Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Bizarre Story of a South Korean Journalist Lee Sang-yong

The last thing Lee Sang-yong wanted to do in his life was to spend 114 days in jail. A Chinese jail, no less. He was ready head home to Seoul following a three-year stint as a correspondent for an internet newspaper DailyNK, when the Chinese intelligence agents nabbed him in Dalian, a port city at the tip of Tsingtao peninsula about two hundred miles west of Dandong.

“I’d just gotten off the bus from Dandong on my way to see my colleagues there. Four plain clothes men came up to me and handcuffed me, my hands behind my back. The handcuffs were so tight. It hurt so bad, I couldn’t think of anything else.”

He had no idea what the gruff Chinese intelligence agents wanted, wondering if they made a mistake in identity. He would later find out that they knew exactly who he was and that he was a journalist from South Korea. They drove him back to Dandong and put him in a small cell with twenty or so people in it. It was so crowded, he had to sleep sitting up. For meals he had a Chinese bun (mantou) and a bowl of clear broth three times a day.

The first day in jail they told him nothing. Second day, when was called into the interrogation room, the agents started by saying, “You should be thankful that we saved you from the North Korean agents. We found out that they were following you around. We got seven of you guys yesterday.”

http://exitemperorkimjongil.authorsxpress.com/2013/02/23/endangering-chinas-national-security/

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF OREGON - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 22:25:44 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 02:25:44 PM at epicenter
Location
43.152°N, 126.467°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF OREGON
Distances
167 km (103 miles) W of Bandon, Oregon

Obama to threaten Iran with military strike in June, Israeli media reports


President Barack Obama says the United States could launch an attack on Iran as early as this June, Israeli media reports.

According to a report on Israel’s Channel 10 News that has since been picked up by the Times of Israel, Pres. Obama will use an upcoming meeting overseas to discuss a military strike on Iran. Pres. Obama is scheduled to visit Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next month, and during the get-together the two leaders will reportedly work out the details for a possible assault.

Pres. Obama will tell Netanyahu that a “window of opportunity” for a military strike on Iran will open in June, Channel 10 claims.

Israel has long-urged the White House to use its military prowess to intervene in Iran’s rumored nuclear weapon procurement plan, demands which have by-and-large been rejected by the Obama administration. According to the latest reports, though, the United States might finally be willing to use its might to make a stand against Iran’s race for a nuke.

http://rt.com/usa/obama-israel-military-june-503/

Deadly virus demands swift sleuth work

The emergence of a deadly virus previously unseen in humans that has already killed half those known to be infected requires speedy scientific detective work to figure out its potential.

Experts in virology and infectious diseases say that while they already have unprecedented detail about the genetics and capabilities of the novel coronavirus, or NCoV, what worries them more is what they don't know.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-coronavirus-idUSBRE91Q0MD20130227

Hackers target Europe via Adobe bug

Hackers targeted dozens of computer systems at government agencies across Europe in a series of attacks that exploited a recently discovered security flaw in Adobe Systems Inc's software, security researchers reported on Wednesday.

Russia's Kaspersky Lab and Hungary's Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security, or CrySyS, said the targets of the campaign included government computers in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Romania.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-cyberattack-miniduke-idUSBRE91Q0OL20130227

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA CITY URBAN AREA, OKLAHOMA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
3.5
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 19:51:13 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 01:51:13 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.471°N, 97.340°W
Depth
9 km (5.6 miles)
Region
OKLAHOMA CITY URBAN AREA, OKLAHOMA
Distances
2 km (1 miles) SSW of Nicoma Park, Oklahoma

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region NORTHEASTERN SAKHA, RUSSIA
Date time 2013-02-27 18:23:36.5 UTC
Location 67.66 N ; 142.78 E
Depth 10 km
Distances 868 km NE Markha

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION - 27th February 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION
Date time 2013-02-27 15:56:11.0 UTC
Location 3.56 S ; 78.66 W
Depth 92 km
Distances 22 km SW Gualaquiza

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake JUJUY, ARGENTINA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude ML 4.1
Region JUJUY, ARGENTINA
Date time 2013-02-27 15:00:03.0 UTC
Location 22.27 S ; 66.74 W
Depth 325 km
Distances 119 km W Villazón, ARGENTINA

Coast Guard checking report of wellhead leak off Louisiana

The Coast Guard was responding to a report that a crewboat struck an inactive wellhead off the Louisiana coast, and that the platform was discharging an unknown quantity of an oily-water mixture, the agency said on Wednesday.
It said reports indicated a 42-foot (13-metre) crewboat, the Sea Raider, had struck a wellhead owned by Swift Energy on Tuesday evening, and that the energy company had said the wellhead was shut down in 2007.

A small sheen had developed, Ensign Tanner Stiehl said.

"We don't know the specific oil content," said Stiehl.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-usa-wellhead-louisiana-idUSBRE91Q0VV20130227

It is now illegal for Americans, in some aspects, to use the word "Jesus", due to "Jesus Jeans" patent


An Italian denim brand called "Jesus Jeans" won't turn the other cheek when it comes to its competition using the Lord's name.

After years of fighting to trademark the word "Jesus," the company was granted exclusive rights to it by the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2007.

Now, its taking legal action against anyone in the United States who attempts to start an apparel line with "Jesus" in the title, claiming it a matter of brand integrity.

Virginia entrepreneur Michael Julius Anton recently found this out the hard way when he tried to trademark his Christian t-shirt and surf accessory line "Jesus Surfed."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Anton received an email from Jesus Jeans' parent company BasicNet SpA asking him to abandon his application in November.

"If you do not agree, then Jesus Jeans reserves its right to an accounting/damages and all other appropriate relief with respect to your trademark and trademark application," it read.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2013/02/should-jesus-be-trademarked.html

Matt's thoughts:

Why would anyone be selling anything with the name "Jesus" on it anyway?

Nonetheless, best comment on the article:

"The Jews tried to keep Christ contained within their law, while the Greeks sought to turn Him into a philosophy; the Romans made of Him an empire; the Europeans reduced Him to a culture, so it's no surprise that in the 21st century the economic dynasty has turned Him into a business."

Philpott Trial: Father 'Joked' About Blaze which killed his six children

A father accused of killing his six children in a fire at his home in Derby was "laughing and joking" about the blaze just a week later, a court has heard.

PC Joanne Halford told Nottingham Crown Court that Michael Philpott seemed "jovial" when she spoke to him at Royal Derby Hospital in the early hours of May 18.

When the officer asked him what he was doing at the hospital, Philpott replied: "I'm here to see you gorgeous", the court heard.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057785/philpott-trial-father-joked-about-blaze

"The Globalist Agenda: Strategy"

The Coming Crisis doesn't usually post stuff like this, but in this case, I thought this website so very interesting so as to be worth sharing with all of you (a reader mentioned it on another post, so I decided to explore it). Call them Illuminati, New World Order, Globalists, or simply our Fat Cat Controllers, it's important to know the propaganda tools they use to control us and achieve whatever ambitions they possess.

Here's one page as an example of what the website offers:

One very important aspect of world control is exactly how does one go about controlling and dominating a society, or for that matter the world as a whole. Anthony Sutton spelled it out quite well in his book "America's Secret Establishment". He exposed the fact that the global elite came to the correct conclusion that to control and manipulate a society for their benefit they need to control only a certain finite aspects of society. These are:
  • Education (how the population of the future will behave)
  • Money (the means of holding wealth and exchanging goods)
  • Law (the authority to enforce the will of the state, a world law and a world court is needed for a world state)
  • Politics (the direction of the State and Economy)
  • History (what people believed happened in the past)
  • Psychology (the means of controlling how people think)
  • Philanthropy (so that people think well of the controllers)
  • Medicine (the power over health, life and death)
  • Religion (people's spiritual beliefs)
  • Media (what people know and learn about current events)
  • Continuity (the power to appoint who follows in your footsteps)
What this amounts to is nothing less than infiltrating and controlling the power centers of a society. By placing their own people in key positions they could come to control and dominate a society completely and steer it in any direction they choose.

His observations are well made and reflected, and expanded upon slightly, in the categories on this site. Take a minute an think about it - what would you do if you wanted to gain control of an entire society?

Even if you don't believe in a dominant group of people piloting mankind towards their specific end, it's still worth glancing a this information to realize that perhaps we remain too confident in our ability to separate reality from propaganda, and should work towards heightening our vigilance regarding identifying what I'll simply call, "plans in motion".

http://globalistagenda.org/strategy.htm

Israel: "Bastion of democracy and freedom" mass-arrests troubled migrants, packs them up, then sends them "home" to be killed

Israel has quietly repatriated hundreds of Sudanese migrants in recent months, drawing accusations from rights groups that it has coerced the Africans into potentially life-threatening situations and possibly violated international norms for treating refugees.

Israel says the departures have been voluntary, but they follow mass arrests of migrants and vows by Israeli leaders to halt the influx.

Over the past eight years, as many as 60,000 African migrants, mostly Sudanese and Eritrean, have sneaked across Israel's border with Egypt's lawless Sinai desert, some fleeing repressive regimes and others looking for work and better conditions.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_ISRAEL_AFRICAN_MIGRANTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-02-26-15-28-57

Matt's thoughts:

The easiest way to return these people to Sudan would probably be to just tie them to the bombs Israel drops on that country when it feels the need.

Iran Describes Nuclear Talks As 'Positive'

Negotiations between Iran and international powers have ended with only an agreement to meet again.

A breakthrough was not expected during the two days of talks in the Kazakh city of Almaty, but the Iranian side did say they had been "positive".

Technical negotiations will now be held in Istanbul on March 18 and there will be another round of political talks in early April.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057615/iran-describes-nuclear-talks-as-positive

Vicious shark attack leaves man dead in New Zealand


Parents' outrage as female students are dressed in burqas to teach them about 9/11 'freedom fighters' - NOT terrorists

A photograph of four female students wearing burqas has sparking an angry outburst from parents of students at the Lumberton High School in Texas. April LeBlanc, whose 15-year-old daughter Madelyn is one of the students in the picture, has accused the school of 'saturating these kids in Islam.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285128/Parents-outrage-schoolchildren-dressed-burqas-taught-9-11-freedom-fighters-geography-class-holocaust-ethnic-cleansing.html

'It was like the breath of God': Dramatic moment a waterspout came ashore in Tampa is captured on camera

A 60mph waterspout hit Tampa, Florida, today, and was caught on camera by a tourist.

Robert Siegel, who is a spotter for the National Weather Service, took the picture while on vacation in the area.

It appeared just off northern Hillsborough Bay at 11.12am.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285136/It-like-breath-God-Dramatic-moment-waterspout-came-ashore-Tampa-Florida-captured-camera.html

Rare 'gigantic jet' lightning spotted over China in northernmost sighting yet of the mysterious storm event that reaches space

Rare 'gigantic jet' lightning has been glimpsed in the skies over China, sparking fresh speculation about what causes these mysterious storm phenomena.

The tree-shaped electrical discharges, which occur above storm clouds and flash up to the edge of space, have previously only been seen over tropical and subtropical regions.

But a new study outlines a burst spotted over mainland China at 35 degrees latitude, about the same as Cyprus and the furthest north the phenomena have ever been spotted.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2285235/Gigantic-jet-lighting-spotted-China-northernmost-sighting-mysterious-storm-event-reaches-space.html

30,000 Romanians have been arrested in the UK for violence and sex crimes in just five years

Romanians come second in the list of foreign nationals arrested by police for serious crimes, Scotland Yard has revealed.

Nearly 28,000 Romanian citizens have been held for serious offences in London over the past five years, including violence and sex crimes.

That puts it second only to Poland in the list of most arrested foreign nationals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285177/How-30-000-Romanians-arrested-UK-violence-sex-crimes-just-years.html

Teenage girl HITS and THREATENS men on a train

Adam Strange Killed by a Great White shark 200 metres off Auckland's Muriwai Beach

Adam Strange, 46, (left) was today mauled to death by a Great White shark 200metres off Auckland's Muriwai Beach in front of hundreds of tourists. The shark, said to be up to 14ft long, pulled the father-of-one under the water as police fired at least 20 shots from a lifeboat and helicopter in a desperate rescue attempt (centre). The award-winning film and TV director's body was later recovered from the sea. Environmental department officials confirmed Great Whites had been spotted in the area as recently as the weekend and one local man ran out of the water 'white-faced and terrified'.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285192/Swimmer-mauled-death-Great-White-shark-New-Zealand-beach-despite-police-rescue-bid.html

Michael Le Vell In Court appearance to face 19 charges of child sex abuse.

The Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell has appeared in court for the first time to face six charges of raping a child.

Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster in the ITV soap opera, is accused of 19 child sex offences.

The actor sat glum-faced in the dock as charges of raping a child were put to him.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057580/coronation-streets-michael-le-vell-in-court

EU regulators block Ryanair's third bid for Aer Lingus

EU antitrust regulators blocked Ryanair's (RYA.I) third attempt to acquire Irish rival Aer Lingus (AERL.I) on Wednesday, a ruling Europe's biggest low-cost airline called politically motivated and vowed to challenge in court.

The European Commission, which vetoed Ryanair's first takeover bid for Aer Lingus in 2007, said the no-frills carrier had not offered sufficient concessions to allay concerns about the merged company's dominance or monopoly on 46 routes.

It said the 694-million-euro ($907 million) bid could hurt competition and lead to higher prices for passengers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-aerlingus-ryanair-eu-idUSBRE91Q0GT20130227

Italian president snubs German candidate over "clown" comment

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has canceled a dinner with German chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck after the center-left politician called former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and comic-turned-politician Beppe Grillo a pair of "clowns".

A spokesman for Steinbrueck said Napolitano, who is on an official visit to Germany, had called off a dinner scheduled for Wednesday in Berlin. The spokesman said Steinbrueck understood the Italian president's reasons for cancelling.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-italy-germany-president-idUSBRE91Q0L620130227

Australia braces for powerful cyclone

Kabul suicide attack wounds seven

Afghan police officer drugs, kills 17 colleagues

An Afghan police officer drugged 17 colleagues and shot them dead on Wednesday with the aid of the Taliban, police said, the latest in a series of so-called "insider", or green-on-blue, attacks involving Afghan security forces and the Taliban.

The attacks have undermined trust between coalition and Afghan forces who are under mounting pressure to contain the Taliban insurgency before most NATO combat troops withdraw by the end of 2014.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-afghanistan-insider-police-idUSBRE91Q0LJ20130227

North Korea blames U.S. for tension on peninsula

North Korea accused the United States on Wednesday of contributing to an "unpredictable" situation on the divided Korean peninsula and abusing its power in the U.N. Security Council to impose its "hostile policy" against Pyongyang.

North Korea is facing further U.N. sanctions for its underground nuclear test explosion two weeks ago, its biggest and most powerful to date which prompted warnings from Washington. In December it launched a long-range rocket.

"The U.S. is to blame for the situation on the Korean peninsula which is inching close to an unpredictable phase now," So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, told the U.N.-sponsored Conference on Disarmament.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/27/us-korea-north-usa-idUSBRE91Q0HX20130227

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:13:38 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:13:38 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.583°S, 146.926°E
Depth
127.4 km (79.2 miles)
Region
EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
16 km (9 miles) NNW of Lae, Papua New Guinea

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake BISMARCK SEA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:01:40 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:01:40 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.362°S, 146.933°E
Depth
37.4 km (23.2 miles)
Region
BISMARCK SEA
Distances
152 km (94 miles) SSW of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11:01:23 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:01:23 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.255°S, 171.590°E
Depth
117.7 km (73.1 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
50 km (31 miles) WNW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:24:12 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 07:24:12 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
41.538°N, 142.148°E
Depth
73.4 km (45.6 miles)
Region
HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances
82 km (50 miles) ENE of Mutsu, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 09:55:24 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 06:55:24 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.940°S, 128.149°E
Depth
245.4 km (152.5 miles)
Region
BANDA SEA
Distances
335 km (208 miles) ENE of Dili, East Timor

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 09:03:49 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 09:03:49 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
17.851°S, 178.853°W
Depth
675.9 km (420.0 miles)
Region
FIJI REGION
Distances
245 km (152 miles) SE of Lambasa, Fiji

Maldives: Rape Victim Sentenced To 100 Lashes

A 15-year-old alleged rape victim in the Maldives has been sentenced to 100 lashes and eight months under house arrest for engaging in premarital sex.

The girl admitted having consensual sex with a man in an incident unrelated to the rape.

Sex outside of marriage is illegal under the Islamic law of the island nation.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057551/maldives-rape-victim-sentenced-to-100-lashes

Lil Poopy: Father Of 9-Year-Old Rapper Probed

US authorities are investigating whether a nine-year-old boy who raps under the name of Lil Poopy and appears in sexually suggestive videos is the victim of possible child abuse.

The boy, whose real name is Luie Rivera Jr, is seen slapping a woman's backside and riding in a Ferrari in some videos.

In another instance posted on YouTube, he sings: "Coke ain't a bad word" – and then appears with the drink Coca-Cola in his hands.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057598/lil-poopy-father-of-9-year-old-rapper-probed

Swiss Shooting: Three Killed At Factory

Three people have been killed and seven others injured in a shooting at a factory in Switzerland, according to prosecutors.

A gunman struck at the wood processing plant in the town of Menznau on Wednesday morning, with police alerted at 9am.

A witness cited by local newspaper Neue Luzerner Zeitung said the gunman had opened fire in the company canteen.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057625/swiss-shooting-three-killed-at-factory

Teen Pleads Guilty in Ohio School Shooting

Hungarian Jews battle against anti-Semitism



2 Officers, 1 Suspect Shot Dead in Santa Cruz

Helicopter used in attempted prison break

Jamie Neal and Garrett Hand found safe after a month in Peru... and they didn't know their families had reported them missing

A California couple thought to be missing for a month during a trip to Peru have been located aboard a boat - and they didn't even know their families had been looking for them.

Jamie Neal, 25, and Garrett Hand, 27, from California’s Bay Area, left for Peru in December for a South America bike trip, and had not been in contact with friends and relatives since late January.

The couple was found on a boat that was traveling along the Navos River.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285010/Jamie-Neal-Garrett-Hand-Couple-safe-aboard-boat-Peru.html

'Americans have a right to be stupid': John Kerry's bizarre defence of US free speech - as he reveals how he lost his diplomatic passport aged 12 after sneaking in to East Berlin on his BIKE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recalled for young Germans Tuesday when he snuck out of the American embassy in divided postwar Berlin at age 12 for a clandestine bicycle ride into the Soviet-controlled eastern part of the city.

Kerry told the story to a group of young people in a packed Internet cafe in Berlin as he defended U.S. freedom of speech laws, saying that 'In America, you have a right to be stupid.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284792/John-Kerry-says-Americans-right-stupid-tells-lost-diplomatic-passport-age-12-sneaking-Soviet-controlled-East-Berlin-1950s.html

European Commission demands £86million back from Britain after government broke rules in handing out subsidies to farmers

The European Commission is demanding £86 million back from Britain for failing to stick EU farming rules.

The money is being clawed back because of 'inadequate control procedures' in the use of the farming subsidies member states receive from the EU budget under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget, a commission statement said.

National authorities are responsible for managing the bulk of CAP handouts, including checking the validity of farmers' claims for direct payments.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2284866/European-Commission-demands-86million-Britain-government-broke-rules-handing-subsidies-farmers.html

It's called a free press for a reason, Mr Clegg: Fury as 'Liberal' leader calls journalists 'self-appointed detectives' for exposing scandal he and his party covered up

The ill-judged remarks made by Nick Clegg (right) shocked Tory and Labour MPs, who said he should focus on getting to the truth. Alison Smith, a former Liberal Democrat activist who went public with groping claims (left), said Mr Clegg was wrong to attack a free press. Lord Stoneham (inset), who was the party's director of operations at the height of the claims, made an 'aggressive' telephone call on Monday to a former party activist who claimed she saw the peer molesting a young woman a decade ago.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285025/Lord-Rennard-Its-called-free-press-reason-Mr-Clegg-Fury-Liberal-leader-calls-journalists-self-appointed-detectives-exposing-scandal-party-covered-up.html

Is this Iran's Plan B for atomic bomb? Fears that plutonium plant has been 'activated' after satellite images show clouds of steam emerging from site

Iran has activated a heavy-water production plant to produce plutonium for a nuclear bomb, it was claimed last night.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have been banned from scrutinising the heavily-guarded Arak facility for the past 18 months.

But satellite images made public yesterday show clouds of steam emerging from the site, which is 150 miles south-west of the capital Tehran.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285130/Is-Irans-Plan-B-atomic-bomb-Fears-plutonium-plant-activated-satellite-images-clouds-steam-emerging-site.html

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 06:49:55 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 06:49:55 PM at epicenter
Location
31.040°S, 177.529°W
Depth
31 km (19.3 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
Distances
202 km (125 miles) S (171°) from Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands

125,000 lethal doses of cyanide spilled in Japan

The equivalent of 125,000 lethal doses of cyanide leaked from a factory in Japan after a snowplough accident, a plant operator said Wednesday.

At least five tonnes of liquid waste containing sodium cyanide spewed out of a tank after it was hit by a snowplough at a plating factory run by Kurosaka Plating Co. in Hanamaki, northern Japan, on Tuesday, a company official said.

One litre of the toxic liquid waste, used to remove nickel plating from surfaces, is enough to kill 25 people, the official said.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/125000-lethal-doses-cyanide-spilled-japan

'Unusual event' reported at Brunswick Nuclear Plant in North Carolina

Progress Energy says operators declared an "unusual event" at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport today.

The power company says it was caused by a freon release from an HVAC chiller on the plant's unit 2 turbine building roof. This chiller was removed from service for repairs. The Unusual Event was exited following repairs that stopped the freon leak.

A news release from the company says both generating units continue to operate and were not impacted by this event.

http://www.wwaytv3.com/2013/02/26/unusual-event-reported-brunswick-nuclear-plant

Mystery illness kills two girls in Machakos school in Kenya

Public health officials have taken blood samples from pupils of Ngelani primary school in Machakos county after two of them died on Thursday from a mysterious illness.

The two 11-year-old pupils died after complaining of severe headache before vomiting in school. Other ten pupils subsequently complained of headache and similar symptoms sending panic in the standard six class.

Public health officials were called in and took blood samples from 7 pupils but discounted claims that there was any outbreak. Machakos public health officer,Timothy Nzau said preliminary investigations have ruled out any disease outbreak and the cause of deaths could have been through poison digested by the two pupils.

http://roba.the-star.co.ke/news/article-109414/mystery-illness-kills-two-girls-machakos-school

Storms spawn small tornado that causes damage in downtown Tampa

A tornado touched down in downtown Tampa late Tuesday morning, damaging the roof of a Harbour Island hotel and ripping through the Channelside District, as a line of showers and storms passed through west-central Florida.

According to the National Weather Service, a waterspout developed just after 11 a.m. in the channel between Harbour Island and Davis Island. It moved onshore as a small (EF0) tornado along the northern shore of Harbor Island, tearing off sections of roof covering at the Westin Tampa Harbourside Hotel.

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2013/2/26/showers_and_storms_t.html

Experts at the National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Tuesday conducted an aerial inspection over the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

Experts at the National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Tuesday conducted an aerial inspection over the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano, located in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, after receiving several reports of activity.

A team of experts from the CNE, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica and the National Seismological Network took off at 6 a.m. to verify the activity. A first report at 11:25 a.m. stated that “small eruptions were seen at the crater lake, but cloudy conditions prevented a clearer view.”

CNE issued a green (preventive) alert in areas surrounding the volcano late last year, both for residents and visitors to the Rincón de la Vieja National Park.

http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Inspection-shows-Rincon-de-la-Vieja-Volcano-still-active_Tuesday-February-26-2013

Body Parts Found In Bags Near Yankee Stadium

A man walking his dog discovered a woman's body chopped up in several bags near the Yankee Stadium in New York, police have said.

They were walking in the Bronx area when they came across "several body parts - torso, head, legs, hands, feet", a police spokesman said.

He added: "The dog was attracted to the bag and he went to the bag. The man picked up the bag, looked inside, and discovered some body parts."

Several other bags were recovered from the area.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057418/body-parts-found-in-bags-near-yankee-stadium

'Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle's British Mentor'

A New York policeman accused of conspiring to kill and eat women was mentored on the art of cannibalism by a British man, a court has heard.

The trial of Gilberto Valle was told of a stream of internet correspondence between the officer and a Briton who used MeatMarketMan as an email address.

FBI agent Corey Walsh read passage after passage from emails and text messages the pair exchanged.

http://news.sky.com/story/1057464/cannibal-cop-gilberto-valles-british-mentor

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 27th February 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 04:27:07 UTC
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 04:27:07 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.979°S, 177.363°W
Depth
12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Distances
155 km (96 miles) ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

Michelle under fire for taking over America's TV screens: First lady criticised for charm offensive on FIVE shows in two weeks

Critics complain that Mrs Obama is overstepping her reach and risks losing favor with the public for being overexposed, following high-profile appearances on 'Good Morning America,' top left and bottom center, as well as appearances in two Sesame Street PSAs, top center, and a high-profile surprise at this year's Academy Awards, bottom left. She's scheduled to appear on 'The Dr Oz Show' later this week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285074/First-lady-publicity-Outcry-Michelle-Obamas-FIVE-television-appearances-past-weeks.html

South Carolina college on lockdown after as police search for gunman after student is shot in dorm

Coastal Carolina University has gone on lockdown Tuesday evening after a shooting at an off-campus apartment complex, and police say the gunman is still at large.

School spokesman Doug Bell said the shooting occurred at University Place, which is adjacent to South Carolina Highway 544 in Conway.

According to the official, all students and personnel have been requested to stay indoors. The University Place residence houses nearly 2,000 students.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2285133/Coastal-Carolina-University-goes-lockdown-shooting-campus-residence-police-search-gunman.html

Farmers brace for locust invasion in Egypt's Nile Delta

Recent weeks have seen increasing reports of a "plague of locusts," which some experts say could hit Egypt's Nile Delta within days.

Since January, swarms of the insects – originating from Sudan – have been spotted along the Red Sea coast, in south-eastern Egypt, north-eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia.

On 17 February, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) reported that more locust swarms were expected in south-eastern Egypt and north-eastern Sudan.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/65666/Egypt/Politics-/Farmers-brace-for-locust-invasion-in-Egypts-Nile-D.aspx

Jhaqueil Reagan the true American: Walks 10 miles through snow for minimum wage job, doesn't get it, but gets hired by another restaurant impressed with his determination


An unemployed teenager who embarked on a 10-mile walk through the snow for a job interview saw his dedication pay off after another restaurant owner, impressed with his work ethic, offered him a job at his business.

Jhaqueil Reagan, 18, was walking to an appointment at Dairy Queen, a fast food chain, in Indianapolis, when he approached Art Bouvier to ask directions.

Mr Bouvier, the owner of a Cajun restaurant, told the teenager that he was still about seven miles from his destination.

“I said, 'You’d be better off on a bus especially in this weather.’ He just said, 'Okay, thank you.’ And he kept going,” Mr Bouvier told local television station WLFI.

Later the same morning, while driving to a coffee shop, Mr Bouvier saw Mr Reagan walking by the side of the road and offered him a lift.

“I said, well how come you’re not on the bus?” Mr Bouvier said. “He said, 'I can’t afford the bus until I get a job.’

“I’m thinking to myself, here’s a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage. That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell.”

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Surfer killed in shark attack at New Zealand beach, authorities say

A surfer in New Zealand died Wednesday after he was attacked by a great white shark on the country's west coast, authorities said.

The man was found dead in the water on Wednesday afternoon at Muriwai beach, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Auckland, New Zealand police said. The shark was still biting the man's body when he was found, it added.

The great white shark that attacked the surfer was 3 meters (10 feet) long, according to Russell Clark, a paramedic from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, which responded to the emergency at the beach.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/27/world/asia/new-zealand-shark-attack/index.html

Global warming and airflow changes 'caused US and EU heatwaves'

Global warming may have caused extreme events such as a 2011 drought in the United States and a 2003 heatwave in Europe by slowing vast, wave-like weather flows in the northern hemisphere, scientists said on Tuesday.

The study of meandering air systems that encircle the planet adds to understanding of extremes that have killed thousands of people and driven up food prices in the past decade.

Such planetary airflows, which suck warm air from the tropics when they swing north and draw cold air from the Arctic when they swing south, seem to be have slowed more often in recent summers and left some regions sweltering, they said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/26/global-warming-planetary-airflow-extreme-weather-us-eu

Hundreds of quakes shake villages around smoking Peruvian volcano

Amateur video captures balloon crashing in Egypt

New arms aid Syria rebels, but discord persists

Syrian rebels have received advanced weapons aimed at narrowing the arms gap with President Bashar al-Assad's forces and reinforcing a new rebel military command which Western countries hope can dilute the strength of Islamist fighters.

Several rebel commanders and fighters told Reuters that a shipment which reached Syria via Turkey last month comprised shoulder-held and other mobile equipment including anti-aircraft and armor-piercing weapons, mortars and rocket launchers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/us-syria-crisis-weapons-idUSBRE91P0PQ20130226