Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Israel plagued by locusts

Israel's agriculture ministry battles to contain an infestation of locusts that threatens to destroy thousands of acres of crops after swarming into the south of the country from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

Workers are spraying pesticides from the air and on land early in the morning as an estimated million-plus insects cover crops and threaten to migrate further north.

The agriculture ministry set up a hotline for farmers to call if they saw what one official described as "a medium-sized swarm" coming in advance.

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_03_07/Israel-plagued-by-locusts/

Giant wave kills tourist near famous stone arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Officials say a giant wave struck a pair of U.S. tourists strolling on the beach near the famous stone arch in the Pacific resort of Cabo San Lucas, killing a 65-year-old woman and leaving a 70-year-old man in serious condition.

State police say the two were walking back to their hotel when they were hit by the wave and dragged out to sea on Tuesday. They were rescued by Navy personnel. The woman was declared dead and the man was in serious condition Wednesday.

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/travel/giant-wave-kills-tourist-near-famous-stone-arch-in-cabo-san-lucas-mexico-1.86299

Vietnam put on high alert to bird flu outbreaks

Vietnam is facing a high risk of bird flu outbreaks due to unfavorable weather conditions which reduce the animals' resistance according to the Animal Health Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on Wednesday.

The disease has recurred in five provinces of northern Dien Bien, central Khanh Hoa, and southern Kien Giang, Hau Giang and Tay Ninh, where more than 14,000 chickens and ducks were affected and culled.

Specifically, the disease re-occurred in Tay Ninh border province, and at a site only about 30 km from Cambodia, where reports were made public about the bird flu affecting human beings.

http://www.dap-news.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10123:vietnam-put-on-high-alert-to-bird-flu-outbreaks&catid=1:local-news&Itemid=18

Park workers attacked by 100,000 killer bees

Two Florida park employees were swarmed by as many as 100,000 Africanized honey bees, or “killer bees,” after accidentally disturbing a hive.

“It was like a thousand little knives poking me in my body,” Rodney Pugh, 41, told ABC Action News. He said the bees emerged as a front-end loader was removing a pile of trash from a road going into Picnic Island Park in Tampa, Florida.

The loader was also surrounded by bees. “It was like bees all in the cab,” Pugh said. “So I’m trying to swat, and they say never to swat bees.”
Both Pugh and another worker, David Zeledon, were both stung around 100 times each.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/100-000-killer-bees-attack-florida-park-workers-stung-but-escape-357958.html

Tehran Rats: Iran Reportedly Battles Giant 'Mutant' Rodents With Snipers

The International Business Times quoted Tehran city council environment adviser Ismail Kahram, who told Iranian news website Qudsonline.ir that the rats "seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them."

"They are now bigger and look different. These are changes that normally take millions of years of evolution. They have jumped from 60 grams to five kilos, and cats are now smaller than them," Kahram said, according to the outlet.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/tehran-rats-iran-giant-mutant-rodents-photo_n_2807145.html

Saudi Arabia reports new coronavirus case, marking 13th confirmed infection, 7th Death

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.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/saudi-arabia-reports-new-coronavirus-case-marking-13th-confirmed-infection-1.1166366

Julio Acevedo Arrested in Connection with the NY Hit and Run

A man has been arrested over a hit-and-run crash that killed a pregnant woman, her husband and their baby.

Julio Acevedo, 44, was detained at a convenience store in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, according to New York City police, who had earlier released a picture of the man in a public appeal.

His surrender was arranged by a friend who had been in touch with police and led authorities to Acevedo.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061218/baby-death-hit-and-run-crash-suspect-arrested

Peter Butterly Shot Dead: Five People Held

Five men have been arrested by police after a Real IRA chief was shot and killed in a pub car park in Ireland.

The victim, who has been named locally as Peter Butterly, of Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, in Co Louth, was gunned down about 30km (19 miles) away, outside the Huntsman Pub in Gormanston, Co Meath this afternoon.

It is believed he drove into the car park, close to the M1 motorway between Dublin and Belfast just after 2pm.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061164/real-ira-boss-shot-dead-five-people-held

Stubborn Cameron Vows To 'Stick To Plan' On Economy

David Cameron will later reject calls for a U-turn on spending cuts and vow he is "sticking to the plan" on the economy.

In a major economic speech in West Yorkshire, the Prime Minister will say it is the right policy for jobs, good public services, and looking after people in their own words.

But his defiant message risks being undermined by the Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable, who is opening up a Cabinet rift by calling for more borrowing to fund capital spending.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061210/cameron-vows-to-stick-to-plan-on-economy

Gucci Ram-Raid: Sloane Street Shop Targeted

Ram-raiders have smashed their way into the flagship London store of luxury fashion brand Gucci.

The car was driven into the Sloane Street boutique on Wednesday night, the Metropolitan Police said.

Three suspects fled the scene and no arrests have yet been made.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061235/gucci-ram-raid-sloane-street-shop-targeted

RBS IT Glitch Leaves Bank Customers Without Cash Again

RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank have apologised after many customers were unable to log in to their accounts or withdraw cash.

The technical problems come less than a year after they were hit by a computer meltdown that left millions of people unable to access their money.

"We are disappointed that our customers have faced disruption to banking services for a period this evening, and apologise for that," the banks said in a message on Twitter.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061199/rbs-apology-as-customers-hit-by-new-it-glitch

Deer Cull Urged By Experts As Numbers Soar

Experts are urging drastic measurers to cull the soaring deer population in Britain.

New research suggests that only by killing 50-60% of the animals can their numbers be kept under some control.

The number of deer in the UK is estimated at 1.5 million - meaning a cull could result in more than 750,000 animals being shot.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061179/deer-cull-urged-by-experts-as-numbers-soar

Lion Kills Keeper At California Cat Sanctuary

A lion has killed a volunteer at a big cat sanctuary in California after the worker climbed into the animal's cage.

The 26-year-old woman was attacked inside an enclosure at Cat Haven in Dunlap by an African lion which had been raised at the park since it was a cub.

Dale Anderson, who has run the zoo since 1993, cried as he read a short statement about the intern's death, extending his thoughts and prayers to the victim's family and friends.

http://news.sky.com/story/1061203/lion-kills-keeper-at-california-cat-sanctuary

5.6 Magnitude Earthquake TAIWAN - 7th March 2013

Magnitude
5.6
Date-Time
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 03:36:47 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 11:36:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
24.268°N, 121.428°E
Depth
9.6 km (6.0 miles)
Region
TAIWAN
Distances
36 km (22 miles) NNW of Hualian, Taiwan

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN TURKEY - 7th March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 03:21:14 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 05:21:14 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
38.520°N, 43.877°E
Depth
22.4 km (13.9 miles)
Region
EASTERN TURKEY
Distances
17 km (10 miles) SSW of Ozalp, Turkey

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUERRERO, MEXICO - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 22:03:26 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 04:03:26 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
16.103°N, 98.825°W
Depth
9.8 km (6.1 miles)
Region
OFFSHORE GUERRERO, MEXICO
Distances
46 km (28 miles) S of Tecoanapa, Mexico

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 21:57:03 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 09:57:03 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
30.916°S, 177.543°W
Depth
24.2 km (15.0 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
Distances
141 km (87 miles) ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.8
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 21:45:45 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 12:45:45 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.416°S, 39.382°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
408 km (253 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake JAVA, INDONESIA - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 21:02:51 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 04:02:51 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
6.546°S, 106.014°E
Depth
122.2 km (75.9 miles)
Region
JAVA, INDONESIA
Distances
1 km (0 miles) ESE of Jalupang Dua, Indonesia

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake OKLAHOMA - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
3.4
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 18:24:55 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 12:24:55 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
35.556°N, 96.766°W
Depth
15 km (9.3 miles)
Region
OKLAHOMA
Distances
11 km (6 miles) NW of Prague, Oklahoma

Comedy Central Displays Anti-Pope Benedict Messages: Just For Fun?

UFO sightings on the rise in South Africa

Sightings of unidentified flying objects off the coast of Cape Town have increased dramatically and may indicate that the inhabitants of the Mother City are under surveillance by life from another planet, according to the founder of a website set up to log such incidents.

Gert Jordaan, founder of UFO Research of SA, said that between February 21 and February 27 many people reported seeing bright orange lights and flames in the sky.

He said that while some sightings could be attributed to meteor showers, others could have a more interesting explanation.

"Though meteors do glow orange, some of the sightings reported radical change in direction and speed. Some objects even remained stationary for five minutes or so. There might be some UFO phenomena occurring in areas around Cape Town," he told the Times newspaper.

Mr Jordaan said one other explanation was that there could be "some top-secret aircraft" being tested in the Western Cape.

"The second possibility is that life from another planet is surveying ours for making contact and offering knowledge."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/9913614/UFO-sightings-on-the-rise-in-South-Africa.html

A current appraisal of the military situation in Korea

With its most recent nuclear test, North Korea claims to have detonated a warhead small enough to arm its arsenal of ballistic missiles, including the Nodong. Some of my colleagues doubt the North Koreans, but I am inclined to take them at their word. The prospect that Pyongyang may deploy a small arsenal of nuclear-armed missiles naturally raises the question of whether this changes anything.

My sense is that yes, an operational North Korean nuclear arsenal may undermine stability by emboldening Pyongyang to conduct new conventional provocations. Provocations, such as the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island are bad enough in and of themselves; but what may be worse is how South Korea reacts. Washington may find crisis stability rather challenging on the Korean peninsula.

The press has often made joking references to the close relationship between US President Obama and outgoing ROK President Lee Myung-bak, referring to it as a man-crush or a bromance. With a change of leadership in Seoul and the unwelcome prospect of further nuclear advances in North Korea, it is time for some tough love. It is time to take a hard look at our interests in stability and crisis management in Korea.

http://38north.org/2013/02/jlewis022613/

Korean War II closer than we think: President Lee Myung-bak ordered airstrikes on North Korea following island shelling, but was restrained

President Lee Myung-bak on Monday recalled that he warned North Korea via China following the North's shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in November of 2010 that Seoul will not tolerate any further provocations.

"I conveyed my decision to China after North Korea's provocation against Yeonpyeong Island that Seoul will retaliate not just targeting the source of the attack but supporting bases behind too, by mobilizing the Army, Navy and Air Force," Lee told the Chosun Ilbo.

"I told China to convey this message to North Korea, and State Councilor Dai Bingguo went to Pyongyang to tell the North and informed me personally that the message had been conveyed."

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/02/05/2013020500943.html

Monkey see, monkey do...

South Korea vows to strike origin, command posts of North Korea if attacked, including Kim Jong Un himself


The South Korean military notched up its defense posture on Wednesday and vowed stern punishment against North Korea’s provocations after Pyongyang warned of retaliation for imminent U.N. Security Council sanctions and Seoul-Washington joint military drills.

North Korea’s military leadership late Tuesday threatened to launch “nuclear strikes,” annul the inter-Korean truce, close its office in the border village of Panmunjom, and cut off its military hotline with the United Nations Command.

“The drills are, as the North was informed, annual South Korea-U.S. joint exercises for the defense of the Korean Peninsula,” said Maj. Gen. Kim Yong-hyun, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s head of operations, at a news conference at the Defense Ministry in Seoul.

“If North Korea nonetheless pushes ahead with provocations that would threaten the lives and safety of our citizens, our military will strongly and sternly punish the provocations’ starting point, its supporting forces and command. We are making it clear that all preparations are completed.”

http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130306000949

Rand Paul filibustering over drones: I will not let Obama ‘shred the Constitution’

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is staging an active filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to be CIA director, a move prompted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s admission that it could be constitutional to carry out a drone strike on an American in the United States.

Paul said that all presidents must honor the Fifth Amendment. “No American should ever be killed in their house without warrant and some kind of aggressive behavior by them,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “To be bombed in your sleep? There’s nothing American about that . . . [Obama] says trust him because he hasn’t done it yet. He says he doesn’t intend to do so, but he might. Mr. President, that’s not good enough . . . so I’ve come here to speak for as long as I can to draw attention to something that I find to really be very disturbing.”

“I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution,” Paul added.”No person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process,” he said, quoting the Fifth Amendment.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/rand-paul-filibustering-over-drones-i-will-not-let-obama-shred-the-constitution/article/2523425

What are the purposes of supposedly "comedic" messages flashed on TV stations? Fun? Something more?



On the evening of March 6, 2013, Comedy Central Europe displayed a series of purportedly comedic "subliminal" messages attacking Pope Benedict and praising his departure. The messages lasted for a fraction of a section each, and describe various dissatisfaction with the man and his rule over the Catholic Church. In addition, a second message seemingly criticizes an unnamed investor's plan to send an elderly couple into space on a voyage to Mars. An analysis of these two messages is ongoing, and no connections between the two of them have yet been found.

Two possibilities remain:


1) This is simply a prank or stunt. It is, in fact, on a comedy station.

2) This is a deliberate message sent from one party to another. Making the messages appear so quickly seems strange.

Syrian rebels say they seized U.N. convoy: amateur video

This Means War? N.Korea fights back South-US drills with ceasefire scrap

Reporter attacked by crowds in Venezuela as she covers President Hugo Chavez's death

Harlem Shake dance on WWII memorial sparks arrests

Dancer admits 'hate attack' on Bolshoi chief

Cannibal cop WON'T testify as it's revealed in court the 'Dark Fetish' website he used has about 38,000 members and about 4,500 active users

The New York police officer accused of scheming online to kidnap, cook and eat his wife will not testify in his trial, leaving his fate in the hands of the jury, it was revealed today.

Yesterday, jurors were forced to watch a video of a woman made to appear to be cooked over an open flame from the Dark Fetish website officer Gilberto Valle used, as the court heard the site has 38,000 members and 4,500 active users.

In the final day of testimony yesterday, Valle fought back tears as he told the judge it was 'not his desire' to testify.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289069/Cannibal-cop-WONT-testify-revealed-court-Dark-Fetish-website-used-38-000-members-4-500-active-users.html

Fears over wave of deadly superbugs invading U.S. hospitals that are resistant to antibiotics

Hospitals in the US have been hit by a wave of 'nightmare bacteria' that have become increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics.

Public health officials have warned that in a growing number of cases existing antibiotics do not work against the superbug, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

Patients became infected with the bacteria in nearly four per cent of US hospitals and in almost 18 per cent of specialist medical facilities in the first half of 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288889/Fears-wave-deadly-superbugs-invading-U-S-hospitals-resistant-antibiotics.html

Casey Anthony's FANS revealed: The women who SUPPORT 'America's most hated mom' and send her cash and gift cards

One of Casey Anthony's most fervent supporters has spoken out about the cash, gift cards and food her fans have donated to keep her alive.

In her first public appearance since she was acquitted in 2011 of murdering her toddler daughter Caylee, Anthony revealed she has no job or money and has been living off the kindness of strangers.

'I don't pay rent, I don't pay utilities so I guess you could say I'm living for free or off the kindness of the people I'm staying with,' she said in bankruptcy court on Monday. 'These items... they are unsolicited items that come from people I don't personally know.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288854/Casey-Anthony-Casey-Anthony-sympathizer-speaks-fans-sending-cash-gift-cards-help-survive.html

ONE MILLION locusts arrive in Israel to plague Passover holiday

A swarm of an around one million locusts, pictured, has crossed the border from Egypt into Israel escalating fears that the country could be plagued with the 30 million insects that have have devastated crops elsewhere during Passover week. Israel's Agriculture Ministry sent out planes to spray pesticides over agricultural fields to prevent damage by the locusts and has set up an emergency hotline and asked Israelis to report sightings.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2288908/Locust-swarm-hits-Israel-millions-insects-cross-border-Egypt.html

'My leadership bid is no laughing matter': Stony-faced Theresa May is unamused by jokes about her ambitions to replace Cameron

Theresa May looked visibly furious by growing speculation that she is plotting to replace David Cameron as Tory leader.

The Home Secretary sat stony-faced in the Commons as Labour leader Ed Miliband teased her about the prospect of them clashing across the Despatch Box once she becomes leader.

Allies are touting Mrs May as Britain’s answer to Angela Merkel, with senior women in the Tory party quietly gathering support for her assault on the leadership.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2289098/Stony-faced-Theresa-May-unamused-jokes-ambitions-replace-Cameron-Top-Gear-plot-Hammond.html

Washington shuts down, braces for snowstorm

Syrian rebels seize U.N. peacekeepers near Golan Heights....Our governments are handing out Millions for this?....And still they refuse to call them Terrorists!

Syrian rebels have seized a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights and say they will hold them captive until President Bashar al-Assad's forces pull back from a rebel-held village which has seen heavy recent fighting.

The capture was announced in rebel videos posted on the Internet and confirmed on Wednesday by the United Nations in New York, which said about 20 peacekeepers had been detained.

The seizure, the most direct threat to U.N. personnel in the nearly two-year-old uprising against Assad, came on the day that Britain said it would increase aid to the opposition forces and the Arab League gave a green light to member states to arm the rebels.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/06/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE92516Q20130306

EU fines Microsoft $731 million for broken promise, warns others

The European Union fined Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) on Wednesday for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes.

It said the U.S. software company had broken a legally binding commitment made in 2009 to ensure that consumers had a choice of how they access the internet, rather than defaulting to Microsoft's Explorer browser.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/06/us-eu-microsoft-idUSBRE92500520130306

Sandra Layne Goes On Trial For Shooting Grandson Jonathan Hoffman

As wounded teenager Jonathan Hoffman pleaded with 911 dispatchers for help last May, his grandmother allegedly shot him again, a court has heard.

Just as the 17-year-old "thought he was safe ... Sandra Layne walks up and shoots him again. This time in the stomach," prosecutor Paul Walton told a court in Michigan.

The 75-year-old's defence team countered that she feared for her safety during the fatal confrontation last year at her home in the West Bloomfield in suburban Detroit.

http://news.sky.com/story/1060925/grandma-goes-on-trial-for-shooting-grandson

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake NEPAL - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 16:49:46 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 10:34:46 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
28.731°N, 82.218°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
NEPAL
Distances
39 km (24 miles) N of Salyan, Nepal

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 16:11:07 UTC
Thursday, March 07, 2013 at 02:11:07 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
5.891°S, 147.083°E
Depth
115.6 km (71.8 miles)
Region
EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
92 km (57 miles) N of Lae, Papua New Guinea

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake CRETE, GREECE - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 14:46:36 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 04:46:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
34.785°N, 25.923°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region
CRETE, GREECE
Distances
27 km (16 miles) S of Makry Gialos, Greece

5.0 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.0
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 12:28:14 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 03:28:14 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.381°S, 39.690°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
421 km (261 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

Threatening words from North Korea

Massive snowstorm slams U.S. Midwest

Italy's Mount Etna spews lava

Lebanon urges Arab League to reinstate Syria

Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called on Wednesday for Syria's suspension from the Arab League to be lifted in order to help find a political solution to the conflict in the country.

Damascus was suspended from membership of the Cairo-based League in November 2011, eight months into what began as a peaceful popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

"I call for Syria's membership of the Arab League to be unblocked," Mansour told a League ministerial meeting. "Communication with Syria ... is essential for a political solution."

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/06/us-syria-crisis-league-lebanon-idUSBRE9250EF20130306

U.S. warns Iran of more "isolation" in nuclear dispute

The United States warned Iran on Wednesday that it faces further international isolation if it fails to address U.N. nuclear watchdog concerns about its atomic activities.

The European Union also used a board meeting of the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency to pile pressure on Iran to stop obstructing an IAEA investigation into suspected atom bomb research by Tehran, which denies the charge.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/06/us-iran-nuclear-usa-idUSBRE9250FV20130306

New Zealand: Dead Driver 'Unnoticed On Busy Road For Days'

The body of a driver lay undetected on the front seat of his car beside one of New Zealand's busiest roads for five days before anyone called police, according to reports.

Auckland resident Alvin Singh was reported missing on February 22 and his corpse was found in his car, parked in plain sight near a major intersection, on February 27, after somebody eventually raised the alarm, police told the local news organisation Fairfax Media.

CCTV footage showed him pulling over and leaving the car briefly before getting back in prior to his death, police said.

http://news.sky.com/story/1060870/dead-driver-unnoticed-on-busy-road-for-days

China: Car Thief Strangles Baby Left In Vehicle

A Chinese car thief strangled a two-month-old baby after stealing a vehicle with the infant inside, according to police.

In a crime that has sparked revulsion across the country, officers said the baby was killed and then buried in the snow.

The baby's parents had left the child alone for 10 minutes with the car doors unlocked and the engine running, according to state-run media.

http://news.sky.com/story/1060775/car-thief-strangles-baby-left-in-vehicle

UK To Supply Military Aid To Syria Opposition

The UK is to supply armoured vehicles and body armour to opposition forces in Syria, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said.

In a statement to the Commons, William Hague said Britain would increase aid to Syrian opposition forces, including providing "new types of non-lethal equipment for protecting citizens".

He said the UK would contribute at least £20m of non-lethal support.

http://news.sky.com/story/1060916/uk-to-supply-military-aid-to-syria-opposition

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 12:24:32 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 03:24:32 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.387°S, 39.564°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
416 km (258 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 11:50:19 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 01:50:19 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.797°N, 174.466°W
Depth
195.4 km (121.4 miles)
Region
ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., ALASKA
Distances
69 km (42 miles) NNW of Atka, Alaska

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.2
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 10:30:53 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 01:30:53 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.483°S, 39.961°E
Depth
9.4 km (5.8 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
419 km (260 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 09:52:59 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 07:52:59 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
4.834°S, 152.882°E
Depth
53.2 km (33.1 miles)
Region
NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
43 km (26 miles) SSW of Taron, PNG

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 09:38:25 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 08:38:25 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.345°S, 171.069°E
Depth
16.6 km (10.3 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
101 km (62 miles) W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

5.3 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.3
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 09:16:01 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 08:16:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.434°S, 170.951°E
Depth
22.8 km (14.2 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
113 km (70 miles) W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 08:57:43 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 11:57:43 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.361°S, 40.187°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
439 km (272 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 08:19:18 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 11:19:18 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.407°S, 39.979°E
Depth
14.8 km (9.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
427 km (265 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 07:30:47 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 10:30:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
43.309°S, 40.072°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS REGION
Distances
440 km (273 miles) NNE of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
5.1
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 07:00:36 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 07:00:36 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
31.076°S, 177.522°W
Depth
30.6 km (19.0 miles)
Region
KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
Distances
137 km (85 miles) ENE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

4.6 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS - 6th March 2013

Magnitude
4.6
Date-Time
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 05:47:43 UTC
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 at 04:47:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
22.414°S, 170.910°E
Depth
25 km (15.5 miles)
Region
SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS
Distances
117 km (72 miles) W of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia

RUSSELL CROWE CATCHES 'UFO' ON VIDEO

Leaked Document Shows U.S. Concentration Camps Being Planned

Trayvon Martin's girlfriend lied... again... but does anyone still care now that the political purpose has been set?



Trayvon Martin's girlfriend, the state's most important witness in the George Zimmerman murder case, was caught in a lie, it was revealed Tuesday.

It was not the first piece of misinformation tied to her, but it was the most damaging to date and left prosecutors in a very awkward position.

They had to publicly acknowledge that their star witness had lied under oath and had to answer questions about what they intend to do about it.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-zimmerman-witness-8-medical-records-20130305,0,129597.story

Police, protesters clash anew in Egypt's Port Said

Police, protesters clash anew in Egypt's Port Said

Air Passengers Mixed on Knives, Bats on Planes

Europe Demands More Cuts and Tax Increase to Spain

The European Union (EU) demanded Spain today to implement new austerity measures in the areas of pensions, labor market and taxes to decrease public deficit.

Five days after the conservative government headed by Mariano Rajoy ruled out the option of implementing more social cuts, the European Commission considered Madrid has still a margin for increasing again the value added tax (VAT).

In its report on the second review of the aid program granted to the Spanish bank, Brussels warned it will be hard for this nation to reach the 2.8 percent deficit objective of the GDP in 2014.

http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1173521&Itemid=1

Irish ordered to pay €600k back to Europe for not following Rules

Ireland is to pay back over €600,000 to the European Commission for its failure to comply with rules on agricultural spending.

The majority of the money, some €397,000, is to be clawed back by the Commission because of weaknesses in Ireland's Early Retirement Scheme and Young Farmers' Installation Scheme.

It is believed that the Commission was highly critical of weaknesses of part of the Early Retirement Scheme in which agricultural advisers provided declarations or certificates vouching that the farmer had farmed for 10 years preceding the farm transfer and that the transferee had a specific number of years experience in farming.

http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/irish-ordered-to-pay-600k-back-to-europe-29108448.html

South Korea military prepared to strike back in case of North Korean aggression: spokesman


Holder does not rule out drone strike scenario Against AMERICANS on US Soil.

Attorney General Eric Holder is not entirely ruling out a scenario under which a drone strike would be ordered against Americans on U.S. soil, but says it has never been done previously and he could only see it being considered in an extraordinary circumstance.

His comments released on Tuesday were prompted by questions raised over the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Specifically, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee sought the Obama administration's legal rationale for its use of drones to kill terror suspects overseas.

But Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who has said he would do what he could to hold up Brennan's nomination until he got a full answer to his query, wanted to know whether the administration considered that policy applicable domestically.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/05/politics/obama-drones-cia/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Group fights to 'cure Egypt's disease'

Soraya Bahgat, a Cairo-based HR executive and postgraduate student, was on her way to join Tahrir Square protests on November 25 when an unwelcome thought stopped her in her tracks.

Mobs in the square had sexually assaulted women protesters there a week earlier, and reports of such incidents had become common enough for her to fear a repeat occurrence.

"A panic attack gripped me and prevented me from going because I thought no woman should go through this," said the 29-year-old.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/05/world/meast/tahrir-bodyguard-egypt-assaults/index.html?hpt=hp_c5