Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mt Tongariro: More eruptions to come

There is a "significant probability" of another sudden eruption at Tongariro in the next week and eruptions could continue for months, scientists says.

The eruption at Te Maari crater about 1.30pm yesterday sent a three or four kilometre plume into the air and lasted for about five minutes, GNS Science confirmed today.

Vulcanologists from throughout the country, including those not associated with GNS, met this morning to discuss the recent activity.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7981546/More-eruptions-to-come

Egypt's President Faces 'New Pharaoh' Jibe

Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has assumed sweeping new powers, drawing criticism that he is seeking to become a "new pharaoh".

The new powers are a blow to the pro-democracy movement that ousted Hosni Mubarak and they raise questions about the gains made in last year's uprising.

Opposition forces denounced the declaration as a "coup" and called for nationwide protests on Friday.

"The president can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," according to a decree read out on television by presidential spokesman Yasser Ali.

"The constitutional declarations, decisions and laws issued by the president are final and not subject to appeal."

http://news.sky.com/story/1015314/egypts-president-faces-new-pharaoh-jibe

Rome Clash: Police Probe Anti-Semitic Claims

Lazio have denied their fans were responsible for a bar brawl that left one Tottenham Hotspur fan with serious injuries and at least six others needing medical treatment.

Spurs fans are returning home after a clash involving fellow supporters in Rome in the early hours of Thursday.

It happened ahead of Spurs' Europa League match at the Stadio Olimpico.

Witnesses said there was an element of anti-Semitism to the attack, with shouts of "Jews" directed at Tottenham fans. The north London team is known for having a large Jewish fan base.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014951/tottenham-hotspur-fans-attacked-in-rome

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA - 23rd November 2012

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 03:38:43 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 09:38:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
12.121°N, 88.077°W
Depth
35.5 km (22.1 miles)
Region
NEAR THE COAST OF NICARAGUA
Distances
97 km (60 miles) SW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake MOLUCCA SEA - 23rd November 2012

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 00:40:19 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 08:40:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
1.638°N, 125.864°E
Depth
57.5 km (35.7 miles)
Region
MOLUCCA SEA
Distances
78 km (48 miles) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 23:26:50 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 08:26:50 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
39.216°N, 142.216°E
Depth
57.1 km (35.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
29 km (18 miles) E of Kamaishi, Japan

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 22:44:31 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 10:44:31 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.351°S, 174.049°E
Depth
35.3 km (21.9 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
86 km (53 miles) SW of Ceva-i-Ra, Fiji

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 21:29:21 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 05:29:21 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
11.326°S, 118.027°E
Depth
11 km (6.8 miles)
Region
SOUTH OF SUMBAWA, INDONESIA
Distances
214 km (132 miles) SSW of Panenggoede, Indonesia

Report: US Says North Korea Preparing Missile for Launch

http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk00100&num=10075

The Dead Hand of Bureaucracy - Nigel Farage (Second-round speech, 21.11.2012)

UKIP Nigel Farage asks Mr Cameron, why not accept my challenge for a debate?

TV report: Warnings that peace deals with Egypt, Jordan could collapse led Israel to end Hamas assault with no ground offensive

http://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-report-warnings-that-peace-deals-with-egypt-jordan-could-collapse-led-israel-to-end-hamas-assault-with-no-ground-offensive/

Only 1 in 5 think Israel ‘won’ the eight-day battle against Hamas: Israeli poll

http://www.timesofisrael.com/only-1-in-5-think-israel-won-the-eight-day-battle-against-hamas/

Mohamed Morsi bars court challenges and orders Hosni Mubarak retrial

Egypt's president, Mohamed Morsi, has granted himself far-reaching powers and immunity from legal oversight as he ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the country's revolution.

In a surprise move, Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was instrumental in securing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, issued a series of measures preventing Egypt's courts from challenging any laws or decrees passed since he assumed office in June.

The decrees prevent the courts from attempting to dissolve the upper house of parliament or the body tasked with drawing up the country's new constitution, both dominated by his Islamist allies.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/mohamed-morsi-mubarak-retrial-egypt

David Cameron sparks fury in Brussels with raid on EU growth fund

David Cameron is pressing for tens of billions of euros in cuts to the EU's next seven-year budget as the price for Britain's agreement at the Brussels summit, which could run into Saturday morning.

The prime minister, who declared on arrival in Brussels that he would be "negotiating hard" on behalf of British taxpayers, has identified European commission plans to promote economic growth as a key area for cuts.

The prime minister's move has sparked a furious backlash in Brussels.

One EU official said: "David Cameron lectures us all on the need to draw up a budget for growth. And yet he now wants to cut the very part of the budget that will build up transport, energy and broadband infrastructure."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/22/david-cameron-brussels-eu-growth

Israel pulls back from Gaza

Israel began withdrawing the army on Thursday that had been poised to invade the Gaza Strip to go after Hamas, with both sides declaring they had won their eight-day battle.

Dust-covered tanks and armored bulldozers were winched onto transporters and driven out of the same groves of straggly eucalyptus where they camped in January 2009 before going in.

That conflict cost more than 1,400 lives, all but 13 Palestinian, while this time, some 160 Palestinians were killed in eight days of fighting, against six Israelis.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-palestinians-israel-gaza-force-idUSBRE8AL0T720121122

That's awkward: Elmo sings 'Nothing's going to bring us down'

In the wake of allegations that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Sesame Street's Elmo sexually abused up to four young men, many would have expected the popular Muppet to be left out of today's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

However, hundreds of thousands of children lining the streets of Manhattan and millions more watching at home today witnessed the red puppet belting out the Sesame Street song 'What I am' along with Big Bird.

As the float for the popular children's program rolled along, Elmo, still voiced by a pre-recorded Clash, broke out for a solo, declaring, 'Nothing's gonna bring us down.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2237013/Who-let-Elmo-sing-Sesame-Street-star-appears-Macys-parade-despite-underage-sex-abuse-claims-puppeteer.html



Luxembourg's PM calling for a Budget increase, said Britain will have to fall into line

Image: Remember this?

European leaders today claimed Britain will 'have to be convinced' to accept a rise in Brussels spending as David Cameron scrambled to build support for a real terms freeze.

The Prime Minister today warned any increase in the European Union's budget would be 'quite wrong'.

He vowed to protect the UK's prized rebate from Brussels negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in 1984.

But tensions are already rising, with Britain demanding a cut or freeze in spending while other countries who benefit from vast EU handouts demanding big rises.

Sweden and the Netherlands have joined Britain in demanding big cuts. Germany, France, Finland and Austria want to freeze the maximum Brussels can draw from member states every year.
But 15 countries, led by Poland, want to see budget increases.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236095/EU-Budget-David-Cameron-fighting-hard-secure-good-deal-Brussels.html

Facebook says users no longer have a say in its privacy rules

SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook announced today that it will no longer let users have a say in its privacy policies.

Facebook revealed on Thursday that it will reverse its 2009 policy that let users vote on its privacy rules, blaming the move on the low quality of the comments that it often received.

Facebook communications chief Elliot Schrage wrote, "We deeply value the feedback we receive from you during our comment period but have found that the voting mechanism created a system that incentivised quantity of comments over the quality of them.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2226839/facebook-says-users-no-longer-have-a-say-in-its-privacy-rules

Thousands Without Power As Rain Batters Britain

Thousands of people have been left without power and scores evacuated from their homes after heavy rain battered Britain for a second day.

Up to 60mm (5ins) of rain fell in some areas, as winds gusted up to 70mph, leaving vast swathes of the country under water.

People trying to escape the rising waters were forced to abandon their cars and the AA reported that 900 incidents were being reported every hour.

Around 2,000 homes in the South West and 500 in Wales were without power, as Western Power said it was looking to restore electricity to those in need.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014903/thousands-without-power-as-rain-batters-britain

Turkey pardoned by Obama euthanized

Washington -- Peace, one of two turkeys pardoned by President Obama last year, was euthanized Monday, according to an official who insisted the timing of the death - days before the Thanksgiving holiday - was not suspicious.

Rebecca Aloisi, vice president for marketing at the Mount Vernon Estate, confirmed that Peace had been dead after a weekend "illness." But Aloise knew neither the nature of the illness, the manner of death, nor what had been done with the remains of the large, edible bird.

http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/peace-turkey-pardoned-by-president-obama-last-thanksgiving-euthanized

Shopper Threatens to Stab People in K-Mart Line

A shopper threatened to stab people while in line for K-Mart doorbuster deals in South Sacramento.

A line of hundreds had started wrapping the building on Stockton Boulevard since 2 a.m.

Once people came out to give vouchers, the crowds began yelling, cutting and screaming obscenities. That’s when one man threatened to stab others. They laughed, but he said he wasn’t joking. The people entered the store without any problems.

http://fox40.com/2012/11/22/shopper-threatens-to-stab-people-in-k-mart-line/

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 18:01:15 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 01:01:15 AM at epicenter
Location
4.542°S, 102.855°E
Depth
77.8 km (48.3 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Distances
108 km (67 miles) SE (143°) from Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

Gaza gains and losses: RT talks to Israel FM's spokesperson

Syrian rebels take control of military base 46

US threatened, pulls Israel out of Gaza: Richard Becker

'Resistance' continues for Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Israeli army sends bulldozers back to barracks

Syrian hospital in Aleppo destroyed by air strike

China angers neighbors with sea claims on new passports

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned Chinese passports containing a map of China's disputed maritime claims on Thursday, branding the new design a violation of their sovereignty.

The map means countries disputing the Chinese claims will have to stamp microchip-equipped passports of countless visitors, in effect acquiescing to the Chinese point of view.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-china-southchinasea-idUSBRE8AL09Q20121122

EU Budget: 'Long Way To Go' Before Deal

Downing Street says an agreement among EU leaders is far off as David Cameron vows to fight any budget hike at a Brussels summit.

There is "a long way to go" before EU leaders at a special summit in Brussels can agree a long-term budget, Downing Street has said following a meeting between David Cameron and European Council president Herman Van Rompuy.

Mr Cameron was the first of the EU's 27 national leaders to meet summit chairman Mr Van Rompuy and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of what are expected to be marathon negotiations beginning this evening in the Belgian capital.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014803/eu-budget-long-way-to-go-before-deal

China: Road Built Around Couple's Home

A Chinese couple have found themselves living in the fast lane after refusing to move out for a new road.

Construction workers in the country's Zhejiang province surrounded their five-storey building with asphalt, leaving motorists to navigate an unlikely obstacle.

China's People's Daily newspaper said the couple refused to leave because they were unhappy with the compensation package they were offered.

http://news.sky.com/story/1015179/china-road-built-around-couples-home


140-Car Pile-Up Injures Dozens In Texas

Around 500 vehicles were caught up in the collisions. Photo: KBMT12
Dozens of motorists have been hurt in a massive Thanksgiving Day pile-up in Texas.

The Department of Public Safety reported that more than 500 vehicles were caught up in the incident in heavy fog.

Around 140 cars were involved in the actual collision, while many more were stuck at the scene.

http://news.sky.com/story/1015208/140-car-pile-up-injures-dozens-in-texas

Michael Ayoade Charged with Attack on 16-year-old girl

Michael Ayoade, 34, will appear before magistrates on Friday, accused of carrying out the unprovoked attack in Plaistow, east London, on November 13, Scotland Yard said.

CCTV footage showed a man jogging up behind the teenager and smacking her around the head.

The girl was left lying on the ground as her attacker casually jogged off.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014973/man-charged-after-girl-punched-to-ground

Egypt's Mursi sacks general prosecutor, appoints another

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday sacked Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, the general prosecutor, to try to appease protesters demanding the retrial of officials they say were involved in orchestrating violence against them during last year's uprising.

Mursi tried to remove Abdel Maguid Mahmoud in October to calm protesters furious about the acquittal of a number of senior state officials who had stood trial over the issue but was forced to keep him in place after judges protested.

Talat Abdullah was appointed the new general prosecutor. "The public prosecutor general will occupy his post for a period of four years," said Yasser Ali, a presidential spokesman.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/egypt-prosecutor-idUSL5E8MMD7M20121122

Amnesty condemns Bahrain's 'spiralling repression'

Amnesty International has condemned what it says is the failure of the government of Bahrain to deliver on its promise of reform.

The human rights organisation says a "groundbreaking report has been shelved by spiralling repression in Bahrain".

The report investigated human rights abuses when an anti-government uprising was crushed last year in the Gulf island kingdom.

Bahrain has been wracked by more than 18 months of civil strife.

At least 60 people, including several police officers, have been killed. The opposition puts the death toll at 80, a figure the authorities dispute.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20401228

Gaza war offers boost to Hamas leader Meshaal

Khaled Meshaal narrowly survived an assassination attempt ordered by Benjamin Netanyahu in 1997 the first time he was Israeli prime minister. Fifteen years on, the Hamas leader claims to have defeated Netanyahu once again.

The eight-day war between Israel and Palestinians in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip - a Hamas victory in Meshaal's eyes - has breathed new life into his political career just he seemed poised to leave his post. Meshaal indicated earlier this year he did not want to continue as Hamas leader.

Meshaal, 56, took over as Hamas leader following the 2004 assassinations of Abdel-Aziz Al-Rantissi and Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the movement's founder. With both of them killed in the Gaza Strip, Meshaal has led Hamas from the relative safety of exile.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/palestinians-israel-meshaal-idUSL5E8MM6UK20121122

Is Obama Boring you Hillary?

37 killed, 92 injured in Pakistan terror strikes

ISLAMABAD: At least 37 people have been killed and over 90 others injured in Pakistan since Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

A total of 28 people were killed and 77 others injured in Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Karachi since Wednesday night. Claiming responsibility for both the attacks, Pakistan Taliban Thursday warned of more such attacks in the near future.

In Rawalpindi, in a sectarian attack Wednesday night, 23 people were killed and 62 others including eight children were injured when a suicide bomber hit a procession of Shia Muslims in the city, said Deeba Shehnaz, spokeswoman of state rescue department.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/37-killed-92-injured-in-Pakistan-terror-strikes/articleshow/17327343.cms

Boxer 'Macho' Camacho is brain dead

Hector "Macho" Camacho, the famed Puerto Rican boxer, is clinically "brain dead," a doctor said Thursday.

A gunman shot him in the face two days ago while he was seated in a black Ford Mustang in front of a bar in his hometown of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/sport/puerto-rico-camacho/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Catalan independence: Lessons from the Dutch

A small, wealthy region feels at odds with Spanish rule. Taxes are too high; political representation is limited; the elite feels unheard and ill-treated; unrest and popular opposition spread. Hardliners in Madrid advocate repression and have the ear of a new ruler. Turmoil ensues and escalates until a major confrontation is inevitable.

The situation in Catalonia in 2012? No.

This is the Netherlands, in the 1560s and 1570s -- another prosperous region ruled by Spain, where citizens felt that their values and way of life were not respected by Madrid policies.

What started as a minor conflict escalated until it became the Eighty Years' War. By its end, Spain had permanently lost control of the United Provinces.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/business/catalonia-dutch-revolt-lessons/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Bullish bankers struggle to adjust to bonus cutbacks

Self-confidence and betting on long odds are part of their DNA and so, while expecting the financial industry to slash bonuses this year, many bankers think it will not happen to them.

They're in for a shock.

After a year of scandals, job cuts and shaky markets, senior managers and consultants contacted by Reuters warn bonus pools at top banks could shrink by up to 30 percent from last year.

And that's not to mention the pressure from regulators for pay restraint and, in Europe at least, the risk of a backlash from politicians and the public if an industry which many blame for a new era of austerity were to reward itself generously.

The result will be more zero bonuses, dubbed "doughnuts", than ever before as banks become more selective at separating revenue-makers from the merely mediocre.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-banks-bonuses-idUSBRE8AL0KK20121122

Forthcoming UN summit 'threatens free and open Internet': Google's warning over meeting to update global web rules

A forthcoming United Nations-organised conference on communications poses a grave threat to the freedom of the internet, Google has warned.

The Silicon Valley search giant said the December gathering of the UN's International Telecommunications Union comes amid 'a growing backlash on Internet freedom'.

The World Conference on International Communications in Dubai will update global telecom rules for the first time since 1988, and some countries see this as an opportunity to set up new rules for the Internet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2236900/Googles-warning-UN-summit-meeting-update-global-web-rules.html

Gaza: Rockets Fired Hours After Ceasefire say Israeli Police

Twelve rockets were fired into Israel hours after a ceasefire was brokered, it has been claimed.

An Israeli Police spokesman said the attacks caused no injuries or damage, with the rockets mostly landing in open fields in the south of the Jewish state.

A truce brokered between Israel and Hamas came into effect on Wednesday evening, bringing eight days of fighting to an end.

Both sides quickly claimed victory, with Hamas insisting it had defeated Israel.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014888/gaza-rockets-fired-hours-after-ceasefire

Andrea Tantaros sparks outrage by saying she'd look 'fabulous' living off food stamps...

As record numbers of Americans spend Thanksgiving on food stamps, one Fox news presenter has offered some advice - treat the experience as a great way to lose those extra pounds.

TV host Andrea Tantaros compared food stamps - which provide an average monthly budget of $133 - to being on a diet.

Ms Tantaros was asked by co-host Stuart Varney, during Wednesday's broadcast of The Five on Fox Business, if she could live on that amount.

She told Fox viewers: 'I should try it because do you know how fabulous I’d look?
'I’d be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds, it really does.'

Social media lit up with thousands of outraged responses following Ms Tantaros' off-hand remarks.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236863/Fox-presenter-Andrea-Tantaros-compares-food-stamps-diet.html

Sandy Island: Phantom island shown in Google Earth 'does not exist': Australian scientists who went in search of outcrop in Pacific found only sea

It's a mystery worthy of James Bond. A tiny island in the Pacific which appears on a range of maps seems to have disappeared without a trace.

Australian scientists who went in search of Sandy Island - which appears midway between Australia and the French-governed New Caledonia on Google Earth among other world maps - found nothing but sea when they arrived.

The Times Atlas of the World appears to identify the sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea as Sable Island, and weather maps used by the Southern Surveyor, an Australian maritime research vessel also say it exists.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2236952/Phantom-island-shown-Google-Earth-does-exist-Australian-scientists-discover-outcrop-Pacific-voyage.html

Bibi Loser: Israeli soldiers pose on the floor to spell out 'Bibi loser' as insult to Netanyahu for cancelling ground invasion of Gaza

After nights of relentless pounding by rockets and a rising death toll, the fragile ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers has been tentatively welcomed by civilians on both sides.

But it appears the truce was not a pleasing outcome to a group of battle-hungry Israeli soldiers which wanted to carry on the fighting and invade the Gaza Strip.

To spell out their frustration, 16 Israeli Defence Force soldiers arranged their uniformed bodies on the ground, to spell out the Hebrew words 'Bibi loser' in an angry reference to Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236745/Gaza-Israeli-soldiers-pose-floor-spell-Bibi-loser-insult-Benjamin-Netanyahu-cancelling-ground-invasion-Gaza.html

'Parliament is sovereign': Grayling warns Strasbourg in row over prisoner votes as ex-minister says UK should leave European court

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today raised the prospect of Britain defying the European Court of Human Rights over giving prisoners the vote.

Speaking in the Commons he repeatedly stressed the UK Parliament is ‘sovereign’ and it was up to MPs to decide whether or not to comply with rulings from Strasbourg.

Even if fines were imposed on Britain, MPs could decide not to pay them.

Despite Attorney General Dominic Grieve warning Cabinet ministers they could not take a stand against a European court’s controversial diktat, Mr Grayling insisted: ‘Ultimately this Parliament is sovereign, this Parliament can decide whether it will accept a ruling of the European Court - of any sort - or whether it won't.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236599/Prisoner-vote-plans-Defiant-Chris-Grayling-says-Britain-ignore-Strasbourg-fines-ban-prisoners-having-vote.html

Indian radiographer who could not speak English worked at cancer hospital for SIX YEARS before being sacked after string of complaints

An Indian radiographer has been sacked from his job at a cancer hospital after six years following a string of complaints that he could not speak clear English.

Ramani Ramaswany was dismissed from The Christie hospital, in Manchester, and suspended from the national radiography register for a year after complaints were made against him that he was unable to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues.

The Health and Care Professions Council found that Mr Ramaswamy had showed a ‘lack of competence’ in a number of areas while working at The Christie.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236902/Indian-radiographer-speak-English-worked-cancer-hospital-SIX-YEARS-sacked-string-complaints.html

David Cecil: Uganda Halts British Producer's Gay Trial

A British theatre producer, facing two years in jail for staging a play featuring a homosexual, has had his case postponed again by a Ugandan court.

The postponement comes at a time when the Ugandan parliament is about to debate a bill allowing the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality".

David Cecil, 34, was arrested in September after refusing to allow government censors to review the play The River and the Mountain which was performed in August.

He was charged with "disobeying lawful orders".

http://news.sky.com/story/1015104/uganda-halts-british-producers-gay-trial

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 14:19:30 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:19:30 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.284°N, 140.437°E
Depth
78.1 km (48.5 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
6 km (3 miles) ENE of Ohara, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 14:16:40 UTC
Friday, November 23, 2012 at 02:16:40 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.891°S, 178.502°W
Depth
577.1 km (358.6 miles)
Region
FIJI REGION
Distances
278 km (172 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Soldiers spell out critique of Netanyahu as a ‘loser’ for not using ground forces in Gaza


http://www.timesofisrael.com/soldiers-spell-out-critique-of-netanyahu-as-a-loser-for-not-using-ground-forces-in-gaza/

Propane truck explodes in Russian city

Violence erupts in Nairobi between Kenyans and Somalians

East London attack on teenager: Man Arrested

A man has been arrested after a teenage girl was knocked unconscious and left sprawled across the pavement in an apparently random attack near her home.

Shocking CCTV footage showed a man jogging up behind the 16-year-old and smacking her around the head.

The girl was left lying on the ground in Plaistow, east London, as her attacker casually jogged off.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A man, aged 34, was arrested yesterday evening in connection with the assault of a 16-year-old female in High Street, Plaistow.

"He remains in custody at an east London police station."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/nov/22/man-arrested-east-london-attack

Cameron 'not happy' as EU budget negotiations begin

The British prime minister is understood to be unhappy with the compromise offered by European Council President Herman van Rompuy, because it would involve cuts to Britain's 3.6bn euro annual rebate. Speaking to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said he would not accept any cuts to Britain's rebate.

Herman van Rompuy is caught in a balancing act between several wealth EU nations, who want a freeze or a reduction to the annual EU budget, and a bloc of poorer nations who would like an increase.

http://www.channel4.com/news/cameron-not-happy-as-eu-budget-negotiations-begin

Jersey Bridgeman, six, found dead just a year after her father was jailed for keeping her chained to a dresser

A six-year-old Arkansas girl, whose father and stepmother were arrested last year for chaining her to a dresser, was found dead early Tuesday morning.

Authorities found the body of young Jersey Bridgeman in a vacant house approximately 10 minutes after she was reported missing.

So far, investigators are ruling her death as a homicide but have yet to say how exactly the girl died or release any names of suspects.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236668/Girl-6-father-chained-dresser-dead.html

Japan's new nuclear-proof robot gets stage fright: High-tech machine locks up as it's unveiled for the first time

The failure occurred as Toshiba presented the four-legged device, forcing embarrassed technicians to meekly carry it away. Although it is a world leader in robotics, Japan did not have a device capable of entering the damaged Fukushima nuclear facility after last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Instead, authorities were forced to bring in U.S. robots.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2236786/Japans-new-nuclear-proof-robot-gets-stage-fright-High-tech-machine-locks-unveiled-time.html

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SALTA, ARGENTINA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
5.6
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 13:07:05 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:07:05 AM at epicenter
Location
22.666°S, 63.488°W
Depth
459.1 km (285.3 miles)
Region
SALTA, ARGENTINA
Distances
180 km (112 miles) SE (134°) from Tarija, Bolivia

Huge Martian dust storm picks up steam - but are NASA's rovers safe in its path?

NASA is hoping that their red planet rovers won’t roll over in the face of a massive dust storm.

The space agency is tracking a regional storm on Mars, but says it has so far not affected the operations of Curiosity and Opportunity - its two rovers on the surface.

The storm raging in the planet’s southern hemisphere was spotted earlier this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling high above the planet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236698/NASA-monitoring-huge-Martian-dust-storm-path-Curiosity-Opportunity.html

Rebecca Blake Jailed for 3 Months in Dubai

A British woman and Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi have been sentenced to three months in prison and then deportation.

Rebecca Blake and Conor McRedmond denied charges of "breach of honour with consent" and committing "an indecent act in a taxi" when they appeared in court last month.

They pleaded guilty to a third charge related to consumption of alcohol in public.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014989/dubai-taxi-sex-british-woman-is-jailed

Pizza patrol feeds Sandy victims

Trillion euro stand-off in Brussels

Deal on 2014-2020 EU budget hinges on deep cuts

BRUSSELS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - European Union leaders will need to agree a first-ever cut in the bloc's long-term spending plans if they are to clinch a deal at a summit starting on Thursday, with the drive for austerity likely to trump all other concerns.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down the chances of an agreement this week, even though senior EU officials warned that failure could lead to a renewed crisis and derail efforts to shore up the euro zone.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/21/eu-budget-idUSL5E8MLAJF20121121

Truce Hurts: Gaza gutted after Israeli attacks, Iran next?

Chile clashes: Police use batons, water cannons at student protest

Plenty of excuses in EU bailout blame game

Kinshasa residents worry over escalating conflict in DRC

Clothes Dealer Arrested in NYC Shopkeeper Deaths

Hungarian land grabbing leaves farmers angry

Results on first round of Russian military reform

York County Jail: 40 Female Prison Inmates Hospitalized

More than 40 inmates at the York County Prison in Pennsylvania were taken to the hospital Wednesday night. They were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Egyptian protester shot dead by security forces near Gaza border

Russia opposes NATO missile deployment near Turkey-Syria border

Russia opposes the possible deployment by NATO of Patriot missiles near Turkey's border with Syria, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

"This would not foster stability in the region," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said of Turkey's request for deployment to the Western military alliance.

NATO ambassadors met on Wednesday to consider the request, which followed weeks of talks between Turkey and NATO allies about how to shore up security on its 900-km (560-mile) border to avoid a spillover from the Syrian civil war.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Paris on Thursday that France backed Turkey's request.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-syria-crisis-russia-idUSBRE8AL0BJ20121122

Newspaper copy editor punished for adding 'allegedly' to sentence stating Obama was born in Hawaii

A newspaper copy editor who added the word 'allegedly' to a report stating Obama was born in Hawaii has been disciplined after the report generated searing attack from readers.

Appearing in the Montana Independent on Sunday, the edit to an Associated Press report covering the president's visit to Asia was said by the paper to have been an error in judgement, wrongly meant as a joke.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236415/Birthers-Montana-Independent-copy-editor-disciplined-adding-allegedly-Obama-born-Hawaii-report.html

Protestors, heavily armored police and bargain-hungry shoppers: America prepares for Black Friday

Shoppers, protestors and police are gearing up for an expected bout of mayhem at the nation's malls and superstores Friday as the U.S. officially kicks off its holiday season with the biggest shopping day of the year.

Hundreds of people are already pitching camps outside of Walmarts, Best Buys and other superstores across America, hoping to catch the door-buster sales this Black Friday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236687/Black-Friday-2012-preparations-Protestors-heavily-armored-police-bargain-hungry-shoppers.html

'Fire Lindsey Stone': Nonprofit fires the two women who sparked outrage online with Photo

Two Massachusetts women have been fired from their jobs after posting a photo to Facebook in which one of them was depicted flashing her middle finger at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lindsey Stone, 30, and coworker Jamie Schuh, 38, were sacked from their jobs on Wednesday after the photo, which Schuh snapped of Stone, sparked outrage online. The incident inspired an unidentified Facebook user to start a group called 'Fire Lindsey Stone,' which helped the photo gain even more attention this week, garnering more than 19,000 'likes' since Monday from other users.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236670/Nonprofit-fires-women-sparked-outrage-online-posting-photo-woman-flashes-middle-finger-Arlington-National-Cemetery.html

Al-Hilli's family who was massacred in the Alps were shot by a crazed serial killer with a hatred of tourists, say detectives

Police officers investigating the horrific murders of a British family in the Alps believe they were shot by a serial killer with a hatred of tourists, it has emerged.
The motive behind the horrific killings of Saad al-Hilli, his wife Iqbal and mother-in-law Suhaila Iqbal while on a camping holiday in the south of France have left detectives baffled.

But French detectives say they have now linked the murders of the British family with the mysterious death of another tourist in July.

Xavier Baligant, 29, was shot four times at a rest area near Nancy while he was heading home to Belgium following a camping trip. His two sons Jordan, 7, and Dylan, five, were sleeping in his car when their father was killed. They escaped unharmed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236716/British-family-massacred-Alps-shot-crazed-serial-killer-hatred-tourists-say-detectives.html

America's financial war on Europe

Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

Economic crisis and mass unemployment in Southern Europe have triggered an exodus of highly qualified jobseekers, many of whom are making their way north to Germany. There, a relatively strong economy and growing shortage of skilled workers makes companies eager to ensure that the newcomers feel welcome.

Ziehl-Abegg, a mid-sized specialist in ventilation technology based in the southwestern German town of Künzelsau, recently welcomed two new engineers from Portugal, and a third is on his way.

"We always take them under our wing," says company spokesman Rainer Grill. "Our employees take the new arrivals to soccer games or go bowling with them."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/crisis-leads-skilled-workers-from-southern-europe-to-flock-to-germany-a-867681.html

General Petraeus’s leaked emails about Israel

Interestingly, in an unrelated story on the supposedly declining power of the Israel lobby in today's Guardian, the paper's Washington correspondent, Chris McGreal, writes:

Senior figures in the American military, including General David Petraeus who has commanded US forces in both wars, have identified Israel's continued occupation of Palestinian land as an obstacle to resolving those conflicts.
McGreal is referring to the general's official "posture" statement on US Central Command -- which Petraeus was in charge of before he was redeployed to Afghanistan by President Obama a fortnight ago. In this, he says:

The [Israel-Palestine] conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of US favouritism for Israel. Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships with governments and peoples in the AOR [Centcom's Area of Responsibility] and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda and other militant groups exploit that anger to mobilise support. The conflict also gives Iran influence in the Arab world through its clients, Lebanese Hizballah and Hamas.

Petraeus's prepared statement caused uproar in pro-Israeli circles back in March, when it was published, with some on the right and the left automatically assuming he must be a private supporter of the Palestinians and that he had suddenly and bravely decided to stand up to the Israel lobby inside the United States.

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/mehdi-hasan/2010/07/general-petraeus-israel-emails

Turkish PM condemns UN Security Council, Israel

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he does not trust the United Nations due to its failure in the Syrian crisis, while condemning Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Erdoğan described Israel yesterday as a “terrorist state” for carrying out its bombardment of Gaza, highlighting hostility for Ankara’s former ally since relations between the countries collapsed in 2010, Reuters reported.

His comments came after nearly a week of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel and Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-pm-condemns-un-security-council-israel.aspx?pageID=238&nID=35022&NewsCatID=338

The real struggle begins Europe descends into fascism

Across southern Europe resistance is taking on a new urgency. In Spain people are speaking of the start of ‘the real struggle’, while in Greece the term ‘civil war’ permeates the political climate. In both countries a frightening re-emergence of a dictatorship past seems to characterize the current historical moment as fascist ideologies become more acceptable and police tactics become more pre-emptive and militarized. These two trends emerging together, the rise of far right ideologies and pre-emptive militarized policing, indicate a shift in the discourses of legitimacy used by the state.

The tone has changed on the streets of southern Europe. People are growing increasingly impatient with the failure of their governments in the face of an ongoing economic crisis. For more than a month people have been organizing massive street protests outside the National Congress in Madrid. The “rodeo el congresso” actions began on 25th September 2012 and were quickly met with police brutality and a police force that clearly felt entitled to act some ways which were shocking even the veterans of the struggle against Franco’s dictatorship.

http://www.spectrezine.org/real-struggle-begins-europe-descends-fascism

California gets face scanners to spy on everyone at once

In a single second, law enforcement agents can match a suspect against millions upon millions of profiles in vast detailed databases stored on the cloud. It’s all done using facial recognition, and in Southern California it’s already occurring.

Imagine the police taking a picture: any picture of a person, anywhere, and matching it on the spot in less than a second to a personalized profile, scanning millions upon millions of entries from within vast, intricate databases stored on the cloud.

It’s done with state of the art facial recognition technology, and in Southern California it’s already happening.

http://rt.com/usa/news/california-facefirst-surveillance-recognition-908/

The Secret War Between China and the US for Africa's Oil Riches

In the struggle to secure energy resources, the great powers consider all states to be fair game. Indeed, this is precisely what characterizes American foreign policy in the modern era. When it comes to economic and geopolitical interests, Washington seldom differentiates between democratic leaders and despots, especially when those interests involve oil. Currently, the stakes are high in the rush to secure oil resources and nowhere is this more evident than in the Sino-American rivalry in Africa. Both states are competing to secure their share of oil supplies in order to quench their addiction to the coveted ‘black gold.’

http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Africa/The-Secret-War-Between-China-and-the-US-for-Africas-Oil-Riches.html

Tottenham Hotspur Fans Attacked In Rome by Masked Gang

A group of English football fans have been injured in a late-night clash in Rome ahead of a Europa League match.

At least nine Britons and an American were hurt when they were set upon by masked assailants in a pub in the Italian capital, according to police.

The Britons were in the country to support Tottenham Hotspur who are due to play Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night.

They were set upon by knife-wielding "Ultras" - fanatical fans - when they were enjoying a drink at The Drunken Ship pub, according to reports.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014951/tottenham-hotspur-fans-attacked-in-rome

Bahrain repressed protesters with West's tacit approval - Amnesty International

A year after an eruption of protests in Bahrain, the ruling monarchy continues to commit serious human rights abuses against activists. Amnesty International has criticized the US and UK for ignoring the repression, and urged action.

In November 2011, a panel of human rights experts investigated the uprising in Bahrain and its aftermath and released the Bahraini Independent Commission of Enquiry (BICI) report. In June 2012, the panel sent a follow up unit to monitor Bahrain's progress in implementing the report’s recommendations. Amnesty International has found that human rights activists are being arrested and harassed at increasing rates.

http://rt.com/news/bahrain-repression-human-rights-abuses-299/

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake SICILY, ITALY - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region SICILY, ITALY
Date time 2012-11-22 11:25:52.0 UTC
Location 37.79 N ; 14.98 E
Depth 17 km
Distances 10 km S Randazzo, Italy

Rebels seize army base in eastern Syria

Activists say Syrian rebels have seized a key military base with artillery stockpiles in the country's east.

The capture of the base in the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province near the border with Iraq follows the seizure of a military airport in the same area last week.

The rebels have been making advances in the strategic province for weeks.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/rebels-seize-army-base-in-eastern-syria-1.1048830

UN under fire over fall of Goma in DR Congo

The UN's failure to confront insurgents who seized a strategic city in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday has raised questions about its largest and costliest peacekeeping mission.

The blue helmets gave up the battle for Goma in the eastern part of the country without firing a shot, standing aside as M23 rebels - widely believed to be backed by Rwanda - overran the frontier city of up to one million people.

For the French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, it was "absurd" that the UN troops had allowed the rebels to parade past them. He urged that the mandate of the more than 17,000-strong force be reviewed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20422340

Forget Nobel Peace Prize, EU launches summit warfare

The European Union may have won the Nobel Peace Prize this year, but to many EU leaders, officials, diplomats and even journalists, it can feel more like a torture chamber.

Increasingly, Europe is governed at night by leaders in an advanced state of exhaustion, disregarding scientific evidence that this can lead to bad decisions, or non-decisions.

Over the past three years, the EU has held 25 summits to try to tackle its debt crisis and related economic turmoil, with few of those meetings ending before 3 or 4 a.m. -- usually after 12 hours or more of near-fruitless negotiation.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-eu-summits-torture-idUSBRE8AL0A220121122

Netanyahu hints at severe military action if truce fails

Afghan opium growth sees "alarming" rise: U.N.

Afghanistan needs to be more serious about fighting drugs after an "alarming" 18 percent increase in opium cultivation this year, the U.N. drugs agency said on Tuesday.

The rise was mainly due to high prices and a failure of state agencies to work together to wipe out a trade that helps fund the Taliban-led insurgency, a United Nations report said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-afghanistan-opium-idUSBRE8AJ13A20121120

Scientist fears radiation still leaking at Fukushima nuclear plant

After Sandy, some dump homes, while others hunt for bargains

"Reduced for Quick Sale!" reads Mike Montalbano's Craigslist ad for the three-bedroom home he needs to sell before he can relocate for a new job.

The drywall is new, as are the appliances. The only problem? Location. Montalbano's home is in Tom's River, New Jersey, which was pummeled by last month's Sandy megastorm.

"A lot of people are scared to come back to the water," says Montalbano. "Back in the day, everybody wanted to come to the shore. Now it's a mess down here."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/20/us-storm-sandy-realestate-idUSBRE8AJ10620121120

Euro zone faces deepest downturn since early 2009

The euro zone economy is on course for its weakest quarter since the dark days of early 2009, according to business surveys that showed companies toiling against shrinking order books in November.

Service sector firms like banks and hotels that comprise the bulk of the economy fared particularly badly this month, and laid off staff at a faster pace.

While the monthly rate of decline that manufacturers reported eased far more than economists anticipated, Markit's latest Purchasing Managers' Indexes (PMIs) pointed to little change overall for a recession-hit euro zone this month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-eurozone-pmi-idUSBRE8AL08I20121122

Sarkozy in court over campaign

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived at a Bordeaux court Thursday for questioning in a probe involving illegal campaign donations, CNN affiliate BFM-TV said.

The investigation of the former leader has largely centered around whether L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her staff illegally helped him during his 2007 presidential campaign.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/europe/france-sarkozy-court/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Israeli military touts successes after conflict

The relentless pace of the Israeli airstrike on Gaza gave the country's military time to make a significant dent in the offensive capability of Hamas, the Israeli military said.

Over the eight day conflict, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) looked to deplete some of the estimated 12,000 rockets Hamas has in its arsenal and destroy tunnels that are said to be used to smuggle weapons.

"We are very satisfied with the achievements that we have had in this operation," Israel Defense Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich said on CNN's 'Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.'

http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/11/21/israeli-military-touts-degradation-of-hamas-capabilities/?hpt=hp_c2

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake BALI REGION, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 09:09:31 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:09:31 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
8.907°S, 115.153°E
Depth
73.8 km (45.9 miles)
Region
BALI REGION, INDONESIA
Distances
9 km (5 miles) SSE of Kangin, Indonesia

Proposed EU Budget Rise 'Quite Wrong': David Cameron

The Prime Minister said he would be fighting "very hard" for a good deal for British taxpayers and to keep the rebate negotiated by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

"These are very important negotiations. Clearly at a time when we are making difficult decisions at home over public spending it would be quite wrong - it is quite wrong - for there to be proposals for this increased extra spending in the EU," he said.

Mr Cameron is calling for a real-terms freeze, or even a cut, in the budget for 2014-20 - the sole subject on the agenda for the summit, which is being attended by leaders from all 27 EU member states.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014803/eu-budget-proposed-rise-quite-wrong-says-pm

Cops Now Shooting People From Helicopters & Firing at Unarmed Girls!

Benghazi security chief assassinated

Unknown gunmen have assassinated the temporary security director for the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in the latest violence to rock the city, state media reported Wednesday.

Col. Faraj al-Dursi was shot dead by three unidentified men in a civilian car on Tuesday night, security officials in the city said, according to Libyan state news agency LANA.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/africa/libya-violence/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Self-immolations on rise in Tibet....How Many More must Die?

Ethnic clashes erupt in north Syria

Rebels say Syria hospital strike kills 40

Syrian rebels accused government forces of bombing a hospital in the besieged city of Aleppo late Wednesday, killing at least 40 people as the conflict there ground on.

Ralib al-Omar, a leader of the Yusif al-Asma rebel group, said the attack targeted the Dar al-Shifa Hospital and that the dead included two nurses. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists, said a doctor was among the dead as well -- one of 108 people the group said were killed across the country on Wednesday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Inside Turkey's tunnel to Europe

As a city that sits astride two continents, Istanbul has always been a strategic gateway between the East and West. But an ambitious railway project is pulling the two continents even closer together with the construction of the world's deepest submerged tunnel.

The 76-kilometer (47.2-mile) Marmaray Project will be the world's first railway connection between Europe and Asia, ferrying passengers under a 1.4-km (0.9-m) section of the Bosphorus Strait.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/world/europe/istanbul-marmaray-tunnel/index.html?hpt=hp_c4

In Iatest clash, Iran casts a shadow

In the latest round of fighting between Israelis and the Palestinian militants of Hamas in Gaza, one key player looms like an ominous, lengthening shadow: Iran.

Never far from sight or mind, the standoff between Iran and the West over Iran's nuclear program serves as the backdrop to the fighting. It frames Israeli tactics and strategy and influences the international diplomatic response. Iran and its nuclear program also play a powerful psychological role, as observers and participants ponder the parallels between the latest Israel-Hamas conflict and a possible war in which Iran would stand against the U.S. or Israel, and perhaps other NATO allies.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/21/opinion/ghitis-israel-hamas-iran/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

Pakistan Taliban vow to attack Indian targets over Mumbai gunman

Pakistan's Taliban movement threatened on Thursday to attack Indian targets to avenge the country's execution of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the militant squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people in 2008.

Kasab was hanged on Wednesday amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-india-execution-taliban-idUSBRE8AL05120121122

Monuments to waste overshadow EU budget battle

EU leaders go into a budget battle on Thursday under pressure to avoid some glaring mistakes of the past: half-empty motorways, airports that barely see a flight and high-speed rail lines with few passengers to repay vast construction costs.

Getting any deal on the European Union's 2014-2020 budget at this week's Brussels summit will be hard enough. Tougher still will be resisting the temptation to pour billions more into projects that become monuments to waste.

Cohesion funds - used for new roads, bridges and other infrastructure in the EU's poorest regions - account for 33 percent of the European Commission's proposed 1 trillion euro ($1.3 trillion) budget for the seven-year period. This is only slightly less than the biggest item, agriculture.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-eu-budget-waste-idUSBRE8AL07T20121122

Hillary Clinton says Gaza ceasefire comes at "critical" moment

Australian tax crackdown to target Google, other multinationals

Australia released draft revisions to tax laws on Thursday, which it said were designed to stop big firms, including the local arm of Google, from shifting their income to countries such as Holland or Ireland where the tax rates are lower.

The move is in line with a push by Britain and Germany who want the G20 group of nations to make multinational companies pay their "fair share" of taxes, following reports of large firms exploiting loopholes to shift taxation of their income away from where they are generated.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/22/us-australia-google-tax-idUSBRE8AL04W20121122

Suicide Bomber Kills 23 Near Pakistan Capital

A suicide bomber has killed at least 23 people in an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession in Pakistan.

Police say they tried to stop and search the attacker as he attempted to join the march in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, but he ran past them and detonated the explosives.

The bomber was also carrying grenades, some of which exploded.

At least 62 people were wounded in the attack, at midnight, including six police officers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014881/suicide-bomber-kills-23-near-pakistan-capital

UK Flood Alert As Heavy Rain Sweeps The Country

Britain is braced for another day of deluges and flooding as heavy rain sweeps across the country.

Homes were flooded and roads left underwater on Wednesday as downpours caused widespread disruption, and forecasters warn more misery is on its way.

Vehicles were abandoned and there were reports of entire villages being cut off as floodwater surged through lanes and streets and into homes.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014903/flood-alert-as-heavy-rain-sweeps-the-country

Gaza: Israel And Hamas Ceasefire Holds

A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to have held overnight.

A truce brokered between the two sides came into effect on Wednesday evening, bringing eight days of fighting to an end.

Both sides quickly claimed victory, with Hamas insisting it had defeated Israel.

The Israelis, meanwhile, said they have severely impaired the military capability of Hamas, which governs Gaza.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014888/gaza-israel-and-hamas-ceasefire-holding

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:32:24 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 02:32:24 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.932°N, 126.497°E
Depth
100.5 km (62.5 miles)
Region
KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
Distances
126 km (78 miles) ESE of Sarangani, Philippines

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake GUAM REGION - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 06:27:19 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 04:27:19 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
13.548°N, 144.585°E
Depth
131.4 km (81.7 miles)
Region
GUAM REGION
Distances
14 km (8 miles) NW of Piti Village, Guam

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake ORURO, BOLIVIA - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:55:12 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 01:55:12 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
19.184°S, 67.514°W
Depth
193.5 km (120.2 miles)
Region
ORURO, BOLIVIA
Distances
84 km (52 miles) WSW of Challapata, Bolivia

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION - 22nd November 2012

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:21:49 UTC
Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 05:21:49 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
54.086°N, 168.301°E
Depth
30 km (18.6 miles)
Region
KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA, RUSSIA REGION
Distances
193 km (119 miles) SE of Nikol'skoye, Russia

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Children pay high price in Gaza

Salvatore Perrone Arrested: Suspect 'confesses' to killing two of three shopkeepers brutally murdered in Brooklyn

A low-end clothing dealer was arrested Wednesday in the killings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers, police said.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, of Staten Island, confessed to two of the killings after turning himself in to police, according to the New York Post.

'He puts himself at all three scenes,' a source told the Post. 'The motive is still unclear.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236459/Police-arrest-John-Doe-Duffel-Bags-Suspect-turns-seen-near-TWO-Brooklyn-murder-scenes.html

Revealed: Military emails show that NO U.S. sailors witnessed Osama bin Laden's secret burial at sea

Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no American sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson, and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the secret ceremony.

The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.

Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236617/Revealed-Military-emails-NO-U-S-sailors-witnessed-Osama-bin-Ladens-secret-burial-sea.html

Two MORE 'victims' come forward to accuse Elmo star of grooming them for underage sex

After a week of allegations being made, retracted and renewed, voice of Elmo Kevin Clash, 52, faces Thanksgiving with the threat that two further 'victims' lurk in the wings. The puppeteer resigned from Sesame Street as Cecil Singleton, 23, became the second young man to allege sexual abuse.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236555/EXCLUSIVE-Two-victims-come-forward-accuse-Elmo-star-grooming-underage-sex.html

Flu jabs are a 'waste of taxpayer's money', claim scientists who say the benefits have been over-hyped

The benefits of the annual flu jab have been ‘over-hyped’, scientists claim.

They say the vaccine is far less effective than is widely believed, with some studies showing it protects less than two-thirds of the population.

The US researchers say ministers in Britain as well as America are ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’ on the jab.

And they claim that because the benefits have been so ‘over-promoted’, scientists have been deterred from inventing vaccines that would be far more effective.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2236253/Flu-jabs-waste-taxpayers-money-claim-scientists-benefits-hyped.html

Essex House Fire: Deaths of six members of the same family in house fire now being treated as MURDER

A tragic house fire which killed six members of the same family is now being treating by detectives as murder, after police said last night they believe someone burgled the home and then started a blaze.

Sabah Usmani, 44, and sons Sohaib, 11, and Rayyan, six, and daughter Hira, 13, died last month in Harlow, Essex, with a third son, Muneeb, nine, and daughter Maheen, three, dying in hospital.

Dr Usmani's husband Abdul Shakoor, 45, was the only survivor, and police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses because ‘someone knows something’ about the incident but has failed to tell officers.

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