Thursday, February 21, 2013

UN rejects Haiti cholera compensation claims

The United Nations has formally rejected compensation claims by victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed almost 8,000 people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Haitian President Michel Martelly to inform him of the decision.

The UN says it is immune from such claims under the UN's Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the UN.

Evidence suggests cholera was introduced to Haiti through a UN base's leaking sewage pipes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21542842

UK scientists discover world's deepest sea vents

UK scientists exploring the ocean floor in the Caribbean have discovered an "astounding" set of hydrothermal vents, the deepest anywhere in the world.

Deploying a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) in the Cayman Trough, they stumbled across a previously-unknown site nearly 5000m below the surface.

The vents blast out some of the hottest water on the planet - it is 400 degrees centigrade.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21535990

Governments Flagship scheme finds jobs for just 20 people out 9500......But at least Firms have benefited from this $$$$$$$$

Of 9,500 people moved off disability benefits and on to the flagship Work Programme, just 20 have found a job lasting more than three months

THE “shocking” scale of the Government’s failure to help people into work is revealed in a scathing MPs’ report today.

Young and vulnerable people are being betrayed as firms and charities paid billions of pounds in taxpayers’ cash to find them jobs are cherry-picking those who are easiest to help.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/work-programme-finds-jobs-just-1723543

Syria accuses al-Qaida-linked group of being behind Damascus' deadly blast

Syria's Foreign Ministry accused armed groups affiliated with al-Qaida network of being behind the massive explosion that killed more than 53 people earlier on Thursday, the state-media said.

The ministry's statement came in a letter addressing the UN, during which it charged that al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria were receiving support from regional and foreign countries, calling on the UN to shoulder its responsibilities toward combating terrorism.

Earlier in the day, a suicide car bomber detonated his explosive-laden car at a busy intersection in the heart of Damascus near a headquarters of the ruling al-Baath party, killing more than 53 people, according to the state-media.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-02/22/c_132183926.htm

Rebel Car bomb kills at least 50 in central Damascus

Flu vaccine worked on only half of recipients

A U.S. government analysis of this season's flu vaccine suggests it was effective in only 56 percent of people who got the shot, and it largely failed to protect the elderly against an especially deadly strain circulating during flu season.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the findings underscore the need for more effective weapons in the fight against influenza, which kills between 3,000 and 50,000 people in the United States each year depending on the severity of the flu season.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-usa-flu-vaccine-idUSBRE91K16D20130221

NCov: New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Saudi Arabia has discovered another infection with the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization announced Thursday.

The infected person was hospitalized in late January and died on Feb. 10, but confirmation of the infection was only made Feb. 18, the WHO said in a statement. Further investigation of the new case is underway.

The Geneva-based agency urged countries to consider testing for the new virus when patients present for care with unexplained pneumonias or when patients with severe, progressive or complicated respiratory illnesses don’t respond to treatment — especially if those patients have recently travelled to or come from parts of the world where infections have occurred.

To date, cases have been linked to three countries in the Middle East — Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan.

The new case is the 13th confirmed infection and seventh death caused by the new coronavirus, which the WHO is calling NCoV.

http://www.news1130.com/2013/02/21/there-may-have-been-a-fourth-case-in-uk-coronavirus-family-cluster-who/

Tornado reported in Concordia Parish

The National Weather Service in Jackson has confirmed that what appears to have been a tornado likely touched down in the Clayton area. Meteorologist David Cox said based on a photograph the NWS received and damage reports, a tornado touched down at approximately 5 p.m. this evening. Clayton Mayor Rydell Turner said he has received reports of roofs blown off of two houses in Clayton, but no injuries.

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/2013/02/21/tornado-reported-in-concordia-parish/

Drew Peterson Jailed For Ex-Wife's Murder

Drew Peterson - the swaggering Chicago-area police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 - has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.

The sentence came moments after Peterson shocked the courtroom with a rare public outburst of anger as he proclaimed his innocence in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio.

"I did not kill Kathleen!" he shouted at the top of his lungs, emphasising every word.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055306/peterson-gets-38-years-for-ex-wifes-murder

US Snow: Storm Leaves Two Dead In Americ

A massive winter storm has blanketed much of the central US, dumping heavy snow and prompting tornado warnings.

Millions of people in 24 states were expected to be affected by the storm before it peters out when it reaches the Great Lakes on Friday or Saturday.

However a second system of winter weather is then expected from the Gulf of Mexico - smothering parts of the East Coast with up to two feet of snow on Saturday and Sunday.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055353/us-snow-storm-leaves-two-dead-in-america

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN UZBEKISTAN - 22nd February 2013

Magnitude mb 4.8
Region EASTERN UZBEKISTAN
Date time 2013-02-22 02:38:31.0 UTC
Location 41.34 N ; 69.15 E
Depth 30 km
Distances 13 km W Tashken, Uzbekistan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA - 22nd February 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 01:41:43 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 03:41:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
51.967°N, 171.660°W
Depth
38.4 km (23.9 miles)
Region
FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
Distances
63 km (39 miles) SSW of Amukta Island, Alaska

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - 22nd February 2013

Magnitude
3.2
Date-Time
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 00:55:50 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 04:55:50 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.148°N, 121.541°W
Depth
6.8 km (4.2 miles)
Region
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
8 km (5 miles) NE (38°) from San Martin, CA

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake NEVADA - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
3.5
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 22:33:54 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 02:33:54 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
41.217°N, 117.484°W
Depth
0 km (~0 mile) set by location program
Region
NEVADA
Distances
19 km (12 miles) W (270°) from Getchell, NV

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
3.6
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 20:57:39 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:57:39 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
33.232°N, 116.056°W
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
12 km (7 miles) SW (230°) from Salton City, CA

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake KYUSHU, JAPAN - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 19:59:49 UTC
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 04:59:49 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.325°N, 130.774°E
Depth
54.6 km (33.9 miles)
Region
KYUSHU, JAPAN
Distances
49 km (30 miles) SSW of Nishinoomote, Japan

Elisa Lam Elevator Video Before She Was Found in Water Tank: The Mystery Continues





Matt's thoughts:

This case gets stranger by the day.

Somehow, someone supposedly murdered Elisa Lam and then tossed her body into one of the water vats above. In order to do this, however, they had to murder her within the hotel without anyone (or any cameras) noticing, get her through several layers of security and surveillance on the upper maintenance floors, carry her up a ladder, stuff her through a small hole on the top of the vat, and so all that without leaving any evidence or being noticed.

In fact, the perpetrator was so successful at pulling this off and left so little indication of the crime that it took three days for her body to be found. And that's only because the water pressure in the building had been low and people complained, only to have found out that they've been drinking corpse water for weeks.

The only other possibility is that she took off all her clothes, breached the security herself, climbed into the vat and drowned. This possibility makes little sense either.

The elevator video is chilling. The elevator doesn't close as an elevator normally would, and yet when she looks outside she doesn't see anyone.

She scans the hallway several times, and never seems to encounter anyone. Just when one might surmise that she's found someone on the left, she begins talking to some entity on the right that doesn't seem to exist.

Then she disappears. Dead.

Some have suggested she was high on drugs at the time, but I can't find any indication that is so. She's acting no differently than any other young woman full of energy on a holiday would.

When we cut away the fat, this is what we're left with:

1) No trace of murder taking place.
2) Elevator behaving strangely. Why is she playing with all the buttons?
3) Girl searching about for something that isn't there.
4) Girl having a conversation with something we can't see. Why is she making such strange hand gestures at slightly after the 2 minute mark in the video? Is she indeed on drugs? It almost looks like she's feeling if something is there.
5) Girl leaves in opposite direction in which she had that conversation, indicating that if someone was on her right, they would have seen something happening to her on her left, or vice versa.
6) The LA autopsy doesn't actually reveal how she died. Why? Because they can't tell. Drowning? Drugs? Murder? Wouldn't a strangling or shooting or stabbing be obvious?

What are your guys' thoughts on this?

WANTED: Meowhammed Al-Frisqy, Syrian Rebel Leader, Directing Operations in Civil War

Rarely does the Coming Crisis call out individuals for apprehension, but this guy (actually a girl) takes the cake. Accused of stealing socks and reselling them on the underground market to fund the rebellion, as well as luring fellow kittens into fighting by addicting them to catnip. Take seriously if tying shoes abroad: no piece of Western string is currently safe.

Trap making skills:




 Master of infiltration:



Guerrilla warfare abilities:


Interrogating white prisoner (WARNING, GRAPHIC!):


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281982/Is-worlds-cutest-kitten-Daisy-internet-sensation-heartwarming-pictures-posted-online.html?ICO=most_read_module

French, Malian forces fight suspected Islamists in Gao

French and Malian troops fought Islamists on the streets of Gao and a car bomb exploded in Kidal on Thursday, as fighting showed little sign of abating weeks before France plans to start withdrawing some forces.

Reuters reporters in Gao in the country's desert north said French and Malian forces fired at the mayor's office with heavy machineguns after Islamists were reported to have infiltrated the Niger River town during a night of explosions and gunfire.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-mali-rebels-idUSBRE91K09D20130221

5.4 Magnitude Earthquake BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
5.4
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 19:50:04 UTC
Friday, February 22, 2013 at 05:50:04 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.372°S, 154.847°E
Depth
60.1 km (37.3 miles)
Region
BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
70 km (43 miles) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 21st February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.5
Region TAIWAN
Date time 2013-02-21 18:35:57.0 UTC
Location 24.30 N ; 121.48 E
Depth 17 km
Distances 36 km NW Hualian, Taiwain

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 21st February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.2
Region TAIWAN
Date time 2013-02-21 18:33:06.0 UTC
Location 24.31 N ; 121.48 E
Depth 5 km
Distances 37 km NW Hualian, Taiwan

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 17:57:15 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 07:57:15 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
51.644°N, 179.660°W
Depth
52.8 km (32.8 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
209 km (130 miles) W (264°) from Adak, AK

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 17:27:18 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:27:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
14.328°N, 93.163°W
Depth
10.8 km (6.7 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Distances
90 km (55 miles) WSW of Puerto Madero, Mexico

Toddler in wheelchair heading to Disney cries during run-in with TSA agents

ation Security Administration screeners at Missouri's Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as they were heading to Orlando on vacation was caught on camera, and is raising questions about airport security rules. Annie Schulte said it all started when TSA agents asked to pat down her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, who is disabled and in a wheelchair. The agents also wanted to screen Lucy’s wheelchair. Schulte recorded the incident on her cellphone. In the video, Lucy begins to cry and says, "I don't want to go to Disney World." What made the toddler so distraught, her parents said, was the run-in with the agents. Agent: “It's illegal to do that.” Schulte: “You can't touch my daughter, unless I can record it.” http://www.wftv.com/news/news/toddler-wheelchair-heading-disney-cries-during-run/nWWGc/

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS - 21st February 2013

Magnitude M 5.2
Region EAST OF KURIL ISLANDS
Date time 2013-02-21 17:20:55.0 UTC
Location 47.96 N ; 156.26 E
Depth 15 km
Distances 587 km S Petropavlovsk-kamchatskiy

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 21st February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.0
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-02-21 16:41:51.0 UTC
Location 22.00 S ; 68.72 W
Depth 117 km
Distances 54 km N Calama , Chile

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN - 21st February 2013

Magnitude M 4.7
Region NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
Date time 2013-02-21 15:34:10.0 UTC
Location 38.38 N ; 141.96 E
Depth 60 km
Distances 59 km E Ishinomaki, Honshu, Japan

German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man...Well they can't have someone in place who questions the EU

Asked in September if she feared a comeback by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany appeared at pains to hold back a smile as the room erupted in laughter. “I am, as you know, a democratic politician and respect the outcome of elections in every country,” she told reporters in Berlin.

Five months later, the possibility that Mr. Berlusconi could return to play a role in the next Italian government is no longer a laughing matter for Ms. Merkel’s government. As Italy’s elections approach on Sunday, German officials have begun, in not-so-subtle ways, to signal to Italians not to vote for him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/world/europe/german-officials-hint-berlusconi-isnt-their-man.html?_r=0

Photos show new activity at N.Korea nuclear site

North Korea has resumed activity at a nuclear site following its internationally condemned bomb test, a US think tank said Wednesday, amid fears that the regime will carry out more explosions.

Examining satellite photos, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University detected a rise in traffic at the Punggye-ri site but cautioned that there was not enough evidence to assert that a new test was in the works.

The think tank said that there had been no sign of vehicles or people moving at the site for a day after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test on February 12 but that activity had resumed by February 15.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5itS9Z91McKNHhDxK2wC2f4C5IXig?docId=CNG.07c084df4030bccdc62b354746da54d6.3c1

Foreign firms may become scared to send their people to northern Nigeria

MOST foreign investors in Nigeria have reckoned that the profits outweigh the risks and the hassle. But a spate of kidnappings, on top of an Islamist insurgency that refuses to die down, may make them think twice before venturing into the country’s northern reaches. On February 16th an Islamist group calling itself Ansaru nabbed seven foreign construction workers from their compound in the state of Bauchi. Three days later another gang of Islamist militants suspected of hailing from Nigeria’s north-eastern state of Borno abducted a French family of seven across the border in northern Cameroon. Ansaru said that European countries have committed “transgressions and atrocities against the religion of Allah” in such places as Afghanistan and Mali.

Ansaru, an acronym for “Vanguard for the Protection of Muslims in Black Africa”, may be a breakaway from Boko Haram (“Western teaching is sinful”), a group that was responsible for 800-plus deaths last year alone. Ansaru is thought to be based in and around Kano, a northern city that has become a hub of Islamist militancy. It publicly distances itself from Boko Haram but shares much of its ideology. It may, however, be closer in tactics to al-Qaeda.

http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21572232-foreign-firms-may-become-scared-send-their-people-northern-nigeria

Palestinians Protest for Hunger-Striking Prisoners in Israeli Jails

Demonstrations are growing in the occupied West Bank over the issue of Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Hundreds of Palestinians held a protest march in the territory to demand the release of four hunger-striking prisoners. The hunger strike is highlighting the fate of some 4,500 Palestinians held in Israeli jails.

The protesters vowed to redeem the prisoners “in spirit and in blood.” When they tried to march to an Israeli prison they were stopped by soldiers. The Palestinians burned tires and threw stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

http://www.voanews.com/content/palestinians_protest_in_west_bank_for_hunger_striking_prisoners/1608073.html

Iran installs advanced enrichment centrifuges - IAEA

Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, a U.N. nuclear report said on Thursday, a defiant step likely to anger world powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week.

In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said 180 so-called IR-2m centrifuges and empty centrifuge casings had been hooked up at the plant near the central town of Natanz.

If operated successfully, such machines could enable Iran to significantly speed up its accumulation of material that the West fears could be used to devise a nuclear weapon. Iran says it is refining uranium only for peaceful energy purposes.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/uk-nuclear-iran-iaea-idUKBRE91K0XH20130221

Car bomb kills over 50 near Damascus ruling party office

A car bomb killed more than 50 people and wounded 200 in central Damascus on Thursday when it blew up on a busy highway close to ruling Baath Party offices and the Russian Embassy, state media and activists said.

Syrian television showed charred and bloodied bodies strewn across the street after the blast, which it described as a suicide bombing by "terrorists" battling President Bashar al-Assad. It said 53 people were killed.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/uk-syria-crisis-blast-idUKBRE91K09S20130221

Hyderabad Bombing: Two blasts rock Indian city of Hyderabad

Las Vegas Strip gun battle leaves 3 people dead (video)

Tony Bennett Sentenced Over Madeleine McCann's Parents Claims

A retired solicitor who published claims that Madeleine McCann's parents caused her death has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Mr Justice Tugendhat said 65-year-old Tony Bennett deliberately flouted legal undertakings, given in November 2009, not to repeat allegations about the couple.

Bennett's conduct, the judge said, was so serious that nothing less than a custodial sentence of three months, suspended for one year, would reflect the harm he had done.

Finding Bennett guilty of contempt of court, the judge added: "I am sure that he intended to allege that the claimants are to be suspected of causing the death of their daughter, and did in fact dispose of her body, lie about what happened and covered up what they had done."

http://news.sky.com/story/1055123/madeleine-mccann-man-sentenced-over-claims

Las Vegas Strip Shooting: 3 Dead

Gunshots fired from a black Range Rover on the Las Vegas Strip has caused a Maserati to crash into a taxi, creating a fireball and killing three people.

Initial reports suggested there was a gunfight between the occupants of the luxury four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle (SUV) and the high-end sports car.

But investigators do not think anyone in the Maserati was shooting, said Sergeant John Sheahan.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055163/three-dead-in-las-vegas-strip-shooting-crash

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 14:05:57 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:05:57 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
29.251°N, 142.255°E
Depth
21.2 km (13.2 miles)
Region
IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Distances
240 km (149 miles) N of Chichi-shima, Japan

EU parliament chief tells Italians not to vote for Berlusconi

The German president of the European Parliament, once compared to a Nazi concentration camp guard by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, warned Italians on Thursday not to back the scandal-ridden media tycoon at the ballot box.

Martin Schulz is the latest in a line of German politicians to express fears about a possible Berlusconi comeback largely due to worries he will halt Rome's reform drive that has helped to lift investor confidence in the euro zone.

"Silvio Berlusconi has already sent Italy into a tailspin with irresponsible behavior in government and personal escapades," Schulz was quoted as saying in German daily Bild.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-italy-election-schulz-idUSBRE91K0A520130221

Manhunt launched in India after three sisters aged five to 11 found dead in well

Police have launched a manhunt for men suspected of the rape and killing of three sisters, aged five to 11, in the latest case of sexual violence to grip India.

Police officer Javed Ahmed said the sisters' bodies were found in a village well in Maharashtra state on 14 February after they had gone missing from school. The area is more than 630 miles south of New Delhi, the capital.

Enraged villagers blocked a national highway passing through the area for several hours on Wednesday demanding justice.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/india-sisters-found-dead-well-suspected-rape

France denies kidnapped family freed in Cameroon

France on Thursday denied a claim that seven members of a French family kidnapped this week in northern Cameroon by suspected Islamists had been freed.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that it formally "denied the information that the French hostages had been released".

Hopes for the seven members of the family -- a couple, their children aged five, eight, 10 and 12 and an uncle -- were raised when a Cameroonian military source said earlier Thursday they had been found safe and well in Nigeria.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gVVtgbiWJOa_Vn9cfMU73uziySvA?docId=CNG.fcf065cc6d5d0a683d88b36c1643ea9d.581

US Jobless claims rise more than expected

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but still remained at levels consistent with a steady improvement in labor market conditions.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-jobless-idUSBRE91K0N920130221

Chasm opens between weak France, strong Germany

The schism dividing the euro zone's strong and weak economies deepened to include its core pairing in February as French firms suffered their worst month in four years in stark contrast to prospering Germany.

The gap between the two biggest economies in the euro zone is now at its widest since purchasing manager surveys (PMIs) started in 1998, the latest sounding showed.

It dealt a blow to hopes the euro zone might emerge from recession soon, showing the downturn across the region's businesses worsened unexpectedly this month.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-pmi-services-eurozone-idUSBRE91K0DU20130221

Terrorist Bomb Plot: Three Men Convicted

Three men have been found guilty of leading a terrorist bomb plot that could have been bigger than the July 7 atrocities.

Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all unemployed, and from Birmingham, wanted up to eight suicide bombers to detonate rucksacks packed with explosives in crowded places.

"They were deadly serious and they were hell bent because of the training they'd had and the things they said", said Detective Inspector Adam Gough, from West Midlands Police.

http://news.sky.com/story/1055088/terrorist-bomb-plot-three-men-convicted

New Russia meteor video: Dramatic dash cam footage of meteorite explosion

Deadly bomb blast damages Russian embassy in Damascus

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake WESTERN TURKEY - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:18:52 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:18:52 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.330°N, 27.016°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
WESTERN TURKEY
Distances
22 km (13 miles) WSW of Didim, Turkey

Syria: 'Many Dead And Hurt In Rebel Car Bombing'

A "large number" of civilians have been killed and hurt in a powerful car bomb attack near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party, state media said.

It said it was a suicide bombing in Damascus which was carried out by "terrorists" battling President Bashar al Assad.

Syrian television broadcast footage of at least four bodies along a main street and firefighters dousing dozens of burning vehicles.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054948/syria-many-dead-and-hurt-in-car-bombing

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:02:30 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 05:02:30 PM at epicenter
Location
50.260°S, 112.285°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE
Distances
2057 km (1278 miles) S (187°) from Perth, Australia

Syria: 'Car Bomb' Near Ruling Party Offices

A car bomb has exploded near the headquarters of the ruling Baath party in Syria's capital, police have been quoted as saying.

The large blast shook Damascus and sent up a huge cloud of thick smoke that was visible in much of the city.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054948/syria-car-bomb-near-ruling-party-offices

Oh My Gas...& Oil! Europe hit hardest by Iran sanctions?

Uranium Hunt: 'If mushrooms were Africa's product, West wouldn't intervene'

Paper Money Kaput? Gold rush on rise as Europe crisis deepens

Mali Army rejects accusations of Gao abuses

EU to train over 2,500 Malian soldiers from April: general

Georgia Plane Crash, 5 Killed

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 08:40:39 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 07:40:39 PM at epicenter
Location
18.834°S, 169.032°E
Depth
221.1 km (137.4 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
82 km (51 miles) NNW (342°) from Isangel, Vanuatu

Russia, Arab League back diplomatic solution for Syria

Toddler gets trapped in a washing machine in China

Cambodia's Bird Flu Toll Hits Seven This Year

A 2-year-old boy has died of Avian Influenza H5N1, bringing death toll to seven and total cases in Cambodia to eight this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

The boy, who lived in Angkor Chey district of Southwestern Kampot province, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday some 18 hours after he was admitted to the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh.

Last week, a 3-year-old girl from the same district died of the virus at the same hospital.

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=929300

What killed Lluvia? Investigators wear hazmat suits to search the Colorado home of 6-year-old girl who died suddenly after a mystery outbreak

Lluvia Espinoza Morales (left) was taken to hospital at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and was pronounced dead, sparking the thorough investigation of her home in Longmont, Colorado. Police said there were no signs of foul play and suggested that the young girl could have been killed by influenza. But they decided to take every precaution as they searched her family's home.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281900/What-killed-Lluvia-Investigators-search-home-wearing-protective-suits-mystery-outbreak-kills-girl-6.html

Do you know these perverts? FBI seeks public's help identifying child porn suspects from their pictures and victim's t-shirt

The FBI is asking the public's help in identifying two men wanted for their alleged involvement in the production of child pornography. The federal agency is circulating photographs of the suspects as well as other images grabbed from a child pornography video, including a child's yellow t-shirt and the rear of what appears to be a one-story home with an above-ground pool in the backyard.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281953/FBI-seeks-publics-help-identifying-child-porn-suspects-victims-t-shirt-pictured-photographs.html

'Your country must be half empty, you're all here running the NHS!' What Philip jokingly told Filipino nurse

This is the moment Prince Philip made his latest gaffe when he told a Filipino nurse her country must be 'half empty' because most of her compatriots appeared to be working in the UK. The 91-year-old royal, who is renowned for his un-politically correct comments, made the remark as he opened a new £5.5 million cardiac centre at Luton and Dunstable Hospital yesterday.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281771/The-Philippines-half--youre-running-NHS-Gaffe-prone-Duke-Edinburgh-cracks-nurse-joke-hospital-ceremony.html

8,000 criminals given community service 11 times before being jailed: Britain's 'revolving door system' of non-custodial punishment revealed

Nearly eight thousand criminals jailed last year had already received 11 or more community sentences, a think-tank reveals today.

It says the statistic highlighted the ‘revolving door system’ of non-custodial punishments that exposes the public to hardened offenders who commit one crime after another.

The Centre for Crime Prevention reveals in a report that of the 107,688 criminals jailed in the financial year 2011/12, three-quarters had already been given at least one community sentence.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2281989/8-000-criminals-given-community-service-11-times-jailed-Britains-revolving-door-non-custodial-punishment-revealed.html

AUSTRALIA: MARKET FALLS SHARPLY, BELOW 5,000

Around $35 billion was wiped of the share market today as it posted its biggest one-day loss in more than nine months for both major indices to finish below 5,000 points.

Major markets around the region have slipped between 1 and 2 per cent on Chinese moves to curb property speculation and US Federal Reserve minutes that showed some members are advocating for more flexibility in, and perhaps a reduction of, the bank's stimulus program.

Around 4:30pm (AEDT), Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei share index was down 1.3 per cent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng was off 1.8 per cent.

Locally, the All Ordinaries index slid 2.3 per cent to 4,999 at the close, while the ASX 200 dropped 119 points to 4,980.

http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/16201104/market-falls-sharply-below-5-000/

Japan executions resume with three hangings

Japan has carried out three executions – the first since the country's conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was elected last December, and a sign that Tokyo will defy international pressure to abolish the death penalty.

The justice ministry said the executions were carried out in the early hours of Thursday in three different locations. One of the condemned men, Kaoru Kobayashi, had been sentenced to death for the abduction, sexual assault and murder of a seven-year-old schoolgirl in 2004. He sent a photograph of the murdered girl to her mother.

The executions, the first since September 2012, could signal a return to more regular hangings under the current justice minister, Sadakazu Tanigaki.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/japan-executions-resume-three-hangings

Syrian rebels to Hezbollah: Stop fighting for Assad or be eliminated from Lebanon

Hezbollah was on high alert Thursday after Syrian rebels warned that they would "eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands" unless it stops fighting for President Bashar Assad's forces, giving the militant group a 48-hour deadline to accede to this demand.

"We [FSA] are announcing and warning that if Hezbollah will not stop shelling the Syrian lands, villages and civilians from inside the Lebanese territories within 48 hours of issuance of this statement, we will respond to the sources of fire by our hands and eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands," the Free Syrian Armyposted on its Facebook page early Wednesday, according to a CNN translation.

The FSA issued its ultimatum after at least one Hezbollah guerrilla and five Syrian rebels were killed in fighting in Syrian territory near the Lebanese border earlier this week.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/syrian-rebels-to-hezbollah-stop-fighting-for-assad-or-be-eliminated-from-lebanon.premium-1.504872

Search for the Sars carriers: Hunt for jet passengers who sat near victim of bug on London flight

lane passengers who sat near a British man with the Sars-like virus are being hunted in an attempt to stop it spreading globally.

The infected man, who travelled back to London on January 28 after a trip to Saudi Arabia, unwittingly passed it on to his son, who has since died from the bug.

UK medics now fear he could also have given it to others on the plane.

So far 12 people have caught the coronavirus, including five in Saudi Arabia, two in Jordan, four here and one in Germany.

Six of the 12 have died. It is not known exactly how the British victim died.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sars-search-plane-passengers-who-1721146

Dubai police 'deny torture of British men'

Dubai police have denied allegations they tortured three Britons awaiting trial on drugs charges, Dubai's National Media Council has said.

The council, which is attached to state news agency WAM, said a "neutral party" had been appointed to investigate but had found the claims to be untrue.

Grant Cameron and Karl Williams, of London, and Suneet Jeerh, of Essex, are due in court in Dubai on Thursday.

On Wednesday a charity said police had beaten and electrocuted the men.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21529006

Protesters call for Pussy Riot release

Four-Year-Old 'Sexually Assaulted': Teen Held

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl at a children's play centre in Lancaster.

The girl told her parents the assault happened whilst she was playing at The Zone on Dalton Square between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on February 16, police said.

The boy has been released on bail while detectives continue their investigation.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054916/four-year-old-sexually-assaulted-teen-held

Spurs Fans Attacked By Gang In Lyon Bar

Three Tottenham fans are reported to have been taken to hospital after a group of up to 50 masked thugs attacked a bar on the eve of Spurs' game in Lyon.

Eyewitnesses said the attackers smashed doors and threw cast iron chairs, wooden objects and a flare in to the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon.

Up to 150 Spurs fans were drinking in the bar, popular among ex-pats in the French city, ahead of tonight's Europa League match.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054852/spurs-fans-attacked-by-gang-in-lyon-bar

Pistorius Cop Faces Attempted Murder Charges

The lead investigating officer in the Oscar Pistorius murder case is facing seven charges of attempted murder from a 2011 shooting.

Hilton Botha and two other officers reportedly opened fire on seven passengers in a taxi mini-bus in an attempt to stop it. It is alleged that the officers, who were on duty at the time, were drunk.

They were arrested after the event in October 2011 and charges were initially dropped but were reinstated by the state prosecutor yesterday.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054865/pistorius-cop-faces-attempted-murder-charges

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake IONIAN SEA - 21st February 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 05:54:38 UTC
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 07:54:38 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
37.035°N, 20.384°E
Depth
10.3 km (6.4 miles)
Region
IONIAN SEA
Distances
86 km (53 miles) SSW of Lithakia, Greece

UFOs filmed over Phoenix Arizona Jan16, 2013



Hilton Botha: Pistorius Investigating Cop Faces 7 Attempted Murder Charges (Is this some kind of twisted joke?)


The investigating officer in the Oscar Pistorius murder case is facing seven charges of attempted murder from a 2009 shooting.

Hilton Botha reportedly opened fire on seven passengers in a mini-bus while drunk with two other officers.

They were arrested in 2011, but charges were initially dropped and have now been reinstated.

http://news.sky.com/story/1054865/pistorius-cop-faces-attempted-murder-charges

US is to launch unprecedented counter-attack on Chinese hackers accused of stealing state secrets

The US Government is to launch an unprecedented counter-attack on the individual Chinese hackers who are accused of stealing the country’s state and industrial secrets.

A series of personal attacks on Chinese hackers is to be launched, with the US naming perpetrators and bringing lawsuits and fines.

The move follows on from the announcement yesterday by the computer security company Mandiant that it had discovered a unit of the Chinese Army based in Shanghai that it claims has stolen hundreds of terrabytes of information from 140 US firms.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-is-to-launch-unprecedented-counterattack-on-chinese-hackers-accused-of-stealing-state-secrets-8504084.html

North Korean nuclear test: Spy agencies scrounge for details

US and allied spy agencies have found no traces of telltale nuclear-related particles from North Korea's February 12 nuclear bomb test, leaving unresolved basic questions about the device's design, according to officials in the United States, Europe and South Korea.

This lack of scientific evidence suggests that key questions may remain unanswered about the type of fissile material used in the test, which was detected by seismic sensors. It also leaves unaddressed questions about how far the North has advanced in its bomb design.

After the test, the U.S. Air Force Technical Applications Center in Florida dispatched WC-135 "sniffer" airplanes to look for traces of gas residue that could offer clues to the device's design, but those efforts apparently turned up empty, the officials said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/north-korean-nuclear-test-spy-agencies-scrounge-for-details/1077477/

Aid money could go to defence - David Cameron

David Cameron has said the government is to consider spending money from the UK's £10bn aid budget on peacekeeping and other defence-related projects.

Such a move could see funds diverted from the Department for International Development to the Ministry of Defence.

The prime minister explained that security and stability are often needed before development can take place.

Downing Street stressed that the plan would comply with international rules on aid spending.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21528464

Greek police fire tear gas at anti-austerity protesters

Wall Street breakdown, more to come?

"The truth must come out" says Reeva's brother

Majority of U.S. citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported

More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system.

The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-usa-immigration-idUSBRE91K01A20130221

French general urges EU to equip "impoverished" Mali army

The European Union should complement a mission to train Mali's army, routed by rebels last year, by providing equipment from uniforms to vehicles and communications technology, a French general said on Wednesday.

General Francois Lecointre, appointed to head the EU training mission to Mali (EUTM) that was formally launched this week, said in Bamako equipping the "very impoverished" and disorganized Malian army was as important as training it.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/20/us-mali-rebels-eu-idUSBRE91J1B320130220

SW China Earthquake Injures 8

Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2013 shows a house destroyed by an earthquake in Qiaojia County of Zhaotong City in southwest China's Yunnan Province. Two people were injured when a 4.9-magnitude quake jolted the border area of southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces at 10:46 a.m. (0246 GMT) on Tuesday , authorities said. [Photo: Xinhua]

Eight people have been confirmed injured in an earthquake near the border area of southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces on Tuesday, local authorities said.

The 4.9-magnitude quake, which occurred at 10:46 a.m. with an epicenter 6 km deep, toppled 72 houses and damaged 949 others in Yunnan's Qiaojia County as of 7:30 p.m., the county government said.

http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/02/20/53s749285.htm