensive against Hamas militants.

The airstrike targeted the home of the Dalou family in Gaza City's Nasser district, reducing it to rubble.

Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra said five women, including one 80-year-old, and four small children were among the dead.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-israel-prepares-to-widen-offensive

HAMAS HAS BEGUN RETALIATORY COUNTER SHELLING OF FORWARD ISRAELI BASES

HAMAS REPORTS IT HAS SHOT DOWN ISRAELI HELICOPTER

EHUD BARAK: ISRAELI GROUND INVASION MAY BEGIN "SOON"

ANONYMOUS RELEASES COMPLETE PERSONAL DETAILS OF 5000 ISRAELI OFFICIALS AS #OPISRAEL CONTINUES

Massive explosion as Israel airstrikes Gaza

RT office in Gaza destroyed by Israeli airstrike

IDF rockets hit Gaza media center

Spain's police protest against next year's budget

'US, Europe complicit in Israeli crimes'

Israeli Rockets Strike Gaza Media Building

Gaza wakes up to more destruction

SUN UNLEASHES 'MONSTER ERUPTION'

A giant explosion on the Sun was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on November 16th, 2012. It sent a coronal mass ejection into Space but not in Earth's direction.

ANGRY CHINESE PROTESTERS OVERTURN POLICE VANS

Thousands of residents have protested in a southeastern Chinese city after a traffic accident, smashing police cars and overturning three police vans, police and residents said Sunday.

The reason why the protest sparked in Fuan city in Fujian province was unclear. One resident said people got angry because police and paramedics took nearly an hour to arrive to help the injured, while a Hong Kong-based human rights group said it was to do with corruption.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_PROTEST?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-18-01-30-48

Earn your haircut Greece is told

U.S. secession: Sour grapes?

Gaza Fighting back despite airstrikes

Gaza Conflict: Compare each side's firepower

Air raid, missile strikes Israel as CNN films

Israelis, Palestinians call for an end to Gaza violence

Gazans trapped under air strike rubble

Israeli air strike wounds journalists in Gaza

Nairobi grenade attack: At least 5 Killed

At least five people were killed when a grenade tore through a minibus in Nairobi's Somali-dominated Eastleigh neighborhood on Sunday, a Reuters witness and police said.

"I saw bodies ripped apart," the Reuters photographer said.

The force of the explosion tore apart the vehicle's roof and seats and shattered the window of a nearby cafe. Two other cars were damaged, the photographer said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-kenya-blast-idUSBRE8AH09Q20121118

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:48:09 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 11:48:09 PM at epicenter
Location
4.212°S, 152.377°E
Depth
164.7 km (102.3 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
22 km (13 miles) E (89°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:29:24 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 10:29:24 AM at epicenter
Location
38.151°S, 73.730°W
Depth
6.7 km (4.2 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
Distances
114 km (71 miles) NW (305°) from Temuco, Chile

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake PAKISTAN - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 13:25:25 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 06:25:25 PM at epicenter
Location
32.964°N, 69.748°E
Depth
35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region
PAKISTAN
Distances
167 km (104 miles) NW (318°) from Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan

Hundreds of New Yorkers pictured queueing for food at FEMA relief post as fall-out from Hurricane Sandy goes on

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that it will extend a program to provide temporary housing to New Yorkers displaced by Hurricane Sandy for an additional month (pictured: hundreds of residents impacted by the storm receive donated supplies on Saturday in Coney Island). The extension will allow applicants, whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm, to stay in hotels or motels until appropriate accommodations become available.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234643/New-Yorkers-displaced-Sandy-remain-hotels-provided-FEMA.html

Police hunt 'serial killer' after New York City boutique owner is the THIRD victim to be killed with same gun

Image - Murdered: Vahidipour Rahmatollah was killed with thre gunshots, but it seems nothing was stolen from his shot

Authorities say a New York City boutique owner was shot to death in the head Friday night with the same gun that killed two other shopkeepers in the same borough over the summer.

Ballistics tests matched in each killing, all of which occurred in Brooklyn shops with an '8' in the address.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234459/NYC-boutique-owner-THIRD-victim-killed-gun.html

'We're going to damage a lot of pigs' livers': Horrific boast of battlefield doctors who injure then operate on LIVE animals at Nato base to give NHS surgeons practice

On the most recent course near Copenhagen in Denmark, 18 healthy pigs were drugged, shot at close range and taken by stretcher into operating theatres where medics treated their wounds. But animal welfare campaigners have described the exercise as 'barbaric' and said using 'bleed-and-breathe' human dolls was as effective as conducting surgery on live animals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234625/Were-going-damage-lot-pigs-livers-Horrific-boast-battlefield-doctors-shoot-operate-injured-animals-Nato-base-NHS-surgeons-practice.html

Huge waterspout heads inland in Australia

Our Government WASTED £10m aid 'helping' Jordan take back hate preacher Abu Qatada

British taxpayers have spent more than £10million on Jordan in a futile battle to return hate preacher Abu Qatada to the Middle East state.

The cash, funded through Foreign Office handouts and EU grants, has financed a range of human rights reforms to try to bring one of Britain’s closest military allies in line with European standards of justice.

But last week Qatada’s deportation was blocked after a court ruled there was a real risk that evidence obtained through torture might be used against him.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234649/How-wasted-10m-aid-helping-Jordan-hate-preacher-Abu-Qatada.html

Secret MI5 dossier: Hate preacher Abu Qatada issued orders to kill British citizens after 9/11....And our Government STILL Won't put him on a Plane

Hate preacher Abu Qatada issued orders to kill British and American civilians after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a secret MI5 report seen by The Mail on Sunday.

The Security Service document has raised questions as to why Qatada – who the British Government has tried and failed to deport to Jordan – has not been put on trial in the UK for inciting murder.

The report is marked ‘secret UK eyes only’ and claims Qatada is the author of a fatwa that ‘encourages Muslims to take part in jihad against the West’.

The Qatada fatwa also gives religious justification to the 9/11 attacks in the US which killed 2,977 civilians.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234589/Secret-MI5-dossier-Hate-preacher-Abu-Qatada-issued-orders-kill-British-citizens-9-11.html

Flames engulf 34-story luxury high-rise in Dubai

Rescue crews in Dubai have evacuated a 34-story residential tower after a fire gutted portions of the building.

The blaze on Sunday charred the outside of the structure and send gray smoke drifting over a major development known as Jumeirah Lakes Towers, a cluster of high-rise apartment buildings and shops on the southern edge of Dubai.

Civil defense officials did not give immediate details on the possible cause of the predawn fire.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234694/Flames-engulf-luxury-34-story-high-rise-Dubai.html

Dolphins wash up on Gulf Coast mutilated with gunshot, knife wounds and missing jaws

Bodies of dolphins found mutilated with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws has launched an investigation by officials into the attacks covering the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a 'heads up' for officials to be on the alert for the barbaric attacks in waters spanning Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

'We think there's someone or some group on a rampage,' Moby Solangi, executive director of Institute for Marine Mammal Studies told the Sun Herald. 'They not only kill them but also mutilate them.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2234655/Bodies-dolphins-Gulf-Coast-mutilated-gunshot-knife-wounds-missing-jaws.html

Monti Faces Threat of Early Election as Berlusconi Party Rebels

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti faces a deadline today to reverse his plan to separate regional and national voting or risk a rebellion by his supporters that could force early elections.

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Liberty Party, which supports the premier’s non-elected government, has demanded Monti reverse his position favoring regional ballots in February with the national elections to follow in April. The party called for Monti to act by today.

The government failed to make a recommendation at a meeting of Monti’s Cabinet today in Rome. Monti will meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who has the power to set the elections, this afternoon to discuss the voting, Berlusconi told reporters today.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-15/monti-faces-threat-of-early-election-as-berlusconi-party-rebels.html

Israel Bombs Gaza Media and Government Sites, Warning of 'Expansion'

Israel pressed its assault on the Gaza Strip early Sunday, deploying warplanes and naval vessels to pummel the coastal enclave as Israeli forces widened the onslaught from mostly military targets to media offices and centers of government infrastructure including on Saturday the four-story headquarters of the Hamas prime minister.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled developments on the ground with a blunt warning that Israel was ready to significantly expand the attack, a possible reference to a much-heralded ground attack.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/19/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-conflict.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Syrian rebels capture air base

Israeli forces positions tanks on border

Divers Recover Body After US Oil Rig Fire

Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico have recovered a body in the waters near the site.

US Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega said the remains of the unidentified person were found by divers working for Houston-based Black Elk Energy, who were inspecting the platform.

Mr Vega said the Coast Guard would be turning over the remains to local authorities.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012985/oil-rig-fire-search-called-off-as-body-found

Facing austerity, Europe's bureaucrats chafe

The problem is that governments from Helsinki to Madrid are freezing spending or cutting it by 5 percent or more a year, but the European Commission has asked for a 6 percent increase over 2014-2020. An influential group of eight EU countries, including Germany and France as well as Britain, wants the Commission to save between 5 and 15 billion euros over the period.

The Commission argues that it has already made cuts. But in politics, symbolism matters, and numerous examples appear to contradict the claims of restraint:

- The European Parliament shifts its base once a month from Brussels to Strasbourg in France, at an annual cost of 180 million euros ($230 million).

- The European Council, which represents member states, is building a new ‘Europa' headquarters right next door to its existing marble-and-glass building, at a cost of 310 million euros.

- The European Court of Auditors, another EU institution, announced on November 6 that 4 percent of spending in the last EU budget had been "irregular", although this was largely due to mismanagement by member states.

- EU civil servants get generous health and pension benefits and free private education for their children in Brussels' leafy neighborhoods.

- EU institutions have cellars stocked with nearly 47,000 bottles of red, white and sparkling wine with a total value of 515,000 euros, according to a response to questions from German Member of the European Parliament Martin Ehrenhauser.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-europe-budget-pay-idUSBRE8AH03H20121118

Gaza: Israel Prepares To Expand Offensive

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced at a cabinet meeting that the country is ready to "significantly expand" its Gaza offensive.

The bombardment of Gaza by Israel entered a new phase overnight, with Israel shelling the Palestinian territory from the sea, as well as continuing its airstrikes.

On Friday, ministers decided to double the current reserve troop quota set for the Gaza offensive to 75,000 and 30,000 soldiers have already been called up.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-israel-prepares-to-expand-offensive

French same-sex marriage law sparks protest

Tens of thousands of people, joined by Catholic church leaders, marched in cities across France on Saturday to protest against government plans to legalize same-sex marriage.

Demonstrators, holding banners with slogans such as "don't touch civil marriage", "all born from the union of a man and a woman" and "one father + one mother for all children", took to the streets in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and other major towns.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-france-gaymarriage-idUSBRE8AG0IE20121117

Jordan's king hampered by lack of Gulf aid

Riot policemen stand guard as protesters from the Islamic Action Front and other opposition parties demonstrate following an announcement that Jordan would raise fuel prices, including a hike on cooking gas, after Friday prayers in Amman November 16, 2012.
Credit: Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

With protesters baying for his overthrow, Jordan's King Abdullah might be wondering why his fellow-dynasts in Gulf Arab states are not providing the cash that could calm the trouble.

After days of demonstrations against fuel price rises in provincial towns, Muslim Brotherhood supporters joined crowds in Amman on Friday in a rare focus of anger on the king.

"The people want the downfall of the regime"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-jordan-protests-gulf-idUSBRE8AF0ZI20121116

Railway put trains in flood zone despite warnings

New Jersey Transit's struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy is being compounded by a pre-storm decision to park much of its equipment in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, a move that resulted in damage to one-third of its locomotives and a quarter of its passenger cars.

That damage is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars and take many months to repair, a Reuters examination has found.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/17/us-storm-sandy-newjersey-railway-idUSBRE8AG0K220121117

Israel returns fire on Syrian Golan, may have caused deaths

Israel fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, and may have killed Syrian soldiers, Israel's army said on Sunday.

There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings, which occurred on Saturday, the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other neighbors such as Lebanon and Turkey.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/18/us-israel-syria-idUSBRE8AH00920121118

Missile Strikes Sky's Gaza Offices

Two missiles have hit the Gaza building in which Sky News' offices and studios are housed.

Gaza: Rockets Target Tel Aviv Amid Airstrikes

Palestinians in Gaza have fired two rockets at Tel Aviv which were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome air shield, witnesses and police said.

Gaza's Hamas militants said they launched two Iranian-designed Fajr-5 rockets at the Israeli city.

The bombardment of Gaza by Israel entered a new phase overnight, with Israel shelling the Palestinian territory from the sea, as well as continuing its airstrikes.

Earlier, a toddler was killed and his two brothers wounded in the latest Israeli airstrike on Gaza, emergency services said.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-rockets-target-tel-aviv-amid-airstrikes

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
3.7
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 06:53:05 UTC
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:53:05 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
40.625°N, 125.162°W
Depth
9 km (5.6 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
76 km (47 miles) W (274°) from Ferndale, CA

Fish with high levels of radioactivity found in Japan

A study by Japan's Environment Ministry has found the presence of fish with high levels of radioactive cesium in rivers and reservoirs in Fukushima, the province where the nuclear disaster at the power plant of the same name took place, the Kyodo news agency said Saturday.

Among the specimens with the highest levels of the contaminant was a mountain trout with 11,400 becquerels of cesium per kilo, more than 100 times the limit of 100 becquerels per kilo established in Japan.

The trout was caught in the Niida River in the city of Minamisoma, 20 kilometers (12 1/2 miles) north of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2012/11/17/fish-with-high-levels-radioactivity-found-in-japan/

Spanish Police Protest Over Austerity Cuts

Some 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid to protest salary cuts and a reduction of the force.

The officers, who had travelled from across Spain, rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike over the austerity cuts.

Health and education workers have already taken part in similar marches.

"Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians," read one banner held by a line of officers as they marched to the interior ministry.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012821/spanish-police-protest-over-austerity-cuts

Ex-coalition minister Sarah Teather: Benefits Cap 'Immoral And Socially Divisive'......It's Immoral for us to keep paying for the people who "refuse" to work

Plans for a £500-a-week cap on household benefits have been criticised in a savage attack by the former coalition minister for children and families.

Sarah Teather accused ministers of seeking to "gain popularity at the expense of children's lives" by pushing through a measure they knew was popular but ineffective.

The Lib Dem faced calls for her sacking as children's minister in February after she missed a key vote on the reforms which she had publicly questioned.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012904/benefits-cap-immoral-and-socially-divisive

Miliband Warns Of 'Sleepwalk' Towards EU Exit

Ed Miliband has called for major reforms of the European Union and a "hard-headed" approach taken by Britain, ahead of a crunch EU budget summit this week.

The Labour leader - who last month joined forces with Tory rebels to defeat the Government over its strategy to freeze the EU budget - said Labour must not ignore the legitimate concerns of eurosceptics.

He said reform was needed on the budget, on immigration rules, state aid restrictions and austerity measures - but declined to promise a referendum on the UK's future within the EU.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012916/miliband-warns-of-sleepwalk-towards-eu-exit

EU Will give UK until Friday to change Prisoner Voting Ban

MPs are to be given another say on whether to give prisoners the vote, as the deadline for Britain to comply with a European ruling on the controversial issue looms.

The UK's current blanket ban on prisoners voting has been judged as unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and officials in Strasbourg have given the Government until Friday to comply with the ruling.

http://news.sky.com/story/1012942/prisoner-voting-ban-mps-to-debate-again

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 18th November 2012

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 02:34:50 UTC
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11:34:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
21.619°S, 68.489°W
Depth
97.3 km (60.5 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
104 km (64 miles) NNE of Calama, Chile

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 17th November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 22:59:45 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 12:59:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
18.701°S, 174.836°W
Depth
302 km (187.7 miles)
Region
TONGA
Distances
90 km (55 miles) W of Neiafu, Tonga

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 17th November 2012

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 22:42:47 UTC
Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 07:42:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.352°S, 130.071°E
Depth
118.5 km (73.6 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
224 km (139 miles) NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia

18-month-old boy is killed in Gaza after Israel bombed more militant targets overnight

A toddler has been killed and his two brothers wounded in the latest Israeli airstrike on Gaza, emergency services said.

The 18-month-old Palestinian boy died in a strike east of the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya told the AFP news agency.

Health ministry spokesman Ashraf al Qudra said the two wounded boys, aged four and five, were "in critical condition".

http://news.sky.com/story/1012899/gaza-conflict-toddler-killed-in-airstrike

Arab League holds emergency meeting in Cairo on Gaza crisis and condemns Israeli attacks; delegation to visit Gaza soon

Large plumes of smoke seen as Israeli air strikes target government buildings and a second media centre in the Gaza Strip

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: "This operation is actually about Iran"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/9682414/Its-got-to-do-with-Iran-Chief-Rabbi-Lord-Sacks-unguarded-comments-about-Gaza-conflict.html

ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES HIT HOTEL CONTAINING JOURNALISTS, SOME OF WHICH HAVE BEEN RUSHED TO HOSPITAL

"Dissecting IDF propaganda: The numbers behind the rocket attacks" (Are we being told the whole truth?)

An intriguing article investigating what's going on between Israel and Gaza via hard numbers, and debating the IDF message:
http://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/dissecting-idf-propaganda-the-numbers-behind-the-rocket-attacks.html

ISRAEL FIRES ARTILLERY AT SYRIAN SOLDIERS ALONG GOLAN HEIGHTS


More info:
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/syrian-civil-war-spillover-draws-israeli-fire-293730