Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Apple, Facebook, Twitter hacks said to hail from Eastern Europe

While many security experts have been pointing the blame at China for the recent wave of cyberattacks on U.S. companies and newspapers, Bloomberg reports that some of the malware attacks actually may be coming from Eastern Europe.

Investigators familiar with the matter told Bloomberg they believe a cybercriminal group based in either Russia or Eastern Europe is carrying out the high-level attacks to steal company secrets, research, and intellectual property, which could then be sold on the black market.

Evidence that the attacks may be coming from Eastern Europe is the type of malware being used by the hackers, which is more commonly used by cybercriminals than by government spying. Also, investigators have tracked at least one server being used by the hackers to a Ukrainian hosting company.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57570194-83/apple-facebook-twitter-hacks-said-to-hail-from-eastern-europe/

Britain battles European Union over curbs on banker bonuses

Brussels is pushing through plans to impose strict caps on bankers’ bonuses, steamrollering opposition from the UK government which fears the measures will damage the City.

Britain has been lobbying for months behind the scenes to water down proposals from the European Parliament to outlaw bonuses that exceed annual ‘basic’ pay.

Key talks took place yesterday between EU states and the parliament to try to thrash out a deal, to the accompaniment of howls of protest from the Square Mile.

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/markets/article-2281350/Britain-battles-European-Union-curbs-banker-bonuses.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Legionnaire killed as Mali says major operations ending

Mali said Tuesday that major military operations against Islamist rebels were winding down, despite the killing of a French Legionnaire in the country's mountainous north.

"The situation is much better than a few weeks ago. Large-scale military operations are coming to an end. What remains is to secure the liberated areas," Mali's Prime Minister Diango Cissoko said after meeting in Paris with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

Fabius said "difficult operations" remained in the country, where the French military launched an intervention last month that ousted the rebels from cities they had seized last year in Mali's vast desert north.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iRHciUWEdsy_Me_WFzs7EWcWcPig?docId=CNG.4cf98967955767f5b3f671b7f33bcbe7.151

US, China Ties Tested in Cyberspace

Ties between China and the U.S., strained by military rivalries and maritime disputes, may face an even greater test from the newest front in global conflict: cyberspace.

U.S. military and homeland security officials quietly have long blamed the Chinese military for the most egregious assaults on U.S. computer networks. Continued hacking and data theft, however, are being met by an increasing willingness by Washington to publicly point the finger at Beijing.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323764804578314591857289004.html

Gun Owners Given Special Pizza Discount

A US pizza shop owner has expressed his support for firearm rights by giving gun owners a 15% discount.

The saving is offered to anyone who brings a gun or concealed handgun permit to All Around Pizzas And Deli in Virginia Beach.

Owner Jay Laze said he had planned to offer the discount for a limited time, but the response had been so overwhelming he might make it permanent.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054226/gun-owners-given-special-pizza-discount

Kansas City Gas Blast: At Least 14 Injured

Fourteen people have been injured after a huge gas explosion in a shopping district in Kansas City.

Images show dozens of firefighters battling the blaze that spread through a number of buildings including shops, restaurants, flats and offices.

The manager of JJ's restaurant, which was destroyed in the blaze, has been unable to account for three people but it was unclear whether they were caught in the blaze or had left earlier.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054386/at-least-14-injured-in-kansas-city-gas-blast

Mount Etna's Dramatic New Eruption: Video

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 20th February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 02:50:00 UTC
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 02:50:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
18.796°S, 177.386°W
Depth
628 km (390.2 miles)
Region
FIJI REGION
Distances
246 km (152 miles) NE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 20th February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-02-20 02:23:43.0 UTC
Location 21.59 S ; 68.46 W
Depth 141 km
Distances 107 km NE Calama, Chile

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF COAST OF ARAUCANIA, CHILE - 20th February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Region OFF COAST OF ARAUCANIA, CHILE
Date time 2013-02-20 02:02:41.0 UTC
Location 38.44 S ; 75.10 W
Depth 18 km
Distances 157 km SW Lebu, Chile

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE - 20th February 2013

Magnitude mb 4.5
Region NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
Date time 2013-02-20 01:46:44.3 UTC
Location 32.56 N ; 39.97 W
Depth 33 km
Distances 1335 km SW Angra

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 20th February 2013

Magnitude
5.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 00:09:19 UTC
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:09:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
10.787°S, 166.866°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
113 km (70 miles) E of Lata, Solomon Islands

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake TONGA - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
5.7
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 22:29:00 UTC
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 11:29:00 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.416°S, 173.424°W
Depth
34.6 km (21.5 miles)
Region
TONGA
Distances
148 km (91 miles) NNE of Neiafu, Tonga

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 22:15:11 UTC
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 09:15:11 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
10.971°S, 165.851°E
Depth
36.7 km (22.8 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
28 km (17 miles) S of Lata, Solomon Islands

"The Federal Reserve is a privately owned corporation"



Jerry Nelson, corporate communications, the Federal Reserve, expounds upon ownership of the Fed. These are some of the most memorable extracts from the excellent "Meet the Federal Reserve" video by Restore the Republic.

Some other words from various Fed officials, bankers and Supreme Court judges on ownership and control of the banking system:

"The Federal Reserve banks are privately owned, locally controlled, separate corporations." Lewis v. United States, the Ninth Circuit Court, June 24, 1982

"We are completely dependent on the commercial banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash, or credit. If the banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system."
Robert Hemphill: , Credit Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, 1934

"Capital must protect itself in every way... Debts must be collected and loans and mortgages foreclosed as soon as possible. When through a process of law the common people have lost their homes, they will be more tractable and more easily governed by the strong arm of the law applied by the central power of leading financiers. People without homes will not quarrel with their leaders. This is well known among our principle men now engaged in forming an imperialism of capitalism to govern the world. By dividing the people we can get them to expend their energies in fighting over questions of no importance to us except as teachers of the common herd."
J. P. Morgan, January 1934

"Give me control of a nations money supply, and I care not who makes the laws."
Baron N.M. Rothchild, 1815

Successful hacker attack could cripple U.S. infrastructure, experts say

A report tying the Chinese military to computer attacks against American interests has sent a chill through cyber-security experts, who worry that the very lifelines of the United States — its energy pipelines, its water supply, its banks — are increasingly at risk.

The experts say that a successful hacker attack taking out just a part of the nation’s electrical grid, or crippling financial institutions for several days, could sow panic or even lead to loss of life.

“I call it cyberterrorism that makes 9/11 pale in comparison,” Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican and chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told NBC News on Tuesday.

An American computer security company, Mandiant, reported with near certainty that members of a sophisticated Chinese hacking group work out of the headquarters of a unit of the Chinese army outside Shanghai.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/19/17019005-successful-hacker-attack-could-cripple-us-infrastructure-experts-say?lite

US ready to strike back against China cyberattacks, demands to see a wrist immediately

As public evidence mounts that the Chinese military is responsible for stealing massive amounts of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets, the Obama administration is eyeing fines and other trade actions it may take against Beijing or any other country guilty of cyberespionage.

According to officials familiar with the plans, the White House will lay out a new report Wednesday that suggests initial, more-aggressive steps the U.S. would take in response to what top authorities say has been an unrelenting campaign of cyberstealing linked to the Chinese government. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the threatened action.

The White House plans come after a Virginia-based cybersecurity firm released a torrent of details Monday that tied a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai to years of cyberattacks against U.S. companies. After analyzing breaches that compromised more than 140 companies, Mandiant has concluded that they can be linked to the People's Liberation Army's Unit 61398.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CHINA_HACKING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-19-19-28-03

Economists cast doubt over German recovery as debt crisis uncertainty suffocates growth

Germany will avoid recession and return to growth in the first quarter, the central bank of Europe’s largest economy predicted yesterday.

But economists immediately cast doubt on the bold prediction, warning that it was far too early to ‘sound the all-clear’.

The Bundesbank said in its monthly report that it expects output to pick up in the first three months of 2013, despite falling 0.6 per cent in the final quarter of last year.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2280992/Economists-cast-doubt-German-recovery-debt-crisis-uncertainty-suffocates-growth.html

Danny Vanzandt Death: Police probe suspected case of spontaneous combustion

Police believe a man may have died from spontaneous combustion after they found his burned body in his home but no other fire damage or evidence of accelerant use.

Sequoyah County authorities are determining the circumstances surrounding the death of 65-year-old Danny Vanzandt after his charred remains were found at his Tulsa home on Monday.

After neighbors saw smoke coming from the house they called the fire service and attempted to put out what they thought was a pile of burning trash.
They soon realized it was in fact a body.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281158/Man-65-believed-died-spontaneous-combustion-pile-charred-remains-trace-source-damage.html

French family of 7, including 4 kids, kidnapped in Cameroon, may have been taken to Nigeria

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A French family of seven — including four children — was kidnapped on Tuesday in northern Cameroon, and officials suggested the involvement of one of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist sects.

Military helicopters are being used to search for the tourists who were abducted from Cameroon’s Far North Region, a Cameroonian government official told The Associated Press.

“The three adult tourists and four children were picked up early today (Tuesday) morning by men riding on motorbikes who rode off toward the border into Nigeria,” the Far North Regional Delegate in the Ministry of Forest and Wildlife, Jean-David Ndjigba said from the province’s capital of Maroua.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/7-french-kidnapped-in-cameroon-including-4-children-official-says/2013/02/19/59220fb2-7aa5-11e2-9c27-fdd594ea6286_story.html

1 dead as tropical storm hit Mindanao

A tropical storm hit the southern Philippines today, leaving one dead, authorities said.

A flash flood caused by heavy downpour since Monday night due to tropical depression Crising left one dead in the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley province, according to town spokesman Marlon Esperanza.

Esperanza said the flood waters in five villages are knee-deep and the lone fatality came from the village of Andap.

According to Romulo Tagalo, spokesman for Davao del Norte province, the landslide in the village of Mambing damaged at least six hectares of lands, destroyed 33 houses, and roads.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/02/19/910769/1-dead-tropical-storm-hit-mindanao

EU talks to cap banker bonuses stall

Diplomatic talks to introduce a cap on banker bonuses in the European Union stalled after representatives of EU countries and the bloc's parliament failed to reach agreement on Tuesday, officials said.

The talks centre on a reform, which is part of the implementation of so-called Basel III bank capital rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the financial crisis. The new rules could cap banker bonuses at the level of their salaries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/eu-banks-bonuses-idUSL6N0BJFHV20130219

Qatar criticises EU over Syria arms embargo

Qatar, one of the principal supporters of the Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad, has criticised the EU's decision to extend its blanket arms embargo on Syria and said it would only prolong the war.

Hamed bin Jassim Al Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of the Gulf state, told al-Jazeera TV that the decision was wrong and accused the Syrian government of seeking to buy time.

On Monday EU foreign ministers agreed to extend the arms embargo on Syria for a further three months, although they accepted a British proposal to allow the supply of "greater non-lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/qatar-eu-syria-arms-embargo

Spanish musician: We want dignity

Missing Banksy mural found in Florida

Hundreds of companies at risk of cyber hacking: Mandiant

Possible Berlusconi return poses test for Merkel

Fears are growing in Berlin that Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi may return to centre-stage after this weekend's election, imperiling Rome's reform drive and the euro zone's tentative emergence from its debt crisis.

It is unclear whether 76-year-old Berlusconi, a scandal-ridden media tycoon and four times prime minister, will win enough support to wield influence, but even the possibility of a comeback is a nightmare for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-italy-vote-germany-idUSBRE91I0UD20130219

Marine Le Pen Greeted By Protest At Cambridge

The leader of the French Front National has been greeted by an anti-fascist protest as she addressed a Cambridge University debating group.

Marine Le Pen, the daughter of Jean Marie Le Pen, addressed students at the Cambridge Union debating society this afternoon.

Her appearance caused controversy, with anti-fascist group Unite Against Fascism organising a demonstration of about 200 people outside the famous venue.

Officers from Cambridgeshire Police attended to prevent trouble.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054070/marine-le-pen-greeted-by-protest-at-cambridge

California Carjackings: Gunman Kills Four

A gunman has killed four people before taking his own life in a 25-minute shooting spree in California.

Police spokesman Dave Kanoti said officers were examining multiple crime scenes in and around the city of Tustin, around 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

According to local television reports, the shootings started with a fatal carjacking close to an intersection of 5 Freeway.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054234/california-carjackings-gunman-kills-four

Apple: No Data Was Stolen In Cyber Attack

Apple has confirmed that it was targeted by hackers who infected a small number of its employees' Macintosh computers.

The company says the attack was launched by the same hackers who hit Facebook and other companies in January.

No data appears to have been stolen in the attack, the company added.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054265/apple-no-data-was-stolen-in-cyber-attack

NASA Loses Space Station Contact; But No Danger

ASA says the International Space Station has lost contact with NASA controllers in Houston. Officials say the six crew members and station are fine and they expect to fix the problem soon.

NASA spokesman Josh Byerly said something went wrong around 9:45 a.m. EST Tuesday during a computer software update on the station. The outpost abruptly lost all communication, voice and command from Houston.

About an hour later, while flying over Russia, station commander Kevin Ford was able to briefly radio Moscow that all was well and they were working on the problem.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/02/19/nasa-loses-space-station-contact-but-no-danger/

President finally shows his face after $1m golfing weekend with Tiger Woods that White House didn't want world to see

Pictures finally appeared of President Obama on Monday evening as he headed home to Washington after a relaxing golf weekend which was kept heavily under wraps.

The President was on the course on Monday for the third and final day of a Florida vacation with departing US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, the president's Chicago pal Eric Whitaker and White House aide Marvin Nicholson.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280855/Obama-pictured-leaving-1m-golfing-weekend-Tiger-Woods-imposed-controversial-photo-black-out.html

Isn't this bad timing considering the state of the US Economy?

The European Union: A Little Corner of Paradise

North Korea To Perform Fourth Nuclear Test?

WHO reports Egyptian H5N1 death

A 36-year-old Egyptian woman from Beheira governorate recently died from an H5N1 avian influenza infection, pushing the world's number of infections reported so far this year to 10, according to an update on the disease from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The woman started having symptoms on Jan 16 and was hospitalized and started on oseltamivir (Tamiflu) treatment on Jan 20. She died on Jan 26. An investigation into the source of her illness found that she had been exposed to sick poultry before she got sick. Beheira governorate is in northern Egypt's Nile Delta.

Her illness and death raise the H5N1 toll in Egypt, where the disease is endemic in poultry, to 170 infections, including 61 deaths.

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/feb1813avianbr.html

'Coronavirus belongs to same family as Sars'

The new Sars-like virus probably originated from an infected bat and was passed to humans via other animals, a veteran Hong Kong virologist said on Monday.

Dr Ho Pak-leung, president of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre of Infection, said the novel coronavirus belongs to the same family as the severe acute respiratory syndrome virus that killed 299 people in Hong Kong, and others worldwide, in 2003.

Ho, speaking on a radio programme, said he believed the novel coronavirus had the same origin as the Sars virus and that their transmission routes to humans were similar.

http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1153125/coronavirus-just-deadly-sars-says-doctor

Sars-like virus 'difficult to catch' says health agency

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed a further case of infection from a new type of virus.

Officials say this is the third coronavirus case in the UK, and they believe it is the first lab-confirmed case passed on person-to-person.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21455661

German cabinet approves Mali mission

Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, have been providing logistical support for French and ECOWAS troops in Mali for some weeks. Three German Transall transport planes have already flown 500 troops to Mali. The German cabinet has now approved this officially and has also given the go-ahead for the mid-air refueling of French warplanes using German tankers, should this be requested by Paris.

Germany is sending 80 military specialists, including engineers, doctors and paramedics.

http://www.dw.de/german-cabinet-approves-mali-mission/a-16610795

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN GREENLAND - 19th February 2013

Magnitude M 5.3
Region WESTERN GREENLAND
Date time 2013-02-19 16:57:05.0 UTC
Location 61.16 N ; 42.63 W
Depth 2 km
Distances 572 km SE Nuuk

Last Stand: Israel's E1 settlement slaps world in face

Fighter jet crash: Chaos as fighter jet crashes in Yemen's capital city Sanaa

Taxpayer funding of European Political Parties a slippery slope - Stuart Agnew

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 14:17:42 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:17:42 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
31.276°N, 105.212°E
Depth
6.8 km (4.2 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
17 km (10 miles) WNW of Yunxi, China

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 12:34:48 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 02:34:48 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
34.466°N, 28.321°E
Depth
10.1 km (6.3 miles)
Region
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
Distances
153 km (95 miles) SE of Karpathos, Greece

North Korea threatens "final destruction" of South Korea

North Korea threatened South Korea with "final destruction" during a debate at the U.N Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, saying it could take "second and third steps" after a nuclear test last week.

"As the saying goes, a new-born puppy knows no fear of a tiger. South Korea's erratic behavior would only herald its final destruction," North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting.

Without specifically referring to the nuclear test, Jon said North Korea had recently taken a "resolute step for self-defence", which he described as "strong counter-actions to a foreign aggressor".

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-nkorea-threat-idUSBRE91I0J520130219

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
5.6
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 12:27:38 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 09:27:38 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.246°N, 140.957°E
Depth
35 km (21.7 miles)
Region
NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Distances
52 km (32 miles) E of Ohara, Japan

Yemeni warplane crashes in capital Sanaa, 11 dead

A Yemeni air force plane crashed in the centre of the capital Sanaa on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 15, security sources said.

The Ministry of Defence said in a text message that the plane had been on a training flight when it came down in a western residential district.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/uk-yemen-crash-idUKBRE91I0DL20130219

Oscar Pistorius: 'I Did Not Mean To Kill Her'

Oscar Pistorius said he had no intention of killing his girlfriend and loved her deeply according to an affidavit read out in court by his lawyer.

Earlier in the hearing, prosecutors claimed Pistorius got up from bed, put on his prosthetic legs and walked seven metres before shooting Reeva Steenkamp through a closed bathroom door. Gerrie Nell said it showed it was a premeditated murder, adding there was "a motive to kill".

But in a statement Pistorius said he woke up to a sound in the bathroom believing it was an intruder and felt a sense of terror. He didn't realise Ms Steenkamp wasn't in bed and shot at the door, feeling vulnerable without his prosthetics.

He said he used a cricket bat to break open the toilet door where she was slumped over in the toilet. He said she was still alive and called the paramedics before she died in his arms.

http://news.sky.com/story/1053938/oscar-pistorius-i-did-not-mean-to-kill-her

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:52:05 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 10:52:05 PM at epicenter
Location
10.384°S, 167.349°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
Distances
817 km (508 miles) E (98°) from HONIARA, Solomon Islands

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:08:27 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 06:08:27 PM at epicenter
Location
6.682°S, 104.368°E
Depth
35 km (21.7 miles)
Region
SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA
Distances
168 km (104 miles) SW (216°) from T.-Telukbetung, Sumatra, Indonesia

A snapshot of desperate Britain: 1,700 people apply for just EIGHT jobs at new branch of Costa

More than 1,700 people applied for just eight jobs at a new cafe, it was revealed today.

Coffee chain Costa received a staggering average of 212 applications for each post at their new branch in Mapperley, Nottingham.

A spokesman said there had been a 'wave' of applications from people that worked for HMV and Clinton Cards, both of which recently went into administration.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280936/A-snapshot-desperate-Britain-1-700-people-apply-just-EIGHT-jobs-new-branch-Costa.html

SARS: Coronavirus cases may be 'tip of the iceberg'

Research on the new strain of coronavirus, which has killed almost half of those who have caught it, has found that it breeds in the human body faster than SARS and can evade the immune system as easily as the common cold.

There have been 12 cases reported worldwide and five Six have died.

The new findings published in the journal mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology found similarities between the new coronavirus and the common cold.

Co-author Volker Thiel of The Institute of Immunobiology at Kantonal Hospital in St. Gallen, Switzerland, said: "We don't know whether the cases we observe are the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9877604/Coronavirus-cases-may-be-tip-of-the-iceberg.html

Patient Dies From Coronavirus In Birmingham

The man who died had problems with his immune system and is believed to have contracted the coronavirus from a relative who is being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital. It was the first case of human to human transition of the virus in the UK.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054044/patient-dies-from-coronavirus-in-birmingham

David Cameron embarrassed over bribery scandal during Indian trade trip

Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, publicly challenged Mr Cameron to provide British help to a corruption investigation involving AgustaWestland helicopters.

Mr Cameron is on a trade visit to India amid controversy over Finmeccanica, an Italian firm that makes AgustaWestland helicopters in the UK.

The Indian ministry of defence last week suspended a £480 million contract to buy 12 Westland helicopters after Finmeccanica’s chief executive was arrested in Italy over allegations he paid bribes to win the deal.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/defence/9879382/David-Cameron-embarrassed-over-bribery-scandal-during-Indian-trade-trip.html

Oscar Pistorius charged under Schedule 6 clause of South African law; premeditated murder not ruled out


Russian boy killed by American adoptive mother in Texas

Bonuses getting bigger as people can't even afford Happy Meal!

Israel begins building on Palestinian land

SARS UK: Patient Dies From Coronavirus In Birmingham

A patient has died from the Sars-like coronavirus at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.

The patient, who was already undergoing treatment for a "long-term complex unrelated health condition" before contracting the new virus, passed away on Sunday morning in the hospital's critical care unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said.

The person who died was immuno-compromised and is believed to have contracted the coronavirus from a relative who is being treated for the condition in a Manchester hospital, the hospital added.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054044/patient-dies-from-coronavirus-in-birmingham

Chinese Military's 'Global Hacking HQ Found'

An unassuming 12-storey building in a suburb of Shanghai has been identified as the possible headquarters of a global hacking operation allegedly run by the Chinese military.

According to Mandiant, an American computer security company, extensive evidence collated over three years points to a white tower block in Datong Road, in the Pudong district of the city.

The building is reportedly the headquarters of the People's Liberation Army Unit 61398.

http://news.sky.com/story/1053970/chinese-militarys-global-hacking-hq-found

Oscar Pistorius 'Put On Legs To Kill Partner'

During the bail hearing, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued he fired four shots at unarmed Reeva Steenkamp through a locked door, showing it was a premeditated murder. He added there was "a motive to kill".

Mr Nel said Ms Steenkamp had barricaded herself inside the small, cramped bathroom with an overnight bag because she was scared after they'd had a row.

Mr Nel said the defence had a number of questions to answer, including:

:: Why did Pistorius carry Ms Steenkamp's body down a staircase after she was shot?

:: Why didn't Pistorius look for his girlfriend if he suspected there was a burglar in the house?

:: Why did Ms Steenkamp lock herself in the toilet - was she afraid of being shot or killed?

:: Why did he put on his prosthetic limbs and walk seven metres to the bathroom?

Mr Nel said: "If I arm myself, walk a distance and murder a person, that is premeditated. The door is closed. There is no doubt. I walk seven metres and I kill. The motive is 'I want to kill'. That's it."

Meanwhile the athlete's defence lawyer Barry Roux said there was no evidence of premeditation, insisting he did not know it was Ms Steenkamp in the bathroom.

http://news.sky.com/story/1053938/oscar-pistorius-put-on-legs-to-kill-partner

Brussels Airport Diamond Heist: more than £300m worth of diamonds Stolen

Armed robbers have pulled off a spectacular heist at Brussels airport, making off with diamonds worth €350m (£302m).

The raid saw the gang of thieves hit a Brinks transport truck as its contents were being loaded onto a Swiss aircraft bound for Zurich, according to Belgian public TV.

Belgian prosecutors confirmed that a raid had been carried out at the airport, but did not specify what was stolen. They are expected to provide more details later in the day.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054011/diamond-heist-raid-at-international-airport

SANDY HOOK SHOOTING INVESTIGATION MOVIE SET?

India: Alarm bells after UFO appears over Jamnagar refinery

One evening a little over a fortnight ago, a mysterious illuminated object appeared without warning in the dark sky above the world's largest oil refinery in Jamnagar, Gujarat. It circled over the complex before disappearing just as suddenly as it had appeared.

Three days later, the object returned, this time a little after dawn. This time, the process cameras at the Reliance Industries Ltd refinery managed to take a few pictures of the object. It was bright and spherical.

RIL has reported the sightings to the government, along with the pictures. The Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard have been put on alert, and the defence ministry is beefing up security for the refinery, sources said.

The incidents are being kept a tightly guarded secret. There is no firm assumption yet on what the object might have been.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alarm-bells-after-ufo-appears-over-jamnagar-refinery/1071725/0

Christopher Dorner's mum dined while watching shootout on TV

CHRISTOPHER Dorner's mum was spotted eating hot chips and downing wine at a Mexican restaurant while watching the suspected murderer's standoff with police on TV.

According to CBS2/KCAL9's Michele Gile, a woman that matches Nancy Dorner's description was with another woman at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in La Palma around 3.30pm.

The reporter said Ms Dorner, 62, was drinking a glass of white wine and eating chips and salsa as the deadly shootout unfolded live on air.

Gile asked the pair if they knew the 33-year-old fugitive, and the women said ''no''.

http://www.news.com.au/world/ex-cop-christopher-dorner-in-police-shoot-out/story-fndir2ev-1226577791202

INDONESIAN NEWBORN DIES AFTER REJECTION FROM 10 HOSPITALS

A one-week-old baby in Indonesia has died from respiratory complications after being turned away from 10 hospitals, her street vendor father said Monday, adding he could not pay what some demanded.

Dera Nur Anggraini was born prematurely with her twin sister Dara on February 10, with a throat deformity that obstructed her breathing, said father Elias Setya Nugroho.

He said his family searched for treatment but was turned away from 10 hospitals, with some claiming not to have the right equipment and others saying they were fully occupied.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/16175775/indonesian-newborn-dies-after-rejection-from-10-hospitals/

DOWNPOUR WASHES AWAY PART OF BUNDABERG BUILDING

Authorities are assessing whether to evacuate buildings in Bundaberg in southern Queensland after a marine supplies business was washed away on the bank of the Burnett River overnight.

Ten businesses on Quay Street, including a multi-level hotel, may be deemed unstable after last month's record flood.

A 20-metre section of the Burnett River bank has collapsed from the rain and a section of the Midtown Marina Store in Quay Street has washed away.

Owner Jan Douglas says it happened about 7:30am (AEST).

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/16179508/downpour-washes-away-part-of-bundaberg-building/

Oscar Pistorius: 'There Was A Motive To Kill'

Prosecutors claim Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend through a bathroom door in a premeditated murder.

During the bail hearing, prosecutors argued the Paralympian put on his prosthetic legs, walked seven metres and fired four shots at unarmed Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door.

Meanwhile the athlete's defence lawyer said there was no evidence of premeditation, insisting he did not know it was Ms Steenkamp in the bathroom. He said her death was "not murder".

http://news.sky.com/story/1053938/oscar-pistorius-there-was-a-motive-to-kill

Caisen Green posts photo of dog shot with arrow - and death threats force him to leave town (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE)

An Oklahoma teen is facing a firestorm of anger and death threats after he posted a photo of a dog shot with an arrow on Facebook.

The image was posted to the account of 18-year-old Caisen Green of Tahlequah, Cherokee County, on Friday.

Green has reportedly fled the area after receiving the threats.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280668/Caisen-Green-Facebook-erupts-outrage-man-posts-photo-dog-shot-arrow.html

Protest in West Bank for Palestinian hunger strikers

Protests have been held in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli jails.

The Middle East Quartet (UN, US, EU and Russia) has recently issued warnings about the condition of the strikers.

The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said she was "following with concern" the deteriorating health of four Palestinian hunger strikers.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21498848

No closer to Tunisia technocrat government

There is still no technocrat government in Tunisia after the main political parties failed to reach an agreement.

Prime minister Hamadi Jebali has been trying to put together a team of experts since the death of opposition politician Chokri Belaid in early February led to violence on the streets.

Strong opposition to a government of technocrats is coming from the leader of Jebali’s own Ennahda party, Rached Ghanouchi.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/18/no-closer-to-tunisia-technocrat-government/

Mugabe party slams EU decision to ease sanctions

President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party dismissed as “outrageous and preposterous” the decision by European Union foreign ministers Monday to only lift some sanctions against Zimbabwe.

“ZANU-PF will never accept any conditional removal of the illegal sanction or any self-serving initiatives meant to advance the economic interests of western nations,” party spokesman Rugare Gumbo said in a statement.

http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2013/02/mugabe-party-slams-eu-decision-to-ease-sanctions/

Body of 60ft whale found washed up on Solway coast

THE body of a whale measuring nearly 60ft has beached on the Solway Firth coast.

The carcase, which was being examined yesterday by council officials and police, was discovered on Sunday at Carsluith, near Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

It was found on the sandy estuary of the River Cree, near stake nets used for salmon fishing. At that part of the estuary, the tide can rise more than 20ft.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/body-of-60ft-whale-found-washed-up-on-solway-coast-1-2798508

US could resume direct Mali military aid if elections successful

Egypt in political clinch as economic cliff looms

Two years after a pro-democracy uprising, Egypt resembles a rickety bus rolling towards a cliff, its passengers too busy feuding over blame to wrench the steering wheel to safety.

Foreign exchange reserves are dwindling. Tourism is moribund. Investment is at a standstill. Subsidised diesel fuel and fertilizer are in short supply, while the cost of subsidies is swelling the budget deficit unsustainably.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-egypt-cliff-idUSBRE91I08S20130219

Turkish police raid leftist group after U.S. embassy bombing

Police launched raids across Turkey early on Tuesday targeting a militant leftist group behind a suicide bomb attack on the U.S. embassy, ordering the arrest of nearly 200 people, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

The nationwide operation came after a member of the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) blew himself up at an entrance of the U.S. embassy in Ankara on February 1, killing a Turkish security guard.

Anti-terror police arrested 15 people in the western coastal province of Izmir and two other provinces in operations targeting a group called the Revolutionary Civil Servant Movement, believed to be linked to the DHKP-C, Anatolian said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-turkey-raids-idUSBRE91I09D20130219

Security group suspects Chinese military is behind hacking attacks

A secretive Chinese military unit is believed to be behind a prolific series of hacking attacks, a U.S. computer security company said, contradicting claims by China's government that it is not involved in such operations.

The report by Mandiant identified the People's Liberation Army's Shanghai-based Unit 61398 as the most likely driving force behind the hacking. Mandiant said it believed the unit had carried out "sustained" attacks on a wide set of industries.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/19/us-china-hacking-idUSBRE91I06120130219

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 08:07:42 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 06:07:42 AM at epicenter
Location
56.200°S, 26.918°W
Depth
83.1 km (51.6 miles)
Region
SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Distances
61 km (38 miles) NNE (20°) from Visokoi Island, South Sandwich Islands

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA - 19th February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 07:55:34 UTC
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 03:55:34 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.373°N, 104.953°E
Depth
32.5 km (20.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN SICHUAN, CHINA
Distances
23 km (14 miles) S of Changning, China

Nestle withdraws beef pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain after tests find they contain more than 1% horse DNA

The Swiss-based firm, one of the world's largest food companies, said it had informed the authorities a week after it had said products under its labels were not affected by the horsemeat scandal.

It withdrew two chilled pasta products - Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini - in Spain.

Both products tested were found to contain more than 1% horse DNA.

http://news.sky.com/story/1053906/horsemeat-nestle-withdraws-products-in-scandal

Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend through the bathroom door: Prosecutors

Police said she was shot four times with a pistol owned by Pistorius at his home in South Africa. Hundreds are expected to attend her funeral in Port Elizabeth this morning.

In the courtroom in Pretoria, Sky's Alex Crawford said his "face was creased in pain" and he was "weeping" as the prosecutor outlined the case against him.

The prosecutor said he "killed an innocent woman" as he was officially charged with murder.

http://news.sky.com/story/1053938/oscar-pistorius-fired-through-bathroom-door

Now orange and red fireballs' light up Florida night sky

Coldest village in the world just got even COLDER: Temperature dips in -71C Russian town where planes can't land

The Russian valley of Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world, with the average temperature for January standing at -50C. The village is located around 750 metres above sea level and the length of a day varies from 3 hours in December to 21 hours in the summer. But locals are hardened to the weather and unlike in other countries - where a flurry of snow brings things grinding to a halt - Oymyakon's solitary school only shuts if temperatures fall below -52C.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280650/Oymyakon-coldest-village-earth-Weather-takes-turn-worse-71C-Russian-hamlet.html

Euro MPs' threat to block PM's landmark deal unless Britain agrees to increase EU budget by billions


The European Parliament last night threatened to veto a landmark deal on the next EU budget unless Britain and other member states agree to increase it by billions.

During a stormy session, leading members of the Brussels Parliament lined up to criticise the deal struck by David Cameron earlier this month.

The Prime Minister was hailed by Tory MPs for brokering the first-ever real terms cut in the EU budget.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280849/Euro-MPs-threat-block-PMs-landmark-deal-unless-Britain-agrees-increase-EU-budget-billions.html

Just a third of Britons want to stay in the EU while 70% of us believe our economy would remain the same or be better if we left

Only one in three people in Britain think the country should stay in the European Union, a new poll revealed today.

An anti-Brussels attitude appears to be sweeping across the UK despite David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all claiming the country is better off as a member.

If an in/out referendum took place today 50 per cent of people would demand that Britain leaves, a Financial Times survey by pollsters Harris Interactive found.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280557/Only-Britons-want-stay-EU-new-poll-says.html

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN IRAN - 19th February 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region WESTERN IRAN
Date time 2013-02-19 04:56:01.0 UTC
Location 33.18 N ; 48.15 E
Depth 100 km
Distances 35 km SW Andimeshk, Iran

Israeli Lunatic Sniper Instagrams a Photo of a Child in His Crosshairs

The Israeli Defense Forces has a history of overzealous campaigns on its official social media accounts. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that an IDF sniper doesn't take his job very seriously. Or that's the impression we get, since he Instagrammed a photo of what appears to be a Palestinian child in the crosshairs of his rifle scope. Real, real messed up.

Buzzfeed reports that 20-year-old Israeli soldier Mor Ostrovkki posted the photo on Instagram and later took it down after it sparked outrage. With good reason! What the hell is this maniac thinking? The Israeli paper Haaretz reports that the IDF has come out against the photo, which, you know, good.

No matter where you fall on the Israel/Palestine issue, we all have to agree that it's completely inappropriate to post a cyan glossed image glorifying child-murder on a social network. It betrays a lack of respect for human life.

http://gizmodo.com/5985065/israeli-lunatic-sniper-instagrams-a-photo-of-a-child-in-his-crosshairs

Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria strategy

Russia has been accused by Western diplomats of reneging on a pledge to stop supplying arms to the Syrian regime. The assurances made over a month ago were presented by British officials as a sign that the Kremlin was distancing itself from President Bashar al-Assad and his ruling coterie.

The flow of arms has, however, continued unhindered with the Russians stressing that there was no United Nations prohibition on supplies and it was simply fulfilling its contractual obligations. As well as air- and naval-defence systems, the Kremlin may now be preparing to send Yak-130 jets which can be fitted with missiles to carry out ground attacks, according to American and European officials.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/revealed-russias-double-dealing-on-arms-to-assad-regime-leaves-uk-isolated-over-syria-strategy-8500385.html

Lib Dems 'corrosive' plan for tax grab on pension pots of middle class

Workers who diligently save into a pension are under attack from ‘corrosive’ plans sneaked out by the Liberal Democrats, experts warned.

Nick Clegg’s party is calling for the total amount that can be saved into a pension pot without incurring punitive taxes to be slashed by a third from £1.5million to £1million.

Experts warned yesterday the latest tax grab will hurt many middle-class workers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2280843/Lib-Dems-corrosive-plan-tax-grab-pension-pots-middle-class.html?ito=feeds-newsxml