Monday, January 28, 2013

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 20:29:14 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 06:29:14 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.500°N, 143.606°E
Depth
33.4 km (20.8 miles)
Region
OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
227 km (141 miles) ESE of Ishinomaki, Japan

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake PANAMA-COSTA RICA BORDER REGION - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 20:20:53 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 03:20:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
9.072°N, 82.866°W
Depth
29.8 km (18.5 miles)
Region
PANAMA-COSTA RICA BORDER REGION
Distances
28 km (17 miles) N of Rio Sereno, Panama

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 19:47:38 UTC
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 01:47:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
42.507°N, 79.595°E
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Distances
64 km (39 miles) SSE of Kegen, Kazakhstan

Israeli Crowd Control Weapons Used Improperly, Palestinians Die

Army training exercise happening on Houston's south side shortly after Miami military excerise: What are they preparing for?


SkyEye 13 HD was over the south side where at first look, it appears there's a massive SWAT scene happening.

People have been calling police, as well as our newsroom, saying they're hearing gunshots in the area of Scott and Airport. It turns out, the Army says, it's a multi-agency training drill. They're doing it at the old Carnegie High School.

Helicopters were also involved. The Army isn't giving any details of what the training is about.

So if you see the helicopters or hear gunfire, it's only a drill.

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8971311

Matt's thoughts:

Favourite comment on that article: "It's a drill. Until it isn't."

UFO sighting over Russia, January 21 2013, stabilized & zoomed: Missile? Something else?



Questions to be answered if this is a missile:

1. If the flame is providing the source of illumination, why does it linger for so long after the projectile's flight ceases (and indeed seems to hover in the sky), unlike a missile which snuffs out immediately?

2. Why is the illumination so incredibly large in the sky, instead of a point of light?

3. Why is the contrail fanned out in such a broad manner, unlike the straight trail usually seen with rockets?

4. Why two missile tests so close together, if not simultaneously?

5. Why conducted where they'll be seen by the public?

6. Why not even the slightest sound of rockets flying through the air, or explosions from failure?

7. If these are failed missile tests, why are so many Russian tests suddenly failing?

8. If these are missiles, why have we only begun to see events like these across the world in the last 3 years?

Uh, Agent Green? Seriously? *rattles empty bottle in kitchen*

How are we supposed to run a successful psy-ops website when you're always using up all the creamer? Store is a block away, and you have a company Segway at your disposal. I tell you, agents these days. *shakes head*

Royal Torture: Bahrain princess charged with activist abuse

Russia: Rare glimpse of volcanic activity

'Camover' players destroy CCTV cameras in Germany - Truthloader

Mozambique floods: Dozens killed, 150,000 displaced

Syria regime strikes back against outgunned rebels

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHWESTERN IRAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region NORTHWESTERN IRAN
Date time 2013-01-28 19:38:19.0 UTC
Location 38.38 N ; 46.89 E
Depth 2 km
Distances 18 km SW Ahar, Iran

French helicopters return to base after Mali fight

Gun Control Debates Continue

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-01-28 19:11:51.4 UTC
Location 42.62 N ; 79.59 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 54 km SE Kegen, Kazakhstan

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.4
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-01-28 18:49:36.6 UTC
Location 42.61 N ; 79.74 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 55 km S Koshkar, Kazakhstan

Rick Ross crashes car after gunshots in Florida - police

Rapper Rick Ross crashed a Rolls-Royce into an apartment building in Florida on Monday after he lost control while trying to avoid gunfire aimed at the car, police said.

Ross, whose real name is William L. Roberts, and a female passenger reported hearing multiple gunshots being fired in their direction as they drove in Fort Lauderdale early in the morning, according to police.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/uk-rickross-idUKBRE90R0YP20130128

Iran: We sent a monkey into space -- and brought it back

Is the space race back on?

Iran officials today said that the country successfully launched a rocket, named Pishgam, or Pioneer in Farsi, into space, the Associated Press is reporting. Pishgam was carrying a monkey, according to state-sponsored TV, which safely returned back to land. The rocket achieved a height of 72 miles before coming back down.

Monkeys were commonly used by the U.S. and Soviet Union space programs in the 1950s for research. Other animals, including dogs, were also sent to space.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57566209-76/iran-we-sent-a-monkey-into-space-and-brought-it-back/

Earthquake unnerves Kazakhstan's largest city

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has hit southeastern Kazakhstan, causing apartment buildings to sway in the country's largest city, Almaty.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the temblor hit at 22:38 p.m. local time (1638 GMT; 11:38 a.m. EST) Monday and that the epicenter was in a remote mountainous area near the border with Western China and Kyrgyzstan.

The shallow tremors were also felt in the capital of neighboring Kyrgyzstan. No damage had been reported by late Monday.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/28/3204923/earthquake-unnerves-kazakhstans.html

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 17:31:46 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:31:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
42.749°N, 79.526°E
Depth
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
Region
EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Distances
39 km (24 miles) SE of Kegen, Kazakhstan

British embassy in Tripoli aware of report of threat against it

The British embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli said on Monday it was aware of reports of a potential threat against it, days after London urged British nationals to leave the eastern city of Benghazi due to a "specific and imminent threat" against Westerners.

"We are aware of reports of a potential threat against the British embassy in Tripoli and we are liaising closely with the Libyan government," an embassy spokeswoman said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-libya-britain-idUSBRE90R0W920130128

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-01-28 17:12:21.6 UTC
Location 42.62 N ; 79.69 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 54 km SE Kegen, Kazakhstan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude mb 4.3
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-01-28 17:09:21.4 UTC
Location 42.63 N ; 79.61 E
Depth 1 km
Distances 54 km SE Kegen, Kazakhstan

Australia Floods Threaten To Wash Homes Away

Hundreds of homes are at risk of being washed away by fast-flowing floodwaters in the Australian state of Queensland.

Mass evacuations have been carried out in the city of Bundaberg, north of Brisbane, where waters in the Burnett River continued to rise above the record level of nine metres.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043892/australia-floods-threaten-to-wash-homes-away

Egypt: New Army Powers Amid Deadly Protests

Police advanced along the Nile Corniche in Cairo firing volleys of tear gas grenades at demonstrators choking on Egypt's Islamisation under the Muslim Brotherhood, two years into the revolution that brought them to power.

Declaring a state of emergency in three major cities on Sunday night, President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member, secured the approval of Egypt's senate to grant the armed forces powers of arrest.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043960/egypt-new-army-powers-amid-deadly-protests

Farrakhan: Right To Bear Arms An Outdated Concept

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons.

On Sunday, Farrakhan continued “The Time and What Must Be Done” sermon series by stating that Americans are increasingly angry at the government, and are simultaneously preparing themselves for war. Farrakhan went on to say that the Second Amendment has little relevance in modern society, stating that the constitutional right to bear arms is outdated.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/28/farrakhan-right-to-bear-arms-an-outdated-concept/

France fears Islamist rise in Syria unless opposition helped

France's foreign minister said on Monday Syria risks falling into the hands of Islamist militant groups if supporters of the Syrian opposition do not do more to help it in a 22-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.

Addressing the opening of a conference in Paris with senior members of the Syrian National Coalition, Laurent Fabius said the meeting must focus on making the opposition politically and militarily cohesive to encourage international assistance.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-syria-crisis-talks-idUSBRE90R0D720130128

Islamists clash with police in Bangladesh

Irish banks at mercy of international paymasters

Ireland's banking recovery could yet be derailed by its international creditors.

The European Central Bank's refusal so far to give Dublin any relief on the 30-billion euro cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank is a major setback for government ambitions to exit an EU-IMF bailout this year and give the euro zone its first post-crisis success story.

The failure to agree a deal on Anglo Irish also overshadows the country's banks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-banks-ireland-idUSBRE90R0PP20130128

Violent protests greet Mursi's emergency decree

A man was shot dead on Monday in a fifth day of violence in Egypt that has killed 50 people and prompted the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency in an attempt to end a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world's biggest nation.

Emergency rule announced by President Mohamed Mursi on Sunday covers the cities of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez. The army has already been deployed in two of those cities and cabinet approved a measure to let soldiers arrest civilians.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-egypt-anniversary-idUSBRE90N1E620130128

Mali: Islamists Burn Timbuktu Manuscripts

A library containing rare and ancient documents has been torched by Islamic militants escaping from French forces in Timbuktu.

The Ahmed Baba Institute of Higher Islamic Studies and Research had reportedly been used as a sleeping quarters by the Islamists.

http://news.sky.com/story/1044015/mali-islamists-burn-timbuktu-manuscripts

6.3 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN - 28th January 2013

Magnitude M 6.3
Region EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
Date time 2013-01-28 16:38:53.0 UTC
Location 42.67 N ; 79.79 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 48 km S Koshkar, Kazakhstan

More blackhawk helicopter military exercises over Miami as police state takes shape



Some members of the U.S. military were busy in Miami Thursday night as they conducted exercises in Downtown Miami.

CBS4 captured video of Black Hawk helicopters flying over the city as part of a joint military training exercise.

Thursday night’s training took place near the Stephen P. Clark Center in Miami and a nearby Metrorail station where troops could be seen rappelling from the military choppers onto the Metrorail station platform.

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2013/01/25/blackhawks-used-in-military-training-exercise-in-miami/

And the exercise, including machine gun fire, from 2011:



Eight Yemeni soldiers killed by a suicide car bomber in Southern Yemen: local officials


Cambodia Reports 3 New Bird Flu Cases, 2 Fatal

Cambodia on Friday reported three new human cases of bird flu, two of them fatal, in the first three weeks of this year. That’s as many cases as the Southeast Asian country reported in all of 2012.

The cases are among the first reported in 2013 for the virulent H5N1 virus, which the World Health Organization says has killed 360 other people worldwide since surfacing in 2003.

WHO and Cambodia’s health ministry announced that a 15-year-old girl in a village in southeastern Takeo province and a 35-year-old man in central Kampong Speu Province died after being hospitalized with H5N1, better known as bird flu. An 8-month-old boy in the capital, Phnom Penh, was treated and survived.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/25249

Brazil Fire: Nightclub Owner Is Arrested

The owner of a Brazilian nightclub where 233 people died in a fire has been arrested, according to the AFP news agency.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043965/brazil-fire-nightclub-owner-is-arrested

Shale gas boom now visible from space

Oil companies at the heart of the US shale oil boom are burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington combined in a practice causing growing concern about the waste of resources and damage to the environment.

The volume of unwanted gas being flared off in North Dakota, the state leading the shale revolution transforming the outlook for US energy, rose about 50 per cent last year. The surge at the state’s Bakken formation is being replicated in other shale regions with the Texas state regulator issuing 1,963 permits to flare in 2012, more than six times the number of 306 in 2010.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d2d2e83c-6721-11e2-a805-00144feab49a.html

Barack Obama: 'I go shooting all the time'

President Barack Obama has claimed that he goes shooting "all the time", while attempting to reassure American gun-owners that he respects their rights to use firearms.

Amid conservative anger over Mr Obama's proposals to ban assault weapons as part of a drastic overhaul of US gun control laws, the president said that he was a keen clay-pigeon shooter.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9830016/Barack-Obama-I-go-shooting-all-the-time.html

Nigel Farage responds to Camerons promis on EU referendum.

Shipment of assault rifles seized at Aden

Hani Abou El-Kheir Killed by a gang in Pimlico, central London

A teenager, who died after being stabbed in Pimlico, central London, has been named as Hani Abou El-Kheir.

Officers were called to Lupus Street at 6.50pm on Sunday where they found a 16-year-old who had been stabbed. Witnesses heard him screaming for his life.

The victim was taken to a south London hospital but died from his injuries at 8.45pm.

Family friend Mahmoud Abosiad said: "He was a lovely boy. He did not deserve to end up on a slab."

http://news.sky.com/story/1043731/pimlico-fatal-stabbing-teenager-named

Davos 2013: Forget growth - slower decline only hope: Ghosn

ECB has upper hand over Ireland

Militants attack oil pipeline in Algeria, two dead: source

Islamist militants are suspected of attacking an oil pipeline on Monday in the Algerian region of Djebahia, some 70 km (45 miles) east of the capital Algiers, killing two Algerian guards, a security source told Reuters.

The region is a stronghold of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and is where its leader Abdelmalek Droukdel is believed to be based, the source said, adding seven people had been wounded in the attack.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-algiera-attack-idUSBRE90R0HN20130128

Winter Weather Approaching East Coast Cities

Egyptians, Police Clash Over State of Emergency

Foam fills Australian town during wild weather after tropical cyclone Oswald

Israel's Iron Dome

Iran Space Monkey: Primate 'Sent Into Orbit'

Iran has successfully flown a monkey into space and back, according to the country's state TV channel.

In what was described as another step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight, the report said the primate was sent up in a Pishtam, or Explorer, rocket to a height of 72 miles.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043897/iran-space-monkey-primate-sent-into-orbit

Radicalisation Awareness Network: Sharpening our tools against violent extremism in Europe....

How to sharpen Europe's tools to prevent violent extremism? A High Level Conference in Brussels on 29 January 2013 aims to give the answers to these questions, based on the work carried out by experts and practitioners in the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN), launched by EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in 2011. Policy proposals include training local police to detect signs of radicalisation into violent extremism, and providing de-radicalisation or exit programs for members of extremist groups. By bringing together field workers with ministers, academia and local authorities, the conference aims to take the EU's work against extremism to a new level.

''Violent extremism represents a big threat to EU citizens' security. The terrorist threat has in part shifted away from organised groups to individuals, who are harder to detect, and whose actions are harder to predict. A lot can be learnt from front line professionals and their recommendations provide important tools and concrete suggestions for policy makers,'' said Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

''We will not defeat violent extremism without also addressing the populist and demagogic propaganda which lays the ground for ideologically motivated violence in Europe," added Commissioner Malmström. "Not since World War II have extremist and populist forces had so much influence on national parliaments as they have today. We need more European leaders to express their opposition to rising extremism. We must have the courage to stand up and protect our common European values".

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-59_en.htm?locale=en

Anti-Israel cartoon in London’s Sunday Times called ‘blood libel’

London's Sunday Times published an editorial cartoon showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement.

The cartoon published Sunday, which was International Holocaust Memorial Day, carries the caption “Israeli Elections … Will Cementing Peace Continue?”

In a statement, the European Jewish Congress called the cartoon "sickening" and "offensive," and said the paper and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe should apologize.

http://www.jta.org/news/article/2013/01/27/3117916/offensive-anti-israel-cartoon-in-londons-sunday-times-called-blood-libel

North Korea cannibalism: Reports say starving people eating human flesh

North Koreans may be resorting to cannibalism for survival as grave food insufficiency continues to weaken the isolated Communist State, which has again been in the news lately over its threat to execute a third nuclear test, in response to the UNSC resolution, which slammed the North for its December rocket launch, and intensified the existing sanctions against the country. Several impoverished North Koreans may be embracing cannibalism for survival has been reported by certain international media outlets.

As per The Sunday Times, a North Korean father was eliminated by a firing squad, after it was uncovered that he had killed and consumed two of his kids in 2012. This North Korea cannibalism incident occurred reportedly during the 2012 North Korea famine, which may have ended the lives of thousands of people. The newspaper additionally remarked that the ‘citizen journalists’ within the Communist dictatorship, working for Asia Press, doubt that at least 10000 passed away from starvation in 2012 in provinces south of Pyongyang.

http://www.globalnewsdesk.co.uk/middle-east-asia/north-korea-cannibalism-hunger-reports/03138/

European Free Trade Association court dismisses all claims against Iceland

Iceland unexpectedly won its legal battle to avoid being forced to pay back the British and Dutch governments for not honouring deposit guarantees for savers in Icesave.

The EFTA (European Free Trade Association) court on Monday dismissed all claims against Iceland, ruling that it had not breached the deposit guarantee directive due to the magnitude of the systemic crisis that Iceland experienced. It also held that Iceland had not discriminated between depositors in its own country and those in the UK or Netherlands.

Iceland reacted with relief after government officials had long been prepared for a defeat.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4258b6da-693b-11e2-b254-00144feab49a.html

George Osborne attacks Nick Clegg over EU referendum claim

In a further sign of growing tension in the Coalition over the issue the Chancellor appeared to rebuke Mr Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, for saying that a referendum is not in the national interest.

Mr Clegg yesterday described the debate on the UK’s place in the EU as “arcane”.

"It is not in the national interest when we have this fragile recovery, when we have a very open economy which is very dependent on investors in the car industry and the banking system and so on,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9831345/George-Osborne-attacks-Nick-Clegg-over-EU-referendum-claim.html

Iran denies explosion at underground uranium facility

Iran has denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its most sensitive uranium enrichment sites, describing them as Western propaganda designed to influence upcoming nuclear negotiations.

Reuters has been unable to verify reports since Friday of an explosion early last week at the underground Fordow bunker, near the religious city of Qom, that some Israeli and Western media have said caused significant damage.

"The false news of an explosion at Fordow is Western propaganda ahead of nuclear negotiations to influence their process and outcome," state news agency IRNA quoted the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Saeed Shamseddin Bar Broudi, as saying late on Sunday.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/iran-nuclear-idUSL5N0AX3OX20130128

Mali rebels fleeing Timbuktu burn library full of ancient manuscripts

Islamist insurgents retreating from the ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu have set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless ancient manuscripts, some dating back to the 13th century, in what the town's mayor described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage.

Hallé Ousmani Cissé told the Guardian that al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings where the manuscripts were being kept. They also burned down the town hall and governor's office, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military.

French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to save the leather-bound manuscripts, which were a unique record of sub-Saharan Africa's medieval history.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/28/mali-timbuktu-library-ancient-manuscripts

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 12:00:17 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:00:17 PM at epicenter
Location
11.070°S, 165.368°E
Depth
35 km (21.7 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
382 km (237 miles) E (101°) from Kira Kira, Solomon Islands

List of Sheriffs Standing Up Against Obama’s Gun Control

As on Saturday night on January 26, 2013 a total of 195 Sheriffs have publicly announced that they will refuse to obey unconstitutional legislation and/or executive orders that violate the Second Amendment,

The Following 204 County Sheriffs have taken a stand to defend the Second Amendment

New Mexico 29, Utah 28, Oregon 18, California 17 Texas 9, Idaho 9, North Carolina 8, Missouri 7, Colorado 6, South Carolina 6, Washington 6, Georgia 5, Montana 5, Arizona 4, Nevada 3, New York 4, Pennsylvania 3, Alabama 3, Michigan 4, Ohio 2, Florida 3, Mississippi 3, Illinois 2, Kentucky 3, West Virginia 2, Tennessee 2, Iowa 1, Kansas 1, Indiana 1, Minnesota 1, Oklahoma 1, Delaware 1, Wisconsin 1, Maryland 1, North Dakota 0, Maine 0, South Dakota 0, Rhode Island 0, Arkansas 0, Connecticut 0, Louisiana 0, Massachusetts 0, New Hampshire 0, New Jersey 0, Nebraska 0, Vermont 0, Virginia 0, Louisiana 0, Alaska 0, Wyoming 0, Hawaii 0

The County Sheriff

The primary responsibility of the County Sheriff is to protect the people living in his or her county from criminal activity, including the enforcement of unjust laws. When Sheriffs enforce unconstitutional laws, they become the agents of tyranny. It is the duty of the Sheriff to uphold the Constitution and enforce only those laws that promote justice, liberty and equality for everyone living in his or her county.

http://constitutionclub.ning.com/forum/topics/county-sheriff-s-honor-roll

China Lucky Escape: Truck overturns, misses motorcyclist by inches

Brazilian Police: Smoke Killed Most in Club

Troops hunt fleeing rebels in Timbuktu

French-backed Malian troops searched through Timbuktu for Islamist rebel fighters on Monday after seizing the airport and surrounding the ancient Saharan trading town in a lightning offensive against al Qaeda-allied fighters in northern Mali.

"We are in control of the airport in Timbuktu and forces are in the process of securing the town," Mali's Defence Ministry spokesman Lt. Col Diarran Kone told Reuters.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE90O0C720130128

Scores hurt as Islamists take to Bangladesh streets over tribunal

At least 50 people including policemen were injured in Bangladesh on Monday as Islamist activists protested against the prosecution of their leaders on charges stemming from a war of independence 40 years ago, police and witnesses said.

Protesters set off crude explosives and threw bricks at police who tried to disperse them with teargas, batons and some shots in the air, witnesses said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-bangladesh-islamists-idUSBRE90R07Y20130128

Iran cracks down on media before election

Iranian authorities have arrested more than a dozen journalists in the past two days over their links to "anti-revolutionary" media, Iranian media reported, in what appeared to be a coordinated crackdown on the press.

With a presidential election five months away, Iran's clerical leadership appears to be tightening its grip on the media to avoid a repeat of the widespread protests that erupted after the disputed election in 2009.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-iran-election-press-idUSBRE90R0AI20130128

Missing Mexican Band: Bodies Found In Well

At least eight bodies have been pulled from a well near the site where members of a Mexican band went missing after a performance.

A total of 20 people disappeared on Friday following the Colombian-style group Kombo Kolombia's show in Monterrey the previous night, including 16 musicians and crew.

An official from the Nuevo Leon State Investigative Agency said the number of bodies found at a vacant car park in the nearby town of Mina could increase.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043763/missing-mexican-band-bodies-found-in-well

Only a coward would deny the people their voice on Europe

Well, folks, the choice is clear — and I suppose there must be some people out there who approve of the bizarre and defeatist policy of Labour leader Ed Miliband.

There must be at least a couple of readers who think the EU is just maaaahvellous in every respect. Perhaps you are one of them? Perhaps you think the whole Brussels set-up is beyond improvement, and that it is somehow vulgar to try to get a better deal for Britain. You may be one of those people who think the EU Commission has a perfect right to regulate everything from the working hours of junior doctors to the maximum permissible odours of dungheaps to the exact colour of a Danish frankfurter — and that none of these regulations is promulgated in a way that is remotely burdensome or expensive.

You may be so deluded as to believe that the performance of the European economy is a cause for rejoicing, and that the euro is a masterpiece of economic planning.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9830797/Only-a-coward-would-deny-the-people-their-voice-on-Europe.html

Graphene, Human Brain Win $1.35 Billion EU Research Funds

University-led research projects to investigate graphene and the functioning of the human brain each won 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion) in European Union funding, the European Commission said.

Researchers at Sweden’s Chalmers University will lead a project to investigate graphene, the thinnest and toughest material ever produced which conducts electricity 30 times faster than silicon. Royal Philips Electronics NV, Alcatel- Lucent SA, Thales SA (HO) and Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) are among companies involved in the program. Another project simulating the way the human brain works is led by researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne, Switzerland, and includes SAP AG (SAP), Cray Inc. (CRAY) and International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-28/graphene-human-brain-win-1-35-billion-eu-research-funds.html

'Flop train': European Commission vice president Siim Kallas: “It’s not our problem”

The EU’s top transport official says the troubled launch of a now-suspended high-speed rail service between Brussels and Amsterdam - christened the ‘flop train’ by angry passengers - is “not our problem” despite years of efforts to encourage such premium transnational rail service.

Dutch and Belgian lawmakers were due to hold a hearing today (28 January) in Brussels on technical problems with the Italian-built train sets, some of which broke down because of snow and ice on the busy 175-kilometre corridor.

http://www.euractiv.com/transport/flop-train-eu-high-speed-rail-am-news-517384

Israel Girds for Attacks as Syria Falls Apart

At least one Iron Dome missile defense battery was deployed Sunday in northern Israel amid reports of intense security consultations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Syria and the possibility of chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist rebels or being transferred to the militant group Hezbollah.

Silvan Shalom, a vice prime minister, described the movement of such weapons as a “red line” that could lead to Israeli military action.

“If there will be a need, we will take action to prevent chemical weapons from being transferred to Islamic terror organizations,” Mr. Shalom said on Army Radio.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/28/world/middleeast/refugee-crisis-grows-as-violence-flares-across-syria.html

Benghazi/Fast and Furious: The Real Scandals Underlying Both

As college football fans know well, during big, televised games it’s often flashed on the screen that the game is being watched at U.S. military bases in 175 different countries around the world. At first glance it’s exciting to know that U.S. troops don’t have to miss out on America’s greatest sport while gallantly serving their country.

But given a second pass, the notion is somewhat disturbing. That college football is watched at U.S. military bases around the world signals that our economy-smothering problem of big government extends well beyond Obamacare, TARP, and endless Bridges to Nowhere.

Though conservatives are often loath to admit it, small and limited government is not remotely consistent with U.S. troops stationed around the world.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/johntamny/2013/01/27/benghazi-fast-and-furious-the-real-scandal-with-both/

Hollande is afraid of his armies

Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande use the French armies to pander to private or foreign interests. They sent men to their death to plunder Ivory Coast cocoa, Libya’s gold reserves, Syria’s gas, and Mali’s uranium. The trust has been broken between the military chiefs and the soldiers who are in the army to defend the homeland.

The military adventures of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande in Afghanistan, Ivory Coast, Libya, Syria and now in Mali are hotly discussed in the French army. And the opposition they face is at a critical point.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article177270.html

Gaddafi's Libya Was Africa's Most Prosperous Democracy....What do they have now?

Contrary to popular belief, Libya , which western media described as “Gaddafi’s military dictatorship” was in actual fact one of the world’s most democratic States.

In 1977 the people of Libya proclaimed the Jamahiriya or “government of the popular masses by themselves and for themselves.” The Jamahiriya was a higher form of direct democracy with ‘the People as President.’ Traditional institutions of government were disbanded and abolished, and power belonged to the people directly through various committees and congresses.

Consequently, there was virtually no homelessness or Libyans living under bridges. How many Libyan homes and bridges did NATO destroy?

All Libyans were allowed to voice their views directly – not in one parliament of only a few hundred elite politicians – but in hundreds of committees attended by tens of thousands of ordinary citizens. Far from being a military dictatorship, Libya under Mr. Gaddafi was Africa ‘s most prosperous democracy.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.spyghana.com/gaddafis-libya-was-africas-most-prosperous-democracy-2/

British ambassador explains decision to withdraw from Benghazi, but reveals nothing

Britain’s ambassador, Michael Aron, explained his government’s recent decision to withdraw its citizens from Benghazi, at the opening of the One Voice 2013 women’s conference in Tripoli yesterday.

The ambassador, who was not listed to speak, agreed to speak to the sizable number of women representing NGOs from Benghazi at the conference.

In excellent Arabic, Aron explained that his government had “received information about foreigners in Benghazi. It was specific, accurate and urgent information. It was decided it was better they left Benghazi. We had a responsibility”, he explained to the women’s conference.

http://www.libyaherald.com/2013/01/27/british-ambassador-explains-decision-to-withdraw-from-benghazi/

Muslim Brotherhood member shot dead in Libya

A Muslim Brotherhood official and member of the local council from Misrata shot dead as he left a mosque in the Libyan city, a local source told AFP on Sunday.

"Sheikh Mohamed bin Othman was shot dead as he left a mosque after prayers" on Saturday, the source said on the condition of anonymity.

"Unknown gunmen fired shots from a car with tinted windows" at Othman before fleeing, the source added, citing witnesses.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/63448/World/Region/-Muslim-Brotherhood-member-shot-dead-in-Libya.aspx

Obama-Clinton 'Show': 'US at war with more states than it's been since 1945'

CrossTalk: Will UK Divorce EU?

Floods continue to hamper Queensland

Preserve CIA prisons as evidence: 9/11 lawyers

Lawyers for five alleged 9/11 conspirators who claim they were tortured in secret CIA prisons have asked a U.S. military judge to order that the prisons be preserved as evidence.

The issue is one of more than two dozen on the docket for a week of pretrial hearings set to begin on Monday in the war crimes tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.

The defendants include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the hijacked plane attacks that killed 2,976 people on September 11, 2001, and four other prisoners accused of training and aiding the hijackers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-usa-guantanamo-idUSBRE90R07I20130128

Royal prank radio show axed for good

An Australian radio show whose prank targeting Prince William's pregnant wife went horribly wrong has been taken off the air for good.

"The Hot30 Countdown" was suspended temporarily after the December prank, when the network expressed deep regret for the nurse who apparently committed suicide after routing through a call from the show's DJs to the royal ward.

Over the weekend, the show was permanently taken off the air.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/28/world/europe/uk-royal-hospital-prank/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Kiss Nightclub says it had permits

The owners of Kiss nightclub in southern Brazil pledged to cooperate with the investigation into a fire that left at least 233 people dead early Sunday, according to a statement released by the law firm of Kummel & Kummel.

"We are open to all authorities and inspections," said the statement, obtained by GLOBO TV.

About 2,000 people were inside the club when the fire broke out - double the maximum capacity of 1,000, said Guido de Melo, a state fire official.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/28/brazil-nightclub-says-it-had-right-permits-offers-condolence-to-victims-of-fire/?hpt=hp_t1

Ross Matthews Simons and Clare Simons Killed in 'Hit-And-Run', Bristol

The car involved in an alleged hit-and-run crash that killed a husband and wife on a tandem bicycle was being followed by police, it has emerged.

The couple, who died at the scene of the collision in Bristol, have been named as 32-year-old Ross Matthews Simons and 30-year-old Clare Simons.

And police investigating the accident revealed the Citroen Picasso involved had collided with the cyclists just moments after officers tried to pull it over.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043788/hit-and-run-deaths-tandem-cyclists-named

UAE charges 'plotters' linked to Muslim Brotherhood

The United Arab Emirates has ordered 94 people to be tried on charges of trying to seize power.

The attorney general said the alleged suspects had formed a secret group that publicly called on people to observe the teachings and values of Islam, but in fact sought to overthrow the state.

He said they had links to foreigners, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21226174

Nuclear test is 'people's demand', says N. Korea

North Korea on Saturday renewed its threat to carry out a third nuclear test in the latest in a series of bellicose warnings sparked by a tightening of UN sanctions, saying it was the "demand of the people."

It came a day after Pyongyang said the sanctions adopted earlier this week amounted to a "declaration of war", threatening the South with unspecified "physical counter-measures".

"A nuclear test is the demand of the people," said the Rodong Sinmun, the official daily newspaper of the ruling communist party in a signed commentary titled "We have no other option".

http://www.gazettebw.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16129:nuclear-test-is-peoples-demand-says-n-korea&catid=17:world-news&Itemid=2

Councils 'dodging democracy' over tax rises, says minister

Some English councils are "dodging democracy" by not holding referendums on council tax rises, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said.

Those not freezing council tax this year should "man up" and consult the public, he told the Daily Telegraph.

Ministers want a third year of council tax freezes, and have said those councils in England raising taxes above 2% should hold a public vote.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21226239

Australia floods leave hundreds stranded in Bundaberg

Helicopter rescue crews are trying to reach hundreds of people trapped by rising floodwaters in Bundaberg in the Australian state of Queensland.

Many people are trapped on roofs, but there are fears homes could be washed away by fast-moving waters after the Burnett River burst its banks.

Three people have already died in the Queensland flooding, after a cyclone brought heavy rain.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21226178

French led forces drive rebels from Gao

Iran denies explosion at underground uranium facility

Iran has denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its uranium enrichment sites, describing them as "Western propaganda" designed to influence upcoming nuclear negotiations.

Reuters has been unable to verify reports since Friday of an explosion at the underground Fordow bunker, near the religious city of Qom, that some Israeli and Western media have said caused significant damage.

Tehran has accused Israel and the United States of being behind cyber attacks and the assassination of its nuclear scientists, aiming to sabotage a nuclear program which the West suspects hides an attempt to develop nuclear weapons.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-iran-nuclear-idUSBRE90R06820130128

Berlusconi: 'Mussolini Was A Good Leader'

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has triggered outrage from the country's political left with comments defending fascist wartime leader Benito Mussolini at a ceremony commemorating victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

Speaking at the event in Milan, Mr Berlusconi said Mussolini had been wrong to follow Nazi Germany's lead in passing anti-Jewish laws but that he had in other respects been a good leader.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043662/berlusconi-defends-dictator-mussolini

George Reeder Saves Baby From Icy Waters

A dock master has rescued a six-month-old baby after his buggy was blown into freezing cold waters by strong winds.

The infant, who was strapped in the buggy, was swept into the water as his mother walked along Watchet Harbour, Somerset, at 8am on Sunday.

After hearing screams for help George Reeder, 63, initially thought a dog had fallen in but was horrified to see the pushchair upturned in the water.

He dived in and pulled it to the wall, before a member of the public helped attach a rope and hauled it to dry land - but not before the baby had spent around five minutes in the water.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043597/dock-master-saves-baby-from-icy-waters

Teenager Dies After Being Stabbed In Pimlico, London

A teenager has died after being stabbed in Pimlico, central London on Sunday, said police.

Officers were called to Lupus Street at 6.50pm where they found a youngster who had been stabbed.

The victim is believed to be 16 but this has not been confirmed. He was taken to a south London hospital but died from his injuries at 8.45pm.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043731/teenager-dies-after-being-stabbed-in-pimlico

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 28th January 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 04:02:57 UTC
Monday, January 28, 2013 at 01:02:57 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.907°S, 129.441°E
Depth
231.4 km (143.8 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
172 km (106 miles) SSE of Saparua, Indonesia

Matthew Allen Spent Nine Weeks Missing In Bushland

A teenager feared dead after he went missing from home for nine weeks has been found exhausted and dehydrated after wandering in dense Australian bushland.

Matthew Allen, 18, had lost half his body weight, was covered in leeches and insect bites and was suffering from exposure-related injuries when he was discovered by hikers who called police.

Acting police inspector Glyn Baker said: "He was completely exhausted, completely dehydrated, suffered significant weight loss, somewhere up to 50%. He was suffering from partial blindness and he had leeches all over him.

http://news.sky.com/story/1043684/missing-oz-boy-spent-nine-weeks-in-bushland

Raw: Rioters Free Egyptian Prisoners

Foreign labels found in Bangladesh blaze factory

1 Officer Killed, 2 Wounded Near La. Casino

Brazil Nightclub Fire: Amateur footage shows firefighters battling the blaze

Pro-Europe leftist Milos Zeman wins Czech presidency, trumps aristocrat

PRAGUE--Czechs chose Europe-friendly leftist and ex-Premier Milos Zeman as their new president Saturday for the first time by direct popular vote, as he trounced his conservative aristocrat rival with an anti-austerity campaign.

At 68 the burly, silver-haired Zeman scored 54.8-percent in the second-round vote against 45.19 percent for Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, final results showed.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/europe/2013/01/28/368731/Pro-Europe-leftist.htm

Sweden PM Opposes Merkel Competitiveness Idea

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt opposes a suggestion from Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel to improve competitiveness, because it would give more national powers to the European Union, German daily Handelsblatt reported Monday.

Ms. Merkel, the newspaper said, suggested E.U. states make agreements with the E.U. Commission on reforms involving labor costs, research and development spending, infrastructure expansion and public sector efficiency.

Mr. Reinfeldt said such measures should be voluntary.

http://www.4-traders.com/news/Sweden-PM-Opposes-Merkel-Competitiveness-Idea--15975550/

EU commission staff member now acting as the Italian prime minister's official spokesman

Cockroach of the day, or hang around the European Commission long enough and something nasty always crawls out: now it turns out that the spokesman for the Italian prime minister Mario Monti is neither an Italian civil servant, nor an employee of Scelta Civica, (the ‘list’ of candidates supporting Monti in the current election), but a full-time employee of the European Commission.

http://synonblog.dailymail.co.uk/2013/01/eu-commission-staff-member-now-acting-as-the-italian-prime-ministers-offical-spokesman.html

Palestinian deaths raises concern over Israeli army use of live fire

At least five unarmed young Palestinians, including a 21-year-old woman, have been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in 13 days since the start of the year, prompting mounting concern about the unwarranted use of live fire. A sixth was killed on his 17th birthday last month, and a seventh death this month is disputed by the Israeli military.

The commander of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) in the West Bank, Brigadier-General Hagai Mordechai has ordered all commanders to reiterate to all soldiers the rules of engagement, a military spokesman told the Guardian.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/28/palestinian-deaths-israel-army-live-fire

Australian state of Queensland hit by flooding

Three people have died and hundreds of homes are under water after heavy rain brought flooding to parts of the Australian state of Queensland.

The town of Bundaberg, where rescuers have been trying to airlift some residents to safety, is expecting its worst floods on record.

In Brisbane, the state capital, almost 5,000 homes and properties are at risk.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21226178