Friday, March 15, 2013

300,000,000+ abortions in China over past 30 years

Chinese doctors have performed more than 330m abortions since the government implemented a controversial family planning policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry.

China’s one-child policy has been the subject of a heated debate about its economic consequences as the population ages. Forced abortions and sterilisations have also been criticised by human rights campaigners such as Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing last year.

China first introduced measures to limit the size of the population in 1971, encouraging couples to have fewer children. The one-child rule, with exceptions for ethnic minorities and some rural families, was implemented at the end of the decade.

Since 1971, doctors have performed 336m abortions and 196m sterilisations, the data reveal. They have also inserted 403m intrauterine devices, a normal birth control procedure in the west but one that local officials often force on women in China.

The numbers do not directly equate to “missing” births because some couples who violate the one-child rule have also had abortions or been sterilised, while intrauterine devices can be removed.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/6724580a-8d64-11e2-82d2-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2NfQIQ9O0

US Boosting Defence After North Korea Threats

The US is beefing up its missile defence systems with new interceptors after recent threats of a nuclear attack by North Korea.

Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced the addition of 14 interceptors in Alaska to the US-based missile defence system, a nearly 50% increase in defence capability.

The new interceptors, added to the 30 already installed in California and Alaska, will improve the US' ability to shoot down missiles in flight before they reach the US.

http://news.sky.com/story/1065321/us-boosting-defence-after-north-korea-threats

North Korea reportedly test-fires missiles into Japan sea


There is an unconfirmed report that North Korea fired short-range missiles into the ocean Friday, in an apparent response to new sanctions imposed after a nuclear test last month.

According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, two missiles were fired into the East Sea by a North Korean military unit.

They were believed to be short-range ballistic KN-02 missiles.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/north-korea-reportedly-test-fires-missiles-into-sea-1.1196834

4.8 Magnitude Earthquake IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude M 4.8
Region IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
Date time 2013-03-15 16:48:54.0 UTC
Location 31.09 N ; 138.33 E
Depth 400 km
Distances
360 km SE Nachikatsuura (pop 18,712 ; local time 01:48:54.0 2013-03-16)


4.4 Magnitude Earthquake DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE - 15th March 2013

Magnitude M 4.4
Region DODECANESE ISLANDS, GREECE
Date time 2013-03-15 16:21:41.0 UTC
Location 35.76 N ; 27.99 E
Depth 60 km
Distances
38 km S Lárdos (pop 1,348 ; local time 18:21:41.2 2013-03-15)

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 15th March 2013

Magnitude ML 4.4
Region ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Date time 2013-03-15 16:03:49.0 UTC
Location 23.95 S ; 67.46 W
Depth 231 km
Distances
221 km W Jujuy (pop 305,891 ; local time 13:03:49.0 2013-03-15)


4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE - 15th March 2013

Magnitude M 4.5
Region OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
Date time 2013-03-15 16:02:09.0 UTC
Location 35.42 S ; 73.19 W
Depth 5 km
Distances
71 km W Constitución (pop 37,917 ; local time 13:02:09.7 2013-03-15)

'Long-overdue' mega-quake and tsunami would kill thousands along Pacific Northwest coast and cost U.S. $32 billion, experts warn

More than 10,000 people could die when - not if - a monster earthquake and tsunami occur just off the Pacific Northwest coast, researchers told Oregon legislators today.

Coastal towns would be inundated, schools, buildings and bridges would collapse, and economic damage could hit $32 billion.

These findings were published in a chilling new report by the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, a group of more than 150 volunteer experts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293701/Long-overdue-mega-quake-tsunami-kill-thousands-Pacific-Northwest-coast-cost-U-S-32-billion-experts-warn.html

Eric Harroun Rogue U.S. Army veteran fighting for Syrian rebels is declared dead in graphic video posted online by pro-Assad group

A U.S. Army veteran who was fighting for Syrian rebel forces has been declared dead in a graphic YouTube video showing at least a half dozen dead bodies.

The bloodied face of someone resembling Eric Harroun, 30, of Phoenix, was shown in the video, which was posted Wednesday under the title, 'Terrorists, including American Extremist "Eric Harroun" Have Been Terminated.'

MailOnline has not been able to verify whether the image has been doctored or if the person pictured is in fact Harroun, or is even dead. MailOnline has reached out to Harroun and his family members regarding the video, which was first reported by AOL Defense writer Colin Clark.

Someone using Harroun's Facebook account messaged Clark on Friday saying he is alive and well and that the claims were false.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293949/Eric-Harroun-Rogue-U-S-Army-veteran-fighting-Syrian-rebels-declared-dead-graphic-video-posted-online-pro-Assad-group.html

Body of newborn baby is found with note requesting an Islamic burial sparking police hunt for parents

The dead body of a newborn baby has been found abandoned near to a Championship football team's training ground with a note requesting it receives an Islamic burial.

A couple walking their dog found the child close to fields used by Bolton Wanderers' academy players in Ox Hey Lane in Lostock.

The baby was found wrapped up in clothing and plastic bags yesterday afternoon, just over a mile from the football team's Reebok Stadium.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293863/Body-newborn-baby-note-requesting-Islamic-burial-sparking-police-hunt-parents.html

South Korea hits back at Kim Jong Un in propaganda war with massive display of military might... and 'turns off internet supply to North'

South Korea was flexing its military might today in response to threats from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as tensions between the two countries continue to escalate.

A K-55 self-propelled howitzer tank was sent to the border city of Paju, while soldiers patrolled the coastline on the western island of Yeonpyeong, less than eight miles from North Korea.

The display of strength came as North Korea accused South Korea and the U.S. of being behind a cyberattack, which caused a two-day Internet black out.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293760/South-Korea-hits-Kim-Jong-Un-massive-display-military--turns-internet-supply-North.html

Hundreds more dead pigs found in Chinese river

The number of dead pigs found in a river that provides drinking water to Shanghai, China, has risen to 8,354, after local authorities retrieved a further 809 carcasses on Friday.

The Shanghai municipal government has repeatedly assured the city's 23 million residents that tap water remains safe. However, locals remain worried about water contamination from the swollen and rotting carcasses in the Huangpu river.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/15/dead-pigs-chinese-river

European Leaders Stick to Austerity Course

Jeered by angry protesters demanding an end to austerity and shaken by a resounding rejection of their economic strategy from Italian voters, European leaders gathered for an economic summit meeting Thursday amid few signs that the bloc’s policies were healing the twin blights of rising unemployment and recession.

Instead of bowing to a rising anti-austerity tide, however, leaders seemed determined to stay the course, insisting that only budget cuts and other measures to restore financial stability could return the continent to economic growth and create jobs.

Speaking as thousands of protesters gathered just out of earshot in a nearby Brussels park, Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, the body that organizes the leaders’ summit meetings, emphasized “green shoots” of recovery and said growth was returning, albeit slowly.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/business/global/european-leaders-stick-to-austerity-course.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Red Bull producer says it is being blackmailed

Energy drink producer Red Bull says it is being blackmailed, with the perpetrators threatening to place cans of its product contaminated with feces on supermarket shelves.

The company says the threats started several weeks ago. But Marcus Neher of the Salzburg Public Prosecutor's office said Friday that "up to now there has only been a claim of contamination," and the company also says that supermarket checks have shown no signs that the product was tampered with.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gRixzQXvUnSgGhX9NWYaouxhaezg?docId=dde00b3165734a9b97d4063dfee38235

Court revives suit over CIA drone records

In a rebuke of government secrecy, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the CIA must give a fuller response to a lawsuit seeking the spy agency's records on drone attacks.

The CIA's claim that it could neither confirm nor deny whether it has any drone records was inadequate because the government, including President Barack Obama himself, has clearly acknowledged a drone program, the court said.

The ruling was unanimous from a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-usa-drones-court-idUSBRE92E0NW20130315

EU rejects Franco-British push to arm Syrian rebels

European Union governments on Friday rejected Franco-British efforts to lift an EU arms embargo to allow weapons supplies to Syrian rebels, saying this could spark an arms race and worsen regional instability.

France and Britain found little support for their proposal at an EU summit in Brussels, diplomats said, but EU foreign ministers will consider the issue again next week.

French President Francois Hollande, backed by British Prime Minister David Cameron, pressed for the embargo to be lifted, saying Europe could not allow the Syrian people to be massacred.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE92E09J20130315

Mortar Bomb Found Near Belfast Police Station

A suspected mortar bomb has been discovered close to a police station in Northern Ireland.

A number of houses have been evacuated and two schools have been forced to close due to the continuing security alert.

The device was found close to New Barnsley station in north Belfast on Friday morning.

http://news.sky.com/story/1065186/mortar-bomb-found-near-belfast-police-station

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G. - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 13:46:45 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 11:46:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.203°S, 142.864°E
Depth
17.5 km (10.9 miles)
Region
NEAR NORTH COAST OF NEW GUINEA, P.N.G.
Distances
57 km (35 miles) E of Aitape, Papua New Guinea

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:32:22 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 07:32:22 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
31.250°S, 68.670°W
Depth
94.1 km (58.5 miles)
Region
SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA
Distances
24 km (14 miles) NNW of Albardon, Argentina

Sandy Hook Predicted In 2010 Forum Thread?


See it for yourself here...

Sponge or Bread? (This Can't be Healthy) - Julian Bakery's latest monstrosity

Emperor Obama has a food taster to make sure his food hasn't been "poisoned"



Following President Obama’s lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served and said the president was not able to eat since his “taster” was not present.

“University of Maine recipe for healthy lobster salad — I pointed that out to the president in keeping with the first lady’s initiatives and Fox Family Potato Chips made in Aroostook County where I’m from and wild blueberry pie full of anti-oxidants, see this was a healthy lunch as well. We did have a little ice cream on the pie too, also made in Maine, Gifford’s Ice Cream. So in all seriousness this was well received,” Collins told reporters on Thursday after the meeting at the Capitol.

“Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” said Collins when asked if Obama ate at the lunch meeting.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/14/obama-couldnt-eat-at-hill-meeting-without-taster-audio

Draghi lectures euro zone leaders about labor costs

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi gave EU leaders a crash course in macroeconomics late on Thursday, emphasizing his concerns about low productivity and high labor costs hurting the euro zone's prospects, officials said.

In a two-hour session with the euro zone's 17 heads of state and government, Draghi, a former professor of economics and political science, took his audience through a range of slides and charts depicting the region's divergences.

The presentation and discussion, which diplomats said was well received by the leaders despite starting at 11 p.m., focused on the growing gap in several member states between how much labor costs and how productive workers are.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-eurozone-summit-draghi-idUSBRE92E0I220130315

SO now they want even lower wages for more work.!

Gavin Smith Murder Probe Launched

A murder investigation has been launched following a 10-month search for a missing movie executive.

Police believe 20th Century Fox executive Gavin Smith was killed after his Mercedes-Benz was discovered at a storage facility on February 21 in Simi Valley, California. His body has not been found.

A convicted drug dealer has been named a person of interest.

http://news.sky.com/story/1065092/missing-movie-executive-murder-probe-launched

Syria threatens to strike at rebels in Lebanon

Syria has warned it may strike at rebels hiding in neighboring Lebanon if the Lebanese army does not act, the state news agency SANA said on Friday.

Syria's Foreign Ministry told its Lebanese counterpart late on Thursday that a "large number" of militants had crossed Lebanon's northern border into the Syrian town of Tel Kalakh over the past two days, SANA said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-syria-crisis-idUSBRE92E09J20130315

Sandy Hook Predicted In 2010 Forum Thread? My Thoughts? More Disinformation!

Now this is totally spooky. I've got to do due diligence here and post this; I really don't know what to say. Though I've long distrusted the government, and for obvious reasons, I've recently run into compelling new information that I'll share with you in the near future that I feel completely shows that the Sandy Hook 'actors' story is total disinformation. There seems to be a TON of it on the internet, with much of it I've found coming from one very bad source. That for later; you have to check out this thread from a forum from back in 2010. If this is real, what in the world is going on? I've got my very strong reasons to believe that it is more disinformation. We have to be very careful about everything. Bad information taken as fact can be dangerous. We all need to ask, why is this disinfo being pushed upon us? This story is getting a lot of play at the conspiracy theory website Godlikeproductions. This is webcached from google from the website Unforumzed; much more at links.

Obama use school shooting to disarm America

In approximate 2 years from today there will be mass school shooting in Connecticut. A lone gunman will kill many children. That's a trick of propaganda. Step by step, they make it a totalitarian country.

http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/03/sandy-hook-predicted-in-2010-forum-thread-my-thoughts-more-disinformation-2449296.html

Total Media Blackout of Police Flooding-in to Brooklyn Neighborhood New York

Manchester: Man With Crossbow Threatens Police In Siege

Police in Greater Manchester are involved in a stand-off with a man armed with a crossbow.

The siege began at 8.30pm last night after the 31-year-old man is thought to have barricaded himself into his house and threatened police officers and social workers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1065108/man-with-crossbow-threatens-police-in-siege

European Parliament is an elected dictatorship - Stuart Agnew MEP

Spain says first bank recapitalisation 37 bn euros



The first injection of loans to recapitalise Spain's broken banking system will amount to 37 billion euros (nearly $50 billion), Spain's Finance Minister Luis De Guindos said Monday.

'UK shows true imperial colors on Syria'

Global arms trade

Dramatic video of an acrobat falling through a circus net in Moscow

Roger Helmer: British flag hanging upside-down (again)

Kevin McGeever Arrested by police over 'kidnap' for Wasting Police Time

An Irish property developer who says he was kidnapped and held for eight months has been arrested for wasting police time.

Kevin McGeever was found badly emaciated and wandering barefoot on the side of the road near the Cavan-Leitrim border on January 29 this year. He had been reported missing by his partner last June.

When he was found Mr McGeever had lost around five stone in weight, had a long beard, hair and nails and had to be treated for malnutrition.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/irish-property-developer-kevin-mcgeever-held-by-police-over-his-alleged-kidnap-8535828.html

Womens rights could destroy society: Islamists

Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood warns that a U.N. declaration on women's rights could destroy society by allowing a woman to travel, work and use contraception without her husband's approval and letting her control family spending.

The Islamist movement that backs President Mohamed Mursi gave 10 reasons why Muslim countries should "reject and condemn" the declaration, which the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women is racing to negotiate a consensus deal on by Friday.

The Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party propelled Mursi to power in June

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-women-un-rights-idUSBRE92E03D20130315

Fragile Portugal gets more time on bailout goals

Portugal's creditors have eased its budget goals and granted it more time for deeply unpopular spending cuts under its bailout after the economy's outlook worsened further, Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar said on Friday.

The international creditors said they expect gross domestic product to slump by 2.3 percent this year, much deeper than the 1 percent drop they forecast at the time of their last review in November - starkly illustrating the impact of successive waves of austerity on Portugal's already fragile economy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-portugal-troika-idUSBRE92E0B820130315

EU finance experts seeking ways to get Cyprus bailout deal

EU officials worked on a rescue package for Cyprus on Friday, hoping to get approval from the IMF and euro zone finance ministers later in the day.

Senior sources involved in the negotiations said the package is expected to contain a mixture of tax increases, one-off revenue raising measures, plans for privatizations and the overhaul of Cyprus's banking sector to ensure that funding for the bailout is sustainable.

It is possible Russia will help finance the program by extending a 2.5 billion euro loan already made to Cyprus and potentially reducing the interest rate, officials have said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-eurozone-cyprus-idUSBRE92E02220130315

Phillip Simelane Appears In Court, Accused of Christina Edkins Murder

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Christina Edkins, the teenager killed on a bus in Birmingham last week.

Phillip Simelane, 22, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court this morning when he spoke only to confirm his name during the ten minute hearing.

He is accused of fatally stabbing the 16-year-old on the number 9 bus on Birmingham's Hagley Road just after 7.30am on Thursday, March 7.

http://news.sky.com/story/1065022/man-accused-of-bus-murder-appears-in-court

4.9 Magnitude Earthquake INDIAN OCEAN TRIPLE JUNCTION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.9
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 09:46:45 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 02:46:45 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
26.225°S, 70.688°E
Depth
10 km (6.2 miles)
Region
INDIAN OCEAN TRIPLE JUNCTION
Distances
1038 km (644 miles) SE of Ile Rodrigues, Northern Mariana Islands

Water on Mars

An announcement on Tuesday marked, quite literally, a watershed moment in the history of solar system exploration. NASA scientists said an analysis of drilled rock samples collected by the Curiosity rover shows that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

It is the first time that we've discovered actual evidence for fresh water on another planet.

We've been down this watery path before -- sort of. Back in 2004, NASA's Opportunity rover found evidence of ancient water on Mars.

For a place to be habitable by life as we know it, it has to have liquid water, heat sources like volcanoes or impact craters, and carbon-bearing organic molecules.

NASA: Yes, Mars could have hosted life

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/opinion/bell-mars-water/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

O'Neill: Euro may not exist by 2020....He thinks it will Last that long?


Jim O'Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who famously captured the globe's shifting economic power when he coined the "BRIC" acronym, now says the euro may not exist by 2020.

O'Neill's views were aired at the Spring Ambrosetti Forum, where delegates gathered by the peaceful Lake Como. But unlike its serene waters, many delegates felt the future of the European Union -- which has been destabilized by economic crisis and political infighting -- remained murky.

O'Neill, speaking to CNN at the forum, said: "If we carry on the same way as we are, by 2020 the euro might not exist."

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/business/oneill-ambrosetti-marketplace-europe/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

France: Arm Syrian rebels now

With the carnage in Syria mounting out of control, there's only one thing left to do, France says: Lift a European Union embargo and start arming rebels.

"We must convince our partners, particularly in Europe, that we have no other choice but lift the arms embargo in favor of the (opposition) Syrian Coalition," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius wrote in an op-ed for the French newspaper Liberation.

"We must go ahead and allow the Syrian people to defend themselves against this bloodthirsty regime. It's our responsibility to help the Syrian National Coalition, its leaders and the (rebel) Free Syrian Army by all the possible means.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/world/meast/syria-civil-war/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Quetta kids questioned over bombs

TSA chief: Knife search a waste of time


The nation's aviation security chief on Thursday defended his recent decision to again permit knives aboard commercial flights, despite concerns from major airlines and their flight crews, and sharp criticism from some members of Congress.

John Pistole, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), told a House Homeland Security subcommittee that his decision would stand and would be carried out next month as planned.

He said small knives no longer pose a threat to aircraft security, which now emphasizes bomb detection.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/travel/tsa-knives-congress/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

Iranian fighter confronts U.S. drone

North Korea blames 'hostile forces' for hack attacks

North Korea's state news agency reported Friday that the country's Internet servers are subject to daily "intensive and persistent virus attacks" that the government blames on "hostile forces" including the United States.

"It is nobody's secret that the U.S. and the South Korean puppet regime are massively bolstering up cyberforces in a bid to intensify the subversive activities and sabotages against the DPRK," according to the official KCNA report.

"... They are seriously mistaken if they think they can quell the DPRK's voices of justice through such base acts. The U.S. and its allies should be held wholly accountable for the ensuing consequences."

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/14/world/asia/north-korea-cyberattacks/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Incredible images of blazing comet PanSTARRS revealed during its close encounter with Earth

PanSTARRS was the was the talk of the world this week - and delighted photographers were able to capture the comet as it streaked across the skies of America and the UK. Stargazers in the northern hemisphere had their chance to view the first of two comets set to blaze through the skies in 2013. Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS, already visible for weeks from the Southern Hemisphere, appeared to observers above the equator for the first time this week.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293709/PanSTARRS-comet-Incredible-images-blazing-comet-revealed.html

Iran and Hezbollah 'have built 50000-strong force to help Syrian regime'

Major General Aviv Kochavi said Iran intended to double the size of this Syrian "people's army", which he claimed was being trained by Hezbollah fighters and funded by Tehran, to bolster a depleted and demoralised Syrian army.

Kochavi, the director of military intelligence in the Israel defence forces (IDF), also said Assad's troops had readied chemical weapons but so far had not been given the order for them to be used.

At the same time, he warned of the increasing sway of extremist groups in the opposition, particularly the al-Nusra Front, which he claimed was beginning to infiltrate Lebanon and was making connections with a Sinai-based militant organisation, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, which is focused on attacks on Israel.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/14/iran-hezbollah-force-syrian-regime

US official: 'Israel must show Arab public it's serious about peace'

US President Barack Obama will not be bringing a peace plan to Israel, but he will try to convince Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli public that after the Arab Spring, Israel cannot depend on autocrats holding everything together in the region.

The US believes that Israel must show it is serious about its peace efforts. It must convince the general Arab public, if nothing more than to maintain Israel's peace treaty with Egypt.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4356798,00.html

MP Eric Joyce arrested again after late-night brawl at House of Commons

The independent MP Eric Joyce was arrested last night when a fight broke out at a parliamentary bar.

More than a dozen officers were called after the fracas involving Mr Joyce at Westminster's Sports and Social Club where a karaoke night was taking place.

Last year he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault after headbutting a Tory MP in the Strangers Bar in Parliament. He was fined £3,000 and resigned from the Labour party.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mp-eric-joyce-arrested-again-after-latenight-brawl-at-house-of-commons-8535516.html

Six killed in bar shooting in Mexican resort of Cancun

Two men armed with a machine gun and a handgun opened fire in a bar on the outskirts of the Mexican tourist resort of Cancun on Thursday, killing six people and wounding five, the office of the state's attorney general said.

Cancun, a major tourist destination on Mexico's Caribbean coast, has largely escaped the drug-related violence that has racked Acapulco, a faded tourist hot spot on the Pacific coast.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-mexico-cancun-shooting-idUSBRE92E04Q20130315

West tiptoes into Syrian war hoping to boost more secular rebels

France, Britain and the United States are inching towards providing military aid to Syria's rebels, hoping to beef up more secular forces at the expense of radical Islamists who are gaining ever more prominence in the uprising.

The bitter experience of Afghanistan, where the American arming of anti-Soviet mujahideen forces in the 1980s helped to give rise to the Taliban and al Qaeda, hangs heavy in the air.

And as in Libya, the leaders of Britain and France seem keener than U.S. President Barack Obama to get more involved.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/14/us-syria-crisis-west-idUSBRE92D12X20130314

Italy parliament convenes to seek way out of election gridlock

Italy's parliament convenes on Friday almost three weeks after last month's inconclusive election, with the parties still deadlocked over how to form a government in the euro zone's third largest economy.

The first task of the 630 lower house deputies and 315 senators will be to elect the speakers of the two houses. The outcome of the votes for these influential roles could give an indication of the prospects for a stable administration.

The election produced a hung parliament, with the center-left winning control over the lower house Chamber of Deputies but not of the Senate, which has equal legislative powers.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/15/us-italy-vote-parliament-idUSBRE92E08920130315

Syria Anniversary: EU Pressed On Arms Embargo

Britain and France will press the EU today to lift an arms embargo against Syria and unblock military aid to rebels on the second anniversary of the uprising.

David Cameron and French president Francois Hollande will address a summit in Brussels.

They will say they are both anxious to be freed up to despatch lethal weaponry if necessary to rebalance the odds in the continuing bloody war.

http://news.sky.com/story/1064929/syria-anniversary-eu-pressed-on-arms-embargo

4.2 Magnitude Earthquake ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.2
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 06:31:07 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 03:31:07 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
21.409°S, 68.773°W
Depth
102.7 km (63.8 miles)
Region
ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE
Distances
118 km (73 miles) N of Calama, Chile

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHERN PERU - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 05:34:22 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:34:22 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
3.094°S, 75.644°W
Depth
143.1 km (88.9 miles)
Region
NORTHERN PERU
Distances
225 km (139 miles) NNE of Barranca, Peru

"Prepare For Collapse, Help Spread The Word" (Must watch)

Web War: US, China in cyber battle amid e-attack finger-pointing

Union Crack: 'EU govt 'austerity' policies go against people's will'

Syria kids recruited to fight for both rebels & govt forces

MEPs vote for controversial EU power grab in the agro market

North Korea: Kim Jong-un oversees live artillery drills

UKIP Nigel Farage: Eurozone completely incompatible with nation-state democracy

America's cyber war weak spot

Iran nuclear threat not imminent: Obama.....Well until Monday at Least!

President Barack Obama told Israelis Iran is still more than year away from developing a nuclear weapon and sought to reassure them that military force remains a U.S. option if sanctions and diplomacy fail to thwart its nuclear ambitions.

In an interview with Israeli television broadcast on Thursday, just six days before his visit to the country, Obama appeared to send a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the need for patience with Washington's Iran strategy while also showing U.S. resolve to confront Tehran if necessary.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/14/us-israel-usa-iran-idUSBRE92D17R20130314

Reuters social media editor is charged after 'giving Anonymous hackers the password log-ins for his old job so that they could change a L.A. Times story'

Federal officials on Thursday charged a social media editor for the Reuters news service with conspiring with the group 'Anonymous' to hack into and alter an online Los Angeles Times news story.

Matthew Keys gave Anonymous members log-in credentials to the computer network of Tribune Co., which owns the Times, in December 2010, the FBI said.

Keys, 26, told the hacker to 'go f*** some s*** up' on The Los Angeles Times website after being fired from a Sacremento news station that was also owned by the Tribune Co. two months prior.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293581/Reuters-social-media-editor-charged-giving-Anonymous-hackers-password-log-ins-old-job-change-Los-Angeles-Times-story.html

Iranian jets force U.S. Predator drone out of its airspace over Persian Gulf

Iran has targeted a U.S. Predator drone in international airspace over the Persian Gulf, it was claimed today.

Senior administration sources revealed the incident involving an Iranian military aircraft happened this week.

It was the latest in Iranian efforts to thwart the U.S. military's airborne intelligence collections efforts in the region.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293510/Iran-targets-U-S-Predator-drone-Persian-Gulf.html

Ten 'potentially dangerous' terror suspects including pair linked to liquid bomb plot 'will be free by the end of the year'

The county’s most dangerous terror suspects could be free to walk the streets ‘unconstrained’ next year when powers used to control them expire, a watchdog has warned.

The group of Al Qaeda fanatics includes two alleged members of a gang which plotted to kill thousands by downing Transatlantic airliners and one linked to the failed July 21 bombings.

Currently their activities are limited by powerful court orders forcing them to wear electronic tags, obey curfews and report to the police – and restricting their contact with other dangerous individuals.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293436/Ten-potentially-dangerous-terror-suspects-including-pair-linked-liquid-bomb-plot-free-end-year.html

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE COAST OF MICHOACAN, MEXICO - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 04:14:13 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:14:13 PM at epicenter
Location
15.322°N, 104.387°W
Depth
42 km (26.1 miles)
Region
OFF THE COAST OF MICHOACAN, MEXICO
Distances
374 km (233 miles) SW (218°) from La Orilla, Michoacán, Mexico

EU leaders to clash over austerity measures at summit as unemployment accelerates

EU leaders are meeting at a regular European Council to discuss how growth can be balanced with the fiscal austerity measures taken to tackle the eurozone debt crisis.

Jose Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, admitted that while the EU had made progress, in tackling the sovereign debt crisis that had threatened the euro, the situation in some countries had reached breaking point.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9930196/EU-leaders-to-clash-over-austerity-measures-at-summit-as-unemployment-accelerates.html

Syria poised to use chemical weapons: Israeli intelligence chief

Israel's military intelligence chief, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said Thursday that Syrian President Bashar Assad is preparing for the potential use of chemical weapons.

Speaking at a policy and security conference, Kochavi noted that the Syrian military has to date fired some 70 Scud and M-600 missiles, which carried conventional warheads filled with explosives, at populated areas across the country.

The intelligence chief claimed that Iran and Hezbollah have increased their assistance to Assad, each dispatching 50,000 fighters to bolster Syrian military's operations over the past six months.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-03/15/c_124460670.htm

Knives On Planes: TSA Chief Defends Policy

The US official in charge of air security is standing by his agency's decision to start allowing small knives on flights.

Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole told a hearing of the congressional Homeland Security Committee that growing backlash against the proposal will not change his mind.

It is unlikely a 2-inch folding knife could be used by a terrorist to break through a reinforced cockpit door or take over a plane, Mr Pistole told lawmakers.

http://news.sky.com/story/1064895/knives-on-planes-tsa-chief-defends-policy

'Black Death' Skeletons Found On Train Route

Archaeologists say 12 skeletons found beneath a building site in London could provide evidence of a Black Death burial ground.

The remains were found by teams working on Crossrail - a £15bn project to improve transport links in the capital, including at Farringdon where the bones were found.

Historical records indicate a hastily-built cemetery opened in the area in 1348 as the plague spread across the country.

Up to 50,000 people are thought to have been buried there in less than three years.

http://news.sky.com/story/1064827/black-death-skeletons-found-under-crossrail

JT McNamara In Medically Induced Coma

Cheltenham. That one word conjures up for millions a special week in March, a mixture of sport and noise and comradeship, pints and predictions, dreams realised and crushed.

But there was a different perspective as dawn broke over Cleve Hill in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside today - Gold Cup Day of all days.

The first thoughts of everyone were for JT McNamara, and all were forced to remember what risks a jump jockey takes, each time he or she dons the silks and goes into partially airborne battle amid tons of horseflesh.

http://news.sky.com/story/1064903/jockey-jt-mcnamara-in-medically-induced-coma

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 02:28:00 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 07:28:00 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.455°N, 132.126°W
Depth
14 km (8.7 miles)
Region
QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances
174 km (108 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake VANUATU - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 01:32:43 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:32:43 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
14.768°S, 167.419°E
Depth
125.4 km (77.9 miles)
Region
VANUATU
Distances
50 km (31 miles) NE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.4
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 00:55:44 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 05:55:44 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.640°N, 131.834°W
Depth
3 km (1.9 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances
154 km (95 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.3
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 00:46:57 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 05:46:57 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.684°N, 131.764°W
Depth
9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region
QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances
150 km (93 miles) S of Masset, Canada

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 00:21:21 UTC
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 09:21:21 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
25.251°N, 124.819°E
Depth
95.9 km (59.6 miles)
Region
NORTHEAST OF TAIWAN
Distances
68 km (42 miles) NW of Hirara, Japan

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION - 15th March 2013

Magnitude
4.5
Date-Time
Friday, March 15, 2013 at 00:05:01 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 05:05:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
52.484°N, 132.011°W
Depth
10.2 km (6.3 miles)
Region
QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS REGION
Distances
232 km (144 miles) SSW (210°) from Prince Rupert, BC, Canada

4.7 Magnitude Earthquake SOUTHERN PERU - 14th March 2013

Magnitude
4.7
Date-Time
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 15:50:47 UTC
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:50:47 AM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location
15.782°S, 71.537°W
Depth
8.1 km (5.0 miles) (poorly constrained)
Region
SOUTHERN PERU
Distances
8 km (4 miles) W of Huarancante, Peru